I glared at Kain, the man who had vowed to take my daughter. Two men stepped up beside him with smirks on their faces.
“You should leave while you still have a chance,” I told him warningly, hoping he would second guess what he was about to do.
“Don’t worry, I’m going to leave…as soon as you give me my daughter.”
He looked around the hallway, “Where is your precious mate at?” he sneered as he took a step towards me.
I didn’t move. I knew he was trying to intimidate me, but little does he know I am not the same girl I used to be.
Kain is here…
I sent out a mind link, not really sure who all could hear me though.
It was one thing I hadn’t really spent any time trying to learn since turning.
Kain grabbed my arm, spinning me as he twisted it behind my back.
“You can’t take me…” he growled in my ear.
My anger had reached its boiling point and I could feel myself losing control.
Everything I had been taught in my training recently came flooding back to me.
Using my smaller size to my advantage as everyone taught me, I was able to flip Kain, “I might not beat you, but I can definitely stop you until my mate gets here.”
As soon as the words left my mouth, a growl erupted, shaking the whole house. I smirked at Kain who was now standing next to the two men.
Everything seemed next minute he had shifted, and his dark brown wolf had me pinned down.
It took all my strength to hold his snapping jaws back.
Dane will be here any second, I kept telling myself. I was growing tired quickly as I tried to fight Kain off.I closed my eyes as his canines inched closer to my face, and then he was gone.I opened my eyes to see a large black wolf with white-tipped ears fighting Kain.
Zayd seemed to have the upper hand for now.
The two men with Kain shifted mid-stride as they ran to help their Alpha. I couldn’t shift that fast, not yet anyway, but I also couldn’t let them reach Zayd.
He would be overpowered.
I lunged myself at the smaller brown wolf as he tried to bolt past me, knocking him off balance briefly.
He quickly regained his balance and turned to me growling. He lowered himself, ready to pounce.
My heart raced as I tried to figure out what my next move should be.
A blur of grey was all I saw, and I knew I was safe. I knew then everything would be okay.
Dane didn’t hesitate to rip through the wolf’s throat, k*lling him instantly.
He glanced back at me, blood dripping from his lips before he turned to help his dad.
I wasn’t sure what to do.
Part of me wanted to run, but the other part of me couldn’t stand the thought of leaving and Dane getting hurt.
Dane went straight for Kain’s wolf.
He had him pinned in a matter of seconds.
I thought Kain would submit, but he wasn’t about to.
He was still trying and failing to fight Dane.
“ENOUGH!” a booming voice sounded through the hallway marched towards us.
“SHIFT! NOW!” he barked at the men.
Dane growled slowly, trying to fight the command.
Everyone else shifted immediately and Apollo stood staring at Dane.
I ran to stand beside him, eyeing my ‘father’, waiting to see what he was going to do. He tilted his head as he looked at Dane.
Wonder seemed to twinkle in his eyes.
Dane placed himself in between me and everyone else, gently pushing me away from them.
Apollo nodded at Dane before he turned around.
“Who are you?” Apollo questioned.
“Alpha Kain Shelton, Oakwood Pack.”
He kept his eyes on the floor.
Apollo grunted as he started walking slowly toward Kain, “Do you have a valid reason for attacking this pack?”
Apollo took another step forward.
I watched as Kain began to fidget a little.
“They have been keeping me from my daughter, your majesty.I am only trying to get her back.”
Dane growled deeply at his response.
“You piece of s**t!” I yelled at him.
Apollo raised his hand to silence me.
“You didn’t want the pup …Fight?” his voice coming out deeper, more threatening.
“I made a mistake.I admit that, but I am now ready to step up and be her father. “
I couldn’t stop the laugh that bubbled out of me.
Apollo glanced back at me before turning to face Kain again, “It has nothing to do with the fact she is royalty? I’m sure you are not as stupid as everyone says.”
He took another step toward Kain, who was now white as a sheet.
“That b***h didn’t tell me who she was! She deceived me!” Kain the side and look at Dane.
Was Apollo really going to stand back and allow this to happen?! But that was all Dane needed.
In one movement, he had ripped Kain to pieces. I gasped at the sight in front of me.
The last man alive that had come with Kain shifted, but he didn’t make it very far.
Apollo snapped his neck before he could even get three steps in.
I stood in shock at what just happened.
After what felt like hours, but I’m sure it was only seconds, Dane had shifted back and had his arms tightly wrapped around me.
“Are you okay babe?” he pulled back, looking over me.
“You really moved out of the way!? You were going to let him try to take my baby!”
I screamed at Apollo.I tried to push past Dane to get closer to the Alpha King, but he wouldn’t let me.
“Holly, I would never allow any harm to come to you or my granddaughter.”
He said calmly, not even mad that I was shouting at him, “but you must understand, as your protector and mate, Dane needed to be the one to stop him. It’s a male thing…”
he smirked as he looked at my mate.
What! A male thing? I looked at Dane, who just smiled and nodded his head in agreement.
“I would have k*lled him, as my wolf wanted to if I thought for one second Dane wasn’t strong enough to do it, but I believe Dane is more powerful than even he realizes.”
He was now staring at Dane again, “No one has ever been able to fight my command the way you did.”
Dane bowed his head, “Sorry about that sir,”
Dane apologized keeping his head down.
“No need to apologize to me. I should have known the Mooncare of her.”
He smiled at me softly, “How about we have someone clean this mess up and then I can see my granddaughter.”
I stood in disbelief as my mind raced.
Tonight has been a whirlwind of events.
I had planned on fighting my dad, Apollo the freaking Alpha King, and instead found out that it was my mother who had spun a web of lies in an attempt to get her revenge.
My ex-boyfriend somehow managed to make it into the packhouse to try and steal my daughter and I managed to keep him from ripping my throat out.
This was the first time I had really seen Dane in action, the first time I had seen him k*ll someone.
But for some reason, it didn’t bother me at all.
In fact, it made me feel even safer with him.
I still wasn’t sure how much I could trust Apollo, but so far, he has done nothing but be helpful.
“Babe, are you sure you’re okay?” Dane questioned me again.
I looked at him and gave him my best smile, “Yeah, just a lot has happened. Guess my brain is still trying to process.”
He gave me an understanding look before leaning down to give me a light k!ss. He has always been so gentle with me.
“How about you go get Kyra and meet us back in my office.I will have Ash and Colby take care of this,” he waved his hand around the hallway.
I still couldn’t believe that this wasn’t bothering me very much. I could feel their eyes on me as I made my way to the bunker to get our daughter.
When I entered, I told everyone they could go back to their homes, and everything was okay.
Dane will have a meeting tomorrow to update them on the events of the night.
Genesis was in her arms and Blaze curled up at her side.
Blaze’s eyes popped open as I walked closer.
“Thank you for keeping my baby safe,” I told Genesis as she handed Kyra to me.
“Always,” she responded as she stood up and stretched her arms and legs out.
“So, what happened? Is everything okay? How many casualties did we have?”
She started firing questions off, one after another.
I shook my head, “We didn’t even fight Apollo. But Kain somehow made it into the packhouse with two of his men, but they were k*lled quickly. I’ll explain everything later though. Right now, Apollo is waiting with Dane to meet this beauty right here.”
I looked down at my precious little girl smiling.
Genesis’s face was laced with curiosity and worry.
“He doesn’t want to hurt us. He never did, but there is no time to talk right now.”
“Okay. If you need anything, please let me know.”
Genesis told me as she pulled me into a hug.
As I began to make my way out of the bunker, I felt a light tug on my pants.
I looked down to see Blaze, “I need to come with her.”
I looked back to Genesis, “I guess y’all are coming to meet Apollo too.”
Her eyes widened and I could feel her nerves as she hesitated, “Umm..okay are you sure? He doesn’t need to go.”
She said quickly, trying to grab Blaze’s hand.
“No mom, I have to be with her.I want to make sure she is safe.”
With that, Genesis reluctantly agreed.
We all knew that Blaze took protecting Kyra very seriously and he wouldn’t leave without a fight.
With Kyra in my arms and Blaze and Genesis beside me, we made our way up to Dane’s office.
As I opened the door, Apollo stood, his eyes glistening with little growl sounded in the room as Blaze pushed himself between Apollo and me, “And who is this little warrior?”
Apollo asked with amusement.
“I’m her mate and I won’t let you or anyone else hurt her.” He stated confidently.
Genesis scolded as she tried to grab him, “I’m sorry your majesty,” she said as she continued to try to pull her son to her side.
Apollo’s eyes showed shock as he waved his hand to Genesis, “Why is he saying he is her mate?”
I sighed, knowing we had a lot to fill him in on.
Maybe he would be able to give us some insight though.
We all took a seat around the office with Apollo holding Kyra.
He sat staring down at her; she looked so tiny in his large arms.
Deep down I really hoped I was not making a mistake by trusting him.
Dane told Apollo what little we knew about Blaze, which was pretty much everything Blaze himself told us, and then his behavior towards her as well.
Apollo looked down at Blaze, who had been sitting next to him eyeing him the whole time.
“I do believe it. Though I have never personally seen it, I know of stories that have been passed down and my mother was a firm believer that it would happen again.” Apollo stated.
“But for now I think that it’s time we all got some rest. My men should have some tents set up at the border by now. We can discuss this more tomorrow.”
He stood and handed Kyra to me as she began to wake up.
“You and your men are more than welcome to stay here. We have office door.”
“I appreciate it, Alpha Dane, but I am awaiting Devin’s arrival so I will stay at the border.”
He reached to shake Dane’s hand and then Ash and Zayd’s.
“Who’s Devin?” I blurted out.
“My son, your half-brother,” Apollo said proudly.