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"You are what?"
My father's eyes were always red so it was difficult to know when he was angry but this time, they were redder. This showed that he was now very furious. He was also fuming angrily. His hands were balled into a fist and his chest was heaving.
I knew this stance very well and my heart began to race as I took a step back — my father could be very violent sometimes. He would grab my hair and pull at it when he was extremely angry and right now, he was, so it was safer I stayed as far as possible from him.
I looked from my brother to my mother who had both rushed into the room too. It was obvious they had all been eavesdropping on our conversation.
My mother had her mouth opened wide, her big hazel eyes filled with shock. I got my hazel eyes from her, only that hers was much prettier with those rings of green flecks in them. But that wasn't the point now. The point was my parents looked angry.
"Don't tell me it's that weakling?" My father's red eyes twitched and I took another step backwards.
"What's going on? What weakling?" Alpha Rio looked confused but no one had the time to explain it to him. All eyes were on me instead.
"What did I tell you, Adelia?" My father roared, rushing to where I stood but I was quick to run to the other side of the room where my mother stood. I hid behind her, knowing fully well that my father couldn't get me there. No matter how angry my father was, he always calmed down with my mother.
"I'm disappointed in you, Adelia. I can't believe you got marked to that good for nothing wolf." It was my brother's annoying voice. His grey eyes were clouded with anger but I couldn't care less about what he thought.
"Aiden isn't good for nothing. Yes, he hasn't shifted to his wolf yet but he will. He's my mate. He was given to me by the moon goddess so I have every right to be with him!" I yelled from behind my mother's back.
"Just listen to yourself, Adelia." My father shook his head. "It's been seven years now. Seven years, yet nothing. If he had a wolf, he would have shifted a long time ago. That boy is completely useless. I don't know what he is. He doesn't belong here."
"The alpha is right." My mother nodded and I squeaked.
"Mum!" I finally left her back so I could stare right into her face
"Yes, he is, Addy. I wonder why the moon goddess will mate you with such an entity. You deserve better."
"Can someone explain to me what is going on?" Alpha Rio was now red in the face. His beta stood behind him. I didn't even know when the blonde walked in to stand behind his alpha.
"You have to go now, Alpha Rio. This is only a misunderstanding. Adelia is insane. We will talk to her and bring her to you. You don't have to worry." My father said and I frowned.
"I'm not insane," I told him, before turning to look at Rio who had his eyebrow raised.
"I have a mate, Rio so I can't be mated to you. As I said, you must be mistaken."
"Bullshit." Alpha Rio stormed out of the room with his beta towering behind. It was clear the young alpha was furious but he needed to know the truth. I already had a mate. It was impossible to be with him. I didn't even feel any connection of any sort. The only wolf I wanted was Aiden and I was gonna be with him regardless of what anybody thought.
Immediately after Alpha Rio left with his beta, my father looked at me with pure fury in his eyes."Look what you've done?"
"I don't see what I've done," I said quietly and my father yelled.
"Signing a peace treaty with the Blood moon pack is what I need! Not this."
"We are stronger than them, dad. We don't need any peace treaty. If they attack us, we'll kill them all." I tried to explain to my father but he shook his head.
"You don't understand anything. That's not how it works. The Blood moon pack is a powerful pack and being in alliance with them will be of great benefit to us."
"Well, too bad. I can't be with him." I turned to walk away but my father's thunderous voice stopped me in my track.
"You will reject Aiden and be with Rio."
"What?" I turned around slowly. "Reject who?"
"You heard me right." My father began to walk toward me and my heart pounded in my chest. The urge to back away was great but I refused to do so, instead, I stood my ground."You will reject Aiden and be with Rio." He repeated.
"That's impossible. I will do no such thing." Tears were already welling up in my eyes. Tears of anger. How could he say such a thing to me?
"Oh, yes you will. Unless you want your so-called mate dead. The pack wouldn't miss him anyway. He is of no use to us."
"What do you mean?" I asked.
"If you don't reject him, I'll have to declare him a rogue and banish him from this pack. We don't need him here."
"You can't do that father. He is your subject! You can't maltreat your pack members for no reason! That will be outrageous!" I yelled. I couldn't believe my ears.
Being declared a rogue was the worst thing that could happen to a werewolf — aside from being rejected. A rogue was an outlaw, one without a pack. He was sent out of his home to roam about the deadly forest alone. Rogues were helpless wolves without the protection of an alpha and they were open to any attack whatsoever
Numerous stories about rogues being killed for no reason just because they had no pack to run to for help were rampant and I would never wish such for my Aiden.
"Mum, tell him." I turned to my mother but my mother looked like she was in full support of her husband. That was the problem I had with my mother. She was always in support of whatever decision my father made. It was sickening.
"You won't tell me what to do, Adelia! I'll not have my pup be with that . . .that thing!" My father looked like he couldn't find a good word to classify Aiden. It made my heart sink at how low they thought of him.
"I'll banish him if you don't reject him, Adelia. I'm serious."
"Or you could even kill him. You have that power, father." Jared, who had been quiet since finally spoke. "He's of no use, father. He's the only liability. Kill him if she refuses to reject him, father."
"That's a good idea, Jared." My father nodded.
"Are you out of your mind, Jared?"
"No. It's you who is out of your mind." He replied smoothly with a smirk on his face. He plopped to one of the sofas in the sitting room and crossed his legs, lifting a glass of unfinished juice they had been drinking and taking a sip.
"I always knew you were stupid but I didn't expect your stupidity to get to this level." I couldn't help but say and my brother's face screwed up into a frown.
"Hey! Watch your mouth!"
"No, you watch your mouth!" I yelled back.
"You both should shut up." My father roared and I turned to him.
"You can't listen to him, father. You can't do that to Aiden. He has done nothing wrong!"
Tears were dripping profusely from my eyes as I looked from my father to my mother, pleading for help. My mother would not even meet my eyes, instead, she fixated her gaze on the wall.
"It's up to you, Adelia. It's up to you if he lives or dies. It's your decision to make. Reject him and he'll live. It is that simple." My father shrugged and I felt hatred welling up in me.
My father had done so much to me in the past but I didn't know he could go this far to hurt me. He had once ruined my friendship with an omega wolf and now he was doing this?
"Why are you doing this to me?" I asked. "Why are you giving me out to an enemy alpha when I've been marked already?"
"Because I will rather have you with an enemy alpha than with a friendly nobody!" Alpha Lundamous lashed out. "A piece of garbage. That's who your mate is, Adelia."
My vision blurred with tears as I stared at those who I called my family. I could not believe my family had ganged up against me. They were all sitting comfortably on the sofa, looking like they had planned this out before now. My breath hitched as I tried to control my sob.
"I've been marked." I reminded them in case they had forgotten. "You don't tell a marked wolf to reject their mate. You don't know the excruciating pain that comes with it. I'll die if I reject Aiden."
"Oh, come on, Addy. You won't!" Jared groaned. "Sure, you will feel pain but it won't be that bad. You'll get over it the moment you're with Rio. Rio is a much better choice. Don't you wanna be a Luna? You know, rule your pack? With Rio, you stand that chance but with Aiden. . .I don't know what you stand to gain." Jared concluded and my father nodded.
"Jared's right. You'll feel pain but you won't die. Rio is the best choice for you. Aiden will only hold you down and that's not what you need. You're Alpha Lundamous's daughter. You don't — "
I couldn't listen to them anymore so I dashed out of the room and out of the packhouse as I shifted into my crimson-coloured wolf. I couldn't do this.
Aiden's Pov • • • • • • • • • • I was sitting with my mum when it happened. We were outside of our home which was on the outskirt of the pack where most omegas lived. Since I didn't even have a wolf, being tagged with the omegas was a privilege. I had just returned from the lake and my friends had returned to their various houses. They had all been happy for me after the revealing of my secret. Even Calix, whom I had thought would act differently, was thrilled at this news. He was extremely happy and it made me glad. It made me glad that I finally had something I could be proud of. Perhaps, my days of misery were over and I would finally have some kind of status in the pack.But I hadn't seen this coming. I hadn't expected this in any way so when I saw Jared approaching the Omega's tent with two male gammas behind him, I didn't think much of it. "Isn't that Jared?" My mother asked me and I nodded. "Why do you think he is here?" Her black hair was tied up in a bun with some sho
Adelia's Pov • • • • • • • • • • I was surprised to see Leah still in my room when I returned from my run. The run had been needed to clear my head but even at that, I could still feel choked and extremely burdened. How could my family do this to me? How could they ask me to reject my mate? My heart was heavy and my wolf was tensed, I could feel her agony. To be honest, I was confused. I didn't know what to do. My father had just threatened to kill Aiden and knowing who my father was, his words were not to be taken lightly. He would surely do what he had promised. This made me very scared and confused. "Where have you been?" Leah jumped up from the bed when I walked in. Her face was clouded with worry. But I ignored her question because I was in no mood to talk. I didn't even know why she was still here. It was late in the night and she should be at her house. The sight of her in my room was pissing me off. I didn't want to talk to anyone. I walked past her, heading to my clo
Aiden's Pov • • • • • • • • • • I was lying on my bed when I heard a knock on the front door. My heart skipped as I wondered who it was. I knew it couldn't be my friends since they had just left after spending some time consoling me. They had heard about Jared's action just like everyone else since the news about Jared attacking me had spread like wildfire in the pack and was now on everyone's lips. My heart began to pound in my chest as the thought of Jared returning to probably finish what he started filled my head. I was yet to recover from the beating that had been meted out on me: I could barely walk without limping and my face was still bruised.My mother had told me I had been out for a full day and had only gained consciousness this morning. She had also told me how my friends had rushed down here some minutes after Jared left but I was unconscious and couldn't talk to them so they had to leave. It was that bad! But I was not angry, especially when I had received all thi
Aiden's Pov My eyes narrowed in pain at her words and I could feel my heart breaking into a thousand pieces. I don't think I had ever felt this much pain before. Even when I had been unable to shift into my wolf during the shapeshifting ceremony, I didn't feel this much pain. "So what Jared said is true. You're gonna reject me like everyone else?" My voice was low and croaky. I could not even recognise my own voice. It sounded strange to my ears. Adelia shut her eyes again, a tear slithering down her cheek. It made me wonder why she was doing this when it was clear she did not want it herself. "Why are you saying these things to hurt me when you don't even want this? Why are you bringing rejection up? Who is Rio and why are you calling him your mate?" "I want this, Aiden." Adelia wiped her eyes. "I want this. I wanna reject you because it is the right thing to do." "How? How is it the right thing to do? This won't do any of us any good! Why are we even having this conversation?"
Adelia's Pov That day was the worst day of my life. I had never felt this shattered before. It was so bad that I felt like dying. The pain still felt new, despite it being an hour since I returned from Aiden's house. It was obvious I was yet to recover from this heartbreaking experience. As I lay on my bed, staring at the white ceiling of my room, a tear rolled out of my eyes and down the side of my face. I chuckled, surprised that I still had tears in my eyes. I had done nothing but cry my eyes out since I returned yet I didn't feel any better. My silky blouse was drenched with my tears and my eyes were swollen red. Just who would have imagined that rejecting one's mate would be this painful? Jared had said it would not hurt that bad and my father had nodded in agreement, but here I was, feeling pain so great, it felt like I was dying. To be honest, I wanted to die. That was all I could think of. I wanted to get this heart-wrenching pain to leave for it was too much for me to be
Aiden's Pov I was blank, just like a stone. No matter what my friends or mother did, they couldn't get a reaction from me. It was like I had wandered away from the real world that I found it difficult to interact with it anymore. To be honest, nothing made sense to me anymore. I had always known I was useless but it hadn't really dawned on me, nor had it sank into my subconscious. But Adelia's rejection had sent that reality down to me. Being rejected was the worst feeling ever and I felt completely useless. There was suddenly no will to live anymore. Adelia had been my source of strength and she had given me hope, a hope for a better life but now that she was gone, I felt broken. It had been a week since the rejection yet I hadn't recovered, I couldn't recover. I could not even mind link her anymore since the connection had been broken. It was so disheartening. Within the week, I had tried to see her again. I had made my visitation to the packhouse more frequent, hoping that I
Adelia's Pov It was a beautiful morning and the sun was out, casting its rays on everything, creating a colourful iridescence. It was so beautiful and it made me chuckle softly as I thought about how nature held a perfect irony to the way I was feeling. My entire world was dark and gloomy, unlike this beautiful morning. I chuckled harder at this perfect contrast. "Are you okay?" Leah asked me, the morning breeze blowing some strands of her wild brown hair to her face. It was still a surprise how she was here with me even after our argument that particular night. She had not shown up at my house for days and I had already concluded that our friendship was finally over but surprisingly, she was here to bid me farewell, just as most of the pack members did. I was finally leaving my pack, my homeland, and I was going with Rio to his own pack. It was funny. It was funny because I and Aiden used to tease each other in the past, saying 'the last will be a slave to the blood moon pack'.
Adelia's Pov I didn't want him holding me but I was too weak to push him away. I was exhausted, tired of all that was happening in my life. "I'll miss you." He smiled into my face, reaching out to wipe my tears but I turned my face to the side. "Are you still angry at me?" "I hope you will let Aiden be, now that I've done all that you guys asked me to," I said and he frowned, his eyes twitching a bit. "Fine. But stop thinking of that dumbass. He isn't worth it. You have someone better now. Think about him." My brother pointed to Rio who was smiling brightly with his beta and some other gammas from his pack. They had come to take me away to their pack like the prisoner I was. "You won't tell me what to do," I spoke calmly but strongly. Jared groaned at that but he said nothing. "I've kept my own side of the promise. You guys should make sure to keep yours. I'm going with Rio now. It is your duty, Jared, to ensure that Aiden is safe." "Aw, come on, Addy. Of course, we will ke