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
AEON.After I ate dinner with Alexa, I stayed for a few minutes before my father connected with me and asked where I’d been. I told him I was out running in my wolf form around the territory. And as much as I didn’t want to leave Alexa, I had no choice since he wanted to speak with me before the night ended.So I left my mate with a heavy heart after making sure that Krane and Holly had arrived to keep her company for the night. At this point, I was glad that Krane and Holly weren’t living in the pack house yet, so Dad had no idea that they were staying overnight with Alexa in the cottage. But I knew that sooner or later, he was bound to find out. But until I could, I didn’t want any other warriors watching Alexa.After what happened with Luis, I no longer trust my own men. I knew they saw Alexa as a rogue, worth nothing, and I couldn’t blame them, because before she came into my life, rogues were definitely just rogues for me. And yes, they are worth nothing.I shifted into my human
AEON.I closed the door to Alexa’s room before sending a mindlink to Krane saying that they could retire for the night. And that I needed him tomorrow at six in the morning as we would drive to the Moon Stone Pack. I didn’t give him any time to ask as I shut off my mind afterward.My gaze drifted to the chain on the bedside table before my eyes locked with Alexa. She was sitting at the end of her bed with her head tilted up, her face showing no emotions at all, but her eyes said otherwise. She was hurt and confused. Of course, she would be, after the way I treated her.I walked and grabbed the chain from her side table and crouched in front of her. She wasn’t moving from her position, but her eyes were following my movement."I need to chain you," I told her, my voice void of any emotions. I waited for her to ask why or complain, but she didn’t. She just held her hand closer to mine as if she had accepted this routine already.I let out a sigh as I chained it around her wrist before I
LADY KATARINA.My phone pinged just as I was about to leave my room. I woke up a bit late since I spent almost an hour on the phone with Alpha Lucas and the rest of the night thinking about him. I couldn’t even remember what we really talked about except that we were laughing most of the time. I had never had this much rapport with any male before, as far as I remember, and it was only heightening my desire to meet him personally.I would have been so tempted to invite him over if I wasn’t just thinking of Aeon and my brother. The whole time we were talking, I was hoping he would never ask if I had a boyfriend because I didn’t want to lie. And although it confused me why he didn’t ask, I was relieved.But then, maybe he just saw me as a friend? Or just someone to talk with? Either way, I was happy. And I didn’t think anything or anyone could ruin my mood today.I picked up the phone and excitedly opened the message when I saw Lucas’ name on the screen, only for my mouth to drop open.
ALEXA. "I will die a virgin then…" I remembered my own words last night and how bad it felt to be rejected by him. I knew he would leave me for his chosen one, and I was willing to give myself to him, but he still said no. I closed my eyes and hugged the pillow tighter as I let the memories of the rest of the night come surging in. "First, you’re not going to fucking die on me." He kept his mouth on my neck, and his warm breath was sending shivers down my spine. "Second, if you continue to tease me, one day I might give in. But not now. You’re not ready for me yet." "What do you mean, not ready for you?" "You will get your answers one of these days." He withdrew his head from my neck and flipped my body around so I would be facing him. "I don’t want to ruin you. Hugging you like this would be enough. For now." "Are you gay?" He laughed as he pulled me into his chest. His mouth kissed my forehead. "Think whatever you want to think. But you need to sleep." "I don’t want to sleep.