Will had long since grown into a proper wolf, his bones
elongating over the years until they were large enough to support Will’s tall
frame. Will never became large, but he was lanky in a way that could easily be
used as intimidating to new pack members that didn’t yet know where their place
in the pack fell in relation to Will’s. He hadn’t seen Nico in nearly ten
years, and in that time he had almost forgotten the fairy he had stumbled upon
as a young pup. He would never be able to forget those dark eyes though. They still
haunted him on sleepless nights.
No, Will was much more focused on the affairs of his pack
and how to become a great leader. Apollo frequently mentioned how he was going
to be a leader soon, and Will needed to know how to do it right. He couldn’t let
his father down.
“Will,” his father called as he made his way into the den,
shedding off the damp clothes that he had worn during a hunt. “Just the young
Alpha I wanted to see.” This declaration on its own could be a problem, Apollo
still frequently liked to call Will a “pup”, even if Will was his oldest child
at almost two-hundred and forty moons. If Apollo was admitting to his age, then
there was something wrong.
“What is it, Father?” Will was tired and in no mood for the
games his father liked to play. Apollo liked to dance around his intentions and
avoid explicitly stating what he wanted unless it was a dire situation.
“You’re old enough now to enter into politics.” Will had to
resist the urge to snort. Apollo was a man who liked to party and be with
women. He had nearly twenty pups among many different packs. Will had been
handling his neglected politics for much longer then he would ever know. “Do
you remember when you snuck into that clearing when you were a wee pup? The clearing
of the fae?” Will would hardly call it sneaking. He and the other pups had literally
fallen into the clearing. Still, he nodded, urging his father to continue on. “The
fae are threatening war on the wolves.”
Will’s motions of changing his shirt jerked to a halt. There
has been a peace treaty between the fairies and the wolves for hundreds of
years. To threaten war by one side or the other would be to threaten the demise
of both sides. Whatever had happened to lead the fae to such drastic measures?
Will hadn’t even seen a fairy since he left Nico in that clearing all those
“I don’t suppose you remember Hades?” Will nodded. He had
been the man who had showed up and ordered Nico away. He must be the leader of
the fairies. “His wife was killed many moons ago by a wolf. He forgave it at
the time, but his daughter was killed recently by another wolf. Hades is not
one to forgive twice.” The news was shocking to Will. Who would be so rogue as
to kill a fairy? A suicidal wolf who acted alone. It was the only explanation
Will could come up with. The fae were the most deadly creatures in the forest.
No sane-minded being would purposely kill one. Especially not the wife and
daughter of the King.
“What is it you need from me, Father?” Will cut straight to
the point, noticing how, for the first time in many moons, Apollo was
completely serious in the moment.
“He has left his son in charge of the slaughter, William.
The son you met so long ago.” Apollo sat forward, his bright blue eyes
silencing anything that could possibly try to come out of Will’s throat. “I
need you to convince the Prince that our pack is not a target.”
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