Groaning, I stretched out my hand whilst searching for my phone, which was on the nightstand. I shielded my eyes as I saw the name on the screen.
“How long had I slept for?” I questioned myself, gazing at the clock on the chipped wall, which reads 10: 45 PM.
So early to be awake.
I wouldn't have much time to sleep anymore, and I hoped that the reason Renee had disturbed my precious nap was for a good reason.
I sat up on the small bed, which barely contained the space I had stationed it in. It was close to a small wooden wardrobe next to the nightstand, and my reading table was in the other corner. I did a semi-stretch and swiped up the screen of my phone to answer the call.
“Hey,” I murmured, rubbing my eyes.
“I'm sorry babes, I keep disturbing you whenever you are sleeping.” She pleaded, making me wonder if she was ever sorry.
She said this word all the time, and I was pretty used to it now.
“How did the interview go?”
“I don't even want to talk or think about it,” I murmured, running my hand through my hair.
“Judging by the sound of your voice, I believe it wasn't rosy. Give me brief details, please. I want to know!” She screeched.
I wondered again if she didn't hear my previous statement about not wanting to talk about it.
“Did you get the chance to meet him?”
I rolled my eyes at the excitement in her voice. I could picture her eyes twinkling whilst waiting for my reply.
After waking up late today, she had urged me to have a bath, coerced me into the clothes I wore and even gave me her shoes when I had complained I couldn't find mine, which was a lie.
I had a wardrobe full of every shoe you could ever think of, however; I was reluctant to go to the interview, as I didn't want to encounter what I had been running from.
I had the hunch this morning that I may encounter him after seeing his pictures everywhere, but I hadn't connected his name to the company.
Heck, I didn't know I would get to even meet him. Still, my intuition about this town had been right all along because I had been having weird dreams of encountering him. Although I had not seen him up close until today, even in the dream, a strange aura was round about him, concealing his face.
My father, George Lockser, a respected man in society and known for his wine collections. However, he was a chronic gambler, an addicted one at that. He didn't care if he won or lost, he would go on playing till he spent all the money with him.
The significant loss landed me in the dilemma I was in. He had gone to play and lost an immense sum of money. Unknowingly, it was to Aiden, who was an adept gambler. The latter had refused instalment payment and had desired to be paid on that spot.
I didn't know what transpired thereafter, but I learnt that my unreasonable father had mentioned my name without even thinking.
He had mentioned my freaking name.
Luckily, I overheard the discussion between my two half-sisters, brother and stepmom the night before the morning Aiden was supposed to come and cart me away. As if I was some sort of commodity!
My stepmom and half-sisters had willingly agreed to it, much to my annoyance. Then I knew no one ever loved me. Aside from my half-brother, who wasn't too thrilled and had helped me escape.
I had fled, and when it seemed I had nowhere else left to run to; I came here. Then I met Renee, who was my course mate back at the university. She had accommodated me in her flat and I had agreed to make part of the payment.
Though I wasn't used to this kind of budgeted living, it was better than nothing. Also, I enjoyed the utmost peace until I met him today.
“Hello. Lena, don't you dare space out on me.”
Renee's voice severed the connection I have with my mind, making me recollect what she had asked.
“Oh, sorry. I met him, but I lost the job.” I stated, shrugging.
“Y-you what?” She sputtered.
“You lost your chance for a job at Aiden inc. Your dream company!”
“It was until I met the CEO.” I retorted, shrugging again, although she couldn't see me.
“Who?” she implored, and another image of her hands on her waist whilst tapping her feet flashed in my mind.
I plucked the phone away from my ears as she shrieked. Sometimes, I wonder how I was friends with her; I mused whilst waiting for her to calm down.
“Omfffhunh,” She mumbled incoherently, then continued. “You met him and still lost it. You should have used your charms!”
Renee believed, with your charms, you could go places.
I didn't believe that since I have never worked and had no reason to until now.
“It's him. The reason I left home.” I cut her off before she continued ranting about how godly he was.
“You mean him, him?”
“Yes,” I affirmed. “See, can we talk about this when you get home?”
“Sure. My shift is about to start too. I can't wait for the juicy details.” She said.
“Oh, my goodness. My friend is engaged to a billionaire!”
She hung up before I could correct her.
She perhaps meant sold to a billionaire rather than engaged.
Rolling my eyes, I stretched back on my bed as drowsiness took over me one more time.
“I command thee by the power bequeathed to me, vanish from my presence!” I shrieked. Flames spewed out of my stretched hand to the creature of the night.
The beast was flung backwards, and it growled. However, it didn't back down.
Perspiration leaked out of my sweat pores, my heart jammed painfully in my chest and my head throbs as I thought of another trick I knew or by chance that would slip into my head. Yet, none came.
It growled whilst it ambled menacingly towards me, its eyes flashed red, and it bared its teeth, which were startling white.
I stumbled on my own feet as I prepared to run.
The animal was close to me and would in no time tear me apart with its sharp teeth. I clasped my eyes and waited for the worst as it leapt into the air. I counted whilst gasping for breath as I awaited the pain from the injury it would inflict on me.
My eyes peeled open as nothing came. Another beast, an enormous one with gleaming dark fur which was illuminated by the moonlight, stood at my side.
I shrieked as its cold snout poke my skin whilst glancing at me.
My heart threatens to leap out of my ribcage as I thought of what would be of me next. My gaze travelled around the foreboding forest and the other animal lay sprawled on the dried-up grass with blood oozing from its stomach.
It had ripped the other wolf apart, and I was sure I would be its next prey. However, it flew away after glaring at me with its violet eyes reflected by the full moon. Perhaps I thought it was a glare.
A wolf howled in the distance, and I heard my name being yelled.
Trembling, I jolted awake. My eyes darted around the room frantically as I thought of what had interrupted me.
This wasn't the first time I was having a dream like this. It had been occurring since I clocked sixteen, and the first time I had told my dad about it, my stepmother had been present, and her eyes were full of contempt.
Whereas, dad said nothing. Rather, he studied me and told me it was normal for teenage girls to have a nightmare like that.
What about now that I wasn't a teenager any more? I was a freaking twenty-one-year-old and had a dream of wielding powers. Heck, I usually never recognize myself in the dream as I look different and spoke in a different tongue, which was weird.
Also, it sounded more like Latin, which I loathed.
A soft rap sounded on my door, snapping me out of my reverie.
“It's opened,” I murmured.
Renee trudged into the room as if being controlled by a remote. Her head hangs down as she steps closer to my bed.
“I heard you scream.” She muttered.
“Sorry for disturbing your beauty sleep. It was only a nightmare.” I sighed, running my hand through my hair.
Her eyes snapped to mine as she pulled me into a hug.
“What are you doing?” I giggled whilst she patted my back.
“My mom always does this whenever I come awake because of nightmares.” She muttered, gazing at me. Her asparagus green eyes become round and glassy.
Now, I felt bad for making her worried and remembering her mom. Though it was a normal thing, still it was painful for a loved one to die. She seemed better than before because I could remember when her mother passed on.
For months, she was a walking zombie. She neither eats nor drinks. She didn't talk much either, only monotonously. Yet, she pulled through, which I was proud of her.
“I'm fine, Reene. Go back to bed.”
“Are you sure you don't want me to sleep here?”
“Of course, I'm fine.” I grinned, yet she didn't look convinced.
Even if I agreed, she spent the night in my room. It wasn't as if there was enough space on the bed. Save, she brings her mattress to lie on.
“I'm fine,” I said, shooing her off.
Glancing back at the clock to see what time it was, I groaned. I had been asleep for only an hour.
This was going to be a long night.
ELENA "I still can't believe Aiden Crook is your betrothed," Renee muttered in between swallowing the cereals in her mouth. That mistake again. "Sold to," I said, correcting her slip. She shrugged, dropping the white plastic spoon with her in the cereal bowl. "What matters is you'll get married to him." I winced at the blunt reminder. I didn't know the reason he wished to get married to me, whereas he could get any woman he desired. Heck, if I began working now, I don't know when I would accumulate that amount of money. Still, I believe there was no harm in trying. The most aggravating thing was that he had fixed a wedding date, and I was sure my family weren't aware of it. That jerk and he wasn't even bluffing! "Over my dead body. I'd rather die than see myself married to the pompous idiot." "What do you intend to do about the debt? It's a hundred thousand dollars, baby." She drawled. Her green eyes stayed on mine as she cocked a brow. "Heck, he wouldn't mind if you ma
AIDEN “So, big bro, will you tell me what that was about earlier today?” Ellen lifted her brows as she stared at me. “What?” I questioned back. Though I knew what she was talking about, I wasn't ready to tell her anything. Not in front of my three other siblings and parents, who now gazed at me with piqued interest. Nosy bunch of people! “That girl, she left your office in anger and almost murdered Claire with the look in her eyes.” Ellen shook her head, chuckling. Perhaps pleased with the scene. I chuckled as I imagined her and Claire going one on one. Claire would no doubt shred her into pieces, yet I wouldn't watch that happen. Anyone that touched her had me to answer to because she was my responsibility, even though she hadn't realized it yet. “Don't give me that look. All the other participants came out and didn't look as if they were about to murder anyone except her. Are you hiding anything from me? Your darling sister?” Ellen blinked her eyes continually, then pouted.
Elena “Aiden…” I moaned out his name as his lips suckled on the soft flesh above my neck. His lips trailed soft kisses down and stopped on my chest. “You are so beautiful.” He mumbled as he observed me with hooded eyes. My nipples hardened under his scrutinizing gaze, and my hands itched to shred his clothing, so I would feel the skin beneath. However, I settled with calling his name. “Aiden please,” “Please what?” He implored, his eyes going dark. “I-I want you,” I sputtered, breathlessly, as he stroked my soaked pants. As if it was only the encouragement he needed. He slipped out of his clothes in a swift movement, drew me closer and tugged my pants off. He braced my thighs under his large hand, and he thrust into me briskly. I jerked awake and felt around for my phone. Except for the light of the moon that streamed in, which illuminated the room a bit, it would have been dark. My brain, fuzzy to where I was, and I blinked away the haziness clouding my eyes. I shivered
AIDENWalking further into the woods, howling echoed around me, but it wasn't as intense as before. Today was one of those full moons. I was out hunting, not because I wanted, instead because of Elena. If I had stayed longer in the room, I might have ripped the gown off her body and taken her till I became satisfied. However, I didn't want her to hate me more than she already did, which could make it difficult to make her mine. I glanced away as Ellen shifted back into her human form. “I noticed some strange things around here a few minutes ago.” She mumbled, kicking at a tangled branch as we walked into the wood. “I do too,” I said whilst sniffing at the air. I couldn't pinpoint what it was, but I knew it meant danger. “Also, a strange scent surrounds your house. Did you take in anyone?” Her gaze drilled into mine for some seconds before she let out a grimace. “Don't tell me you have a human girl at your house!” “Couldn't you at least be reasonable and take the slut elsewher
Elena I groaned whilst rolling on the bed. My body aches as though I had worked throughout the night, which I hadn't. Opening my eyes, I stared at the white ceiling illuminated by light from the sun for a few seconds before sitting up on the bed. Climbing down, I darted into the bedroom as I felt the powerful urge to urinate. I stood up from the toilet seat after doing my business, flushed, and walked over to the sink.A pout formed on my face as I stared at my reflection in the mirror. My skin was paler than usual, and my eyes seemed lighter, too. My hand went to the back of my back and I felt how warm my temperature was. Perhaps, I am having a fever and the reason I fainted yesterday. Sighing, I bathed my face with cool water, then dabbed it with a brown towel I saw in the bath cabinet. My vision caught a mark on the back of my neck as I was about to leave. I narrowed my eyes whilst surveying it. It was a crescent-shaped mark, etched on the right side of my neck, and I couldn't
Aiden “What is our next line of action? J. J Is back. He is stronger and faster than ever before. I don't know if he got his power from somewhere, but it was too much force to reckon with.” Ellen stated, grimacing. I had gathered my pack to let them know of the presence of the enemy in town, which I didn't need to tell because it was obvious. The return of J. J yesterday had caused a lot of havoc in the whole of District One.He had confronted several Omegas yesterday, beating them up to a pulp. They all succeeded in escaping his bite, as it was fatal to us all. J. J wasn't just any werewolf. He was a true Alpha and had his clan in the East. He was on everyone's blacklist because of his bloodthirsty nature. “He's stronger because he's been on a killing spree.” Sparkles' gaze left the phone she was on momentarily as she observed everyone in the room. It was an enormous hall, located inside the castle, which my dad had inherited. The castle originally had been here for more than fo
Elena I moaned out Aiden's name as he kept sucking on my core. My body quivered under his touch and I yearned for more. I panted whilst watching him with eyes glazed over with desire. He stood up from the bed and yanked off his clothes. Hovering over me, he lifted my body to his and thrust in. Gasping, I jerked awake. However, I let out a moan as I felt a hand at my centre. I blinked the fogginess away from my eyes and gasped when I noticed Aiden stroking me.I bit my bottom lip to see if I was in a trance. However, this was reality and not a dream as my lips drew out blood.“W-what are you doing?” I moaned whilst trying to clamp my legs together. But my treacherous body lifted itself to give him more entrance. “Please stop.” I panted as he increased the pace of the amazement he was doing to my body. I wouldn't deny the amount of pleasure I was feeling because it was my first time. And Aiden doing it to me makes it thrilling. It felt so wrong, yet so right at the same time. He
My gaze flickered around the uninviting wood as I struggled desperately to hold on to my sanity. I was certain I didn't imagine what I had seen back there. The painful bruise that was now forming on the back of my hand as I had grazed it on the rough wall was a reminder I didn't imagine it. I panted as I rested my body on one of the tree trunks present. I hadn't even thought of running back to the house, which was just a few seconds away because I was so desperate to flee and had forgotten. My head pounded, as well as did my heart, as I thought of the baby I had left alone in the basement. Aiden was sure going to kill me for putting his daughter in danger, and perhaps I might lose the job again because of my inability to care for her. If only I had minded my business and left the whining sound alone.As this saying goes, ‘curiosity killed the cat’ I was curious, and who knows what would happen to me? Perhaps I would end up like the cat. I lurched, and my heart raced as I heard a