The heat was warm on his face and he sighed. Kendall stretched his arms back and placed them behind his head. This was his favorite place to be. The small creek that flowed past his cabin was always calm and beautiful. The tall blue grass that grew along the water’s edge swayed gently in the breeze. After all of the death and destruction of the Chosen One’s war, the peace was more than welcomed. His father would be happy, he thought. Both of them. His shifter and human fathers had both been believers in the eventual peace between the races. Granted, there were still skirmishes between a few rogue packs, but for the most part, beings lived in harmony.
The breeze blew black bangs into his eyes and carried the sound of laughter to him. He smiled.
“I thought we’d find you here,” announced Brice.
Kendall shrugged, not bothering to get up. “Can’t a cat relax after a hard day’s work?
Matthew snorted. “What hard day’s work?”
His friends sat beside him, chuckling.
“Well, then, what have you two been up to?”
“We’ve been helping Hayden with her displacement spell.” Brice threw a stone into the creek.
Kendall grinned. “Oh?”
“Yeah. That’s why we’re here. She can handle displacing both of us from one side of the clearing and back again. She’d like to add a third.”
Kendall nodded. “It’s not like me to say no to the Chosen One,” he chuckled.
“Care to rephrase that?”
He looked to the treeline and smiled as Hayden entered the clearing, her hand in her mate’s. Jasper nodded in greeting.
“One of these days, you’ll get used to being called that,” teased Kendall.
She smirked. “Not likely. You’re sure you don’t mind letting me do this? Jasper tried to help, but for some reason I can’t displace him.” She gazed up at her mate who shrugged.
“I have no idea.” His blue eyes held hers for a moment before he blinked.
Kendall watched them, slightly jealous of the fact they had found each other. It wasn’t that he wasn’t happy for them; he just wished his fating dreams would become clearer so he could find the one he was meant to be with. Of course, after ten years of having the same blurred dreams every night, he wasn’t going to get his hopes up.
“What are you thinking about so hard?” Hayden gave him a hug.
He shook his head. “Nothing. Now. Where do you want us?”
She smiled. “Why don’t you go stand by your cabin and I’ll try to move you to the other side of the creek?”
Kendall nodded and was followed by Brice and Matthew. Hayden took a deep breath to concentrate.
“Just think of the other side of the river and I’ll do the rest.”
The men stood shoulder to shoulder to help pass the energy from the spell more easily to each of them. Kendall closed his eyes, heard Hayden mumble the displacement spell under her breath, and felt the push of her magic against him. He caught his breath at the sudden feeling of falling which only lasted a second.
“Relax, chum. It’s done.” Matthew laughed as Kendall opened one eye slowly.
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