I was pacing the interview room. We had to come up with a plan, and it had to be tactical. I couldn’t just barge in, Virion would expect that.
“Is she OK?” I asked Kade. He nodded. I looked out the window and saw the day had already begun. The snow was sparkling in the morning sun. It had been already been thirty six hours since she was taken, and I knew we were running out of time.
“She was fine when I left, and I’ve not heard any talk of anyone planning to harm her. But I have to go back, I should have been there already, they’ll know somethings up!” he said, his voice panicked.
“Go, do your best to keep her safe. We’ll attack tonight.” I said, crossing my arms over my chest. He nodded, as I motioned for Marcelo to release him.
I closed my eyes trying to zero in on her in my mind. All I could feel was calmness, so I assumed she was OK. Marcelo moved slowly, glancing at me several times. His voice tickled in the back of my head.
Marcelo: Are you sure about this?
Marcelo: What if it’s a set up?
Alaric: I don’t believe it is.
Marcelo: This is so unlike you, it’s scary!
Alaric: Ha! Well, get used to it.
As we were walking Kade out, Jackson came running.
“Did you find anything?” I asked.
“No, there no paper trail on him after he was banished from the pack. It’s like he fell off the face of the earth.” he replied, looking defeated.
“He’s been using my name.” Kade mumbled.
“What?” I exclaimed, turning to him.
“I’ll tell you everything when this is over, but I don’t have time right now, I have to get back before they get suspicious.” he said, his eyes started tearing up. I felt a pang of sympathy for the kid. Jackson handed him a pen and a piece of paper, and Kade wrote down his full name and social security number.
“This is perfect” Jackson whispered with stars in his eyes, as he turned and ran back to the conference room.
“Run off, Kade. Thank you.” I said, giving him a friendly slap on the shoulder. He nodded once and jogged out the back of the building and into the forest.
Marcelo and I walked out the main entrance to find Luke still crawling around on all fours, grunting and cussing. He was still in pain, even though the healing had started.
“Did you manage to come to your senses?” I asked him harshly. He snarled at me, but didn’t say a word. Gregory walked up to us, frowning. He sighed heavily.
“I didn’t know” he said apologetically.
“Galina told me everything. I.. I’m.. Fuck.” he pinched the bridge of his nose.
“Are you withdrawing your support to him?” Marcelo asked gently.
“Yes! I can't stand by anyone who can condone rape. As soon as the council finds out about this, I’m sure they will too.” he said glaring at Luke, who was still rolling around in the dirt.
“I have to tell you something, Alaric. When we sent out the scouts, Luke said not to bother searching in the direction where the rogue hideout was, you know, the empty one we attacked the night Jade was taken.” he said, shaking his head.
“We had more then enough scouts, so I questioned him, asking why not, just to be sure. He blew me off, claiming they wouldn’t go back there since we just raided it. He also said not to mention it to you.” he continued, guilt eating him up.
I turned to look at Luke with contempt. He had deliberately avoided the area. He knew! I felt rage boiling within me, my wolf wanted to rip him apart there and then, but I knew deep inside that I had to wait for the council.
“You have one minute to explain.” I growled at him. He pursed his lips together as his brows furrowed.
“So, you’re not denying it, you’re not even trying to defend your actions.” I huffed. Gregory marched over and grabbed Luke’s arm.
“You’ll stay in a holding cell for now. The council will deal with you when this is over” he spat, dragging Luke into the pack house.
Jackson mind-linked me, telling me to come quickly. I ran inside, Marcelo right on my heels.
“Alpha, I found something!” Jackson exclaimed, clicking and typing the computer in front of him, his eyes glued to the screen.
“OK, Go!” I said, knowing he would be talking for about five minutes straight, relaying everything he discovered, as simply as possible, so that even us brutes would understand.
“So I used the information Kade gave me, and found a credit card that was used to purchase a burner phone. I pinged the phone to zero in on their location. He’s obviously not a tech wiz, because I met no resistance while doing this. I’ve sent a drone with a thermal imaging camera to the area. It will let me see how many people are in and around the building. I’ve got three earpieces you’ll be using during the rescue mission. They are a new design, by me, made especially to fit and withstand shifting. I will be able to guide you around, like, be your eyes in the sky.” he said smirking, clearly pleased with himself. I couldn’t disagree with that. He had proven to be a great digital warrior, even if he was useless in a physical fight.
“Good work Jackson.” I said squeezing his shoulder, just as Gregory walked in.
“Are you coming with us, Gregory?” I asked him.
“Yes! Galina will be joining as well.” he replied resolutely.
“You sure you want her to come? It will be messy.” I said skeptically. I didn't know her very well, but she really didn't look like much of a fighter.
“She might be small, and look all posh, but she is a force to be reckoned with. I would never attempt to fight her.” he said with a crackling laugh.
“Alright, if you say so” I said, not completely convinced.
“If you leave in two hours, you’ll be there at the same time I’ll be done surveying the area.” Jackson said. I nodded and turned to Gregory.
“Get ten of your best warriors and be ready in an hour.” I said, walking outside.
The hours had flown by today, I hadn’t really noticed, but now minutes felt like hours.
The night sky was clear and the moon bright, illuminating the pack grounds. My wolf wanted to leave right away, but I knew it would be best to wait until everyone was ready. Hopefully, the rogues would be sleeping when we got there.
Suddenly my body stiffened. I searched my mind, and sensed Jade’s fear increase. I started pacing, clutching my head and breathing heavily. Jackson sensed my discomfort and came running out.
“What’s going on?” he asked, concern written all over his pale face.
“Something is happening, she’s been calm for hours, and now she’s terrified! I can’t wait any longer, we have to move NOW!” I growled. I sent a mind-link to Gregory and Marcelo, telling them to get everyone and meet me at the back of the pack house ASAP. Jackson bolted to get his shit ready. He knew there was no point in even trying to change my mind.
Ten minutes later, a total of Fourteen werewolves were gathered outside, ready. Jackson fitted Gregory, Marcelo and myself with the earpieces.
As soon as I saw everyone was ready we all shifted and started running. It took us a good hour to get there last time, but with the pace we were at now, I was hoping to get there sooner.
The first twenty minutes were uneventful, but as we got closer I felt more and more fear coming from Jade. I pushed myself to go faster. Her terror consumed me, drawing me into a frenzy. Jade’s fear suddenly spiked, and it almost made me loose my footing.
What was going on?