The next morning I woke up grinning like an idiot. Last night was the best night of my life.
“Good morning beautiful.” Asher mumbled, his voice lower than normal from waking up.
I smiled down at him, “I didn’t mean to wake you.”
“You didn’t.” He told me, pulling me close for a hug and kiss.
“How are you feeling? You know, after last night.” He asked.
I blushed at his question and buried my face in his chest as I muttered, “I’m great.”
“That’s wonderful news, maybe we should do that again some time.” He playfully flirted.
I gently slapped his chest, “Now is not the time to joke about that, the fight is tomorrow and we’re all going home today.”
Asher groaned, “That’s so much work, can’t we just lay here forever?”
I giggled at his dramatics as I got up to pack up the few things I bothered to unpack while we stayed here.
“You should go get all of your stuff.” I suggested, getting busy on stuffing clothes into my suitcase.
He sighed and got out of bed.
“I’ll be back in fifteen minutes.” He told me, placing a quick kiss on the top of my head before walking out of the bedroom.
“I love you!” I called after him, and a second layer I herd him say it back.
I grinned as I finished with my clothes.
Everything is perfect. Asher and I are better than ever, the only thing standing in our way now is the fight. But we’re all going to be okay.
We have to.
“Don’t be scared, we have the numbers and a prophecy on our side. All they have is anger.” Asher attempted to comfort me as everyone prepared for the fight.
Yesterday after we all got home we had a huge supper where we all talked and laughed, it was so much fun. And then everyone went to bed early so they could be rested for the fight.
I wasn’t scared or worried about the fight yesterday, so why am I now? We have the advantage. Madison’s uncle doesn’t even know that we know there’s a fight happening.
They think they have the element of surprise on their hands, but it’s actually completely reversed.
We’ve prepared for this, I have my energy, this should be easy.
“I love you so much Asher, please don’t do anything stupid. I need you.” I told him, wrapping my arms around his torso for a hug.
I don’t know what I’d do if he died. I just got him back.
“I’ll be just fine, and I love you too. Now stop worrying, we need you focused and ready.” Asher replied, giving me a warm smile.
I took three deep breaths to compose myself before standing in front of our little army, all lined up in the front yard of the pack house.
“We have no idea what’s going to happen, so be ready for anything.” I began, my voice strong and loud so everyone could hear.
“We have the numbers, and the element of surprise. They don’t have a chance. All I want to say is thank you for helping us, we appreciate it. And don’t get yourselves killed.” I finished, adding the last part in as a joke, but also because I didn’t want anyone to die because of me.
They’re all here to help save my mom.
After my speech everyone started chatting amongst themselves and I looked up at the stars.
Billions of twinkling beauty shining down on me, giving me peace and confidence.
We can do this.
All of a sudden I got a whiff of a very familiar scent and everyone went silent.
That was our cue.
Dave’s plan was to trail my mom’s scent back to his place, where him and his people would be ready attack whoever came to save my mom.
“It’s time!” I called to everyone, and they all got serious and marched into the woods.
Please oh please let us do this without anyone getting hurt.
I felt sparks as a warm hand grabbed mine, and looked up at Asher’s serious face.
He briefly glanced down to give me a reassuring smile, which I returned, but other than that he was quiet and tense.
I squeezed his hand to tell him everything’s going to be okay, and he squeezed mine back.
Twenty minutes later we arrived at a fairly large ranch in the woods. Mom’s scent was the strongest here.
We quietly scoped the place out to see where the enemy was, and once that was done I nodded, everyone shifted into their wolves, and all hell broke loose.
Half of our people flanked the property and the remainder charged straight for the building.
Moments after I gave the signal to attack, I heard loud bangs of gun fire coming from the opposing side. We don’t have weapons, only claws and teeth.
Except for me, I had my energy powers, so I didn’t shift. I could only use them when I was in my human form.
I saw Jay and Asher run off in their own direction apart from the group, their job was to find my mom and get her out safe.
A bullet whizzing past my head brought me back to the task at hand. I needed to protect all of my people.
I threw my hands up and a wave of energy threw the weapons of our opponents into the woods.
Now it was a fair fight.
The shocked, weapon less men all changed into their wolves and charged at us.
I easily knocked out the ones that came my way with just the flick of my wrist. I’ve been practicing that move for this exact moment.
I heard a yelp from somewhere to my right and rushed over to see who was hurt.
There was a wolf I didn’t recognize on top of someone from Garrett’s pack, teeth digging into their neck.
I threw the wolf off with my energy and focused on putting a shield over our injured wolf.
Unfortunately I couldn’t do this for long because three wolves came running at me.
I threw my hands up in the air and rocks shot out of the ground, injuring the wolves badly enough that they stopped fighting.
I didn’t want to kill any of these people, they might not be evil, just fighting for the wrong team, but if I absolutely had to, I would. I will protect my people at all costs.
I waved over two the people on our side so they could get our injured wolf out of here, and they easily complied.
With the worry of that wolf now gone, I could focus on protecting others.
I saw three bad wolves on one of ours and quickly shot my hands out to push them away.
My vision went blurry and my limbs felt weak, effects of using too much energy, but that wasn’t going to stop me. I won’t stop until the fight is over or I’m dead.
Out of the corner of my eyes I saw more unfamiliar wolves running towards two of ours so I quickly threw my hands up and again rocks shot up, sending them flying back with the force of the blows.
I heard another loud bang and then a sharp pain in the left side of my chest brought me to my knees.
I looked down, convinced that I’d just been shot but there was no blood or puncture wound. The pain was there but nothing was causing it.
I pushed the pain aside and got up again to defend the people that were helping us.
How much longer is this going to go on? The plan was to get my mom out of here, set off the horn to signal that she was safe, and that’s when we’d leave.
This was taking too long.
Somethings not right.
I desperately looked around for any sign of Asher, Jay, or my mom but I couldn’t see them anywhere.
Maybe they’re just having trouble finding her.
Or maybe she’s dead a voice in the back of my head sneered.
I pushed that thought aside and used my energy to push off a wolf that was on top of one of ours.
A minute, or an hour later the pain in my chest was gone and the horn sounded.
Everyone immediately stopped what they were doing and retreated back into the woods.
I was the last to leave to make sure no one was left behind.
We did it.