Cherished by a Bear (Mate Me book 5)

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The rest of the trip to Texas was uneventful compared to Adam’s kidnapping. He stayed close to Adam and Myra for the rest of their trip. On their way home, Travis, Clyde, and Trip let them know they’d be out in the next week to help fix up the house. While they were gone, Georgia and Jordan helped let the plumbers and electricians in to start repairs on the house. Myra took Rob’s hand and smiled up at him as they walked onto the plane with Adam holding her other hand.

“Ready to be home?” Rob asked, looking down at her. Myra smiled up at him and nodded.

“You have no idea how much I want to be home. How long do you think the updates are going to take on our house?” she asked, nudging Adam into their row.

“Jordan texted me, letting me know the plumbers were done updating the plumbing, and the electricians changed out the old wiring. We will pull things out this week. Preston Reese said he could spare a few guys to help with the demo, but they are booked for putting things back in because of Georgia and Jordan’s addition and Caroline is updating the house she and Liam are living in at the moment,” Rob answered pushing Adam to sit next to the window while he took the window seat. Myra settled in the aisle seat, ready to be home. The plane took off and Adam fell asleep not too long into the flight.

“Have you heard more about Viper?” she whispered, not wanting to wake Adam.

“Boris said Viper had a warrant out for his arrest by the FBI and is being transferred to federal custody. We will be contacted about testifying.” Rob leaned over and kissed her temple, putting an arm around her shoulders.

“I am glad he is in jail, but this is far from over, isn’t it?” Myra’s anxiety over Viper getting away with everything even after being arrested worried her.

“Between you and Ricky and him kidnapping Adam, I don’t think the man will see the light of day. People in jail do not look kindly on criminals who harm children, and you were a child when everything was done to you.”

“I want to talk to Ricky. I need to know if he has the research on the others who were taken and what happened to them. The more people we can bring forth, the more we can keep Viper in jail to rot until he dies. One thing that bothers me is Viper didn’t shift to fight me. He could have easily slithered away,” she told him, thinking about the odd fight.

“I have a theory,” Rob replied, taking her hand in his.


“Do you think Viper is a defective shifter? He can take on characteristics of his snake, but he couldn’t shift fully into a snake.” Myra shook her head back and forth as she thought about it.

“Then what snake lured the boys away?”

“Could have been a normal snake and Viper took the opportunity of the boys not being protected by an adult to snatch them?”

“It is possible. He gave up rather easily,” she remarked, laying her head on his shoulder.

“Baby, you were scary in your lynx’s form. That bastard didn’t stand a chance. When you pinned him to the ground, I honestly thought you were going to kill him.” She sighed and closed her eyes.

“If Boris hadn’t stepped in, Viper would be dead. The man has haunted my life long enough. I am happy being with you and Adam. I want our happily ever after,” she shared and Rob nodded his agreement.

“He is out of your life. You will testify and then be done with the asshole. When did you want to see Ricky? He is currently with Owen at Owen’s apartment to be kept safe. The hospital discharged him, but Marcus and I agreed we should keep him safe.”

“When did this decision come about?” she asked, wanting to know why no one thought to talk to her about Ricky being discharged.

“The day after Adam had been kidnapped. I couldn’t get you on your own to talk about it,” he answered, and she relaxed.

“Okay. I want to see him when we get home.”

“Sure, we can get home and then you go over to Owen’s to talk with Ricky. I’ll stay home with Adam. I think this is a conversation you and Ricky need to have alone.”

“I agree. I love you.”

“I love you more.” Rob kissed the top of her head and wrapped her up in his arms to hold her close as they flew back to Virginia.

It was dinner time when Myra made it to Owen’s apartment to check on Ricky. She knocked on the door and a young man opened it with an enormous smile on his face.

“Hi, Owen.”

“Hello, Ms. Myra. How are you doing?”

“I’m good. How are you?”

“I’ll be happy when your brother goes back to his apartment. He doesn’t care much for being clean,” Owen whispered, rolling his eyes. Myra laughed and patted his arm.

“He was bad about keeping things clean when we were young. I’ll go see him then, maybe I can get him into my apartment.” She slipped past Owen and down the hall to where she could hear Ricky arguing with a television set. Stopping in the doorway, she took a look at her brother. He had bruises all over his face and his arm was in a cast along with one of his legs. He looked worse than death. Ricky’s blond hair and blue eyes finally made sense. He looked nothing like her because they weren’t related.

“Hi brother,” she whispered and his head snapped up to catch her eyes.

“Myra!” Ricky leaned forward as if he was about to get up. She rushed over and sat on the edge of the queen-sized bed.

“Don’t try to get up. I heard about your injuries.” She took his uninjured hand in hers.

“Viper’s guys went after me when they found I’d given the information I had to the proper authorities. Owen tells me they caught Viper.”

“I caught him. He tried to steal my son,” she shared making Ricky’s eyes widen in surprise.

“Your son?”

“Rob is my mate, and he has a son Adam who is ten. Adam is my son. We bought a house near the national park and are currently updating it to make it liveable.”

“That is wonderful, Myra. I am so sorry about not knowing what was going on at home. How did you not tell me?” he asked, his eyes showed the hurt that she hadn’t confided in him.

“To be honest, I didn’t know what was happening at first. Then when I figured it out, Viper threatened me with death if I told anyone. You were busy with college and your PH.D.”

“How did you handle getting the information I sent you?” Ricky squeezed her hand gently, giving her some comfort.

“I knew some of it. They took a kidney and an ovary. I am going to see a specialist with the information and have them do a complete examination of me. I need to know what is still functioning.”

“What about the scars? You have to have plenty.” Myra smirked at him and lifted the edge of her shirt to show Ricky some of her tattoos.

“How did I not know?” he asked, touching the words with a whisper-soft touch.

“No one knew. I hid them from everyone. I have an amazing tattoo artist who has helped me cover them up. Rob and Adam have helped me accept they are a part of me and have made me who I am today. I won’t be hiding them anymore. I want to be free of Viper and our fake family’s treachery.” Rocky frowned deeply.

“I want you to know you are still my sister, no matter what our blood says. We grew up in that house together. You are my family.”

“Thank you, Ricky. How were you a mistake?” she asked, and he sighed.

“They thought they took me from a shifter family, but it turns out I was stolen from my aunt and uncle’s house. My aunt was the shifter and my uncle related to my mother. I have searched and found them, but haven’t contacted them yet. I know where your parents are too if you want to meet them. The information was in Dad’s stuff. I have all the families whose kids were taken and their changed names. My original name was Tyler.” Myra shook her head in shock.

“You don’t seem like a Tyler to me.” That made Ricky laugh, and he laid back among the pillows.

“Do you want to meet your family?”

“I don’t know. I have Rob, Adam, you and my friends here. I don’t know if I want to try and fit in with a family who knows nothing about how I was raised and what I went through. I’ll think about it. You keep the information for me and when I am ready, I’ll let you know.” Myra patted his hand and Ricky nodded.

“I get that. I am trying to figure out how to let them know I am still alive. It has been thirty-five years.”

“Hey you two, you are on the news.” Owen walked into the room and switched the channel to a local news show.

“Breaking news. We have just been made aware of a kidnapping ring exposed. They have been stealing shifter children for over thirty years and experimenting on them when they became old enough. Harold Forthwite known as Viper went into custody just a few days ago. They arrested him in the town of Little Creek, Texas. The information we have is he tried to kidnap an older child and his mother went after the man. She is a lynx, but they have released no names to protect the privacy of the minor.” Myra stared at the television in shock.

“National news, now what do you think will happen? The trial will be televised,” Ricky commented, frowning as they showed Viper’s mugshot.

“We have been told fifty children were stolen through the years, making two to three children a year being taken and hidden away. We will share more with you when we learn more about this disturbing case.” Myra turned to face the television fully just as her phone vibrated with a message from Rob. She looked down to see what he wrote.

We made the news. They don’t know who you are, but they might find out. Are you still with Ricky?

I’m with Ricky and we are watching it right now. They said they didn’t have names and the minor’s family was being protected because the child is a minor.

Are you coming home soon?

I’ll leave in twenty minutes.

She pocketed the phone and looked up to see Ricky giving her a smirk.

“Rob?” Ricky asked, raising an eyebrow.

“He saw the news and wanted to make sure I was okay. I should head home soon. I wanted to ask if you wanted to come to live in my apartment while you finish healing.” Ricky shook his head.

“Now that Viper is gone, I am going back to D.C. I have work that needs to be done.” Myra frowned and picked at the blanket.

“I don’t want you to go back to D.C.”

“Myra, that is where my job is located. I’m helping change things for the FBI.” Myra huffed and glared at him.


“Come on, baby sis. I promise to come back on the weekends to see you. I want to meet Rob and this nephew of mine. I also want to check out your new house when it is done.” Ricky poked her cheek, and she finally caved and gave him a smile.

“Okay. When we are ready, we’ll have a housewarming party for everyone to check out the place. Rob’s brothers and dad are coming out to help us fix things up. Georgia also offered to help me too.”

“Georgia is your author friend right?” Myra nodded and smiled, thinking about her friends. She would have to have a girl’s day with them to tell them everything.

“I’m glad you have friends down here and a mate. Let me know when the wedding is.” Myra paused at his words.


“He proposed, didn’t he?” Myra shook her head. She hadn’t thought about marriage since she and Rob mated.

“We are mated. That is marriage in the shifter world.” Ricky was shaking his head as she spoke.

“No. You tell Rob if he wants my blessing he needs to propose.”

“I will not!”

“You can’t live with a man you aren’t married to.”

“I don’t want to force Rob into proposing. That isn’t romantic.” Ricky shook his head at her.


“Don’t Myra me. I won’t force Rob to propose.”

“Fine, I’ll let it go for now.” Ricky leaned over and pecked her cheek. She smiled at him and stood.

“I am glad you are not dead, Ricky. I’ll come by tomorrow to help you get home. Good thing they didn’t break your right leg.” She patted his left leg cast, making him laugh.

“Are you sure you should head home still broken like that?” Ricky rolled his eyes at her.

“I’ll be fine Mom.” Myra huffed but kissed his cheek and went out to check on Owen.

“Let me know if you need anything, Owen. Thank you for protecting my family and helping care for Ricky.”

“You’re welcome.” Owen walked her out, and Myra drove home to the apartment where Adam and Rob waited for her.

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