“Help!” I whimpered, as my legs began to spasm. The hospital was dark, no one seemed to be around.
My legs were in agony, a fire raging through them. I couldn’t help but scream out in pain. The doctor comes running in. The hospital lighting up as the doctor tries to pump meds into me. But nothing helped. Nothing stopped the burn.
“What’s going on?” Alpha Colt practically shoves a doctor out the way to look at me.
“They are trying to reset.” I hear the doctor call out
“Why now?” Alpha Colt yells back over the top of my screams.
“It’s past midnight.” The doctor yells back.
I was officially eighteen and my body was making me suffer. Instead of shifting, my wolf abilities had kicked in and my body was trying to heal. My bones were snapping and resetting correctly.
“Then help her!” He demands.
“We can’t, this is her wolf trying to correct everything.”
“Make it stop!” I beg through the tears. This was worse than the car accident. At least I hadn’t felt the pain, just shock.
“Lilah, look at me.” It was an order, but there was no way I was giving into him. Not now, not like this. He grabs my wrist, a wave of sparks travels over my skin. The mate bond was already kicking in. There would be no escaping him now.
“Lilah, it will be over soon.” He tries to reassure me as I rip my hand out of his hold. I didn’t want him touching any part of me. Not at the moment.
Grabbing my face, his Cobalt blue eyes stare into mine. It was odd, just like when he had found me after the car accident. Like his gaze instantly calmed me. I couldn’t pull away this time.
“Make it stop!” I beg him as the pain shifted from my legs to my back
“I promise, it will be over soon.” He speaks to me in a soothing tone.
A wave of sickness builds up inside of me. I couldn’t tolerate the pain any longer. I felt lightheaded as the room started to spin.
“She’s going to pass out!” I hear the doctor yell.
When I open my eyes, I am no longer in the hospital. Instead I find myself in a large bed. Attempting to spread out, I realise my wrist is still cuffed, this time to the metal headboard.
“Crap!” I rattle my wrist, pulling on the cuff, but even as a wolf now, I was still weak.
Looking around the room, I could make out the sound of running water. It was coming from a door. My guess was that this room had an ensuite. There was an oak dresser with a small mirror opposite the bed. Blue curtains draped at the large windows, but other than that, there was nothing here. The room was practically bare.
“Good Morning!” He was so chirpy, just like the doctor. I inwardly groaned as he sat on the edge of the bed. “Happy Birthday!” He beams at me, his eyes shining.
“You need to watch your language! I tolerated it when you were hurt, but it has to stop now!”
“You need to fuck off!” I retort as he hovers over me.
His blue eyes darken and a snarl escapes his lips. “You need to learn to do what you are told!”
I closed my mouth, deciding now was not the time for another comment and he pats me on the leg, calling me a good girl.
“My legs don’t hurt!” I sounded more surprised than I intended too.
“They shouldn’t, not now that you have healed.”
I kick my legs about on the bed, never had I been more grateful that they were working again.
“I need the bathroom!” I mumble, suddenly aware of my very full bladder.
“No funny business!” he snaps at me as he unlocks the cuff and points to the ensuite. I slam the door, only for him to push it open.
“Door stays open!”
“Are you serious? I’m not allowed to piss in private?”
“Nothing I haven’t seen before.” He smirks at me. Retreating back to the edge of the bed where he could see me. The comment infuriates me and it’s made worse when he starts laughing to himself.
“I have a right to privacy.” I snap as I finish and exit the bathroom
“You have a right when you have earned it. Until then, you do as I say. Got it!” My hands clench up into small fists and he just laughs. “And what do you hope to do with them?”
He grabs hold of my arm, pulling me back to the bed and cuffing my wrist again.
“You are such a bastard!” I shake out my arm, ignoring the sparks that his touch had created.
“I’ve been called much worse!” he shrugs his shoulders, and winks at me..
“What the hell do you want from me?”
“You will be my mate, you will stand by my side and you will do as you are told.” Spitting at him, the smile fades from his face. His hand wraps around my neck, his eyes laser focussed on my own. “Try that again and see what happens!”
His eyes drift down to his hand around my neck. The smile returns as quickly as it faded.
“I could just mark you now. Make you mine whether you like it or not. After all, you have always been mine.”
“Who wants an old man like you?!” I snarl. Every Alpha that mum and I had met had been in their late forties. Some even in their fifties. Though I have to admit Alpha Colt didn’t look it. He looked exactly the same as he did all those years ago.
“Old? I’m twenty seven!”
“You have to be old to be an Alpha.”
“I was twenty when I became the King of Alpha’s.”
Calling him old had clearly touched a nerve. But weirdly, I was also impressed that he had become the King at such a young age.
He lets go of me. Scowling, he moves to the door. “I have some meetings and then I will be back to celebrate your birthday.”
“I don’t want to celebrate it.” It wasn’t worth it if my mum wasn’t here. “Least of all with you.” I add, making sure he understood how annoyed I was.
He growls at me before slamming the door on the way out. I needed to find a way to get out of here.
“Don’t try anything stupid!” His voice rumbles through my head, sending a shiver down my spine. The link between us was in place. He would be able to find out anything he wanted. If I ran away he would find me. If I lied, he would know. I was fucked!
He had left my book beside the bed. It was stacked on top of others. Some that I had read before, others I had never heard of. But they were all from the same fantasy genre. The gesture was kind but I just couldn’t see Alpha Colt doing such a nice thing. Not after everything mum had told me.
When Alpha Colt returns, he doesn’t even look at me. He strips off his shirt as he moves to the ensuite, tossing it in the laundry basket. Just as the door closes, I see the large tattoo on his muscly back. It covered his entire back, I couldn’t quite work out what it was and wondered if it had hurt.
There was also scarring up his left side. Running from his rib cage downwards. His joggers blocked me from seeing anymore and I briefly wondered what had happened. How had he gotten the scar,
Moments later I hear the water running. He reappears, telling me that I need a shower. He wasn’t wrong, I stank, but I wasn’t going to give him the satisfaction of seeing me naked.
“Maybe later.” I muttered, turning a page of my book.
“There is no maybe about it. Do I need to hold you under the water myself?”
Glaring at him, I slam the book down on the bedside table.
“You can’t make me do anything.”
A low rumble comes from him, but I refuse to break eye contact. He needed to know that no one could make me do anything. Well, accept my mum.
He pulls the key from his pocket, unlocking the cuffs. Stupidly I thought he was letting me have some freedom. He wraps his arms around me, pulling me from the bed and pressing my back against his chest.
“You need to learn to listen, Lilah. You need to learn when to keep that mouth of yours shut!”
He steps under the shower, holding me under the water. Refusing to move no matter how much I kicked and screamed.
“For fucks sake Lilah.”
The problem wasn’t the water. It was what his touch was doing to me.
Lilah’s POVI was mortified. My body had reacted against my wishes, crumbling under his touch. The tighter he held me, the more I craved him. I couldn’t stop it. Waves of desire rippled through my body. It was why I started kicking and screaming. I had to hide what my body was doing. I didn’t want him to know how much I hated it and enjoyed it.Alpha Colt ends up dropping me on the floor of the shower. My clothes were soaked from the water. Clinging to my body, no longer hiding how my bones stuck out. He doesn’t care. How could he? He was heartless. He throws a bottle of shower gel at me.Giant tears roll down my cheeks. I quickly wipe them away. Alpha Colt turns his back on me, shaking his head and walks out of the ensuite.I didn’t care if he could see me through the open door. I didn’t care that he was watching me. This man had ruined my life, he had taken everything from me.Hugging my knees to my chest as the water trickled over me. I no longer fight the tears and let them flow.
Alpha Colt’s POVOpening the door, I find the bedroom empty, the windows wide open. The curtains blowing in the wind.“Fucking moron!” I curse myself. I hadn’t handcuffed her again, believing that she was locked safely in the bedroom. It hadn’t occurred to me that the windows might not be locked.Leaning out of the window, I pick up her citrus scent. She was alone, no one had helped her. Though I was impressed that she had landed without hurting herself. Lilah wasn’t exactly in the healthiest condition and it wasn’t a small drop to the ground either.I call out to her through mindlink, just as I see a foot disappear into the forest. She doesn’t respond. I was both annoyed and surprised that she was already trying to escape. I thought she would have at least waited until she felt better.“Stupid fucking girl!” I mutter.Storming through the packhouse, I bump into Alpha Wyatt. For once, Juniper wasn’t hanging off his arm.“Is something wrong?”“Lilah has taken off!”“Oh! You’re going af
Lilah’s POVHis knock comes at the bedroom door. He musky oak scent wafting in through the small gap under the door.“Fuck off!” I shout, making it clear that I didn’t want him anywhere near me. He steps into the room, his eyes on me as he shakes his head.It had been three days since he had brought me back here. He had kept me locked in this room all day every day. If he wasn’t in here with me, I was cuffed to the bed. There was no way that I was escaping this time.We hadn’t talked about what he did. We had hardly spoken about anything. The only thing he had done was explain what a Rogue was. Mum had never mentioned them. You would think she would have told me about Lycan’s and wolves that are banished. Especially when she wanted me to look after myself.The lack of knowledge made me feel stupid. Alpha Colt tried to tell me that it wasn’t my fault, but it didn’t change how stupid I had been. Or how close to death I was. I should be grateful that Alpha Colt saved me. Instead, I could
Lilah’s POVMy mouth drops open. I knew I couldn’t. The Moon goddess had been so fed up of mates rejecting each other over the years. Over two decades ago wolves and Lycans began to discover they couldn’t reject each other. She had made it impossible for us to say those words. There was always a reason she chose the couple.“I…. I….” I try to say the words, but they don’t even form. “Can’t, can you?” He cocks an eyebrow at me.“Li….Lil….Lilah” I keep trying. Hoping that the words would start coming. I was stunned into silence. When I couldn’t even get out my whole name.“Trust me, Lilah. I tried. For the first year of you being on the run. I tried over and over to reject you, because you were a child. But I couldn’t. For some reason, the Moon Goddess wants us to be together. I know you hate it. I feel it with every fibre of your being. You make it more than clear that you don’t want to be around me. But I promise, I will never hurt you.” He smiles and shoots a wink at me “Not unless
Alpha Colts POV“A psychopath?” No one had been brave enough to call me that too my face.“Yes! That’s exactly what you are. A Fucking Psychopath!” She practically spits out the words.“Why would you even think that?” It’s not what I want my mate to think of me. I don’t want her to hate me. I don’t want her to fear me. But here, right now. She finally tells me what she thinks.“Mum told me everything I need to know.”“Your mother didn’t know me!” I fire back, trying to keep my cool. “She knew enough.”“And what was that, Lilah? What shit did your mother tell you?"“That you are a killer! You destroy everything. You hurt everyone around you.”“I saved you from that Rogue, Lilah. He would have eaten you and he wouldn’t have killed you first. He would have snapped a limb off. Just a little at a time. A finger. A thumb, maybe your hand. Would you rather I let that happen to you?!”She doesn’t answer me. Her grey eyes finally looked away from me. It was harsh, but it was the truth. I was
Colt“Traitors?” She mumbles.It was a harsh word in the wolf world. It was just as bad to the Lycans. It meant they had committed the greatest crime. A crime that meant only death was the answer. There was no coming back from it. There was no way you could ever ask for forgiveness. Everyone would want you dead.“Yes Lilah. They both were. You are the daughter of traitors. Do you understand now why I had to protect you?”“No, I don’t believe you. You have to be wrong.”Standing up, I hover over her. Deciding how to play my next move. I was done with skirting the issue. Sitting next to her on the carpeted floor. She doesn’t recoil, she doesn’t flinch even when my arm brushes against hers.“Lilah, how do you think I became the King?” I had never known a wolf to have so much denial. I had to find a way to make her understand how serious her situation was. How serious it still is!“Your dad would have died.” She mumbles, keeping her eyes in front of her.I let my hand fall on to her bare
Lilah“AAAHHHH!”“Hey. Hey, it’s just me.”It takes a moment for me to catch my breath. My heart races as a naked Alpha Colt holds his hands up in defence.“What the actual fuck?!”“Lilah, just chill.”“You want me to chill? Really? I think I have a right to be fucking mad at you, you wanker.”“Watch your mouth, Lilah. I have already warned you more than once.”“You better not have fucking touched me!” I was so mad. Climbing out of the bed, I snatch the blanket with me. Holding it around me even though I was wearing his giant tshirt. I felt violated.“Lilah, this is my room. My bed. I think I have been more than generous by sleeping on the floor. Besides, you loved me being in bed.”“I fucking hate you!” I storm towards the ensuite, fully prepared for him to follow me. As expected, he is right behind me.“Lilah, you were the one who curled into me. Not the other way around.”“I wouldn’t do that. Not after you called my family traitors.” I was finding it so hard to keep my eyes focuss
Alpha ColtShe doesn’t run. She’s hunched over on all fours, sobbing. Her anger, her hurt, her grief, her sorrow. I felt it all.“Lil…”“Don’t fucking touch me.” She throws herself away from me. Her grey eyes narrowed in pure hatred. “This is all because of you!” “Fucking hell Lilah. You’re trying to blame me for something your parents started. If they had never plotted against my father, we wouldn’t be here. You would have grown up and found out I was your mate anyway.”“You are un-fucking-believable.” She stands up, wiping the tears from her face.“Why Lilah? Why am I?”She doesn’t speak. But I could feel her inner battle. A mixture of hatred and desire. “You want answers, Lilah. I can give them to you. But you won’t believe me.”“It’s your word. They don’t even get a chance to tell me.” She mutters.Leaning against the car, I watch how she looks out over the hills. Trying not to look at me. Her hands shoved into her pockets.“I knew your father quite well. He seemed genuine, alwa