When I entered the foyer Sin stood there with Nicolas by his side waiting for me. Once hearing me, both of their heads snapped towards me. Nicolas's eyes found mine, unease written all over his face. Sin however looked tense his facial expressions stoic.
Seeing Sin standing there, guilt filled my head for lashing out at him. Knowing it would be a bit awkward, I sent him a small smile to see if he’s angry with me. He returned the smile but didn't meet his eyes. I sighed and lowered my gaze as I approached.
“Be careful, please” insisted Nicolas, his eyes pleading with mine.
“I will,” I said smiling reassuringly.
“You know what to do, don’t get too close to him and once you have intel we can use come back home” his eyebrows furrowed.
I nodded “don’t worry” I hugged him tightly. I knew it was going to be dangerous, I saw where his concern came from. I was his and he was my family.
Once we left the mansion we headed towards the forest. The thrill from getting out of the mansion settling in. I handed Sin the mixture I made last night from the herb. There was enough for a couple of uses.
He suspiciously eyed the flask as I said “drink it every twelve hours to make sure our scent is gone.”
I opened my flask and I grimaced after I took a drink. Sin let out a chuckle then took a drink of his flask.
“How far away is his packhouse,” he asked few minutes into our journey.
“About five days on foot, two if we ran”
“We should take the car, we would be there in a few hours,” he said flatly starting into the deep forest in front of us.
“We don’t want anyone to notice us” I glared at him
“I know it was just an idea” he chuckled.
It was still morning, the sky was without sun, white full of clouds. The forest before us was endless. I felt my stomach gurgle and took out one of the blood pouches and began drinking.
“At least there's something good about drinking blood." I glanced at Sin, one of his eyebrows rose "We don’t have to cook” I laughed.
Sin shook his head then chuckled.
“This is going to be a long journey.” he breathed.
For the rest of the day, we walked in silence. Concentrating and listening to our surroundings. I suddenly admired our vampire enhanced senses.
When night fell we build a tent. We both were exhausted. Taking turns for the watch, I offered to go first. As I sat in front of the tent it started feeling familiar. The time when me and Thomas were on our way to the other camp. I missed Thomas. I should have never left him there to die. I could have patched him up, he would have survived. A pang of guilt filled my body once again. If I would make him go first, he would still be alive. Once again someone died because of me.
The next day was the same. We slept, drank some blood and walked until night came. We build our tent, it was our routine me watching out first few hours and Sin the rest until sunrise. Tonight, as I sat on the ground playing and admiring my necklace Sin sat next to me.
“What is it?” He asked his eyebrow high on his forehead, pointing at the necklace.
“An eagle,” I said starting at the bird, holding it in my hands.
“You’re always playing with it”
“It calms me down” I mumbled.
“You seem attached to it,” he stated curiosity written over his face.
“Ya, I am. I don’t know what I’d do if I lost it. It was my husbands.” I sighed, looking into Sin’s eyes, sorrow deep in my heart.
"I am assuming he’s no longer alive,” he nearly whispered his eyes full of compassion as he bore them into my soul.
I nodded once.
“What happened,” he asked carefully.
I signed and looked in front of me into the blazing fire ”after I escaped the Alpha, Luca my husband found me in the forest. We fell in love and after a while I became pregnant. We had a beautiful little girl. He named her Suren. We were happy until one day I was hunting for a celebration and by the time I came back they were slaughtered. The Alpha killed them.”
As I was saying it Sin was staring into my face. When I looked at him his eyes bore into mine. “I’m sorry, I hope they found their peace”
“They find their peace when I kill him,” I said my voice tinged with anger.
“That’s why you nearly attacked him at the ball?”
I nodded ”if you wouldn’t show up, who knows how it would end.” After a few seconds, I added ”I never thanked you for that, and for helping to get me into my room, I was too drunk” I chuckled, flush coloured my cheeks.
That night was the first time I was drunk this much and I could only imagine what nonsense I said. Embarrassment was an understatement.
He sensed my uneasiness and cracked up. “It was funny, I had a good time”
"oh, I’m glad you had a good time,” I said playfully smiling and bumped my shoulder into his. After that silence filled the air between us. I felt his demeanour changed. He tensed and when I glanced at him, he chewed his lip and ran his hand through his black hair.
”I don’t know if this is a good time to say anything but if I don’t say it now I don’t think I ever will.” his voice cautious.
My eyebrows furrowed in concussion. “What is it?”
“I’ve been trying to tell you for months but never had the chance. You were always with someone or drunk” I watched him intently. He signed loudly ”I like you, ever since I first saw you I couldn’t get you out of my head.” His eyes flashed with something I couldn’t read. Something I didn’t see before in his eyes.
My eyes widened, dumbstruck. I never felt from him any kind of affection or even nervousness until now.
When he noticed I was drowning in my thoughts, speechless, he added ”please say something. Don’t leave me hanging” he mumbled in defeat, staring into the ground.
That snapped me back into reality "umm...I don’t think I am ready for anything, not now. ” my voice was shaky, nervously scratching my neck.
Still staring into the endless black forest he just nodded once, his face clear on any emotion. I noticed, he was good at hiding his emotions. I hated doing this to him. He was always nice to me, always ready to help if I needed it, always there for me.
“I mean I like you too, you’re hot but it’s just too soon for me after the death of Luca and Suren,” I mumbled with guilt in my voice.
“That’s fine, I understand,” he said as he stood up and walked into the tent.
Two hours into my watch I heard movement from the left side of me. A twig snapped from that direction. I quickly stood up, scanning my surroundings as I reached for my bow and arrows.
“Sin, wake up, there’s something there,” I said just loud enough for him to hear me. The second I said it I heard shuffling from inside of the tent then he got out holding his knives prepared for an attack.
Ready, aiming into the darkness, I saw two yellow orbs staring at us. As it slowly came out from the shadows, a silhouette of a werewolf and behind him, another pair of yellow orbs with the same shape appeared. They watched our every move like the prey were to them. Once close enough, both of them pounce at us. I managed to shot an arrow into his chest while he was mid-air, landing on top of me. He let out a whimper as I tried to get his slag body off of me. Once standing up I picked up my bow and arrow and shoot the beast into its head killing it instantly. I checked our surroundings making sure there was no more lurking around and noticed Sin walking towards me, panting, the slight sheen on his face glimmered from the fire. His clothes were covered in droplets of blood but noticed it wasn't his. He didn't seem injured. My eyes shot to the other dead werewolf a few feet away.
“Are you ok?” He asked cautiously as he approached me, tucking away a strand of my hair.
"I’m fine, are you ok?" I said, flushing at the gesture, eyeing him from head to toe.
“Ya I’m ok,” he said looking around. “We need to move”
“Ya we must be close, it’s a matter of time until they find the bodies,” I stated cautiously walking towards the tent.
We ran quickly thanks to our supernatural speed, both watching our surroundings, making sure we weren’t watched. The last thing we needed was to be caught.
The closer we got the stronger the werewolf smell got. The night sky started catching deep orange hues as the sunrise approached. Once we were close enough to the pack’s territory we climbed a tree and jumped from one tree to another to keep away from the ground. If we would get caught the beasts wouldn’t get to us so easily. We were jumping as quietly as we could not alert anyone.
Once the all too familiar packhouse appeared in front of us we remained hidden in the trees waiting for the day to start. The packhouse vicinity was huge, stretching at around 3 miles with the all-around deep forest which was to our advantage. Being there and seeing all the slaves walking towards the crops brought bad memories to the surface. All the beating and humiliation played in my head. I shook my head trying to get rid of it. It wasn’t the place and time for it. As I concentrated on the noises around I heard the wild animals, the sound of wind rushing through the trees and the odd noise from when the slaves whispered to each other. I noticed there were fewer werewolves around than I remembered. When I looked at Sin he was watching and concentrating too, his face stoic and not making any movement.
We stayed like this for a few hours, until mid-afternoon. As I was scanning the grounds in front of the packhouse I spotted the Luna with a boy. He was about eight years old, small skinny and his head full of light brown hair with blue eyes. He was the image of his father the Torben. He ran towards us with the ball in his hands, oblivious of us being so close. Behind him, Diana, his mother and the Luna ran after him calling out to him. They began playing together with the ball and running around. I watched her closely, anger slowly building inside of me. After what she did to me I wanted the same for her. Just return the favour. I wouldn’t have the heart to harm the boy. He was only a child. I wasn’t going to hurt him once the time would come to kill his father. I wasn’t a monster like his father killing innocent children.
Few more hours passed, nothing interesting happened, we didn’t even spot the alpha while we were spying on them. When the sky got dark, the moon came out and everything and everyone around quieted down for the night we headed back deep into the forest.
Once we were far enough out of the pack’s territory we set up a camp. We drank some blood and sat on the ground in front of the tent.
“I don’t think the Alpha was there,” said Sin while he was sipping a bag of blood in front of the fire.
“Ya, there weren’t many warrior werewolves either,” I said taking a sip of my blood.
“We wait one more day, if we don’t catch anything we could use, we will head home” decided Sin, his eyes narrowed at me expecting me to argue.
I nodded in agreement.
“You go sleep first,” he said eyeing my face with concern ”you look exhausted”
“Thanks,” I said smiling. I got up from my spot on the ground and headed inside the tent. I couldn’t help but feel guilty for rejecting Sin. We haven’t spoken about it since last night. He seemed distant and it hurt me a bit. I did like him, I just wasn’t ready for any kind of romantic relationship. I hoped he would wait but wouldn’t blame him if he wouldn’t. Once I lied down and got comfortable in my sleeping bag I fell asleep straight away.
The next morning I woke Sin up at sunrise. We drank some blood and the mixture I made to keep our scent away. After finished our breakfast we packed everything and ran back towards the packhouse.
Once we took our spots in the trees we waited and waited. We watched the same slaves working on the fields, the same werewolves slave keepers and the same young warriors training.
It was late afternoon when I heard two werewolves speaking to each other.
“Make sure everything with the slaves is in order, Alpha is returning tonight.”
That piqued my interest.
“Don’t worry, everything will be fine.”
“Tomorrow night there’s going to be a celebration, another win for us. The blood-sucking bastards will be dead soon.”
A looked at Sin that was sitting on another branch to my left. When I caught his attention I mounted him ‘are you hearing this’ and he nodded.
We waited until nightfall. Nothing interesting happened after we heard the conversation of the werewolves. We ran back into the deep forest.
“Did you hear the werewolves talking about the Alpha returning tonight?” I asked setting up the tent.
“Ya I heard it, we stay until tomorrow night. That party can be to our advantage. We could get good info”
“Ya but that means more werewolves”
“We get what we need and go back straight away” then he added ” if we keep our distance, we should be fine”
I nodded in agreement and started building the tent. Once we finished we sat on the ground and drank from blood bags.
“Don’t you think it’s weird no one seemed to care about the werewolves that attacked us?” He said doubtfully.
“Ya, that is weird. Let’s hope they were rogues” I said, fidgeting with my necklace.
“Are you ok?” I raised my eyebrow, my eyes boring into his, as I broke the silence between us.
He looked at me, his eyebrows furrowed in confusion “what do you mean? I’m fine”
“Um...you seem a bit distant. Is it because of my rejection?” guilt was written all over my face.
He looked away “no, everything is fine,” he said deflated.
“Are you sure?” I asked hoping he would tell me anything. “I just don’t want it to make our friendship awkward” I added.
“It won’t, I understand you need time. Don’t worry about me.” his voice reassuring but didn't quite meet his eyes, then placed his arm around my shoulders and pulled me into him. “I just can’t wait for this to be over”
“Me too, I’m dying to have a shower” I confessed.
He laughed at my statement.