The Alpha's Mate

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Chapter 17

Liza’s POV:

Today was the day.

All the training I’d done, all the sweat, blood, and tears would finally pay off.

Tonight we would save the werewolf kind.

I didn’t know what to expect for tonight, I'd never been in a situation like this, so I just tried not to think about it.

Hakkon let everyone take the day off to rest so I spent the whole day with Asher.

At the moment we were cuddled up in bed, both of us lost in our own thoughts. There was only two hours until we had to meet up in the training room with everyone to go over the game plan one more time before leaving.

The seeker said the battle would take place at roughly 11:00 p.m in a clearing an hour's walk into the forest.

“I’m scared.” I blurted, unable to hold it in anymore.

“We all are.” Asher said softly, rubbing small circles on my back.

“What if we lose? It’ll all be my fault.” I muttered. If anyone got hurt, or worse, it would be on me. It was my job to protect everyone and make sure we won.

“We will win, I promise. We have one thing they don’t.” He reassured me, his voice strong and confident.

I scrunched my face up in confusion, “What do we have?”

“A prophecy amazing powers. If someone dies you can just bring them back to life. There’s no way we can lose, we're practically invincible.” He replied, a proud smile resting on his lips.

I nodded, feeling slightly more confident in our chances. I was born for this fight, surly that meant something. I wouldn't exist if we were destined to lose.

“I wonder what the unknown beasts are.” He thought aloud after a moment of silence.

“Maybe they’re a different kind of werewolf that wants to take over but our kind is in the way.” I theorized. That probably wasn't what they were, but anything was possible.

Ash nodded, contemplating the idea.

“Let’s get a little more sleep before we have to leave.” I suggestion, a wave of fatigue hitting me like a ton of bricks. I barely slept last night so I needed all the sleep I could get now.

Before Asher had a chance to reply I was already drifting into a restless sleep.

It felt like I'd only been asleep for a second when I was being gently shook.

“Wake up baby, it’s time to go.” Ash quietly said, placing a sweet kiss on my cheek.

It didn't take long for me to shake the grogginess of sleep because fear and anxiety took over when I realized it was almost time for the fight.

We quickly made out way to the training room and gained some disapproving glares when we arrived. Everyone else was already present.

Once we were done going over the game plan we all filed out of the castle in pairs and made our way to the clearing.

Hakkon, Lorenzo and Malakai were at the front leading us and Ash, Jay and I were right behind them followed by hundreds of worriers from all around the world.

The hour long walk was tense and silent, and before we knew it we were set up in the clearing. It felt like the journey was only five minutes, but I guess everything felt faster when you were walking to your possible death.

I took a deep breath, this was it. The moment of truth.

If we didn’t win, werewolves would be extinct, and if we did win, our kind would live on.

I grabbed onto Asher’s hand and he gave mine a comforting squeeze.

“I love you.” He told me, studying my face as if he were trying to commit it to memory.

Suddenly all the walls I had up to protect myself crumbled and I finally said the words I'd wanted to say since I met Asher.

“I love you too.”

He gasped, pulling me in for a tight embrace, and when we pulled away he kissed me with so much passion and love, I almost burst with happiness.

When our kiss ended I tried to focus on the energy inside me that I'd learnt to control since coming to the kingdom.

It was silent as everyone waited for the battle to begin, the only sound being the quick thumping of all our hearts.

The more time that passed, the more anxious we all grew.

I expected the enemy to see us set up and attack from behind, so I was shocked when I looked up at the full moon and saw hunters riding huge ugly bird type creatures.

They blended into the sky to the untrained eye, but our heightened senses could clearly see that there were double the amount of enemies than we had allies. We were completely outnumbered.

The creatures were pitch black with the body of a bird but the head of a wolf, and they were as big as we were in our wolf form.

I looked back at everyone and saw that they still had their eyes glued to the trees around us, so I mind linked everyone to tell them the enemy was in the sky above us.

Then all hell broke loose.

I used my air energy to make it impossible for the creatures to fly, evening the playing field.

Once they were all on the ground our wolves attacked them and I used energy from the earth to make sharp grow from the ground and impale the enemy. But it was difficult to avoid hurting our fighters so I had to figure out a different way to fight.

Out of the corner of my eye I saw a creature lunge at Asher so I heated up energy in my hand and shot fire at it, saving Asher but leaving myself exposed in the process. A hunter saw his chance and shot an arrow at me before I had the chance to react.

It hit me in the leg and I instantly fell to the ground. The pain was a lot more than I expected a simple arrow to cause.

I quickly pulled the arrow out, seeing a ribbon of wolf's bane wrapped around it, and the pain began to make sense.

I put my shield up so no one could shoot anything at me or attack me while I took a second to heal. If any danger came too close to me it would be electrocuted.

Two more creatures attacked Ash and I easily shot fire at them before taking off my shield and putting it on him.

Now all I had to do was protect myself and Jay.

I found him quickly and ran to his side so we could watch each others backs.

We fought for hours and hours and soon I became exhausted from using my power so much. It completely drained the energy from me.

My legs gave out from under me and I fell to the ground, taking my shield back in the process so nothing could attack me.

I completely forgot about Jay and Asher as darkness invaded my vision and I slipped into a deep sleep.

Asher’s POV:

Whenever a hunter or creature tried to attack me it would just drop dead. What the hell was going on?

It took me an hour to realized Liza put her shield on me, which I was grateful for at first until I realized that it meant she didn't have a shield on herself. She only knew how to do one at a time.

I tried to find her so I could make her take the shield back but there was just too much going on. I couldn't see her anywhere, but I knew she was okay because her shield wouldn't work if something hurt her badly. That was the only thing keeping me from freaking out.

But suddenly a creature pounced at me and didn’t drop dead. It actually landed on me and started scratching me and biting me with it's sharp teeth.

I fought it off easily enough and snapped it's neck, using my supernatural strength to my advantage. I didn't have to be in wolf form to fight well.

Before I could react, another creature attacked me and I was so concentrated on fighting it off that I didn’t notice the hunter come up to me until he stabbed me with something small and injected something into my bloodstream.

I was able to kill the creature and hunter, but I didn't make it out uninjured. I tried to heal but couldn't. My wounds were actually getting worse by the second.

Searing pain spread through every inch of my body and everything started spinning as I fell to the ground, screaming out in agony.

And then everything went black

I opened my eyes but quickly shut them again. There was a bright light shining on my face.

Someone grabbed my hand and when I felt tingles I knew it was Liza.

I turned my head towards her and slowly opened my eyes.

“You’re okay.” I whispered, relieved to see my little mate unharmed.

“I’m okay?" She laughed humourlessly, "God Ash, you scared the crap out of me, and your poor mother came all the way down here because we didn’t know if you were gonna make it or not! Don’t you ever do that to me again!”

“Sorry.” I whispered, squeezing her hand to reassure her that I was fine.

“I was so scared.” She said in a broken whisper, tears threatening to fall from her beautiful eyes.

“Do you know what that hunter poisoned you with? Wolf's bane. You almost died. We didn’t know if you were gonna wake up.” She continued.

“Shh. I’m here now. I’m okay. Everything’s okay.” I spoke up, she didn't have any reason to worry anymore.

“We won.” Told me, happy to deliver good news.

I gently grabbed her face and caressed her cheeks, “All because of you.”

Before she could say anything else, Jay, mom, and dad all burst though the door.

Mom rushed over and hugged me, practically shoving Liza out of the way, but I let it slide. She was just worried, she'd never shove Liza on purpose.

“Now you listen to me mister. You better n-” Mom started but I cut her off.

“Liza already gave me that talk mom.”

“Okay then, I guess my job here is done. Now you get better and come home as soon as possible.” She ordered, placing a loving kiss on my head.

“Sure thing ma.”

When my parents left the room Jay came up to my bed and slapped me upside the head.

“What the hell was that for?” I exclaimed, rubbing the spot he hit.

“For scaring everyone. We were all freaking out, especially little miss powerful here. She cried for a whole day.” Jay explained.

“I did not!” Liza argued.

“It’s okay, I would've cried for days if you were the one in the hospital bed right now.” I told her, and it was the truth. I’d never forgive myself if something happened to her.

“You know, we’ve missed a lot of school.” Jay randomly said, completely changing the subject.

Liza and I looked at him like he was crazy. At a time like this he was worried about school? What a weirdo.

“Just saying.” He shrugged before leaving the room.

“You should get some rest.” Liza told me a few minutes later.

“As long as you stay with me.” I compromised, patting the spot beside me in bed.

“I will, now go to sleep. I love you.” She said as she carefully snuggled up beside me.

Those three magical words brought a huge goofy smile to my face. I heart felt so full I thought it might explode.

“I love you too. Forever and always.” I whispered before falling asleep.

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