Alpha Asher novel By Jane Doe chapter 9
The others were quick to respond as one of our own had been found.

I couldn’t peel my eyes away from Katie’s glassy stare, even when Mason’s gentle hand turned me from her body.

We had shifted into human form after alerting the others, pulling on a t-shirt and a pair of sweatpants that were stashed in the forest.

“Don’t look at her, Lola.” Mason murmured, his typical care-free expression was absent from his face.

“Could a wolf have done this?” Maya mused in my head.

I shook my head in response, “It’s possible. It takes incredible skill to cover your scent like that.”

I could feel my heart hammering in my chest, and the cool night time breeze felt sharp against my skin.

As awful as it sounds, I had grown used to blocking things from my mind. While Katie’s glassy stare would surely haunt my dreams, I pushed the image from my conscious mind.

Alpha Asher and his men had taken a total of six minutes to arrive in the clearing.

Asher looked delectable in his loose fitting shorts, his bare chest absorbing the moon light and taking on a porcelain glow. As much as my mind wanted to linger on Asher and find some semblance of peace, there was business to attend to.

“He brought a lot of men with him.” Maya pointed out that interesting fact.

I frowned, “Kind of strange, isn’t it?”

There had to be at least fifteen men that followed Asher into the clearing. Far too many men for what looked like a simple rogue attack.

A man I hadn’t met before approached Mason and I while Asher looked over Katie’s lifeless body.

The unnamed man was nearly as intimidating as Asher himself, but he lacked the powerful aura that Asher seemed to constantly exude.

“Beta Drake.” Mason murmured, nodding his head in an act of respect.

Beta Drake was the man mentioned when I first arrived at the pack boarders. No wonder Sean was in such a sour mood when I finally arrived home. Asher had no need for another Beta when he had one of his own. Sean had essentially been stripped of his title, a title my family had held for years.

Beta Drake had the same extremely large build all of Asher’s men had, as if giant blood ran in their family. A long scar ran down the side of his neck, disappearing under the t-shirt he wore. His hair was a strange shade of ash blonde and reached down to his ears.

“Tell me tonight’s events leading up to the discovery of the she-wolf.” Beta Drake spoke in a very informal tone, “Do not leave anything out.”

Mason glanced at me, and with reluctance I began to speak.

I kept my hammering heart under control, determined to keep my wandering eyes away from Katie’s body. The last thing I needed was to lose what tight grip I had on my emotions.

Much to my surprise, my voice came out calm and steady. The turmoil I was feeling inside didn’t rear it’s ugly head.

Mason chimed in here and there, confirming my account of tonight’s events.

Asher hadn’t approached the two of us, nor spared us a glance as we left from the clearing.

Mason, kind as always, walked me home in silence.

“First night of patrol and this happens.” Mason shook his head, a frown forming on his pale lips.

I scoffed, but the action was filled with exhaustion. “Not a very good sign, is it?”

Mason shook his head, “Not at all.”

“There were too many of Asher’s men there tonight for it to be a simple rogue attack.” I pursed my lips, the gears in my mind turning.

“You think so?” Mason’s head tilted slightly as my words sunk in.

I shrugged, “Fifteen men seems like an awful lot. Rogue attacks happen sometimes, but tonight seemed different.”

“I think we both need some sleep. Try not to think about it too much.” Mason frowned as we stood on the stairs to my house, “I’ll see you for training tomorrow, right?”

I rolled my eyes, gaining some of my sarcastic humor back. “Like Alpha Asher would let me miss training.”

was one that took effort to maintain.

Mason off

Dad sat in the living room. From the looks of it, they were having a hushed conversation between themselves. I couldn’t make out any of the words exchanged between the two of them, but the one word

like two people who don’t wanna be overheard.” Maya mumbled

inquire what they were talking about,

as I walked in, and Dad lifted himself to his

happened tonight at patrol.”

and crossed my arms, “A girl was

want you out running patrol anymore, or anywhere near the woods

was coming from, but I also knew his personal

won’t happen, Dad.” I frowned, plopping down on the couch next

running a hand through his salt and

Asher would never allow that. He can’t let half the people in town

listen to me on this.” Dad grimaced, but I

stood from the couch, “I will not run again. I’m back now,

previous exhaustion that tinged my words had faded, leaving behind something else. A sense of power and authority filled

could feel the strange waves rolling off

strange sensation subsided leaving me feeling

was that?” Maya sounded

idea.” I grumbled, my limbs feeling heavy. “All

his jaw

heading to bed now.” I mumbled, trudging up the stairs, “I have training in the

had been effortless, and I made sure to set an

haunted my dreams. Her glassy green eyes were burned into my head, along

detail that stood out, it reminded me this wasn’t reality. A set of blazing red eyes stared

of Katie hindered my sleep, I felt

bra and a pair of workout shorts. Slipping my long

in sight, but Grandma stood in the kitchen flipping something in a pan. The sticky sweet smell

Grandma turned and

the fridge,

was afraid Alpha Asher would show up to torment you some more.” Grandma

“Certainly didn’t feel

I scolded her, pushing my

my attention to the steaming pancakes she had set on a plate, ignoring the

frowned, glancing at the plate of pancakes she set

a cup of steaming tea clasped

frowned, “He just needs some

sighed, “I didn’t want to upset

dear.” Grandma gave me a kind smile,

I raised my eyebrow at her, knowing how

know your Dad is much

know, Grandma. You’ve always been too smart for your own

that I can agree

house with a full stomach, walking to the pack house with Breyona and Mason

carefree as I had hoped for. Death lingered in the

didn’t keep this from

imagine how

her short hair shifting. “Alpha Asher isn’t

that’s a good thing.” Mason

trainee’s. Breyona and I threw our change of clothes in the lockers and headed out to the

kicked today, shorty?” Mason snickered, leaning

raised. “Bring it

I’ll get

my tongue out, jabbing one of my

room and I knew without looking that

immediately found his own, and they darkened as they

as Mason looked down at me with an amused expression on

whispered lowly in my ear and I fought to keep a smile from

giggled, keeping

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