I marched his way. He lifted his gun and pointed it at me but I knew what he was going to do. I use my speed to dodge the bullet. It lodged itself in the tree behind me. I ran towards him just as he fired another shot. I used the fallen tree below me to kick off the ground. When I landed in front of him, I grabbed his hand and knocked the gun out of his grasp.
He reached behind him and pulled out a knife. Before I could stop it, he slid it across my forearm. I hissed in pain. The burn is immediate and the poison began flowing through my veins. I can feel it.
He gave me a devilish smirk.
"You must be the mutt who has been rutting with my daughter. Bethany told me all about you," Baden baited me.
Roaring I pivoted and used my other arm to hit him across the face. His anger snapped and he began jabbing the knife at me erratically. I had to move quickly to stay out of reach but the man was relentless. He swung and jabbed the knife in every direction. I grabbed a branch and knocked the knife out of his hand.
We both stood a distance apart. He bent down and pulled two other knives from his boots. These knives were longer. My arm began aching and burning.
"Judah!" A familiar female voice screamed from behind me.
Both Baden and I turned to see Rosemary running towards me. Baden's eyes swept over his daughter in shock. She looks nothing like him but I am sure he recognizes who she is immediately because she looks everything like her mother—his mate.
"Rosemary," he breathed.
Rosemary jogged up to me. Her eyes landing on the cut on my arms. The skin around the wound was turning black. Immediately, she tore a piece of her shirt off and tied it high above my elbow and above the wound to prevent the poison from traveling.
She pulled out a medicinal jar and poured a weird looking liquid over my wound. She looked back at me and I can't tell if she was angry or terrified.
"What the hell are you doing here?" I growled.
"I told you I will run after you." She gave me a scowl.
"Remind me to kill the guard when we get back," I snapped at her.
"Can we not argue-" I pushed her and I both out of the way just as a knife came flying towards us.
I looked to see Baden running towards me. I grabbed his wrist just as he swung it low to stab me in the stomach. Rose got pushed back farther away from me as my body collided with hers. Baden roared and pushed my body, the knife coming closer to my stomach. It forced me to take steps back to keep the knife from touching my skin.
When my feet hit against a tree, I used it to twist and jump behind him. Baden turned and swung his other knife at me. I knocked it out with my palms, pushing underneath the hilt. It slipped up and out of his grasp but that brief second of trying to stay a step ahead of him, he had a knife around my throat.
"Where is your mother, Rosemary?" Baden directed the question to Rosemary.
"She's none of your business," Rosemary replied, her eyes fell on me and I can see the fear in her eyes. One wrong move and Baden can kill me.
"Do you think that's a wise decision right now, Rosemary. Do you want me to kill your mate?" Baden snapped at his daughter.
"Do it and I will end your life," Rosemary growled back at him.
He smirked. "So much like your mother. She must have told you I am a horrible person but she is the horrible person. She left me and ran away. She hid away for a decade. She left with you. She's the horrible person here."
"You tortured her and used her for your own sick advantage. I might be your daughter but I am not human. Will that disgust you the same way my mother disgusted you? You hunt us!" Rosemary lashed out.
"What do you want?" Rosemary took a step toward him.
"Your mother and you," Baden announced.
"No!" I growled.
Baden yanked my head back and exposed my neck. He placed the knife closer to my skin.
"No! I'll do anything. I'll go with you. Just don't kill him," Rosemary ran closer. Her hands raised.
"Rosemary, no," I whispered.
"Don't, please. Don't kill him." Tears ran down her cheeks. Her eyes moving to find mine.
"What about your mother?" Baden asked.
"She'll come. If she knows I'm gone, she'll follow me. She knows where you are," Rosemary assured him.
"Don't leave me." I looked at her, begging her to stay.
"Why don't I just kill him and take you?" Baden smirked.
Rosemary grabbed the knife I had knocked out of Baden's hand and pressed the sharpest part to her throat.
"Kill him and I die with him," she growled.
Baden's eyes widened and his grip loosened. It gave me enough room to grab his wrist, twist his arm around and stabbed his own knife right to his stomach. His lips parted in surprise. I pulled the knife out and stabbed him again. His grip loosened and I took the knife and stabbed him in the heart before sliding it across his throat.
He fell to the ground with his eyes still wide. I dropped the knife shakily before turning to look at Rosemary. Her eyes were on her father. The silver knife still pressed against her throat.
Slowly, I walked over to her and removed one finger at a time from the handle of the knife. Once I got the knife out of her hand, I cupped her cheek to look at me. The fight is coming to an end. Her eyes found mine.
"Are you okay?" I asked.
"He's dead," she whispered blankly.
I turned her away from her father so that she wouldn't have to look at what I did to her father.
"He tried to kill you---"
"I know. I'm sorry you had to see me kill him." I pulled her into my arms. My eyes sweeping over the ending of the chaos. The fire is almost out.
Medics were running out to take care of the wounded and discard the bodies of the hunters. Hunter and Ace walked over to us. Their eyes landing on Baden before they gave me a brief nod of acknowledgment. They weren't seriously injured but they did have blood on their naked bodies. I tucked Rosemary's face further into my chest.
"Let's get you home," I told her and felt her nod her agreement against me.
I carried her the rest of the way home. When we made it to the clearing her mother was standing at the top of the hills with several guards. The guard that was supposed to watch over Rosemary looked relieved but one dark look from me had him turn white in seconds.
"Thank god, she's safe," her mother whispered covering her mouth.
"Gamma, she tricked me. She ran out the door before I could stop her," the guard protested.
"I'll finish with you after she's safe." I looked at him intently. He physically gulped.
"It's not his fault. I did trick him." Rose helped the poor guy out.
"You should have listened when I ordered you to remain inside," I growled at her.
She lifted her head to look at me. "Then maybe you will listen next when I tell you I want to go with you."
I clenched my jaw in irritation. She's going to be the death of me. We walked inside but her mother halted me.
I nodded and her mother's eyes turned sad. She knew the ending. She knows Baden died, otherwise, I wouldn't be here.
"Are you okay, Rose?" her mother asked worriedly.
"Strangely, yes." Rose looked at her mother.
She tried to get down from me carrying her but I ignored her attempts. She gave me a glare before stopping her attempts and allowing me to carry her up the steps to the bedroom. Together I helped her take a shower and gave her some clean clothes. She wore one of my long black t-shirts and black sweatpants that I had to tie a knot at the waist to keep it from falling off from her.
After, I slipped her into bed and sat on the edge while she turned to her side to look at me.
"How are you feeling?" I pushed her damp hair back.
"I don't know. You almost died. He had you underneath a knife—" She snapped up in bed to a sitting position. Her hands went to my arm, suddenly recalling that I got injured in the battle.
"What about your arm?" She lifted it for us to look at. Whatever she poured on it, it worked in removing the poison from my body. The wound was already starting to close. She removed the tie around my upper arm. I guess it is a good thing she's studying to be a pack doctor.
"I am fine," I assured her. "Go to sleep."
"I don't feel like sleeping." She made a face.
There was a knock at the door. I got up and walked to the door to see that someone had brought up some milk, cakes and cookies. It looks like her mother knew she would have trouble sleeping. I carried back to Rose.
She scarfed down the chocolate cake in seconds and went for the warm baked cookies. She has quite an appetite after seeing blood. In between bites, she took sips of the milk.
"I'm going to take a shower. I have things to do but if you want I'll lay in bed next to you until you are asleep," I told her.
She nodded and continued eating. I walked to the bathroom and took a shower. After scrubbing off the smoke smell as much as I could, I did a quick towel dry and rubbed the towel through my damp hair before I pulled on a fresh pair of block cotton sleeping pants and walked out.
I found my mate fast asleep in bed already. Dropping my towel in the hamper, I walked over to the bed and sat where I sat down earlier. I removed her glasses that she always seems to forget to take off and smoothed back her hair. Once again, she had the blanket wrapped around her body like a burrito.
I pulled my hand back before walking to the closet. I needed to check on my father. I needed to know how he is doing. Walking to the closet, I pulled on a random cotton t-shirt and walked out of the bedroom quietly.
When I did arrive in the medical wing, it was filled with pack members and doctors. Everyone was running around rampant. Hunter and Ace sat in the corner with the rest of the family. They looked up when they saw me.
"How is Rosemary doing?" my mother asked.
"She's asleep," I told her.
My mother nodded slowly before she looked back at the operating room doors. An anxious look shadowed her face. I sat down next to her and wrapped my arm around her. She leaned in and cried.
"I hope he is okay," she sobbed.
"We got to him in time. He should be fine," Hunter tried reassuring my mother.
As soon as the operating room doors opened, we all stood up. The doctor walked over to us immediately. He had a smile on his face.
"He is okay. He's unconscious right now but after giving him some sedatives and medicine to remove the silver from his system. He is asleep and recovering."
My mother's shoulders sagged in relief. Everyone looked relieved including me. We all gave the doctor and appreciative thank you before we went to go see him.
It was a long night and I spent another two hours in my father's room before I made it back to my bedroom and crashed into bed. Rosemary's body sidled closer to me on instinct and I pulled her into my arms.
It's been a long past few days. Everything seemed to blur together but now I can finally breathe better. Everything will be fine. Rosemary is safe and she's right here in my arms where she belongs. I closed my eyes and allowed the exhaustion to finally take over; falling quickly into a quick slumber.
Guys...I believe one more chapter and then we hit the epilogue. Yes. It is ending. Oh my god, I can't believe it. It's a little hard to believe but it's happening guys. We are almost there.
How are we feeling about this?
How should I mentally prepare you for the epilogue? A steamy chapter or a nice and romantic one? LOL