The twin, the one whom Nox points at and the one whom he fondled earlier on, stands up and walks seductively over to Helios.
She bows deeply at him this time, letting her twin peaks hang in the air for all to see.
“Alpha Helios,” she said huskily,” it is an honour to be in your presence.” She looks up, daring to meet his eyes, and continues,” My name is Lala and this is my sister, Cici.”
Helios’ eyes raked her from head to toe, stopping momentarily to admire her full breasts. Unconsciously, I look down at my attire. I am clothed in a dull brown vest that fully covers my body and a pair of leather black pants; not exactly the most appealing of outfits. A part of me wonders if Helios would look at me more if I dressed up. And if I did, would he regard me as a woman instead of just his faithful sidekick?
Nox’s voice pulls me out of my internal debate.
“Helios, do you know how hard it is to find such beauties? And not just one, but two identical ones?” he laughs crudely. “Just think about the things you can do with them,” he suggests lewdly and steps forward to take a glass of wine that sits untouched on Helios’ table.
Gingerly, he lifts the wine glass by its flute and pours it down Lala’s dress, effectively drenching her, creating a visual feat for Helios. The now drenched see-through dress allows the men to feast on the red liquid seeping between the moulds of her breasts. Some trickle over her pink, taut nipples. I see Lala tense at this. It seems that Nox has done this to her before.
He bends her over her back. Then he attacks her breasts, savagely biting, gnawing and sucking her breasts until they are red and raw. It is a sickening act. Slave or not, no woman deserves to be treated and degraded like this!
I cast a quick glance at Helios, hoping for him to put a stop to this barbaric act but he says nothing. He merely sits there and watches as Nox continues to abuse the twin.
Then finally, after what feels like an eternity, Nox pushes Lala back to her sister. Her eyes are rimmed red by now and they both huddle near Helios.
“She’s delicious,” he chuckles, wiping away the wine stain from his lip with a calloused thumb. “I’d love to keep them both. But that would make me a terrible uncle if I don’t share them with my favourite nephew, don’t you think? Come on, pick one.”
Helios’ eyes narrow into thin slits and the corner of his mouth lifts ever so slightly. “How generous of you, Nox,” Helios says, his eyes resting heavily on his uncle. “It’s an enticing offer, but I’ll have to decline.”
Relief washes over me and for fraction of a second, I feel the foolishness of hope trying to rekindle its flame within me.
But Nox won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. I guess the word doesn’t exist in his dictionary. He tries again and yanks Cici up from the floor, twirling her around.
“Why? Are they not good enough for you?” he sneers at Cici and she begins to weep openly. This earns her a backhanded slap from Nox, effectively shutting her up.
“Girls, show the Alpha what you are capable of.”
And they do. Both Lala and Cici automatically start dancing sensually to an invisible rhythm, swaying their hips suggestively at Helios.
Their exotic moves have both men watching them as if in a trance and I will myself to look away even as my heart sinks deeper than the abyss.
Lala, or is it Cici parts her legs and raises a hand to caress her own body, inexplicably letting out a moan. Then slowly, she hooks a finger under the strap of her dress and peels it off, revealing her body in full glory.
My jaw literally drops seeing her get naked just like that.
And from beneath her, her twin sister crawls out on all fours, moving slowly but surely towards Helios like a subdued she-wolf. She is just about to reach Helios when suddenly, the naked twin trips and falls. The other gasps and quickly helps her sister up. Both start to tremble and apologize profusely, “Forgive us, Nox! It was an accident, please, spare us!”
Nox is red in the face and looks like he is about to lash out. But at that very moment, we hear a clapping sound. It is Helios and he claps as he smiles. “You’re right Nox, they are indeed very good.”
He eyes both the twins, the smile never leaving his face and he continues, “but it'll be a shame to tear the beautiful duo apart, don't you think?”
He drums his fingers on the side of his throne and suddenly, he slams his fist on the handle as if a brilliant idea has just struck his mind. “I know, why don't you give them both to me? After all, I am the Alpha, and doesn't the king of the pack deserve the best?”
The flickering hope within me is instantly snuffed out. He wants both the girls. So much for being happy that he said ‘no’ a moment ago.
Nox hisses. I don't think he intended for Helios to take both his dancers either. But he cannot deny the Alpha, no one can.
He bows his head ever so slightly and mumbles, “As you wish.”
That's it. I can take this no more. “Helios, may I be excused to take my place to guard the entrance?”
At my request, Helios throws me an odd look but doesn't say anything. He merely nods his head and it takes all my willpower not to run out of his chamber.
With each step that I take, I have to hold back my tears.
You are a big girl now Laurel, I keep telling myself. You already have a lot. Be content with what you have. The world doesn’t revolve around you.
The last sound I hear before I step out of the chamber is the sisters squealing with glee as they run over to Helios, presumably to each take a seat on his thigh before proceeding to make out with him on the throne.
I do not want to look; I do not want to know. With a heavy heart, I pushed the door to the chamber but suddenly, a hand sticks out, stopping me and my heart skips a beat. Is it Helios?
A head pops out from behind the door. It is Nox.
“Hello, Beta. Care for me to join you at guarding post?”
Beside us, the guards immediately step aside to make room for us.
I ignore Nox and proceed to stand erect at the entrance, choosing instead to focus on the bright yellow lights that illuminate the long lofty corridor.
“You're very dedicated to Helios, Laurel. It's a pity Helios does not see that. It's too bad he does not appreciate you,” Nox tsks.
I do not answer him.
Unperturbed, Nox continues,” He doesn't cherish your feelings for him, in fact, he doesn't deserve the feelings you have for him.”
My body tenses up. I know the game Nox is playing. He wants to sway my loyalty towards Helios but darn right if I will let him. I have to be honest though, Nox’s words do affect me more than I'd like to admit.
He leans into my ear and whispers,” The twins just proved that he lusts after new pretty young things he can conquer in bed. And instead, your love for him is ignored. It pains me to see that, Laurel. And you know I only want the best for you.”
He lets the words hang in the air, letting the idea sink into my head.
“Save it, Nox. If you think for one minute that you can get me to side with you, then you're wrong.”
I will never leave Helios’ side. He needs me, now more than ever. I have to help keep his full moon secret safe.
Nox sighs and shakes his head. “Oh Laurel, don't be a fool–”
Helios. He summons me.
I sidestep Nox and push open the door to the chamber once more.
I step into the throne room and see the twins massaging his shoulders.
“Yes, Helios?” I answer, all the while gritting my teeth.
“Bring the girls, Caca and Lili?”
“It's Lala and Cici,” Lala coos.
He waves his hand in the air as if their names don't matter,” Whatever. Send them to the new villa.”
The new villa. I suck in my breath. The villa was only recently constructed and it is where Helios sends the women who pleasure him to stay. I do not like that villa, more than any of the women who stay there.
But I push aside my opinion and nod my head at him. “Yes, Alpha.”
Curling my finger at the twins, I signal for them to follow me and they begrudgingly come to my side, their eyes still lingering on Helios.
No sooner are we out of the tower than the twins start to bombard me with questions about Helios.
“What's his favourite food? And drink? Does he like to drink?”
“How does Helios like his women? Does he like it when girls play hard to get or would he prefer for us to take the initiative?”
“What turns him on? Which position does he like best?”
I wish they would just shut up. Their incessant yapping is giving me a headache. And the fact that I lost quite a large amount of blood doesn't seem to be helping either. But they keep on asking me for ways to win over his heart. And while I find them annoying, I understand why they are doing this.
They are doing this to survive.
But what do I tell them? Do I willingly divulge all information I know about Helios’ likes and dislikes to them? Do I help them please and gain the favour of the man I love?
I can't do that; it is wrong to tell them all this. Feelings aside, I am Helios’ Beta and it is my duty not to let out any information that can be used against him in the future.
The girls soon tire of me ignoring them and one of them yanks my hair, stopping me in my tracks. A few pack members who are out and about see this and stop to see what the commotion is all about.
“Why aren't you answering us?” Lala demands, her hand still grabbing my hair. I push her hand away and ignore her, marching forward to bring them to the villa. It is not too far from where we are now.
“Yeah! You're just jealous of us, aren't you?” chimes Cici. “We know all about you, Laurel Moon.”
“You're his mistress, aren't you? ‘Beta’ is just a disguise for him to fuck you anytime he wants.”
LAUREL’s POV It's a lie. It's a freaking lie. But I refuse to answer them, I swallow the lump in my throat and forge on.“You seduced him to get this position, didn't you? Why would Alpha Helios appoint a woman as Beta? This is unheard of,” Lala taunts me.My fingers ball into a fist. That's it. They've crossed the line.“Oh puh-lease…she? Seduce Helios? Look at her face! Helios wouldn't be attracted to someone like her! A woman should know how to satisfy her man, instead of hoarding a man’s job. Beta, hah!” Cici exclaims, her voice rising loud enough for everyone around us to hear now.I take my whip out, crack it in the air and cry out, “ENOUGH!”The whip slices through the cold night air with a thunderous roar and the twins gasp in both shock and surprise. It never fails as a warning shot. I won’t hurt them but they have to know their boundaries.One of them, Lala, stares at me with eyes larger than the moon and begins to whimper but her sister, Cici is not backing down. She soon
LAUREL’s POVTears stream down my face as I run through the woods, ignoring the dry branches and twigs that scrape my feet. In my haste to leave the house earlier on, I had forgotten to put on my shoes. But it doesn’t matter. The pain from the scrapes is nothing compared to the agony my heart feels inside.Growing up, I kept telling myself that my parents loved me, that they were just stricter with me because I am the oldest, and that they wanted only the best for me. But who am I kidding?No matter what I did, no matter how hard I tried, it was never enough. Never.So, I studied harder, trained harder, and worked harder than everyone else, hoping that one day, my parents smile at me and say, “We’re proud of you, Laurel.”And when I was finally appointed as Beta of the Morningstar Pack a few years back, I thought that I would finally gain their favour, that they would finally acknowledge their daughter. But they never did.Even the blind can see that they do not love me.Soon I reach
HELIOS’ POV I stand by the lakeside and watch as Laurel’s figure disappears under the canopy of trees. She is going home. I should too, but for some reason, my feet are rooted to the ground and I cannot tear my eyes away from her. For some reason, my heart goes out to her. It is only after she is long gone that I finally start to move. This is the first time I have seen Laurel cry. “You made her cry,” Apollo, my wolf chides, stating the obvious. I roll my eyes at his remark and continue my stride toward my residence. Maybe I should have gotten Laurel to stay at the packhouse instead of with her parents. At least I would be able to keep an eye on her. “Oh, what a wonderful idea! All the better for her to hear you hump her sister!” Apollo is very sarcastic tonight. “Shut up.” “You shut up. You’re the reason she’s in this miserable state.” I shake my head and smash a fist against a pine tree, scaring a few owls and they quickly hoot and fly away. In a sense, Apollo is right. I s
HELIOS’ POV I grab a tiny glass vial and hang it around my neck via a string. It is a special ointment made by our pack doctor used to accelerate the healing of wounds. I could use this as an excuse to see Laurel. Her residence is on the other side of town and it will take at least an hour by foot. So I shift; my bones snap and break as my body starts to change and mend while my muscles tear and reform to my wolf structure. It fucking hurts every time I shift but it has happened so many times that I’ve gotten used to it. My skin burns and stretches to take on my wolf shape before dark black fur finally covers my body. The shift is complete and Apollo is now free. He lets out a howl that echoes into the night and we immediately tear through the woods, running as fast as the wind can carry out feet. My lungs burn and I gasp for air. This is usually never the case. On a normal day, I can run rings around my land without even breaking a sweat. But tonight, as the full moon rides high i
LAUREL’s POVI wake up from a dark dream to hear muffled sounds coming from far away. Someone is upstairs talking to mother and father. And the voice sounds hauntingly familiar…Helios?My head feels like it’s about to split open but I force my eyes open anyways and wince at the bright light from the lone light bulb that swings above me. The brightness stings my eyes but it doesn’t matter.Helios is here! A tiny flicker of hope starts to grow within me. Help…I need help. Helios, help me!I try to call out but I am gagged. I try to stand but both my hands and legs are still bound by the metal chains.Helios I am here. Please…help me!I hear the sound of laughter…Jamie? Somehow, she sounds different. Then the footsteps fade as if they are walking away. Is Helios leaving?No, no, no…. don’t leave. Save me, please. Set me free! Someone…ANYONE!Desperate, I struggle violently only to end up falling forward on the cold hard basement floor and banging my head. I try to summon my wolf, but to
LAUREL’s POV It is the second day of my entrapment. I probably wouldn’t have been able to tell that a new day has begun if it weren’t for the tiny rectangular window that sits at the top of the wall. Father had barred it with wooden planks painted in neon pink years ago to stop the rodents from scurrying in and out but years of neglect have left the planks rotting with no replacement in sight. Streams of warm morning sunlight shine through the dilapidated window and specs of dust dance in the light, swaying ever so gently without so much as a care for this world. And as the dust dance in the air, I lay on the cold damp floor, still chained to the chair. I inhale deeply. if only life was that simple and carefree. My head is throbbing, my arms are burning and my back is cramping. But I continue doing what I have been doing all night long. I continue to rub the chains that bind me against the chair, hoping against all odds to break free. I try not to think about why all this happened
HELIOS’ POV SLAM! My fists connect with the mahogany desk and Rhode, my administrator from the pack council jumps in fright. “What did you say?” I growl as I lean over the table and stare into Rhode’s face. Rhode blinks rapidly, pushes up his glasses and opens his mouth to speak. But when his eyes fall on the dent I made on the desk, his words come out more as a squeak. “Um…Beta Laurel Moon applied for a few days’ leave.” I frown. This has never happened before. Laurel has never taken leave from work in all her years as a Beta. Is she still upset with me? Is it because I slept with her sister? ‘Of course, it is you dickhead,’ Apollo chides at me. ‘You bedded her sister…of all women.’ I sigh and wave Rhode off. He immediately scampers out of my chamber, almost bumping into the wall on the way. This guy is the only omega in my pack who wears glasses and still walks into walls. Apollo continues, ‘She didn’t even want to apply for her leave directly from you. I’m telling you Heli
LAUREL’s POV ONE HOUR BEFORE HELIOS ENTERS THE DARK FOREST I haul myself up over mother’s old furniture, chairs, and cupboards to climb to the top of the stack where the window lies. And with trembling hands, I yank the planks off. The rusty nails give way, the wood crumbles and the dilapidated planks disintegrate into a flurry of dust. Then, balling my fingers into a fist, I smash the window. CRASH! The glass shatters into tiny pieces and shards of glass cut my skin but I do not care. I've already lost so much blood, what is a little bit more if it can buy my freedom? Then, a moan comes from the basement floor. It is Jamie and I know she will wake up soon. There is no time to lose. Quickly, I tear off the emerald curtain that frames the broken window and wrap it like a shawl around my head. I know I need to get to safety, but I doubt if anyone will come running my way to help if they see a green-colored walking corpse. A wave of dizziness hits me as I try to squeeze my way out