She was gone. She was just fucking gone. Nathan couldn’t believe it. His fucking mate was gone and in the hands of her sadistic, incestuous sperm donor. He was going to rip that asshole limb from limb and scatter the pieces. He needed to know about Jenny’s reading from the twins, but she was in no condition to say anything right now. They needed a plan fast, and Jenny needed to snap the hell out of it.
Jenny was shocked, pissed, and a little numb. He had taken her baby. He came to her place and took her fucking baby right from under her. He took her and Jackson held her back. That son of a bitch. Mate or no mate she was going to fucking kill him. So she did the only thing that she could control right now. She got all up in his face.
“What in the fuck were you thinking? How dare you hold me back? He took my kid, my fucking kid, and you let him. You stupid fucking asshole!”
“I was trying to save your damn life. I didn’t know he could take her like that. What were you thinking trying to sacrifice yourself?”
“Sacrifice myself? She’s my fucking kid. Are you deaf or just dumb? Why the hell wouldn’t I offer myself for my kid? You had no right. You made it perfectly clear about how you felt and yet you still got in my damn way. You better pray that my kid doesn’t die or you’re going to wish you were never fucking born. Goddamn asshole!”
“Little girl, if you yell at me one more fucking time or point your finger in my face I’m going to snap. Let’s clear this shit up right fucking now. You are mine. I didn’t want you to be and I fought it like hell, but you are mine. I’ll be damned if I let you offer yourself up on a fucking platter to crazy town. I didn’t know he could transport her out of here without touching her. I didn’t fucking know. I don’t know anything about your creepy species, and it pisses me off and scares the crap out of me at the same time. This is why I was fighting the pull so hard. I don’t like complications.”
“Complications? I’m a fucking complication? My kid’s a complication? Fuck you! I’m done with this shit. Fuck a mate. I don’t want one anymore. I want my fucking kid, and I’m going to go get her.”
Jenny started to turn away and Jackson grabbed her arm. She glared at him and tried to free herself but his grip only got tighter. She did the only thing she could think of. She took her free hand and slapped him. Hard. It was like time stopped. His head was still turned to the side from the force of the slap, but she could see his muscles twitching. Maybe she shouldn’t have done that.
She slapped us. She really fucking slapped us, Jackson’s wolf growled in his head. Yep, he couldn’t believe it either. They couldn’t let a challenge from their mate go just like that. She couldn’t just slap them and get away with it.
“You really shouldn’t have done that,” he growled.
Before Jenny could reply, Jackson pulled her towards him and bit her neck as deep as he could, binding her to him. Images and feelings from her life assaulted him quickly. He saw her whole life in a matter of seconds. After several minutes he licked the bite closed. “Mine,” his wolf whispered. He could feel Taylor’s shock. He would have to speak with his other mate soon to explain.
“You bit me. Have you lost your mind? You know what? Don’t answer that. Let go of my arm. I need to be alone.”
With that Jenny snatched her arm from his hand and walked out of the room. Everyone else looked away but Taylor. He couldn’t decipher the look his lover wore.
“Tay, baby, let me explain. I didn’t mean for it to happen like that.”
Taylor just held up a hand and walked out of the room as well. Just great. They were both mad at him. He had to make them understand. He left Nate and Taser alone to search for his mates.
Nathan was disgusted. One of his mates was missing, and Jackson chose now to get his head out of his ass. He had a mate to rescue. Krista didn’t have time for this. Who knew what that mad man was doing to her? He looked over at Taser and his eyes widened at what he saw. His mate had a wild, almost feral look about him.
“Taz, honey, what’s wrong? We are all upset about Krista. Talk to me.”
“I can feel her pain. It’s too much. Too much for the wolf. He’s trying to claw his way out. Not strong enough to stop him,” Taser barely got out.
Nathan could see the pain etched in his lover’s face. Shit, this wasn’t good. They didn’t need Taser’s wolf losing control on top of everything else. He needed to find Jackson. Hopefully he could reign in Taser’s wolf. If not, all hell was about to break loose. He really needed to call his alpha. They were going to need all the help they could get.
Oh God, she was in quite the pickle. She had wondered for centuries who her father was, but she never asked because she knew how her mother felt. Secretly she had even wanted to meet him when she was younger and foolish. The reality was so much worse than she could have ever fucking imagined. Her father was crazy. Plain and simple. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. She had never felt such pain all over. She didn’t think she could last much longer.
Krista could feel her mates. Taser was not faring well. Nathan was at a loss of what to do. Both of his mates were in trouble of being lost to him forever. She tried to send soothing thoughts but it was kind of hard when your whole body felt like it was on fire. She had no idea what her father was doing but the shit hurt. People like him were why Mystics were so feared. She had to get the hell out of here before he killed her or drove her too far past sanity to return unscathed. It was already a thin line.
She knew her mates and mother would be doing all they could to find her, but they probably had nowhere to start. She wasn’t much help because she didn’t know where she was. Her father, crazy as he may be, was also very cautious. His face told nothing of his plan. He had been gone awhile now and she was glad. She didn’t want to see him, but knew it would be only a matter of time before he returned. She needed a plan, and bad.
She turned her head slightly when she heard footsteps. Guess he was back. Hopefully he would wait awhile before more beatings. The first one was still ringing through her body, and she had a feeling that it was just the beginning.
“Oh good, you’re awake. Excellent! I should have known; of course you are your mother’s daughter. She had a wicked fast recovery time as well. Plus I am your Father. It’s a shame I didn’t get to see you grow up. Your mother deprived me of that particular joy. No worries. Daddy’s here now, and he’s going to take wonderful care of his little girl.”
“You’re insane,” Krista rasped out through her sore throat. “If you let me go now, my mates won’t kill you later. Probably only maim you.”
“Ha! Funny. I like that. You have my sense of humor. We will have a wonderful time together. Only thing left to make this one big happy family is your mother. No worries. She will be here shortly. She will either find us or I’ll bring her home. Either way, you both are mine, and I’m never letting you out of my sight again. Daddy won’t be leaving you a second time. Now dear, you should rest up while you can.”
He slammed his magic full force into Krista to a point so painful, she couldn’t even scream. It hurt. She was so happy that the darkness didn’t hesitate to claim her this time.