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Zayden rolled his massive shoulders and assessed his opponent. The young cub exuded confidence, and showed off to the assembled crowd by prancing around the cage like a fucking pussy. The leopard shifter might have youth and speed on his side, but Zayden had the experience. He'd lost count of how many of these overconfident types he’d crushed in the thirty nine years since his father had sunk his dick in his mother, and then left the young human to fend for herself.
A grim smile kicked up Zayden’s lips, like it always did when he thought of his first kill. He’d tracked his sperm donor down to a rundown bar, and taken the asshole out in front of a bunch of terrified humans. Not the cleverest of things to do, and it had earned him his first—and only—spell in prison, but you could say that had been the making of him.
Folks paid highly for a man willing to take care of their problems. And there was nothing like a prison stretch to put you in touch with the right people. Zayden shrugged out of his shirt slowly, and the youngster danced up to him and poked him in the chest.
“Nice tats, man, but I’ll so own your ass tonight.”
Zayden didn’t bother to dignify that with an answer. He simply dropped his gaze to where the youngster poked his finger right into the eye socket of the skull tattoo on his chest. He had to smirk. Just like his ink depicted a bear’s head crushing a skull, this impudent cub would soon be history. Shame, really, as he was rather cute, and in another place, Zayden would have had fun shoving his cock down this boy’s throat before he reamed his ass.
For now, his bear’s warning growl made the leopard swallow before he danced away, giving a show to his audience while he stripped out of his clothes. Zayden toed his boots off and was in the process of shedding his jeans when the streak of dotted fur shot toward him. Teeth sunk into his bicep and his bear roared his fury, the animal bursting from his skin, shredding the remains of his clothes.
So, that’s why this young one had won the last few fights. He was a fucking cheat. Zayden shook the leopard off easily enough. A chunk of his flesh had sailed through the air in the process, but high on adrenaline, Zayden had hardly felt it. The crowd went wild when his huge grizzly stood on two legs and swiped the leopard away with one massive paw. Mid leap as the cub had been, he sailed through the air and bounced off the cage. With the inherent grace of his species, he twisted to land on all fours and immediately advanced again. It was almost too easy—the speed in which this idiot was trying to get himself killed.
Zayden dropped back on all fours with enough force to shake the cage, and turning, simply rammed the leopard off his feet. Claws sliced through Zayden’s fur, and blood dripped into his eyes, forcing him to shake his head to clear his vision. The other shifter hissed and snarled and Zayden stepped back, narrowly avoiding the leopard’s lunge as he tried to go for Zayden’s throat. His jaw and teeth snapped together in thin air instead, and Zayden swiped his paw underneath the shifter’s soft underbelly. Blood sprayed onto the ground as his claws sliced through fur and tendons and the leopard whined and collapsed.
It was tempting to end this now, but Zayden had been paid a lot of money to make this youngster die slowly and to give the audience a show. So that’s what they were going to get. These fights didn’t normally end in the death of the opponent, but this one would. Served the leopard right for not keeping his dick in his trousers. Sleeping with your crime boss’ mistress… that was never gonna end well.
The lady in question had already been fed to the dogs—literally—and no doubt this boy’s remains would end up in the kennels too. Zayden smirked as he circled his prey slowly. They had thought themselves in love. Zayden shook his head in disgust. Love was for fools.
Tender feelings had no place in his life. He had buried whatever tenderness there had remained in him the day he’d stood over his mother’s grave.
He parried another feeble attempt of attack from his weakening opponent, and opened up a new piece of the large cat’s body with a well-placed swipe of his paw. The shifter howled in agony, and someone in the audience was sick when the cat’s guts spilled on the floor after Zayden flicked his claws with devastating effect.
Time to end this. With a growl strong enough to shake the foundations of the cage, Zayden turned the boy over and stomped on his chest. The ribcage gave way with a satisfying crunch and the light dimmed in the cat’s eyes. Zayden looked across to the man who paid him, and when the silver-haired human put his thumb down, Zayden tore the leopard’s throat out, and ended the shifter’s misery.
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Love is for fools…
Bear shifter Zayden Reid makes his living doing what he does best—killing people. The sought after assassin doesn’t have to think twice when he’s offered a lot of money to kill the Alpha of a wolf pack, until he scents his mate.
As the Alpha of his pack Quinton Thorn is used to giving orders. He may be gay, but that doesn’t mean he’s weak, and he’ll squash any challenge to his leadership with ruthless efficiency. When the threat comes from a source he trusts, however, can he afford to give into his feelings for his mate, knowing that he’ll endanger everyone under his protection?
The mating bond cannot be denied, no matter what the consequences, and they might well kill.
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