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Xed Nesles didn’t expect to have been kidnapped for his hacking abilities, but when one of his parents is murdered in front of him and his family is taken hostage, he knew that he needed to play along until they could be rescued. When freedom finally came, one of his rescuers turned out to be his mate. Now, what was he supposed to do? His life was in shambles and his family needed him. He didn’t have time for a mate.
Xed Nesles had been sleeping soundly when the front door of the home he shared with his family was blown open. His Seron had run over to his youngest brother’s room, while he ran to his middle brother. His Takar ran downstairs. He could hear shouting, and then a scream of pain. He knew it was his Takar who made that scream as he recognized his voice.
He heard the stomping boots of men running up the stairs, Xed tried to protect his brother as best he could, but Yasids was scared. He may have been thirteen and thought he was tough, but this was beyond anything they had ever dealt with. Even he was scared, and he was twenty-two.
“Get your hands up,” the men dressed in black yelled at them. They ran into all the rooms, screaming at everyone.
“Please, he’s just a kid,” Xed said. “We don’t have any weapons.” He stood there with his arms around his brother, who was shaking and trying hard not to show his fear.
He was small by Danzaith standards, standing at only six feet, with black hair and green eyes. Yasids was as tall as he was, and he was only thirteen, so he’d taken a lot of teasing and abuse growing up for his size.
This was why he preferred to stick with comms instead of people.
They weren’t assholes like these guys who were hurting his family.
Everyone was roughly pushed down the stairs, including his Seron and his eight-year-old brother, Roddir. There they found their Takar on his knees with another man standing behind him. He was holding his Takar by his hair and had put some type of collar on him. Xed had heard about them, so he knew it was stopping his Takar from shifting to his drosk. What scared him the most was the gun in the man’s hand.
“It’s so nice to finally meet you, Xed Nesles,” the man said.
“Who are you?” Xed shakily asked. “Why are you doing this?”
“I’m doing this because you are about to come work for me. We’ll be taking your family with us, in order to ensure your co-operation.” He waved his gun around at his brothers, causing them to cry out. “As for who I am, that isn’t important. All that you need to concern yourself with is doing as you’re told. We know just how smart you are, and what you can do with a comms, so you will now be working for us, getting the information we tell you to get.”
He stopped moving around and looked right at Xed, the look in his eyes chilling him.
“In order to gain your co-operation, here is a demonstration of what happens if you don’t do as you’re told.”
He lifted the gun and shot his Takar in the head, killing him.
Xed’s life changed that night.