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Chapter 2

Jensen spent Jared’s first night in hospital sleeping on the small couch in his office. Well it was more like he tried to sleep but with little success besides a few moments here and there, a lot of tossing and turning and a very unneeded amount of times checking up on patient’s who really after the first six times of checking really didn’t look any different.

Katie had insisted before she left that he go home but something about leaving Jared alone in the hospital just didn’t feel right. He spent most of the night in Jared’s room, checking his wounds, the stitches, the dressings, his pain medication and the monitors and everything else that was attached to the taller man.

He spoke to Jared as best he could. There was so little that he knew of the man so he simply talked about what was happening. He told him that Chad would be back in the next day. He told him that he’d gone to the apartment they shared, because he needed to let the cops in to collect other evidence. He told him that yes he had been injured pretty badly but if he just made it through the night then he’d make it through it all.

He sat by Jared’s bed on the small padded blue seat while he spoke. He let Jared know that his parents were on their way from San Antonio and that his dogs were fine. And he told him that during the surgery, one of the assistant nurses had insisted she’d give him a hair cut while they where fixing him up.

“Don’t worry,” he chuckled “I told her no… kind of figured you liked your hair.” Jensen had said smiling, although he didn’t really know what had caused it. The nurse wasn’t particularly funny, the joke had been said in a very inappropriate time but something about the image of Jared’s hair flopping down over his face like Jensen imagined it would made him ..Happy?

When the sun rose Jensen let out a breath he didn’t know he’d been holding. Jared had made it through the night with little adjustments here and there but he had made it. After a few simple tests Jensen, as well as a few others had decided to move Jared into a ward.

After Jared had been moved Jensen returned to his office. He showered in the small bathroom and changed into a clean set of clothes. He took the small blanket from the storage closet and got about an hour of full sleep before he woke with a start, a soft knock rousing him.

“I’ll be right with you,” he called as he sat up, hand placed over his mouth to silence the yawn that escaped. He stretched out, cracking both wrists as he did so. He stood and with one glance through the open bathroom door he checked himself in the mirror, smoothed down his hair, wiped the sleep from his eyes and un-rumpled his clothes before he opened the door.

“Alpha” spoke the small blonde nurse who stared up at him. “These” she pointed gesturing her arm to the people behind her “are the Padalecki’s… Jared’s parents they wanted to speak with you.”

“Oh right” Jensen nodded pulling the door open wider. “Come on in thanks Sarah” the blonde nurse nodded then turned. Waved at the Padalecki’s and walked off into one of the corridors.

Jensen let two men and two women enter the room before he let the door shut with a click. He motioned for them to sit on the sofa, which they did. The two women in the middle with one of the men on either side of them.
They each tilted their head to the side but by the looks on their faces it seemed they didn’t even know they where doing it. “I’m Sheri,” one of the women said. She had dark hair and hazel eyes, her skin was pale in complexion and her eyes were rimmed red with past shed tears. “Jared’s mother,” she smiled slightly gesturing one hand to the man beside her. “This is my husband Jerry.”

Jensen stood taking each of their hands in a firm but gentle grip. “It’s nice to meet you” Jensen nodded. He stepped back while Sheri continued to talk

“This is my daughter Megan. Jared’s younger sister.” Jensen took the young girls hand in his and gave her what he hoped was a reassuring smile. “And this” Sheri spoke again gesturing to the man sat with his arm resting comfortably over Megan’s shoulders “is Jeff, Jared’s big brother…”
She swallowed then her eyes finally rising to meet Jensen’s just as he sat down on the chair behind his desk. “How is my son Alpha?”

Jensen took a deep breath and cleared his throat. “Well he’s not awake but we’re hopeful” he smiled. “He made it through the night with no complications and the surgery’s went well. We’ll have to wait until he wakes up to see the exact extent of the wolfs-bane.”

“Wolfs-bane?” Sheri askedm her eyes tearing up again. Jensen reached into the top drawer of his desk and pulled a box of tissues out which he handed over to her. “Thank you. I thought wolfs-bane didn’t exist anymore?”

Jensen stood then, hands clasped behind his back as he looked out the window eyes gazing down at the people and cars bellow. “Well… That’s what we thought as well” he answered, “but Jared’s attacker used a combination of it and pure silver to drug him.” He heard a sob come from behind him and took a deep breath. He hated moments like this. Talking to family members he didn’t know. Wolves that were scared and looked to him for comfort, advice and information. He hated it sometimes in situations like this.

He turned to see each member of the Padalecki family looking at him. “We heard you stayed here last night” Megan said “with Jared?”

Jensen nodded and she smiled. “Thank you Alpha… I hate the thought of him waking up alone…”

“He won’t” Jensen assured her. “Now I’m guessing you’ll be here for a while?” All four nodded.

“Jared’s apartment is far too small for you four and Chad. The police are there and from what I’ve heard it’s a bit of a mess after…” he trailed off. “I’ve arranged for you too stay in one of the pent houses near the hospital.”

“We couldn’t possibly…” Jensen raised his hand to silence Jeff’s protests

“No seriously it’s no trouble. No rent is needed, you’re welcome to stay there as long as you need to.”

“Thank you Alpha.”

“It’s no problem” Jensen told Jared’s parents. “Now would you like to see your son? I’ll be honest he looks pretty bad. There are some cuts and bruises that can’t be hidden by a blanket but remember he lived through the night and a strong wolf from what I’ve seen and heard in just a few hours, he’ll make it.”


If it wasn’t clear how much Sheri loved her son by the way she practically ran into his hospital room and straight over to his bed, it was when she kissed his forehead, took the seat beside the bed nearest his face and clasped his hand in hers as best she could. She started whispering things to him. Things Jensen could hear but decided not to listen to. It seemed like a very intimate family moment and despite Jensen being the Packs Alpha, the pack being one big family, Jared was Sheri’s pup.

When Jensen left Jared’s room he almost walked face first into Christian Kane, one of Jensen’s friends as well as his assistant.

“Jensen” Chris grinned “I know you’ve missed me but really, throwing your self on me? In a hospital? Isn’t that a bit much?”

Jensen’s eyebrow quirked as they walked through the hall back toward the elevator.

“Is it done?” Jensen asked just as they stepped through the elevator doors and Chris pushed the button to take them down to the main reception.

“Yeah. Why are you doing this Jensen? It’s not like you know the kid and I know he’s part of the pack but putting his family up in a penthouse? Ordering a guard at his door? Why?”

Jensen gave Chris a sideway’s glance. They’d known each other for years and not once had Jensen ever been lost for words around the man but now he found himself struggling to find a logical, sensible reason for his behaviour and protectiveness over Jared and his family. So he decided to try and explain it as best he could.

“They’ve hidden their scent Chris.” Jensen watched as Chris’s expression turned from curiosity to confusion then to horror.

“You mean?”

Jensen nodded. “They’ve been injecting God only knows what into themselves to do it. The fluids we found on Jared? I had a sample run last night.” At Chris’s expression he cleared his throat. “I gave the rest to the police don’t worry.”

“And?” Chris asked just as the doors to the elevator opened and they stepped out.

They were silent until they came to Jensen’s office. He unlocked the door and ushered his friend inside only speaking again when it was closed.

“And the test’s came back a few hours ago. Whoever did this isn’t exactly wolf…anymore. They’ve changed somehow and that just isn’t right. We don’t know if this is some infection or if it’s happened at their own hand but whatever it is we need to find it and fix it”

Chris sat on Jensen’s chair ignoring the look Jensen shot him completely. “At least with the change in their DNA or whatever they’ll be easy to identify right?”

Jensen shrugged but nodded. “Yeah but we don’t know if their mutation or whatever has actually stopped yet or if it’s affected Jared’s DNA in anyway…”

“Yeah” Chris nodded. “I guess” he sighed. “We’ll just have to wait and see if he you know…changes.”