Fate (The Angel Pack #14)

By: Maggie Walsh

Castiel Angel gave up his mate to save those he loves. Then two strangers, Shay and Kia, show up, bringing unique powers to the Angel Pack that can help them, as well as put Cass’s dark past to rest.

While on a mission from the council, fae warrior Sasha comes across a disturbing discovery. In the midst of the horror, he finds a small, terrified man who is the spitting image of one of the pack’s inner family.

Kia uses his powers to explore Cass’s past, and dark secrets are revealed. Raffy decides to take matters into his own hands, hunt down the brother who died so long ago, and make him pay for the evil he has done. But the pits of hell are no place for someone so pure of heart.

Will they be able to find Raffy before the demons of hell swallow him up? And can Cass ever move on from his own demons and grab on to his future…with his mates?

Chapter One

The field to the right lay out flat as far as the eye could see and was contrasted by the thick forest to the left. Night had fallen hours before and the almost full moon hanging high in the dark sky cast shadows along the pavement. Where there were no shadows, the road appeared to twinkle like diamonds surrounded by silver. The glow of the moon created a kind of blue haze across the barren plain. The night was still and silent with a chill in the air, but not as cold as one would expect in Pennsylvania in early December.

Small mounds of white, gray, and black snow were scattered along the roadside, hinting that snow had fallen not too long ago in the region, but not for quite a while. No sounds could be heard except for the light patter of four feet as they walked down the center of the road.

Two lithe forms moved gracefully in perfect sync side by side. Feet advancing, long, slender legs eating up the miles, hips swaying sensually, with their arms interlaced. One wore a pair of tight purple jeans, knee-high white furry boots, and a white furry coat, with the hood pulled up over their head. The other wore tight black jeans and black combat boots, with a long brown suede jacket that ended just below their ass. A dark gray knit hat on top of their head, with just a hint of jet-black and blue strands of hair peeking out of the edges.

A white sign came into view and the pair didn’t stop until they reached it. “Welcome to Sanctuary. Population 10,792,” it read.

“This is the place,” the soft voice announced happily.

“Are you sure he’s here, Shay?” the other voice asked anxiously.

“Oh, he’s here all right. Come on, Kia. Let’s not keep the man waiting any longer,” Shay answered and tightened his hold on Kia’s arm, leading him away from the sign.

The pair continued on their way down the center of the road. A slight breeze began to blow and Kia tightened the collar around his throat. “I hope it doesn’t start to snow before we get there.”

Shay lifted his head and took in a long breath through his nose. “Nope. Doesn’t smell like snow, and the sky is clear. I think we’ll be okay.”

After another twenty minutes of walking in silence, Kia cleared his throat and swallowed. Shay smiled, knowing his lover was nervous and dying to ask a million questions…again. “Just ask, Kia.”

“Are you sure he’ll welcome us?” The uncertainty in Kia’s voice was evident from the small hitch Shay could hear.

“Yes, Kia. I am very sure. When have I ever steered us wrong?”

Kia sighed, releasing a small chuckle with it. “Never.”

“Exactly. So, stop being nervous. Everything will be just fine,” Shay promised as he patted Kia’s hand, which was wrapped around his arm.

“How can you not be nervous? He has no idea who we are, what we are, or that we are even coming. All I keep seeing in my head is the man taking one look at us and running the other way.”

“Why would looking at us make him run the other way? There’s nothing wrong with the way we look. I, for one, am fucking gorgeous and absolutely fabulous. And you are to die for. You’re sexy as hell, smart, loyal, kind, brilliant, and great in bed,” Shay answered as he squeezed Kia’s arm.

“Well, you got one thing right. You are fucking gorgeous and fabulous. But me, not so much,” Kia said as his shoulders drooped.

Shay stopped immediately and looked at Kia as if he had twenty heads and purple kittens flying out of his ass. “Everything I said about you is one hundred percent truth. You know that I cannot tell a lie. You need to stop doing that to yourself and start seeing the amazing man that I see when I look at you,” Shay admonished.

Kia gave him a small smile and ducked his head. “I know you think I’m all that and a bag of chips, but I just don’t see it, Shay.”

“Fine,” Shay said abruptly and slid his arms through Kia’s again, then started walking, pulling Kia along with him. “Then I will have to tell you every day until you do.”

After another two hours of walking and the moon dipping down over the western horizon, the duo finally spotted the first signs of life in Sanctuary. A few houses began to pop up along the side of the road, and the closer they got to town, the closer the houses became. Shay and Kia stopped in the center of town, right before a pretty little park with a gazebo right in its center. The two circled, looking at all the small shops along Main Street.