~~PRESENT DAY — 76 YEARS LATER~~
The massive entrance to the FROST MOON PARK swings open, revealing an expansive expanse of wooded terrain.
The brave sentinels stationed at the entrance courteously bow, to which Leo Pierce reciprocates with a gracious nod. The vehicle proceeds down the vast asphalt path that leads into the woods.
As Astrid gazes out the window, she is awestruck by the breathtaking scenery. The regal verdant trees dance gracefully to the rhythm of the tempest wind, and the melodious chirping of the birds permeate the atmosphere.
The scent of damp earth lingers in her nose, and the sun's radiant beams pierce through the leafy canopy, casting a warm glow. The gentle rush of water cascading over rocks adds to the symphony of nature.
Astrid takes a deep breath, the picturesque panorama in front of her soothing the turmoil in her heart. After losing her mother to cancer a fortnight ago, she resolves to move in with her father— a man she was never acquainted with and who was absent from her life when she was growing up. How could she refuse if it were her mother's final wish?
She realized it wasn't his fault he missed out on her childhood because he was unaware of her existence until two weeks ago.
Despite this, she felt a pang in her chest—a pang of my hurt and resentment. Why hadn't he tried to find her mother all these years? Why hadn't he been there for her?
Astrid craved paternal presence all the time, but she wasn't fortunate enough to have one. Now, her father was beside her, she was oblivious of how to act around him. He was a downright stranger to her.
After about five minutes, Leo arrives at a parking lot in front of an elephantine duplex. They both alighted the car at the same time, and Leo beats her to securing her luggage from the trunk.
"You don't have to do that. I can carry my things, myself." Astrid spoke for the first time since they embarked on their journey.
Leo disregards her declination and hauls her luggage into the edifice. Man, he was going all out to gratify her.
As they entered the splendidly adorned abode, they encountered a middle-aged woman and two youngsters lodged on the couches.
Astrid reckoned that the woman was his wife, whereas the younger people were her step-siblings—who obviously despised her. The resentment and rage in their eyes were discernible.
"Hi, good afternoon!" Astrid mutters, tentatively. She received no response but revulsive glares. Great! A vindictive step-mom and step-siblings. Her life couldn't be better!
A younger woman enters into the sitting room clutching a platter bearing two cupcakes.
"You must be, Astrid. I'm Elena. Here have some!" Elena offers her a pancake, but Astrid was hesitant to take it. What if she had laced it with poison? She couldn't trust anyone in this family, asides her dad.
Elena's countenance transforms from joyfulness to gloominess, suggesting feelings of disappointment and sorrow. Her once radiant smile was now replaced by a frown.
"It's not poisoned. If you don't want it, it's alright—"
Astrid felt guilty after witnessing Elena's abrupt change in expression. To alleviate her guilt, she decided to accept the cupcakes, albeit with the hope that they wouldn't cause any harm.
"I do want it!"
Astrid savors a generous slice of the cake, expressing her enjoyment with a delighted moan. The taste was divine.
"Do you like it?" While biting into her pancake, Elena's face lights up with a smile.
"Yes, it's delicious!" With glee, she responds.
"I'm glad you like it!" Elena lets out a giggle, excitedly.
"Did you make this?"
"I'm terrible at cooking. The last time I attempted to make one, I almost burned down the house. Good thing mom came to my rescue—"
Astrid nibbles on her lips, sucking back the tears that impended to trickle down her eyes. Her mother was her world, and it stings knowing that she would never see her ever again.
Astrid missed her profoundly, every single thing about her, her screams, her laughter, her scolding, her guidance, her smiles, her humor.
With her infectious smile and warm personality, she easily won the hearts of those around her. Despite facing various challenges in life, she never let it dim her radiant smile. She remained a beacon of positivity, uplifting those around her.
However, beneath her cheerful facade, she carried the burden of a heartbreak that she had been nursing for years. The pain of losing the love of her life, knowing that he could never choose her over his mate, weighed heavily on her heart.
Astrid looked up to Alice as her inspiration, her unwavering source of strength, and the driving force behind her ambition to be the best version of herself.
Now, the woman she held closest to her heart had passed away, leaving Astrid feeling lost and alone. The absence of Alice's warm smiles was something Astrid could never grow accustomed to.
Each passing day felt like an endless cycle of agony, as if she were trapped in a never-ending nightmare that she desperately pined to awaken from.
Leo stood motionless, feeling a lump form in his throat as he let out a sorrowful exhalation. He did love Astrid's mother immensely, and they had planned to get married, although his family didn't accede to his marrying a human.
He was predisposed to go against the world for her. Eventually, his unwavering commitment convinced his parents to bless their union, and they were on the verge of tying the knot when he met his mate.
Leo remained steadfast in his decision to choose Alice over his mate, causing her to feel intense guilt that plagued her day and night. She couldn't stomach driving a wedge between him and his mate. They were mates for a reason.
As a result, she made the difficult decision of ditching Leo's life for good, without revealing that she was carrying his child.
As her life drew to a close, Alice's earnest desire was to see Leo one last time and express her remorse for deserting him, for concealing his child and for not being courageous enough to fight against fate, even though he was eager to do that.
Astrid couldn't be merrier granting her mother's wish, and she departed this world a joyous and gratified woman, in the presence of the two people she cherished the most.
Even in her last moments, her mother's face was radiant, her eyes glinting with love for her father, her pale fingers entwined in his as she sealed her eyes and breathed her last.
Astrid was moved by the genuine smile on her mother's face, unburdened by the pain she usually concealed. She vowed to treasure that memory of her mother for eternity.
"Elena, please show Astrid to her room."
Astrid proceeds to hoist her suitcase, but Elena grabs her hand and pulls her back.
"Please don't refuse, I'll assist you with that. No is never an acceptable response to me."
Astrid chuckles with mirth. "I figured."
Elena guides her up the gilded stairway and into a grand, stately hallway. The corridor alone was twice as large as her previous home. A blue 3D epoxy flooring coating was used to cover the floor.
Astrid gazes at the various varieties of fishes, dolphins playing in the ocean, sea urchins and sea weeds lounging on the ocean floor, and crustaceans swimming gleefully, among other marine creatures and sea plants.
The floor beneath her feet appeared alive, and it seemed to teem with oceanic life, emitting a palpable buzz of activity. Its captivating design gave the impression that she was treading upon the very surface of the sea.
The serendipity and quietude of the hallway calmed her racking nerves. The pristine white walls aglow with the radiance of the chandelier's kiss.
She was mystified by the enchanting and exquisite decor, making her question if she had stumbled upon a mere dwelling. It resembled more of a regal abode or celestial paradise! Could this be the very place where celestial beings feasted and harmonized in melodious tunes?
Twisting the door knob of the peach-colored door, Elena gently nudges the door open, uncloaking the interior of the room.
Astrid jaw drops upon seeing the inside of her room. The flooring consisted of spotless and glistering golden-white marble tiles. The walls were adorned with a gentle shade of apple green paint. Green was eternally her favorite color, as she ceaselessly admired nature.
The alabaster colored ceilings in the room were adorned with recessed fixtures, providing ample lighting. Adding to the ambiance, a radiant chandelier hung from the ceiling. A king-sized bed settled against the wall facing the entrance.
A massive plasma TV was mounted on the wall near the entrance. To the right of the room, there was no visible wall, but instead, an open sliding door displayed a grandiose balcony. The thought of sunbathing on the balcony was enticing.
Not to mention, the spectacle was captivating. She could see the trees whirling in the wind, the birds flapping their wings in the sky, and surmounting the verdant forest landscape was a territory with a mountainous terrain.
"Where is that?" She questions, her fascination was piqued.
"It's the Dragon's lair."
"Of course, it's just a moniker; there aren't any actual dragons. Almost 100 million years ago, they became extinct."
"How about we go over there and find out? Who knows? We could find a really sexy dragon." With a cunning grin forming on her mouth, Elena utters.
With cynicism and a look of skepticism, Astrid rolls her eyes. "There is nothing like a sexy dragon, and they are all dead. Did you design all of this?" Deliberately changing the subject, she inquires.
"Yes. Dad wanted you to feel at ease, so he asked me to recreate the design of your old room. Simple but lovely, perhaps a little extravagant."
"You consider this a little extravagant? This freaking opulent!" Astrid furrows her brows at Elena with incredulity. The entire room exuded wealth and extravagance.
"More is due to you. What do you expect, really, being the daughter of a multi-billionaire?"
"Dad is a billionaire?" She clamps her mouth tightly, perplexed that she had addressed him as her father.
"Yes, dummy, now do you like it?"
"Do I like It? I love it. Thank you." She enswathes her sister in a warm embrace.
"You could accompany me to a party tonight, you know, to get away from everything," Elena suggests with a smile.
"Whose party is it?"
"It's our gamma's Felicity party!"
"Gamma? Like gamma rays? You guys celebrate that?" Astrid probes, mystified.
"Oh, I forgot. You know nothing about our world — yet. Dad would enlighten you about that. Now back to the party, they are gonna be countless hot dudes there. You should try to get laid, it's a good stress reliever!" Elena winks, a roguish smile gleaming on her face.
Astrid's face heats with abashment, a red tint staining her cheeks. "Getting laid is not a bad idea. It's been months since I last had sex."
"What? That's a fucking long time. How did you survive that long? I would die within a week if I don't ride a dick!"
Astrid chortles warmly. "Funny!"
"We need to single out a dress, a hot one."
Elena opens one of the two doors on the room's left wing, revealing a massive walk-in closet. Astrid marvels at the room's abundance of expensive clothing and accessories.
There were sessions for shoes, casual wear around the house, dressy attire for outings, and revealing dresses. There was also a selection of designer bags and pricey jewelry. For the love of God, this was lavish enough to establish a boutique!
"Suit collection?" Astrid is bewildered, causing her to crease her brow.
"What? A suit would unquestionably be useful if you were to land a job. Don't you like it? It took a whole week to get everything ready." Elena pouts.
"I adore it, undoubtedly. That you could assist me in this manner without having any prior knowledge of me is perplexing!"
"You are my sister, sweetheart. For you, I would do everything."
"Wow, thanks a lot. And how did you know my size, anyway?"
"Dad sent a picture of you. I noticed that we have similar builds and heights, however, the only disparity between us is that you possess more curves and exude a sexier vibe than I do." She winks.
"Astrid's face turns from plum blossoms to blood-red. "Shut up!"
"And by the time I'm done priming you up for the party, you would have men kissing your feet!"
"Why did you bring her here, Leo! When I plainly told you I didn't want her here?" Charlotte thunders with umbrage. She bites down on her lips until she tastes the metallic flavor of her blood in her mouth. She abhors Astrid and her mother exceedingly. Astrid was the painstaking remainder of something that could never truly be hers—All of him. A fragment of him belonged to Alice, and she despised it. Charlotte endlessly had to battle for his love, although Alice ceased to be by his side anymore."As my daughter, she has every right to reside here. Moreover, considering the recent loss of her mother, it would be highly appreciated if you could show her some compassion.""Do you know how worthless it made me feel knowing my husband could never wholly belong to me? I could never supersede the love you felt for her, howbeit we are destined mates. And now, you bring the child of the woman I detest? I would never consent to it!""I strived to love you with the same intensity as I love her.
Blaze sensed it the instant she entered the hall—the unmistakable feeling that she was his mate. With a fierce growl, he acknowledged the connection, and his inner wolf, Wade, eagerly sought to take charge.Blaze had the urge to possess and brand her without delay, yet he managed to restrain his impulses and tame his inner wolf.Despite his wolf being ecstatic, Blaze wasn't thrilled, as his mate was just a human. He had always envisioned having a formidable Luna who could hold her own in combat, not someone who was vulnerable and in need of constant rescue.Blaze considered her unsuitable to be his Luna and Queen; therefore, he planned to reject her and sever the mate bond before the party concluded. He observed a gentleman approaching her and requesting a dance, to which she obliged.As he beheld her orchestrate a coquettish dance with another man, a tumultuous mix of rage and jealousy boiled inside him. Despite her human fragility, he begrudgingly acknowledged her stunning allure. E
"Do you sense it, mate? Can you feel my arousal? Do you feel how hard you make me?"A moan escapes from her mouth as he captures her delicate breasts and enfolds them in his gentle palm. Her voice sounded so foreign to her."While you can't become my Queen, I can still use you as my slut!" She was nobody's slut! Astrid wanted to holler that in his face, but her voice had deserted her. She was horny beyond speech.Blaze's hand reaches for her thigh, running a finger along her inner thigh until it nearly brushed against her delicate flesh. The sensation sends shivers up her spine, causing her to tremble at the mere touch of his finger against her skin.Without even realizing it, Astrid spreads her legs further apart, granting Blaze greater access and permission to explore the area she craved his touch the most.Blaze grins, holding on to the wet fabric of her panties. She exhales loudly and eagerly, craving his caress on her needy flesh. He inches into her neck, planting kisses and trail
"Grind my cock!" He orders, with a deep, gruff voice.As she begins to move languidly against his erection, a rush of pleasure courses through their bodies. Their breathing barrels and their hearts races as moans of pleasure escape from their lips.He guides her hips with a firm grip on her buttocks, intensifying the sensation of her wetness sliding along his member."Fuck me please!" With a look of lechery in her eyes, she releases a pleased cry. She pines to be penetrated by his manhood, consumed by the overwhelming urge for satisfaction.Blaze gently strokes the head of his member against her moist opening, tantalizing her craving channel while gradually delving into the abyss of her heat. After initially penetrating her, he remained for a brief period, grinding firmly against her pubic bone, his cock gently stirring inside her. Astrid savored the sensation of having her small opening stretched around his massive manhood, and the overwhelming sense of fullness. She couldn't help b
"Oh, yes, Alpha! I have been a bad girl. Please punish me! I am yours to fuck however you desire!"To prevent her from mirroring his movements during the sexual act, he seizes her neck and confines her body against the wall.An overwhelming sensation is produced by the sound of his balls slamming against her buttocks and the moist sounds of his cock diving into her warm, velvety hole, which reverberates throughout the room. Being driven by passion, he preys on her like a rabid beast.An incredible surge of ecstasy crashed into her, engulfing her like a tsunami, leaving goosebumps to prickle all over her body. Every deep stab into her moistness was met with hysterical squeals from her. He was fucking her the way she liked to be fucked!Her inability to lift her hips to follow his movements was agonizing for her. He made it his mission to completely dominate her. As she approaches the pinnacle of her excitement, her vaginal walls repeatedly grasp his member as she trembles against his st
"I…" As she nibbles on her lips, her eyes which were filled with longing lock onto his luscious pink lips. An intense craving to savor their taste once more consumes her.And in a sudden burst of carnality, fueled by the fierce connection between them, she gives in to the potent passion that flows between them and kisses him fervently, igniting an inferno of passion that engulfs them both.As they kiss like two star-crossed lovers who had been apart for too long, Blaze's eyes expand in astonishment, lust, and another sensation that he is unable to identify races through him.She reaches for his soft hair with anxious hands, combing her smooth fingers through it as she intensified the kiss and entwined their tongues in a languid, passionate dance. She pulls and nibbles on his bottom lips until he became a panting mess.With a frantic motion, he breaks away from the kiss, berating himself for being so inexplicably attracted to her! Pathetic mate bond! Perhaps being intimate with her was
"Astrid," he calls out her name, a hint of seduction in his voice. "Such a fitting name for someone as stunning as you. You truly are divinely beautiful, as your name suggests," he says."May I also know your name, Alpha?" She inquires, "I assume you don't go by just Alpha!"Blaze lets out a light laugh and replies, "My subjects address me as Alpha, they wouldn't dare use my real name. Only my closest acquaintances are permitted to use my given name. However, you may refer to me as Blaze.""Okay, Blaze. But let's stop talking and get to the action. Fuck me, Blaze. Fuck me with your tongue and then your cock!""What did I tell you about patience? I have mentioned this before, Astrid. You need to work on your patience. Impatience would only get you severely punished." With a voice filled with desire, he speaks with a sultry tone, expressing his longing to be immersed in her moist embrace.She receives a firm spank on her inner thigh as a reminder. The sensation of pain mixed with pleasu
“Now, where were we?" With a flirtatious smirk and a wicked grin, Astrid questions."Nowhere. We were nowhere!" He gives a frantic reply. He gets off her and the lies beside her.Astrid couldn't contain the laughter as it burst out of her lips. She had been suppressing it for a while. She was amazed that he actually believed her. The expression on his face was priceless, and she had to hold back from laughing earlier."It's not funny!""Wait, you actually believed me? You're so gullible. I was just kidding. I would never actually do something like that. As I mentioned earlier, it would be a shame to have such a fine cock separated from your body. Why would I even do that?""How would I know? Perhaps so you could put it in the fridge and use it whenever you want!""Gross. You're crazy and funny, Blaze. Who the fuck does that?""People, I guess!" He shrugs. "Why settle for just a piece of you, when I can have all of you?" She climbs onto him, straddling his waist.Astrid leans in close