Ten years ago.
My morning started with a lot of nagging and just when I thought they were about to take it down several notches, it escalates and now I'm not even sure it's a mere argument. Something is happening or about to happen. I can feel it and from the look of things, it's not a good something. We've been sitting in the car for what seems like an eternity. It's a miracle mother let us come back to the same place seeing that she was really against it. This isn't my first time here though, mother's skin crawls at the mention of this place. It's a surprise she even came along. Father has business here but what I don't get is what I'm doing here. It's not like I haven't gone on one of his meetings but this one feels a bit strange. Why we are all in the car for his business is what I'm yet to understand.
The sound of the wind, although loud, did nothing to drown out the hooting of the owls. That's the sound of a peaceful world. Unfortunately that is not my world, I am Diana Wilson, age 12, the only child of Anna and Shawn Wilson. Growing up, I won't say I'm not happy with my life, but it's far from what every other girl's childhood dreams are made of. I used to think everything was normal but I'm not sure what normal is anymore. Not with a silver coloured hair, which is plastered to my face from the heat and certainly not with my parents constantly arguing about whatever it is that has my mum very disturbed. Just like right now. They've been arguing for over twenty minutes. It's hot from sitting in the car for so long. I'm sure we're here for a reason and that's the reason for this argument but I don't understand anything. Dad is so nervous and he wants to get out of the car but everytime he tries to, mum pulls him back by his sleeve, seriously seriously though let him be. She's afraid of something but I don't know what it is,and he's nervous while I sit in the back trying to figure out what's going on because I don't expect them to tell me. It's driving me crazy not knowing. They treat me like I'm still seven. Another thing I'm curious about is the golden box sitting on the dashboard, that box and I have been engaged in a staring competition lately, and am having a feeling that I don't stand a chance.
However, nothing could stop me from listening in on their conversation. I wished I didn't have my hearing aid turned up so I could drown out what they were saying. Seeing them argue upsets me because it takes away from our once happy family and lately, these arguments have persisted. I always wondered what it was that made mother so worried but I never had the guts to speak up. Father seemed tired of going back and forth with her. "Listen to me, let's leave. You don't have to do this. By the time they decide to come after us, we'll be long gone. If you go. Who knows what might happen. They may kill you" Mother cried. Unfortunately I had heard that part loud and clear, and I was overcome with fear and trembled, accidentally dropping my shoe, curses, most times I wish I could turn back the hands of time like right now. Suddenly, two pairs of eyes were looking at me curiously, and I the same. How dangerous is this guy? I asked myself, why would they want to kill my father, did he do something wrong? I glanced at my mother for an answer, cause am panicking right now, if this is something dangerous or life threatening they should call the police as soon as possible, but I guess I should had known better than expect an answer from either of them. Mother wiped her tears. I didn't realise she was crying. Well, I guess there's no way I can dodge this now, I might as well take off my hearing aids. "Diana, sweetheart, Please take off your hearing aids, dad and I have something to discuss."
"Wait, is father gonna be okay. Is he in danger, we should inform the police if they are bad people." I explained, but no one responded and she made me take off my hearing aids. Of course it's back to secrets, however I had to obey, so I took them off and held it in my hands. I smell a rat.
I was born deaf so I depend on my hearing aids a lot, that's the reason my parents could get away with all their secrets and have a conversation right before me and I won't have a single clue about it. I was told I was deaf at birth and so I had to learn sign and other bunch of stuffs to help me survive in this big round world, like reading lips, that way I could at least understand people without wearing that uncomfortable stuff. I've been homeschooled all my life, am not sure why, perhaps they feel embarrassed to have a deaf child, or they might be trying to protect me from outsiders, I don't know, but I definitely feel bad about not being able to have a normal life. I haven't stepped out of my house in years, so this is actually the only time I have to leave home. Staying behind while others make friends and meet clients are something I don't have the luxury of having. How unfortunate I am.
Friends. I wonder what it feels like to have someone to call friends. The only people I know as friends are my nanny, the staffs and my dog Rufus.
What snapped me back to reality was my mothers taking my hands and dropping a kiss on my forehead as a guilty reward. Does that mean she agreed to take me with her to see fathers business partners. Well she wouldn't be this worried if only they tell me what on earth they were hiding, that would also help me feel better about eavesdropping, but this is my only option.
I can tell they were both hiding something from me. It's been this way for years. They would always tell me to take off my hearing aids and talk ALOT. But this time, it felt different and it worries me, just like it worried her . I watched as they debated on the topic and continued with my speculations. Finally mother let go of his shirt, and dad opened the door of the car, he got out with the golden box in his hands. Between being locked up in the car with mom and going to an unknown destination with dad, I rather go with him, besides am curious about what's in that box.
For as long as I can remember, I've known that box, he never leaves the car without it. I've always wondered what it contained. I couldn't bring myself to ask. Shortly after fathers departure, he returns with the box. Mother came out of the car and they talked a lot. Now is my chance to understand what's going on.
I might seem rebellious but it's for a good cause this time. It's not nice to keep a child in the dark, so this is what they have forced to do. Although I feel completely guilty about what I did, they were also to blame, I'll just let them know that I listened on their conversation later, after all it shouldn't be a big deal right? What's so important that they had to ask me to take off my hearing aids. If I wasn't dead then they'll probably leave me alone just to make sure they achieve their goals. I sneak my hearing aids back on and cover it up as much as I can with my wet hair, and edge closer to the window. "I want to put an end to this once and for all Anna, so I'm taking both of you with me." Wait, Father's finally taking us to see his dealer, which should be a good thing right? But the look on mother's face isn't pleasant, it's more like she wants him to eat his words and take it back. He really should reconsider taking us along, am fine where I am, I bet mom thinks so too.
She frowned at his suggestion. "No, my daughter's going nowhere. It's dangerous Shawn." She told him. I slough with disappointment, if I were father I would give up already, she never loses.
"Please Anna, if we really want to end this shouldn't we come clean, we aren't hiding anything right?" That shut mother up, she didn't say another word. She turned in my direction and beckoned me to come out, probably thinking I still wasn't wearing my hearing aids, at least my hair is useful.
We arrived at a large warehouse. It was dark but I could tell dad was shaking from his nerves. He's never been good at hiding them. Some men stood by the entrance, waiting for us I presume . "You're late." I heard a middle aged man say just one look at this man and I could tell something about him was different. I tried so hard to avoid looking into his eyes, and pay no attention to him. We continued and moved forward.
I've never seen father this nervous. He always acts speechless and shy whenever he gets nervous, so am pretty sure this guy was a big deal. "I had to handle a certain problem." He said with all manner of seriousness, am shocked, Father never responds firmly to anyone, even mother. No doubt that was addressed to mother. Finally, the two came to a stop, just a few feet away from each other. "Good evening, Alpha Max." He greeted him."Mr Shawn, I believe you have my package ready for me." He said. Father smiled and brought forward the box. The man they called Alpha took a good look at it and frowned like it was not what he had expected, he glanced at me and I shrinked with fear. "Is that all? This wasn't what we had discussed. Mr Shawn." Something bigger than what was in the box, this just makes me more desperate. What was their deal about. The Alpha seemed to losing his patience with each passing second.Father bowed deeply. "I
The shot echo throughout the room. I became nervous when I felt mother squeeze me like never before. When I looked up at her, she was crying but there was a warm smile on her face, one I didn't like, one that felt ominous. I felt so many things at once. I felt something heavy lodged in the pit of her stomach and in a split second, loneliness crept in. "Am sorry we failed you Diana, I just want you to know that we tried." That was the last thing she said to me. The next second, she collapsed to the ground. I rushed to help her up but the moment I touched her all I saw was blood. It was the second time today, and now, both of them were dead. I couldn't stop my tears from falling freely from my eyes, this was reality. When I opened my mouth I could only scream out one thing. "MOM." I called out repeatedly. I rubbed my body against mother's and hugged her one last time, not minding she was lying in a pool of blood.I felt a heavy deadly aura draw closer and
The morning began with a lot of running around in the mansion. Everyone was busy as hell, and it wasn't a day to smile at all. News spread that the Alpha had fallen ill. It was just three weeks after my arrival, a sudden illness of the Alpha wasn't that serious, but when it proved to be capable of killing the Alpha, it was no joke. His health worsened each day, as he looked pale, lost control of his inner wolf and sometimes could hardly speak. It continued that way for weeks, until finally, he died, am almost certain they might me for it.Calm down Diana. Don't jump to conclusions everything will be alright.On my way out I spot Miss Hailey outside, talking to one of the men from the mansion. Unfortunately, I was caught peeping at them, there was no way to hide now. "Diana." She called, she signaled for the child to come. "Assemble all the maids. Tell them to meet me inside the mansion, Madam Taylor would like to see us all. Including you." Miss Hailey s
"So it's true, her parents are murderers. How horrible." I fought back my tears as talks about my parents flowed amongst the maids. They went on and on about a crime I didn't commit. I had no idea what was going on at that time and even now. Still they made it seem like I was responsible for everything.Soon, other maids joined in on the conversation, taking pride from talking against I, not caring about the consequences. "I wonder, doesn't that make her one of them too? I mean she's got their blood in her." Right, they just want to make things clear that am no different from my parents, well that's too bad because unlike them I know my parents and they can never think of killing someone not less kill, I'll just have to wait for the right opportunity to prove them wrong."Very true." They laughed."Enough you two." Miss Hailey yelled. They immediately became silent, and were careful not to anger the chie
Just when she had started to feel highly about herself, Brenda spoke up "Still, I don't get why he had relationships with four of us." That left her in a bad mood, even I could tell."Maybe he wanted a girl." April said. He had seven sons, why would he need a girl."Don't know." Lucia replied. Slowly the tension between the four women died down and they spoke freely. Madam Lucia looks at me and smiles sweetly. "Speaking of which. Don't you think they need to know the survivors of the murders." Lucia asked. She was referring to me, she probably must have figured who I was.Taylor looked at me and hissed, "who Diana. Why?""Because I think they should patch up,I mean the girl's done nothing wrong." Brenda said."Well she did, she was born." Like I asked, how is being born my fault."Put yourself in her shoes." Brenda yelled."Come on. Let them meet.
Once he left the hall, the boy suddenly came to a stop. I hid behind the walls, knowing it won't take an hour for him to find me. Afterall he was relying on his nose to find him the trace of my scent. The worst part was he was standing before the door, why do I always have to be cornered. I peeked at the door, checking if he had given up or not, when a couple of maids came from the other side of the room with a laundry basket. Now is my chance, once they got close to me I mingled with them and helped them out, no one would refuse help anyway so they let me help out. On reaching the door, he looked around and finally stepped away from the door.Saved.I handed over their things and fled.I was sitting by a pond, there was a log wedged on one side of the river where I sat, my feet in the cold water, making splashes every now and then. "You." I heard some rustling and looked behind me. It's time, how did he find me so quickly. , Diana turn
After the run in with his brothers, Jasper spent the rest of his day strolling around the mansion in a bid to avoid them. At some point, we bumped into each other and spent some time together. He got into an argument and got scolded at. So it's safe to say he was having the best day of his life. As his brothers departed, he knew he also had to leave, especially since Madam Taylor didn't like the idea of me being with one of the Maxwell brothers. "Remember what I told you and please don't cry anymore. He stood upright "See you later Diana." He said with a smile. "Let's meet after the funeral okay."Strange. I didn't want to cry anymore after all I had made a promise not to, and now, I really didn't feel like breaking it. I had never met someone similar to me in my entire life. Although we had separate lives, we were similar in so many ways and that made me happy.Gosh.I really feel like a fool by
Over the years everyone had left the mansion and went to live separately including Madam Taylor. She moved with her sons, (can't say I wasn't happy though) the only people who didn't move were Dave and Evan. Someone had to keep watch over the mansion since they were all going their separate ways and they volunteered. I was also happy that happened, otherwise I would have had to see the faces of the twins everyday.As I wiped the dishes, Aunt Hailey came over to me, looking over excited and happy. Which I find awkward considering how unpredictable she could be some times. "Guess who's coming over Diana." Aunt Hailey whispered to me, I wasn't really sure about what she was trying to do, considering the fact that I knew no one except her. So who would actually make me overjoyed, or is it someone she knew.I shake my head and reply. "I don't know, can you please tell me." I wouldn't be too bothered except she was blushing a bit too much