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MARI’S MEN Lovers of Alpha Squad 1 STORMY GLENN Copyright © 2009 Chapter 1 The hike through the thick forest of the Cascade Mountains had been a long one. But they had finally reached their goal; a small encampment set in a clearing on the edge of the trees. Five battle- hardened warriors slowly inched their way toward the edge of the trees north of the small clearing. They made no sound, not even a rustle in the leaves. Theirs was a mission of secrecy. “Well, would you look at that,” Sam whispered to Cole, indicating the people standing around the firelight in the encampment. “I thought they only had the boy. Who’s the girl?” Cole stared at the young woman who seemed to be talking to the largest man in the group around the fire. He felt his body harden in response to the vision before him. He knew immediately deep down in the depths of his soul that she belonged to him, that she was made for him. The tightening of his body told him that she belonged to him as no other woman ever had. She was his mate, the other part of his soul. “She’s a brave little thing,” Sam stated as he watched the woman push the small boy behind her for protection. .
Mari’s Men 7 “She’s magnificent!” Cole said, a small hitch in his voice. Cole shook himself free of his lust induced trance at Sam’s words and focused again on what was happening in the small clearing. The woman seemed to be arguing with the leader of the group. The leader that Cole knew well. It was Yuri Nirov, one of the men on their crime watch list. The man was a thug. He belonged to no specific crime syndicate, except whoever paid the highest price. Yuri’s only cause was his own greed. As he glanced around to the other two men surrounding the campfire he recognized the others as well, Yuri’s two brothers, Oni and Sten. They were all in this together. They had kidnapped the son of a high placed diplomat who was working in Seattle, Washington with the United States government on a highly secretive peace initiative. And, it would seem the woman also. Cole concentrated on the conversation between Yuri and the woman but they were too far away to hear what was being said, but Cole didn’t think it could be good. The dark haired leader seemed to be angry with whatever the woman was saying. His arms were motioning furiously as she spoke. Cole felt a deadly rage race through his body as the man backhanded the woman, nearly throwing her to the ground. The woman turned her head back to the leader, wiping her lips by the back of her hand. She glanced down at the trail of blood on her hand and then to the leader. A smile began to form on her lips as she said something else to him. “He dies!” Cole hissed out between clenched teeth. “Well, duh!” Sam replied, a little confused as to why that was even an issue. Seeing the rigid posture of Cole’s body as he glanced over at him, a thought suddenly occurred to him. “What about the woman?” he asked. “She’s mine.” Cole growled. “So, that’s the way it is, huh,” Sam said thoughtfully, amusement clearly ringing in his voice. .
8 Stormy Glenn Cole turned his head to scowl at Sam. “Do you have a problem with this?” Cole snarled, beyond irritated. “Hell no, take the woman. But have you discussed this with Bear?” Sam laughed. Cole looked at the smirk on Sam’s face. “He knows.” And Cole meant it. Bear was in the same lust filled condition. Cole could feel it even across the field from where his brother was positioned, no doubt watching the woman as intently as he was. “There’s movement below,” whispered a man laying flat to the ground beside Cole and Sam. Both swung their gaze back to the scene in the clearing. “I don’t like this,” stated Sam, “I don’t like this at all.” They watched as the leader grabbed the young woman by her arm and began walking away from the campfire toward a small grouping of large rocks to the south of where they were hiding. The leader was quite a bit taller than the woman and was nearly dragging her behind him. Her ankle length skirt seemed to be tangling in her legs with every step she took. Cole took in the situation in a glance. “Sam, Caleb, Nick, get the boy. Bear, come with me.” Knowing his words would be followed precisely, Cole and Bear began to slowly make their way south of the camp, following the man and woman. Cole could feel several emotions surge through his body as he quietly made his way through the underbrush. There was rage at the man for hitting the woman, and a sure knowledge that he would enjoy feeling the man’s last breath leave his body. There was fear that he would not be in time to save the woman destined to be his. And there was still on overwhelming sense of hunger for the woman. Cole and Bear silently worked their way through the underbrush following the pair through the dense forest trees. As they crept forward they could see Yuri and the woman standing in a small clearing a few yards ahead. Yuri was holding a large knife in his .
Mari’s Men 9 hands, pointing it at the woman. The evil smirk on Yuri’s face sent a cold shiver down Cole’s back. “Do you agree that she is ours?” Cole asked Bear. “Do we have a choice? You know she is the one as much as I do.” “No, I guess not,” Cole sadly shook his head, “But if we take her, you know how it will be for us, for her.” Bear was silent for a moment as he contemplated the situation and what it might mean to all of them. “Do you think she will agree to what we need? Most women would not.” “Hell, Bear, I don’t know. But with the way we are both feeling right now, I’m not sure we have a choice.” Feeling his hard erection pressing almost angrily against his zipper, Bear agreed with Cole. “We can’t hurt her, Cole.” It was the thought of bringing pain to such a beautiful young woman that he couldn’t stomach. “Hell, I know that, but it won’t be easy for her, not with us. You know what we need.” Bear knew what Cole was thinking. He was thinking the very same things. She was a forever kind of woman. That he didn’t have a problem with because he was more than ready to become a forever kind of man. “Cole?” Bear asked, interrupting Cole’s thoughts. Bear knew deep down that he was being irrational, but every time he looked at the woman and her beautiful body the uncertainty intensified. “Yeah?” Cole answered. Bear was silent for a moment. “Are you sure about this, about her?” Bear could feel the sadness saturating Cole as he answered. “Yeah Bear, I am. We need her, maybe more than we’ve ever needed anyone in our lives.” Cole motioned for Bear to circle around to the other side of the small clearing, never taking his eyes off the knife in Yuri’s hand as he silently climbed into the limbs of a tree overhanging Yuri’s position. .
10 Stormy Glenn It was pure hell for him to sit silently, not moving, while a manic held a knife on the woman he was sure was their future. It was all Cole could do to sit there and wait for Bear to move into position. Yuri was waving the knife closer and closer to the woman, yelling at her. Cole only hoped they were able to get to her before Yuri did something stupid. There was no telling the monsters Yuri would release on the world if he hurt this woman. “Bear, damn it, hurry the hell up!” Cole was getting more agitated as he sat there waiting for Bear to get into position. “Keep your pantyhose on. I’m moving as fast as I can.” Cole almost snorted. “Well, move faster, damn it.” Cole knew Bear was crawling his way toward the small bunch of bushes closest to their prey. Once Bear was close enough, Cole knew he’d take Yuri out. It seemed to take forever before Bear told him he was ready. “Okay, I’m in place. How do you want this to play out?” Bear inquired. “We can’t do anything that might endanger the girl,” Cole asserted. “Well, duh, Bro. Any ideas on how we can avoid that?” Bear almost wished Cole were within strangling distance. Cole thought for a moment. “We need some sort of distraction.” Bear laughed, “Well, that would be great. However, barring a marching band walking through the forest, we’re kind of screwed here.” Cole silently glared at Bear. “Don’t you think I know that? Just give me a moment to think here.” “Well, to use one of your idiotic phrases…hurry the hell up, damn it!” Bear laughed again. Cole wanted to laugh at his brother’s attempt to defuse the stressful situation but he was too wound up. “I’m working on it. You’re not helping.” .