“That is wonderful!” My mother exclaimed in happiness and Aiden ran to look at the car.
I looked at the man who was supposedly the driver, “Is the Alpha providing the means of escorting the people? I didn’t hear about it, that’s why I was confirming.”
The man stared at me for a second and said, “You are Miss Avery Williams, aren’t you?”
My parents looked at me and I blinked in confusion, “Yes, why do you ask?”
“This is specially reserved for you and your family. Nobody else.” He said in a solemn tone and my frown deepened. This did not make sense at all!
“My apologies, it is very kind of the Alpha. But may I know why he sent us a car when nobody else received the same?” Dad asked what I had in my head.
“I am only following my orders, Mr. William.” The man said.
“But how can we take the ride just like that?” I asked.
“You can refuse if you wish to, miss. Then I would call and let the Alpha know.”
“Eh, no, no!” Mom spoke out and waved her hands, “Pardon my daughter, she doesn’t know.” She looked down at me with a glare, “We do not refuse the Alpha, Avery. Or else there will be consequences.”
I remembered what Candice said about the dangerous Alpha. I guess we had no choice but I still wondered what was his motive behind sending the car only to my family. There had to be something.
We got in the car and the ride was silent, with the sound of text messages popping on my phone now and then.
Jannet and Candice came up with a plan and they were discussing it in the chat group. I was relieved that my friends had my side at this, but I also felt guilty about associating them with my problem. Also, the plan did not guarantee my escape from Sam but it was worth a shot.
Sam would be at the party by now and probably waiting for me. The thing was, Natalie would not be attending the party today which gave Sam easy access to mating me. I had overheard them gossip about how Nat’s parents did not want her to be mated yet.
Nonetheless, Candice said that she would help Natalie to come to the party by pretending that she hated me and wanted to join Nat’s popular clique.
Now, Nat would not agree easily but she would not leave the opportunity to attend the party. She would hundred percent try to attend the party if she was given a helping hand, which would be Candice. Meanwhile, Jannet would keep an eye on Sam and keep updating me.
My task was to stay away from Sam’s eyes and senses until Nat was at the party and to do that, I needed to enter the party from an area that was not under his radar.
Jannet’s text: The back door of the mansion.
There is an open area at the back of the building here.
Stay there until I signal you.
The car rolled in front of a huge metallic gate that had spikes pointing upwards in the sky. The gates opened and we were led through the beautiful garden of the mansion. We stepped out and mom and dad walked ahead with Aiden, but then dad stopped and turned towards me.
“Are you not coming?” he asked.
“Um, I will wait for Jannet here. She said she would be coming.” I gave a nervous smile.
“Leave her. Let us attend the party.”Mom said and they stepped inside the grand mansion.
For the first time, I was happy that they were so ignorant of me.
I looked around the garden, with the green hedges standing like the walls of a maze and there was a statue of a wolf howling with its mouth open in the sky and little fountains of water sprinkling out around it in an arch shape.
Should I sneak to the backside?
“Are you looking for something, Miss?” The driver asked, his face stoic.
“Um, yeah. I wanted to explore this beautiful mansion. Which I guess…is not allowed.” My voice trailed off in a panic. This place was reserved for the party. Why would they allow a stranger to roam around?
Jannet did not take that into consideration. Shit!
“This is where the Alpha lives. " the driver said and my eyes widened.
“He does?” I looked back at the mansion which looked like it would put a palace to shame,
“If you insist, I can give you a tour of the backside.” He said and I pursed my lips. As if reading my thoughts, he said, “I am sure the Alpha would not mind.”
I did not know if I could trust this person, but it was either this or facing Sam. I was better off trusting a stranger right now. I nodded my head and as said, the man guided me to the backside of the mansion.
There was a huge door at the back too, guarded by men, but no one came from this side. The guards did not stop us and we entered through the doors, to a beautiful hallway that was made of black marble.
I had never seen a hall with polished black walls and I wondered how the Alpha’s taste was that he constructed the hall in this way. There was no furniture, except the floor had a silver finishing and I could almost see my reflection on it. Also, some lights lit the empty corridor we were walking on, but past it, there was complete darkness.
My heart drummed in my chest. There was something very eerie about this place.
“I have some errands to run, miss. Would you like me to take you to the main ballroom?” The man beside me asked and I clutched my dress.
“Um, I think I would like to look a little bit more.” I didn’t know if he would let me stay here. Jan had not sent me any texts yet which meant it was not safe to go out there.
“I see. But I am afraid I have to cater to some…matters. Can you lead yourself out of here?”
“Absolutely! Thank you. I would be able to. After all, it’s just straight from here, right?” I said immediately.
“Yes, indeed. Then, I would take my leave. You just have to take a straight route back to the entrance and then you can ask anyone out there where the main hall is. Is that alright?”
“Very well then. I shall take my leave, miss. Have a great time.” He said with a short bow and walked away from there.
I left a breath of relief and sauntered around the place. I walked to where it was all dark and after walking a few minutes, I found some light coming from a distance. It was a huge window that displayed the full moon in the night sky.
On the full moon, the mating bond was said to be the strongest and that’s why this ball was held today, for the wolves. It was also the sign of the Goddess coming to earth to bless the wolves with their mate, as what we were taught in school. The wolves would find who their mate was on this full moon night but they had to be at least eighteen years old to sniff their mates.
At least the Moon Goddess was against underage mating.
I stared at the sky through the window when I felt a strange feeling crawl up my back. It was as if… I was being watched. I turned around but found nothing except darkness.
Wait, where did the lit corridor go? Did they turn off the lights?
I started to panic, feeling the overwhelming sense of someone staring at me in the darkness.
Fuck! I should have stayed in the lighted area! I could not see anything in the darkness and then.
“Ah!!!” I screamed and ran in whichever direction my legs took me. Was it Sam? Did he find me? I pulled out my phone and turned on the torchlight.
This was the reason why I did not get any text from Jan. Shit! Shit! Shit!
It was all the same corridors and for a moment, I felt like someone was behind me. The feeling made me dreadful and I ran even faster, turning the flashlight back to check if anyone was behind me. Until I crashed with something hard yet muscular in the dark and looked up to find a pair of red eyes watching me in the darkness.
What the fuck?!!!!
My body froze in spot and the phone fell from my hand as I stared at the pair of red eyes that was just above me. The lights flicked on and I found myself standing on a different place, that did not had the black walls. But what intimidated me was the person standing in front of me. And the red eyes which I saw before vanished like the darkness and there was pitch black ones. A shock weaved down my body as I felt the cold hands of the person who was holding my shoulder. His obsidian black eyes held me in place as if hypnotizing me and they perfectly matched his raven black hair that was slicked back. His angular cheekbones trailed down to a concrete jaw that twitched and I realized I was staring. But I saw red eyes in the dark! Was it an illusion? Why did it seem so familiar? “Running from someone, kitten?” his deep voice reached my ears and played like music. It was so smooth that it didn’t surprise me that a man with such good looks would suit with any other voice rather than one
My head was spinning. The attention of all the guests at the party was overwhelming, but not as much as the fact that I had spoken with an offensive tone to an Alpha! If he wanted, he could destroy my life in seconds. I swallowed the lump in my throat and looked around for familiar faces until my gaze fell on my mother who stepped out of the crowd and walked toward me. She had a wary look on her face and I didn’t need to second guess the reason. It was not every day that my mother saw me walking along with an Alpha. “Avery.” She planted herself in front of me, her eyes expressing concern, and placed a hand on my shoulder. I knew she wanted to interrogate me but there was a more pressing matter ahead. A six feet tall, sexy one clad in black. Her gaze shifted up to the Alpha and she bowed to him, “Alpha Dominic. It is my utmost pleasure to see you. Did my daughter do something?”She shot me a small glare and I knew that she was wondering what I had now. A crooked smile shaped the lip
I breathed in and fell the gaze of others in the party on my skin like icicles. There was no way that I could reject an Alpha or who knew what consequences me and my family would have to endure because of his wrath. I haven’t seen him angry yet even though I believe I had offended him before, but one made no promises. I gave him a smile and offered my hand that appeared like a Lilliput in front of his giant palm. He took my hand, his grasp warm yet firm and sparks flew off the area where our skins met. He lead me to the dance floor, where some couples were already dancing to the slow music of the piano and violin. I didn’t like these kind of music but it sounded appropriate and perfect for the hall that looked no less than a royal ball of the Victorian age. The white walls appeared yellow to the warm golden light cast by the chandeliers, the candles on the candelabras and the small led lights on the decorated ceiling. We stood beneath what I would consider one of the largest chandeli
||DOMINIC’S POV|| Weather in Wilfair had its own taste, something I had never experienced before. The atmosphere always had a curse flowing in it, as if this place was forbidden and the fog danced in front of the tinted glass of my window. It was a good way to hide before I could unleash myself and put someone to their grave. Never had I thought that this dead town could be so interesting. And there was one person who made it beautiful, my sweet mate. I saw her walking in the line of other classmates. It was their P.E. class as per I knew what their schedule had. This was the time I could see her so I chose to sit in my car and watch my little kitten do the long jumps. Her hair was tied in a ponytail, the brown waves of her strands cascading down on her small shoulders like a waterfall. Her plump lips moved apart and closed while she spoke to her other friend who I had seen Sky dance with her at the party. I saw a bit of my own reflection in the window of my car, a smile adorning
I played Cheap Thrills on my phone as I got ready for the day. I was so happy! My mission was successful and Sam could not mark me. Now I could focus on my grades and make a plan to get out of Wilfair. With this plan being successful, I had some confidence and looked up to the brighter side of my future. “Av, have your breakfast.” My mom chirped as she slid the plate towards my side on the table and I was surprised to find waffles with chocolate syrup on it. Even my parents were in a good mood today. Last night, they interrogated me for almost an hour on how I met the Alpha and how lucky I was that I got to dance with him. My mom did not leave the chance to brag about it to our neighbors who surely were jealous. I didn’t care what our neighbors felt, but after such a long time I saw my parents being genuinely happy. I was slowly getting at their good side again. Maybe things would go back to normal as they used to. Once I was in Winterville, I met Jannet and Candice and we all la
My heart drummed in my chest. I already had a crazy day, I didn’t know if I had it in me to take more. Why did the Alpha of all people pay a visit to our house?What if he was here to punish us for how I spoke to him before I knew about him? But I did apologize!“Av.” My mother whispered giving me the eye that said, “Greet him back.”I looked back at Dominic and said, “Good afternoon Alpha. A pleasure to see you.”Dominic smiled at me and cocked his head, while Aiden looked at him innocently. “Are you? That is wonderful to know.”I frowned as I did not understand what he meant by his question. Did he somehow realize that I was uncomfortable in his presence?“We cannot believe a day would come when the Alpha himself would grace us with his presence. After all, we are just humans.” dad said with a smile but he was also uncomfortable and doubtful of Dominic’s visit.Humans were considered the lowest of all in the town and due to that, wolves tend to not interact with us. It was a matter o
There was silence in the room and my eyes were wide as saucers, gulping down what he just said.“I don’t understand, Alpha,” Dad said and Dominic’s mischievous smile only broadened.“It is quite simple. Avery will now live with me. When does a human girl come to live together with a male wolf?” he directed the question at my parents while I was frozen at my spot.My mom gasped and she clasped her mouth. Her green eyes turned wide and stared in my direction, “Is it really…true?”Dad had a look of concern falling on his face, “She is your mate?”The tray fell from my hand and made a loud thumping sound as it met the floor. My hands were shaking as I processed what dad was talking about.Me? His mate? The Alpha’s mate?!!“This can’t be true.” My voice trembled and the words came out like a soft whisper but from Dominic’s burning gaze on me, I knew he heard.“You think I would lie, Avery?” He cocked his head to the side, his eyes narrowing slightly as if challenging me to call him a liar.
There was silence in the car, with the sound of the tires and the drumming of my heart profound in my ears. I kept as much distance as possible from Dominic and kept my gaze away from him. Still, I could feel him looking at me and I gritted my teeth.Things changed so quickly. I was in my college, insulted in front of everyone and the next minute, I was declared to be the Alpha’s mate. Was this some kind of a bad dream?I pinched my right cheek hard in hopes of it being a nightmare, but when it stung, I realized that I was living the nightmare. I was taken away from my family and had to live with a person forever, pretending to be his soulmate just because of some stupid chemical bond.“You know, loathing about what happened will not make the pain go away.” His husky voice came from the back and I snapped my head at him,How dare he say that when he was the one who took everything away from me?!I glared at him, showing my point, and then looked back at the window. Suddenly, I felt his