She turned her back and walked inside their house, going straight to her room and entering the restroom.She couldn’t control it anymore; she burst out into tears and sat down on the shower room floor; the shower opened, and water started flowing on her; how can someone like her go through something like this. Two years ago, her mother died, and two years after, her father died. She cried and cried; no one could see her anyway.A few moments later, while fixing herself after that long shower and crying, she heard voices downstairs, shouting. She immediately set herself and went out of her room. From the stairs, she saw her father’s lawyer and her stepmom shouting at him.“What is happening?” she asked as she went down the stairs. Her father’s lawyer bowed his head a little as a sign of respect for her; she nodded back at him.“It looks like your father didn't leave you anything, so I will be the one to manage the company and the shares of your father,” her stepmother said while smiling like a wicked woman. Her forehead creased; in her mind, she couldn’t sink into what she just heard; her father didn't leave anything for her? That’s absurd!“What?” she asked.Her stepmom laughed and walked around her, “Little Selene, maybe you should leave the house already. Everything will be mine, so I do not believe that you should step foot in this mansion, hmm.”She looked at her father’s lawyer, “What is she talking about, attorney?” she asked.Her father’s lawyer looked like she was about to faint and did not know what to say, “I-i can-can’t,” he stuttered.“What is it?!” she said in a loud voice, commanding.“I can’t find your father’s last will, and according to the law that your stepmom who is married to your father, without that will, she has all the right,” he finally said.
Her eyes widened at what she heard. That's something she can’t accept. What the hell is happening? That woman will just make her father’s business go down.She looked at her stepmom. The woman stepped back because of the looks she gave.
"I'll let you win this time, but I'll make sure I'll make you suffer soon, and I won't leave the house, you filthy dirty woman!" she angrily said and walked out of the house. She entered her car and drove to the cremation center.As she parked her car, presses were already in front of the center, capturing news. What did she expect? Her father is very well known in the City. Their company also belongs in the top world ranking. She wore her shades and got out of the car already. The press saw her and immediately went to her. She stopped."Hello everyone, I am Selene Brown, daughter of the CEO of Brown Group of Companies. I would like to confirm the death of my father and that his remains will be cremated today, after the cremation, his wake will be held in one of our hotels, it will be open starting one in the afternoon today until tomorrow at eleven am," she said in the camera. It was being shown on a live broadcast."Will your father, only have a one-day funeral?" one of the reporters asked.She nodded. "Yes, tomorrow afternoon, we will be sending him to his final place where my late mother is."She then left the reporters outside and went into the cremation center. Her father's secretary was already there, Jasper."Hello, Selene," Jasper mumbled. She nodded at him."We can now start that you are here. You can see him for the last time," he added.
She followed him into a room. Her father was there. He looked okay now. His face was fixed, and he looked like he was sleeping soundly. There are no signs of pain on his face. She took a deep breath. Is this the end, daddy? Will you be really leaving me in this way? Can I face the challenges of this world without you? she asked in her mind.She held her father's for the last time, "It's okay, daddy, I can. I will do my best to survive. You can now go to paradise with mom. Say hi to her for me, okay? Hug her, tell her that I really miss her and now I will be missing both of you for the rest of my life, don't worry about me. I love you both," she mumbled to him.A few minutes passed by, and Jasper went to her. "Miss Selene, it's time already," he said.
She nodded and stood up, stepping back away from her father's corpse.Her father was put in the metal and pushed inside the big oven, the fire was all over it, it was closed, and she could hear the loud sound of the machine, she couldn't control her tears, her sobs were heard inside the room. Luckily, she and Jasper are the only ones in there. Jasper is like her older brother already. He embraced her in a tight hug comforting her.“Be brave, Selene,” Jasper whispered to her. She just hugged Jasper back and cried until the machine was turned off; after an hour, the one operating the machine went to them, already holding the jar where her father's ashes are.“Thank you,” she murmuredThey were about to go out of the center when her stepmom entered, looking at her. Her stepmom went to her, ready to slap and pull her hair, but Jasper went in front of her and received the slap.“You have no respect, Selene!” her stepmom pointed at her while shouting.
“You didn’t even let me see your father, and now he is already cremated. Who do you think you are, huh?!”
She didn’t even look at her stepmom to answer her. She went out of the center already with Jasper. Jasper escorted her to her car.“Let me drive you to the hotel,” Jasper said. She looked at him. Jasper understood what she was about to say.“I had your father’s driver drive me here. He is in the hotel already fixing what you wished for,” he answered.
She then just nodded and entered the passenger seat, she even saw her stepmom running at them, but Jasper started the car and drove away already.The hotel was packed with people already. When she entered, the employees bowed their heads as a sign of respect; she was also holding her father's urn. Jasper escorted her to the room where her father’s funeral would be held. It was full of flowers and lights. There is also a picture of her mother beside her father’s portrait. She walked in front and slowly put the urn of her father.The room was already packed with people as she placed her father’s urn. She picked a flower, put it in the vase, lit a candle, and offered a short prayer. Jasper didn’t leave her side until she settled down. She looked at him and nodded. Telling him that it’s ok to go now and do his work. She then looked at the people waiting to give their respect to her father.She took a deep breath before talking.“It was nice to see you all here. My father would be so happy that even on his final days here with us—the people he cherished and loved being here. You can now pay your respects to him, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being here with me,” she loudly said so that even the people at the back could hear her.People started going in front, and she talked with them once they had already paid their respects. Jasper was one call away whenever she needed anything. Her stepmom was nowhere to be seen, so she was tired of talking to everyone. She doesn’t even know who the other people are, luckily Jasper knows all of them and told her who they are.Eight in the evening, more people came, and she didn’t even have time to eat because she needed to be there with her dad. And people should see her once they are done.
“Selene, drink this first,” Jasper gave her juice in a bottle. She didn’t hesitate any more and drank all of it. Jasper then gave her some pieces of bread. She smiled at him.“Thank you, I don’t know how to survive this day without you,” she sincerely said. Jasper just messed her hair and smiled a little.Jasper is just five years older than her, they used to be so close back then but then he had a wife and she became distant with people when her mother died. Jasper is like her father's son already, in fact, he can already build his own company because her dad gave him a million dollars at his wedding but he said that he wants to work under him and he stayed in the company.The night passed by, and her stepmom didn't even come. Jasper bought her black dress for the event later, she can't believe she will send her father off at this age. Alone. Many people are still coming, yesterday night Jasper was the one who welcomed the other visitors because she needs to sleep. She got to sleep for at least three hours. People even at midnight came by, because of the limited time she gave.She doesn't want to have long funeral days, it will just make her sad. It's already ten in the morning and the room will be closed at eleven am. Only the close ones will be left inside, it will be the time for them to be with her father for the last time. People started murmuring, she looked at what they were looking at."It's your stepmom," Jasper whispered.
He didn't like her stepmom either because they know what she only wants from her father. She even heard people complaining about why she is here now. A lot of people didn't like her when dad married her, but they respected dad's decision."You came," she mumbled. As her stepmom stood in front of her, wearing big shades, with a black dress full of jewelry."Of course, I am your father's wife, remember?" her stepmom loudly said.She smirked, "Correction, my father's second wife only," she said, emphasizing 'second'. She heard a lot of people talking at the back, talking about her stepmom. Her stepmom didn't even manage to answer and went in front of her dad."Why is there a picture of this woman here?" her stepmom said while pointing to the picture of her mother. But before she can even answer one of the visitors answered."Because that's his wife and now they can be with each other again in paradise."She laughed silently, her stepmom was taken back by what the visitor said and didn't answer anymore. Jasper asked permission to leave for a moment to fix the cemetery where her father will be resting.Time passes by and they are now going to the cemetery to take her father's remains to his final resting place. His funeral was a live broadcast, reporters were all around when they were on the way to the cemetery. Jasper was the one who gave the final speech as she can't find herself to talk anymore. It was so much for her to sink in.People started leaving as it ended, she was left with Jasper. Her stepmom already left, didn't even mind staying. Jasper was holding her because her tears were flowing down."Selene, you know I am here for you, okay?" he whispered and embraced her."I know, thank you, Jasper," she mumbled. They stayed there for an hour and Jasper drove her home. Before going down Jasper held her hand."Call me if you need me okay? Even if it's in the middle of the night," he said and kissed her on her forehead. She nodded and went out of his car already. Her car was already there, their driver drove it home.A few days laterShe went out of the coffee shop, where she spent most of her days. Reading and unwinding. Letting all the happenings sink in. Her phone rang. She opened her bag to get her phone.It was Jasper. She almost forgot that they will be having dinner today, it was already six in the evening."Hello," she answered."Where are you already?""I'm on my way now, I'll take a taxi. I didn't bring my car.""Okay, keep safe. I'll wait for your call."She ended the call and walked in the streets already. It was already dark so she walked a little faster, the coffee shop was a little far on the highways and located near the forest of the City. She felt someone was following her, she looked back and saw no one.She then walked again, faster this time. When she looked in front, a group of men was in her way."Hello, beautiful," one of the men said.She looked at them with mad eyes, "What do you want?" she asked."You," he answered her."I can give you money, here you can take it all," she bravely said.The men laughed at her like she was joking."We do not need that, woman. We have a lot of that," the other one said."We want you, your body. Dead," the man who talked first slowly said. She felt cold shivers in her body, what the hell. Her father just died and now she will be killed?She was about to run when one of the men pulled her.
"No running, baby girl," he whispered in her ears.
He then grabs her in her neck, she holds the hand of the man grabbing her neck, she's losing her breath.But the man grabbed her tightly like he wanted her to lose her breath and be dead already. She got a chance, she kicked him in the middle. The man groaned in pain and was able to let go of her. But they were too many, another was able to grab her again and punched her in her stomach.They were able to put her on the ground, and when they knew she couldn't escape they started beating her with a baseball bat. Her phone was in her pocket and started ringing, it must be Jasper calling. One of the men got it and just tossed it somewhere.They stopped beating, she can't even get up anymore but she tried her best to get up when they stopped and started to call someone. She managed to run to the forest when one of the men saw her and started chasing her, she ran and ran until she reached the forest.She continued running until she couldn't run anymore, the men were able to follow her but when they saw where they were they got scared."Let's go! Let's leave her there, she will be eaten by the animals," one man said.
She was lying on the ground and felt so weak already. Her body is full of bruises and any moment later she will lose her consciousness already.Tears flow down, she doesn't know why this is happening to her. She started to lose consciousness when she heard someone talk."Hello?"
Chapter 2 The leader of the group chasing Selene received a call. “Hello,” he answered. “Is she dead?” “We thought so, and we chased her until the middle of the forest. The animals will kill her.” “Good, no one should know about this. I can finally now have the whole Brown Group of Companies.” “Yes, madam. Everything is yours now.” “I’ll send the payment through the bank and leave the city already,” the woman said and ended the call. That’s the second wife of the Brown Group of Companies CEO, who died recently. A little while, they received the money and hugged each other as they saw the large sum of it. They immediately leave the place. - - - - - “Lady Elina, the Alpha is worrying about you. Why did you go again with us for the patrolling?” one of the guards of Alpha Valen said. Elina looked at them and smiled. Her son, Valen, worries a
Chapter 3 He sighed as he remembered the woman his mother brought, he looked at her, and he felt something new, something telling him that the woman needed to stay here in the pack, but she couldn't. She's a human; it will be hard for the pack members to keep their wolf form, primarily when they hunt. But then he can't say no to his mother, and the woman looks so lost and hurt. He didn't mind it anymore because he knew he wouldn't cross paths with that human. His mother will be taking care of her. He looked above. The sky was so clear. He smiled as he watched the clouds move. Valen Ashton Craige was once a sweet boy. He smiles a lot, does things that others would love, and enjoy not until he learned about something that changed his whole life. He dedicated himself to being
Chapter 4 Selene I am not dreaming, right? I saw a werewolf! Oh my! How nice it is to see a werewolf! I’ve been dreaming of seeing one. “Selene?” I came back to my senses when Elina called me. I didn’t realize that I had stayed outside the main house and she had gone inside already. I looked at her and smiled a little. “Are you okay? Are you feeling sick? Maybe you should rest a little more,” she worriedly said. I shook my head. “No, no. It’s just that something caught my attention. I didn’t realize that I had stayed here for a while already,” I answered.She then looked in the direction I was looking. But then I held her arm and pulled her inside. When we reached the dining area, their servants had already served the food.We sat down and started eating. Her son didn’t eat with us, maybe because he didn’t want my presence. “What caught your attention, Selene?” Elina suddenly asked. I firmed
Chapter 5 Selene I woke up with the smell of ethanol around me. The first thing that came in my mind was the question: what happened? I slept soundly yesterday night, so why did I wake up in one of the rooms of their clinic? I looked around and saw no one. I slowly get up from bed and find my slippers. I looked at the clock on the wall and it said 9:30 in the morning. It’s already late for my usual waking time. I removed the oxygen tube on my nose and stood up. I rolled my IV stand as I walked. I went to the bathroom and washed my face. Luckily the clinic’s bathroom is complete with essentials and they all look new. I wiped my face and sighed deeply. I am curious about what happened to me but then I can’t ask anyone yet. I stayed in the bathroom for a while when I heard someone open the door. I didn’t go out yet and listened. “Mom, she needs to leave!” I know that voice. Ashton. He’s talking with Aunt Elina and he still wants m
Chapter 6 SeleneI looked outside the window, and the leaves were starting to fall. Another season will enter; here I am waiting for Valen’s call. It’s time. We will be going to his company, and I’ll be cooperating with him. I’ll have my father’s last will and, hopefully, have my father’s company back in my hands.I sighed deeply as I watched the kids run around the wide garden of the main house. Aunt Elina will cook them some sweets today, that’s why they are here. I still can’t understand why they respect Valen and Aunt Elina so much. Like in a country, they are the president. The government, but then they also live here in the City of Bloom. My forehead creased, though evading my mind. I heard a knock on the door. “Selene,” I looked at Aunt Elina and gave her a small smile. She smiled back and entered my room. “How was your therapy?” she asked. “It’s great, and I love talking to my doctor,” I answered. She went towards me and looked at the window. She smiled again as she saw
Chapter 7Selene I look at Valen as he is standing in front of my bedroom door here in their main house, telling me that it’s time already. I can find my voice to speak so I breathe deeply. “Yo-you found it?” I said stuttering and almost losing my voice to even finish my question. He stared at me for a while and nodded. And that’s when I burst into tears. I sat down on the floor in front of him. The letter that my dad left me is finally here. It’s time to reclaim what is mine. “Hey, stop crying. Mom might think that I am making you cry,” he said and leveled down with me. He even gave me a handkerchief. I accepted it and laughed a little at what he said. I guess he’s a mama’s boy. He does not want Aunt Elina to be angry at him. I stood up and wiped my tears away. “Will I be able to get back to my father’s company already?” I asked. He nodded. “Yes, but you need to come with me to my company first. We will be talking to my lawyer and he will help you file a case against your st
Chapter 8 Selene I was busy packing my things already when I heard someone open the door, I looked at my back and saw Aunt Elina. I gave her a small smile and continued fixing my clothes into the luggage that Valen bought for me. "Let me help," she softly said and started fixing my clothes also. I do not have many clothes here so one big piece of luggage is enough. "You're not busy?" I asked. She was very busy these past few days because she said that Valen's father will be home in two weeks' time and that she needed to prepare something. Sadly, I won't be able to meet her husband, Valen's father because I am set to leave the next day already. "I'm already done with the things I needed to do. I want to enjoy the last few days with you," she answered. Sadness invades my heart, I can't help the emotion that I am feeling. She's already my mom, and she really treated me like her own daughter because she didn't have one, she only had Valen. "You know, you can visit me in my c
Chapter 9 Selene “Are you ready?” I took a deep breath and looked at Valen who was sitting beside me. There is a lot of press outside the Brown Company, my father’s company. His sweat and blood. “I guess so, it’s now or never,” I answer. “Yes, right. Come and make your big entrance,” he said and was about to open the door of the car but then we saw a woman going out of the building shouting. It’s no other than my step mother. “What is this?” she shouted. We can clearly hear her because all of the press became quiet. “What are you guys doing here in front of my company?” and now she’s angry. I can’t help but smile. Really? Her company. Pathetic woman.. “Your stepmother really has a thick face, huh? Didn’t she know how to fact check? If the company is really hers?” I was shocked at what Valen’s said but I just laughed so that he wouldn't notice it. “Someone called us here because a big news will be coming out so we will wait,” one of the reporters said. I chuckled. “I guess