The first bursts of hunger pangs hit Chris as he was driving through the town. He was supposed to meet a friend at the square, but he decided to stop for a bite to eat while he was in the area instead. There was nothing to eat at home. They were surviving on takeaways and the occasional frozen meal. He had considered learning to cook, but if his father had caught him doing what he considered to be 'woman's work,' he would have blown a gasket and thrown a fit. He was starting to get tired of fast food. He had not realized how good his mother's cooking was until now. He didn't want to admit it, but there was a lot they took for granted when it came to Mom. He wished there was some way for him to communicate with her.But that was not an option unless he wanted to be dragged away from their territory in a body bag by his people. Jake would kill him.
He couldn't hold it against him. As a result of what he had done to Destiny and his mother... damn it, he was ashamed. And he
Roxy's vision dimmed and her throat constricted as she heard a terrible snap. Chris's body rebounded off the hood and landed on the ground, his head thudding into the concrete. Blood streamed from a wound on his head and out of his nose and mouth, and his legs flopped at odd angles. The truck slammed a parked car as it skidded out of control, bending the fender towards the tyre. The truck tried to get out of the plaza at a considerably slower pace.Roxy screamed at Destiny and dashed over to Chris. She sank to her knees slowly, her hands fluttering above his body, wanting but afraid to touch... dear god, there was so much blood and it was everywhere.Jake and Sam arrived shortly after Roxy, with Destiny standing guard over her."It's...Dad..." Chris moaned, his face twisted with misery. "It's the same vehicle... it's camouflaged... I saw it... there's a barn out back..." His eyes rolled up in his head as he exclaimed."Damn it, you're paying attention to me
Grace grasped her chest and dropped the stack of plates she had been holding. His heart was pierced with pain like a live wire. She sank to the ground, doubling over in anguish."Grace!" Before her head hit the floor, Arthur went up to her and grabbed her."What's the matter, Grace? Speak to me!" Arthur remarked.She became conscious of what had just happened as she glanced at the ceiling."David...David is dead!" she exclaimed, a deadpan expression on her face."What? How did you figure that out?""I felt it," she struggled to find the right word, "we were still linked by the mate bond. I could feel it snap. My chest continues to pain." She clenched her fists over her chest.Arthur's phone rang as though on cue. He answered the phone and then looked at Grace."David is dead," he whispered.***************Chris awoke in an unknown room as he opened his eyes. He was trying to sit up as he gazed around