My feet splashed in the puddles, as I walked up our pathway. I gripped the grocery bag closer to me, and slowly stepped up our front steps. I was grateful mother and Liam had left, but I knew they weren’t far away. They were waiting for me to calm down, and personal space was what I needed.
I swallowed the questions that nagged my mind again, as soon as I thought of what mother had told me. Should I tell Connor about Melissa? That question was on replay in my mind, and I still hadn’t come to a decision over the last two days.
Twisting the door knob, I walked into the foyer and searched the wall for the light switch. Why was the house in darkness? I placed the bag down, and wiped the water from my forehead. Where was everyone?
My small footsteps echoed, within the house. Which built up a fit of nerves, our house was never quiet. I had only been gone for a few hours, and when I left, everyone was still here.
“Chase?” My voice seemed to shake the quiet air, and my breathing began to shallow. Something was wrong. “Cooper?”
I walked through the empty lounge room, and nothing seemed out of place. Flicking the light on, I scanned the room, while smelling the air. A smell was present within the air, which I couldn’t pin point.
“Still the same, I see.”
I spun around so quick, that my vision was slightly blurred as I focused on the dark figure in the kitchen doorframe.
“Who are you?” I hunched over slightly, ready to make a chance and for some reason my wolf was growling.
“Not your business to know.” His voice was a deep choke, “Stand still Princess.”
My mouth dropped slightly, but then I heard the dull click of a trigger and before I could dodge, I was falling to my knees.
I glanced at the small dart in my chest, my small hand wrapped around it pulling it from my skin but as I did I fell to my side and was wrapped in the cover of darkness.
My throat was on fire, as I rasped for air. My vision was cloudy, and my heart was pounding.
“Finally she awakes, how much did you give her?” A voice grunted from around me.
“Don’t know, she waking up now it doesn’t matter.” A deep voice snapped. “Get her on her feet.”
A firm hand wrapped around my upper arm and I was pulled to my feet. Dizziness consumed my vision and I stumbled backwards.
“Did it mention anything about what happened if she was injured?”
“Nah, but it can’t be that bad. She’s a wanted criminal I’m sure the King won’t care if she has a few scratches.”
“It’s a deep gash though, should have healed by now.”
“It was her fault, just carry her! She can’t seem to stand and I want my money already.”
I felt myself being lifted into the air. The sudden movement, mixed with the dizziness already had my mind falling back to blankness.
“Bounty hunters are here, claiming to have Isabella.”
I spun around on my heels, dropping the cup I had in my hand as I did. Tyler looked calmly across at me.
“Is it her?” Shock was washing through me now, with a burning of excitement quickly following it. “Have you seen her?”