Wolf on a Mission:Salvation Pack, Book 6(119)

By: N.J. Walters

Even here he felt like an outsider.

“When are we leaving?” His twin stepped up beside him. Sage wasn’t surprised by Reece’s question. They always knew what the other was thinking.

“Soon.” He smiled as his uncle lifted Sue into his arms and swung her in circles. Her laughter washed over him. Jacque plucked Sue from Uncle Elias’s arms and hugged her before passing her on to Gator. So it went until the women surrounded Sue. Uncle Elias frowned until Jacque slapped him on the back and whispered something in his ear. Then he gave the alpha a wolfish grin.

Sage figured he was better off not knowing what was said.

Billy ran up to Elias, and his new stepfather lifted him and sat the boy on his shoulders.

Sage took a deep breath. “I’m going alone.” Those three words were like a knife to his gut, but they were necessary. He didn’t need to look at his brother to know he’d hurt him. Deeply.

“No, you’re not,” Reece told him.

Sage faced his twin. “I’m not going yet, but soon. Maybe after the house is finished. Maybe in the spring.” He raked his fingers though his hair and tried to find the words to make his brother understand. “I need to find myself. I’m a wolf, but I’m not one. I don’t fit.”

“You fit with me.” The fierceness of his brother’s words relieved some of Sage’s pain, but not all of it.

“I know.” He cupped the back of his brother’s neck and eased him forward until their foreheads touched. “You’re holding yourself back because of me.”

“That’s not true.” Reece pulled back and glared at him.

His brother’s ferocious reaction made Sage smile. “It is. You don’t want me to feel left out or left behind. It’s not you, it’s me.”

“I don’t like it.” Reece shook his head. “It’s not happening, so put it out of your head.”

Uncle Elias came toward them with Billy still on his shoulders and Sue tucked under his arm. Sage put aside his future plans to concentrate on the moment. “Congratulations, Aunt Sue.”

Sue laughed and a pretty blush spread across her cheeks. She hugged both him and Reece. “What do you think about the plan for the new house?” she asked.

She’d already asked them that a dozen times since yesterday. Sage knew she was concerned about both him and Reece feeling at home. She’d been mothering them since the first moment she’d met him and his twin. And it was obvious how she felt about Uncle Elias. She was a full human, but she’d given up the life she’d known for him. She also accepted him for what he was and had allowed his uncle to mark her.

Sage wondered if he’d ever find a woman like her for himself.

“I like it just fine,” he assured her. “It’s going to be a great house. Let’s go get some cake.” He held out his arms to Billy, who practically leapt from Uncle Elias’s shoulders. Sage snagged him and headed toward the main house for the celebration.

Reece stalked alongside them. “We’re both staying right here,” his twin muttered.

Sage didn’t bother to respond. His brother might not want to admit it, but Sage knew he was right. He didn’t want to leave his twin, his new family or the pack, but there would come a time when he knew he’d have to.

But that time wasn’t now. Now was a time of celebration.