Read Alpha Killian [by Jane Doe] Chapter 39
I knew something was wrong the moment I came into the pack house.
Everything looked exactly the same as l left it, and yet something was still picking at me.
It was like a hole had begun forming in my chest and I hadn’t noticed it yet.
“Do you smell that?” Titan’s voice called out in my head.
I lifted my nose to the air and stiffened as the smell of fresh blood registered in my mind.
Not just fresh blood; Claire’s blood.
The night she tried to end her life, the smell of her blood seared itself into my head. I couldn’t forget the smell even if I tried. As Claire actively went to therapy and improved, my fear for her life had diminished. She had become happy with me and the life she had finally claimed.
Titan’s strength and speed slammed into me, and I bolted up the stairs. I couldn’t place my finger on what was worse, having Claire kidnapped or smelling her fresh blood and wondering if I was too late.
It was like the mate bond processed what I saw for me, and deemed everything besides Claire irrelevant.
The only thing that mattered was Claire.
She was on the floor, a pool of blood surrounding her. The blood looked so dark compared to her porcelain skin. Claire had always been fair skinned, but this time she looked almost translucent. She looked like a sheet of white paper that had been dipped in water.
I could feel and hear Titan’s howl of absolute agony as he looked down at our little mate. Titan completely became unraveled at the sight before him. He couldn’t decide if he wanted to rip through me and find who hurt her, or retreat to the back of my mind and drown in his sorrow.
I held myself together for the moment. Claire’s unconscious face was now seared into my mind, and I knew I’d never be able to forget this moment. The faint thudding of Claire’s heart forced me to stay strong and work fast.
“I need a pack doctor to my bedroom. Now!” My voice echoed across the entire pack. I could feel the surprise from each member as my hostility, fear, and desperation reached them.
One of the pack doctors voice’s rang through my head, “On my way, Alpha.”
I dropped to my knees in front of Claire, tuning out the rest of the room. The only thing that mattered at the moment was Claire.
I turned her on her back and paled at the sight of the silver dagger protruding from her abdomen. I ripped my shirt from my body without a second thought, balling it up as I removed the dagger from her body.
While it would’ve been smarter to leave it in, the silver would only kill her faster.
I pressed my shirt against her wound tightly, holding my breath as her chest continued to rise and fall.
Conflicting emotions battered and bruised me. I felt such hatred towards myself for leaving Claire, but I was determined to find Damien for her. I had promised not to leave her side, but l wanted to be the one to bring Damien to her. I needed to be the one who made sure she had her closure.
I lost track of time. It could have been hours or minutes. I counted the slow beats of her heart and my fear only grew at the thought of it stopping. I sucked in a sharp breath as someone’s hand touched my shoulder. My initial reaction was to disembowel the person touching me.
“Alpha, you did the right thing. You need to let go now.” The pack doctor leaned down as he looked over Claire.
I could feel other people behind me, but I still hadn’t registered the rest of the room.
“Shit! Kira!” I could hear the panic in Travis’s voice and in the back of my mind I wondered what else had happened.
The pack doctor went to lift Claire’s shirt up, and I couldn’t hold back the growl that tore through my chest.
“Alpha, I have to see the wound.” The pack doctor spoke cautiously.
I clenched my jaw and let him work. Now wasn’t the time to let my instincts or jealousy take over, Claire’s life hung in the balance. He barked orders to some of the other people in the room and they rushed forward to lift Claire.
“Where are you taking her?” I growled. “Is she going to be okay?”
The questions spewed from my mouth without hesitation. I looked down into the pale face of my little mate. I didn’t feel like the big bad Blood Alpha everyone knew me as. I felt weak and helpless as I looked into the face of my mate.
“Alpha, you helped stop the bleeding. If you had gotten here any later she’d be dead. I can’t guarantee anything, but I will do everything in my power to save her.” The pack doctor’s words ate at me and I closed my eyes to fight the urge to kill him.
“Go!” I commanded him, along with the men who held Claire’s body. “I will be there shortly.”
I felt another piece of me shrivel and die as I forced myself to stay here. I needed to figure out what the hell happened. How could someone have gotten so close to her?
If they stayed any longer, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to control myself.
Only when they left was I able to stop and scan the rest of the room.
All of my belongings were in order, nothing was ransacked. The entire room had looked exactly the way I left it.
The window against the far wall was shattered, and a small amount of blood trailed from the window. Whoever had done this, somehow escaped from the window. My feet pushed me closer and landing stuck my head out and looked down. A pipe ran down the side of the house, and would be perfect to climb down if you needed to make a hasty escape.
My eyes trailed down to Travis, who was bent over his mate.
I felt dead on my feet as I turned from the window and walked over to Travis, and I fell to my knee’s at Kira’s unconscious body.
“She’s alive.” Travis seemed to be repeating this to himself. He sounded like a man on the brink of madness. I recognized the tone and sympathized with him. I had sounded the same.
Travis turned Kira’s head and removed a vial of blue liquid from her neck. The needle that had pierced her skin was long and glinting maliciously.
“It’s just wolfs bane.” Travis let out a sharp breath.
“Why kill Claire and not the others?” found myself asking no one in particular.
I tried to understand how someone managed to get into the pack house to begin with, and instantly thought back to when I found Claire.
She said something about a sister, but I hadn’t paid any mind to what she said. She was starving, dehydrated, and suffering from wolfs bane.
Titan roared to life in my mind, slewing a string of insults and curses my way. I paid him no mind, I held enough hatred for myself without the help of Titan. I had single handedly caused the death of my little mate.
“She’s not dead yet.” Titan growled, “Fix this, Killian. Don’t let these fuckers get away with it.”
I promised myself and Titan that no matter what happened, anyone involved would suffer a painful death.
“They didn’t have enough time.” Travis whispered. I felt envious of Travis as he looked down on his mate, relief clouding his features as he watched her breathe.
“Claire said something about a sister.” | wasn’t sure why I was telling him. Travis and I had never been close before, and that hadn’t changed over the months.
Our eyes locked on eachother and traveled the rest of the room, stopping when we caught sight of another body.
“Maria.” Her name left my lips as l registered the identity of the other body on the floor.