My parents were covered with blood. I was at the staircase and they were at the door. Werewolves did these things to them. And I wasn’t able to save them.
They were screaming for help. They screamed for pain. I couldn't move my body from my position. I want to run towards them. I want to help them to stand out. But I was frozen in my place.
“You’re always my girl, Cath,” Daddy said in a low monotone voice. His voice sounded like he was losing blood.
“You’re always our baby.” My mom smiled despited of the pain she was struggling with.
I love you Mom and Dad, I thought to myself. I wasn’t able to let it through my mouth. I love them and I wished I was able to protect them.
My eyes opened. Everything was a dream. A nightmare. I found myself in a dark place. Old classroom chairs, broken tables, dirt on the ground. I was tied around a chair. Where am I?
I almost forgot that Mr. Higgins put me to sleep. He must be the one who brought me here. Why would someone put a student in a basement just because she failed a test? What if they found out I’m a human and they wanted me to become their feast? Thought I wasn’t sure that werewolves eat humans. I must be thinking of vamps.
The door of the basement opened. Mr. Higgins was followed by two of my teachers. Mrs. Score, whose the same age as him. And Ms. Durant, our youngest teacher. She looked like she was in her mid-twenties.
Why did they kidnap me? I looked at their hands to check if they were holding something. I sighed in relief when they were holding nothing. As they inched closer to me, my lungs couldn’t function properly.
“Where am I? Why am I here?” I asked them. My voice was a bit raised. This is simply kidnapping. What scares me more was that they are not humans.
Mrs. Score stepped the closest to me. He grabbed my face and pressed it. I almost bit my lip because her nails were digging through my skin. “We’re the one who supposed to ask you that.” She gazed at Ms. Durant. “Lucy.”
“I have a strong sense of smell of the species of a creature. I can sense that you’re not a werewolf. You should tell us what are you right now and we’ll let you go once we decided that you’re not a threat at all.”
“I’m a human.” I closed my eyes, waiting for an attack.
No one hit me with a gun or a knife. Instead, I received a hard slap from Mrs. Score. I thought she did that because I was the only one who’s not a werewolf in the town. I was surprised by what she said next.
“Impossible! Don’t fool us, lady,” she said.
I’m not lying at them yet they still hurt me. I am a human! I would be lying if I told them I’m like them.
Mr. Higgins glanced back at Ms. Durrant. “Lucy, can you please explain to her what you smelled.”
“As I said, I have a keen sense of smell. I knew that you’re not a werewolf or a human either. You have strong energy overflowing in you.”
I chuckled. “What the fuck are you saying? I’m a human!”
Another slap from Mrs. Score. Why does her slap feel more painful than a glass hitting my skin? I don’t know what time is it yet. I wished someone would find me here. With these three creatures in front of me, I knew I won’t be able to escape.
“This kid is insisting more. She should learn a lesson.” Mr. Higgins clicked his tongue. What lesson? I don’t need a freaking lesson because I’m telling them the truth that I’m a human.
“You should let me go now! The alpha would kill you once he learned you kidnapped an innocent human!” I’m not sure about what I’ve just said. I’ve read a few books about werewolves. There were good Alphas who doesn’t want to cause conflicts on other creatures, especially humans. If these werewolves belong to the same pack, they were going to be punished.
Mrs. Score smirked at me. “The alpha isn’t here. And the alpha wouldn’t know what we’re going to do to someone like you. He would be thankful to us that we’re going to erase a threat like you. Lucy!”
Ms. Durrant picked up a planked on the ground. She inched close to me. As she lifted the plank, I closed my eyes. A hard knock swept my face. That was one of the most bearing pain I felt in the past five years. Emotionally, it would be my parents' death.
I wish I could’ve fought them. I was tied around a chair and they were free to do anything that they wanted to do on me.
Ms. Higgins was about to hit me again with a plan when the door of the basement crashed. An ink-black wolf entered, followed by a white and dark blue wolf. The three teachers in front of me instantly shapeshifted into wolves as well.
The black wolf attacked Mr. Higgins who’s a gray wolf. The wolf scratched his paw to Mr. Higgins's body, who scowled in pain while in the shapeshift form. He stopped fighting the black wolf and easily turned back to his human form. He has a huge slash on his back.
The other two wolves also fought with my two teachers. Mrs. Score and Ms. Durrant didn’t succeed. Just like what the black wolf did to Mr. Higgins, they slashed their claws at the other wolves. My two female teachers also turned back to their human form, screeching with pain.
These three wolves saved me. I wasn’t sure who they are.
The black wolf bit the rope that was wrapped around my body. I was free, but I can’t stand straight because of the plank that hit me earlier.
The black wolf just stared at me. Then he turned back into his human form. Angelo! Angelo was the one who saved me! I was saved by my man!
CHAPTER 8Jay was massaging my nose with an ice pack. There’s a stream of blood that bled from it earlier. The way Ms. Durrant spanked my face with the plank must be that hard to cause bleeding.Angelo saved me. I don’t know what happened to me if he didn’t arrive there. Those three teachers must’ve killed me. The two other werewolves he was with were Minnie and Sage. The two of them looked the same as what I saw in their picture frame.The night was already dark when we left the basement of that building. There was no other person in the school aside from the three teachers who kidnapped me, me, and three people who saved me. The school was surprisingly open during the night even without bodyguards. We’re lucky that we didn’t encounter any wolves. I mean, there were werewolves in human form around. But none of them shapeshifted into a wolf.“What happened, Catherine?” Felix asked. He wasn’t mad at thi
CHAPTER 9Gwen and Aki chaired themselves on both of my sides. Their face was curious. I knew they were going to ask about what happened yesterday. I had to thank them for telling Angelo where I was. They indirectly saved my life.“I’m flattered to see that you’re perfectly fine. We knew what happened yesterday,” Gwen said. Her dazzling hair was blown by the wind coming from the outside. I hope they were not gaining my trust for the worst-case scenario. I reminded myself to socialize with them but not put my trust in the first place.“We’re still unable to shapeshift. We knew Gelo already learned how to shapeshift. Our parents were slaves of betas. Fighting them would put our life at stake,” Aki explained. Then he narrated a whole lot of a story about his friendship with Gwen since they were kids. Unfair justice was also applicable in the life of these werewolves. We can’t go wrong on our steps, especially if we&rs
CHAPTER 10Today, my brothers will kill me. At least on the inside. I have to tell them my decision on training with Angelo wherever he was training. This wasn’t for my safety—for them. The family who took care of me. This was my way to give back on their efforts on me.I expected Felix would open up a hot debate about the matter. They won’t let me go. For them, it would be too dangerous. They didn’t want me to open up as a half-blood werewolf. They wanted to keep things normal to me. But life wouldn’t be normal because I’m different. And I belong to these creatures living in this town.Felix was watching a thriller action movie on our television—Jay was folding clothes. I choked my fears as I approached them.“Catherine,” Felix muttered. He has strong instincts as he felt my presence though I wasn’t too close to him. “You need anything?”We weren’t siblings only in paper
CHAPTER 11The training grounds look like a gym.There were a few attractions like hurdles and sit-ups. It wasn’t a typical training ground where we are going to train outside. There’s an apartment-like house near the low-lying grasses. Inside the building, there were gym types of equipment like stationary bikes and things I don’t know the name of. I wasn’t going to the gym even before. Running and walking was the only exercise that I know.I didn’t care about how our training would be. Walking our way here was more of a training than a warm-up. If Angelo described it as a warm-up, I’m afraid that the training would be vigorous.The last time I count the number of young peers in here, we were eleven. I lost count when I answered the registration form. I don’t know how things work in this place. But it’s a similar process to what humans do.Unlike the classroom in the community school, this place was f
Chapter 12Three kilometers into my pedometer and I can’t run anymore. We didn’t have a proper warm-up. And the rule was that we can’t walk around. My muscles were soaring and I can’t handle this anymore.I was gasping. I needed water to hydrate myself. I lost more than a liter by all the sweat all over my body. Angelo was either beside or behind me. I was never behind him.There’s a huge gap between our conditions. At this moment, I already lost all my energy. But he’s fine as if he didn’t run at all. It made sense that he’d been doing this since the day he trained her.I wanted to stop. I wanted to quit. But quitting is for weak people. It is for those who can’t handle things anymore. If I didn’t continue to train here, I wouldn’t be able to gain the strength to protect my brothers. This isn’t just for me, I reminded myself. This is for my brothers and justice on the death of
CHAPTER 13I finished the contemporary book I was reading just after Angelo took a bath. He asked me yesterday if we could bake cookies at his place, but it turned out he wasn’t expecting me early. As a morning person, I would go to him early if he didn’t specify a time.I don’t have anyone to talk to. Minnie was still asleep. Sage was in his room—as always. Except for Nana who sat on the couch the moment Angelo entered his room to wear an outfit.“What are you going today? It seems that you have plans, dear?” Nana asked. I never met my grandparents on Mom and Dad. Maybe they’re as sweet as Nana—who would ask questions and take care of her grandchildren.“He asked me to bake cookies.” I don’t have anything to do at home that’s why I agreed to the plan. Besides, he’s my only friend. And I should do better as his friend.“Oh, that is his favorite pastime
CHAPTER 14“There’s another person in this town. I mean human like you and Felix,” I told Jay. He was reading one of my books while the television was on. Felix was in the kitchen, preparing our dinner, which I can smell was java rice and some kind of pork dish.Jay slipped the bookmark between the pages of the book. He placed it on his lap and turned to me. “Why do you look so amazed?”“I thought everyone in this town are all werewolves. I kind of had confidence that not everyone will attack humans. Before, I was afraid to think of werewolves. I thought they were going to attack every human in their way.”“No, they don’t. Like us, they have a purpose in doing those things.”I glanced at the book that he was reading. A self-help book about having a purpose in life. He’s only saying those because of what he read. “You mean they have a purpose in killing our parents. What k
CHAPTER 15There’s no escape from this creature. Why would a guy enter a female restroom to attack an innocent woman like me? He can’t turn into a wolf because it’s a day. The sun was shining bright outside. At the same time, I was afraid he might punch me or kill me with his fists. He remained in his place, ready to hit me with his balled hands.“Marvel, don’t hit her,” a woman from the outside said. Marvel calmed down. His face relaxed for a bit. They should be in guidance counseling right now for assaulting me inside the restroom!The woman who talked showed pup behind Marvel. She had blonde hair, and pink lipstick, his skin was pearl white.Marvel growled at her. “She’s a threat. I can scent it. Glitter, she’s a threat!”Why does he sound so crazy about me? He looked like a dog with rabies who would attack a person. While Glitter was a calmer version of him. Hence, they bot