Alpha Kai POV
It’s the next day, and although I know I shouldn’t, I find myself heading towards the pack hospital
anyway. At least Candice isn’t hanging around, wondering where I’m going. She’s too busy going out
and shopping. My wolf points that out rather sourly, but lignore him. At least it keeps Candice away for
a while. I really shouldn’t feel like that, considering she’s my girlfriend, but I can’t help noticing I’m
feeling that more and more these days. Was it because I’d found my mate, or was I getting tired of her?
My wolf has made his opinion on numerous occasions, but why am I starting to agree with him? Why
am I suddenly finding myself disliking Candice so much? What has changed?
I walk through the front entrance confidently, seeking out Dr James. I want to find out how Winter is
going and whether there’s a change in her condition. My mind flashes back to our kiss and I cringe.
That was wrong of me and I would have to apologise. I don’t want Winter to get the wrong idea.
I’m a little mystified when I’m told by the head nurse at the nurse’s station, that Dr James is currently
locked up in Winter’s room. I feel a spurt of rage. What is he doing in there, alone with my mate? My
wolf is in agreement, growling lowly in my head. I almost stomp down to Winter’s room and peered
inside to see Dr James sleeping rather uncomfortably in a chair, beside Winter’s bedside. Well, at least
he’s not in her bed, not that I think my mate is
capable of anything like that, even with what I’d done to her.
I knock softly on the door, seeing Winter is still sleeping peacefully, her hair spread out on the pillows
and neatly tucked underneath a blanket. His eyes open and he sits upright looking startled, before
turning his head around and
viewing me guiltily. I watch as Dr James gingerly gets to his feet and tiptoes to the doors, unlocking
them and quietly coming out into the hallway, where I’m waiting impatiently for him.
“I need to speak to you, rather urgently, Alpha Kai”, he tells me and he sounds grim, like there’s
something serious he needs to tell me. I made a motion for him to walk with me but he shakes his
“I cannot leave Winter alone in her room” the Dr says reluctantly, and my eyebrows rise in surprise,
even as I begin to feel a tiny bit suspicious. I should have paid better attention to what he tried to tell
me last night.
“Then give me a moment to mind-link Beta Langdon. He can come down and keep an eye on her”, I
say firmly, and did that, Langdon assuring me that he’ll be a moment. The doctor looks grateful.
“Thankyou Alpha Kai” he breathes ” there’s a good reason for needing someone outside of Winter’s
room and I don’t want to disturb her either while she’s asleep”, he adds. I’m in agreement. Part of me is
asleep, it means prolonging the apology that I felt I owed her.
We wait, I’m impatient, until Langdon finally turns up, looking breathless, as though he’s run straight
here. I eye the sweat on his clothes and surmised that he probably had run.
“Yes, Alpha Kai” he says, and I turn to him.
“Beta Langdon” I say quietly, keeping my voice low “I need you to keep an eye on Winter and don’t let
anyone besides yourself into her room. Is that understood?”
Dr James speaks “that means no nurses, doctors, or anybody. Nobody should be stepping foot in her
Langdon looks bewildered but nods. “Of course, I’ll keep a close eye on her, until your return”, he tells
me, and could trust to have my back. Even with something as small as this.
“This way” Dr James whispers and leads me to his office, closing the door securely behind him and
me to take a seat.
“Winter is healing remarkably well” he started off with as I listened intently, glad to hear it” Her wounds
beginning to close and she’s not in any pain right now. I don’t know if you are aware, but she felt the
pain of you
being with someone else yesterday” he says, fixating his eyes on me. I feel a little indignant. How dare
he scold me like that? I’m the Alpha, but another part of me acknowledges the truth of his words and I
feel ashamed of myself. I wriggle uncomfortably in the chair. I feel like a child in the headmaster’s
office. “There’s something else as well. Her body is covered in scars, Alpha Kai, old ones that were
clearly made with silver.”
“I didn’t torture her” I say dumbly and he looks at me exasperated.
“I’m aware” he says with a groan “but somebody has. It’s been going on for years.”
I’m quietly taking that in, feeling anger rise inside of me, even though I know I can’t do anything for her,
can heal wounds made with Silver.
Dr James takes a deep breath, and looks towards me apprehensively. I know he’s been holding
We wouldn’t have had to go to his office if all he wanted to tell me, was to inform me about Winter’s
“There was an incident last night” he tells me grimly “someone entered Winter’s hospital room and
increased her morphine dosage. It was put incredibly high. If she hadn’t managed to rip her iv out, it
could very well have been fatal.”
Texploded. He’d failed to mention the part about the morphine instead stating that Winter had been
an incident and that he was taking care of her. I should have asked questions, I think to myself grimly.
But then, the
doctor probably assumed I didn’t care much for winter. Even though a small part of me does care for
“Your nurses must be incompetent” 1,,raged, standing up and pacing back and forth.” They put my
mate’s life in
danger. How could they have made such a stupid mistake?” I’m incredulous at the thought of such a
taking place under Dr James’s supervision.
He holds up a hand to stop me. “That’s the thing, all of the nurses deny that they entered the room and
messed with the dosage. All of them have been working for me for years and I believe them. None of
them know that she’s your mate, Alpha Kai. I’ve not disclosed that information to anyone.”
My eyes narrow as I realize what he’s implying. “You think she was targeted, because she’s my mate?”
angrily and he nods.
“I’m positive. The thing is, how many people know about her?”
| stop and think. Langdon, of course, knows, but so do several of the patrols that were on the night that
Winter stumbled onto my territory. They wouldn’t know we were mates but I had been acting differently
in her presence. Had someone maybe picked up on it? Overheard something they shouldn’t have? Or
was it just a lucky guess?
Tcursed and threw my hands up in the air. I feel a sense of frustration and concern. Winter wasn’t safe
in the hospital. Now what was I going to do? My wolf wanted to take her home with us, but it could have
been anyone and there was no guarantee of her safety there, not to mention I didn’t want Candice to
find out about her, not yet anyway. That was a discussion to have with her another time, once I’ve
made up my mind about what I wanted
“What do you suggest?’ I asked the dr evenly as he thinks about it.
“I’m prepared to discharge her, but she still needs to rest. Is there someone you trust completely with
care? Someone who can guard her and keep her safe from harm?”
Oh, I have someone alright, but I doubt he’s going to be pleased with the plan that’s whirling around in
my mind. My wolf is annoyed that we aren’t taking care of her and sulks. I ignore him.
“It’s safe to discharge her?” I confirmed and Dr James nodded adamantly.
“So long as she rests, she’ll be fine. I’ve got painkillers I can give her but I think she’ll probably manage
“I take it you locked yourself in the room then to keep Winter safe” I commented dryly and he blushed
and looked at the ground
“Forgive me, Alpha Kai” he stammers. “I didn’t know what else to do. Her safety was my number one
I waved his apology away. In the grand scheme of things, I didn’t blame him. He’d taken care of my
mate and kept her safe, going well above and beyond his job. I was grateful to him, more than
“Thank you for taking care of her, Dr James. You have my thanks” I told him, standing up and walking
to the door, “arrange for Winter’s discharge and I’ll organize the rest”, I added grimly, walking back
towards the hospital room and wondering if Winter had woken up yet. I knew instantly she wasn’t going
to like what I had in store for her, but there was no other choice, so she’d have to suck it up and deal
with it. So would a certain someone else. I give a wicked grin, this was going to be very interesting.