“Alpha!” Logan greeted the man with respect.
The giant, gorgeous man acknowledged him with a simple nod, an aura radiating off of him that reeked of authority.
He looked towards Natalie, who immediately pulled out her report. “Alpha, Miss Avalyn is still quite weak, but with proper care, she should be much better in two weeks.”His expression didn’t change, but he moved as she spoke.
He was coming towards me!I had never seen such movement—graceful and swift, faster than any wolf I had ever encountered.So fast that, in the blink of an eye, he was at my bedside.
The faint scent of musk surrounded me. The earthly aroma reminded me of the forest on a rainy day, and it replaced the smell of sterile chemicals in the ward. It was cold but almost psychedelic, just like him.
I couldn’t help but lower my head. Through the gap in my hair, I saw his black leather shoes stop right next to my bed, with the toe of the shoe aimed in my direction.He had to be staring at me! I didn’t need to see to know that.
“Look up,” he commanded.His voice was deep, very deep. It struck me and sent shivers through my whole body. Pausing for a moment, I put myself together.
The cold reflection from his metal cufflinks came into my view. His hand had already stretched toward my face. His fingers were long, neither bulky nor too slim—just perfect, and full of power.
What was I thinking? Avalyn, stop focusing on the wrong things!
Within a second, his hand clamped down on my chin, his fingers strong and hot, pressing hard—forcing my head up.
He was clearly not a patient man.I could feel my face flush, and I was grateful that my long, loose hair was still half covering my face.
“Look at me,” he commanded again.
With slight hesitation, I lifted my eyes to look at him.I didn’t dare refuse—no one dared to disobey his order.
The cold white light of the ward cast a soft glow around him, and I couldn’t help but think that he looked like a prince—royal and handsome.There was a crease in between his well-defined, jet-black eyebrows. He was frowning, as if he was full of loathing for this world.
As he bent down, his piercing blue eyes locked onto me, like a falcon honing inon its prey. I was that prey, trembling, wondering whether the next second he would just swoop down and seize me, either take me straight up into the cloudy sky or throw me down on the craggy cliffs.
Trembling within his hands, I forgot how to breathe. The only sound I could hear was a rumbling caused by my blood rushing to my eardrums.Out of the corner of my eyes, I saw his right arm moved. Almost instinctively, my body tensedand I half-flinched—I was expecting a slap to land on my face, as that was what my father would have done—but I stopped myself, because I still remembered his order to not close my eyes.I wouldn’t disobey him. I just barely managed to keep my eyes open.
However, the slap never came.Instead, his hand reached up brushing the hair away from my face. My hair tickled my cheeks, and I smelt the gentle scent of his musk again enveloping me like a cocoon.
I watched as his piercing blue orbs scanned over my own, as if he was memorizing every detail of my face.
When facing oppressive aura, those blue eyes had been like an angry sea, ready to devour lives at any time. But now,when he looked at me closely, the waves of anger faded, and only then did I realizewhat a clear and beautiful pair of eyes he had.
I was lost in his gaze. All the fear and anxiety faded away—only the pure blue in his eyes was real.It reminded me of the clear sky I had seen when I was all the way up on my swing in my backyard.I was seven at that time, and my mother’s laughter and my father’s non-deterrent reproaches rang out in the background. I remembered the scent of grass tinged with soil after the morning dew…
It was all gone. Long gone.When I gazed into his eyes though… I saw my own reflection—a helpless girl, sitting on a hospital bed, wearing a white dress that was gifted by her mother as a symbol of happiness, being forced to look up at her new master who had bought her from her father.I wanted to cry, butI couldn’t.
As his skin touched my own once again, I had to suppress the moan that wanted to escape from me. Never had I felt this feeling inside me.
Then, as if he was sure of something, he let go of my face, and took a step back before turning around and walking away.As he pulled back, the scent of his musk left me and pulled me back from the memories I had been reliving.
This might be my only chance to ask him... Avalyn, I told myself, you have to ask him!
I gathered all my courageand asked the question that might cost me my life.“Alpha, would you let me go once I work enough to pay back the money you gave my father?” I quickly stammered out. “I’ll work really hard as your maid, or any tasks you assign me… I can…”
I was so anxious that I was on my knees in the hospital bed, willing to chase after him out the door if I had too.Thank goodness, though, he stopped and turned around, raising his eyebrow. He seemed to be processing what I said.
I didn’t need to look around to know that everyone was watching me like I lost my mind.
“Maid?” He repeated to himself.He stared at me for a moment before crossing back. I felt the air shift between us before he sat down beside me.
The indention from his weight on the mattress made me unintentionally slide slightly closer to him, and the closeness of his body made my body tremble… in fear and desire.
It was so strange—as the distance between us shortened,I wanted to be closer to him.I wanted him to stay!
My heart was racing, and my breath was coming faster. Fear, attraction, uncertainty, desire… All these emotions mixed together clouded my mind.“Didn’t your father tell you?” he whispered. His voice was soothing, almost gentle.
However, gentle it might have sounded, though… my instinct told me that he wasn’t pleased.
“Tell me what?” I asked hesitantly, not sure if I wanted to hear what he was going to say.There was a feeling deep in my gut telling me that something was wrong.Little did I know that what he would say next would take my last hope and dream away.
"The only job you have here is to bear a child," he replied.
I found both my body and my emotions freezing over.He stared at me, his fingers brushing the hair off of my cheeks again, exposing my entire face to him.
“You will be a breeder… my breeder.”
Breeder. The word rolled through my mind, and I tried to comprehend it.
Now I understood his gaze – the one that seemed to want to remember all the details of me. It wasn’t out of desire or interest.
He was examining the goods he had just bought.
My father lied to me. I wasn’t sold as a maid. How naive I was to believe what he said?A BREEDER!What does being a breeder even mean? Carrying a child…? No… no…No matter how difficult my life had become, no matter how desperate I was, I had always still prayed that one day I could find my mate. Someone would take me away, save me, and love me. This was my only and my last hope in this life.And they took it away.Why did they have to be so cruel to me?“No.. please,” I begged, not sure of what else to say or do. “I can work hard. I will pay back all the money you gave him. Just, please… Anything but a breeder.”The man sat there quietly, watching me. He didn’t say a word, but his gaze grew colder.The narrowing of his eyes in that moment showed that he did not appreciate my outburst. I knew without a doubt that the powerful hand he had could clamp around my throat and kill me easily..Every part of me knew the wise thing to do was to stop talking and back away from this dangerous c
Logan’s POVLooking at Rebecca, I nodded for her to take over the situation.Alpha Grey was done with the girl for the night.Rebecca and Natalie still needed to get Avalyn to eat something and take some rest. There wasn’t much need for me in the hospital at the moment, so I followed my Alpha out.Alpha Grey wasn’t just my Alpha. He was my best friend, and the position of Beta was given to me out of trust.However, no matter how close we were, I was first his subordinate, then his friend. Either way, though, he had my absolute loyalty.I was quite surprised to hear what he had said to Avalyn.I tried to catch up with him. He made his way down the hospital hallway before exiting the double doors which led out into the front lawn near the pack house. He was moving quicker than his usual pace, but I wasn’t aware of anything else on his agenda tonight.He turned quickly, and made his way towards his office. I followed him in, closing the door behind us.Strictly executing every single one
Avalyn POVA few days had gone by since I had been brought to my room.The first moment I stepped into it, I was in utter shock over how beautiful it was, and the fact that he was asking me to stay here.Well… he wasn’t really asking me himself. In fact, I had not seen him since the day he left the hospital.It was a sunny day, and the clear blue sky was lovely. It reminded me of that pair of dangerous yet captivating eyes of his.The cold-hearted Alpha of Draco, Grey… and my master.It had been two weeks since I last saw him. A part of me longed with curiosity to see him again, but yet… I was also terrified.Shaking my head, I tried to brush off the thoughts about him. I should have been happy that I didn’t have to face that scary man.“Avalyn!”Knocking at the door drew my attention. As I stood from the small chaise in the room, I watched Rebecca enter.“Good morning! I just wanted to make sure they brought your breakfast already.”She saw the almost-still-full plate, and sat down
Avalyn's POVTime might not heal everything, but it did heal me physically.Another week went by, I was feeling better than I ever had.I made sure to stick to the diet Natalie had designed for me. I went to every doctor’s appointment and did the light exercise of walking regularly to make me stronger. I wasn’t one hundred percent there yet, but I was improving steadily everyday.I was surprised by how fast I recovered when I put my efforts in. Then again, I bore Alpha blood.Since there was no way for me to look back, I persuaded myself to feel better about the situation. By the time this was done and over with, I would be in a much better place. I would be healthier, and I would have freedom.It was an hour after I had my dinner. I looked out of the window and saw the evening sky casting shadows across the pack grounds. This was the only leisure time I was given every day outside of my busy treatment schedule.I took a book from the library to the small reading nook of my room. The
Avalyn‘s POV All of sudden, the body weight on me was lifted, and my wrists were released. Almost at the same time, a soft blanket was thrown over my body. I snapped my eyes open in disbelief. He stopped. Why? My gaze went to his face as he propped himself up on the bed. His expression seemed distant, and maybe a little concerned—I wasn‘t sure. Then I watched as he pulled back and pick up his clothes. I could see the broadness of his back, the curves and firmness of every muscle. There was nothing but power radiating off of him. He was the largest, yet finest man I had ever seen. As he buttoned his shirt, I realized what a coward I was. I had ruined it… No, I couldn‘t fail this task. I couldn‘t disappoint him. I had to do this! If I didn‘t, what would happen to my pack, my father… and me? Panic rose in me. I got up as quickly as I could and grabbed the bottom edge of his shirt before he got the chance to tuck it back in. I couldn‘t let him leave. I had to complete my task! “Please
Logan's POV After the conversation I had with Alpha Grey, I went to see Natalie the next day. She had made sure to put Avalyn on a strict diet and rest order to ensure she gained her strength back. A couple weeks had passed, and Avalyn had been improving steadily, both physically and mentally. Natalie convinced me that Avalyn needed to get out of the house. That way, she wouldn‘t feel like she was a prisoner within our walls – of course, she would always need to be accompanied. Usually, I watched Avalyn from a distance. My sister Rebecca had taken over being Avalyn's caretaker when it came to venturing outside of the main house. The two of them got along quite well. I knew that Rebecca's heart would break, though, when Alpha Grey had Avalyn killed. Avalyn was a kind spirit that you couldn‘t hate even if you tried. She did no wrong, and I didn‘t understand how her family treated her the way they did. “Logan!”Rebecca's voice filtered through the air, and I turned in the hallway
Avalyn's POV The graceful elegance of the white and gold piano reminded me of the one my mother used to have. The thought was both painful and pleasant at the same time. It had been so long since I touched any instruments. Until recently, I had forgotten that music used to be such an important and joyful part of my life. Thinking over the memory, I slid onto the golden stool and let my fingers brush over the keys. It only took me a few moments to get used to playing again, but once I did, I was totally immersed in the melody. It was like reuniting with a dear old friend with whom you could immediately reconnect emotionally, no matter how long it had been since you‘d seen each other. I may have been sold to a ruthless Alpha – but this was still my life.The people here were not all awful or hurtful toward me. In fact, many of them cared for me, although I didn‘t understand what I had done to deserve their kindess, especially Natalie and Rebecca. When I was free and left here, I woul
Grey's POVI raised my eyebrow. “Okay.” “The tests all came back fine,” Logan began. “She has managed to put back on some weight, and is doing much better than before physically…” He hesitated going any further, and his uncertainty caught my interest. He seemed to be searching for the right words, which was rare for him. “Based on her reaction to things… you know, due to her previous mental health concerns – I do have a suggestion if you‘d be open to it.” I was aggracated with how everyone kept saying she was messed up in the head or not ready. They made assumptions, and they didn‘t even know how she truly felt about anything. Not that I was worried about it, but it was interfering with my task. “Just spit it out already, for god‘s sake,” I said through gritted teeth as I stared at Logan . “I would simply suggest that you take a slightly different approach to the situation. Perhaps, be slightly gentler than usual. She is a virgin, after all. Logan had a lot of nerves to speak to