I watched her escape the diner. I heard her heart rate spike when I told her my name. She has every right to fear me, but I don’t want to scare her. My wolf wanted her. All of her, and so did I. Never in my life have wanted something as much as I wanted her to be mine, but what was the most interesting thing about her was the fact that she could fight my Alpha’s voice. I could tell by the look on her face she wanted to submit, but she was also determined not to reveal anything about herself. Her scent radiated fear. It took all my strength not to chase after her and mark her. The bloke behind the counter came over and introduced himself as Marcus, pulling me out of my thoughts. He smelt human. We gave him our orders before deciding to move over to the table and chairs, where I know the girl Lily always sits after school. Zane raised an eyebrow at me when I moved but followed anyway.
“So, what’s the plan then?” he asked.
“Well, if she won’t talk, maybe her daughter will,” I stated.
Marcus brought our food out, placing it in front of me. I looked down at my food and started eating. It was good. After about half an hour, the door opened to the diner. As predicted, the little girl ran straight for her usual spot directly across from us and started getting her homework out. We finished eating while they were gone, but I flagged Marcus down and ordered more coffee and a hot chocolate and cookies. When he placed the coffee on the table, he went to place the hot chocolate and cookies down. I shook my head and pointed to the girl. He quickly placed them down in front of her and thanked me before placing a kiss on the girl’s forehead and walking away.
I could feel eyes on me. I knew my mate must be watching me carefully to see if I was going to hurt her pup. The girl looked up and smiled before thanking me. She set out to do her work, and after a few minutes, my mate brought her over a sandwich, placing it on the table in front of the girl as she looked at the girl’s work.
“Where is Zoe?” asked the girl.
“She is still at the doctor. That one is incorrect, try again,,” she said, pointing at the page at some math work before walking away to serve some new people who just walked into the diner.
I turned back to Zane. “You should head back to the office; I’m going to stay here for a bit.” Zane nodded before standing up and leaving. I watched Lily struggle with her homework before getting up and sliding into the booth sitting across from her. She looked up at me with her blue eyes and chubby cheeks. She was adorable, her blonde curls hanging down around her face.
She looked up at me. “Hi, thanks for the hot chocolate,,” she said. I just nodded and looked down at her work; she was doing three times tables. Really, they make kinders do times tables now? I then proceeded to grab the little bags of sugar from the jar on the table and set up three lots of three and told her to count them, she looked down and using her fingers, she counted all nine.
“Nine,” she said happily.
“Then that’s your answer,” I said to her, pointing at her page. She started using the sugar to help work out her math problems while I watched. After a while, I asked her some questions.
“So, what’s your mother’s name?” I asked, pointing at my mate who was standing behind the counter, her eyes glued on me.
“Aria, but she isn’t my mum, she is my sister,,” she said while still looking down at her page.
“So where is your mummy?” I asked, taking a sip of my coffee.
“She died when I was born. Ari looks after me. Has since I was born,” she stated matter of factly.
“What about you dad then?”
Lily got all nervous. Her shoulders slumped, and her heart rate picked up. She was scared. I could smell it on her coming off in waves, so I quickly changed the question.
“How old are you and what grade are you in?”
She immediately relaxed. “I’m six, and I’m in grade one.”
“And your sister?”
“Ari is nineteen.” So, she has been looking after her sister since she was thirteen? What about school, I thought to myself.
“How old are you?” she asked.
“How old do you think I am?” I asked in return. She smiled.
“Old,” she replied. I laughed at her answer. Kids always say the first thing that pops into their minds.
“I’m 28,” I told her.
“So, you are old.” She giggled.
“You won’t think it’s old when you are my age. So, it’s just you and Aria?” Lily looked up. I could tell she was mind linking. Her eyes glazed over before she nodded. I knew her sister would have been listening in on my conversation.
“Aria said I shouldn’t talk to strangers.” I looked over to her, she was talking to the owner who just stepped in. Lily noticed my stare, looked up, and saw Zoe. She squealed before running over and wrapping her arms around the woman’s waist.
I observed my mate. I could tell she was very protective of the pup, but there was something else I just couldn’t put my finger on it. I knew she was a wolf, but she didn’t seem quite as affected by the mate bond. I knew she felt it when I touched her, and she leaned in, inhaling my scent, but most wolves can’t help but be all over each other like an elastic band that keeps pulling them back together. But for the most part, she seems unaffected unless she is close to me.
“She hasn’t got a wolf,” Ryder spoke up in my head.
“What do you mean she hasn’t got a wolf. She is a werewolf?” I asked him.
“Yeah, she is, but she has no wolf. I have tried talking to her wolf, but it’s like there is a blockage, or maybe her wolf died somehow.” I could feel his sadness spilling into me at the thought of her not having a wolf, so I pushed him to the back of my mind.
Aria came over to clean the table. It was now dark outside. She placed Lily’s stuff in her bag before wiping the table over.
“Aria,” I asked.
Aria’s POV “Aria,” he asked while I tried to clean the table as fast as possible. “That’s your name, isn’t it?” he said, reaching out and grabbing my hand before standing up and pulling me into him. He lent forward and ran his nose along my chin to the crook of my neck. The sensation made me shiver. He smelt so good it made my mouth water, made me want to lean in and touch him. I reached up and put my hand on his chest, inhaling his mouth-watering scent. I heard him chuckle softly before he kissed my cheek softly, which sent sparks all through me. “Why do you smell different than a normal wolf?” he asked, which then snapped me out of my trance. I quickly stepped back. He looked upset for some reason and took a step toward me, I quickly grabbed Lily’s bag and walked fast back behind the counter. He did not leave though. He sat at
Reid’s POVLeaving home early, I decided to head straight to Joe’s Diner, not bothering to send Zane today. Besides, I also had a meeting at 9:00 with Alpha David. Seeing as we have cleared his rogues, he wants my men off his territory now.I was extremely tired. My wolf kept me up most of the night. Even now Ryder was starting to become agitated and restless, and I had been struggling to keep him contained. All night he kept telling me something was wrong but did not know what. Getting in my car, I drove quickly, ignoring the speed limit, not taking me long to arrive at the small diner. Parking the car on the curb out the front, I got out and went in. I was greeted by the owner, Zoe. She was a nice lady. I sat at the counter, looking around, trying to see if she was in. Zoe came over, placing a mug of coffee in front of me. Reaching for it, I took a sip. After about an
Aria’s POVThe next morning, I woke up, and Lily was already dressed for school, quietly waiting, leaning against my side. Sitting up slowly, my body ached. I reached for my watch glancing down at the small screen that said 9:30 AM. “Shit, we are already late,” I told Lily.“I tried to wake you; we missed our bus,” she replied, putting her shoes on and trying to tie the laces herself.“Come here,” I said. She walked over, and I quickly tied her laces. “Pass me my uniform please, Lil.” She quickly did as I asked, passing me my clothes. Putting my bra and panties on, I reached for my blouse Lily was holding. As I moved, I could feel my wound reopening. I slowly placed my hand over it, trying to hold it together. Lily helped me put my black slacks on and my shoes. I quickly
Reid’s POV As soon as I saw her walk to the back, knowing her shift was about to end, I couldn’t help myself, I followed her. I stood in the doorway, watching as she bent down to remove the clothes from the dryer, completely unaware I was watching. She bent over to grab the last of the clothes, and my dick instantly went hard as I stared at the shape of her plump ass in the air. I reached over, placing my hand on her hips, and she instantly froze. I watched as she sniffed the air slightly, spinning her around so she faced me. I pushed my body against hers. I could feel her skin heating up under my touch. This is the reaction she should have had the moment we met, but she is only affected when I’m close or touching her. Curious to see her reaction, I ran my hands up the side of her body and into her hair before grabbing a handful. I pulled it back so her face was looking dire
Aria’s POVWalking up the long driveway, Lily moved in my arms, waking up. I placed her on her feet. The night was cold, and the walk home took longer than usual since I was still in pain from the gash on my ribs. It was starting to get cold, and the breeze made it a little chillier than normal. I could smell an earthy aroma telling me it was going to rain later. When we were nearly all the way to the Pack house, Lily looked up at me tugging on my hand, I looked down at her.“Can I run ahead please? I really need to pee.” I chuckled at her; she was wriggling around while she walked.“Go on then.”She looked relieved and took off running towards the Pack house, which was only about ten metres away now. I watched her run up the steps and into the Pack house.
Aria’s POV Waking up when the ute came to a stop, I laid under the tarp, frozen. Listening carefully, I could hear music blaring loudly and lots of voices. I was not sure how long we had been in the tray because not long after our escape, I had given in to exhaustion. When I was sure the coast was clear, I stuck my head out from under the tarp, trying to find anything that might tell me where we were. We were in a parking lot. Looking out, I could tell we were at a bar, one that I had never heard of, so we were not on Black Moon territory, but where were we exactly? Feeling Lily move beside me, I clamped my hand down on her mouth. She looked up groggily at me as I motioned with my finger to my lips telling her to keep quiet. When I heard voices, I quickly stuck my head down and back under the tarp lying motionless. The voices stopped right next to the tray. The voices sounde
Reid’s POVDeciding to leave the diner, I mind linked Zane. “I want everyone on the lookout for Aria and Lily.”“Everything okay, Boss?”“Yes, I just need answers. I had an interesting conversation with Zoe, the owner. She told me a few things that aren’t making any sense, but she won’t say anything else. I will explain when I see you. Just find them and bring them back to the Pack house. Is there any news on which Pack they belong to or last names?”“No, Boss, whoever Aria is, someone has gone to great lengths to keep her hidden. Same goes for Lily. There are no birth records for Aria, not even banking information. Zoe must pay her in cash, and Lily’s records are sealed seeing as she is a minor. Public records wouldn&rsq
Aria’s POV The ceiling, I remember the ceiling. All I can see is the fluorescent light above my head, shining brightly down on me, making a bead of sweat run down my neck. My head is pounding against my skull, heart throbbing in my ears. I could not remember if I were asleep or awake. I only remember the ceiling. Were my eyes already open or did I open them? Turning my head to the side, my head felt heavy, and my limbs felt like they were held down by weights. The whole room appears to be white. Too bright for my eyes, so I close them. My eyelids felt heavy, and I was trying to concentrate on breathing, sucking a big breath in to fill my lungs before I let it out again. Hearing a single click, I try to turn to look in the direction it came from, but I felt too heavy. My throat felt raw and dry like a desert. Inhaling the air slightly, I force myself to roll onto my side, whe