Anthony looked up at the man who had come running toward him. He waited patiently while the young man caught his breath. "Well?" he asked.
"Your son is back. They arrived less than an hour ago. The girl is with him and Aren. They had a stranger with them, but I'm not sure who he is or what roll he plays." The man took in deep breaths. He had run all the way from his post watching the pack house.
"Good job. Get back to your post and see what you can find out about the stranger. I don't want anyone getting involved and messing up my plans," Anthony commanded. The man nodded and then started walking away. "Hurry!"
Anthony watched smugly as the boy took off running. It felt good to be instantly obeyed. His panther purred at the respect his men showed him. He knew it was more out of fear, but he pretended that his men loved him.
He turned back around and took another bite of the squirrel he caught earlier. He bit into it, feeling the blood run down his chin. He smiled to himself. Soon that would be his son's blood running down his throat and chin. He couldn't wait.
"You will be mine soon, son. I'm coming for you," Anthony mumbled to the silent woods. His men were ready to fight and his plan would be put into place very soon.
"I will go back to my pack and ready my men. We will be back tomorrow evening. If you think they're going to attack sooner, call me," Smith said, grabbing a piece of paper and writing his number down. He handed it to Riven, who took it and put it in his pocket.
"Thank you again. After this is all over, maybe your girls can come for a visit. I'm sure my men wouldn't mind," Riven said with a smile. Smith nodded and returned the smile.
"That sounds good. I want them to meet more people. They need to find their true mates. I'm hoping one of your men will be that person." Smith got up from his seat and looked around. "This is a nice place you have here."
"Thanks," Riven replied, standing to his feet. The men shook hands and then Riven led him back through the house to the front door. When they stepped out on the front porch, Smith noticed the car was gone.
"Well it looks like I'm running home. Oh well, I need the exercise." He laughed.
"Aren is… Well he's not really easy to describe. You'll have to excuse him. Watch yourself out there, I'm not sure how close they are watching us, and I don't want my new ally getting hurt before he can even help us," Riven said. Smith nodded.
"Don't worry. I'm a fighter," Smith said. He shifted and then jumped off the porch and ran down the road. Riven watched him go until he disappeared from sight. Then he sighed.
"This is a miracle," he said to the empty porch. He was about to enter back into the house when he caught movement out of the corner of his eye. He glanced into the trees, but he couldn't see anything but trees. He scanned closely, but gave up when nothing moved. He shrugged and went inside the house, closing the door behind him.
All morning and part of the afternoon, Candy avoided everyone. She stayed in her room except when she went to get some lunch. No one spoke to her, and for once she was glad. She wanted to mourn in peace. She was extremely glad that Drew never crossed her path. She hadn't wanted to see him.
She had just finished packing when there was a knock at her door. She sighed and then said come in. She already knew who it was. Riven shut the door behind him and glanced at her.
"I'm all packed," she answered his questioning gaze. He looked relieved.
"He's here to get you. I'm sure you will forgive me for this one day. It's for the best. I don't want anything to happen to you, and you need an education that I can't provide here. I was planning on sending you off this winter anyway, but my plans changed," Riven explained. Candy just listened in silence.
"I'm glad to be going. I need to get away from everyone, especially…" she trailed off, but Riven knew who she was talking about.
"I'm sorry about that, Candy. He's too old for you. You'll find the one destined for you one day," Riven said, pulling her in for a hug. "I love you like a daughter. If you ever need anything, I mean anything at all, call me."
"I will. Thank you for everything," Candy said, holding back the tears. She was tired of crying.
Riven reached out his hand and Candy took it. He led her out her door and down the hall. They stopped in the living room where everyone was sitting. Everyone except Drew. Candy's heart ached. She had at least wanted to see him one last time.
"Well, guess this is goodbye," Candy said, holding her suitcase. It grew silent and then Lucy was climbing to her feet. She had tears in her eyes. Riven had told her what happened earlier today and she had been devastated about Jaiden's death.
Lucy rushed over and swept Candy up into a hug. "I'm going to miss you. It's going to suck with only two girls left."
"I'm going to miss you too. Thank you for everything," Candy said softly. She again had to hold back tears.
After giving everyone a hug and all the goodbyes, Riven led Candy out the door. He closed it behind him and then motioned to the man standing by the car. He was an older man, much older than Riven. He had gray hair and was dressed in jeans and a short sleeved tee. He looked relaxed, but reeked of power.
"Candy, this is Sam. Sam, this is Candy," Riven introduced them. Candy shook the man's hand, his grip tight, but not overly.
"Do you have everything you need?" the man asked, looking down at her lone bag. She nodded. She didn't have much, not having any money and not liking Riven spending his on her. She had let Jaiden have the most stuff.
"Where do you want me to put it?" she asked.
"Just throw it in the trunk." Candy walked around the SUV and stuck her bag in the trunk. She shut the door and had just started walking when someone grabbed her arm and twisted her around.
"I had to say goodbye," Drew said, his breath fanning out across her face.
"I didn't think you were going to," Candy said, her heart racing in her chest. She looked over her shoulder, but Riven and Sam were hidden by the car and talking.
Without hesitating, Drew crushed his lips to Candy's. He had to taste her one last time. She met each thrust of his tongue with one of her own. She bit on his lip and he returned the favor. They reluctantly pulled away when the voices stopped.
"Candy?" Riven called.
"Coming," she answered. Drew jerked away and took off toward the woods. He looked back once and then shifted, disappearing. Candy let the tears fall this time. Love sucked.
"Are you ready?" Sam asked. Candy nodded and got in the front passenger seat. Sam waved at Riven and then climbed into the driver's seat. Candy looked out the window, ignoring him.
Sam started the car, put it in gear and backed down the driveway. Candy looked at the trees going by until a wolf caught her attention. She sat up and looked in surprise as Drew, in his wolf form raced along the side of the car. Candy put her hand on the glass and longed to run with him.
Drew followed them all the way to the end of the drive. When Sam turned on the main road, a long sorrowful howl followed them, breaking Candy's heart in two.
As soon as Drew walked into the house later that night, Riven cornered him. "Follow me," he commanded. Drew sighed, but did as his alpha asked.
When they reached Riven's office, Drew shut the door behind him and then sat down in the chair across from the desk. Riven set his elbows on the desk and rested his head in his hands. He sighed and then looked up at Drew.
"What am I going to do with you?" Riven asked.
"Pardon?" Drew asked, confused. What was Riven talking about?
"You better be glad that Candy's gone, or it would be you I'd be kicking out. She's sixteen Drew! Sixteen and you fucking slept in her room last night! I knew it as soon as I walked in the door of her bedroom. She didn't think to get rid of her sheets and they reeked of you. What were you thinking?" Riven exploded. Drew's eyes widened in shock.
"Riven, I–" Drew was cut off as Riven kept going.
"And then outside today you kissed her! In front of both me and Sam! That makes me look bad in front of another alpha. You, a twenty-three year old and her not even legal yet. You're my beta and you've gone behind my back. How can I trust you to take care of the pack and obey me when you lie to me and sleep in the same bed as someone I consider a daughter?"
"Riven, I'm sorry. My wolf and I are in a disagreement about it, but sometimes I give him too much control. He likes Candy, and she likes me. How can I not respond to that? She was crying when I walked past last night and I couldn't bear it. My wolf demanded that I help, and I went in to do just that. I didn't mean to stay the whole night, but I fell asleep," Drew explained. "Then today outside, I thought I was going to miss saying goodbye. I just got back from patrol and she was about to get into the car. I got caught up in the moment. I'm sorry."
Riven sighed, and then stared at Drew. "Well, she's gone now. There's nothing to do, but don't disappoint me again." That was Drew's dismissal, and he took it gladly.
He walked out of the room and down the hall. He went to his room, closing the door behind him. He didn't notice his brother sitting on his bed until he cleared his throat.
"What's wrong with you?" Chris asked.
"What are you doing here? You're supposed to be staying with Barbara. Get your ass back over there where it's safe." Drew was in a bad mood and was ready to deal with anyone just yet.
"Is it about that girl?" Chris asked. Drew stopped.
"What girl?" he asked, trying to keep his cool. How the hell did Chris know about Candy?
"Candy," Chris stated.
"What about her?" Drew said, acting like this wasn't important. He dug in his drawer to find a pair of clean boxers. When he had them in his hand, he turned to face his brother.
"You like her, she likes you. It's not that hard to figure out. She's a little young for you, pretty much my age. That makes it weird, but hey, whatever floats your boat, big bro," Chris teased. Drew growled and hit his brother with his boxers. Then he turned on his heel and stalked out the door. He walked down to the bathroom and opened the door. He quickly shut it when Lucy screamed.
"What the hell?" she asked. Drew's face was blood red. He had been so distracted he hadn't even heard or smelled Lucy.
"Oh my God! I am so sorry." Drew hid his face with his hands. Drew was just walking away when Raice came flying down the hallway and slammed into him.
"What's going on? Why did Lucy scream?" he asked, his eyes solid black.
"It's nothing Raice, I just saw a spider," Lucy lied, saving Drew's ass. He owed her one.
Raice looked Drew up and down suspiciously, but then shrugged it off and went into the bathroom with his mate. Drew rolled his eyes and went back to his bedroom.
"So," Chris started.
"Shut up," Drew growled, throwing himself on his bed and covering his eyes with his arm.
Lucy giggled as Raice licked her back up to her neck, his hands on her sides. She shivered and backed up against him. She was naked and he had too many clothes on. She reached behind her and blindly turned on the water.
"You have too many layers on," she said huskily. Raice smiled at her and began stripping slowly. Lucy's eyes remained glued on his body. He was damn handsome, and she loved his abs. She licked her lips and Raice's eyes focused on that movement. He stripped out of his pants quickly and then pushed Lucy back into the shower. He shut the curtain and then crushed his lips to hers.
Lucy loved the way the water cascaded down around them. She wrapped her arms around Raice's neck and rocked her hips against his. He moaned against her lips and grabbed her hips, keeping her still. She whimpered and pulled back.
Lowering her lips to his neck, Lucy bit down gently. Raice growled and his head fell back. Lucy kissed her way down to his chest where she nipped him again. Then she closed her mouth around his nipple and sucked. Raice's hands dug into her sides and he sucked in a breath. She licked circles around it, all the while sucking. When she was done with that one, she moved to the next one, stopping in the center to bite him gently.
Raice was going crazy. His mate was going to send him over the edge before he was even inside her. He grabbed her head and pulled her back. He pushed her back against the shower wall, trapping her with his arms. His mouth descended on her neck and he sunk his teeth in, marking her again. Lucy screamed in pleasure as an orgasm swept over her body. It felt amazing. Her heat was in full effect and the simplest things set her off.
Raice removed his teeth and licked at the small amount of blood. He closed his eyes and savored the taste of his mate. "I love you," he murmured against her skin.
"I love you too," Lucy replied, coming down from her high. She rocked her hips against his, and her hand dropped down to grasp his dick. Raice froze and she smiled at him.
Lucy dropped to her knees and looked up at Raice. He was holding his breath and looking at her with completely black eyes. She could have sworn he was purring. Lucy kept her eyes on his as her tongue came out and she licked the precum off the tip of his cock. Raice's body shook as he tried to keep himself still.
Lucy blew on the tip and then licked up and down both sides. She cupped his sac and then took him fully into her mouth. Raice's claws were out and he had nothing sturdy to hold onto. He clamped his mouth shut to keep from crying out.
When Lucy started sucking, it was all Raice could do not to shove deeper into that warm cavern. She ran her tongue over the tip and then released him with a pop. He was about to say something when she sucked it back in. She kept massaging his balls and sucking on him. Soon he couldn't back any longer and his semen shot into her mouth.
Lucy swallowed every drop, and even licked the tip for the last little bit. She released Raice's cock with another pop and looked up at him with a smile on her face. Her cheeks were flushed and she looked happy with what she had done. Raice grabbed her and crushed his lips to hers. He could taste himself on her lips, but paid it no attention. It didn't take long for him to grow hard again. He picked Lucy up and she wrapped her legs around his waist, her arms around his neck. He shoved into her damp heat with one hard thrust. Lucy moaned and her head fell back into the water. The water ran down her face and down her neck to flow between her breasts. Raice leaned forward and licked the water trail between her breasts.
Raice pumped into Lucy, his mouth clamping down on one of her nipples. He sucked on the little bead, biting down gently. Lucy moaned and thrust her chest toward him. He kissed his way to the other nipple and gave it the same treatment, all the while thrusting into Lucy's damp heat.
He could feel himself about to come again and wanted to make sure that Lucy was ready too. He reached between them and found her clit. He rubbed his thumb over it, making Lucy cry out. He came, working his thumb harder to make Lucy come soon after. She leaned her head forward, resting it on his shoulder.
"That was amazing, now let me wash your body," Raice said, tempting her. Lucy nodded.
After three more orgasms and a body well loved, Lucy was out of the shower and drying off. Raice was still in the shower, washing his body. Lucy's legs were like jello and she had to grip the sink to keep from falling over. She had a smile on her lips and her eyes were shining.
She wrapped the towel around her body just as the shower shut off and Raice stepped out. He grabbed himself a towel and Lucy watched him dry off. Just as she was turning to leave the bathroom, a sharp pain shot up her spine and she cried out. Raice was beside her in a second, worry evident on his face.
The pain was gone and Lucy straightened out. "I don't know what happened. A sharp pain shot up my spine, but now it's gone," she replied.
"Are you sure you're okay now?" Raice asked. Lucy nodded and opened the door. When she took a step into the hallway, the pain was back, only this time much worse. She dropped to her knees and screamed.
"What's happening to me?" she moaned. Raice looked down at her, his face one of sorrow.
"It's the change. Your body is trying to shift into your wolf form." Raice cupped her face. "I'm not going anywhere. We can get through this together."
"Raice, it hurts!" Lucy screamed, another wave of pain shooting through her. Her fingers were tingling and her back arched uncontrollably. She watched as her fingernails turned into claws and she start sprouting hair on her arms. Her leg bone snapped and she screamed. Raice's face was filled with worry and uselessness. He wanted to help his mate, but there was nothing he could do. The first time was always the hardest and most painful.
Lucy's back bowed and then her head flew backwards and she screamed long and hard. Her mouth turned into a muzzle and her scream ended in a howl. Her eyes closed and she succumbed to the pain.