That night after dinner Jace immediately regretted opening himself up to being friends. Layla laid in the bed, her tank top barely covering what it needed to, and all Jace could think about was the itch that he seemed to suddenly have.
Jace swallowed hard as he climbed in bed. He was stiff as he kept himself as close to the edge as possible.
“Jace?” Layla said quietly.
“Yep?” He replied quickly.
“If you sleep any closer to the edge you’ll fall off,” Layla said without even looking up from her book.
Jace relaxed at her teasing. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“You really think because we’re friends now that I’m going to suddenly jump your bones?” Layla laughed, finally looking up from her book.
Jace shook his head, “If I had known you would start up all of the teasing again I would have said no to being friends.”
Layla feigned hurt as she looked up at Jace, “Gosh! A straight blow to the heart!”
Jace frowned, “Go sleep in your own room.”
Layla grinned and hopped off the bed, skipping lightly to the door. “If I had known that was all it took I would have teased you sooner!”
Jace rolled his eyes, “Get in bed.”
“Not a chance! You set me free!” Layla hollered as she walked into the hallway. Jace got up from the bed with a growl, trying to not enjoy the chase as much as he did. Layla squealed and ran into her old room before stopping in horror. Jace followed her in and gripped the doorframe as he took in the sight before him. The entire room had been ripped to shreds.
The bedding was torn and there were deep scratches on the wooden posts of the bed frame. The curtains had been ripped to shreds and the walls had gashes all over them. The furniture was knocked down and random papers were strewn everywhere.
“Jace...” Layla said quietly as she turned to the wall facing the bed.
GIVE ME MY LUNA
The words were scratched deep into the wall.
“Layla, go back to our room,” Jace uttered quietly.
“Layla, now!” Jace yelled.
Layla walked back to their room and curled up on the bed. How had the monster who had destroyed her room, sent her creepy notes, and killed Ryann be Hunter? He had been so kind, so gentle, so level-headed. Layla sighed as she thought about what Jace was going to do.
Jace stood in the room with Parker and one of their trackers.
“I want him found,” Jace told them quietly.
“Alpha, we will do our best. How did he even do this without anyone hearing?”
“I have no idea. Neither of us have been in here for a few days. He could have been in here at any point."
"What does that mean? The writing..." Parker turned to the wall.
"He wants Layla," Jace growled.
Parker stiffened, "What do you want us to do Alpha?"
Jace turned to Parker, "I want the entire pack house on lock down. Nobody but pack members in or out. And I want that window boarded up. I need to make a call."
He walked out of the room and went to his office. Jace sat at the desk and held the phone to his ear, "Alpha Thomas! How are you?" Blue Moon pack was bigger and had more resources and he hoped they could help with his current situation.
"Alpha Jace! Nice to hear from you."
"We are having border trouble and I was wondering if I could get some help from you."
He could hear Thomas hesitate. "What do you have in mind?"
Jace smiled, "Well you've probably heard the problems we've had with my twin, Hunter. He's the reason Layla came to you."
"Yes, its really such a sad situation," Thomas spoke.
"Well he seems to somehow keep getting through our borders and has been threatening Layla, who is now our Luna as you might remember," Jace continued, "I was wondering if there were any of your warriors or border patrol you could spare for a while until we are able to get things handled."
Thomas thought for a moment before speaking, "I won't order any of my warriors to leave their mates or family for who knows how long to guard another territory. But Layla was loved here by all of the warriors, she helped train them. I will bring them the offer and if they want to go then I will let them. I will give you a head count by this afternoon."
"That's all I can ask for, thank you Thomas. If there is anything you ever need, please don't hesitate to call," Jace said in a friendly tone before hanging up the phone.
Jace walked down to the training grounds to watch the progress on the warriors. He sat on a bench near the edge and observed the training.
"Is that how you hit someone?" he heard a familiar voice yell from across the field. He looked up with surprise to see Layla getting in the face of one of their biggest warriors. The guy was all muscle and Layla looked minuscule standing below him. He watched eagerly on the edge of the bench, wondering if he should step in. Layla took his hand and balled it into a fist. She hit her hand with his fist repeatedly. "I don't want to see that kind of sloppy sparring again Wilson, do you hear me?"
Wilson stood straight and nodded his head, "Yes Luna."
"Good, now try and hit me again," Layla said with a smile.
Jace chuckled to himself. He had to admit, Layla had no fear. She was an amazing trainer and fighter. He looked up again to see Layla walking over to him. "Hey you," she said with a smile as she sat down next to him, wiping the sweat from her body.
Jace's breath caught as he watched her. "Hey.." he managed to utter.
"Want to step in? Can't have our Alpha going soft," Layla teased.
Jace smiled, "I'm waiting on a call."
Layla shook her head with a sarcastic glare, "Leave your phone with me. I'll make sure it gets to you if your call comes in. Go beat on Wilson for a while so he can practice his swings."
Jace smiled brightly as he handed his phone to Layla and removed his shirt. Layla tried to look away as he did, but she couldn't help herself. She took in his solid form as he walked toward the field, his broad shoulders flexing as he loosened up for his fight. Layla took a deep breath, "Friends... we're just friends."