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.


4. The Benefactor

I explained everything I could to my uncle and Jordan, without giving them too much detail. My uncle knew that I was keeping something from him, but he let it slide. My uncle finally let me go, but Jordan wanted to speak with me, since my uncle sent him and the others away.

“What’s going on, Zaira?” Jordan asked as he walked me to my car.

“I have no idea Jordan. I didn’t see a thing. I made it up there after everything happened.” I replied, but still sticking with my story.

I don’t want him involved in this life. He deserves to live a normal life, unlike me.

“I just want to make sure that you’re ok.” Jordan sighed as we reached my car.

“I know. I’m glad that you care, but please don’t let that cloud your mind. I can handle myself, and I don’t want you to be worried about me, when you’re in the field.” I told him as we stood by my car.

Jordan didn’t say anything, but gave me a small smile. I returned the smile, and left to go to Scott’s. I couldn’t help this nagging feeling, and I have no idea where it’s coming from. The closer to Scott’s that I got, the worse the nagging feeling got. I’m totally confused right now, but I thing all of this is coming from Liam. I have no idea how I’m feeling this, but I guess I’ll figure out as everything starts to settle down, or somewhat settle down.

When I finally reached Scott’s, I met Stiles. We shared a look before going inside. Scott was confused about me getting there so fast, but I was worried about Liam, and I knew that the conversation that was about to happen would not be good.

“You didn’t tell your uncle about Liam did you?” Scott asked me.

“No.” I replied with a scowl.

How dare he think that I would tell my uncle about Liam? Why would I want my uncle involved more than he already is? I’m already trying to protect Jordan, and I don’t need to add my uncle to that list.

“Where is he anyway?” Stiles asked while trying to diffuse the tension.

“He’s upstairs.” was all Scott said.

“Doing what?” I asked.

“Lying down.” Scott replied, but his heart skipped.

I knew right then that he was lying to me. Scott led us to his room, and then to his bathroom. He pulled the shower curtain back, and there was Liam, taped up and completely scared out of his mind. Liam looked between us, and his eyes landed on me. He held my gaze, and the look in his eyes was begging me to help.

I felt bad for him, so I decided to help him like I promised. When I took a step to help him, Scott and Stiles both stopped me, and as Scott pulled me away, Stiles covered the bathtub back up, with Liam muffling a cry.

“What the hell Scott?” I growled as I tried to contain my anger.

“I had no other choice Zaira.” Scott replied calmly.

“No other choice. You do realize that you may have just changed his life. What if he doesn’t want this? What the hell are you going to do?” I growled.

My anger was getting harder to control because everyone was making dumbass decisions. I need to get my anger under control before I seriously hurt someone, or myself.

Scott didn’t have an answer, but Stiles thought that it was a good idea to bring Liam in the room. I felt bad for the kid, and I was trying to help him, but every time I try, Scott or Stiles stop me. Liam looked at me, and like in the bathroom, his eyes were begging me to help him. I slowly took a step toward him, and I’ll be damned if Stiles didn’t stop me, and lightly push me out of the way.

“Liam, we’re going to take the tape off your mouth. If you scream, it goes right back on. If you talk quietly, it stays off. Got it? Okay.” Stiles told Liam before ripping the tape off.

I cringed at that and it didn’t help that Liam yelped in pain.

“Okay, Liam, now you’ve seen a lot of confusing things tonight.  And more confusing things are going to happen because of the confusing things that happened tonight. Do you understand?” Stiles asked.

“Not really.” Liam replied.

“Good. That’s good.” Stiles said.

“I don’t understand either.” Scott told Stiles.

Stiles looked to me and I agreed with Scott. Nothing he said made any sense. I hope he lets me and Scott take over.

“Maybe either one of you should tell him.” Stiles said as he looked between me and Scott.

“Tell me what?” Liam questioned.

Scott and I shared a look, but I nodded for him to talk to Liam, since Liam is now technically his Beta now.

“Liam… What happened to you, what I did to you, which I had to do to save you, it’s going to change you.” Scott told Liam.

“Unless it kills you. Shouldn’t have said that.” Stiles said, while earning a glare from both me and Scott.

“What?” Liam asked scared.

“Uh… Uh-oh. Oh-oh. Is he… is he crying?” Stiles asked.

I looked over to Liam and noticed that he had his head down and he was sniffling.

“Liam, it’s okay. You’re going to be alright.” Scott tried to reassure Liam.

“You’re not going to die.” Scott tried again to calm Liam down.

“Probably not.” Stiles said.

I slapped him in that back of the head. I was tired of him tryin to help, but he was only making it worse.

“Stop it.” Scott told Stiles.

“Okay, possibly not.” Stiles tried.

“Would you just help me untie him? Liam? Are you okay?” Scott asked.

I stepped to the side because I just had this feeling that Liam was fixing to attack.

“We’re sorry about that. We’re really sorry.” Stiles apologized.

All we heard was Liam grunting, and I knew that this was fixing to get ugly.

“Liam, what the hell is your…” Stiles didn’t even get to finish that sentence because Liam smashed the chair against Scott.

Liam then pushed Stiles out of the way before running out of the room, and down the hall. I felt bad for the kid, and I hope these 2 dumbasses learned a lesson. I watched as Scott and Stiles chased after Liam, and felt bad as all 3 hit the bottom of the stairs. I laughed as I noticed that Liam had already left the house. It took Scott and Stiles as few minutes before they realized it, but when they did, they exchanged looks.

“Guess you guys don’t have a clue on what to do.” I told them before leaving.

I needed to go home because I was going to the school the next morning. I needed to get my mind clear of all of this, and school was the only thing I knew that would do that. I went straight to bed, and did my routine when I got up the next morning. As I was headed out the door, I saw Jordan getting out of his cruiser.

“Are you stalking me officer?” I asked with a laugh.

Jordan didn’t know what to say, but I thought that it was cute that he was at a loss for words.

“What can I help you with Jordan?” I asked with giggle.

“I was just making sure that you made it home last night.” Jordan finally replied.

“It’s really sweet that you drove all the way over here to check on me. It seems to me that you might like me.” I giggled.

“I… uh… that…” Jordan tried to say.

I couldn’t help the laugh that left my lips because he was so damn cute while he was flustered.

“I’m not really good at this.” Jordan said.

“I can tell. How about we go out for lunch, and we’ll go from there.” I told him.

I knew I was taking a chance, but I needed to see if this could go anywhere. I’m not to wait around on Derek. It’s time I take control over my love life.

“That sounds nice.” Jordan said with a smile.

Jordan and I went our separate ways, and I couldn’t help but squeal once I got into my car. I have a date, or at least, I think it’s a date. I guess I’ll know later on today. As I pulled into the parking lot, I watched as the freshmen came off the bus. I parked not too far from the buses, and felt bad as Liam had a meltdown in front of some dude. I watched as he ran off, and decided to follow because I knew that Scott and Stiles were headed his way.

“Liam, hey!” Scott yelled.

“We need to talk.” Stiles said.

“No, you need to back the hell up, okay? Both of you.” Liam growled to Scott and Stiles.

I was shocked that he didn’t include me in that, but I think that he knew that I did try to help him.

“Can you just listen for one second? Please? Liam… we’re brothers now.” Scott told the freshman.

I stood there in utter shock. Did he just say what I think he just said?

“What?” Liam asked confused.

“Oh, God. That’s…” Stiles started to say.

“What are you talking about? We just met and you bit me.” Liam replied.

“The bite… the bite is a gift.” Scott told him.

I slapped my forehead because that’s exactly what Derek told Scott. I can’t believe that Scott did that.

“Scott, stop. Please stop. You, you, we’re trying to help you, you little runt.” Stiles said while talking to both Scott and Liam.

For some reason, I felt the need to protect Liam. Like how an Alpha protects their Beta. What’s going on with me? I’m not Liam’s Alpha. Scott is.

“By kidnapping me?” Liam asked.

“Just to clarify, Scott kidnapped you. Okay? I aided and abetted.” Stiles replied.

“Liam, I’ve gone through this before. Something’s happening to you. Something big.” Scott said after finding his voice.

“Nothing’s happening to me. Nothing.” Liam told us while showing us his arm.

There was nothing there. It was like Scott never bit him. That could only mean one thing, and that is that he is going to become a werewolf. I left after that because I was going to lunch with Jordan. I met him at a little diner, and I was happy that he could make it.

We talked about a lot of things, and the lunch was going great. I’ve never laughed this much, even when I was with Derek. Jordan is easy going and he’s easy to talk to. After lunch, Jordan was called back into work. I was sad about that, but Jordan said that he would like to have lunch or dinner with me again. I was happy about that.

“So, I was wondering, is this a date?” Jordan asked carefully as he walked me to my car.

“I’m not sure. What would you like it to be?” I asked him.

“I was hoping it was a date.” Jordan replied.

“Then it was a date. I know this is kind of rushing things, but I really like you Jordan. I don’t know what it is, but I just… I just feel a slight pull to you.” I told him honestly.

Jordan was at a loss for words, but I didn’t miss the smile that graced his lips.

“It’s funny because I feel the same.” Jordan finally said after thinking about what he was going to say.

“So, does mean that my uncle’s favorite deputy has a girlfriend?” I giggled.

“I’m your uncle’s favorite.” Jordan repeated.

“So far, you are. He’s noticed that you don’t treat me like the others do. He sees that you respect me and you don’t hit on me every time you see me.” I told him.

Jordan smiled at that. I couldn’t help but smile back.

“To answer your question, yes, I do have a girlfriend.” Jordan said.

I smiled real big after that. I couldn’t help but hug him. Jordan chuckled but hugged me back. I told Jordan that I would talk to him later because I had to help Lydia at her lake house. Jordan nodded and told me to call him if needed. I agreed before going home to grab my bike. I never ride it anymore, and I needed to feel the wind in my face. When I got to the lake house, Scott had just got there as well. Scott nodded at me before Stiles came over and showed us a picture of the car that Liam destroyed. I was in complete shock, but I knew that there was more to the story. Kira finally pulled up with Liam, and I knew that the fun was about to begin.

“Werewolf? Werecoyote. Banshee. Fox?” Liam asked as he went around the room.

“Kitsune. But fox works.” Kira replied.

“What are you?” Liam asked me and Stiles.

“I’m a werewolf as well.” I told Liam as I showed him my eyes.

It freaked him for a second, but Liam regained his composure before looking at Stiles.

“Uh, for a little while, I was possessed by an evil spirit. It was very evil.” Stiles said.

I shuddered at that. I don’t want to remember what that was like for my cousin or for any of us. That just reminded me of all the people that we lost.

“What are you now?” Liam asked.

“Better. Um…” Stiles tried to finish the sentence, but couldn’t find the right words.

I zoned out the rest of the conversation because I knew that Liam was freaking out, until the full moon started to take its toll. I helped Scott and Kira get Liam into the boathouse. Scott got Liam chained up to the beam and I couldn’t help but look at Liam as he was out. I felt bad for the kid, and I hoped that he wouldn’t be dragged into this life, but I guess fate had other ideas. I just hope that I can keep Jordan out of this, but I don’t how much longer I can keep this secret. Maybe we can figure everything out and I won’t have to involve him.

After sitting there in complete silence, Scott started to play a slow song. I knew where this was going, and I just sat there and watched as Scott and Kira danced. All of a sudden, Liam woke up, broke the chains, ran at Scott, but went through the window instead. I stood next to Kira and Scott in shock, but when Scott and I shared a look, we knew that we had to find Liam.

I let Scott talk to Kira before we went after Liam. Scott and I went after Liam, but we weren’t haven’t any luck. I didn’t know what else to do, but I didn’t have time to say anything to Scott, because Liam came out of nowhere and attacked Scott. I didn’t know what to do, so I let Scott and Liam handle this.

“Liam… Liam, wait. Stop.” Scott tried to say to Liam.

“What did you do to me?” Liam growled as he tried to attack Scott.

“Liam…” Scott tried to say again.

“This is our fault. It’s all your fault! This is your fault!” Liam yelled as he attacked Scott.

Before Liam could get his attack through, an arrow came out of nowhere and blinded him. Liam ran off and Scott and I looked at the person who shot the arrow. Both of us were in shock when we saw Argent heading our way.

“How did you know?” Scott asked as Argent helped him up.

“I got your text.” Argent replied.

Argent gave me a smile which I returned before looking back at Scott.

“There’s a clearing just north of here. All you have to do is corral him there. The rest is taken care of.” Argent told Scott.

“What are you going to do?” Scott asked.

“He’s your Beta, Scott. The better question is what are you going to do?” Argent questioned.

“He won’t listen to me.” Scott said.

“He will if you start using your own words.” Argent said before we heard Liam scream.

“Here. Go.” Argent quietly told Scott.

Scott and I went to the clearing where Liam was. I felt so bad for the kid because he was new to all of this. I stood off to the side and let Scott talk to Liam.

“What’s happening to me?” Liam asked as he looked up at Scott.

“The same thing that happened to me.” Scott replied.

“They can’t know about this. My mom, my stepdad, I can’t do this to them again.” Liam cried.

My heart constricted at that and I knew that this had to do with more than what Scott did to him.

“What do you mean again?” Scott asked.

“I got kicked out of school and I deserved it. The way they looked at me when they saw what I did to that car…” Liam cried.

I could tell that this was bothering him, and I knew that if he didn’t get this off his chest, then everything might just explode.

“Liam, it’s okay.” Scott tried to reason.

“They can’t see me like this.” Liam said before starting to sob.

“Like a monster? You’re not a monster. You’re a werewolf. Like me.” Scott said as Liam looked up at him.

Liam glanced at me, so I went to stand next to Scott.

“You’re not alone in this Liam. We’re here to help you.” I told him as I squatted down to his level.

Liam gave me a sad smile before he hugged me. I hugged him back, and I knew right then that Liam was going to need both Scott and I or he won’t make it as a werewolf.


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