Alexina is twenty-one years old and the future alpha of the Shadow Pack—until an unexpected attack forces her to run for her life, right into another wolf’s territory. Alone, exhausted, and having lost everything, she falls asleep expecting never to wake up, but then opens her eyes to find she’s very much alive. As she makes friends with the alpha’s sister, Alexina begins to see a new life—and maybe even love—unfolding before her in the Mystic Pack.
Age Rating: 16+
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I closed my eyes and relaxed as I let my body absorb the heat from the midday sun.
The sounds of the wind rustling the leaves in the forest, birds chirping happily, and children off playing in the distance distracted me from my worries as I allowed my body to relax.
The feel of the soft beach towel under my skin, just added to my comfort level.
“Hey sis,” Nico said from beside me making me jump; I can’t believe I was too distracted to hear him approach.
I opened my eyes to see Nico standing over me with a wide grin on his face. He had his shirt off showing off his perfect abs; his blonde hair was a mess, yet somehow still looked sexy.
I watched as his blue eyes darted from me, to the pool, then back at me again. Oh shit, what did he have planed?
“Please Nico don’t!” I screamed as he scooped me up in his arms. I held onto his neck for dear life; I knew I was going in the pool, but if I was going to get wet so was he.
I held my breath as Nico jumped with me in his arms off the cement and straight into the water. My body went rigid against Nicos at the feeling of the temperate change.
The cold crisp water bit into my overheated skin like needles; it was almost to the point of painful, yet somehow still refreshing.
“Damn you Nico!” I yelled as I pushed my way out of his grip when we came back to the surface.
“Oh come on Lex don’t be mad. Besides you looked like you needed a bath.” He teased as he quickly swam to the other side of the pool with me in pursuit.
“You better hope I don’t catch you.” I growled as he easily snaked his way out of the pool and took off running.
“Love ya Lex.” He called back as I finally made it to the side of the pool.
I let out of huff of air in defeat; I could chase him and catch him but I just wasn’t feeling up to it right now. I came out here to get a little tan and relax but Nico had to put a halt on that plan.
I got out of the pool, dried myself off with my towel and went inside to change.
I was pissed at Nico for interrupting my alone time but I knew I would forgive him as soon as I saw him again; well maybe after a punch or two to the arm.
My parents had adopted Nico when he was only two; I was still in my mom’s belly.
Nicos parents were killed by rogues and because Nicos father was our Beta it was only right for our family to take in Nico.
We had to have someone step in as Beta until Nico was able to take over his father’s position, but Nico took over five years ago when he turned eighteen.
My father is the Alpha of our pack so, I, being the only child am next in line to take that position. I’m in no hurry to take over the pack but when my time comes I will be ready.
I have been trained since I was a pup on how to be an alpha; my blood line carried a lot of power and I needed to be able to show that I had that power and knew how to control it.
My father had me on strict training schedules since I was ten and other than him and Nico I was the best fighter in the pack.
It’s kind of crazy when you look at me to think that I would be such a great fighter; I’m only 5’4 tall, not what you would expect for a future Alpha.
My wolf is an average size for a female but being smaller was actually an advantage in a fight; it was easier for me to dodge blows and it makes me a smaller target.
I changed my clothes and took a few minutes to blow dry my long brown hair; I couldn’t stand to just leave it wet. I was at the top of the stairs when I heard the howl coming from outside.
I ran down the stairs and met my father who just ran out of the office with a worried look on his face.
“ATTACK…. ATTACK…. THERE’S AN ATTACK!” I heard frantic calls coming from other wolves through our mind-link.
By this time people were swarming into the pack house like bees; everyone looking to my father for orders.
My father was yelling out random orders to people as they dashed back and forth around the house. I was just frozen in the same place that I was when I heard the words ‘Attack’.
It was as if the whole world was just spinning around me; every person that passed by me was just a blur, the walls faded into the background; the only thing I could see was my father barking out orders.
The worst part was I could see fear on my father’s face; I have never seen fear on his face, he didn’t fear anything.
I tried to contemplate what was happening, why were we being attacked; who was attacking us?
I vaguely noticed as the room started clearing out around me; the hundreds of bodies that were here minutes ago, now dwindled down to maybe twenty.
My mother walked up behind me placing her hand on my shoulder pulling me back to reality. I looked up to find my mother smiling down at me; her worried eyes were red and puffy, no doubt from crying.
The sounds that came next had me grabbing onto my mother’s waist holding her as tight as she now held me; her hand came up to cup the side of my face and she pushed my head to her chest.
I know she was trying to muffle the sounds but it was to no avail; I could still hear each cry and howl plain as day.
“Back yard now!” My father yelled at my mother and me; we immediately did as he said following him into the back yard.
“Shift.” He ordered again before his clothing fell into pieces around a huge while wolf; my mother and I followed suit.
“They will be here in a few minutes I need you to listen to me carefully.” My father spoke softly through mind link. I nodded my head in response.
“We cannot win this fight Zena and if you stay they will kill you.” He said in a low voice.
“What do you mean if I stay?” I asked. There was no way in hell I was leaving. This was my family; I don’t care if I’m going to die if I stay, I’m not leaving them.
“You have to go. I will not watch my daughter die. I love you Zena but you need to leave now.
“You need to run south and not stop until you cannot run anymore.” My father tried to keep his voice calm but I could hear how anxious he was.
“No! I will not leave you!” I stated firmly as I positioned my body toward the sound of the approaching wolves; prepared for the fight that was about to happen.
“Alexina Torelli as your Alpha I order you to leave these lands and never return. You will run until you are not able to run anymore. That is an order!” My father growled through gritted teeth.
My jaw dropped to the ground, my father had never given me a direct order before.
My wolf started to back up pulling me towards the back of the property following the order she was given; I fought back with everything I had, I couldn’t leave my family, I just couldn’t.
“Please daddy don’t do this.” I pleaded with him as my wolf dragged me further and further away; I could see the enemy wolves approaching in the distance.
“I love you Zena.” My father whispered as he turned around to face the approaching wolves. I heard my mother’s wolf let out a cry before she whispered that she loved me too.
“I love you both.” I cried as my wolf kept dragging me into the woods.
“I love you Lex.” Nico said in a strained voice; I could tell that he was in the middle of fighting another wolf.
“I love you too brother. I will come back for you.” I said as I lost the final bits of fight I had left in me before my wolf took over.
We took off south through the woods only to hear fast approaching footsteps behind us; I turned to see a black and brown wolf running towards us, I was sure he wasn’t from my pack.
Once he was close enough he sprung for me hoping to tackle me to the ground but I was too quick. I easily jumped out of the way and he went tumbling to the forest floor.
I wanted to stay there and rip his heart out but my wolf was still under alpha orders and took off running again.
It only took seconds for another wolf to catch me and once again he tried to jump on my back but I avoided him.
My wolf must have decided she had enough of the guy because she stopped and let me fight him.
I circled him a few times while he regained his balance; it wouldn’t be fair to just rip his throat out while he was on the ground, I like to fight fair.
As soon as he had his footing he ran straight at me teeth barred ready to bite anything he could get a hold of.
He wasn’t a very well trained fighter – that was apparent by his attack methods. I easily stepped out of the way of his attack and caught him on his side ripping it open with my claws.
He turned and snapped at me missing my face by inches but giving me the perfect shot at his throat.
I latched onto his neck and violently tossed my head side to side; I whipped my head back and forth as my teeth tore through the flesh and muscles in his neck.
He cried out in pain until I heard his neck break and his body fell limp in my jaws.
I dropped his body onto the forest floor and my wolf immediately took off running again; I wish she would have at least given me time to admire my first kill.
I had been in plenty of practice fights in the pack but this was my first real fight; that was the first wolf that I have ever killed.
The more I thought about the fight I had with that wolf the more it brought me back to the reality of why I got in the fight in the first place.
That wolf was after my pack, after my family; that wolf was after everyone that I left behind. How was I ever supposed to forgive myself for abandoning my family like that?
What was my father thinking making me run away like that? What would the pack think of me when I went back? Would there even be anyone left in the pack?
I had just left my pack and my family behind to die; I had just abandoned them. What type of future alpha can just abandon their pack?
I know that my father placed an Alpha order on me but I wish that I would have been strong enough to fight it.
I was weak, weak and pathetic; I don’t even deserve to live, he should have just let me stay and die with honor.
We had been running nonstop for hours; I’m sure that we had covered at least four hundred miles.
My paws were starting to rub raw, my throat was dry, my breathing was heavy, and my heart was beating out of my chest; my wolf came to a stop and collapsed on the ground.
I just lied there with my eyes closed; waiting for death to take me.
Today seemed like it was dragging on; it was just half past noon but it felt like it should be almost five.
I was usually good at keeping myself busy so that I wouldn’t be bored but today I just could seem to find anything to do.
My patrol shifts started at one so I figured I would just head out and start them early.
I walked out the back of the pack house to see Lex sunbathing by the in-ground pool; it had been a while since I messed with her so now seemed like the perfect time.
I couldn’t stop the grin that spread over my face; this was going to be fun.
“Hey sis,” I said from beside her making her jump; I wonder what she was thinking about to be so distracted she didn’t hear me approach.
I watched her study me for a few seconds trying to figure out what I had planned as I looked from her to the water and back to her again.
“Please Nico don’t!” She screamed as I scooped her up in my arms.
She got a tight grip on my neck not allowing me to throw her in like my original plan; It didn’t matter, she was getting wet even if that meant I was too
I launched off the cement sending us both flying into the cool crisp water; I felt her body constrict against mine as the cold water bit into our skin.
Once we surfaced she pushed me out of her grip to yell at me.
“Damn you Nico!” She growled.
“Oh come on Lex don’t be mad.
“Besides you looked like you needed a bath.” I teased quickly making my way to the other side of the pool so she couldn’t try to drown me; I wouldn’t put it past her to really try it, she was pretty pissed.
“You better hope I don’t catch you.” She growled again swimming towards me now.
“Love ya Lex.” I called back as I made it to the side of the pool.
I placed my hands on the cement and catapulted my body out of the water and took off for the woods.
I was expecting to hear her running after me but once I was well into the woods I looked back to see her hastily drying herself off with a beach towel.
I couldn’t help but let out a little laugh; she was so mad at me, I was in for it when I got home that night.
I slipped off my now soaking wet shorts and hung them on a nearby tree; they would be freezing cold by the time my shift ended and I shuttered at the thought of putting them back on.
I contemplated going back to the house and getting dry ones; after thinking about it wearing the wet shorts was a whole lot better than risking going into the house and running into an infuriated Lex.
I shifted into my wolf and took off into a run heading for my patrol path. I made it to the path within minutes and started my normal routine patrol.
I was only about ten minutes into my patrol when I heard the howl and the alert was sounded.
“ATTACK…. ATTACK…. THERE’S AN ATTACK!” I heard frantic calls coming from other wolves through our mind-link.
As soon as the words came through the link I heard the sounds of wolves fighting coming from the forest. I immediately took off in the direction of the closest sounding fight.
My eyes got wide as I took in the scene in front of me as I got closer. I could see maybe only ten of my own pack members going against twenty or so wolves from a different pack.
I pushed my wolf to run faster as I heard the yelp and cries coming from my pack members and the other wolves as the fighting got more intense.
I was just a few feet away when something hard hit me from the side knocking me to the ground. I got back to my feet and came face to face with a brown and black wolf.
My lips pulled back in a snarl barring my teeth before I lunged at his throat; he didn’t have time to react before I caught his throat, biting down hard before I ripped out a chunk of skin.
The wolf collapsed to the forest floor gasping for breath; the hole in his neck making it impossible for him to breathe properly.
I left the wolf there to die as I took off toward my other pack members; I jumped on the back on the back of one of the wolves that had my buddy Terri pinned to the ground.
After getting him off Terri I took back off toward the fight as I went to help someone else out.
I was going toe to toe with another big brown wolf when I heard the alpha command radiate from Alpha Ryne telling Lex to run.
“I love you Lex.” I said trying to keep my voice even; not only was I in the middle of a fight with this wolf but the thought of never seeing Lex again had my heart breaking in a million pieces.
“I love you too brother. I will come back for you.” I heard her say as she shut off her mind link and disappeared.
The fighting continued for another good hour before I felt the bonds between Alpha Ryne and I break; moments later a new voice came into my head.
“I Alpha Garrett of the Knight Pack have killed Alpha Ryne; the Shadow Pack is now under my command.” He spoke in a cool even voice as if the graphic scene around him didn’t bother him one bit.
He called out an order to seize all fighting and any wolves remaining alive from the Shadow Pack were to report to the pack house immediately.
I could feel the new bonds starting to form between my wolf and Alpha Garrett as I made my way to the house; my wolf growled in agitation that there was no way to stop the bonds from forming.
I didn’t want to be tied to this new Alpha; I would never serve him. I would rather die than to join a pack like his.
The Knight Pack was known to be a ruthless, heartless pack with no morals at all; there was no way I was going to let my name be associated with that pack.
I made it to the clearing behind the pack house to see a lot of my pack members already gathered there; most of them look terrified or sad from the loss of loved ones.
“Good now that you are all here we may begin.” Alpha Garrett said standing on the back porch of the pack house. “All members of the Shadow Pack have two options.
“Option one is that you leave this land right now and never return; you will leave only with what you have with you.
“Option two is that you stay and continue your normal lives now as part of the Knight Pack. These are the only two options you have and you must make a decision right now.
“Your decision will be final and anyone who is still left standing here in five minutes will be killed.” Garrett finished as he waved his hand in the air indicating that our time started now.
I turned on my heels and headed for the back of the property; I didn’t care if I had to leave with nothing, it was better than staying here.
I studied the faces of my pack members as they made their way back to their houses; most of them looked ashamed that they had made the choice to stay.
I really couldn’t blame them though, most of them had families that they had to look out for; they could just up and take off with no food, money, or clothes.
“Not you Nico!” Garrett’s voice echoed off the trees in front of me causing me to turn and look at him.
He was still standing on the deck and motioned for me to come to him; all I wanted to do was wipe that stupid grin off his face.
I slowly made my way back up to the pack house and stood in front of the deck waiting to see what Garrett had to say to me. He had already gave us the option to leave, why had he called me back?
“Where is Alpha Ryne’s daughter?” He asked seemingly calm, but I could feel the anger right under the surface.
“How the fuck would I know?” I spit out; even if I knew where Lex was I would die before I told him.
“Find her!” He ordered his men; the anger that was just under the surface starting to boil over.
“I know that if she is still alive she will come back for you.” Garrett said now smiling down at me; all the anger pushed back under the surface.
“That’s great because I won’t be here.” I said going to turn around to walk away again. Did he really just call me up there to ask me a question he knew he wouldn’t get the answer too?
“You do not have permission to leave Nico, I can still use you.” He said taking a seat on one of the chairs on the deck.
“I will never serve under you.” I said in a low voice, my wolf let out a growl to reinforce my words.
“You will either stay and serve under me or I will give the order to slaughter every single living member left in this pack.” He said standing from his chair.
“What’s your choice now?” He said with a smile.
I wanted to just rip his heart out right there on the deck; rip it out and stomp on it until it was nothing but a pile of mush.
How could this man be so insensitive, so emotionless, and unaffected by the death that surrounded him?
My pack is full of innocent people, now mostly women and children; I could not walk away and watch all them die for no reason, I knew I had to stay.
“Fine.” I finally said feeling defeated.
“Good to hear, I knew you would come around.” Garrett said before he turned and walked into the pack house.
I couldn’t believe what I had just agreed to but really I didn’t have any other choice; If I wouldn’t have joined Garrett’s pack then he would have killed every single member of mine.
I tried to block out the decision I had just made out of my mind and think of something else.
My thoughts moved to Lex and I wondered if she had made it out alive; I could only hope that she did and was able to find somewhere to stay safe, my only hope is that one day I would see my sister again.
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I heard the sound of paws coming towards me but I had no intention of moving. One quick sniff of the ground told me that I was in another packs territory; I could smell them all around me.
The thumping of paws got closer as low growls began to erupt from the approaching wolves.
I didn’t move, I just lay there with my eyes closed; waiting for them to kill me.
I had felt the Alpha order break away from me hours ago while I was running and that could only mean one thing; my father had died. I deserved to die too for leaving him and the rest of my pack.
I hoped that when these wolves killed me that they wouldn’t take it easy; I wanted them to tear me to shreds for the shame I bestowed upon my family.
I could hear that I was surrounded; maybe twelve to fifteen wolves in total.
I waited patiently for them to deliver my death as two wolves growled violently back and forth; it seemed like they were having some type of argument.
Did they really have to argue right now while I was waiting for my death? Couldn’t they just kill me then continue whatever it is they want to disagree on?
I found it really hard to be patient waiting for my own death.
I was intent on letting them deliver any pain and punishment they wanted to me; I wasn’t going to fight them back.
I deserved the brutal death that I had coming my way; plus there were possibly fifteen of them, it would have been pointless to fight back.
Another loud growl erupted and my world turned into slow motion. It seemed I was getting my wish; I was going to have to live through every ounce of pain that was coming my way.
I stayed still as I listened to every little detail around me.
I heard everything, the sharp claws dig into the ground; the tiny granules of dirt made a squeaking sound as they rubbed against the nails.
The little particles of dust failing to ground that were kicked up from his paws sounded like sprinkles landing on a tin roof.
Each movement of the wolves’ body as the wind raked through his hair as he charged towards me; swoosh, swoosh, swoosh.
Then his teeth sunk hard into my shoulder and my wolf let out a painful howl. Without warning my wolf took over and switched into survival mode.
I tried to fight her and tell her to stay down and take what she had coming but she refused to listen; instead she just blocked me out completely.
She pushed herself to her feet; shaking off the wolf that had attacked her in the process.
The wolf got back to his feet looking back at us stunned that we got up to fight. I watched as the side of his mouth tugged up; it appeared he was smiling.
He was a fairly large dark brown and black wolf with blue eyes that almost looked gray. He didn’t waste any time going in for his next attack as he jumped forward and tried to grab my neck.
I sidestepped his advance and caught him by the back leg, causing him to cry out in pain.
I heard one of the wolves that were circling us let out a growl, only to be countered by a growl from another wolf. I was starting to wonder why they didn’t all just attack me.
I was trespassing on their lands, my ties to my father’s pack were broken so I would have the scent of a rogue; what was stopping them from ripping me apart?
The brown and black wolf turned around and swiped his paw at my face; I tried to pull away but he managed to catch me with his claws as blood started to soak my white fur on my face.
I whipped around and reared up planning to grab onto his back but he reared up at the same time causing me to only be able to grab his arm.
I got his arm in a tight grip and bit down until I heard the bone crack; for good measure I twisted it a little before I let it go and he fell to the ground in pain growling at me.
He was trying to get back up on three feet when I heard another wolf coming from behind.
I wasn’t fast enough to move and his body slammed into mine causing us to barrel roll together until my back hit a tree.
I yelped out in pain as I pushed the other wolf off of me; he was quickly back on his feet and went to attack me again.
I pushed back the pain of what I was sure was a few broken ribs and squirmed out from in front of the tree just before he reached me.
Before he had time to change his advance I grabbed him by the neck and flung his body as hard as I could toward the forest.
His body collided hard with a tree breaking it in half and causing it to fall to the ground.
I took a second to take in the wolf I just threw and realized it looked just like wolf whose arm I just broke.
I went to turn around again when I felt teeth sink into my back leg as it was jerked from under me pulling me to the ground.
I cried out in pain as the wolf bit down making sure to break my leg. I struggled to get out of his grip clawing at his back leaving deep gashes until he let me go.
He came back and charged me again; I lost my balance from the broken leg and fell to the ground. He sank his teeth around my arm breaking the bone instantly then my body went flying through the air.
I saw a quick glimpse of the tree I was about to hit, then everything went black.
Beep… Beep… Beep…
The sound of a something beeping by my ear woke me up. I opened my eyes only to immediately close them again due to the blinding light.
I tried again but this time taking it slow; allowing my eyes time to adjust to their surroundings. The first thing I saw was the florescent light right above me, hanging from a bright white ceiling.
I turned my head to look around and the movement made me dizzy. When the room stopped spinning around me again I noticed I was in a small room that was painted all white.
The beeping sound was a heart monitor that was somehow hooked to my body. I tried to move my hands but came to realize I must be medicated because I wasn’t able to move anything but my head.
I was in some type of hospital room; most likely an infirmary because I could smell other wolves scents in the room.
I was all alone in the room at the time but it hadn’t been long since someone had been in to check on me because I could still smell a strong female scent in the room.
I heard the sound of footsteps coming from what I assumed was a hallway behind the door and I quickly made myself look like I was still sleeping.
“Why did you even bring her here? If she’s a rogue then you should have killed her on the spot!” I heard a deep voice yell from outside the door.
I shivered as I could feel the power in his voice; it was definably an Alpha.
“Klaus there’s something different about her. She had only been a rogue for a few hours I could still sense her old pack on her.
“She was submitting when we found her, she didn’t mean us any harm.” I heard another guy say back in a pleading tone.
“If she meant us no harm then why were two of my men brought back injured?” Klaus growled back, it made me wish I could sink further into the bed and hide.
“That was Tristan’s fault. He attacked her, she was just defending herself.
“I’m telling you Klaus there is something different about her, you should have seen the way she fought.” The other man replied not seeming shaken from the Alphas foul mood.
The door flew open and I listened as two sets of heavy footsteps approached my bed.
I worked to keep my heart rate steady and breathing even; I wasn’t ready to face this Alpha, I needed him to think I was still knocked out.
I felt a warm touch skim down the side of my face; I fought against myself to lean into it.
“Hmm… You’re right Dane there is something special about her.” Klaus said; his tone was even now compared to the anger he had before he stepped in the room.
“She can stay here for two months to recover and figure out where she will go. I want you to put her in cabin five so that we can keep an eye on her from the pack house.” He said pausing for a moment.
“Send Chloe in to look after her.” He finished as I heard his footsteps move towards the door.
“Chloe?” Dane asked sounding surprised.
“Yes, Chloe.” Klaus replied as he chuckled and walked out the door.
I heard Dane follow behind him and the door closed leaving me once again alone in the room. I let out a sigh of relief once their footsteps disappeared down the hallway. Why did they let me live?
Why were they letting me stay here? This just wasn’t usual behavior for a pack. They knew nothing about me; I could be a danger to their whole pack.
I still hadn’t come to terms with the fact that I was even still alive; I shouldn’t be alive.
I didn’t want to live knowing that my whole family, my whole pack, everyone I had ever known was probably dead. What did I even have left to live for?
I have nowhere to go, I have no money, I have nothing. Tears started to fall down my face as the pain of losing my family started taking over my body once again.
I’m sure that I had been crying for a while before I fell back asleep.
Beep… Beep… Beep…
The sound was driving me crazy as I tried to clear my head from my nap. I opened my eyes slowly this time; learning my lesson from last time.
“Morning sleepy head.” A girl’s voice came from my left.
I jerked my head to the side to see who it was; an instant wave of dizziness took over me and I rested my head back on the pillow to recover.
Once I felt normal again I turned my head to take in the woman sitting in a chair a few feet from my bed.
She had long dark brown hair like mine, but instead of the wave my hair had hers was pin straight.
She had beautiful brown eyes to match her hair and appeared to be maybe 5’6 if she was standing; not much taller than me.
She was absolutely gorgeous, as expected with any werewolf; I wondered if this was the Chloe that the Alpha and the other guy were talking about.
“Hi” I said; though the words came out raspy through my dry throat.
“I’m Chloe, I was sent to look after you.” She said using her hands as quotation marks when she said ‘look after’, as she held up a glass of water with a straw.
She held the straw to my lips because I still wasn’t able to move my limbs.
I drank the whole glass before she pulled it away; the cool liquid slid easily down my throat, soothing my dry mouth and throat.
“Thanks.” I said when I was done drinking.
“You’re welcome. So what’s your name?” She asked.
“Zena.” I replied. No one ever called me by my full first name, except my parents, so I figured my nickname would suffice for now.
“So are you just stupid or do you have a death wish?” Chloe asked while she dug around in her purse looking for something.
“What?” I asked confused.
“You ran into another wolf’s territory without permission. That’s usually a sure death sentence.
“You’re lucky that it was Dane that found you and not my brother, he probably wouldn’t have even thought twice before ripping your throat out.” She applied some lip gloss that she pulled out of her purse when she finished her sentence.
“I wasn’t thinking.” I said looking back at the ceiling.
I wasn’t ready to explain the reason I ended up on their land yet; I hoped she wouldn’t pry more about it, even though she did have every right to know.
“You think.” She said not hiding how obviously stupid she thought I was to do what I did.
“Anyways it’s lunch time.” She said opening the container that was sitting on a table next to her.
The smell of raw meat assaulted my nostrils once the container was open; I turned my lip up at the smell making her laugh.
“What’s wrong?” She asked as she stuck a fork in a piece of meat and started to bring it towards me.
“I am not eating that!” I said turning my face away.
“Why not?” She asked I could hear the amusement in her voice.
“That’s disgusting. Why would I eat raw meat?” I said still refusing to look in her direction afraid she might try to shove it in my mouth.
“It will make you heal faster. Have you never eaten raw meat before?” She asked. She sounded so surprised with her question that I had to look over at her.
“No. I have never heard of that before.” I said. My mouth started watering as my wolf thought about eating the meat for the first time.
“It’s not bad at all, I actually like the taste.” She said as she popped the piece of meat in her mouth and started chewing.
I’m sure a repulsive washed over my face as I watched her chew the raw meat and swallow. She let out a small laugh when she saw me watching her.
“Just try it.” She said holding up a piece of meat by my face.
I reluctantly leaned my head over and took the piece off the fork. It was a weird feeling in my mouth; it was mushy yet chewy at the same time.
It really wasn’t much different than ordering a rare steak and the seasoning that was on it was to die for. I soon found myself munching away on the raw meat as Chloe and I got to know each other.
I was glad that we stayed on the topics of things like our favorite music and foods rather than about the reason I was here.
I convinced the nurse to disconnect the pain meds when she came in; I was ready to be able to move my limbs again.
I knew that I had a broken arm, a broken leg, some broken ribs, and deep claw marks and bite marks everywhere.
I would rather suffer through some pain and be able to move then to be stuck like a brick any longer.
When the feeling came back to my arms I reached up to feel my face; I remembered that the first wolf that attacked me had sliced me pretty good.
All I felt was a thick bandage going from next to my ear to my chin.
“Do I even want to know what I look like right now?” I mumbled grumpily at Chloe while I examined the rest of my body.
“No you don’t.” She said as she continued to file her nails.
I sighed and relaxed back in bed; it didn’t really matter what I looked like now I would look completely different in a few days, perks of being a werewolf.
I looked over at Chloe when she started laughing for no apparent reason.
“What?” I asked confused.
“I just think that it is so funny that three guys got their asses kicked by one girl.
“The whole pack is talking about it; well mostly just about Tristan.” She said as a smile spread across her face; it appeared she was happy that Tristan got hurt.
“I was in survival mode.” I lied; well I kind of was, but I still could have beaten their asses even if I wasn’t.
They weren’t that good of fighters; I could have taken them down quicker if I wouldn’t have been so tired.
“I don’t care what mode you were in, that was bad ass!” She said reaching to give me a high five but pulling her hand back when she remembered that I wasn’t really in good enough shape for a high five yet.
“Thanks.” I said as we both started to laugh.
I was in the middle of a patrol when a scout picked up on the scent of a female rogue in our territory. I took off full speed in the direction of the location of the scent.
We hadn’t had a rogue travel on our lands for over six months; I was curious to see what this one’s reason was, if they even got a chance to explain.
I caught up to the scout and we started following the scent; we were joined by about ten other wolves as we tracked it.
I could smell it getting stronger as we got closer and soon we could see a body of white wolf lying in a small clearing.
She was lying on her side breathing heavily; she looked completely exhausted as our group of wolves surrounded her body.
“This one’s mine!” Tristan growled through mind link as he started advancing toward the female rogue.
“Stop!” I shouted back at him; his wolf growled at me not pleased with my command, my wolf growled back not pleased with his disrespect.
“Look at her; do you really think she is a threat?” I said whipping my head toward the white wolf.
“She’s a rogue and is trespassing; I don’t care if she is a threat or not.” Tristan snarled back at me.
“We will take her back and see what Klaus wants to do.” I declared.
“Fuck that!” Tristan said and before I could stop him he was already sinking his teeth into the wolves shoulder.
The white wolf let out a howl of pain and to my surprise managed to shake Tristan’s body off of hers as she got to her feet.
Tristan got back up and I could sense the fun he was about to have with the girl; the side of his lips even pulled up in a smile before he went in for another attack.
The female was quick as she slid to the side avoiding Tristan’s teeth; her own teeth catching him in the back leg.
“That bitch!” Trevor, Tristan’s twin brother barked as he took a step forward ready to attack.
“No! This is your brothers’ fight you will not intervene.” I yelled back at him; he stopped and backed back up accepting my command.
I looked back to see Tristan taking a swing at the female; his claws ripped into her face sending blood and white fur flying into the air.
She turned back around to face him as they both stood on their back legs challenging each other.
The female managed to get a hold of Tristan’s arm; I heard the bone crack as she made one final twist of her head and let him go; he fell to the ground growling fiercely at her.
While Tristan tried to regain his footing Trevor slipped out from beside me and slammed into her body causing them to roll together across the clearing until her back hit a tree.
She pushed Trevor off of her as she whined in pain; Trevor regained his footing and charged at her again, she managed to slide out of the way just before he reached her.
Before Trevor even had time to change directions she had him by the neck and flung his body into the nearby trees.
His body collided hard with a tree breaking it in half and causing it to fall to the ground. She looked back at Tristan’s wolf that was still on the ground in pain.
Without warning Jayden came in from behind her grabbing her back leg and biting down hard until the bone cracked.
She squirmed and trashed at him trying to get out of his grip; his claws dug deep into her back as she managed to get away leaving long gash marks in her skin; her white coat was almost all stained red from her blood.
She had only been out of Jayden’s grip for seconds before he caught her by her arm and jerked his head to fling her body into the forest; breaking her arm in the process.
Her fragile, worn, and beaten body landed hard against a tree knocking her unconscious.
I shifted to human form and informed the other men to carry her, Tristan, and Trevor back to the infirmary.
I called Klaus who wasn’t due back for another two hours and told him to meet me at the infirmary when he got back.
I was surprised that Klaus agreed to keep her alive, judging by his reaction there had to be something that I was missing about this girl that Klaus was able to pick up on right away.
I raked my brain trying to come up with an answer as I made my way back to the pack house to find Chloe.
I couldn’t come up with anything that stood out about the girl other than the fact that she was a great fighter.
I would have to see if I could get more information about her out of Klaus later; right now I had a bitchy werewolf to deal with.
“Klaus has a job for you.” I said to Chloe when I found her with her feet perched on the coffee table painting her toenails in the living room of the pack house.
“What kind of job?” She asked in a bitchy tone, not bothering to even look up at me as she made another swipe with the bright red polish across her toenail.
“Watching the rogue we found today.” I said cheerfully; knowing that she wouldn’t be happy with the job.
“Excuse me?” She said finally looking up at me with a look of distaste.
“She’s in the infirmary; you should get there before she wakes up.” I said standing from the couch; I was sure she was going to get really bitchy in a few seconds and I wanted a quick escape route.
“I am not babysitting!” She said screwing the cap back on her nail polish.
“Alpha orders.” I said over my shoulder heading for the door; it was about to happen, she was about to explode.
“Where the fuck do you think you’re going? We’re not done here Dane!” She bellowed out; damn I was hoping to get out of here before this happened.
“What else do you want me to say Chloe? If you have a problem with it talk to Klaus.” I said hoping that would end the argument.
It was the truth: there was nothing I could do to change his orders; she had to talk to him if she wanted out of this.
“Fine I will go baby sit the fucking rogue. Get out of my way asshole!” She said as she trudged past me out the door.
I breathed a sigh of relieve once she was gone; I was prepared for a much bigger argument that that.
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