I stared into my cousin's soulless eyes, and wondered how we'd gotten to this point. When I finally found my Fianna I thought my life would be complete. Years of searching for her, I had built up a fantasy in my mind and this definitely isn't it. Don't get me wrong I love Freya more than words could describe, but nothing could've prepared me for the loss and heartbreak that she has brought along with her. I know that it isn't her fault, but I don't understand how one sweet and perfect girl can have so much tragedy and pain following her around.
Watching my cousin trying to fight his new natural instincts, that are screaming at him to rip me apart, and bleed me dry, makes me wonder if my happiness is really all that worth it? All I ever wanted growing up, was to find my Fianna, start a family and live happily ever after. Cliché I know, but when I found Freya, she was beyond what I'd hoped for.
A lot of hunters sadly get humans as their chosen mates and then have to panic about leaving them if they ever bore hunter children. It is a very cruel fate to be given your soul mate, only to have to leave them one day. I am one of the lucky ones and Freya is a hunter just like me. Our future together was going to be a long and happy one. Well, at least that's what I'd thought. Now I'm not so sure. Our faction has suffered so much since I brought her home. We have lost our Fionn, some hunters have lost their mates, friends and family, this can't go on! I need to put the faction first; we can't lose any more people just so that I can be happy. I have two choices, leave Freya and break both of our hearts, or leave the faction with her. If we go on the run, hopefully, the council will leave the faction alone, and follow us instead.
“You look, troubled dear cousin. How about I silence them thoughts for you!” Evan hissed at me, instantly snapping me out of my thoughts.
He lunged toward me with his arms stretched out, ready to grab me. I dodged to the side just in time, and he fell onto the ground. He let out an agitated huff, then slammed his fists into the floor and pushed himself up. I backed up against the wall not really knowing what to do, I was chained up for Christ sake, this wasn't a fair fight. The chains! I suddenly thought as an idea popped into my head. I grabbed the chains that were secured to my arms and as Evan lunged at me again, I managed to spin him around then quickly wrapped the chains around his neck. The talons he now had as fingernails, sliced through my arms as he fought hard to try and free the chains from around his neck. A tear rolled down my cheek as I tightened the chains even more. His efforts became weaker, and as they did, I closed my eyes tight and prepared myself to say goodbye to my best friend. Tears now freely streamed down my face as I said to him softly,
“Goodbye Evan, I am so sorry.”
“No! Put him down!” A woman's voice screamed out at me.
Before I had a chance to open my eyes and see who it was, I felt a hand grab me around my throat then effortlessly lift me up into the air. As I choked and gasped for air I let go of the chains, instantly releasing Evan. I heard him hit the floor then cough as he tried to get his breath back. In one way I was glad I hadn't killed him, but in another way, I wasn't. He was now a monstrosity and a danger to all hunters.
“I would love nothing more than to choke the life out of you right now, but Freya would never forgive me. So if I let you down will you behave yourself?” The woman's voice asked me.
I nodded my head the best I could, then instantly plummeted to the floor. I sat there curled up for a bit just coughing and choking, trying to catch my breath. Once I could breathe again, I looked up to see who had attacked me and saved Evan. I watched as the white-haired woman held Evan's face between her evil hands, and I was surprised to see that there was actual concern and worry on her face. Selene had feelings for my cousin, it was hard to believe that this cold and demonic woman could even must up normal feelings, but it was clear to see that she cared for Evan. He looked weak and held his head down low as she stroked his cheek with her thumb.
“He's not a monster Mason. He is still your cousin and he is still the amazing and funny Evan that he was before,” she said in a low voice as she sat down in front of him.
She pulled him into her embrace, I watched in disgust as she brought her wrist up to her mouth and then tore open her vein. Blood immediately began to run down her arm, and I quickly turned my head away as she put her wrist to my cousin's lips. I could hear him moan weakly as he began to drink the crimson liquid.
“It's just the blood lust that's sending him crazy, he will be fine once he's fed. I promise you, you will have your cousin back,” she said sincerely.
I couldn't believe what she was saying though, how could I have my cousin back? This blood-sucking fiend could never be my cousin. I mean look at Kali. From what Damien and my father had told me, she never used to be so twisted and evil. They said once she was turned, that's when she changed into the monster she is today. How could Selene know that Evan wouldn't change into an evil, and sadistic monster?
“There, my king. Is that better?” Selene asked Evan as he finished up drinking her blood.
He sat back and wiped his mouth with his sleeve. Then to my shock, he quickly crawled away from Selene, then while still on all fours, threw up all over the floor. He began to freak out and started screaming,
“What did she do to me? That fucking bitch turned me! No, no, NO! I can't be a vampire! Please no.”
Selene crawled over to Evan and pulled him into her chest. He sobbed as she stroked his hair and tried her best to comfort him. I couldn't believe how different she was from the first time I'd seen her. She was loving and dare I say it, 'normal'. I decided to try and comfort my cousin, but as I crawled forward my chains clicked and pulled against my arms. Selene turned and looked at the chains that shackled me to the wall. She held one of her hands up and the chains began to shake and crack. With a loud pop, they shattered and fell to the floor. I glanced up at Selene and mouthed the words 'thank you' as I rubbed my wrists to try and soothe them.
“It will all be ok my king. Kali will pay for what she's done to you. I will make her pay for what she's done to all of you!” She said to him as she embraced him tightly.
She then stood up and walked towards the door. I scrambled over to Evan and cautiously put my arms around him, he quickly pulled me close and sobbed into my chest. Selene smiled softly at me then said,
“Freya's on her way, I'll tell her to go and meet us at the safe house.”
Without giving me a chance to reply she vanished. Evan had begun to calm down by now, so I pulled away from him slightly. He lifted his head, and his eyes were bloodshot from all of the crying. The man looked completely broken beyond repair, and my heart went out to him. I could see his eyes scanning around the room looking at all of our tortured and mutilated friends and family. As his head turned in the direction of his father, I quickly grabbed it and pulled it towards mine. I rested my forehead onto his, and said softly,
“Evan, you don't need to see that. Let's take you to the office while we wait for Selene to get back.”
He shook his head against mine and simply uttered,
I suddenly remembered that Kali had also killed Stevie and another hunter, she must have done that in the office. I sighed then asked,
“Is the dining room ok?”
He nodded his head in reply. I helped him up and told him to keep his eyes closed while I guided him through the slaughterhouse that was our living room. I managed to get us to the dining room and helped Evan sit down on one of the chairs. I went over to the cupboard and got out two glasses and a bottle of whisky. I think we could do with this right now, I thought to myself.
I'd been flying for about an hour, and Sam had been constantly blowing up my phone. I should have turned the damn thing off, but I didn't want to miss a call from Mason. My phone rang again so I slowed down and found a secluded place to descend. I took out my phone and looked at the display. My heart jumped for joy when I saw who it was. It wasn't Mason but it was the next best thing, it was Evan. I quickly hit the answer button then said excitedly,
“Freya, where are you?” A woman's voice asked, dragging the words out in a creepy kinda way.
I frowned and stayed silent for a minute, trying to work out who it could be. I didn't recognize the voice at all, but she did sound a little like my aunt Hannah. Oh my God,
“The one and only! Well, I was, but it seems that you like to follow in your dear old aunt's footsteps, now doesn't it!?” She said sarcastically.
“I am nothing like you, Kali! From what I've heard, you're an evil and sadistic monster!” I spat back at her.
Knowing she was away from the cabin gave me some added confidence. I heard her burst into laughter on the other end of the phone and I rolled my eyes.
“That's what you've heard have you? How is my beloved Samael? You screwed him yet?” She asked venomously.
She tried to sound like she didn't care, but I could hear the jealousy dripping off of her tongue like rattlesnake venom.
“What? Of course not! We're just friends,” I told her honestly then continued when I heard her scoff,
“Not that it's got anything to do with you who he sleeps with. And I'm with Mason or did you forget?”
“You're right Freya, it is none of my business, but to be honest, who could blame you if you did sleep with him? I mean just look at the damn guy, he's stunning! I couldn't blame him for wanting to sleep with you either, from the pictures I've seen on Evan's phone, you look exactly like me,” she said with a chuckle and a weird sense of pride.
“Look, Kali. As nice as this bonding moment is, I'm busy, so do you want to get to the point?” I snapped at her.
I needed to get flying again, or I wouldn't reach the cabin until dark. I knew pissing her off wasn't the greatest idea I'd had today, but I wasn't in the mood to play games, or to catch up with crazy-ass family members that were hunting me down.
“Ooo! Feisty, I like it. Ok, straight to the point it is. You need to give yourself up and come back to the council with me,” She said bluntly.
“Fat chance!” I scoffed down the phone.
I quickly held the phone away from my ear as she screeched down it, I guess she didn't like my answer. I heard her scream a few swear words, then heard the van screech to a halt. Then the sound of a door opening, then another. I pressed my ear up to the phone to try and listen better, then snatched it away again as I heard a high-pitched yelp.
Mina immediately began howling inside my head,
“Finnley!” She screamed at me.
“Freya! Don't do what she wants, RUN!” Finn screamed down the phone.
Mina whimpered when we heard him yelp as Kali hit him, then shouted,
“Shut your mouth, you stupid mutt!”
The line went quiet for a second then she spoke again,
“Ahem, sorry about that. Please ignore my pet, he doesn't yet know his place,” she said through gritted teeth then hit him again making him whimper. She then continued,
“But with a little time and retraining at the council, he'll be a perfect little puppy. Won't you? Yes, you will!” She said in baby talk.
Mina and I listened while Kali spoke to Finnley, It turned my stomach when she said,
“Mmm, who's a cute little puppy, huh? You're so scrumptious, I could just eat you all up, yes I could,” She said in baby talk again.
“Grrr!” I growled over the phone as my body began to shift.
I couldn't keep Mina under control anymore, she wanted to protect her son, and I couldn't blame her. I spoke to her softly in my head,
“Mina, please, let me handle this. I promise you will get your chance to rip her apart!”
She backed away with a huff and gave me back control.
“Your wolf getting all momma bear on ya, is she? That is adorable,” Kali mocked.
“Enough Kali! Let him go!” I snapped at her down the phone.
“Fat chance!” She replied.
Oh for Christ sake, what is wrong with this woman? She's a spoilt brat, that has the maturity of a 3-year-old, I thought to myself as I rolled my eyes yet again.
I stood there for a minute contemplating my options, then I realized I didn't have any. I already knew that Mina wanted our son back, and it's not like I could just stroll up and steal him. I had to hand myself in, I could not let anyone be enslaved, tortured or God forbid die for me. The faction had already lost my dad and Ellie because of me, I won't let them lose Finnley too.
“Ok, you win. Do you know Redwood Meadows?” I asked her.
“Yes,” she replied abruptly.
“I'll be there in about ninety minutes,” I snapped at her, then hung up the phone before she had a chance to gloat. I shoved my phone back into my pocket, then ascended and took off into the air.
I'd been flying for over an hour, and I'd had a lot to think about. Like, Why didn't Mason tell me that it was Kali that the council had sent to the cabin? What were the council going to do with me? Was there any way I could save Finnley and make a run for it? Were Mason and Evan ok? Would I ever see Mason again?
I had to stop thinking about it all, because I was driving myself insane and becoming emotional, and if I broke down right now, I'd be no use to anyone. Thankfully just twenty minutes outside of Redwood I got a mind link from Selene. I quickly descended, and as I did she then rang my phone,
“Selene?” I answered.
“Freya! Thank God, I've been trying to contact you for hours, where are you?” She asked in a panic.
“I can't tell you Selene, but just know that I'm ok, and I'm going to fix it all. How are Mason and Evan?” I asked her in a concerned voice.
“Why can't you tell me? What do you mean you're going to fix it? Urgh!” She huffed then continued,
“It doesn't matter, we can discuss it later at the safe house, I'll get Samael to text you the address. And Freya, don't bother to argue with me. Mason and Evan, hell, all of us, need you right now!” She demanded.
“Selene, is there something wrong with Mason and Evan?” I asked in a panic.
“Evan's been turned,” she said with sadness in her voice.
I'd never heard her like that before and it was strange and unsettling. I'd gotten used to her being crazy, demented and over the top. This new Selene worried me.
“Werewolf?” I questioned.
“Vampire,” she replied softly.
“Kali? Turned him?” I asked through gritted teeth as my blood began to boil.
“She did more than that Freya. She tortured and mutilated around a dozen hunters right in front of him, while trying to get him to give up your location,” she paused as I gasped down the phone.
“She then chained their corpses to the walls of the living room, and showed them off to Mason, like it was a damn trophy room. Then she tied him to the wall and left Evan in there with him while he transitioned,” she paused again to let it all sink in.
I stood silent for a moment while I processed it all. I tried my best to keep myself calm, flying into a rage right now wouldn't help at all. Once I calmed myself enough I said,
“Is that everything?”
“No, I just got there in time to stop Mason from killing Evan. Freya, Evan is really broken, he's not coping at all. The bitch even killed his dad!” She snapped down the phone.
I knew her anger wasn't aimed at me, so I thought nothing of her snapping. Although to be honest, I was quite surprised that she wasn't admiring Kali's work. Something had changed her, but now wasn’t the time to find out what. I knew that she wasn't going to take no for an answer, and she didn't need me to tell her where I was either. She could find me anywhere, she could find any of her werewolf or vampire children, so I needed to lie to her. I spoke as convincingly as I could,
“Ok, get Sam to text me the address of the safe house, I'll get there as soon as I can. And Selene?”
“Yes?” She asked.
“Please keep them safe, and tell Mason, I'm sorry! And, that he's always in my heart,” I said as a single tear rolled down my cheek.
“Ok, I'll tell him,” she replied then the line went silent.
I wiped the tear from my cheek then straightened up. I can't let anyone else die because of me. I will go to the council, then Kali will have no use for the faction, Evan, or Mason. I will be able to keep Finnley safe, then try to figure out a way to either escape, or bring Kali and the council down. Either way, I need to keep the people I had left safe, and I am willing to do anything necessary. I wonder if I will ever see Selene, Sam, Evan, Mason, or my siblings again. The thought terrifies me, but I need to be strong.
I took in a deep breath then screeched into the air, my wings ripped through my skin and fanned out showing off all of their magnificence. Once fully ascended I took off into the sky with Mina howling a war cry in my head. We were both more than ready to face our fate. I screamed up into the sky,
“I Love you, Mason!”
Mason HartEvan and I sat there in silence for what seemed like hours. I had drunk three glasses of whisky in however long we'd sat there, and Evan was still nursing the same glass. He was just sitting there with his elbows on the table while he held his glass. He was staring off into space, with the occasional tear escaping his eyes and trailing down his already soaked cheeks.I had tried to speak to him, but he hissed at me, so I just left him to his thoughts. I couldn't imagine what he was going through. I knew that a part of me blamed Freya for being the cause of all of this, but I still wished that she was here. She was probably the only person that could relate to Evan and help him through all of this. Well, other than Finnley, but I didn’t have a clue where he was, right now.I knew that Kali had him in the back of her van, but I didn't know if she was on her way to my mom's house to get Frey
Mason HartI sat back onto the woodland floor and sighed, as I tried to piece together what had just happened. I never thought that I would feel sorry for Selene, but I did. I could understand a little now, as to why she ended up so twisted and crazy. I hoped that she was ok, as I began to stand up from the dirt. I brushed off the dirt and leaves from my ass, and as I did, I heard a high-pitched ascension screech, and I immediately took off running back towards the cabin. I ran as fast as I could, then ascended so that I could get to the cabin even quicker.I eventually got to the cabin and walked up the steps to the porch. I entered the cabin cautiously, and it was eerily quiet as I crept up to the dining-room door. I took in a deep breath and then burst through the door. I was ready for a fight, but no one was there, all that laid before me was broken furniture and smashed whisky glasses.“Evan?”
Freya RoseI stood there in complete silence, just staring at Samael with my brows furrowed together. What the hell is he doing here? Why is Kali all over him? Has he been in on this all along? Was he playing me this whole time? Those were just some of the thoughts that were racing around in my mind. I found it hard to fully concentrate on any of the questions that I was asking myself, because Mina was going absolutely berserk, she was growling and snarling. She was itching to be let out so that she could rip all of them apart.“Mina, please calm down, I need to think this through,” I asked her calmly in my mind.“No! Enough with your thinking, it's time for action. Let's rip these things apart, get Finnley, and make a run for it,” she snapped at me.I wanted nothing more than to let her take over control, I could then slip away into the back of my mind and hide away. It wou
Freya RoseI stood in the magnificent entrance hall, silently trapped in my thoughts. I still had no clue whether or not Sam was playing me, and I didn't quite understand why it was bugging me so much. I mean, I was still in love with Mason, but I think the reason why I was so attracted to Sam right now, was because I was thinking logically. See, I didn't know if, or when, I was going to see Mason again. I also felt terribly guilty for what Kali did to the faction, and Evan, because of me. Even if I did manage to escape this place, how could I go back there? At the moment, I felt like I belonged here with these evil beings. I mean, I seem to bring nothing but death, misery and heartache wherever I go. Mason was better off without me, they all were.A tear fell from my eye, and slid down my cheek, it then rolled all the way down to the corner of my mouth. I slipped my tongue out and licked it away as it kissed my lip.
Freya RoseKissing Sam felt amazing, but I couldn't help but feel guilty. I still loved Mason. Hell, if I was honest with myself, I still loved Tristan too. All that's happened the last few months, has turned me into someone I don't even recognize anymore. I never thought that I would be a cheat. A few months back, I had all that I'd ever wanted, how did my life get so crazy?“Ahem, Freya are you ok? Do you want us to stop?” Sam asked me as he pulled away from me, and looked down at me with an upset look on his face.I hadn't realized that when my thoughts took over, I had stopped kissing Sam. I stared up into his big brown eyes. I'd never really looked at them, I mean really looked. They were dark brown with slight flex of gold through them, making them a gorgeous honey brown color. He searched my eyes, clearly trying to figure out what I was thinking. I closed my eyes with a sigh, and he got
Freya RoseI stared into Samael's golden-brown eyes, as I let his words sink in. I believed him entirely, I didn't know what it was about him, but he had me utterly under his spell. My head kept telling me that he was untrustworthy, and dangerous. It was screaming at me to run as far away from this man as possible. But I couldn’t, I was trapped in this uncontrollable lust for him. I knew that he was trouble, I mean for God’s sake, he was with Kali. It was a less than ideal situation, but I came along with my own fair amount of baggage, so who was I to judge?I leaned in and gently placed my lips onto his, I then held his beautiful face with one hand, and then kissed him softly. Everything about him screamed seduction, his smell, his taste, his stunning face, his amazing body. He was pure perfection. I pulled away from the kiss, and then laid my head onto his shoulder. I felt so at ease with him, that I fou
Freya RoseI began to stir as the sedative wore off. My sense of smell was the first thing to return, the clean medical scent that I smelt earlier, filled up my nose as I inhaled. My cheeks puffed out as I exhaled the breath, and when I inhaled through my nose again, a ton of other scents hit me. I could smell a sweet iron smell, but it was faded, like how my hair and clothes smelt after my party, so I guessed it was dried blood. The idea of being surrounded by dried blood had me feeling a little nervous, but because I could smell it, I knew that my senses and hopefully my powers were coming back, so I wasn't freaking out completely. A waft of fresh blood suddenly hit my nose, and mix within it was a familiar scent.“Finnley!” Mina cried out excitedly in my head, but she then quickly began to whimper as she asked,“Is he ok? Is he alive?”I was over the moon that Mina was ba
Freya RoseI pulled away from Tristan, and as I did I made sure to seductively slide my hands down his body. I watched with a smirk on my face as he closed his eyes and exhaled deeply, letting out a low rumbling growl along with it. I lowered myself back down to the floor, and no sooner than my heels hit the ground, a high-pitched hiss filled the room. Sam lunged forwards, pushing the group of teenage hunters out of his way with one arm. A few of them lost their footing and fell to the ground, while the others managed to move out of the way just in time. The redhead quickly pulled them over to the wall with the others. Tristan ripped open his eyes, and then threw his hand towards me. As soon as his palm connected with my chest, I went flying backwards and straight into Finnley.Luckily he caught me, otherwise, I would have smashed right into the mirror. Finn helped me up to my feet, and we both just stood there