Chapter 1 – Mindset
Bo sat in the Dahl trying not the mope and knew from the worried looks being sent her way by Trick that she was failing miserably. She missed Kenzi… and Dyson, she understood why they were always together now but she still ached to see them again. It had been explained to her that she shouldn’t be around her bestie until she had better control of her new wolf but after a week of separation she felt really bad for them. They must miss her just as bad being out there all alone with nothing to do and no one to talk to but each other.
“Come on D-man I’m dying over here.” Dyson worked hard to keep the smile he felt tugging at his lips at bay.
“Kenzi, you aren’t tired.”
“Uh, yeah I am. My body I think I’d know.”
“No, your mind tells you that you should be tired so you think you are. You aren’t human any more!”
It had been a little over a week since her change and now they were in the woods on the outskirts of town working on her control and stamina. She was a shifter now but her mind was still imposing human limitations on her now less than human body. She hadn’t even truly shifted once since her transformation, she kept getting in her own way. They wouldn’t be going back to civilization until she learned to accept what she was now.
“One… one break?”
“No! Now pick up the pace!” He knew he was coming across as harsh, but he knew that all she needed was one break through. All she had to do was call on her wolf once when her life wasn’t on the line and then the two would merge easily, and she would finally be at peace with what she had now become. For that to happen he had to push her to her limits, and then push her even farther.
Lochlan stared down at the papers on his desk completely ignoring the human doctor hovering just outside the door of his office humming with nervous energy. He still had not forgiven the mouthy little twit for speaking of Light Fae business with her unaligned lover. He had given her punishment a great deal of thought and had decided to just ignore her for a time. Nothing he devised would torment her as much as her thoughts were at the moment, she was a nervous wreck wondering what he would do to her when he finally made a decision, and it was very entertaining. Fixing a scowl on his face he looked up quickly and barked “What?” in his most intimidating voice and fought hard to suppress his laughter as he watched her jump and scurry away like a rodent.
Trick shook his head muttering softly to himself as he wiped down his bar and tried to block out the brooding of his grand-daughter. Bo had taken to glaring into her beer here whenever Lauren was otherwise occupied and it took all he had not to snap at her to go home. He knew she missed Kenzi but they all knew she would be safe with Dyson so he didn’t understand her attitude. Glancing her way once more he found no change and sighed before attacking the bar with more force. He couldn’t wait for this whole mess to come to an end. Maybe then his constant headache would go away. Stealing another covert look at Bo somehow he doubted that would be the case.
Lauren sat in her lab too rattled to actually work and tried to calm her heart rate down. She wished Lochlan would just settle on a punishment and get it over with already the waiting and not knowing was killing her. Turning her thoughts to something else she thought about the last week she’d spent with Bo, to say it has been strained would be an understatement. She only hoped that when Kenzi returned everything would get back to the way it was before, but somehow she just didn’t see that happening.
Dyson stood outside the cabin he was sharing with Kenzi and took a deep breath letting his wolf rise to the surface searching for the scent he caught earlier. Finding it he closed his eyes and concentrated on placing it. Wolf, more than one, and not any he’d ever come across before. There was an unknown pack in his territory.
Marcus looked out at his packmates as they looked around their new home, getting their barings, this was not their usual place they tended to avoid other fae as much as possible, choosing to stay in forest and woodland areas instead. Only big events ever made them change their ways, like the call of an Omega. He didn’t know how an Omega wolf had come to be, all he knew was that a week before he felt it deep in his chest. A calling. His instincts reacted immediately and he and his pack began the slow journey here to the side of the new Omega. He’d consulted Mystics along the way, many of whom knew little more than he did; only one really had anything new to tell him.
“The girl is not alone. She has another wolf at her side. A lone wolf. A protector.”
A lone wolf was no protector, no competition. He would find this Omega, this girl, and bring her into his pack where she belonged.