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.
I sigh, no point lying to him; he knows me better than I know myself half the time.
"Yes, and until she realizes herself, I want to keep it quiet," I tell him, and he nods, his eyes sparkling with mischief and also burning curiosity. Mateo was like an open book. His facial expressions always gave him away. I could tell a mile away something was playing on his mind; I knew him that well.
"What?" I demand as he folds his arms across his chest and leans back, eyeing me.
"Nothing now I know why you refused to come to the whore house with me, she already got you whipped, and she doesn't even know who you are to her," he says before laughing. I glare at him.
"I am not whipped."
"Whatever, man, then why did you knock back Madeline. I saw her running from your room the other night crying,"
"She isn't my mate," I deadpan.
"Never stopped you before."
"Yeah, before I found her, I only want her now. You will understand when you find yours," I tell him. His brows furrow, and he looks anywhere but at me for a second. His lips press into a line before he nods his head once.
"So what's your plan, then? Keep giving her detention?" He asks, looking back at me.
"Well, you ruined that, didn't you? I was hoping to spend time with her," I tell him, annoyed that he lingered when he could clearly see I wanted to be alone with her.
"Why didn't you command her parents to tell you why they really left?"
"Because I don't want to piss her parents off. They have influence over her, and she trusts them. If I start off arguing with them, she will hate me," I tell him, and he sighs.
"Well, what now then?"
"I don't know. I don't really have a reason to hang around her without looking like a creep," I tell him. Mateo seems to think for a second.
"Thursday night?" He says with a shrug.
"Pack run is Friday after school. Most of the Pack kids choose to stay at the packhouse."
"I excused them for the first week," I tell him.
"You are the Alpha, un-excuse them. Tell them Katya has to stay like the rest of the teens."
"Yes, but staying at the packhouse isn't compulsory, only those that want to stay," I tell him.
"Tell them you want to monitor her and see how she gets on with the rest of the pack."
"Hmm, it could work, fine. I will go see her on the field," I tell him. Mateo nods and also gets up.
"You coming?" I ask, and he has a mischievous grin on his face.
"What have you done?"
"Oh nothing, but Angie was pissing me off, so I paired her with Katya for training," He says. I glare at him.
"Are you trying to piss me off?" I tell him.
I didn't want Angie anywhere near my mate. Her Infatuation with me was the main reason, but it was clear she hated Katya because I was showing interest in her. One thing about Angie was she is actually trained pretty well and has five brothers to compete against that are pack warriors. The girl could hold her own in a fight.
"Come on, Katya is feisty. She can take her," Mateo says.
"You better hope so because if she gets hurt, it's your ass," I tell him and his face falls slightly worried.
"Her mum is one of the best warriors; her father is a Beta. What can go wrong?"
I could think of plenty of things that could go wrong. Angie is competitive, and I know she doesn't fight fair from watching her train amongst the pack. I knew my mate could handle herself in this form. She was fit and had good endurance, but I wasn't so sure about her wolf form, so that would be interesting to see. Plus, I was really excited about meeting her wolf.
Walking down to the fields, I sat in the grandstand overlooking the area and staying out of view. At least, I thought so until I saw Angie wave at me. Mateo sat next to me, and I was annoyed at him for pairing them together. I watch Shirley walk onto the field talking to her daughter or, by the look of her, berating her daughter. Katya looked awfully pale and was sweating profusely.
"Is she alright? She doesn't look too good?" Mateo says, also thinking the same thing. She looked ghastly as she braced her hands on her knees like she was trying to catch her breath. I watch as Katya rushes to the bin, puking in it.
"She seemed fine before?" I told him. Shirley, her mother, is strict. That much was clear; she glared at her daughter before telling her to get back on the field. I watch as my mate does as she is told. Katya waits for her name to be called on the list. Her mother, unable to hide her shock when she is paired against Angie, who was wearing a smug grin at the pairing.
Jasmine walks over, gripping Katya's arm worriedly. At least she has one friend, and I actually like Jasmine. She gets on with everyone except Angie and her friend's group.
"Get it together, Kat," Shirley calls to her daughter, who nods while waving her off. Katya shakes off Jasmine's arm, telling her to go. Jasmine reluctantly leaves to go to the person she was assigned.
"Something isn't right?" I tell Mateo, who also agrees, leaning forward to watch.
"I don't get it; she was fine. What has changed?" He asks. Walking down the steps, I stand on the edge, looking down as I watch Katya and Angie move into their square. Angie takes a stance while Katya can't seem to catch her breath and is swaying slightly on her feet.
My wolf Maddox howls in my head, watching through my eyes. Angie lunges at Katya, Katya seeing it a little late, but manages to duck but stumbles back, landing on her back.
Angie is about to pounce on her when Katya lifts her leg, kicking her in the face and knocking Angie back. Angie growls loudly, clutching her nose, which is bleeding. Katya got up, and I could see sweat literally dripping off her and drenching her shirt. Something was definitely wrong.
"Wolfsbane," my wolf Maddox growls at me, and I sniff the air. I couldn't smell wolfsbane, but it made sense. It makes you terribly sick and could even kill you in high doses.
"We need to stop this; she can't fight like that. Something is wrong," Mateo says, and I could see he was worried about her getting hurt. His future Luna getting hurt because he paired her with Angie. I nod, about to walk down the stairs, when Angie suddenly shifts.
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.
I watched the Alpha leave before locking the door behind him. When 5 o'clock came and the dinner call was made. Getting up, I sighed. I had no choice but to go down there and face Angie, queen bitch. Chucking on some warm clothes, I stuck my head out the door. A few stragglers, also running late like myself, walked out of their rooms and headed for the stairs to go to the lower level. Opening the door fully, I quickly lock it behind me and make my way down to the stairs. Turning the corner, I bump into Angie. I almost groaned out loud at the sight of her. Her perfect blonde hair cascading over her shoulders, sitting below her breasts that were pushed up almost right under her chin and drawing attention to herself. Like, how can they not? They were right in your face and her own. She could practically place her chin on them. "Why are you here?" She sneers at me in her nasally irritating voice. "The same reason as yo
I watch as she walks away, heading inside after him. I sat there seething at her, my intense anger toward her shocked me. I hated her, hated the girl with a passion. Looking around the backyard, I look up to see shocked faces staring at me. I stare back, wondering what their problem is. Getting up, it wasn't until I put my rubbish in the bin and was turning to go back to the door when I noticed something strange. Nobody had turned their gaze away from me. Anger bubbling within me like a hot poker as I walked back to the house, people stepping out of my way and dropping their heads. What the fuck is wrong with them? I wondered as they hurriedly moved away from me like I was contagious. I felt tears brim at the embarrassment like I was doing some walk of shame, but for something I had no clue of doing. I was being shunned, just like back home. This Pack was no different. I would always be a freak. Escaping everyone's eyes, I