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. Alpha Ezra looks over at me, dying on the ground, and I look away; I must look pathetic right now. Jasmine walks over, handing me her drink bottle, and I squirt some water into my mouth before sitting up.
"Damn, and I thought my dad was strict. What did you get in trouble for?"
"Apparently, my attitude," I tell her, and her brows furrow.
"But you didn't do anything," she states.
"Tell my mother that," I told her before standing. My legs felt like jelly as I walked toward the building. School finished an hour ago, so I was a little shocked to run into Angie as I went to my locker. Her blonde hair was highlighted to perfection, her blue eyes bright. I could see why she was so popular. She was gorgeous, but the snarl on her face said her nature was anything but.
I open my locker only to be shoved against it. Jasmine pushes her away, but that doesn't stop her as she grabs the front of my shirt, tearing the collar.
"Stay away from the Alpha bitch, or I will make your life miserable," She spits at me.
"You stayed back an hour after school just to tell me that. Geez possessive much," I tell her, ripping her hand away and turning to retrieve my stuff.
"Angie, go away. She hasn't done anything. What is it pick on the new girl day, geez she just ran twenty laps of the field, lay off her," Jasmine tells her.
Angie grabs my hair, and I hiss as I feel my hair ripped from my skull. Turning, my hair painfully pulling from my head when I punch her. She shrieks, clutching her face. I was not in the mood today, and besides, my mother told me to use my fists.
"You fucking whore," she says, wiping her lip as blood trickled down her chin. Angie swings at me, but I duck, and her fist connects with my locker door behind me with a thud, the metal denting from the force.
"What's going on here?" I hear a voice and look up at Beta Mateo, walking down the corridor toward us.
"The bitch punched me," Angie tells him.
"Is this true?" He asks Jasmine and me.
"She started it; she grabbed Kat's hair and threatened her," Jasmine tells him. I keep my mouth shut just as my mother and Alpha Ezra walk around the corner. Just my luck. Not only do I need to put up with this psycho, but I am also about to be scolded once again. Angie runs to his side, but he steps away from her at the last second before she can touch him.
"She hit me; your daughter hit me," Angie said to my mother. I was expecting my mother to yell and scream at her words, but I had to try to hold my laugh when she replied.
"Well then, you must have deserved it," my mother tells her. That's my mum. On-field, she is strict, but off-field, she was my mother. Angie glares at her, and my mother tries to hide her smirk before looking at me and sending me a wink.
"Go put ice on it, and Angie, stay away from Katya in the future," Alpha Ezra tells her. Angie ran off with tears in her eyes and I kind of felt bad for her, but that lasted a second before my mother spoke. Her motherly nature turned to teacher mode.
"Katya, trouble on your first day, gosh," my mother says, shaking her head, yet it wasn't a scolding, just expressing her disappointment at me for drawing attention to myself.
"Angie attacked her first; she was defending herself," Jasmine blurts out once again, coming to my defense, and the more I am around her, the more I like her.
"That may very well be, but you know I don't condone violence off the field. You will have detention with me tomorrow, Kat," Alpha Ezra says. My mother says nothing, but I watch her lips press together. Jasmine ducks her head, looking at the ground.
"What about Angie? That's unfair. She started it," I ask; my mother gives me a warning look telling me to shut my mouth.
"Beta Mateo will deal with Angie," Ezra says before looking at Mateo, who nods but is clearly not happy about it as he sighs.
"You may go," Alpha Ezra says, and I grab my bag. I chased my mother as she walked down the hall in a hurry.
"Always drawing attention to yourself," she hisses at me.
"But you said to defend myself," I tell her, and she stops looking at me. I see Jasmine walk out the doors down the other end of the corridor. Mateo and Ezra were still talking in the hallway. My mother grabs my arms, looking me dead in the face, making me look at her.
"Yes, but we need this to work out here Kat, I know what I said, but this is it for us. We have nowhere else to go. This doesn't work out; we have no choice but to go rogue."
"But we could go to another pack," I tell her.
"No, Kat, this is it. No other pack would take us because of Alpha Jackson. It was a miracle Alpha Ezra took us in," she says before letting out a breath; she rubs my arms gently before stepping away.
My mother then turns on her heel, storming out the doors, making me chase her to keep up. Getting to her car, I hop in the passenger seat. My mother said nothing to me the entire way home, and I could tell she was angry by the way she kept drumming her fingers on the steering wheel impatiently.
I disappointed her, and now tomorrow I have to deal with Alpha Ezra. The one person whose attention I couldn't afford to have directed at me.
Getting home, I was about to race to my room when my mother stopped me.
"No, go see your father first," my mother snaps at me. I groan, but I move toward the kitchen with one growl from her, where I could hear him busily cooking.
"Hey there, pumpkin," my father says as I step into the kitchen. My mother walks in behind me and walks to the fridge, grabbing a bottle of water out.
"Well, aren't you going to say something to her?" My mother scolds my father. He gives her a questioning look.
"Kat," my father sighs. "What did you do this time?" He asks, and I shrug because I did absolutely nothing in my eyes.
"She was annoying the Alpha when she was meant to be training, then got into a fight with another student," my mother tells him.
"Did you win?" my father asked excitedly while shadow boxing in the kitchen, and I couldn't help the smile that tugged at my lips. My mother slaps his arm, and my father sends me a wink.
"What kind of father are you? She is drawing attention to herself, and the Alpha already scolded me for disciplining her"
"The Alpha scolded you?" My father asks, turning to look at her.
"Yes, because I made her run laps. That's why we are late. Do you just tune out when I Mindlink? I told you this already," my mother snaps at him.
"I was busy and must have missed that part," my father tells her, though I would tune her out if I wouldn't get my ass beat for it.
"Yes, it was quite humiliating getting reprimanded on my first day," she says, and I go to sneak off. "Katya, I am not done talking to you," my mother snaps as I go to turn and make a run for it and leaving my father to fend for himself.
"And now Katya has detention with him tomorrow."
"Detention?" my father asked, his head turning to look at me while I was looking for an escape at the door.
"It's a bit odd for an Alpha to be doing teacher duties," Come to think of it. It was a little strange that he was leaving the packhouse just to watch me sit through lunch. How boring, I thought to myself.
"You need to be more careful. We can't have Alpha breathing down our necks for you misbehaving. What if he finds out you have no wolf before we have proven you useful to the pack?" My father says.
The same bloody lecture. This wouldn't be an issue if they didn't lie and just told him the truth.
Now, if we get kicked out, it will be my fault, as if I haven't got enough stress on my shoulders with changing schools and trying to fit in. I was already trying to be invisible amongst the pack; maybe it would be better for everyone if I just disappeared. I was feeling like a burden on my family. Some dirty little secret they were ashamed of.
"Okay, can I go now?" I ask, wanting to be on my own to be just me and not the Beta's daughter, not the freak, just Katya.
"Yes, you can go, but seriously Kat, this is it, we fuck this up; we are rogue. You know packs don't like to have wolf-less pack members," my father says, reminding me of my pathetic situation once again.
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
Most of the next day, I spent in my room. This place was pretty quiet for a packhouse. Alpha Ezra popped his head in a few times to check on me, but other than that, he left me alone. Mateo, however, knocks on my door at lunchtime. I open the door and he steps in with a pizza box in his hand. "What is it with you and pizza?' I ask him, shaking my head. "It means I don't have to cook," he says as he flops down on my bed before reaching for the remote and flicking on the TV that was on the wall. He pats the bed beside him and I roll my eyes before walking over and sitting next to him. "Eat!" He orders before flicking through the movies on N*****x. He finds some girly film to put on. I raise an eyebrow at him and his choice. "You want to watch the princess' diaries?" I ask him, just as the bedroom door opens again. Alpha Ezra walks in with coke cans and places them on the bedside table.