She admitted that she didn’t understand what Jack and I had gone through because she’d only been turned for six months when she met Ezra, and they had been together ever since.
I didn’t know about the blackmail. Adriane crossed one leg over the other. Thad told me he wanted to step down because the pack didn’t trust us anymore. He didn’t tell me until after we left the pack, but the Beta male, Jerold, had evidence that Hector was involved in what happened to Jenny.What kind of evidence? asked Shaya.
Photos were taken by Jenny’s ex-boyfriend and hidden in his room. When Jerold was searching for evidence against the boy, he found them. Apparently some of them showed Hector very clearly. Jerold told Thad that if he promoted him to Alpha, the photos would be destroyed. I suspect he also blackmailed the parents of the other guilty boys in some way—maybe tried to extort money from them.Why didn’t Thad hold Hector responsible? Nick’s tone held no judgment.It sounds like a simple thing to do, doesn’t it? Straightforward. Just. If he was guilty, he should pay. You can’t know until you’re in that situation whether you really could give up your own child. Thad didn’t feel he could. He felt responsible for Hector being the way he was. Felt like he was a failure as a father. And if Thad had accepted that our son was guilty, he would have had to kill Hector. As Alpha, it would have been his duty. So he protected him.
Nick sat upright. Did Hector know about the blackmail?Yes, replied Adriane. We’re not sure how he found out, but he was enraged that Jerold had ‘stolen his life’ from him. That was the way Hector saw it. He had a very strong sense of entitlement, you see. He thought he was next in line to be Alpha. Being the son of the Alpha pair gave him certain advantages, privileges, and an element of power. He lost all that.
He deserved to lose it, stated Nick.
Oh yes, agreed Adriane. But Hector didn’t see that because he didn’t care that his actions were wrong. He probably still doesn’t care. And in his world, everything is always someone else’s fault. He never took the blame for anything.It was true that since they both seemed to have instant-gratification issues when it came to sex, they often didn’t make it to the bed. Then you’d better let me go.
His hands flexed on her ass. I don’t want to. But he released her. Upstairs. The little minx stripped as she walked, so that she was wearing only her black lacy thong by the time she reached the bedroom. Apparently wanting to tease him, she did a little feline stretch that pushed out her ass and pulled a growl from his wolf.Taking off his shirt, Derren came up behind her and splayed his hand on her stomach, looming over her as he spoke slowly into her ear, enunciating every word. When I saw you walking toward me to begin the mating ceremony, all I wanted to do was flip up your little dress and fuck you right there in front of everybody. His hand snaked up to span her throat. But we both know I’m much too possessive to let anyone else see what you look like when you come. Because you’re mine and only mine, he added with a low growl. Aren’t you?
Ally shivered as his hand squeezed her throat—a clear caution not to defy him. His tone was calm, even, confident, and assertive. He was seemingly in the mood to dominate her. Yeah, well, she was in the mood to fight him. I won’t deny that I’m your mate. I’ll even concede that—There’s no conceding, baby. The situation is what it is. You belong to me. Releasing her throat, he whispered into her ear, Turn around. She did it very, very slowly—a rebellious gesture that was all Ally and made him smile. Sliding a hand to the back of her head, he fisted her hair and tilted her head back. Always so defiant. Just how I like you. He licked and kissed her neck, groaning as the scent of her need assaulted his senses. It’s not going to be soft and slow tonight, baby. He needed her too much. It’s going to be fast, and hard, and deep.