"Mark!"I cried out as I ran towards him. He was finally back from Germany, and I could not wait to get into his arms. He had told me not to receive him at the airport, but I could not help it. His blue eyes sparkled as he engulfed me in his muscular arms. At his 6" 1 he towered over my 5" 4 slim body. "I missed you," I gushed as he kissed me on my cheeks."Me too, so how was your trip?" I asked as he picked up his bag, and we made it out from the airport."Boring, and hectic, I wish dad stopped sending me to these trips." He grumbled.Mark is the heir of one of the Biggest Architecture firms. Hence, he was groomed to inherit it by his Lord of something father. He comes from an old family of Barons. With his blue eyes, dark hair, and well-toned body, he is one of the most eligible bachelors of London. I have no idea why he fell for me. When I had asked him, he said he liked my gentleness and delicate features, which were quite ironic. I could rip him apart in minutes if I wanted to. Of course, he does not know that, and I have no plans of revealing it to him......not yet."Did you drive?" He asked.I nodded mischievously. That is another of our private jokes. I am an extremely fast driver. Thanks to my wolf instincts, I am used to driving rash. I never make any mistakes, but it freaks out most of my human friends, including Mark. So, I am forced to drive slow just to keep them comfortable."Don't worry, I won't kill you," I grinned at him.He shook his head and loaded his bag in the car boot."So, what are you doing this Saturday?" He asked as he settled down on the passenger side."Nothing as of now," I replied as we drove out of the driveway."Cool! I am taking you somewhere." He spoke."Where?""It's a surprise," he gave me his boyish grin.I laughed along.On Saturday morning, as planned, Mark picked me up from my flat. It was a sunny day, one of the last ones before the advent of winters. We drove to this park, with no other person in sight. At that moment, it felt like we were the only people there.I could see crystal clear waters beyond the horizon. The trees swaying in the cool ocean breeze. Mark held my hand, and we turned towards the right, where we walked through an archway of roses. Upon crossing the archway, I came upon the most beautiful sight I had ever seen.A white gazebo!It was surrounded by my favourite flowers. I smiled at it because this scene was so beautiful. "What is all this Mark?" I asked."Come on," he took my hand, and we walked inside the gazebo."Do you like it?" He asked."Who wouldn't, but why?" I asked puzzled."Oh!! Look over there!!" He suddenly blurted out.I turned but did not see anything. "I don't see anything.""Then turn around, and you will see something shining."Confused, I turned back to Mark. He was now on one knee and holding the most gorgeous ring I had ever seen. I was shocked was an understatement. My wolf shook her head in disapproval. Mark was just a distraction and a bed warmer for her. She only wanted her mate. Ignoring my wolf, I covered my mouth in surprise. He took my shaking hand and looked deep into my hazel eyes that were filled with confusion rather than joyful tears. "Alice, from the first moment I saw you, I thought you were the most beautiful girl I've ever seen. I thought to myself. I must get to know her more. I am so glad I did. You complete me in so many ways. You inspire me more than you ever know. I love you so much. I am incomplete without you. You are my queen. And so, here I am on one knee asking for my girl's hand in marriage. Honey, will you do me the honours and be my wife? Let me be your husband.""Damm!" I thought.I loved Mark, but there was so much to tell him. He had no idea who or what I am."Mark.... I... this is so sudden..." I stammered, looking for the appropriate words. His face fell and I could not continue."You don't love me?""I do... I love you Mark, but it is so much you don't know about me... I...." I was suddenly tongue-tied."Don't you think we should wait for some more time?" I was panicking now."I want you just the way you are, Alice, we can spend our whole life getting to know each other."Mark stood up and the way he looked at me, I felt my heart-melting. He looked miserable. His words touched my heart in more ways than one. I was not looking for a mate anyway, and Mark was simply perfect."Yes, I will marry you, Mark," I said.Mark smiled with joy. He slipped the sparkling ring onto my finger. He then cupped my face and kissed me so passionately that I forgot my worries at that moment. I wrapped my arms around his masculine body. He pulled me down on the blanket, where we made out underneath the gazebo for a long time.*******"You got engaged!!!!" Emma shouted loud enough to force me to mute the laptop."Does he know what you are?" She asked."I was about to tell him but...." I bit my lips nervously; I was so screwed."Alice, you know there is a wolf or someone out there who is your mate.""There she goes again," I thought."Emma, I am 24 years old. If I had a mate, I would have found him by now. I love Mark. He is the kind of person I want to be with. I prefer not to be forced into loving someone just because fate decided it. Besides, I hate those possessive Alphas. I don't think I can live like that!""I was not forced into loving Bobby, I do love him with all my heart," Emma grumbled."I am sure you do. I am not talking about you, Emma. I know what I want. I think I will be happy with Mark." I said stubbornly."What if you come across your mate?" Emma was still persistent."Then I will reject him.""It's not that simple, Alice, your wolf will force you to accept him. And the sex...well, you have no idea what sex with your mate feels like. "She grinned.I smirked," how do you know? You have only slept with Bobby since you turned 18." I was not too experienced myself, apart from Mark I had just 1 boyfriend in high school. I found he was cheating on me, just the next day after we did it for the first time. He would never cheat on anyone again. I made sure of that. Being a werewolf has its perks."I know how mate bond works, you don't." Emma snapped back at me.I rolled my eyes," fine, you win, but can we end this conversation now?"I knew better than arguing with a mated wolf. They were fanatically protective of their mates. I prayed that I never find my mate.
Aunt Flora is what one would refer to as eccentric. Most keepers are a bit eccentric. It is not easy being different, the ability to see and deal with the supernatural comes with some drawbacks. One of them being loneliness. Aunt Flora has a phantom lover, that is what she claims. I have never seen him though. Werewolves do not have the power to see ghosts, but she is very sweet, so I humoured her.Currently, she was shaking her head when I told her about Mark's proposal."Your mate won't like it," she replied, shaking her head.Aunt Flora was 50, though she looked around 35. She was pretty with her short red hair and elegant dressing sense. She reminded me of Jacky Kennedy. Though I think an aunt is prettier."But, aunt, I don't want a mate," I tried to reason."Nonsense, all wolves want their mate, it is known. Poor Mark, he will be so broken-hearted," She said with a gloomy face."Why would Mark be heartbroken?" I asked, surprised."He is not your mate. Once you find your mate, you
Alice As we spluttered to the surface, those arms were still encircling me. It was then I looked into the most gorgeous pair of green eyes I had ever seen.Time stopped; my lungs had stopped breathing. Everything had stopped existing. I could not see or feel anything else besides this beautiful man standing in front of me. Not beautiful, that word would be too feminine. He was the embodiment of masculinity.His wet and messy brown hair fell over his forehead. He was taller than me by a foot and almost three times my width. He had a warrior's body, cut from years of training. He was shirtless and wet, which was driving my wolf crazy. He had the kind of face that stopped you in your tracks, it was strong and defined with a perfect jawline."Mine! Mine! Mine !" My wolf screamed.And I was suddenly wet, not because of falling in the pool. I was wet down below. Those green eyes were glued to me, and I knew he felt the same. He knew I was his mate!
I woke up slowly and fought my way to consciousness as if trying to swim up from deep, dark waters. I was 9 again, there was smoke everywhere. People were running around trying to escape the fire, there were gunshots. I closed my ears, trying to shut out the chaos, someone grabbed my shoulders. It hurt.I looked up at the face of the man, but it was all blurry. Then I was running again, I hid under a table and shut my eyes and ears again."Do not be scared, I will protect you......" Said a gentle voice. I turned and there was a boy, a few years older than me. He was hiding along with me while the smoke billowed around us.I woke up sweating from my nightmare, breathing hard. I checked my watch, it was still early.Five am to be precise. Most of the juveniles and younger wolves would have already started their training. But I was on a vacation. I could catch a few more hours of sleep. Though I could not sleep anymore.I lay in my bed and replied to a few emails,
When I decided to visit the club, which was ironically called 'The Lycans', I dressed for the part.Emma had said this could be my impromptu bachelorette party, and we had a good laugh about it. We drove to the city along with Emma and another theta girl, Melanie.Bobby being all possessive mate had insisted on accompanying us, but we wanted a girl's night out. We were in the human part of the town where the presence of wolves was nil, and we could handle human males easily.Once in London, I was about to be mugged while returning late. All I needed were my claws. The look of terror on that prospective mugger's face was priceless. Harming a human is banned since we live in secrecy, we are not supposed to reveal ourselves. However, we can do so in self-defence and emergencies.I had decided to be a little risqué -I wore a black tank top that was meshed and a short red plaid skirt. Not too short, I preferred not to feel self-conscious or attract unwanted attentio
The door crashed open revealing a tall figure. He crossed the room in three large steps and came to rest directly in front of me. He was dressed in a tight black t-shirt and black cargo pants. His black boots were caked with mud, and he looked furious.'My mate!', my wolf sang in happiness while I stared at him in disbelief.His hand came up to gently stroke my cheek and I felt his lips on my hair as he removed my gag."You! You did this to me? " My voice cracked. It was more of a question than a statement."Thank God you are safe," he whispered.I looked up into his eyes, "Who are you?"I realized I did not even know his name. He smiled. I noticed he had dimples. My heart skipped a beat."I am sorry, we were never properly introduced. I am Lucian Blake of the Crimson Shadow Pack."'What a lovely name,' my wolf purred.My face was frozen, and I could not take my eyes off him. I had heard of his pack from Emma. There are two kinds of Alpha
I felt like a slut. I had just cheated on Mark!' I am horrible! ', I thought.'No, you are not, you kissed your mate as you should,' my wolf was pleased.'My wolf is a pervert,' I cursed myself.I finally slid off Lucian's lap and pulled down my skirt, folding my arms. I was looking out of the window. He kept his hand firmly around me. The area looked familiar; it was the state highway a few miles off the pack lands. Still, I was unable to form any connection with Rick and I had lost my mobile.Perhaps, I could plan an escape if I were careful. I turned towards him and spoke. "Lucian, I need to use the restroom, can you stop at some service station, please?" I made my most desperate puppy face. My wolf was resisting. She was trying to overpower me so that I would stay. He gave me a piercing look with those divine eyes. I noticed he had lovely lashes.'Please kiss him,' my wolf pleaded. I
It was too late to run. I looked at the approaching monsters as the first one stopped right in from of me. The doors opened, and I was engulfed in Rick's familiar scent."Alice! Thank God you are safe." Rick said from above my head, I was pressed to his chest in a relieving hug. I was quickly huddled into the SUV, sitting alongside Rick."Now, tell me what happened?" Rick asked, softly.I did not even know where to start. I told him everything, how I was drugged and kidnapped by the rogues and being rescued by Lucian Blake.Rick's face hardened. He was furious, I could tell. Rick, my only brother, was eight years older than me. When my father died in that inter-were fight, he was just 17. He used to be away for several training, high school, and other things while I was growing up. I spent most of my time with Emma and Bobby, who were near to my age.After taking over the pack, he had worked relentlessly. Due to our age gap and my being sent away, we did not get the o
Emma stared at me with a blank expression. "Wow!"She suddenly stood up and started pacing, then sat down again."Wow! This is so....so...""Fucked up?" I asked helpfully."No, romantic. This is so romantic." She said with a bemused expression."What? " I was sure she was going crazy."Well, you both are from enemy camps, who fall in love. Now you need to overcome the differences to be together. It's like Romeo and Juliet!" Emma said with a goofy smile."You and Lucian are like Romeo and Juliet of werewolves, it's all so Shakespearean." She said wistfully."Are you suggesting we both die in the end?" I asked.Emma was always kind of goofy, but this was madness even by her standards. I could barely hold my laugh."Of course not! What I mean is, this is fated. The goddess has matched you. It must mean something." I rolled my eyes," well, what do I do now? I have a fiancée in London, who is sweet, caring, and smart. Likewise, I had everything planned, but suddenly, I bumped into my craz