Ava looked once again at the number of search results and tried to think about another option. She closed her eyes as she thought about all she knew about Eric. She knew that he had been in a coma for at least 10 years and she also knew that no one in the pack knew that, meaning that his disappearance would be classified as just that; a disappearance. Again, the only person from the pack that she knew who was missing was the old Alpha’s son.
She took a deep breath as she cleared her search and went into the pack hierarchy link instead. The easiest way to see if Eric was the son of the Alpha was to look at the Alpha family tree. She clicked through a few more links until she got to the main page for the Alpha family. There she saw a picture of Alpha Aaron with the caption “recently deceased” and smiled slightly. Alpha Aaron had been a wonderful Alpha and was loved by everyone in the pack, his death had been felt by everyone. Ava found herself missing him even though she hadn’t really known him. She wasn’t high enough in the pack hierarchy to be close to the Alpha.
Under his picture came his immediate family and the Beta’s family. She clicked on the link for his family and was immediately greeted by a picture of Eric, albeit much younger. Ava felt her heart beat faster as she looked at the picture on her computer screen. There was no mistaking that it was an old picture of Eric, the facial features and hair were identical. She looked at the caption underneath and her suspicions were confirmed:
“Eric Silver; son of Aaron Silver, Alpha of the River Pack, and next in line for Alpha. MISSING.”
Missing. Ava reread that caption as she looked at the man next to her. But he’s not missing. He’s in a coma and someone put him there. But why? And how do I help him?
“Ava,” Eric said as he held her close. “You need to let this go. It’s too dangerous for you.”
“No,” Ava said, shaking her head. “How can you ask me to let it go when you are my mate? I can’t have you if you’re in a coma!”
She felt Eric slump slightly against her and she closed her eyes, breathing in his intoxicating scent and relishing in the feeling of his strong arms wrapped tightly around her. She didn’t want this to end, but she also knew this was only dream.
“How is this happening?” she asked breathlessly as she felt his hard cock digging into her abdomen. His scent was driving her wild and fueling her desire and she was finding it hard to concentrate but she had to know.
“I don’t know,” he said with a groan as she began to rub herself against him. He quickly pulled away and looked at her flushed face, her desire obvious. “We can’t do this.”
“I want you,” Ava said, clinging to his arms. “I need you. If I can’t have you in my dreams and I’m not allowed to try to wake you up what am I supposed to do?” Eric shook his head sadly.
“I don’t know,” he said honestly. Ava could see the despair in his eyes and she felt her heart clench. She pulled him close again and snuggled into his embrace.
“I can’t have you get injured,” he continued, his voice so low Ava almost couldn’t hear him. “Even unconscious I can sense you; my wolf can sense you. If you were hurt because you tried to help me I don’t know what I would do. I’d probably go mad stuck in my body.”
“I can’t just give up on you,” Ava said after a moment. “I don’t know if this is real but I know that you are real and that you are mate. I need to help you.”
“This is real,” Eric said, pulling her away to look into her eyes again. “I am here. I don’t know how or why but I know this is real. I can’t lose you, Ava.”
“Ava!” Ava sat up with a start. She thought she had heard someone call her name. “Ava open the damn door!”
No, no, no..... she thought, her heart starting to pound frantically. He can’t be here! But she could hear the pounding on the front door getting louder and more angry and his voice getting louder. She felt her body start to shake as her heart beat faster.
There was very little that Ava was afraid of, but Michael was one. Michael was had been a friend, if you could call him that. He seemed to believe they had been dating but Ava had never shown any interest in him. One night they were both at a party and he tried to get her to have sex with him. When she refused he became incensed. She tried to explain that she was waiting for her mate and he accused her of leading him on and making him think that they were mates. She told him he was wrong, that they were just friends, but he would’t listen and tried to claim her against her will. She fought him off, barely, and managed to get away before he could do anything. He was told by the Beta to leave her alone but he clearly wasn’t listening.
She could hear him downstairs trying to break in the front door and, for once in her life, she didn’t know what to do. Ava always prided herself on being an independent, dominant female. She did what she wanted when she wanted and always had an answer. But now she felt like a little girl, hiding in her bed and unsure what to do. She knew she could fight him off, she had started training with the female warriors of the pack after the initial incident, but she was still terrified.
Taking a deep breath to calm both herself and her wolf, who was currently pacing and snarling in anger, she quickly but silently got out of bed. Grabbing her phone and a paid of clothes she stuffed them in a small bag before she made her way to her bedroom window and slowly opened it, hoping that Michael wouldn’t be able to hear over the noise he was making. Her bedroom window looked out over the back of the house and the woods beyond. She was hoping that she could get out and shift before he realized what had happened. She would call the pack house once she was a safe distance away. The pack house was where the Alpha and Beta families resided and had a special number that pack members could call in case of an emergency.
With a plan in mind she quickly stepped through the window and on to the roof, looking around to make sure that she was alone. She could hear Michael still at the front door and it sounded like it was starting to crack and splinter. Realizing she was running out of time she jumped from the roof to land in the backyard and took off at a run for the woods, holding the bag in her teeth and starting to shift as she ran. She couldn’t hear anyone behind her but she wasn’t taking any chances.
Her wolf knew that there was danger and ran faster and deeper into the woods, using all of her skill to hide her scent. The male that had tried to claim them who was not their mate was after them and she was mad. But she also knew he was bigger than she was and she wasn’t going to take any chances. She knew when it was better to run than to fight. Although her wolf was more primal in her thinking she understood what her human side wanted to do and understood that the Beta would help them. That was his job in the absence of the Alpha.
Thinking of the Alpha made her think of her mate. She wanted to go to her mate, wanted him to be the one to protect them. But she had seen her mate and knew that he was sick. She could not go to him and he would not be able to help. She could sense her human side agreeing with her judgement and she continued deeper into the woods, angling herself towards the pack house and safety.
Finally, after what seemed like hours, the wolf decided they were far enough away. No one was following them and no one would be able to track them. She allowed her human side to take over and Ava stretched as she shifted back into herself. Grabbing the clothes out of the bag she had she quickly got dressed and grabbed her phone. Dialing the pack house emergency number she waited as it began to ring. A second later a voice on the other end of the line picked up and asked what her emergency was.
“My name is Ava Starling,” she said, still slightly out of breath from her run. “I’m in danger. There is a male after me, Michael Kent. The Beta has dealt with him before.”
“Where are you now?”
“I’m in the woods near the pack house,” she said, sitting down on a fallen log. “I escaped out the back of my house and shifted. I covered my tracks the best I could but I don’t know if he’s following me or if he’s still in my house.” She could hear the female on the other end of the line talking to someone but couldn’t understand what was being said.
“Ok, Ava,” she said after a moment. “I need you to come to the pack house. Beta Gray would like to see you.” With that the line went dead. Ava swallowed nervously and put her phone in her back pocket before she stood up. She had never been called to the pack house before. She took a deep breath and began walking through the woods. She hoped that this meant that her problem with Michael would be taken care of once and for all.