Chapter 55: Deacon
I flash a wary look at the Doc in the corner, who turns a paler shade, his brow furrowing, etching his
features into that of worry, and he casts an evasive look back at me. He darts a glance at Colton then
back again to me, suddenly sheepish.
“It can’t be Deacon, right? It’s too early!” I point out while asking him to confirm, to calm my own
sudden whirlwind of nerves, hating the apprehension I can feel from him, but he swallows loudly.
“I may have over exaggerated our head start rather somewhat, a teensy little bit. I didn’t want to alarm
you and give you reason to doubt coming with me, dear girl. If you knew they were hot on our heels, so
to speak, you would have queried the plan and I had faith the fates would intervene if we just got out. I
had to keep the sedation low, so I didn’t kill my human staff in the process, and sadly that meant the
wolves recovered quickly.” He’s apprehensive about admitting to a lie, recoiling slightly and I give him a
deflated smile, translating that it’s okay and it doesn’t really make much difference now, because it is
what it is.
“Damn right, it’s Deacon. Meadow and the pack are tracing them down the north road in, following
them. They’ll be here in a couple of minutes.” Colton growls and sweeps past me, determination oozing
from him, and that growing hostility coming off him like a dense smoke. He’s moving into battle mode in
his head and I can’t do much except follow him out of the infirmary. Knowing no matter what, I should
be out there for this entourage arriving. After all, it’s because of me and Sierra they are even coming.
“You should stay here.” Colton flashes me back a moody look, fierce, overbearing protectiveness
shining through, and gets my ‘hell no’ glare of warning flashed right back.
I’m not about to be sat in the corner and cotton wrapped because Colton thinks he needs to take care
of a feeble little femme. This femme took down a bear, and she isn’t about to be intimidated by that idiot
‘That son of a bitch darted me in the back. I’m not missing him crawling up and realizing this is a Santo
domain! I want to experience that epiphany and watch him grovel.’ It’s through gritted teeth as my own
aggression peeks, thinking about that smug assholes face, and the longing to kick him in the balls
when I was in the facility. That little simmer of rage ignites and my skin tingles in anticipation, revving
up my anger for that slimy weasel.
“You stay on my ass then. Stay close where I can intervene should I need to.” Colton drops that
overbearing, no nonsense command, and turns away, obviously picking up on my stubborn tone and
knowing arguing with me is futile. Still has to be in charge of my safety though.
He leads the way immediately, straight out into the hallway, through the foyer, and out the still open
main door at hyper speed. Other wolves either getting out of the way, or turning and following their
leader, as I assume, he pack links and issues orders.
He’s eager to get out front and await our guests. His wolf starting to peek in the glowing of his eyes and
that snarl in his tone, but he keeps it in check and stays mostly human, rolling his shoulders and
leaning forward lightly, so that stance of psycho comes through prominently when we come to a halt at
the gravel driveway that spans the whole front width of the homestead.
Wolves tend to hunch forward and look at you from a tilted down chin. It’s usually because as wolves
we prefer to go to all fours even though we can walk upright, and Colton seems caught between the
two. Stance and lowered head as his eyes glow viciously and his words take on that dominant growl in
the undertones. He isn’t planning on turning, but he is planning on intimidating the shit out of Deacon. I
can sense his actions and read him way better than I used to be able to. I wonder if our wolves are
synching a little because of the closeness of how we got in the infirmary, or maybe I’m just getting
better at dissecting the mood and picking out who’s belongs to who.
He leads us out across the new, cleared sweeping gravel drive, all the vehicles are gone, and I can see
how huge the forefront of the homestead’s entry is. Without the wolves flanking and taking us in without
seeing it, I can appreciate the wide vast space, tree lined with dense forest, and only one narrow
opening coming in north bound. Colton was right about this being smaller than the manor at the
mountain, but it’s still pretty impressive.
The headlights flash in the far distance through that gap in the trees and I realize it’s because the road
is straight, and long, and standing here, we can see it for a couple of miles. Being dark means we can
see the flickering lights moving in on us. Like incoming orbs bouncing around on uneven gravel terrain.
“Two trucks… Radar can pick out heat signatures of twelve wolves between the two.” Colton murmurs
it at me, as if Radar being able to do that isn’t a surprise, and now his name makes perfect sense. He
can see body heat through objects, infrared sight.
Something slight catches my eye distracting me from this wonder, just past him as I look his way.
Adjusting my nocturnal vision, I realize Santo wolves are moving in from the tree line stealthily and
standing spread out around us in the shadows. Watching, waiting, prepping to be there should their
alpha need them, and I again hate that I’m not linked in and hearing the communications between them
all. It’s obvious by the silent way they get in position and nod at one another that there’s a line of
chatter getting them where needed. They’re preparing for battle because they don’t know how things
are going to play out.
“Doc said there were nineteen wolves at the facility, so I’m guessing he left a few behind to keep the
humans in check.” I add in afterthought, sticking close to him as a few warm bodies close up behind us,
wolves I don’t know well but we’re being flanked by more than a dozen anyway, and I wonder where
the sub pack are.
Colton starts pacing, side to side, adrenalin, and hostile levels are so high he’s even affecting me, and
my body starts to lightly vibrate. Watching the oncoming truck, bristling with fierceness, and all I can do
is watch, and wait, with held breath. Nervousness hitching up because I don’t know how this is going to
go, and even though we outnumber them, I’m still not a wolf that’s ever had to battle another wolf like
this. Colton doesn’t count that one time he triggered me, and I can’t even remember it happening. I feel
nauseous even while still crazily angry at Deacon and start wringing my hands together to calm my
Colton walks six feet to the left, turns and walks it back again, like a caged animal, and I can taste his
impatience in wanting to deal with this. He’s stiff, and solid looking, ready to pounce, and I can taste the
nearness of his wolf as he verges on turning. It’s like a high-level energy feeding mine, and my own
wolf starts to internally wriggle around with a need to show face.
He’s in full blown aggression mode, his alpha scent getting so heady that my own wolf starts to snarl in
response, and I have to deep breath and count to ten to keep her tamed. He’s riling the pack, and the
murmur of restless snarls around me tell me they’re all poised and ready to fight, feeding from their
leader’s need to attack. The psychic bond of a pack, so that when their alpha hits a battle, they all rev
up and flock to him, ready to die for the good of the pack. It’s becoming unbearable, and invasive, as it
shrouds like a dark smog around us and I can hardly breathe with the impending pressure.
I touch him on the shoulder as a way to break his intent focus on the incoming, as he paces past me for
the tenth time and he pauses, spinning his head to me away from the road. It’s like I jolted him with a
taser, such is his reaction, because he was caught up in his instincts and senses.
“Deacon’s a coward and no match for us. Be still. You’re making the pack restless and blood thirsty.” I
try and soothe him with a small squeeze. Colton inhales slowly but reaches out and runs his thumb
over my bottom lip gently, igniting a crazy number of butterflies in my stomach with the simplest of
touches, as he focuses those glowing eyes on mine.
“He laid his hands on you. Kept my mom prisoner. I don’t care if he refuses to fight, or runs… I’ll take
him down regardless.” It’s the vicious, lethal, protective coming out and I can only give Colton a soft
look. I can’t argue when he’s fueled by instinct, I can only let him be, and let him handle this how he
“Many of these wolves have never known battle. Think of the vulnerable among us. We want them to
feel safe here, not traumatized by a war on the doorstep. Be a leader. Put vengeance aside for the
good of those. There are children here.” I remind him gently, and it has the same effect as a calming
wave washing over him. It’s enough to level down the rage, and he exhales heavily to release some of
his tension, knowing I’m right. He nods, releasing me and turning away to watch the road once more,
but I can already tell he’s reeled in so much of his testosterone already. My words having an effect.
The wolf hierarchy is not that complex, and wolves have certain traits you just have to accept. One
being that a male is deathly aggressive, possessive, and protective of his mate, even if she isn’t
technically his, and they maybe imprinted. The need is the same. Colton’s an alpha which means his
protective instincts are enhanced naturally, at about five hundred percent higher than most, to be
honest. The whole good of the pack, putting his people above all, is a born alpha trait, and it’s crazily
hitched up to about a thousand times more intense once a dominant takes on his role as leader. So,
Colton is fueled by that. I can see it in him, making him antsy, interwoven with turmoil, and rage. I’m not
just his fated mate, in his head I’m part of his pack too, and Deacon disrespected me. He disrespected
the Luna also. Colton’s loyalty to his mom is as strong as his love for her, for me. As Alpha he wants to
reset the balance, to deal with the insult and offence dealt this way.
The headlights pull my eyes from Colton to them as they flash violently, swinging around into the car
par as they trundle in and catch us all standing here waiting. The low humming of two big green military
trucks that I recognize from the bay. Both have tented backs and seem so much bigger out here in the
The first truck veers left and skids to a halt, obviously not expecting the welcome party out front and
maneuvers an emergency divert, and the second slams on the breaks immediately, sliding on the
gravel an extra few feet dramatically, stops dead in the entranceway, blocking it off in a mist of
There’s a moment of pause as no one moves, and the sound of the humming trucks is the only noise
ringing heavily through the eerie quiet. The distant whoop, whoop, of wolves coming from behind alert
the presence of our own sub pack returning behind them, and they seem to be in joyful spirits at
trapping these bugs in their web, from all sides. It’s as though everyone holds their breath, and waits
for someone else to make the first move, and Colton becomes stealthily still, completely trained on the
first truck as he hones in on the driver seat through the side mirror, his low growl vibrates through my