'Alexa is mine!' Thunder growled in my head, and he’d been telling me that from the moment we laid our eyes on her. And he was telling me this again after I confirmed that all the perimeter had been searched and we were now ready to leave this area to head home.
This was the first time that Thunder wanted to take full control of my body.
My wolf, Thunder, has always been submissive to me. He was not like other Alpha wolves who were hard to control, such as Caspian and Riley’s wolves. Thunder would always do as I asked him to, even if he didn’t want to.
But he was showing me a different side today. The mate bond was awakening his protective side, his Alpha blood. He wanted to protect his mate. And I knew it would only be a matter of time before he asserted his power over me.
'Relax. She’s yours. But we can’t let Father know until we can make a plan on how to keep her safe. Right now, Krane is our best option to take her home. You understand, right?'
He growled once more, and it was getting harder to control him. 'Alexa rides with me!'
'Dammit, Thunder! You need to get your f*cking act together! We’re doing this for Alexa! How would you explain to Father why a rogue was on my back if the rogue meant nothing to me?'
'Alexa is mine!'
I closed my eyes. This was a losing battle. Thunder wasn’t hard-headed, but he was giving me a headache now. 'Listen, I will give you time with Alexa, but just let Krane take her home. After this, I promise you, she won’t be riding any wolves except you. Okay?'
I went back to where Krane and Alexa were. She was resting under the tree, her arms around her knees while they were pressed against her chest.
I went up directly to her and grabbed her arm, dragging her up. "Get up!"
I led her further into the forest while I searched for a big tree. And once I spotted one, I pulled her to follow me behind it.
"What do you want?" She tried to draw her arm away from me, but I was gripping her tightly.
I didn’t answer. Instead, I sent a mindlink to my Beta. 'Make sure no one goes in the direction where I took her. And alert me if Father or his Beta comes back.'
'Noted. But seriously, Aeon, are you going to f*ck her? Can’t you wait until we’re home?' Krane’s voice sounded annoyed, and it pissed me off more.
'Fuck you! I had no intention of f*cking her at all! Just do what I asked you to do!' I snapped at him before cutting off our mindlink.
"Get your hands off me!" She hissed and tried to pull her arm back, but I wasn’t letting go. I tugged on her forearm instead, pulling her closer to me.
"Listen. My wolf wants to meet you. Just give him a minute before we go, otherwise, he might end up killing my Beta for holding you."
"It’s not my problem. Maybe it’s better if he kills everyone around here, including you!"
"F*ck! Can you try to be submissive for once? This is fucking annoying already!"
"Submissive? To you? I wasn’t born to submit to any man! Not even you!"
"You’re fucking stubborn!"
"And you’re an asshole!"
"Can we get this done? Just meet my wolf! And then we’re done!"
She pulled away from my hold and folded her arms against her chest, and the sheer clothing she had on her pressed against her body, giving me a view of her breasts and nipples. F*ck this!
Sweat formed on my forehead and I knew soon, my dick would be saluting her and I had no clothing to hide it. I could never let her know she could affect me.
I moved backward and crouched on the ground, while she watched me with her eyes squinting. If she was ever mesmerized by my nakedness, I would never know. She seemed to be unaffected at all, probably because he had seen and been with many men before and my nakedness didn’t pique her curiosity.
I shifted the moment I gave Thunder a signal. 'Behave, Thunder. And just for a minute, okay? Give me control soon.'
Thunder growled at me before he walked slowly toward Alexa.
Alexa’s hands dropped to her sides as her eyes widened before she moved backward. I couldn’t see the emotion in her eyes if she was scared or disgusted with my wolf. But either way, it hurt Thunder... and me.
Thunder stopped moving forward and whimpered.
F*ck! Was my wolf about to cry?
Alexa stopped moving backward the moment my wolf stopped walking. I saw her swallow hard before a nervous smile slowly curled on her lips.
And my world stopped.
Even if the smile wasn’t meant for me, it delighted my soul. She was a real beauty despite the dirt and blood on her face.
Thunder panted in happiness as he made his way to Alexa, this time with slower steps until he was in front of her.
Alexa sat down and opened her arms to my wolf, and Thunder scooted forward before licking her face. Alexa giggled while her hands patted and rubbed my wolf.
This was fucking too hard to see and feel. My wolf wanted her. And I knew, deep down, I did as well. But this was just lust. Nothing more. The mate bond made me feel this way. Yes, I was just attracted to her body, nothing else.
Thunder was enjoying his moment with Alexa, and I would say my little mate was enjoying herself too. She looked carefree and happy as my wolf took his time to lick her face and arms clean from all the blood and mud.
It was only when most of the mud on her face was gone that I saw the fading blue marks on her cheek. It was too big to miss. And it’s impossible that she got it just tonight, otherwise, it would be more swollen.
Was someone hurting her? Was it her father?
I had no idea who tied her up in the tree, but I thought it was my father. But looking at her condition right now, maybe I was wrong.
'Alpha, Alpha Argon signaled for everyone to leave. We need to go now.' Krane dug into my head, snapping me out of my thoughts.
I was too busy staring and thinking about her that I didn’t hear the signal.
'We’re coming.' I replied and cut off the mindlink right away, shifting into my human abruptly, much to Thunder’s disapproval, but he knew better than to put Alexa in danger.
Alexa’s hand was on my face as she was rubbing Thunder’s face before I shifted. Her eyes widened before she withdrew her hand as if my face burned her so that she fell backward on her ass in surprise.
I reached out for her, but instead of helping her up, my hand flew to her cheek, brushing the fading blue marks lightly. "What happened here?"
She swatted my hand away and stood up on her own, brushing the dry leaves that clung to her nightgown. "It’s none of your business."
I sighed, brushing my hand over my hair while I just stared at her. We just keep snapping back and forth with each other, and if this is what every day looked like, I would be the first one to lose my mind.
I was never patient with anyone but I was doing my best since I met her.
It didn’t take long before Krane appeared behind me. "Alpha, we need to go."
I stood up and nodded at him. "Shift now."
He nodded back and crouched on the forest ground, before leaping and shifting mid-air into his wolf, Canon. Canon instantly slumped his body to the ground, preparing for Alexa to climb on him.
I turned my head to Alexa. Her face was pale as she bit her bottom lip.
"No time to play any games. Climb up." When she didn’t move from her place, I snapped at her in a louder voice. "Now!"
Her body jolted from the intensity of my voice before she scrambled to climb behind Canon, but her nightgown was making it impossible for her. I went around and clutched the hem of her cloth and ripped it midway so that it ended just on her midthigh before holding her waist and hoisting her up until she was seated nicely on Canon’s back.
"Why did you do that!" She hissed, slapping my hands away from her waist. "You tore my favorite nightdress…" She added in almost a whisper that if we were not in a hurry, I would have taunted her that it was fucking dirty and destroyed already even before I ripped it.
"I’ll buy you a new one. Now, hold on to his fur and keep your head down, near his neck, so you won’t fall if he speeds up."
"I don’t want to do this! I never rode a wolf before!"
"Not every captured rogue gets to ride on a wolf’s back either. They were either dragged on their feet or clutched by fangs around their neck. Now decide which way you want it to be!"
"I hate you…" She murmured as she threw me a glare before leaning her head down and clutching Canon’s fur. Her legs tightened their hold on Canon’s body.
I flinched at the sight at the same time Thunder growled in my head, not liking her position on Canon’s back. I didn’t like it either, but it was for the best.
'Go.' I ordered Krane, and he slowly rose from the ground, and in seconds, started sprinting away.
I shifted into my wolf and ran after them. Soon, we reached the pack of wolves heading home, but I couldn’t see my father.
'Dad?' I sent him a mindlink. 'Where are you?'
'Me, my Beta and a few of our warriors are heading in a different direction. I just want to make sure we didn’t miss Achilles if he was still around. I will see you at the territory.'
'Okay. Be careful.'
'You as well, son. And make sure you’re watching the rogue. I don’t trust her.'
'I don’t either. I’ll make sure to watch her carefully.' I answered before the mindlink was cut off. It was either he closed his mind or he was already too far from where I was that mindlink was not possible anymore.
My attention shifted to Canon and Alexa in front of me. I wanted to make sure she was securely holding on to Canon before I cranked up my speed and ran in front of the pack. My father was not around. It was my duty to lead our warriors home, even if all I wanted to do was run behind my future Beta and make sure Alexa was safe.
We had already been running for an hour with me on the lead when I received a mindlink from my Krane.
'Alpha! Alexa ran away!' Krane yelled in my head, and a growl reverberated from my chest in annoyance.
F*ck me now!
I mind-linked one of the men to take the lead before I sent a group mindlink to all the wolves running with us to head home and be safe before I made a turn to head back.
My nose tried to scent Alexa and Krane. Her smell was faint, but I could smell Krane until he came into view, already in his human form.
I was about to ask where Alexa was when I came face to face with the dead body of one of my warriors, pooling in his own blood.
I shifted immediately into my human form and narrowed my eyes at Krane. "What the f*ck happened here? Where is she?"
ALEXA. We had been running for a long time already, and my hands and legs were trembling from holding tightly to Krane’s wolf. And if we didn’t stop, I would soon fall off his back. I needed to think of a reason so I could rest for a while. "I need to pee!" I shouted, leaning my mouth near his ear. I was sure he had a strong hearing, but with the wind blowing hard as he sped off, I wasn’t sure if he could catch my voice. But it looked like he did. He slowed down as well as the wolf running beside us. And in no time, he stopped and lowered his body to the ground. I climbed down as the wolf with us shifted into his human form and took my arm, taking me to a far tree. The male was giving me a smug smirk, and I didn’t like his look at all. He was the one who taunted me earlier about me loving the taste of rogue blood. But aside from his nasty remarks, I felt a knot in my stomach. He looked dangerous. I took a glance at Krane’s wolf. He was looking at us, and I tried to tell myself tha
AEON. I ran my knuckles down her cheek. Alexa was sleeping peacefully, purring softly in the passenger seat of the car. Her body finally succumbed from all the running and all that happened in the last twenty-four hours, that even after the car came to a full halt, she was still not moving from her sleep. I withdrew my hand from her face the moment I realized what I was doing. I was not supposed to give in to the bond. It wouldn’t do us any good. I have a chosen mate, and I didn’t want to hurt Katarina. Lady Katarina was the Alpha Female I was betrothed to. She’s the sister of Alpha Darvin of the Moon Stone Pack. Months ago, Darvin and I entered into an agreement for a union to take place between me and Lady Katarina. This was to ensure that both packs would survive. My father has been consistent in holding on to the Alpha post until I produced a Luna he would approve of. And at the moment, he wanted Lady Katarina as my Chosen Luna. Alpha Darvin, on the other hand, has a different
AEON. "Did Dad find out Alexa tried to run away?" On our way home from where we captured her, on which she was on Krane’s wolf’s back, Alexa asked Krane to stop by stating she needed to pee. Luis, one of my warriors, volunteered to watch over her. But not even a minute passed when Krane heard a muffled scream, and when he checked them out, Luis had already pinned Alexa by the tree and was trying to stick his dick into her. And I was satisfied with the punishment Krane gave him. But while Krane was focused on Luis, my little mate took the opportunity and ran away. We knew she would never be able to run far in human form, but I was impressed with how long it took us to track her. She ended up almost at the Silver Moon Pack’s border and was seen by Luna Nadia and her men. This was the reason I was able to drive us home in a car instead of running in wolf form. For safety reasons, Riley, the Alpha of the Silver Moon Pack and a friend of mine, offered one of his cars. From his te
AEON.I left the training grounds immediately after Krane informed me that she was already awake. And by the time I almost reached the cottage where she was staying, Krane sent another mindlink. Alexa asked him if I was mated.And he didn’t know how to answer her. Me too. I wasn’t sure if I was ready to tell her about Katarina. Or that there was no possibility between us, even if I wasn’t sure if she wanted me or not because I didn’t know what I was feeling either.I was not able to sleep at all last night, I wanted to see her. I tried closing my eyes, but all I saw was her helplessness while she was tied up in the tree. And I knew, regardless, if I would never claim her, and no matter how bad my ordeal was right now, I was thankful that I arrived on time before my father executed his order to kill her. I don’t think I would be able to forgive myself or live with myself if I was even a second late. That night, I smelled her at the exact moment my father stated that he wanted her h
ALEXA. "My father left me in the orphanage when I was seven…" I blurted out in a low voice. I panicked when he stood up and was about to leave the house. As much as I hated him for what he was doing to me, I couldn’t deny that I wanted his presence in this house. It made me feel safe that, regardless of what I threw at him, he would never let anyone hurt me. So I opened my mouth to speak, hoping he would stay a bit more. He stopped walking and turned his head around to look at me. I swallowed hard as I met his eyes. "He told me not to say to anyone that I still have a family. He told me to tell the orphanage I ran away from the man who put me on the street to ask for alms. And I must keep it that way until he comes for me." "How old are you now, Alexa?" "Nineteen. I begged the orphanage keeper to give me a space to sleep after I turned eighteen because my father told me not to leave the place. She was kind enough to give me a space in the attic. And I found work in a nearby
LADY KATARINA. My head swung to the phone ringing on Darvin’s desk, and I contemplated if I should pick it up or not. Lately, I’ve been doing some paperwork for the pack, helping Darvin so as not to overwhelm him with pack duties, especially since soon he will be stepping down as the Alpha of this pack. Soon, I would be claimed by Alpha Aeon of the Blood Moon Pack, and as soon as the union took place, Darvin would step down as Alpha of our pack, the Moon Stone Pack, and Aeon, my chosen mate, would be given the Alpha post, and I would be Luna of this pack as well as the Luna of the Blood Moon Pack. This mating was nothing out of the ordinary. Aeon and I were entering this union to save our packs, especially mine. And as much as I hated the idea of Darvin not being an Alpha anymore, I couldn’t say no to what he wanted. It is my responsibility as an Alpha Female to step up if the firstborn Alpha is unable to perform his duties. So here I was, slowly switching my mindset to learn more
AEON. "Where is she?" "At Nana’s house." "What?" "I need her to feel comfortable with me. Then she could spill out more." "Do you think she knew something?" "I don’t know. That’s what I’m trying to find out." "We could just break her and she would spill everything, I can assure you." "No. I don’t even think she’s a rogue. Are you sure she’s Achilles’ daughter and not a replacement they took?" I didn’t know where these ideas came from. "You’re confusing me." "What does she smell to you, Father? Because I can barely smell a rogue scent on her." I asked Krane and Holly if they could scent Alexa as a rogue and they both told me it was too faint a scent. Even fainter than a rogue pups’ smell. And I remembered Luna Nadia stating she couldn’t smell rogue smell on her as well. I was relying on them because her smell to me was totally different. And I hope this would take any doubt from my father if it ever crossed his mind that she was my mate. "Hmmm… It makes sense. Do you think
ALEXA. "Are you mated, Aeon?" My question came out desperate. Our lips were just inches away from each other, and I wanted nothing but to have a taste of him. Just a taste. Then maybe I could satiate my hunger for him, and then I could let him out of my senses. "No." He answered, his jaw tightening as my eyes bore deep into his. "Not yet…" Not yet. He’s not mated yet. He’s still a free man. Without warning, I crushed my lips into his, throwing all the rationalities away. I was kissing him with everything I had, knowing this might be my only chance because no matter how much I hated him, I couldn’t deny that a part of me wanted him. My arms coiled around his neck, pulling him closer to me as I continued to kiss him. For a long, suspended moment, Aeon remained frozen, before he slowly parted his lips and kissed me back. Then, all at once, heat flowed everywhere in my body as he began kissing me roughly, his hand on my back, holding me in place before he stood up, taking me with hi