Shifting the Shifter (Shifter World - Book Six) (Series of 13 Short Stories)

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Chapter Seven: Book of Magic

“You’re telling me.” Gerald said as he breathed heavily against Josiah’s back.

“Will it always be like this?” Josiah asked.

Gerald hummed. “I think so. It’s part of being a Fated Mate. We were once one being, you know.”

Josiah nodded. “Yeah. Shar let me read the book.”

Gerald smiled. “And what did you learn from it?”

Josiah shrugged. “A lot, but nothing about the Dark Witches and Wizards.”

Gerald sighed. “Yeah. I think Dustin said his mom may have a book to help us with that.”

“Shouldn’t we be reading it before we go after them again?”

Gerald froze for a moment then kissed Josiah’s cheek. “You’re brilliant.”

Josiah grinned. “I try.”

“If I could move my cock right now, I would be fucking you again.”

Josiah laughed softly.

Gerald reached into his pants pocket and pulled out his phone. He dialed Daryl’s number since he’s their Alpha. He chuckled. Now that he has a mate, Daryl is now his Alpha, go figure.

“You two done already?” Daryl asked with a chuckle once he answered.

“Still knotted.” Gerald said with a grin. “But that’s not why I’m calling. Look, Josiah has a brilliant idea, but I don’t know how we can take care of it before we go after the club tonight.”

“What’s up?” Daryl asked.

Gerald told him what his mate had suggested, and Daryl laughed.

“Tell that beautiful mate of yours that he isn’t just a pretty face.”

Gerald grinned. “Don’t I know it. So how can we get the books here before we raid the club tonight?”

Daryl laughed. “Have you forgotten we have two Vampires?” He said, then hung up.

Gerald snorted. “Actually, I had.” He said, then chuckled.

Josiah turned his head and smiled at him. “So, I’m more than a pretty face, huh?”

Gerald grinned. “Much more.”

“I hadn’t thought of Tate or Bridget either.” Josiah said with a smile.

Gerald nodded. “They’re such a part of my life, I forget they’re bloodsuckers.”

“How much longer do we have?” Josiah asked.

Gerald looked at his watch. “I’d say, about fifteen minutes or so.”

Josiah nodded. “Can you tell me more about you, while we wait?”

Gerald kissed his cheek. “I would be happy to.”

~🐺~

“Look who finally joined us.” Shar said with a smile when she saw Gerald and Josiah walking over to the table she was sitting at with the rest of the girls in their group.

“Go away, Gerald.” Lyvia said as she took hold of Josiah’s arm and pulled him towards the table.

Josiah smiled as he looked back at Gerald, who was also smiling.

“The guys are over there.” Maddy said as she pointed to a room off to the side.

Gerald nodded, then gave Josiah a kiss and headed towards the door Maddy had pointed at.

“Soooo. Scoop.” Shar said as she picked up her cards.

“What’s to scoop about?” Josiah asked as he looked through his pockets for any kind of cash.

Maddy pushed him some chips and smiled at him.

“Is he as big down there as his body predicts?” Shar asked as she discarded three cards from her hand.

Josiah choked on the water he’d taken a drink from, that the waitress had just handed him.

The girls giggled.

“I know he’s not as big as Rolando; because Rolando is a bear.” Maddy said with a grin.

“All of our fine mates are gifted down below.” Lyvia said with a grin.

“Yeah, but Gerald is black. And for a wolf, his body is huge.” Shar said as she looked up at Josiah.

“Rolando is black too.” Maddy reminded her, not that Shar needed the reminder.

“Yes, but you have already bragged about your mate, Sis.” Josie said with a wide grin as the others chuckled.

Maddie’s cheeks turned bright red as she looked down at her new cards she’d just been dealt.

“Well.” Josiah said as he recovered from his, near-drowning, of his drink of water. “If I had a measuring tape, I could give an exact measurement, but if I were to guess, I’d say about fourteen or fifteen inches long, and as thick as your wrist.” He said as he pointed at Lyvia’s wrist.

“Holy fuck.” Lyvia said as she stared at her wrist.

Shar spit her water all over her cards and the others laughed.

“Okay, enough talk about dicks.” Pearl said as she set her cards down. “Royal flush.”

“Ah Shit!” The other girls said as they tossed their cards down on the table.

Shar used a few napkins to dry off her cards before she returned them to the dealer. “Sorry.” She said with a sweet smile.

The dealer nodded to her but didn’t say anything.

“I’m done at this table.” Pearl said as she stood.

“Only because you’ve won every hand.” Shar said with a snort.

Pearl kissed Shar on the cheek. “I’ll buy you all dinner.” She said as she turned from the table with her winnings.

Shar made a face at her back and Pearl smiled. “Keep that up, and I’ll make it stay that way.”

Shar straightened her face, knowing the woman could do exactly that.

“Don’t look so serious, Sharissa.” Lyvia said as she threw her arm around Shar’s shoulders. “You know Pearl wouldn’t really do that; would you Pearl?”

Pearl turned to them and winked. “Nah, you’re family, I don’t disfigure family, besides, you’re Dylan’s favorite family member.” She said with a smile, then walked towards another table.

Everyone stuck their tongue’s out at the Witch at the same time and Pearl laughed.

“Would she really do that?” Josiah asked as he walked beside Shar and Lyvia.

“Nah.” Lyvia said with a grin. “She’s family. She’s just messing with us.”

He nodded. “But I’m not…” Josiah stopped what he was about to say when he saw every woman in his group turn to him.

“Don’t you dare finish that sentence.” Maddy said as she pointed a finger at him. “I have known Gerald longer than any of them. Gerald is Rolando’s best friend, which makes him family, which makes you family. And I know the others feel the same.”

The other girls nodded.

“Don’t ever think you’re not family.” Shar said as she placed her hand in Josiah’s arm. “You’re my brother now. Would say sister, but even though you’re not the Alpha Mate, you’re still a man.”

“A beautiful man.” Josie said with a grin.

The others nodded in agreement.

“Look, I don’t know any of these girls here, except Lyvia, but if they’re anything like her and Raj, you’re family, even if you weren’t mated to their friend.” Mara said as she pointed at Josiah.

Shar nodded. “We’re just closely connected with the Fated Mate stuff. Mara isn’t a fated mate, but she’s cousins with our brother Raj, which makes her family.”

“But you’re one of us.” Lyvia said as she took hold of his other arm.

“Fated Mate.” Pearl said with a bright smile.

“Family.” Shar said with a nod.

“Family.” The other girls said, then they all burst into laughter and wandered around the casino, looking for something fun to do next.

~🐺~

Gerald looked at the book Tate had open in his hands. “Shouldn’t we wait for our mates?” He asked as he looked around the room.

“They should be here soon.” Dustin said as he watched Tate. “Well?”

Tate grunted. “Pearl should be reading this.” He grumbled. “She’d understand it better.”

“Good grief, let me see it.” Bridget said with a growl as she took the book from him.

“Why again aren’t you out there with the women?” Tate growled as he watched her read the book, he’d just almost lost a few brain cells trying to understand that thing.

“Because gambling is for suckers.”

“Don’t you suck?” Tate asked innocently.

The others chuckled at his innuendo.

She smirked. “Not as much as you do.”

“Oooo.” The guys said, their eyes squinting at the two Vampires.

“At least I know when to stop.” Tate grumbled.

“Yes, we all know you’re the better Vampire here.” She grumbled, then tossed the book onto the table. “That thing is cursed.”

Tate chuckled. “Just because you can’t read it, doesn’t mean it’s cursed.”

She stuck her tongue out at him, then turned her back on him.

“Why don’t you two just fuck and get it over with?” Dustin said as he watched the two ex-lovers.

Bridget started to gag, and Tate snorted.

“That’s been over for over a hundred years.” Tate said as he looked at the book again.

“And the winner is!” Pearl shouted as she and the girls entered the room. Her hand was in the air with a large wad of cash.

“I guess you won.” Dustin said as he watched the other women slump into the room, deflated.

The only one who looked almost as happy as Pearl was Josiah.

“Did you win anything, baby?” Gerald asked as he moved over to his mate.

Josiah nodded. “Sisters.” He said, then lightly kissed Gerald on the lips. “Thank you.”

Gerald grinned. “If that’s all it takes to make you happy, I’ll give you a dozen more.”

Josiah chuckled. “I’m sure we’ll get more, as more Fated Mates are revealed.

“Ah, shit.” Pearl grunted, then fell to the floor, her wad of cash falling from her hand.

“Pearl!” Dylan hollered as he rushed to his mate.

“I think the Goddesses are revealing something again.” Shar said as she watched Pearl convulse on the floor.

“What’s going on?” Josiah asked as he leaned against his mate, while they watched Pearl.

“Pearl is directly linked to the Goddesses.” Gerald whispered in his ear, then kissed his temple.

Pearl’s eyes blinked open and she looked up at them.

“What did they have to show you, this time?” Dylan asked as he held her head in his lap.

She turned her head to look at him. “The next Fated Mate will be activated soon. We need to get this over with, so we can get on with the other stuff.”

Dylan nodded, then helped her up as he got to his own feet.

“We need you to translate this book.” Bridget said as she pointed to the book on the table.

“Wow.” Pearl said as she moved over to the book. “Your mother really does have just about every book on the Supernaturals and Magic.”

Dylan shrugged. “We’ve read all the books but this one. Never could understand it.”

Pearl opened the book and began reading it. After fifteen minutes, Dylan pulled out a chair for her and she sat. An hour later she looked up at her mate and smiled.

“Your brother was right.” She whispered.

Everyone stopped what they were doing and looked at her.

“Which brother?” Dylan asked.

Pearl looked over at Daryl. “Underneath all that magic, they’re just humans.”

Daryl grinned. “I already figured that out.”

“Does that mean we can beat them?” Dylan asked.

She looked back up at him and chuckled softly. “Oh yes, they’re beatable. And I think we’re going to get rid of enough of them in the next few days, to put a huge dent in their population.”

Everyone in the room grinned.

“Looks like your friend is missing out on all the fun.” Mara said as she bumped her shoulder into her cousin.

Raj smiled. “At least you’re here.” He said as he wrapped his arm around her and gave her a squeeze.

“Okay, so what’s next?” Gerald asked as he and Josiah stood up from the couch, where they’d been cuddling.

“Now we take out the other club in Vegas, then we figure out where exactly the other ones are located.” Pearl said as she closed the book and handed it to Tate. “Take this back to the Kraftman house. We don’t want anyone finding it here.”

“How bad is that book?” Dylan asked as he watched Tate disappear.

Pearl looked at her mate. “Extremely, in the wrong hands.”

“Shit.” The five brothers hissed.

“Well, let’s get going.” Pearl said as she headed for the door.

Tate re-appeared in the room, and they followed Pearl from the room and out to the parking lot.

Whatever is next, they have each other’s backs.

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