“Who are we looking for again? Marcus asked. “Nikki and the twins she hangs around,” I replied. “Oh, those girls are hot.” Marcus replied with A grin. “And not yet 18, hornball,” I said. “Hey a guy can dream, who wouldn’t want a mate with a twin? Wouldn’t get in trouble for staring too long, because you’re just trying to make sure you’re talking to the right twin.” Marcus chuckled and with a lopsided grin.
“Tatum, why so quiet dude? I know you like guys and stuff, but I thought you liked girls too?” I asked. “I am just listening to the two of you and trying to see if I see, hear, or smell anything.” ‘That and while you’re into the twins, I am into Nikki’s other close friend Jonas. Not that the mouthy twin wasn’t hot, I just don’t know much about her other than she doesn’t have a filter.’ Tatum thought to himself.
“I just linked Nikki’s mom to see if they had made it back, keep looking and try to think of a place they may have hidden. Bill, Xavier, and I are heading back to the woods to keep looking” Dad said through the family link.
Marcus laid a hand on my shoulder and pointed in the direction of a large boulder just ahead of us. “Do you see that boulder? Does it look like there is a string or something floating off it?” he said. Marcus is the best tracker in the pack and will be my future Gamma. We walked closer to get a better look. “You’re right Marcus, it looks like it came off of Nikki’s sweater.” Tatum replied. “Okay, so that means they were here at some point. So are there any places you can think of where they could hide, to take cover during an attack.” Marcus said.
“What about the old mine? Not many would think of it, but it’s about 50 yards from here and would be a good shelter. I think it is worth a look at any rate. I will mind link my dad to let him know that’s the direction we are heading,” I told them.
We headed in the direction of the old mine and began to see footprints indicating that someone had been through recently. “Do you smell that? It is faint, but I smell blood. Someone who came through here is hurt.” I said. “Look, the mine entrance is about 10 yards ahead." Tatum said, pointing in that direction.
As we approached the mine it was pitch black, but being a werewolf enhances vision and other senses. I can see that there are footprints that are recent. I turned looking at Marcus, “Can you smell anything?” I asked, hoping he could smell something more than dirt and stagnant air. Marcus paused and sniffed the air, “Yeah, someone has been through here. I can’t say if it is them but someone has been here.” I nodded and said, “The door to the foreman’s office is right over there. It’s closed but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be in there. Come on, let's check the door.”
This was definitely not an ideal place to treat a wound and since Nikki didn’t have her wolf yet, healing would be slow. “Charity, when do you think it will be safe? Do you think we will hear the all clear from here?” Silvie asked, sounding worried. “Honestly Silvie, I don’t know either of those things. We’re safe for now and we can’t just leave at this point. We either have to wait for help or Nikki will have to wake up.” I replied.
“Do you think we will have to be here long? It’s dirty and it smells gross.” Silvie whined. “I really don’t know Silvie. It depends on how long the fight lasts.” I replied. “I wish Nikki would wake up, it scares me that she got knocked out from her fall. I mean, she already had a black eye from defending you from Sidney.” Silvie said. “Yeah 2 blows to the head in a short period of time can’t be good.” I replied.
Suddenly there is a loud banging on the door. BANG! BANG! BANG! Silvie and I shrieked loudly in unison. “Who is in there? We’re looking for Nikki and the Richards twins. Open this door.” a voice demanded.
“It sounds like Frankie.” Silvie said. “Who is out there? This is Charity Richards. My sister Silvie and Nikki are with me,” I told them.
“It’s Frankie, Tatum and Marcus. Open this door, now please.” Frankie instructed.
I scrambled over to the door and removed the chair she shoved under the handle. Then I gave a couple of good yanks on the door, but it wouldn’t budge. I called out, “It’s stuck Frankie, we had to work hard to get in here. Can you try to force it open?” “Okay then stand clear, just in case the door breaks or something.” Frankie replied. With that Frankie counted to 3 and then the guys all rammed through the door.
Frankie POV “I just messaged the Alpha that we found the girls.” Marcus said. “Good. Is everyone okay here?” I asked. “Nikki is unconscious, she lost some blood. We don’t know if there are any more injuries yet.” Charity replied. I took two strides and was standing beside Nikki looking down at her still body. I removed the torn piece of cloth from Nikki’s head and could see that it was still very lightly bleeding. I bent over and began to lick the head wound, “What are doing, that’s gross Frankie.” Silvie said with absolute disgust. “Alpha saliva, Silvie. The saliva of a true Alpha blood or a mate can help healing. And since she isn’t old enough for a mate and I am the next Alpha of this pack, I can at least stop the bleeding.” I answered. “Are you two girls okay?” Marcus asked. “Would you lick me if I said I wasn’t?” Charity replied. “Oh, I'll lick something alright. Except I am Gamma blood and since you aren’t of age, the most you’ll get is moaning out my name when I do.” Marcus
Nikki POV The darkness is interrupted. I can't open my eyes yet, but I can see light behind my eyelids. I can’t move any part of my body. I am in pain, my head is throbbing. I am alive, I can hear voices, one sounds like Alpha, another like Frankie, and mom she sounds like she is crying. I am paralyzed, that must be why mom is crying. OH GODDESS NO! Please no, don’t let me be paralyzed. If by some chance Frankie ends up being my mate at the next blood moon, he will surely reject me! I have to wake up! I can feel tears streaming down my face as this terrible nightmare rolls through my head. I slowly manage to get my eyes to open, just a little because the lights are so bright. I can see my mom talking to Dr. Lynn. “Mom?” I managed to croak out. “Oh Thank the Goddess, you’re awake!” Mom said, as she rushed over and placed a kiss on my forehead. I shift my eyes slightly to the side, because I can feel a strong presence on the side opposite from mom. OH MY GODDESS, it’s Frankie! I am
Frankie POV “At this point,it looks like the rogue attack was not random last night. It appears to be provoked, however we don’t know who and why yet.” Alpha Kieran spoke to the group of current and future leaders of the pack. “Okay then, How do we protect our borders against an unknown enemy then?” Beta heir Tatum asked. “Sometimes, The best defense is a good offense. We train every able body to fight. If they are not able to shift yet, then we focus on combat in human form.” Alpha Kieran stated. “But don’t we pretty much do that now, Alpha?” Gamma Xavier stated. “We have up until now left it optional for females under 17 and males under 12. I think it would make us stronger if we started all pups at 8. Pups under 15 would see no battle at all and pups 15 to 17 would be our last line of defense, essentially there to defend those heading for the bunkers, on the chance that enemies could slip through the warriors and those with the ability to fight in wolf form.” Alpha Kieran replied.
Nikki POV Monday morning is here and I am totally dreading Frankie seeing me all sweaty. I dress in my favorite teal sports bra, a pair of tight black leggings, and some joggers and head over to the training grounds. I am already not feeling it, because all I did was lounge around this weekend. I see my friend group and walk over to them. “Hey guys.” I chirped, with false enthusiasm. Charity grumbles “Hey”, Silvie smiles and says “Hey back at ya”, and Jonas, as usual makes an inappropriate comment “Well if it isn’t the founder of the ity bity tity committee.” “Knock it off Jonas, someone could hear you!” I growled as I smacked the back of his head. “Oh come on Nikki, I was just playing. Besides, isn't the saying, ‘More than a mouthful is a waste?” Jonas teased. “Okay well if we’re all done talking about our friends body parts, we can get this training started.” Frankie said looking directly at us and I know my face is a deep shade of red. Beta Bill says, “Pair off and spar.” “Okay
Alpha Kieran POV As I hung up the phone with Alpha Hollis, I mind linked my Beta and Frankie to come to my office. Frankie was now sitting sprawl legged into one of the chairs in front of my desk, while Beta Bill sat tensed in the other. “I received a phone call from Alpha Hollis. He wants to set up an alliance, but was reluctant to tell me the terms by phone. He and his heir will be here at noon tomorrow. I can’t say that I am not concerned that he didn’t want to talk terms over the phone, but I want to us to be prepared for him to drop a metaphorical bomb on us.” I told them. Frankie sat up and said, “Why is he bringing Kendall? He’s almost as much of an asshole as his father is and as worthless as tits on a bullfrog.” “Well son, I don’t know, but I think it would be best that you were here as well. Bill, I want you and Xavier posted right outside the office, so whatever adjustments need to be made for the training schedule needs to be decided and posted immediately.” I answered
Alpha Kieran POV ‘Alpha, we have just cleared Alpha Hollis and his heir through border security.’ One of the warriors mind linked. ‘Thank you’ I linked back and looked at everyone in the room, “Alright team, it’s showtime. I will leave the link open for Bill and Xavier to be able to hear the meeting, despite the soundproofing. I had the desk chair brought in from Bill’s office, so you can sit behind the desk with me Frankie. It will be your space soon enough anyway. I don’t expect any difficulties, Hollis isn’t an enemy, but I don’t necessarily consider him an ally either.” I said as I gave last minute instruction. “Agree to disagree or peacefully coexist?” Frankie replied. “Exactly.” I said. As Alpha Hollis was shown into the room, pleasantries were exchanged and then seats offered to the guests. Kieran: “I hope the trip over was uneventful?” Hollis: “Yes, quite. 45 minutes through neutral territory, looks as though the humans are doing a festival of some sorts.” Kieran: “Ok en
Frankie POV As I walk to the training grounds. I am caught up in thoughts about the meeting with Alpha Hollis. Guy is a total dick and so is his son. Still not sure why he was even at the meeting today. Maybe daddy was teaching him how to be absurd. I mean who uses their daughter mating to propose an alliance? Probably more than I realize, he doesn’t really seem smart enough to come up with that himself. I would never do that to a child of mine. Besides, she’s probably ugly or a total bitch or something. I am really hoping that I find my fated mate. I don’t necessarily want a chosen mate, but if I did, I don’t want to mate with a stranger. But maybe I should actually open my eyes and be aware of who is available and would be a good luna. Nikki POV After swimming all morning in the river with my friends, I have to get ready for training. I think I will wear my red strappy sports bra and navy leggings with my joggers. And since my hair is not going to cooperate without me showering
Frankie POV Well, I can’t say I ever really thought of Nikki before now. She is cute though, dark honey blonde hair and chocolate brown eyes, firm little breasts about the size of a peach and a plump pear shaped ass. Girl is a feast and I am a starving man dying to take a bite. This is probably not the time to start getting wound up about a girl considering everything that is going on with the rogue attack, the threat of more, and then of course there is Alpha Hollis and his indecent proposal and the possibility that I could meet my mate at the the Blood Moon ball that we have decided to host in November. I know Nikki isn’t 18 yet, but I wonder when her birthday is. Will she be old enough to attend the ball? Is she Luna material? I know she can take a punch and I admit she can throw a good one too. She stepped up to defend her friend from being punched, so there is compassion. I really should get her out of my head, but in all honesty I just don't want to. What I really want is to