Danag didn’t like the audacity of that wolf. He had no right to interfere in his plans for Addison. Danag leaped from roof to roof complaining all the while. He promised his master some fresh meat was coming in today. He wasn’t planning to share Addison with anybody but he needed permission to bring her into the folds. As long as she was protected by that wolf, there was nothing he could do. That wolf wasn’t a normal beast not by a long shot. From the way he carried himself and the fierceness of him, he was a born leader. If he wasn’t the alpha of his colony, he had to be the beta. Danag cursed. He just remembered where he saw him.
He was the beta of the Bane Colony. He had to find a way to get her away from him. Danag smirked when he thought about Sid laid out in his apartment. Sid would be turning soon. It would be his chance to lure Addison into a trap. He would coach Sid into telling her he was alive and well. From what he gathered, she knew nothing of the supernatural beings that plagued this town. Danag let out a low laugh as his master’s hideout came into view. He would have her and once she belonged him, he would tear that wolf from limb to limb. He landed on the balcony.
He jumped down and slid open the window. Rana’s his master’s puppet smirked at him when he entered. He ignored her and left the room. She was just a lowly life form anyway. The master only kept her around to satisfy his sexual needs. Danag slid his fingers across the walls as he went to his master’s room. This place was dark and foreboding but that was just the way he liked it. Too much light wasn’t good for them. Danag reached the door and knocked once. Silence greeted him from the other side.
“Master?” he called, pushing open the door.
Danag saw him sitting in his favorite chair. Danag bowed to him as he peered at him from over the book he read. The master watched him with amethyst colored eyes. “You didn’t catch the human?”
Danag winced. He didn’t tolerate failure but lucky for him, he wasn’t harsh which was surprising. Danag bowed again with his eyes closed.
“Forgive me, Lord Nalen.”
Nalen didn’t say anything in response. Danag watched him fold down the corner of a page and close the book. He stood. Rana entered the room. She came over to Nalen and snaked an arm around his waist. Nalen smirked and planted a kiss to the side of her head. Danag pursed his lips. He was disgusted by their display but he kept his mouth closed. She giggled. Her black curls falling over her left shoulder.
“When will you get Addison to join us?”
Danag turned away from them. “It just got difficult. She’s protected by a werewolf.”
The giggles from Rana stopped and before Danag knew it, Nalen was right in his face.
“The Bane Colony?”
Danag nodded. He didn’t understand why Nalen had to ask. The Bane Colony was always in the way. Danag wished they had dealt with them a long time ago.
“If you can’t get a hold of Addison then let her go,” Nalen said, pacing around the room. “She isn’t worth us getting tangled up in the werewolves’ affairs.”
Danag knew Nalen was right but he wasn’t going to listen to him. He wanted Addison the minute he saw her out on the streets. At first, her blood called out to him and it drove him crazy whenever he was near her. He found himself gazing longingly at her neck when it was exposed to him. He remembered running his tongue along the vein while she slept one night. That sweet, salty taste of her made him ache with need. It was the blood at first but now, he wanted her as a potential partner in this life and the next. The beta Pierce wouldn’t get in his way. If push came to shove, he’d have to kill him.
“Do what you will then.”
Nalen left with Rana by his side. Danag bowed. He waited until Nalen was gone before he decided to put his plan into action. He had to find out where Pierce took Addison. He had searched all the areas in which she could hide but he found nothing. He could go stake out the Bane Colony territory but Pierce’s brother Victor, the alpha of the colony, didn’t like humans. It was suicide for Pierce to take her there. Not only that, if Danag even stepped one foot in their territory, Victor wouldn’t let him just walk away. The territory was guarded day and night. The slightest outside movement would have them alerting Victor and the alpha was known to capture anything and everything that ventured into his territory.
It was how he met his mate, Hadria who was now the Luna of the colony. Besides if Victor didn’t like humans, he probably hated vampires just as much. Danag sat at the desk and drummed his fingers, his mind working. Did it mean she was no longer in town? If not, where did she go? He slid his fingers down the desk and frowned. Could Pierce have a hideout in which no one knew about?
“Alright beta,” he mumbled. “Where did you take my girl?”
Addy finished getting dressed. While she ran the brush through her hair, her thoughts drifted to Sid. She never thought in a million years vampires existed. It made her wonder what other kinds of creatures existed in this strange world. Addy shook her head.
“Don’t think about it,” she mumbled. “Don’t think about it.”
She should go and see how Pierce was coming along with their meal. Addy hurried downstairs as a wonderful smell drifted in the air around her. She ran to the kitchen, ready to enjoy the wonderful meal Pierce cooked. She scowled when she saw a bowl of soup sitting on the table. Addy came over to the table with a sigh. She was tired of soup but she was grateful for Pierce’s hospitality. His leather jacket was draped on the chair across from hers. She took a seat and watched him go about filling his own bowl with soup.
“Thank you,” she said when he turned around.
“I know it’s not much but it’ll keep you warm,” he said. “I know you probably had this a lot at the shelter but I promise to make you something better next time.”
Addy didn’t know if there will be a next time. Although being here beat staying on the streets, she didn’t want to wear out her welcome. As soon as she ate this delectable meal, she was going back to the place she knew so well. She didn’t want to cause any unwanted trouble for him. If Danag was after her, she had to assume Pierce would be in danger for protecting her. Addy looked down at her soup when Pierce took the seat across from her. It was hard to look at him. He was handsome. Addy picked up her spoon and twirled it in the soup. She took a sip and smiled. It was good. It was actually better than the one they served at the shelter.
“This is really good,” she said, sipping another spoonful. “How’d you learn to cook like this?”
“My older brother got into an accident,” Pierce said. “He was hospitalized for a while and Mom had to stay with him for a few days. I had to take care of my younger brother.”
“What about your dad?”
“He died a long time ago,” Pierce said.
Addy saw the pained look in his eyes. “I’m sorry,” she said. She didn’t mean to make him bring up a painful memory.
“I found out, later on, I had a passion for cooking and so, I started to cook for my brothers whenever they wanted me to.”
Pierce left out the part where he was the part-time cook for the pack. They often preferred him over their regular chef. Addy reached for the glass of water. She took a sip and watched him. He seemed to be deep in thought.
“What are your brothers’ names?” she asked, placing the glass on the table.
Pierce smiled. “My older brother’s name is Victor and my younger brother’s name is Bryce.”
Addy wondered if his brothers lived with him or if he lived on his own. Judging from the look of him. She registered that he was in his thirty’s or he could be younger. His skin was flawless and smooth. When he glanced at her, she looked down and continued eating.
“Tell me about you, Addison.”
Addy placed her spoon on the side of the plate. “There isn’t much to tell.”
“That’s not fair.” Pierce frowned at her. “I told you a little about myself. The least you can do is return the favor.”
Addy knew he was right but she didn’t have siblings nor was her childhood rosy. What was she going to tell him? She lived on the streets ever since her fiancé stabbed her in the back? That her family disowned her when she tried to turn to them for help? That Sid was the only one who helped her when she tried to get used to her life on the streets? Pierce’s life was grand compared to hers. Pierce waited for her to say something.
“I went to college and I majored in journalism.”
“What kind of stories did you cover?”
Addy shrugged. “I wanted to do whatever I could. Too bad I didn’t get that far. I let a guy take everything from me and wound up on the street. I thought he loved me as much as I loved him but he made a fool of me.”
Pierce stood. He went about clearing away his dishes. Addy didn't understand the change in his mood. Did she say something wrong? Pierce didn’t want to hear about another guy. First Sid and now this college boyfriend. Pierce shouldn’t get bent out of shape about the past. Fate had brought her into his arms after all. Addy stood and brought her plate over to him.
“I’ll do the dishes if you want.”
Pierce smiled. She wouldn’t lift a finger if he could help it. Women like her deserved to be spoiled. He didn’t know all the details of her living on the streets. He didn’t understand why her family chose not to help her. He would make her happy where her college boyfriend failed and he was her family now. Even if Sid turned and came back for her, Pierce wasn’t letting her go without a fight.