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Chapter 7: Never Assume
Jennie Camacho
Nov 17, 2016
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No Plagiarism!DzXnmw3BjF2Y48hGvk95posted on PENANA

As we ran back to our territory, no one spoke. I wasn't sure if it was a good thing or not. Alex and Joshua, two of the pack's top fighters, ran in wolf form on either side of Asher and I. I could tell by their continuous glancing between me and the pup that they had many questions. None of which they voiced, it was something I was thankful for. I wasn't sure if I could answer any of them.copyright protection65PENANANFhuCnVino

The problem with the silence was it allowed me to get lost in my head, which resulted in me asking myself the same questions. Why? Why did this pup matter so much? What was it about him that made me want to shield him from the dangers around us? The only answer that I could come up with was maybe it was because he didn't seem to have anyone else looking out for him, but even as I thought it I knew it wasn't quite true.copyright protection65PENANAp0XmnkTrVd

Looking down at the little sleeping wolf's form, front paws tucked under his head, his tail hanging off the side of the stretcher, helped calm me. His fur, which was this fascinating shade of gray had this shine to it making almost appear to be more of a silver color, had patches of blood and dirt mostly covering lower back. I wasn't sure why but watching as its chest slowly rose and fell made me feel content, almost at home.copyright protection65PENANA6Xcb6tRCN0

Once we neared our land Alex and Josh shifted back and took over carrying the stretcher.copyright protection65PENANAHBFY5im1AJ

Arriving at the gates, I was met by three young fighters and Griffin. He appeared to be scanning Asher and me, with concern clear on his face, to make sure we had no injuries. We didn't other than the larger bite mark on my leg, which was not visible beneath my jean and was nearly healed already. Then he noticed Joshua and Alex carrying the makeshift stretcher with the pup asleep upon it.copyright protection65PENANAqZKnm7IgzD

'Um...uh...??' That was all he seemed to get out through the link. Griffin's lack of ability to form a coherent thought almost made me smile until I looked back down at the wolf.copyright protection65PENANAtFBFRI9JkX

"Bring the pup to the medical building. Have Doc Havers take a look at him then get him settled in the suite that was prepared," I directed Joshua and Alex, as I began heading towards the pack house.copyright protection65PENANAJ2yp1EHnFi

"Yes, Alpha," they both responded in unison, not wasting any time to carry out my orders.copyright protection65PENANA66iQuFYcVx

'Care to explain?' Griffin asked through the link, knowing he shouldn't question me out loud in front of other wolves. I could hear the confusion and annoyance in his voice. He was mad that I had risked my life for some rogue pup.copyright protection65PENANAQpds45adOv

"Not really," I said aloud. I walked off smirking, knowing his curiosity was getting the better of him.copyright protection65PENANAaxxJXynFW3

I was exhausted, and a nap was in order. I had not slept at all last night since we were traveling back home the entire time. I knew I wouldn't get much rest if any, but my body was demanding I try. Once I opened the door to my room and saw my bed, the extent of my exhaustion became more apparent. I didn't even bother to change, only slipping off my shoes before flopping onto the bed. It didn't take long for sleep to come.copyright protection65PENANAX29gTEVSQR

'Logan!' I heard her calling me through our mind link.copyright protection65PENANAqGgE8kJjyx

'Olivia?!? What's wrong?'copyright protection65PENANAOJ5ms3VQIR

'I am so sorry,' she cried out as she began to cough.copyright protection65PENANAUGU3XOISHy

'Sorry for what my love?' I was confused, but only half into the conversation as I tried to fight off two wolves.copyright protection65PENANAJ7fZMokvHS

'I know you told me to stay behind.' The coughing continued. 'But I had to help keep our pack safe....you safe.' It was in that instant I realized why she was apologizing. The sharp pain in my left side, I had felt earlier wasn't a wound on my body but hers. My blood ran cold, and in the midst of a fight, I stopped frozen with fear. No, no, no, NO!!! This just wasn't happening. It couldn't be true.copyright protection65PENANA3wB9T4cOUV

Moments later one of the wolves bit into my ankle with a loud crunch. I could feel the bone being crushed under the force of his teeth, but that didn't matter. These wolves were stopping me from going to my mate. My Olivia.copyright protection65PENANAGOCBSzpAs6

Without thinking, I let instinct take over becoming a bloodthirsty beast ripping and clawing at these wolves, tearing their flesh from the bone. I was a wolf possessed. What seemed like only seconds later, I was covered in blood surrounded by pieces of wolves.copyright protection65PENANA9beob0Nwwv

'Olivia, baby, I'm coming!' I took off following my gut. I kept telling myself this wasn't right how could I be losing my mate. She had told me only four days prior that she thought she might be pregnant. We had an appointment with the pack doctor the day after tomorrow.copyright protection65PENANAoA10KV5XKZ

I ran into a small field and just at the edge I saw her. She wasn't in her wolf form. I knew upon seeing her lying there naked in a pool of mud and blood, that her injuries were life-threatening, fatal even.copyright protection65PENANASqOu1H4riw

"Olivia!!!" I cried out, but she wasn't there. I was on the floor in my room, confused for a moment. Why was I forced to lose her over and over again?copyright protection65PENANAyrIMQTNDpk

'Logan the pack doctor would like to speak with you,' Alex informed me. It was moments like these where being an alpha was the hardest. I couldn't escape the responsibilities that were constantly thrust upon my shoulders. I couldn't show the pain and sorrow that never left me.copyright protection65PENANA8OVaPF5UCP

'I will be there in five.' I tried to hide the exhaustion and anger from of my voice, but I was sure it came through.copyright protection65PENANAUvgJ0hq4JI

"Alpha," Doc Havers greeted me with a small bow.copyright protection65PENANABhaj31dRED

"How's the pup doing Doc?"copyright protection65PENANAcNr7XhN3cq

"While there was quite a bit of blood loss, most of the injuries have healed, and I am sure she'll be good as new a few days time?" I only stood there looking at the doctor with a blank look. Surely he must have been mistaken?copyright protection65PENANAS6V8QWqg19

"You mean HE right??"copyright protection65PENANAZCraVub9mQ

"No, I am positive the wolf is a female, and SHE is not a pup. See for yourself," He said, extending his arm towards the suite the wolf was resting in.copyright protection65PENANAMyDeGAvtEI

Slowing opening the door, I saw a young woman lying on the bed. I just stood there in shock.copyright protection65PENANATxOPFFL6VM

"GET OUT!!!"copyright protection65PENANAgVpH6kchtz

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