8 years ago...
After having some proper food in my belly, Ellie was able to find some of her old clothes for me to wear since the other ones were old and torn. Once I was changed, I went into the living room and she offered to comb my hair for me so I sat in front of her before she took a lock of my hair and then she started to brush my hair.
I smiled a little when she did this. It had been a while since someone was brushed my hair and it felt nice.
"Sorry if my old clothes are a bit big on you."
"No, it's fine."
I spoke with a smile on my face. Ellie ran her fingers through my hair to make sure all the knots and tots were gone and then she said to me.
"There we go, no more bird's nest."
I spoke with a smile on my face before we watched Tv. I took a glance at Ellie and I could smell the scent of dead wolves on her but, for some reason, I can smell the scent of another werewolf on her. I glanced at her shoulder and I think I can see a bite mark and this wasn't any bite from a wolf, it was a mating mark.
"So what do you intend to do now that you've escaped from your captors?"
I snapped out of it and I said to her.
"I don't know, I was hoping to find another pack that was closet from here."
"Well, luckily for you, I know just the place. Ever heard of the Silvermoon pack?"
"I have heard of it! Aoi was trying to lead me to that pack until we got chased by those bad men."
Again, that was also a lie but, I can't tell her that Shawn was with me because I don't know if he's still alive or if those rogues killed him too.
"Well, tell you what. You can stay here for tonight while I contact Alpha Damien and if he agrees, he'll take you in."
"What if he doesn't want me to join him?"
"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it, okay?"
I told her before I hugged her tightly. I felt Ellie getting stiff again but then she relaxed afterwards before petting my head. After I released her, she picked up her phone before making the call. While she was talking to Alpha, I looked around in the living room and I think I can smell the faint scent of a werewolf here. I looked at the photo of her and two other people, a man and a baby.
I noticed how happy Ellie looked and I assumed their her family but, what happened to them? Suddenly, someone shouted.
"Listen here, hunter! if you want to bring that girl over here, then stay at the pack borders! I do not want your kind near me or my pack members!"
I had to cover my ears when I heard that man yelling since I have sensitive ears. Ellie had her phone away from her ear after that man shouted on the other line.
"Sheesh, moody much," Ellie mumbled before continuing. "Fine by me, I don't want to be around werewolves for long anyway."
Ellie told him furiously before hanging up the phone. I looked at Ellie and I asked her.
"Looks like you've got yourself a new home."
"Thanks, Ellie you're the best!!"
I told her before hugging her tightly again. Ellie chuckled before she petted my head.
"You're welcome. You've been thanking me a lot since you came here, not that's a bad thing."
"I know, but, I'm just so grateful that you came along when you did. I know my father said that hunters were evil but, you're not like that."
"Well, for now anyway."
Ellie told me before she releases me.
"Come on, you can sleep in my bed for tonight I'll take the couch."
"No, no, I should sleep on the couch."
"No, Serena, I instead besides, I've slept on rough terrain in the army anyway."
I asked in a surprised tone before Ellie picked up a photo of her in her military uniform. I smiled in amazement before I took the photo from her.
"That was me 3 years ago before I left the army."
"Wow...but, why aren't you with them now?"
"Something went wrong while I was on a mission and after I was badly injured, I couldn't face going out onto the battlefield again. That's why I left."
"But, why did you join?"
"Curious little wolf aren't you?" Ellie joked.
"I can't help it, besides, you're the nicest hunter I've met and you give off this...motherly vibe or something."
Ellie's eyes widen before she smiled sadly.
"That's because I was a mother for a while until I lost my husband and daughter."
"Oh...I'm sorry for saying that now."
"That's okay, I've met other kids who are around your age and they pretty much tell me the same thing."
I looked at the photo I was staring at earlier. Ellie smiled a little before she told me.
"That was my husband and daughter.
"What were their names?"
"Travis and Lucy."
"You look so happy."
Ellie spoke sadly as she stared at the photo before I looked at another family photo but, this one had a young Ellie.
"Are those two people your parents?"
"Yep. That was taken after my dad came home from the army. Unfortunately, my mother died of Alzheimer's disease and my father died in battle."
I couldn't believe what I was hearing. This poor hunter has lost so much and now she's alone. I held Ellie's hand and I said to her.
"You've been alone all this time, haven't you?
"For a little while yes I was but, Jamison, the lead hunter, was a friend of my father and he taught me how to...well, you know. He's been like a second father to me."
"I wished I had someone like that in my life..."
I spoke sadly as I remembered my parents, my friends and the Alpha and Luna of the Black Pride pack. Ellie rubbed my shoulder to comfort me and she said to me.
"I guess we both lost someone precious to us huh? but, there's always a light at the end of every tunnel. Tomorrow when you go to your new pack, you'll find a new family to take you in and teach you everything they know about being a Beta. I know it won't be the same but, it's a fresh start, right?"
I nodded my head with a smile on my face before I yawned a little making Ellie giggle.
"Come on, let's get you into bed."
Serena told me before she led me to her room. I crawled into bed and then Ellie tucked me in after changing into her PJs. Ellie let me wear one of her smallest Nightgowns before she tucked me into bed.
"Comfortable?" Ellie asked me.
I nodded my head before Ellie grabbed a spare pillow, a blanket and a man's shirt. I was confused at first but, when she told me about her husband that's when I realised that she probably wanted to sleep in it. I remember my cousin's mother doing something similar when she lost her mate, it was like a coping mechanism or something.
Ellie turned off the light and then she said to me.
I spoke with a smile on my face before I fell asleep with a smile on my face. I felt so happy that Ellie was able to help me and look after me. I know she wasn't my mother, but, the way she comforted me, took care of my injuries and fed me, it felt like having my birth mother back.