Nearly 12 years later
I watched as my sister chased after the kids, she was an excellent mother, a little overbearing at times and always so watchful of everything they did including me. I couldn’t get anything past her. When she had her firstborn, a little boy, they named him Ryker. I could tell her life was moving on for the better, when the twins came along, Arial and Lana when I was ten, I decided to move back in with my father.
Aria had enough on her plate with running the pack and looking after the kids. I often felt guilty about her being forced to raise me but at the same time I’m glad she did. I knew I never would have made it to adulthood without her. My father and I have now built a bond, the way it should have been in the beginning, although I also class Reid as my father giving me two.
When the twins were born, I felt a little out of place. Life moved on, yet I stayed the same only growing older. My life has been thrown into chaos since, my wolf and I never had a chance to bond. Having been forced to shift so young. For years Aria, my father and Reid tried to help me learn how to control her, but nothing we did worked and eventually we gave up trying. When she had control it was hard taking it back from her. My wolf was completely altered, and I don’t think I will be ever able to let her out willingly, she can’t be trusted.
I knew I was a danger to my nieces and nephew so made the decision to leave, it was safer that way, Aria and Reid tried to get me to stay but I couldn’t put that burden and worry on them. Aria thinks she owes it to me to fix me, but she doesn’t realise she doesn’t actually owe me anything. If anything, I owe her for throwing her life away for me. For everything she has done and still continues to do for me.
I still occasionally stay with them, still see them almost daily, I just hate not being at home. Most of the wolves of my father’s packhouse are older and if I lose control, I know they can take me down if needed. I won’t risk that here with the kids present, I would never forgive myself if I hurt one of them.
As I walked through the clearing towards where Aria was playing on the swings with the kids, she looked up, a smile lighting up her face. I waved at her, heading toward them.
Ryker seeing me jumped off the swing mid-air, running towards me despite the panicked look his mother gave him. He was eleven now and looked so much like his father with his black hair and silver eyes, the girls too had black curly hair but their mothers amber eyes. Ryker threw himself into my arms. Catching him we tumbled backwards onto the grass.
“Aunty Aunty” He squealed. I hugged him tight, smelling his hair he always smelt of cinnamon. Aria came over standing over the pair of us looking down at the pair of us on the grass, an amused expression on her face.
“Ryker what have I said about jumping off the swings like that, you could have hurt yourself” Ryker rolled his eyes and I smiled before giving him a wink. He was a wild child always up to mischief, maybe he gets that from me, I thought smugly.
Aria held her hand out and I grabbed it letting her pull me to my feet. She embraced me in a hug before holding me at arm’s length, her judging eyes penetrating as she gave me the once over.
“You have been partying again; you know you need to stop this, you’re about to take over the Black Moon Pack. It’s time to grow up Lily”
I sighed the same lecture every fucking time, doesn’t she get sick of giving the same speech, swear she rehearses it for when I come over.
“Don’t roll your eyes, you know I’m right; you are about to meet the new Alpha of the Crescent Pack today and you smell like a brewery” She scolded.
“Fine I will change, okay” I left out the part that my father and Reid and I had been in discussion already about me standing down. I don’t want the Alpha position. I know with my wolf I can’t be Alpha. Aria doesn’t know this; we have all been hiding it from her though. I think she knows something is up. We have been waiting to let her know, deciding to let it come out at the meeting. I knew she would pitch a fit if she knew beforehand. But we have a plan and today she would find out about it.
“I have already met the Alpha Damien, and I don’t care what anyone thinks. My life, my body. I will do what I like Aria” I argued back. She went to say something, but I beat her to it.
“But if it makes you feel any better, I will change okay” She looked tired, the kids and I suppose the stress of me has caused her many sleepless nights. Yet she still looked the same, no different, never aging along with Reid. Even the other pack members aged slower than most because of their link to her. Aria having Hybrid and Lycan blood had its advantages. My sister was a pure Hybrid. The second last of her kind, her father was born from an original vampire and a Lycan, we only found all this out when her father came back into her life when I was six, when the hunters attacked and destroyed everything including me.
As I walked back into the Blood Moon Pack house, I made my way upstairs to Aria’s room on the top floor. As I was walking up the stairs, I saw Amber, my best friend and accomplice although, I feel Zane sometimes wishes I weren’t such a bad influence on his daughter with my wild ways and partying.
“Lil, are you here for the meeting?” She called out to me.
“Yep, come upstairs with me, Aria wants me to change” I said rolling my eyes. She walked up the stairs with a knowing smile on her face, she had also been scolded a few nights before for sneaking in late. Her father Zane and the Beta of the Blood Moon Pack gave us stern talking to, then he rang my father like he was going to do anything. I only have to bat my lashes and dad was wrapped around my finger. I know he doesn’t like punishing me because of my childhood, so why not play on it.
“Where’s your father?” I asked nervously.
“Probably off with Wendy, doing something” She said.
Wendy and Zane both lost their mates in the war with the hunters, a few years later we were shocked to find out they had been granted second chance mates. Our shock got stronger when they announced they were getting married and were each other’s second chance Mates. Amber was upset at first. No one could replace her mother, but Wendy was a great stepmother and helped raise her, so eventually she came to see it as a good thing.
When we got upstairs to Aria’s room. I walked in not expecting to find Reid getting dressed.
“Shit sorry Alpha '' I apologised, Reid was standing only in his black pants his shirt still undone revealing his abs and V-line that disappeared into the waistband of his pants, he quickly buttoned it up. “All good Lily you know where her closet is” he said pointing to it in the corner of the room. Aria must have warned him I was on my way up, then again Aria never thought I was dressed appropriately and always made me get changed before meetings. So, he was probably used to me helping myself to her clothes. “You’re not gonna scold me too, are you? Because if you are, I will rock up like this” I said cheekily. Reid smiled and shook his head. “No, I’m sure aria will give you enough shit, Are you ready for today?” “Yep, just want to get it over with and th
Shit I am already late. My father has a lazy smirk on his face like he expected nothing less, Reid didn’t even look in my direction at all, he knew I was on my way down. Aria was glaring. I shrunk back under that gaze before realising I’m also an Alpha technically, so I hold my chin high and walk to my seat, ignoring her eyes boring into me. I notice the Alpha from the Forest pack is already here and the Alpha Thomas from the Red Moon Pack, but the Crescent Moon Alpha was also running late. I sat in my seat. I hated the Crescent Moon Alpha, I heard he was obnoxious and liked to sleep around. I met him when we were rescued from the hunters, haven’t laid eyes on him since. Only heard the rumours about how he killed his own father and took over the pack apparently, he is ruthless and merciless when it comes to his pack which is now the biggest pack in the country. I knew he would be pissed when he find
Damien’s POV From the moment I received the call from Reid, saying I needed to attend an urgent pack meeting, I was on high alert. Most Alpha’s have meetings once a year to discuss any territory disputes that may have arisen. We already had that meeting a few months back, I knew whatever it was they had called the meeting for was either urgent or something along the lines of a change of power. I also knew the Black Moon Pack Alpha was hoping to retire once his daughter turned of age to take over the Pack. I had met Lily when I was child myself, a sweet girl noticeably quiet. Did I think she was Alpha material, yes, she had the makings, but I knew there was something seriously wrong with her even if I only met her as a kid, I could tell she had seen more than what most kids her age had, endured more than most kids her age. I could tell the moment I laid eyes on her t
Lily POV I went home and got freshened up, taking a shower before finding some clothes to wear to the party. I quickly did my hair and make-up before rushing out of the pack house. Only to stop when I ran out of the Pack house and straight into my father. He turned around an amused expression on his face. “Where are you going kiddo?” “To hang out with Amber,” I told him, giving him my best innocent smile. He looked down at my clothes. I was wearing a tartan mini skirt and a black singlet. I thought I looked fine, apparently not. “Not like that you’re not” What? Since when did he care what I wore? I went to walk past him, but his hand grabbed my arm. “Go put something else on, I won’t have you looking like a tramp ar
“Whoever touches me is none of your business” I said, shaking his hand from my wrist. His skin felt warm and my skin tingled. I rubbed my wrist trying to get rid of the feeling that was slowly spreading its way up my arm. It unsettled me; I wasn’t sure why but the fact that Layla liked him touching me, made me nervous. I was really starting to wonder what was going on with her, she has never acted like this and around AlphaS she almost seems calm, I didn’t like it. Reminded me of the calm before the storm, like at any moment all hell was about to break loose. Putting my hands on his knees, I stood up and walked off leaving the Alpha and heading towards the esky’s looking for a drink. Brent walked over knowing what I was looking for, he opened up the esky furthest from me. “Lil catch” He said, before tossing the bottle of liquor towards me. I caught it m
My head was throbbing when I awoke. I rolled and stretched like a cat, only to start tumbling to the ground. Strong arms wrapped around my torso pulling me back onto the bed. My heart skipped a beat at nearly falling. I half expected to open my eyes and find Brent, yet it wasn’t him. Tingles spread all over my body giving me goosebumps. My eye’s snapping open to find Damien leaning over me, his chest bare and his face only a few centimetres off mine. He relaxed before rolling onto his back and letting me go. I sat upright, panicked. I looked down at what I was wearing and suddenly felt very exposed. I only had a shirt on which wasn’t mine and my white lace panties that were see through. Horrified, I tugged the shirt down. “Fuck Layla please tell me you didn’t fuck him” I felt my wolf stir slightly like she was just waking up.
Damien POV I don’t know how she does it let alone, how the hell this girl is still alive. I have been following her around despite her many protests and believe me she has had every excuse not to be left alone with me. Every excuse to try and escape me. But Aria and her father have both been constantly on her back, every time she tries to do a runner. They manage to get her convinced to let me tag along. But it was starting to become too much and man she was really tugging on my last nerve. I have watched her party and become that drunk and reckless to the point she blacks out completely. Every night, I have to drag her back to her packhouse, just to force her to sleep it off. I know she doesn’t understand why I am here, but I know her wolf is starting to recognise me. One thing I did find out, her wolf is just as comfortable in their human skin as she is in her wolf skin
Lily POV Waking up, I know something is instantly wrong because I am not in my own bed. I sit up and look over to find Alpha Damien laying next to me fast asleep. At least this time I have my own clothes on. I feel Layla stir coming to life at me waking. “What did you do Layla?” She groggily stirs and starts purring trying to go back to sleep. Throwing the covers off, I get out of the bed. The Alpha rolls onto his back throwing an arm over his face, trying to block the light that is streaming in from the window. I grab a pillow and lob it at him. He grunts from the impact of it hitting him in the balls. Grabbing his family jewels before sitting up angrily. I watch as his face changes colour out of anger. Before he can go on one of his well-rehearsed rants about my behaviour, I lob another pillow which