I should have known better.
Of all the people I know, I am the one who should have known better than to take the shortcut and choose the woods.
Ever since I was a kid, my parents have been telling me how dangerous the woods are, even in broad daylight. But what was I supposed to do? Risk everything to get caught walking down the streets when I'm well aware I can't do that? It's illegal for humans to leave their homes after dusk. Still, I couldn't resist the temptation. The professor let me attend the lecture of a lifetime, and there was nothing that could stop me from going. Sure, there were, and still are, a few risks involved, but it's worth it. Knowledge is the key to success, and if I want to help others, I need to gain more.
My foot lands on a branch, and the sound of it breaking echoes in my ears like someone has struck the church bell. I stop and hold my breath. If anyone's near, they'll hear me and find me wandering around. I can't let that happen- all my instincts are screaming to run, but I remain frozen in place. I'll run if I have to, but I if make a hasty decision, it might cost me my life; if I run, I'll cause more noise than if I stand still. A minute or two passes, and nothing happens.
I let out a deep breath of relief. "Calm down; you're safe and almost home. The only real problem you have is fear and overthinking." I whisper to reassure myself, but the quiet attempt to pretend that everything is alright comes crashing down as soon as I overhear loud thumping nearing me. My eyes widen in fear, and this time, I take off like a bullet. They're after me. I know that sound by heart- those are werewolves.
I'm not a fool, I know they're faster, stronger, and much bigger than me, but that doesn't mean I'll stand on the spot and let them have me. No, I'll fight to my last breath, like a cornered animal.
I look over my shoulder and don't see anyone, but the fear inside me keeps rising, so I try to push forward even more. On the way, I don't notice the small hill, my foot slips.
I try to get up, but I'm in so much pain, I think I might give up. Well, until I hear voices. My book bag is stuck mid-way up the hill, and though the notebooks inside mean a lot to me, fear takes the upper hand; I leave it behind and run deeper into the woods.
At this point, I'm not sure which way to run to get home. I'm lost, and whoever is chasing me will soon get their claws on me.
I run for what seems like hours until my legs give out, and I collapse near a pine tree. I close my eyes for a few seconds, but something wet drips on my face, and I immediately look up. Two men are standing over me, eyeing me like prey. I don't know why I scream in the first place; I'm lost, God knows where, and I doubt there's anyone nearby to hear me. Besides, even if I'm wrong- the only creature that could be near is another wolf, and they'll never betray their own to save a human that disregarded the curfew.
"I told you she's pretty; could tell it by the scent alone." One of the men speaks up as his saliva drips onto my face again. He's much taller than me and obviously bulky. However, he doesn't look like any of the wolves I've seen in our town, and if he were new, I'd know it. My eyes widen as a thought crosses my mind- they could be rogues; I've been told that no werewolf is as dangerous as rogues.
I try to crawl away from them, but the other man drops to his knees and grabs me by the ankle. "Where do you think you are going, human?" He snarls at me as cold shivers run down my spine.
"Yeah, human, where are you going? Why don't you stay here and have some fun with your new friends?" The offer isn't enticing at all. Whatever they call games, it must be something terrible that'll lead me six feet underground.
"I-" I try to speak, but the lump in my throat won't let the words escape.
I gulp while the men laugh, and the shortest one hovers over me. "What is it? Cat got your tongue?" It's clear as day that I'm terrified, but they just laugh at me.
"I-" I try to speak again, but the same thing happens, which does nothing but bring wider smiles to their lips. The short one doesn't seem nearly as bad anymore as his friend proudly shows off a mouth full of rotten teeth.
The man with the rotten teeth leans closer- just a few inches closer to my face, and I'll faint because of the smell coming from his mouth. Maybe that's for the best. At least then, I won't have to experience the horrible things these men have planned for me. "Come on, stay with us; let's play a little. We know you can't go back to where you came from. The Alpha of that pack doesn't like dirty little humans running down the streets at night. Now, let's try this again, and you'll tell us where you're trying to go." One of the things he says is true- I can't go back home if I don't want to get caught by the guards.
"Fuck you and fuck your games, Gabe!" The shorter man growls, pulling me closer by the ankle. I try to break free, but he takes advantage of his inhuman strength, and judging by his actions, I'm sure he wouldn't care if he ripped my leg off.
The man with the rotten teeth, Gabe, tries to push him aside, but his friend is set on his goal. He's looking for some cover. I wonder why he's doing this, but he doesn't leave me wondering any longer. As soon as he stops and forces his grimy hands on my belt, I freeze. Everything goes blank. I know what he's going to do, and even though my mind keeps screaming and begging me to fight back, I can't.
Gabe steps to the side, grinning. He watches as his friend tries to undress me and violate the one thing I wanted to keep all for myself. The one thing that in no way could become another part of me that belongs to the werewolves.
"Don't; it's illegal!" I don't notice as I find my voice, and though it's shaky, at least I've said what needed to be said.
"Do I look like someone who gives a damn about your pathetic laws? I don't intend to join the pack, so I'm not obligated to follow the rules," he growls at me.
All it takes is the sound of this disgusting creature undoing my belt, and my protective instinct kicks in. I claw at his hands and try to kick him between the legs, but his friend quickly grabs my wrists and holds them pinned to the ground. One monster restrains me, while the other forgets my clothes and slaps me across the face. Tears sting my eyes as he picks up from where he left off. "Keep fighting, human; you smell so much better when you're afraid. Imagine how good it'll feel to fuck her while she cries and screams in pain. You want to take the first shot, Gabe? I told you I'd find you a virgin after I took yours." His words make me feel sick to my stomach. I've never met these men before, but they talk like they own me.
Gabe shrugs and lets go of my wrists. "Yeah, I'll have a taste."
Kane"Mother," I groan, pinching the bridge of my nose. "You don't seem to understand what I'm trying to tell you." The endless battle between my mother and me seems to bring out the worst in me. For years, her psycho husband has led the pack like a dictator, and even though I'm well into my thirties, he refuses to step down from that title because he knows I'll bring far too many changes with me. "Amon, he's a lunatic." My statement finally catches her attention.Mother rolls her eyes and snorts. "My husband isn't a lunatic. He is a righteous man and has brought so much freedom to our people; we should be grateful for all he does." She finally turns around to face me. I've been standing behind her for hours as she concentrates on covering her face with layers of makeup."Is that so?"
SelenaTears run down my cheeks as I watch the two men change positions. The shorter one grabs my wrists so tightly his nails pierce my skin. If I ever get out of here alive, I'll have to deal with the loss of the last thing I valued and a darn infection. "No, you don't have to do this, please. I haven't done anything to you; please let me go." I plead with the men, but my desperation only amuses them.Gabe positions himself between my legs as his eyes take me in. I wish I could blackout so I wouldn't remember these horrible events, but adrenaline is pumping through my veins; it's impossible to pass out. He grabs my coat and rips it open; the same fate befalls the sweater and shirt I'm wearing underneath. Even though it's the mid
KaneThe poor thing radiated nothing but fear. Thank the Moon Goddess I arrived on time. If I'd come just a few minutes later, she'd be raped by two rogues. Damn, I hate those creatures with a passion!It was way too easy to get rid of the first one; the guy was too engrossed in his sick fantasies to notice me approaching him. Honestly, his friend wasn't any better, but his punishment was instant death since he tried to get away with the human girl. The other may wander the woods for a few days until he drops dead, but at least I was merciful enough to give him that much time to live.I watched as the girl ran from the scene. Though I tried to call after her to ask if the bag was hers, she didn't listen to me, nor did I try to catch up with her. Understandably, after everything that h
SelenaI feel dirty. I am dirty. I am disgusting.And it's no one's fault but my own. I shouldn't have taken the shortcut and entered those damned woods in the first place.Even though I made it back home in one piece, relatively untouched, I've never been so disgusted with myself before. My mind was a mess, and I had no idea how I snuck home unnoticed. If my mother or dad were to catch me- the near-rape situation wouldn't seem so bad anymore.I didn't bother to take off my coat when I got into my bedroom and rushed into the bathroom. It was the longest shower I'd taken in my life. The more I tried to scrape my skin clean of the dirt and phantoms of their hands, the dirtier I felt. KaneI stand aside from the crowd. Some people noticed my arrival and started gossiping no longer than a few seconds later. I knew something like this might happen because it's the first time I have shown up, so obviously, everyone would make a big deal out of it.My mother and Amon walk around greeting any shifter near them but give the present humans the cold shoulder. I roll my eyes as I lean against the tree.My gaze follows them as they take their places on the platform. Amon clears his throat as he steps in front of the microphone. "I would like to congratulate everyone who has come here today. It may seem that there aren't many people here today, but I can assure everyone that you will find someone special today." No sooner do these words pass his lips tha
The Forsaken Alpha Our families had an agreement.
KaneI stand aside from the crowd. Some people noticed my arrival and started gossiping no longer than a few seconds later. I knew something like this might happen because it's the first time I have shown up, so obviously, everyone would make a big deal out of it.My mother and Amon walk around greeting any shifter near them but give the present humans the cold shoulder. I roll my eyes as I lean against the tree.My gaze follows them as they take their places on the platform. Amon clears his throat as he steps in front of the microphone. "I would like to congratulate everyone who has come here today. It may seem that there aren't many people here today, but I can assure everyone that you will find someone special today." No sooner do these words pass his lips tha
SelenaMom drags me down the street. Every time she pulls me to move faster, I have to adjust the straps of the stupid dress. I don't understand why I had to wear it- it's freezing outside, but I'm running around like it's the middle of summer.Not to mention the dress makes me look like a corpse. Plus, mom put so much foundation on everything she deemed as imperfect- my legs and arms are covered in yellow spots. Her attempt to hide the "hideous" parts has resulted in me looking sick.We get to the ceremonial clearing on time, but I still have to listen to everything mom says. She whispers insulting things; I know the wolves can hear us- a few give me nasty looks. Why me when she's the one being unreasonable and rude? KaneAs I carry her away from the ceremonial clearing, all I can think about is how much I'd like to see this woman wrapped in my sheets. I'd fucking love to see her fall asleep and wake up in my bed.Although she's been mine since I chose her, there are a few rules I have to follow. I have to bring her home first and discuss when she can move in with me. It's a stupid tradition, but I can't change something we've been doing for centuries.I carry her to her house and let her stand back to her feet as soon as we approach the front door. Only when she raises an eyebrow, I realise I didn't ask her for the address."Great way to appear like a creep. Amazing first impression," my wolf laughs at me, but I blo
The Forsaken Alpha It's not like I asked him to choose me.
KaneAs I carry her away from the ceremonial clearing, all I can think about is how much I'd like to see this woman wrapped in my sheets. I'd fucking love to see her fall asleep and wake up in my bed.Although she's been mine since I chose her, there are a few rules I have to follow. I have to bring her home first and discuss when she can move in with me. It's a stupid tradition, but I can't change something we've been doing for centuries.I carry her to her house and let her stand back to her feet as soon as we approach the front door. Only when she raises an eyebrow, I realise I didn't ask her for the address."Great way to appear like a creep. Amazing first impression," my wolf laughs at me, but I blo
SelenaI don't know her. I don't know my best friend. The person standing in front of me is anything but the girl I once loved and adored.She has changed for the worse.And as if the yelling and accusing me of things I haven't done weren't enough, she slapped me.I stare at her wide-eyed, shocked beyond limits. But before I can regain my senses and say anything, my bedroom door is kicked down by the same man Kelly is so angry about.He ignores me and stomps straight towards her. I watch everything in horror.He grabs Kelly by the neck and forces her body against the wall. Her feet leave the floor