She closed her eyes at the memory of Lance falling to his knees, his face contorted in agony, his eyes pleading. They were locked with hers.
“I asked you to bring me the human. This female is useless to us.” Her eyes snapped to his face. This was the alpha. She swallowed hard to prevent herself from sucking in a sharp breath. His hair was cut tight against his skull with a five o’clock shadow on his hard jaw. Fierce looking. His entire frame radiated raw energy. Pent up aggression like nothing she’d ever seen before. When he looked her way, the greenest eyes she had ever seen swept over her and then locked with hers for an instant before he turned his head back to Sawyer.
“I’m sorry, Ward. I’ll get rid of it…her.” His words were tinged with excitement. If this asshole got his way, she was dead for sure.
“I refuse to go with this male.” Her voice cracked from lack of use.
“I will take her.” Hayden threw her a look that had daggers attached.
Ward grunted. “Like hell. Haven’t you listened to a word I just said? You won’t be permitted anywhere near a female anytime soon. Maybe never.”
“But…that’s not fair.” Hayden whined.
“What wasn’t fair was you touching this female without her consent. I don’t trust you period. Let alone with the life of a female. I’m not sure what to do with you. You disappoint me, Hayden.” The alpha sighed.
Hayden looked down at his feet, his throat worked. “I’m sorry, Ward. I will do better, I promise.”
“Next time I will not take your excuses. If this had gone any further I would have exterminated you. Taken you the fuck out”—the alpha paused, his muscled bulged—“I can’t have a male in my pack that does not know how to treat a female, regardless of species.” He didn’t wait for the male to respond. “There is a cabin that needs repairing, the two of you can head over there now.”
“But, it’s night-time.”
Muscles bunched and roped. Ward’s hands fisted at his sides. “Go, before I change my mind and beat you some more. You sure as hell deserve it.”
“It means we’ll have to cut down a tree in the dark.”
Ward shrugged. “Last I checked, wolves could see in the dark.”
“What about dinner?” Hayden whined. It never ceased to amaze her how bullies always ended up being the biggest babies.
“You’d better get to it then,” Ward said. Hayden grumbled an agreement, his shoulders slumped.
“You should’ve put a stop to that,” Ward addressed Sawyer.
“I tried.” The male frowned.
“Should’ve tried harder. Go with him.”
“What about the female?” Sawyer glanced her way.
“You really fucked up this time, Hayden. In more ways than one.” Ward ran a hand over his scalp. “We’ll have to hold onto her until I decide what to do with her.” He shook his head.
“Should I send her to the other females?”
“No,” Ward snarled. Stephany’s breathing hitched and she bit down on her top lip to keep from making a noise.
The big alpha paced across the room. “There are things about us that this vampire is not to find out. Things that will weaken our position amongst the species. Use your head.” He turned his icy green shards on her. They narrowed making her feel like she was to blame for this predicament, like she’d somehow asked to be here.
Stephany squared her shoulders and narrowed her eyes right back at the alpha. There was no way she was going to take the blame for this. She outright refused.