This is how you repay us?


I 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.

At one point, I broke down crying because no matter how violently I scratched my skin, no matter how deep I dug my nails, I couldn't get rid of the remnants of their touch.

I thought there were no tears left to cry, but as soon as I faced the monstrosity in my bathroom mirror, more came out, dragging my consciousness deeper into despair.

Even though these men didn't get the chance to go along with their plan, I still felt violated. After hours of scrubbing my skin and trying to scrape off the disgust, I gave up and crawled under the covers. 

I have no idea when I finally fell asleep, but the frantic knocking on my bedroom door jolts me out of bed. My forehead is covered in sweat, and my heart is pounding against my ribcage.

I try to speak, but my throat is so sore, it hurts to breathe. That might be because of all of the screaming and crying from hours ago. 

"Selena, wake up, darn it! We will be late for the ceremony if you don't hurry up. You know the Alpha doesn't like to wait. Especially not on humans!" Mom clearly got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Usually, she's cheerful and bubbly; this is a whole new side of her. 

Ever so slowly, I approach the bedroom door, unlock it, and open it for her to enter. Mom doesn't spare me a glance, but that's for best- I have no idea what I look like. Yesterday's heavy scratching and everything that happened in the woods might have left a mark or two. If there are any, she won't be happy about it.

"Where are your clo-" mom stops herself mid-sentence as she turns to me. The colour disappears from her face as she slowly scans me from head to toe. "What in the world have you done to yourself, Selena? Your skin, your eyes, your hair," she whispers.

I part my lips to explain myself, but before I can say a word, I change my mind. It doesn't matter what I say or what excuse I use- she's still going to be mad at me. 

Mom grabs me by the upper arm and drags me into the bathroom. She forces me in front of the mirror and holds my head, so I stare directly at my reflection. 

"Did you do this to avoid the ceremony? To appear unattractive and fool men into thinking you're nothing but damaged goods? Your behaviour is unacceptable. Selena, your father and I have invested our last savings for this boy to choose you! You could have status in society, money, anything you could want! And this is how you repay us? By sabotaging our plans? By sabotaging your own chance at a better future?" I hope dad's not home because, at this point, she's screaming at the top of her lungs. 

"I'm not trying to sabotage any of your plans," I whisper under my breath. Although my voice is barely audible, speaking still hurts, so I leave most of that part to my mom.

As soon as she lets go of my head, I cast my eyes to my feet. I'm ashamed of my appearance, but it's not like I could face my mom, look into her eyes and tell her everything that almost happened to me. Those were the consequences of my own decision, and I'm sure mom will be happy to remind me of that. 

A bitter laugh escapes her lips. "You're not trying to sabotage our plans, right? So what on earth would you call that?" She gestures at my entire body. "Selena, you don't seem to understand today is the most important day of your life, and you managed to ruin your chances before you could leave your bedroom. We suspected you wouldn't want to attend the ceremony, but we did not think you'd go this far," her eyes take me in one last time before she turns her back on me. 

I want to comfort my mom, I really want to explain myself, but I don't have it in me to bring up the topic.

"You've gone too far, Selena, way too fucking far," I gasp at her words. I've never heard my mom curse before. "How could you? You bring so much shame and humiliation upon our family name! How am I supposed to face your possible in-laws when you look like this? I promised them that their son could marry a beautiful, intelligent young woman, not a crippled remnant of what she once was!" 

I take a deep breath and try to place my hand on her shoulder, but she immediately slaps it away. "Mom, please calm down; the way I look has nothing to do with the ceremony." If that's what it takes to get her to listen to me- I'll drop to my knees. I don't want my parents to think so poorly of me. I'm sure she'll understand if I tell her the truth. Which I have to do either way- I can't hide it forever. 

"Mom." I take a step toward her, but unexpectedly my mother turns, and her palm collides with my cheek. Tears well up in my eyes as I stare at her.

"Don't try to use your pathetic excuses on me! Just wait until your father finds out what you did!" She screams and tries to leave the bathroom, but I grab her by the wrist to hold her back. 

"Yesterday, I was attacked on my way home." If the truth makes her listen, that's exactly what she'll get. "Two werewolves tried to rape me, and everything you see is the result of me trying to fight back and later get rid of the feeling of their disgusting hands all over me."

"D-Did they... You know, finish the thing?" Of all the things she could have said, the only thing that worries her is this? 

"No." I look at my feet in shame.

"What if someone finds out about this, Selena? People will talk, they'll gossip, they'll spread rumours! If your future in-laws find out about this, they won't be happy. Can you imagine a family like theirs taking in a woman who goes around provoking men? What were you wearing yesterday? This is even worse than I thought; you've ruined our family!" I watch as my mother paces around the bathroom as she keeps mumbling something under her breath. 

At first, I'm too shocked to speak, but as I take in her words, I boil with anger and find my voice. "I was dragged deep into the woods, two men assaulted me, and all you care about is your family's reputation? Mom, I did everything I could to fight back, to stop them and run away- the whole thing was the most horrifying thing that's ever happened to me, and you're worried about reputation. I can't believe it; how shallow can you be?" Tears cloud my vision. She should support and protect me, not blaming me for something I barely escaped. I'm here, alive- isn't that enough to be happy?

The tiny spark of hope in me dies as soon as she points her finger at me. There is no compassion when it comes to my mother's plans or goals. "Just because they didn't finish the job doesn't mean it didn't happen. No man will want you now, no matter how much money we offer. Because of your stupidity, you'll spend the rest of your days in shame. No husband, no family, no future. But don't think I'll let you off so easily. I'm sure you planned at least part of it to avoid the ceremony!" She continues to accuse me even after I told her what had happened.

I knew she wasn't happy when she found out she was pregnant with me, but I never thought my own mother could hate me so much. 


"Get ready; we are leaving in ten minutes," mom announces and leaves me behind, slamming the door to my room to make her point.

Comments (8)
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Donna Jones
love this one how do I get vouchers
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LaLa Adz
So Kane and Selena have plenty to bond over. Horrible, selfish, self absorbed mothers is a good starting place
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Skylyn Gordon
I’m trying to understand this book. So they leave in a world where where wolfs are in charge? And the Alpha that she is talking about is he like a Alpha king? What are the rules? I feel like I missed a whole book.

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