Taken (Blue Moon Series) (Book 5)

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Chapter 22

~Gale~

We had just sat down to eat, and it looked like Lakota was ready to devour everything. It just dawned on me that he hadn’t eaten for days. He would nibble on something but he wouldn’t eat a full meal. After that incident in the hallway and in the infirmary, Cyrus and I were trying to get him to eat for a while but he refused. All along it was because of the hallucinations he told us about. It hurt to know that, that was happening the whole time and we didn’t know it.

Cyrus put down a breakfast sandwich in front of him and I watched as his eyes grew wide. Taking a seat with the two I watched them eat and it reminded me of the other morning when I had bitten Lakota. I didn’t mean to, I tried to restrain myself but when he had pressed his tongue against mine and just the taste of him threw me in a frenzy. It was the most beautiful blend of sweet and tangy. An addictive taste if I ever knew one.

It was just as amazing as Cyrus’s, who had more of a bite to his blood. It was quiet as they ate so I decided to make conversation.

“So Lakota, is it good?” I asked with a smile, leaning forward and placing my head on my folded hands. He was hunched over his plate, kind of like a starved animal protecting his prey.

“Don’t talk to me.” he mumbled as he buried himself in his food. It was gone in a matter of seconds.

Both Cyrus and I glanced at each other and laughed.

“Someone’s hangry,” Cyrus chucked before sliding his own plate across the table towards Lakota. He didn’t even have to say anything, Lakota had already snatched it up and shoved it in his mouth.

“So whats on the agenda today?” I asked Cyrus as I watched our mate eat.

“I believe Alpha Avery and your father are finally talking. Or more like Avery is preventing a murder in the house.” He laughed, “So I think we should take Lakota out and away from all this drama.”

“Oh, okay. Can I bring my brother, Nicholas along?” Cyrus nodded.

“I don’t see why not”

“Is that okay with you Lakota?” I asked him and he glanced up and shrugged to preoccupied by chewing.

“I’ll go tell him to get ready. He’s been really depressed lately and I thought I would get him out of his head and out of the house for a few hours.” I explained.

“That’s thoughtful of you.” Lakota finally said around a mouthful of food.

“Where has he been anyway? I haven’t seen him.”

“Oh he’s around, he likes to skulk in the shadows, he’s just like a vampire that way.” I snickered.

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Our group stood in the middle of town. Lakota pressed up against Cyrus as far as he could, taking in the sights. He wasn’t a big fan of all the cars passing by but besides that he was pretty excited. I remember that he went out with Connor and Teagan a while back. Both Cyrus and I not being in good terms had been fighting for Lakota’s attention.

“So where do you want to start Nick?” I asked my brother as he stood in the back quietly. Looking behind us and I watched his dark eyes catch mine before he shrugged.

“You act like I haven’t been in town before. Ask your mate” he gestured with his hand towards Lakota. “He seems like the most interested.”

“Yes but I asked you” I answered calmly. He seemed to always be in a bad mood. Since his mother’s murder he never smiled or laughed. The little boy I got to know when I came back home was gone and replaced with an angry, depressed shell that once was my little brother. It pained me to see him like this and I would do anything to help him get back to his old self.

“You want to go eat or something?” this was Cyrus he had just wrapped his arm around Lakota. Then he looked over at both nick and I and smiled.

“Oh yeah that’s right, you don’t eat solid food. I guess it’s a trip to the hospital then, time to get you guys a feeding tube.” He snickered starting down the sidewalk.

“We could just use you as sustenance” I rolled my eyes at him.

“Just try it babe and see what happens.” He sassed and I smiled.

He scoffed with out looking at me and continued to drag Lakota. Nicholas glanced at me and I could almost see a smirk on his face.

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Cerci’s heels clicked against the cobble stone as she adjusted her black fitting top and dusted her matching pants. When she reached the double doors she knocked firmly.

“Come in”

Taking a deep breath she pushed the doors open and took her place in front of the superiors desk and dropped to one knee with her arm laying across her ribs under her breast.

“What is it Cerci?” Superior asked and all Cerci could do was keep her eyes trained on the floor. Biting her bottom lip she finally answered.

“He got away” a scrap of a chair tore through the silence in the room and she flinched knowing her Superior was angry.

“What do you mean he got away?”

“He separated from his pack and we lost him in the commotion. I believe he was using the stone.” When Cerci’s ears were met with laughter this caught her off guard. Snapping her head up to look at the leader of their community in shock.

“Of course he did. Why wouldn’t he, we gave it to them didn’t we.” She walked out from behind her desk and came to stop in front of Cerci. “And it was used against us.” A hand gently caressed her hair and she tensed. Superior’s voice was calm and sultry, a bad mix, Cerci knew out of experience.

“But I believe that we gave the stones only to the mother, not the father.” She questioned.

“I’m under the impression that he stole it from his mate my Lady” she responded.

“Hmm, men. I truly hate those despicable creatures.”

“Yes”

“What about the woman?” Cerci shook her head.

“That one is completely protected by the stone. Even without the other it’s impossible to find her, my Lady”

“This is rather disconcerting isn’t it” she walked behind Cerci as she paced.

“We lose one parent and they both use the stone against us. I regret even considering giving them those gems. It’s a pain even making those.” A ruffle of clothes came from behind her as she knelt down next to Cerci and pressed her lips to her ear.

“I want those boys back, my payment lasts forever and someone has to pay, right?” Superior stood, “Stand, child” Cerci did as she was told and looked into the icy blue gaze of her leader.

“I’ll do everything in my power to get what you want my Lady”

“Good, and Cerci, get my little pet back for me please.” She said with a deadly smirk

A shiver rand down her spine at her Superior’s tone and all she could do was nod and close the door behind her.

Superior had come back from America to take over this district after the tragic passing of the last leader. But she brought back with her an unhealthy obsession with her previous pet. Cerci didn’t know who this wolf was, but his betrayal did a number on their leader. If he ever did get caught and brought back here, he was in for a hell of a ride.

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