The Alphas prize

Chapter 2: Erik

After erasing my insane thoughts, I stood up from the ground, remembering the howl released throughout the forest; my mind began to race with negative thoughts now. What if dad was hurt? What if Gunnar was hurt? I began to run as fast as my feet would take me, searching for familiar faces. Finally, I came to a sudden halt when I saw Erik's familiar and welcoming face!

I raced towards him and jumped into his arms. “Are you ok? Are you injured? Where are the others? Did the rogues retreat?”

He raised a finger and placed it on my lips, ceasing my rambling. He stared deep into my eyes with a half-smile; he then removed his finger and began to caress my cheek. I closed my eyes, leaning into his touch; he always knew how to calm my overactive nerves.

“I’m fine, Freja, a few scratches and bruises, but otherwise still alive.” He chuckled, and I breathed a sigh of relief.

“You are the first person I have found, and it seems as though the rogues have retreated, but I am not sure why?” I questioned aloud.

Erik looked away from me; a confused expression crossed over his face for a brief moment and then turned severe before turning back to me.

“We have to find the others and figure out what is going on,” He said in a severe tone.

We both stood there for a second, turning our full attention to our surroundings. Erik and I listened intently; after a moment, we heard faint voices in the distance to our left. We exchanged a nod and began running towards the voices.

After a brief distance, we located those who belonged to the voices. I frantically searched around for Gunnar and dad. As I scanned the crowds, I finally spotted Gunnar.

I looked at Erik. “I see Gunnar!” We both rushed in his direction.

Upon reaching Gunnar, he glanced at us both and relief washed over his face. I stood on my tippy toes and engulfed him in a big hug, to which he happily returned. Gunnar was a large and daunting man, but he had a soft spot for those he loved. He could be very playful at times, making jokes and pulling pranks, always trying to lighten the mood. Other times, he was earnest and played the role of Alpha all too well. Finally, releasing me, he glanced at Erik and nodded.

He turned his attention back to me. “Have you seen dad?” He asked me.

I shook my head. “No, I found Erik first, not far from here. We then came here, and I found you.” I replied, questioning whether or not I should tell him about my encounter with Cain yet.

He stood back and looked around, scanning the crowds to find our father or at least someone that may know more than we do.

After a moment, his eyes landed on something. “This way.” That was all he said before jogging off to his target, and we followed closely behind him. As we came to a stop, I realized who it was that he recognized, it was dad! I was so relieved to see him; I didn’t wait and rushed to him, then stopped a few inches from him.

He noticed me in front of him; his eyes widened, and he let out a relaxing sigh. Dad then closed the distance between us and wrapped me in that big teddy bear hug that only he could master and kissed the top of my head. “I am glad to see you both,” Dad said, looking between Gunnar and me.

Dad then released me from the hug and stood back. He looked to Gunnar. “The rogues have treated, any ideas as to why?” He asked my brother, who stood there with a blank face and a solemn demeanour.

“No, sir. I do not know why they retreated. After I heard the howl break through the forest, the rogues shortly after began to retreat.” He replied.

My father nodded his head. “Who was it that had howled?” He questioned.

Gunnar’s face turned grave, and a saddened expression was visible on his features. Oh no! “It was Mikael; he is dead.”

as I looked at my father, whose face looked so stricken. Mikael was my father’s Beta and his best friend. They were always there for

was slow to

so sorry, dad.” He didn’t respond, just hugged

his face. Instead, he looked at my brother again. “We need to return home, and we need to

direction of the others, intent on informing them all to return

her home Erik, immediately!”

nodded. “Yes, Alpha.” He took my hand and then

so badly to tell Erik about my encounter with Alpha Cain, but at the same time, I didn’t. I wasn’t sure why I didn’t want to either. Also,

him and gave him a quick, half-assed smile. I then began

care, warmth and sympathy. He slowly pulled me into a hug; I closed my eyes and basked in his touch. He didn’t have to use words; this right here was

is an attractive man, 6’4, built, but not like the other

to take our friendship to the next level and date each

aware of and affected by the mate bond first. We females

to what has been described to us when

for each other, and because neither of us had found our mate yet, we decided to explore those

that mate

“Do you want me to come in with

my head slowly, knowing deep down I needed him

upon entering. They both jumped up and rushed to our sides, both my sister and mother engulfing us in a

am so happy to see you

awful howl;

be home soon, the rogues retreated; we aren’t sure as to why and…..” I

was killed during the battle.” He said

and then looked back at me. I didn’t know what to say or how to console them; I wasn’t good at

proceeded into the living room to wait for Gunnar and dad. A little while later, they finally came through the

Cain has requested a meeting. He wants to discuss a treaty between the packs to end the war.” I furrowed

the battle and left almost nothing and no one behind. So, the big question was why? What could he possibly want

my mother, kissed her, then looked deep into her eyes for a moment, and she smiled lovingly at him. I envied their relationship. He then straightened himself

everyone. “Everyone needs to get some sleep; it has been a long and exhausting day. We need to rest; there is much to do tomorrow.” Dad then retreated to the hallway, with my mother close on his heels, and they bid us

and then took his leave as

I went to her side, rubbing her back in an attempt to comfort her. She peered up at me with sorrow-filled eyes and then embraced me in a shaky hug. I sat there with her

be ok, do not worry or stress yourself. I want you to go and get some rest, ok?”

slowly got up from the couch and began to make her way out of the living room, but not before glancing back to me, and I gave

and he was standing by the fireplace staring attentively into the flames, with an inquisitive look on his face. I stood from the couch and walked to his side, squeezing his bicep. He slowly turned to face me, scanning my face with his eyes; his hand came up and caressed my cheek as his thumb glided over my bottom lip, making my thighs clench

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