I was kept in the hospital for a while until they got me the right painkillers and plastered my arm properly and then I headed downtown and it was too late to even attempt going to school today so I went to the diner and started work early. I had tried to call my mother but she didn’t answer.
It was only 1pm which meant an extra 3 hours of work coming my way and that meant more tips since it was the lunch rush at the moment. And the whole time I had the thought of possibly going home on my mind. But I wasn't going to say anything to anyone until I knew for sure. I hadn't been told anything directly. Only a conversation that my mother had with the Alpha. That was hardly conclusive. So, I decided that I would call her tonight when I finished work. I knew that she would still be awake and I would skip training.
My shift seemed to take forever that night but when it was finally closing time, I walked towards the gym but I stopped outside and I sat on a chair out there and I pulled out a smoke and lit it while I called my mother.
"Hello." She answered quickly.
"Mom." I say.
"Taylor. I'm so happy to hear from you." She says beaming. I could hear the excitement in her voice just from me calling her. Even though we do talk every week.
"It's good to talk to you too." I say.
"Well, this is weird. You don't usually call during the week. It's only the weekends." She says.
"Yeah, usually. Except I was talking to Alpha Richmond today. He said something about you calling him today." I say. And there was a bit of a pause before she started talking again. Like she was trying to figure out what to say to me.
"Yeah. I'm sorry about having to do all of this." She says. And her whole demeanor changed after that.
"Does the new Alpha think that I have something to do with Lucas?" I asked.
“How do you know about the new Alpha?” She asked.
“I’m still a member of the pack, remember. I know when there’s a change in leadership. I can feel it.” I reminded her.
"Yeah. He's asking questions. And I think he thinks you left a lot later than you did." She says. And I shook my head and rolled my eyes. If he did his research at all about me then he would know that I left a lot earlier. All he had to do was check the school records. That would have told him.
"A lot of people will vouch for me. They'll all say that I've been gone a lot longer than that." I defended myself.
"I know. That's what I told him and Alpha Richmond said that he would call Alpha Jackson and tell him the same thing." She says.
"Alright. Thank you." I say.
"Of course. I will make sure that you had nothing to do with Lucas." She says. And then I stopped suddenly and practically froze for a moment when what she said registered to me.
"Wait a minute. Did you say Alpha Jackson? As in Jackson Cooper?" I asked practically shouting the name in shock.
"Yeah. He's the one that killed Lucas and took over our pack." She says.
"Holy shit. That guy has killed about 12 Alpha's and absorbed their packs." I say.
"That's right. We're now under his command. That's why I don't want you to come home. He's strict. This whole place has changed. The guards have changed. He has his own warriors." Mom says.
"Are you in danger staying there?" I asked. My voice was laced with concern.
"No. I'm alright. I'm one of the school teachers. So, he actually likes me and doesn't bother me. He thinks education is important for the kids. So, I'm safe." She insisted.
"Alright. Well, wouldn't I be safe there too? I mean, I'm a student." I say.
"No. You wouldn't be safe here. Especially with your smart ass-mouth. Isaac is still a warrior here and he will do everything that he can to make sure that Alpha Jackson sees that." She says. Isaac is my mother's new mate.
"Okay. I'll talk to you later." I say.
"Bye." She says. And I hung up the phone.
I wasn't sure if I was in real danger now or not. I know that if I ran away right now then I would look guilty. But I was scared that I was going to be accused of something that I didn't do. I looked up to the sky and the moon was out so I started praying to the moon goddess that everything was going to be alright. That Alpha Jackson would see reason and he wouldn't get the wrong impression and have me killed for treason. A crime punishable by death.
I stayed outside until that training session was over and then I saw the warriors coming outside and Ethan came to close the door and saw me sitting out there. So he came and sat next to me. He didn't say anything for a bit because he knew that something was bothering me. But he looked around to make sure that there was no one lingering around before he took my hand in his.
"What's going on? Why didn't you come in?" He asked.
"Because I needed time to think." I say.
"About what?" He asked. About my new Alpha at my pack. About my mother possibly being in danger. About how he might force me go back to that pack. About how I was terrified that he might link me to Lucas.
"My pack has been taken over by Alpha Jackson Cooper." I announce.
"Holy shit. Are you serious?" He asked.
"Yeah. Unfortunately. Apparently, the Alpha thinks that it's suspicious that I'm here instead of in my own pack. He thinks that I might have been involved with Alpha Lucas in one way or another." I say.
"Were you involved with Lucas?" He asked.
"We knew each other. That's about it. Our mothers were friends. When Lucas took over as Alpha a year ago, that's when my mother sent me away. Because Lucas was picking fights with every pack within a close proximity. And he obviously started a fight with Alpha Jackson that he couldn't finish." I say.
"Shit. And Jackson thinks that you're hiding?" Ethan asked.
I explained the whole situation to Ethan and he sat there listening to everything. I never even really like Lucas growing up. I was the first one who ever called him on his bullshit when he was acting like a spoiled brat. Which was most of the time. And he hated me for that. But that was as far as it went. When I was old enough to stay home alone, then I would.
"Alright. Then you've got nothing to worry about." He says.
"If Jackson orders me back to the pack then you know that I'm gonna have to go back. I can't disobey an order. Technically, I am still a member of that pack." I say.
"I know. We'll cross that bridge when we get to it. Do you want to come in and talk?" He asked.
"Not really. I want to go for a run. I'll see you tomorrow." I say standing up.
"Bye." He says. He looked around the street to make sure that no one was around when he kissed me goodbye and then he went back inside and I headed towards the woods.
As soon as I got beyond the tree line I undressed and left my clothes there neatly and I shifted into my large black wolf with white paws and a white diamond pattern between my eyes.
"Good evening Ava." I say in my mind.
"You haven't been on a run in a while." My wolf Ava says.
"That's because you stopped talking to me." I say.
"I only stopped talking to you when you put that snake in the teacher's office." She says.
"The bitch accused me of cheating. You know I didn't cheat." I say.
“That doesn’t mean you can go and do shit like that. You’ll get us kicked out of here.” She says.
“No way. Everyone around here loves me.” I say smirking.
"Fine. I'll stop giving you the silent treatment." She says.
"Cool. Let's do this then." I say. So, I stretched out my paws on the ground and felt the dirt under my claws and shook out my fur. I stood tall and let the breeze run through my fur making me feel free. It's the only time I felt truly free. I looked around in the woods and my werewolf vision was 10 times better now. I could see the guards on patrol but I tried to stay out of their way.
I was considered to be a large wolf, even by werewolf standards. And I know that sometimes I put people off, which is why I only ran at night time and I avoided the patrols in case they thought I was a threat. I don't mind link with them because I'm not a member of this pack. But when I am stressed or worried about something, a simple run in the woods would make everything feel so much better. It could make my problems seem less important.
I was out for two hours before I finally went back to the tree line. I shifted back to my human self and got dressed again and I grabbed my things and started walking back to the house.
When I got there, I realized that Victoria was true to her word. The front door was locked. So I went around the side to where my bedroom was and I tried my window and luckily it wasn't locked. I opened it up and I put my bag inside and just as I was about to jump up into the window myself someone grabbed my shoulder.
I fell back to the ground and shouted when I did because it scared the hell out of me and I turned around to see a very haggard looking 6-foot 3 20-year-old man standing there with greasy blonde hair and torn clothes.
"Lucas." I am shocked.
"What the hell are you doing here?" I whispered so that Thomas and Victoria couldn't hear me. "I didn't have anywhere else to go." He says. "I thought you were dead." I say. "No. He didn't kill me." Lucas says. "I felt the tether break." I say. "I surrendered. That's why the tether broke and he became your new Alpha." He says. And that was definitely obvious. He looked malnourished, his clothes were filthy and torn, and he smelt like he hadn't bathed in months and huge dark circles under his eyes. "So, why the hell did you come to me?" I asked pushing him away from the house. This was the last thing I needed. "Because I don't have anyone else that I can turn to." He says. "Well, you can't turn to me either. I don't want you here. You're just going to get me or my friends killed. Get the hell out of here. Alpha Jackson is already asking questions about me." I say. "Why?" He asked, looking at me weird. Like he didn't even understand what I said. "Because Jackson think
"What's going on?" I asked as my voice croaked a little. "Let's go and sit down." Mom says taking me into the kitchen. So, we went back into the kitchen and my father was sitting at the table with a beer in his hand and the Alpha also had a beer. But he wasn't doing much talking while my mother made coffee for me and herself. "What about me? This is my house?" Victoria asked. "What about you?" I spat out without realizing it. And then I clamped my lips shut as I looked at Alpha Jackson. "You look good. Did you just come from training?" Mom asked me to change the subject. "I hear the head trainer Ethan is a really good guy. He has trained some great warriors here." Mom's mate Isaac says. I tried to stop myself from blushing but I think it came through a little bit. "She's got the hots for him. That's why she goes every night." Victoria snickered in the background. "Jealous? It’s not my fault he thinks you’re an evil witch." I snapped. "I've told you not to talk to Victor
ALPHA JACKSON POV We had been standing outside the house for a while now waiting for Taylor to pack her belongings and I knew that she was a girl and everything but it shouldn't take her that long. So, I walked back into the house and I went to her room and started banging on the door. But there was no answer. Her mother followed me down the hallway. "Please. You're going to scare her." Avery says. "For some reason, I think it takes a lot to scare your daughter." I said banging on the door again. But there was again no answer. I tried to open the door handle but it was locked so I put my shoulder into the door smashing it open and I walked inside. There was a suitcase with clothes thrown everywhere but there was no Taylor. The window was wide open and I knew exactly what had happened. Was she really happier here with these abusive bastards then back with her own mother. I couldn't make sense of that. "On no Taylor." Avery said more to herself than to me. She was worried for he
Alpha Jackson headed straight for the highway and slowed down as soon as we hit the road. Almost like he was trying to make the drive go on for longer than it should. Was this my punishment? Psychological torture? Not knowing what he was going to do to me and making it go on forever? He ordered all the other cars to go straight ahead to the pack and we were at the back of the line of cars and the warriors that were running along the side of the cars were ordered to go ahead as well. I was getting really nervous at this point, but I was sure that I didn't let him know that. I controlled my heart rate and my breathing and I just looked out the window in the night sky. It had been a really long day. And I was getting really tired. I knew that I wanted to go to sleep, but at the same time, I knew that I didn't. It was a weird feeling. And every now and again I could feel Alpha Jackson staring at me. Even without me looking at him. He was a menacing figure, even while sitting there quie
I knew that Alpha Jackson was trying out some sort of scare tactic on me. It was taking forever to get back to the Red Moon Pack and he didn't seem to mind at all. He looked like he was actually enjoying the very slow and long trip back. Probably because he knew that I was getting uncomfortable. I finally had enough of it and I grabbed my handbag and I pulled out my cigarette and rolled down the window and lit one up. He stared straight at me when I did that and I just kept puffing away on it. "I knew that I could last three hours without one but you are driving so fucking slow that it is driving me crazy." I say. "Put it out." He demanded. "Nope." I say. And when he tried to reach over and grab it off me, I pulled my hand away so that he couldn't. I looked back at him with a very determined look on my face, letting him know that I wasn't giving up my cigarettes without a fight. "When the hell did you start smoking anyway? No one ever mentioned that. Not even when I was pu
When we finally got back to my mom's house she came running out of the house and hugged me the second I got out of the car. "Oh my god. What happened to you?" She asked, looking me over. And that's when I noticed that I was covered in little cuts and bruises from running through the woods. I looked over at Alpha Jackson who had gotten out of the car and was resting his arms on the roof of his car and I gave him a wry smile. "Oh. He did it." I say pointing to Alpha Jackson as I start pretending to sob. And the Alpha's eyes went a little wider when I said that. "What?" She asked, shocked. "I guess that was my punishment for running away. He totally beat the hell out of me. I thought he was going to kill me." I say pretending to cry. But I saw Alpha Jackson standing in the same spot that he was before with his head hanging low just shaking it at the display that was unfolding in front of him. "Really?" He asked, lifting his head and raising his eyebrows at me. "I swear mom. He
I stayed in bed for ages just lying there thinking about the dream when I finally decided to get up and I could see the sun was starting to go down. So, I must have had a few hours' sleep that day. I dragged myself out of bed and I walked downstairs and mom was home from work and was in the kitchen making dinner. "Hi. I was going to wake you for dinner but I thought you needed the rest." She says watching me head for the coffee pot. "No. I got a couple hours of sleep. Any more than that and I probably won't sleep tonight." I say. "That's a good point." She says. "Do you need a hand?" I asked, looking around at everything that she had scattered on the bench. "Nope. It's almost done." She says. "Where's Isaac?" I asked. "Oh. It's just us tonight. Isaac is on patrol duty tonight." She says. "Oh yeah. I see you two are still getting along better than before I left." I say. "I know that we're not fated mates and we chose each other as mates. But I couldn't have chosen a be
I went upstairs to have a shower and I got dressed and I then brushed my hair and I applied a little bit of make-up. I went back downstairs and got another cup of coffee and I sat on the front veranda with a smoke just as mom was walking out the door to get to school. "Are you sure you don't want a lift?" She asked. "It's too early for me to get there yet. I want to make an entrance." I say smiling wickedly at her. "Oh goddess, help us all." She says as she gets in her car. She waved as she left and I finished my smoke and coffee and then I went inside and I made sure that I had everything that I needed for school in my bag before I was ready to leave. When I finally did leave, I started walking down the road and immediately it all came back like it was yesterday. The same route that I took to school and everything was just so familiar. Like I never left. It felt surreal. When I got to the high school I saw kids out the front and they were all joking around and doing their