Her two weeks ultimatum was soon coming to an end and they still hadn't found her mother. Catori sat on the swing, dejected. This was like the fifth pack that they were visiting yet there were no clues as to how to find her mother. From what she could tell, something must have happened to Liam's party, because Fenris was constantly on the phone with them but refused to let her in on what was wrong. She had not heard from Kasa and Kurt for days. Catori gripped the swing tight and cried.
For days, she had been holding in the tears for fear of looking and feeling weak. Finally, she let them flow.
"You know, you shouldn't be out here alone," she heard Amar say from behind her. She didn't bother turning around, the other woman sat beside her on the ground.
"Tell me, what's the problem?" the other woman asked. "Something must have made you cry." She offered some of her snacks to Catori, who declined. When she noticed that Catori was no
Fenris was pacing the entire area of the room briskly. "You'll get dizzy if you go on like this," Zayna said with worry. "If you want to think so badly, why don't you do that while sitting?""This whole situation is frustrating, Zayna!" he yelled. "We're already having problems with finding Catori's mother. Not one group has been able to accomplish the job. Each time it feels like we're actually getting somewhere, we just end up at a dead end and now, we have a potential kidnapper, or worse, a hunter." He sat down by the side of the bed, dejected and worn out. Upon the older lady's nudging, Catori shifted towards him and nervously held his hand, then speedily shifted to his shoulder."Um, it's alright Fenris," she started. "I know that you guys are doing your best.""It's not just the job, Catori," he said gently. "This occurrence is disturbing. It could be a regular person trying to cause trouble but you don't just kidn
Liam sighed when Mrs Maxwell finished her explanation of the recent happenings. From the look of things, the situation was worse than they predicted. Cassarina's forehead creased. "Do you think Kurt or Kasa know about this?" she asked him.He shook his head. "I can't say for Kasa, but I don't think that Kurt is aware of this," he replied."And Kasa is a sweet girl. She won't be party to such a thing," Mrs Maxwell vouched. "Moreover, their father is all for male superiority so he will never consider giving his daughter the position.""I see," the young man said. He looked at her in a somber manner. "Sorry that you had to quit from the council ma'am."She smiled brightly. "It's alright dear, I should have left those dogs a long time ago," she said.Cassarina glanced at the wall clock and realized that it was almost one in the morning. She panicked. "You need to get going," she said
The redhead was stunned. "Why?" she asked. "And if that was the case from the beginning, why didn't you tell me that and just let me stay there this morning?" She frowned at him, obviously irritated but as usual, Fenris showed that he couldn't care less."You and Amar needed to get new clothes," he said coolly. "That's why it was important you came out with him.""Um yeah, about that," Zayna said nervously. "Catori, from now on, I'm a guy. Just use those pronouns on me, even if you think your voice is low enough.""Okay," the other girl said."Anyway, for now, our movement is uncertain because we have absolutely no clue on where to start from," Fenris said and sighed.What kind of job is this? he said in thought, totally frustrated.I agree, this is not normal at all, his wolf concurred. How can this girl's mother just disappear off the face of the earth?
"Catori will be joining our new campaign guys," Mr Dalton said with so much enthusiasm, the redhead had to wonder if he was just a teenager in the body of an adult. "The color campaign?" the Kasa lookalike asked. "Yes dear," he replied. He then turned to Catori. "Why don't you all get to know her? I need to attend to some things now." At this suggestion, Catori's eyes went wide. They almost popped out of their sockets. Her insides shivered. The blonde girl looked at her like she had better things than spend a second with an animal like her. "Okay," one of the boys said. To Catori's absolute horror, the old man left these people with her. The boys were about Fenris' height and even the girls were taller than her. The blonde girl girl scowled at her and left. The others followed behind her. Not knowing what to do, Catori followed behind them. Soon, she fell in step with one of the boys, he was the only who managed to
Zayna stuffed her hands into her deep pockets. She and Fenris walked in silence, but she could not but worry about Catori, whom they left in the hands of a complete stranger. "Are you sure your girl will be alright?" she asked him with worry evident on her face."Catori will be fine," he grunted. "What you should focus on is the job ahead. And in case you have not noticed, there is nothing between the girl and me.""What a story," Zayna sniggered.Catori was marveled at the beauty of the fashion house. It was a storey building just at a bend on that street. When they entered the lobby, there were so many people moving around at once, it almost made her dizzy. "This is where you will be working from now on, miss," Mr Dalton said enthusiastically. They got to the nearest elevator. "I am very excited that you will be joining our campaign. I think you will get along just fine with the others."
Kelvin and Erica watched Catori wolf down her second hamburger. They were seated at the far corner of a random restaurant they found a few blocks from the agency. "I'm scared that she might explode any time soon," Erica whispered.Kelvin chuckled. He addressed Catori. "You really have an appetite, don't you," he said. He played with his piece of chicken.Erica took a spoon of her salad. "No offense but do you always eat like this?" she asked Catori."How do you mean?" the other girl asked from the other ride of the round table.Erica nervously cleared her throat. "I know that this is none of my business and I should not judge the way you eat or anything, but I just haven't really seen anyone eat more than one hamburger before," she said. "And you finished it in a matter of like two minutes!""Oh," Catori said, understanding where the other girl was going. "Well, I eat to fi
"You really came here to show off?" Max said as he cleaned his hands with a towel."No we didn't," Kelvin countered. "We just came to see if the girls are done.""Which translates into showing off," Max said and laughed."Cassie is not here?" Alex asked."Nope. I don't know what is wrong with that girl. This is becoming a habit for her," Max complained."Maybe she got caught up with something urgent?" Catori said. Everyone turned to her like she was the newest mad woman in town. She was even surprised at herself for defending the same person who seemed to be a promising bully."It's surprising that you are making excuses for her," Alex said, giving her a strange look. Catori shrugged her shoulders."Your photoshoot is in like forty five minutes I think. Please try to get me when Miss Indispensable gets here," Max said as he turned to leav
Catori stared at the ripped extension of her gown and Cassie's shoe that was stepping on it. "Oops," the other girl said with a mischievous smile. "I must have stepped on you." Max rushed to the scene and put his hands on his head in despair."What is the meaning of this, Cassie?" Alex said in anger."Why would you do that?" Kelvin fired.The blonde girl put her hands up in mock surrender. "Eish it was an accident. I did not mean it," she said."Whether or not you meant to do it doesn't matter," Max said bitterly. "What is she going to wear now?""Just get her something regular or better still, don't let her come with us," Cassie said. "She obviously carries bad luck with her."Catori's jaw ticked. She turned to Max. "Is the tear very visible?" she asked."I don't know what to say about it," he replied quietly."Let m