"I woke up in one of the other Elders' huts and our lives have been like that since that day. The other Elders agreed to allow me to teach the basics of what I remember from their teaching back then, but because of the possibility of losing everyone, including the village, no one is allowed to use what I teach them on the night of the celebrations especially against them during the five-year raid. Now, Yasmine, only the Elders know this information and I am trusting you with not passing it onto your friends..."
"I would never betray the trust you put in me, Sir! You were the only one to believe in me and allow me the chance to prove myself, even though I am a girl."
"And you have done that way too many times. Yasmine, you are way too good for this village. I am sure you are meant to do much more, but I am afraid that it is not here that you will do it. Just remember, no matter where you end up, be yourself, never allow anyone to make you less than what you are."
"Thank you, Elder Miles!"
I stand and bow, showing him the respect he deserved. I then return to my duties for the upcoming celebration.
At the commencement of the celebrations, I get together with my closest friends, including Charles, to celebrate my birthday. I flush crimson as Charles surprises me by first giving me a lovely wolf necklace as a birthday gift, which he places around my neck to offset the gorgeous but plain dress I had the seamstress make particularly for my birthday, and then by moving his hand to grip mine. I hesitantly look up at him, and he, too, grins sheepishly, making me feel a little more at ease. There is no way I could have wished for a greater birthday, and Charles never let go of my hand as we went throughout the village, taking part in all the many aspects of the celebrations.
We had a good time on the makeshift dance floor in the village centre, being funny and dancing to the music. As Charles takes me into his arms for a slow dance, I nearly die with embarrassment. I am unable to look away as he embraces me tight and locks his eyes with mine. I am terrified because I have never felt so connected to a guy as I do right now.
As the music fades away, Charles lifts one of his hands to my cheek, allowing him to tilt my head back even farther as he leans in, shuts his eyes, and gently sets his lips on mine. We make our way off the makeshift dance floor and meet up with my other friends as they also come off the dance floor as the alarm goes off, signalling the approach of dusk.
“Happy Birthday!” they exclaim. I give each of them a friendly hug and say,
“Thank you so much! We’ll talk more tomorrow!”
“I’ve had the nicest day I could have ever asked for,” I say to Charles. “Can I ask you something?”
He smiles as he puts his arms around me again, and when he’s within millimetres of my lips, he murmurs, “I’ve liked you from the first day in the field when you put me on my arse.”
I smile as he closes the distance between us and kisses me once more, but this time it’s a full-fledged kiss, full of love, passion, and dominance. Moving my arms around his neck as he tightens his arms around my waist, pulling me off the ground and into his body. I tense up a little as I feel his eagerness brush against my thigh.
He laughs a little as he kisses me, but he doesn’t stop until the next warning alarm sounds, telling us that we only have a few minutes to get into the village bunker or back to our houses. Charles pulls back from the kiss, but he seems reluctant to let me go, and he kisses me again before muttering,
“Stay safe, and I’ll see you in the morning...”
He then moves back and lets me go, and I watch as he returns to his family’s hut and the protection of the hideout there. When I heard the first of the beasts’ calls, I panicked a little and dashed inside, locking the door just as another beast sent out a call. In our modest cellar, I accompany grandmother, making sure the trap door remains hidden. I’ve gone through a couple of these beast raids before, but I’ve never been so terrified.
For the first time, I genuinely pay attention to the beasts’ call; they seemed to have stopped, but after a little while, I heard it again, and as I listened, I realized it sounded more like a wolf’s howl, but it was closer and clearer than before. I don’t have to wait long to hear the first of the doors being kicked in, as well as the screams of those who didn’t make it home or to the bunker in time.
We sit silently, listening to the beasts kicking in every door to every hut as they make their way through the village. I startle a little as I hear the growl from my dreams outside our door, and then our door smashes open. I watch as four men enter through our small spying hole, then spread out a little to allow a fifth man to enter. This one resembled the beast’s appearance from my nightmares, but he was attractive in a rough sort of way.
He was well over seven feet tall, with dark tanned skin, jet black hair, a sliver of stubble over his muscular jawline, and the most unusual grey eyes I’d ever seen. I couldn’t stop staring at him, feeling a little attracted to him, but not in the same way as I am to Charles; if this man or beast somehow found me, I could be in serious trouble.
He appeared to come to a halt just inside the doorway, taking a deep breath and growling loudly. His growl sounded exactly like the growl from my dream, and I quickly cover my mouth to keep the shocked scream from escaping; unfortunately, he must have heard me because he took two giant steps towards our trap door, bent down and grabbed the side, breaking it into two pieces and throwing them over his shoulders. I keep an eye on him as he descends the tiny flight of stairs. As he gets closer to the bottom, I back away from the stairs and make my way to the far wall.
He doesn’t even need to take another step to stand in front of me; he simply lifts his hands and presses them flat against the wall behind me, thus enclosing me between him and the wall. I turn my head to the side as he leans down, allowing him to take a big breath across my shoulder and up my neck. I get a shiver from this gentle activity, but I’m not sure if it’s from fear, excitement, or pleasure. He then growls low, startling me and bringing me back to reality; I have never let anyone bully me around, and I have no intention of doing so now.
My grandma looks at me and shakes her head, knowing exactly who I am and what I am about to do. Elder Miles hasn’t been training me in the past several years to not use it to defend myself, so I bring my knee up hard against his privates, forcing him to take his hands away from the wall, allowing me to slip under and around him. I don’t give it a second thought as I sprint up the steps and into the arms of one of the remaining beasts in the hut.
Panicked a little, I struggle and slam my foot down into his, then use all the strength I have to strike him in the side of the ribs with my elbow, shocking him and forcing him to release me as well. Sliding down his body, I fall to the floor, jumping to my feet as quickly as I can to avoid the other beasts grabbing for me. I escape my house and sprint into the village. I come to a halt when I notice two of my friends on their knees in the village centre, their hands tied behind their backs and a collar encircling their necks.
This hesitation cost me because someone then wrapped two significantly enormous arms around me from behind. Fortunately, I am on the smaller side, and as I demonstrated to Elder Miles, I could exploit this to wiggle out of practically every hold the guys tried to keep me in. So I wiggle and struggle in his arms, causing him to reposition them in an attempt to get a better grip on me, which is exactly what I wanted because it gave me a bit more movement.I toss my head back, hitting his nose, and then I throw my elbows back, hitting both sides of his ribs at the same moment, loosening his grip on me even more and allowing me to slip down and out of his arms. When I get to the ground, I crouch and then kick out my leg, rotating as I do so, sweeping his legs backward and causing him to fall hard to the ground.I smile and rise back to my feet, but it's not for long since I'm suddenly surrounded by three more beasts, the first of whom I manage to avoid. I know I've been lu
As he walks out of the town centre and back into the woods, I raise my head and gaze over to where my house is; the last time I see my grandmother, she is quietly sobbing in the shattered doorway of our hut, as the leader of the beasts carries me off into the woods and an uncertain future.I continue to fight despite the fact that it appears to be accomplishing nothing except exhausting me; I groan and, for the first time, attempt to communicate with the beast that is holding me captive.“Do you believe you could help me walk by putting me down?”“NO!”So, since that didn’t work, I’m going to try something new. “When you claimed I was yours, what did you mean?”“You're Mine!”“You already said that... Where are we going?”“Quiet!”“NO!”This appears to surprise him, as he stops for a second, leading me to believe that he
I return to the room and re-examine everything; the only door I haven’t tried must go to a corridor within the building; approaching the door, I lay my hand on the handle and attempt to open it. I repress a chuckle when I discover the door is locked, but I didn’t really expect it to be unlocked, so I groan in disgust and return to the balcony. I know I did a lot of fighting yesterday, and my muscles are quite sore as a result, but I’m not going to sit here and wait for Zachariah to determine what he’ll do to me.Shifting to the side where the railing meets the side of the house... or whatever place I’m in. I lean over the edge, look down, and shudder; I’ve never been a big fan of heights, but I’m not going to let it get the best of me and prevent me from getting away from here. There aren’t many places to hold, but that hasn’t stopped me before, and it won’t this time either. I take a big breath and climb over
I am still a little shocked at what’s going on, so I don’t realize what the one he pushed me into is doing until I feel something tighten around my wrists again. I then start to struggle, but the guy grabs my arms, pulls me into him, and whispers.“You would be better off keeping still my dear, you are already in enough trouble..”I freeze as he runs his nose up my neck; they seem to enjoy doing that a lot but it just creeps me out except for when Zachariah does it. I continue to struggle a little against the ties around my wrists and his hands touching my upper arms, but I have no choice but to watch as Zachariah moves and approaches the one that was holding me.He doesn’t say anything and I gasp in surprise as he punches him in the jaw sending him to the ground. He then moves up to him and pulls him back to his feet just to punch him in the abdomen, chest, and nose. I stop struggling and do what I do best. I study him as he moves.
He holds and pulls me tighter into him as he deepens the kiss; I tense and freeze as I feel the hardness of his excitement pressing more against me. Smiling against my lips before pulling back and looking me in the eye, moving his hand from my neck up into my hair. He then grips my hair and tugs lightly, making my head tilt back. He breaks the connection with my eyes as he leans forward just a little to run soft butterfly kisses down and back up my neck.I can’t stop the soft moan as I relax and pleasure spreads through me, Zachariah smiles against my skin as he pulled on my hair just a little more allowing him to move his kisses further down my neck and onto my chest, another soft moan escapes my lips as he trails his kisses over the tops of my breasts. He continues to smile as he kisses his way back up my neck to my lips, saying,“Such a fiery little thing, but so soft and responsive to my touch...”He then kisses me again.
Whoever it is, knocks again, but this time a soft girl’s voice comes through the door.“Hello? Um... I was wondering if you were hungry?”As if right on cue, my stomach growls loudly and I hear a giggle from the other side of the door. The girl then says,“If you step away from the door, I will bring in something for you to eat!”I haven’t eaten anything since the meal I had with Charles at the celebration, so probably against my better judgment, I move away from the door and go and sit on the bed. I don’t know how she knew I was no longer standing by the door, but I then hear the door unlock and open; I watch as a very tall, gorgeous girl walks in with a tray in her hands.I glance behind her and see a guy standing just outside once she is all the way in. He reaches in and then closes and locks the door behind her. I then return my attention back to the girl who is now standing in front of me, but with no
I don't realize how long I was sitting at the desk until I hear a commotion coming from outside. I look down and notice that the doodles I have been doing since I sat down were all of Zachariah, both his human and his beast. As I hear the commotion getting closer to the bedroom door, I quickly pick up the contracts that I had moved and place them back where they were, covering the paper with my doodles on them.I move closer to the door and hear someone is yelling. The door then unlocks and swings open and in walks Zachariah, half yelling, half growling."Stay out of it Jade...." I then hear Jade's softer voice come from behind him, "But Zach... She..." "NO!!! I SAID STAY OUT OF IT!!!"I hear a slight whimper as he then grabs the side of the door, slamming it behind him. There is a soft click telling me that it was relocked, but Zachariah just goes straight past me and into the bathroom, slamming that door behind him
I wake up in the morning with a moan of pleasure as I feel soft kisses along the back of my shoulder and up my neck. Added to that were two hands running slowly up and down my body but under the shirt, I am wearing; I jump a little as one of the hands slides down my body and then under and into my underwear. I take a sharp intake of breath and let out a low moan as he moved his hand and then his fingers; I have never felt this before. There are tingles running all over my body where his other hand is touching, adding to what the one in my underwear is doing.I moan again and arch my back a little as he increases the movement of his hand and fingers; he tightens his other arm and uses his hand, snaking it out of the top of the shirt I am wearing so that he can turn my head and part of my body to kiss me. He deepens the kiss as he increases his hand and fingers, even more, making me whimper a little into his kiss; he moves his kisses from my lips along my cheek to my ear and wh