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-They di-did n-nothing wro-wrong!" I yell, but no one listens to me. "A-Ana!"
"V!" she yells back. "Help me!" she cries.
"I-I am g-getting y-you o-out o-of h-here! D-Do y-you he-hear me?"
"Please, don't!" she says loudly before a heart-wrenching scream echoes in the dungeons.
"Ana! Ana! Talk to me!" I beg. She does not reply , but I can hear her screaming.
The screams go on and on for what seems hours, and during this time, I keep trying to get free while I yell, calling Alpha Max a coward. When I don't hear Ana's parents screaming, I start to get worried.
"M-Mr. Radu? M-Mrs Radu?" I say as loud as I can, but no one answers. "A-Ana?"
No one replies.
I try again. "A-Ana! An-Answer me!"
I will never forgive myself if Alpha Max killed Ana and her parents.
I am about to call Ana once more when Alpha Max and Beta Stefan come to my cell. The door is opened, and they enter directly. Their clothes and hands are full of blood. The smell and sight of blood make me sick, and I try to breathe through my mouth.
A table with all kinds of objects used for torture is close to the pole, and Alpha Max walks over to it, picks up a clean rag, cleans his hands, and puts it back. All this time, he looks at me, and this time I don't lower my gaze. His eyes fill with rage, and I know I am going to be punished severely for looking into his eyes, but at this point, I don't care what happens to me.
"W-What t-the fu-fuck d-di-did you d-do t-to t-th-them?" I snarl.
Beta Stefan punches my ribs again and again, and I bend to the side because of the pain.
"I taught them what happens to those that betray my trust!" Alpha Max replies.
"A-are t-they s-still a-alive?"
"You should worry about yourself!" Alpha Max replies.
"I-I a-am go-going t-to k-kill y-you!"
Beta Stefan laughs. "You are going to die down here!"
I spat at them, and Alpha Max grabs me by my hair and smashed my forehead into the pole. The silver causes me a lot of pain, but this is nothing compared to when Beta Stefan and Alpha Max whipped me to an inch of my life. My body is full of scars from all the torture sessions I have endured. He keeps smashing my head until I get disoriented.
Alpha Max takes a cheek retractor and, with the help of Beta Stefan, forces my mouth open. While Beta Stefan prevents me from moving my head, Alpha Max takes silver needles and shoves them between my teeth and gums. The pain is so intense that it takes all my will to stop myself from screaming.
With pliers, he rips my nails before electrocuting me for long periods of time. When I faint because of the pain, Beta Stefan throws water on me, waking me.
They torture me for many hours, and when they get tired, I am taken to the lowest level of the dungeons, to a cell so dark I can't see anything. The torture session left me drained of my powers, and I force myself to remove the needles before I close my eyes. Despite all the pain I am feeling and being worried sick for Ana and her parents, I fall asleep.
Some time later, a loud bang jolts me awake.
"Worm, are you awake?" I hear Alpha Max’s voice close by. I sniff the air, but he is not in the cell.
More sounds reach my ears—drums, wolves howling and scratching a wall. I look around to see where the sounds are coming from, but I can't see anything.
"Wh-where a-are y-you, y-you co-coward?" I yell.
Alpha Max laughs like a madman.
"I tell you what. If you can run faster than those pack members that wanted to be part of the fun, I will answer a question for you."
I wonder what he means when I hear a door opening and scents coming from at least five pack members, all Enforcers in their wolf form. They enter the cell I am in, and I can hear them snarling and growling at me. If Alpha Max expects me to start running around this part of the dungeons, he is in for a big surprise. The wolves can tear me to pieces, and I won't move a millimeter.
The wolves get so close to me that I can feel their warm breath on my cold skin. I should be afraid, but strangely, I feel at peace, knowing I will soon be reunited with my family and her.
"You either stand and start running," Alpha Max snarls, and I wonder how he can see me, "or I will kill Ana."
"H-how d-do I k-know s-she is al-alive?" I ask.
"Stefan, bring in the little bitch!"
Moments later, I hear Ana's voice. "V?"
I stand as fast as I can, but I am in so much pain I fall to the floor. "A-Ana?"
She starts sobbing. "He killed them!"
I clench my teeth hard—my gums hurt like hell but I ignore it and concentrate on Ana’s words. Alpha Max killed her parents.
"If you don't want your dear friend to be passed around by the Enforcers and suffer a horrible death, I advise you to start running!"
I do as Alpha Max says, and I force myself to run as if my life depends on it. No! As if Ana's life depends on it! The wolves chase me, and I get out of the cell. The hallway is as dark as the cell and I extend my left hand, and while my fingers brush the wall I keep running. When the wolves are about to catch me, I do something I never did before—I let Derayu give me a boost of energy.
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.
VladimirAna takes me to her room and locks the door behind her before wrapping her arms around herself. I pull her into a tight hug and stroke her hair while I whisper reassuring words to her, but I know that no matter what I say or do, it won’t bring back her parents. She knows I will always be by her side, that she will be the sister I never had.I swallow hard and let go of her.“We should hurry,” I tell her. “I don’t think Elena would like it if we made her wait for too long!”“I don’t like her! Each time she visited the pack, she acted as if she were better than anyone else!”I frown because I didn’t realize that Elena had come here before. I would not have known anyway because each time someone visited the pack, I was taken to the lower parts of the dungeons and stayed there until the guests left.“It does not matter if you like her or not; we will have to go with her,” I say before heading towards Ana’s closet. “Get inside the shower while I pack your things!”Ana’s bottom lip