Faith rushed through the process of drying herself and changing into warm clothes. Although werewolves did not get sick easily, they were not completely immune to all kinds of sickness. And Faith had a special dislike for colds. She hated when her nose was runny and her eyes got blurry from rubbing on them as they got red.
She wanted to avoid having a cold at all costs. She used a hair dryer. It not only fried up her hair pretty quickly but also warmed up her scalp which provided a lot of comfort. In the mirror, Faith had a full view of her light pink hair and lightest shade of blue eyes.
Of course her hair was coloured. It had been that way since she was eighteen and now if someone asked faith what colour her origin hair was, she could barely explain.
She loved her hair though. But her appearance always questioned her being a part of her family. Her appearance did not match with any of her brothers and sisters or parents. Her eyes weren't blue or black, neither was her hair the darkest shade of brown of the lightest black.
Huffing away a strand of pink cotton candy hair away from her face, Faith tried to brush it gently. Carefully avoiding the area that Dea had hit.
The bruise was gone of course. But it was still a little bit sore and swollen. Faith did not want to add on to her problems by being careless. She made her soft hair into a pretty loose braid and pinned up her baby hair with a snowflake bobypin.
Once she was satisfied with her how her hair looked, Faith decided to wear her favourite dress of all time. She didn't know what was going on but she did know that Dea told her to look her best. She pulled out the pink dress from her wardrobe and changed into it without thinking. It wasn't the pink colour that made this dress her favourite but the intricate lace patterns drawn over it!
Faith remembered how she had fallen in love with the dress at first sight. But as soon as Dea saw the price, she refused to her it for her. Faith did not work back then and her allowance wasn't as high as her other siblings so it was not an option for her to buy it on her own.
After a lot of begging, Dea had agreed to buy it for her bout on a condition that Faith's monthly allowance be cut in half for the next four months. The dress was definitely worth the cut on her allowance. She wore it on special occasions only so that she doesn't ruin it.
Whenever Faith wore the dress, she was showered with compliments by others and told that she looked the prettiest in it. Changed and hair done, faith moved on to the footwear. Choosing the right footware was as simple as choosing the dress. The only good shoes that she owned were the crystal studded while flats that Faith had brought with her first paycheck.
After the dress incident, it was only fair that Faith started working to earn some money. Dea wouldn't buy her a lot of things without making her beg for it or straight out refusing. So faith took up a job at the ice rink where she trained small kids how to ice skate!
Ice skating was her favourite sport and since she was so good at it, she decided that it was a good job for her. And the payment they gave her was quiet decent so it was a win win for Faith!
Dressed up, Faith was about to leave her room when the door of her room crashed open, making Faith gasp in shock. She relaxed when she was it was none other than Caren, her sister. Caren seemed to have been born with a scowl permanently drawn on her lips. Or maybe it was because faith only saw her with that expression when she was around Caren.
"How much time do you need to get dressed? Mom is already pissed off at you, don't make her mad by being late! You are making the guest wait!" Caren hissed into Faith's face and turned to leave. Caren's sharp black hair slapped on Faith's face and pricked her eye. Rubbing the corners of her eye softly she followed after Caren.
Faith had a happy bounce in her steps as she descended the stairs. A small smile played on her soft pink lips, her tongue curled to hum a tune only use knew. Her cheeks were tinted with a colour of pink roses. She was happy to go down and spend time with the guest.
Usually faith wasn't invited to be downstairs when a guest came. She would either be told to stay up in her room or ignored during the gatherings by ger family as the guest gave ger attention. But today was a different evening! She was not only told to attend to the guest but also she was called twice! She was given importance today!
Faith's wolf, Peony, was as silent as night breeze inside her.
That was nothing new to Faith. Peony and Faith had to be different in many ways than one. While Faith in liked to be talkative and expressive, even though she had no to express her thoughts to other than Peony, her wolf liked to keep it to herself in a corner of her mind and stag as if she did not exist. Peony was harmless, she rarely showed herself until Faith called her out. Which did not happen in the whole twenty two years of faith's life.
The only thing which seemed common between Faith and Peony, was that both were scared of Dea and were treated differently.
A werewolf usually shifts when they are thirteen years of age and after shifting they have to keep shifting often so that the body could adapt the change. However, Dea did not let Faith shift the required amount of times. She would stop the shifting and make her do soem other work instead while her other siblings got their own chance at it.
As a result Faith had trouble shifting into her wolf even at the age of twenty two.
Shaking away the gloomy memories Faith skipped down the stairs and into the hallway where all of her family was already present, making the fairly large living room to appear congested.
At the far corner on the couch was Brandon, the eldest sibling of the Sundre household. He was also the beta of their pack which was huge honour for the whole family. Faith passed him a small smile to which he grunted in reply.
On a recliner chair Faith saw Ollien, the second sibling. She was already mated to the delta of the pack and rarely stayed with them. On her lap was her sleeping one year old son Ken.
Next to Brandon were Caren and Winter, the twins sisters and the third and fourth in the line of siblings. Although they look the same, there would not be more difference in their lives and personality. While Caren was extremely open in her show of opinion and often liked to degrade faith, Winter was a silent suspector and kept it to herself. That did not mean Winter was any good to Faith, she just fine show it like Caren did.
Caren had already found her mate a year ago at the same time as Winter did. While Winter's mate soon passed away due to a fatal illness, Caren's mate was a well known playboy in the pack. Caren and her mate did not have their mating ceremony yet, which was very odd for a couple as they preferred having it done within a year of meeting.
Dave and Sol were hunched over in a love seat at the opposite side of Brandon. Dave was somewhat like Winter. He stayed by the sidelines and watched Faith get bullied. He sometimes called her names or shouted at her but nothing that faith already wasn't used to. Faith offered him a smile as well, which he rolled his eyes to.
Sol was ignored by faith. He was not at all guilty for what he did to faith and he made it clear when he smirked at her from his seat.
Faith's father, Joseph, and Dea were also present there. It was extremely rare for Joseph to show up at all as he was always working holed up in his study. If he was here then jt must have been a very important guest indeed.
"Faith! What took you so long?" Dea smiled a fake smile, "Come and say hello to our guest. He has come here especially for you!"
As Faith's gaze landed upon the said guest, all her excitement evaporated into a misty cloud. She blinked hard but the person before her remained the same. His light smirk send chill up her spine.
She knew him very well. His face was unforgettable for anyone in the pack, for he was the Alpha. His smirk widen fraction of an inch, as if he knew what Faith was thinking about.
Faith gulped a little and bowed slightly to him. Wondering why was he here for her.
Faith usually did not pay attention to gosspis and rarely had her own opinions when it came to anything related to pack and politics. However, it was hard not to know that your pack is at the verge of being a joke among the whole of southern region because the Alpha couldn't keep it in his pants and lost his mate.Alpha Rigie was famous not only because he was the pack leader, an Alpha, but also because of the recent passing of his mate. Rumours flew like conffetti when she was found in her bedroom hanging from the ceiling fan.For a werewolf it was hard to commit suicide as their wolf never allowed it unless their other half died and if anyone went to great lengths to actually do something like this then it was a serious problem. Everyone immediately pointed fingers at the Alpha who never gave Luna Juliana the love she deserved and hence concluded that she died because of him.Faith was not an opinionated pers
"Why did he choose Faith out of all people? Is there anyone more useless? Other than that pretty face of hers, what else does she has?"Faith heard someone say as she left her house to go to work. The night Alpha Rigie came and asked Faith to accompany him to the gala had already passed a week ago but people were still talking.All of those who were mocking Faith behind her back or on her face had only one reason to do it. They could not tolerate that she was being take to the Gala where the most prestigious alphas and their Luna's went annually.Faith agreed with them silently. There was really no one as useless as her in their pack. She couldn't fight, she wasn't a scholar or a doctor, neither could she do anything to make the pack proud to have her. There were many other she wolves who were a pride to them and much more capable. But the only thing they lacked was the face that Faith had.N
When Faith stepped on the cold layer of Ice, her skate clad feet slid over it gracefully on it's own. Having practiced those moved more times than she could count, it was as she she was walking on solid ground instead of thick Ice slab. The way she glided across and above on the rink often attracted spectators to watch her.When she taught the children, others stopped to see her darnce over the Ice as if she were a goddess. Frost covered her fingertips, her pink hair flew with every stroke of her legs.Sh did another spin and reached the middle of the rink. The small rink out of the three was reserved for lessons, so it was easy for them to move around freely without being interrupted by another custom who also wanted to enjoy their experience.The helmet was heavy on her head, but she managed not to loose her balance as she already had lots of practice. The more she move, the heavier her heart felt, the more if pu
If Faith was told to shop for a dress, she wouldn't have been so worried, or afraid for that matter. However, it was the fact that she had to shop with her sisters that made her shiver as she changed into fresh clothes.Faith quickly dressed herself in a light yellow shirt, paired it with a light blue jeans and grabbed her little bag with her phone and wallet in it. Dea had already given her the money for the dress, or dresses if more than one fit her budget.Of course it was not out of her own pocket. Alpha Rigie had heard from an unknown but highly reliable source that Faith had nothing but baggy and non Gala friendly clothes in her closet. Since his whole purpose of bringing Faith along was to save some face, he could not let her go to the Gala looking like a haggard.His bank balance had enough money to give her. Dea took the money and gave half of it to Faith for the dress.Caren and Win
Faith held her packed dress in her arms as if it was a treasure chest. She took the backseat and let her sisters think of an explaination to tell Dea why they chose this particular dress. Was it cheap? Not really, Did it look good on her? Definitely.Faith kept her happiness on the side as soon as they reached home. Faith had to show Dea the dress and make sure she liked it. Either way they had already brought it, so there was nothing she could do other than scold Faith."Mom is not gonna like that dress." Winter said to Caren. Caren huffed out a breath and stepped on the breaks harshly."I know Winter, no need to remind me. But that dress looked good on her and we have to think about that first. She is going to the Gala with the Alpha, she has to look good that's the whole point!""Don't raise your voice at me, I am not her!" Winter did not take a name nor did she point at anyone, yet it was clear as d
Faith held her palm above ground and stood up on shaky legs. It was not her choice to stand, rather it was the burden of the duty put on her that made her unable to rest and tend to herself.She went to the nearest washroom and opened the tab. The flowing water set chills to her heart. She did not know how much it will hurtz but she had to clean her wound fast and get to work.Holding her wrist tighly, she held her palm under the flowing water. Her teeth clenched and her arm shook in seething pain. The water turned crimson under her hand and slithered down the washbasin as if escaping her.Once the dried blood was off, she took out a fairst ait kit and began cleaning the cut. It had healed about ten to twenty percent but the rest would take a lot of time to be better. It was a deep wound after all.Faith clumsily wrapped a bandage over the medicine and tied it to the best of her abilities. Ti
The annual Gala of Alpha's and Luna's took place every year at the end of the semester, that was the first week of July. Which was in a few days.Faith's brusies were non existent by this time and Dea had not hit her or given her any more injuries either. Alpha Rigie took a lot of interest in faith's personal life. Faith was not very happy with that but the pressure on her was high.Her sisters resented her even more. Dea avoided her mostly and on occasions yelled at her to the point where she did not have to beat her to bring tears to her eyes.In short, it was one hell of a one week that Faith endured.She was not that excited to leave for the Gala at first but after suffering the unnecessary amount of humiliation and badmouthing, Faith was happy to leave for a few days.Alpha Rigie picked Faith up in his car along with a few warriors. An Alpha never left his pack wit
Faith's scream caugh the attention of the warrior driving, the car severed to the side as he was caught with surprise. The shifting of the car threw Alpha Rigie to the other corner of the car. Once the guard knew that no one was harmed, he sighed and started driving properly. "I am sorry," Faith apologized for scaring him with her scream. She had no intention of screaming at all! If it was not for Alpha Rigie .... Alpha Rigie woke up with a gasp after bumping his head on the window and looked around in dizzy alertness. Faith didn't know if that kind of unaware alertness belonged to any category of alertness at all. Faith dusted off her lap where Alpha Rigie had been conveniently lying over and frowned. This was the worst way to start the day. She looked at Alpha Rigie with an expecting look. She was expecting an apology from him. He yawned a few times an