Danag didn’t understand it. The wolf he fought wasn’t easy to take out. It made him angry. The wolf dodged every one of his attacks and clawed him every chance he got. Danag was down on one knee. Blood dripping from the claw marks on his body. In order to regain his strength, he needed to feed. He didn’t care for the taste of werewolf blood and he told Addison their blood was a curse. That was true when it came to werewolves who weren’t Victor. The alpha’s blood wasn’t like anything he tasted before in his life and it gave him strength he never imagined he’d have. He felt light on his feet, powerful, and like he could take on the world. It was the reason he was able to escape the colony territory so easily.
He glanced around hoping to spot him somewhere in the crowd of wolves but he was nowhere to be found. Danag cursed. He was probably back at the territory. No matter. Danag caught Pierce and Addison coming out of the alley to help their comrades. Addison told him the power of Pierce’s blood. Pierce was Victor’s brother and his second in command. He was the next best thing. Danag dodged the wolf’s next attack all the while keeping his eyes on Pierce. Pierce was just as strong as Victor. He was lethal like Victor.
Hell, he was strong enough to pull his arm off not that he was saying other wolves couldn’t. If he got a hold of Pierce, it would all be over. Danag used what was left of his speed to run towards the battle. The wolf chased him. He ran in between the crowd of wolves and vampires fighting, hoping to lose the wolf and to catch Pierce by surprise. Danag was inches away from him. Addison saw him. She screamed but it was too late. With a shriek, Danag dived on Pierce and took him down.
“Now, you’re mine,” he hissed.
Pierce smiled at him. Danag frowned. He had the upper hand. It was over for him. He didn’t land on Pierce as he thought. Pierce flung him over his head. Danag screamed. Pierce threw him with so much force, he hit the wall, cracking it. Danag groaned. He slid down the wall a little too fast. He heard a crack as he landed on his neck at an odd angle. Danag gasped. He couldn’t see the fight anymore. Danag couldn’t get his body to work right. He couldn’t even move. Pierce appeared in his line of sight. Danag closed his eyes. He knew from the look in his eyes that it was all over for him.
Pierce stood over Danag. He didn’t want to waste time. He didn’t want to give Danag time to recover. Danag glared up at him. His neck was twisted at an odd angle. Pierce kicked him from the wall. Danag groaned in pain. Pierce shifted into his wolf with a growl. The fear in Danag’s eyes fueled him. Danag scooted away. He twisted his head around, trying to fix his broken neck. Pierce attacked him. He tore into him with everything he had. Danag screamed under him. Pierce wasn’t in the habit of enjoying his enemies’ agony but Danag was an exception.
After what he put Addison through, after kidnapping her and lying to her, he was going to enjoy his death. The fighting stopped between the opposing sides as Danag’s screams were shrill and loud. Pierce bit down on his neck and chewed through, taking off his head. He roared. The vampires hissed and slinked away from the other wolves. Pierce turned to face them. Blood dripped from his mouth. He heard Addison suck in a breath at the sight of him. He didn’t know if it was the blood or the fact she was disgusted that he was covered in it.
The pack knew what he wanted without him having to enter their minds. They attacked the vampires. Pierce searched around for their master but he was long gone. A vampire decided to try his luck with him but Pierce took him down with ease. Addison stayed against the wall while the fighting continued. It was over after only a few minutes with one vampire left standing. The female trembled. Her black hair was messy.
“Please,” she stammered. “I give up. Don’t kill me.”
Pierce shifted back into his human form. He stalked toward her. She got on her knees which he found laughable. He didn’t know vampires knew how to beg. Addison came to stand beside him. She placed a hand on his shoulder.
“Why should we let you live?” she asked.
“It was all Danag’s idea,” she said. “Lord Nalen and I only went along with it!”
Pierce didn’t care whose idea it was. He glanced at Jacinth and nodded his head. The wolves attacked her. Pierce walked away from the carnage. He was about to leave until he saw Sid in his path. Pierce let out a low growl. It was time to take care of him.
Addy swallowed. Her throat was parched from the battle and she needed to feed. She watched Pierce walk over to Sid who stood frozen with fear. Addy didn’t know why it came to this. She didn’t think in a million years Sid would agree with Danag’s plan and help him kidnap her. If he was looking for sympathy from her he wouldn’t get it. In order to protect the man she loved along with the twins, she had to be tougher.
She couldn’t let the fact Sid had signed his death warrant dissuade her. As long as the vampires existed, Sid would try to make her come with them. Addy thought he meant it when he said he wanted her to be happy. She believed him when he said he’d always be there for her. Did attacking the man she loved count as him being there for her?
“Addy,” Sid said. “Addy, I’m sorry.”
“It’s too late for that.”
“I’ll leave the vampires,” Sid said. “I’ll leave them and I won’t ever bother you again. I promise.”
“What do you want to do, love?”
Addy glanced at Pierce. She didn’t think the decision was up to her. Sid glanced around Pierce at her. He had a pleading look in his eye. Addy sighed. He was her only friend.
“Let him go,” she said. “Let’s just go home. I think it’s over now.”
“Are you sure?”
Addy nodded. “Regardless of the circumstances, I’m going to assume Sid still values our friendship. If he ever sides with vampires like Danag again then I won’t let it slide.”
“Thank you so much,” Sid said, pulling her into a hug. “I promise I won’t cause trouble for you or the werewolves again.”
Pierce growled and he immediately let go of her. Sid waved goodbye to her and took off in the opposite direction. Addy watched him until he was out of sight. She sighed with relief. The wolves won this battle. If there was a war she prayed they would be this lucky later on. All the wolves were back in human form. They came to Pierce and waited for him to address them. Addy loved the loyalty between them.
“Let’s go home,” Pierce said. “After we clean up our mess. We don’t want to draw unwanted attention to ourselves.”
They nodded and ran to clean up. Pierce tried to join them but Addy grabbed his wrist. He paused and glanced at her.
“Thank you for saving my life,” she said. “My guardian angel.”
Pierce smiled. “I’ll always be here to protect you and the twins.”
Addy couldn’t hold back any longer. It was disgusting but she was thirsty. The blood covering his mouth was distracting. She leaned up and kissed him. Pierce gasped with surprise. Addy lapped at the blood on his chin which elicited a laugh from him.
“I’m sorry,” she said.
“It’s fine. Have at it.”
Addy kissed him again. She was glad they had some sense of peace even if it was just for now.