Chapter 35

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Dante immediately stood up, picking Jade up with him, and moved toward the door, fumbling with the handle as he tried to kiss her as he also maneuvered out of her room, down the hall and into his own room, holding her in his arms, her legs wrapped around his waist.

"Why are we in here?" she asked, somewhat amused at Dante's choice to move rooms.

"I don't know" he said to her, as he walked toward the bed, with her still in his arms, legs wrapped around his waist, and arms around his neck. "I just like it in here."

Dante then laid Jade gently on the bed, and began kissing her again. He raised her arms above her head, and ran his fingers down them until his hands found her waist. She then arched up toward him, as his lips found their way down her neck. Then his hands took her shirt, and lifted it up over her head. Jade then grabbed at his waist, and lifted his shirt, pulling it over his head, and ran her fingers down his back.

"By the goddess, you are perfect in every way" he shuddered, as he continued to kiss her, caressing her body with his hands, their bodies humming together in perfect rhythm. The mate bond coursed between them, strengthening their connection to each other, as they poured their souls into each other, releasing their fears and insecurities, and becoming like one.

"I love you, Jade" Dante said, as he rolled over next to her, panting and catching his breath.

"I love you too, Dante" she whispered, as she curled up next to him, and she closed her eyes, feeling safe and content.

"Jade" Dante said quietly, as he held her in his arms, a serious tone in his voice. "I need to talk to you about something."

"What is it?" she asked, lifting her head up and resting her chin on his chest, as she looked into his eyes.

"It's about why I had to talk to the Council" and he paused for a moment before continuing. "And it's about your old pack."

Jade sat up immediately and looked at him questioningly. "What does the council have to do with my old pack?" she asked nervously.

"What do you actually know about what I do, and my role with the Council?" he asked her, not sure where to begin.

"Well" she began, a little blush coloring her face, "just the rumors I'd heard over the last few years before we were attacked. That you were essentially a violent killing machine, the Enforcer for the Council, killing at their bidding."

"Is that what you think of me?" he asked, losing focus of his original intent for the conversation.

"I did, when I first met you." She replied honestly. "I had no reason to think otherwise."

"And now?" he asked, looking at her with concern in his eyes.

"Now, I see you as an amazing Alpha and leader. Someone who loves their pack, and would do anything to protect them."

Dante pulled her into his arms after she finished speaking. "I'm so glad you aren't afraid of me anymore" he said. "But I do still work for the Council, and I have killed at their bidding." Jade tensed a little in response to what he just said.

"Why are you telling me this, and what does this have to do with my old pack?"

"One of my jobs, working for the council is to help maintain order among the packs. I have the whole western region in my charge, and it's part of my job to keep the peace, enforce discipline and maintain order. Your pack being attacked has been one of my greatest failures, and ever since it happened, I have been investigating and trying to figure out what happened and trying to prevent anything like that from ever happening again. At the charge of the Council, my pack was responsible for capturing all the rogues involved and punishing accordingly. We found the rogues, and those who had participated in the killing, were immediately put to death. But I always felt that there was more. I never believed that it was just a random rogue attack. It was too organized, the killings took place at the pack house, which is almost unheard of in rogue attacks, and it felt like someone inside of your pack had to have been involved, and maybe even another attack.

Jade took a deep breath. She had always felt that there was more to it as well. She believed there was something behind the attacks, but she didn't know why or how.

"Did you discover something?" she asked, with a nervousness, not sure how ready she was to hear the answer.

Dante took a deep sigh before responding. "I believe that your Uncle George was the inside person who helped to facilitate the entire thing. I'm sorry Jade, but everything I've found seems to point to him being involved."

Jade's lip quivered, and her eyes filled with tears. "Do you know why? Were you able to find out any reason for it?"

"Not directly" Dante said, "but it seems as though he may have expected to be able to take over the pack, and it may have just been about power and control."

"It makes sense that it could have been him," Jade responded as she brushed away her tears. "He always wanted to be my father's Beta, but my father just couldn't bring himself to appoint him in that role. That night had been my mother's birthday party. Uncle George was in charge of the guest list, so he could have gotten anyone onto pack grounds that he wanted. The guards wouldn't have let rogues onto the territory, but it would make sense that he could have had help from another pack and included them on the list. There were lots of guests from other packs in attendance that night."

"I'm sorry Jade, I'm sorry that you're having to re-live this, but I'm going to figure it out, and I'm going to bring the guilty to justice" he promised.

"So why did you meet with the Council, and what did they say?" she asked.

"I met with the Council to discuss my suspicions about your uncle and to confirm their support in pursuing that line of investigation. They agreed with my findings, and I will be meeting with your Uncle in two days to find out whatever additional information I can about who else was involved, and will also be charging him with pack treason, insurrection and murder."

"I want to go with you" Jade said with determination.

"No, absolutely not!" Dante said to her firmly.

"I have a right to be there! He destroyed my family and my life, I need to face him!" Jade demanded, with fire in her eyes.

"You will get that chance, he will be brought back here and held in our cells until his trial before the Council."

"I still want to go, I want to be there."

"Jade," Dante said, "It's almost certainly going to be a trap. We're pretty sure he's planning to ambush us once we get there, so we have very specific plans in place to ensure we take him without casualties, but I can't do that, if you are there. I can't knowingly bring you into such a volatile and dangerous situation."

"Will you let me speak to him when you bring him back?" she requested, her eyes flashing and her wolf still pushing to the front.

"Yes" Dante responded hesitantly, "but only when I'm with you."

"Fine" Jade said, still upset that she wouldn't be able to go with him.

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