I feel like a completely different person. Like a weights been lifted off my chest. Winter trusted me
enough to divulge her story to me and I’m outraged on her behalf. Her brother was an asshole and so
was her father, it was too bad I can’t get my hands on the both of them, because if I could, I would be
torturing them slowly, listening to their screams with pleasure as their blood splattered all over the
dungeon walls and floor. I can’t believe Winter has forgiven her brother, despite everything he did to
her. She’s just so forgiving and kind. So sweet. So beautiful. She’s perfect in my mind, absolutely
Alpha Kai, Alpha Laurence is in your office, requesting to see you. What on earth is he doing here? I’ve
no idea sir, do you want me to tell him you’re unavailable? No, I will be down their momentarily. l break
the mind link off, feeling highly annoyed. I wanted to spend time with Winter today. I eye her
thoughtfully. Maybe she won’t mind coming to the office with me and meeting Alpha Laurence? It
couldn’t hurt to ask
“Winter?” I ask gruffly, feeling a bit out of my depth “would you like to come down to my office and meet
another Alpha from a neighbouring pack?”
Her eyes light up and she gives a fervant nod. I wonder if she’s bored being here, with me constantly
hovering over her. Am I being too possessive? I have no clue. But my wolf wants to be near her all the
time, and if I’m honest with myself so doll make a note, to stop being too clingy and make sure she has
room to breathe:
I take her hand and walk downstairs with her, feeling the usual sparks as my wolf almost purrs in
contentment. He’s been a lot happier since I accepted Winter as my mate, instead of constantly being
irritated at me. It makes a nice
change. Usually we’re bickering with each other or blocking each other out of anger. Storm’s become a
lovesick puppy at the moment.
We walk through the office where Alpha Laurence is waiting. I stare at him with a grimace. I’ve never
liked the man. He’s probably slightly older than me and has shaggy auburn reddish hair with green
eyes. He’s shorter than me, I notice with a small smile of satisfaction, but still stout and bulky with
muscles that fairly bulge from his arms. Winter looks a little hesitant and I give her a small smile,
drawing her forward as Alpha Laurence smiles at her.
“Alpha Laurence” | say firmly “I would like you to meet Winter, my mate.”
He looks absolutely shocked for a moment, but then recovers and smiles brightly as he gently takes
Winter’s hand and gives it a kiss. My wolf and I glare daggers at him, both of us feeling the urge to rip
the man to shreds right then and there.
Winter gives a shy smile. “You are the most beautiful creature I’ve ever seen” Alpha Laurence tells her
and she beams at him. She looks happy. I feel grumpy.
“To what do I owe the pleasure, Alpha Laurence” I say tightly, wanting nothing more than for the man to
leave the office so that Winter doesn’t have to be in his proximity anymore. Maybe asking her to come
down to the office was a mistake. I’d forgotten how bloody handsome the other Alpha was. Now I’m
irritated and trying hard not to show it.
I motion for Winter to sit down, Alpha Laurence sitting in the chair beside her, while I sit across from
“Are you comfortable my dear?” Laurence asks her and she nods and bites her lip, shooting me a
helpless look as I scower at the other man.
“Winter is mute” I tell him “she cannot speak but she can write down anything you want to know.”
Thand Winter pen and paper, which she accepts looking grateful. “My apologies sweetheart” Laurence
tells her, sounding remorseful.
glower at him. Nobody gets to call my mate sweetheart but me! f**k this, let’s just rip him a new asshole
and be done with it. Storm, we can’t do that to another Alpha, no matter how much I’m tempted. I
don’t. If he keeps looking at her like that, I’m going to rip his f*****g head off. Calm down Storm, let’s
just see what he wants first. I think it’s fairly obvious what he wants Kai, can’t you see him making eyes
at her? We just can’t attack another Alpha because we’re jealous Storm. Who made that stupid rule?
“I have some news that you might find interesting. There are several people that are travelling
throughout the various packs and territories. Two in particular were of interest and now I know why.
They are looking for Winter apparently, one of them claims to be her brother. I didn’t know who Winter
was, I was informed of this by another pack further away, in case they posed a threat to the woman. It’s
pure luck that I came here first. I wanted to make a personal visit to a friend of mine in the next pack
over and stopped here first. Now I’m glad I did.”
I look over at Winter who’s eyes are opened wide as she listens intently. She makes a scribbling motion
with one hand and I realise what it is she wants, realising the pen I gave her isn’t working and hastily
grab another one from the desk and hand it to her. She leans against the table as she scribbles,
showing Alpha Laurence the paper first and then me.
Do you know if any of the men was called Damien at all? He’s my brother.
“I believe that might have been one of the names” Alpha Laurence said regretfully. “I’m afraid I can’t
say for certain, but at least now you can be on your guard, should they come to your territory Alpha
You bet your ass I’m going to be on my guard. They step foot on my grounds I’ll kill them. Or torture
them. I don’t know but I don’t care. I want revenge for Winter and what he did to her. But why does she
look so excited at the prospect of seeing him again. I know she has told me, well written down, that
she’s forgiven him but that doesn’t mean I automatically have to like him.
“Any how” Alpha Laurence says with an easy going grin as he stands back up “I believe that I’ll be
going to visit that friend of mine now. You’ll let me know of any further developments?” he asks and
despite myself I nod.
He had the courtesy to come and speak to me, and now because of him I’m aware of a possible threat
to Winter. It could be someone posing as her brother and even if not, I’m suspicious of these two
peoples motives. He’s done me a kindness and I need to remember that, no matter how much Storm
hates the man.
“Thankyou for speaking to me” I grunt out.
“Winter” he says turning to my mate who looks startled “it was a pleasure meeting you my dear” he
adds and gives her a cheeky wink while I stand there fuming.
If looks could kill, Alpha Laurence would be a dead man walking by now. As it is the bastard shoots me
a wink and then leaves while I stand there dumbfounded.
You know that unmated males will continue to hit on our mate, don’t you? Storm, she’s not the kind of
girl to welcome that sort of attention.
I’m not saying she is, but don’t you think it’s dangerous that she isn’t marked yet? At least if she bore
our mark, the unmated males would know that she’s been claimed. What if the other boy looking for
her, is that first mate of hers? Johnathon wasn’t that his name? The one who rejected her. How long did
it take for her to admit to us she’d been rejected as well? Maybe she’s not over him, did you consider
It better bloody well not be him looking for her.
It’s a possibility Kai, even you know it could be him, I can feel it. I know it’s him. What if it’s because
he’s changed his mind and wants to be her mate now? What if he tries to break you and Winter up?
Even if it is him, and I’m not saying it’s going to be, we will deal with that when he gets here. He’s not
going to just waltz in and declare his love for Winter and take her away. At least I don’t think he will,
damnit Storm, now my stomach is in knots.
Need I remind you of that night when one of the pack members accosted her while she was setting the
table as an omega? Do you want that kind of thing to keep happening to her? Especially when she
can’t scream for help? If she was able to mind-link us, don’t you think that would be a lot more
reassuring? Not just for us but for her? It would make things a lot safer for her if she had the ability to
get help when she needs it. Besides, it’s not like you don’t plan on marking her at some stage anyway
Storm, don’t you think you’re being a little too overprotective?
Storm is making a valia point, winter nas been in aanger numerous times since sne s arrived at my
pack. Part or it was because of me, I recognised that, but someone was still causing trouble for her.
What would happen if I couldn’t get to her in time? She’d be a goner. Her wolf was too small to stand
up to even an average wolf at the moment. She was frail as a human being too. Delicate. I can’t be with
her every minute of every hour of the day, no matter how hard I try. I could put guards on her, but then
what if the guards tried something? Langdon wouldn’t babysit her, not anymore. Maybe this was the
best option? I’m so confused but I have to make a decision.
All I want to do is protect her. Storm’s words keep echoing inside my head as I stand up and gently tug
on a bewildered Winter’s hand. She looks puzzled but stands, leaning into me as I bend down my head
and gather her in for a kiss, my tongue delving into that sweet mouth of hers, caressing her tongue,
gripping her hair tightly with one hand amd twining it around my fingers.
Winter will always be in danger while she’s unmarked.
Storm’s words are insistent and loud in my head. He’s not wrong. Before I can think it over some more,
or hesitate with what I’m about to do, I find my mouth trailing down her neck, kissing the nape of it softly
as her eyes close and she grips my arms tightly with her hands. She’s so trusting, I think a little sadly.
There’s no hesitation in that girl at all, not when it comes to showing affection and I wonder if it’s
because she’s had so little of it since she was a small child. I would have thought she’d shy away from
it, but instead she eagerly welcomed all of my attentions.
Slowly, I let my canines out, feeling regret and guilt for what I’m about to do, but Storm’s words won’t
stop repeating in my head and it’s making it difficult to change my mind. With one smooth motion, I
pierce her delicate skin with my teeth and bite down, eliciting a hoarse gasp from her as she struggles
in my grip. I shrink my canines back inside my mouth and slowly pull away, licking over the wound until
it seals itself closed. There’s a tattoo of a black wolf on her neck, dark and prominent against her pale,
ivory skin. Now, no one would touch her, the mark clearly stating that the Alpha, which is me. has
marked her as his mate.
She’s so pale though and trembling as I look back at her. There’s such anger in her face that I flinch,
her eyes are swimming with tears. But there’s something else, that doesn’t quite seem right. Her eyes
roll up into the back of her head, and I only just get to her in the nick of time, scooping her into my arms
as she faints dead away. I wipe the tears away from her eyes, feeling like a right bastard.
“What have I done?” I whisper to myself, ashamed at the action I’ve taken and wondering what caused
her to faint.
It’s not the typical reaction of a mate that gets marked, but maybe I frightened her that badly? f**k. God
I’m an asshole.
I carry her all the way to the hospital, making a nuisance of myself until she’s placed in a room and
settle myself into a chair. I will be there when she wakes up, and I will suffer the consequences of what
I’ve done. But even as I vow to do that, a small voice in the back of my mind, tells me that I’ve done the
right thing, I just hope Winter realises that
and forgives me for what I’ve done.