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I closed the bedroom door behind him but lurked near it to eavesdrop on Tobias and the visitor. I would have been able to hear anyway. I just felt like being a little bit bratty.
“Come in,” Tobias said. I heard footsteps, then the apartment door clicked closed. “Have you started looking?”
“Some of my men are out there now.” I didn’t recognize the deep voice, almost a growl, which spoke. I assumed he was one of Chal’s people. “If the fugitive is in your territory, we’ll need your permission to remove her. Same if we find the one who ordered the attack on your member. Even though your territory is technically ours.”
He sounded disgusted by the idea of having to ask permission. That ticked me off. The Boston North pack did technically exist as part of the City Pack, but Chal and most other alphas acknowledged us as autonomous. Hence our having our own Alpha. Apparently whoever this guy was, he didn’t like that reality.
“Permission granted.” If Tobias was bothered by the guy’s tone, he didn’t show it. “I don’t know that Melia is still here. Only one of my pack saw her, and that was a while ago. She’s had time to go elsewhere.”
“And probably has done exactly that.” He paused. “The one who saw her. He’s the one she changed?”
“Yes.” Tobias sounded a little wary.
“Might he have said it was her even if he wasn’t certain?”
Now I was really pissed. I’d been asked enough that night whether I was sure I’d seen Melia. Tobias accepted that I had. The rest of the pack, along with Justin, had seemed to accept it. This asshole had no business questioning it.
“I’ve spoken with Kyle myself,” Tobias said. “So did Justin. We believe he saw Melia. Otherwise Justin wouldn’t have contacted Chal.”
“My apologies.” The guy now sounded like he was falling over himself to avoid pissing off Tobias. Tobias’s tone had stayed perfectly calm and even. For this guy to sound as frightened as he did, Tobias’s expression must have given away something his voice didn’t.
“Accepted,” Tobias said.
A cell phone rang. Not one of Tobias’s usual ringtones. The other guy answered, barking out a curt greeting, then was silent for a few moments.
“Okay, thank you,” he said finally.
“What news?” Tobias asked.
“Two of my men followed the fugitive’s trail to the airport,” the other man said. “They lost her there. They confirm that it is her, and they believe she’s fleeing by plane. They haven’t seen any sign of any other unfamiliar wolves in your territory but did find one of the gang members. He said a man hired them but wasn’t able to give us any more information. He claimed the boy who died was the one who spoke to their, er, employer.” He paused. “He spoke as if they had been hired to deal with humans, not shifters.”
“That means the compulsion worked.” Tobias sounded relieved. “They won’t remember anything they might have been told about werewolves.”
“It’s unusual for even an alpha to be able to use compulsion on humans. I thought only Chal could do it.”
“It depends on how powerful the alpha is,” Tobias replied casually. “We were afraid Melia might have escaped. Thank you and your men for trying to find her. Hopefully she’ll run and stay gone.”
“Or run and be found,” the guy countered. “We want justice. Don’t you?”
“If anything else turns up, we’ll contact you,” the guy said. “And if you or one of your pack sees her again, let us know. Also contact us if you see any sign of the other wolf. At least now we have confirmation that someone else was responsible for hiring your attackers.”
“I’ll be gone for several days,” Tobias said. “I’ll pass the word along to my Beta.”
“Of course. You and Chal are going to the same meeting.”
His tone sounded a little warmer now, as if being reminded of the meeting had also reminded him that Tobias and Chal were on equal ground. “We’ll keep an eye out.”
Footsteps sounded again, followed by the opening and closing of the apartment door. Then Tobias strode to the bedroom door.
“Okay, Kyle, you can stop eavesdropping now.”
A member of Boston North Pack is attacked by humans who say they were hired by a shifter. The same night, Melia, the wolf who changed Kyle Slidell, returns to Boston. The pack suspects Melia of arranging the attack, but Kyle believes someone else is behind it. He just doesn’t know who.
The following day, at the regional Alpha gathering in Pennsylvania, Kyle finds his answer. Saul Hughes, another Alpha, has a long-standing grudge against Tobias, Boston North’s Alpha and Kyle’s mate. Believing Tobias and Chal Torres, the other Boston-area Alpha, are both too weak to rule packs, Saul wants to take control of Boston North and City Pack. But no one suspects how far he’ll go to get it.
Warnings: References to sexual assault; on-page gun violence
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Karenna Colcroft lives just north of Boston, Massachusetts, and has been in love with the city since childhood, though she has yet to encounter any werewolves, vampires, or other paranormal beings in her travels. At least none that she knows of. Though since in her non-writing life, under another name, she offers services as a channel and energy healing practitioner, it could be said that she herself is a paranormal being. The jury’s still out on that.
Karenna is a polyamorous, nonbinary human who splits time between the home she shares with her husband and the one she shares with her committed partner. She also has two adult children and a bonus son, three grandchildren, and two and a half cats. (Half in terms of time the cat lives with her, not in terms of the cat itself…)
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