RomanceScience Fiction & Fantasy

Fighting for What's Mine

Heather Punko

Alina is a human girl being raised by werewolves, or so she always believed. After being mated to the Alpha of Midnight Pack, she shifts for the first time into a rare silver panther, destined to be queen of all werekind. Just as she begins to figure out what this means for her future, Alina discovers a looming darkness causing sickness within the pack and must assemble a team of warriors to fight back against the cause...

Age Rating: 18+ (Content Warning: Assault, Homophobia, Rape, Torture, Violence Against Women)

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RomanceScience Fiction & Fantasy

Fighting for What's Mine

Heather Punko

Alina is a human girl being raised by werewolves, or so she always believed. After being mated to the Alpha of Midnight Pack, she shifts for the first time into a rare silver panther, destined to be queen of all werekind. Just as she begins to figure out what this means for her future, Alina discovers a looming darkness causing sickness within the pack and must assemble a team of warriors to fight back against the cause...

Age Rating: 18+ (Content Warning: Assault, Homophobia, Rape, Torture, Violence Against Women)

1: Chapter One

Prologue

The trees were daunting, to say the least, but my family had kept me from them for so long that now I was more than interested in them.

They had a special place for me because I was never able to go into them with the ones who raised me.

Compared to my family, I was too small and too weak for the forest that had held far too many dangers for me to go into them alone.

Well, I am going to be turning eighteen soon, and I wanted to not only leave my family, but I wanted to leave this world in so many ways it wasn’t funny.

I had never wanted to be a burden to the ones who had brought me into the world or the ones who had raised me.

That was all I had ever felt like, a burden to all around me. I had never felt like I had ever done anything right in my life.

My name is Alina Kinshra and I’m human, sort of, but I’m special because I was raised by werewolves.

I knew there were supernatural creatures in the world, so I knew there were real dangers in the world while most humans just chose to ignore or just plain not believe in the facts in front of them.

I, on the other hand, knew about it all, and it had driven me insane.

In school, I had been bullied by those who had thought I was worthless to the pack because I was nothing but a lowly human.

My adopted family had tried to protect me from their fellow wolves but my older “brother” could not always be right next to me.

I was by far not weak but I was not a wolf either. I was always going to be weaker than the supernatural beings surrounding me and that was just a simple fact I had come to accept in my life.

I was just the oddball.

Damien, my adopted brother, would train me at night, and I could hold my own in a fight. However, I was not a violent person; I was a bit of a wimp and didn’t really want to hurt anyone.

I tended not to want to fight others. I didn’t think it ever got me anywhere. What was the point? It never solved anything for me.

I was never expecting to find out that the real reason why my parents had left me behind was to save my life and the world of the weres days after my birthday.

ALINA

I was up before everyone in the packhouse as usual. Even the Omegas were still asleep, and they were always the first wolves awake. I usually helped them in the kitchen before running off to school.

I was up before the sun, running and training alone behind the packhouse as usual. I didn’t want to be seen by anyone else.

They would have probably tried to mock me or beat me or both and I didn’t want to deal with that today.

Today I just wanted to get through the day unnoticed by everyone. Please, Moon Goddess, please let them leave me alone today.

I felt myself blush a little at my thoughts. Most of the kids of the pack would tell me that their Goddess only listens to the prayers of the weres, ~not~ to weak humans like myself.

Victoria, the biggest slut in school, would be the first to tell me such things.

She was convinced that when the alpha’s son came home from alpha camp on his eighteenth birthday, she would be his mate.

True, they had been close before he had left but, I doubt very seriously that Alex will like having a slut for a mate.

When he left for alpha camp, Tori went after every male wolf that would fuck her sideways. All the while she claimed to be only for Alex and the future luna of this pack. Pfft, I think not.

My brother Damien was Alex’s best friend. They had been close since they were pups, and he will be the pack’s second in command when Alex becomes the alpha after finding and marking his luna.

Alexander had spent more time around me and our parents than most others had. I knew more about my alpha than most others.

Alex had always looked after me with Damien. They were like my guardian angels, my best friends when I had no one else to run to. Until they had to leave me for training.

When Alex left for alpha camp, Damien had to leave too for his own training to become a better and stronger beta for the pack.

Unfortunately, that had left me alone to fend for myself against the she-wolves of the pack—the future pack runners. I had been left alone for two years, facing the pack alone.

The adults of the pack loved me and found me to be cute and adorable most of the time but not their kids or grandkids. For some reason all the ones my age or younger hated me.

They despised the fact that a lowly human had found their way into the ranks of the wolves to live.

Victoria Kane and Wyatt Jones were the ringleaders and led the popular kids in bullying me, beating on me in and out of school every chance they got.

They were the ones to make my life hell for the past two years, and the ones I had wanted to avoid the most today of all days.

After my quick breakfast, I ducked out of the house before anyone could catch me out in the open. Any of them caught me and I knew I wouldn’t have a good day and today was a special day for me.

I wasn’t going to let anyone ruin this day for me. Hopefully.

AFTER SCHOOL

Worst day ever!

Everything was going just fine until lunch when Victoria—or Tori—and her bimbo squad caught me in the bathroom. They decided to beat me until I bled.

I had to go to the nurse’s office and then I just ditched the rest of school, not wanting to deal with anymore of the bullshit.

I snuck out to one of my hiding spots and just stayed there for the rest of the day I wanted to be left alone. For once I didn’t care that my phone was almost dead or that I was still bleeding a little.

I just wanted to be left alone.

My brother and Alex hadn’t kept their promise to me this morning by being here. Then this shit in the afternoon.

Whatever.

I laid my head down and closed my eyes, hoping to just be forgotten. It would have been so much better that way.

My eighteenth birthday was fully ruined.

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