About Breaking the Ice
Author: BA Tortuga
Word Count: 20000
Series: Spirit Quest
Date Published: 1/28/2020
Publisher: Turtlehat Creatives
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Mountain lion shifter Liam leaves his home in Glen Wood after knowing he’d hurt his friends too badly for them to forgive him. While he tells himself he’s a loner, the pain of missing his friends, especially a certain sarcastic raven shifter named Kell, is enough to tear Liam apart.
Kell knows he’s the one who told Liam to leave Glen Wood and never come back, so he also knows he’s the one who has to bring Liam back. Once Liam is gone, Kell knows he’s missing Liam as more than a friend, but can he bring Liam back, and fight the danger that threatens their home?
Liam watched the rain fall on the river, his chin resting on the tree limb he lay on. His tail dangled, but it didn’t matter. This side of the river had far fewer apex predators somehow. More humans to kill them off.
He blew out a sigh, making raindrops fly off his whiskers.
He was a loner, wasn’t he? So why did he miss those motley fools he called friends so much?
He knew the answer to that. He liked the bears and the damn wolves. He liked hanging out and giving food. He liked sharing his kill when he took down an elk.
Liam liked being alone, but he loved having friends.
Here he had no one.
Flexing his claws, he thought about hunting. There were deer aplenty, and smaller game flourished. He was so hungry his belly was gnawing his backbone, but he just couldn’t bother.
It just didn’t matter.
Dying wouldn’t be so bad. A little pain as he slid past another veil, and then he would be in another land, one of eternal summers and where he could look in on a certain bird with wings like night.
Without worry. Without guilt.
Without remembering those black eyes when Kell told him to go.
He sighed and closed his eyes as the snow began to fall. He hadn’t meant to make the little wolf run. He hadn’t thought, really. No one listened to him anyway, so he said whatever came to his mind.
To be honest, he’d been so fucking mad, so disappointed that the bear and wolf had mated when he’d been so careful, so determined not to hurt his raven, that he’d been mean.
He thought Kell would understand. Kell knew how it hurt. Kell knew they were called to be together.
This time, though, he’d hurt both little wolf and grizzly, and Kell had told him to leave. To go away.
He had. He’d left Glen Wood, and he was never speaking to anyone. Not ever again.
Embarrassed, angry, hurt—Liam was more self-aware than any of them thought, and he couldn’t face all that again.
Alone was better.
Even if he hated it.
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