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. Times like these were truly depressing, when there was no one by her side to even tend to her wounds. Those thoughts hurt more than the painful stabs.
The wound was dressed and Faith started to clean the kitchen. It already midnight on the clock when she finished cleaning up the broken pieces and blood stains from the floor. Faith also replaced the dishes with the new set that was kept in the cupboard.
Her hand was swollen already from the wound and working. As she finished her work, Faith had little energy to climb up the stairs. Her feet dragged her body up when she heard her sisters talking in her room. It was quiet clear what they were talking about as they were not trying to keep their voices down.
"I had to do it. Why does she get to go to the Gala? Now her face is ruined and did you see the gash on her hand? It looked pretty bad. All I have to do now is get mom to agree so that the Alpha chooses me to go with him."
Faith halted in her steps at Winter's words. The tears that had stopped a while ago came back again. She took a deep breath and kept going.
"So you already knew it was her? Wow, you sneaky little -"
Their voices faded into a laugh. The joke was Faith's life.
She sat in her room before her window with silent tears dropping one after the other and soaking her blood stained onesie. She saw her face in the mirror before gazing at the shining half moon. The cut on her cheek was almost gone and all that was left was an evident puffiness.
Faith looked up at the starless sky. The moon was shining alone today. She wondered if the moon today was as lonely as Faith felt. Was it waiting for th sun to rise so it could hide it's loneliness in the wake of it's light?
Faith's droopy eyes closed while gazing up, the moon slowly slid down the inky sky to let the sun take it's place.
Maybe the moon was sad, but not because it was lonely, but because as one of her child was suffered, she could all but stand still and do nothing.
Faith did not feel like going to work at all. Her body was sore as hell and her head was yelling at her to stop moving.
Faith promptly ignored the protest of her body and sluggishly moved away from her bed and got ready for the day. She had lessons today as well but didn't know if she would be called earlier like yesterday. Although there was no reason for that, Faith could not be sure.
After hearing what Winter thought of her last night, things were clear for Faith. Her sister wanted to go to the Gala. And she had done everything, hurt Faith adn herself, so Faith won't be able to go and she will be chosen to accompany Alpha Rigie instead.
In Faith's opinion it was a low blow. Only if Winter had spoken up in front of Dea and expressed what she wanted, faith was sure Dea would have agreed and done what her daughter wanted.
But instead of talking Winter had taken a more violent way of stopping Faith from going. Did no one understand thay faith did not want to go in the first place? That Faith was already buring her thoughs deep just because she was forced to go?
Faith was going to the Gala because she was forced. And yet, they were making her the taget of false accusations.
Faith removed the bandage from her hand and inspected the cut. The wound was closed and what was left behind was a scar and a lot of dried blood. She washed away the dried blood and applied some cream in hopes that the scar would go away as well.
Faith contemplated wheather she should go down and eat something or just leave. After what happened yesterday, Faith doubted that her presence would be received well by her family. So picking up her bag, she quietly slipped outside.
She left before her usual time and took her time at the bus station. Her pink hair flew as the bus arrived. There were no seats left so she squeezed between the crowd of people and found a spot to stand.
It was an especially hard day for Faith.
She arrived late even though she left early from home. The bus she was in got stuck into a ditch and a lot of time was wasted in fixing that. When it was obvious that the bus won't move for a long time, the passangers who could walk, left and others took cabs.
Faith's workplace was still quiet far and she didn't carry that much money to take a cab. Along with forgetting about breakfast and food, Faith also often forgot to carry extra money for times like these.
As a result Faith had to work an hour from the place all the way to the Ice rink. Her sore body was ready to break down. Faith felt as if her limbs were going to fall off any moment.
Ruth took her bag and kept it in the lockers.
"You look awful. What happened yesterday?" Ruth asked handing her a bottle of orange juice that she always kept in stock. Faith took it gratefully and drank big gulps at once. It was refreshing!
Faith wiped her mouth and sighed.
"I went dress shopping."
Ruth's eyes popped out in shock, "Dress shopping? And you became like this?"
"Yeah." Faith lied smoothly. "I am not an expert in shopping so it a lot of time. I was tired."
"No wonder. Your sisters must have dragged your poor self like a doll." Ruth expressed her thoughts then patted Faith on the shoulder sympathetically. "Don't worry. It will be fine. You will get married one day your family will remain in the past."
Faith looked up and smiled. Sometimes Faith forgot that Ruth was purely human breed and not a wereolf like her. Terms like mates and matebonds were unknown to her. But what she said was true. Once Faith finds her mate, her family will only be in the past.
"Can we cut short the lesson today? Only by ten or fifteen minutes? I will get some time to relax."
Ruth's expression itself was enough to tell her that it was not possible, her next words confirmed it.
"We have more kids today. Tomorrow's rink will be closed so the batches were merged. I don't think it will be possible to cut short." Ruth said apologetically. Faith sighed and picked up her skates and towel and left to change into her gear.
The Ice rink was filled today. Faith thought that even though the classes were merged, they won't make such a big number. However, they occupied most of the rink and were bustling with energy. Naturally Faith also had to match their energy level and forget about her own problems.
It was good enough that she was on th cool ice. She taught them a few moves and went around correcting them as they prcaticed. It was a fruitful session and the kids learnt a lot from Faith.
The end of the day was dreadfully long. Faith wanted to lay down and do nothing until absolutely necessary. But the odds were always against her. As soon as Faith returned home, she was once again swept off to the living room where Dea was sitting with Winter and Caren and Alpha Rigie.
This time Faith had hopes. Maybe they told Alpha Rigie about her wounds and he was here to say that he did not want to take her anymore. Maybe he will also select Winter to go with him!
But when Faith's eyes met Winter's her red eyes said a different story. She did not look happy at all, instead she looked enraged. Faith concluded that nothing she had hoped had happened and Winter was not going to the Gala.
Then Faith remembered why it was so.
As much as Faith wanted Winter to be chosen to go to the Gala, she also under why it was not the most ideal choice. Winter already had a mate who had died not long after they met.
It was not right that the Alpha took Winter with him. Fingers will be pointed at him for bringing a widowed shewolf. As Faith was still mateless, it would be acceptable for her to accompany him.
Alpha Rigie was the first to notice Faith. He smiled and called her over.
"You came at the right time Faith." Alpha Rigie's face twisted into an overly concerned expression. Faith could read FAKE written all over it and went closer, but not too close.
"Greetings, Alpha." She bowed to him. Alpha Rigie stood up.
"Your mother told me that you fell over and injured yourself. Let me take a look at your face." His cold fingers touched her chin and lifted her face up at an angle to look at her cheek.
He tsked, "You are a clumsy little thing, aren't you? The swelling will go down in a few days so it's nothing to worry about." He concluded and took his seat. Faith quickly scurried away from him. Even if her sisters and Dea wouldn't he glaring ice daggers at her, Faith would not want to stay that close to Alpha Rigie.
"I took your concern into considering. I saw faith's face and I am sure it will be fine by the time we have to leave. As for taking Winter instead of Faith, even you know the reason why I cannot take her. Her mate must have passed, but she had a mate at some point. It will only damage my reputation instead of mending it."
Faith subtly raised an eyebrow from the corner she was in. So taking Winter will taint his reputation? being mated at some point? Wasn't he mated to the Luna as well? Wasn't he so keen on bringing Faith to accompany him?
Is this what the society calls hypocrite?
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
Faith swiddled her thumbs together, her toes bounced up and down and her butt was firmly perched on the bed. Every muscle in her body read that she was nervous beyond help.She had left the lounge area after the plans for tomorrow had been made, and started chewing on her lip. What now?Faith has never been to an outing before!It was truly a fascinating idea to be out with known people, to spend time with them doing fun stuff and eat good food, bit Faith never did that before. She has no experience in having fun with someone!At most, Faith had accompanied Ivan and Yulia to arcades and then continued to spend all her free time in the ice rink. Ice was what made Faith the happiest, cold air and warm breaths were magical to her.Outings with friends were a dream. Heck, Faith didn't even have any friends except for Ivan and Yulia! Her siblings were out of question
The blue eyes appeared in the night like shining sapphires. Peony jumped on her hind legs and almost howled in happiness to be let out like this. Faith internally scolded herself for keeping her wolf in all the time. After all they were all animals and confining then was not the most ideal thing. Peony ran a lap around the ginormous estate and yipped happily with faith reminding her to keep it low from time to time. The night was freezing cold but peony loved it. Her silvery fur brushed against the wind and reminded Faith of the ice rink. After running for a while peony fell tired and cosied up her furry body against a large tree. Faith was a bit embarrassed by her Wolf's tiny amount of stamina so she changed into her human form and creeped back towards the window. The little pebble was holding the tiny gap so Faith stuck a finger into the gap and opened the window effortlessly. Faith fell back on
Luna Gia and Luna Rita were enthusiastic shoppers and very different from Faith. Both Luna's were surprisingly in sync when it came to the selection of stores. "This mall is better than the one in our pack. There aren't nearly as many stores back home." Luna Gia said as she walked around with Faith and Rita. "It feel luxurious, doesn't it?" Rita said. Faith nodded in agreement. It did feel luxurious. There was a huge chandelier at the top and the decorations were over the top. It looked like a fun place to have fun at. Faith didn't have to worry about getting lost or not knowing what to do because the two Luna's were more than enough to guid her through it all. Gia and Rita went to different stores and dragged Faith along. "I am more excited to shop for you Faith. You are so pretty that anything will look good as long as you wear it!" Gia excitedly dragged Rita and Faith along into an accessories store.
"We should have gone to their park as well. Alpha prime has made all the arrangement for new people. There is so much to see here." Gia enthusiastically said. "Yes that's true but we don't have enough time for that. At least not today. Let's go back for now." Rita said and took them back to the car. Their bags were stuffed into the trunk. Faith sat at the back with Rita and Gia sat at the front. It was a very harmonious environment. The car ride was filled with chatter and interesting talks about between Luna Gia and Luna Rita. They kept talking about their packs and what else was new. Faith listened attentively and made small comments from time to time. Collecting additional information about something wasn't a bad thing afterall. When they came back to into the estate, Faith felt very tired. Shopping continuously for hours wasn't that easy. She wasn't wearing heels but feet ached and her shoulders might as well just drop to the ground. She