Addy slipped out of the mansion. Her and Pierce argued when they returned. It was never her intention to live off his fortune. When she tried to tell him that, it led to one of their longest arguments yet. It took for Victor to get in between them for the argument to cease. Pierce thought she was being foolish. If any other woman had a rich boyfriend, they’d take advantage of it but Addy wasn’t like that. She called him out on his wanting to be used or needed and it set him off. He yelled at her which is something he rarely did and left the mansion. Addy tried to call him but he ignored her calls.
Victor and Bryce were both worried the argument would hurt her or the twins but Addy was stronger than that. She guaranteed her babies were just as strong as she was. She wasn’t some timid flower that needed guarding. Addy stepped onto the porch feeling down. She wiped a tear as it slid down her cheek. Addy glanced at the crescent moon. It was a beautiful night and it wasn’t so cold. She could see the meadow now. Pierce said he would help her walk in the sun again. She hoped it was sooner rather than later. Although she enjoyed the night, she enjoyed a little sunlight too. Addy sat down in the array of flowers. She touched one of the petals and smiled at the softness.
“Why can’t you understand me,” she whispered. “I thought you’d understand, Pierce.”
Addy jumped at hearing Sid’s voice behind her. Sid stood in the meadow. He gave her a lopsided grin. Addy stood. The flowers and grass tickled her ankles as the wind blew around them. Sid walked over to her.
“You know, there’s always a place for you at our side,” Sid said.
“Thanks but no thanks.” Addy picked one of the flowers and gave it a whiff. “I don’t want anything to do with Danag after making me like this.”
“That can change in an instant.”
Addy couldn’t believe it. How could Sid bring him here? Danag emerged from the shadows of a nearby tree. His blue eyes glowed red in the night. His coat was draped over one shoulder. Addy gasped when he removed the coat, revealing a stump. His arm was gone. Addy wondered how it happened. Danag followed her gaze and grinned.
“You can thank Pierce for this if you ever see him again.”
“He’ll die if you don’t come with us.”
Addy didn’t believe it. Pierce wouldn’t let himself be captured; he was stronger than that. It was fake. They were tricking her. As if he read her mind, Danag threw something at her. When she reached down to pick it up, she screamed. It was skin. Skin with the mark of Victor’s colony. She saw that marking on Pierce’s arm when they made love. How could they do this to him? Tears formed in her eyes. She tried to attack Danag but Sid held her back.
“What did you do to him?” she cried. “Give him back to me!”
“Come with us if you want to see him again.” Danag’s gaze left her and trailed to the mansion behind her. Fear darkened his features. “Hurry up and make your choice. I haven’t got all night!”
Addy heard the wolves calling for her. She couldn’t get them involved. Danag reached out a hand to her. Addy took it. He and Sid hurried out of the meadow with her. Addy glared at the back of Danag’s head as he leaped on a tree limb in front of her. She would kill them. She would kill them all. They would pay for hurting Pierce.
After clearing his head, Pierce drove back to the mansion. When he thought about things from her perspective, he understood. Addison was an independent woman in a way. She didn’t want to rely on anyone. She wanted to make it with her own strengths. It was either that or she was betrayed so much by people she thought she could count on, she didn’t trust anymore. Pierce sighed. He would never betray her. If it got down to it, they needed to have a serious talk about her trust issues.
He glanced at the flowers he prepared for her. It was something he'd seen human men do when they wanted to make amends with their wife or girlfriend. Addison seemed to love flowers from the way she reacted when she saw the meadow. Pierce pulled up to the mansion. He got out with the flowers in hand. He saw Jacinth and Hudson outside. Pierce’s senses went on high alert. He didn’t sense Addison anywhere. He jogged up to the mansion.
“What’s happened?” he asked.
“Addison went out but we can’t seem to locate her,” Hudson said. “I’m sorry, Pierce.”
Pierce went into the mansion. He saw Victor talking to Braxton. He ran upstairs to his room. It was all a misunderstanding. She was here. She had to be. Addison wouldn't leave. She knew how dangerous it was.
“Addison,” he called.
There was no answer. Pierce ran to her room and peered in. She wasn’t there. He couldn’t even sense her in the bathroom. He hurried down the stairs and ran out to the meadow. River was there. He was looking at something on the ground.
“River,” Pierce said. “Have you seen Addison?”
“No, but I got a good idea who has,” River said. “The vampires were here. I can recognize their foul stench anywhere.”
Pierce could smell them too. He roared at the top of his lungs. He let the flowers slip from his grip as he stalked back to the mansion. If he didn’t get a hold of himself, he would probably take his anger out on the pack. Victor greeted him at the door.
“It’s time to make our move,” he said. “They won’t get far, Pierce. Trust me.”
“I don’t understand,” Pierce said.
“Our scouts are already on the move,” Victor said. “Go after them and make them pay.”
“You’re not coming?”
“Hadria is due any day now,” Victor said. “I can’t leave. I’m putting you in charge of this.”
“Sir,” Jacinth said. “Silas spotted them heading towards the homeless district. He’s keeping an eye on them.”
“Good,” Victor said. “Hurry Pierce. They must have gone there to feed. This is your chance to put an end to them.”
“Believe me I will,” Pierce growled. “I’m going to enjoy tearing Danag limb from limb.”
With that, he walked out onto the front porch and shifted into his wolf. Hudson, Jacinth, and Braxton did the same. Pierce gave the signal and they charged. Two more wolves joined them while the rest stayed behind to look after Victor and Hadria.
“Show no mercy.”
The pack howled in response. Pierce was on edge right now. He didn’t care if there were still humans in the homeless district. He didn’t care if they spotted him. Danag crossed him for the last time and if Addison’s little friend Sid had anything to do with this, he’d make him pay as well.