Before you continue to read the new chapter:
During my absence here from Inkitt, because of writer’s block, I tried to keep myself busy and still work on my stories. I have worked on the background if this story, trying to deepen it and add more detail.
As a result, names of characters, places, packs etc. have changed drastically, mostly because of their geological situation. Nathaniel, now Gabor, lives in Hungary, therefore he has gotten a more Hungarian name. Same goes for Julie, now Elke, who is from Belgium.
Nathaniel : Gabor Farkas
Julie : Elke Maes
Marcus : Peter
Charlotte : Fenna
August : Vedo Vargas
Kirsten : Ilona
I know it’s confusing, but I hope it’ll add to the quality of the story in the long run.
I’m glad to be back, I’ve missed this!
After Gabe has dropped his things from the trip on the floor in his room, he takes a smaller bag out of his closet, and starts packing it. He has an idea where is sister is, and he just knows she’s not going to pick up her phone, not even for him. The chance that she’s in wolf form, and not in her human form is big. He knows his sister’s secret, and knows why she runs away so often, he’s going to track her down on foot.
He runs down the stairs to get out as soon as possible; the sooner her has found her and brought her back, the sooner he can go back to Black and make sure the deal is still on.
“Gabor!” Just as he opens the front door to sneak out, his brother catches him doing it.
Gabe freezes, then sighs and shuts the door again, but keeps his back to Ira. “Yes?”
“Where are you going?”
Gabe sighs again. “Out.”
“Can you please not?” Gabe turns around and looks his brother directly in the eye. “I’m a grown man, I can go wherever I want to go, you don’t need to keep an eye on me.”
Ira folds his arms, and his gaze darkens by Gabe’s seeming disregard. “You know I have the right to know where my pack members go. That includes you.”
“Ira, please, don’t do this.”
“Do what? Huh?” Ira moves closer, trying to corner Gabe. “You’ve been gone, for how long now? And just when you’re here, you’re going to disappear again? I don’t think so, Gabe. There’re things we need to talk about, we’re growing apart, and I miss my brother. So, don’t go, or have a good reason for going.”
Gabe sighs again. “I’m going to find Ilona. Alone.”
Ira’s stance completely changes. “If you wait a second, I’m coming with. We’ll do this together.”
Gabe shakes his head fervently. “No, Ira.”
“No. If you want her to come home, you stay here. I have an idea where she is, and as soon as she sees you, she’ll flee. Then I won’t be of use anymore, ’cause she won’t see me either if she sees me with you.”
Ira’s eyes show hurt, insecurity and sadness. His shoulders slump and he sighs. “Alright then. I won’t ask where you’re going. Just be safe and bring Ilona back. If there’s anything, just call.”
Gabe nods, his gaze serious and dark. “I will.” He turns back to open the front door and is out in a second.
When Elke walks home from running some errands, she calls her dad. “Maes.” His deep voice makes her shiver, the authority lays thick in his voice. Like he’s saying, you better have something good for interrupting me.
“Hi dad,” Elke tries to make her voice sounds chirpy.
“Elke,” his voice is surprised. He should learn to watch who’s calling before picking up.
“Dad, there are rumours about a new Alpha being in town, should I do something about those?”
“Err.” Her father seems speechless for a second. “Do you have time to come to my office? I’d like to discuss this in person, not on the phone.”
“Dad, just tell me. What’s going on?”
“Nothing. Just come, please.”
Thank God, the office of her father is only ten minutes on foot. Her father’s office is in an old building, the old hospital of the town that was transformed into the City Hall for the werewolves. The Alpha’s office is here, her father’s. There’s a department for all official administrative things and so on.
The double doors are heavy, but open easily and Elke is in awe of the grand foyer when she steps in.
When she reaches the desk, the secretary already recognizes her and smiles. “Hello Elke, your father is already expecting you, you can walk through.”
“Thank you, Anna. How are your kids?”
“They’re good but, err.” She looks around for a second, then leans over, “just go already. He is in a sour mood.”
Elke nods. “Okay, thanks Anna.”
The door flings open just as she wants to knock on it. “Come in.” The gruff voice of her father is curt. He swiftly turns and turns to look outside the window.
Elke closes the door behind her and slides in the chair opposite of her father’s, then leans back and folds her arms before her chest, her gaze stern.
“You weren’t supposed to know, Elke. No one was supposed to know.” He sighs and runs a hand through his hair. “We’re still negotiating things. There’s nothing decided as of yet. But yes, there’s a new possible Alpha. He wanted time to get to know the pack, the customs, the way we do things. When his trail period is over, he’ll make a final decision.”
“You realize that I have to know. Right? I’ll have to work with him closely as soon as we both take over our positions. I need a chance to get to know this guy, whoever he may be. Does Recht know?”
Her father shakes his head. “He doesn’t know yet.”
“So what was your plan? Were you just going to keep quiet and leave Recht and I to deal with it, or what?”
Andor sighs again takes a seat in his leather chair. “We would inform you as soon as the Alpha officially agrees. Nothing is certain, yet. We need to see if the new Alpha will be compatible with your pack first, then we’ll do all the things we need to do to make sure he’ll get a good start here. Including introducing you two.”
“Who is that Alpha?”
“Isn’t he related to Alpha Iravor Farkas?”
“They are twins. They were born only a few minutes apart, so he has inherited all the traits, all the things an Alpha needs, just never got to put them to use.”
“And now he maybe will be able to here? Is it possible that I’ve met him? His name sounds familiar.”
“Yes, that’s very much possible. He may have been here at festive occasions and such.”
Her father sighs and leans back in his chair. “There’s another reason why we haven’t old you, yet. Remus told me about your—” he points vaguely at her stomach “condition. You’re not going to be capable to take over from me when you’re as round as an elephant, Elke. You’ll be vulnerable, you’ll be weakened, and your child could be a target. The job you’re doing isn’t suitable for pregnant women, it’s way too risky.”
Elke’s gaze darkens. “So, you’re deciding for me? You’re not going to let me be Beta because I’m going to have a kid it nine months. Are you writing me off already? Are you going to replace me just like that?”
“No, we’re just going to wait until you’re back on your feet again. So you have the chance to bond and take proper care of your new-born.” He father sighs again. “Why didn’t you tell me, by the way? I gave Remus such a hard time for wanting to take care of you – he even talked about claiming you, now I understand why, though I talked him out of the claiming part.”
“Because I needed to get used to the idea of becoming a mom first. Remus discovered it by himself, I just— I’m having a hard time with this.”
Her father gaze turns worried. “How are you feeling? If you’d like, your room in the house is still free, we’ll take care of you and the baby. You don’t have to worry about anything.”
Elke shakes her head, “Thank you dad, but that won’t be necessary. I don’t need Remus’ help either. I can manage on my own and I have Malika who’ll help out as well.”
“If you really don’t want the child, you could always, you know—” Her father doesn’t have the guts to finish his sentence.
“No.” Elke slides her chair backwards and gets up as if stung by a bee. “No. I will not let it—it’s my child, my life.” Elke’s breath hitches. “It’s the only thing I have that my mate and I shared.”