Light shone in through the curtains, lighting up the entire room. I shuffled around in my bed, stretching my arms out before sitting up. I felt my wolf searching for the scent of my mate, who’d been here last night, but he wasn’t here anymore. I blinked in confusion, looking around the room and down the hall for him, but he was nowhere in sight.
A small yawn escaped my lips as I made my way into the bathroom and washed my face. I quickly pulled on a pair of dark blue jeans and a flowy white top after I freshened up. After grabbing a sweater to put on top, I rushed downstairs. “Have you seen Alpha Slate?” I asked a pack warrior as I made my way down the hall. He nodded and pointed to the dining hall. I thanked him and rushed inside, searching for his scent.
The entire pack was sitting around the long table, food covering every inch of it. I scanned the room until my eyes landed on a familiar pair of chocolate brown ones. “Slate,” I called making my way towards him. “Where did you go? I woke up and you were gone.” He barely made eye contact with me, before turning around to the rest of the pack.
“I, Slate Black, future Alpha of the Blood Moon Pack, reject you, Sarah Reynolds, as my mate and Luna.” He said without emotion in his eyes. I never thought I would have to hear those words. Those three words that demolish me. I reject you.
Those three words ripped me apart. Those three words killed me. I felt my heart tear apart when they left his lips, but I stood strong and tall. “I, Sarah Reynolds, accept your rejection.” I said flipping my hair in his face and stormed out of the dining hall, towards the stairs.
Barging into my room, I grabbed the closest bag and dumped my clothes inside, quickly grabbing my phone and all the cash stashed under my bed. Emotions rushed through me so fast, I nearly felt the wind being knocked out of me. Suddenly, I stopped and fell to my knees, hot tears rolling endlessly down my cheeks as my wolf, Alex, whimpered in agony. ‘Can we leave? Now. Please.’ Alex begged.
‘Yeah.’ I answered, wiping my tears. I grabbed the bag and opened up the window. Without thinking, I jumped out and onto the ground, quickly running behind the house. I slowly felt my bones breaking as I howled in pain. Soon, my clothes started to rip, and I burst into a large brown wolf.
I picked up my bag with my teeth and begun to run. I heard my brother howl as he chased after me, but I didn’t stop. I just kept running. I swiftly shifted back into my human form and ran all the way to the airport, quickly hiding in a public washroom. I glanced at myself in the mirror before pulling on a pair of blue jeans and a white tank top. ‘Why did he reject us?’ My wolf cried.
‘Because I’m not beautiful enough. I’m not strong enough. I’m the person who gets bullied and beaten up every day. It’s not your fault. You got stuck with me. I’m sorry, Alex. I’m so sorry.’ I answered, sitting down on the bathroom floor.
‘It’s not your fault. It’s his.’ She whimpered, trying to make me feel better.
After thirty minutes of silently crying in the bathroom floor, I stood up and headed to the ticket booth. “Good morning, miss. What can I help you with?” the receptionist questioned with a bored look on her face. Damn, not even a smile.
“One-way ticket from Kansas City to...” I trailed off not knowing to where? Where was I even going? “Los Angeles, California please.” I said after a while.
She stared at me for a second, “ID please.” She spoke with boredom. I handed her my ID with an awkward smile. “Alright, a ticket to Los Angeles, will cost you, $400.” She said.
I nodded and searched through my bag for the money. I handed her the money that were all wrinkled up causing her to stare at me like I killed someone.
“I’m sorry.” I apologized and awkwardly flashed a smile. She rolled her eyes and took them.
After two minutes of waiting for god knows what, she finally looked up and handed me my ID-card back. “Here you go. Enjoy your flight.” She sarcastically said making my eyes roll. Here goes nothing.
I headed into the waiting area with dry tears on my face. ‘How could he do that? He slept with me and then... and then he rejected me?’ I cried to myself, burying my head in my knees.
“Sarah!” I heard my name being called. I cursed and looked up and saw August enter the waiting area while harshly breathing.
“August!” I yelled while running into his arms. “August. I can’t stay here. There is no way. I can’t.” I cried.
“I know, baby sister. I know.” He said pulling me into his arms. “It’s okay. That bastard can’t hurt you anymore. I’m so sorry.” He comforted as his hand massaged my back.
“It’s not your fault.” I cried.
“Shh. Now tell me where you are going?” He asked.
“I bought a ticket to L.A. I was just going to... I don’t know what I’m going to do.” I said drying my eyes.
“Shh. We will figure it out. Okay? Don’t worry. You won’t ever have to see him again.” August said running his fingers through my hair.
“It hurts, August. It hurts so bad.” I whimpered quietly.
“I know and you’re going to go to L.A., and you are going to forget about Slate. I know it’ll be hard, but you will be able to do it. And I’ll come see you all the time. I can’t leave the pack because I’m second in command, but I promise I’ll see you all the time.” He said giving me a tight hug.
“It’s okay. But promise me you’ll tell him you didn’t find me. You don’t know where I am. Promise me, August. Promise?” I said, wrapping my arms around his neck.
“I promise, baby sister. I promise.” He whispered. I pulled back and saw his eyes watering.
“I’ll see you soon. I love you.” I said blowing him a kiss.
“I love you too.” He called smiling.
“All passengers boarding Flight 233 to Los Angeles, please line up.” The loudspeaker boomed. I grabbed my bag and dashed to the front of the line. I handed the lady my ticket and scurried onto the plane.
I sat down in my seat and watched everyone else load on. A tall, skinny girl came and sat down beside me; her face was wet with tear stains just like mine. A certain smell filled the air and I quickly turned to her.
“Werewolf?” I whispered and her eyes widened.
“Yeah. Are you too?” She asked drying her tears and I nodded.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“My...my mate...he wasn’t who I thought he was.” She said sobbing into her arm, and I felt a sharp pain shoot through me.
“I know the feeling. My mate...he r-rejected me.” I said, and tears formed in my eyes again. She looked at me and engulfed me in a hug.
“I’m Andi, short for Andrea.” She said drying her tears.
“What are you doing in this plane?” I asked.
“Getting away. I’m going to L.A. But I have no idea what I’m going to do.” I said sadly.
“Well, they say two is better than one, right? How ’bout we do this together? We can figure it out together.” She suggested hopefully, quiet sniffles escaping as she dried her tears. I smiled at her, my instincts telling me to trust the girl in front of me.
“Okay,” I said, smiling at her.
“Okay.” She agreed with a small smile on her face.
“I, Slate Black, reject you, Sarah Reynolds, as my mate and Luna.” I said, crossing my arms as pain shot through me the moment those words escaped my lips.
“I, Sarah Reynolds, accept your rejection.” She said flipping her hair in my face and stormed out of the room. Shock consumed me at her acceptance before I felt pain rush through me once again. She can’t be my mate. She can’t be Luna. I had to reject her.
‘No, you didn’t. You idiot. You are a fucking idiot. What did you do that for?!’ My wolf, Ace, growled in pain. I turned around and looked at the table. Everyone was silent and their jaws were on the floor.
“What the actual fuck was that?!” Sarah’s brother and my best friend August yelled.
“August. She can’t-” Before I could finish, his fist collided with my jaw, sending a painful crack through it. I didn’t have enough time to register it before he grabbed me by the collar and hit me again.
“What the fuck do you think you’re doing?! How could you do that to my sister, you sick son of a bitch?!” He growled and his once blue eyes turned a gold shade and I knew his wolf was fitting to take control. “I’m going to kill you!” He roared punching me again and again. He let go of my collar and dropped me to the ground after a few minutes of him constantly punching me. I didn’t bother fighting back. Maybe, I deserved this.
Every inch of my body hurt, and I could barely breathe. August turned to my parents and bowed his head. “Alpha. Luna.” He said before bolting out the door. Their eyes were wide at what had just happened.
I stood up to my feet and ran after him. I heard him howl and ran towards him. “August. I’m sorry. But she can’t be Luna. She just can’t.” I yelled. His eyes were watery and filled with rage.
“She’s gone now! If I can’t find her, I’m coming back for you?!” He growled and sprinted off into the woods. I stared at him, until I couldn’t see him anymore.
What the fuck, have I done?!