If you got my email today, you had the chance to preview Chapter 1 of my latest release, Fate of the Alpha: Episode 3.
I hope you enjoyed it! I'm assuming you did, or else you wouldn't be here. (-:
I know some of you are dying to know what's up with Erik in Copper Creek. Which is understandable - I mean, who doesn't love Erik, right? (-;
So, I am posting Chapter 2 here, so you can get your Erik fix.
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And PLEASE, let me know in the comments what you think so far! I really loved writing this one, and I can't wait for you guys to read the whole thing! (Plus you can score your free copy of the book!)
P.S.- If you are not caught up with the series, there could be some spoilers. You've been warned!
Fate of the Alpha: Episode 3 - Chapter 2
Cold air whipped his jacket as he headed to the door. The valley acted like a tunnel. The mountains sheltered the worst of the wind, but when it hit at just the right angle, the valley magnified the force until you felt like you might blow away.
The door opened to reveal the cozy interior of the library, with its polished wooden floors and musty, old book smell. He didn’t see Bonnie but he could hear her humming softly as she puttered around in the stacks.
“Hey, Erik!” she called from behind one of the shelves. Has she heard him, smelled him? How he missed having the heightened senses of a wolf.
“Hi, Bonnie,” he replied.
She emerged from the stacks and smiled at him, her green eyes twinkling. She wore a long brown skirt and a green sweater that clung to her womanly figure and reminded him, as almost everything did, of his Ainsley.
“I found something,” he told her, looking at the books in his hands instead of ogling her curves.
“Oh, wow, you found them.” she said. “Nice work.”
Erik looked around, even though he knew they were alone. The library was silent except for the ticking of the big wall clock.
“I found something else too,” he told her, as he flipped through the pages of Native American Symbols and Meanings to find the drawings.
“What did you find?” Bonnie asked.
She moved a little too close to him. She smelled like soap and flowers.
Erik held the book open for her mutely, showing her the strange symbols Jake Miller had scrawled in its margins.
“Wow.” She let out an appreciative whistle. “What do you think that’s about?”
Her voice was pitched higher than usual. He figured she must be shocked at Jake’s behavior.
“I was hoping you might know. Have you ever seen anything like this before?” he asked.
She shrugged and shook her head.
Again, Erik had the feeling she was unnerved. But, why?
She bent her head again to study the symbols and he watched the overhead light reflect in the shining waves of her hair.
After a moment, she seemed to sense that he was studying her and she looked up and barked out a short little laugh.
“I’ll do some research, okay Erik?” she asked him, putting her hand on his upper arm lightly.
“Sure, but I want to hang onto the books a while longer,” he said, suddenly suspicious, though he couldn’t say why.
“No problem,” she answered, removed her hand from his arm to pull a cell phone out of the pocket of her skirt.
While he watched, she took a picture of the open page.
“There! Now I can look it up and you can read the book,” she smiled up at him.
The smile went all the way to her emerald green eyes this time, and he suddenly felt silly for worrying about her.
“Is there anyone in the pack who might know what this means? Anyone Jake might have shared this with?” he asked.
“All the high ranking males were in the mine,” Bonnie said, her smile gone.
“Oh,” Erik said, wishing he were a real psychologist. He couldn’t pull his Dr. Phil stuff on Bonnie.
“Wait!” she exclaimed, grabbing his bicep again.
Erik fought the instinct to flex, as he would have done to delight Ainsley, who loved his muscles.
“What is it?”
“There is someone,” Bonnie said. “Teresa Simkins, she’s the oldest member of the pack. Jake was close with her.”
“That’s great. Where is she?” Erik asked.
“She’s got a place by the river,” Bonnie said. “But, Erik, I have to tell you, she’s not all there anymore. Jake worried about her a lot. He tried to get her to live in town, but she insisted on keeping her place — even though she’s half-blind now. He used to visit her every Sunday, to check on her.”
“Do you think he would have said something to her?” Erik asked doubtfully.
“He might,” Bonnie said, biting her lip. “Teresa is… special. And of course she knows more pack history than anyone. On her good days.”
“Tomorrow’s Sunday, I’ll go talk to her then,” Erik said.
He wanted to go now. But they were sending a camera down into the mine today. So he needed to be on hand in case anything went wrong.
Erik wondered what the Federation would expect him to do if the camera showed wolves in the hole instead of men.
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