Two weeks had passed since Pierce last heard from Addison. Once he was able to get away from Victor, he went back to her usual hangouts. There was no trace of her. He went to Emerald Way shelter but the staff said they hadn’t seen her and Sid since they left. When he went around and asked the few homeless people that were left after the massacre, they hadn’t seen her either. Pierce went crazy. He drove back to the colony and cursed Victor at the top of his lungs. He even tried to fight him which was a big mistake. Victor beat him within an inch of his life. Pierce’s injuries healed in a matter of time but since the incident, he hadn’t said a word to Victor nor Bryce. He rarely ate and he spent his days crying or watching the sunset.
Whenever there was an assignment that required putting one’s life on the line he took it. He died the day Addison left him anyway. Victor, of course, took him off the front line in battle when he charged into the enemy while in human form, shutting off his thoughts to them. The enemy had no idea how to take him and they usually avoided him in favor of wolves that were already transformed. He hated the colony and he hated being a werewolf. If these things didn’t exist, he could be with Addison. Pierce hid in his bedroom for most of the day. He pulled the covers over his head when he heard a knock on the door. From the scent, it was Hadria.
“Pierce,” she said. “Are you asleep?”
A rather dumb question. He had no intention to answer. He closed his eyes as tears slid down his cheeks. He heard Victor’s voice outside the door.
“Leave him alone. If he wants to act like a child, let him.”
“I’m worried about him. What if he tries to end his life? That’s what usually happens with mated wolves and-"
“It won’t happen. They didn’t take it that far.”
“Maybe you should-"
“I’m not having this conversation, Hadria.”
Pierce heard Hadria sigh. Their voices grew fainter as they moved away from the door. Pierce snorted. Victor thought he knew everything. It irked the hell out of him. How would he like it if Hadria were wrenched away from him like he wrenched Addison away? He could be happy but Pierce couldn’t because his woman was a human. It was nonsense. Another knock sounded on his door. Pierce threw the covers from his head in frustration.
“Leave me alone,” he shouted. “What is the point in all these pleasantries when I can’t be with the woman I love?”
“Pierce…” Bryce said. “Don’t shut us out.”
Pierce leaped from the bed. He stormed to the door and snatched it open. Bryce winced at his appearance. Pierce didn’t care. He shoved Bryce away from the door, ignoring his protests.
“Leave me alone all of you! Pierce said. “I don’t want to see any of you!”
“That’s enough of your foolishness, Pierce!”
Pierce glared at Victor who came towards him. It took all of his energy not to go over there and slap him. He shook with anger. He clenched his teeth so tight, his jaws ached. Pierce’s hair was messy and it slid into his eyes. Victor had the audacity to talk to him after what he put him through.
“I don’t care how childish you act,” Victor said. “I’m not going to change my mind.”
“Fine,” Pierce said.
He stormed into his room. Pierce didn’t know what possessed him to do this next move. Maybe it was all the nonsense with the colony. Maybe he wanted to be with Addison that badly. Maybe she was worth it. What was he thinking? She was worth it. He didn’t give a damn if he never saw any of them again. He wasn’t going to lose her. He would find her even if he had to search for her his whole life. In order to do that, he had to leave the colony. He packed up his things and pulled on his coat. He slid on his boots. When he emerged with luggage in his grip, Bryce gasped.
“Pierce…” Bryce said. “What are you doing?”
“I’m leaving,” Pierce said. “I won’t come back. Find someone else to be the beta.”
“You can’t be serious,” Victor said, glaring at the luggage. “This is not how we do things.”
“You don’t give a damn about my happiness and what I want so I won’t give a damn about you or the colony.”
Victor looked at him like he lost his mind. Pierce didn’t care. Hadria watched him with a sad expression. Pierce went out the door with Victor and Bryce along with Jacinth trailing behind him.
“You’re making a big mistake,” Victor said. “I won’t let you destroy yourself because of a human.”
“You already destroyed me!” Pierce dropped the luggage on the steps. He whirled around to face them. “When you decided I can’t be with her, you killed me! My one chance at love and you killed it for me! I thought you’d understand. I was there for you! I was there for all of you! I was foolish to believe when the time came you’d be there for me too!”
“Why?” Victor cried. “Because of her? Do you think I’m doing this because I’ve got nothing better to do? I’m doing this to protect you!”
“Addison is harmless!” Pierce screamed. “She was almost killed by a vampire! A vampire is hunting her. I could have protected her! She needed me!”
Victor sighed. “All the more reason not to be with her. Vampires are our enemies!”
“And if she’s killed?” Pierce said. “If he kills her am I to accept it and move on?”
“I don’t care what you say,” Victor said. “Your argument has no weight here!”
“Right,” Pierce said. “As long as you get what you want, everybody’s happy.”
“You’re stepping over the line-"
“Let me tell you something.” Pierce looked Victor straight in the eye. “If this vampire harms her if I find her and she’s the worse for wear, I’ll resent you for the rest of my life. You will be no brother of mine and every chance I get, I’ll fight you until one of us dies. If you can live with that go ahead and stop me. I dare you!”
Victor stood aside much to Bryce’s dismay. Pierce brushed past him and made sure Victor felt the full extent of his wrath. He knocked shoulders with him so hard, Victor stumbled back. Pierce went to his car and threw the luggage in the backseat. Victor watched him as he got into his car.
“I can live with it, Pierce,” Victor shouted. “I can live with your resentment if it means I can protect you!”
“No you can’t,” Pierce muttered, starting the engine. “You don’t know what I’ll do if Addison gets harmed because of you.”