In the meantime, Guriel is frantically hunting for him. Unfortunately, he doesn't find his Packmate before Ben ends up back in the arena, and this time the Predator practically eats his opponent. Charlie tries the "let's be friends" approach with minimal luck.
But Guriel gets a tip from their cop friend, and he's haring off to the rescue with Castle and Elle Woods and Saha.
Several days later, they venture out of the house for the first time to visit Ben's Mom's grave, which nearly ends in disaster when they get pulled over for a seat belt violation and Ben has a pretty spectacular meltdown. When they get home, Zev makes his first appearance since the kidnapping.
Elle's father is killed. She suspects Ben, but in a bid for normalcy, she visits him and they make plans for a trip to that beach in Baja.
Ben hasn't been able to sleep much, so he and Guriel head to the park and see if a nap in the open will help. Ben ends up with a severe head injury when a guy clocks him on the head with a tire iron. And he visits Tziporel, who fell out of a tree and broke his arm. He also helps Cap'n Murdock put some flags up for Memorial Day.
Elle Woods comes over with a news article painting her as a hypocrite, and they give her what encouragement they can. A couple of days later, Guriel decides to take a huge step... and flies. Best. Day. Ever.
They take down another Black Market operation, but it don't ever go smooth. Neither does enjoying a day in the park. Maybe a day at the beach with Elle B. and Zepar will go better.
Elle W. comes by and finds Ben freaking out because he can't find Zev. They manage to get that straightened out, only for Guriel to be ambushed by the Suit from their most recent Black Market takedown.
Tziporel wonders about his mom, and Ben finds her in the database. So he and Guriel make a deal with the evangelist who owns her.
Elle Bishop comes over and meets Ben's new puppy. And Ben and Guriel find out what's happened to Tziporel's dad. They rescue him, reunite him with Tziporel and Zivael, and add a new member to their Pack -- Rachmiel. The three of them go shopping, which could have gone better, but also could have gone worse.
Ben gets stuck in an elevator with Tziporel and introduces him to the Jungle Books.
Ben's doing recon and finds out that Elle B. has inherited Daddy's business. He is displeased, but she's going to help him take it down. Later, he has a nightmare about her.
Ben and Guriel celebrate the anniversary of the day they met. Ben and Elle go on a real date. Kissage ensues, and Ben has to tell Guriel that he and Elle might be an item now, which is all kinds of fun. Especially when she's late for their next date (because she's been taken by her partners) and Ben has to tell Guriel that she inherited everything when her dad was killed. In the process of rescuing her, she gets accidentally wolferized, and she's unhappy about it. Guriel tells him why he was so upset with Ben not telling him, and they go out for pie. And he's still really pissed at Elle. Ben and Guriel save the angels and torch the Pit, but Ben's taken. A few days later, he shows up on Elle's doorstep, starving. She feeds him, and he goes home, much to Guriel and Rachmiel's relief.
Castle shows up again, and Guriel vents at him while Ben is a bit more pensive. Ben helps Zethel make cinnamon rolls and meets Lester, a half-demon kid who's taken refuge at the safehouse.
He talks with Sariel about the Guriel&Elle situation. And then he has it out with Guriel and assures him that what he fears won't happen, along with getting some insight as to why Guriel fears this as much as he does. Ben and Guriel rescue Tabris from frat boys and a demon. Elle's first full moon arrives, and he's there to walk her through it.
Guriel and Elle have another conversation and possibly hash out some of their differences. Guriel encounters one of his Fallen brothers and exchanges snark. Ben, Rachmiel, and Guriel decorate the Christmas tree. Ben feeds Elle a steak. And then they all have a yoga session.
Elle goes to Europe for a few months and comes home to find that Ben missed her a lot. She wants him to do some unobtrusive bodyguard work for her. More kissing ensues. She and Guriel have a talk about birthdays and the proper celebration thereof. Elle W. shows up after a long absence. Ben has a discussion with Sariel about rebuilding.