“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.
“You know, everybody will laugh when I will make a joke out of your life,” I cocked my face to the right while smirking confidently. It wasn’t easy to look at your abuser and pretend to be fine, I wouldn’t be fine until he is exposed for his actions and my siblings get on their knees to beg for mercy for turning against me and making my life even harder.
“So I was right about you. You did all that just to prove what? you can fight? Sure, you give a man your vagina and he would love to lose against you in the ---,” he had started his usual blabbering when my grunt sealed his lips shut. He knew it was the right time he zips his lips before I do that for him.
“Your love for my ---,” I paused, seeing my sister walk into the room carrying a skeptical look on her face.
“Oh! Look who decided to look for her mate. Dear sister, your husband here was asking me if I have lost my virginity already?” the smirk on my face matched perfectly with a stupefied look on Hassel’s face.
“Phoenix! Just because you have won some game, doesn’t mean you get to speak inappropriately to your brother-in-law,” Veronica stole eyes from the agony in my eyes every time we spoke about his mate. There were times it mattered, but now I have adapted to the fact that my sister would prefer her mate over me even when she was given reasons to see the truth.
I didn’t break the stare from her face as the flashes of the memory blinded me. I was young, had lost my mother and my siblings decided to pick up on me.
They didn’t once feel wrong, instead, they all got very upset when I got on my feet and fought for myself. I was now standing in front of them with a confidence of a Phoenix, they didn’t like seeing me this powerful and it just hurt.
They are my family; family is supposed to stick together.
“Y---,” I shook my head to be able to speak when the whole mansion shook for a few seconds. We all shared a horrifying glance as we knew what it was, it wasn’t an earthquake.
It was the sign of the appearance of the Wailing Brides.
“Wailing Brides!” Veronica held onto Hassel’s hand as she panicked.
The Wailing Brides were like a curse to our land. Every time somebody dies, the Wailing brides, women in black veils and gowns would appear out of dust to weep loudly enough to be heard by the pack of the deceased werewolf. They will mourn for a few minutes before they disappear into dust again. After the pack has spent a few minutes with the deceased, sadly enough, they have to discard the body to the Wailing River.
People had all kinds of speculations about what happens to the souls once their body has been handed over to the wailing brides' River. They say, the souls suffer forever, it is like there was no heaven left for anyone anymore.
“Somebody died in our pack,” I announced while the two were paralyzed out of their minds at the horror of seeing the weeping women.
I rushed out of my room to the downstairs because the weeping started to merge with the cries of my brother; Markus.
I was numb to notice who else had followed me to the doorstep of our mansion.
“Markus!” I said his name in a whisper, watching him kneel on the ground with his mate’s dead body in his arms.
“Savia!” seeing her body covered in bruises and a silver dagger through her chest crumbled my heart.
“She is g---one!” he let out a weep to announce the agony his heart was feeling.
“Ahh! She is gone!” the wailing brides repeated after him, crying and yelling while terrorizing the pack once again.
It was then I noticed I was the only one accompanying my brother because the others were too afraid to get a glimpse of the wailing Brides. Though the wailing brides never interacted or got into physical contact with anyone due to being made of dust, they have the pack appalled.
“Go away!” I grunted at them, but they ignored me. They were crying in my brother’s ears, causing him more pain.
“Markus!” my heart shattered at the sight of my brother weeping like a part of him died with her. Savia was an omega in our pack, a very nice and decent girl. My brother has felt the mate bond the instant he had set eyes on her a few years ago and ever since then, he kept convincing my father for a mating ceremony.
Finally, the wailing brides started to scatter around and turn into dust, and the others came out of the mansion and witness a heartbreaking sight.
“Somebody ple---ase wake her up,” Markus yelled at my siblings and father, sobbing and unable to get a hold of himself.
“What happened to her, how did she get stabbed?” I demanded an answer because it only meant somebody attacked her.
And for that to happen in our pack meant there was a criminal wandering around now.
“I don—t know, I looked for her when I felt the mat—e bond severed,” Markus was hugging her tightly, not letting go of her even when she has already left.
“Th---.” My father stepped ahead angrily, “this ridiculous! Whoever has done this will be punished to death in front of the whole pack as a lesson for others,” he declared to support his son and bring justice to Savia but no amount of words would ever be able to comfort Markus in this state.
“And what is that going to do? Is it going to bring Savia ba---ck?” Markus shouted back while choking on his tears.
“Markus! You are the next in line Royal Beta of the pack, get yourself together and get up to find the culprit,” my father commanded, eyeing Zion to split Markus up from Savia because her family has to spend time with her before they leave her body in the river.
“I can tell you who did that,” suddenly, an Omega 19-year-old boy came forward with a huge claim. Markus, who wasn’t letting go of Savia, abruptly got on his feet to lung at the boy and grab him by his collars.
Kian Leroi was a shy and introvert, he had never spoken up so now that he did, everybody took him seriously.
“Who did it, tell me who did it?” Markus shook his body while breathing profusely like a mad bull.
“It w*---s --,” Kian stuttered, looking in my direction, “It w*s h---er mate, it w*s Tanner Knight,” As he named the person who did that, my heart dropped in my chest.
Markus let go of him and turned around to look at me, I was getting judged on the spot.
“I saw him with my own eyes,” as he confirmed, Markus grunted and approached me aggressively.
“THIS IS THE MAN YOU HAVE ACCEPTED? THIS IS THE MATE YOU WANT TO BE WITH?” Markus’ eyes were glowing red; his body was radiating heat of anger.
“You are crazy? Why are you yelling at her? how is it her fault?” my father argued but Markus’ eyes were telling everything.
“Did you not hear what her mate did?” Zion argued with dad, I knew they would give me a hard time and force me into demanding justice because they cannot go against the Alpha King on their own.
“Reject him right away,” it was then Hassel’s idea grabbed my attention and I knew what he was trying to do.
He was suggesting the idea to bring me and The Alpha King face to face in a war.
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
My heart seemed to have jumped out of my throat when my eyes spotted the present standing before my door. It wasn’t Zion anymore, he couldn’t be.He had tears in his eyes so it has to be someone else. My siblings were standing behind him with a sad glister glooming in their eyes.“We never thought we have weakened you so much.” Veronica filled her face in her hands and sobbed whilst Hassel turned his face to the other side.“I shouldn’t have blamed you for all that,” Markus stepped ahead and filled me in his arms. I broke down instantly as I recalled my father.He would have been so happy to see us all together. I felt Zion and Veronica wrapping us in a group hug too. Even though Iris and Hassel were not happy, it didn’t matter anymore. My siblings have realized their mistakes and that’s all that mattered to me.“Now! Let’s stand together like a wall and see who can steal our sister from us,” Zion broke the hug and announced as he secretly wiped the tears clean and acted tough.“I lov
Things were bound to change after my family horribly betrayed me. I was poisoned with so much love that I couldn’t even feel the bitterness in the alcohol while chugging it down.They were aware of my doubt in the loyalty of others, hence they used my desire to be accepted and loved by them against me and disguised as a loving family just to kill my wolf.I didn’t only lose Nix that night, I was no longer able to carry the title of the Warrior among the powerful creatures because I was not a supernatural creature anymore.I was a mere flesh and bone creature called a human now, ready to be sacrificed by her family.I woke up not in my comfortable bed but on a hard ground. The hard light was penetrating my eyelids, shaking me awake at the arrival of the day after the horrible night was passed.“Uh!” I groaned in pain when moving a muscle, my body was sore. Being just a human was a terrible feeling, I felt weak, and hard to wake up.I still managed to peel my eyelids open when I smelt t