"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.
None of them were ugly. Compared to humans, werewolf genes were incomparable. Each and every werewolf was a beautiful specimen and among them was Faith who was considered an even higher lever of beauty.
As Faith silently passed the women who had mocked her, she mentally asked, 'I did not choose this, did you know? If you want then go and tell the Alpha to take your daughter instead. I will be happy to be home minding my own business.'
However, in her head it sounded pretty savage to her but she did not have the courage to say it out loud. Folding her shoulders in, holding her backpack closer to her body, she walked in hurried steps towards the nearest bus station.
"Faith!" A voice called from behind her. She stopped and turned around with a small smile. She already knew what was coming. Ivan came to her grinning widely. He snatched her hand, opened her fingers and dropped a small plastic pouch on her open palm. The pouch was warm on her skin, yet it didn't burn.
"You forgetful little thing!" He patted her head twice making her giggle softly.
Ivan was her neighbour, a sworn brother and the best friend since she could understand the meaning of those words. He was twenty five and lived alone with his mate, Yulia.
Ever since Faith started working, she often forgot to have breakfast or there wasn't any left for her by the time she had to leave. When Ivan and Yulia found out they made a extra portion for her and Faith only had to pick it up on her way.
Which also Faith forgot often.
That's why Ivan have named her goldfish.
"Thank you Ivan." She said with a smile. Ivan shook his head and waved his hand forward telling her to leave.
"You will be late. Go, I won't hole you up." He said. Faith nodded and waved the plastic pouch over her head which made Ivan laugh.
Smiling to herself, with a small skip in her steps, Faith reached the bus station.
Their pack, Mystic Claw, had over two hundred members, not including the warriors and the ranked officials. The pack itself was further divided and sectioned into three parts, one of which was where Faith resided. Her sect was in the deeper part of the clever woods.
She really did not mind, as it helped her mind her own business and stay away from others. When she was young, her childish mind wanted to be close to everyone, but the behaviour of her family caused that childish curiousity to dim into the a dull child.
Although she did not associate with others much, all those two hundred members had their own set of opinions about Faith.
Good, bad, a little bit of both. That became another reason for her to remain cut off from the rest of the pack. Faith wasn't as naive as she looked, she knew they were all somewhere envious of her, wanted her to go away so that their sisters, daughters and mates could shine. In their view, Faith had outshone them all.
Even now, as Faith kept her head low and did not speak, they thought she was acting arrogant.
How was being low spirtited in any way arrogant?
Faith often asked herself but soon realised that there was no reasoning. The world always looks for a target, once found, all that is needed is a weapon to make wounds and tears on it, no reason or excuses will be able to stop them. So she stopped instead.
Bearing all the harsh words on her like scars she went on with her daily life as if nothing bothered her. On the suface she was a beauty that everyone wanted a glimpse of, wanted to destroy. But on the inside she was no better than a withered flower, dead and scentless.
Faith got the bus on time and rode it to where she worked. The Ice rink that she worked at was in the heart of the town. The hustling and bustling on the streets rejuvenated her energy. The dim smile on her face widen as she walked on the streets, away from the hot environment of her pack which always seemed to prick at her skin.
"On time Faith. Zara will be able to praise you for once!" Ruth said from the front desk. Faith waved her hand at Ruth, with all five fingers on display and a smile that could compare to a sunshine.
"She always praises me. But because I am late often, she has to do it in secret so you don't feel bad!" Faith teased and placed the backpack on the counter. She took out her water bottle, packet of breakfast from Ivan, a towel.
Ruth tossed the empty backpack in one of the lockers and kept the key in her pocket.
"By the way, what are you doing today? Zara said you have something very important to do so you are leaving early today." Ruth said, leaning her elbows on the desk and balancing her chin over it. Looking very interested.
Faith's eyebrows screwed into a frown as she asked in confusion, "Leaving early? I am not leaving early. I have nothing to do today..."
She trailed off. Ruth's eyebrows shot up and she shrugged.
"Zara told me she got a phone call from your home and they told her to let you leave early because you have some personal matters to attend. They didn't specify what."
"From home?" Faith understood immediately that it had to be one of her sisters or her mother. But what she didn't understand was that why they did it. As far as she knew, there was nothing planned for today. Evennif there was, why would they include faith in it? They didn't tell anything beforehand and just called her boss like this?
"Yeah. You should talk to Zara if you don't believe me. She told me that."
Faith shook her head, "No, I believe you. I will leave early today then. Let's see what is waiting for me."
Faith's phone was in her pocket. As she went in to change her clothes she was tempted to pick it up and call home and ask why they called her boss and asked for an early leave. But she didn't have the courage needed to do that. Faith was a helpless coward when it came to her family, especially her mother.
"What are you up to?" Faith mumbled to herself, tying up the laces of her snow white shoes, she skated over to the bunch of kids eagerly waiting for her to teach them a few more tricks on the ice.
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
Faith had little time to take in all the beauty of the marble like walls of the mansion. Alpha Rigie's pace was much faster than her and to catch up faith had to brisk walk. The guards that were in the other car were also with then. The driver was not with them though."Alpha, do you think Luna Rita will show up this year as well?" One of the guards asked to Alpha Rigie. Faith was following close behind so she heard them talk.Faith had heard of Luna Rita as much as any other person in their pack. She was the mate of Alpha Drake in the northern Region, York to be precise. The famous Luna of York, as pretty as porcelain. She was as delicate and fragile as she looked.Alpha Drake got the Alpha title because Luna Rita had too much of a scared personality to be ruling as an Alpha. The previous Alpha (Rita's father) was worried about the pack's future with her in the leadership as Luna. But fortunately Alpha Drake came
"I am sorry to hear that." Faith mumbled apologetically. It must have been so hard on Luna Rita as a daughter to have her own father try to sabotage her life. The wound may have healed on the suface but the gash on her heat must be still painful.Luna Rita shook her head, smiling bitterly, "You don't have to apologise. He met the end he deserved. Let's talk about you. Alpha Rigie said you are his Beta's sister."Faith's excitement peaked and she hurriedly answered, "Yes! My eldest brother is the Beta of our pack. I am the youngest out of all siblings.""Really? How many siblings do you have?""We are eight in number. Four brothers and three sisters, and me." Faith said a little embarrassed. It was not uncommon for wolf families to have more than three children. Four or five were a common number among them, but having eight was going over the edge. Her family seemed to have tipped over the edg