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It was probably the most out of character action he'd ever done. It also was perhaps the most decent action he'd made since being bitten and having fed.

Zo approached the tense alpha female with caution but no fear or tension. He made certain he did not walk too softly; he didn't want her getting the idea he wanted to surprise or startle her. As if he could.

Sonja still snapped at him though – not that he'd expected differently – when she noticed what he was doing. "Don't you fucking dare, Zo. Not now." Her eyes were still bloodshot though it was well past dawn. They were also glassy.

The beta stopped in his tracks. While normally he would have been offended that she would think that of him - as if he was even in the mood to tease or taunt her - he remained calm. His expression was even a little soft. "You know I wouldn't do that, Sonja. Not now. Not after all of this."

Sonja looked doubtful for a moment. She sighed, tension fading just enough for her shoulders to relax, and turned away. "I know. I just…"

"I know."

"No, Zo. You don't know. You can't know!"

Zo did snap a little then. "Do you think you're the only one fucked over here?" he hissed. "Do you think you're the only one who's been lied to, who has to now deal with doubting someone who's supposed to lead you through this? You think you're the only one who's going to miss Grenier when we're finally able to take the time to breathe, let alone mourn?"

Sonja flinched a little. She blinked a few times, probably trying to fight off tears.

Zo immediately regretted lashing out at her. He hesitated, then reached over and laid a hand on her shoulder.

For once she didn't pull away from his touch or give him a look of disdain.

"Look, we're all tense. More than ever now. I know you're taking all of this the hardest. That's why I'm here."

Sonja swallowed and looked up at Zo. She looked incredibly lost all of a sudden. It was a hard sight for the beta to take. Sonja did not let him see her so vulnerable; he hadn't even been certain it was possible, she was so guarded around him. She watched him for a moment before glancing at his hand.

Zo was about to pull it away when the alpha female whined softly and gave his hand a brief nuzzle. Zo kept his hand on her shoulder even after she stopped.

"Thank you. For backing me up last night." She paused. It looked like it was a difficult thing, but after a moment she added, "For this."

Zo smiled and leaned over. He lightly nuzzled her hair. "You're welcome."

Sonja managed a faint smile. Then she shoved him away with her shoulder. "Now stop touching me and get back to watching for any sign of them coming back for the girl," she ordered in an almost irate voice. But there was still a faint curve to her lips.

Zo smiled and for once obediently followed an order from her.

Varek watched them from his perch yards away, but simply turned away.