Author's Note- My most sincere apologies for the delay. I will be finishing this soon and hopefully "Iris" also. I'm kind of stuck on "Iris" mostly because of my work on "Nightshade II." Well, this is a sort of fluffy chapter; the more serious stuff will come next. As always, faithful readers, enjoy and let me know if you liked it.


I believe this is heaven

To no one else but me

And I'll defend it as king as I can be

Left here to linger in silence

-Sarah McLachlan


The morning after

Dante and I walked into the street. Mia was sitting on the curb sobbing. I looked at Dante who shrugged looking confused. I went to Mia and sat beside her. "What's wrong?" I asked.

"She abandoned me," Mia sobbed. "She said that she didn't need a wimp like me around."

"Sera?" I asked making my voice gentle.

"Yeah," Mia said. She looked up at me seeming surprised that I was the one comforting her. "Unity?"

"Yeah," I offered a small smile.

"I'm really sorry about before. Sera just really wanted to be leader, she's my big sister, I wanted to help."

"You didn't want to be his mate?"

"Well, Dante's really hot and everything but I couldn't handle being an alpha."

"What exactly happened?" I asked. "Why did Sera team up with Rob? How did she team up with him?"

"Kira came to her."

"Kira?" Dante asked approaching. Mia looked up at him fearfully. I gave him a look that told him to back off. He obeyed stepping back.

"Yeah, she went to our house and asked us to take her in for a few days."

"She still there?" I asked.

"Neither of them are."

"Okay, keep going."

"Well, Kira said that she had met this guy who told her that he'd take her away. Sera wanted to go along."

"Didn't you?"

"I did, they said they didn't want me." She started crying again. "They packed this morning."

"I'm confused though. Why do they want to leave?"

"He's going to make Sera his mate."

"Then what does he want with Unity?" Dante asked.

"I don't know."

"Mia," Dante said firmly.

"After he takes over he plans on having the pack hunt her down. That's what he said when he came to us this morning."

"Why?" I asked in shock.

"He did want you but he said you betrayed him."

"That's ass!" I exclaimed. "He beats me up and says that I betrayed him!" Mia looked stricken so I forced myself to calm down. "Sorry, Mia, please keep going."

Mia nodded. "He said that his parents kicked him out of the pack because of. something. I don't know."

"And.?" I probed gently.

"So he decided to find you, he said that he knew you wanted him, you'd be easy to dominate. so he could start up a new pack."

"Dominate?" I asked incredulously.

"Think about when you first came here, honey, it would have been pretty easy to dominate you," Dante told me.

"Yes. but dominate me into being his mate." I shook my head. "I just didn't think he could be like this. He was always so nice."

"'You never really know people'," Dante quoted. I looked up at him and smiled a little.

"Anything else?" I asked Mia.

"I don't think so," she said wiping away her tears.

"Mia," Dante said kneeling in front of both of us. "I'm truly sorry about what your sister did."

"You're going to kill her, aren't you?" Mia asked.

"I don't know," Dante admitted. "It's plausible though." Mia nodded fresh tears in her eyes. "Thank you, for all the information. You are a true pack member. This loyalty will not be forgotten." He kissed her cheek and stood offering both of us a hand. I took his outstretched hand but Mia didn't.

"I just want to be alone for a while."

"I understand," Dante said. We walked to Sage and Vita's house. Drake and Vita were sitting on the couch kissing.

"A-hem," Dante said causing them to jump apart.

"Oh, it's just you," Vita said with relief.

"Hey, big brother," Drake said smiling. "Have a nice night, morning, and day. `cause it sure sounded like it." Dante smacked his brother on the back of the head before sitting down.

"I have some news," Dante said.


"Unity, can tell me," Vita said taking my hand. "We'll see you boys later." She drug me into the bedroom that we shared. "How was it?"

"Vita!" I exclaimed laughing.

"Hey, I have to live vicariously so details girl!"

"You and Drake have never.?"

"No! And not for a lack of trying. Sage is just so protective. He has been since he found me."

"That was you?! I am such a doofus for not figuring that out before!"

"Yep, I'm not a full blooded `wolf. Anyhow, we can never get alone time, and the mere idea of sleeping over there would not go over well."

"What do your parents think?"

"Well, they like Drake but they don't want me to be fully mated yet either. I'm an adult, damn it! Why won't anyone treat me like one?"

"They're only looking out for you."

"I wish they'd stop it! I'm not a child. I've chosen my mate."

"I know, but there's not much you can do."

"Not much? There's nothing! I'm stuck. hey, you changed the subject!"

"Did I?" I asked innocently. She hit me with her pillow. I yelled indignantly and proceeded to retaliate. She squeaked in surprise and ducked. A spirited pillow fight ensued.

"What are you doing?" a voice at the door asked. We stood looking at the boys.

"She started it," Vita said.

"I what?" I grabbed my pillow and smacked her with it.

"Ladies," Dante said laughing. "We do have business to take care of."

"You need to relax," Drake said. Dante looked at his brother and stuck his tongue out. Drake raised an eyebrow. "You're not a very good role model."

"Bite me," Dante said.

"Boys," I said in my best imitation of Dante. "We do have business to take care of." He then stuck his tongue out at me. "Hey, don't do that unless you know how to use it."

"You mean I don't?" He looked at me in mock-horror. "My life has been a lie!"

I giggled. "Shut up."

"I think I need to prove to the lady that I do, indeed, know how to use it," he said and kissed me deeply.

"Get a room!" Drake and Vita yelled.

"We have one," Dante said. "Leave so we can use it."

"Not in my bedroom Mr. Alpha," Vita said. "I don't fancy that smell for the rest of the month."

"Guys, we better get the pack together," Drake said.

Sighing Dante agreed. "Okay, let's go."