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The sense of power radiating off of my Mate was astounding. I couldn’t

help but notice the intense admiration and pride emanating from my Wolf, who was excited that Gabriel was going to be my new Alpha. Out of the

corner of my eye, I saw my packmates lowering their heads out of respect for their new leader; I even felt my own Wolf bowing to his presence, which was strange, thinking about my Mate like that. However, since we hadn’t

completed the bond, I supposed he was still my superior.

I copied the actions of my fellow pack members, lowering my head in

respect. It felt incredibly strange. I could sense Gabriel’s eyes boring holes into me as he observed my behavior, but what else was I supposed to do? My Wolf was confused, torn between admiration and submission. I had

never heard of a she-wolf being in my position before.

 

 

 

 

 

I relaxed slightly as Gabriel turned away, focusing his attention on Eli. The

two began to converse quietly and I realized just how much work my Mate had ahead of him. If the Black Mountains Pack was going to absorb us, how exactly would we go about it? The two territories were so spread out that it would be difficult for Gabriel to go back and forth. I knew there would be a lot of logistics involved.

I barely noticed what was happening as Gabriel strode over to my

packmates, who looked frightened and intimidated by him. With a barking order, Gabriel instructed them to take Alpha Brett’s body back to our

village.

“Brief your pack on what happened. I expect the rest of your village to be awaiting my arrival. I’ll be there to talk to them later tonight,” Gabriel said coolly. There was no need to put the Command in his tone; his presence

was intimidating enough that my fellow pack members instantly obeyed.

One of them Shifted while the others placed Brett’s drooping body on the giant wolf’s back. I shifted position uncomfortably. Was I supposed to

follow them? Was Gabriel going back with us? The thought made my heart flutter.

“Skylar, I need to talk with you a moment,” the husky baritone interrupted my train of thought and my eyes shifted to Gabriel. He indicated the fringe of the forest with a jerk of his head and strode off, me nervously following him.

It would be the first time we were alone together since I left him a few days ago. I scratched my arm absentmindedly as I followed him into the shade. Back in human form, the irritation and burning heat lingering under the

surface of my skin were returning. I fervently hoped I wasn’t getting sick.

The diseases affecting werewolves were few, but very powerful.

Gabriel stopped just inside the shelter of the trees, the patchy, late- afternoon sun dappling the forest floor with golden specks of light. Darkness was a couple hours away at most.

 

 

 

 

 

I was all too aware of the fact that Gabriel was shirtless, putting his

sculptured muscles on open display for everyone to see. My Wolf was very appreciative of his form and I had to look away before I started blushing.

 

“Who hit you?” Gabriel finally said, breaking the silence. I realized the faint welt on my face from Alpha…or, formerly Alpha Brett was still visible.

“It’s not important,” I replied quietly, still keeping my gaze averted.

Obviously my shoddy lie did nothing to deter his curiosity when he asked me earlier.

“It’s important to me,” was his snapping retort. It sounded like he was speaking through gritted teeth.

I finally turned to face him, keeping my eyes on Gabriel’s face instead of his

exposed torso. I wasn’t sure I could restrain myself right now; I was exhausted, and resisting him was difficult.

“It’s over and done with. And I deserved it,” I added, mumbling. His eyes narrowed. “You never deserve to be treated like that.”

“It’s my fault Anne died. I pissed Cain off because he couldn’t attack me and he took it out on Anne. Alpha…er, Brett….needed a target for his grief.”

Belatedly, I realized I probably shouldn’t have called Brett out like that.

A low growl vibrated in his chest. “That’s a pathetic excuse for him to lay his hands on you. If I would have known-”

“That’s exactly why I didn’t tell you. Brett is just grieving. He’s suffered enough.”

Gabriel was silent for a long moment, his jaw clenched. As the seconds trickled by, my eyes inevitably settled on the bleeding gash stretching across the front of his shoulder, near his collarbone. The bleeding had slowed but it still looked painful. My Wolf whined.

“You’re injured,” I said softly, taking a step closer to him before I stopped. I couldn’t trust myself in such close proximity, not in the state of mind I was in right now.

 

 

 

 

 

“It’s fine.” He kept his gaze averted. I wanted to reach out and touch him, but kept myself at bay. We were still several feet away from each other, thankfully.

“Skylar, things are going to be really different now. There are a lot of issues

to resolve. But I won’t….” He trailed off, shifting position almost

uncomfortably. “I won’t be able to stay as far away from you. I have to go with you to your pack village today, it’s customary for the wolves to meet their new Alpha. And the ceremony completing the Purge is tomorrow.”

I glanced down at the leaf-strewn forest floor. “I know.” The thought was

just occurring to me. It was as if I hadn’t really accepted the fact that

Gabriel was going to be my new Alpha yet. I wasn’t sure how he would

work everything out but once he did, I’d be around him a lot more. I would have to forcefully keep my distance if I wanted to make my decision, and it would have to be soon.

You should’ve already decided, my Wolf snapped angrily and I almost

winced at the reprimand. Through everything, she still desperately wanted Gabriel and his Wolf. And I couldn’t lie and say I didn’t have any feelings for him whatsoever. In fact, the longer I was around him, the more danger I

was in of acting impulsively on my hormones.

Another silence stretched out. I felt the tension increasing again, and my Wolf began to claw at the surface. The sight of our shirtless Mate was

driving her crazy.

“My father is in a coma,” I blurt out before I could help myself. I wasn’t sure why I told Gabriel, except for I was hoping there was some chance he could help.

Gabriel’s head swiveled and his dark orbs fixated on me. “What?” If I wasn’t mistaken, I saw visible concern in his expression before he masked it as

usual.

“Cain attacked Maria. My father healed her and was drained from doing so, and he got blindsided. They took some of his blood and injected him with silver. He hasn’twoken up,” I finished, realizing I was rambling. My voice

had grown weaker and I felt extremely vulnerable. My lack of sleep was

 

 

 

 

 

rapidly catching up to me, along with the strange physical symptoms I had been experiencing.

 

 

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Gabriel almost looked as if he wanted to step forward, to comfort me, but he resisted. “I’ll have Eva come right away,” He said quietly. I tried not to grimace, as the redhead didn’t have a particular fondness for me, but

Gabriel noticed my expression.

“We’re in the same pack now. She’ll have no choice but to help.”

I nodded. I was sure she was a perfectly capable pack doctor. If she could help my father, I couldn’t complain about her rough-around-the-edges

demeanor. Meanwhile, Gabriel’s gaze grew distant and I had no doubt he was contacting her.

“The real reason I brought you out here was to give you Raziel’s news,” he said after a moment.

I looked up expectantly. “Did he find what he was looking for?”

Gabriel nodded, once. “I’m asking Eva to bring one of the objects with her. It’ll help protect your….our pack. At least for a while.”

For once, I felt a rush of hope, along with piqued curiosity. “What is it?”

“Another blessed object. Different from your rosary, because instead of

protecting one person, it protects everyone within a certain radius. It’s very old and very powerful. It should keep all of the vampires from coming

within several miles of your pack village, until it runs out. It operates similar to the rosary in that regard.”

“How long will it last?”

“Hopefully a few weeks.”

I frowned. That wasn’t as much time as I was hoping. “But what if-” I began, but he cut me off.

 

 

 

 

 

“We will be working on plans as we integrate the packs. All we can hope is that it’ll buy us enough time.”

A few weeks was not near enough time, in my opinion, but it was better than nothing. If the object worked like Raziel and Gabriel said, nobody

would have to hide in their homes for a while. I could only wish we would come up with a strategy by then.

I glanced around the scenery for a bit, something nagging at me. I hadn’t

wanted to bring it up, but I had a guilty conscience. I wanted to let Gabriel know what I’d done, and some part of me was worried he’d be angry, but at least I’d be telling the truth. I glanced up at my Mate. He seemed as lost in thought as I was.

“Gabriel…um…..Alpha….” I stuttered, feeling like a complete idiot. What did I call him? I felt stupid having to think about it, but I’d never been in a

situation where I could address my Alpha informally, and since Gabriel and I weren’t bonded; my Wolf bowed to his, so did I call him Alpha like the rest? “ Don’t do that.” His voice was hoarse, urgent. I looked up to see his eyes

boring into mine. Gabriel looked almost….hurt….which shocked me seeing the depth of emotion in his gaze, however briefly. “Don’t call me that.”

I gazed at him, completely taken aback. “I just…well…I’ve never dealt with anything like this before,” I managed to choke out.

Gabriel clenched his fists and looked down. “You shouldn’t be afraid to call me by my first name.” He looked angry, though to me it almost seemed like Gabriel’s anger was directed at himself. “You’re my Mate, for f**k’s sake.”

My Wolf purred at his acceptance of us and I felt my heart skip a beat as my cheeks reddened. I vainly tried to fight down my rising emotion.

“Gabriel,” I said instead, enjoying the way his muscles visibly clenched as I spoke his name. “I’m sorry. It’s my fault Alpha Brett tried to kill you.”

Although Gabriel attempted to mask his expression, I could see vivid

emotion lingering just behind the surface. “What did you tell him?” His voice had gotten completely monotone, intensity gone.

“I didn’t tell him about your ancestry. Just that Cain was coming after you for your blood because he couldn’t get to your mother in time.”

 

 

 

 

 

Now, I felt like Gabriel was angry with me. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to tell

him, but he must’ve gotten some sort of hint, because he used a Command on me so I had to tell him. I tried to hide as much as I could but-“ I felt like I was about to cry.

“He Commanded you?”

I nodded mutely, biting my lip as I stared at him. I felt weak and pathetic,

especially after everything that happened. Tears were about to threaten at the corners of my eyes. My emotions were going haywire. I wasn’t sure how much more I could take.

Gabriel sighed heavily. “It isn’t your fault. Just…don’t give me that look. I can barely stand it.”

Not sure what he meant by that, I instantly apologized. “Sorry, I-“ “Stop apologizing!”

I shut my mouth. Gabriel ran a hand through his hair, his customary

agitated habit. He didn’t say anything else, though, for I heard Eli calling him from a distance.

He tossed me a heavy look. “I have to discuss logistics. Eva should be here in a while, and we will leave for your pack village.”

I nodded mutely, sagging against a nearby tree. My body wanted to crumple to the ground while my Wolf wanted to jump onto Gabriel’s muscled physique. It was a strenuous internal battle.

My Mate’s expression softened, ever-so-slightly. “Rest, Skylar. You look exhausted.”

And with my name falling so perfectly from his lips, I sank down the side of the tree, putting my head in my hands. It was all just so much to take in.

I wasn’t sure if Gabriel wanted me to follow him, but I figured that since he

was almost within eyesight, I was safe to doze off here in the forest. I

relaxed against the rough bark of the tree, trying to ignore the hot flush

under my skin and the way my heart was pounding faster than usual. This

time, though, Gabriel had nothing to do with it; it was the strange sickness I was coming down with. I felt a pang of worry but pushed it aside. Almost of

 

 

 

 

 

their own accord, my eyes drifted shut. My body desperately tried to catch up with the sleep it had so sorely missed out on over the past two days.

What felt like minutes later (but was likely at least an hour or so), I woke up to Gabriel’s voice urgently calling my name. I blinked, blearily, not feeling

much better. That hour or so had served to give me a glimpse of the sleep I was missing out on, not rejuvenate me.

“I’m awake,” I muttered, groggily glancing up to see him standing over me. I struggled to my feet as he backed away to give me some space. My Wolf did not like that gesture.

“Eva’s here.” Gabriel’s brows furrowed slightly as he examined me, and I saw concern flash through his expression. Apparently he didn’t like what he saw. “Are you fit to return to your pack tonight?”

I waved him off, ignoring the mildly-feverish conditions I was feeling. “I’m fine.”

I could tell Gabriel did not believe me, but before he could pursue the issue a sleek, brownish-red wolf burst through the trees and approached us. The she-wolf was carrying a large bag in her powerful jaws. She set it down and, with a respectful dip of her head to Gabriel, began to Shift back in human

form. Seconds later the redhead Eva stood there, in all of her naked glory. I had to turn my head to the side as I felt a wave of nearly-overwhelming

anger overtake my Wolf. I clenched my jaw and tried not to let my fury

show, but my Wolf was snarling that there was a naked female so close to our Mate. I knew it was stupid, as Eva was in his pack and it was common

for pack members to Shift in front of each other, but I couldn’t help it. I was exhausted and my Wolf was on edge. I gritted my teeth, barely fighting

back the deep growl that threatened to escape. I scarcely believed the level of jealousy and possessiveness I was feeling.

 

 

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Calm down, he’s probably seen it all before, I attempted to placate my

Wolf, but realized a second later I had just made things worse. She growled furiously and I bit down, hard, to prevent the sound from slipping past my lips. My teeth cut into my lip, drawing blood, and I winced. I was really

losing it.

I realized that the two were speaking and I tried to tune into the

conversation. I fervently hoped Gabriel hadn’t felt an echo of my

sentiments. My cheeks were red enough as it was and I didn’twant to humiliate myself further.

“Were you discreet about getting it?” Gabriel was saying. Eva nodded,

completely ignoring my presence, her bright blue eyes fixated on Gabriel. “Don’t tell anyone else about this,” he continued speaking to Eva, a

Command in his tone, before he lifted the bag off of the ground. Reaching in, Gabriel pulled out something that was the complete opposite of what I was expecting.

It was a stone. A large, relatively flat, completely boring stone. I stared at it blankly.

“He called this the Stone of Jacob,” Gabriel muttered, gazing at it

contemplatively. He tested its weight. “It definitely radiates power.” He

gestured that I touch it, and I walked forward, tentatively placing my hand on the rock’s smooth surface.

I quickly jumped backwards as an electric sensation sizzled up my arm from the rock, the power spreading like wildfire through my veins. It disappeared as quickly as it came but I stared at the rock with renewed wonder. It felt

like my rosary, only many times stronger. Gabriel gauged my reaction before he carefully returned the stone to the sack.

“We’ll keep it somewhere safe,” he murmured, almost to himself, before he turned to the redhead. “You’re coming with us to the Silver Woods pack

village. They’re part of our pack now, and Skylar’s father, their only pack doctor, is in a coma. I will need you to heal him as best as you can.”

I tried not to scowl. Of course it had to be Eva that was going to help me out. By the look on her delicate features, she was not taken with the idea,

 

 

 

 

 

but she managed to keep her thoughts to herself. Eva nodded stiffly, still avoiding my gaze altogether. My Wolf recoiled at the thought of her still- naked (and admittedly near-perfect) form so close to my Mate. I felt

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“We can’t waste any more time. Are you two ready?” Gabriel gazed at me

specifically as he said that and I got the impression he was feeling my

emotions more than he let on. I just nodded curtly. I knew it was pathetic, but being so close to the gorgeous redhead made me feel insecure all over

again. I sighed, preparing to Shift.

It was going to be a long trek home.

My presumption was correct. We took off for home, Gabriel, Eva, me, and

two of Gabriel’s pack members. Eli returned to the Black Mountains Pack to take care of things for the next couple of days. They had their own blessed object from Raziel so, for now, they were safe. My packmates had gone

ahead to deliver the news and get Alpha Brett to the infirmary. I hoped he and his Mate were going to be all right; I couldn’t imagine the pain that our Luna had gone through during the fight. Hopefully she had passed out so she could avoid most of the agony her Mate was going through.

For me, the trek was painfully quiet. Because the Purge hadn’t been

completed, according to Gabriel, I could not yet communicate telepathically

with the others. I was sure they were having an internal conversation

several times and I was unfortunately left out. To top it all off, there was the distance between Gabriel and I. I knew I was the cause of most of it but I

couldn’t help but feel the stab of jealousy everytime Gabriel’s fur brushed Eva’s.

 

Get ahold of yourself, I snapped, more to myself than my Wolf. I’m acting like a pathetic, jealous high-schooler. What is wrong with me?

We haven’t slept enough, my Wolf replied, her exhaustion tangible. And

being so close to our Mate again is only intensifying the bond whether you

 

 

 

 

 

want that to happen or not. Jealousy, possessiveness, lust….all of that is heightened for both of us.

I’m not ready for that. I have scarcely had time to think, was my response. It

was true. Everything had been chaotic since I returned home. I just wanted one opportunity to be alone and really think. And the run home was

depleting the rest of my already-scarce energy reserves. I hoped I could make it.

It was well past dark when we finally neared the village, and I was glad to know my home hadn’t been ravaged by the vampires now. Hopefully with the Stone of Jacob, which Gabriel was carrying, we could live without fear for a couple of weeks.

We Shifted back to human form outside the fringe of trees, the moon

shining bright above us and illuminating the scene below. As I stared

intently, I realized there was a large multitude of bodies clustered in the

large space in the center of the village. They must have gotten the news

and were waiting on us to arrive. I felt a trickle of nervousness as I eyed the gathered pack.

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