The Revenge

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Chapter 3

The heat on my face made my eyes slowly open. I blinked a few times as the harsh sun rays shone directly into my eyes, blinding me. I groaned in annoyance and sat up. Then I wiped the sleep off my face.

Looking around the room a smile formed on my face, realising that I was safe. It wasn't a dream that I managed to escape the Alpha and ended up in a human camp. I wasn't a slave anymore.

I found myself passing through the living room, after used the bathroom. A delicious smell surrounded me as I heard voices having a casual conversation. I took a deep breath, suddenly feeling nervous while I walked into the kitchen. I was never good with people but knowing Freya was there, put me at ease a little bit.

Chris sat at the breakfast bar with Luca drinking coffee their back faced me while Freya was making breakfast. Once she saw me she greeted me. Both men glanced at me and greeted me too.

"How are you today Reine,” Chris asked me after sipping his coffee.

“I’m good thank you” I replied politely.

Luca noticed me standing in the kitchen awkwardly. He walked over to the kitchen counter, poured coffee into a mug and handed it to me.

"Here..have some coffee," he said, grinning at me showing his pearly white teeth.

I felt the heat rushing to my cheeks but quickly looked away at the floor trying to hide my flush.

Taking a sip of the coffee my face scrunched, my eyebrows furrowed and my eyes squinted. I let out my tongue after I tasted the bitterness.

Disgusting. How can they drink it?

When Luca saw my grimace, amusement flashed in his silvery grey orbs. Full-on laugh echoed around the kitchen.

Chris and Freya looked in our direction. Both noticing my facial expression they joined Luca. I felt the heat rushing to my cheeks once again in embarrassment. At that moment I wished the ground would swallow me whole.

“Oh dear, you never had coffee??” Freya said after she calmed down from her laugh. She grabbed sugar and milk and handed them to me. "You need this. Trust me" After putting a bit of sugar and milk into my coffee I tasted it. It was much better.

“No never tasted coffee. We were always given the bare minimum.” my face was scarlet red from the embarrassment.

“I’m sorry this happened to you. I mean the whole slavery thing” Freya said sadly, placing her hand on top of mine.

My flush disappeared once I saw the sadness on her face. “It’s fine, you have nothing to be sorry about,” I smiled at her.

“So Reine, I know you only arrived yesterday" Chris's voice filled my ears and I glanced at him as he continued. ”To be able to function as a member of this camp, you need to pick a profession. Everyone has to contribute. Have you thought about it?”

"No, I haven't” I replied. “What options are there?” I asked nervously. I wasn't sure if I could be any good to them. I only knew how to work on the crops since I became a slave.

"We basically try and make everything ourselves. We venture into vampire cities only when we have to, for medicine, hygiene products and things we can’t make ourselves.” Chris said.

“Why” I blurted out, raising an eyebrow.

This time Luca answered “Safety. It’s dangerous to go into those cities, that’s why we go only when it’s necessary. ”

“Oh” was my only reply. Since being a slave for so long, I had no idea of the life that was outside of the pack's territory. It was as if I was a small child, learning everything. At times like this one, I felt dumb.

“Back to my question,” Chris said. ” You could choose to be dressmaker, baker, butcher, hunter, you could help with the vegetables and fruit crops”

Then Freya added all excited with high pitched voice ”or you could be a doctor, I could teach you... I am the only one in this whole camp and it gets pretty busy. I could do with someone to help me.”

I looked at her with a smile “I’d love that." I was happy to do anything but crops.

Then I turned to the two men in front of me "I don't know if it would be possible... I was thinking I could learn how to hunt and defend myself. Is there someone who would be able to teach me?" I asked hesitantly not sure how they would take it.

Since being free, I wanted to make sure I knew how to protect myself and how to take care of myself if I would ever be on the run again. These were valuable skills to possess in times like these.

They both looked surprised. “That’s settled then. Freya will teach you all there is about medicine and Luca” he glanced at him ”can teach you how to hunt and defend yourself.” Said Chris as he picked up his plate of scrambled eggs and left the room.

***

Weeks went by quick, summer was slowly going to an end. My days were filled with medicine and reading books about human anatomy. I spend a lot of time with Freya. When she had patients, I was there helping her. Medicine was hard work and I had a lot to learn. Thankfully my mother thought me how to read and write in the little time we had together before both my parents were killed. Freya also thought me certain herbs that were useful for certain illnesses.

In my spare time, Luca and Thomas were teaching me how to hunt. Well, first how to use bow and arrows. At the start, I was useless. They both had great fun watching me struggling and it did nothing good to my already low self-esteem. I laughed with them not wanting to show them my struggles but I also understood, if I saw myself I would probably hysterically laugh as well

According to Luca, Thomas was better at hunting so he had him teach me how to hunt. Luca was there just for the ‘fun’. After about a week of struggling with the bow and arrow, I started getting better at it.

And after weeks of practising on the bullseye and hitting the middle target, Thomas finally took me into the forest to hunt. That day was my test. If I successfully killed an animal I would go on training with Luca.

I stood in the forest behind a large pine tree. Thomas and Luca stood a few feet away behind me, watching my every move. Feeling their eyes on my back made me extremely nervous. My hands shook slightly but I took a deep breath to calm down.

When I saw a doe standing not far from us munching on the grass I began to concentrate. Standing still, holding my bow and arrow aiming at the doe and making sure we didn’t make any noise to startle her. She was alone oblivious of her surroundings.

I patiently waited for the right moment. The sun beamed through the thick tall trees and the wind stopped flowing. This is what I was waiting for. I slowly exhaled concentrating on my aim. Then I let go of the arrow. It went flying passing through the trees, penetrating the doe’s flesh in the neck. I heard a thump, the dead animal collided with the ground.

I turned around and squealed, jumped up and down and clapped my hands in happiness. A wide smile appeared on my face.

“You’re getting good.” I heard Thomas as he patted my shoulder appraising me with an approving gaze.

“Yeah..soon you’ll be better than me,” said Luca smiling with playfulness in his eyes.

"One day I’ll get there” I blushed at the compliments given to me.

With that, all three of us walked over to the doe. I pulled out the arrow from the animal's neck. Thomas and Luca both took the doe, then we returned back to the camp.

Freya sat on the stairs in front of their house reading a book. Once she noticed us she stood up, her eyes shot to the dead animal then looked at me with her wide eyes.

"Did you do it?” She pointed in the direction of the dead animal, her eyebrows high on her forehead.

“Yep,” I said popping the ‘p’ feeling proud of myself.

"That’s pretty impressive,” she smiled, then she glanced at Thomas.

He smirked at her ”What can I say..... I’m a good teacher.” Well, truth be told he was a good teacher, he was patient with me even though he did laugh hystericaly a few times.

She giggled ”I never doubted you ” she stood on her toes, gently pulled his face lower to kiss him. I averted my gaze feeling awkward every time they kissed in front of me. I always felt like I intruded by just standing there.

The next day late afternoon I just finished helping Freya with her patients. As I was walking home I met Luca on the way in.

”Are you still interested in me teaching you how to defend yourself?” He asked with a smile on his face.

“Yeah”

“Ok. Back garden in fifteen minutes.” He said and before I could even say anything back he was gone.

After getting into the house I changed into a comfy white plain t-shirt and sweatpants. As I was getting dressed I began to feel extremely nervous. Brushed my hair and braided it to keep it out of my face.

When I got into the garden he was already there waiting, sitting on the garden benches. His gaze met mine then he smiled “are you ready?”

I felt the heat rushing to my cheeks, melting every time he smiled at me. My attraction to him was strong ever since I first landed my eyes on him. Well, nearly every young woman found him attractive in the camp. From what I heard from Freya. He was the type of man where every woman would drool over him.

I felt nervous being alone with him. Thinking about it, I was never left alone with him, we were always with Thomas, Freya or Chris. Never only me and him. Plus he would train me which meant we would get physical with each other.

"Yeah, I am,” I answered nervously biting the corner of my mouth.

He noticed it “don’t be nervous, I’ll take it easy on you” he stated calmly as he walked over. I nodded and with that, he started teaching me the basics of fighting.

***

With every training session, I began getting enamoured more and more by him. I couldn’t get him out of my head.

Quit thinking about him. He can have any other woman in his camp. Why would he want you?

Being enslaved for as long as I have, it would do that to a person. Nobody ever told me I was beautiful so I never thought of myself as pretty. Since being in this camp and seeing all the beautiful and confident women, I envied them.

“So” Freya's voice snapped me out of my thoughts. “How is it going with you and Luca...I mean the training. ” she looked at me, curiosity written all over her face.

“It’s going good, well, it’ll take ages for me to be able to successfully defend myself. Practice makes perfect” I said smiling at her.

We were in the ‘surgery office’ and had about ten minutes break before another patient was due to come in.

"What do you think of him?” She asked with a cheeky grin on her face.

"Who?" I raised my eyebrows and tilted my head to the side feigning confusion.

"Luca, who do you think I'm talking about?" She rolled her eyes at me.

“What’s up with you today. We never talk about him.” I nervously looked away from her hoping she wouldn't notice my uneasiness.

I didn’t want to tell her about my attraction to him. She was his sister and I was sure she would tell him. I didn't want him to know anything and didn't want to get rejected by him. I valued our friendship more and didn't want to jeopardise it by involving my hormones. I still lived at his house and no matter how much I would try to avoid him, I would end up bumping into him.

“I think you two would be cute together” she grinned with a mischievous glint in her grey eyes. She was teasing me. And I couldn't help the feeling she might have known something. Seconds later, a patient knocked on the door.

Thank God! I let out a deep sigh.

The rest of the shift went by quick. When we arrived home, Luca was already waiting for me to have our training session. At this point, he trained me nearly every day.

When he first started training me, it was only about three times a week, the next week he added two more days and this week he added an extra day. I trained with him six days a week after work. My body was exhausted and my muscles were in pain. But I got to spend some time with him and learn how to fight. I couldn’t complain about that.

I changed and went into the back garden with him, our usual spot. At this point, I was getting better and better every day. My body got stronger too.

“Ready?” He asked as we were both in our offensive stance and ready to fight. I just nodded.

He moved towards me sending a punch and I successfully dodged it. I tried to throw a punch at his torso but he blocked it. This went on for about fifteen minutes, him throwing punches and kicks, and me dodging it or blocking it. He did hit me a few times but nothing major. And I was returning punches and kicks the same way he did. However, I didn’t hit him once.

Then he managed to get me in the hold where he was standing behind me. My back was leaning against his chest, feeling his heat seeping into me and his breath on the back of my neck. His arm was around my neck and I tried to pull his hand away from my neck as he whispered into my ear. “What you going to do about this?” hearing his voice and feeling his breath so close to my skin sent a shiver down my back and I gulped.

This sent my body into panic mode. Memories flooded my mind, reminding me of my raping. The Alpha used to hold me like this when he forced himself on me and whispered nasty things into my ear.

I struggled for a bit in Luca's iron hold on me. Then without thinking, I stepped on his leg roughly and heard him hiss, once he loosened his hold on my neck, I managed to hit him in his balls. He cried out in pain and let go of my neck. As I turned around, he laid on the ground holding his balls cursing.

Shit! What have I done.

I ran up to him, kneeling beside him. “Oh my god... I’m so sorry”

His face was red and his eyes closed. A few seconds passed and his pain seemed to ease off. My eyes never left his face. His eyes locked into mine as he sat up. When he saw my regret and worry, his face softened and he scoffed trying to light up the mood “That was a good move. Where did you learn that? I never thought you that.”

“I don’t know...I just kind of did it. I panicked.” I broke the eye contact. Uneasiness filled my body.

His eyebrows furrowed “Why did you panic...you knew I wouldn’t hurt you”

“Um...It reminded me of something...Old memories.” I began to fidget with the hem of my t-shirt. I felt nervous again under his intense gaze.

He tried to read my face to see if I was lying. I hated it. Every time he looked at me like this I felt as if I was naked and he could read every little secret of mine.

“What memories” I heard him say and looked him in the eyes. His silvery orbs pierced through me.

I looked away again. I didn’t want to tell him. I wanted to put my old life behind me. I wanted to forget, not dwell on it.

While being drowned in my thoughts, of how to get out of the situation I was currently in, I felt his hand caressing my cheek. Then he gently took a hold of my chin to make me look at him. His facial expression was soft and there was something in his eyes I’ve never seen before.

His face moved closer to mine, his nose nearly touched mine as he was looking into my eyes. His eyes went to my lips and then back to my eyes again. He was so close I could feel his warm breath on my skin. As I drowned in his beautiful silver-grey depths he gently brushed his lips against mine.

The second that happened, I heard Thomas's voice echoing through the kitchen calling out for Luca. I pulled back quickly, my eyes widened and my mouth slightly open as I realised what just happened. Luca watched me, a hint of annoyance flashed in his eyes.

When I got to my feet Thomas stood in the garden door oblivious of what just happened. I began walking away from Luca when Thomas looked at me, then at Luca, and then back at me “am I interrupting?” he noticed Luca's facial expression.

I smiled at him ”no, we’re just finished” I felt heat rushing to my cheeks when I passed him walking through the door. Once I was out of sight I ran up the stairs into my room and closing the door behind me.

Oh my God. What just happened.

Joy filled my body. I was excited like a small child getting a present. He kissed me, I couldn’t believe it. I leaned against the door huge smile appeared on my face as I thought of his inviting lips on mine.

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