Asher quickly went behind a tree, shifted back into human form, and somehow got dressed in clothes that came out of nowhere. I'd never understand where people were finding these clothes to put on.
Once he was done he slowly stepped out 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.
“Asher? Is this real? Are you really here?” I whispered, my voice breaking and my body trembling. I still wasn't sure if this was actually happening or just some vivid hallucination.
He stood there, 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 breathed, his voice a strangled sob.
That was all it took for me to fly into his arms and cry my heart out.
Everything suddenly felt right again. The pain was finally gone for the first time since he left. I felt whole again.
“I missed you so much.” I sobbed, clinging to him like he was about to disappear at any moment, and maybe he was.
“I know. I’m so sorry. So so sorry.” He whispered, stroking my hair gently.
“Don’t ever do that to me again!” I suddenly screamed, punching and slapping at his chest, so overwhelmed with happiness and anger that I didn't know what to do.
Asher did nothing to stop me.
“Why did you do that to me?” I yelled between hits.
“How could you leave me?”
“You’re so selfish!”
“You left the pack to fend for themselves without a true leader!”
"What did it do to make you leave?"
After a while I got tired and collapsed into his arms again.
“Please don’t leave me again.” I begged, fearing that he would vanish again the next chance he got.
He pulled away to look me in my eyes, “I won’t go anywhere, I promise. Leaving you almost killed me, I wouldn't survive if I did it again.”
I wanted to believe him. Every part of me wanted his words to be true but I couldn't get my hopes up. If he left again it would kill me.
“I promise I'll be a better mate, just don’t leave me.” I whimpered, holding onto his shirt so tightly I thought it might rip.
“Liza.” He muttered, 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 and I'll spend the rest of my life making it up to you.”
“You're really here.” I breathed, breaking down just as I was regaining my composure.
Asher was right in front of me and this wasn't a dream. My mate was back and he wasn't ever leaving me again.
I never thought I'd see him again.
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 heading to my bedroom.
Once he set me on the bed he crawled in next to me and wrapped his arms around me.
“I missed you.” I whispered right before falling asleep.
“Have you seen Asher?” I asked Becca when I woke up to an empty bed.
“What are you talking about?” She asked, her nosed scrunched in confusion.
"Asher. Have you seem him? I woke up this morning and he wasn’t in bed.” I explained, becoming confused myself.
“Why would he wake up in bed with you? He’s been gone for months.” Becca told me slowly, giving me a cautious look like I would suddenly explode at any second.
“He was here last night remember? He brought me back to the cabin and we went to bed.” I told her. Why was she pretending like it didn't happen?
“No he wasn’t. Last night you came back to the cabin all by yourself and went right to bed.”
I shook my head, “He was here.”
“He wasn’t here Liza. You must’ve been dreaming.” She argued, getting annoyed with the conversation.
“Stop lying Becca. I know what happened!” I shot back desperately, starting to second guess myself. Had I really just imagined that he came back? This wouldn’t be the first time I’d had a dream that Asher came back.
“Honey I’m sorry.” Becca said sympathetically, coming closer to comfort me.
I dodged her and ran back into my room, confused and heartbroken all over again. I swore he was here, it was all too real to be a dream this time.
Tears were streaming down my cheeks but I didn’t bother to wipe them away, I just didn’t care.
“No!” I yelled into my 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.
“You're here.” 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 tears off my cheeks.
“Promise?” I asked childishly, but it was all I 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, snuggling closer to him.
“I love you.” He whispered, kissing the top of my head gently.
I quickly faded off into a peaceful sleep and the next time I opened my eyes was due to the sun shining brightly 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 but I couldn't find him anywhere.
I rushed to the kitchen next and it was completely empty. Was last night all just a dream after all?
I leaned against the counter in horror, feeling as if the air was knocked out of me. My mind had been playing wicked tricks on me and I didn't know what to believe anymore.
As I was on my way back to my room I heard voices in the living room.
I ran there hoping to find Asher, or at least Becca, and a wave of relief washed over me when I found both of them having an intense conversation. He was really here, he hadn't left me again and it wasn't just some dream.
I was in the doorway of the room, 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 Asher was displaying 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. He didn't need to know how scared I was when I woke up without him, it would only make him feel worse.
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 to anyone else.
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 I missed so much flew and the amount of love swelling up inside of me was almost overwhelming. I missed this. I missed him. And I missed the part of me that left with him.
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 was back.
Asher was really back.