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A restless atmosphere reigned supreme throughout the desolate dorm, a thick layer of dust having gathered on every surface. But in the seemingly forsaken room a petite child rested silently slumbering upon the worn tattered remains of a timeworn sofa. The child stirred restlessly so close to the edge, “no, no” stuttered a frightened voice unwillingly pouring from the child curled into a ball as if to shield themselves from an imperceptible threat, an alarming wail escaping the constricted clutches of the child’s tight dry lips.
It was then that the child got too close.
A sudden jolt of the harsh floor smashing cruelly against her mutilated back, a venomous sting ringing across her ice cold skin that she was all too familiar with, forcing her mercifully to awaken from her torment. Through the darkness light flickered across her drowsy, grimy face as she sat, her face a façade of no emotion.
The light had unintentionally revealed her pleading green eyes far too old for someone so young, however what arose from that plea was a strength that could move mountains, conquer cities and bring grown men to their knees. They told the story of someone who had been damaged, but never defeated.
She sat there seemly silent unbound from the nightmare of her sleep, life is not that kind. The malicious memories flickered by before her causing her hands to clench. For years she had been abused, neglected, caged away by those who should have loved her, protected her. They failed her. They had punished her for being who she was for that she would never forgive them.
Determined to no longer bare the burden of her memories she stumbled on weakened legs, painfully she staggered from the pit of darkness. As she opened the peeling wooden door light knocked into her like a feather cushion, resulting in her releasing a satisfied breath she hadn’t realised she was holding. In the distance she could see the tall trees, the entrance to her liberty.
She wanted to run, she wanted to sprint, but her legs whimpered in complaint so to her dismay she walked haunted with dread that someone or something might attempt to halt her. That someone from the past might discover her, rip her away back to her hell. Her façade never faltered as she made her journey, a gaze deadlier than a killer whale.
As she approached the shadows of the trees everything seemed to fall away apart from these piercing grey eyes so deep she could have lost herself within them her once hateful glare turning soft and tender, “please” she whispered so low that no human could ever have heard her. For a reason unknown to her she felt connected to the wolf who watched her with caring eyes.
The wolf slowly treaded forwards, careful not to frighten her until the wolf stood before her looking up with those enticing grey eyes, it then lowering its head.
Hesitant the girl nervously reached out her hand, deliberately running it through his beautiful soft grey fur. Her walls slowly began to crumble away, annoyed that she allowed this to start she sadly pulled back her shaking hands from the wolf.
Anxiously she looked around the space around her with a sole slicing gaze, she was still fearful of those lurking in the shadows… but there was also resentment that was eating away at her insides.
I will always protect you Katrina echoed a protective voice, the emotion behind those words that echoed through her mind almost brought her to tears. Stunned she watched the wolf with large eyes, it was impossible but so was she.
She was shocked to realise she felt safe. Looking deep into those honest grey eyes she had no doubts that the wolf spoke the truth, that he would never allow any harm to befall her.
A small smile slipped onto her face as she bit her bottom lip to try and prevent a giggle from escaping when she heard the wolf purr. The wolf pulled back turning away from her instigating a piercing pain of rejection to slice into her chest, until the wolf halted its movements looking back at her expectantly.
Follow me cor meum you have nothing to fear, curiously she watched him unsure of what he had just called her after all it definitely wasn’t in English.
Even through the green eyed girl was afraid of what the future might hold she followed the mysterious wolf unknowingly wandering towards her new pack, her new home.
Katy Rayne: i really enjoyed this book. i have to say i didn't know what to expect, but with every chapter that came something crucial to keep you reading happened. I was disappointed with the ending if this is for another book i will defiantly carry on reading the next book.
263Adder: Okay so I adore this story. I only knocked one star off plot for historical inaccuracies because I'm a bit of a stickler for that. The ending broke my heart though, considering you already changed history couldn't you (SPOILER) change it a bit more and have them together!!!! I want an alternative...
Giuliana Cassetta: My face is full of tears, I never cried like now with a book or even a movie. I loved every single chapter. I truly don't know what to say, I'm out of words and my eyes hurt from crying. Such an bittersweet story, it's so wonderful. One of my favorites for sure. Keep it up!
emmaneal74: I loved this booked. Would definitely buy it when published and read it again. The story flowed in such a way I just couldn't put it down. I was never confused about the characters or their roles in the story which can happen sometimes with so many lead. I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to r...
the unedited writer: It's a guilty pleasure. The characters are brought to life and you find yourself loving them worrying for them and so on. The plot was serious but at the same time it had a light tone that didn't make you depressed as other drama genres. 5 stars for me
annie08c: I really like this story, I can relate to it a lot and with how she feels, the boyfriend and the events that happened but I'm a little bit younger. It was really good plot, really liked how you stuck to the topic and you had a new title for every chapter making me guess what's going to happen. Ma...
Sandra Estrada: I loved every minute of it and I thank my lucky stars that brought me to the story, it's been a whirlwind of emotions, plot twist after plot twist but I never got tired of them. Abby and Kade's story is a hard one to understand but once you're submerged in their story and love, you can't help but...
Jennifer Sibley Jannise: So, I originally read the book because my daughter asked me to. However, I read it in 2 days and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is well written and thought out. If the author writes and publishes any more books, I would definitely read them.
Books17: This is my first book review.I found the story to be very intriguing.The beginning of the story starts and you are immediately thrown into wanting to know what will happen next, The action, or intrigue is established early, so there isn't the feeling of the story dragging on, or thinking about wh...
Nymeria: Really can't get enough of this story. It flows well, it captivates the reader from page 1, and throws you into such a well-written, well conceptualized world that you'll believe it's real. Everything in the book is meshed together really well. From character backgrounds to plot twists, you can t...
Stephen Warner: To start off, I am thoroughly impressed. The writing style is somewhat unique, and the plot seemed to move at a nice and steady pace. However, I was not expecting this to be a vampire book! I am usually not one for novels about vampires, but I was pleasantly surprised! You wrote with such grace a...
Grapes Are Juicy yes!!!: I give this novel FIVE STARS ! This novel is worth reading from the beginning to the end! The plot and conflicts in this story are very smartly integrated. The language facility is a little odd , but i guess this was done on purpose, given the novel's set era. Other than that, this should definit...
zoheusher20: What more can I say? The writing style and little details drew me into the book and for the entirety of the story I was Juliet. I felt her turmoil and emotions and every trouble or triumph as they arrived. This story was very different and had quite a few little but unexpected twists that made it...