Staring at my father I have to fight to keep my lip from curling. My Father, the Alpha of my pack is a disgusting man. I hate the fact that we share blood, I hate the fact that he is still Alpha. “Adira, where is Anthony? I need to have a meeting with him.”
Turning my attention outside, I have to fight my wolf as she attempts to make a stand against my father. I know how that always turns out.
“I’m not sure Father, I think he is finishing up with the collection rounds.” This pack would be better off going rogue, my father is a greedy man.
Taking whatever he can from the pack. Making them pay to be under his guidance, to pay for his horrid opinions. I’ve gone through and talked to some of the members of the pack who have a hard time getting the money. I try and right the wrongs he does, but it’s almost impossible to do so. With the eye he keeps on me it seems like I’m a prisoner.
“Very well, I’ll go find him.” With a wave of his hand, I finally take my leave. Hearing the snarls of my wolf in my head. She hates the man, she wants nothing more than to kill him.
Walking down the hall of the over sized house I look around the cold interior. Ever since my mother’s death, this place hasn’t been a home. How could it? The murder still lives within it’s walls, the evil that lies within still haunts it.
Walking out the door I look over the fairly barren landscape, even the outdoors senses the darkness refusing to flourish to its fullest potential.
The supposedly green landscape looking like death is on it’s front door, the slightly dying greenery making it have a cold appearance. The grass has a yellow brown tinge, it doesn’t look all that healthy. The trees are almost always barren refusing to grow it’s own canopy for any length of time.
The limbs bare, make the atmosphere creepy to say the least. This pack isn’t welcoming that’s for sure. When people come to this pack it’s because they have no option left. Going rogue is a death sentence nowadays, with how strict the pacts are. They kill a rogue without a fair trial. If they can contact their previous pack, most of the time an example is made of that ex member.
The world we live in today has changed drastically, the Council should be informed of interactions with rogue wolves. Most packs choose to ignore that rule, opting to just handle business as is. Making my way into the packs housing district I look over the rundown homes.
It disgusts me that my father doesn’t take care of his pack members. No he abuses his powers, the power hungry bastard. My wolf simmers, as she thinks of all he’s done to the pack. These are good people, they shouldn’t be treated this way.
Walking through the empty streets I see two kids playing in front of their home making me smile slightly. The pair freeze and give a slight wave before scurrying off inside. I shake my head sadly, my father has made it a rule that when there are ranking wolves are walking the streets no one else is to be on them.
It’s a stupid rule in my opinion, I don’t need the streets completely empty to myself to walk. I’d rather see the smiling faces of my community. Moving through the streets I keep an eye out for Anthony, my father’s Beta. A man with an ego two sizes too big for himself.
If anyone should face death, he is one of them. A cruel man who takes pleasure in bullying pack members. Taking their money, and possessions. Anthony has no right to hold power, in my opinion the man should be executed. He’s lower than any rogue could be.
My father enjoys the company of Anthony, just because of his cruel loyalty. Anthony isn’t afraid to make an example out of anyone in the pack or not. Turning the corner I am greeted with a sight that makes my wolf snarl. Partially transformed, attempting to scare money out of some of our elder wolves.
Giving my own growl I whistle, gaining his attention. I know my father will hear about this and no doubt give me some kind of punishment. “Beta, Alpha wishes to have a meeting with you.” Anthony pulls back from snarling at Mr. and Mrs. Gerald. Turning his snarl towards me makes my eyes flash.
“I’m busy here.” Arching an eyebrow at the man I have to struggle to push my wolf back.
“You can always explain why you disobeyed the Alpha’s orders after you finish with your tasks. I’m sure he’ll understand your reasoning.” Anthony snarls at me, leaving the doorstep of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald.
“Then you finish the collection. These two scrounges have yet to pay. They’ve already passed their leniency days. Get the money or kill them.” Walking past me he makes sure to slam his shoulder into mine making my own wolf step to the foreground with her own snarl.
She wants nothing more than to kill him, tired of his disrespect. Forcing a breath through my nose I roll my neck hearing the cracking. I hate the man almost as much as I hate my father. Walking up the steps to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald’s home I have to calm myself down. They don’t need to be harassed anymore.
“I’m sorry about him, he’s an asshole.” Leaning against the door jamb I fight to calm down watching as Mrs. Gerald leans against her husband pale.
“We don’t have all of the fees. We can’t get the rest of the fee, we needed food. I’m sorry but we were so hungry.” Hearing Mr. Gerald’s voice shake makes me want to kill Anthony, there is no way that I can allow this to continue. Sighing I shake my head. I hate the fact that I am forced to continue to ask for money from them.
“It’s alright Mr. Gerald. I understand, I hate having to do this to you guys. What can you offer? And please keep some of your money, I’ll cover the rest of the fees alright?” Mrs. Gerald gives me a watery smile, with a nod.
“Thank you Adira, you are the only light in this dreadful pack.” I smile at her, thankful to have this interaction ending in a better light. I wish that I could just excuse them of their fees but I know it would just end with them being an example that no one wants to see. My father shouldn’t make them pay to be under his ‘protection’ if you could call it that.
“Please feel free to contact me if you can’t make the fees. I will try to help you in any way I can. You gotta make sure to stay healthy.” Mr. Gerald hands me over a portion of the fee with a slight smile.
“Thank you Adira, you are too kind to us.” I smile and step away from the door, knowing that I’ll need to get back to the house before my father get’s pissy and comes out hunting for me. If I’m being honest with myself I’m not being nice enough to these people.
I’m sure some would argue that I’m doing the best that I can in this situation. But it’s not good enough for my wolf and I, I should be doing more. Refusing my father more than I am now, it’s complete bullshit what he does.
Walking down the streets. I glance at the homes of pack mates seeing some peeking out their blinds smiling nervously before ducking away. Terrified that my father is somehow watching our interaction.
My father has gotten such a reputation of violence everyone in our pack is terrified to leave their homes and interact in a healthy manner. Everyone in my pack is afraid of much of anything really. My father rules with a heavy hand, much heavier than what is needed.
Making my own route through the neighborhoods I inspect the homes. Making sure that no one is in dire need of anything. I know that I can’t do a lot without my father being aware. Even when I do help out my father gets greedy once more, attempting to wear down the family for something.
Shaking my head at that, my father’s greed never seems to end. The man needs to be removed from power plain and simple. His reign of terror needs to be brought to an end. Finishing my rounds I find myself wandering onto the path to the mansion my father calls home.
This is the one place that is left standing like it was built. Beautifully designed, with large windows. It would probably be an astounding home if I didn’t know what had happened within the walls.
The atrocities that had been committed had left this once beautiful structure with a dark cloud. Walking on the pathway, I stroll up the stone walkway, ashamed that this was funded by the pack. And not by their kindness either, most of what my father has, was paid for by the pack.
Climbing the steps to the home I am left listening to the sounds of nature. The only thing to disrupt it is a vehicle driving. Turning so my back is towards the house I watch the road, I wasn’t notified of any visitors today.
The large black SUV that pulls up into the driveway slowly makes my head cock, it isn’t a member of the pack. But we didn’t feel someone non pack enter the lands either. Who the hell is it then? The dark tinted windows do nothing but raise more questions.
Not being able to help myself I walk to the last step waiting as the Driver and Passenger doors open, revealing two fairly large and dominant men. Scenting the air I am left stunned, the smell of a Council member.
It would explain why I didn’t know of their arrival. Council members have the delightful ability to walk within packs without their knowledge. Makes it easier to do surprise visits. The driver pauses staring at me and takes a deep breath. The shades over his eyes makes it impossible to tell what he’s feeling.
“Can I help you two?” The passenger looks around taking his time to respond. The driver continues to stare at me, making my wolf stand at attention. Of course that could just be because these are two very dominant men.
“I’m Ekon, and this is Magnar. We are from the Council, investigating some things.” Snorting I can’t contain the slight smirk that pops into my face. Looks like judgement day has finally arrived for the two power hungry tyrants. I’m surprised that this hasn’t happened sooner.
“You guys have your job cut out for you. The Alpha and Beta are currently in a meeting, can I help you with anything?” Leaning against the railing I stuff my hands in my jean pockets.
“Would you be willing to do an interview with us?” I automatically nod. I don’t have an issue throwing my father under the bus, the people in this pack deserve better. I don’t have an issue leading these two around. My father needs to be taken out, so does Anthony.
“Not an issue. I can be your go to person. A lot of people are scared of the ranked wolves. You might have a hard time talking to some without me listening in.” Knowing how a lot of the pack will react to men of power. I don’t doubt that my father will send out a threatening message making them keep their silence.
“We appreciate that. It’s easier to have a member of the pack helping with their interview. How would you say tension levels are in the pack?” Before I can respond to Magnar the door opens behind me.
“Adira, where’s the fee for the Gerald’s? Are they going to need to be-” Anthony is forced to stop himself as he looks at our two guests. Turning I can’t help myself as I grin at the pair.
“Alpha, Beta, this is Ekon and Magnar. They are from the council, they have to do some routine investigating.” Watching as they both look at the new pair. My father’s eyes burn bright with anger, oh yeah he’s pissed about this.
“Why didn’t you notify me of their arrival Adira?” My father doesn’t bother to greet them as he focuses his anger on me.
“I’m sorry, I knew you were in a meeting with Beta. I didn’t want to interrupt.” Watching as the vein pops out in his neck I know my punishment is going to suck.
At this point I don’t care, I’ll happily be an example of my father’s cruelty. Pulling out the Gerald’s payment I hand it to Anthony. “I made sure to collect in full.” Anthony’s eyes narrow, his lip raising slightly in a snarl. I love the fact that it’s easy to push their buttons.
“Adira, go patrol the borders. We’ll talk later.” Hearing the slight snarl in his voice makes me push from the railing pulling my hands from my pocket. I’m not shocked I’m getting sent to do patrol.
I’m sure I’ll get my ass handed to me before tomorrow morning. Probably after he sends these two off to bed. Walking down the stairs I spare a glance at the men, giving a head nod. I know they caught onto what I was doing. If they are with the council they have enough smarts to follow a scheme such as this.