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The Prophecy Series

H. Knight

Chapter: 2: Interrogation


I awoke the next day to the sound of crunching leaves. I shot up and looked around, taking in my surroundings.

“Excuse me,” a man said in a strong tone.

“Beta,” my wolf said, sniffing.

“Hello.” I skeptically looked at the beta.

“Are you a rogue?” he asked, looking closely at me and sniffing.

“I—no,” I said, shaking my head. I had yet to figure out how I was going to explain to people where I had come from.

“A loner?” he asked, taking another sniff. This beta was different than Beta Ryan… It was like he was stronger.

“Yes.” I nodded.

A few other men arrived, wondering what was happening, and they all eyed me. If the situation were different, I would have said something about the way they looked at me.

It was the alpha blood in me, and my wolf didn’t like the disrespect.

“How long have you been here?” the beta asked, eyeing me closely. I could tell that he was in a debate with his wolf.

“Since last night’s sunset.”

“I thought Ian and Liam were on border patrol for this area,” he said in a stern voice, looking at the men behind him.

No one said anything. They all shifted their eyes, looking at anyone but him. It appeared disrespectful that they didn’t respond, and it made Bell angry.

“I can leave,” I said as I grabbed my bag and stood up.

I had been sitting at the base of an oak tree with a blanket wrapped around me to keep warm. It was fall, and the air was crisp and cool.

“Where are you going?” the beta asked, watching me closely.

“I don’t know.” I shrugged as I looked around the woods. Hell, I had no idea what I was even doing here.

“Where did you come from?”

“Is this an interrogation?” I said with a sigh.

I wasn’t interested in any of this. I wasn’t asking to be in his pack, and I had yet to cross over their borderline, yet he treated me like an intruder.

A part of me wanted to leave, but my wolf seemed to enjoy the smell of this strange pack.

“Yes,” he said sternly, waiting for me to answer his previous question.

I sighed and rolled my eyes before looking back at him. “My father is the alpha of my last pack, and he kicked me out,” I admitted, ashamed of myself.

“Why?” he asked.

I sighed and rolled my eyes again because I was getting annoyed at his endless questions.

“Why does this matter?” I spat with a huff.

“You are on our territory, so it matters,” he growled.

“No, your borderline is right there.” I pointed to where he was standing.

“I asked you a question!”

“It’s because of my mother,” I snapped. “She died a year ago, and he can’t stand being around me.”

“That’s fucked up,” someone said from behind the beta, and I shook my head.

“I will be leaving now. Sorry for intruding,” I said as I began to turn to walk away.

“We have been having a lot of rogue attacks recently. That is the only reason I was interrogating you,” the beta said, and I turned to look at him.

“I can’t exactly let you be a part of the pack because you need the alpha’s permission for that, and he is out of town at the moment.” He looked at me with a stern expression.

“But he will be back soon. You can stay in the pack house until then, but if you try anything, you will regret it,” the beta explained.

“I—” I started.

“Let’s go,” he gestured for me to follow him, and I did.

I wasn’t sure why. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to belong to another pack anymore. But my wolf yipped for joy at the thought of being in their pack.

As soon as I stepped over the pack borderline, I felt no connection whatsoever to my old pack.

It hurt, but I felt somewhat happy with where I was, and there seemed to be a small pull that I didn’t understand.

“I’m Beta Levi,” he said, turning to glance at me.

“Estella.” I smiled softly.

“Nice to meet you.”

“This is the Scar Moon Pack,” he said, gesturing to the clearing we found ourselves in.

Their land was huge, filled with large houses in random places. They also had a paved road that had a pathway throughout the area.

There were kids running around and couples walking with each other. People stopped what they were doing and watched me closely.

A group of warriors approached Beta Levi and nodded at him before looking at me closely. They were larger than the warriors in my father’s pack.

I nodded slightly at them and continued following Beta Levi.

“Levi,” a woman said, coming out of the house we were approaching.

It was placed in the middle of the other houses, meaning it was the pack house. She smiled brightly at Beta Levi, and I noticed he began to relax in her eyes.

“Olivia,” he said, walking up the steps. He wrapped his arms around her and kissed her cheek. She must be his mate. I felt a wave of jealousy flow over me, and I shook it off.

“This is Estella,” Beta Levi said, gesturing to me.

She smiled softly at me, and I smiled back.

“She was found by the border. She is a loner,” he clarified. It wasn’t just for her but rather the whole pack, who suddenly appeared to be watching.

A loner was different from a rogue. A rogue was feral and aggressive, and a loner was peaceful and calm. After a loner had been alone for a while, they would become a rogue.

There were very few instances where a loner wouldn’t turn feral. Typically, it only took a year or two for this to happen.

“She will be staying with us for a few weeks until Alpha returns. Then he can decide whether she leaves or stays. Until then, you will treat her as a guest,” Beta Levi said to the crowd behind me.

“Why is she a loner?” A warrior asked, eyeing me carefully.

I understood their lack of trust in me, but my wolf felt disrespected by it.

“Estella,” Beta Levi said, gesturing for me to inform them.

“My father, the alpha of my last pack, kicked me out,” I said loudly but not proudly.

“Why would her father do something like that?” another warrior asked, looking at me suspiciously.

“His mate, my mother, died a year ago. I look a lot like her, and he hates me because I remind him of his dead mate, I guess,” I said, looking directly at him. I was standing my ground.

“What about your mate?”

“I’m twenty-one, and I have not found my mate. Therefore, I do not have one,” I answered.

“All right,” Beta Levi said when the warrior went to ask another question.

“Estella, Olivia will show you around and get you settled into a room,” he said.

I nodded and smiled at Olivia, then followed her around the house as she showed me each room.

“I want to apologize for Kenton’s behavior,” Olivia said as she helped me settle into my own room.

“Is he the warrior that was asking me all those questions?” I asked.

“Yes. He is currently trying to become third in command, and he feels the need to question everyone.” She rolled her eyes.

“It’s fine.” I shrugged. “They all deserved to know. I would have done the same thing if someone had walked into my pack like I did yours.”

“Well, still. He can be an ass.” She laughed lowly.

“Men.” I rolled my eyes, and we laughed.

“So, you really don’t have a mate?” she asked, sitting on my freshly made bed. I could tell that she was curious about me.

“It seems that way.” I sighed and sat down next to her. “When my father was trying to find a reason to kick me out, he said I was a disgrace because I didn’t have a mate.

“I gave up looking after my mom died,” I admitted.

“I’m sorry,” she said and placed a loving hand on my shoulder.

“It’s fine.” I shook my head, trying to assure her that I was okay.

“Do you think the alpha will let me become a member of the pack?” I asked as I turned to look at her.

“I hope so.” She smiled softly. “I think we could be great friends.”

I smiled back. “What about the luna? Could I maybe meet her?”

“We don’t have a luna. Alpha doesn’t have a mate, and he is twenty-five. He was going to arrange something with someone from another pack or within the pack, but he didn’t.

“Levi said it was because he didn’t want to possibly take someone’s future mate, and he would rather stay alone.”

“It’s kind of sweet of him, I guess.” I shrugged.

“He won’t even date a girl within the pack. Some of the girls try, but they know it won’t work and are scared of him. But, if you ask me, I don’t think he really likes being alone,” Olivia said.

“Wow,” I said in shock.

Alphas were known to have a high sex drive, and they were much stronger—stable even—with a mate by their side.

It was rare for an alpha to decline an arranged marriage if he didn’t find his mate. It made me wonder about what he was like.

“Don’t tell anyone I told you any of this. This has to stay between the two of us,” she said, grabbing my hand with her eyes wide at the information she had just poured out to me.

“Of course.” I nodded with a smile.

“Come on. I’ll show you the rest of the territory,” she said before grabbing me and running out of the pack house.

For some reason, I felt myself relax for the first time since my mom’s passing. Not that life was really all that good when she was alive.

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