So I wrote this two days ago but just as I was about to hit publish my computer crashed on my and I lost the whole chapter! So sorry its been a while but here we go...
I was standing on the stage in front of most of my pack as I watched them argue over what they thought would be the better thing to do. Some were saying to go to the elders and let them deal with Will's kidnapping whilst others were saying to go in guns blazing and grab them.
Everyone was avoiding the elephant in the room, the fact that everyone could be saved if we gave up my mate but there was no way that I was going to let that happen. She was my mate and Luna and if she was to be taken then this pack would go into turmoil.
I signed as I took in my pack members, this was getting us nowhere.
"SILENCE!" I shouted getting the attention of every individual in the hall. "There is no use in us all arguing. Myself, our Luna and Beta Xavier will take your suggestions under consideration but the main reason I called you all here today was to keep you all in the loop and to give you a chance to have any of your questions answered."
I was met with silence, a clear indication that no one had any further questions regarding the matter at hand. They all knew what happened to Annabelle in her dream walk. I left it a few more seconds before announcing that the meeting was adjourned.
I sighed when the last person was out the room and turned to Annabelle to see her watching me with curious eyes. I took her into my arms, needing the comfort of my mate after such a stressful meeting.
"Are you okay?" She asked, her voice slightly muffled by my T-shirt.
I nodded before kissing her on the head and releasing her "yeah I'm okay, just stressed".
"Don't worry, it will all work itself out soon" she reassured me with confidence.
I smiled at her confidence in me as I tightened her arms around me. "I know it will, I will inform the elders as soon as we're home to get the ball rolling on the rescue plan but it's just weather we decide to organise an attack of our own that I'm thinking about."
"I don't think that's what she meant Jax" Xavier said. I looked over at him confused to find him staring at Annabelle with a frown on his face.
I looked down at Annabelle, trying to figure out what he was seeing but she had buried herself into my chest. "What does he mean Annabelle?" When she didn't answer I held her at arms length but she still wouldn't look at me, she was acting guilty for some reason.
"You can't do it Luna" Xavier continued "Jax wouldn't survive it and therefore the pack wouldn't".
"I wouldn't survive what?"
Xavier stayed quiet as he carried on looking at her and she was looking at him, almost begging him to keep his mouth shut. "What the hell are you two on about!"
When Xavier saw that Annabelle wasn't going to say anything he sighed and looked up at me. "She's thinking about taking the offer they gave her. Her in exchange for the rest of the pack."
I stayed silent for a moment, not knowing how to respond. She couldn't be that dumb could she? But one look at her guilty expression told me she was.
"YOU WHAT!" I shouted, the echo bouncing off the empty pack hall walls. "There is no way I am letting you willingly give yourself up to those monsters do you hear me? No way." I let go of Annabelles shoulders and started passing around the stage area. How could she do this to me? To us?
Annabelle sighed and took my hand into hers. "Its for the best Jax, this way no one will get hurt over me. These... people... will not only let your brother and the rest of the pack members go but also my parents. It is the least I could do after they have suffered for so long."
"No. No, no, no I am not letting you serve yourself up to them and that is the end of this conversation. Now if you all will excuse me I need to go and inform the elders of the development."
Annabelle reached out to me but I brushed her off and stormed outside. There was no way I was going to let her serve herself up on a golden platter to these people, there had to be some other way to save my brother and the rest of his trackers and I was going to find it. It was my fault that they got caught, sending them out there into the territories of potentially very dangerous wolves without backup or a clear plan of what to do if something went wrong. I was a terrible Alpha, blinded by the needs of my mate over the needs of my pack.
"Son are you okay?" My dad asked as he appeared behind me.
I laughed at his question. "Do I look alright to you? I have pack members and a brother missing on one hand and a mate who is so willing to give herself up she's willing to risk everything that we have built so far on the other. I am far from okay."
"Well for now let's just focus on one thing at a time okay? Your mate is perfectly safe at the moment, we are all keeping and eye on her so just take a breath and focus on getting your brother back okay? I will call the elders and inform them of the situation we are currently in whilst you talk to some of the pack warriors and get a plan together. We know their rough location thanks to the map so we will just sweep those areas until we find something okay?"
I sighed, nodding my head in understanding. I really needed to learn to keep my head in a stressful situation if I ever want to become as good an alpha as my father was. "Thank you dad, I really appreciate your experience and level headedness on this".
Dad smiled and clapped me on the back. "No problem, now let's get back to your mate before she starts to worry about you shall we?"
I smiled back and nodded but just as we took our first step back towards the pack hall my mum and Hannah came running out in a panic.
"What is it, what happened?" I asked as I took in their frantic state.
"It's Annabelle... shes gone" Hannah gasped as she tried to hold back her tears.
Here you go... and as always please let me know what you think in a comment or a vote. Those things really get me in the mood to write more!
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