I woke up from a dream but I wasn’t quite sure if I should call it a dream. Aren’t dreams peaceful and calming? The one I just woke up from made me feel extremely afraid. I was sweating and shaking all over and it made me certain that I just had a nightmare.
However this wasn’t just any nightmare, every year I would get this dream at least once a year and even though I didn’t exactly remember what it was about, there would be a certain feeling that followed it and then I would hear a faint voice in my head – like a woman screaming.
Back when I was younger and I’d have this nightmare, I would cover up myself in the sheets shaking with fear but not knowing what I just dreamt. Tia, Aidan’s mother would come to my rescue, sitting with me until I fall asleep but she hasn’t been doing that anymore because I stopped screaming and learned to deal with it on my own.
Even though I couldn’t remember what I dreamt of, I always had a feeling that it was about my parents. My father died trying to protect me while he and his team of Rogue wolves got attacked. He did the last thing any wolf would think of doing to a child, he placed me in a bush full of wolfsbane thinking it will save me.
For the first time ever, a wolf didn’t die by wolfsbane and I was that wolf. However, my father died and his friend Kent took me in and raised me as his own, at that time I was barely four years old.
I looked out my window and took in a breath of fresh air before I sat up on my bed and though my heart was pounding with fear from the nightmare that I couldn’t remember, I suddenly felt at peace when I looked at a painting on my wall. I had gotten it the previous day while I was at the pack of Aidan’s maternal grandparents for a brief holiday.
It was a sequential painting of a woman with long, red hair and silver eyes dressed for battle with a confident smile as she faced a thousand men. I bought it yesterday since I loved the story the painting told. The woman who sold it said that the events of the painting will happen but she seemed a bit crazy so I didn’t believe her. Why would a woman fight a thousand men all by herself?
Taking one last look at the painting, I felt better. I was no longer afraid or upset. “Maybe it’s a therapeutic painting,” I thought to myself and then laughed it off as I got up and reluctantly got ready for school.After getting ready and looking at myself in the mirror I sighed. I loved the confident look on the woman’s face but I could never look like that – not with a plain face like mine. I ran my brush through my brown, wavy hair one more time before I headed straight to the kitchen to get my lunch pack.
Tia, always packed lunch for me but she wasn’t just any woman, she was our pack’s Luna and Kent was our Alpha, Aidan was their son. I knew that she was aware that I was being bullied a lot at school and that there were days that I preferred eating in the staircase alone so she packed lunch for me so I didn't have to eat with those losers in the cafeteria – just in case." Good morning, Tia," I said when I got to the kitchen and she smiled, she liked it when I spoke with her informally, though I wasn’t allowed to do so in public." Good morning Kayla, did you sleep well last night?" she asked, turning around to hand me my lunch and then suddenly turning quiet when she saw me." What? did I forget to brush my hair properly again?" I asked as I touched my hair in panic. I knew I should’ve straightened it!" Uh...what happened to you?" she asked instead and I stared at her, not knowing what to say." You look so beautiful!" she gushed and then I sighed, realizing why she did this. " I’m guessing it’s my birthday already," I said, looking at my sneakers and wondering if I've experienced any growth at all since that was what Aidan said he noticed about me on my birthday. He told me that I usually experienced a growth spurt on my birthday and that I get taller and...prettier. That was hard for me to believe since I still considered myself as plain as always, but it was so strange that day, Aidan looked like he was bewitched by me...like he wanted to kiss me. That was the first and last time I saw that look on his face, now he's just an annoying soon-to-be Alpha but it’s not as annoying as the fact that I've had a crush on him since I was twelve but because we're " almost like siblings" I had to hide it. Watching Tia run her hands through her long, blond hair made me sigh at my own secret desire to be Aidan’s Luna but I did not have her kind of beauty. I wasn’t just lucky in that aspect. When I saw how misty her eyes got as she smiled at me, I realized that she wanted to wish me a happy birthday but was upset that she couldn’t because she knew I wouldn’t want to hear it.
“ Umm…Aidan’s waiting for you in the car. You should go join him.” She said and I gulped. Ever since he turned seventeen we've been acting quite weird around each other, there's been some kind of tension between us.
Sometimes I felt like he could tell that I have feelings for him and it seemed like it was mutual but when I see him with other girls, I would get so jealous and upset and it only made me realize that him having feelings for me was just my imagination and a delusional thought!
For a while, we've barely talked to each other, especially since our fight after he started dating April Phurr, a girl who bullies me whenever she likes - and he did it out of the blue! No matter what I say, he never believed she would hurt me and it infuriated me. Because of that I really didn't want to have any reason to talk to him but it is unavoidable right now. The only problem is that whenever he even cared to speak to me I would just malfunction and embarrass myself.
Tia's piercing stare made me realize that I had zoned out, thinking about Aidan. I cleared my throat and faced her. " Sure, see you later,” I said, faking a bright smile before I opened the door and left the house.
Aidan was already standing in front of his black Ford-150, yeah…I’ve memorized the names of all of his cars since last year.
He was dressed in a dark blue long-sleeve t-shirt that hugged his muscular figure, black jeans, and very expensive Nikes that one of his female admirers got for him ahead of his birthday. His golden blond hair was slicked back, and not even a strand escaped. He always had this aura about him that made him so intimidating if he wasn't smiling, this time, however, he seemed to be fighting back a smile and I believe I hated that more than him frowning.
With a small sigh, I carefully walked down the stairs so that I wouldn’t trip but how could I avoid that when I was still staring at his perfect body while he leaned on his car and operated his phone? My eyes met his blue ones and I almost fell face-first to the ground - but it was subtle he probably didn’t notice.
I tried to control myself as I got closer to him but his blue eyes lingered on me longer than usual.“ Just greet him and enter the car as you always do,” I said to myself as I got close to him but he stared at me and then bit his lip to hold back a smile, throwing me off guard. Gosh, I hate it when he does that! " What's so funny now?" I asked angrily, throwing aside every hint of shyness I had about talking to him. " Nothing, you got taller though," he said with a teasing smirk before he got in his car, looking at me with THAT look again - the one that made me think he likes me but I knew better, he must've just been gloating inwardly since I was the first to speak to him." That's n-not nothing!" I stuttered before I looked away because I was certain that my delusional thinking had caused me to blush." What isn't?" he asked, looking effortlessly irresistible as he sprawled on his seat and watched me with a smirk on his face." That smirk! there's no way that is nothing." I said and he rolled his eyes while a sly smile still played on his lips...lips I'd once imagined I kissed, ugh! What's wrong with me?" Kayla, I'm just excited to see your mate today, you know?... Since you turn eighteen today." He said while he tapped his steering wheel playfully, his smirk never leaving his face. When he saw the horror in my eyes he laughed and threw his head back but I couldn't think straight. I was horrified at the possibility of meeting my mate today, I never looked forward to it because I'm not the pretty type. I've always thought that whoever my mate turns out to be, he would not be satisfied with me. It was a painful truth so I never bothered to look forward to something so horrible.
While I was having a mild panic attack about it, I couldn't help but stare at Aidan's body. Why did he even wear something so tight? and why does he suddenly smell...so good?" Umm... He definitely won't be someone I know at school, that would be a nightmare!” I said, trying to act nonchalant about it." Whatever, do you need a ride?" He asked with a slight frown on his face before he masked it with a blank expression. " Nope. I'll just walk to school" I said but he held me back and pulled me to him and said in a rough tone, " Get in the car, Kayla." The way my body responded to his touch alarmed me, my heart was beating like I'd just run several miles and I knew that if I don't do something, he would hear it and misunderstand so I quickly broke free and sat in the back. He scoffed, got in the car, and drove us to school. Throughout the ride, I was having the most confusing feeling of my life. I would stare at Aidan and would breathe in traces of a scent that I never even knew he had. I've never cared for Aidan's scent before so what was this? surely, there's no way that Aidan's my mate right? No, he's like a brother to me. We literally grew up together so that's a big NO. Maybe he is using a new cologne." So what? Now, you're gonna go back to not talking to me?" he asked sounding slightly annoyed. He sometimes got like this - he would get mad at someone for no reason at all, and then he would seem so calm and bright as if he wasn’t just raving mad at you a few minutes ago. Well, I wasn't in the mood to analyze his mood so I just sighed and said, " I don't know what to say Aidan...nice cologne...I guess." He stared at me through his rear mirror as though what I said was unbelievable. " What? You smell nice. That’s a compliment!” I said in defense." Nice insult Kayla, just cause I don't use Cologne doesn't mean I smell. All the girls AND BOYS at school love me, if I smelled I'm pretty sure they wouldn't!" " Oh my God, just drive will you! I never said you smell bad, what's even wrong with you?!" I yelled back at him and he froze." Shit...umm... sorry Kayla. I don't even know why I just get pissed for no reason," he said with a nervous chuckle." Maybe it’s because you and your annoying girlfriend's birthday is in a couple of days and your hormones are just all over the freaking place! I bet she’ll be waiting to slobber you with her kisses when we get to school" I muttered and then regretted it instantly, realizing how jealous I sounded." It's funny how you're so quiet and have no remarks for those who bully you at school," he said calmly after we sat awhile in silence because of traffic." It's pointless talking to them anyway,” I said in a low whisper, knowing he would hear me." Well, if you'd just let me deal with them I'd -""- no, it's my fight." " and you're just choosing to lose anyway?" he asked and started driving when the traffic light showed green. We didn't say a word to each other until we got to school. Immediately he stopped the car, I got down and was about to leave but SHE showed up - April. " Hey babe!" she said, smiling widely as she walked past me as if she didn't see me at all." Hey..." Aidan said, sounding exasperated from an argument we barely even had. I don't know why I stood there and watched them kiss, I usually walk away but today I just felt so angry when she kissed him.
" Stay away from him! He's mine!" I heard someone say in an unfathomably possessive growl and I wondered who would make such a great show of possessiveness over Aidan.
I was so glad in my heart because it automatically means that April isn't Aidan's mate, so, all I wanted to know was who this lucky girl is, Aidan would treat her like a queen!When I saw Aidan and April's surprised look, as well as everyone else who was outside and witnessed that show of possessiveness, I was confused at first because they were all staring at me. I found my hand on April's wrist, grabbing her fiercely. Then, I realized that it was I was the possessive freak!
"How? When did I even do this?" I asked myself, closing my eyes in regret because my wolf had just taken total control of my actions and this was the worst time for her to do that!" Did you just call my boyfriend yours?" she asked, shoving my hand away from her wrist while I stuttered in an effort to respond to her.
I looked at Aidan and he looked just as surprised as everyone else. I couldn’t believe it, Aidan IS my mate but he doesn’t know it – he is not yet eighteen. I shouldn't overwhelm him with something like this, besides everyone knows he would reject me the second he turns eighteen.I felt crushed but I had to accept that Aidan and I would never work out because even if I wanted us to, he only sees me as the sister he never had.
Kayla’s POV I cursed as I wiped away the tears that poured down my cheeks. The men’s room smelled awful but I wasn’t ready to face April’s confrontation. I couldn’t believe that I lost control like that, why was I so aggressive?! “ Our mate is currently in the arms of another woman and you’re just going to stay here and cry about it?” my wolf Sapphire barked in my head and I bit my lip in frustration. “ Just shut up Sapphire! You’re the reason everyone is never gonna stop calling me a freak – just…please stop taking control like that!” I begged, holding my head in my hands as I remembered how everyone stared at me when they saw my outburst earlier. “ It’s not my fault that they’re ordinary.” She muttered and I took in a deep breath and instantly recoiled because of the stench. The ladies room was occupied and this was the only place I could go. Knowing full well that there is nothing I can do to hold Sapphire back and that I couldn’t just stay in the rest room all day, I decided
Kayla’s POV The silence that engulfed the class was too much as he just stood there and stared at me. My heart was thudding violently wondering what this was about,or maybe I was just not properly processing how a man could be this attractive without even trying. As he stood in front of me, I noticed how he seemed like the direct opposite of Aidan. He had ebony black, thick, messy long hair that stopped just above his shoulder as opposed to Aidan’s short, blond hair that was always neatly slicked back. He was bigger and taller than Aidan and though he was fully clothed in white sleeves that he rolled up, showing his strong arms and sky-blue Jean pants, I could still tell that he had a sexy body. Besides, the three buttons in his shirt that he left unbuttoned was more or less a clear testament to that fact. And then his silver eyes…no one should ever look that good with an eye color so rare. “ Hector, what the hell? Are you nuts?” His friend Devon asked him, pulling him by the arm
Kayla’s POV The stares I was getting as Hector and Aidan declared that I was their mate was enough for me to wish for powers that could make me disappear. Now they have something new to hate me for, what have I done to deserve this? Hector seemed to realize that he said something he normally wouldn’t, I could tell by the way he looked so shaken before his friends pulled him away. “ Why did they take him away?” I heard someone ask. “ Where Hector comes from, they do not admit or acknowledge a mate that isn’t a rogue. It’s believed to be physically impossible but Hector didn’t seem to have any difficulty saying that Kayla is his mate.” Said a boy who stared at me as he said these words. “ Wow, she has two guys at school willing to fight each other when she is one of the most useless wolves at this school. Don’t even delude yourself and think that you’re special, you’re just an abnormality and I wish you’d just die alr- ”April was saying, she must've not realized that Aidan was st
Kayla's POV When I turned around and saw that Aidan was still shirtless, I realized they must’ve figured out what we were doing. Embarrassment washed all over me as we all stood there silently – not Aidan though, he was unbothered. He opened the refrigerator and poured himself a glass of water, drank it in one gulp, and then poured another and walked up to me before handing me the glass of water. I didn’t know what to do so I just held the glass cup in my hand and looked at the floor. Aidan stood behind me and wrapped his arms around my waist before kissing my cheek, it betrayed me and must’ve become so red as I blushed because Tia seemed even more surprised than before. “ Aidan! We are literally in front of you!” she finally said, pulling him away from me and standing between us. “ So what? She’s my mate, there’s nothing wrong with that,” Aidan rebelled but all it took was one look from his father for him to behave. “ Is that why you two almost had sex?” He asked coldly. “ Dad-
Kayla's POV My eyes searched for who it was that poured the good on April and my heart skipped a beat when I saw that it was Hector. His eyes carried so much contempt and spite as he looked at April, he was dressed in all white from head to toe that I nearly thought it was an angel who saved me. “ I brought the rest of the goo for you April didn’t want to waste it.” He said, putting his hands in his pocket as he glared at her intensely. Even with all the splashing, a single whip of goo didn’t even touch him. “ What the hell is wrong with you?!” she shrieked as she got up and wiped her face so she could take a look at Hector. “ Hey, get up, take my hand,” Becka said as she extended a hand to me and pulled me up. “ I should be asking you that question since you orchestrated a prank that the whole school was in on, just so you could embarrass a girl that has never bothered you before” “ And how the hell would you know that she doesn’t bother me huh? How do you know?” “ But it
Kayla's POVI sighed and exhaled, trying to focus on what our mission was. When he was done assigning the first batch to a rogue, he told us our paths and immediately started the timer while we all swung to action. It was hard keeping up with Aidan and Hector as they ran but they would occasionally slow down so I could catch up to them. “ Stop!” Aidan said. Hector and I stopped and he took in a deep breath“ we’re wasting our time. I can’t think straight because all I smell right now is her,” Aidan said pointing at me. “ Kayla, just save us the trouble and choose one of us. It’s not that hard is it?” Aidan asked. I looked at Hector but he said nothing, he just looked away from me and faced a different direction. “ Say something, Kayla.” He said, coming closer to me. “ it was even worse when I woke up and you weren’t home. I got so mad at my parents this morning, they shouldn’t separate us.. “ he said before his eyes trailed off to my lips.“ This is not the time Aidan,” Hector poin
Kayla's POVI came out of the woods with Aidan and Hector behind me. Aidan told Hector to just show us where the hidden item was but Hector said that it would be suspicious if we come out with the item because he and the other rogues hid it so well that no one would find it. To keep things neutral, we came out empty-handed. Hector escorted the next batch of wolves into the woods and Aidan hung with Jason and the rest of his friends. We all acted as if we didn’t just spend almost fifteen minutes in intimate sexy acts. “ Are you okay?” Becka asked when I returned. She must’ve seen how much I was holding my breath trying to keep myself from latching onto Hector’s arm as he went with two girls inside the woods. Maybe I wouldn’t have been so jealous about it if it was another girl but the fact that it was Daphne and Gale put me in a bad mood. When we were done with training, Tyrone was disappointed that none of us during the time given, was able to find the hidden items. He eventually t
Kayla's POV “ Hector?” I called softly. He turned around, his silver eyes sparkly and a little startled. “ What- what are you doing here?” “ This is my place, you’re the one I should be asking that question,” I said, folding my hand and suddenly getting sulky. “ You own the woods?” he asked, sounding arrogant and irritating to me. “ No, I just mean that I’m the only one who comes here because of the…wolfsbane…” I said, noticing that I was significantly farther away from where I was before. “ There are no wolfsbane here” “ There are over there, that’s where the river is, but no one can go there except me.” “ They must really hate you for that huh?” “ Yeah,” I said. We stared at each other for a while. I was appreciating his…everything. He was what every girl describe as her dream man. Today his black, long, hair was even more ruffled and curly than before – a trait that would make any man look adorable didn’t change a thing about his sexiness. With his hands in his pocke