"I want Callie to run away with me. Run away from your duties Call and be with me. Forget Leo, he has only caused you pain. I hate to do this but you only have two options . . . Run away and live happily ever after with me, or everybody you love will die in this battle."  

    As soon as those words left Than’s mouth. Every feeling of love or acceptance that I still had for him all flew out the window.    

How could he do this to me? He used to be so level headed, the Than I used to know would never ever make me chose between me and someone’s life no matter what the other option would have been.    

I have no other choice but to go with him and leave everyone behind. But how would I know for sure that as soon as I left with him, he would order his men to stand down? They are rogues for heavens sake! They don’t have to listen to what Than says.    

I couldn’t just leave everyone, what would Queen Emmaline do? I was turning eighteen in a week and when that happens Emmaline’s responsibilities get put on to me. I become the queen but I can’t unless I am there to claim the title.    

“Callie, don’t do this,” Leo pleaded as if reading my thoughts.

    I smiled sadly at my mate. “I don’t have much of a choice Leo.” I’m not going to be held accountable for any of my people’s death because I was too stubborn to do the right thing.  

“But I’m your mate! I can’t let you leave me! What do you expect me to do without you?”

    “I don’t know Leo! We have extras of those stuffed training dummies, feel free to take one and pretend it’s me. It will be like I never left.”    

Than smirked, “Feisty, me like-y!”    

“Shut up Than!” I all but yelled at him. I just wasn’t in the mood for that kind of crap today.    

“Ok, ok. Chill,” Than said raising his hands up in surrender but the cocky smirk never left his face. “Someone’s PMS-ing.”    

My eyebrows shot up, “Excuse me?”    

He coughed quickly. “Sorry.” Damn right you are, never tell a woman that.    

“I will leave with you Than on one condition,” I started. “You will take your rogues out of the area. If they so much as breathe within a mile of this territory or any other packs territory for that matter, they have the rights to kill them on spot and come after you.”    

“Hmm, I could make that work but how will I know that in return we won’t receive any unruly attacks from you?”    

“I will order them not to, I may not be their Alpha or Queen yet but I am the successor so what I say must be taken into strong accord. If any do come though I will . . . never leave your side.”    

Than looked as if he was pondering the pros and cons of accepting or denying. He must have liked the deal because she smiled and nodded, “Fine.”    

Leo’s faced looked panicked as he tried to get me to go back on what I said, “Callie I can’t lose you!” He kept saying things over and over. Telling me to think about how I should think of everyone else, Dev, Dex and Queen Emmaline.    

“If you stay I will worship the air you breathe, kiss up to your beautiful ass, just please reconsider!”    
I sighed, as much as I tried to hate him, seeing him look so desperate made me feel bad. I was causing him this pain. But then I had to remind myself of everything he had done to me when we were going to the same high school. Cow manure, trash bins, endless bullying.