Can't Run Away from your Destiny (Book 4)

After losing Allison, Zaira doesn't know what to do. She's growing closer to a certain deputy, and she's developed a crush on him. With a list out and assassions coming after the people she loves, Zaira is trying to keep her sanity. She's also trying to help Scott with his new Beta. Read as she tries to stay alive, help everyone out, and figure out who wants them dead.


6. Orphaned

I’m not surprised that Jordan came with my uncle because I knew that my uncle wouldn’t leave him out of the loop. I’m also not surprised that Agent McCall is here because I knew that he would be wherever my uncle is, and Scott is here, so of course he’s going to be here.

“Jordan Parrish?” Violet questioned and I didn’t like the way she said it.

“Deputy Parrish.” Jordan replied and I loved the way he put Violet in her place.

“Where’s Kira?” Scott asked Liam and I was wondering the same thing.

“She took off. Stiles told her about Lydia cracking the second part of the Dead Pool.” Liam replied.

Scott took a moment before saying, “Her mom’s on it.”

“Everyone’s on it.” Liam said.

“You’re not and neither is Zaira.” Scott told us.

I was happy that I wasn’t on the list, but I was scared since Kira’s mom is on it, and I hope that everyone is safe and sound.

“Not yet. There’s still another third, right?” Liam questioned, but Scott and I weren’t listening because we were listening to Scott’s dad.

“Thermo-cut wire’s… a very unusual weapon, Violet. Now, we’ve got a file at the bureau on something similar. Used in a dozen murders.” Agent McCall said.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about. I just go to school here.” Violet said back and I scoffed at that.

She thinks that this is funny, but she’ll get what’s coming to her.

“Maybe we should call your parents then. Oh, no… That’s right. You don’t have any parents. That’s why they call you The Orphans. We need to find her boyfriend, Garrett.” Agent McCall said while totally putting Violet in her place before turning the conversation back to my uncle.

I went home after that and the next morning, I get a phone call from Scott. He told me that he heard that his mom was three months behind on the electric bill and didn’t know what to do. I told him that I would help them in any way that I could. After I got off the phone with Scott, I got dressed, and headed to the McCall house.

Mamma McCall was surprised to see me, but when I told her that I had a surprise for her, she laughed and followed me. She was shocked as hell when I drove us to the electric company. We walked in, well mamma McCall followed me in, and I paid her bill. When the lady handed me the receipt, I handed it to mamma McCall, and her face expression was priceless.

“What? What’s going on Zaira?” Mamma McCall asked as we headed out the door.

“I heard that you needed help, and since you’re my mom, I figured that I would help you out. You’ve always been my mom and no matter what happens, you’ll always be my mom, and I’m here to help you whenever you need me.” I replied honestly.

Momma McCall was shocked that I said that, and when we reached my car, momma McCall hugged me. I hugged her back and I could tell that she was trying so hard not to cry. I took mamma McCall back home, so she could get ready for work, and then I went to get some food for Jordan and I. When I got to the station, I was shocked to see that Stiles and Lydia were there. I followed them as Jordan led us into an office. Stiles and Lydia told us that they wanted to talk to Jordan privately. I followed them because I had a feeling about what it was about.

“This is a hit list?” Jordan questioned as he looked at the Dead Pool.

“We call it a Dead Pool. Recognize any of the names?” Stiles replied.

“Yeah. The Sheriff had me run a bunch of these through the system last night. But we couldn’t find any of them.” Jordan said.

“Show him the other thing.” Stiles told Lydia.

Lydia turned the paper over in Jordan’s hands, and what Jordan and I saw, scared the hell out of us. I couldn’t believe that I was seeing his name on it.

“Okay. That’s kind of terrifying. What’s the number?” Jordan questioned confused.

“That’s how much you’re worth.” Lydia replied hesitantly.

“I’m worth five dollars?” Jordan questioned.

“Five million.” Stiles replied.

“I only make 40,000 a year. Maybe I should kill myself. I don’t get it. Why… Why am I on this?” Jordan stated.

“Honestly, that might be a question for another day. Right now, there’s still another third of the list we gotta crack.” Stiles started.

I understood then. Stiles and Lydia were trying to crack the last of the list to see if the rest of us were on it. I still can’t believe that Jordan is on the list, but I do know that I’ll die before I let anything happen to him.

“We need the third cipher key. But we need help getting it.” Lydia finished.

“From who?” Jordan asked and I wanted to slap him because the answer was obvious.

“Meredith.” Lydia replied hesitantly.

“The girl from Eichen? The last time you saw her, you almost gave her a nervous breakdown.” Jordan said as he led Stiles and Lydia to the door.

“Uh… Almost.” Lydia said back before her and Stiles left.

I didn’t know what to say or do, so I just sat food out so Jordan and I could at least eat something. I guess I didn’t know that I was shaking until Jordan hugged me from behind.

“I’m not going anywhere, and I bet that no one else knows that I’m on it, so please calm down.” Jordan told me.

I just nodded my head because I didn’t trust my voice. Jordan and I sat down, ate our lunch, and I seemed more calm now, so Jordan left to go help Stiles and Lydia, but not before giving me a quick kiss. I giggled after that, but my good mood turned sour again because Scott called and said that Garrett took Liam. I was tempted to go after Violet, but I was more concerned about Liam, so I went back to the school, and followed Scott to where he was meeting Garrett.

“Okay, what do you want? You want me to go to Stilinski? I can do that. Or I can talk to my father. He’s an FBI agent.” Scott said.

“You think I want you talking to anyone with a badge? I’m not getting help from a werewolf because I want him to talk to someone.” Garrett said.

I just stood there and said nothing because I knew that if I did, then Garrett would be dead.

“Then what am I supposed to do?” Scott asked confused.

“They are transferring Violet to a federal facility. You are not gonna let that happen.” Garrett replied.

“How?” Scott and I asked.

Scott and Garrett both looked at me, but I wanted to know just as much as Scott did.

“They’re going to put her in a car. We’re going to follow it. We get ahead of it. You stop it.” Garrett told Scott.

“You want me to attack a car? That’s your plan?” Scott asked completely bewildered.

“You’re an Alpha. If you can’t stop one little car, the one little Beta is going to die. I stabbed your boy with a blade dipped in wolfs bane. Once it gets to the heart… Bad things start to happen.” Garrett told us while showing us the blade he used on Liam.

“You bastard.” I growled before trying to attack Garrett.

Scott held me back, but he knew that he wasn’t going to be able to hold me off much long, because he knew that I protect my pack. Garrett just chuckled before walking off. Scott helped me calm down, but he knew that it wouldn’t last.

“This is not going to work.” Scott told Garrett as we were waiting on the car that held Violet, my uncle, and Scott’s dad to drive by.

“All you have to do is stop the car. I’ll take care of the rest.” Garrett told us.

I knew that this was going to end badly, but if helping Garrett will save Liam, then I’m all for it.

*Hazelle’s POV*

I followed Jordan, Stiles, and Lydia to Eichen House to see Meredith because I knew that Zaira couldn’t, and I can protect them if need be. We were waiting on this guy to open the door to her room, when another guy came up.

“What the hell are we running here? A bed and breakfast? We do not just open the door for anyone with a badge.” the guy, whose name tag said Brunski, told the guy that was trying to unlock Meredith’s door.

“We need to talk to Meredith Walker. It involves a murder investigation.” Jordan said.

“Well, you can talk to her all you want, but these two, especially that one (pointing to Stiles)… They’re outta here.” Brunski said.

I can’t believe that he overlooked me. I’m literally the same height as Jordan and I’m standing right next to him. I guess this is the guy that Zaira told me to watch for because he is crazy.

“They’re crucial witnesses in an ongoing investigation. I wouldn’t have brought them here if it wasn’t absolutely… Crucial.” Jordan said.

I knew right then that this was going to go south because Jordan hesitated at the end.

“Okay, Deputy. How about you come back with a court order, then I’ll listen.” Brunski told Jordan while getting in his face.

I almost stepped up but Brunski then moved on to Stiles, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to just stand there and say nothing.

“As for you, Mr. Stilinski, how about you come back with payment in full. That’s right. Daddy may be the Sheriff, but he’s late on the bills. I guess those government jobs aren’t as reliable as they used to be, huh?” Brunski said as he got in Stiles’ face.

I was about to say something, but Jordan beat me to it, and I wasn’t expecting what he was fixing to say.

“But they do help when you need a favor. Like, how a month ago, Canaan P.D. helped you get home after blowing 0.1 on a breathalyzer.” Jordan told Brunski with a smirk.

“No…” Stiles said with a smile.

I just stood there and tried so hard not to laugh. I’m really impressed with Jordan and I hope that he treats Zaira right because I would hate to have to mess up his pretty face.

“All right. I’m not against a little quid pro quo. Not at all. Not at all.” Brunski said as he patted the keys on Stiles’ chest, and then he walked away.

“You. You, I like you. I’m gonna keep you.” Stiles told Jordan as he handed him the keys.

I watched as Jordan unlocked the door. I gave him a nod telling him that I would watch the door, so they went in to talk to Meredith. I wouldn’t let anyone get pass me, so let’s see how this all plays out.

*Zaira’s POV*

I was sitting in the back of Garrett’s truck, listening to him and Scott talk about what he was going to do.

“There’s a stop sign half a mile ahead.” Garrett told us.

“So I take out the tires with my claws?” Scott asked confused.

“Teeth, claws, heat vision, whatever. Just stop them. You ready?” Garrett replied as we neared the car.

“Stop! Stop the car! Dad!” Scott yelled as he jumped out of the truck.

I followed after him and went to my uncle, who was pulling agent McCall out of the car. I didn’t hear any conversation that was going on around me until a Berserker killed Garrett. I stayed with my uncle while Scott went after the Berserkers, but they just knocked him out cold.

*Hazelle’s POV*

“Meredith, what do you mean you can’t tell us?” I heard Lydia ask Meredith.

I’m so glad that I’m a hybrid because I can listen in on conversations without giving myself away.

“We just need the third key. You can give it to us in numbers, letters, hieroglyphs. Whatever you want.” Stiles told Meredith.

“I can’t.” Meredith said back.

“Then why did you give us the second key?” Lydia asked.

“I wanted to help. That’s what I want to do. I want to help.” Meredith replied.

“Great. So help us now. Okay? Give us the third cipher key.” Lydia said.

“Things have changed. I… I can’t.” Meredith stuttered.

“Why not?” Stiles questioned completely confused.

“Guys, go easy on her.” Jordan told both Lydia and Stiles.

I still can’t believe that we’re here and asking Meredith for help. If Lydia is a Banshee then why can’t she figure out the third cipher key. Why does she need Meredith? I hope to find out soon.

“I’m sorry. I can’t. He… He doesn’t want me to.” Meredith said.

“He? Who’s he?” Stiles asked.

 “Meredith, who doesn’t want you to tell us the third cipher key?” Lydia questioned.

“The Benefactor.” Meredith replied.

Who the hell is the Benefactor? What the hell did I miss? I’m going to question Zaira about this later.

*Zaira’s POV*

I was waiting on Scott to wake up after being attacked by the Berserkers. I’m glad that I’m not alone in this because I have Deaton and Argent by my side. After a few more minutes, Scott finally woke up, and when he saw me, he smiled when he saw that I was okay. Argent pulled this claw type thing out of Scott and I had to hide my face because I was going to get sick.

*Hazelle’s POV*

I was still listening to the conversation going on, on the other side of the door. I’m starting to get tired, so I decided to sit on the opposite side and wait till they come out. I can’t wait to leave this place because it’s starting to give me the creeps.

“What’s his name? You could just tell us his name.” Lydia asked.

I hope they realize that Meredith isn’t going to tell them anything else. Maybe they’ll figure it out soon so we can go. The more time I spend here, the more I want to go crazy.

“Okay, you’re shaking your head. What’s that mean? Does that mean you don’t know? Or you don’t want to help us?” Stiles asked, and right then I wanted to strangle him.

“I can’t… I can’t help anymore.” Meredith stuttered.

“How do you know about him?” Lydia asked and I could tell that she was getting really annoyed.

“Guys, I think we better stop.” Jordan said.

Finally! I’m surprised he let this go on for this long. Something is off about him though, and I can’t put my finger on it.

“Meredith, a lot of people are going to die if you don’t tell us.” Lydia said as she ignored Jordan.

Damn, I really don’t like this girl. I get that she wants to save people, but this isn’t the way to do it.

“I don’t… I don’t know. I don’t know.” Meredith whimpered and I knew right then that this wasn’t good.

“Please… Meredith, it’s okay. You’re gonna be all right. Please.” Lydia tried again.

“I don’t… I don’t… I don’t know.” Meredith whimpered again.

“Meredith.” Jordan tried.

“I said, I don’t know!” Meredith hollered.

I had to cover my ears when she screamed. That girl has some powerful lungs, and now I’m not going anywhere with Lydia or Stiles again. Zaira better love me for this and she owes me big time.

*Zaira’s POV*

Scott and Argent went to go find Kate, and I went looking for Liam. We knew that Garrett had Liam stashed somewhere close, but we wasn’t sure exactly where. I’m running through the woods now, hoping to catch a scent or emotion.

“Damn it. Come on Liam, give me something.” I growled as I stopped at the top of a hill.

I continued to look until I heard a roar. It wasn’t loud, but it gave me a location. I started running toward the sound and came across an old well. Scott had beaten me to it though, because he was pulling Liam out of it.

“Thank God.” I sighed as I watched Scott and Liam have a moment.

“You’re okay, Liam. You’re okay.” I heard Scott tell Liam as he hugged Liam to him.

Liam looked up at me, and I took that as my cue to come closer to them. I hugged Liam as tight as I could because I was like Scott, I thought that we were gonna lose him. Scott and I then took Liam to Deaton, and I couldn’t help but baby Liam. What can I say? I’m too attached to the kid.

“I don’t want to keep watching people die.” I heard Scott say, and that pulled me from my thoughts.

“I’m not sure you have much choice about that.” Argent said.

“Maybe I do.” Scott said.

“That’s a lot of burden to carry, Scott.” Deaton tried to reason.

“I don’t care. No one else dies. Everyone on that list. Everyone on that Dead Pool. It doesn’t matter if they’re wendigos, or werewolves, or whatever. I’m gonna save everyone.” Scott told us.

“And you won’t be alone. I’ll be right by your side to the end. No one else dies.” I finally spoke.

Everyone looked at me, but Scott had a smile on his face. This is going to be a long year, but I do know that I will die before I let anyone else die. Now that I know that Jordan is on it, then it makes my job twice as hard because he is my boyfriend after all, but I know that I can do it. Guess we’ll see where this goes from here on out. 


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