To have Liza in my arms again was amazing.
I felt whole again, and my wolf was on cloud nine to have his mate back.
I just can’t believe she’s here, it’s so crazy!
And of course I had to see her for the first time in what felt like forever, being chased after a member of my new pack.
I don’t know why he was chasing her but I knew it wasn’t good. He was out for blood, so I did the only thing I could.
I protected my mate, and killed him.
I tried to get Liza to tell me what happened the day after but she didn’t want to talk about it, not that I blame her, he was a sketchy guy so I assume he did or said some pretty bad stuff.
I just hope Liza can cope with it, but she’s a tough girl so I’m sure she can. And if she can’t, I’ll be right there to help her. I won’t leave again.
I couldn’t leave again. It would kill me.
“Earth to Asher.” Becca’s suddenly said, waving a hand in front of my face.
“What?” I asked.
“You didn’t hear a thing I just said, did you?” She asked, bemused.
I shook my head and muttered “Sorry.”
“You can’t even concentrate for half an hour while she’s in the shower.” She stated, shaking her head in disapproval.
I shrugged but didn’t say anything because she was absolutely right. I just couldn’t get Liza off my mind when she wasn’t around, and it honestly didn’t bother me.
If I thought my life revolved around Liza before I left her, I was clearly mistaken.
She meant more to me now than she ever has, and I didn’t know that was even possible.
But I know what it’s like to live without her, if you could call that living, and I’m never going back to that.
I wasn’t giving her up again, she’s mine and no one else’s, and I’m keeping it that way until the day that I die.
There will never be a second when I don’t know where she is and who she’s with. That way I’ll always be able to keep her safe.
I will never let anyone ever hurt her again, me included.
“Okay seriously snap out of it!” Becca exclaimed, breaking me out of my thoughts again.
“Sorry, but I can’t help it.” I apologized again, and thankfully, before Becca could yell at me some more, Liza walked into the room.
I immediately stood up and scooped her into my arms.
“I missed you.” I whispered, placing a small kiss just under her ear.
She giggled, “I was just in the other room.”
“I still missed you.” I told her, playfully pouting as I plopped down onto the living room couch with Liza still in my arms.
“You’re insane.” She teased, rolling her eyes.
“I’m leaving, you two are making me sick.” Becca mumbled as she got up from the love seat she was previously sitting on.
“Don’t be like that Becca. You’re the same way with Garrett.” Liza teased, to which Becca just rolled her eyes in response.
Once she was gone I looked down at my perfect little mate and couldn’t resist placing a gentle peck on her lips.
“I love you.” I said seriously.
“I love you.” she responded right away, without hesitation.
My lips formed a goofy smile at that, without my permission, and soon Liza was mirroring my smile.
I just can’t believe she’s here, in my arms. This can’t be real, I don’t deserve this.
After everything I’ve put this amazing girl through, she still loves me. Why would she sill love me after all this?
I’m just so lucky to have been blessed with such an amazing mate.
“What are you thinking about?” Liza asked, running her fingers through my hair, which was really relaxing.
“Just about how I got so lucky to have such an amazing mate.” I told her honestly.
She rolled her eyes and blushed a little. “I should be wondering the same thing.”
I shook my head, “You’ve been nothing but good to me while I’ve done so much to hurt you. I left you for crying out loud. Why would you still forgive me after that? Why do you still love me?”
“All of that doesn’t matter, I’ll always love you. I know everything you’ve done, you’ve done for my benefit. You’re intentions have been nothing but good, how could I not forgive you for that? You’re trying, you never stopped, and for that, I love you.” she replied.
“You’re amazing.” Was the only response I could come up with.
She’s so understanding and wise and forgiving, she’ll make the perfect Luna.
For a while neither of us said anything, instead we just sat there, enjoying each other’s presence.
But of course Becca had to ruin that by walking through the front door.
“Jay’s here to meet this pack to make sure they’re on board with the fight.” She informed us.
“Does he know that I’m here?” I asked.
“I just told him. He wants to talk to you actually.” She replied.
I nodded and stood up, taking Liza with me since she was sitting on my lap, and gently placed her on her feet.
She was about to sit back down on the couch but I grabbed her hand and started leading her to the door Becca was standing in.
“What are you doing?” She asked, a confused expression taking over her face, making her nose crinkle adorably.
“I’m not gonna leave you here alone.” I told her, chuckling slightly.
“Oh.” Was all she said in return.
“We’ll be back in a little bit.” I told Becca before Liza and I exited the cabin.
“He’s out front of the main pack house.” Becca called after us.
Well I guess that information is helpful.
Soon enough Liza and I were at the front of the pack house and I could see Jay sitting on the porch steps waiting.
Once he saw us he quickly got up and ran our way.
“I’m so glad you’re okay man.” He said happily, pulling me into one of those weird man hugs that last half a second.
“Is Ava here with you?” Liza asked Jay after our hug thing was over.
“Yeah she’s in the kitchen.” Jay replied, nodding his head at the pack house.
“I’m gonna go see her.” Liza told us, taking her hand out of mine, making me instantly feel cold and empty.
“We can go see Ava after, stay here with me.” I told her, a little desperately, but I don’t care how I sound anymore.
“No, you two need to catch up, alone.” Liza said sternly, leaving no room to argue.
I pulled her into a quick kiss and told her I loved her before I let her go.
Once I saw that she was safely inside the pack house, I turned my attention back to Jay.
“So Becca brought me up to date on the whole ‘fight for Liza’s mom agains Liza’s dead adoptive dad’s brother’ situation.” I told Jay, getting right down to business.
“Good.” He said with a nod, but didn’t look me in the eye as he spoke.
“Is everything alright?” I asked worriedly.
“Yeah, we have all the neighbouring packs on our side, and they’re all training with each other as we speak, we should be just fine.” He told me, sounding more businesslike than I’ve ever heard him.
Jay was never the serious type, he’s always been the jokester, the amount of pranks he’s pulled on people is crazy. So hearing him sound so professional was just downright weird.
But I guess it’s good that he’s matured.
“So how have you and Ava been?” I asked him, slipping back into my best friend place. I’ve missed talking with him.
“We’re going strong, she’s just amazing and I don’t know what I’d do without her.” He told me, his eyes shining as he spoke about his mate.
“I’m happy for you, you deserved this second chance.” I told him honestly.
He’s a really good guy, so if anyone’s worthy of a second chance with a mate, it’s him, and I’m so happy that everything’s working out with him.
“Thanks man.” He said, patting me on the shoulder.
“Well speaking about mates, why don’t we go check on ours?” I suggested, not being able to spend one more second away from Liza.
“Sure.” Jay agree, and together we made our way into the kitchen of the pack house.
I had a goofy smile on my face when I saw Liza, sitting on a bar stool, facing Ava. But as soon as she swivelled around to face Jay and I, my smile dropped.
Liza looked destroyed, she had tears running down her cheeks and her eyes had a heartbroken gleam to them.
What the fuck?
“Baby what’s wrong?” I asked, hastily rushing to her side.
She got off of the bar stool and pushed me away.
“Don’t talk to me.” She spat.
“What, why?” I asked in complete and utter disbelief. Why is she suddenly acting like this?
“Don’t act all confused and innocent. This is all your fault!” She yelled, then ran out of the room.
“Liza!” I called after her, attempting to run out of the room but someone grabbed my arm to stop me.
I looked back at the culprit, expecting it to be Jay, but instead it was Ava.
“She needs to be alone, to think.” She told me, shaking her head.
“What are you talking about? Think about what?” I snapped.
“Watch it.” Jay warned, quietly but deadly as he protectively stepped in front of Ava.
I raised my hands in surrender, realizing my mistake. I couldn’t just snap at my best friend’s mate like that.
“Sorry man.” I apologized.
He nodded, silently telling me we were all good, but he still stood in front on Ava, just in case I guess.
“What’s up with Liza though? She was fine before she came in here.” I asked, more to myself than anyone.
They both shrugged, but Ava was avoiding eye contact, which I found suspicious.
Then it clicked, Ava must have said something to Liza to get her so worked up like that.
“What did you say to her?” I growled, shaking slightly in anger.
“Nothing!” She exclaimed, cowering behind Jay.
“You need to leave before someone gets hurt.” Jay growled back at me, losing his cool, calm composure.
“Fuck you.” I spat to both of them, and turned to jog out of the room.
Once I was at the front door I stopped to try to calm down, but in doing so, I heard what seemed to be the end of Jay and Ava’s conversation.
“What did you do?” Jay was asking her.
“What I had to.” Ava replied vaguely.
“That wasn’t part of the plan.” Jay said, obviously understanding her even though I had no clue what she meant.
“But it makes everything easier.” Ava told him, and that was the end of that conversation, because after that they started taking about food.
I growled under my breath and stormed out the door.
I was going to find Liza and demand to know what Ava said, because I have a feeling that whatever happened between them was part of something much bigger than just us.
A few minutes later I slammed through the cabin Liza, Becca and I are staying at and stomped into the living room where Becca still was.
“Have you seen Liza?” I asked, getting to the point without wasting time on pleasantries.
“No sorry, the last time I saw her was when you two left to see Jay. Now what’s going on?” She asked worriedly.
“I’ll tell you when I know.” I told her over my shoulder because I was already exiting the cabin.
Once outside I sniffed the air for any traces of Liza’s scent and fortunately caught one. It was leading into the woods, so that’s where I went.
I contemplated calling out her name but thought better of it, since she was mad at me and would try harder to get away from me if she knew I was close.
After half an hour of following her scent I finally found her, sitting by a small pond.
I watched her for a few minutes, looking for any signs of her current mood, but I couldn’t tell. I can never tell with her.
Then suddenly she got up and screamed an ear shattering scream.
Just as I was about to let my presence be known to her, her hands started to glow white, so bright I could barely look at it, it was like looking at the sun.
Then in one quick movement, she threw her hands in front of her and the bright light shot out of her hands and into the trees in front of her.
They immediately started to smoke and the ones that were hit the most fell over.
Out of the corner of my eye I saw Liza let out a breathy, empty sob, and fall to the ground.