She was born into a normal family. Her father was Alpha, her mother was a Luna. She had a younger brother who was to be named Alpha when their father decided. Everything seemed normal until the day her brother Andrew started assaulting her. She went and told her parents but because Andrew was future alpha, they couldn’t have his name ruined. She was abused by both her parents, her brother, and anyone her brother had over. She tried to kill herself multiple times, thinking anything was better than this. They would never let her leave. It stopped temporarily when she turned sixteen. Her wolf came forth and revealed a solid white coat and she had clear blue eyes. She was the perfect specimen of a wolf. When Andrew turned a year later and he was nothing more than a brown wolf with normal golden eyes, he became enraged, and the beating got worse. He felt he had been cheated somehow and his wolf, Atticus, agreed. The only thing keeping Crystal’s head up now was that she could talk to her wolf, Aurora. Aurora often told her that the Moon Goddess told her the name of her mate’s wolf. His name was Drake. She just had to find him. Crystal said the worst thing ever would be if her mate was one of the jerks who abused her. She thought surely that the Moon Goddess was not that cruel.
Crystal put up with the abuse in the hopes she would find her mate. She knew that would be the only way she would be free. Over the years, she lost hope. Andrew got worse because her father didn’t pass alpha to him when he turned eighteen. She was now twenty-one and used to the abuse her brother gave. On this day, she felt something different. She was kept locked in her room because another alpha was coming. Alpha Killian of Blood Moon was notorious for his cruel ways. She thought it best to stay far away from others and stay in her room. Her father might give her to him, and her prison would never end.
She watched out her window as Killian’s car pulled up. She gasped as she saw the most handsome man she had ever seen. She cracked her window open to get a better view. From what she could see, he had brown/red hair that blended perfectly in the sun. He was toned and muscular and she wondered how strained his clothes were under his leather jacket. He wore cowboy boots and dark jeans and when he tilted his head up, she saw light green eyes. Her heart twisted and she felt butterflies in her stomach as she caught the scent of rain and cedarwood. Then, she hid from him as he turned and looked right at her. She felt herself blush as she could still feel him staring in her direction.
The minute Killian stepped out of the car, he caught the scent of citrus and honeysuckle. When he looked up, he saw a woman with brown hair and only caught a glimpse of her chocolate brown eyes. He grew furious as he noted the coloration in her skin and concluded that this was the Alpha’s daughter. His mate was the one who is being abused by a whole pack. He knew he wouldn’t be able to get her now. He didn’t have everyone with him. Plus, he didn’t know what they would do to her if they found out what he knew they both knew. His hope was now that she knew that she would find a way to him. He caught her scent throughout his whole meeting and decided negotiations would not work, but he didn’t tell them that. They walked him to his car afterward and he glanced up once more at the window. He knew she was there watching him. His heart hurt to think that she may be thinking her only hope was driving away. He swore to the Moon Goddess that he would find a way to rescue his Luna.
Crystal was losing her mind while Alpha Killian was downstairs. His scent invading her every sense. She wished he would have actually seen her long enough to realize they were mates and save her. She watched him from behind her curtain as he left. She knew that he knew something as he glanced back up to her. She stood and watched as he stared at her through the car window. She broke down and cried as he drove away. She knew he was the Alpha of the Blood Moon Pack and she knew in her wolf form, it wasn’t that far. Aurora could run it, but it would take a lot out of her, but she knew it was worth it. The Moon Goddess gave her Killian Barker as her mate, and she knew why it was all worth it. She had hope, but soon that hope was dimmed when Andrew came in.
“That alpha kept looking your way. To your room when he was in the hall, your window from outside, and even your floor when he stood underneath it. Tell me, dear sister, have you found your mate?”
“Alpha Killian is my mate.”
“You’ll never be with him. I’ll make sure of it and so will father.”
“No, he’ll come back for me.”
“Not if you’re dead.”
Her eyes widened as her father walked in along with Andrew’s friends. This was it and she knew she had to get away. It was now or never, and Killian knew. Even being rejected by Killian would be better than what was sure to come. Without a second thought, she jumped through the window mid-shift.
Her wolf hit the ground, and she heard the glass hitting the pavement next to her. Without evening looking back, she took off in a full sprint. She heard the shouting from behind her and sped her pace up. She’s out and now she made sure it stayed that way. Crystal’s heart raced more than it ever had as she heard Andrew and his friends chasing behind her in their wolf forms. Aurora promised she wouldn’t let them catch her. They would not go back to that life. They trampled over limbs, dodged trees, cleared a stream, and still, they gave chase. As her legs began to tire, the forest got thicker, and she knew she was entering Blood Moon Pack. She could smell him faintly and it gave her an extra boost of energy. They crossed into Blood Moon and his scen
Killian woke up and smiled a bit to himself. The sun was pouring in and the room was warm. Crystal was now in human form and curled up next to him. He admired her naked body but the more he stared, the more he grew furious. She was underweight and her skin was shades of black, blue, purple, and yellow. Not a single part of her was untouched. She had truly been a prisoner in her own home and her captors were her own family. Before she woke up and panicked, he carefully got out of bed and covered her. He walked out the door and locked it. He went straight to the training yards to let out his anger. He didn't want her to see him like that. Jake met him down along with a few others to help him work out his aggression.Crystal jolted out of bed and sat straight up. She began to panic as she didn't know where she was. She caught the scent of rain and cedarwood and she let it relax her. Once she was calmed down, she opened her eyes and looked around, and tried to remember what happe
Crystal saw every shop with Killian following behind. He encouraged her to try everything and feel free to get anything she liked. She hesitated at first, but once she was comfortable, Killian enjoyed seeing her light up in every shop. Killian knew it would take time for her to let her guard down and not be so nervous, but he could wait. A few items had to be sent straight to the house and others, he carried for her.Crystal had never done this before. She went into every shop and got things of her choice without anyone saying she couldn't. Killian just sat back and watched her with a smile on his face. The Moon Goddess knew what she needed and who knew a hardened military alpha would be the teddy bear she needed. She knew this man would defend her and she took pleasure in enjoying her freedom. She bought more things than she knew what to do with. Most of them were clothes she had always wanted and the foods she had wanted to try.After shopping, Killian to
Killian sat in front of the cell that now held Caleb. He was bound in chains and currently hanging limp. He stared at this man and Drake saw red and wanted his blood. He didn't care who he was and what he was doing here. He was from them and he hurt her. He had the nerve to come to look for her here. Jake came up next to him a while later and told him Crystal was in his office and needed to speak to him. With a hard sigh, Killian stood up and walked to his office. He knew what Crystal wanted and knew he couldn't say no to her. She needed to watch him fall.Killian walked into his office and she was in his chair. He walked over and sat on the edge of the desk. He looked at her and just nodded. She stood up and followed him out and down to the basement. She felt a thrill seeing Caleb strung up. She wanted Killian to know how she felt and asked him to be standing back where Caleb couldn't see him when he woke. She wanted him to just see her and let him dig his own grave. Killian
Andrew paced his dad's office. Caleb hasn't been seen or heard from since he left to find Crystal two months ago. He had to be dead. There was no other way to explain it. He was getting more and more furious and his wolf, Atticus, was growing tenser and tenser."I bet she watched.""Andrew.""He was the worst. The things he did to her were the worst out of all of us. If stories are true, Killian beat him to death.""That could be an act of war.""So, what are we going to do?""I'll contact Killian.""Why, so he can invite you and then kill you.""Andrew, get out, now."Andrew stormed out of his dad's office and went for a run. He was fuming. How dare that little bitch watch his beta die. She would pay for it.Crystal sat in bed with Killian. She was wearing nothing but a shirt this morning as Killian brought her breakfast in bed. He was picking a suit to wear to meet with the alph
Crystal woke up the next morning not remembering the last time she slept so good. As she moved, she noticed Killian was still asleep next to her. Without waking him, she slid out of bed and into the closet. She stared at herself in a floor-length mirror and fingered her mate mark. She loved seeing it there on her neck and knew nothing could ever hurt her again. She smiled to herself and dressed for the day. Once that was done, she checked on Killian and noticed the heavy rise and fall of his chest, and decided to let him sleep. She walked out and went downstairs and headed for the kitchen. No one knew that they had marked each other, so when she came down, everyone noticed. Jake ran into her on her way out the door to head to the bakery."Well, what have we here?""Good morning, Jake.""He marked you.""And he has one similar to match.""Congrats. It's about time, but I know why the hesitation. We all do.""Truthfully it happened because I w
Crystal couldn't even go outside without feeling like she was being watched. She knew Andrew couldn't cross into her pack lands but his threat was fresh on her mind. She sat in the library huddled in the corner, too afraid to leave the maze of shelves. She sat up against the wall and felt the panic creeping up on her. She closed her eyes and began whispering that it wasn't real and she was safe. Andrew couldn't touch her anymore. Her breathing became heavier and she began to rock as the memories swarmed in and threatened to snuff her out. When she thought she couldn't handle it anymore, she smelt the rain and cedar scent. She began to relax as the scent got stronger and she knew he was getting closer to her. When she had the strength to open her eyes, he was knelt down in front of her. He had a concerned look on his face and reached out his hand."You can't keep doing this, baby.""I can't help it. I feel safe here when you are gone.""Which is why all my busine
Crystal sat in the garden with Kellie eating lunch the afternoon before the ceremony. Kellie had settled in nicely and loved having the freedom that Blood Moon did."It's so beautiful here, Crystal. And so peaceful. I'm glad you found your happiness, Crystal.""This can be your happiness, too.""I rejected my mate.""That doesn't mean you can't be happy. You know you wouldn't have been with him.""I know, but I'll never have a mate.""That doesn't mean you can't find love.""That's true.""Plus, who's to say you don't have a second chance mate.""Always hopeful, Crystal.""I have to be."Just then, Brandy walked over to them."Pardon the intrusion, Luna.""Speak freely, Brandy. You know better.""I'm sorry, Crystal. The Sea Cave Pack is here.""Killian?""Still dealing with the Drak Woods Pack.""Very well. Will you two accompany me?""Of course.""Jak