Asher quickly went behind a tree, shifted back into human form, and somehow got dressed in clothes that came out of nowhere.
Once he was done he slowly stepped away from behind the tree and walked over to me.
He still looked the same, tall, well built, beautiful blue eyes and thick black hair that was now a bit longer.
“A-Asher? Is this real? Are you really here?” I whispered, my voice breaking and my body trembling.
He stood there, just staring at me with so many emotions written all over his face that I couldn’t pick out any one of them in particular.
“Asher?” I asked again.
This was real, it had to be. So why wasn’t he saying anything? Why was he just standing there like that?
“Liza.” He said but it came out as more of a strangled sob.
That’s all it took for me to fly into his arms and cry my heart out in joy.
At that moment everything felt better, right, perfect even.
I felt whole again. That hole in me was filled and the pain in my chest was finally gone.
“I missed you so much.” I wailed.
“I know. I’m so sorry. So so sorry.” He whispered with a hoarse voice, stroking my hair gently.
“Don’t ever do that to me again!” I suddenly screamed, punching and slapping his chest.
Asher did nothing to stop me, knowing that I had to take out all my anger and hurt somehow.
“You’re so stupid!” I yelled between hits.
“I can’t believe you did that to me!”
Hit. Hit. Hit.
“You’re so selfish!”
“You hurt me so much.”
“You left the pack to fend for themselves without a true leader!”
Hit. Hit. Hit.
After a while I got tired and collapsed into his arms again.
“Please don’t leave me again.” I begged in a whisper, fearing that he would leave again when I was sleeping or not around.
“I won’t go anywhere I promise. Leaving you once was nearly impossible so leaving again would kill me.” He reassured me, but I couldn’t believe him, not yet anyway.
“I’ll be a better mate I swear just don’t leave me.” I whimpered, clutching onto his arms like he could disappear at any moment.
“Liza.” He said sternly, gently cradling my face in his big warm hands so I was looking him in the eyes, “I’m not going to leave you. I love you and I thought leaving you was for the best but I was wrong. I made a mistake that I don’t intend on ever making again.”
“I love you.” I breathed and broke down yet again.
He was really here, my mate, my love, my life. I was finally with Asher again and he wasn’t going anywhere.
Asher picked me up bridal style and carried me back to the cabin where Becca and I were staying.
“I was so worried!” Becca screeched when we returned.
I didn’t have the strength to say anything other than a weak “Sorry.”
“And you.” She growled, pointing a perfect manicured finger at Asher, “You and I are going to have a little chat later.”
Asher gave her one firm nod before leaving her in the living room area and going to my bedroom.
Once he set me on the bed he crawled in next to me and wrapped an arm around my waist.
“I missed you.” I whispered and didn’t get to hear his response because I was asleep in an instant.
“Have you seen Asher?” I asked Becca when I woke up to an empty bed.
“What are you talking about?” Becca asked, clearly confused.
"Asher. Have you seem him? I woke up this morning and he wasn’t in bed.” I explained, becoming confused myself.
“What are you talking about? Why would he wake up in bed with you? He’s been gone for months.” Becca told me slowly, giving me a careful look, like I would suddenly explode or something.
“He was here last night remember? He brought me back to the cabin and we went to bed.” I told her, becoming even more confused.
“No he wasn’t. Last night you came back to the cabin all by yourself, crying and went right to bed.” Becca said, shaking her head.
“No, he was here.” I declared, getting annoyed. Why would Becca say he wasn’t when she even talked to him last night.
“He wasn’t here Liza. You must’ve been dreaming.” She argued, growing angry herself.
“Stop lying Becca. I know what happened!” I shot back desperately, but started to second guess myself.
This wouldn’t be the first time I’ve had a dream that Asher came back when in reality, didn’t.
“Honey I’m sorry.” Becca said sympathetically, coming closer to comfort me.
I dodged her and ran back into my room to scream into my pillow.
This isn’t fair! He was here I swear! It was all too real to be a dream.
Tears were streaming down my cheeks but I didn’t bother to wipe them away, I just didn’t care.
“No!” I yelled into the pillow as I punched it over and over again.
“He was here!”
“He came back!”
“Liza!” Another voice called urgently, but it sounded far away.
“Liza wake up. Please wake up.” The voice begged, sounding closer this time.
Suddenly I started shaking, and then everything went black.
My eyes snapped opened and immediately landed on Asher who was hovering over me with a worried look on his face.
“Oh thank god.” I breathed, my voice quiet and shaky.
“It was just a dream. I’m here and I’m not leaving, ever.” He reassured me, wiping the tears off my cheeks that I never noticed were falling.
“Promise?” I asked childishly, but it was all could do to calm myself down.
“Pinky swear.” He replied, giving me a small smile and linking his pinky with mine.
I smiled back at him and then let out a big yawn.
“You should go back to sleep, its really early.” Asher suggested, tucking me into his arms and pulling the blanket back over us.
“Okay.” I agreed tiredly.
“Love you.” He whispered, kissing me on my cheek.
The next time I opened my eyes was due to the sun brightly shining into my room.
I felt around the bed and panicked when I didn’t find Asher.
I jumped out of bed and searched the bedroom and bathroom, no Asher. I rushed into the kitchen in search of him, but it was empty.
I leaned against the counter in horror, it was all a dream, the whole thing.
Just as I was about to go back to my room, probably to cry, I heard voices in the living room.
I ran there hoping to find Asher, or at least Becca, and my heart jumped with joy when I found both of them having an intense conversation.
I was in the doorway and yet to be noticed so I decided not to interrupt them and listen in on their conversation instead.
“I know what I did was wrong, I realize that now so you can spare me the lecture.” Asher snapped.
“No. What you did was more than wrong. You were killing her! She stayed in bed all day, barely ate and never spoke to anyone.” Becca shot back just as angrily.
The amount of guilt and pain that was displayed all over Asher broke my heart.
“I need to get back to her before she wakes up. I don’t want her to think I’m gone.” He choked out before turning to leave, causing his eyes to land on me.
When he saw that I was awake he rushed over to me, “I’m sorry I wasn’t there when you woke up.”
I let out a little laugh and waved away his apology.
I looked over at Becca and she looked back at us with a huge grin.
“Everything finally seems right again.” She said, more to herself than anyone, and left the living room.
I looked back at Asher and nodded in agreement.
For a moment we looked at each other, just taking in one another for the first real time since we were reunited.
Then, before I could process what was happening his lips were on mine and we were in a full on make out session.
The sparks that I felt whenever Asher kissed me were still there and I loved it.
I missed this. I missed him. And I missed the part of me that left with him, the alive part of me, the part that likes to have fun and laugh.
Even though I should be furious with him right now, I couldn’t. There was time for that later but for now I was just going to enjoy the fact that he’s back.
My mate, my love, my Asher, is back.