The first thing I regained was my sense of smell.Earth, damp earth invaded my nose. Along with something metallic scented. It wasn't blood. The smell of blood was forever etched into my brain. This was something else.Unfortunately, the second sense that returned was touch. I could feel the sweat coating my body. My entire being burned, as though I was dipped in liquid fire. A simple twitch of my nose, or move of my finger sent the fire raging at new found heights.I kept my eyes clenched shut, praying to fall back into unconsciousness.I lost track of how many times I slipped in and out of awareness. Each time I was met with the same damp earth and metallic smell. Each time the fire cascading through my veins dimmed in the slightest.Finally, the fire had subsided. I felt delirious. How much had I sweated? My clothes felt soaked beneath my fingertips and despite falling in and out of consciousness, I was exhausted.
*Killian's p.o.v*I reluctantly left Claire in the morning and headed to work. Mine and Titan's longing for our little made was worse than ever. I assumed completing the mate bond had something to do with that.It was harder to focus on work, her angelic face popped into my mind every minute. I replayed the events of last night and had to fight the urge to hunt her down. I had never expected a mate as incredible as her.She's strong and compassionate all whist remaining innocent. She could be a little strange at times, but I found it adorable.I grunted in approval when Kira popped her head in and told me she was going to take Claire and Maria shopping. Claire needed a distraction, especially with the news I had to tell her.After countless days and nights of torture, Blake finally cracked. I wasn't surprised. I often kept him on the brink of death, but lucid enough to feel the pain I inflicted. The news he had given me set my teeth
Killian's p.o.vI didn't spend long torturing Blake. I was more determined than ever to get answers.I had the pack doctor waiting outside of his cell, knowing he would need immediate attention when I finally finished.Peeling the skin from Blake's abdomen, I leaned in close. He had finally stopped screaming and I waited for his next words.The scent of blood, sweat and fear filled my nostrils, but that fueled me to continue."Tell me what you know, Blake." My voice was calm as i contained the rage that pulsed through my body. "You have so much skin. I won't stop here."Blake's chest was heaving, his skin looking oddly translucent."Underground bunker" blaze rasped through the pain, "By Kentworth."The name of the small town fifteen minutes away caused Titan's ears to perk up. This was a start."Where is it, Blaze?" I looked into his lifeless eyes, jamming my finger in
Claire's p.o.v"It's great to see you again, Claire." The voice called out from behind me.He walked around me slowly, stopping when he caught my gaze.Damien smiled cruelly, looking the same as he did last year."You.." I sputtered, "What do you want with me?"Damien smirked, "You got away, Claire." He leaned in close, but I refused to flinch. "No one gets away from me."His eyes were just as lifeless as they had always been. It was like there was no light inside of him, just an empty, dark room."My mate's an Alpha, Damien." I spat. "You made a big mistake."Damien chuckled, "Look's like I wasn't the only one who changed. So vicious, Claire." He then shrugged, as if what I said held little meaning. "We already know who your mate is.""He will come for me, Damien." I growled.Damien smirked, pulling up a chair and sitting down. "Don't you think we know that
Alpha Killian's p.o.vI stared into the empty cell. The only proof that Claire had once been here was her delicate scent wafting in the air, getting weaker by the second."She's gone." My voice came out strong, but I could feel myself losing control.My Beta snapped me out of my misery, "They couldn't have left that long ago. Her scent is still fresh."I turned to the rest of the warriors, "Are any of you skilled at tracking?"They looked around at eachother in silence when one man stepped forward. He had to be in his mid thirties, the lines on his face accompanied his many scars."I've got a knack for it." He nodded, walking up to the cell and breathing deeply.I turned to my Beta, "Go back to the dungeons, get more information from Blake. Link me if he says anything useful." I growled, turning my attention to the tracker.The tracker walked into the empty cell, his eyes closed
*Claire's p.o.v*"Killian." His name left my lips as I heard the thundering foot steps closed in.My hands gripped the cell bars tightly, waiting for the moment they rounded the corner and I could find the face of my mate.My hope fizzled when a familiar face appeared in front of the rusted bars.The big man from earlier had a cruel sneer on his face."Expecting your mate?" He grinned at me.My stomach was twisting itself into knots. The big man unlocked my cell and I scrambled to get away from him. I needed to stay here and wait for Killian. If they moved me I wasn't sure he'd ever find me or my body if things went south."Get away from me!" I growled, pressing my back against the earthen wall.The big guy sneered, a syringe in his hand. "No can do, mutt. We need to get a move on before your rabid mate gets here."He grabbed me by the shoulder and forced the syringe i
*Killian's p.o.v*Our fast pace came to a halt as we approached the house in the middle of the woods. It was the perfect location for a safe house. Completely off any pack's territory and far enough away from town to subdue any suspicion. Each of us shifted into our human form and slipped on a pair of sweatpants."What would you have us do, Alpha?" The tracker turned and asked. The rest of the men's eyes were on my own.I grimaced at the house only twenty feet away. "Kill them all. If you see Damien, capture him. I want him alive." I growled, mind-linking them an image of Damien I pulled from Claire.I watched as a big man came out into the porch, and I didn't hesitate. I launched myself through the brush and across the yard of the house. The man registered me a moment too late. I felt my nails extend into claws as I shoved them into the man's eye sockets.The man reeked of urine and panic as he struggled to rem
*Claire's p.o.v*I gripped the soft comforter under my fingers and smiled at the wonderful dream I had. In my dream, Killian had found me and had taken me into his arms. His touch melted away the horrific week I had and burned the bad memories from my mind. His lips were pressed against my own and it felt like I had never left his side.My body jolted into a sitting position as my memories flooded through my mind. My heart was hammering and I felt ecstatic. It hadn't been a dream. My eyes darted around at the familiar room. The room Killian and I had shared for so long, the room I had given him my heart, mark and body.His scent filled my nose and the hammering of my heart slowed. I was finally able to focus and jumped as I saw two familiar faces beaming at me.Kira and Maria were grinning so hard I wondered if their faces hurt. A girl I hadn't met before stood at their side, a relieved smile painting her delicate face.
*Killian's p.o.v*I knew something was wrong the moment I came into the pack house.Everything looked exactly the same as I left it, and yet something was still picking at me.It was like a hole had begun forming in my chest and I hadn't noticed it yet."Do you smell that?" Titan's voice called out in my head.I lifted my nose to the air and stiffened as the smell of fresh blood registered in my mind.Not just fresh blood; Claire's blood.The night she tried to end her life, the smell of her blood seared itself into my head. I couldn't forget the smell even if I tried. As Claire actively went to therapy and improved, my fear for her life had diminished. She had become happy with me and the life she had finally claimed.Titan's strength and speed slammed into me, and I bolted up the stairs. I couldn't place my finger on what was worse, having Claire kidnapped or smelling