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Skylar’s entire life has been hard. From the day she was born, she was destined to be a slave to the powerful and dreaded Alpha Ares. He’s a killing machine without fear or remorse—that is, until Skylar serves him dinner for the first time… Now everything has changed for both of them. He can’t forget her scent and she can’t forget his yellow eyes.

Age Rating: 18+ (Content Warning: Sexual Abuse)

 

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Summary

Skylar’s entire life has been hard. From the day she was born, she was destined to be a slave to the powerful and dreaded Alpha Ares. He’s a killing machine without fear or remorse—that is, until Skylar serves him dinner for the first time… Now everything has changed for both of them. He can’t forget her scent and she can’t forget his yellow eyes.

Age Rating: 18+ (Content Warning: Sexual Abuse)

Original Author: Danielle Jaggan

SKYLER

My life isn’t like the ordinary. From the day I was born my status in werewolf society was to be nothing more than a servant. It was inevitable. And humans were treated poorly while the werewolves reigned over us.

Certain rules were set to keep the so-called law and order between werewolves and humans, to keep humans from rebelling, but we all know that it was made to benefit them and not us.

And a mere human wouldn’t stand a chance against a typical werewolf.

I worked as a domestic slave under the Blood Moon pack on one of their estates far away from the actual Blood Moon. It was the largest and most powerful pack among five.

My days began before my masters woke up and ended they were asleep. And the cycle continued.

At each estate there were headmasters who worked for the alpha. Since the estates were scattered over the country they needed someone to run them efficiently, hence the need for a headmaster, and a werewolf at that.

And this was what it was like for the other five werewolf territories.

The alpha of the pack that I worked in was the deadliest, you could almost say he was crazy… Well, that’s what I heard. He was like a ticking bomb ready to explode, a bloodthirsty monster.

People say he was blessed by the gods for making him insurmountable and indestructible that even other alphas feared him, but that blessing also came with a curse. And the very thought of him made chills run down my spine, anyone’s spine.

But then again he protected the pack from rogue wolves because they wouldn’t dare step foot inside his pack, but that didn’t mean life was any easier for us humans. While we were ensured safety from rogue wolves, we weren’t promised our freedom.

From what I have picked up from the hushed whispers was that the alpha was a cursed being, causing him to be more wolf than man, and also to be mateless.

This meant that he will never have his other half, and seeing other wolves happy with their mates must have taken a toll on his perspective and made him this ruthless by confining himself to darkness, only coming out when a matter of importance arose.

And that’s when he comes out to kill. He was an unforgiving soul that relished in his opponents’ blood and scattered their flesh like the wind carrying ashes. And for that everyone feared him—

“Skyler!”

I squealed upon hearing my name being called but then an arm masterfully covered up my mouth, blocking off the sound. I finally looked up and breathed a sigh of relief when I saw who it was.

“Scarlette…don’t scare me like that!” I whined while dramatically grabbing on to the left side of my chest.

“Oh, please. You and I both know what you were thinking about that had you behaving like that,” she scolded.

“How did you know?” I asked while giving a nervous chuckle.

“Because you were just standing there not doing the dishes like you are supposed to and…you’re sweating profusely,” she pointed out.

What she said was in fact true. I looked down and saw my hands soaking in the sink with a mountain of unwashed dishes.

And my eyes bulged at the thought of the headmaster coming and seeing me being unproductive instead of Scarlette. Thank God she was always looking out for me.

“I don’t even know why you’re so scared of him,” she stated while rolling up her sleeves to help me wash.

“Well, who isn’t?” I asked faintly.

I felt soft hands touch my face and gently turned my head.

“Worrying won’t do you any good. Look at it this way, he would never hurt a simple human such as yourself, and even if he did, wouldn’t he just be breaking the law, the same one he justified?” she explained.

“I know, I know, he’s just scary, that’s all, but I’ll try to not let my thoughts wander from now on.” I sighed and gave her a reassuring smile.

Scarlette was a mother figure to me. When my parents died and I was brought to the estate to work, she was the one who took me under her wing and cared for me.

I don’t really know the details of my parents’ deaths, but I know for sure they died in a rogue attack.

“Okay, since that’s out of the way, I came here to tell you something, even though I don’t think you’re ready to hear this,” she said skeptically as she looked me in the eyes.

“So wait…you didn’t come here to help me wash the dishes?” I asked jokingly.

“Silly girl, no way I came here to help you wash the dishes,” she said while playfully pinching me on the arm even though she was rolling up her sleeves to help me a while ago.

“Then what are you here for, then?” I asked.

But then I saw her whole demeanor change and, she looked at me seriously and placed an arm on my right shoulder.

“He’s coming here in a week’s time,” she said on an exhale. I was a little confused by what she just said. As I looked at her, I saw that she looked exhausted and was just barely pressing on.

“Who’s coming?” I asked, uncertainty dripping from my voice. But she just sighed and gave me a small smile.

“Ares…Alpha Ares,” she calmly said.

But my breath hitched and my heart began to palpitate horrendously. The thought of even breathing the same air as him was enough to put me in a frenzy and now he was visiting the estate, where I’ll probably have to be in his presence.

“How do you know?”

“The headmaster told us,” she answered knowingly.

“Oh,” I whispered.

“Yea, I’ll try my best to let them give you other tasks so that you won’t have to be near him,” she said while placing a kiss on my forehead.

“Thank you.” I spoke softly, giving her a hug, but pulled away and went back to washing the dishes while Scarlette walked away to attend to her duties.

As she left what she said kept ringing in my head. Alpha Ares will be coming to the estate and for what reason? I don’t know. But I was glad she told me a week before he came.

Honestly I don’t know why I was this scared of him. I was behaving like the kid who had monsters under their bed or in their closet.

Get a grip, Skyler, I mentally cursed. The alpha won’t even look your way. And besides Scarlette said she wouldn’t let me go anywhere him.

Reassurance washed over me as I remembered what she said and if things went downhill I could always call in sick. But I wondered how long he would stay for.

 

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SKYLER

Slowly I walked down the hallway of the estate while other slaves passed me in rush of the things they had to do or were doing.

The thing was, today was the day a certain someone, or should I say wolf, would be visiting, and everyone was festive. But only the ones who were happy to see him, which were the other wolves, of course.

In the past few days, not a second passed where I wasn’t anxious, however I guess all the cleaning and running around took my mind off it slightly.

The days leading up to today were so tiring. Every slave and servant had to wake up an hour early and stop working an hour later while the headmasters and other werewolves sat on their asses and did squat.

But geez, I knew that the alpha was coming here, but honestly most of this work seemed so unnecessary. To me.

For instance, we had to clean any and every corner of the estate over and over every single day, and the already washed dishes had to be washed and dried two times for the day.

I breathed a sigh of relief when I cleaned the fifteenth and last toilet in the house where he would be staying and if you think that was all that was left for me to do then you couldn’t be more wrong. This was just half of what I had left to do.

Lazily grabbing the cleaning supplies, I slowly tried to gather my strength and pick myself from my kneeling position, but found it much harder to do because of the fatigue in my muscles, and so, I had fallen down heavily on the tile floor on my hands and knees, breaking the top layer of skin on my knee, while the supplies scattered throughout the bathroom.

“Shit!” I cursed while crawling beside the now-cleaned toilet and resting between it and the tub. I knew I was stalling, but I just had to rest my legs.

We weren’t allowed to have breaks and anyone caught idling would be punished severely and what I was doing would definitely get me in trouble but at the moment I was willing to take that risk.

My head was bobbing and my eyes were drooping. I found the strength to look at my pocket watch for the time and saw that it was 3:30 p.m. Wow, I didn’t know that so much time had passed.

Maybe shutting my eyes for a couple of minutes would rejuvenate me a bit, I thought while resting my head against the tub and saying a little prayer in my mind to not get caught by the headmaster or any other werewolves.

And with that, I shut my tired eyes.

Even though I was sleeping, I was still conscious of my surroundings and was instantly alerted when I heard the turning of the doorknob of the bathroom and when a person entered.

But even when the person came in, I still didn’t move from my spot. Maybe they’ll overlook me, I thought as my heart beat frantically in my chest.

“Oh my God, Skyler?” I heard someone whisper-yell and the clicking of heels told me the person was walking toward me.

I opened my eyes and was met with hazel ones that held concern and fright. I mentally did a little dance and smiled weakly at the person, because I was so drained.

“Scarlette to the rescue,” I joked lazily while balling my left hand in a fist and pumping it in the air.

“What happened to you, dear?” she asked, frantic.

I sucked in a breath and tried to stand on my feet with a helping hand from Scarlette. That five-minute nap did quite a lot, and I felt my energy slowly coming back to me.

“Sorry…I took a five-minute nap,” I explained cheekily.

I saw her shoulders drop and she let out a sigh while rolling her eyes. Any amount of concern was gone from her eyes and was replaced by disappointment.

“Five minutes… I doubt you were sleeping for such a short time since I’ve been looking for you for almost two and a half hours. You are lucky that I found you, now come, we need to leave,” she scolded.

I was so shocked. It seemed like that my five-minute nap was a long one, a very, very long one. And if what Scarlette said was true, it had to be almost six in the evening, which meant the alpha could be here any minute.

I quickly pushed past her to pick up the cleaning tools that had fallen earlier with shaky hands and a now-pounding heart.

“No, leave them. Everyone is lining up at the entrance and we’re already late,” she said while grabbing my hands and pulling me out of the bathroom.

We were all the way on the west wing of the estate and it would take us around six minutes to reach the entrance. I just hoped we made it in time.

We walked hurriedly through the halls, our clicking heels echoing even louder the faster we walked, my senses heightening when I found out that no one but us was in sight.

God we’re going to be in so much trouble and it was my fault. As we turned a corner I saw another servant who seemed to be looking for someone but sighed in relief when she saw us. I recognized her the closer we got to her.

“Thank God I found you two, we need to hurry, he’ll be here any minute now,” Primrose said, out of breath.

But we didn’t even stop, we all just walked briskly, but all of a sudden I felt this really painful tug in my heart that had me falling headfirst into the floor. It was almost like I had been tased, I couldn’t even move my hands to break the fall.

My mind was all over the place, and I instantly developed a headache. It was almost like a force had hit me so hard, I was totally caught off guard. What the hell was that?

It took a good minute for me to regain feeling in my limbs. A whimper escaped my lips as I heard Scarlette’s trembling voice calling my name.

“Skyler! Skyler!” she called while shaking me.

A groan escaped my lips and I could feel the heaviness in my head and temples.

I looked up and saw both Primrose and Scarlette were looking at me with concern. I also saw that Scarlette’s eyes were glossed over as if she were about to start crying.

Both ladies helped me into a sitting position while holding my back for support. I felt so weak, weaker than how I was feeling minutes ago. It took a few seconds before they started speaking again.

“Scarlette, we need to leave before we’re caught,” Primrose said urgently while looking around, worried.

“We can’t just leave her here, Primrose, it’s obvious she can’t go to the ceremony in her condition,” she explained while cradling me in her arms like a mother would.

“So what will we do?” Primrose asked while fidgeting in her position.

I could understand the state she was in. We should have been lining up ten minutes ago and I’m sure if a werewolf, or worse, the headmaster were to see us we would be in big trouble.

“I’ll stay—”

Scarlette began to speak but I quickly cut her off.

“I’ll stay and call in sick for the day,” I croaked out. I didn’t want both women to be punished because of me. It was obvious I was taking up their time. And I didn’t think the headmaster would miss me if I wasn’t present at the ceremony.

“Yes, that’s a good idea,” Primrose quickly agreed while pulling Scarlette’s arm so they could be on their way.

As Scarlette was being dragged away, she turned and told me to go my quarters as soon as possible and I couldn’t argue.

Crawling on all fours, I weakly tried to get up, and thankfully I didn’t stumble and fall on my face again. As I took a step forward, I felt the warm trickle of liquid on my forehead.

I cautiously reached my fingers up to touch what was there and to my utter surprise it was blood. A droplet then ran down my face and dripped onto the marble floor.

My features morphed into horror when I looked down and saw more blood was smeared on the floor. And with quick hands I reached down and cleaned up the mess I made and the mess that was on my face with a piece of paper towel.

Then marched my way to my quarters. As my body made contact with the bed I slipped out of consciousness.

 

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