She ran, as fast as she could from the orphanage she was forced into.
Her mother, her only family had died, and they took her in to take care of her, well that was what she thought.
“GET THE GIRL BACK HERE! SHE’S WORTH A LOT AND I WILL NOT AFFORD LOSING HER!” He, the keeper of the orphanage yelled, she could tell that his eyes were flaring with anger, she did not need to look at him to know that he wanted her dead the second he got his hands on her, the thought of that alone frightened the child.
He and the man who he was selling her to stood watching as she ran so fast that she thought her legs were going to fall, but she knew that she couldn’t stop, if she did, they would catch her, and if they did, only God knew what they would be doing to her, she herself did not want to find out.
“Come on Kiara, come on!” The thirteen-year-old encouraged herself as she ran, the thought of the man catching her is what kept her going as she knew that she would be in more trouble than she would ever be able to handle, with that thought in her mind she took a right turn and entered the forest in hopes to get away from the three men who were close on her heels.
“Who goes there?” A girl’s voice asked, her hands holding a bow and arrow pointed at Kiara who froze upon seeing her, her stance frightened as she looked behind her to find the men closing in.
“Please, they’ve sold me for pleasure, I can’t go back there” Kiara begged looking at the girl whose eyes were the only thing seen in the darkness of the night as she wore a hood covering her head.
“Get behind me” the girl ordered Kiara hearing and sensing movement in the forest, Kiara didn’t need to be told twice as she nodded and ran behind the girl shaking for the life of her fearing what was to come.
“You have something that belongs to us” one of the men said approaching the girl, she snickered keeping her cold eyes on him as the bow and arrow were still raised at him, the man knew that if he made one wrong move that he was a goner, but the fact that he could tell that the girl was also a child made him take his chances and stand his ground in front of her.
“Do I?” She asked aiming the arrow and pulling the string before letting it go, the arrow shot through the first man’s heart killing him in seconds, Kiara’s eyes widened at the sight, never in her life has she seen such bravery from a girl, being in that orphanage, the man made sure that no girl got any confidence, and should he even sense any sign of it, then the girl would be beaten until she forgot her own name.
“We mean no harm to you, give us the girl and we’ll leave” the second man said, taking a careful step forward in fear that he would face the fate of his fallen friend, but the girl had her own plans for these men, careful or not.
“But I don’t really think she wants to join you” the girl said looking at the man, her voice taunting, threatening too.
“A man has paid a great deal to have her, she must come with us” the third said also walking closer, the girl simply sighed and grabbed an arrow from the arrow pack which was on her back and shot the second man, the third freezing in his spot as he watched her grab a third arrow.
“Would you like to face their same fate?” She asked looking at him, he gulped and shook his head “too bad…” she pulled the string again, and shot the man faster than he could process what was happening.
“I don’t like men who take advantage of females” she said looking at the now dead corpses, she turned to face Kiara before removing her hood, exposing her blonde hair which reached her lower back, her green eyes met Kiara’s brown ones and she smiled.
“How can I repay you for this?” Kiara asked the girl.
“That’s nonsense, us girls have to stick together love” she said smiling, putting her bow away she extended her hand to Kiara “I’m Nina”
“Kiara” Kiara shook Nina’s hand and smiled looking at the girl who had just saved her life.
“Do you have a place to go?” Nina asked Kiara, but she shook her head, her mother was the only family member she had and she passed away months ago.
“Family or friends?” Again, Kiara shook her head and Nina nodded extending her hand for Kiara to follow her.
“Well then, come on time to meet our leader” Nina said smiling.
“Leader?” Kiara asked confused at what Nina had meant, Nina simply nodded and put the hood over her head again, going to the dead men and removing the arrows from their bodies, wiping them with their shirts before putting them back in their pack with the rest of the arrows she had, she walked forward expecting Kiara to be following her.
“Yes, who do you think keeps us held together?” Nina asked smiling, Kiara was indeed following her.
“Who is us?” Kiara asked, curiosity taking over her rationalism.
“Come on, I’ll show you” Nina said softly, her gentle eyes meeting Kiara’s frightened ones, Nina could tell that Kiara was worried about being harmed after what had happened to her and she didn’t blame her, had it been any girl in her place, she would’ve felt the same way.
“We don’t bite” she said gently, Kiara hesitated but nodded, her worry somewhat leaving her as she looked at the girl who extended a helping hand to her.
“What if they hurt me?” Kiara asked taking a step back, the orphanage said that they wouldn’t hurt her and here they were threatening to sell her, she was worried that the same thing would be happening to her right now, maybe this was some kind of trap?
“No one will hurt you dear, I can assure that you are safe with us”
Kiara:“Good morning” I smiled at Nina who was laying on the forest floor, the fall air getting colder as we neared winter, her and I knew that we needed to find a place to stay soon or else we would all end up dying from the winter’s cold air.It’s been four years since she had found me in that forest the other night, and since I found out that she was the leader that held everything together here I was honestly impressed, it was then that her and I became inseparable.“Good morning” Nina said removing the hood from her eyes revealing her green eyes, she smiled when she saw me sit down by her side, my blue dress which was worn out from all the stitching I had done to fix it over the year, but I didn’t mind, it covered me and that was technically all that mattered, she for some reason liked wearing tights despite me telling her that these were men clothing, she said they were better when maneuvering around.&ldquo
Kiara:I walked through the village with a heavy heart at what I knew Celeste was being prepared to do, the rain had stopped a while ago as I walked and I found myself letting out deep breaths as I calmed myself from the guilt I felt, the girls had every right to be angry whenever it was their turns to be forced to be selling their bodies to disgusting men who seemed to want to please themselves sexually using a female’s body.Being a girl like Celeste, who was probably moping her eyes out right now as Nina watched her get ready, forcing her to act the way she saw fit to please whoever Nina was making the business with, I knew how she would’ve probably wanted to save herself for a man that she loved, a person who would love her back rather than simply use her for pleasure for a few months stay, but Nina was Nina, she didn’t like being talked back to, and she definitely did not like being argued with.Sighing, I found a man who was selling fruit
Nathan:“Why, hello there” I smirked looking at my mate who stood frozen before my eyes, she knew that I had seen her stealing from the man, I had paid him for what she took, though she did not technically know that, but I wasn’t going to let a man lose his merchants without getting paid for them.She took a step back, careful not to stumble on anything as she glared at me from hood covered eyes, in normal circumstances, I would’ve never allowed such behaviors, but this was my mate, and I had paid for what she took anyway, therefor why cause a fuss, right?“What do you want?” She asked angrily, her jaw clenched as she looked at me, though I was sure that she was searching for guards around me and not really looking at ME, but she did her best to cover it, which she was actually doing a good job at I must admit.“Oh, darling I do believe that you are in no position to be questioning me right now” I winked at
Kiara:I walked back to the campsite feeling somewhat giddy inside, though why I felt that way was something that I could not understand, the way the prince’s eyes met mine did not leave my mind forcing me to involuntarily bite my lip as a smile formed on my face, the mark on my wrist tingling as I approached the campsite, I looked at it to find a faint glow coming out of it making me frown in confusion, I was clearly losing my mind, that was now official.Searching my belt for my dagger as I walked, ignoring the glow that I think I saw, my eyes widened when I realized that I couldn’t find it, mentally slapping myself when I remembered that I had dropped it, but never bothered to pick it up before leaving.It was too late to go back now, the sun was already half way set, and it would take me almost half an hour to reach the forest to look for it, and if it were dark, which was most likely, I wouldn’t be able to find it, and Nina would be causin
Nathan:I watched as Kiara walked away to her campsite only to notice her dagger on the forest floor where I had forced her to drop a while ago.I kneeled down and picked it up, noticing a letter K, carved over the silver which was what the handle was made of, smiling, I took the dagger and grabbed a napkin from my pocket and slowly covered the blade with it before clearing my throat for my beta, Daniel, to come out of where he was hiding nearby, he and the other members of my pack had shifted earlier incase my mate got aggressive, which she did, but she didn’t go aggressive to the point where I couldn’t handle her myself, which was why they didn’t make a move, not that I would’ve allowed them to harm her anyway.“Follow her, but don’t make yourself obvious, I want to find out exactly where she lives, and if who she lives with need anything, I’m assuming they’re a lot, but I want you to see and report back to me&rd
Kiara:I woke up to the sun hitting my eyes as it rose.Smiling, I stretched my body inside my blanket, well what was left of a blanket, it was too worn out and torn to tell, the only reason I used it as a cover was that I needed to be sure that my body was covered should a lad enter my ‘tent’ to wake me up for whatever reason there was.Rubbing my eyes from sleep and fixing my now messed up curls, I sat up and crawled out of my place, to find Nina already up, a frown prominent on her face as she glared daggers at me, her eyes dark with fury as she grabbed my arm and dragged me to the side of the riverbank before pushing me to the ground roughly, she had never been this aggressive with me before, not even when we fought.“Nina? What the hell?” I asked trying to sit up only for her to pin me to the ground, her knee on my chest as she held me down with her body weight, her eyes still glaring daggers at me yet she said no words, I tri
Nathan:“What did you find Daniel?” I asked my beta who was standing in my royal chamber while I sat on my desk, I had work to get back to after this, father arriving here only delayed it, but nevertheless, I needed to start with it somehow.“There are about twenty or thirty people with her there, different ages, but they’re led by a girl, she seems to be in her early twenties” Daniel explained making me frown in confusion, why would a twenty-year-old girl be leading people on the street instead of being married?“Are they all in the same state?” I asked meaning the lack of clothing and probably food, my wolf going restless about the fact that our mate was probably cold outside right now, knowing that she had food for a while as I saw her getting as much as she could carry, but I couldn’t say that what she was wearing would do her any good keeping her warm, but managing to somehow calm him down, assuring him that w
Nathan:“Need I ask what you might be doing her Prince Nathan?”“I should be asking you the same thing Prince Ashton” I glared at the human prince who stood in front of me sharing the same glare.“Prince Ashton?” The blonde, Nina, asked wide eyed, her green eyes now turning their attention to the prince who has probably been living with them for years, and yet neither one of them knew of his true identity.Ignoring her, Ashton looked at me with a raised eyebrow, not bothering to answer my question as he looked between Kiara and I, his eyes cold as ice on me, but they would soften when he took sight of my confused mate who was on her knees cradling the child.“Can we talk in private?” I asked looking around the now confused people who were sharing glances, Prince Ashton, noticing it too nodding at me to follow him.“Keep her under watch, I won’t be long” I told Daniel who growl