COAL

By EmelineRousselot All Rights Reserved ©

Fantasy / Romance

You'll See Soon Enough

Brinley

I stared at Alpha in horror. He would do it. I could see it in the evil glint in his eyes. He would turn his own son rogue. I had to do something. I had to stop this. I blurted out, “The mark doesn’t belong to Coal!”

His blackened gaze snapped to mine, a hiss releasing from his throat, “What the fuck did you just say?”

“It’s not…Coal’s mark,” I desperately tried to keep the tremor from my voice. “It’s Langdon’s. He’s the Wolf that marked me. I…I love him. We…we’re going to be together.” I was thankful now that Langdon had thought to cover me in his scent, and understood why it hadn’t been enough just to rub his skin against mine. He’d needed to kiss me…because Alpha leaned in and sniffed at my mouth and lips, his nostrils flaring from the scent.

I held my breath. Maybe, just maybe, Alpha would believe me and let me go…

But in the next instant, Alpha crushed all of my remaining hope. His large hand wrapped around my throat. I could feel his course fingertips pressing my esophagus, threatening to crush my windpipe. He forced me to stare into his hate-filled orbs.

I shook and blinked back the tears that sprang to my eyes from the pressure he was applying to my throat. I was no longer holding my breath…because he wasn’t allowing me to breathe at all!

“Please…” I choked out.

He continued to stare as if he could physically jerk the truth straight out of my brain. Maybe he could because whatever he found lurking in the depths of my eyes belied my words. He released my throat, only to backhand me across the face.

“Oh!” I cried out, my head snapping viciously to the side. Pain radiated in my cheek. My vision darkened and I saw white spots before my sight cleared again. I couldn’t hold back the few tears that trickled down my cheeks.

His breath was hot on my face as he snarled, “Don’t lie to me!”

I couldn’t do anything other than pant, trying to catch my breath.

He stood and grabbed me by the scruff of my neck, his fingers entwining into my hair. He used his hold to haul me to my feet, practically pulling out my hair from the roots, and propelled me into motion out the door. I gasped in pain and clawed at his hand, but couldn’t loosen his relentless grip.

When we reached the lower landing, he headed toward the back entrance rather than the front door. I stumbled to keep up with his pace. There was no use in fighting him. It was clear to me now I very well might die. But Coal didn’t have to. If I could just delay long enough…give him enough time. But even as I thought the words, I knew how foolish they were. Coal wasn’t even in our territory. He was with the vampires, negotiating safe passage for me. Too little, too late, I thought bitterly.

Right before we reached the exit, Beta Ford hissed from behind us, “Victor! What the hell is going on?!”

For a brief moment, joy surged through me. Surely the Beta could see I wasn’t going willingly!

Alpha turned on him and snarled, “I’m going out of town for a few days.”

All of my hopes were dashed to the ground when Beta Ford eyed me and then turned his attention back to Alpha, replying carefully, “Close enough to reach via mindlink?”

“No, but you know where to find me if you need me.”

The Beta asked him pointedly, “Are you sure you want to do this?”

“Are you questioning me?” Alpha growled.

“You’re angry. Don’t do something rash that will cost our entire Pack,” Beta Ford replied urgently. “I don’t think it’s a good idea taking her out of here. Not right now. Not when the vampires are so close.”

Vampires? What was he talking about? How much did he know?

Alpha laughed cruelly, “You don’t have to worry about the vampires. I have no intention of leaving any traces behind. There will be nothing left to link her to us. It wasn’t my first plan, but it will do.”

Cold, stark fear, coursed without mercy, through my bones. Oh fuck, he was going to murder me and make it impossible for anyone to find my body! He’d just as much plainly said so.

The Beta’s eyes narrowed, the muscles cording in his neck. “You know that bastard father of hers won’t need proof of any wrongdoing. If he finds out the truth—who she really is—he’ll rain fire down on us.”

I gasped loudly, momentarily forgetting my abject fear of dying. “You know my father? He’s alive? Who is he?”

It was like I wasn’t even standing there. Neither even blinked in my direction, let alone answered my question. Instead, Beta Ford continued harshly, “He’ll come through here like a demon straight from the gates of hell.”

“He can’t take on all of us!” Alpha hissed.

“He’s a king! Did you forget that? He doesn’t need to take on all of us himself…he has an army to do his bidding!” The Beta snarled. “If you do this, you’re condemn us all!”

I swayed unsteadily on my feet.

A king?

My father was alive?

And he was a king…

Beta Ford continued urgently, “Go back to the original plan! Find a way to get her mated with a wolf in another Pack. Then she won’t be our problem anymore.”

“I can’t exactly do that now,” Alpha growled.

“Why not?” Beta Ford pressed.

“Don’t worry about it. I’ve got this handled. I’ll be back in a few days.” Alpha didn’t give him any more time to speak. Instead, he jerked on my neck, pushing me forward out the door. I didn’t look back to see the Beta’s expression as we walked away, but I could hear his teeth ground together.

When Alpha and I reached the large garage, he snatched a set of keys from the hooks on the wall and pulled me to a nearby SUV. He opened the door, but I refused to get in. I planted my feet, my heart pounding in my chest. “No, I’m not going with you! If you just going to kill me, do it right here!”

Alpha laughed, the sound cold and otherworldly. It grated down my spine like a thousand spiders. “You really have no choice in the matter. If you delay, I will simply cut Coal’s tie to the pack right now. Go ahead and push me and see what happens.”

I stood frozen. Alpha wasn’t bluffing.

He laughed again, low and menacing. “And wouldn’t you like to hear all about your dear mother?”

“My mother?” I repeated in a whisper, a new fear beginning to trickle down my body. Suddenly, I knew I wasn’t going to like what he had to say. Either way, I had no choice. Without another word, I climbed into the vehicle.

“Good girl,” he murmured as he walked around and got in the driver’s side. He turned the key in the ignition and just before putting the vehicle in gear, he reached to the back seat and pulled out a T-shirt. Tearing a strip off the bottom, he wrapped it around my eyes and tied it in a knot at the back of my head, restricting my vision completely.

As we pulled away, I muttered, “Where we going?”

“You’ll see soon enough. For now, keep your mouth shut until I order you to speak.”
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