As all the blood drained from my face, all of my senses went with it. I laid in the bed, with the duvet covering my body, completely limp and oblivious to everything happening around me. All I could think of was that Chris was close, way too close for comfort. It's too soon, we have two days. All of the men aren't here yet.
The plan we set in place was perfect, we crossed our "t's" and dotted our "i's". It wasn't supposed to go into motion for two more days. Two more days I had to work up the nerve to do what needed to be done. Two more days to comfort Charlie and tell him everything was going to be alright. Two more days to spend in bed with Everett. Now everything was cut short, all because of Chris. Am I really surprised? No.
I'm not sure how long I spend laying down in the bed, but by the time my hearing slowly starts coming back I hear muffled shouting. Kind of like they are screaming underwater. My sight is blurred as I turn my head towards the sound. I try to blink away the blurriness, but it doesn't help so I raise a hand to my cheeks and feel the warmth of freshly released tears. I'm crying?
I force myself to focus on my surroundings and take back control of my body. By the time I blink away the remaining tears, I notice that the shouting is coming from Everett as he paces around the room.
"How do we know he's here? How does he know where she is? How is he traveling so fast?" He asks his Beta, not allowing him to answer before he spouts off a new question.
"Alpha, please calm down." Colton says in a soothing tone.
Everett sends him a threatening growl that makes his Beta cower and lower his head. "Do. Not. Tell. Me. To. Calm. Down." He seethes, receiving a nod in return from Colton.
It seems as though both of them have forgotten that I am in the room as well, so I break my silence with a whisper, "Shut the door."
Everett's head snaps to my face. "What?"
"Shut the door, please." I said a little louder. Everett just stood there looking at me in silence not making a move almost as if he was in shock. So I turned my gaze to Colton's, who was also giving me the same blank expression. My anger and impatience were running high now. Getting ignored will do that to you. With all my strength and authority, I growled out, "Colton, shut the damn door, now!"
The amount of authority in my voice made him snap out of his daze. He sent me a quick nod and obeyed my command. As soon as the door shut, I jumped up and went to Everett. I grabbed his face between my hands and looked him in his eyes. As calm as I could I said, "It's fine. We have a plan for this, Everett. It's just happening a little sooner than we both thought."
With him still frozen in place, I shook my head at him and released a small sigh. I released his face and made my way to the closet to find some clothes to wear, not wanting to waste another minute. I rummaged around for a bit and eventually settled on a pair of yoga pants and a loose fitting tank top. I made sure not to forget the duffle bag in the corner of the closet we had already waiting for this moment. Making my way out of the closet, I quickly slipped on the clothing, and dropped the bag to the floor. I looked at Everett still standing how I left him and groaned in frustration.
I walked back up to him, realizing a calm voice wasn't going to get through to him. I decided shouting at him would work better, so I screamed at him as loud as I possibly could, "Everett, if you don't get your head out of your ass, so help me Goddess..."
He flinched as I shouted my threat at him. He blinked his eyes, attempting to focus on me. I shook my head at his slow reaction, and with me being impatient today, I raised my hand and began snapping my fingers in his face. He shook his head as if to rid himself of his shock.
He looked down in my eyes, and slowly reached his hands up to cup my face. "Are you okay?" He asked, concerned. I rolled my eyes at him, letting out a heavy breath. "Of course, I'm not okay. But, I have to be. We have shit to do and us sitting around here staring off into space is not going to get it done. We have to get everyone and everything ready. We have to leave tonight."
Everett let out a heavy breath, and when he released me he wiped a hand across his face. Shaking his head, he looked at me with tired eyes, "I really don't want you doing this, Amelia." I thought we were passed this, it's a solid plan. I mentally eye roll.
Letting out an annoyed sigh, I gritted my teeth and replied with frustration, "Well, that's too damn bad then, Everett. I am doing this with or without you. It is happening. This time tomorrow, we won't have to worry about Chris anymore."
Everett let out a little chuckle and shook his head, that made me look at him questioningly. "Everett, what's so funny?" I asked, in a rude tone. He looked me in my eyes and said the only words that could melt away my terrible mood, "Nothing. You're just so much more powerful than you know, Amelia. I love you so much."
His emerald pools shined with adoration, making me blush at his sincerity. I sent him a sly smirk and playfully said, "Thanks, I get it from my dad. You know, him being an Alpha and all that." He rolled his eyes, before letting out a defeated sigh.
"Okay, let me get dressed and we will go get everything together." He stated, and I nodded in reply. Everett headed into the closet to change clothes, leaving me alone. With a huff, I sat back down on the bed and began to pray to Luna.
Moon Goddess, please protect us in this fight. Watch over everyone going in and let everyone come out alive. We need you on our side. I hope things go smoothly, but if they don't, give us the guidance to make it back home safely. We are at your mercy, Luna.
Everett made his way back into the bedroom after a few minutes. "Ready?" He asked sporting a sad smile. I returned his smile with one of my own and nodded.
Once in the pack house, we headed towards the armory. The armory was a large room in the basement, with glasses cases and lockers that housed all kinds of weapons. There were silver knives, guns with silver bullets, tranquilizer guns with wolfsbane serum, and countless others.
I made my way around the room, looking for anything that stood out to me. The plan involved no one getting killed, that way we wouldn't end up hurting any of their free mates in the bunker. With that in mind, I was looking for one of the least lethal weapons in the room. All ten of the guards that were accompanying us on the mission went for the tranquilizer guns. My part in the plan involved me being out in the open, so I couldn't exactly carry a gun around.
As I rounded the corner of a glass case that held small daggers. One caught my eye, I eagerly opened the case and lifted the dagger to closely inspect it. It was made entirely out of stainless steel, so it wasn't lethal to a werewolf. It had intricate designs that ran up the length of the blade, and it was small enough for my tank top to conceal, it only being about seven inches long. I grabbed the sheath that was still in the case and began strapping it around my waist and under my shirt.
Before I could finish up, Everett walked up next to me carrying a vial of wolfsbane serum. He grabbed the dagger and popped the top off the vial and began coating the steel blade thoroughly. I nodded my head in appreciation as he slipped the dagger back into the sheath and pulled my shirt down to hide it from sight.
"Now, you're ready." He said in a sad tone.
I let out a sigh and looked up to meet his eyes. "I'm going to be fine. You will be there the entire time."
"I know, it's just..." He trailed off and bent to press his forehead against mine. As our breaths mingled together, I tilted my head to give him a chaste kiss on his lips. Everett pulled me into a tight embrace, wrapping his arms tightly around my body. With my eyes closed, I laid my head on his chest, and I could hear his heart beat thumping its beautiful rhythm. My motivation to live.
Someone clearing their throat broke me out of my trance. Everett hesitantly let me go, and I turned to see my dad in the doorway.
"Hey, Dad." I said with a grin.
"Hey, baby girl." He said lightly, making his way over to me and depositing a quick kiss on the crown of my head.
He turned to Everett, and with a mischievous glint in his eye he said, "Sorry, my men couldn't get here in time for this. I think we have it handled though."
Everett nodded once, "I think we have it covered. Thank you again for your help with this."
"Anything for my girl." he said with a wink and a bright smile. I am so thankful I will have both of them there with me.
I shook my head and rolled my eyes at him as he stepped away, heading deeper into the armory, looking for a weapon of his own. "I'm going to go check on Charlie and make sure he is okay with mom." I tossed over my shoulder at my dad.
With Everett following me, we made our way out of the armory and back up into one of the many living areas of the pack house.
"Amelia!" Charlie shouted in excitement as he stood up from the coffee table, making my mom look over her shoulder at me with a smile.
Making my way over to him, I tousled the hair on his head. "Hey, Charlie. What are you two doing?" I asked motioning with my hand to the papers and crayons that were scattered all over the table.
"Nothing!" Charlie quickly replied and moved his body to try and hide the papers from view, almost as if he was hiding something from me. I narrowed my eyes suspiciously and looked between the two of them. My mom let out a giggle, but shook her head at me.
"What are you up to?" I questioned again, with a small laugh.
"It's a surprise, Amelia." Charlie groaned, making me laugh a little harder.
Everett walked up to Charlie and scooped him up in his arms, tickling his sides. As Charlie laughed, I couldn't help but admire how amazing Everett is with him. My mom noticing this, caught my attention and raised her eyebrows at me in amusement and winked playfully.
"Hush." I whispered. Shaking my head at her and focusing my attention back on two of the most important boys in my life, I walked over to see them deep in a hushed conversation, Charlie still in Everett's arms. When they noticed I was right in front of them, they both looked up at me with guilty grins. "Alright, what are you hiding from me now?" I asked, shaking my head with a small smile.
"It's a surprise!" They both said in unison, causing me to chuckle and roll my eyes.
"Okay, okay. Enough with the surprises. Come give me a hug, Charlie." I said, holding my arms out wide. Everett lowered him down to the ground and I squatted down to get on his level. He leaped into my arms and I held him tight to my chest. "Be good, Charlie." I murmured in his ear.
"Yes, ma'am." he answered quietly, squeezing me with as much strength as he could muster. I gave him a quick kiss on his cheek and released him from my hold.
His eyes were brimmed with unshed tears as he looked into my eyes. "Love you, Amelia. Be careful."
I gave him a reassuring smile and placed a comforting hand on his shoulder. "Love you too, buddy. I'll be back before you know it!" I said, trying to reassure him as much as myself. It's going to be fine. I will come back to him.
When Charlie made his way back over to the coffee table with my mom, I stood back up and moved next to Everett. He placed his hand in mine and squeezed it, giving me comfort and strength. I looked to my mom and said, "I love you mom, see you soon."
She nodded at me, not excited to see me put myself in danger. Luckily, she understood my motives without me having to explain. "You too, baby. You too." she said, her voice almost cracking with emotion. She shot me a quick smile and went back to helping Charlie with his surprise.
Everett leaned down and whispered in my ear, "Ready to head out?"
"As ready as I'll ever be." I stated, firmly.