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 low and groggy.
I smiled over at him, “I didn’t mean to wake you.”
“You didn’t.” He told me, pulling me close for a kiss.
“How are you feeling? You know, after last night.” He asked.
Memories of last night flashed in my mind so vividly it almost felt like I was reliving them.
I blushed at the memories buried my face in his chest, “I’m great.”
“That’s wonderful news, maybe we should do that again some time.” He shamelessly 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 I was here.
“You should go get all of your stuff.” I suggested, getting busy on stuffing clothes into my suitcase.
He sighed but got out of bed, placing a quick kiss on the top of my head before making his way to the door.
“I’ll be back in fifteen minutes, I love you.” He said as he opened the door to leave.
“I love you too!” I called after him as he left, feeling a pang of sadness that he was leaving even though it was just to go pack. I missed him as soon as he was gone, but all the love and happiness I felt distracted me.
Everything was perfect. Asher and I were better than ever, the only thing standing in our way now was the fight. But I wasn't worried, I knew everyone would make it out okay.
We had to.
“Don’t be scared, we have a badass prophecy on our side. All they have is anger.” Asher attempted to comfort me as everyone prepared for the fight.
I wasn’t scared or worried about the fight yesterday when we got home, so why was I now? We had the advantage since Madison’s uncle didn't even know that we knew about the fight. They thought they had the element of surprise on their side, but it was actually completely reversed. Winning the fight should be easy. I had nothing to worry about, right?
“I love you so much Asher, please don’t do anything stupid. I need you.” I told him, wrapping my arms around his waist for a hug.
I didn't know what I'd do if I lost him. I only 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, so all I want to say is thank you for helping us, we really 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. All of this was my fault, my history with Jason was the only reason any of this was happening.
After my speech everyone started chatting amongst themselves and I looked up at the stars. Billions of twinkling balls of fire were shining down on me, giving me a feeling of peace.
We could 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 to 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 don't let anyone get hurt I prayed over and over as we made our way to the trap.
Sparks lit up my had as a warm hand grabbed mine, distracting me from my worrying, and I 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.
He looked scared.
I squeezed his hand to tell him that everything was going to be okay, and he squeezed mine back.
Twenty minutes later we arrived at a fairly large ranch in the woods. My mom's scent was strong all over now. We were in the right place.
We quietly spread out in the trees around the building until we formed a circle around the property, taking note of where the enemy was, and then it was time.
Now I yelled to everyone through the mind link, giving them the cue to shift, and then all hell broke loose.
We all ran out from the protection of the trees, onto the property, and began to attack.
The loud band of gunfire sliced through the air and I began to doubt our plan. We didn't have weapons, only claws and teeth, which could only be used in close combat while the enemy out hurt and kill us from afar.
I was the only one from our side that stayed human since I used my energy to fight, so it was my job to figure out a way to even the playing field.
I desperately looked around, trying to figure out a way to protect my people, when 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 while the rest of us kept Dave's army distracted.
A bullet whizzing past my head brought me back to the task at hand. I needed to protect all of my people, fast.
Finally an idea struck me and I threw my hands up in front of me, sending a gust of energy towards the enemy. Their guns went flying out of their hands and they were left defenseless. Now it was a fair fight.
Dave's fighters quickly recovered from the shock of losing their weapons and shifted into their wolves, immediately charging at us.
I easily knocked out the ones that came my way with just the flick of my wrist. I’d 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.
I came across a wolf I didn’t recognize on top of someone from Garrett’s pack, teeth digging into their neck, and threw them off with a surge of energy.
I briefly made sure the enemy wolf was unconscious before focusing on our injured fighter. I put a shield over him that would incapacitate anyone that tried to attack him, and pulled an energy from deep within me to heal him.
Unfortunately I couldn’t get him completely healed because three more wolves charged at us. They wouldn't be able to hurt the wolf I was protecting but I was left completely vulnerable to them.
I threw my hands up in the air and rocks shot out of the ground, injuring the wolves badly enough that they scurried off with their tail between their legs.
I didn't want to kill any of these people, they might not know that they're on the bad side, who knew what Dave said to get them on his side? But I was going to protect my people however I could, even if it meant taking a life.
I waved over two of our allies to get our injured wolf out of here and they easily complied.
Now that I didn't have to worry about one of us being seriously injured, I could protect more of our fighters.
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, the side effect of using too much energy, but that wasn’t going to stop me. I wouldn't stop until the fight was over.
Out of the corner of my eye I saw more unfamiliar wolves running towards two of ours so shot rocks up from the ground again, sending them flying back from the force of the impact.
Suddenly another loud bang echoed through the air and 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. The pain was excruciating but I wasn't injured.
I tried my best to ignore the pain as I stood back up and continued to defend our fighters.
How much longer was 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 leave when we heard it.
Something wasn't right. The plan was taking too long.
I desperately looked around for any sign of Asher, Jay, or my mom, but I couldn’t see them anywhere.
Maybe they were 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.
Minutes ticked by before the pain in my chest faded and the horn finally sounded.
Everyone on our side immediately stopped what they were doing and retreated back into the woods and I was the last to leave to make sure no one was left behind.
We did it.