"Hey!" Aj called after me, the anger in his voice catching me off guard.
"You're one of them." He growled, stomping over to me when I stopped and turned to face him.
I looked around to make sure no one was within earshot before speaking, "One of who?" Playing dumb seemed like the best way to handle this situation. He must be on to who I really am, but if that's not the case then I'd be blowing my cover.
"The Blood Fang pack." He hissed through clenched teeth.
My shoulders slumped in defeat, I was caught before I even got any useful information. I let my pack down.
"Why are you here?" He demanded, taking a threatening stride closer to me.
I took an intimidating step closer to him too as I replied to show that I wasn't scared of him, "None of your business."
"You're on my turf, invading my town, I think it is my business." He shot back, clenching his hands into fists to control his anger. I see tons of male werewolves do that.
I scoffed, "You don't own this town or school, I have just as much right to be here as everyone else."
My wolf howled in sadness that our mate was mad at us, but I blocked out the sound. This is not the time to let a mate bond get in the way.
"I don't want you here." He growled, dangerous and low, and his eyes looked sincere.
My chest ached with rejection, and Aj must have seven the pain on my face because his expression softened a little.
"It wasn't my choice to come here okay? I didn't want any of this, especially not a mate!" I exclaimed, throwing my hands up in exasperation. It's like he thinks I did all of this on purpose. I'm not any happier about this whole situation than he is.
He took a step back and his eyes darkened with a mixture of sadness and anger. My words struck him where it hurts.
"Just stay away from me and my pack." He ordered before walking away.
"That's what I've been trying to do!" I called after him, watching as his back tensed when he heard my words. He suddenly switched courses and made a b-line for the doors leading outside.
I huffed in anger at the whole situation, and the fact that I was very, very late to class.
* * * * *
"How was school sweetie?" Mom asked when I slid into the passenger seat of the car after school.
"Fine." I mumbled. I'd rather talk about anything else right now. After my spat with Aj, and being very late to Drama class, I couldn't focus on anything. Which really sucked in Math, my last class of the day, because I'm already horrible at the subject when I'm paying attention.
Mom started the engine, and once I clicked my seatbelt into place, began driving through the parking lot.
"Did you figure out who's in the Lasher pack?" She asked. I guess there's no beating around the bush when it comes to this.
I nodded, "Yeah."
She looked over at me for a moment, expecting me to continue talking, and when I didn't she said "And?"
My face screwed up in confusing, what more does she want me to say?
"And nothing. I know who they are, I'm friends with one of the girls in their pack so I can eventually get some information." I told her, although I'm sure Aj told his pack who I really am so I don't think Kenzie will ever talk to me again.
I also left out the part about Aj being my mate. Mom would never understand, and she'd make me reject him immediately. Even though I've thought about rejecting him, my heart squeezed painfully at just the thought of actually doing it.
I don't think anyone in the history of werewolves has successfully rejected their mate and lived to tell the tale. Either they die of heartbreak, or the rejected mate gets so angry that they kill the one that rejected them.
I don't want to die, my pack needs me.
"You'll tell me everything you learn about the Lasher pack, right?" Mom asked, breaking me out of my thoughts.
"Of course." I assured her, even though I was already keeping secrets from her about them.
Thankfully before I could feel too guilty about lying to her, we pulled into the driveway. I practically jumped out of the car and waited by the front door for mom to unlock it. I didn't have a key yet.
"I should probably get a key." I mused as she unlocked the door.
She nodded in agreement holding the door open for me, and I quickly walked into the house and rushed up to my bedroom.
As soon as I had the door closed behind me I pulled out my cellphone and dialled my best friend's number.
"How was the first day?" Tasha asked, knowing it was me even though I hadn't spoken yet.
"Horrible." I groaned into the phone.
"What happened?" She asked, concern lacing her tone and I could picture her eyebrows raised with worry.
I explained everything to her, even the part about Aj being my mate, and it felt so good to get it off my chest. I'm so lucky to have someone that I can trust with anything.
"I don't even know how to react. Do I squeal with happiness that you found your mate, or curse the Moon Goddess for making your mate the enemy?" Tasha said when I was done talking.
"This is the worst day ever." I sighed.
Suddenly I heard a deep voice speaking to Tasha, but I couldn't make out what they said.
"I have to go, I'm so sorry Nova. I'll talk to you later though, I promise." Tasha told me a moment later.
"It's okay, talk to you later." I replied before hanging up.
Six months ago Tasha found her mate, and since then I've taken a backseat to him. I can only assume that he was the one talking to her a second ago, and the reason she had to go was to spend time with him.
I thought once I found my mate that I'd understand why she was always ditching me for him, but now that I have found my mate I still don't get it. Maybe that's because Aj is the enemy.
Pain filled my chest at the thought of never getting to be truly happy with my mate. Why did this happen to me? What did I do to deserve a mate I could never have?
I sighed and decided to go for a run, I need to blow off some steam after this crazy day.
I quickly stripped down and changed into a loose t-shirt and jogging pants, clothes easy to slip on and off, and then jogged downstairs to find mom.
"I'm going for a run." I told her when I came across her in the living room.
She smiled over at me, "Don't be too long, and don't get lost."
I nodded and smiled back before quickly leaving the house. My wolf was itching to feel the wind in her fur.
Luckily for us, our new house was at the end of a road, and everything to the left of it was trees.
I walked into the woods far enough that no one in the street could see me before taking off my clothes and hiding them under a bush. Then I shifted into my pure white wolf and ran.
I barked with joy as the world zoomed past me and all my worries faded away. All that I focused on was the trees in front of me and the comforting smell of nature.
I sprinted until I came across a beautiful pond, just in time for the sun to set.
Maybe this place won't be so bad after all I thought to myself as I sat down at the side of the pond and looked up at the sky.
The clouds looked like they were on fire as the sun disappeared, and it took my breath away. Usually I don't focus on scenery, I'm always busy worrying about the pack, but right now that was the last thing on my mind.
I completely tuned into my surroundings, the croak of frogs in the pond, the buzz of insects all around, the rustle of leaves swaying in the soft breeze.
I raised my head to the sky and closed my eyes, drinking in the peace. I've never felt so calm in my life. Maybe moving here was a good thing.
Suddenly a twig snapped not far behind me and my eyes flew open in surprise.
I whipped my head in the direction the noise came from and my eyes landed on a huge, stunning black wolf.
The way I was drawn to him told me that it was Aj.
Nova? He questioned in a mind link.
I didn't reply. He felt the mate bond, I didn't have to confirm who I was because he knew for certain that I was who he thought I was. Instead I just turned back towards the pond and looked down into the murky water.