"Does the Alpha help with training?" I ask Jasmine.
"Yeah, he comes every day to help train us if he isn't in meetings. Training is compulsory no matter age and gender; also, the school is short-staffed at the moment," I watch as Angie, the girl Jasmine told me to avoid, runs across the field towards the Alpha, clinging onto him like a leech.
"Yeah, Angie has a thing for the Alpha. Seems to think he will choose her as his mate," Jasmine says, and I nod. For some reason, seeing her cling on to him annoyed me a little, but I shoved it aside. I didn't want any trouble with her, especially if she is as bad as Jasmine claims she is.
"How old is the Alpha?" I ask. He looked pretty young compared to my last Alpha, who was in his fifties.
"twenty five, he is a good Alpha, strict but fair. A lot better than his father, who was a complete asshole."
"So he took over the pack when his father stepped down?" Jasmine shakes her head.
"No, Alpha Ezra killed him and took over when he was seventeen,"
"Geez, a lot wouldn't have enjoyed answering to a seventeen-year-old," I tell her, but she shakes her head.
"No, everyone was glad to see Alpha Dean get taken down; he was cruel. Women weren't even allowed to train back then. He treated them like animals, and he used to kill anyone that stepped out of line; he even killed his own mate and his chosen ones," she says, making me feel sick at her words.
"That's terrible," I tell her, and she nods sadly.
"Yeah, everyone hated him. Things changed after the Alpha took over. He made sure women could train to better protect themselves. Maybe that's why he was so quick to have your family join our Pack. Your mother would be an advantage to have and your father given that he has Beta genes" I nod.
"Maybe," I tell her just as Alpha Ezra looks in our direction. I drop my head and am thankful when the school bells ring, signaling the end of lunch. Jasmine and I make our way back to our lockers and grab our gym clothes out. We quickly made our way to the bathrooms, changing before heading down to the ovals where they were setting up earlier.
Alpha Ezra and my mother talked amongst a few teachers before silence suddenly fell over everyone, and people started walking off into the designated groups. I followed Jasmine over to our age group and was a little shocked to see Alpha Ezra come over to us. Jasmine smiles at him when he approaches.
"Hey, Alpha," She says, smiling brightly; her smile was contagious.
"Hi, Jas, you can sit out for today, Kat, to see how things are run if you like," He says, and I nod, grateful I didn't have to start training straight away.
"No, she can train like the rest of them," My mother says, coming up behind him. So much for sitting out.
"She doesn't have to, Shirley. I can excuse her," Alpha Ezra says, and I give my mother a pleading look. My mother presses her lips in a line but doesn't say anything.
"Come sit on the bleachers and watch," Alpha Ezra tells me, and I follow him over to them before sitting down. I watch everyone train. Alpha Ezra gets up a few times to help some teachers and correct some students. When he comes back over, though, he looks down at me.
"How are you liking school so far?"
"It's fine," I tell him, not really comfortable around him. I noticed my mother kept looking over at me nervously, which made me more nervous about his presence.
"Do you train a lot with your mother?" He asks.
"Yes, mum doesn't like me missing training, as you can see," I tell him, and he nods.
"Good, well, you can have today and tomorrow off, but then you can start training with everyone else," He says, and I nod. I notice Angie come over, stopping in front of me, and I see the glare she gives me.
"You should be training Angie. Get back on the field," Ezra tells her.
"I was just seeing if you can come and help me, Ezra," she purrs, and it's obvious the crush she has on him.
"That's Alpha! Now get back on the field," He tells her, pointing back the way she came. She looks down at me, her eyes narrowing before she saunters off. I knew she would make my life hell, and I haven't even spoken to her yet.
"Well, I better get back out there Kat, I will see you around," He says, walking off toward my mother, who was now scolding Angie for walking off the field.
When training finishes, my mother calls me over. I walk over to her, and she grabs my arm, pulling me aside from prying ears.
"For someone who is supposed to be lying low, you seem to grab the Alpha's attention, Kat. We talked about this. You need to stay away from him and his Beta. We can't afford for people to know just yet," she scolds me.
"Well, maybe if you told them I wouldn't have to hide," It isn't like I sought him out; he approached me.
"Attitude, young lady, I won't handle disrespect," she says, and I roll my eyes, regretting it instantly.
"Katya, you may be my daughter, but that doesn't mean you will get away with slacking off, now ten laps of the oval,"
"What? Come on, mum, you can't be serious," I argue back when his scent hits me. Alpha Ezra walked up and stopped beside me, obviously witnessing our dispute.
"Everything okay?" He asks my mother. She bows her head in respect.
"Yes, Alpha, it will be. Now go, Katya," she says, pointing to the edge of the field.
I take my jumper off before tossing it at her; she can't be fucking serious. Why was she acting like this?
"Make that twenty," she calls out. I groan but go to the edge of the field, cursing her name.
"Keep going, Kat, and it will be thirty. Now start running," I roll my eyes and start doing laps. Jasmine does a couple with me before getting tired and sitting down. My legs burned by the time I did fifteen, and my lungs felt like they were about to explode. Stopping, I brace my hands on my knees, trying to catch my breath. My mother blows her whistle, grabbing my attention, and I look over at her.
"Five more Kat, I didn't say stop,"
"This is bullshit," I mutter under my breath.
"You want me to add more? "My mother calls out. I shake my head and continue running around the oval. Alpha Ezra, I noticed, was in the bleachers watching, and by the look on his face, something had made him angry.
By the time I finally finished, my face was bright red, and my breathing was coming in short pants as I collapsed on my back on the grass beside my mother. She looks down at me. "Just remember, Kat. I am doing this for your own good. I go easy on you; the rest of the kids will be hard on you. Also, I couldn't exactly let you talk to me like that and get away with it, especially in front of other students; you need to work with me here," I try to catch my breath, raising my arms over my head, feeling like I was going to have a heart attack. "But I did nothing; he approached me, not the other way around," I whine, everything hurting. "Doesn't matter next time; watch your tone," my mother says before stalking off. "Shirley, can I speak with you please," Alpha Ezra says, making me turn my head to the side to see him walking over to her. "Of course, Alpha," my mother says. A
I stayed in my room all night. My parents' judging eyes were too much to handle, so I went to bed early. Getting up the following day to my mother screaming for me to hurry. I quickly raced around, getting dressed and racing to the bathroom to brush my teeth. "Did you sleep through your alarm?" My mother asks as I race toward the front door, her keys in hand, where she was waiting. She passes me an apple, and I take it, biting into it as I follow her out to the car. My mother gave me one of her lectures about coasting through the middle and not drawing attention to myself and Yadda Yadda the entire drive to school. I tuned her out, mostly adding occasional nods and hmm noises, so she thought I was listening. When I get to school, I find Jasmine waiting for me. "Hey, Kit kat," she says, waving to me. "Kit kat, really?" I ask at the nickname she has given me. "Yes, I like
Alpha Ezra POV I watched my mate leave, completely unaware I was her mate. I knew her family was hiding something, something I was eager to find out. If she wasn't my mate, I might have reconsidered letting them into the pack. Something was amiss; they left the second strongest pack. A pack, her parents built a life with. When I got the request, I was a little shocked but also blinded by the fact I could take them from Jackson. Our feud goes back generations, so given the opportunity, I took it. Derrick was well respected, and so was his mate Shirley, yet I never heard they had a child, and it made me curious why she was kept a secret. I could smell her strength, her genes strong, but something was off with her, too, despite her potent scent. "She is your mate, isn't she?" My Beta, Mateo asks. He was my best friend since we were old enough to walk, always stuck by me and I, him.
Katya POV Walking to training, I was suddenly jerked into the locker rooms as I passed them. A gasp of fright left my lips, not expecting to be grabbed. Spinning around, I come face to face with my mother. "Geez, you scared the crap out of me," I chuckle. But she was staring down at me with a stern face I didn't like. "Where have you been?" "Detention, where else?" "I looked for you. You weren't in detention with Angie." "No, they placed me in the Alpha's office." "What, why?" "Because that is where he told me to go." "Don't use that tone with me, young lady; now listen, today is wolf training." "Okay, I will tell them I am sick," I tell her, but she shakes her head. I watch, horrified, as she pulls something
Alpha Ezra POV I watched as the Doc gave her some injections and hooked an IV up to her. My blood is boiling, trying to figure out how she got wolfsbane in her system. "Get out!" I tell everyone but the doctor. Her mother remains, tears rolling down her face as she looks at her unconscious daughter. "I said get out!" Shirley looks at me, startled. "She is my daughter; you can't tell me to leave her." "Until I find out how she ingested wolfsbane, no one goes near her," I tell her, but Shirley doesn't budge. "Get the fuck out of this room now!" I yell at her, forcing my Alpha Aura over her. She whimpers, turning her neck in submission before rushing out quickly, the door banging loudly as it swung closed. I sit on the side of her bed, Doc frantically trying to hook a fluid bag up to her, his hands shaking nervously, and I drop
Following Shirley out of the room, I grip her arm, dragging her away and out of earshot of Katya. I hear the door shut and know Mateo closed it to keep her from listening in. Shirley, however, turns around and glares at me. "My daughter is your mate, isn't she?" She demands. "You don't demand answers from me. Why would you poison your own daughter?" "I told you why; she needs to build up a tolerance," "That's not good enough. Where did you even get it from?" Wolfsbane is banned in my pack from most packs. Her heart rate skips a beat, and I could smell her fear of answering. "I grew it," she finally admits, stunning me further. Wolfsbane was allowed to grow naturally because we know better to touch, but it was illegal to produce it. "Where and how much have you got left?" I ask before sniffing the air. She looks away defiantly.
Katya POV My mother, seeing my panic, rushes to me. I try to breathe around my panic. He wasn't letting me go home. Does that mean I was being banished because I have no wolf? Does he know? "What did you do to her?" My mother demands. "Nothing, you have five minutes," He tells her before leaving the room and shutting the door. "Calm down, Kat, breathe," My mother tells me, clamping her hands on the side of my face, trying to stop my panic attack. "He is making me leave you; he knows," I gasp out. "He doesn't know, but you will stay at the packhouse with him until I can be trusted." "He will find out, he will find out and make me leave mum," I tell her. I have never spent a night away from them. I have always had at least one parent at home. "Please, you can't let him take me; I want to come home."
Alpha Ezra shows me inside. Beta Mateo waited in the foyer when we arrived with my backpack over his shoulder. He hands it to me, but Alpha Ezra takes it, throwing it over his shoulder before leading me up the stairs to the second floor of the building. He pulls down the long hallway. Multiple doors ran along both sides, and I could only assume they must have been other bedrooms. Walking to the last door in the long hallway next to yet another flight of stairs leading to the third level, he opens the door, revealing a bedroom. "You can stay in here. If you need me, just follow the stairs on your right. They lead upstairs where mine and Mateo's bedrooms are," He says, placing my bag on the edge of the double bed. The room was pleasant, nicer than my bedroom back home, and all the furniture was made of oak. "You remember where the bathrooms are and the shower block?" He asks and I nod. Mateo showed us the first night we came