Even though it was graduation day, my day started out just as it always did. Making breakfast for the pack house, serving, and prepping lunch. It wasn’t a regular school day, but with graduation not being until 2 pm, I knew I wouldn’t be home to make lunch for everyone. Thankfully I had no run ins with anyone during my time downstairs.
As soon as I was finished I went to my room to put the finishing touches on the skirt, and shirt set I made myself for graduation. I made it out of fabrics I gathered from thrown out clothes by others in the house. It wasn’t perfect, but it would do. Besides it would be under my graduation gown. No one would see it. I just knew I couldn’t get my diploma wearing my tattered jeans, and a t-shirt. Even though no one would be there to cheer me on, I wanted to look decent. The only thing I didn’t have were nice shoes, so I was walking across the stage in my old, worn out sneakers.
Once I had finished, I grabbed my toiletry bag, and went down to the old gym in the basement to shower. It took awhile for the water to warm up, but as I was the only one to ever use these showers, that wasn’t a surprise to me. I quickly scrubbed my body, and took extra care with my hair. I wanted it to look nice. Once done, I got out, dried off quickly, threw on the jeans and t-shirt I brought down with me, and went back to my room.
I still had 2 hours before I had to be at the school, so I pulled out the box of old pictures I found from when I was little, and my mom was alive. I pulled out one my favorites. The one of my mom holding me when I was a baby. She was snuggling me close to her chest, and smiling proudly at the camera. She had such joy on her face. It made me happy to see that smile. I studied her perfect face. I looked so much like her, sometimes it surprised even me. I knew that she was bit taller than me, but I had her hair, and eye color. I also had her nose, and mouth. I hoped that my smile was just like hers too.
I ran my finger along the side of her face in the picture as I sighed, and my eyes welled with tears.
“Oh mom. I so wish you were here to see me graduate today. I hope I’ve made you proud of how well I’ve done, and how hard I’ve worked.” I said, smiling thru my tears.
“Chastity, I have no doubt she is very proud of you.” Leila said.
“Thank you Leila.” I responded, still smiling at my mother’s smiling face, “Mom, can you do me a favor please? Can you find a way to convince dad to let me go to nursing school, please? I really want to go, and I know that I can help the pack so much if I go.”
I wanted to imagine I heard her say that she would make sure that I could go. I sat there for awhile just looking at that picture. Finally the alarm I set to let me know it was time to get ready for graduation went off. With a finally look at my mom’s pictures, I put it back in the box, hid the box in the corner, and started to get dressed. Once I was dressed, I looked in the mirror.
The top was a soft purple that I made from a dress I had found that was stained along the bodice. The skirt was panels of white with purple flowers, and plain white. Every other panel was white, while the others was white with the purple flowers. I made it from two separate skirts that had tears in them. I put them into strips, and sewed them together to create the pattern. It wasn’t perfect, but I was happy with my outfit.
The only thing I wasn’t happy with was the bruise still on my face from Aurora the night before. I didn’t have anything to cover it with, and Leila did her best to heal it as much as she could, but with the lack of food lately, she didn’t have a lot of energy to heal it. It made me sad that the circumstances of my life had an effect on her, but she swore it was not my fault, at all. She didn’t blame me for the actions of others. She also understood why I refused to steal food, or risk accepting food from others. It kept others, and myself safe.
With one last look at myself, I grabbed my cap and gown, and headed downstairs. Everyone was in the living room fawning over Fiona in her graduation outfit, so no one noticed when I snuck past them, and left thru the door in the kitchen. I knew that everyone in the house was going to be at the graduation to watch Fiona walk across the stage to get her diploma. Well except Alpha Joseph as he was going to give a speech as he did for every graduating class. Gina was going to support her friend, as she is two years behind us. Gamma Peter, Naomi, and Ross were going to support Aurora and Fiona. My father, Braxton, Colby, and Aurora were going for Fiona. John of course was going for his daughter.
It didn’t take long to reach the training grounds where the graduation would be held. I quickly located the group of other graduates Unfortunately we had to wait for Fiona to arrive before we could file into our seats. In usual Fiona fashion she showed up with a minute to spare, much to the annoyance of all the teachers. Fiona of course tutted them, and told them they better learn to respect her as she was the future Luna of the pack. They just rolled their eyes at her, lined us up, and we walked out to our seats.
Before long Alpha Joseph was introduced, and he gave his speech about hard work, dedication, education, and pride. The speech was moving, and made me incredibly proud of myself for all of my hard work over the years. I could feel Leila’s pride in me as well. As soon as his speech ended, we all lined up to receive our diplomas.
I listened as the names of the students in front of me were called, followed by resounding cheers, and applause from their friends and family. It made me smile for them that they had so much support from their loved ones. When my name was called, Leila howled in my head for me, as teachers clapped for me. Beyond that, no one cheered for me. My heart squeezed to know that I had no one outside of school, but I maintained my smile, and graciously accepted my diploma from the principle, who smiled kindly at me. I could see his sadness in his eyes for me too. I just smiled brightly at him, took my diploma, and moved on to my seat.
My heart squeezed again when I heard the cheers and applause for Fiona. For a moment I was jealous as that was my family cheering her on while they ignored me. After a moment, I just shrugged my shoulders, and ignored them as they had ignored me all of these years. It wasn’t long after the last name was called, that the graduation ended. It was over. I had finished high school. One more step completed in my journey toward becoming what I wanted to be.
With a smile I left the field, and headed toward the auditorium where there would be a small after party. I stood on the side lines as I watched families toast, and congratulate their children. I smiled at the joy, and pride on all of the faces around me. At one point I felt eyes on me, I looked around, but saw no one looking my way. A few teachers approached me to congratulate me, and tell me how proud and excited they were for me for getting into nursing school. Before long I decided to go back to the pack house. I needed to work up the courage to ask my father about nursing school, and get dinner started.
I was in my room, changed, and reviewing the paperwork from nursing school, when I heard everyone coming back from the graduation. I listened as they talked about going out to dinner to celebrate. I heard Alpha Joseph, and my father state they were staying behind as they both had work to do since they spent most of their day at the graduation. I breathed a sigh of relief to know that no one else would be in the house when I went to speak to my father. It also meant I didn’t have to make as much food as I normally did since it would only be the two of them.
Once I heard everyone leave, I made my way out of my room, and toward my father’s office. I stood there for a full five minutes, talking myself into knocking. I almost walked away more than once. It was Leila who finally convinced me to knock on the door. With a shaky breath, I lifted my hand, and knocked. It was a moment or two before I heard my father’s deep voice saying “Come in”. With a trembling hand, I reached out, turned the knob, and pushed the door open. Quietly I slipped in.
“Beta.” I said quietly as I bowed to him, after closing the door softly.
“Omega.” My father addressed me.
I can’t remember the last time he said my name, and I haven’t been allowed to call him anything, but Beta since my twelfth birthday. I stood there for a full minute shaking, and breathing shallowly, until I heard my father drop his hand to his desk.
“Well what do you want? I don’t have all day.” My father barked.
“I….I…..umm….” I stuttered, squeezing my eyes shut, trying not to cry.
“You what? Speak Omega, or get the hell out!”
“S…sir, a few months ago I applied to the Cloverland School for Nursing, and Midwives in Dark Moon Pack. I got accepted. I….I came to ask permission to receive a pass to attend.”
“And who do you expect to pay for this? I certainly will not pay for an education for a lowly Omega.”
“No…no one s….sir. I got a full scholarship, and an on campus job to pay for what the scholarship does not cover.”
“What did you say? Look at me when you speak! I can’t hear you!”
Slowly I looked up. For the first time in years, I looked my father in the eyes. His dark brown eyes stared back at me. I trembled at the disgust, and anger I saw there. I wanted to quickly look down, but I knew if I did he would yell again.
“Now, what did you say?” He growled angrily.
“I….I got a full scholarship to attend the school, and an on campus job to cover any expenses not covered by the scholarship. The school, and Dark Moon Pack provide the room for the time I am there. The scholarship covers my tuition, and lab equipment. The campus job covers my meal plan, and books. All of the information is in here sir.” I explained quietly as I placed the folder with everything for the school on his desk.
“Do they know you’re an Omega?” My father asked angrily as he flipped the folder open.
“Do they know that I am your father?”
“N…n…no sir. I didn’t think….”
“You’re right! You didn’t think! You’re just an Omega! Nothing more! How did you even get them to accept you? How could you possibly be smart enough for this? How the hell did you get a scholarship?”
“Well sir….I…I have maintained a 4.0 GPA since I started first grade. My entry essay was impressive, according to the dean there. Several teachers from the high school, and two nurses from the pack hospital wrote me letters of recommendations.”
“Nonsense. There is no way.”
“It….it’s true sir. It’s all there for you to read, if you have time at some point.”
My father slammed the folder shut, causing me to jump, and glared at me. For a full minute he glared at me. I felt myself shrinking back, and trembling at the anger in his eyes. Finally he spoke.
“You think for even one second that Omega, like yourself. A worthless, lowly, common Omega is good enough to go to this school? Is worth an education beyond high school? Well let me tell you, you are NOT! You are an Omega! Your job is to take care of the people in this house! You are responsible for making us food, cleaning, doing laundry, and whatever else you are told to do! You are nothing! You do not deserve to go to nursing school, or any school for that matter! You are not good enough, or smart enough for this, and I will NOT have you embarrass me even more than you already do by going to this school and fucking it all up because you are not good enough or smart enough! NO! Absolutely not! You will not go! You will stay here and do your DAMN JOB! If I find out that you attempt to go any way, without my permission, I will have you hunted down, and thrown in the dungeon as a rogue! I will make sure Dark Moon Pack knows that if you show up there you are to be arrested as a threat to their pack. DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR!” My father belted out.
“Ye….yes sir.” I replied with trembling lips, trying hard to hold back the tears.
“Good! NOW GET THE HELL OUT OF MY OFFICE AND GET TO WORK! YOUR ALPHA AND BETA NEED THEIR DINNER!”
With that I scurried out of my father’s office, and ran to the kitchen. At some point on the way to the kitchen I almost ran into Aurora. I simply bowed to her, and struggled to hold in my tears. The whole time I heard Leila in the back of my mind, whimpering, and apologizing to me that my dream had just been ruined.
I didn’t know what I was going to do, but one thing I did know was that if I did not find my mate, and get freed from this house I was not going to survive. I pushed the thought to the back of my mind, and focused on preparing dinner.
***Dimitri***As soon as the office door closed behind that girl, my daughter, I slumped back in my chair, and sighed. That was the first time she has looked me in the eyes in years. I can’t remember the last time I saw her face, and her eyes. I forgot how much she looks like her mother, my fated mate. The woman I loved more than anything in the world. She had been my everything for the short time we had together. After Brinna died I couldn’t bare being around our daughter for long. She was like her mother in everyway. It killed me.Her being an Omega was only an excuse to get her away from me. The older she got the more she reminded me of Brinna, and I just couldn’t take it. Her not being in the same living quarters as myself helped me a lot. It removed the main reminder of the mate I had loved, and lost all too soon. It was easier for me, and I didn’t even think about how it might have effected her. It didn’t matter to me.Aurora didn’t help matters either. She hated my daughter bei
***Chastity***I will admit that I was thankful that the night of my graduation Fiona, and the rest did not come back home until very late that night. Only Alpha Joseph ate dinner in the dining room that night. I didn’t see Aurora or my father. Alpha Joseph went as far as Alpha command me to sit at the table, and eat with him. We didn’t speak to each other, but I did actually eat something. He promised that he would not tell Aurora, and said if she found out, he would deal with it.I did also end up going for a run that night, after the Alpha went to bed. I snuck out thru the back door, and ran off into the woods. Leila and I ran for hours. We chased a rabbit, watched an owl fly thru the sky, and starred at the stars while sitting near the lake. Leila took over while she allowed me to curl up in the back of her mind to cry, and lick the wounds caused by my father’s words. Leila encouraged me thru the whole thing not to give up. That I could still become a nurse, but instead of going t
***Rowen***Jax, his mate Molly, and I had been on the road toward home for hours. I was tired of being on the road. It felt like I had spent a lifetime in this car, and I was done with it. It didn’t help that my wolf, Duke was also itching to get out of this tin can, and stretch our legs. We had spent so many years away from home, and we were ready. We missed our family, and our pack. The last time we were home was when mom passed away.I perked up as soon as I saw signs of Moonlight Pack, our pack becoming visible. There were no street signs or anything like that. Just symbols of our pack border. The symbol of the moon with her guiding light shining down, etched into tree trunks, doting the border. Home. It was as perfect as I remembered it. Beautiful green trees, wisteria vines hanging along the way. Even the smells were unique to home, and no words could describe it. In the distance I could hear wolves, my wolves, howling with joy at our return. Jax, and I quickly put our windows
***Chastity***Working this party is hard now that I have found my mate, and I know that he will not be accepting me. I struggle to hold back the tears, and keep a smile on my face. I cannot make any mistakes tonight. I know if I do the punishment will be beyond anything I have experienced before. I can feel Aurora, Naomi, Gina, and Fiona’s eyes on me, watching my every move the whole night. I know they are waiting for me to make a mistake. Every once in awhile I catch sight of Braxton glaring at me as well, but I do my best to shut him out.I can say that I’m glad Alpha Rowen has not approached me, at all. I don’t know how I would handle it if he did. I do all I can to make sure I don’t try to look for him in the crowd either. I simply keep my head down, and continue to pour drinks for everyone. I am working along when I hear someone clear their throat, and I catch a familiar scent. One I haven’t smelled in 4 years. I peek up to see Jax standing there. He has a pretty gi
***Jax****I’m so confused about what is going on. I can’t seem to understand why my sister was not given the night off to celebrate my homecoming. Ross had called me, and told me what Braxton did to her. To say I was furious is an understatement. Seeing the healing bruises all over her face, and arms ignites that anger even more.That stupid pup just made a mockery out of our family. We are the Beta family, and we are expected to set an example to the rest of the pack on how to behave, and how to treat others. He showed everyone in this pack that it is ok to treat others, lower rank wolves, especially like trash. That it is ok to beat them, and disrespect them. The Omegas are the backbone, and care takers of every pack, and deserve to be respected, not beaten.To make it worse, he showed the pack that it is ok to disregard our law on hitting females. He showed it was acceptable to do such a thing because someone in the Beta family did it. He set an example that should have never been
***Chastity***With a whimper, I tried to open my eyes. I hurt every where. There wasn’t a part of my body that wasn’t riddled with pain. I couldn’t remember why though. The last thing I remember was coming out of the bathroom in the pack house then seeing Alpha Rowen.Oh yeah. That happened. As soon as I remembered his rejection I felt tears spill down my cheeks. I could hear Leila whimper in my head. I could tell she was curled up in a ball, shaking. My poor wolf. She didn’t deserve this pain.“Leila. Leila my sweet wolf. I’m so sorry. I’m sorry for all of your pain.” I called to her softly.She only whimpered, and did not respond. I imagined myself running my fingers thru her soft fur in comfort. I wanted to make sure she knew some one loved her no matter what. As I did this I tried to remember what happened after his rejection. Slowly it started coming back to me in flashes. Being hit, and voices screaming at me. I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what happened, or who had hit me this ti
***Dimitri***I closed the hospital door with a sigh, and leaned against it for a moment. The warrior Jax had at her door gave me a funny look, but said nothing. Honestly I was thankful Jax thought to do that. While Aurora, and the other 3 females were still locked in the dungeon, Braxton was not. More than once I heard him grumble about getting revenge for having his mother locked up. I knew Chastity was safer here, and under the watch of warriors. I hoped Jax kept warriors with her when she was released to go home later.I slowly started making my way out of the pack hospital, thinking about just saying her name. I hadn’t called my daughter by her name since the day I realized she was an Omega. She hadn’t deserved that. She didn’t deserve anything she has been put thru by any of us. Especially by me, my mate, and her son. Some how I needed to correct my mistakes, and make this up to her. I just hoped I could.I also found myself mulling over what Chastity had said about having a mat
***Dimitri***I spent several hours in my office just thinking. Mostly about Chastity. I thought of all the things Aurora told me she had done to the girl. It broke my heart that I had been so blind, and selfish to treat my daughter as I had. Also to allow others to treat her as they had. I was a terrible person, and a terrible father. She didn’t deserve anything she had been put thru, and it was all because of me. She was innocent. A baby, a child, but I opened the door to allow her abuse. Now I needed to figure out how to make it up to her.Eventually I opened my top right hand desk drawer, and pulled out the photo and folder I had been ignoring these past weeks. I set up the photo on my desk, then opened the folder. I read through everything, twice. I had no idea that despite what Chastity was experiencing at home she was a shining star. She was very intelligent, dedicated, and driven. According to all of her recommendations she was also caring, compassionate, and l