“Does the Alpha help with training?” I ask Jasmine.
“Yeah, he comes every day to help train us. Training is mandatory no matter age or gender,” I watch as Angie, the girl Jasmine told me to avoid, runs across the field towards the Alpha clinging onto him like a leech.
“Yeah, Angie has a thing for the Alpha. Seems to think he will choose her as his mate,” Jasmine says and I nod. For some reason, seeing her cling on to him annoyed me a little, but I shoved it aside, turning my attention back to my lunch. I don’t want any trouble with her, especially if she is as bad as Jasmine says she is.
“How old is the Alpha?” I ask, he looks pretty young compared to my last Alpha, who is in his fifties.
“Twenty-five. He is a good Alpha, strict but fair. A lot better than his father, who was a complete asshole and more of a dictator,” I bite into my sandwich, watching as the equipment is being set up.
“So he took over the pack when his father stepped down?” I ask. Jasmine shakes her head.
“No, Alpha Ezra killed him and took over when he was seventeen.”
I think about her words for a minute. To think that the Alpha could take down his father like that at only seventeen. What had been going through his mind? “Geez a lot wouldn’t have liked answering to a seventeen-year-old,” I quip, but she shakes her head.
“No, everyone was glad to see Alpha Dean get taken down. He was cruel. Women weren’t even allowed to train back then, he treated them like animals and he used to kill anyone that stepped out of line, he even killed his own mate, and his chosen one,” she says, making me feel sick at her words. Killing your mate can send your wolf crazed. It was almost impossible to do, though I have heard stories of some being rejected and taking chosen mates, however it was the first time I had heard of someone killing their mate.
“That’s terrible,” I tell her and she nods, popping a grape into her mouth.
“Yeah, everyone hated him. Things changed after the Alpha took over. He made sure women could train to better protect themselves. Maybe that's why he was so quick to have your family join our pack. Your mother will be an advantage to have and your father given that he has Beta genes,” I nod my head believing she is right, if he hates Jackson's Pack as much as she claims he does.
“Maybe,” I tell her just as Alpha Ezra looks in our direction. I drop my head and am thankful when the school bells ring signaling the end of lunch. Jasmine and I make our way back to our lockers and grab our gym clothes. Going to the bathrooms we quickly get changed into the red polo shirts and black shorts before heading down to the oval where they were setting up earlier.
Alpha Ezra and my mother are talking amongst a few of the teachers before silence falls over everyone and people walk off to their designated groups. I follow Jasmine over to our age group and am a little shocked to see Alpha Ezra come over to us. Jasmine smiles at him when he approaches.
“Hey, Alpha,” she says, giving him a brief wave as she stretches.
“Hi Jasmine, you can sit out for today, Kat. That way you can see how things are run if you like,” he says, and I nod, grateful I don’t have to train straight away.
“No, she can train like the rest of them,” my mother corrects, coming up behind him. So much for sitting out. Is she trying to get us caught?
“She doesn’t have to Shirley, I can excuse her,” Alpha Ezra says and I give my mother a pleading look. My mother presses her lips in a line but says nothing.
“Come sit on the bleachers and watch,” Alpha Ezra tells me and I follow him over to them before sitting down beside him. I watch everyone train. Alpha Ezra gets up a few times to help some teachers and to correct some students when he comes back over.
He looks down at me. “How are you liking school so far?”
“It's fine,” I answer, not really comfortable around him. I see my mother keeps looking over at me nervously, which in turn makes me more nervous about his presence.
“Do you train a lot with your mother?” I nod. Training isn’t only compulsory at school in our household, it is almost a damn religion. However, with how much training they have at this school, I hope she will let me off at home. Back at our old pack, training was only twice a week, here it is daily, except weekends, so maybe she won’t be so strict on that front.
“Yes, mom doesn’t like me missing training as you can see,” I tell him, and he nods.
“Good, well you can have today and tomorrow off, but on Wednesday you start training with everyone else,” he orders and I nod.
Angie slunk over, stopping in front of us and I notice the glare she gives me.
“You should be training, Angie. Get back on the field,” Ezra demands
“I was just seeing if you can come to help me, Ezra,” she purrs. It’s obvious the crush she has on him and she wasn’t even trying to hide it.
“That’s Alpha to you! Now get back on the field, Angela,” he tells her, pointing back the way she came. She looks down at me, her eyes narrowing before she saunters off. I knew she was going to make my life hell and I haven't even spoken to her yet.
“Well, I better get back out there, Kat. I will see you around,” he says walking off toward my mother, who was now scolding Angie for walking off the field.
When training finishes, my mother calls me over. The polite but simmering glare on her face tells me she is upset about something, and trying to not let anyone else know. When I reach her, she grabs my arm, pulling me aside and away from prying ears.
“For someone who is meant to be lying low, you seem to be grabbing the Alpha’s attention. Kat, we talked about this. You need to stay away from him and his Beta. We can’t afford for people to know just yet,” she scolds.
“Well, maybe if you told them I wouldn’t have to hide,” I snap back, “and it isn’t like I sought him out. He approached me.”
“Attitude, young lady. I won't handle disrespect,” she growls, and I roll my eyes, regretting it instantly.
“Katya, you may be my daughter, but that doesn’t mean you will get away with slacking off, now ten laps of the oval,” she orders.
“What? Come on, mom, you can’t be serious,” I argue back when his sandalwood scent hits me. Alpha Ezra walks up behind me and stops beside me. He obviously saw our dispute which just makes this entire scenario even more embarrassing.
“Everything okay?” He asks my mother.
She bows her head in respect before glaring at me. “Yes, Alpha it will be. Now go Katya,” she says, pointing to the edge of the field.
I take my sweatshirt off before tossing it at her. She can’t be fucking serious. Why was she being like this? My mother growls, catching my sweatshirt and pointing to the edge of the field. “This is bullshit,” I hiss, stomping off.
“Make that twenty,” she calls out. I groan but go to the edge of the field, cursing her name to the moon goddess.
“Keep going Kat and it will be thirty, now start running!” I roll my eyes and start doing laps as she shrieks, blowing her damn whistle. Jasmine does a couple with me before getting tired and sitting down.
My legs burn by the time I’ve done fifteen and my lungs feel like they are about to explode. Stopping, I brace my hands on my knees trying to catch my breath, my mother blows her whistle, grabbing my attention and I look over at her, sweat drenching me and even my shirt is sticking to me.
“Five more Kat.”
“Five more, Katya,” I mimic under my breath while glaring daggers at my mother. I peel my saturated shirt off, tossing it on the grass and leaving me in only my black sports bra.
“You want me to add more?” My mother calls out. I shake my head and continue running around the oval. As I run past the bleachers, I notice Alpha Ezra is still here and watching me. Unease prickles up and down my spine. Something has pissed him off, and I bet I knew what the answer was. What always seemed to be the answer in my world. Me. I wondered if he figured out I had no wolf and was useless to the pack.
Once I've finally conquered hell, I feel like a demon. My face is burned red like I'd been outside in the sun all summer and my breath comes in such short pants I sound like I am one of those squeaky dog toys.I stumble over to my mother and collapse on the grass beside her. Let her see what she has done, what she's caused to happen to her precious child.She glances over at me, barely acknowledging my plight at all. "Let this be a lesson to you, Kat. All of this is for your own good. I'm not about to go easy on you. I never have and never will. It'll just make you a bigger target."She stares at me as if she expects me to reply, fat chance of that happening. I am still trying to calm my racing heart and breathe normally again as I raise my arms over my head. Maybe I am going to have a heart attack, I'd just die at her feet. That will teach her."Seriously, I don't know what got into you? Did you really think I would let you talk to me like that in front of everyone and get away with
I stayed in my room all night. My parent’s judgy eyes are too much to handle, so I go to bed early. Waking up the next morning, my mother is screaming for me to hurry up. I quickly race around getting dressed in record time, even for me, throwing on the first things I lay my hands on, which happens to be jeans and a bottle green shirt. Maybe I should have paid attention to the shirt, green really isn’t my color, I think, staring at my reflection in the bathroom mirror while brushing my teeth. “Katya, Now!” my mother yells.Damn it no time to change shirts now, I spit my toothpaste and rinse my face before racing downstairs.“Really, Katya. Did you sleep through your alarm?” My mother scolds as I race toward the front door where she is waiting, keys in hand. She passes me an apple and I grab it, taking a bite as I follow her out to the car. Yep, instantly regretting that first bite, toothpaste and apple is definitely not a pleasant combination.On the drive to school, my mother give
EzraKat rushes from the room and Mateo glances over his shoulder as I watch my mate leave. She is completely unaware I am her mate. I know her family is hiding something, something I am eager to find out. If she wasn’t my mate, I might have reconsidered letting them into my pack. Something is definitely amiss. They packed up everything and left the second strongest pack in the country, one her parents had built a life with. Why? When the request first reached my desk I was a little shocked, and more than a bit suspicious. For all I knew, that asshole Jackson was trying to plant spies in my territory. However, taking two of his strongest members was too good an opportunity to pass up. I knew if they did turn out to be spies, I could handle it. Our feud has lasted generations, and I have no desire to end it anytime soon. Something is still off with their story, running from the pack because her mother hit Jackson's daughter. Sure, they would have been punished for it, but fleeing the
Katya Twenty Minutes EarlierHaving escaped the Alpha’s office for detention, I walk to training. As I pass by the gym, a hand darts out and jerks me into the locker room. I stumble back and whirl to fight my attacker, a gasp escaping me. I frown as I come face to face with my mom. The tension in me fizzles out, replaced by curiosity. "Geez, you scared the crap out of me," I chuckle, wiping the back of my hand across my forehead. “Mom?” I ask when she continues to stare down at me. She glances around making sure the locker room is empty and so do I, while wondering what is going on, when she turns her stern expression back to me."Where have you been?" She hisses at me. Huh, she knows I had detention. What’s got into her and why are we hiding in here?"Detention, where else?" I answer."I looked for you, and you weren't in detention with Angie, I know because she got palmed off on me." "No, I was placed in the Alpha's office."Her eyes go wide. "What, why?" Worry and anger battle i
EzraMy mind races as I pace the hospital room and watch as the Doc gives Kat some injections and hooks an IV up to her. My blood is boiling trying to figure out how she got wolfsbane in her system. Shirley stands by the far window, her brows furrow in worry, her thumb and finger pinching her bottom lip as she watches the Doctor."Get out!" I tell everyone but the Doctor, the two nurses instantly rush out the door. Shirley lifts her head to look at me but remains, tears roll down her face as she looks on at her daughter who is unconscious, laying on the hospital bed covered by the clinical blue hospital blanket. "I said get out!" Shirley looks at me startled."She is my daughter. You can't make me leave her," she scoffs."Until I find out how she ingested wolfsbane, no one goes near her," I tell her. Shirley doesn't budge; I am two seconds away from tossing her out myself."Get the fuck out of this room now!" I scream at her, forcing my Alpha aura over her. She whimpers, turning her
With one last parting glance at my petrified mate, I follow Shirley out of the room. Gripping her arm, I drag her away and out of earshot of Kat, not wanting this to cause her any more distress than is necessary. Hearing the door shut, I glance back, seeing Mateo close it to keep her from listening in.However, turning back to the woman whom I know is responsible for injuring my mate and almost killing her, I find her glaring at me. "My daughter is your mate, isn't she?" Shirley demands, her tone of voice does not sit well with me. She is lucky she is my mate's mother because if she were anyone else right now I may have killed her for what she has done."You don't demand answers from me. Why would you poison your own daughter?""I told you why, she needs to build up a tolerance," she replies while folding her arms across her chest. She looks away from me."That’s not good enough. Where did you even get it from?" Wolfsbane is banned in our pack, from most packs. Her heart rate skips a
KatyaMy mother, seeing my panic, rushes to me. I try to breathe around my tight chest. He isn’t letting me go home. Does that mean I am being banished because I have no wolf? Does he know? Did he figure it out? “What did you do to her?” My mother demands. “Nothing, you have five minutes,” he tells her before leaving the room and shutting the door. “Calm down Kat, breathe,” my mother tells me, clamping her hands on the side of my face trying to stop my panic attack. “Breathe, sweetie, breathe,” she urges, trying to ground me.“He is making me leave you. He knows,” I whimper.“He doesn’t know, but you will be staying at the packhouse with him until I can be trusted,” I shake my head and her grip tightens. “Breathe, I need you to calm down,” she tells me and I nod, closing my eyes and I try to control my breathing.“He will find out, he will find out and make me leave, mom,” I whisper. I have never spent a night away from them. I have always had at least one parent at home. “Please,
Hopping out of the car, I follow the Alpha and he holds the door open, motioning for me to enter. Stepping inside, Beta Mateo is waiting in the foyer with my backpack when we arrive. He hands it to me but Alpha Ezra takes it before I can grab it, throwing it over his shoulder before leading me up the stairs to the second floor of the building. He walks me down the long hallway. Multiple doors run along both sides, I can only assume they must be other bedrooms. Walking to the last door next to yet another flight of stairs leading to the third level, he opens the door revealing a bedroom. “You can stay in here, if you need me just follow the stairs on your right, they lead to mine and Mateo’s bedrooms,” he says. He walks inside and places my bag on the edge of the double bed that has a fluffy dark blue comforter with softer blue cushions and gray headboard. The room is nice, nicer than my bedroom back home and all the furniture is made of oak.“You remember where the bathrooms are, an