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Thirty

"Uhm, don't think I'm having second thoughts about us or anything", I started, cringing when my wolf growled at me. "I'm just curious to know", I finished off.

"Go on, baby", damn it, why does he have to make butterfly flutter in my stomach every damn time he speaks?

"I want to know why you kill the women and the children?", my voice was a little meek and my demand came out as a question instead. My question doesn't seem to surprise him, it was as if he was waiting for me to shoot out my questions. I waited for a few minutes but I didn't receive my answers, no he threw a question to me instead.

"What happens to the women of the pack when they lose most or all of the males?", his question threw me off guard for a moment. I tried to recall the rules made by ancient wolves regarding his question.

"The females such as chef, teachers, gardener, doctors, nurses etc will be given job according to their profession and rest are to be used as whores for the unmated males", at the start I was proud I remembered the rule but as spoke further a frown settled on my face. I was ashamed to say the word "whore" for another woman but the rules state it like that.

"So, that is the reason you kill them?", I asked despite knowing the answer. He nodded his head.

"They'll be used like some cheap item until the day they die. They'll be forced to do what the males want", he explained. I didn't say it out but I pretty much know how those women will be treated by the other packs. They'll not get the time mourn for their dead mates, I stead they'll be used for the pleasure of others.

I know deciding for them is wrong but it proves somewhere deep in his heart he still has his humanity intact. It's a little fucked up way of protecting someone but at least he is trying in some way and for that I respect him. He may not be the person anyone will respect and his reason for killing the females will not sit well with others, I know that and I don't care.

"But why do you kill the children?", I asked as I stroked his arm to let him know I'm listening and I am with him.

"They'll be used as slaves in the pack, only few will get a proper home. Even worse their innocent dreams will be plagued with nightmares. They'll burn to get their revenge instead of searching for a happy life. It'll traumatise them to see their parents getting slaughtered and they'll never get the image out of their mind", he said with a faraway look in his life.

The feeling of distress hit me in waves, it was so strong it left me momentarily confused. When my wolf whimpered "hug mate" in my head I realised I am feeling what my mate is feeling right now. Just like my wolf has request I hugged my mate tightly and buried my face in his chest.

"Shhh", I comforted him and stroked his back, hoping it'll make him feel better. My question must have triggered some bad memories from his past.

Maverick pulled me impossibly closer to him, squeezing me tightly to him. It was a little hard to breathe but I chose to stay quiet. I'm loving the feeling of being caged in his arms and smelling his musky scent with each breath.

"Alpha, the food is ready", came a voice from outside. I hesitantly pulled back from the hug but just as I slid away from him he pulled me close once again.

"We have to go for the dinner", I whispered nuzzling his chest. "Just let me stay for few minutes", his face was muffled as his face was buried in the hollow of my neck. I wanted to stay in this position till I die but my stomach is growling for food nonstop so I detached myself from his arms and stood up.

"I'm hungry", I announced and looked around the room once again. My foot carried me to the wardrobe in the corner. There wasn't much in the closet, just a few sweatpants, t-shirts and boxers. I took a fresh boxer, a black t-shirt and grey sweatpants and changed into them. As the clothes were two sizes big on me I had to tie a knot in the t-shirt, roll the sweatpants so that it is fit enough to not slip. There wasn't a tie to pull my hair up so I let it stay the way they are after combing my fingers through them.

"Let me change too", Maverick whispered close to my ears, his warm breath hitting my neck sensually. Thankfully I managed to pull my head out of the gutter at the right moment otherwise I'd have creamed my pants and he'd have been able to smell my arousal.

"Sure", I squeaked out like a duck before I sidestepped and let him chose his outfit. I kept my eyes respectfully up to his shoulder. True, my eyes wandered down to his package a few times but other than that I respected his privacy.

What a liar you are. My wolf singsong in a teasing voice. My cheeks flamed red like a cherry.

What did I lie about? I asked in an innocent voice even though I know what she is talking about.

That you didn't ogle his dick like a hungry pig. If possible my cheeks tinted in an even darker shade of red. I averted my eyes away from his impressive six-pack to his face to find him looking at me with a smirk.

"What?", I questioned as if I wasn't just staring at him like a vulture eyes it's prey.

"Nothing", he replied then took my hands in his big once. I looked down at our adjoined hands. While I am pale white he has that perfect bronze skin. My hands look like the hands of a dwarf sandwiched between his big giant hands.

My lips tilted up in a small smile. I like how tiny I am in front of his massive frame. I looked up when he brought our adjoined hands to his mouth and kissed the back of my hand. My heart thudded inside my chest and a blush crept up to my cheeks.

Why do I find this side of his so adorable?

Before we exit he stopped abruptly and turned to me. "If you have any more questions you can ask me now", he said. There wasn't any more question in my head now and I think I've asked enough for today so I let the offer go. I don't want to force him or cause him any pain reminding him of his past.

"No", was my simple answer as I looked into his eyes. He nodded then tugged on my hand to start walking.

I looked away from him when we stepped outside of the house. My eyes immediately lit up when I saw the fire roaring at its highest and the pack members surrounding it and lazing around.

"What is she doing here still?", Liya, the beta female growled at me angrily. Her mate embraced her from behind and tried to calm her down. My mate pulled me to him and growled at her in a warning.

My anger flared because of her disrespect. I let it slide the first time because I thought she may be apprehensive of a stranger but I can't let her walk over me anytime she feels like it. I slide Maverick's hands off my waist and stalked towards me. I let out my Alpha power as I walked to her.

"Say it again", I let out in an Alpha command. Her eyes flickered between hers and her wolf. Her instinct tells her to give in but her stubborn nature is coming in between.

"I said say it again", she flinched a little but still refused to submit. My wolf and I didn't like how she is continuing to blatantly ignore our command and disrespecting us in front of the whole pack. I have never let my beta disrespect me and if she thinks she'll get away with it then she is daydreaming. I'm not a pushover she can insult and say anything. She can't be a bitch to me for no reason.

"You don't mind if I put her in her place, right?", I tilted my head back and asked. Maverick shook his head as he watched me.

"Listen here, beta", I started. "I'm your Luna, not any lowly stranger you can bully. You'll respect me and will be punished if you ever disrespect me", I said calmly. My wolf rushed to the surface so she can help me if I need it.

I can handle it. I assured my wolf and she backed off, letting me do what I want to.

"You're not my Luna. You don't own his mark", she spat out. Her mate gulped when my eyes flashed bright golden, my wolf taking the control.

I'll end this bitch. My wolf growled in anger though she is hurt that our mate has not marked her yet.

My claws grew and using those my hand grabbed her neck and pushed her down on her back. She gasped for air and clawed at my clawed hand.

"I'll repeat it nicely only once. Do not disrespect me ever again because I'll not take it nicely. And trust me next time I won't let you go this easily", I removed my hands from her neck and stood up. She growled under her breathe but kept her eyes cast downwards. My claws have dug into her neck while I was pushing her. She touched the wound that is bleeding.

"Apologise now", I commanded. She gritted her teeth as if submitting to me is causing her pain.

"I'm sorry, Luna", she apologised reluctantly. My eyes narrowed on her figure but I didn't comment anything. Feeling my gaze on her she bared her neck to me, bowing her head in submission.

"Get up", I commented and walked past her, making my way towards the other pack members who are watching with sheer amazement.

"Want some popcorn?", I asked with a raised brow. They averted their eyes and looked down, shaking their head like a child.

"No", my lips twitched in amusement when they replied at the same time.

"What's popcorn?", Kelvin asked. I'm sure if I was drinking something I'd have chocked on it.

"You don't know what's a popcorn?", I asked to make sure my ears are working perfectly fine and I didn't mishear him.

"Yes", came his reply, leaving me dumbfounded.

"How do you not know what is popcorn?", I asked. I thought back to all the incidents with my mate and a lot more questions popped up in my mind.

"I was three when our pack was attacked so I don't remember a lot of things", he shrugged nonchalantly. Guilt built up inside my chest. Their childhood was ripped away from them so cruelly. They were not given the chance to live freely due to some greedy packs. They didn't deserve it, no one deserves to be undergone this much pain at such a young age.

Maverick held my hand suddenly. I looked up at him as he started to soothingly roam his hands up and down my arms. I gave out a small smile to let him know I'm fine.

"How can you all act so normal around her when her...", a loud growl from my mate shut her midway.

"What do you mean by that?", I asked because I was confused about what she is implying. It seems like others know exactly what she is talking about because they averted their eyes when I looked at them questioningly. So much anger hit me all at once and I realised it is coming from my mate. He rushed forward in anger and before I can stop him he had made his way to her with his hand around her neck.

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I know I have been MIA for a while but there is a lot of things going on with me and I wasn't in my right mind to write so I took some time off before I restart writing. To top it all my exams are right around the corner and I haven't started studying yet. I fear I'm going to fail this time for real *sigh*.

Comment what you guys think about this chapter. Was Sapphire's reaction to Lisa's disrespect right or she overreacted?

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