I would be lying if I said her words didn’t hurt. I know she’s hurting right now, but the way her whole demeanor changed was a little worrisome. I wish she would stop and let herself process everything that has happened. I wish she would just talk to me. I know I might not have answers or even the right thing to say, but I believe just talking about it would help her.
I want her to know she isn’t alone in this. I was able to mind-link our parents for a while, but we’ve been running north for the last two hours, not even wolf form.
Last Alpha Dane said was to keep her safe and that he and a few others would be right behind us.
They plan on following our scent since I’m not sure which way we will be going next. I wasn’t sure why she even chose north to begin with.
“We should stop and rest for a little while,” I told Kyra, breaking the silence.
She didn’t respond but did finally slow down and come to a stop near the small river.
I sat down next to her on the bank, feeling the exhaustion quickly taking over, “Why north?” I questioned.
I just want her to talk to me.
“Did you not smell him?” she finally responded to me, her voice void of any emotion.
“No, I haven’t caught his scent once. You did?” She nodded her head as she stared off into the darkness.
“Maybe that’s going to be one of your many specialties…” I trailed off.
I didn’t care what we talked about; I was just trying to get her to talk.
The way she was acting right now scared me.
“Maybe,” she said softly, “I guess we can rest awhile. You can sleep for a little bit, and I’ll watch for any threats.”
I laughed and shook my head, pulled her to her feet with me.
There was no way I was going to sleep first.
Not that I don’t trust her, but I don’t know that I trust this version of her.
She didn’t even want me to come with her in the first place; who’s to say she won’t take off while I’m asleep? I sat down under a tree and stretched my legs out in front of me.
“Sleep,” I told her as I patted my leg, “I’ll be your pillow.”
And to my surprise, a small smile appeared.
It was only there for a second, but it gave me hope that I could still get through to her.
She laid down, resting her head on my leg, and I draped my arm across her as I began caressing her hair.
“Blaze?” she whispered, getting my attention.
“Yeah?” “Thank you for coming with me.”
“I’ll always be with you, Kyra, even if you don’t want me to.” I leaned down and k!ssed the top of her head as she closed her eyes.
It didn’t take her long to fall asleep, and I hoped she would be back to her usual self when she woke up.
Alpha? I called out with my mind. If I had any luck, he would be close enough to hear me.
Where are y’all? I sighed when he responded.
This means he must be close.
Resting near the small river.
Kyra is asleep now.
I don’t know how close you should get. I hate to piss her off. I could hear Alpha Dane chuckle through the link; I understand.
For now, we’ll keep some distance.
Has she spoken to you yet? Yes.
Have you caught Devin’s scent at all? No, we haven’t…why? Kyra did.
She caught it at the border, and that’s what we are following. I didn’t smell it either wolf yet.
Just wait until you do…it’s magnificent.
Knowing that Alpha Dane was near made me feel better.
Being out here alone was dangerous, and that, mixed with Kyra’s current attitude, is the perfect recipe for disaster, I’m afraid.
Kyra started to stir about an hour later, “You can sleep longer, princess,” I told her as I gazed down at her.
She shook her head as she sat up, sitting next to me.
“No, that was plenty for now. It’s your turn,” she gave me a small that didn’t reach her eyes as she stretched her legs out and patted for me to lay my head down.
I couldn’t help but laugh a little. I debated if I should tell her that her dad was near, unsure how she would react.
Kyra lifted her nose into the air, and I scanned the woods.
“Dad’s close,” she said, shaking her head.
“Did you know?” I wasn’t sure what to say.
I didn’t want to lie to her, though, “Yes, I knew they would be following behind us. Everyone is worried about you.”
She looked away, “I’m okay.”
But I knew she wasn’t.
“Babe, please talk to me.” I grabbed her hand with mine.
“What do you want me to say? I’m done playing Devin’s games.
I’m done letting him have the upper hand and hurt and kill people.
Is that what you want to hear? Or do you want to hear my plan? When I catch him, and I will, I’m going to make everything he’s ever done look like child’s play.
He will wish he was never born and beg for death, but I won’t give it to him…not for a while anyway.” Her voice was cold as she spoke, sending a shiver down my spine.
“Or do you want me to talk to you about grandpa pollo?” she started again before I could say anything.
“Do you want to know how I feel about his death? His death is on my hands. I’m the one that killed Scarlett.The guilt I am feeling is eating me alive inside.”
“You have no reason to be guilty. Apollo understood it had to happen, think the guilt I’m feeling is only from him? No, it’s not. Blaze, I had to watch and listen to you be tortured and beat! That was because of me! Had you not wanted to keep me safe on my run, you wouldn’t have had to go through that!” Her voice raised as the tears started running down her face. My heart broke at the sight.
I wrapped my arms around her and pulled her to my che.st, “Shhh…it’s okay, babe. I’m okay. You have no reason to feel guilty about what happened to me.
I love you, Kyra, and I would take being tortured and beaten every day for the rest of my life if it meant you were safe.
That is my choice. I could have let you give in to him when you offered. But guess what, I’m stubborn and wanted to prove he couldn’t break me.
So no, that isn’t on you; that’s on me.” Her body shook as she sobbed into my che.st, “I’m so sorry,” she cried.
My heart sunk deeper into my che.st as I held her close to me.
Her body tensed in my arms as her head shot up, “Rogues.” She whispered as she jumped to her feet, and I followed.
Rogues I sent through the mind link to Alpha Dane, knowing now that he would make an appearance.
I still didn’t see, hear or smell them, but the way Kyra was standing next to me told me she could.
After several minutes I could faintly smell them in the breeze. I was amazed at how well her senses are now.
Soon their stench was overwhelming, letting me know it was more than a few of them.
I let out a warning growl as they stepped from behind the trees to our left.
Ten of them.
At least I know Kyra can fight pretty well.
She stood tall beside me, not showing any fear or worry as they began to stalk closer.
The man in the front lifted his nose in the air and took a deep breath, “This must be our lucky day.
Here I thought we would have to travel.