Ana insists we escape, and to be honest, in the last few days, I have started to think more and more about freedom. After the beating Beta Stefan gave me, I made sure not to make any more mistakes. The first two nights after my last beating, Ana brought me more food, but on the second night, after she left the stables, Alpha Max almost caught her, and she stopped coming to the stables.I spent a lot of time cleaning and decorating the Pack House for the Alpha's birthday. Tables and chairs have been put in the big dining room, while in the kitchen, food and drinks that have been prepared are waiting to be served. "You should eat something!" Mrs. Radu says and puts a plate with food on the table.I remember what happened the last time she gave me food, and I a take step back."I am fine," I say.She pulls a chair. "Alpha Max is too busy to notice you. So eat everything; you need your energy for tonight!" Mrs. and Mr. Radu know about Ana's plan to escape the Silver Pack. We will disappear after the party is over when everyone is too tired to notice four werewolves leaving the Pack House and never returning. I grab the plate and gobble the food as fast as I can. "Slow down, child, or else you will choke!" Mrs. Radu scolds me.I wash the plate and put it on the dish rack. "I know, but I am too nervous." Mrs. Radu comes to me and takes my hands into hers. "I know you are but have a little faith that everything will go well."The only thing I know is that if I get caught trying to escape again—the torture I endured before will be nothing compared to what Alpha Max and Beta Stefan will do to me down in the dungeons, where no one can hear or see me. Ana sticks her head in the kitchen. "Time to start taking out the food." She goes and picks up a tray with food. Before leaving, Ana looks into my eyes. "Take a big breath. If everything goes how I planned it, by morning, we will be far away from here."I inhale deeply for a few seconds, pick up a tray and follow Ana. As I serve food or drinks, I keep my head down, not daring to look at anyone's face. When the plates are empty, I gather them, take them back to the kitchen, and clean them in silence.Hours pass, and one by one, the pack members start going to their rooms until only Alpha Max and his Beta are the only ones left in the dining room. They keep drinking and laughing. I start cleaning.Ana and her parents are waiting for me in the kitchen, but I can't leave until Alpha Max and Beta Stefan go to their rooms."You! Worm!" Alpha Max yells. "Come here!"I tried avoiding them during the party, Ana being the one serving the Alpha's table. But now that I am alone with them, I have to do as they say. Keeping my gaze glued to the floor, I go to their table."Did you have cake?" Alpha Max asks."N-no!" I say, my eyes on his expensive shoes."Why not? I want everyone to have a good time today!" He throws some leftovers on the floor and steps on them. Beta Stefan spits on it. "There, I want you to lick even the last crumb!" I stare at the floor a second before getting on my knees. The sooner I do as they ask, the better. I close my eyes and let my mind wander. From my mental prison, Derayu rebels, but I ignore him. As I clean the floor with my tongue, I think of the blue sky and the green forest and imagine how it would feel to run free one more time.When I finish, Beta Stefan picks up a glass of whiskey. "How about a little alcohol?"Whiskey is not strong enough to get an adult werewolf drunk, but I still shake my head."That's funny," Alpha Max says, "when Ana told you to escape with her, you didn't refuse. But yet you dare say to a glass a whiskey we are offering you?"Fuck! He knows. I try to remain calm as I listen to Alpha Max. My pulse accelerates, and all I can think about is that he knows and he will harm Ana and her family."You thought I wouldn't find out?" he asks. "I–I–""Yes, you!" Alpha Max says in a calm tone, but I know how angry he is. I can feel it. I am not scared for myself, I accepted my faith long ago, but I don't want others to suffer because of me."Bring them in!" Beta Stefan says in a loud tone, and the door to the dining room opens. Five males drag Ana and her parents inside. Mikael and Sergey are the last to enter. I try to remain as calm as I can. Freaking out won't help Ana or her family. Ana is glaring at Mikael while he avoids looking at her.Alpha Max stands. "After your last attempt at escaping, I thought you would know better that no matter what you do, you will never be free!" he growls as he speaks. "Because of you, I will have to punish members of my pack!""I-it's o-only m-my fa-fault. Th-they d-don't ha-have a-anything t-to d-do wi-with m-my e-es-escape," I say.I wonder how he found out because I know Ana didn't say anything to anyone about our plans. "Of course, it is all your fault!" Alpha Max snaps. "But after a little visit to the dungeons, I am sure you will never think about running away!" He looks at Ana. "I don't like harming females, but in your case, I will make an exception!" "No!" Mikael says. "You promised to leave Ana alone if I told you her plans!" "Well, we lied!" Beta Stefan says. Ana looks at Mikael, "You are a snitch! I should have never trusted you!""I am sorry!" Mikael says. "It is too late for sorries," Ana says. "I, Ana Radu, Omega in the Silver Pack, reject you, Mikael Barbu, Gamma in the Silver Pack as my mate!" Mikael falls to his knees and covers his face with his palms."Take them to the dungeons!" Alpha Max says.
Vladimir Three Enforcers drag me to the dungeons while four pack members take Ana and her parents. I try to free myself from the Enforcers, but one of them takes out a taser and uses it on me until I stop struggling. Fortunately, they don't do anything to Ana or her parents. When we reach the dungeons, we are taken to different cells. There are bloodstains on the walls and the floor of the cell the Enforcers take me to. A pole dressed in silver is in the middle, and a male removes my t-shirt and ties me to it with special zip ties. After that, I am left alone in the cell. I struggle to get free, but the harder I pull, the more the zip ties seem to cut into my wrists. Derayu tries to speak to me, but I block him. Screams coming from Ana and her parents start a few minutes later. Son of a bitch! Alpha Max will make me listen to how he hurts the only people who care about me before torturing me. Nothing would have happened if I had insisted to Ana that I didn't want to escape. "T-T
Elena The trip to Silver Pack takes more time than I expected. We were on a lonely road when a group of vampires and rogues attacked us. Between Mark, William, and I, we killed them fast. After we got rid of the bodies, I saw that one of my bolts got stuck in one of the car tires. While Mark and William changed the tire, I thought of the slave. The rest of the way to Silver Pack, I keep thinking about Max and the phone call, and it makes no sense. Slaves have been a commodity for many generations and were usually humans, members of enemy packs, or rogues. In the beginning, the slaves were treated like Omegas, but with time, Alphas and other werewolves started mistreating the slaves. Females were given to warriors and used for pleasure and breeding, while the males were put to do most of the work inside the pack. After many years of suffering, an Alpha and Luna Supreme decided enough was enough and abolished slavery. Of course, there were still Alphas that chose to do the opposite an
Elena William does not waste any time, and with a strong kick, he breaks the door. Inside, two males are behind a desk and are staring at a laptop. I am positive the one with black hair is Max, while I don’t recognize the one with brown hair. They are so absorbed by what they see on the laptop they don’t hear the noise caused by the broken door or me getting inside. Close to the desk, sitting on a chair, is a young female. From her scent, I know she is an Omega—not that I care about ranks. Her palms cover her face, and her shoulders are shaking. While no sound is coming from her, I know she is crying silently. Her clothes are ripped and torn and full of blood, and she has injuries all over her body. “Morţii mă-sii,” (His/Her mother’s dead relatives) William swears before he removes his jacket, walks over to the female, and puts it over her shoulders before lifting her in his arms. It is only then that she notices us. Her eyes fill with fear and more tears. Her mouth parts, and her bo
Elena Stefan is out of my reach; otherwise, I would have slapped him into the next week. William growls so loud I hear his chest vibrating, and Stefan takes a step backward. “Let me guess, that is the slave. Call off the wolves and have the male brought here!” I ordered Max and snap my fingers. Anger flashes in his eyes before he does as I ask him. “Stop the chasing!” he yells into a microphone he has on the desk. The wolves obey, and from what I see on the laptop, the male falls to his knees as soon as the wolves stop running. They shift into their human form and drag the slave after them. I watch the laptop a moment more before my attention turns to Max. “I want the slave’s file!” I say. I know Max does not want to give it to me, but he puts a hand in his right pocket, takes out a set of keys, unlocks the top drawer of his desk, and reluctantly gives the file to me. I open it and look at the only page that is inside. My eyes scan it fast, and I have a strange feeling, but I shr
Vladimir When Alpha Max told the wolves chasing me to stop and take me to the office, all I could think about was to kill him for what he did to Mr. and Mrs. Radu. I try to get free from the males dragging me to the office, but they are stronger than me. I am thinking about freeing Derayu from the prison I built around him when I entered the office, my lungs filled with the most beautiful scent I have ever smelled—lilac and hyacinth. My blood roars in my ears, and I stop fighting. Derayu howls inside my head and slams against the invisible walls surrounding him. I often wondered if the girl I loved with all my heart had been my soulmate. After that day, when I took her innocent life and became the slave of the Silver Pack, I accepted it because it was my punishment for what I did. Every time Ana would mention my soulmate, only the face of my princess—how I often called her—would come to my mind. But the Moon Goddess has another plan for me. I turn my attention to the source of that
Vladimir The male with white hair scratches the back of his head and looks around him, scanning the hallways. The Pack House is unusually quiet; there are no pups running around or teenagers shyly glancing at those they like. While I have never been a real member of the Silver Pack, I know there is a special bond between a werewolf and his pack. They can mind link, a thing I could never do since, technically, I am still a rogue. When Ana's parents died, everyone felt it. From what I understood, when a pack member returns to the Moon Goddess, a part of the pack's heart goes with him. I might not feel that pain, but knowing Mr. and Mrs. Radu died because they wanted to help me hurts so badly, and I want to claw my heart out of my chest. But Ana needs me, so for her sake, I must carry on. She rejected Mikael and has no relatives left in Romania. A cousin of Mrs. Radu lives in Paris, but Ana doesn’t want to move there. My eyes fell on my hands. Ana is smart and works hard, but since she l
ElenaThe sun is about to disappear between a line of trees, and there is so much to be done before me and my team can return home. But all I can think about is Vladimir telling Mia his wolf is feral. No wonder he is full of welts and cuts. His wolf should have been able to heal them.The tip of my fingers touches his chest. Beneath all the dry blood that covers Vladamir's body, I can tell he has many scars. Max has abused my mate for a long time and subjected him to torture, and that is unacceptable! When I get my hands on Max, I will show him what torture really means!Vladimir gazes at me with pained eyes, and I know rejecting him will hurt like a motherfucker, but as a vampire huntress having a weakness can result in many people dying.Mia huffs her disagreement. 'Vladimir is not a weakness!''Think about it! His wolf is feral and he can't rely on him! What will happen when Mihnea finds out that I have found my mate? Have you stopped to think that Mihnea can use Vladimir to get to
Elena Growing up, I was never alone. There had always been family or friends over at my house, or I was visiting them. But right now, sitting in the backyard of the Silver Pack, I feel more alone than ever. In addition, I deliberately hurt my mate and made my wolf angry with me. And Mark told me he would stop working with me if I rejected Vladimir. I don't give a shit about most things, but I care a lot about Mark. At some point during my teen years, things changed, and I became less social, and I stopped speaking to most of my friends. Except for Mark. He had always been there for me. He has always been my BFF, and I love him more than anything in this world. When my first crush broke my heart, and I called him in the middle of the night, he came running to my house with a big tub of ice cream and a collection of stupid old movies. When Mark suffered because of a female, I made him his favorite dinner and stayed with him until he was better. Mark leaving the team is not an option.