Filling Some Important Shoes

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Gunner's POV.

"This stupid rope is going to break and it am not climbing up into this tree until I get a new one." I said.

"We don't have a new one and the bucket truck is down." Jeff said.

"I don't care." I said taking my saddle and spikes off.

"Gunner your going to get fired if you don't go up this tree." Ken my site boss said.

"Fire me." I said packing all my equipment into my climbing bag.

"Come you really afford to lose your job? Your taking care of your brother and sister after all." ken said.

"I do but if I was dead who would take care of them? I'm not climbing with that rope. Fire me if you want." I said carrying my stuff to my truck.

"Your fired." ken yelled.

"Cool." I said hoping in my truck.

"Your grandfather will hear about this." ken yelled after I started the truck. Before that would scare the shit out of me. But now it only makes me made.

"Go ahead and tell him. I quit." I said taking off like a bad out of hell throwing dust and shit all over ken.

I needle to calm down. I don't like letting Jace and Charlee see me made. I decided to head into town and do a little shopping.

I drove to the little shopping block that had all the little mom and pop shops. They had shops that sold candy, cigars antiques and baked goods. Each store was owned and run by who ever bought it. There wasn't any outside influences or high dollar corporates coming in and changing things all the time.

I parked my car and walked down the sidewalk. There is or was a little store owned my Mr. Dellanie. He sold comics, baseball cards and sports memorabilia. I loved going there when I was younger. But now I stand in front of an empty store.

"Hello I'm calling about the little store for sale." I said calling the number in the window.

"Hi um..... it actually just went up so if I could get your name an number I can call you back." The guy said.

"My name is Gunner Madison, but you can call my lawyer. He will be handling the perchuse. His name is Cannon Carter and his number is 800-555-5555. I will call him as soon as we are off the phone." I said.

"Yes sir, Alpha Gunner. You do know that store is pack owned. You really don't have to buy it. I have to put it up for sale by human law but it would have never sold. Or at least no money would have been exchanged." The guy said.

"Fine I want it. what happened to Mr. Dellanie? And what is your name?" I asked.

"Mr. Dallanie has passed away. He lived a long full life may he rest in peace. My name is Duncan McCarty and I handle the buy and selling of pack land. You lawyer Mr. Carter is my mate." he said all proud like.

"Nice to meet you, Mr. McCarty. I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Dellanie." I said.

"He lived until he was 178 years of age. He was happy to go." he said. Wow really.

"I want this store. Have Carter get all the information. Tell him it's for Charlee's candles." I said.

"Will do, sir. thank you." he said.

"Thank you." I said handing up.

Now that I felt better I headed back to my truck and for home. We had a big night ahead of us and I wanted to make sure I looked my best.

🐾🐾🐾🐾later that night 🐾🐾🐾🐾

"I'm telling you, you don't have to wear a tux. You'll be shifting with the pack and running with those who can shift." Logan said handing me a nice black long sleeved v neck shirt and a pair of dark blue jeans.

"If you say so babe, I just don't want them thinking I'm a slob." I said heading for the bathroom to shower.

"You'll be fine." Logan said stepping in behind me. He ran his hand up an down my back soothing my nerves. I love that he had that effect on me like that.

After a naughty shower we got out and dressed. He was wearing almost the opposite of what I was wearing. He had a white v neck shirt and light blue pants.

"Gun can I ride with Casper?" Jace asked.

"Yeah that's fine but tell Charlee to be ready." I said.

"I think she's riding with Chris." Jace said making me stop. Why chris?

"Tell her to let us know either way." Logan said saving me from having to speak.

"I will see you there, Alpha." Jace said laughing.

"Shut up and go." I said chuckling.

"He shouldn't laugh about that your wolf might get pissed." Logan said.

"Nah not at him or Charlee or you. Someone else yeah." I explained.

"I think Chris is Charlee's mate. But don't tell him that. He is so confused right now." Logan said through our link.

"I'll kill him if he is and mates her before she is old enough." I growled.

"Calm down, Alpha." Logan said laughing.

"Sorry." I said sighing.

"He can't do anything until she knows she is his mate. But their age difference is a lot closet then Jace and Casper's at least." He said.

"Four years." I said.

"Seven years." He said taking my hand and dragging me out of the bedroom.

"Hey I'm going with Chris." Charlee said as she was walking our way.

"Okay, be good." I said trying to smile.

"I will, I'm proud of you Gun." she said kissing my cheek.

"Thank you." I said hugging her tight.

"Come on lets go." Logan said smiling a cheesy smile.

We decided to run in wolf form since we didn't have the kids. I love running and can't wait to do this more often. Logan and I talked about me quitting my job and getting the store. He told me to focus on that for right now and when it's up and running I can take over paying bills and he can go to school. It sounded like a good plan.

Not many of the pack had seen my wolf and Chandler said to keep it that way because they will be shocked when they see it.

"That was fun." Logan said once we shifted and were dressed.

"I love running with you." I said kissing him on his slightly swollen lips from earlier.

"Come on before we are really late." he said taking my hand. I chuckled but followed my mate to the assembly hall.

The assembly hall was like a school lunch room or a army mess hall. The whole pack was sitting in chairs in front of a stage.

"Welcome Stone Mountain Pack. We gather tonight to welcome a new Alpha and his mate the Second Alpha. As your out going Alpha by proxy. I would like to thank all of you for being the best pack ever. I'm proud to be apart of this pack and honored to have had the chance to lead you all while we waited for Gunner Madison to over. So without further ado I would like to introduce you to your Alpha, Alpha Gunner Madison and his mate Alpha Logan Rivers." Chandler said.

The pack erupted into a fit of applause. I could feel pride in my chest an the power of the Alpha wolf was now running wildly through my veins.

"Thank you, I want to thank all of you for remaining true to the Stone Mountain Pack. My parents would be so proud of all of you. I am proud of all of you. It will be an honor to lead this pack with my mate Logan. Thank you all again." I said waving.

"Alpha Gunner and I would like to ask all of you who can shift to join us in the Alpha run. For those of you who can not shift we do this once a month so nobody will miss out on it." Logan said.

"Guys out side, ladies shift in here. Those who can't shift go to the pack house. We will be back with in the hour for dinner." I said.

Everyone cheered and did as I said. Logan and I made our way to outside to shift. Once everyone had shifted and made a circle around us I spoke to them all through the mind link.

"Once around through our territory. We will stop for a second at my parents memorial and the continue back here for dinner." I said holding my wolf head up high.

"Yes, Alpha." The pack said making my chest puff out with pride.

Logan and I took off through the trees. We stayed at a steady pace so that nobody fell behind. We still had young pups with us that had just shifted.

At my parents memorial I felt the pride they had for me coming at me in waves. I was almost in tears from all the emotions I felt while we were here.

The non-shifting pack members were waiting outside for us to come back. The fire was going and the food was all set up. It was a really good night.

Logan and I meet with every member, ate and danced. Jace an Charlee left hours before us with Chris and Casper. On the way home Logan and I took our time enjoyed our run. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

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