Watching Melissa like that... hearing her feral growls and seeing her snap at Kito’s arm for more... Okay it was fucking scary. Kito smiled grimly at me.
“You see, Lazarus? We can’t let you stay with something like that. Had she been human, we would’ve left you alone, but we can’t let you stay with a vampire. Our blood is the best to them and once she’s finished with you, she’ll only come after us.”
“She won’t,” I shook my head, refusing to believe what he was telling me. “She’s not like that.”One of the other wolves snorted. I looked over to see that it was the one they’d called my son. I didn’t even know his name, but it was worth a shot. “Look,” I said to him, “if I’m s’posed to be your father, then you’ll trust me, right? You’ll make him listen that she won’t hurt any of you?”
He looked me right in the eye, his glare scathing, “I barely know you. Genetic relations have very little to do with trust, especially when you left us.” You poor kid. This pack have really brainwashed you, haven’t they? “But for the record, you’re definitely my father. I could never forget you.”
“Okay,” I nodded, “let’s just sort this out one thing at a time, yeah?” He shrugged, “I just want to be allowed to go, and to take Melissa with me. I’m not asking for much, just that you leave her alone. If she ever threatens to harm you, then I’ll do my best to stop her. Is that a fair enough deal?” Kito growled.
“You wouldn’t be able to stop her, not if you get attached to her,” he told me.
“I will. Since you know so goddamned much about me, you must know that I’ve killed before, and I’m more than capable of doing so again.”
He nodded once, “I also know that you let personal ties and attachments cloud your judgement, along with the drink.”
“I’m drinking less now!” I protested, “I’m really trying, okay? I want to get my life on track. It’ll never be perfect, but being around Melissa makes me happy; she was enough of a reason to try and stop drinking altogether. And if I have kids, like you say I do, then I’ll try and be a part of their lives if they want me to be, but will you just please, please let us go?”
He considered it for a moment, his dark eyes boring into me. I felt so fucking tiny next to these other wolves. He muttered something short and sharp in a language I’m not sure even exists anymore, and it sounded a lot like he was cursing. “Fine, I know when I’ve lost a battle, Lazarus. We will keep a close watch on you, though, and reserve the right to take you when we feel either we or you are in danger. After all, we must look out for our own,” he held out a hand, not looking best pleased with this compromise. I shook it and nodded. “As for Lucas and Annie, it’s up to them what they do. They’ll have nothing to do with that leech while they’re a part of this pack, though.” I nodded again, not wanting to cause an argument. A brief moment of silence passed. All eyes were on me and no one moved a muscle.
Did that mean I was okay to get Melissa and go? I moved to the door and twisted the door handle. No one stopped me, so I went through, shutting the door behind me. I took a deep breath and walked over to untie her. “Let’s get out of here.”