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Chapter 2: Rogues
Jennie Camacho
Nov 16, 2016
8 Mins Read
No Plagiarism!SpUcSC1XaG6hzDj8MRAbposted on PENANA

Upon entering my office, I took a few moments to survey my surroundings. I hadn't spent much time here after Olivia's passing. It was very much the same as before, except for a few subtle changes that I couldn't help but notice. The room that used to be saturated with my scent now smelled more like Griffin, which wasn't surprising with all the time he was now spending here. Also, my desk, usually neatly organized, was now cluttered with scattered papers and forgotten cups coffee.copyright protection72PENANAnzyHhWgbzp

Slowly, I pulled out the familiar leather chair, hesitant to sit in it. This chair had been the same one my father had used when he was alpha. I remember the first time I sat in it after his death. I had been so scared of what it meant to sit in his seat and try to fill his shoes. Apprehension again took root in my gut. I wasn't sure if I could do this, not without my mate by my side. She had been there when my parents had passed, helping me to leads this pack.copyright protection72PENANADrPxEIaFFl

Now, I was alone and, even more, unsure of my ability to be the alpha Silent River needed me to be. I sat down leaning against the cold leather, that I had once been so accustomed to. Soon I was flipping through the paperwork as if I had never left when in fact it was the first time in almost three years since I had been in here. Not that I hadn't tried to come back before, but each attempt ended worse than the previous one.copyright protection72PENANAlLCVpW3bNE

Sitting behind the large cherry wood desk to find a way to control the latest rogue problem was frustrating, to say the least. I kept reading and rereading the same report tapping my fingers against the hardwood, trying to find something I might have missed. According to the reports, there had been a rogue sighting every night between midnight and four in the morning for the last four days. The wolves were slowly testing our southern border, making their way from East to West. They were looking for a weak spot of this I was sure. Thankfully, thus far they weren't having any success, but it was only a matter of time until our luck would eventually run out.copyright protection72PENANAnadVSvS8Gr

We simply didn't have the people to keep us well guarded. After the attack three years ago, our pack's numbers dropped drastically. Most wolves were already pulling double shifts, and the sightings were increasing at an alarming rate. That fact had me very apprehensive. It was my job to keep Silent River safe, but I just wasn't sure how to do that just yet.copyright protection72PENANAykToSx62cL

They seemed to be organized, almost calculated. It was like no rogue activity I had ever witnessed or even heard of. Typically, rogues lived in tiny groups, if in a group at all, and they didn't tend to stay in one place for any extended length of time.copyright protection72PENANAoyx1uWXy8K

Most wolves were scared of rogues, which was wise, but many feared them for the wrong reasons. For those who didn't know any rogues or have any interaction with them, they believed them to be rabid, bloodthirsty savages. The truth was the majority weren't. Every wolf had different reasons behind their decision to go rogue. Some did so because they couldn't handle the responsibility of being part of a pack, others hated the rules and restrictions in which some packs had to live. Honestly, there were a million different reasons.copyright protection72PENANAcvVqrNWjWD

My father had taught me not to fear rogues, but always be extremely cautious when dealing with them. I learned that though many of them weren't vicious, they did tend to become less civilized after a while. They would spend the majority of their time in wolf form, slowly becoming more animal than human.copyright protection72PENANALuXETQbZTo

'Logan, you have a visitor at the gates,' Griffin informed me through the mind link.copyright protection72PENANAKhXhiref0m

'I am occupied at the moment.' I replied, somewhat annoyed. I was determined to come up with a plan before I left my office, even if I currently had nothing.copyright protection72PENANA0cRVCjIzCF

'I have Alpha Davidson here requesting a sit down with you.' That caught my attention.copyright protection72PENANAcnaa230d2T

'Did he mention what this is about?'copyright protection72PENANABNay4s0jI0

'Only that it was an urgent matter.' I wasn't sure what to think. It was highly irregular behavior for an alpha to trespass into another pack's territory without any forewarning. An aggressive alpha could have taken it as a sign of war. I, on the other hand, knew it must have been something life threatening for him just to show up like this. He had always been a by the book kind of guy.copyright protection72PENANAFIdxDQQmpt

'Alright, please show him to my study. I'm sure you'll want to hear this too.'copyright protection72PENANA1BRbLTeL6h

'You know I love me some juicy gossip,' he tried to do his best impression of a woman's voice, which was not even close to being good. I sat there shaking my head at his attempt at being funny.copyright protection72PENANAFI4Ph9iis0

Davidson was in charge of the pack on my land's southeast border. His pack was slightly bigger than my own though my property was nearly double the size of his. They had also sustained losses in the same battle that had ended my mate's life.copyright protection72PENANAi7IwElmvIL

We had fought alongside each other trying to fend off a bigger invading pack. To this day, neither of us knew the reason behind Alpha Hendrix's unwarranted attack. Although his pack outnumbered either of our packs on their own, his downfall had been attacking both of us simultaneously. Either Hendrix's didn't anticipate our packs joining forces, or he vastly overestimated his pack's abilities.copyright protection72PENANAYJnPV9IaVP

"Good morning, Alpha Blackmore. I apologize for my brassiness, but the urgency of the matter called for no delay," my fellow alpha huffed out, as he walked into my office, slightly out of breath.copyright protection72PENANArAyvqPFI77

"Davidson, to what do I owe the pleasure?" I asked, shaking his hand.copyright protection72PENANAIqfqWUMjpu

Looking at him, most people would have never guessed he was a kind and gentle man. His massive six-foot-nine-inch frame made him seem daunting to those who didn't know him. He was much older than my twenty-eight years of age, probably nearing his early to mid-forties. Grays peppered his neatly trimmed sandy brown hair.copyright protection72PENANA5oesd9CWjx

"Well, as you may know, there has been an increase in rogue activity between our borders." He paused waiting for me to confirm his statement. I merely nodded, even though I hadn't considered that he might be having the same problems. He took a seat on the chair across from me. After taking a closer look, I noticed his unshaven face and the dark circles under his eyes. He was worried for his pack's safety as much as I was for mine.copyright protection72PENANAML7kgx9Vgh

"It appeared to be simply a momentary annoyance. None of them seemed interested in crossing into our territory. That was until last night when three young she-wolves went missing." His statement shocked me. As he waited for my response to his news, I considered what this could mean for Silent River. Losing she-wolves would be a massive blow to my already dwindling pack. Fewer she-wolves resulted in fewer pups to help our pack grow.copyright protection72PENANA3YIipEccXC

"And you're certain these rogues are behind it?" I needed the confirmation.copyright protection72PENANAG30Vve47ao

"Their scent was tracked from the ladies' residence to our northeast border. I don't have any doubt that this is their doing." His eyes began turning from their usual hazel to black; his fists began to clench until his knuckles turned white.copyright protection72PENANAFX9NhqlrmB

"Well, whatever assistance Silent River and I can be to you, just ask. And thank you for informing us of the danger."copyright protection72PENANAIpzqHZ5Ub3

"I was hoping, with your permission, to send a group of my trackers a few miles into your territory to see if they can scent anything."copyright protection72PENANAwS6wNCKSKV

"Of course," I responded without hesitation. "Griffin, please inform our guards that are patrolling that area," I said aloud for Davidson's benefit. With a short nod, Griffin left the study.copyright protection72PENANAhpSqcaRxBd

"Thank you, I appreciate your help," he said getting up from his chair. I stood up and shook his hand as I reached over the desk. As I went to pull my hand away, he tightened his grip and covered it with his other hand.copyright protection72PENANA9kCJLkIQfU

"I never really got to say this before, but I am very sorry for your loss," he spoke quietly. The look in his eyes was one of pity, a look I knew well and despised more than anything. His words, although kind and respectful, angered me. I didn't need people feeling sorry for me or constantly reminding me that I was alone. Why didn't they realize some things were better left unsaid?copyright protection72PENANAULM1iAD3so

Without another word Alpha Davidson left, and I took some time to decide what my next action would be. Having gotten nowhere thirty minutes later, I decided to call my beta and third in command into my study.copyright protection72PENANAZJNRa021yD

Because Griffin had already heard my conversation with Alpha Davidson, he had time to process the information. Asher, my third in command, didn't hide his shock upon learning of this latest development.copyright protection72PENANAeHYRqJc8Ar

"We can't lose any more pack members." His words reflected what we were all thinking. The tension in the room was palpable as we all grew silent. Each of us was deep in thought. This new threat could be the thing to break our already struggling pack.copyright protection72PENANA2ucPwvp9yS

"I think we should look to the other three surrounding packs for help," Griffin thought out loud. It was possibly our best if not the only option to prevent any further loss. We all exchanged glances, silently coming to an understanding. They stood there waiting for me to give the order.copyright protection72PENANAxxBlpMlrNT

"Bring me the other alphas' numbers."copyright protection72PENANA52A3U1M69m

Comments ( 2 )

Akaluv - The story is picking up nicely, but I did notice you used a different set of quotes throughout the scene. Just thought I would leave some feedback =)
1 year agoreply

Jennie Camacho - Thanks. The different quotes were actually my way of trying to differentiate between words spoken out loud and those spoken through the pack mind link.  
1 year agoreply