Spike has grown up as a hedgehog among rabbits. She works for the Shifter Council as professional bait to obtain information and lure wrongdoers into situations that are not in their best interests.
She has finished work for the day and is eager to spend time with her family and friends. The intrusion of a swan into their bunny-day celebrations is not welcome, but the Shifter Council has ordered it.
Hedgehog shifters have nearly been completely destroyed, and now, Spike is the last of her kind. She has never been part of an extinct species before.
Albert is her bodyguard, and he takes her to the safest place the Shifter Council could think of. The Crossroads.
“Hey, Toby. I need a site-to-site transport. I have two bears here who need containment.”
“Spike? Where the hell are you?”
“I have no idea. Let me open this warehouse and check.” Spike walked with the wall on her right until she found a door. She slid it open and looked around. “Holy snowballs. I am in Alaska.”
The fishing boats, mountains and cruise ships gave away her location.
Toby cursed. “No wonder we couldn’t find you. The others are all in Miami. How did you get to Alaska?”
“The nastiest transport I have ever had. Can you track me?”
“We have you now. We were using the wrong map. Can you get to your captors?”
“Yup. Give me a moment.” She scuttled back to the men who were just beginning to stir. “Time is a factor, Toby.”
“We have you. Bringing you in.”
Spike felt her skin prickle and she grabbed the hair of the men at her feet. Seconds later, they were in the auspices of the transporter offices at the Shifter Council Centre.
“You are a little more informally dressed than the last time I saw you, Spike.”
Sicily Markum unbuttoned the shirt and tossed it at the transporter on loan to the Shifter Council. “Zip it, Toby. Send them to holding and send me home. I have an Easter egg hunt to attend.”
He batted the fabric away, raised his brows and started the charm. “Your councillor is going to want to know about today’s events.”
“I will tell him. He is going to be at the egg hunt, too.”
Toby grinned. “Happy bunny day.”
She crossed her arms as she disappeared. “With my family, every day is bunny day.”
Sicily heard his laughter as she materialized. It hung in the air.
With quick movements, she took a shower, and then, she put on her Easter dress and low heels. Sicily grabbed her purse and keys and headed out.
It was still before nine, so she had time. Her car moved easily down the country roads until she saw the gathering at the warren. She parked next to the other vehicles and left the keys and her purse in the car. No one came onto warren lands if they knew what was good for them. Parents and children were heading for the lake’s edge. Her father raised his hand and she walked over to stand with them while they all made the short walk to the water. The younger children began to hunt for chocolate eggs while the adults shucked their clothing and transformed.
Sicily took a seat on the grass and watched close to a hundred bunnies hopping around while the children squealed and cuddled them. This was the one day that no one minded.