To be honest, Ryan, I’m surprised that we have to, said Grace. You’re a smart male, you listen to your wolf, and you have extremely sharp instincts. You shouldn’t need us to point out what’s so damn obvious.
Having finished his final perimeter check of the day, Ryan was just about to return to the caves when he heard, Ryyyyyaaaannnn! Turning, he saw the Alpha pair and the Beta pair relaxing at the patio with Tao, Riley, and Kye.Waving frantically, Kye hurried to Ryan and then climbed him like he was a fence post. Not much amused his wolf, but the pup sure did. Gripping him by the back of his shirt, Ryan detached a laughing Kye with a grunt. The pup grunted back with a wide smile. Ryan headed for the other wolves, frowning as he picked up the scents of snake and cheetah. It was only as he neared that he noticed Savannah was dangling from a tree branch upside down and Dexter was smacking the tree with his shoe.
Dexter gave him a somber, studious look that told Ryan he was being sized up. Then he dug his hand into his pocket and offered Ryan half a cookie.Taryn laughed. Where is he getting this food?He’s a hoarder, said Riley. I think it was because he was surviving mostly on scraps until he arrived at the shelter.
Ryan took the cookie to be polite. It was no surprise that Kye snatched it and ran off. Dexter gave chase. That kid was fast, even for a cheetah.Threading his fingers through Jaime’s hair, Dante tipped his chin at Ryan. I see you changed your shifts around.
I’m glad, said Trey. It’s about time you saw yourself as more than an enforcer.
Smiling, Jaime nodded. Makenna’s good for you.The old man’s face scrunched up mockingly, as if daring Nicholas to push him into the flames as well. Nicholas’s hand knotted in the front of the man’s tunic, giving him a warning shake. Is there an antidote? Tell me, damn you!
The bulk of his fury wasn’t even directed at Remus Jacaranda—Nicholas could have punched himself for missing the signals, the clues. Even when he’d noticed the other man stalling, he hadn’t pinned any sort of purpose to it.You’ll find out soon enough, Remus said, eyes sliding over to Sophia, who was twisting around on the ground, struggling to rise onto her feet. You were fools to come here—
Nicholas smashed the hilt of the sword against the man’s temple, knocking him clear into unconsciousness. He barely managed to keep his grip on him, yanking him forward out of the flames and letting his prone form slam to the ground.The fool you are, Nicholas thought, if you think for one second that Ironwood will ever show you mercy.