Tate's Foxy Shifter (Shifter World - Book Ten) (Series of 13 Short Stories)

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Chapter Three: Don’t Mess with Fated Mates

“This way, gentlemen.” The greeter said as he led the Alpha Fated Mates, and several other Shifters, down a hall.

The Fated Mates had disappeared almost an hour ago. Forced to the back of the club, out of eye and earshot of their mates.

“I really don’t like this.” Dustin growled.

“Me either.” Raj said as he walked behind Dustin and Daryl.

“They better not have touched them.” Alec grumbled.

“I doubt the women would have let them anywhere near them.” Daryl said as they turned down another hall.

“Chelsea isn’t like the others.” Tate hissed. “You saw how jittery she is.”

Daryl chuckled as he turned to the Vampire. “We also saw what she did on top of the table.”

Tate shook his head. “She’s in heat.”

“That she is.” Daryl said with a nod.

“And I know how crazy a Shifter can get when in full-blown heat.” Raj whispered.

They all nodded, remembering how Lyvia had acted both times she was in heat.

“Josiah was under a Vampire’s spell, or he’d have been the same.” Gerald said with a nod.

“And Mara hated me.” Alec said with a laugh.

“The Goddesses had made Saffron forget and Marry-Beth had warned her of what to expect.” Daryl said as he watched his pack.

“I don’t think Chelsea fully understands what is going on.” Tate mumbled.

“Here we are.” The greeter said as they stopped at a pair of double doors.

The doors opened, and they walked into what looked like a theater. They walked down the aisle that led to the stage and wondered what they had in store for them.

“And now, for your viewing pleasure, the Fated Mates!” The announcer called over the intercom.

The Alpha Fated Mates growled and tried to get to the stage when they saw what the crazy Dark Wizards had done to their mates.

All ten Fated Mates were each in a cage, in nothing but their bras and panties, Josiah in his boxers.

“As you can see, they have been claimed. But they’re still worth money, folks. You can gain powers beyond your imagination, just by fucking the shit out of them. Who will start the bidding at a hundred thousand for the fiery redhead!?”

A man shook Mara’s cage, and she snarled at him as she tried to bite his fingers.

“This has gone too far!” Alec hollered.

“Girls, it’s time to end this!” Daryl shouted.

All nine claimed Fated Mates looked at their Alpha Mates.

“Well look what we have here!” The announcer hollered cheerfully. “We’ll give the unclaimed Fated Mate to whoever kills the mates!”

“Chelsea!” Tate hollered. The thought of some fucker touching his mate had his blood boiling.

“No!” The girls screamed as they rattled their cages.

“Sorry ladies, but you’re not invited to attend.” The announcer said with a laugh.

“I’m going to kill that fucker when I get out of here!” Lyvia said with a growl as she took hold of the door to her cage and pulled on it.

“This was a stupid idea.” Shar muttered as she paced her cage.

She heard a whimper and looked over at the new member of their family. The girl was cowering in the corner of her cage, scared out of her wits, and horny as hell.

“Whose idea was this?!” Lyvia bellowed.

“All of us.” Josie said as she tried to bend one of the bars.

“Sorry ladies, but those have been tested against the strongest Shifters.” A man said with a grin as he rattled Lyvia’s cage. “And not all of you are Shifters.” He said as he looked at the twins.

“Sharissa, get the fuck out of that fucking cage, and come help us!”

Shar turned to her mate’s voice and growled when she saw that their mates were fighting off the other Shifters, who had come to buy her and her sisters.

With a scream, she took hold of the bars of her cage and pulled as hard as she could. Her sisters joined in and soon, they were all free of their cages.

“What the fuck!?” The man who’d been laughing at them for not being able to get out of their cages, cried out as he watched them move towards the edge of the stage.

“Fated Mates, baby!” Lyvia called back at the man.

“I’ll take care of him.” Tamara said as she turned back to the man who had helped strip them and place them into the cages.

“Tate!” Sharissa hollered.

Tate looked up at her.

Shar pointed to the cage where the new member of their club was still hunkered down in the corner of her cage. “Get your mate out of here!”

“Gotcha, little mama.” Tate said, then jumped over everyone and landed on the stage. He rushed to his mate and knelt down beside her cage. “Chelsea.” He whispered.

Her head jerked up to his voice and she smiled at him, then leaned against the bars as she tried to get to him.

“I’ll have you out of here.” He said as he touched her cheek with his finger.

She made the cutest sound, and he grinned. He’s still not sure what kind of Shifter she is. It’s not something he’s smelt before. She smelled of earth, flowers, and lemons.

He stood and went to the door of the cage.

“Here.” Tamara said as she held a key out to him.

He looked at her and chuckled. She had blood all over her hands from beating up the man who’d caged them. And she looked fearsome, even in her bra and panties.

“See if she can shift. It might be easier to get her out of here if she’s in animal form.” Tamara said, then turned and jumped off the stage.

He laughed as he watched her land on a Shifter who had been fighting her mate.

A whimper brought him back to his task, and he looked down at his mate, who was kneeling on the floor, looking up at him as he stood there, holding the key in his hand. He quickly unlocked the door, then opened it and barely stepped inside when she tackled him.

He held her as she licked his throat.

“Not now, sweetling.” He said as he ran his hand down her hair.

He got them both to a kneeling position, then looked into her eyes as he held her face in his hands.

“Chelsea.” He whispered.

“What?” She asked excitedly as she practically vibrated in his hands.

He took a deep, calming breath. “If I could teleport out of here with you, I would. But since I can’t, I’m going to need you to shift for me. It will be easier and faster if I ride you out of here…”

She looked up at him, her eyes blank. “But I can’t give you a ride.” She whispered, then her face fell as she pulled away from him.

“Chelsea, what is wrong? I know you’re a shifter.”

She nodded. “You will hate me. Everyone hates me.” She said as she scurried further away from him.

“I could never hate you.” He said as he moved closer to her. “I need you to shift.”

She shook her head. “No. Please no…”

He took hold of her face again and looked deep into her eyes. He hated doing this, especially to his mate.

“Chelsea, you must shift.”

He watched her pupils dilate, then she nodded her head.

“Of course.” She said.

He let go of her face and she started to shift. He sucked in a shocked breath when a beautiful red Fox stood before him in the cage.

One of the weakest Shifters, the Foxes usually stayed to themselves and were the most peaceful Shifter around. No wonder he hadn’t figured out what she was. He’s never smelt a Fox Shifter before.

The Fox whimpered and cowered before him. Now that she was no longer under his control, she was once again afraid of his reaction, of his disappointment.

Tate grinned. How could he be disappointed. Not only is she the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. But she’s the cutest Fox in creation, and all his.

He lifted her into his arms and held her close as she curled her tail in and sniffed him.

“Well, I guess I will carry you.” He said with a chuckle, then turned and left the cage.

Everyone was so involved with the fighting, that no one saw him sneak off with the unclaimed, Fated Mate.

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“They got away.” Shar said as she kicked one of the Shifters attacking them in the nuts. The man went down hard, holding his crotch.

“Do we kill the Shifters too or just the Wizards?” Lyvia asked as she threw a Shifter onto the stage.

“This is bigger than I had originally thought.” Saffron said as she lifted a man over her head and tossed him at another.

“How do we handle this?” Shar asked as she turned to Daryl.

Daryl looked around them then at his family. “Leave it for another time. We got what we came for.”

Shar nodded then looked at her mate. “Let’s go.”

Dustin nodded, then started shifting.

The Shifters of their group all began shifting and the mates who did not shift crawled onto their backs.

“We’re not finished here!” A man hollered as he walked out onto the stage and pointed at Shar. “I want you!”

“Well too bad, you’re not getting me!” Shar hollered at him from atop her mate’s Cougar.

Dustin growled in agreement.

“Little girl. You don’t know who I am, do you?”

Shar glared at the man. “Do I look like I care?”

“You; will come to me.” He said, and Shar screamed as she was dragged off of her mate’s back and towards the stage.

“Sharissa!” Dustin hollered as he shifted back to his human form.

“Get out of here!” Daryl hollered at his pack.

Having no say but to follow their Alpha’s orders, the pack ran from the club. Human mates clinging to their mate’s backs.

“I’m not leaving.” Dustin growled at his brother.

“I didn’t say you had to. That is why you are still here.” Daryl said, then turned to the man on the stage, who had Sharissa in his hands.

“What is it with people kidnapping my mate?!” Dustin growled.

“You don’t know what she is. Do you?” The man said as he held onto Shar’s throat, pulling her head back and her chin up.

“She’s my mate.” Dustin growled.

“She is much more than that, boy. You created quite a woman here.” He said, then licked Shar’s cheek.

Shar shrieked as she tried to pull away from the creepy man.

“Don’t touch my mate again!” Dustin hollered.

The Shifters around them who were still alive started to stand.

“Don’t need you anymore.” The man said, then pointed around the room.

Dustin and Daryl watched as each Shifter fell back to the floor. Most likely dead.

“I’m going to enjoy this.” The man said with a grin.

“Not as much as I am.” Dustin said with a growl as he moved towards them.

“You are in heat.” The man whispered into Shar’s ear. “I will put my child in you, and you will deliver him to me…”

“Like hell, I will!” Shar yelled, then spat in his face.

The man laughed. “You will have no say over it.”

“Only my mate can give me children.”

He chuckled. “If your mate is alive, yes.” He said, then sent a bolt of lightning at Dustin.

Shar screamed as she watched Dustin hit the floor.

“Mother Fucker!” Daryl hollered as he headed for the stage.

“You too.” The man said, then threw a bolt at Daryl.

“Fuck!” Daryl cried out, then fell to the floor.

Shar shook her head. Why was this happening to her again? What is so important about her?

“Now. Where were we?” The man said as he turned Shar to face him.

“We don’t have long before your mate wakes.” He said, then kissed her.

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