Shifted in Silver - Alpha Neale

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Summary

Book 1 of The Shifting Series (Publishing) “Monster!” “Disgrace!” “Beast!” She wanted so desperately to prove them all wrong. She defies the world with just her existence. The only she-wolf or any wolf for that matter to be immune to silver but also use it against her enemies. Can Halei prove these beliefs wrong in such a beastly world or, will she cave and become that of which she fears?

Genre:
Fantasy / Romance
Author:
Aaliyah LeVasseur
Status:
Excerpt
Chapters:
8
Rating:
4.5 57 reviews
Age Rating:
16+

Freedom

* Due to the book being in the publishing stages only the first couple of chapters are up. I may add up to chapter 5. *

Chapter 1: Freedom

Halei’s POV

Oppression is only another form of suppression, and I will no longer be hindered by such dire circumstances...

Today is the day I will be set free.

Today is that day.

Oh God, I’ve waited so long for this!

I will finally be free. From all bondage, all abuse, everything.

I don’t have a real plan after I escape. The only plan is to rid myself of constant pain and make a new beginning for myself. All I must do is wait for my brother to let me out of my personal hell and play a game with me.

Hide and seek, our favorite game. Well, mine mostly.

Click.

The door that is only a few feet away from me slides open, butmy excitement fails me. My father comes into the room with the whip, the one withsilver and wolfsbane-laced spikes, practically lethal for anyone of the shapeshifter species, which is why he is wearing gloves. My mouth remains shut awaiting the painful fate. I begin to take off my clothes,but he stops me.

“Oh no, no. This is for later. Monsters don’t get off that easily.” His voice rugged and breath reeks of liquor signaling that if Chase doesn’t sneak me out in time this whipping was going to be a bad one.

He walks back to the silver-coated door and opens it, only to lock me in again. I stare at the weapon before me, one I have dealt with only once before. The stench of wolfsbane and the constant hum of the silver mock me.

“Please, Chase, do not fail me.” I plead a quiet prayer to myself as I wait for that second click. Reece is anxious stalking around in my head; she wants to come out and break us free, but she knows my body is too weak.

My eyes are beginning to droop from the wear on my body, willing me to fully close them and give up on the world beyond this.

Why even try anymore? You know that if you leave someone else may treat you the exact same, so why even bother?

An inner voice that intrudes and tears down every single hope, crashing any potential dreams I may have in the future. It’s the voice that has stopped me many times before. But no. I will not listen. Not this time. The ache in my body shakes me to consciousness.

“Halei, you alright?” My brother’s voice filters into my ears. I hadn’t even noticed he’d entered.

I gather myself and stand on slightly wobbly feet, Chase tries to help me, but I back up shaking my head. “I’m okay, I promise.” It is a pure lie and I can tell he sees it in my face but says nothing. He takes out the keys that release my chains, and safely, without touching the silver substance, unlocks my shackles. I rub at the tender skin for a bit, the rash from them slowly disappearing. He throws me some new clothes to change into and turns around, giving me the privacy I need.

A cotton shirt and a pair of worn-out jeans. I can smell his scent all over these, probably to cover mine. Once I finish, I clear my throat and say, “I’m ready.” With that, he turns around and gives me a big hug since he knows this is probably the last time I’m going to see him.

“I’m going to miss you Lei.” He pulls away.When you reach Grandma’s pack, call me. I placed my number in the back pocket.” I nod my head yes. Remember, follow the river. It’ll be able to mask your scent.” He looks at me with teary eyes. “I want you to do anything you want. Transform into your beautiful wolf and run free. Forget about all that’s happened and start brand new, okay?” He sniffles.

“Okay.” My voice croaks not hiding the tears waiting to come out.

“I love you.”

“And I love you.” I hug him back, the tears finally rolling out. There is no doubt he is going to be the only person Ill miss from this place. He is the only one who cares what happens to me after all.

We let go of each other and begin walking up the stairs. I look back at everything I’ve lived through since the age of my reckoning. The brash but dappled, aged walls of thick stone, the cold concrete floor stained with my dried blood and feces, the blackened window above the monotoned shelving that carried the weapons used against me. Silver arrows, leather whips, the sharpest of steel coated in the essence of wolfsbane. The whip used to paralyze me. The brander that scorched the tender skin of my thighs and the back of my kneecap. The silver chair they strapped me to when I wasn’t wrapped in chains that choked the breath out of me and poisoned my wolf. That now is going to be a memory, the realization filling my heart with warm happiness.

I am finally leaving this place!

Thank God, I even made it this far. Twelve continuous years of pain and torture are finally over. Sixteen going on 17 in just a matter of weeks, and I’ve finally gotten what I wanted.

Freedom!

Is it wrong that I feel good right now? That the wind swinging my hair in many directions feels enticing? Amazing? Because in all my life, I have never felt more alive than I do right now.

I throw myself branch from branch. The sprinkles of the river under me feel refreshing. I do not care that I have only the few items Chase packed me. All I care about is this feeling right now. I know I can’t travel on the ground; no, that is too simple for me. I want to feel and smell everything: the sun rays, the cool breeze, the woody evergreen smell; hear the squirrels and deer having fun! Just everything life could offer… I want it all.

I have it all.

This is what it means to be free.

No one stopping me by slowly killing me from the inside out, no chains that hold me captive, and no face of pure hatred and disapproval piercing my vision. I have no care, no worry. Nothing feels like everything.

Thank you, Brother. I will miss you dearly.

I wish words can describe the irresistible bubble of my heart’s pounding in pure delight. I am ecstatic, unhinged, and in my free state, I feel on top of the world.

“This is what it’s like to have liberty, huh? So… astoundingly gratifying.My wolf, Reece, peeks in my mind. I know she wants control but let me have my fun.

Soon enough you will be let out, I promise.

“You need not to promise me anything, my dear Halei. We have freedom now. We can do anything.” A warmth spreads in me, comforting me, wrapping me in its strong presence before it slowly fades.

Crunch.

My head snaps. Within seconds my heart is beating out of my chest, fear crawls out of my insides. “I don’t trust this, Halei. We need to go faster,Reece warns. She has always had impeccable gut feelings. I follow what she says and travel faster through the trees.

The fear of being chased warps my vision, cloudy of judgement. My heart is ringing in my ears and my hands shaking with each swift glide forward. I need to focus.

Crunch, crunch.

This time the sound is louder, closer. Although I don’t know how close the person really is, my hearing has always been more sensitive than other wolves I’ve met. I could hear my parents preparing their torture weapons 30 minutes before they even neared the door. Who knew how close they were just talking about what they may do?“ Halei, you have to let me transform. It’s the best thing we got right now,” Reece pleads; I sense her getting very anxious.

Reece, I still have wolfsbane in my system. It could kill you if I transform. I don’t want her hurt at all. I feel her sigh right before she mumbles, “Brace for impact.” As if waiting for her to say that, something collides with me mid-air. Humph.” My head hits something, and the person on top of me holds me tightly as we roll down a mountain. My eyesight fades in and out, but I don’t give in to the pleading sensation. When we’ve finished falling, the man sits on top of me, holding my squirming hands, his striking soul white eyes boring into mine. He has very little hair, but then again, it is so pale it almost appears translucent. I struggle trying to lift my legs up enough to put in front of his body, a move I’d only seen demonstrated in a comic book Chase had shown me. It takes few dangerous seconds, but with one swift move, I pull my legs in front of me and kick him so hard he gets sent flying into the tree a couple feet back. I get up quickly, running as fast as I can, although I can feel my head throbbing. It gets worse and worse as I keep moving until I have no choice but to stop. My head feels as if it is going to explode if I don’t.

I breathe heavily, my breath almost catching in my throat. Keep moving, I tell myself. As I do, the man comes at me again with alarming speed. I can’t dodge it. A pained scream turns to a gurgle as my head finds a rock to which he smashes it once more.

“You’re a hard person to catch,an accented voice spoke, “talented, too, by the look of your wolf. I see why he chose you.

Something keeps telling me to keep moving, but I can’t. Reece keeps crying out for me to go, but it is too late. My eyes are already closing and welcoming my fate…Chapter 1: Freedom

Halei’s POV

Oppression is only another form of suppression, and I will no longer be hindered by such dire circumstances...

Today is the day I will be set free.

Today is that day.

Oh God, I’ve waited so long for this!

I will finally be free. From all bondage, all abuse, everything.

I don’t have a real plan after I escape. The only plan is to rid myself of constant pain and make a new beginning for myself. All I must do is wait for my brother to let me out of my personal hell and play a game with me.

Hide and seek, our favorite game. Well, mine mostly.

Click.

The door that is only a few feet away from me slides open, butmy excitement fails me. My father comes into the room with the whip, the one with silver and wolfsbane-laced spikes, practically lethal for anyone of the shapeshifter species, which is why he is wearing gloves. My mouth remains shut awaiting the painful fate. I begin to take off my clothes, but he stops me.

“Oh no, no. This is for later. Monsters don’t get off that easily.” His voice rugged and breath reeks of liquor signaling that if Chase doesn’t sneak me out in time this whipping was going to be a bad one.

He walks back to the silver-coated door and opens it, only to lock me in again. I stare at the weapon before me, one I have dealt with only once before. The stench of wolfsbane and the constant hum of the silver mock me.

“Please, Chase, do not fail me.” I plead a quiet prayer to myself as I wait for that second click. Reece is anxious stalking around in my head; she wants to come out and break us free, but she knows my body is too weak.

My eyes are beginning to droop from the wear on my body, willing me to fully close them and give up on the world beyond this.

Why even try anymore? You know that if you leave someone else may treat you the exact same, so why even bother?

An inner voice that intrudes and tears down every single hope, crashing any potential dreams I may have in the future. It’s the voice that has stopped me many times before. But no. I will not listen. Not this time. The ache in my body shakes me to consciousness.

“Halei, you alright?” My brother’s voice filters into my ears. I hadn’t even noticed he’d entered.

I gather myself and stand on slightly wobbly feet, Chase tries to help me, but I back up shaking my head. “I’m okay, I promise.” It is a pure lie and I can tell he sees it in my face but says nothing. He takes out the keys that release my chains, and safely, without touching the silver substance, unlocks my shackles. I rub at the tender skin for a bit, the rash from them slowly disappearing. He throws me some new clothes to change into and turns around, giving me the privacy I need.

A cotton shirt and a pair of worn-out jeans. I can smell his scent all over these, probably to cover mine. Once I finish, I clear my throat and say, “I’m ready.” With that, he turns around and gives me a big hug since he knows this is probably the last time I’m going to see him.

“I’m going to miss you Lei.” He pulls away.When you reach Grandma’s pack, call me. I placed my number in the back pocket.” I nod my head yes. Remember, follow the river.It’ll be able to mask your scent.” He looks at me with teary eyes. “I want you to do anything you want. Transform into your beautiful wolf and run free. Forget about all that’s happened and start brand new, okay?” He sniffles.

“Okay.” My voice croaks not hiding the tears waiting to come out.

“I love you.”

“And I love you.” I hug him back, the tears finally rolling out. There is no doubt he is going to be the only person Ill miss from this place. He is the only one who cares what happens to me after all.

We let go of each other and begin walking up the stairs. I look back at everything I’ve lived through since the age of my reckoning. The brash but dappled, aged walls of thick stone, the cold concrete floor stained with my dried blood and feces, the blackened window above the monotoned shelving that carried the weapons used against me. Silver arrows, leather whips, the sharpest of steel coated in the essence of wolfsbane. The whip used to paralyze me. The brander that scorched the tender skin of my thighs and the back of my kneecap. The silver chair they strapped me to when I wasn’t wrapped in chains that choked the breath out of me and poisoned my wolf.That now is going to be a memory, the realization filling my heart with warm happiness.

I am finally leaving this place!

Thank God, I even made it this far. Twelve continuous years of pain and torture are finally over.Sixteen going on 17 in just a matter of weeks, and I’ve finally gotten what I wanted.

Freedom!

Is it wrong that I feel good right now? That the wind swinging my hair in many directions feels enticing? Amazing? Because in all my life, I have never felt more alive than I do right now.

I throw myself branch from branch. The sprinkles of the river under me feel refreshing. I do not care that I have only the few items Chase packed me. All I care about is this feeling right now. I know I can’t travel on the ground; no, that is too simple for me. I want to feel and smell everything: the sun rays, the cool breeze, the woody evergreen smell; hear the squirrels and deer having fun! Just everything life could offer… I want it all.

I have it all.

This is what it means to be free.

No one stopping me by slowly killing me from the inside out, no chains that hold me captive, and no face of pure hatred and disapproval piercing my vision. I have no care, no worry. Nothing feels like everything.

Thank you,Brother. I will miss you dearly.

I wish words can describe the irresistible bubble of my heart’s pounding in pure delight. I am ecstatic, unhinged, and in my free state, I feel on top of the world.

“This is what it’s like to have liberty, huh? So… astoundinglygratifying.My wolf, Reece,peeks in my mind. I know she wants control but let me have my fun.

Soon enough you will be let out, I promise.

“You need not to promise me anything, my dear Halei. We have freedom now. We can do anything.” A warmth spreads in me, comforting me, wrapping me in its strong presence before it slowly fades.

Crunch.

My head snaps. Within seconds my heart is beating out of my chest, fear crawls out of my insides. “I don’t trust this, Halei. We need to go faster,Reecewarns. She has always had impeccable gut feelings. I follow what she says and travel faster through the trees.

The fear of being chased warps my vision, cloudy of judgement. My heart is ringing in my ears and my hands shaking with each swift glide forward. I need to focus.

Crunch, crunch.

This time the sound is louder, closer. Although I don’t know how close the person really is, my hearing has always been more sensitive than other wolves I’ve met. I could hear my parents preparing their torture weapons 30 minutes before they even neared the door. Who knew how close they were just talking about what they may do?“Halei, you have to let me transform. It’s the best thing we got right now,” Reece pleads; I sense her getting very anxious.

Reece, I still have wolfsbane in my system. It could kill you if I transform. I don’t want her hurt at all. I feel her sigh right before she mumbles, “Brace for impact.” As if waiting for her to say that, something collides with me mid-air. Humph.” My head hits something, and the person on top of me holds me tightly as we roll down a mountain. My eyesight fades in and out, but I don’t give in to the pleading sensation. When we’ve finished falling,the man sits on top of me, holding my squirming hands, his striking soul white eyes boring into mine. He has very little hair, but then again, it is so pale it almost appears translucent. I struggle trying to lift my legs up enough to put in front of his body, a move I’d only seen demonstrated in a comic book Chase had shown me. It takes few dangerous seconds, butwith one swiftmove, Ipull my legs in front of me and kick him so hard he gets sent flying into the tree a couple feet back. I get up quickly, running as fast as I can, although I can feel my head throbbing. It gets worse and worse as I keep moving until I have no choice but to stop. My head feels as if it is going to explode if I don’t.

I breathe heavily, my breath almost catching in my throat. Keep moving, I tell myself. As I do, the man comes at me again with alarming speed. I can’t dodge it. A pained scream turns to a gurgle as my head finds a rock to which he smashes it once more.

“You’re a hard person to catch,an accented voice spoke, “talented, too, by the look of your wolf. I see why he chose you.

Something keeps telling me to keep moving, but I can’t. Reece keeps crying out for me to go, but it is too late. My eyes are already closing and welcoming my fate…

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