I lean onto the counter and look out the window. I had gone to pick up my things from the hotel and came to stay at the hotel right across Kristopher’s store. I’m close to his place and that’s how he wanted it. He wanted me to stay in his place and I could sleep on the couch but I don’t like sleeping on uncomfortable place. In the end he agreed I could stay out here and keep an eye on their place. I don’t think that the wolves would do anything but he likes to be prepared.
I sniff and look at where Leon is. He is lying in front of the shop as a guard dog. He’ll be able sense anyone from there. It doesn’t matter who or what they are, he’ll be ready for anything.
I yawn and move away from the window. It’ll be better to sleep now and be fresh and ready for tomorrow morning.
I was about to lay down and I hear the howl from outside. It’s Leon’s howl. Shit!
I move towers the door and I burst out. Shit!
There’s cars, lots of them and they park beside the sidewalk and on the street, don’t caring if anyone need to pass by. They come out. There are lots of them but the big guy is the one that concerns me more.
Kristopher is already outside in front of his shop.
I thought this night would be peaceful but I guess I was wrong.
I walk quickly towers them, crossing the street. The wolves notice me and some follow me, guarding me so I wouldn’t do anything.
Kristopher opens the gate, wide and I walk in. I stand beside him as the other wolves move to surround us. Damn, this could turn bad, really bad and I don’t think it has to but some wolves are stubborn.
The big man among the others steps forward, stopping right in front of Kristopher. I just wait back, waiting and paying attention to my surroundings.
“I am Talon,” the wolf says. “My son’s bodyguards have informed me of an incident that has happened. Not even my son would tell me what was going on. He seemed very –very uneasy.”
Kristopher looks over at me.
I stare back, “I just talked to him,” I let him know.
He looks back the wolf. He is looking at me now. He seems to be trying to figure me out. I let him, not challenging but staring back at him.
“You are?” he asks
“Crest,” I answer him.
He nods, “Yes, they mention someone with your name. You were the one who talked to my son and threaten him-”
“I did not,” I cut in. “I told him that if he wanted to see my goddaughter, then he needed to talk to her father. That’s all. I didn’t threat him with anything.”
“I heard from his guards something else.”
“Well bully for them. I don’t care. I’m telling you what I said to him.”
He doesn’t seem to like that I was talking back to him. He must not have a lot of people talk back to him a lot. I don’t really care. I’m defending myself and if I have to be rude, I will.
I brush my silver bangs back, trying to get a better look at everything around me.
“Why are you here?” Kristopher asks.
The wolf looks at him, “My son is interested in your daughter. She has wolf blood in her, a perfect mate. My son will one day makes his own pack and he’ll need a mate by his side. Your daughter would be perfect for my son.”
Damn, I don’t think this is what Kristopher wanted to hear. I didn’t even want to hear it. Shit, we’re in deep shit now. If he says no to this, it’ll be a big insult to the pack leader and then we’ll have him as an enemy. We don’t want him as an enemy. They surely don’t want him as an enemy. They live here. Crap!
I gulp and look around me again. I could get them out of the city. I could. I only need Kristopher to signal me if that’s what he wants. Juliana doesn’t have to mate with anyone she doesn’t love. If she doesn’t love this guy… but still, it’s for her to decide who she’ll want to be with.
I look over at Kristopher. He looks uneasy. Maybe even a bit scared. I know he knew that someday, something like this would happen. Juliana does have wolf blood in her and she can have cubs.
“Kristopher,” I say.
He twitches and blinks. He must have been deep in thought.
He looks down at me. I could see it in his eyes that he didn’t want to give his daughter away.
I have to take it from here.
I look at the wolf, “Sorry, but we have no intention on having Juliana involve with a wolf.”
The wolf looks at me, “And who are you to decide that?” he glares at me. “You aren’t the father. You are nowhere near that-”
“I’m her godfather and I have as much right to decide as her father does.” I try to keep calm so he doesn’t think I’m challenging, “I say no.”
He looks angry now, “I am the wolf pack leader here,” he growls. “You cannot deny me a breeder.”
“Actually, I can.”
He looks angry and reaches for me. I grab his wrist before he grabs me. He looks confuse because he had moved with speed and I had seen him. He pulls back but I don’t let go. He pulls harder this time and I let him go. He stumbles back, almost losing his valance.
When he recovers, he looks at me. I see the resemblance between father and son when it comes to an angry face. Damn, they’re pretty ugly. This wolf could kill me and not feel bad about it later on. Well, I won’t let him kill me at all. Or should I just say that he can’t kill me at all?
Whatever, I have better things to think about.
“What are you?” he asks.
“Weren’t you told?” I ask. “The name is Crest Silver, zombie hunter.”
He was surprise and he didn’t want to show it but I caught him. I saw his eyes twinkle a bit. No, he was not told about me. Whoever informed him had forgotten to mention the rest about me except my name.
He recovers and stands straight again, getting back his cool and calmness.
“This is between wolves, hunter,” he says. “This has nothing to do with you.”
“Didn’t you hear what I said before? This has everything to do with me. Juliana is my goddaughter.”
“I cannot let you take my daughter,” Kristopher then says.
Damn, it was about time he spoke out. I thought I was going to do all the talking. I don’t think I could have kept the wolf talking much longer. He already looks like he wants to sink his teeth’s into me.
The wolf looks at him now, “So you are also against this.” He takes a step forward, “I have known you’ve been here in my territory since you came to live here. I let you be because I knew you did not want to be in a pack. I knew not the reason to it but I let you stay. Now, I ask for your daughter and you are against it.” He looks mad again, “So had my kindness been a waste?”
Shit! This isn’t good. The wolf is right. He could have taken Kristopher in by force, keeping them in the pack. Still, I don’t get why they decided to move now. Maybe they had been waiting for this opportunity. If that’s the case, I’ll have to step in.
“I am graceful that you let us be,” Kristopher says. “But my daughter will grow up to be the person she wants to be. If she agrees to be with your son once she knows the condition, then I have no saying to anything.”
I look at Kristopher with disbelief. Is he crazy? Does he know what he just did? Juliana isn’t the one to pick. That’s the things with wolf. Male wolf are superior to females. He knows that yet he gives out this condition. What the hell is wrong with him?
I stare at Kristopher, about to say something when the other wolf stops me.
He’s smiling, “My dear wolf,” he says, sounding pleased. “As you know, females are chosen unwillingly. They have no saying in this, most of the time, if they cannot defend themselves.”
This time Kristopher is smiling, “Yes, but the females have to be in your pack. My daughter doesn’t belong in your pack. She can choose to be with whoever she wants.”
Oh yeah! That’s right. I forgot about that. Juliana doesn’t belong to a pack. She belongs to no pack so the wolves in it cannot take her by force. She doesn’t have to follow the laws of the wolves. Brilliant! So Kristopher was thinking. I wish I had.
The wolf’s smile turned upside down. He wasn’t happy anymore. That’s too bad. I feel better already.
“Yes,” the wolf growls, “you’re right about that. Indeed, your daughter is able to choose who she wants to be with because the laws of the wolves does not concern with her.”
He didn’t sound happy saying it. I think he even had trouble taking it out and admitting it.
I just felt really good that Kristopher remembered this. He would have never said otherwise, I’m sure of that.
“Then we will ask your daughter for her opinion. We must arrange a reunion.”
Kristopher agrees to this. There was nothing else we could do without getting into a fight. He knows we should avoid fighting right now.
They were about to leave. Damn…
The pain happened so fast. I know this pain. Yeah, I’m very familiar with the pain. It happens when the time comes for me. In all my life, this has been my defection. I think of it as a cruel joke. I mean, I’m supposed to be a very powerful immortal zombie hunter, yet this happens to me. I can’t stop it. It’s my nature and it is something I want to keep secret. Though, even if I still want to right now, I can’t.
The pain serge all through my body, it was like an electric shock. There was no way to prevent the pain so I let it come.
I notice the wolf stop as I groan out in pain and fall onto my knees.
Damn it! I lost count. I forgot that it would be tonight. I forgot that today it would…