Mated to the PackBy: Anna Craig
Wicked Wolf Shifters 4
Cassie was falling.
Her stomach dropped with a sickening lurch as air whistled past her head. The sheer impact of having a wolf slam into her with full force was nothing compared to the sensation of gravity doing its thing on her body.
For the first time in her life, she felt light.
She also felt so shocked her fear seemed to fall away into space as well.
Trevor's howl rang in her ears, the pure horror and helplessness in it twisting her heart even as she hurtled toward the ground far below. Poor Trevor, she thought from some weirdly distant place. He'd just found her, and now he was about to lose her. Her sexy alpha sure was having a tough year.
Aliana's snarl slashed through the air, punctuated with a note of triumph.
Well, at least that bitch was going down with her. Literally.
In the next heartbeat, something sharp and really painful sliced across Cassie's leg. Aliana's snarl sounded again directly in her ear as they fell together, Cassie still tangled up with the wolf's body.
Pain, more shock, and something that felt a lot like anger flashed through Cassie. That wolf bitch had just slashed her with a claw. Still trying to hurt her, even though she was about to die anyway.
With a wrench, Aliana suddenly yanked herself back from Cassie, snarl-laughing in a kind of insane way. Her furry body tumbled off and away, flipping to the side and then down toward a ledge below the lip of the cliff.
As if she knew what she was doing. As if that fucking bitch had planned this.
How dare she.
Rage began to replace shock.
Cassie was alone in the empty air.
The cliff she'd just been shoved over pinwheeled in front of her spinning vision, alternating with wild glimpses of sky. It really was a pretty sunset, Cassie thought, again from that distant place that didn't seem to be a part of her. She knew mere seconds were passing, but it felt like a thousand years. Such a pretty, colorful sky streaked with reds and oranges and pinks, swiveling around with flashes of the cliff and the ground far below her.
Hard ground. So very far below. Ground that was going to end her life. Her brand-new, crazy but amazing life. The life that had been getting bigger, better, more interesting than she'd ever imagined her life could be. The life she was meant to share with her mate. With Trevor.
Her very life.
Something hot, sharp, and determined spiked inside her, roaring up out of a place she didn't even know she had.
You will not die.
The words were hers but not hers. They sent a blast of willpower through her, sizzling through her every nerve.
No way. No fucking way was she about to die like this. She wanted more time with her amazing new mate, with her new life, and she wasn't going to get cheated out of it. Any of it.
She was going to live. No matter what it took.
Trevor's heart stalled for a moment before it seemed to explode in a crazed rhythm of beats, pounding in his chest with the fury of a charging wild boar.
“NO!” tore out of his throat, a deep, ragged scream of agony and denial at once. He lunged for the cliff, teeth already lengthening in his mouth as the wolf in him howled for release.
Strong arms caught him, latching onto his shoulders and chest. A foot simultaneously hooked his leg to send him sprawling to the ground.
Tamsin's fingers dug hard into his skin, refusing to let him go. He sensed her wolf-enhanced strength as she held onto him, combined with what must be an adrenaline rush from her own fear giving her a momentary burst of strength powerful enough to hold him, even if only for an instant. But he was already throwing her off and struggling to his feet.
“Don't! The cliff is too high to survive a fall, even for us.” Tamsin's breath heaved in a ragged gasp. She whispered, “She's gone, Trevor. You can't save her.”
Her voice was as pain-soaked as Trevor's soul felt. Coldness draped over her tone as well, lending it a glaze of ice he knew was pure shock.
Shaking his head, Trevor wrestled himself completely free of her desperate grip. He lurched toward the cliff, despite reason telling him she was right. But his wolf refused to believe it.
His wolf would do anything to save his mate. Anything at all.
Tamsin hot on his heels, Trevor reached the cliff edge, nearly overtaken by his wolf before he got there. His sister grabbed the back of his shirt before he could careen over the edge, her fingers grasping both cloth and fur as the shift rippled over him. He snapped with involuntary reflex as his fur pinched and pulled in her hand, his teeth seeking something to bite, something to latch onto and vent his engulfing rage and sorrow.