An hour was much too long to get ready.
I brushed my hair, and changed my clothes in ten minutes. That left me fifty minutes to contemplate what the hell was going on. Fifty minutes to realize how horribly my fractured life had been upended.
Once hour passed, and Garrett knocked on my door. He didn't wait for me to answer, he simply poked his head inside until his eyes locked on my own.
"Ready to go?" Garrett asked, his eyes shining brightly.
I nodded, grumbling something unintelligible and stood to my feet. While my face was somehow miraculously healed, my ankle was anything but. Occasionally dull pain would twitch up my ankle, making me wince.
Garrett and I walked downstairs, to where Melissa and Frank were sitting on the sofa. Frank was drunk, as usual. Melissa was desperately trying to keep her gaze off of Garrett. Her eyes kept flickering from the TV to his towering form. I resisted the urge to scoff, she's more interested in
I cringed, but telling him about Frank was a lot easier than telling him about Grace. Frank couldn't torment me anymore, not with me being forced to live with Garrett. Grace on the other hand could still manage to get to me."Frank likes to drink." I shrugged, "He gets rough. I ran and locked myself in my room. He was trying to break down my door so I climbed out the window and jumped.""You jumped from your window?" Garrett's voice was calm."No." I replied, deadpan. "I jumped from the roof.""That fact makes no difference." Garrett growled under his breath."Look." I sighed, "Don't go playing the caring father card. Seriously, for my sanity don't do it."This entire conversation was giving me a headache. My heart was being pulled in so many different directions, I wondered if it could withstand all of the torment. 'Only a few more days', I told myself. Then I'd be in the wind, not a single person to worry about.Two devastatin
'I thought you'd never ask.' The voice huffed, 'You can call me Thalia.''The voice in my head has a name.' I nodded. 'This is great.''Look at it this way, we're improving.' The voice sounded happy.'Improving?' I scoffed, 'More like descending into madness.''Hey, I'll be along for the ride.' The person in my head grinned, 'It'll be fun.''Y'know, I didn't expect the voice inside my head to be so damn optimistic.' I rolled my eyes.'Get used to it, Aurora.' The voice chided me, 'I'm here for the long run.''Great.' I sounded unenthusiastic.Garrett looked over at me from the corner of his eye, concern evident in his gaze."Feeling alright, Aurora?" He questioned, more concern flooding through his tone."Yup." I popped the 'p' on my lips, "Just talking to the voices in my head."I wasn't sure what made me say that, but I didn't really care. This week has been one for the books. I was nearly one hundred per
KadeIt wasn't our intention to find Aurora in the forest, but once we caught her scent it was nearing impossible to stop.Alec and I locked eyes, our wolves inhaling the creamy scent of their mate. She was sitting by herself, her back against a large tree. The sunlight peered through the trees hitting her in the perfect spot. Her chocolate hair was glowing under the sunlight, looking like freshly spun silk. The sun brightened her unique eyes, making them radiate with color."Are you going to eat me or not?" She huffed, her face impassive as she looked at my brother and I.There was no fear in her eyes; just the acceptance that her life could possibly end today. That fact send a sharp ringing pain throughout my body, sending the memory of the night we ran into her rushing to the front of my mind.She was stumbling down the sidewalk; Alec and I noticed her before she saw us. She looked out of her mind with fear, the kind of fear that makes peo
AuroraI left the note, changed my clothes in one of the many bathrooms and left for work.Today was a school day, but that didn't bother me. My boss was so desperate to find someone to cover an extra shift, he didn't even ask about school.I sent Tori a quick text, letting her know I didn't need a ride to work. She was in school, which forced me to walk. I never minded walking, it gave me time to think and clear my head. Unfortunately, I had too much to think about at the moment.I was sure Garrett would give me a ride to work, but I truthfully didn't want to ask. I felt smothered in his huge house, surrounded by people who didn't want me there (Lucy excluded).By the time I made it to the restaurant, my booted foot was aching. The pain wasn't as bad, but it was still annoying to walk on.'One miracle is good enough.' I told myself, thinking about my magically healing face.The next few hours, work was effortless. There were no kids
The laughter fell from my lips in waves, and I realized I hadn't truly laughed in so long.Garrett sat in his seat, a perplexed look forming on his face as he watched me. It was comforting to know the mental decline ran in the family, but didn't give me much hope for the future.My erratic laughter died down, and I was left taking a few deep breaths."Look, Garrett." I snickered, placing my hand against my mouth to stifle another wave of laughter. "I think you need to get some help, which means I definitely need to get some help.""Aurora--" Confusion formed on Garrett's face. Did he really think I was going to believe that? Werewolves?He rips me from my life and confesses there's a world of magical creatures? This isn't a book; Life isn't full of fantasy. You work, get fucked over by people, try to survive and then die."Don't--" I shook my head, "I shouldn't even have to entertain this."I turned on my heel and st
Despite the gut feeling brewing within me, I swallowed down my bile and got ready for school.School was the last place I wanted to be, but somehow I knew I'd never escape if Garrett whisked me away to his 'pack'.It was only one day. One day and I could run to work to grab my check, leaving this town behind only a few hours after.I texted Tori that night, letting her know to pick me up for school. She was practically ecstatic that I was coming back, making me feel even more guilty.Thalia questioned my every move, using every moment she could to plant doubt in my mind.'What if Garret's telling the truth?' She huffed, frustrated after spending an hour arguing with me to no avail.'He's not.' I shook my head, 'I'm not buying it--It's just not real.''You know deep down, Aurora.' Thalia sighed, 'You've always known there's been a piece of you missing. This is that piece. This is why you're so strong. You we
We pulled into the school and the first two classes of the day went as planned. None of the other students seemed to notice I was gone.My third class was another story entirely. I had almost forgotten I sat with both the twins in this class.The moment I walked through the door, both of their eyes were on me. Their gazes burned into my skin, the guilt bubbling within me nearly made me nauseous.I walked slowly, my eyes guarded as I looked into their own.It seems the two of them had seen better days. Their eyes looked darker, almost black. Deep rings lined their eyes, making it look as though they needed a good nights sleep.Kade was as gorgeous as ever. His hair tousled on the top and short on the sides. His long sleeve shirt clung to every dip and arch of his body.Alec looked stunning with his longer and tousled hair. His typical leather jacket was in place.They were sitting next to eachother for a cha
My lips hit Kade’s with a hunger I didn’t know I had. For just a second, the tight control I kept on myself slipped. I could truly see how much my body had been craving their touch.They were right—I belonged to them, but I didn’t know if that was enough. I needed normalcy, a normal life with normal people. Not a delusional dad, a murderous ex, abusive parents, and a backstabbing girl who pretended to be my friend. The only bright spots in this were Tori, Kade and Alec. But would they be enough?When Kade’s tongue ran across my lips, I didn’t fight. My tongue ran against his own, savoring the taste of him and committing it to memory. Alec’s lips ran the length of my neck, leaving his marks on my skin.The hard spot in Kade’s pants pressed against me, my panties our only barrier. He ground himself into me with a low growl, hitting against my covered clit.A moan slipped from my parted lips, never once leaving