Upside down

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XVII

‘Damon, do you happen to know where that little niece of yours is? She is not responding to any of my attempts of contacting her. I need you and her at the clinic asap. It’s an emergency . Get the forms for your transfer from my desk and take them with you. I need you on standby. Leo’s life is on the line.’

Christopher takes Damon out of his daydreaming during the break he was having. He sounds concerned. He had no idea that Leo’s health was so bad.

‘I’ll be there asap.’ He responds and gets up to look for his niece.

“Elly, Elly!” Damon shouts as he bangs loudly on the door of her room.

“Coming!” He hears her yell back.

She opens the door slightly, when she sees Damon she opens it fully, showing herself in only a bathrobe and wet hair.

“What’s going on, why haven’t you linked back to your Alpha? He’s been linking you for the last fifteen minutes!” He looks at her sternly and he folds his arms in front of his chest.

“Sorry I was in the shower. I didn’t want to be interrupted so I shut off the mindlink.” She frowns, “what does the Alpha need me for that is so urgent?”

“Leo has had an episode again at the hospital and he isn’t waking up. The Alpha wants you to go there to discuss something. So,” Damon looks at her from her feet to her toes, “I would get dressed and hurry there, if I were you.”

“Err, sure, give me a sec.” Elly closes her door right in front of his nose. Only five minutes later, she is dressed and ready to go.

When they get to the clinic, Damon sets himself in the waiting area down the hallway. He’ll have to wait for further instructions.

A few minutes pass by and Christopher comes out of Leo’s room, he walks straight to the nurse’s station, giving the nurses his orders. Now Elianne comes out of Leo’s room too, when Chris walks back her way and she clutches his arm. Her eyes are puffy and red, her skin pale and she has dark circles underneath her eyes. “I’m going to do something useful. Can you send someone to let me know how it went?”

Chris nods. “I will. Jolena will be here shortly. She’ll send someone.” In the meantime, Damon has gotten up from his seat and walks over to where Chris and Elianne are talking.

“Hey Alpha, you wanted to discuss my temporary transfer?”

Chris nods, “You just have to sign, do you have the papers with you? We don’t have much time.”

“Elianne,” Chris looks at her intently, “I’m depending on you now, the Pack needs you.”

She nods. “I’m ready. Good luck Chris, bring him back to me.”

Chris nods and starts to walk away. Damon looks at her with compassion and gives her a hug. “Will you be alright?”

She nods. “Just keep me informed, please.”

“I will.” And with that Damon strides away after Chris into a small family room.

“Are you ready for this, Damon?” Chris looks at him with a strict gaze after setting himself on one of the sofa’s. “Once you sign this, there’s people depending on you, you know.”

Damon nods. “I am aware of that. I’m ready, you can count on me.”

Chris signs the papers and hands them to Damon. “If there’s anything, a problem, a question, it doesn’t matter, you can always go to my dad. Don’t hesitate to ask him, he’ll be your wingman.”

Damon nods again, “I will.” He takes the pen and places his elegant signature next to Chris’s.

“Well, it’s official now. I’m not going to waste time. I’ve already linked Jolena, she’ll be here within seconds. I need to prepare for the transfusion.”

This is it now, he is officially the Alpha of a Pack. Something he never wanted to do, but now he is responsible for a lot of people. They are all depending on him. They all rely on him for safety, for keeping his community together, for advice, for a listening ear.

Damon sighs. He knows he is not alone in this, but it feels like a heavy task.

That evening at dinner, he sets himself at the table. Nick, who sits across from him frowns. “You’re in the wrong spot, Alpha.”

Damon frowns confused. “Why?”

“You’re supposed to sit at the head of the table.” Nick points at the place where Christopher usually sits.

“Right.” Damon gets up from his chair and takes a seat at the head of the table. “Better?”

Nick nods. “You have to claim your rights, your position, Alpha. You have the right, take it.” He smiles encouragingly.

“Who’s going to sit next to me? It’s lonely when no one sits here.”

Elianne walks in and looks at Damon. First she frowns confusedly when she sees him in Chris’s spot, but then smiles widely. Behind her Fredric shows up. Nick moves to the chair to Damons left and gestures for Alicia to sit next to him.

Fredric takes his place to Damon’s right and helps Elianne with her seat next to him. “Better?” Nick smirks at Damon.

Damon laughs, “much better.”

Plates full of deliciously smelling food are placed in front of them and they start to eat.

“Is there any news about Chris or Leo?” Nick pauzes his eating and looks at his father.

Fredric shakes his head. “Nothing. You’ll be informed as soon as I know more.”

“Thank you.” Nick takes a sip of his glass of water. “How long will it take for Chris to recover do you think?”

“I have no idea son. I’ve never heard about any similar cases like this before. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Damon frowns when he thinks of something. “How big do you deem the chance that Jones will try something the coming days?”

Fredric and Nick both look at Damon. Fredric thinks a moment before he answers. “I have to admit that I think that the chance is relatively high. I don’t want to worry you, but knowing Jones, he will definitely try something.”

Nick’s gaze turns stern. “The bastard can come, I’m ready. We’re all ready.”

Fredric nods, but has a concerned look on his face. “Don’t underestimate him. He is smart and he has informants everywhere.”


When Sasha walks into the bar to start her Sunday night shift, she is greeted by Billy with a bearhug. “Hey sweetheart, how are you doing?”

Sasha smiles, “I’m good, thank you. And you Billy? Not too much pain in your back today?”

“It’s bearable.” Billy smiles, “and otherwise I’d lie about it.”

Sasha laughs. “You shouldn’t. Pain in your back is something you should take more seriously. I can always do more shifts if its too much, you know that.”

“You’re just like my daughter, always worrying, always belittling me. You should buy a house and live together.” Billy grumbles mockingly and he winks.

“We’ll be even worse when we’re together than we already are, I’m warning you. Is that what you really want?” Sasha teases him back.

“Nah, bad idea.” Billy smiles and hands a bottle of beer to a customer who’s sitting at the bar. When he turns back to Sasha he frowns. “What is that?” He points at her neck.

Sasha immediately blushes.

“Is that a mate’s mark?” Billy looks at her curiously.

“Yeah, it is,” she avoids his eyes. She feels too ashamed to tell Billy that Damon left her.

“Sweetheart, what’s wrong?” Billy’s face turns into a concerned frown.

“He left. We fell asleep after, you know, and when I woke up, he was gone.”

“Goodness,” Billy gives her a hug, “are you up for a full shift here? Don’t you rather stay at home?”

Sasha shakes her head. “No, this way I have some distraction.”

“Alright, call me if you need anything,” Billy looks deeply into her eyes, “anything. And if you ever want to talk about it, you know where to find me, okay?”

Sasha nods and takes the kitchen towel that’s hanging over Billy’s shoulder. “Go, I’m fine.”

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