Once my fist connected with Chelsea’s face, it was as though the anger had completely drained from my body. I was left standing there gaping like a fool. While I didn’t regret my actions, I never had the guts to follow through on them before.
Breyona was standing just a few feet away, her jaw dropping as she looked at Chelsea.
My bad luck continued when Alpha Asher turned the corner as well. I clamped my jaw shut as Chelsea began wailing at the sight of Alpha Asher.
I hadn’t even hit her that hard. Just hard enough to leave a solid bruise on her face. Not nearly hard enough to break skin or blacken an eye. Yet she still whimpered and whined as if I had tried to murder her.
“Alpha!” Chelsea whined, “Lola just attacked me out of no where!”
Alpha Asher’s face was cold, and his eyes glanced between the two of us. Something burned in the back of his gaze when he locked eyes with me, and I fought to keep the smirk from forming on my face.
“Is that true, Lola?” Asher turned his hard gaze on me, the corner of his lip twitching suspiciously.
“Say no.” Maya hissed.
Once again, my big mouth got me into trouble.
“If you consider a punch to the face an attack, then yes.” I stared at him deadpan, “I attacked her ever so viciously.”
“Lola, do you enjoy being alive?” Maya growled under her breath.
“Quite so.” I snipped sarcastically, “Why do you ask?”
“Really?” Maya rolled her eyes, “Then why do you insist on trying to get us killed.”
“Y’know, you’re awfully negative.” I snickered at my temperamental wolf.
“Shut up, Lola.” Maya sighed, shaking her head.
Within seconds Asher had his hand clamped around my forearm, tight enough to cause pain.
“See you at 9.” I called out to a stunned Breyona over my shoulder.
Alpha Asher’s pace was fast as he dragged me along with him. My feet stumbled and tripped to keep up.
Alpha Asher took me around to the front of the house, storming around to the forest line with my arm in his grip.
Confusion washed over me as he passed the pack house. Where the h**l was he planning on taking me?
Alpha Asher stormed into the woods, only going a few feet in until I was slammed against a tree.
“See, Lola.” Maya huffed, “He’s taken us out into the woods so he can kill us in peace.”
“Really?” I rolled my eyes, “He’s the Alpha, he can kill us wherever he wants. You really need to stop being so dramatic.”
“It’s called self preservation, Lola.” Maya snapped, “You could use some.”
“Do you have no control over yourself, Lola?” Alpha Asher’s voice was deadly calm as he backed me up against the tree.
I ground my teeth together, determined to control my body as much as I could. I was tired of my body responding under Alpha Asher’s touch. My jealousy was a stable pit of fire in my stomach, giving me the strength to try and control my arousal.
“I have plenty control, Alpha.” I gritted my teeth and spat my reply.
Alpha Asher’s honey colored eyes were growing darker, “Care to explain why you attacked Chelsea?”
Some kind of f**ked up amusement was flickering in the back of his gaze. Was he actually enjoying all of this?
“Chelsea’s had that coming for a long time.” I snapped, extremely aware of the close proximity between Alpha Asher and I.
I could feel his t-shirt brushing against my own, and the smell of him was intoxicating. A deep woodsy cologne mixed with male sweat floated around me.
“What happened to being a good girl, Lola?” Each word was spoken slowly, his voice dropping into a husky growl once he spoke my name.
Alpha Asher’s towering form leaned over me, and I couldn’t help but notice how his face inched closer to my own.
“I tried, but it was just too hard.” I stuck my bottom lip out in a pout, letting my eyes widen as I looked up at Alpha Asher.
A deep snarl left Alpha Asher’s mouth as he slammed me against the tree again. His rough hand came up to grab my face. His touch wasn’t hard enough to bring pain, but there would be no escaping his grasp.
I could feel my own willpower weaken as his rough thumb ran across my lower lip. The sensitive spot between my legs instantly began to dampen under his touch. I could see somewhere in the back of his eyes, his willpower was crumbling. The lump in his pants I had felt in the past was proof to the fact that he wanted me.
My body reacted on it’s own under his touch. My tongue darted from my mouth, flicking against this thumb slowly.
His thumb dipped past my parted lips, and I flicked my tongue against it hungrilly.
Just when I thought something more was going to happen, his eyes clouded over. I cursed the stupid mind-link. My body was screaming for him. He ignited a fire within me that only he could put out. Whenever Asher touched me, any thoughts of my vginity flew out the window. I knew sooner or later, he would be the one to steal my vginity. My body refused to give it to anyone else.
Once the fog cleared from Asher’s eyes, he removed his hand from my face and took a few steps back. My chest was rising and falling heavily, while desire still lingered in my eyes.
“This will be the last time you defy me, Lola.” Alpha Asher’s voice was low and rough as he turned away from me.
“Don’t count on it.” My words sounded breathless, but the fire that fueled my defiance was still roaring.
Alpha Asher stopped in his tracks, “I will contact you once I’ve thought out a suitable punishment for your attack on Chelsea.”
Without another word, Alpha Asher turned and took off back to the pack house.
I used the walk back home to clear my scattered mind. For whatever reason, I wanted Alpha Asher in a way I hadn’t wanted another male. Every time I found myself alone with him, my willpower crumbled as though it had never been there to begin with. I couldn’t find the strength any longer to resist the intoxicating pull I felt towards him.
I opened the front door to the house silently, hearing my Grandma and Dad’s hushed voices in the kitchen. They hadn’t notice me come in.
I closed the front door slowly, keeping my ears trained on their conversation.
“…she can’t know…hurt her..find out..” My Dad’s voice was a strained whisper.
“..deserves..poor…vampire..” My Grandma’s voice held a semblance of anger and I froze at the last word she spoke.
Vampire’s existed in the world just as us Lycan’s. Human’s were blissfully unaware that they were surrounded by monsters.
Vampire’s had never posed a threat to Lycan’s before. We ran in large packs and were simply too strong to come up against.
While Lycan’s enjoyed the warm weather, Vampire’s preferred the cold.
Vampire’s never ran in groups larger than 2-3 at a time. They weren’t family or pack oriented. They stuck to themselves and only emerged from the shadows for something to eat.
Hell, the last reported Vampire seen was well over sixteen years ago. Why would Dad and Grandma be talking about them now?
“Quiet.” Grandma hissed at my Dad, pulling me from my thoughts.
Grandma’s head peeked around the corner, and a carefree smile was plastered on her face.
“Oh you’re back, I made some lunch.” Grandma grinned, gesturing for me to come into the kitchen.
I plastered a weary smile on my own face, doing my best to hide the fact I heard far too much of their conversation. I hadn’t received any useful information, but I now knew they were hiding something from me. I simply wondered what that something had to do with Vampires.
I ate lunch with a cheerful Grandma and a silent Dad, passing the time as quickly as I could. I wanted to leap from my chair and demand they tell me the truth, but I knew they’d just deny what I heard.
Time passed rather slowly, and finally 6p.m. rolled around. I slipped from the house with a forced wave to my Dad and Grandma, grateful for Mason’s cheerful company.
“So, you punched a girl in the face?” Mason chuckled, shaking his head. His arm was draped lightly over my shoulder as we walked, but it didn’t feel awkward or strange. It felt friendly and was simply part of Mason’s carefree attitude.
“Sure did.” Breyona shook her head, but a smirk played on her lips. “Alpha Asher drug her off.”
“And you’re still alive?” Mason’s steps faltered at Breyona’s words, his smile slipping from his lips.
“I’m thinking Alpha Asher has a soft spot for Lola.” Breyona nodded thoughtfully, “Either that or he just really wants to sleep with her.”
Mason looked slightly uncomfortable, so I happily changed the subject to the party tonight.
“Oh there’s no way Chelsea’s gonna show up to her own birthday party with a huge bruise on her face.” Breyona snickered, “She’ll cover it by the time the party rolls around.”
Patrol went effortlessly tonight. The forest surrounding the territory was completely quiet. The only sounds came from the creatures that lived within the woods. Not a single sighting of a rogue or other was brought to anyone’s attention. Mason and I simply spent the time dashing around the forest, allowing our wolves a bit of free time.
Breyona met up with me at my house with a bag full of makeup and two dresses in tow. Once she saw the state of my closet, she insisted on helping me get ready.
“You ever think there’s something more going on between you and Alpha Asher?” Breyona asked, raising her eyebrow as she brushed my face with some light colored powder.
I frowned, “Like what?” I had just told Breyona what happened in the woods by the pack house, and she was definitely surprised.
“It seems like the guy can’t keep his hands off of you.” Breyona shrugged, but something lingered in her eyes.
“You’re holding something back.” I huffed, I was tired of the secrets. “Just say it.”
“Alright.” Breyona pursed her lips as she applied eyeliner to my lids, “Does Alpha Asher have a mate?”
“What?” I twitched, feeling Breyona drag the eyeliner down my cheek with the sudden movement.
“I said, does Alpha Asher have a mate?” Breyona asked impatiently, using her other hand to hold my head still.
“I mean, with the way he’s touched me I certainly hope not.” I clamped my teeth together.
“From what I hear, he doesn’t.” Breyona gave me a pointed look, “He’s twenty three years old and doesn’t have a mate. Do you know how rare that is?”
“What’s your point?” I asked perplexed.
“What if you’re his mate?” Breyona huffed, and the pieces in my head clicked together.
“He’s definitely not my mate.” I shook my head as Breyona handed me the mirror to look myself over.
“You’re only eighteen. You never know.” Breyona rolled her eyes.
“No, really it’s not possible.” I shook my head, there was no way that was even an option. “I don’t feel anything romantic for him. It’s all just s*xual. And besides, I’m not a Luna. I’m not Luna material. I’m stubborn and I don’t listen to anyone. I can’t run a pack.”
Breyona dropped the subject for now, but I could see a retort burning in her eyes. Either way, it didn’t matter. Alpha Asher clearly had no romantic feelings towards me, and I felt exactly the same. It was all physical. Two people who just had a physical connection. Alpha Asher clearly liked my blatant defiance, and I found his primal and dominating personality to be a turn on.
My raven hair flowed down my back in a sea of black waves, and the smokey makeup made my green eyes stand out brilliantly. Ever since I told Breyona what Tyler had said about me wearing black, she insisted I wear it more. She claimed it made my eyes stand out and gave me that ‘bad girl’ edge.
I chuckled at the obsidian colored fabric that poked out of Breyona’s bag.
“Let me guess, you’re making me wear the black one?” I smirked at Breyona through the mirror.
“Obviously.” She chuckled as she applied her own eyeliner.
I slipped on the black dress and looked it over in the mirror.
The fabric was flat and black, holding no shine. It clung to my curves perfectly and ended around mid thigh. The neckline wasn’t super low, but there was a cut out in between my bre*sts, highlighting the curves they made.
“I have no clue if Alpha Asher will be there tonight.” Breyona raised her eyebrow at me as she saw the look on my face, “But if he is, he won’t be able to keep his eyes..or hands off of you.”
“I’m looking forward to that.” I chuckled, deep down hoping he would show.