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Elianne walks out of her bedroom to the kitchen. The scents that are coming from there are mouth-watering. When she opens the door, she sees her uncle cooking breakfast. Damon sits at the table in the middle of the kitchen. When she comes in, he looks at her. “Good morning, little troublemaker. Did you sleep well?”

Her uncle turns around to look at her inquisitively.

“Morning. Not really.” She slumps down on the chair across Damon.

“Have you been thinking too much about what happened yesterday?” Damon looks friendly, but also concerned.

Elianne nods, taking the cup of coffee her uncle hands her. “Thanks.”

“Do you happen to know who that black wolf was?” Damon takes the cup of coffee her uncle now hands over to him.

Elianne nods. “That was my mate, Leo.”

Damon nods. “That was him. And do you happen to know what he was doing here?”

Elianne shakes her head. “I don’t. I tried to mind link him earlier, but he didn’t respond. I don’t know why not.”

Damon sighs. “After you left, your mate fled away. He was too quick, and we couldn’t catch him. Brandon told me he had come across him earlier, but that he ran away. Then when he was-,” Damon carefully looks for words, “talking to you, the Captain attacked him and that’s where I came in. Is that about, right?”

Elianne shrugs. “I guess so, yes.”

Damon leans forward and places his elbows on the table, holding his coffee with both hands, looking at her inquisitively. “Is there something we should know?”

Elianne gazes into her cup. “I- I don’t want to cause any trouble.”

“If there’s anything we should know, now is the time to tell us, Elianne.”

“I think Brandon has feelings for me.” She says, averting her gaze. “I don’t know what to do about it.”

Damon looks compassionately. “What do you feel for him? Be honest with yourself. Take your time and think about it.”

Elianne shakes her head. “I don’t have to think about it. When he touched me yesterday, it felt wrong. I wanted to run from him. So no, I don’t need to think about it.”

Damon smiles. “Good. I’ll talk to him then. He won’t bother you again. And if he does, you come to me or Richard, okay?”

Elianne nods and sighs. Richard places a hand on her shoulder. “We’re here for you, sweetheart. You know you’re like a daughter to me, we’ll have your back, always.”

Richard turns to the furnace to continue his cooking. He holds still for a minute, then proceeds again. “I just received the confirmation from Alpha Christopher that the Captain arrived home safely this morning.”

“Just now?” Damon looks wide eyed. He’s been travelling for a long time then.”

“Apparently the guy has rabies, and his wolf has taken over. Explains the reason why he came here without communicating anything and why he ignored Elianne’s attempts to link him. I’ve dealt with Leo before, and he doesn’t seem to be the guy to just barge in like he did yesterday. It was really out of character, he normally is a strict, quiet guy. Not someone to break the rules just like that.”

Damon nods. “Hmm, they should be careful then, someone else could get infected too.”

“Danny has got it too. He got it before the Captain got it.”

“What?” Damon and Elianne both look up shocked.

“No way! That can’t be happening! Danny’s one of the strongest Beta’s I know!”

“I know, but rabies doesn’t look at status or rank.” Richard places two plates on the table, returns to the kitchen counter to take a third and sets himself at the table next to Elianne.

“What are they going to do now?” Damon looks worriedly. “As far as I know, rabies has no cure.”

Richard shakes his head. “There’s no cure. The only thing they can do is use Alpha blood and hope for the best.”

“Damn it.” Damon sighs. “I’ll contact them. See if they need any help. With both their Beta and their head warrior out of the game, they could be drowning in the work. Besides, I’ve got Alpha blood too, if they use my blood for one of them, Alpha Christopher can safely give his blood to the other one. Then he won’t be weakened too much.”

Richard nods. “That’s a good idea. You should do that.”

“Elianne, are you alright?” Damon’s voice sounds concerned. “You look pale. Does the news of your brother and your mate concern you that much?”

She nods, a tear falls on her plate and then another one. Richard throws an arm around her shoulders and pulls her against him. “Come here, little one. It’s okay.”

“We’ll keep you updated, as soon as we get any news from them, you’ll be the first to know, alright?”

Elianne nods.

In the afternoon, she decides to go for a run again, but only in human form. She hopes it will distract her from thinking about everything that’s going in right now. She has this heavy feeling in her stomach. The feeling that something bad is going to happen. It makes her feel nauseous, so distraction will hopefully settle her stomach down.

She looks to the left, where all of the Packs little houses are. They look so cosy, so homey, it makes her long for home.

When she reaches the near forest that starts at the other end of the lake, she hears some rustling in the bushes. “Who’s there?” she asks loudly.

The rustling gets louder and a huge wolf jumps forward, a rogue. He crouches down and slowly stalks forward. Elianne freezes for a second, but regains her composure, reminding herself what she had learned when she had warrior training. She kept an eye on him, ready to shift if he would make a move. When she looks at him intently, she notices his eyes, green. She has seen those eyes before.

A growl comes from behind her and she quickly glances behind her to see who it is. She really thought it was some accomplice, but to her relief it’s not a rogue, the wolf wears a familiar scent. Mike.

Mike’s wolf crouches low, baring his teeth and taking his stance right in front of Elianne. The wolves seem to communicate with each other. Could this be Mike’s dad?

The rogue takes a few steps backwards, then turns and runs away. When the rogue is out of sight, Mike shifts and turns to Elianne worriedly. “Are you alright?”

Elianne nods. “Nothing happened really, you were here before he could do anything. Thanks though, he was huge.” She turns and starts walking back to the house.

“No problem,” Mike smiles.

“What were you doing here anyway?” Elianne looks at him curiously.

“I saw you leave the house,” Mike shrugs, “Damon told me what happened yesterday and asked me to keep an eye on you, so I needed to make sure you stayed out of trouble this time.” He grins, “guess that wasn’t such a bad idea.”

Elianne smiles too, when she thinks about the green eyes, she looks at him with wonder. “Was that someone you know? He had the same eyes you have.”

Mike nods and looks away from her. “That was my dad, yes.”

“Why is he here? Why would he want to attack me?”

“Because you’re important to me. He thinks he can get to me by threatening you, I suppose.”

“But we’re not mates, and there’s no feelings between us other than friendship.”

“I know, I don’t know what his game is here, Elly, I only know I don’t like it.” Mike shakes his head. They have reached the house and take the steps to the deck. “Are you alright? I’m going to leave you now, is that okay?”

Elianne nods. “I’ll be fine, thanks again.” Mike smiles and when he is a few yards away, he turns and throws a kiss at her. Elianne smiles and shakes her head, waving back. The guy is a goofball.

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