“Sure, no problem.” Alex steered her back inside. She was still a little dazed at how easily Gary had backed down. Then again a Puma, a Wolf and a Bear could easily defeat his small Pack. And when one of those shifters was not only a Marshall’s Second but a Hunter?
Yeah. One order of Gary’s ass on toast, coming up.
They went back into the store. “Cyn! Glory! I found a sheriff on the front step.
Can I keep him?” She winked at Glory, who giggled behind her hand. She ignored Alex’s low growl and Gabe’s chuckle.
Cyn stepped out of the back room. “Hey, Sheriff. Any news on the vandalism?”
“That’s why I’m here.” He took off his hat and ran his hands through his black hair. “The prints we lifted aren’t on file, either with us or with the national database.”
“Damn it.” Cyn collapsed into one of the chairs lining the walls. “That means we’ll never get him.”
“Not unless he gets arrested, no.” Gabe looked around. “Is anyone else in the store with you?”
“Nope. Mrs. H. left the back way. Said she’d left her Harley back there.”
“Fine.” Gabe eyed the two humans thoughtfully. “Know that the only reason I’m telling you this is because you know about and accepted Tabby.” Cyn frowned, Glory looked puzzled. “I’m running the prints through…other channels as well, just to make sure we’re not dealing with a shifter problem.”
“Shit.” Cyn tugged her hair. “Like Gary isn’t enough of a problem. Any way we can fingerprint him?” When Gabe shook his head, she took a deep breath and blew it out, straightened in her seat and did her best to stare a hole through Gabe. “You tell us what we need to do and we’ll do it.”
Gabe smiled. “Let us deal with it if it turns out to be shifters. I’ll let you know if anything shows up. At that point, it’s out of your hands and I’ll have to call in some backup.” He knelt down in front of Cyn. “I’m obligated to make this offer.”
“I or one of my other Pride members could change you.” He turned his head to share a look with Glory. “Either of you, or both of you. You know about us already, so it wouldn’t be too much of a hardship for either of you.”
Tabby blinked, then bit back a possessive growl. If anyone was changing her girls, it was going to be her .
“What would I be if you did?”
“That would be a really bad idea, Anderson.” Alex pointed with his chin. “At least for Glory.”
She put her hands on her hips. “And why is that?”
Tabby nodded. Alex was right. “Because Ryan would pitch a fit.”
“Who cares what Ryan thinks? I like kitties. What if I want to be a kitty?”
“Ryan Williams, as in Chloe’s brother?” Gabe stood up and studied Glory. “Right.
I’ll talk to him.” He turned back to Cyn, ignoring Glory’s gasp of outrage. “What about you?”
Tabby doubted she was the only one who heard Gabe’s unspoken question. Do you have a mate too?
His brows rose. “ Both of them?”
He crossed his arms over his chest. “Why the fuck are they unclaimed?”
“Uh, ex cuse me? Unclaimed? Like my ass is in some ratty lost-and-found bin?”
“I have a mate ?” Cyn stood, her entire body quivering. “He’s going to fucking claim me?”
“Fuck no! Who is it?”
Tabby pinched her lips together. No way was she getting in the middle of this.
Cyn’s eyes narrowed. “I know where you hide your shoes.”
“Oh, hell, not my black patent leather pumps. You bitch!”
“Hello, Wolfgirl, that’s kind of the pot calling the kettle black. Like those pumps
Glory growled. “No need to ask who thinks he owns my ass.” She began pacing, her skirts swirling in a crazy Technicolor display.
That was way better than the controlled ice Cyn was showing. “Julian thinks he can just claim me whether I like it or not?”
“No! Why do you think he’s waited, Cyn? He knows you’re not ready yet!”
Cyn’s glare turned deadly. “Does he, now?” She smiled at Gabe. “Turn me.”
“Uh… Yeah. Maybe not.” Gabe backed off, holding his hands up.
“If Julian thinks he’s going to wait to claim me until he decides I’m ready, I’ll be fucking old and gray. Put me on equal footing. Let me decide.”
Gabe’s jaw clenched. “You know this is irreversible, right? If I do this, you’ll be answerable to Max Cannon, our Alpha, and his Curana, Emma. You’ll bow before them whether you want to or not. Can you handle that?”
Cyn frowned. Some of the ice surrounding her thawed. “Emma’s cool. I’ve met her once or twice at the coffee shop. I don’t know Max.”
“There’s more than one type of shifter, Cyn.” Tabby took hold of her arm. “If you really want to do this, I could make you Wolf. Hell, I’d love to make you Wolf.”
She’d have the Pack she’d always wanted, one that loved her.
“Or I could make you Bear.” Alex shrugged when Tabby turned and growled at him. “It’s an option, but I think she needs to know exactly who and what Julian is before she makes that decision. Being the mate of a Kermode is considered an honor among my people.”
Alex sighed. “The Kermode Bears are also known as Spirit Bears. They live exclusively in Canada, somewhere near British Columbia. They have powers beyond what a normal Bear has, but there are so few of them, it’s rare to meet one. It’s unheard of to find one outside of Canada.