Addy bit back tears as Pierce got to his feet and wiped the blood from his mouth. She should’ve left when she had the chance. It was her fault Pierce got in trouble with his brother. She glanced at Pierce.
“I can’t do that, Victor,” he said. “She needs me.”
“The colony is more important than her.”
Addy wondered what he meant by the colony. He said that word twice now. It was a funny way to address your family. Did they take in others who were in similar situations like her? Duh, of course not. The way Victor reacted to her should’ve told her that much. What did it mean then? Addy stepped back until she felt the doorknob poking into her back. She reached behind her and gripped it in her palm. The way Victor glared at her was scary. She was bolting out the door if he tried anything.
“Victor, you don’t understand,” Pierce said gesturing at her. “She’s my-"
“I don’t care. I’ll never allow it!” Victor sniffed the air and growled. “Her disgusting scent is all over the place!”
Addy frowned. She lifted her shirt and gave it a sniff. She didn’t smell anything. She sniffed at her skin but she didn’t smell unpleasant. The only thing she could smell was the Jasmine soap Pierce bought for her the other day. Did Victor have allergies or something? Was that why the scent bothered his nose?
“Forgive me,” Addy said, surprising herself. “I didn’t mean to get Pierce into trouble.”
Victor narrowed his gaze at her as if she had no right to speak to him. Addy tried to ignore his dagger-like stare. “I was attacked and he saved my life. I was too scared to sleep on the streets and so he brought me here.”
Victor laughed at her. Addy glanced at Pierce. Pierce’s eyes stayed glued to his brother. Addy knew Victor’s laugh was a slap in the face to her. She wanted to be angry at him but she couldn’t. She had to get Pierce out of this predicament although she didn’t understand why Pierce was clamoring for his brother’s approval.
“Let me guess, she’s homeless. She has nothing to give you, but you protect her like this,” Victor said. “You can’t save everybody, Pierce especially not some worthless human who could be the death of you.”
“I care about Addison,” Pierce argued. “I don’t care what you say. I won’t abandon her like this!”
Addy didn’t register what Pierce said. The word Victor used. Human. She was a worthless human. Maybe he was crazy or something. Maybe his injuries made him delusional. She glanced from Pierce to him. They both looked human to her. What was going on here?
“Addison is it? I don’t care what her name is or what rat hole she crawled out from. You’re not going to do anything except what I tell you! As the alpha of the colony, I’ll make damn sure that human never enters my territory!”
Pierce gasped as did Addy. He said it again. Addy couldn’t keep her curiosity in check anymore. She had to know what he meant. Addy raised her hand slightly to make Victor look at her. She wished she hadn’t.
“Ummm.. what do you mean? You keep referring to me as human. What does that make you?”
Victor seemed to take sheer delight in her question. “Oh, he didn’t tell you what we are, did he? Well, that’s too bad.”
“Victor, no,” Pierce said with a pleading look in his eyes. “Please, I wanted to be the one to tell her.”
Victor growled as his beast began to emerge from within him. “Allow me to show you what we are.”
Addy watched in horror. Victor’s human features melted away to reveal a wolf-like creature. The wolf’s left eye glowed yellow and the right eye was a piercing white. The change was partial but it terrified her all the same. Addy swallowed nervously and glanced at Pierce. Pierce stood there in utter shock. He wouldn’t look at her. Addy tried to wrap her mind around everything she learned about him over the few weeks she’d been with him. Pierce never gave anything away that he was more than human. All this time she was living with a wolf-like creature. A man that could shift into this creature at will. Addy gasped. Victor mentioned colony on more than one occasion which meant pack.
Pierce wanted his approval because Victor was the leader of the colony. If he didn’t agree with their choices, he could override them. Victor was an alpha male and there was only a handful of species where an alpha was needed. The one that came to Addy’s mind was a wolf. Man shifting into a wolf made him a werewolf. Addy let her grip slip from the doorknob. Danag was a vampire and Pierce was a werewolf. Funny thing is Pierce never hurt her. He was always kind and gentle. Vampires and werewolves were at war with each other, weren’t they?
It explained why Danag didn’t come after her when Pierce saved her life. He was no match for him. All this time she was here with Pierce it never crossed her mind. If Pierce wanted to hurt her, he could have by now. Pierce saw in her a potential girlfriend or in werewolf terms, she was his mate. Addy was surprised that she knew more about them than she thought. She decided as she went over to Pierce that she wouldn’t let Victor scare her off. Pierce wouldn’t hurt her. Pierce grabbed her hands, bringing her out of her thoughts.
“I’m sorry, Addison,” he said. “I wanted to tell you but-"
“I don’t care.”
Pierce glanced at her in shock. Addy smiled. “I don’t care what you are. You saved my life and if you wanted to hurt me, you would’ve done so by now. Nothing will ever change how grateful I am to you or how I feel about you.”
Victor shifted back into his human form. He scowled. Addy was tougher than that. She wouldn’t let him use this trick as a way to get rid of her. Pierce could be a flying pig for all she cared. He was there for her and that’s all that mattered to her. She lifted her chin at him, daring to look him in the eye. Victor didn’t appreciate the move but she didn’t care.
“I’m not afraid of you or Pierce,” she said. “It’ll take more than that to scare me away.”
Victor stalked toward her. Addy winced a little. He was taller than her true, but standing this close to her he towered over her. He grabbed her shirt and brought her so close to him, she could see how deep the scar ran over his face.
“Your kind was responsible for the death of our father,” Victor growled. “You manipulate us with sweet words and the next thing you know, you trick us into doing your bidding. Putting us in fighting arenas. Killing us for sport. Daring to bet on us with your dirty money. I won’t let you be the death of him. I won’t accept you not in a million years.”