Hello loviessss! Its been a while but there are a few things I would like to say. I will no longer be offering deals to update sooner. I have recieved serveral PMs and reviews saying that it is "childish" and how much they hate it when authors do that so I will not do it anymore. From now on, there will be a monthly update until school ends. MAYBE I'll do it on special occasions like my birthday or St. Patricks day etc but it will remain the same until I say otherwise. When school ends, I'm hoping I'll be able to pull off a weekly or bi-weekly update system.

Sorry, I really am but I refuse to be bashed every time I ask for a little something back. I need advice, tips and people's opinions in things to help me become a better writer. At The Office has got over 15,000 views and barely 1% of you guys comment...That's just really sad.

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-M. Vanderbilt

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Chapter 8

After being thoroughly embarrassed at work, I was happy to leave. Apparently everyone in the office knew about Auden and I's...relationship? I wasn't sure what we were but everyone knew about it. I don't know what was more embarrassing, having them all stare at me and snigger or have Auden not be ashamed of it. I had dinner at Jasper's and it went well, I was so high off of Auden's words at lunch I didn't dwell on Ryan being angry at me. Jasper and Tyler did ask me what I was so happy about but I only told them that I had a good day at work. So overall I had a good day. I pulled up to my apartment and dialed Ryan's number. I grabbed my purse and bag of leftovers from dinner and got out. It rang a couple of times before going to voicemail. I stopped walking and sighed.

"Hey Ry, I know your mad at me because there is something I've been keeping from you but I really wasn't sure how to tell you. When you stop being mad at me I'll tell you everything. I love you Ry." I hung up and stuffed the phone in my purse. I'll call Auden when I get in the apartment.

"Well wasn't that just heart warming," a voice said as I walked onto the sidewalk. I stopped walking and turned to see Felix puffing a cigarette. But unlike earlier, he had about six guys with him. "How was your day Gabriella?" his voice was calm in an eerie creepy way that made my skin crawl. I suddenly got the gut feeling something was going to happen so I told myself to stay calm. Panicking only made it worse.

"My day was f-fine," I cursed at myself for stuttering. "How about yourself?" I ask casually turning to face him completely as he stomped out his cigarette looking me up and down like he did earlier.

"Would've been better if that boyfriend of yours hadn't voided the deal we had," Felix's face went hard.

"I'm sorry I wasn't aware you had some type of agreement with him. It was nice seeing you though," I smiled weakly and started to walk towards the building.

"Not so fast," One of the guys said grabbing my arm. I took my other hand and shoved the heel of my hand up against his nose and kneed him in the balls as hard as I could. I tried to run but one of them grabbed me by the waist. I screamed and struggled as my bags hit the found. Of course this is the one night the thugs aren't hanging out in front of my building. I elbowed the guy in the face, he dropped me and I fell in heap to the ground. I started to crawl away but another guy grabbed my foot dragged me back with the pavement scratching my face and I started kicking furiously, my shoes falling off in the process. I was pulled to stand up and I attempted to escape again but not before a punch was landed on my face. I felt my jaw dislocate but instead of screaming I pulled my fist back and punched the tall guy in the gut as hard as I could. He didn't double over he just punched my stomach and I doubled over. He slapped me and I fell to the ground in tears. I spit out the blood on my mouth and groaned.

"What do we do with her?" one asked as my vision blurred with tears that I didn't to shed.

"Knock her out," Felix said and I felt one last punch before being engulfed in darkness.

Auden's POV

As soon as I got home I hopped on the computer and the phone to find the perfect car for my princess. I knew she wasn't into SUV's so I stayed away from them but I know she like black cars. I looked for a couple of hours before I found the perfect car. It was super classy and she would look amazing driving it. I ordered it with all the special features and got it black on black. I showed the boys and they approved so I gave them my credit card number and paid extra for it to be delivered in the next two days. It was expensive but she was worth it.

When I left the office I went to the living room. Davie was showing all the guys my beautiful mates body from lunch earlier today and I was pissed at how much they all like it. All the comments about about her being "the saint and a sinner" or some other dumb shit like that. Drake said the "stripper and the librarian" and I would've lost it if Saul hadn't held me back. I had called her when she was having dinner with her brothers and Tess and demanded her to call me when she got home but that was twenty minutes ago. It only takes about fifteen minutes to get home from Jasper's to her house.

"Chill dude. Maybe there was some traffic," Davie said stuffing his mouth with chips an so shook my head.

"Somethings off, I can feel it," I looked at my phone for the hundredth time. Another ten minutes passed and anxiety over took me. What if she was in a car accident?

"Just call her already!" Davie said exasperated and I dialed her number at the speed of lightly. It rang a couple of times before it picked up.

"Hey princess where are you?" I asked desperate to hear her voice. Instead there was a deep chuckle.

"Sorry but your princess isn't here," I immediately recognized the voice as Felix and I growled.

"Where is she? What have you done with her?" I stood up shouting through the phone.

"Oh I haven't done much yet, only knocked her out," the guys growled hearing the conversation and leaned in closer, "but let me tell you she's one hell of a fighter, broke one of my guys nose."

"Why'd you take her Felix?! She knows nothing about our world or our agreement!" I yelled.

"That's not my problem, you didn't do as we agreed!" He yelled back.

"Neither did you! How am I supposed to give you the money of you didn't even get rid of the problem."

"I don't know but I've got a new problem now," I heard a chorus of laughter followed by a scream which had to be Gabi's. I started pacing the floor. My wolf was going crazy."Your girl happens to be wearing black lace and that's my favorite color."

"Don't touch her!" I snarled knocking over an end table.

"I'll do what I want until you give me the money." There was another shrill scream and the hairs on the back of my neck followed by a crashing noise.

"What are you doing to her!?"

"Oh nothing but I do think one of my guys might've gone wolf and told her about you so cats out the bag," he said playfully and I growled.

"Let me speak to her!" I demanded. "NOW!"

"Okay Auden," he said. There was some shuffling on on the other end before I heard her whimper.

"H-Hello?" Her voice was shaky and quiet making my heart shatter.

"Hey princess it's me. Are you okay?"

"I-I'm okay," she replied

"Have they hurt you?"

"Y-Yeah I went h-home and they were outside my apartment building. I-I tried to be cordial and I f-fought as much as I c-could but they k-knocked me out," I heard her sniffle.

"Don't worry baby, I'm going to find you I promise!"

"I-I believe you. C-Call the phone company," she whispered.

"What?"

"Call the phone company and say the phone wa-"

"Enough!" Felix shouted and I heard the sound of a slap before he got back on. I roared punching the wall.

"Don't put your hands on her!"

"Tomorrow. 2pm at Willows peak. Double up the money." The line went dead. I looked down at the phone before glancing around the room and saw some very angry boys.

"Let's get this mother fucker," Drake said growling.

"Tell everyone their Luna's gone missing," Davie told Romeo who left the room immediately. As much as I wanted to make a plan, all I thought about was holding her in my arms again. To tell her I loved her and I wouldn't leave her. That I would protect her and give her everything she ever asked for. Give her a whole bunch of kids and being the man she wanted and needed me to be. Everyone was silently waiting for me to do something. I raked my hands through my hair. My baby was gone. She was gone. And I had to get her back.

"Send a group to see if they can catch the scent and send some patrols everywhere in the territory." I told Davie and he nodded, leaving the room. Everyone went crazy when they found out Gabi was missing. The pack quickly piled into the main house offering to help out in anyway possible. I gave a few orders to keep everyone busy and out of my hair. Saul followed me into the office where we sat for hours trying to figure out where they were. All of Felix's normal spots where cleaned with bleach and hadn't been used for months. They could only smell her around her apartment building until they hit the woods where must've covered the scent and their foot prints. We even called around asking people where Felix has been living recently and all the places they told us hadn't been lived in for months. It was like the disappeared off the face of the fucking earth. It wasn't like we didn't have the money, we did but theres no way I'm paying him double, not after he took my mate. I glanced at the clock and it read a little passed midnight. My mom was rubbing my back while my dad paced the room and the others deep in thought. The elders and the highest ranked were in there strategizing. Where could they be? And what is doing to her? What if he hurts her?

"I got it!" Saul said standing up and we all turned to look at him. "You've got a smart mate," he smiled at me and I looked at him confused.

"Huh?" I said dumbly.

"She said to call the phone company. At first I didn't understand but then I thought about it a little more. And the point to calling them is she wants us to report the phone as stolen because iPhones have a special warranty allowing you to gps track it."

"So if we call the company-" Davie started.

"They can tell us where the phone is, pinpointing Felix's location," Saul smiled like he the mastermind he was and I ran to the phone. I rummaged through the drawers looking for the number for the company. I was talking to some teenage kid who said it was too late to be tracking a phone. I cursed and yelled at him before my dad took over, telling me to sit down. He offered the boy a couple hundred bucks and he finally have us the location.

"Get all our best men, we're leaving now," I demanded standing up, ready to leave the room.

"Alpha there's some people here to see you," Jacob said and I sighed exasperated, I need to find her. Now. Tyler, Tess, Jasper and Ryan walked in. Oh fuck, this isn't going to be good. Everyone stared at them as the entered the office. They were worried, it was written all over their faces Tess looked like she's been crying.

"Have you seen Gabi? We've been calling her for hours and it goes to voicemail so we went to her apartment and she's not there," Tyler said as Tess sobbed quietly.

"It's not like her to just disappear," Ryan said shaking his head. I looked at his face and damn did he look terrible. He had dark circles and bags under his eyes the size of china. "I think it may have something to do with," he coughed, "what happened the other morning because she called and left a message and I called her back not even fifteen minutes and she didn't answer."

**Be honest, my dad said**

"Your sister was taken," I said bluntly and Tess sobbed harder.

"Why would she be taken?! She never did anything to anyone," Tyler said angry.

"Now that's my fault. I had a deal with someone, they didn't do their part so I don't give them the money so he took her and is asking for a trade, double the money." I sighed.

"How much?" Jasper asked

"$6 million," I said and they nodded.

"That's nothing, we can pay half of it if you don't have the mon-" Tess started

"Oh we have the money," Davie said. "But that mother fucker isn't getting it."

"So whats your plan then? Let her sit there and die?!" Ryan yelled and I twitched trying to reign on my wolf. To my wolf, Ryan was challenging him but I knew he wasn't, he didn't even know I was a wolf and he was just really upset.

"We're going to get her," Saul said putting a hand on my shoulder.

"This is your fault!" Ryan shouted pointing at me. I gripped the edge of my chair. Keep it together Auden, I told myself. "If you had just paid the money by now and stopped pretending to care about her then she wou-" I lost it. I was about to jump across the desk but Davie, Drake and Saul held me back.

"DON'T YOU EVER SAY I DON'T CARE ABOUT GABI!" I growled struggling against the three of them.

"Calm down son," my mother said but all I saw was red. How could possibly imply that I don't care about my mate? My other half?

"SHE MEANS EVERYTHING TO ME RYAN AND IF YOU SWALLOWED YOUR GOD DAMN PRIDE AND LET HER TELL YOU EVERYTHING, YOU'D KNOW THAT!"

"You don't know anything about Gabi Auden," he scoffed and I growled.

"I know that you left her to cry all day Sunday by herself and fall apart. Guess who put her back together Ryan? It sure as hell wasn't you," I snarled but stopped struggling against their grip.

"What the hell are you guys talking about?" Tyler asked and I looked at Tess who gave me a small nod.

"Your sister and I have been seeing each other," I said shrugging the guys off.

"WHAT?!" Tyler and Jasper said in unison.

"Relax," Tess said rolling her eyes.

"You knew?!" Jasper said and she nodded. "Why didn't you tell me?"

"It's wasn't my business to tell," she stated simply shrugging.

"I'm going to rip you apart limb from limb," Tyler said shaking from anger and he did look pretty damn scary as he stepped closer to my desk but I didn't move away. I was alpha and he would learn his place. "No one touches our sister. Ever." The three of them ganged up on me out of anger and Tess smiled.

"I guarantee you if either of you touch him, she will never forgive you," Tess said and they stopped turning to look at her.

"What makes you say that?" Jasper asked.

"None of you have heard her talk about him, he means a whole heck of a lot to her," Tess said making me smile for the first time on hours. She cared about me? My wolf howled with pleasure.

"Why shouldn't we?" Tyler said.

"He got her taken away!" Ryan yelled throwing up his arms dramatically.

"Because he makes her happy," Tess said quietly making them go silent and stare at me. I gave her a bright smile and sat down in my chair

"Why wouldn't she tell us?" Jasper wondered quietly.

"What would you guys have done if she told you?" Tess said.

"Cut off his genitalia," they said in unison making all of us laugh, brightening the mood a bit.

"Well that's why she didn't tell you guys," Tess explained.

"Yeah but why wouldn't she tell me?" Ryan asked and Tess rolled her eyes.

"Because you would've gone ape shit if she told you she was banging her boss," she said. My dad and a few others chuckled.

"But we tell each oth-"

"Just shut up Ryan," Tess waves her hand dismissively at him, "Gabi has a right to privacy like everyone else and she doesn't need you to be there telling her whether you approve of everything she does and doesn't do."

"I know that you guys don't like it but you sister means everything to me. Everything. And as cheesy as it sounds I need her more than I need air and I'm going to get her, with or without your approval." I stood up and they were deep in thought. Jasper spoke first,

"No, we don't like it but if you make her happy, then that's all that matters," he shook my hand followed by Tyler and I walked out without getting the approval from Ryan. But part of me didn't care, I missed my princess and I'll be damned if Ryan's going to keep her from me. My mom said she would give them rooms for the night so they wouldn't have to go back and forth.

"You handled that well," my dad said putting a hand on my shoulder stopping my stride. I turned around to face him and he gave me a small smile. "Like a true alpha."

"Thanks dad," I said.

"Now let's go get your mate back," he jumped shifting mid air and I followed behind him shredding my clothes in the process.

**We sent someone out already and they said they are all inside a warehouse, only about 60 of them, Romeo said**

**Oh well we could easily take them, my dad said**

**Any sign of Gabriella? Drake asked**

**Yeah they said she was chained up with a couple of dudes watching her, not touching her or anything, Romeo said**

**He's dumb for a kidnapper, Saul chuckled**

**What do you mean? Davie asked**

**I mean he's only a fifteen minute run away and he didn't even bring a lot of men with him, Saul said**

**Okay so this should be an easy slaughter** I took off in the direction of Felix's whereabouts and let out a howl eventually they all joined in. Everyone followed after me, keeping pace as we sprinted through the woods. Being wolf helped some of the stress relax. It was still there but I relaxed a bit, knowing it was going to be an easy job. When we arrived we creeped slowly around the building and climbed up some junk to look in one of the windows. I gasped. All the men were sitting around in a semi-circle with beers watching my baby dance. In her bra and underwear. What the fuck? I growled looking at the huge bruises on her body and the fact she was practically naked, dancing like that.

**She's beautiful son, my dad said**

**Damn, Romeo said** and I growled at him. **My bad Auden** I jumped down from the pile and followed Jacob around to the door. Me and Davie easily knocked down the door and all them men stood up surprised and shocked. Before they could even say a thing, we hopped into action. They changed into wolfs and the battle begun. Instead of making it bloody, all I did was snap necks. The boys had other ideas but I didn't need Gabi to be frightened of me. Plus it was easier to clean up. I moved through the men easily, stepping over dead bodies towards Gabi who was crouched in a corner shaking wildly. Her eyes were squeezed shut and she was curled into a ball, hugging her knees. I walked over slowly and when I got about two feet away her eyes snapped open. But she didn't look scared of me. She stared at me with wide eyes for a minute and I whimpered.

"A-Auden?" She stuttered and I whined bowing my head trying to tell her it was me. But how'd she know? She gave me a small weak smile and reached out her hand, "It's the eyes." Her hands and voice automatically soothed the tension on my body. I closes my eyes leaning into her touch purring with pleasure. Then I was tackled to the ground, knocking the wind out of me. I quickly got up on my feet and faced Felix. I growled viciously standing in front of Gabi protectively. He lunged at me and we tumbled into a few chairs breaking them. I ended up on top and went for his neck but missed. We got up and circled each other again and he jumped at me again but not before I caught his neck in my mouth. He kicked and struggled, trying to pry me off him without prevail. I bit down breaking his neck easily and he slumped in my grip. I tossed him aside and looked around for Gabi. She was fighting a younger looking boy who wasn't in wolf form and she was winning. She punched his nose and blood flowed down his face and he clutched his nose, howling in pain. Then she grabbed his hair and slammed his head into the wall, the crack of his skull echoed throughout the room making the fighting crease to a stop. I watched amazed as he slumped to the ground, unmoving. How'd she do that? Another guy grabbed her from the behind and she struggled. I was about to help her but someone held me back. I looked and it was my dad.

**Watch, he told everyone** I turned my eyes back up towards her as she grabbed him flipping him over her body and he slammed into the ground on his back. He groaned but swiped his legs making her hit the ground painfully. I growled as he got up and straddled her. He punched her a numerous times and she yelled out in pain. I roared but my dad held my back again. This was torture and my wolf was going crazy. She did some type of martial arts move and got him off her and she landed a few good punches on his abdomen. I watched as she stood up weakly and positioned him on his knees. He elbowed her one hard but she didn't show any sign of pain, she glared at the back of his his before snapping his neck in one swift movement, like she'd done it many times before. When he hit the ground she started to fall and I sprinted to catch her, changing forms. I caught her and She was bloodied and bruised all over. My heart ached at the sight of her.

"We already sent for cars," Davie said and I nodded staring at Gabi.

"Stay with me Gabi. We'll be home soon okay?" I said and she nodded.

"But I'm tried," her eyes started to shut and I panicked.

"No please don't close your eyes princess! I need you to keep talking to me," she gave me a weak smile.

"Tell Ryan I'm sorry," her voice faded and eyes close.

"NO!" I shouted and shook a little. "Gabi please don't close your eyes!"

"It's okay Auden, her hearts still beating," Saul told me and I put my fingers against her neck feeling her pulse going steady. "She just needs rest, it'll help her heal faster." I nodded and held her closer to me.

"She's going to make one hell of a Luna," my dad came and sat by me and everyone gathered around. "I mean if she fights like that when she's human wait until she turns." Gabi curled her body more into me and I pushed the hair away from her face. There were bruises on both sides of her face and her nose looked dislocated. I rested my hand on the side of her beautiful face, cupping her bruises cheek and kissed her lips gently.

"Everything will be okay baby, I promises you that. I'll make everything okay again," I kissed her forehead. "I love you."

My dad gave me some clothes which I put on in lightening speed is that I could hold Gabi. My wolf didn't trust her with anyone for long amounts of time. I put a big shirt on Gabi, covering her body. I let davie and Saul take control because I couldn't focus on anything but her let alone give orders. When the cars came I sat in the backseat with Davie and Saul sat up front with my dad driving. They were talking about something but I wasn't paying attention. When we pulled up to the house, everyone was outside. Oh god. I opened the door and stepped out with Gabi in my arms. There were whispers traveling through the crowd and they parted as we walked through. I didn't look at anyone or say anything. The murmurs didn't stop as we walked into the house.

"Someone get the doctor!" Davie demanded making everyone scurry off.

"Omigosh!" Tess sobbed looking at Gabi's body.

"What are you doing?! We need to get her to the hospital!" Ryan shouted and I pushed past him.

"We have a doctor coming here," my father said and I walked into my room. I set her down on the bed gently and climbed up, positioning her so she was in my arms cradled like a baby. I kissed her forehead and stared down at her face. Davie told Jasper, Tyler, Ryan and Tess what happened leaving out the werewolf part but they stayed gathered around the bed while I held her, waiting for the doctor. Gabi's eyes cracked open slowly and she stared up at me.

"It h-hurts," she whimpered and I cringed at the sound of her pain filled voice.

"I know baby, the doctors coming," I brushed some hair from her face. "Is there anything I can do for you?" her hands came up and she grabbed my face firmly planting her lips on mine. It was a slow kiss but I was worried about hurting her and didn't take it too far but she had other plans. Her tongue grazed my bottom lip and I couldn't resist so I let her in, submitting for the first time in my life. The soft stroking of her tongue calmed my worries yet caused my heart to beat a little faster. She pulled away dropped her hands tiredly.

"Thank you for saving me," she whispered but it was silent so everyone could easily hear her croaky voice.

"You didn't think I'd come for you?" I stroked the side of her face.

"There was no doubt in my mind that you'd come for me," she smiled weakly. I kissed her one more time tenderly.

"I love you," I whispered as sleep started to take over her.

"I know," her eyes closed and she was silent for a minute before saying, "I love you too." And she was gone leaving my heart pumping a mile a minute. The pack doctor rushed in and shoved everyone out of the room except for me. But not without a fight. I sat on a chair while he worked his magic. Well not literally.

"She's got a few broken ribs, her nose and jaw have been dislocated but she must've reset her jaw on her own. Bruises are everywhere but there isn't anything serious other than the ribs, sprained wrist and a few fractured fingers," he said injecting something in her arm.

"What's that?" I asked.

"Vicodin, it's a human painkiller and should work like a charm," He pulled out another syringe, "This is a werewolf healing drug to help the process along. She'll probably be out for a couple of days though, she's got a lot of bruises. Give her a sponge bath and I'll go get her an IV since she'll be sleep for a while, she'll need all the nutrients she can get." After I gave her a sponge bath, Davie came in with comfortable clothes for her to wear. When she was all cleaned up and hooked up to the IV, the doctor let her family back in. I was tucking the blankets around her body as the came in and sat down.

"What did the doctor say?" Tyler asked moving to sit on the edge of the bed.

"A few broken ribs, fracture fingers, and a sprained wrist. Her jaw was dislocated but she reset it and he reset her nose," I said holding her bandaged hand and kissing it. "He said she might be sleeping for a few days so her body could heal itself." Tyler nodded.

"Okay, she's going to be okay right?" Tess asked and I nodded.

"Okay well we felt like they left some stuff out when they were telling is about what happened," Ryan said.

"Yes, they did leave stuff out," I confirmed turning to look at all of them. I think they deserved to know.

"Are you going to tell us?" Jasper asked and I thought about it.

"Not yet. when Gabi wakes up, I'll ask her of she wants to tell you guys and if she does, so be it," I said and they seemed reluctant to agree.

"So you have a secret?" Tyler asked me and I nodded. "And it has to do with all these people living in one house?" I smiled and nodded again "Gabi already knows?"

"Yes, she knows," I looked back at Gabi's sleeping figure. Even all bruised up, she is still effortlessly beautiful.

"And she accepts it?" Ryan asked doubtfully and I glanced his way. He still didn't like me.

"Yes, she does and there's something else I would like to discuss with all of you," I turned the chair towards all of them just as the door opened and my parents, Davie and Saul appeared. My mother rushed to her bedside cooing at her like she was a baby. Then she turned to look at me.

"Have you eaten anything?" she asked.

"No mom, I will later," I sighed and she nodded. "So I was thinking Gabi should move in with me and liv-"

"HELL NO!" Ryan shouted standoff.

"Be quiet or you'll wake her!" Tess hissed.

"No," Tyler said shaking his head and Jasper agreed.

"You've only known each other for a week! I think moving in would be going too fast," Ryan declared crossing his arms looking furious and I fought the urge to roll my eyes. Over dramatic.

"I think she'd be better protected here then cling in her apartment on that side of town," I said.

"Nope, not happening," Jasper said crossing his arms.

"More protected?" Ryan scoffed, "This wouldn't have happened in the first place!"

"You think I don't know that Ryan?! You think I'm not hating myself for letting this happen to her?"

"That sounds rich coming from you Ryan," Tess spoke up for the first time.

"What are you talking about Tess?" He asked exasperated and she chuckled.

"You know exactly what I'm talking about Ryan! You ripped her heart out saying you didn't trust her and all because you were jealous!"

"That's not true! I was not jealous!"

"Yes, you are Ryan and you always have been. You always get threatened whenever another guy comes in her life because your scared they might make her happier than you do. And guess what Ryan? He does make her happy so for once can you just let her be?" By the end of her rant she was yelling at him and once again, I am extremely impressed my Tess. She was a good friend for Gabi. They all argued against me for a good fifteen minutes before Tess finally stood up. "I think we should let Gabi decide when she gets up. Meanwhile I'm going to bed. Goodnight," she said ending the conversation. We'd let her decide.


Oh there was some major Ryan/Auden action! How many out there wanted Ryan to get clawed in the face? Oh and how about Tess putting Ryan in his place? Who would've guessed that Gabi could kick butt?! Aww and what about that cute "I love you" moment? Let me know what you think honey bun!

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