I paced around the living room, silently panicking as everyone made their way back from the fight.
How was I going to tell her?
What did I do?
I faintly heard people talking happily but that did nothing to ease my nerves.
“Stop freaking out. You did what you had to do. Our plan worked.” Ava told me, placing a soothing hand on my shoulder.
I instantly calmed under her touch. She was right, I did what I had to do to make her happy.
Suddenly Liza barged through the door, frantically looking around.
“Where’s my mom?” She demanded, worry clear in her voice.
“She’s safe in your room. But I need to talk to you, can you sit down please?” I replied, sitting down next to Ava on the couch.
“Can’t this wait?” Liza asked, her tone turning from worry to frustrated.
I shook my head and gestured for her to sit down on the couch across from me.
She gave me a suspicious look but did as she was told.
I took a deep breath before saying the words that would change her life forever.
Liza looked at me, wide eyed, as the colour drained from her face.
“That’s not funny.” She suddenly said, getting up from the couch to stand right in front of me with a glare on her face.
“We were getting your mom and Dave was there. He shot Asher in the chest. I killed him but it was too late.” I explained, standing up and placing a comforting hand on her shoulder.
She shook her head in denial, but froze when she finally took in my appearance. I was covered in blood.
“Take me to him.” She ordered, her voice cracking and her whole body shaking.
I gave her a confused look but her hands were glowing so I knew not to mess with her. I was one wrong word from getting her energy to the face.
I silently led Liza up to Asher's room. I took him there because I didn’t want to leave him behind and I didn’t know where else to put him.
When she saw his lifeless body a sob escaped her throat and she knelt down beside the bed where his head laid.
“It’s okay. I can bring him back to life like I did when I accidentally killed Hakkon.” She whispered, more to herself than me.
I watched as she pumped energy into him, trying her hardest to revive him, but he’d been gone for too long. It wasn't going to work.
“He’s been gone for an hour Liza. This isn’t going to work.” I voiced my thoughts.
“He can’t leave me!” She screamed, again attempting to bring him back to life.
I couldn’t take watching it anymore so I went back down to the living room. I needed Ava right now, the sight of Liza losing hers brought back all the memories of my first mate and it hurt like hell.
“I still don’t understand why we had to do all of this. Couldn’t we just ask him to give up his spot as Alpha?” I asked Ava when I found her. I'd asked that question a lot and she always answered the same way so I don't know why I expected anything different this time.
“We needed him out of the picture, forever. This is the strongest pack in the country, no one would let the heir give up his position. He had to die.”
I sighed, she was right.
“It’s our time to rule. You’re next up as Alpha now that Asher’s dead, and I’m going to be the Luna.” She said, her eyes gleaming with excitement.
I smiled proudly down at her, she was a genius for coming up with the plan to have Dave take Liza’s mom. All she had to do was offer him the Beta position and he agreed. He didn’t actually want revenge, he just wanted power.
All this planning was finally payed off. My mate wanted to be the Luna and I made sure she got that. I’d do anything to make her happy.
Now we just had to deal with Asher's parents, the current Alpha and Luna, but we had a feeling they'd step down from the grief of losing their son.
“I love you.” She told me, leaning up to give me a kiss.
“I love you too.” I replied when the kiss ended.
“I’m so sorry Liza.” I said, trying my best to hold back my tears.
Asher was dead.
He was never coming back.
He was one of my best friends, I loved him like a brother and now he was gone.
Poor Liza, now that I had Garrett I knew just how important a mate was, and Liza just lost hers. I didn't even want to imagine how painful it was.
“What am I going to do?” She sobbed.
I shook my head, it didn’t matter what I said to her, nothing was going to fix this. Nothing was going to make her feel better.
“I felt it Becca.” She whispered.
I gave her a confused look, what did she feel?
“I felt pain in my chest, like I’d been shot. But when I looked down I was fine. I felt it and I knew something was wrong. I could’ve saved him!” She cried.
I pulled her in for a hug, “There’s no way you could’ve known that the pain you felt was something happening to Asher. You couldn’t have saved him. Don’t you dare blame yourself.”
I knew she'd still blame herself no matter what I said, but I had to at least try.
Eventually her crying stopped and she pulled out of our hug, looking at me with the most serious expression I’d ever seen on her.
“I want to be with Asher. I want to die.”
I was chilled to the bone at her words. She was dead serious and I didn't know if I could talk her out of it, but I wasn't giving up on her.
“You’re going to get through this, I promise. Jay lost his mate and he was fine, he even found another one.” I told her, trying to say whatever I could to pull her away from a dangerous ledge she was dangling from.
“I don’t want another mate, I just want Asher.”
Tears silently ran down her cheeks and it broke my heart. She didn't deserve any of this. After everything she'd been through, when was she going to catch a break?
Suddenly Liza stood up, screamed, and shot so much energy out of her hands that it put a huge hole in her bedroom wall.
I reached out for her when I saw her eyes roll to the back of her head, and she fell into my arms as her body went limp. She was dead weight as I gently placed her on her bed, completely knocked out from using so much energy.
I decided to wait in her room for her to wake up instead of going for help. It was normal for her to faint after using so much energy and I though it would be nice for her to have a familiar face to wake up to. But hours passed and I grew increasingly worried. Shouldn't she have woken up by now?
Eventually I got Jay for a second opinion, since he was the future Alpha, and I didn't know who else to go to. Not many people knew much about Liza's power and the effects it had on her.
The first thing Jay did was press two fingers to Liza's neck, checking for a pulse, and a look of concern took over his face.
“She’s not dead, but her pulse is weak. I think we should call the doctor.”
Ten minutes later the doctor showed up and immediately brought her to the hospital wing of the house.
The combination of Liza’s lack of will to live, and the amount of energy she used, caused her to fall into a coma.
She wasn’t brain dead, so there was a chance she’d wake up, but the doctor wasn’t hopeful. He said it was up to her to decide if she wanted to wake up or not.
But I knew she didn't want to wake up, not without Asher.
That was the day I lost both of my best friends.