Read Alpha Asher [by Jane Doe] – “I want to see Sean first.” I frowned, my eyes flickering to
the mess in the fighting ring.
“Of course.” Tristan’s velvety voice caressed my skin, but did nothing to erase the disgust burning in my
The fighting ring was cleaned quickly, not a trace of blood lingered on the white floor. Some people in
the small crowd grimaced or mumbled angrily over the loss of their money. It was unnerving how these
people could watch such brutality.
My heart leaped in my stomach as two more men were pushed onto the stage. Sean’s face came into
view, looking haggard yet defiant. One of his eyes had been blackened and looked to be slowly healing.
His lip was split, a thick line of blood running down the center. From the angry glint in his eye, Sean had
not been broken by these Vampires.
“What’s your price?” I spoke without thinking, but I couldn’t bring myself to care. My heart thundered in
my chest at the sight of Sean. His skin was pale from lack of sunlight, the hair on his head d***y and
unruly. “What do you want for him?”
“What I want—is you.” Tristan breathed, his voice calm and his eyes steady on me. My eyes snapped
over to Tristan, reading the sincerity in his eyes. Tristan wouldn’t budge, that much was clear.
“Name something else.” Alpha Asher snapped, anger seeping into his eyes.
“A life for a life. Lola for Sean.” Tristan murmured, his eyes burning into my own. He hadn’t spared an
ounce of his attention, placing it all on me. “Is your brother worth your own life? How far would you truly
Alpha Asher stiffened, his anger rolling in waves through the mind-link. I could feel Breyona and Mason
tense as they heard our conversation through the mind-link. Tristan’s words replayed in my head,
bouncing between the six of us.
‘Don’t you dare, Lola.’ Alpha Asher snarled through the mind-link, sensing my hesitation.
I wanted to deny I had even contemplated it, but I couldn’t. I hadn’t the time to properly mourn my Mom’s
d***h, but I refused to mourn Sean’s. I refused to let him suffer because of what I am. Alpha Asher could
sense how far I was truly willing to go.
‘Breyona, we could use that distraction now.’ Alpha Asher growled through the mind-link. I stifled the
surprise that crossed onto my face, wondering what Alpha Asher had planned.
‘Alright, give me a minute.’ Breyona huffed, leaping into action. ‘Stall him or something.’
“Why do you want me?” I stared at Tristan, my gaze hard and unyielding. ‘Is it because of my father?”
If Tristan was surprised, it didn’t show. His lips simply turned up in a mischievous grin, his seafoam eyes
“I thought someone was listening in on us.” Tristan chuckled, before leaning in. “Messing with the
shadows already? I hope you’re a fast learner.”
“I didn’t bring myself there.” I scoffed, shaking my head. “For whatever reason your King wanted me to
Tristan’s eyes conveyed nothing, not even the smallest trace of lingering emotion.
“Vampire’s choose their own mates. From the moment I met you, I knew you were mine. This was before
I learned of your—heritage.” Tristan murmured, his voice a silky whisper. “You had felt it then as well. I
looked into your mind, saw your desire for me.”
Tristan had successfully taken my mind off of the fight, gaining all of my attention. Guilt swarmed me as I
had forgotten about my brother in those short moments. Sean and the human had lunged at one another.
Steady fists and heightened speed gave my brother the advantage against the average sized human.
“You were just some hot guy in a club.” I muttered, my eyes filling with anger.
“Your words lie, but your thoughts do not.” Tristan murmured, and I fought against his intense gaze. “I
know what you feel for me. I feel the pull as well.”
Deny, deny, deny.
Tristan would never know the full extent of my longing for him, the irritating pull in my veins whenever I
thought of his face. I would hide that from the world, accepting the discomfort and pain before I told
anyone the truth. Alpha Asher chased those emotions away, dulled the part of me that longed for Tristan.
A silver dagger clattered onto the fighting ring. My wide eyes met Tristan’s; a sly smile had already
formed on his face.
“Even the odds?” Tristan questioned, his voice light and caressing.
Sean and the human scrambled for the knife. I found myself leaning forward, anticipation and fear
suffocating me. Just as Sean’s hand wrapped around the hilt of the dagger, an explosion sounded.
All at once everything went to h**l. Fire alarms blared in unity; sprinklers spewed water onto everything
below. Those watching stood in surprise, hair slick as the water rained down.
‘Get Sean and get out.’ Breyona hissed, her words clipped.
Alpha Asher pulled the two of us to our feet, lunging at Tristan without hesitation. Tristan had been much
faster than I thought, on his feet as Alpha Asher made contact.
‘Get Sean!’ Alpha Asher snapped, knocking me from my daze. ‘Carter and Wade, get your asses in
‘On our way.’ Carter’s voice was laced with excitement. ‘Wait till you see what Breyona did.’
If it weren’t for the fight ahead, I would’ve laughed at the comment.
I ran towards the back of the room, heading to the door that led back stage. The room had erupted into
chaos, thick black smoke seeping in through the doors. The smell of burning wood filled the room, and I
wondered what Breyona had decided to do.
As I threw open the backstage door, someone heavy knocked me to the floor.
Sean’s scent filled my nose, along with the tang of fresh blood. His eyes were wide but burned with
determination. The silver cuff still sat on his wrist, silencing his wolf and searing his skin. The silver knife
was clutched in his hand, a d***h grip around its hilt.
The doors slammed open, swinging shut with a deafening slam. The smell of burning wood and plastic
was stronger, as was the smoke lingering in the air. Carter and Wade barreled into the room; their eyes
set on the Vampires who crouched menacingly. Some of the crowd had left, filtering out of the club at the
first sign of danger. Others stayed behind, their eyes shining with anger as they looked between Alpha
Asher and I. Sean pulled the two of us from the floor his arms holding me in a d***h grip that lasted for
just a moment.
Chaos ensued as two Vampire’s headed for Sean and I, only to be stopped by Carter and Wade. Tristan
had gotten away from Alpha Asher, barking out an order. Alpha Asher was on his feet, a whirl wind of
snarls and blows. Tristan was skilled, almost matching Alpha Asher in his own blows. My heart
thundered; my eyes torn between who to help.
Carter and Wade were beginning to shift, their nails lengthening as they cut down Vampires. The ones
who fell were quickly replaced, soon overwhelming Carter and Wade. I knew they could handle their
own, but their opponents had every ounce of their attention.
A Vampire lunged at Sean, who darted to the side with the silver blade slick in his hand.
“Leave Lola untouched.” Tristan murmured, his pale eyes once again burning into my own.
Alpha Asher was fending off three Vampires, ones who had quickly arrived after Tristan’s order. A
Vampire lunged at me, a holder man with greying hair and dark eyes. Instead of tearing into my skin, his
large hands wrapped around my own. Anger and strength surged through me, expelling through every
blow I made. My knee slammed into his gut, knocking him back and ripping his hands from my body.
Tristan had left the room while I was distracted, a dozen Vampire’s to take his place. All at once I took in
the severity of the situation, my heart a thudding rapidly in my chest. Alpha Asher was overwhelmed,
sweat gleaming on his forehead, and a look of fury in his eyes. Four Vampire’s surrounded him, four
surrounded Carter and Wade. Sean was fighting two at a time, his eyes bright and alert. Another two
were making their way over to me, the same cold glint in their eyes.
A cold sweat broke out over my skin, more thick smoke poured into the back of the warehouse and the
water continued raining down. The harsh air burned the back of my lungs, the scent nearly
‘You’re running out of time’ Breyona’s voice hissed in my mind, a faint afterthought as I looked around
Fear scattered along my skin; my eyes locked on Alpha Asher. The Vampires had brought him to his
knees. Their d**d littered the ground at Alpha Asher’s feet, countless Vampire’s had died at his hands.
Everything seemed to slow, that familiar icy caress sliding over my skin.
‘Lola, don’t–’ Maya’s voice was cut short as I called out to the shadows.
Ice lapped across my skin, Maya’s words fading from my mind. I had promised myself I wouldn’t use the
shadows again, but there was no way we were winning this fight. They had known we were coming, had
prepared for it all along. They had the numbers, overwhelming us easily. If I didn’t act fast Alpha Asher
would lose his life, followed by Carter and Wade. Desperation rushed through me. For once, I didn’t have
to wonder how far I would go.
‘Save him.’ I hissed, feeling the icy tendrils lap at my skin. ‘Save Alpha Asher and get rid of these
‘The price is steep–’ The disembodied voice slithered into my mind, ‘A life for a life.’
Its voice circled my mind, stirring my thoughts violently. I knew what it was asking, what it wanted from
me. What scared me the most was how easy the decision was. My life for Alpha Asher’s, a worthy trade.
Every intimate moment between Alpha Asher and I flashed through my mind, igniting a comfortable
flutter in my stomach. My feelings for Alpha Asher had changed since I had met him, a fact I had been
trying to ignore. As I realized the lengths I would go to for Alpha Asher, it wasn’t a hard decision to make.
‘I don’t care.’ I breathed, ‘I accept.’
A cunning icy breeze caressed my mind, as though they were thanking me. One by one each of the
Vampire’s stiffened, their glassy eyes rolling in the backs of their heads. Each fell to the ground, a loud
thud against the wooden floor. Somehow, I knew they were still alive, simply incapacitated for the time
being. I could see the shadows flit from Vampire to Vampire, each collapsing to the floor in its wake.
I locked eyes with Alpha Asher, for once his emotions were written plain on his face. I could taste his fury
and feel his concern. He could see the gathering darkness behind me, and could only assume what I had
given it in return.
My own eyes widened as the icy voice slithered into my mind, its words sending me to my knees.
‘You would give your life, Princess?’ They hissed, slithering around in my head. ‘You do not get to