“You cannot run from me. I am your only savior! Who do you think will believe you?” his voice was echoing through the hallway as I ran to nowhere. I just knew I have to get away from him, somebody will listen to me.
“Your siblings don’t like you. Your father only takes you as an object. Come to my arms and I will protect you,” he kept mocking me for being an unloved creature, only kept alive by my father’s reputation.
I tripped and dropped to the ground hopelessly.
The Barbie I was holding tight slipped out of my hands and landed on the floor beside me.
“Go!” I heard my trainer giving me a signal to get into the stadium. He dragged me out and away from the flashes of my past.
Dark clouds, strong wind, nothing could compare to the palpitation of my heart that day. My breath quickened as I stepped into the Fight stadium ring for the final round.
The stadium ring was jam-packed with the juniors and seniors, the previous medal winners, our Gamma leaders of each fighter group from different packs, and our personal trainers. I passed a glance around without focusing on anything in particular until my eyes matched with the eyes no more than just a silent cloud of Alpha King Aramis'.
I knew he would be invited by the battle academy as a chief guest, even if nobody liked him.
I am Phoenix Hart, 18 years old and a Gamma of The Dark Autumn Pack. My father is the Alpha of the pack, and next in line is my eldest brother, Zion Hart. My two older twin siblings, Veronica and Markus, had turned 23 the previous month, but I couldn’t get to attend the party because I decided to show up with a medal.
I have joined this academy to come into my own and make my father proud of me. From the outside perspective, I was known as a princess, who was deeply loved and cherished by her family, but nobody knew the reality of how I have lived my life within the walls of my cursed mansion among people who had secretly belittled me when they didn’t believe me.
They didn’t hear when I said I was not safe under the roof of my father. That exact moment paved the path to this ground for me.
"The last competition is for the gold medal and the title of the Warrior King Or Queen," The Gamma leader stood up from his seat beside Alpha King Aramis, "And the two warriors who have been qualified for this final competition are the beta Tanner Knight of the Silver Hunters Pack and Phoenix Hart, a Gamma of The Dark Autumn Pack.
I straightened my back, hearing my name while Tanner joined the stadium from the opposite side. The applause encouraged Tanner. He was a male werewolf, and everybody expected his victory right off the bat. The Alpha King Aramis smiled a bit. He looked proud of Tanner.
We walked in each other's direction for a friendly handshake when I looked into Tanner's blue eyes and smiled. It was going to be an iconic last competition when mates come face to face.
He smirked as he reminded me through his eyes that we were mates. I playfully rolled my eyes at him.
"Good look Princess Phoenix!" he teased, making me frown and get ready for the final round.
I rocked the black cargo pants with a black warrior crop top. I had my hair styled into a French tail so that my entire focus remains on the fight.
Tanner was wearing brown cargo pants and a white sleeveless shirt. His black hair was left loosely around his forehead and at the back of his neck.
As the siren wailed, we started walking in circles. I had fixated my eyes on his legs, making sure I'm aware of his advances. When he slipped a punch, I dropped my weight to my left leg and dodged it. I let out a laugh at his failed attempt, watching him compose his posture again.
He squared up instantly and threw a jab, which I brushed away while slipping to my side. As he attempted to punch me again, I blocked his uppercut, countering the uppercut with a left hook.
He lost his balance while I hit his chin up, lips bruised open and blood splattered out.
“OHH!” The crowd expressed despondency, displaying which side they were hoping to win. The hypocrisy of these people was astounding. They would bicker and cuss at the Alpha King Aramis behind his back, but the instant he would appear before them, they would bow down to him.
While Tanner was ready to get back on his feet, I walked behind him and let my wolf, Nix, take over. My eyes changed from gray to purple. I howled loudly and took him in a rear chokehold, making him grunt and gurgle.
“Ah!” he complained in agony. My grip was stronger than what my body might appear to the others.
“Is that all you got, Commando?” I commented in his ear to tease him for not unleashing his wolf sooner. He understood the assignment and let Tan take over. He whipped his leg around my leg, fooling me into thinking I have managed to learn his next step when he suddenly bent down and grabbed my leg to lift it up. I landed on my back, and it was his time to let out a chuckle.
The crowd was cheering him on and he was enjoying it to the fullest. I staggered up on my feet as I realized I shouldn’t play too much with my prey.
“COME ON! SHE IS JUST A GIRL,”
As someone from the crowd shouted, my body shuddered. I have heard such a comment before, something like that to degrade me. That was when Tanner took the opportunity and punched me down. I landed on the ground while he laid behind me to chokehold me, demanding that I tap out.
“Go home and play with the Barbie dolls!” Tanner teased me, his arm wrapped around my neck tightly as he choked me.
His comment triggered something inside me. Though my vision began to turn blurry from the pressure after Tanner acknowledged that the only way to make me lose was to make me pass out or else I wouldn’t give up.
Sadly, I was no longer mentally present on the combat grounds anymore.
I saw a little me running in the hallway with a Barbie in my hand.
“Come on! Don’t run away from me. You are 15 and playing with a Barbie.” His voice sounded like an echo in my head. I saw him appearing from the dark shadows and smirking at me. My brother-in-law.
“Stay away from me. I will tell Veronica what you were trying to do.” I hugged my Barbie, shivering in his presence.
“Tell them, tell everyone everything; nobody will ever believe you. After all, you are just a girl who plays with Barbie dolls and creates fantasies.” His words, along with his proceeding steps toward me, compelled me to close my eyes.
Tanner’s grip tightened. He was frantically waiting for me to pass out.
Now that I opened my eyes again, all I could hear was my siblings yelling at me after they have dragged me into an empty room so that I don’t get to talk to my father about this incident.
“Hassel is a decent man,” my eldest brother shouted at me, “Who taught you all these things?” he demanded, and then I heard a loud slap against my cheek.
I can still feel the burning sensation of it when my sister didn’t hold back and got angry at me for accusing Hassel of such a disgusting attempt.
“What happened Princess? Give up and walk back home--- like a good girl,” Tanner whispered, breaking me aware of the reality and dragging me out of the past.
I have joined this academy to get the title of warrior Queen. So that when I return to my pack after years, I can point at Hassel and see who gets to silence me.
“I am born to be a warrior!” Tanner celebrated his victory way too quickly. I broke my legs free and started getting up. I bet he gasped but didn’t let go of my neck. Once we were standing, I lowered my chin to protect my neck and brought his hand down to give him a forward bow. He landed on the ground while I stretched my neck. Hunching down and resting my hands on my knee, I waited for him to get up. Once he did, I head-bumped him and then kicked him in the face, making him lose his balance.
The crowd went dead silent again. All I could hear were gasps and people feeling bad for Tanner. He tried to get on his feet, but he forgot that the only reason he was able to hear the people cheer for him was that I gave him enough time to enjoy the fight.
He had only straightened his back when I charged into Tanner, jumped, and brought my body parallel to the ground, shoving my shoulders into his midsection of Tanner. I tackled him down pretty well. The blood that poured out of his mouth was a sign of his defeat. I got on top of him and started punching him repeatedly.
“You thinnkkk you can touch me again?” I shouted, not stopping at the finishing siren, “I am notttt that hopeless girl anymore,” I was panting and punching him until a sturdy pair of arms were wrapped around my waist to pull me away from Tanner.
“Phoenix Hart, from the Dark Autumn Pack, is our new best warrior! All hail before her,” the leader announced my victory, and the crowd was forced to get up and give me a round of applause. My vision was still blurred. I wasn’t able to focus on anything at the moment, not even on Tanner on the ground.
My personal trainer hugged me from behind and dragged me to my hut to patch me up. I didn’t have many wounds because Tanner didn’t get to land any hits on me.
“You were on fire,” my trainer, the ex-royal guard of our pack, senior Ramon, who used to be the leader of the department of defense but then left the spot to join this academy as a trainer.
I got lucky when I found him.
“Thanks,” I said, unfolding the wrist wrap and watching Senior Ramon holding the medal for me, “Help me wear it, what are you waiting for?” I let out a laugh, watching him just stare at the medal in pride.
“The Alpha King said he will do the honors,” Ramon knew I wouldn’t appreciate it, I wasn’t a fan of the Alpha King. He had been nothing but unfair and ruthless to the innocent pack members.
He would be the one to call war and then end packs after packs for the smallest mistake their alphas would make.
I didn’t get enough time to refuse such an offer because the Alpha King walked into my hut causally. Ramon bowed before him while I kept my spine straight.
“That was impressive!” he had his hands tied behind his back. His proceeding steps halted when he had reached face to face with me. His big body had blocked the light from the opening of the hut.
I have heard about him, but it was the first time that I was meeting him in person. He had crystal gray eyes and black shining hair, probably 6 feet, 3 inches tall with broad and muscular shoulders and a tiny waist. All in all, he was majestic, and the black suit made him stand out even more.
I wouldn’t usually bother examining appearances, but he was truly amazingly charming, minus a good heart and empathy for others.
“Thank you!” I finally bowed my neck but didn’t change my attitude.
“May I?” his British accent and deep eye contact were alarming, and the happiness I got from the victory started to fade away. It felt like something was going to get in the way of my dreams. It was maybe his aura.
After I gave him a nod, he walked behind me and gently shoved my hair to the side. The tip of his finger came in direct contact with my skin, filling my body with goosebumps.
A fainted cry from Nix led to a gasp heaving across my lips. While he tied the medal around my neck, his fingers steadily ran over my skin.
The more they touched me, the more excited Nix turned.
I tried avoiding her because that was not supposed to happen, but she kept mumbling.
‘The Alpha King is also our mate,’
I gulped in bewilderment and stepped away in haste from Aramis, turning around to look at his face in aghast.
It can’t be.
I cannot be mates with him and his brother at the same time.
We stared into each other's eyes for about a minute in deafening silence, one waiting for the other to penetrate the layer of awkwardness with a proper move that doesn't include talking about the mate bond.The rustling from behind me was a sign that somebody had listened to my heart's desire and had interrupted the silence."Brother!" the same accent as Alpha King Aramis, the same blood as him but an entirely different person, that's who my mate Tanner was.He rushed inside the hut and ran into his elder brother's arms."Congratulations for being a second runner up," Alpha King Aramis broke the hug to pat his brother's back, who was all patched up and would probably heal in a few hours."Thank you," Tanner answered before he turned over to me and shifted beside me, "And I'm guessing you have already met my mate," As Tanner wrapped his arm around my waist, the look on Aramis' face yelled it all.He felt the mate bond with me!I didn't want to look like I was lost because I knew I woul
“Say it one more time,” I clenched my jaw, preparing my fist as I progressed in his direction to attack him.“Whoa! I was just joking how I used to, remember?” the subtle way of confusing me with him being playful didn’t work this time. I refused to believe all that time when he harassed me, he was only joking.“I mean; it is not like you will not face any difficulty anymore. You are stuck for life after you accepted that Alpha King’s brother. No matter how wrong he does you, you can never leave him, or else the Alpha King will --,” he chuckled as he left the rest for my imagination.Now that he made me aware he didn’t enter my room to proceed to harass me, I stopped in my tracks and slid my hands into my pants’ pockets. I was able to see how disgusting he looked even with his gifted handsomeness.He had these brown upturned eyes with high cheekbones, a strong jawline, and long brown hair that could easily make him stand out in a crowd but it didn’t, because his personality sucked.“Y
Alpha King Aramis' POV:It was weird how I felt a mate bond with someone who is my brother's mate as well."Phoenix Hart!" I grunted while reaching the foyer after I have dressed up for the big lunch with my brother."Good Afternoon Alpha King!" Aunt Jocelina greeted me after she too had worn her iconic black dress to accompany me and my brother.She had been my nanny for as long as I can remember. After my parents were no longer alive to take care of us, she stepped in and embraced us."You look impeccable," she was 50, well-dressed and trendy. I never treated her like a nanny after my parent’s demise, she was more like a family and had been given all the luxuries a royal member of the family deserves, “Why don’t you find yourself a mate?” as usual, she brought up the topic of the mate. Every time she would watch me wear a suit, her compliment will follow the same topic repeatedly.“Those things are evil,” I stated without a shadow of doubt, “It is Moon Goddess’ way of trapping the i
Alpha King Aramis’ POV: Tanner dropped the letter and retreated back until his back hit the wall. I galloped, grabbing the letter from the floor, and read it out loud without any delay. “Dear Alpha King Aramis,” it was too hard to focus on the letter when my baby brother was sobbing crazily in front of me, “I am writing this letter on behalf of my pack and demanding justice. Your brother has committed a serious crime against the mate of the Royal Beta of our pack; Markus Hart. Tanner was witnessed assaulting and murdering his mate Savia Perk today. The incident is horrifying for our pack and is a terrible act committed by the Alpha King’s brother. You have always promised justice and stayed true to your words. Me and my pack request you to do the same towards your brother. We want him presented in the werewolf court and punished in the presence of the higher-ups of every pack. I also want to inform you of my personal decision of rejecting Tanner in this sealed letter. I will do the v
Phoenix Hart’s POV:My pack was going crazy about this whole situation. Savia’s body was left at the Wailing River for the Wailing Brides to collect. The issue left was regarding Tanner and me.“You should have been the first to call for his jail time,” Iris had finally found a proper time to make me look bad in front of my family. We all have gathered around in the living room to discuss this matter and try resolving it without anyone breaking any rules.“Markus is not looking good, he just wants to spill blood,” Zion came out of Markus’ room and sat down with Iris, who had already started spreading venom.“It is an unfortunate event. Who would have thought my daughter’s arrival back in the pack would get scarred like this!” father let out a sigh as he passed me a weak smile. I know it shouldn’t have been about me and rather about Savia, but as a father, he had seen me sit silently in the corner my entire life. He was upset that the only time I got my moment to shine, it was replaced
Zion had taken me back to my room while the Alpha King was yelling and shouting at my father. This had turned into a whole mess.“I am fine now,” I held my brother’s hand, preventing him from pulling a blanket over me. I didn’t feel like lying down in the bed, I needed to be outside and hear what was going on.The mate bond broke after the death of Tanner yet I didn’t feel the pain of it, why?I know I have never loved Tanner and he knew that too, but I had accepted him as my mate then why didn’t I get aware of his demise?“You should stay here, he is very angry right now,” Veronica and Iris walked into the room after us as well.“Is nobody with dad outside?” I asked out of curiosity, if we were all here, who was with father?His guards wouldn’t be able to help him make decisions, why were we hiding and my dad was facing all the wrath?“I am going outside,” I jumped out of the bed while ignoring the eye roll from Iris and exited the room to meet my father in the foyer. Zion had rushed
I had my eyes on my father, waiting for him to make a decision. As for me, I wasn't ready to sacrifice myself because they have made a mistake so I shouldn’t be the one to pay the price.I understand that my pack was in danger but giving up myself wasn't the right thing to do either.However, my siblings felt otherwise and it hurt me the most."I'm ashamed of you all!" my father finally stated loudly enough for them to know he wasn't pleased with them, "It's a shame that you are suggesting we send our virgin daughter, sister, the daughter of the pack to this man's mansion, who will be preparing the worst tortures for my daughter once he gets his hands on her. So, my decision is that we fight for the safety of our daughters," My father announced determinedly but he didn't receive the cheer he was probably expecting."Everybody prepare for the worst, then," Zion announced with a lack of energy, hands tied behind his back, and followed his mate to the room. After the living room was lef
I have watched my father’s dead body being taken away by the wailing brides. Many pack members mourned that day, but it was marked as the darkest day for me.The only one who had always defended me and shielded me from greedy eyes was now gone. I was left in the hands of these brutal people, who hadn’t stopped accusing me of my father’s death this whole time. I didn’t get any consolation from anyone, they all avoided me like I was a disease.I have returned to the pack house mansion just a minute ago when I heard someone calling for me.“What happened today was terrible,” Zion was standing in the middle of his people and in front of the empty chair that belonged to my father once.The big tears in my eyes wet my eyelashes, I blinked them away and refused to sit down.“My father was a great warrior; he was a great Alpha of the pack. He had maintained alliances with the other packs and always kept us safe but his one mistake cost him his life.” As he finished, everybody turned their hea