THE ALPHAS Box Set by A.J. Winter

THE ALPHAS Box Set by A.J. Winter

Author:A.J. Winter [Winter, A.J.]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 2015-06-16T05:00:00+00:00

VII.

It was a good place and they were good people but Eddie was grateful for finally having a little privacy. ‘Maybe in a week or two when they start trusting me I’ll tell them the truth.’ He knew it was safer to keep this secret from them but it was hard to watch every step, every handshake, to make sure he didn’t do anything to give away the fact that he wasn’t like them anymore.

Matt had left as soon as Eddie was settled with the axe and the stack of logs for splitting. He was set up behind a shed on one of the unused properties, no one else was nearby, he was sure of it. He let go of his self-control and set to work. With no strain and little effort he moved through the job of setting up the logs and splitting them into pieces that would fit in furnaces and stoves. He managed four hours’ worth of work in the span of one without breaking a sweat. He wasn’t even short of breath but he was mentally kicking himself as he surveyed the neat stack of split wood that was much, much bigger than it had been when he started. “Now what?” he muttered.

He heard someone coming around the shed at a good clip and put on a show of breathing hard. Violet rounded the corner and skidded to a halt. “I’m sorry, I didn’t know anyone was working back here.”

He smiled at her. “It’s okay, I was just stopping for a break.” He sat on the dwindling pile of logs and stretched.

“You know, this job wasn’t very high on anyone’s priority list.” She glanced at him. “I mean, we won’t need the wood for another month or two and Damian has everybody gardening right now, or working on the wall.”

“It’s probably safest to give the new guy the job that is hardest to sabotage.”

“That wasn’t what I meant. I mean, I’m sure Damian wouldn’t do that.”

“Of course he would. He’s responsible for the safety of this village. He’s not going to trust me just because I say I’m a nice guy. For all he knows I could be a thief, or worse I could have been sent to dismantle your wall or open your gate in the middle of the night and …”

“Were you?”

Her voice was soft, almost shy, and it halted his rant. He stared at her. “Was I what?”

“Were you sent to sabotage us?”

He shook his head. “No, I wasn’t sent by anyone for anything. I just want to be safe.”

For a moment they just looked at each other. Violet looked away first. “They did promise us safety from wild animals and bandits here,” she said.

She looked agitated so he said, “Do you feel safe?”

He had heard the footsteps approaching so he didn’t jump when Damian came around the corner. Violet did jump but when she saw Damian she relaxed again.

“Violet,” he said mostly sounding surprised but Eddie noted concerned undertones.

She offered him a reassuring smile.



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