I never would’ve found your skin without her. Without Alexis. She’s a hero. More than a hero… He bowed his head and re-clasped his hands. She’s putting herself at risk for me. To free you. She’s putting you, a complete stranger, before her own safety. She’s the best sort of a person. One who sacrifices herself, like you always did. He shook his head. She’s dealt with me—with my…manipulation and manhandling, with my mood swings and prodding into her life—she’s dealt with it like a warrior. No fear. No apologies. I’ve never known anyone like her. I’m glad you got to meet her, even if it was like this.
He’s a better person than all of us. We’ll take credit for it. That’ll make us good people by association.She nodded. Good idea.
The haze cleared and the throbbing magic settled. In place of the human stood a lean but enormous wolf, its muzzle dark gray with an odd spot near its left eye, and the rest of his body like a timber wolf, with grays and whites. Intelligent hazel eyes stared out from a wolf’s face, and a long pink tongue lolled out over sharp white teeth.His teeth are even lovely and white in wolf form, I marveled. See, Mordecai? See why I always harp on you about hygiene?Wow. You need to let it go, Daisy muttered.
Mordecai shook like a dog before trotting forward. Jack braced himself, holding his hands up. Mordecai stopped, turned, and trotted in a circle, not nearing any one person. The guys all loosened, dropping their hands.Incredible, Jack said, bracing his hands on his hips.
Donovan stepped over to Jack. I haven’t seen many newbies shift, but he acclimated really quickly, didn’t he?
Extremely quickly. I’ve seen a lot of newbies shift. A couple as old as him. This is…unexpected. Jack shook his head and blinked a few times in disbelief. It just goes to show, men are way easier to deal with than women.She backed down. Love you.
Love you, too.The waiting room had started to fill with nearly a dozen of Avery’s friends and family. Trina was back in the unit with Avery’s parents for the brief visit until they were all kicked out again. Wade poured himself his fifth cup of coffee for the day and was walking back toward his seat next to Lori when a short, balding, middle-aged man nearly knocked him over to get to Lori. Coffee splashed on his hand.
Oh my God, how is she?Bernie . . . what are you doing here? Lori stood when the man approached.