After the birth of River and Josiah’s twin girls, pack tensions increase. The presence of rogue wolves, females, and humans have many pack members uncomfortable. In exchange for Leo’s help, Stone offers Leo the position of second alpha should Stone succeed in usurping River. Leo’s conflicted between his desire to rise in the pack, his dislike for Stone, and his increasing feelings for both Sam and Foster. Sam and Foster are best friends, but as a coyote shifter, Foster yearns for his true mate and doesn’t believe he will find him if he stays with the werewolves. Jax knows he must make a difficult decision before he’s turned out of the compound. When David finds out Brooks is considering mating Stone, he determines to stop it. The Angel Hills pack offer a deal in exchange for omegas for their pack.
Josiah takes a moment to stop by today. He shares a letter he writes to a younger version of himself. I hope you like what he has to say as much as I do. Read and enjoy!
Dear, well, me. Josey. (This is so weird.)
I’m writing you this because I’m you five years in the future, and I’ve been given the opportunity to try to prepare you.
I know how much you love and respect Uncle Horace. Keep your promises to him. He’s had reasons for the things he’s said to you about the werewolves, and you’re going to have to remain open-minded, okay? It’s important. Just because something is mysterious doesn’t mean it’s bad, and just because werewolves are part animal doesn’t mean they act like animals. I’m just saying, get rid of these preconceived notions.
And about Mark. I know he’s your best friend and you love him like a brother, but when it comes to the wolf shifters, keep in mind what Uncle Horace’s told you and ignore Mark’s fears. Don’t let him talk you out of anything; your instincts are spot-on. Don’t doubt yourself like I know you sometimes do. At this point, you don’t know who I mean when I say David, but one day you will, and at that time, try not to jump to the easiest conclusions no matter what Mark or anyone else says.
And Alex. He and Mark are your besties–treasure them, that’s all I can say. And again—keep an open mind. I know I’m being all vague, and I wish I could just flat out tell you what’s going to happen in the future, but to be honest–there isn’t a heck of a lot I wish I’d done differently, and I don’t want to screw things up for you. Me. Us?
Okay, and you know how sometimes you feel weird because it isn’t all that great kissing Katy Simpson, and sometimes you’ve had the passing thought that Henry Parks looks really good in his swim trunks? Don’t worry about that stuff, because it will all come together in time. Things aren’t going to be easy, but they’re going to be all right, and you’re headed for something good, I promise. Not easy, but good.
So take care and hang in there. Enjoy the next year or two, and listen to everything Uncle Horace tells you. Spend some extra time with him. And don’t be scared. There’s someone really special out there waiting for you.
Yourself Five Years from Now.
Stone’s sharp, deep voice cut into Leo’s thoughts, and he turned his attention to the front where the contentious alpha had already begun arguing his points.
“…no place for females. Do they even have any werewolf in them?”
“Of course they do; they’re mine. They are developing as quickly as any werewolf child.” River said more calmly than Leo would have under the scrutiny of so many condemning eyes.
“But have they shifted?” someone asked.
“Not yet. You know as well as I do that they could be a year old before they shift.”
“If they shift,” Stone muttered. “And most do by seven months.”
“If they don’t shift,” someone else said, “they aren’t werewolves. They’ll have to leave.”
“They don’t belong here.” Stone stood, feet apart and hands on hips. Justin, Stone’s pregnant omega, cowered in submission at the sound of Stone’s displeased voice. His three beta mates sat with eyes downcast, although Leo saw Canaan glance up more than once. There was something shrewd and calculating about Canaan, and although Leo felt sorry for him after his son was killed, it didn’t make it any easier to like him.
“As my children, they certainly do belong here, as yours do, and the progeny of everyone else present,” River said, tone brooking no argument.
Stone made a frustrated sound and looked around, eyes landing on Griffin, an alpha of Stone’s age.
Griffin stood. “Your own father drove your mate’s father from the pack for having relations with a human female.”
“My father did not drive him out. Derrick was punished—told he couldn’t leave the compound. But he ran away.”
“This is true,” Old Ben called out.
“The fact remains that Thorn did not approve of the boy’s actions,” Griffin argued. “He didn’t invite Derrick to bring his female lover into the pack because females don’t belong with werewolves.”
“I don’t know what you’re getting at,” River said with a sigh. “I am not attempting to bring a female among us. My daughters were born to me, and are therefore a part of this pack.”
Before Griffin could speak again, Stone interrupted. “Which wouldn’t have happened if you hadn’t mated with the half-human, which you did without consulting the pack.”
“Josiah is a werewolf,” River said. “And I do not need to consult my pack before mating.”
“Half-werewolf,” Stone corrected. “Unlike someone who willingly takes the bite and transforms, your mate will always be part human. Which is why he spawned twin abominations—”
In two steps, River crossed the room and had Stone’s neck between his hands, thumbs cutting off the alpha’s air flow. Leo glanced at the humans. Several flinched, and others looked horrified.
“Don’t you ever,” River breathed heavily into Stone’s purpling face, “ever speak of my mate or children in that manner again. Am I clear?”
Stone’s eyes bulged and his mouth gaped as he tried to dislodge River’s grip. Leo stood, along with the other alphas in the room. As pack alpha, River had the right to kill Stone for such an insult, and Leo found himself almost hoping River would. He got the feeling Stone’s mates felt similarly.
Rebecca James has written all her life, mostly to entertain herself and friends. An English major, she currently writes as a second job but would love to do it full-time. Her first book came out in October of 2015. Since then, she’s written both contemporary and paranormal and hopes to put out a sci-fi book soon.
She’s fortunate to have a husband who supports her in her writing career, three wonderful children, and a rat-terrier.
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