One year earlier:
“Sir?” Vedo calls for his attention and Gabor looks up from his laptop.
“Alpha Black of the Wolvenberg pack on the phone. Again. It’s the fifth time he has been calling you in today. I don’t think he’ll stop until he has spoken to you, sir “
Gabe sighs and stares longingly at the screen in front of him. On the screen are the photographs on display that he took with his most recently bought camera on his latest hike through the mountains in Switzerland. He already wishes he was there again, though he only returned to his hotel room last night.
He extends his arm. “Give him on the phone. Let me get rid of him.”
Vedo hands him the phone, and Gabe answers it in a polite, ass licking tone. “Alpha Black, to what do I owe the pleasure of this phone call?”
“Alpha Farkas, I’m so glad to be able to get a hold of you.” The deep voice of Alpha Black rings through the phone. Involuntarily, Gabe shivers and a small smile appears on his face. No matter how far you run, the authority in the voice of a true Alpha can be felt anywhere, even through the phone. “I have some important matters to discuss with you. I’d like to do you a proposition you can’t refuse. Please, come over and spend some time with me and the pack, while we negotiate. I’d rather talk to you in person.”
“Though I’d love to, Alpha Black, I’m currently traveling through Switzerland. I’m really not feeling to interrupt my time off for work. On top of that, I think you’re mistaking me for my brother Iravor. He is the one you should discuss pack business with.”
“Oh, no, I’m not mistaken at all, Alpha. It is definitely you I need; I’m not going to discuss your pack with you, it’s about mine.” The Alpha doesn’t let himself be denied. “Switzerland isn’t that far from here, you know.”
Gabe scratches his head, then looks at Vedo for help, but the man just shrugs. “I’ll see what I can do. I’ll let you know when I can be there, is that alright?”
“That would be great. You’re welcome anytime. I’ll make sure the guestroom is ready when you arrive.”
Gabe sighs as he places his phone next to his laptop. “Vedo,” the man immediately snaps his gaze to his Alpha, “What am I going to do? I don’t want to negotiate anything with this man. I don’t want to do pack-business.” Gabor rubs his face with his hand.
“You just decline politely, then leave.” Vedo shrugs, “that’s what you always do.”
“I have a feeling I won’t be able to get out of this.” Gabe looks at his PA, his driver, his bodyguard, but mostly his most trusted companion.
“I can’t tell you what to do, sir.” Vedo has a pitiful look in his eyes. “You know what I think about your travels, and you being away from home.”
“You think I’m ostrich-ing. You think I’m running away from my problems.”
“Aren’t you?” The man shoves his hands into his pockets. “I don’t think you want to see your obligations towards your pack.” He pulls up his hands and forces Gabe to stay quiet. “Even though you’re not the first-born, you still have obligations towards your pack. There’s more than just being Alpha, there’s more for you in store there.”
Gabe shrugs and shakes his head. “I’m not running away, Vedo. I’m just taking my time to process things. I will go back when I think it’s time. I will.”
Vedo simply nods. “I know you’ll do what you think is best. I trust your insight.”
Later that night as Gabe lies awake in bed, he thinks about Vedo’s words. Though it wasn’t his intention to run away from his problems, somehow, Vedo hit a nerve. He is staying away from home because he doesn’t want to be confronted with his brother.
When his brother was inaugurated as the Alpha of the Börzsöny pack, Gabe broke down afterwards. He was prepared, he truly was. He was taught all the same things his brother was taught, he was treated the same way his brother was treated, he was just as strong and just as smart. Everything between him and Ira were the same; only Ira got to become Alpha, and Gabe didn’t. He always knew he wouldn’t become Alpha, but somehow along the way he still got his hopes up.
It hurt. Realizing that what he was brought up to do; wasn’t going to become reality. It hurt a lot, and Gabe couldn’t handle it. He needed air, he needed space, he needed time to be able to breathe again. He never intended to run away from his duties, that is not who he is, he just needed time to adjust, make new plans and continue on.
He somehow has the feeling that what ever Black may offer him, is going to be life-changing for him.
He turns around in bed to lay on his stomach and takes his laptop from beside the bed and places his in front of him. Opening his browser, he types in the name of the Alpha and decides he’s going to do dig up some information about the man.
Male, 54 years old. Alpha of the Wolvenberg pack. No mate, no children, no family. Beta; Peter Maes.
Gabe rubs his fingers through the stubble on his chin. There’s not much to learn about the man other than what he just found. The man is getting of the age to pass the title on to his first born. As he has no children, who’s going to take over that heavy task?
His phone starts to vibrate. Ira.
“I am already in bed, ready to sleep. What do you want?”
“If you don’t let me know where you are, I can’t take into account the time zones, little brother.” The voice of Ira is teasing, Gabe can just picture the big smirk on his brother’s face. “I just wanted to hear how my brother’s doing.”
“I’m fine.” Gabe answers curtly.
“Are you ready to come back home yet?” Ira’s voice takes on a serious tone. “We miss you here.”
Ira sighs, “yes, I miss you. I miss your advice, I miss your clear thinking, I miss your stubborn ass. Just come home Gabe, please. I don’t know what I’ve done wrong. If there’s anything I should apologize for, just let me know. I really need you, Gabe.”
“Ira.” Gabe sighs deeply, as he has a hard time fighting his feelings. His brother hit his soft spot. “You didn’t do anything wrong, Ira. No one did. I just – I need time.”
“Why? I don’t understand!” Ira almost begs, “Explain, please.”
“I can’t Ira. But I’ll be back, I promise. Good night, brother.”
“Goodnight, Gabe,” Ira’s voice sounds sad, and it touches Gabe more than he’d like to admit.