Book 2 of Mated to the Rogue Alpha. After her father’s death, Karina was seen as cursed/ a bastard due to her questionable birth. On her own, she was cornered by several of her pack members and physically and sexually assaulted. Unable to take it anymore, she ran away from her pack. She lives alone, carrying the scars of her assault and has a distrust for traditional packs due to their bigotry and values that harmed her mother and her. After she meets Connor, she spends one night with him irregardless of knowing that and left, assuming that he would hate her for her rogue nature. She conceives a child and goes to another city only to cross paths with Leo and Isabella who invite her to their pack. She agrees and lives with them, adjusting to a pack made out of rogues and making friends along the way. She gives birth to her son and calls him Levi. Everything turns on its head when whilst attending to Isabella's visitors, her long lost mate and the father of her child is among them.View More
Karina.By night time, in the end I opted to not go, receiving my food in the rooms once more. There was still a slight twinge of guilt that followed me immediately after, but strangely enough, something in me told her that she wouldn't mind.‘Connor would though’. I thought to myself. It was evident, considering his visit today. I wondered if his mother told him of my arrival. Would that change his opinion?Whatever. I didn't care. Clenching my jaw, I pushed away all thoughts of him.Our mate bond was no longer recognized by either of us and now, he was keeping his distance. It was evident from his curt appearance today and the day before, if his announcement wasn't already a dead ringer. I wouldn't care about his opinions so long as they didn't involve Levi and his well being.From now on, we were more like co-parents. Focusing back on the food, I smiled to myself as I noticed the little ingredients I helped prepare with her. The reminder made me smile slightly.Today wasn't the be
Karina.I stepped out, looking around the lavish hallways to find nobody in sight. This was the first time I was out.Flashback.“We need to talk.” He said.I let him in, taking a step back to fold my hands defensively.Despite my posture and the sound of his words, confusion flit through me. ‘What on earth did he want to talk about?’ It had been less than a day since I saw him last, and the last time he'd already stated he was here solely for Levi. Nothing explained this moment then.“You didn't come downstairs for breakfast.” He said, making me sick in my breath quietly.His eyes and tone didn't seem accusing at all, rather neutral and soft, but the implication was there as well as the question.I cleared my throat slightly, trying to stave away my nerves before I spoke.“I'm still recovering. Jetlagged and… Levi,” I spoke the last part lamely, eyes moving to the polished crib, silently apologizing for using him as an example yet again.“Is that it? You weren't trying to avoid us?
Karina.The next morning, I woke up lethargic and panicked. It took time for my memories to come back until I processed that I was no longer in my bedroom.Levi had kept me up for most of the night. It had been late when I'd finally gotten reprieve. Moving to his cot I smiled to myself at his sleeping face. Now he was at peace for the time being.On the other hand…I tore my gaze away from him to the unpacked luggage from the day before. A sigh left me immediately.I still had plenty of work to do.Time passed quickly as I dealt with unpacking my luggage, arranging every trinket and clothes I brought from home to the path I visualised. By the time I was done, there came a knock on the door.I snapped toward it immediately. Was it Connor again? I pondered the question, dropping the clothing hanger as I rushed toward the door, opening it to see…‘Oh.’It wasn't him. Instead, a young teenage girl stood at the doorway, seemingly meek.“Excuse me,” she muttered. “The former Luna called m
Karina.I stepped into the house in silence, shifting my gaze around whilst trying to not make it too obvious. The place was truly luxurious yet somewhat minimalist.“Please sit.” They gestured to the large couch in the living space.I did so accordingly, shifting slightly and doing my best not to fumble as they did the same.Levi, despite being asleep was like a shield, wedging a distance between me and the rest of them. Guilt flooded me at the thought, but I pushed it away.“Connor had told us about you.”‘Only good things I'm sure.’ I would have joked if not for the tension brewing in me. I looked at both of them interchangeably for a moment before looking down.I could only nod hesitantly, mind brewing for whatever was going to hapoen next.An awkward silence filled the air, capturing is all in its tension for a short minute.“We’ve prepared the room for her.” I heard his mother say. I could tell it wasn't focused on me.“Thank you.” He said just as I finally looked up. “I'm so so
Karina.I felt myself writhing in the darkness. Faces and voices filled my ears. I could barely recall any of them, but I felt myself struggling under their hold.Was this where he was taking me all this time? Where was he? Where was Levi?Slight pressure pushed against me. I couldn't tell where it was coming from, but the more it did, all the things surrounding me faded away.“Ina… up… Karina.”His voice felt faint but so very familiar. What was I missing?“Karina.”“No…” I groaned. My eyes felt heavy as I lifted them, anchoring myself to the real world.As I opened them fully, I met darkness, illuminated by very few lights. I squinted against the darkness as I felt more pressure on my shoulder.“Karina?” I blinked blearily, stretching my neck to face Connor.His face was mere inches away from mine, eyes full of something akin to worry. I wasn't too sure if it was the sleep fooling my eyes or if it was real.“We’re here?” The words slipped out of my mouth as my memories came back to
KarinaThe drive was tense through the silence. Only the sound of the road and the slight breathing in the car filled the empty vacuum, but it wasn't enough. For the first few minutes it was okay, but it had been nearing two hours filled with tense silence. I used my phone to ease the tension, but using it on a drive had never sat well with me, causing me to get motion sick. I had to stop once I felt my belly churn from the pure nausea. When Levi suddenly cried, gaining both our attention, I took the chance to feed him, focusing on something to ignore the tension. Connor didn't say a word throughout, looking away.Now almost five hours had passed without saying a word, and I was getting antsy. Levi was asleep again and rocking him only did so much.No music played to ease the drive. I could sleep in theory, but I was on constant alert, as I always was when going to a new place. It had become second nature by now and I couldn't turn it off, even if I wanted to.The only other option wa
Karina.The last of my luggage was hefted into a couch like all the rest. I wiped the sweat off my face.So much had happened in a rush, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Three days after I made that call, I had to tie up all my loose ends. I had to return to Lola's café, resigning. Whilst Willa was sad, hugging me tightly, Lola acted as expected.“I won't be able to see you go, but you'll always have a place here. Also kiss Levi goodbye for me.” She had spoken.Secretly, I wouldn't tell her that I was banking on her words. I merely smiled and nodded.With a large cup of my favourite milk tea and a hug, I was sent on my way, newly unemployed.Announcing my departure to Isabella and the rest of the pack didn't take long. They were shocked, especially when only a few days before I had announced the vague truth of my identity and being mated to Connor, but they all took it in stride.There was a catch that I hadn't told anyone though. One that was kept solely between him and I.“You
Karina.‘I hope you make the right decision.’‘will that make you happy?’I shut my eyes tightly to ward off the conflict brewing in my mind. There was so much to unpack, but I couldn't do it today.Sighing despondently, I moved to the kitchen, whipping up a quick cup of tea.I had hoped that after Levi's restful sleep, he would adjust once more. Unfortunately, the next day his wails started again. It took a long time and energy to put him back to a good state.I had barely gotten any rest after. Not when my mind was filled with other worries, and especially not after the disaster of a reveal I had the day before.It was the day after, early in the morning that a small ‘meeting’ was held by Isabella at my request. In front of the majority of the people I knew, I revealed that I wasn't fully honest with them. To my surprise however, most of them took it better than I expected, partly.Sam had stormed out after and before I could reach her, she gave me a glare that clearly spoke to avoi
Karina. The wail came out of nowhere. I could barely recognize it as my voice as my knees hit the floor.“He can't take… he can't.”Warm arms wrapped around me. I shivered the moment I felt the contact, shutting my eyes tightly.“Sorry… so sorry.” Words came out clearer. Not in the voices that haunted me but in a sole familiar voice.“Let’s count backwards. Is that okay? Follow me. 1… 2… 3.”She repeated the numbers and I didn't know when I followed along.Slowly, the voices in my head began to slip into nothing. So lost in the motions, I barely noticed that my breathing had returned to normal.I slumped from the exhaustion falling further into her embrace. Despite that her natural scent was another scent, one that further appealed to my senses, I latched onto it. Every whiff of it calmed me down faster.“I’m so sorry, Karina. I should know better… shouldn't have pushed.” Isabella's voice came out clearer than before.Her tone was remorseful, I vaguely realised.It took another minut
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