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 a good and great Alpha, following the steps of his father, and doing tremendous things.
He sat down in his favorite part of the forest, the only place where extraordinary flowers grow, near the lake where the water is clear as crystal. This is the paradise of his pack, and only he is the one allowed to be here.
He thought of the name he has, it screams power and strength, but they do not know that deep inside, he is weak, hurting, sad, and just keeping everything because he wants everything for this pack to be perfect. It's okay for him to keep it even until his grave as long as his pack will be safe and he can live a life where peace is given.
He doesn't want his pack members to be angry with him once they know his deepest secret and maintain peace in the Red Moon Pack. No one can ever know it. No one.
I ran freely going back to the main house where my parents were when my best friend stopped me.
"Liam," I mumbled as I changed to my human form.
He tapped my shoulders, and I looked at him curiously, not knowing what he wanted to say.
"Hey, what is it?" I asked.
He smiled at me. He's toying me! My mood immediately changed, and I was about to attack him when he defended himself.
"Hey, hey! Sorry! I just want to ask you to go with me later to the city!"
" What the fuck, man! I thought something had already happened."
He laughed at me again, but then he sighed. My forehead creased.
“What?” I firmly asked.
“Your parents are fighting. I heard them shouting when I passed by in the backyard,” he answered. I sighed and went inside the main house of the pack.
My parents have been fighting these past few days. I wonder why I never heard them fight in my thirteen years of existence, but then this is something weird because what would be the reason they would be fighting?
I walked towards the room of my father, he’s the Alpha, and soon I’ll be inheriting his position. I wonder if I would be as good as him and make this pack more extensive and more successful. I heard their voices. They were shouting at each other. The office door is slightly opened, so peek and listen to what they are fighting about.
I really do not want to meddle with their problems, but I am really curious because it was happening for days almost weeks already. But then maybe I just kept my curiosity with them as I heard what they were talking about.
“Why Henry?! Why am I only knowing this now?” my mom shouted. My father looked at her with those eyes asking for forgiveness.
I saw how tears started to form around his eyes, but he quickly wiped them away.
“I’m so sorry, Elina, and I thought it was not real. That the witch was just threatening me,” he answered calmly.
“You know that it will happen when a witch gives that kind of threat! What now? I do not want my son to suffer; don’t you see how jolly he is? how he loves being with everyone, but what will happen if he finds out?”
“He’s my son also, okay? I do not know; even if I needed to die to lift up the curse, I would do it; it’s just that I do not know where to find the witch anymore and that she got angrier that you took me back.”
“I can’t believe you, you cheated on me, and now you get our son cursed?! I forgive you for cheating on me years ago before he was born, but then this? What the hell, Henry?! All I ever did was to love you, support you!”
My dad bent down on his knees, tears falling already. My mom is also crying. I wanted to go in and hug her. I can’t believe that I cheated on her. If I ever find my mate one day, I swear that I will love her with all I have, and protect her from anything.
“I’m so sorry, Elina. I’ll do everything to lift the curse that was put on our son. I promise that he will be happy and won’t be in misery. And I really love you, I am so sorry for cheating on you back then, I love you Elina please, don’t leave me huh?”
“I won’t leave you because I am your mate and the mother of your son. I will be staying here because I will still protect my son. Don't you think he will be broken once he knows that he is cursed and will never find his mate?”
And that left me dumbfounded, and I immediately felt weak, like all the strength in my body left. What the? Did I hear that right? I won’t ever have a mate, and that I am cursed? Why? Is it because my dad cheated and that my mom took him back?
I lose my balance, letting the door that I am holding open. My parents looked at me, shocked as evident on their faces.
“Valen,” mom whispered, but I looked at them angrily. I looked at them like I despised them. How could this happen?
I really love both of them, but why is my future already written like this? I gathered myself and stood up. I looked at them without saying anything. Mom was about to walk toward me, but I immediately turned my back and ran. I even heard them calling my name, saying that they would explain. But maybe not today.
End of Flashback
A tear escaped from his eyes, but he immediately wiped it. He looked at the scenery in front of him when he felt someone was walking towards his way. His mood immediately changed because he didn’t want someone stepping foot in this part of the pack.
But then he heard the whisper, “Wow,” the woman mumbled. The woman that was brought by his mother, the human. He looked at her and studied her features, long lashes, and those eyes screamed something that he could explain; she seemed so happy looking at the scenery in front.
But then he saw how that happiness turned into sadness, but the woman composed herself and took a deep breath. Her lips, they look so. He didn’t continue looking at it as he felt something weird in himself; this was the first time he was staring that long at a woman.
“You’re not allowed here,” he said calmly but a little scary. The woman's eyes widened, and she held her chest.
“Oh my gosh!” the woman loudly said. It looks like he startled her.
The woman looked at her, and he looked back with his cold eyes. The woman was the first one to break the stare and sighed.
“I know you do not want me here, and I’ll stay until I figure out what to do with my life. It’s just that right now, I do not have anything in life even though all of it belongs to me, but I will make a way on how I can take it all back,” she said.
He stared at her. He did not want to answer or if he should comfort because he had never done that to anybody. But for a moment, he wanted to say things to let the woman know that she is not alone and she is allowed to stay and fix everything she needs to fix. On the contrary, he doesn’t want her presence and wants her out of the pack already because the woman is endangering herself.
Luckily, his mother would never let go of this woman. First, she didn’t have any daughter as he was the only child. Second, her heart is one of the purest. He admires her for that.
“Anyway, you know, this is the first time I talked to you, and you are not shouting. Aunt Elina talked about you a lot that you really do not want other people here, and this is a paradise, you know? I would love to stay here, but I know that I shouldn’t. I wanted to thank you for agreeing with your mom,” she continued.
Valen stood up and looked at the woman sitting beside the big stone.
“Thank my mom, not me, and maybe you should leave after two weeks. I really do not want any strangers roaming around our land,” he said and walked away. He can’t stay there knowing that the woman is there. He just can’t.
Selene was taken aback by what Valen said. Wow, that man is a little rude, she told herself, but she didn’t mind anymore. She knows that he doesn’t want her to be on their land.
It’s not like she’s a thief. She wouldn’t take anything. She just needs time to create a plan for taking back what belongs to her, but then her phone is lost, and she can’t call Jasper.
She quietly sat beside the big stone and watched the scenery in front of her.
“This is amazing, a paradise. I have lived in the City of Bloom my whole life, but I never once thought that there was a paradise here. I wonder if I can go back here once I leave,” she murmured to herself.
She sighed as she thought of ways on how she should live her life right now. She just hopes that a miracle will come and give her back her old life, or maybe she can start a new life with what her father left for her.
She stayed a little longer, and it was starting to get dark already when she heard someone calling her. She stood up and looked around and saw something from the other side of the lake.
“Selene! There you are!”
She looked at the woman calling her, “Aunt Eina,” she said. Elina smiled at her and held her arm.
“What are you looking at?” Elina asked, and she immediately shook her head, but Elina looked at the way she was looking earlier, and then she felt Aunt Elina’s hand tighten on her arm, but she didn’t mind it.
“This is a paradise, Aunt Elina,” she just said and held Elina’s arm that’s holding hers and smiled.
“Yes, this is paradise, Selene. My son really loves this place but let’s go, and I cooked dinner,” Elina said and pulled her, but then, before she walked, she looked again at the other side of the lake. She knew she saw something.
In her mind going back to the main house, as they call it, she knows she saw an animal. But that animal was looking at her, and it was big. But then she thought that maybe she was hallucinating but then no.
Before entering the main house, she looked back again. Although the lake was so far away from the main house, there was only one thing on her mind.
She saw a wolf…
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
Chapter 10 VALEN I went straight home, after fixing everything Selene’s need. I can’t understand myself right now, I can explain my emotions. I should be happy that Selene won’t be staying in our pack anymore. My pack freely moves and shifts anytime without worrying that Selene might see them.I looked at the trees on the way home, my car stopped and I saw my mom waiting for me. I sighed deeply, I know she will ask about Selene. She was so fond of Selene because she really wants a daughter. Luckily, she’s not pressuring me to marry someone. I got out of the car and mom immediately went to me. “How is she?” she asked. I chuckled. She didn’t even ask me how the trip was on the way home. Tsk.“She's fine, mother. She can handle herself,” I answered and entered the house already. “Are you sure, Valen?” she asked again and followed me inside my office. I sat down on my chair and started looking at the papers left to me. I have so much work to do. And my mom here is pestering me. It
Chapter 11SELENE Someone knocked on my office door. I looked at it for a while and went back to fixing the boxes of my father’s things left here in the office. “Yes, I come in,” I mumbled softly. I heard the door open and close. Different books are here in the box, I didn’t know my father loved books or these belonged to my mother since she really loves books. But then my father has a sign on it, which belongs to him. I heard the footsteps of the person entering the room stopped in front of me. “Is that how you treat your employees?” I looked at the man who was talking. Jasper. I smiled and stood up, he even helped me. “What are you doing here? Don’t you have work?” I asked and sat down first at the couch. He sat down also and crossed his legs. “Are you settling in nicely?” He answered me with a question as well. Nice. I pressed down the button on the side table so that my assistant would bring us some coffee. “Yes, I think I have. I've fixed the financial papers already,