Wolves of Mateo

After a prank gone wrong, Riley is left abandoned in the forest with snapping wolves approaching her from across Lake Mateo. She wakes up in the Dimera house but soon comes to learn their act of hospitality wasn't just out of kindness, but out of something much deeper and terrifying - to a mere human anyway. Werewolves live among us and Riley finds herself between two of the most powerful werewolves in Wyoming. While her heart is being torn in two, her head is telling her to do the right thing - but it's always easier said than done. Fighting in a whole new world, she must overcome the danger and settle in where she now truly belongs. Werewolf hunters, Mate claims, Alpha rivalry, and Pack wars... Welcome to Mateo, home of the Wolves. *EDITED VERSION NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON, PUBLISHED BY MOVELLAS http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01GFUK45O* {{COMMENT FOR CC SWAP}}
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14. Chapter 14

I slid down the tree without strength to hug my legs. Austin, the dark brown furred wolf, was intercepted mid-pounce and pinned to the ground by two other sandy coloured wolves who snarled and tried to clamp him down by his neck between their powerful jaws. It was like something on the animal channel on TV, something you’d only hear about or see through a screen.

I couldn’t quite believe it was real. Were they going to kill him?

The bigger looking wolf stepped forward and approached the snarling Austin still pinned by the two other wolves. It was an odd sight and sure enough, maybe if this was a regular wolf attack and I stood in safety I’d watch with curiosity. There was, however, nothing regular about this.

The larger sandy wolf began the convulsions and not seconds later stood before Austin was a tall elderly man, perhaps ages with Austin’s dad.

I cowered in fear as he began to talk, “Not your mate, huh?” The older man said, “We’ll see.”

The sandy wolves backed off from Austin, releasing him from their crushing weight. He jumped to his feet and in seconds he too was standing as a human. My cheeks reddened at the sight although I could only see the back of him. “Touren,” Austin acknowledged with a bow of his head.

Touren was the pack who refused to become allies, I recalled. The ones from the email. I listened curiously from a safe distance.

I realised this man was probably the alpha, and Touren was the name of the pack. “I got your fathers email yesterday about your pack troubles. I had some free time to come and investigate,” The older man said as he looked down on Austin from the rise in the ground.

“You have no right to investigate if you want nothing to do with us,” Austin shot back. He took a step forward which set off the two flanking wolves on either side of the alpha.

Austin stopped immediately and peered back at me. Concern was all over his face, but similarly to his, Touren’s alpha also appeared worried – something Austin perhaps couldn’t see.

“You’re not doing a very good job at hiding your secret,” the man muttered. A tiny bit of laughter escaped Touren’s mouth taunting Austin.

“You made it very clear in your reply you wanted nothing to do with us now you’ve heard I found a mate and we’re in trouble with Bancroft!” Austin fumed. He took a step forward, but that was all he dared take.

Touren was at complete ease as he took a step himself to meet Austin. The wolf to his right, however, didn’t seem pleased and began to growl. “Excuse my beta, he really needs to control his temper when talking with other packs,” he said, gesturing to the wolf. “Here we are now though. I’ve brought my beta and five of my best fighters so don’t even think of pulling something on us.”

Austin looked grim. “Wasn’t even thinking of it.”

I tried to haul myself from the ground and finally stumbled to my feet. I pinned myself to the tree and continued to watch.

“Are you going to introduce me, Austin?” Touren playfully said as his eyes met mine for a split second. His voice was free, calm, and playful but his eyes were cold, serious and down to business.

Austin remained where he stood and stiffly replied, “Riley, this is Kris, alpha of the Touren pack. Kris, this is Riley.”

Kris. The name didn’t suit him, I decided. “I was expecting a title, not just ‘Riley’. Not even a ‘This is Riley, my mate’ or ‘my mate, Riley’?” Kris said as he grew cold, “I would expected the utmost respect for future alpha-female.”

I could visibly see Austin shaking in front of me in anger. “How many times do I have to explain?” Austin yelled.

“Yeah, yeah,” Kris muttered, “how many times do you have to deny you two are mates? It’s going to take a lot more than words to convince me, Austin. Make sure you and your father remember that.”

“Don’t go telling us what to do, Kris. We really don’t need you here messing this up right now,” Austin’s shot at him.

Kris brooded closer and the other wolves let him. “If you didn’t need me here, why extend an invite?” He threateningly whispered.

Austin didn’t respond and behind the two men I stood quivering in my boots. Kris’ cold eyes met mine but a small smile ignited his lips in contrast. “Tend to your mate-,” he began to say but cut himself short, “Tend to your friend, she looks scared.” It was probably for the best that he corrected himself. It was good to see he was aware of his boundaries.

Austin peered back over his shoulder and comfortingly whispered, “You’ll be fine.”

In the distance just then I heard quickly approaching snarls. I was sure Austin heard them too.

The Dimera pack must have sensed the disturbance, I realised. Dark chocolate brown wolves very similar to Austin reached my vision just to the east. They pause abruptly and in the distance I heard Austin’s father shout, “Why, Kris, do I find you and your pack yet again on our land?”


While heading towards the Dimera house, Austin ran ahead to grab some better clothes – his previous set having been shredded upon wolf transformation. I trailed behind the rest of the party in the safe hands of familiar faces. Kris and Mr. Dimera chatted like old friends and suddenly I realised Kris’ words and actions towards Austin seemed like nothing but teasing.

It didn’t explain his refusal to help the Dimera’s though.

Kris was given clothes upon the arrival of Mr. Dimera. When we reached the house, Austin was already waiting ready to greet us at the entrance. He waved from a distance away and grinned ear-to-ear.

Quickly everyone filtered inside. Austin’s father sat behind the desk like usual and he asked Austin to pull out a chair for the guests. Kris and who I presumed was his ‘beta’ – a wolf term for a second in command - stood emotionless. Neither looked like they were enjoying themselves.

Austin obediently placed the small single chairs in front of his father’s desk and signalled for the guests to sit down with a false smile. They returned it and took their place.

Austin reached out and took my hand in his, gently pulling me behind the desk of his father. He leaned against the wall and his hand dropped mine to reach behind my lower back and hold me around the waist beside him.

Austin’s father was quick to begin and said, “Let's start with why you’re here.”

“Always down to the point,” the Touren beta laughed sourly.

Kris raised his eyebrow before answering the original question. “We came to see for ourselves, after we received your email.”

Austin’s father narrowed his eyes in suspicion. “What exactly have you come to see? Your email was pretty clear.”

“The new couple of course!” Kris cheered, “When’s the mate ceremony?” The comment visibly annoyed Austin. A deep rumble emitted from his chest.

Mr. Dimera coughed to clear the awkwardness. “As it turns out, they aren’t mates. The Bancroft pack presumed it from what they saw and it appears to have escalated. If they are or aren’t, I don’t understand how it’s such a big issue,” Mr. Dimera said.

Kris snorted. “If they aren’t mates then there’s certainty more than ‘just friends’ going on. You and I were their age once too, although quite hard to believe, I know.” Kris’ face lit up in a smile, perhaps remembering old memories. “It’s a big deal because now your pack is vulnerable. Some beef with Bancroft and a human mate for the alpha-to-be. I also heard something about a violation of wolf and pack laws…”

I felt Austin’s hand slowly slip away from my waist. As his touch and warmth faded from around me I wondered briefly about my feelings for Austin. He wasn’t a love interest, but he felt nothing like just another friend. There was something there, and I was happy to figure out what.

“We’re just friends,” Austin argued as Mr. Dimera turned to study us. He spied the retreating hand with suspicion.

Kris let it slide and sighed to himself. “Jordan, I’m sure you’ll agree that we’ve finished here. Go out back and make sure everyone is ready to leave,” Touren said, directing his Beta out the room towards the rest of his waiting men.

The beta who I now knew as Jordan got up and left the room without much room for thought.

Kris got up from his seat and smiled at us all. He turned purposely towards me and said, “Nice meeting you, Riley. I hope our next visit lasts longer.”

He was about to leave before Mr. Dimera asked, “So what’s your decision, Touren?”

Kris paused with his hand hovering over the door handle when he said, “I’ve come to no conclusion, but just know that if you’re lying to me and my pack, things won’t turn out well. We want no trouble from Bancroft.” Kris finished what he had to say and closed the door behind him. The room fell into silence.

Austin began to move the chairs that the guests sat in back to their designated place. Austin’s father spoke up moments later and said, “You two better not be anything more than friends otherwise I fear there really will be trouble this time.”

“Dad, why would we be?” Austin laughed. “Riley’s still recovering from finding out about werewolves; I doubt she wants to be involved with one.”

Austin was nice and charming… When he wanted to be, I thought. When he was in what I liked to refer to as ‘Wolf Mode’, well, that was a different matter. The latter of the two I wouldn’t date with a ten foot pole, despite them being the same person. He had the capabilities to snap in seconds and that’s what I feared most.

“What he said,” I confirmed. For now.

Austin’s dad nodded, pleased with our answers. “Good.”



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