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Kurt had the latest reports spread out in front of him covering every inch of his desk. His best friend, the new Lead Council guard Clint Price, had more in his lap across from him.
â€œFive chapters,â€ Clint murmured.
Kurt glanced up at him before darting a look over to the map theyâ€™d placed on one wall. The five chapters of the Church for Humanity were marked with a big red X.
There was a chapter close to their location. Too close for Kurtâ€™s comfort since Clint had been taken by a couple of members of the Church only weeks ago.
The people directly involved had been arrested and the others members denied any involvement in Clintâ€™s kidnapping.
Kurt was certain the entire Church was still up to no good, and with law enforcementâ€™s hands being tied, Kurt had to watch out for his own people. Police couldnâ€™t go after anyone else without proof, but Kurt didnâ€™t have the same restrictions. His entire mission was to end the Churchâ€™s threat to the shifters.
â€œCalifornia, Arizona, Texas, Missouri and Louisiana.â€ Clint stood to start pacing in front of the map. â€œWhy those states? What are they up to?â€
Kurt knew his friend was frustrated. Hell, they all were. He leant back in his chair.
â€œThose are the states with the biggest public Packs,â€ he supplied.
Clint shook his head. â€œEven soâ€¦ Thereâ€™s somethingâ€¦â€
The shifters around the world had worked with their governments and leaders to announce their existence. The purpose for this was to ensure that even in their animal forms, they were protected.
Too many shifters lost their lives each year after being hunted.
The Alpha Council, a group of Alpha wolf shifters, governed and watched over the wolf shifters. They had appointed people to make the transition as smooth as possible.
No Pack was made to go public either. Each Alpha had the choiceâ€”become public or stay hidden. About sixty-five percent had chosen to become public. The others were still protected, just not to anyone elseâ€™s knowledge.
The Council had tried to make sure everyone was protected. Theyâ€™d known there would be resistance. But Dan Carter and the Church heâ€™d started were more than just the usual threat. They were organized and wanted the shifters gone.
Clint snapped his fingers. â€œThose five states are the ones that had the most opposition from their state representatives on shifters!â€
Kurt jerked in his seat and looked back at the map. He thought back to when theyâ€™d first come out. Damn, Clint was right.
When the government had gone to the Senate and House about the reveal of the shifters, several members of those five states had opposed shifter protection laws. A few had even wanted the shifters gathered up and imprisoned.
Kurt stood beside Clint. â€œThey are getting help,â€ he stated in disbelief. â€œThe Church has to have some powerful people behind them.â€
Clint nodded. â€œI think so.â€
â€œI need to call a meeting. I think weâ€™re onto something,â€ Kurt informed him.
Clint slapped his back. â€œFinally!â€
Kurt walked over to the phone on his desk and dialed Council Alpha Babcockâ€™s number. Alpha Babcock was Kurtâ€™s immediate boss. He was a good older Alpha, a man Kurt had really come to respect and admire. Thirty years ago heâ€™d overseen a Pack in the wide plains of Oklahoma. Heâ€™d given his Pack over to his younger brother in order to join the Council.
â€œAlpha Babcock,â€ Kurt greeted.
â€œHow many times have I told you to call me Tim?â€ Alpha Babcock asked with a laugh.
â€œSorry, sir,â€ Kurt replied. It was ingrained in him to show respect to any Alpha. He just couldnâ€™t help it.
Alpha Babcock just sighed. â€œFine. What have you got?â€
â€œI think Clint and I have found something. Is there any way you and Alpha Conrad could swing by my office?â€ he requested.
â€œWe were just breaking for dinner. Give us fifteen minutes and weâ€™ll be there.â€
â€œThat would be great. Iâ€™d like Tony to join us also,â€ Kurt added.
â€œIâ€™ll see to it. See you soon.â€