Authors: Kathi S Barton
“Alexis said I could let you know what she’s done.”
He looked around again.
“You should know that we are already in agreement with you there.
She’s your mate so she already has our support. If she can twist you up like this
then she has another point in her favor.”
Gordon knew what his brother was doing. He was trying to make it easier on him and whatever he thought he needed to tell them.
He wasn’t worried that they’d hurt his mate
hey wouldn’t do that
but they might ask them to leave, which he really couldn’t blame them for once they heard what he had.
“Alexis has known for a while that she is different.
Hell, not just different
but fucking different.”
He took a deep breath before starting over.
“She saved me
as you know
but she also healed her niece.
She can…she can heal people.
Not just heal them
but nearly bring them back from the dead heal them. ”
“We know that
When she saved you, you were all but dead.
So what is it you think we don’t know
” Connor asked him.
“Has Phil told you anything more about what he thinks she is?
Is that it, you know what she is and you
afraid we’ll reject her for it?”
Gordon knew his brother was smart and he smiled when he got it so quickly.
He’s still not talking to me.
But I’m working on something that will hopefully get me on his better side.
I hope it does.
And I’m not afraid you’re going to reject her
but she is.
And I’m having a hard time trying to convince her of it.”
“Of course she would.
She hasn’t had a great deal of reason to trust any of us so far
but we’re working on that.
She’s a hell of a woman.”
Austin frowned before he continued.
“Is she worried that we’re going to put her brother-in-law down?
has already said he must die.
Once a were kills, especially the way that Patrick did
they feel there is no redeeming hope for them.
I’m working on trying to get him a stay
but you know how they can be.”
Yes, he did know.
And Gordon hated to admit it
but he felt that after what he’d done to his ex-wife and daughter
Gordon didn’t want him around either.
He’d be up to something all the time and he’d be a shadow in their lives.
“No. I think that bothers her as much as it worries her.
She wants both men out of her life.
And the children’s.
She has custody of them, did I mention that?”
He got up to go to the bar again and decided he didn’t need it.
“I love those kids as much as if they were my own.
I can’t let him hurt them again.
I have to do everything in my power to protect them.
” Austin asked.
“She won’t let you?
She doesn’t trust you?”
agreeing to all the questions.
Then we’ll just have to show her what we can do.”
He knew that they’d help him
but that wasn’t the problem.
The problem was he wanted to show her he could do it.
But he knew that with what was going on
he’d more than likely end up getting someone killed or hurt and he didn’t want that either. He knew them all well enough to know that they’d have a million questions
but they’d think them out.
They were all alphas, had been born that way.
Someday they’d all lead their own pack
and this was what would make them great leaders.
“So you’re saying that she doesn’t want your help or that she is telling you to fuck off?”
Gordon nodded at Dallas’ question.
I like this one.
She can not only twist you up
but make you question your manliness too.
Yeah, I really like her.”
And that’s not all. The healing thing?
She can control when her touch is needed and how she is to use it
but if she heals a person, that person has a small bit of her.
Not a lot
just enough to heal them and maybe, and it doesn’t happen often, maybe they can heal something too.
But it will be on a very small scale.
Like a plant or maybe a scratch.”
Gordon showed them the cut on his leg.
“If you guys would have looked
she told me you would have seen the same cut on her leg.”
Austin suddenly looked up.
“Did she tell you what she took from you?”
That’s what he’d been thinking about all this time. What he’d given her and what…and what she’d given him.
He started to pace again
knowing that this was going to be the turning point.
His race just didn’t like what his mate was.
“She is my mate
but I’m hers as well.
When we mated and bonded…well, it was a two
I’m not sure I understand all of it
we’re now a part of each other.”
He rolled his neck and didn’t look at his brother as he continued.
“She can shift into a wolf. She can shift into anything she wants.
Alexis is a shifter.”
Austin was very quiet.
Gordon didn’t look at him as he walked to the desk and leaned against it.
He was actually excited
but also afraid. Wolf packs generally
shifters for several reasons.
The most important reason was that they somehow messed with the balance of things.
Gordon wasn’t sure
but he’d been hearing that since he’d been a small cub.
“Let me get this straight.
You think…or she thinks that because she’s a shifter
we’re somehow going to shun you and her?
Am I right?”
knowing that it sounded really stupid now that someone had said it out loud.
“Of all the…and what did you tell her?
That it was a part of our history to do that or did she read about it in some stupid fairy tale book?”
But she’s right.
We do shun shifters and any weres that mate with them. I’ve heard—
“Oh for the love of…are you listening to yourself
Christ, do you have any idea what CJ would do to you if she even had a hint of what you were thinking
You’d better not tell her what we’ve talked about.
She’ll run your nuts up the flag pole and set fire to them.
“I just might tell her to see what you’ll do to try and win her back to your side.”
Every man in the room held himself. CJ could be a tad
and since she’d been pregnant she’d been a little more aggressive.
Their mom said it was natural, she was an alpha.
Gordon grimaced at his brother
wondering what he’d have to do to keep him from telling her.
“You keep my secret and I’ll keep yours.”
Gordon didn’t really know anything
but the threat seemed to work. Before his brother figured out he was bluffing
he’d have to think hard on something worthy of not getting castrated.
Gordon was sure he could think of something
but right now he was a little busy trying to keep his new family safe.
Austin backed away from him and sat down.
He didn’t comment on the threat
but simply nodded toward him.
Gordon moved over to the chair again and sat down.
He was sure his brother would talk to him later about it.
“Have you talked to Phil?”
Gordon shook his head
knowing his brother was trying to change the subject.
“I want this resolved between the two of you by the next full moon.
You fucked up and you’re going to do whatever it takes to fix this. He’s a good friend to our pack and CJ is upset that he won’t come around.”
“I will. I’ve been…he won’t answer my calls.
I’ve left him several messages and
“Then go to his house.
or I will fix you.
Do you understand me? I want this resolved.
as for you and your mate…I’m sure you expect me to be pissy or something
but I’m not.
I’m actually thrilled for you both.
I can’t wait to see her wolf.
Has she shifted into one yet?”
“Yes, she’s silver. She’s sort of afraid of her
She’s never shifted to wolf before.
And she’s a little overwhelmed by this all.
Well, there is the brother-in-law thing. I’ve told her that he’s hanging around her place.
I don’t think she is taking this part of him serious.
She seems to think she can handle him.”