Both looked at me sniffing the air, and I knew they were werewolves and high-ranking ones.
"Alpha Ezra requests your presence at the packhouse immediately," the man with dark hair that was shaved on the sides says.
He appeared to be in his early twenties, and by the authority oozing off him. I could tell he was a Beta. His eyes darted to me for a few seconds, and he looked me up and down. A strange look on his face. Was he angry? I couldn't tell, but whatever the look was on his face, he masked it quickly.
"This is your daughter?" He asked, not even trying to hide his dislike as he spoke; I guess I saw anger then.
"Yes, this is my daughter Katya, and I am Derrick," my father says before holding out his hand.
"I didn't catch your name," my father says, drawing the man's attention away from me. The man grasps his hand, giving it a quick shake.
"Beta Mateo, this is Alex, one of our Gamma's," He says, introducing the other man; he was around the same age with blonde hair that hung in his hazel eyes. Both of them were huge, around the same size as my father.
"I hear you used to be a Beta at your old Pack," Mateo says, and my father nods.
"Good, we could use some help training some of the pack members if you're up for it?" He says, and my father nods before introducing my mother to him.
"This is Shirley, my wife and mate."
"Nice to meet you," my mother says before shaking both their hands. The Beta's eyes kept darting back to me, his anger gone now, but he looked confused every time he glanced in my direction.
"If you follow us, we will escort you to the packhouse, so we can place you with someone until the property is available," Mateo says before turning on his heel and getting in his black BMW. We hop back in our car before following him through the sleepy town.
"See how nice they are? This will work out; it has to," my mother says a little too enthusiastically. Clearly, she missed the look the Beta gave me.
We followed their car all the way to the end of town before pulling down a road that went into the forest. Following it for another ten minutes. We stopped on the horseshoe driveway in front of a massive sandstone mansion.
There are three levels of windows with bushy green hedges out the front. It had huge arched windows and vines that grew along the stone walls to the roof. I hop out of the car, looking up at the packhouse. It was definitely more lavish than the one back home.
Beta Mateo led us up to the white door before opening it. Inside had white marble floors; a hallstand sat along the wall near the entryway with a big expensive-looking vase. My mother looks around in awe. Two staircases led to the landing above that overlooked the floor.
We walk toward the door between both stairwells; I see some bench seats next to it, and Mateo knocks on the door before I hear a deep voice telling him to enter; that same voice sent a shiver up my spine.
Beta Mateo slips through the door, closing it behind him before returning and telling my mother and father to go in and for me to wait in the foyer until called. I waited for what felt like hours before my mother came out sitting next to me. The packhouse was pretty quiet, and we saw no one walking around.
"He is just speaking with your father. Then he will want to speak to us individually to make sure our stories are the same," my mother tells me.
"What story? They banished us because of me," I whispered to her. He was going to find out; he was going to find out and kill us or, worse, make me leave without my parents.
"Shh, calm down. Everything is fine. He probably won't ask you much because you're our child," she says, trying to calm me down. I could feel tears brimming, and I quickly wiped them away.
"What did you say?"
"Just that they were going to banish us. It's not lying; it's the truth. The Alpha doesn't need to know why, and he doesn't need to know you don't have a wolf, Kat. She will come. You'll see," my mother tries to reassure me. I nod, knowing there is no point in arguing with her.
"And if she doesn't?"
"She will," my mother says, and I hang my head. I would be the biggest disappointment, which made my stomach twist painfully.
My father steps out and nods to my mother; she wipes her hands on her jeans before getting up, walking into the office, and closing the door behind her.
"He will just initiate you into the Pack. It isn't so bad, you just need to drink his blood, and you will feel the pack link snap in place," my father says.
Gross, I think to myself. "What about the old pack?"
"That will hurt a little once you pledge to him, like a migraine. I won't lie to you; it even brought me to my knees," he says, and I hear my mother suddenly cry out. My father jumps to his feet, head snapping toward the door. I listen to soft murmurs before seeing the silver door handle jiggle before the door opens. My mother stepped out, clutching her head. My father was at her side, instantly helping her to her seat.
I take a step back, not wanting to endure whatever she just did. "Kat, you need to go in," my mother says, pulling herself together with her fingers gently rubbing her temples.
I shake my head, scared. My mother was the strongest woman I know, and if it hurt her that badly, I knew it must be painful.
My father comes over, grabbing my arms. "Kat, we did this for you, moved for you. This is the only choice we have to remain together, so I need you to do this for us," he says, holding my gaze.
"Is everything alright out there?" I hear the Alpha call out. I look to the door in a panic.
"Please, Katya, once it's done, it's done. It stops, I promise. "I let out a breath and nodded. My father steers me toward the door. My hand trembles as I grip the door handle and push the door open, keeping my head down as I close it behind me before looking up at the Alpha.
The Alpha was looking at some documents at his desk. He had dark hair longer on top and shaded on the sides. He looks up, and I freeze. He sniffs the air slightly, a growl rumbling from his chest as he grips the desk so hard his knuckles turn white. His caramel eyes flicker to the beast that resides within him.
He was very handsome, a five o'clock shadow, full lips, and a strong jawline. He smelled nice, like the forest after it rained a strong woodsy scent. I would guess he was around his mid-twenties by looking at him.
His body relaxes slightly, and I notice claw marks on his tabletop where his fingers were. He beckons me closer, and I force my feet to move, his eyes watching my every move.
Shit! could he smell I have no wolf? Does he know I am basically human? The tight set of his jaw clenching and how he was watching me made my blood run cold with his flickering eyes. He knows, and he is going to kill me.
"You can sit," he says, nodding toward the chair beside me. I stared at it before sitting on the edge and looking back toward the door where my parents were waiting. Turning back to face the Alpha, I find him watching me again. "Your name is Katya?" He says pronouncing it correctly; most people don't the first time. "Yes, Alpha," "You can call me Ezra," he says quickly, and I nod. "How old are you?" "Seventeen," I tell him, and he nods before looking at some documents, which I see are my mother's and father's paperwork, along with my birth certificate. He picks it up, looking at it. "You turn eighteen soon? You will be able to find your mate. That's exciting," he states, his eyes flicking back to me. I say nothing. No one will want me; I was basically human with the added difference of heightened senses. "You go to school; I
The next day, Beta Mateo awoke us early in the morning. Hopping in our car, we followed him, and he drove us to the outskirts of the small town we were now going to live in. The house was more of a cottage and had a wide veranda out the front and a gravel driveway. The house was lovely and cozy, nestled amongst the trees and away from the Pack and town. Hopping out of the car, I make my way inside, along with my father. Beta Mateo unlocked the green wooden door before handing the keys to my father. "Are you sure you want to live out here? There are plenty of empty places in town that may be better suited for your needs?" He asks. "No, this is perfect, thank you, Beta," my father replies. "We are of the same rank, and honestly, you have been doing this a lot longer than I have. You could probably show me a thing or two. Just call me Mateo, and welcome to the Pack," he tells my father before pa
"Does the Alpha help with training?" I ask Jasmine. "Yeah, he comes every day to help train us if he isn't in meetings. Training is compulsory no matter age and gender; also, the school is short-staffed at the moment," I watch as Angie, the girl Jasmine told me to avoid, runs across the field towards the Alpha, clinging onto him like a leech. "Yeah, Angie has a thing for the Alpha. Seems to think he will choose her as his mate," Jasmine says, and I nod. For some reason, seeing her cling on to him annoyed me a little, but I shoved it aside. I didn't want any trouble with her, especially if she is as bad as Jasmine claims she is. "How old is the Alpha?" I ask. He looked pretty young compared to my last Alpha, who was in his fifties. "twenty five, he is a good Alpha, strict but fair. A lot better than his father, who was a complete asshole." "So he took over the pack when
By the time I finally finished, my face was bright red, and my breathing was coming in short pants as I collapsed on my back on the grass beside my mother. She looks down at me. "Just remember, Kat. I am doing this for your own good. I go easy on you; the rest of the kids will be hard on you. Also, I couldn't exactly let you talk to me like that and get away with it, especially in front of other students; you need to work with me here," I try to catch my breath, raising my arms over my head, feeling like I was going to have a heart attack. "But I did nothing; he approached me, not the other way around," I whine, everything hurting. "Doesn't matter next time; watch your tone," my mother says before stalking off. "Shirley, can I speak with you please," Alpha Ezra says, making me turn my head to the side to see him walking over to her. "Of course, Alpha," my mother says. A
I stayed in my room all night. My parents' judging eyes were too much to handle, so I went to bed early. Getting up the following day to my mother screaming for me to hurry. I quickly raced around, getting dressed and racing to the bathroom to brush my teeth. "Did you sleep through your alarm?" My mother asks as I race toward the front door, her keys in hand, where she was waiting. She passes me an apple, and I take it, biting into it as I follow her out to the car. My mother gave me one of her lectures about coasting through the middle and not drawing attention to myself and Yadda Yadda the entire drive to school. I tuned her out, mostly adding occasional nods and hmm noises, so she thought I was listening. When I get to school, I find Jasmine waiting for me. "Hey, Kit kat," she says, waving to me. "Kit kat, really?" I ask at the nickname she has given me. "Yes, I like
Alpha Ezra POV I watched my mate leave, completely unaware I was her mate. I knew her family was hiding something, something I was eager to find out. If she wasn't my mate, I might have reconsidered letting them into the pack. Something was amiss; they left the second strongest pack. A pack, her parents built a life with. When I got the request, I was a little shocked but also blinded by the fact I could take them from Jackson. Our feud goes back generations, so given the opportunity, I took it. Derrick was well respected, and so was his mate Shirley, yet I never heard they had a child, and it made me curious why she was kept a secret. I could smell her strength, her genes strong, but something was off with her, too, despite her potent scent. "She is your mate, isn't she?" My Beta, Mateo asks. He was my best friend since we were old enough to walk, always stuck by me and I, him.
Katya POV Walking to training, I was suddenly jerked into the locker rooms as I passed them. A gasp of fright left my lips, not expecting to be grabbed. Spinning around, I come face to face with my mother. "Geez, you scared the crap out of me," I chuckle. But she was staring down at me with a stern face I didn't like. "Where have you been?" "Detention, where else?" "I looked for you. You weren't in detention with Angie." "No, they placed me in the Alpha's office." "What, why?" "Because that is where he told me to go." "Don't use that tone with me, young lady; now listen, today is wolf training." "Okay, I will tell them I am sick," I tell her, but she shakes her head. I watch, horrified, as she pulls something
Alpha Ezra POV I watched as the Doc gave her some injections and hooked an IV up to her. My blood is boiling, trying to figure out how she got wolfsbane in her system. "Get out!" I tell everyone but the doctor. Her mother remains, tears rolling down her face as she looks at her unconscious daughter. "I said get out!" Shirley looks at me, startled. "She is my daughter; you can't tell me to leave her." "Until I find out how she ingested wolfsbane, no one goes near her," I tell her, but Shirley doesn't budge. "Get the fuck out of this room now!" I yell at her, forcing my Alpha Aura over her. She whimpers, turning her neck in submission before rushing out quickly, the door banging loudly as it swung closed. I sit on the side of her bed, Doc frantically trying to hook a fluid bag up to her, his hands shaking nervously, and I drop