Siren Alpha

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Chater Eight

Riley

I was able to track Freya’s scent once we got to the outskirts of the main city. Dustin’s presence at my side was the only thing that helped keep me calm the entire time.

It was dark by then, just after midnight. The wind blew violently unhindered by the grassy plains.

The scent led us to a barn and out came a woman flanked by what I knew were vampires. Red eyes, pale skin.

She looked annoyed. And her voice was exasperated when she spoke.

“I seem to have made a mistake,” she said. She had a Russian accent.

Freya was somewhere in that barn. And between me and my mate were six vampires. Seven, counting the woman.

“We’re here to speak with Ivanov,” Ethan said.

It was not the plan. Of course it wasn’t! We wanted to get out of there alive, with Freya. So we had decided to sneak onto the property, find out where she was, then sneak out again, with her and ride back to SwanLake.

But alas, vampires apparently had senses superior to those of shifters.

“Well if you have me,” the woman drawled, “you practically have Ivanov. So speak.”

“We want Freya,” I said, stepping forward. Dustin tried to pull me back, but I shrugged off his hand, and went toe-to-toe with her. I was nervous, but it paled in comparison to my determination to get back Freya.

“Yes. I know,” she replied, not looking at all worried about my proximity.

She smelled like a vampire. Keyword: Like. Meaning: Almost, but not exactly. Her scent was richer and she lacked the dull metallic smell of blood.

“Please stop sniffing me. I hit harder than I look.” Her scowl was fierce.

My eyes widened and I think I blushed. I coughed nervously.

“Freya,” I said.

“Tell me something first.” Her tone was lazy. Even the way she stood was lazy-- one hand on her hip, body sort of slanted. “Is she your mate?” She put up a hand to shush me when I opened my mouth to answer. “Your fated mate?”

“Yes,” I answered, hoping like hell she could hear the honesty in my voice.

“Far be it from me to separate you.” She put up her free hand and called for something from the barn.

Out came a barely conscious Freya being dragged by two vampires. I rushed forward and took her into my arms. I did not want to ask, but I had to know whether Freya and I would live the rest of our lives looking over our shoulders. “What about Ivanov?”

“Don’t worry about Ivanov. Take your Freya. She’s in no danger from us.”

With that she walked back into the barn, with the vampires following behind her in a surprisingly organized manner.

Dustin

“You shouldn’t come back with me.” Those were Ethan’s first words to his brother when we got back to our cars.

We had parked a couple of miles away from the vampire barn on the outskirts of New York.

Riley was in my car with Freya, holding her close, and quietly….weeping.

Heavens, I wanted him to stop doing that. I could not bear to watch for longer than a few seconds. I stepped outside to join the E twins.

“Why not?” Everest asked. His tone said that he knew exactly why.

“Because Cole is not your alpha anymore.”

That made me uncomfortable and suddenly, entering the car with Riley and his girlfriend did not seem so unbearable.

Not his girlfriend, I corrected, but his mate.

His fated mate.

Hadn’t I thought of him as my...

No! I was confused.

Wasn’t I?

But it had felt so right.

He had his own mate. So how could...how could he be mine?

Everything was messed up.

“Our bond is stronger than any bond--” Everest began.

“Except the fated mate bond,” Ethan interrupted absently

“Shut up. I’m talking. Stronger than a mate bond. Stronger than the bond between a mother and her cub.” He paused, looking his brother in the eye. “Stronger than a Beta’s bond to their Alpha.”

He took a deep breath. That single statement carried a lot of weight. “I’m not leaving your side just because...” He huffed. “I’ve never liked Cole that much anyway. He’s your best friend not mine. You know this. He knows this. I’m there... only because of you. And I’ll stay just for you, Ethan. Now get in the car before Cole launches a search party for his precious Beta.”

Ethan smiled and got in. Everest turned to me. He seemed like he was trying not to meet my eyes and so I hugged him. It felt right. I felt it. This beta to his alpha bond. “I’m not an alpha,” I said.

He laughed. “Your father was an Alpha. And now, so are you.” He pulled back and smiled at me. “Goodbye, Alpha.” Mischief twinkled in his black eyes.

I nodded sharply and went to my car. He waited for me to drive off before entering his own and leaving in the opposite direction with his brother.

Riley

I was able to track Freya’s scent once we got to the outskirts of the main city. Dustin’s presence at my side was the only thing that helped keep me calm the entire time.

It was dark by then, just after midnight. The wind blew violently unhindered by the grassy plains.

The scent led us to a barn and out came a woman flanked by what I knew were vampires. Red eyes, pale skin.

She looked annoyed. And her voice was exasperated when she spoke.

“I seem to have made a mistake,” she said. She had a Russian accent.

Freya was somewhere in that barn. And between me and my mate were six vampires. Seven, counting the woman.

“We’re here to speak with Ivanov,” Ethan said.

It was not the plan. Of course it wasn’t! We wanted to get out of there alive, with Freya. So we had decided to sneak onto the property, find out where she was, then sneak out again, with her and ride back to SwanLake.

But alas, vampires apparently had senses superior to those of shifters.

“Well if you have me,” the woman drawled, “you practically have Ivanov. So speak.”

“We want Freya,” I said, stepping forward. Dustin tried to pull me back, but I shrugged off his hand, and went toe-to-toe with her. I was nervous, but it paled in comparison to my determination to get back Freya.

“Yes. I know,” she replied, not looking at all worried about my proximity.

She smelled like a vampire. Keyword: Like. Meaning: Almost, but not exactly. Her scent was richer and she lacked the dull metallic smell of blood.

“Please stop sniffing me. I hit harder than I look.” Her scowl was fierce.

My eyes widened and I think I blushed. I coughed nervously.

“Freya,” I said.

“Tell me something first.” Her tone was lazy. Even the way she stood was lazy-- one hand on her hip, body sort of slanted. “Is she your mate?” She put up a hand to shush me when I opened my mouth to answer. “Your fated mate?”

“Yes,” I answered, hoping like hell she could hear the honesty in my voice.

“Far be it from me to separate you.” She put up her free hand and called for something from the barn.

Out came a barely conscious Freya being dragged by two vampires. I rushed forward and took her into my arms. I did not want to ask, but I had to know whether Freya and I would live the rest of our lives looking over our shoulders. “What about Ivanov?”

“Don’t worry about Ivanov. Take your Freya. She’s in no danger from us.”

With that she walked back into the barn, with the vampires following behind her in a surprisingly organized manner.

Dustin

“You shouldn’t come back with me.” Those were Ethan’s first words to his brother when we got back to our cars.

We had parked a couple of miles away from the vampire barn on the outskirts of New York.

Riley was in my car with Freya, holding her close, and quietly…weeping.

Heavens, I wanted him to stop doing that. I could not bear to watch for longer than a few seconds. I stepped outside to join the E twins.

“Why not?” Everest asked. His tone said that he knew exactly why.

“Because Cole is not your alpha anymore.”

That made me uncomfortable and suddenly, entering the car with Riley and his girlfriend did not seem so unbeaable.

Not his girlfriend, I corrected, but his mate.

His fated mate.

Hadn’t I thought of him as my...

No! I was confused.

Wasn’t I?

But it had felt so right.

He had his own mate. So how could...how could he be mine?

Everything was messed up.

“Our bond is stronger than any bond--” Everest began.

“Except the fated mate bond,” Ethan interrupted absently

“Shut up. I’m talking. Stronger than a mate bond. Stronger than the bond between a mother and her cub.” He paused, looking his brother in the eye. “Stronger than a Beta’s bond to their Alpha.”

He took a deep breath. That single statement carried a lot of weight. “I’m not leaving your side just because...” He huffed. “I’ve never liked Cole that much anyway. He’s your best friend not mine. You know this. He knows this. I’m there... only because of you. And I’ll stay just for you, Ethan. Now get in the car before Cole launches a search party for his precious Beta.”

Ethan smiled and got in. Everest turned to me. He seemed like he was trying not to meet my eyes and so I hugged him. It felt right. I felt it. This beta to his alpha bond. “I’m not an alpha,” I said.

He laughed. “Your father was an Alpha. And now, so are you.” He pulled back and smiled at me. “Goodbye, Alpha.” Mischief twinkled in his black eyes.

I nodded sharply and went to my car. He waited for me to drive off before entering his own and leaving in the opposite direction with his brother.

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