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“Now just hear me out.”
She growled out and socked the major another good one.
“Hell lil darlin’ kick my ass. I deserve it. I’ll take whatever you dish out. But I stand by my word. I’m here to fight alongside of your mate.”
“Why? What’s in it for you?”
“What? Seeing Peter Hale finally bite the dust isn’t good enough?
She narrowed her eyes on this and dropped her hold.
“Why should I trust anything that comes from that idiocy mouth of yours?”
“Tell me how you really feel.”
Her emotions were taking toll on Jasper big time. If he knew she wouldn’t rip his dick off and feed it to him he’d hug the hell out of her.
“I think you vampires are nothing more than a bunch of pansies! You bitch about how Peter had an entire pack. Well major you had an entire coven! And what did you do… that’s right. Absolutely nothing! You let Peter Hale ass rape each and everyone one of you. Then you have the balls to waltz on in here and pretend you’re man enough to face him now?! Why don’t you go back to that little wife of yours? I’m sure you’re achin’ to get your balls back.”
Bella wasn’t aware of the audience behind her she was too focused on letting Jasper Whitlock have it.
“Go… I don’t want you here. When it comes to vampires, I’m done. Each and every one of you can burn in HELL for all I care!”
Jasper nodded in understanding.
“He fights with us…”
Her eyes came to a close and she growled under her breath as she spun around facing her alpha.
“You can’t be serious.”
“We need all the help we can get.”
“And you’re just going to trust him? Just like that? How do we know he isn’t one of Peter’s bitches sent here to spy?”
Scott couldn’t help but to smile. Quil was in awe and with his hand over his heart.
“Damn Swan grew some balls…” he murmured.
“We don’t… but if he is. I will be dealing with him personally.”
“Have you forgotten what they did to you?!”
“My main concern at the moment is taking my uncle and his entire pack out of the picture.”
The alpha raised his brows as she twirled back around and got right in Jasper’s face.
“Well I haven’t forgotten and I never will…” she threatened.
“Betray my alpha and it won’t be you I come after. And I will make you watch as I torture the bitch.”
“That’s enough Bella!” Derek scolded.
She hadn’t any idea how riled up she had her alpha. He wanted to fuck her right there. At this point he didn’t care who was watching.
She sneered at this and he resisted the urge to laugh. But he gave her that nod of authority and she did as told.
Once she was outside. Derek nodded upon Jasper.
“I had better not live to regret this. Do we have an understanding?”
“Perfectly, and I assure you that will not be the case. I only wish to help in whatever way I can.”
“Whoever needs to hunt had better do it now. When you’re done you will return here. We will take shifts at the Swan house. That’s where Isaac is currently posted. From here on everyone is to obey my orders. You won’t make a move without my knowledge. Every step we take from here is crucial. Now I get that Scott is an alpha as well. But this is my region and when he’s here he’s under my jurisdiction. Therefore any pack member of his is as well, just as it would be if it were vice versa.”
“Hey…” Bella softly called out.
The young boy glanced her direction with a nod.
“How are you feeling?”
Seth shrugged as he skipped a rock across the water.
The boy’s bottom lip quivered as he tossed another rock. Bella swallowed back as she took notice.
“Is there anything I can do, Seth?”
He narrowed his eyes and turned to her bewildered.
“We did this to you! We were all in on it. Why would you even want to help us?”
“No… We don’t deserve your pity. You should hate us! The leeches and us shifters! If we weren’t so stubborn Bella we could have stood alongside of the cold ones and did something about it. But nobody did. We all stood by and watched as it happened.”
She wasn’t quite sure what came over her but she found herself hugging him.
“I want you to hate me!”
She closed her eyes on this and hugged him even tighter.
“I don’t hate you.”
“I just don’t Seth. And there’s not a chance in hell you’re going to convince me you were truly in on it. The others were old enough to know better. Hell you were what, five, when Peter first came into the picture?”
“But I knew after I became a wolf! And I did nothing. I learned all the pack’s secrets and still, when I was around you, I put on this front… like all was right in the world. And look at me now. I lost my sister! I lost my dad! If that isn’t karma, what is? They were taken away from me because of what I did to you! What WE did to you.”
“I thought your father died from a heart attack.”
“That was a lie too. Harry was about to come clean to your father. Peter got to him before he could.”
Bella dropped her hold and staggered back at this newfound information; something that seemed to be a continuous thing when it came to Peter Hale.
“What?” She questioned in a stupor.
“There are no secrets in the pack. Everyone knows everything.”
She pinched the bridge of her nose for a moment.
“What do you have to be sorry about? What part of none of this is your doing, do you not get?”
He wiped his eyes with the back of his hand and sniffled back.
“I better see what Quil’s up to.”
She nodded, not sure what else to say.
The familiar voice carried over and soon a set of arms wrapped around her waist. She leaned against him and Derek moved her hair away from her neck and left trails of kisses along it.
“Tell me we’re going to win this…”
He narrowed his eyes and rested his head along her shoulder.
“Bella, I’ve already told you…” the alpha started to say…
“Derek… Please, I just need to hear it for like the tenth time…”
The alpha whispered into her ear.
“He’s not walking away this time. I give you my word. We got this…”
She drew back a breath on this and nodded.
“There seems to be only one problem at the moment.”
“And that is?”
“I wanna fuck you so bad it’s agonizing.”
Bella broke into a giggle fit and Derek smiled. He took her hand and twirled her about so that she was now facing him.
“Unfortunately, we’ve other matters to tend to at the moment. But when this is over… you’re all mine.”
At this he kissed her and picked her up off the ground. Her legs wrapped around his waist as they continued to kiss. He growled under his breath as he forced himself to stop. He knew he needed to train her with what little time there was. It was the only way she could see what she was truly capable of with her newfound alteration. The alpha took a moment to calm down as he placed his forehead against hers.
Derek looked to everyone standing before him. He made introductions and went over certain instructions. Something the major found great respect in. The alpha knew what he was doing and was no stranger to battle. Stiles and Jasper chipped in here and there. The three of them began to map it all out and it seemed they had a place and role for everyone. When finished the alpha looked to his mate lastly. “As for you… come with me.”
She regarded him peculiarly. Everyone looked on with raised brows as he phased and headed towards the woods. Bella followed and could hear him talking but she’d lost sight of him.
“I need to see what you’re truly capable of before I go any further.”
Once again her body began to take its alteration – without her doing. She closed her eyes and focused on Derek’s scent. Her head cranked a certain direction and she took off.
“Are you being hunted or are you doing the hunting?”
His voice carried an echo and she came to a stop trying to decipher where it was coming from. The echoing threw her off. Bella’s eyes widened and she quickly reacted as he leaped out from a nearby tree. She barely missed his attempt to pin her down. He snaked about coming at her again. Bella stepped aside and flung her arms out. Derek reared back genuinely impressed as she blocked his effort. He hadn’t much time to remark on this as she shoved him back against a tree. Derek had a candid smirk about his face as she had a fistful of his hair. He swung his elbow back into her sternum breaking out of her hold. She gritted her teeth and growled under her breath. The two circled one another. Derek eventually came to a stop and tauntingly motioned for her to bring it.
With a curled lip she charged after him once more. He went to dodge and was taken by surprise as she pivoted the direction he went and thrust him back against another tree. The alpha merely shrugged and sent her propelling back. She positioned her body just right breaking her fall and landed in the perfect crouching stance. The dirt picked up beneath her feet as she came at him once again. They blocked one another’s jabs and Derek found himself impressed. He wasn’t holding back. And her blows – well they hurt like hell. But he couldn’t be prouder. In fact there were a couple times she had him seeing double they were so powerful. He had to do his best to shake it off and move on. To make matters worse the more they sparred – the hornier the alpha became. He was ready to rip out of his jeans. What he wouldn’t give to get her on all fours. Tear through those jeans of hers and fuck her until they both passed out from exhaustion.
In fact it was so obvious; Bella started this raspy snickering once he got her restrained again. He cocked a brow and this soft growl vibrated throughout his throat. During his distraction she flipped the pin and had her hands wrapped around his neck. He didn’t even care at that point. He had a firm grip on her and was grinding her against his pelvis. The two tumbled about the ground fighting to gain the upper hand.
“Are we fighting or fucking?”
They froze upon the familiar voice. Bella’s lip curled and she whipped around. Within the matter of seconds – she had Erica by the throat and lifted off the ground. Erica’s hands wrapped around Bella’s wrists as she tried to free herself.
“What the fuck are you doing here?”
Erica was trying to phase but couldn’t with the death grip Bella had on her.
“You’ve got some nerve showing your face around here!”
“Let go of me!”
“The fuck I will.”
“If you kill me you won’t know why Peter sent me.”
“You honestly think we care?”
“Put her down Bella.”
Derek battled the urge to laugh as Bella roughly dropped her then gave her a swift kick to the ribs. Erica fought to catch her breath as she rolled about the ground. Bella sighed as if bored and gave her another kick.
The alpha couldn’t help himself… As he passed by he leaned into Bella’s ear.
“I love it when you’re feisty but let’s not kill her…”
Bella cut him a pouty look.
“Yet…” he added with a wink.
Derek grabbed a fistful of Erica’s hair and forced her up.
“Spill it out and I suggest you don’t even consider playing games.”
“Peter has a message for Bella and Scott.”
“Why would he have a message for McCall?”
Erica got this roguish mien about her.
“TELL ME!” Derek shouted into her face and shook her somewhat violently.
“I’m not to say until I have Scott and Bella together. Something about wishing to see their faces whatever that meant.”
“Dammit, Erica! You had better fucking tell me what Peter is up to or I swear I’ll rip you apart MYSELF!”
She rolled her eyes and half laughed. Bella’s jaw dropped as Derek hurled Erica across the woods and bound over to her. He backhanded Erica and forced her up by the collar of her shirt. She slipped into her transformation and bared her teeth upon Derek. She was quick to whimper out however as Bella grabbed her by the scruff of the neck and was literally dragging her throughout the woods back towards the Hale home. “Bitches don’t argue. They just run to the ends of their chains and bark.” Derek stifled a laugh but was rocking a hard on from hell.
Scott reared back as Bella sent Erica rolling directly at his feet. He took a step back and gazed upon her with confusion.
“Apparently this bitch has some sort of message for us.”
Scott nodded and regarded Erica in wonder. He went to help her up only to have Bella knock her right back down.
“She sides with Peter. Don’t do her any favors,” she reminded.
He sighed on this.
“Boyd?!” Erica called out taken back.
Boyd sneered her direction and shook his head heatedly.
“Don’t even get me started,” he muttered through gritted teeth.
“What are you doing here?”
“Funny, I was about to ask you the same thing.”
“You said you’d never serve under Derek ever again!”
Derek cocked a brow Boyd’s direction. Boyd rubbed the back of his neck and let out a nervous chuckle.
“Yeah, well I never thought I’d see the day where you’d become Peter’s bitch.”
Erica started after him only to have Bella snatch her and jerk her head back.
“You’re really pissing me off. You had better spit it out and now!”
She broke out of Bella’s hold and transformed. Bella sort of laughed.
“Don’t be stupid…”
The others looked to Derek conjecturing if he was going to put a stop to this. The alpha merely crossed his arms about his chest and leaned against a nearby tree watching as the fight unfolded.
Erica sailed right for her and Bella rolled her eyes and shot out a single arm. With that arm she knocked her for one hell of a loop. Bella shook her head and went to walk away. She came to a stop as her senses were tugging at her. A whimper chorused throughout the woods as Bella twirled about just in time to snap Erica’s paw and right at the joint. The other’s grimaced – all but Derek that is. He drew back a breath and made his way over. He grabbed Erica by the snout.
“Should I let her finish? Or are you going to tell us what Peter wants?!”
She switched back and recoiled.
“Derek please… I…”
Derek gritted his teeth and nodded upon his mate.
“Go ahead baby…”
Erica’s jaw dropped.
“NO! PLEASE! Derek!”
Derek rolled his eyes and walked away giving Bella the go ahead motion. Bella tilted her head and smiled Erica’s direction.
“OKAY! OKAY!” Erica pleaded as Bella took a single step towards her.
“Peter… He said to tell you and Scott he sends his regards.”
“What the fuck is that supposed to mean?”
“Check your messages and you’ll see.”
Bella narrowed her eyes on this. Just as Erica said this Scott and Bella’s cellphones signaled that they had a text message. They locked eyes momentarily as they took their phones out from their pockets. Both lifted their heads with grave expressions afterword.
“If you two don’t return with me. He said he’ll send you both some flowers in condolences.”
Scott and Bella had received the same message. It was a picture of Charlie and Melissa. They were bond to chairs with ball gags in their mouth. Bella staggered back and Scott was the one to have Erica by the throat now.
“WHERE ARE THEY ? AND WHAT DID HE DO WITH ISAAC?!”
They soon had their answer as something landed with a thud at Bella’s feet. She screamed out and hurriedly bent down.
“I’m sorry…” he murmured as he choked back on blood.
Bella shook her head as he’d literally been mauled.
“No…” Scott muttered and rushed over.
Allison clamped a hand over her mouth as Scott had tears streaming down his face.
“Hey…” he called out as he braced Isaac against him.
“I tried to stop them. There were too many… I…”
“Don’t… It’s okay…” Scott said as he scooped him up.
He rushed him on in and Bella received another text.
Don’t you want daddy to give you away at our wedding?
Derek just happened to be looking over her shoulder and he too saw this. He gritted his teeth and quickly grabbed ahold of his mate already sensing her. She hit at his arms as she tried to break free.
“Let me go!”
“NO! It’s a trap and you know it! This is exactly what he wants!”
“WE CAN’T JUST LET THEM DIE!” She yelled going into hysterics.
He hurriedly got her inside and slammed the door shut.
“NO DAMMIT!” Scott shouted during chest compressions.
The room spun as Bella was taking everything in. She pulled at her hair and paced the room as Scott tried his hardest to revive Isaac. He came to his knees eventually and pinched his eyes shut. Allison put a hand along his shoulder as he broke down.
Jasper nodded upon Derek as he started towards Bella in hopes of calming the situation some. Scott and Bella however reached to their hearts simultaneously and let out agonizing howls. The others looked on in alarm. Whatever hit them took its toll on Jasper through his empathy as well. He sunk back against the nearest wall wide-eyed. Allison grabbed ahold of Scott just as Derek got ahold of Bella. Charlie and Melissa’s screams were all Bella and Scott could hear. They snapped their heads towards one another and within a beat.
“We have to go!”
“NO! This is not an option.” Derek barked at the both of them.
But Bella and Scott were already at the door. Bella had grabbed ahold of Erica.
“Bella…” the alpha scolded but with concern.
“We don’t have a choice, Derek.”
He closed his eyes for a brief moment before making his way over.
“I will come for you. And you had better be alive. You hear me?!”
She nodded and kissed his lips. Scott opened the door and Derek stopped himself from reaching out to her.
“I love you…”
Bella nodded yet again with that knot forming within the back of her throat. She spun back around, hugging him close. She wanted to say something in return but couldn’t – her heart was shattering. Bella merely kissed him and rushed on out the door.
Once she and Scott were gone Derek furiously punched at the wall. He looked to the others as he trembled all over.
“We follow… But stay unseen, unheard, and do not make a move until I fucking say.”
“Could be a trap.”
“I already know it is…” Derek snapped in return of Boyd’s words.
“I just need you to do what I say when I say it! Got it?!”
Boyd raised his hands in the air.
“Whatever you say boss.”
An hour had passed and still, they followed Erica, both pondering the same thing… Where the hell was Peter? Bella was about to comment on this when an odd snapping sound was heard. She and Scott gasped back in surprise as ropes were suddenly wrapped around their necks, arms, and, legs. Both of their bodies were suspended a good five feet off the ground. Their arms and legs were being stretched about.
“Ah… there you are!”
Peter strutted on out of the woods and smiled upon them.
“My precious progenies… It’s been awhile, hasn’t it, Scott?”
Scott let out a growl and Peter chuckled.
“And Bella… I must say you look good enough to eat my dear. And I know… I broke my end of the deal. But what can I say? I’m not a very patient man. Well depending on the situation I suppose. I was most certainly patient with the two of you.”
Scott reared back on Peter’s words. The lunatic smiled as he cut into a red apple he had in his hand. He brought the knife with the apple slice to his mouth. He chewed and swallowed before pointing to Scott with the knife.
“You think I didn’t choose you the way I chose her? How else do you think I knew where to find you that night? I’m everywhere. You two should know better by now.”
Bella choked back as she tried to move her head.
“Easy, sweetheart… Don’t want to hurt that pretty neck of yours. Rope burn isn’t the greatest feeling.”
He cut another slice of apple and took another bite. Peter leaned against a tree as he took his time with the apple.
“It’s a bit ironic, really. You two were about the same age when I decided your fate. Only I hadn’t truly planned for that one to become my mate.” He gently tapped his forehead with the end of the knife.
“But I got to thinking… How perfect would it be? And you were such a pretty little thing. I knew you’d turn out to be stunning and I was right… However…” he made a tsking sound and shook his head like that of a disappointed parent.
“Both of you… SO FUCKING UNGRATEFUL! After everything I’ve done for you. You honestly think you’d be anything without me? Whose venom runs in your veins?! Whose strength do you carry? Both of you were pathetic and weak. I made you who you are! And you both owe me! Come on Scott! You truly believe that Argent bitch would’ve given you the time of day if it weren’t for me bettering your life?! You could barely run without using that stupid inhaler of yours.”
“As for you my dear… My nephew… Same boat… That’s the one thing Derek and I have in common. We want a strong compatible mate. Not some lovesick beanpole that whines about being left behind! Look at you now.” He chuckled, once he glanced Erica over real good.
“That’s not the same innocent girl from Forks. That right there is MY DOING! Admit it! Both of you! Without me you’d have no lives. You both would be off in some corner droning on and on about how hard your life is – about how you can’t get a date. You two might as well be brother and sister the similarities are remarkable. It’s damn near uncanny and trust me I would know. I’ve been watching you both for many years.”
Scott’s head swam around as he was taking all this in.
“By the way… Your mother… Whew… She’s one hot piece of…” Peter started to go on about Scott’s mother but stopped himself with a grin.
“Nothing in comparison to you sweetheart, of course,” he declared whilst wiggling his brows upon Bella.
“Now, here’s the deal…”
He gestured towards another area. The guys that turned into the one massive werewolf in the hospital that day stepped out, with Charlie and Melissa in their hold. Their parents were still gaged and tied up.
“You want to save Mommy and Daddy’s lives…?”
He chucked tossed the apple core into the dirt and wiped his hands off on his blue jeans.
“Then all you have to do is submit. Easy enough?”
Charlie shook his head upon his daughter and tried to say something.
“STOP IT!” Bella shouted as the twin known as Aiden smacked him one.
“Don’t you touch him!”
“Hmmm…” Peter licked the front of his teeth and used his pinkie to remove a piece of apple.
“Now, when I say submit…”
He motioned another direction and a couple of men stepped out of another area. They had some sort of devices in their hands.
“It’ll be done my way now… This way I know there’s no backing out of our little deal. You agree to my terms. Mom and dad can go off and live their lives. They can start over, with a new life and family. You won’t even be missed. They’ll be too busy…”
Peter paused, putting a hand against Melissa’s tummy. Scott jerked about with a flushed face.
“Get your hands off my mom!”
“See what I mean?” He questioned his pack and they all laughed along with him.
“Perfect specimens – the two of you, with you as my right hand beta and you as my mate. I can’t think of a more perfect future. The three of us will go far. Of course, I have no choice but to take out the others. Surely, you understand. We can’t have two alphas running the show. Now can we? So I’m losing a family member but look at it like this. I’m gaining two! Now, I’ll admit I certainly didn’t see Derek coming into the picture. That’s a bit of a low blow. Plucking and marking what was mine was a big no, no. Therefore, my little nephew will suffer most.” Peter looked to Scott in thought.
“You know he rather got in my way when it came to you as well. He truly is nothing more than a thorn in my side. Anyhow… that all ends soon. And we can finally live happily ever after. You and I will have fun breeding and good ole Scott will become an uncle to each and everyone of them. And they will always have the protection of the pack. I even have us a house picked out. Of course, in order for this to truly go as needed, I’m going to need your memory chips – metaphorically speaking. And that’s what those are for…” he motions towards the men.
“They will erase what’s there but replace them with new ones! Better ones! And all created by yours truly…” he did a slight bow.
“Trust me… there’s a good 83 percent chance of this going the exact way I want.”
One of the men cleared their throats.
“Actually sir, that’s 79 percent. Based on…”
Peter rolled his eyes and made a zip it shut motion. The guy quickly took the hint and swallowed back nervously.
“Hmmm… So what do you say? Wanna give mommy and daddy their freedom? Or will you let them die along with the unborn child? Your choice…” He hummed the jeopardy theme as he eyed them both.
Scott and Bella drew back a breath.
“Let them go,” they chorused.
“Hmmm, and there you go again. I tell you what McCall, your ass might be as tight as that one’s little cunt but I doubt you want me to pop your cherry. What I wouldn’t give for twins though!”
Peter motioned for his pack to lower them down. He made his way over and circled them. He stopped before Bella and reached out running the end of the knife along her body. He tilted his head about watching her reaction. She closed her eyes and thickly swallowed as she felt the cold steel blade along her cheek.
“So what will it be darling? Are you ready for a more suitable mate? A new life?”
Bella opened her eyes and peered over his shoulder, looking to her father and Scott’s mother.
“Whatever you want… Just let them go Peter.”
He smiled and roughly kissed her.
“I knew you’d see things my way.”
Peter popped her on the rear with the blade of the knife. He walked over and cut Melissa and Charlie free. The moment he removed the gags, Charlie socked the shit out of Peter busting his lip.
“NO!” Bella shouted as Peter had her father by the collar of his shirt eyeing him down.
“Dad… just go.”
“Go. Take care of Melissa and the baby… don’t look back…”
“I’d do what she says… I’m not accountable for my actions otherwise.”
(Please leave your comment/review. Like always I like knowing what you guys think. I believe Gamma Love, Chasing Images are next. I hope to get to A Webcatcher’s Dream and Love Me Till it hurts soon as well. About Italy coming within a week or so…)