The next day, I introduced Atticus to the pack and they were over the moon when I told them that he's my second chance mate. I also told them that I'm going to become co-Alpha and they were happy as well except for one person, my ex-mate Alexander Mason. I ignored him since he's the one who rejected me and humiliated me in front of the pack.
Atticus and I were sharing an office until he got one of his own until Abigail busted through the door and shouted.
"Whoa! easy there Abigail, what's going on?"
"It's bad! someone has been killed!"
My eyes widen in shock and then the three of us left the office. Abigail showed us where the body was found and we were shocked. It was one of the warriors who was on pack patrol and someone had killed him.
"How did this happen?" I asked the other warriors.
"We don't know yet, we found him this morning. Our pack doctor is examining him now."
Jade, who is one of our best doctors, stood up from the ground and she came over to me.
"I checked his injuries, this looks like the work of an assassin. His throat has been cut deeply to the point where he lost a lot of blood. I also found this on his body."
Jade handed over a note and I took it from her before reading it. It said;
To the Alpha of the Silvermoon pack,
My name is Giovanni and you have something that we want. Send over the best warriors you have and meet us in the clearing. If you do not meet us then we will continue to kill your warriors.
Aoi growled angrily when his name was mentioned because that was the same wolf who captured me and tortured me when I was little.
"What's going on?" Mom called out as she and Dad joined us.
"Look at this, it's Giovanni."
Mom looked at the note and she was angry just as I was.
"Send our best warriors? why?"
"I don't know, but, what I don't understand is how they were able to sneak into the pack boarders without us realising it."
Mom had a little think and she said to me.
"Hmm...I get the feeling they must have used something to conceal their scent."
"It didn't matter if they were able to keep their scent hidden, how is it we didn't sense them crossing the boarder?" I asked her.
"I don't know but, the only species that are able pass through pack boarders without anyone realising it are vampires but, I don't see the reason why they would do this, unless..."
"Unless it's the vampire King's men who did this," I finished her sentence.
"Vampire King?" Atticus asked me.
"It's a long story but, all you need to know is that Giovanni is a rogue Alpha and your brother and father were up to something with him too. I don't know what it is but, they just got in contact with us and now they're asking us to send our best female warriors to the clearing tonight. I don't see why they need us to do that."
"I know exactly what's going on," A familiar voice spoke up.
We turned to look and it's Uncle Shane. We haven't seen in a while since we defeated our crazy grandmother and after he became the new King of the vampires to take over his father's throne.
"Hey Serena, long time no see."
"It certainly has been a while, I can only guess why you're here."
"Indeed, my fellow vampires have sensed something evil from the dark realm. We did an investigation and it turns out that evil Vampire King Siruz is on the move. How he was able to escape from the seal, we don't know."
"Yeah, I already thought of that, there's no way he could have broken free from the seal unless my mother had something to do with it."
"I'm afraid your theory is wrong sis," Uncle Shane told us which took us by surprise.
"Our mother had nothing to do with it. In fact, Hades placed a lot of guards and traps around the seal to make sure no one got inside and break the seal. It's impossible to break through. Even if our was able to do it, she would have stolen his soul by now."
"If that's the case, then what's going on?"
"Earlier, I went to see Hades and we checked the seal for ourselves. I'm afraid it's worse than thought."
"What do you mean?" Atticus asked him.
"I used my reaper powers onto the seal to check on it and you're not gonna believe this. Somehow, Siruz was able to split his soul in half. As we speak, the first half is sealed away in Hades' underworld while the other is out there somewhere."
We were shocked by this and then Mom spoke up.
"You mean to tell me that vampire was able to use the same spell that our mother used and he is now roaming freely out here?!"
"I'm afraid so and I suspect that the other half has taken over someone's body to make sure Hades doesn't catch wind of it. We don't know who it is yet but, if we don't stop them..."
"I get it, Uncle Shane. Come on, let's head into my office so we can come up with plan," I told him as we headed back into the packhouse and we went into my office.
We looked at the map and then Atticus spoke up.
"I don't get it, why is Giovanni targeting only she-wolves?"
"I don't know but, if we can somehow capture him alive, I might be able to access his memories and find out what's going on," I told him.
"He says he wants his strongest female warriors huh? I have an idea but, we're going to need some help from some fellow hunters who also want Giovanni's head."
"Mom, what are you up to?" I asked her after noticing that look on her face.
"We are going set a trap for a rat or in Giovanni's case, a bait trap."
I looked at her confused before she explained to me.
"Giovanni wants our strongest warriors right? well, what he doesn't know that I'm the only strongest warrior around here so, I'm going to use myself as bait to lure him out and then with help from the hunters, we'll trap him."
"What?! Ellie you can't do that! who knows what that man is capable of, plus, what makes you think he doesn't know about your past as the Bloodhound?" Dad asked while Mom smirked and chuckled.
"Jackson, that's exactly why werewolves used to underestimate me during my days as a hunter. They don't know what I'm capable of until..." Mom ran her finger over her throat and she titled her head to the side.
"I'm taking sides or anything but, she does have a point. I think we should go with this plan."
"All right, I'll contact Jamieson and then we'll put this plan in motion. But, don't let anyone else know about this until tonight."
"Why?" I asked her.
"Serena, the way things are going right now, you can't trust anyone. I have been in this kind of situation before during my army days. We talk about a plan and let our comrades know about it until someone stabs you in the back."
I nodded my head and then we looked at the map again to discuss where everyone is going to be positioned for the ambush.
A while later, we gathered some of our best warriors and they all had their scents masked including me and Atticus. Mom and I also used our reaper powers to hid everyone's souls to make sure the vampires don't sense us in the shadows. We hid in the bushes and we waited for Giovanni to come until finally, he came out of the shadows.
"I know you're here somewhere. Come out of hiding!"
I looked Mom and then she nodded her head.
"Remember the plan. Wait for my signal and then attack," Mom spoke through the special mindlink we share.
"We will, good luck and please be careful."
I told her before Mom puts her hood on and then she lowered her head to hide her face before she came out the shadows.
I kept my head down as I approached Giovanni. I closed my eyes and I could sense quite a few evil souls nearby including the vampires. Looks like I was right, Giovanni isn't just using rogues but, he's got vampires on his side.
"Seriously? just one?" He asked in an annoyed tone.
"I'm afraid so, sir. I'm the only female warrior who's the strongest in her pack."
"Is that so? raise your head and look at me when I'm talking to you. I need to know who you are and what rank you are as well."
I smirked and I told him.
"I'm afraid I cannot do that."
"Why not?" He asked.
I slowly raised my head and I got my smoke bombs at the ready.
"Because if I reveal who I am...I'll become your worst nightmare!!"
I shouted before I dropped the smoke bombs onto the ground and then smoke of wolfsbane came out. Giovanni coughed heavily and then we charged in. The vampires were about to attack but the hunters took care of them by using flash bombs to blind them and then they took them down. Meanwhile, the rogues who charged into the smoke to help their leader inhaled some of the smoke and some of them were forced to shift back into the human forms.
I drew my pistols and I fired them at the rogues who were weakened while keeping an eye out for Giovanni. Suddenly, I heard someone growl behind but, it was too late for me to react. Giovanni charged at me with a dagger at the ready. But, his right arm was sliced off and then he screamed in pain. Behind him was Serena and she was angry.
I thought the Bloodhound within me would have awakened the moment my hunter instincts kicked in but, it looks like the Alpha title is not the only thing that Serena has just inherited. I think I turned my adopted daughter into a mini version of myself.