~~~ Hayden ~~~
I run my fingers through my hair, three more weeks until I’ll bear the weight of the crown. I would never admit that it makes me uneasy.
It’s my destiny to wear the title of King of Alphas and I’ve been trained for it my entire existence, but I can’t tell if that moment is dreadful or exciting for me. Perhaps a little bit of both.
“What do you think about the redhead with that cleavage that could win her a place in both Heaven and Hell?” My cousin, Landon, is pulling me away from my train of thought, his eyes flashing lust.
I let go of the breath I’ve been holding, my glance scanning through the club and landing on the woman he was pointing at. High heeled boots, trashy dress that leaves nothing to imagination, dancing on the table like a little whore.
I shake my head in disgust, no fucking way I’ll put my dick into that. It’s been a while since I had some rough meaningless sex, but I’m not that desperate. And there is that part of me that yearns to find my mate. It’s growing more powerful day by day.
“Picky, aren’t we?” He smiles cunningly, raising a brow at me.
I smirk. “Yeah, because unlike you, I do have standards.”
“Unless you don’t want to get laid tonight–” He stops mid sentence and I follow his gaze to see what caught his attention. Or better say who caught his attention, because Layla Addison is heading our way, swaying her hips in the alluring way that hints she’s looking for trouble.
Just my fucking luck.
I roll my eyes in annoyance, I’m in no mood to put up with her.
“So you are going to get laid tonight, after all.” He smiles playfully and I find myself glaring at him.
I slept with Layla a few months ago and since then she follows me around, asking for seconds, which I’m not willing to provide, for she was no good in bed. Not to mention, she proved to be a crazy bitch after our little night, and I’m putting it mildly.
“Who do we have here, Hayden Kingston and Landon Morgan, the infamous duo? I suppose you guys are up to no good tonight?”
“Just the way you know us, Layla!” He winks devilishly and I wish she would fall for that and pursue my cousin instead, but she’s stubborn on me.
Between the two of us, Landon is the real womanizer, his family owns a few clubs and he takes home a different woman every night, and they just love everything about him, craving for any piece of attention he throws in their direction.
Truth be told, our presence here tonight supposedly is for business purposes purely, he’s thinking about purchasing this club, but here he is again, at his game.
I do pity his destined mate, though it is said that a mate has the power to make one yield, and I sure look forward to seeing that happening to him.
“It never crossed my mind that I’ll find you here!” Layla declares under the pretense of surprise.
Yeah, I’m sure of that. A she-wolf in a club meant for humans.
“I’d love to keep you company, but I just spotted my next snack! See you later!” Landon pats my shoulder in a mocking manner.
“Fucking traitor!” I mutter a string of curses, my lethal glare holding the promise of revenge.
He holds on to his chest, feigning to be hurt, then he leans closer and whispers to my ear. “Enjoy the night!” And off he disappears into the crowd.
Layla does not waste any time, she climbs into my lap, her hands roaming over my body, her lips trailing wet kisses on my neck as she whispers filthy words into my ear, confident that it would turn me on.
It doesn’t. Her actions have no effect on me, and I am desperately wanting to leave this place.
That until the inconceivable happens.
Out of nowhere, cutting through all the smoke, an alluring scent fills my nostrils, it smells like black chocolate and mint, rich and delicious. I get up from the lounge, removing the Layla parasite from my lap in the process.
“Hey! You’re hurting me!” I hear her complaints somewhere in the background, but I can’t bring myself to give a fuck, that enticing scent is all I want in my system.
World slows down, I close my eyes to sharpen my other senses, and I inhale it all, almost feeling its taste. Every cell in my body feels aroused as if someone set me in flames.
Who is the wonderful creature that smells like this?
Could it be her, my fated mate?
I narrow my eyes, this is a club for fucking humans. No, this cannot happen, I am not 21 yet, I’ve never shape-shifted so it’s fucking impossible. Our wolf surface on our 21st birthday, and that’s when we find our mate.
An eagerness sensation that I did not know I had in me invaded my figure, I desperately want to see from where the scent came, I have to find her before I lose my fucking mind.
I scrutinize the thick crowd with my eyes, there are no she-wolves besides the leech that follows me around since our one night stand. I glare at her again, and she cowers in fear, not understanding my behavior.
“What are you searching for?” She dares to ask, I ignore her presence and explore the club again.
After what seemed like ages of excruciating torture, my eyes settle on a girl, and I admit that she is the most gorgeous woman I’ve seen in my entire life.
My brain suddenly malfunctions, all rational thoughts fly out the window, that girl is a goddess.
Long dark hair that compliments her heart sculpted face, eyes of almond shape and black pitch color, shining with intelligence and determination, plump kissable lips. Killer body wrapped in a black mini dress that could be easily considered a second skin.
Not a she-wolf, yet her scent feels like a drug to my senses, she confidently walks around this place as if she owns it, ignoring the lustful stares casted in her way.
Something stirs inside me at this abominable thought and I suddenly feel that I’m not close enough.
My body acts on its own, I follow her to the second floor, and into an office, my heart pounding erratically with every step I take. I cringe when I enter the room, the air is hard to breathe, it’s tainted with unnatural forces.
I take a mental note to investigate later, for now, I act upon my instincts and pull her from that room, it’s coated in ice and she’s freezing.
“You’re freezing, let me warm you up!” I drink in her heavenly scent as if my life depended on it, getting an instant hard-on.
My hands roam on her body, and I use all my self-control not to rip the clothes off her exquisite figure and claim her as mine. Her skin is bursting in flames underneath my prying hands, and I love the effect I have on her body.
“Why were you so cold?” I inquire, hanging on the last bit of my self-restraint, as I feel her soaking core.
She shifts in my arms, turning around to face me, her eyes holding strong emotions, and for a split second, they flash purple, something else that I cannot place stirring in them.
Just like that, a staring contest begins, a second passes, then another… and another. Time stops, I’m drunk on her beauty, I don’t even know her name, yet she already has me wrapped around her little finger.
“What are you doing with my boyfriend, slut?”
My body stiffens, the magic bubble bursts, Layla’s shrilling voice making my ear bleed.
Her glare drifts from Layla to me and back, she scoffs. “Keep him, he’s all yours! I hate cheating bastards anyway!” She pushes my body away with an unforeseen force and leaves my sight in a flash.
I turn my attention to the clinger in front of me, rage stirring inside. “You’re banished from my pack!” My tone leaves no place for further discussions, I should have done this from the moment she became my stalker.
And the goddess-like girl, ohh she would be mine, I’ll make sure of that.
~~~ Allaya ~~~My heart is hammering in my chest, so loud that I can almost hear it, rage swirls inside me and I’m trembling like a fool. What kind of devil has gotten under my skin to let an utter stranger touch me so intimately?But that man did not feel like a stranger to me.I relished in that moment like there was no tomorrow, he had me under some sort of spell. Our instant connection was powerful and addictive, almost like the hand of fate was influencing my senses, guiding my moves to the one destined for me.Wait… what? Where did that come from?My emotions are all over the place, my own mind gave up on me and my thoughts ceased to make sense.Sparks break all over my treacherous body at the mere recollection of his touch, and I feel my cheeks flush. His hands felt like magic bliss, while his hot lips on my neck transported me to another universe, where skilled gorgeous men like him really exist.Good God, I must
~~~ Allaya ~~~ I take out a small traveling bag and toss inside some clothes, just enough to last me a few days. I plan on telling my father to deliver me the rest. For now, I just want to avoid my step sister. I’ll leave the house in the middle of the night as a thief. I shouldn’t be the one chased out of my home, but I don’t have the strength or the will to face my parents and relate what happened to them. They should know, but I’ll give Elena the chance to tell them. I’ll miss my home, I’ll miss my parents, but I cannot live under the same roof with her, not anymore. A sense of loss wrecks over my soul, she used to be my best friend, my light at the end of the tunnel. Every time I believed I didn’t fit in, she would beat some sense into me. But it’s all in the past. Elena betrayed me in the worst way possible. I swallow my tears, she doesn’t deserve them. Zipping up my bag, I pick myself from the floor and just when I’m abou
~~~ Allaya ~~~** My eyes sharply explore the depth of the woods, butterflies are ravaging my stomach in fear, my heart is pounding against my rib cage, as ready to explode, it’s nothing that I have felt before.I run, I run for my life is in danger, my life and the life of my unborn baby. Unworthy sensations for my kind are stirring inside, my body is tense in that emotion called panic, which was created for blunt human weaklings.I run with inhuman speed, as fast as I can, searching for a good hiding spot, the chances of survival are low. They will catch up on me soon, I’m not going to make it, it’s just too many of them and I’m alone.My heart rate is on overdrive while racing against all odds, my life depends on it, I know every inch of this place, but so do they. Howls cracking through the silence of the forest, making everything more intense, the dreadful noises are getting closer.<
~~~ Allaya ~~~ “Man candy at 12 o’clock! Don’t look, he’s coming your way!” Alexis smiles mischievously and my treacherous mind instantly travels to that man that looked as sexy as the devil himself, the absurdly gorgeous man that of course has a girlfriend. ‘You’re a terrible person, Allaya!’ I silently reprimand myself, yet my heartbeats are going wild in anticipation. Though I can’t explain exactly how, I can feel his presence in this club, that all-male fragrance mixed with fresh ground coffee scent is everything my nose can pick up in here. Time moves in slow motion as I wait for him to show up, it seems like an eternity passes until someone is lightly touching my shoulder. With no delay, my hope falters, I don’t feel my insides bursting into flames, so it cannot be him. “Allaya, you’re here again!” A man’s throaty voice is pulling me out of my train of thoughts. I turn around and meet a pair of charming baby blue eyes. A
~~~ Allaya ~~~** “She has to die!”“That child is a nefarious creature which will bring destruction by drawing the wrath of Gods and the grudge of our ancestors!”“The child will bestow misfortune on all of us!”Their atrocious shouts are sharpening as we edge near the sinister castle pertaining to the Council of Magical Creatures.Why are their judgements so bloodthirsty, what do they know about us? Nothing.“The rules are very clear, why didn’t they follow them?”“Yes, this would not have happened if they just respected our laws!”“Kill her!”“Kill her along with her abominable child!”“Nooooooooo!”I cry out with the little strength I have left. “It’s just an innocent child!” My tone low, my voice shattered, I
~~~ Allaya ~~~Big blue eyes and dark black fur, almost beautiful, if not for those fangs and for the fact that I’ll probably die in the next seconds.The beautiful beast seems disturbingly familiar, it’s something in the way he looks at me that strains me. I must be losing my mind, but I see a sort of warmth shining in his dark storming gaze.‘Of course, you’re the food here, Allaya, he probably thinks that you’re delicious!’I close my eyes as I collapse on the ground, I hope this will end quickly, I already feel my energy draining from the fear.Thump.Thumpp.Thumppp.Thumpppp.My heart is threatening to make a hole in my chest to jump out of it.Seconds pass and nothing happens. I feel a human touch on my arm, I open my eyes even more scared and I see… L-Landon.Landon is standing between the huge wolf and me, his body shielding mine.The shock or the h
~~~ Hayden ~~~Motherfucker!That was the first thought that crossed my mind as I opened my eyes this morning, my 21th birthday morning, just before my body was invaded by emotions and needs I was not aware that I can be blessed with until that right moment, when everything became fucking crystal clear.How the fuck is even possible for Allaya to be my mate?I’ve been suspecting this since the moment I’ve set my eyes on her, but still, how the fuck did this happen?There is a rule against it and I’m not even concerned for my Alpha status, if this information reaches the wrong people, my mate will be in great danger. The Head of the Council is waiting patiently for an opportunity to strike me and my close ones.She might even get killed, I have to hide it as if our lives depend on it for our lives do depend on it.But it’s not a fucking easy task, it’s required for the true Alpha to introduce hi
~~~ Allaya ~~~As I entered the house earlier, after the event with that massive beast, I reached to a conclusion, not to ponder on that incident again. I would have doubted my own senses, if not for Landon, that witnessed everything.Anyway, I’ll place it in a corner of my mind along with my nightmares, it won’t do me any good to speculate about it, and it certainly won’t bring me any answers. It’s better to prepare for the party, seeing Hayden with his girlfriend, that’s a real challenge.I am prepared for the battle ahead, my outfit is my armor, I analyze my figure from every angle possible, doing pirouettes and all kinds of dance moves. My lips form into a satisfying smirk, the dress my parents got me looks stunning on my body.My weapon is my make-up and unlike any other day, I used a ton of it. This shade of black that I’ve never applied before literally hides my age, I’m totally gorgeous, I look years