The Beast (Alpha Trilogy Book 1)

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Chapter 28


I’m making dinner for my little queen, with her watching me like a hawk while she drinks her hot chocolate. At first, she wanted to cook herself, but after some persuading, she let me do it. I want to spoil her, she’s gone through so much in her life.

We stayed in the clearing for a few hours, with my Angel on my shoulders, overseeing the training, giving comments and advice to the guys. My warriors listened to her every word, much to my surprise. Only Mason, who’s already healed, ignored her, which earned him a hard glare from me and warning growls. He’s on his way to be demoted real fast.

I was not the only one who didn’t like the way my Beta – soon-to-be warrior – treated my mate. Each Dead beat him up in a fight for that. Despite my previous aversion towards them, I actually like how loyal they are to my Angel.

“Leo?” I’m brought back from my thoughts by my mate’s voice.

“What is it, my love?” I go to her, settling between her legs.

She hesitates for a while, making me wonder what’s going through her head. Shane, being the asshole he is, taught her how to block her mind from me. Damn him.

“I was thinking… - she trails off, frowning deeply, making me worried – are you going to shift back to wolf? The full moon was yesterday.” I sigh. She’s right, we might not have a lot of time together.

“I don’t know. Usually we can stay in human forms for about three days then we forcibly shift back to wolf. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.” I cup her cheek, caressing it with my thumb. She leans into my touch, before putting her forehead on my chest. I put my arms around her shoulders, kissing the top of her head as I pull her closer.

“I don’t want to be alone till the next full moon.” She mumbles quietly.

“I know, my love. I don’t want you to be alone, either.” I leave a kiss on her forehead. “So why don’t we enjoy our time while we can, hmm?” I suggest, trying to take her mind off of it.

“Okay.” With a kiss to my chest, she leans back. “Now, food.” She grins, making me chuckle at her cuteness.

“As you wish.” I go back to the stove. Thankfully, the sauce didn’t burn.

We eat our spaghetti in silence, with my Angel on my lap, as always. This time, no one disturbs us. But I still think about my mate’s words. What happens when I shift? What if that fucker from the facility strikes? I know the Deads are capable of protecting my Angel, but most of them are away with other packs. I really hope that Diana was right. After telling Angel about the curse, she told me about her assumptions that my mate is indeed the key to break the curse. ‘Silver meets gold.’ It could mean our eyes, since my wolf’s eyes are gold and Angel’s are silver. ‘Blood meets blood.’ – the marking. And finally, ‘soul meets soul’ – the mating, when our souls connect. I honestly hope she was right.

3 days after full moon

The next two days were stressful, to say the least, and the whole pack felt it. Now it’s the third day after the full moon and everyone is on edge, uneasy about what is going to happen. Will we shift? Will we stay human?

The only ones that are at ease are the Deads, who are now fighting with my Angel. I watch stunned as she takes them on one by one.

My little mate decided it’s time for her to get back to fighting, so we woke up early in the morning to go to the clearing before our warriors. But we got a little caught up in the shower, so we ended up arriving 3 hours late. Shane, being the asshole he is, made fun of us, which earned him a slap to the back of his head from Angel. I love how carefree she is around him. I know she doesn’t see him as anything more than an older brother of sorts, so neither Demon nor I are jealous when they’re together. Everyone was shocked to see Shane laughing and playing with my Angel. He’s always been this broody and angry guy that could snap someone’s neck if they even looked at him the wrong way. But with my little mate he’s playful, always joking around and laughing.

My Angel laughs, too. Demon finally got her to do that. She opened up to us completely, letting go of all her inhibitions and doubts. She laughs, she jokes and she’s letting people in. It’s adorable to watch her.

She’s especially jovial with Shane. I almost had a heart attack yesterday because of those two. I was talking to Mason, telling him that I won’t accept his actions towards Angel anymore and I’m demoting him to head warrior instead of my Beta, when I heard a cute squeal from my mate. Shane was in his wolf form, with my Angel hanging from his mouth. Since our wolves are huge, she couldn’t even touch the ground. Shane kept prancing around the clearing, carrying her in his mouth like a damn chew toy by her shirt. She absolutely loved it. I felt her happiness through our bond, as she kept laughing, telling ‘Grey’ to go faster and higher.

The clash of blades snaps me out of my reverie. Angel is facing Delta, with a katana in her right hand and a dagger in her left. Both of her blades are coated with silver, so she keeps them sheathed when she fights so she doesn’t hurt anyone. I was surprised to see her using the katana with only one hand, since it’s a two-handed sword, but she told me that her blades were specifically made for her, so they’re light enough for her to use only one hand.

She skillfully dodges Delta’s spear, blocking it with her sword, then presses the dagger’s tip to his chest, right where his heart is.

“If you have a weapon, always aim for the heart. But make sure not to miss, the Undead’s healing ability is incomparable with yours. One miss and you’re dead. No pun intended. – she laughs – If you’re in wolf form, go for the spine to paralyze them. You will have about 5 seconds to finish them off before they heal. In those 5 seconds you have to rip their heart out or stab it.” She explains. 5 seconds? That’s not a lot of time.

“Despite their strength and healing abilities, Undeads have a few weak spots. Delta, would you mind? – she beckons at him to turn around before placing her hand on his back – The first point is the short part of their spine, right between their shoulders. Never go for the back of the neck, it’s actually the toughest part of them. You won’t be able to break it. – she turns Delta around again, so he faces the warriors – The next weakness, eyes. You can slash them, pluck them or bruise them, doesn’t matter, just blind them. Blind Undead is considerably weaker. But don’t think that once they’re blind they’re completely helpless. They become wild and ferocious, attacking everything nearby.” Everyone listens closely as Angel speaks. “Those are the places you can attack when they’re in wolf forms. Now we’ll go for human forms. Not every Undead is created from a werewolf, so you have to know how to take down those who used to be humans, since they have different weaknesses than wolves.” The warriors start murmuring, drowning my mate’s voice. I silence them with a snarl, getting a grateful smile from my Angel.

“Before you attack, make sure which kind of Undead you’re against so you know where to aim. Otherwise, you’ll die. You can differentiate them by their smell. Wolf Undead smells rotten, like a decaying body. Human Undead smells burnt, like charred flesh. In human form, that’s the only way to tell them apart, so pay attention to that. Okay, now onto weak spots. – she sighs tiredly, turning Delta back around, so his back is facing us – Their most fragile bones are their lower ribs. If you’re fighting them in your human forms, you can wrap your arms around them and squeeze them to death. Their ribs will break and puncture their lungs, liver and heart. But in order to do that, you’d have to immobilize their arms, which is risky. Their limbs are way tougher than the rest of their body. – she places her hands on Delta’s sides, right above his hips – If you hit them hard here, you can slow them down considerably for few seconds until they heal. A hard blow to the area below their ribs will cause internal bleeding. While it heals, their limbs are weaker because their bodies will concentrate on the injury. That’s when it’s most convenient moment to crush their ribs. But don’t make a mistake of hitting their stomach on the front. It won’t work. Aim for the sides. Now, head. Just like wolf Undeads, their weak spot is in the eyes. But with human Undeads it’s much more difficult to restrain them and blind them. So go for the spot right beneath their jaw. – she tilts Delta’s head back a little, putting her hand on his neck, below his jaw – The area from the jaw to jugular is the most ideal place to attack. If you rip their throat out, the heavy bleeding will weaken them enough for you to pluck their heart out. Simply ripping their throat open will not kill them, you have to remove or crush their heart. That's all.” Angel finishes her lesson with a heavy tired sigh before coming up to me. I wrap her in my arms, leaning down to kiss her.

“Tired?” I ask softly.

‘A little. Demon and you wore me out.’ I chuckle at that.

‘I’ll take you home, my love. It’s time for dinner anyway.’ I pick her up, dismissing everyone. They’ve been training since dawn, so it’s time for a break.

After dinner we went to our bedroom. We stayed in bed, with Angel lying on my chest, drawing something on my skin, just enjoying our time together.

It’s almost midnight now. I feel my pack’s rising uneasiness. Even Demon whimpers in my head, afraid of going back to wolf form until next full moon. I let him out earlier, so he could have his moment with Angel.

Speaking of my mate, she’s still lying with me in bed, fully awake. She said she doesn’t want to wait till morning to know whether I shift or not.

We stay together, holding each other tightly, when the clock finally strikes midnight.

Then my Angel starts crying.
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