Elizabeth has been talking to Elisa a lot recently, partly to comfort (that stubborn Goliath still won't even talk to his mate, let alone forgive her) and partly to advise. The poor human mated with Goliath without really understanding what it means to be a leader's mate.

But there's one subject she hasn't broached yet; next year's breeding season. And what Adam had privately and painfully suggested to Elizabeth several nights ago.

Elizabeth knows that Adam's idea is a practical solution, and in the best interests of the clans. But she just can't talk to Elisa about it. Not yet…