"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.
"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 take it?" I nod, chewing on my thumbnail.
"Yes, I finish this year, well I am supposed to."
"You'll be finishing school," he states, leaving no room for argument. I press my lips together.
"You don't like school?"
"Does anyone like school?" I ask in return, and he smiles.
"I liked school. I am surprised you don't since you are a beta's daughter," he says.
Yeah, the school was great till they found out I was a freak, I think to myself.
"Your parents have already explained your reason for leaving, that you had a run-in with the Alpha's daughter, and your mother hit her?" He asks. My mother was taking the blame; I kept my mouth shut to stop the risk of being caught out in a lie, although technically that was true, just not the reason we left. I swallow nervously, thankful he was paying attention to the document in front of him.
"Hmm, yep," Please ask no more questions; I suck at lying, not my strongest point.
"Good enough for me; I can't stand Alpha Jackson. I should put the prick down," Alpha Ezra says, not even trying to hide his dislike for my old Alpha.
"Come here," he says, standing up. I jump out of my seat, taking a step back. His eyes snapped to mine at my sudden movement.
"I won't hurt you; I would never hurt you, Katya," he says, holding his hand out to me. I hesitate before I place mine in his. Tingles spread across my palm, and I jerked my hand back, looking at it.
"Sorry, must be static," he says, grabbing my hand again with a smile playing on his lips, making him look even more gorgeous. He pulls me toward him.
His hand was warm, yet the strange tingling sensation didn't stop. I looked up at him, thinking it was odd, only to find he was watching me again. He was tall, and I only came up to the center of his chest. He was wide too, all hard muscle as he towered over me.
He bites his wrist, offering it to me, and I stare at it. He can't be serious; I tried to picture him offering his wrist to my father, awkward. That's also when I notice two glasses stained with his blood on the desk, making me look at him; he wants me to drink his blood from him. Why do I have to play bloodsucker?
"Times ticking, little one, hurry up," he whispered, pulling me closer and wrapping his arm around my waist before bringing his wrist to my lips.
"Oh, God no," Shoving the thought of what I was about to do away, I grabbed his wrist, and I could taste his saliva on his wrist. His blood, surprisingly, didn't taste bad. Not something I would go out drinking. I definitely would suck if I were a vampire, but it didn't make me gag. It was sweet tasting, or maybe that was the taste of his skin, I wasn't sure.
He pulls his wrist away but doesn't let go, holding me close to him, his arm tightening around my waist. He bent down a little, so his face was closer to mine, his voice soft below my ear.
"You now need to pledge to me," he whispers, and I nod, the heat from his hard chest pressed against my back seeping into me and warming my skin.
"I, Katya Hartley, pledge my loyalty and my life to Alpha Ezra. "I stop not knowing his last name. Looking over my shoulder at him. His face is so close to mine, and I am stunned for a second by his masculine scent.
"Pierce," he whispers, his lips almost brushing mine. Gosh, he was close, and I thought I saw him smile before turning my face away.
"I, Katya Hartley, pledge my loyalty and my life to Alpha Ezra Pierce of Black Creek Pack." as soon as the last word left my lips, searing pain exploded in my head, making me drop as I clutched it. His grip tightening around me prevented me from hitting the floor in a heap. The chattering of my old Pack, every word spoken through the Mind-link flitting through my head loudly, making my ears ring and a scream to leave my lips.
Just as suddenly as it came, it stopped like the snap of a rubber band.
"You're okay. It's over now," Alpha Ezra's voice flits through my head, making me peek up at him. He smiles back at me, and I stupidly stare back at him, my thoughts becoming muddled.
"Are you good for me to let you go?" He asks, and I look down to see both his arms wrapped around me, just under my breasts. My face heats with embarrassment realizing he was the only reason I was still upright before quickly becoming aware of his hands on my body. Great, I was crushing on my Alpha.
I step away, and he lets go; I watch his eyes glaze over before my mother and father rush in. He must have been talking to them through the Pack-link.
"You okay, see you're fine. I told you it wouldn't be so bad," my father says, fussing over me. I slap their hands away at their fussing. I wasn't a baby. Sometimes they could be a little embarrassing.
"Tonight, you can stay in the packhouse. Tomorrow I will have someone show you to your new home. May I ask why you requested one so far from everyone?" He asks curiously, looking at my father.
"Kat doesn't get along well with others; she prefers being by herself," my mother answers, and the Alpha seems a little shocked at her answer.
"And why is that?" He asks, staring down at me.
"I just like being alone," I shrug. Alpha Ezr presses his lips in a line before looking back at my parents.
"Tomorrow, you can get settled into your new place, and I have already enrolled Katya in school this morning. So she can start on Monday, you can skip the Pack run on Friday and both meet me here Monday morning for work details."
"Pack run?" I ask, and my mother nudges me with her elbow to be quiet, which doesn't go unnoticed by the Alpha.
"Pack runs are compulsory. Why is that a problem?" He asks, and I duck my head down, examining my shoes.
"No problem at all," my father says while chucking his arm across my shoulders and holding out his other hand out to the Alpha.
The Alpha turns his attention to my mother. "How are you with training teenage students?"
"I trained my daughter mostly and older she-wolves, but I would give it a go."
"Interesting. We need an extra hand at the high school if you're interested. That way you can also monitor Katya," he says, and my mother seemed excited about the idea.
"That would be lovely; thank you, Alpha," he nods, staring at me again before looking at my father.
"My Beta will show you where you are staying for the night," he says before walking around to sit back at his desk and dismissing us.
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
Following Shirley out of the room, I grip her arm, dragging her away and out of earshot of Katya. I hear the door shut and know Mateo closed it to keep her from listening in. Shirley, however, turns around and glares at me. "My daughter is your mate, isn't she?" She demands. "You don't demand answers from me. Why would you poison your own daughter?" "I told you why; she needs to build up a tolerance," "That's not good enough. Where did you even get it from?" Wolfsbane is banned in my pack from most packs. Her heart rate skips a beat, and I could smell her fear of answering. "I grew it," she finally admits, stunning me further. Wolfsbane was allowed to grow naturally because we know better to touch, but it was illegal to produce it. "Where and how much have you got left?" I ask before sniffing the air. She looks away defiantly.