One good thing which had ensued during those troublesome days, when Regina threatened us, was the regular training. Lucian made me get up early every morning to train with him and his betas in the gym. That habit had remained. Compulsory training was part of the pack rule now, irrespective of gender.
Whenever I trained with Lucian, I would usually limp out of the gym, sore from all the times that I got pinned down by him. Me being his mate did not prevent me from getting as rigorous training as the rest of the pack.
Wolves, respect strength and are instinctively inclined to submit to someone stronger than themselves. Hence, Alphas need to maintain their strength. Lucian was such an exacting taskmaster, he sparred with me himself. And he never held his punches.
I loved the challenge and enjoyed it. The sex between Lucian and me was hotter after our training sessions. We would shower together and squeeze in a wild and satisfying romp in the shower after each training session. We would then have breakfast together, either by ourselves at home or with the pack. He typically accompanied me to my workplace if his schedule allowed it.
There were hurdles, especially with the new members. Gregory's pack was pretty backwards in this regard, and despite all this time, we were having a hard time integrating them into the Crimson Shadow pack. Their youngsters had never gone to a regular school, as education was never a priority with Gregory. Moreover, some of his top betas and supporters had fled when Lucian took over his pack. We had no idea if they joined some other pack or turned rogue. As long as they were not a direct threat to us, Lucian wasn't bothered.
As the Luna, it was my duty to ensure that all the females above 14 joined the training, even if they were weak.
"Is there a problem? Why aren't you training ?" I asked as I reached a group of girls huddled in the gym.
"Madam Luna, it's nothing. We were just......"
"Just?" I raised an eyebrow.
The girl fumbled.
"Madam Luna, our friend Lucy, she wasn't allowed to join the training. We were just talking about her."
"Not allowed? Who didn't allow it?" I asked puzzled.
"Her parents, in our old pack, girls didn't train. It was considered disgraceful." The girls said.
I shook my head and folded my arms," what is your name?"
"I am Betty," the girl replied, looking a bit scared.
"What do you think about it, Betty? Do you like training with the pack?"
"Yes, we love it. We feel strong, and our wolves love it. They feel thrilled when we exercise with the pack." Betty replied.
"Good to know that. I will talk to Lucy's parents. Now go back to your training."
A few hours later, I was standing in front of a modest-sized house near the western boundary of the pack land. This is where most of the previous Black Stone pack resided.
"Alice, I still feel you shouldn't have come here. You could have just sent one of the betas. They have to follow the pack rules." Katherine said.
Katherine and Rain usually accompanied me, they were my unofficial Betas. I had yet to choose my Betas. After Savannah's betrayal, I needed someone trustworthy. No one talked about her. They skirted her topic completely, especially around Lucian. He seemed to get irritated whenever Savannah was mentioned.
"I know, but I want to listen to them and understand their reasons. Simply, giving commands and expecting the pack to obey it blindly, it's unfair." I replied.
Katherine stared at me puzzled. She had trouble understanding the human side of things. Wolves were used to obeying their Alphas no matter what.
I rang the doorbell. A middle-aged woman opened the door, and she looked baffled on beholding me.
"Madam Luna!" She exclaimed.
"May I come in?" I asked pleasantly.
"Of course," she replied and moved away from the doorway.
The house smelled of cinnamon and sugar, she seemed to be baking something good in the oven. It also appeared to be teeming with juveniles, I could scent them and hear them whispering from the above floors, and behind the walls. A little girl's head popped out from behind her mother as she gestured me to have a seat.
"How many children do you have?" asked casually.
"I have 9 daughters, madam Luna." She replied.
"Wow! They must be quite a handful." I replied, still reeling by her answer. Nine daughters! She must be fond of kids! I thought.
"Hello madam Luna," a huge middle-aged man arrived, he was her mate, I assumed.
He bowed low and looked as frightened as his mate. They were the Rossi family.
"Hello, I hope you are comfortable here?" I asked.
"Yes, Madam Luna, we have been very comfortable here. Alpha Blake has been very gracious."
I chatted with them for some time, then broached the subject of their daughters not joining the training.
"Our daughters are all below 18, the oldest 4 girls are too scared to go out among other wolves. Our previous pack was not very safe." Mr Rossi said, looking a little perplexed.
"Crimson Shadow is pretty safe, I can assure you that. There is nothing to worry about, your daughters would become stronger and would be able to defend themselves better."
"Madam Luna, it's not that simple, my girls...they have seen things which were beyond cruel." Mr Rossi said.
"Can you please elaborate?"
The Rossi couple looked at each other then he took a deep breath and said, "Madam Luna, please forgive me for this, but my daughters are my life. The bonds and commands I had with my previous Alpha have been broken, and this is encouraging me to speak about this for the first time. I know your pack is pretty liberal, concerning mating ruts and pack runs, it's common in most packs, but in our previous pack they went a step further."
He took another deep breath as he continued, "except for the alpha and other high-ranking females, all other unmated females were forced to service the unmated males from our Pack as soon as they turned 18 and this would continue until they were claimed by their mates. They couldn't refuse and would be raped anyway even if they were not interested."
I was shocked and spoke into my link with Lucian.
'Did you hear that ?'
'Yes,' he gave a curt reply. I could sense his anger.
"Why wasn't this ever brought up? The Alpha council could have intervened." I asked.
"We were bound by the Alpha command and couldn't speak about it. With the death of Alpha Gregory, we are no more bound to him. So, we can speak up."
I exchanged glances with Katherine, and she was as upset as me.
"We do have pack runs as you are already aware, but NO ONE is forced to mate against their will in this Pack, and if any male forces a female he is brought to a trial and punished. Alpha Lucian is pretty strict with the laws. I am not sure if you were part of the last pack run and barbecues if you haven't done yet. I invite you to attend them. You can see for yourself that our pack is safe for all ranks." I said.
"It's hard to believe this has been going on, and the Council was unaware of this," I added.
"We were forbidden from talking about this through the Alpha Command. Moreover, no one attended Council meetings, except the Alpha, his brother, and the top Betas. All communication in and out of the pack was also monitored. Hardly any people were allowed to leave the Pack grounds, so it never came out."
"Gregory had a brother? Nobody told us!"
"I guess people are still scared and assumed this pack would be no different. My daughters would have suffered the same fate had Alpha Lucian not taken over. My daughters were never raped, but they had friends who suffered. They are traumatized and scared. They don't interact much, have never been to a proper school. They feel overwhelmed by other members, especially males." He said quietly.
" But this place is not like that. Your daughters need not worry. They can't live their whole lives hiding. Can they? Don't you want a good future for your daughters? To see them grow into confident women?"
Rossi slowly nodded.
"So let them be part of the pack activities. I will make sure they are treated well. Enrol them in the pack's school. I will arrange extra tuition for them so that they can catch up with their peers. I understand your misgivings, I assure you I will do whatever I can to help your daughters lead a normal life."
"You will do that? Oh, thank you so much, Madam Luna." Mrs Rossi gushed.
But Mr Rossi still looked unconvinced.
"But you are the Luna!"
"So?" I raised an eyebrow.
"In our previous pack, our Luna did not have any power! No women did. the Alpha took all decisions."
"Wait what? Gregory had a mate?" Yet, he wanted me? It didn't make sense.
"Not a true mate. He never found his mate, or maybe he did we are not certain. Our Luna was barren, so she was killed by the Alpha." Rossi said.
I was disgusted. I could sense Lucian's angry growl through our bond.
"This pack is different, all decisions concerning the internal running of the pack, especially those related to women and children are taken by me. Do not worry Alpha Lucian is aware of everything, he won't object." I assured them.
Alice - After meeting Rossi girls and convincing them to join the training, I returned with Katherine. Lucian and I needed to talk. If Gregory's brother had escaped, he could be a potential threat. "You seem upset," Katherine said while I drove back to the packhouse. "I am feeling bad about the humiliation and fear those girls went through. I haven't tried reaching out to the new pack members. Things were so busy in the last year that they slipped off my mind. I feel like a failure." I lamented. "Don't say that, Alice. You have been the perfect, Luna. There has always been, and will always be such packs. When the Alphas turn out to be crazy, the pack suffers. My parents belonged to such a pack. " "I thought you always lived here!" I exclaimed, turning to face Katherine. "I was born here, but my parents were from the now decimated Blue-star pack. Their Alpha was weird. They had many rules around ranking. Mating with humans was forbidden. If any higher-ranking female had a lower r
Lucian -It was early morning when Alice and I headed out to Azure beach, our chosen destination. It was the latter portion of March. I could sense her feeling a bit guilty about taking me away from the pack. I smiled."Don't worry, they can live without us for a few days, they are in good hands," I assured her, hearing her thoughts."That's good to know, have you been away from the pack before?" She asked while leaning back in her seat, arching her back a little. She looked a bit odd."Several times, I keep taking business trips. Daniel and my friend Garrett even went backpacking through Europe right after college. So, it's not like the pack has never been on its own before. Alice, what the fuck are you doing?" I asked as Alice moved her hands seductively on my jeans.My muscles bunched and jumped as she lovingly rubbed my thigh. Up and down she went, sometimes barely skimming over my pants, sometimes kneading the muscle underneath. I cast a sidelong glance at her. Her mischievous sm
Alice - By afternoon, we had made it to the spot he wanted us to be in. It was a typical shack on a beach, just at the edge of a forest. "What is this place?" I asked, staring at the crashing waves. "Do you like it?" He grinned at me. The wind blew against his hair, messing it up. He looked cute. I didn't see anyone else around. "Is this a private beach?" I asked. "Kind of. This is the former pack land on the Black Stone pack. I was going to sell it off as the pack has already shifted to our area, then I came across this! Now, I don't know what to do? It's beautiful," he said, enthralled. The beach was indeed beautiful. The sand was softly golden with just the right comforting warmth, like a cosy hug, one only matched by the sunshine-filled sky. Lucian stretched out both arms and legs to look like a boy-starfish, his grin growing slowly into a broad smile. The waves washed the sands in white lace. "It's too beautiful to be sold," I exclaimed. "Yes, but I don't know what to do
Alice -Our time ended much too quickly. I loved every minute of it. We hunted, explored, and fucked to our heart's content. I was sad when it was time to leave.I realized that this was the most amount of time Lucian and I had ever spent together, alone. We blended so well it surprised me. We didn't have anything like a honeymoon or even much of a real date. Our relationship just materialized into existence out of thin air, but it did feel solid.As we drove back towards home. I contemplated our relationship and life. Lucian seemed lost in his thoughts. It was a comfortable silence between us.We reached the pack land in the late evening. I yawned and stretched my body, I badly needed some rest."Go in and get some rest? I have some work to catch up on." Lucian spoke while taking out our luggage."I am not tired. Let's meet the pack. Katherine and I need to talk." I pressed my lips in a grimace.Lucian chuckled."Come on! I am sure she gave you that drug in a good faith. Don't be hard
Author's note - This chapter contains gore and violence. Please be warned.***********Olivia - I was woken by the agonizing screams. Panic and terror momentarily paralyzed me as the memories of rape and brutal beatings overwhelmed me. I tried to move my arms, but a sharp pain shot through my body. One of my eyes was swollen to shut, so I had to make do with one eye. Peering in the dark, I saw one of those monstrous shapes moving.I shivered in a cold cell and pulled myself into a sitting position on the damp earthen floor.I was locked in a nightmare, and there was no escape. Fear had been my constant companion in the last week. I craned my neck to hear the dull slap of flesh against flesh, accompanied by the shrieks that echoed in the murky darkness of the prison. They were doing it again.The smell of blood and death overlaid the dank smell of decay. The shrieks had now reduced to a whimper. I wished to die, it was preferable to the monster I had turned into. I had become a monster
Alice -I felt Lucian sink into the bed next to me. I was already in bed and turned to face him."Hey," I said, placing my hand on his cheek."Sorry, I was delayed." He replied, smiling."It's ok, I heard about those bodies being found. Is it something to worry about?"He seemed to be contemplating something."Nothing to worry about, they were unfortunate human victims. They will be handed over to the cops. Probably, murdered by someone crazy. They were dumped in our shipyard.""That's so terrible, poor humans." "Evil exists! You know it. Don't ponder on it." He said while tracing my face with his knuckles.Lucian scented my neck deeply and once he calmed down he leaned back to look deep into my eyes which were fluttering open and shut as I struggled to stay awake. His hand gently tucked stray strands of hair before moving down to caress my cheek as he whispered, "I love you.""You should, I'm fabulous," I whispered as I fell asleep with a smile on my face. ****************"Hello, G
Alice"Can you please explain what is going on ?" I asked Lucian, as soon as he arrived in the Jade moon. Packs are generally very protective of their territories, it's unusual for another Alpha to get inside the pack boundaries without prior notice and security clearance. There are enough ambitious Alphas ready to attack and conquer other packs. But, Lucian was always welcome at Jade moon and the Reds pack. They were family."Where is Rick?" He asked quickly."Infirmary I guess." He was suddenly calm and gently patted my cheeks. "It's nothing serious.""Wait! You are here because of the bodies, isn't it? ""Yes, but all this could be just a coincidence. You don't have to stress yourself, dear.""Hey, Lucian. When did you arrive?" We were interrupted by Linda, who arrived, chasing after the twins."Aunty!" Clara squealed and grabbed my leg, wrapping herself around it. She had become my number 1 fan ever since our ordeal. I was glad she was doing well. One of the rare true-born witches
Warning: The chapter contains violenceOlivia My captors were merciless beasts, and there was only one way to survive. Cooperate with them, search for an opportunity and make a run.I was doing exactly that! Besides using my body, sometimes they used me as a serving maid. I bid my time. Watched and carefully observed my captor's routines and activities. Last week, they were agitated for some reason. A bunch of them passed by my cell, talking quietly about a raid they were planning.We were barely fed, perhaps, deliberately. Probably to control us, or my captors were simply sadists, who enjoyed starving us to death. Despite little food, I noticed that my strength had increased, my eyesight had improved immensely as well. I could see clearly in a dark cell, and my hearing was so sensitive that I could hear all the conversation. Not that my captors ever tried to maintain secrecy. They were confident of the fact that we could never leave.Maybe it was because of the abominable experimenta