Chapter 5: Scent
“So, what happened? I mean when I found you, you had frostbite like everywhere. You were all bloody but I think it wasn’t your blood and your clothes were ripped horribly, plus I think you were hallucinating too because you were screaming…”
As if I couldn’t get away…
Those past moments tore through me like a tidal wave. I can’t help the tears that start streaming down my face as familiar agonizing pain swims through me. My palms are sweaty and trembling. My feet weak, unable to let me stand but before I could hit the ground he catches me.
My breath comes out in shaky puffs and my body feels incredibly hot. I’m sweating. “I’m sorry. I didn’t know this was…” His eyes glaze over in a worried state. “Dammit, he couldn’t give us more time.” His head shakes a little bit but I can’t help but feel a sense of safety in his presence. Like I could trust him with my entire life and not think twice about it.
I still can’t stop this attack happening to me.
“Halei, just breathe. I am here for you.” Reece comforts me, “in and out.” I try to follow what both she and Ace say but the fear crept in at the second I was almost stable. Closing my eyes and squeezing them hoping that it’ll get rid of the pain and torment from my parents— Adonis— Sighing heavily an incredible vanilla, strawberry, oak type of smell envelopes me, snapping my eyes open. “What’s that smell?” I ask, adjusting myself upward, simultaneously the panic attack had seized and excitement invaded afterward. Reece lurched forward so fast I barely could hold her back.
“What do you mean?” Ace asks, confused.
“You don’t smell that?” wait, “I’m sorry, I forgot my senses are heightened.” His head tilts like he’s even more confused so I explain more, “for some reason ever since birth I could hear from miles away and smell anything within 500 yards and as I kept growing, those abilities became… expanded. I also have a lot of extra strength I really don’t need.” It’s how I knew what was coming for me when I was with my parents. I wouldn’t tell him that though, at least not right now.
“Oh, okay. That’s— cool.” He smiles, “oh, I should tell you—”
The smell keeps getting closer and closer until my senses just want to give into it.
“I have to go. I-I um, sorry.” I walk out of the door only to knock into some man stumbling back a few steps, I don’t know if I imagined it but I could have sworn I felt sparks ignite along my skin that was exposed.
The scent that I smelt before is right in front of me, it’s him. “Mate.” Reece purrs, everything hit me in that one moment where all I could do was run. I slid from under his gaze before he could trap me.
“Wait!” I hear his harsh intake of breath “Don’t let her get out!” A warm husky voice calls after I’d run away from him. I couldn’t stop the shiver it sent down my spine. Suddenly everybody who was minding their business appeared in front of me. My feet skid to a stop and my eyes assess the situation.
Tall and built, short and thick, wide while medium sized. Easy.
I practically slide through them no problem, thank God for me being skinny, and run out the double doors.
“Halei, why are you running? This is our mate.” Reece snaps at me.
Reece, think about all the things we’ve been through. And then look at the man we were presented. You know that people who are supposed to love us torture us. What if he’s no different? I reply back as I leapt into a tree and started swinging from it.
“Halei, stop right now or I will force you to.” She threatens. As what she said rang in my head I couldn’t help the memory that crept up from within me.
“You either do it or I will force you to. Kill her!” An innocent girl sits before me horrified. She’s crying, pleading for me not to do it. Adonis just stares at me expectantly.
My breath hitches in my throat, ugly sobs begin coming out of the girl and my heart breaks, “why do you want me to kill her? What did she do?” Tears flow down my cheek.
He sighs, “Halei, no one in this world is innocent. There are things she did that no one else even dared to try before. She brought fourth chaos and there are repercussions for such. Now do it or I will make you and you won’t like the outcome.” He warns.
“Please, I beg you.” She pleads, “don’t please!”
“I’m sorry.” I whisper to her before my hand goes around her throat easing out all my anger into one force of strength and something else. It’s something I found consumed me and makes me lose control. She squirms within my grip coughing and trying to free herself. Forming a knife of silver her eyes widen dramatically as it swiftly plunges into her chest.
Adonis’ wicked smile is all I see when she is completely dead, her eyes glossed over in a haze, blurry and frosty. “I didn’t think you’d do it.”
“Thank you, I worked my entire life to be this sick.” He winks, “Now that I know you’ll do it we have a lot more to do.”
“I am not killing anyone else.” The girls face stained my mind, every-time I blink her face reappears. I don’t know if I could ever sleep again.
“You’re doing what I say for you to do, regardless if you want to do it or not. You, my love belong to me.” His hand reaches up to my face and jolting away I tumble onto the floor. “You’re only making this worse for yourself… But I like the challenge.” His eyes changed to a crimson red and he claws extended and his wolf started to come out.
“I think, if you don’t want to get hurt— shift.” His voice was guttural.
Only thing is I can’t shift, he knows this– I won’t hurt Reece again, not this time. This time I was going to have to use what he taught me. If only his wolf wasn’t twice my damn size.
It snapped it’s jaw, the growling echoing off each wall barricading me in. Licking it’s lips in anticipation it steps closer, slower. It’s muscles rippled as he moved, right until he plunged right at me.
Before I even realized what I was doing I saw Neale hit the floor crying out. Angry slashes run across his torso and only then I realized it came from me. “Oh my God! I’m—” a terrible shred of pain runs up my spine into my head and I collapse right next to his shivering, erratic body.
I felt as if I was pulsating but the pain rendered my thoughts useless. I turned my head slowly towards him. My mate, somebody they said I shouldn’t have— couldn’t have. Now, I saw they were right, I don’t deserve him at all. “Alpha!” Was the last I heard before my body paralyzed with pain.
Men came from all directions carrying my body and his to some place with extremely bright lights, I forced my eyes to close as my retinas were burning to no end. “I’ll deal with her, you– tend to Alpha.” The woman’s mint green eyes stared down at me before she covered my mouth with a mask, “deep breaths.”