“Get out,” my father yelled in his Alpha Tone before throwing me out of the house. I landed on the ground and quickly stood to my feet just as he threw my bag out the door.
My father was the Alpha of the Green Grove Pack. It wasn’t the most feared pack in the werewolf community, hell it was barely on the map. As far as I know, my father didn’t exactly like talking about other packs.
Since my mother’s death, my father, Alpha Philip, has been a total asshole towards me and everyone else in the pack. It wasn’t bad at first but then things got rough. He has neglected some of his duties as Alpha and has acted irrational. Not many people are happy about it and the elders within the pack have finally brought his irrational behavior to his attention.
It’s been a year now and he still can’t look at me unless he is drunk. He says it because he is disappointed that I don’t have a Mate. He also says that he thinks I never will, but I think him kicking me out of the house has more to do with the fact that I look like my mother. Or maybe it is something else, entirely.
He changed when she died. He drank more and yelled at me more. I didn’t tell anyone about it. I didn’t know how. How could I tell anyone what kind of man he really is? I honestly don’t think that they would have believed me either way. And, he is my father. It made me feel sicker about the things that had taken place over the past year and I didn’t dare tell a soul.
Everyone has been sympathetic towards me but they needed their Alpha so I have to make a sacrifice. I was being forced to leave. I was leaving everything that I have ever known. I was happy to get away from him but I was scared that the world would be just as cruel as he was.
“I was sent to escort you to the pack border.” Beta Ryan said without even making eye contact with me. I rolled my eyes and picked up my bag and followed behind Beta Ryan.
It was bad enough that my father kicked me out of the house but now he was kicking me out of the pack. It was either become rogue or he kills me himself, but the elders didn’t seem to want me dead. If my father could get over himself, the elders would have me marry Beta Ryan and breed pups to carry the bloodline. Not that I wanted that but it was still better than been a rouge.
No one in the pack dared to say a word to me. I didn’t even get to say goodbye to my friends, the few I had. The whole pack was ordered to stay away from me and not to talk to me. I sighed once we reached the border realizing just how real this situation was.
“Here is some money, it should last you a while.” Beta Ryan said putting the money in my hand. I nodded and put it in my bag. He felt bad about having to do this to me.
“Try to stay away from packs of rogues and try to find a pack to take you in. Go south. It will be better if you travel alone.” He explained softly. He knew nothing of what had been going on between my dad and I.
“Thanks,” I mumbled and walked past the border.
“Stay safe, Estella.” Beta Ryan said before walking the opposite way. It was pathetic that he could barely say goodbye to me. I expected more from him but of course I only got my hopes up.
I took my clothes off and put them in my bag before strapping the bag to my body and shifting. I was now a lone wolf and the Moon Goddess only knew what was next for me. I feared the feeling of the unknown.
I ran. I ran as fast, and for as long, as I could. My wolf, Bell, was tired and made me stop eventually. I had been running for a whole day now and I knew that I was now far away enough to begin searching for a new pack. I sniffed around and caught scent of a pack nearby but I felt very skeptical about the smell.
I walked towards the border line but I didn’t cross it. The sun was setting and I didn’t want to cause any trouble. I shifted into my human form and put some clothes on after cleaning myself off in a stream nearby. I grabbed some snacks from my bag and ate. I felt like I hadn’t eaten in forever and that was mostly true.
I slowly fell asleep after a while and hoped tomorrow would be a better day. I awoke the next day to the sound of crunching leaves. I shot up and looked around.
“Excuse me,” a man said in a strong tone.
"Beta,” my wolf sniffed.
“Hello,” I said skeptically as I looked at the Beta.
“Are you a rouge?” He asked looking closely at me and sniffing.
“I-no.” I said shaking my head. I had yet to figure out how I was going to explain to people where I had come from.
“A loner?” He asked taking another sniff. This Beta was different than Beta Ryan…it was like he was stronger.
“Yes,” I nodded.
A few other men arrived wondering what was happening and they all eyed me. If the situation were different, I would have said something about the way they looked at me. It was the Alpha blood in me and my wolf didn’t like the disrespect.
“How long have you been here?” The Beta asked, eying me closely. I could tell that he was in a debate with his wolf.
“Since last night’s sunset,” I said.
“I thought Ian and Liam were on border portal for this area.” He said in a stern voice looking at the men behind him.
No one said anything they all shifted their eyes looking at anyone but him. It appeared disrespectful that they didn’t respond and it made Bell angry.
“I can leave,” I said as I grabbed my bag and stood up.
I had been sitting at the base of an oak tree with a blanket wrapped around me to keep me warm. It was fall and the air was crisp and cool.
“Where are you going?” the Beta asked watching me closely.
“I don’t know,” I shrugged as I looked around the woods. Hell, I had no idea what I was even doing here.
“Where did you come from?” He asked.
“Is this an interrogation?” I asked with a sigh.
I wasn’t interested in any of this. I wasn’t asking to be in his pack and I had yet to cross over their border line, yet he treated me like an intruder. A part of me wanted to leave but my wolf seemed to enjoy the smell of this strange pack.
“Yes,” he said sternly waiting for me to answer his previous question. I sighed and rolled my eyes before looking back at him.
“My father is the Alpha of my last pack, and he kicked me out.” I admitted ashamed at myself.
“Why?” he asked. I sighed and rolled my eyes again because I was getting annoyed at his endless questions.
“Why does this matter?” I spat with a huff.
“You are on our territory, so it matters.” He growled.
“No, your border line is right there.” I said point to where he was standing.
“I asked you a question.” He growled.
“It’s because of my mother.” I snapped. “She died a year ago and he can’t stand being around me.” I sighed.
“That’s fucked up,” someone said from behind the Beta, and I shook my head.
“I will be leaving now, sorry for intruding.” I said as I began to turn to walk away.
“We have been having a lot of rogue attacks recently. That is the only reason I was interrogating you.” The Beta said and I turned to look at him.
“I can’t exactly let you be a part of the pack because you need the Alpha’s permission for that and he is out of town at the moment.” He started looking at me with a stern expression. “But he will be back soon. You can stay in the pack house until then but if you try anything you will regret it.” The Beta explained.
“I-” I started.
“Let’s go,” he gestured for me to follow him and I did.
I wasn’t sure why. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to belong to another pack anymore. But my wolf yipped for joy at the thought of being in their pack.
As soon as I stepped over the pack line, I felt no connection whatsoever to my old pack. It hurt but I felt somewhat happy with where I was and there seemed to be a small pull that I didn’t understand.
“I’m Beta Levi,” he said turning to glance at me.
“Estella,” I smiled softly.
“Nice to meet you,” he nodded.
“This is the Scar Moon pack.” He said gesturing to the clearing we found ourselves in.
Their land was huge filled with large houses set up in random places. They also had a paved road that had a pathway throughout the pack. There were kids running around and couples walking around with each other. People stopped what they were doing and watched me closely.
A group of warriors approached Beta Levi and nodded at him before looking at me closely. They were larger than the warriors in my father’s pack. I nodded slightly at them and continued following Beta Levi.
“Levi,” a women said walking out of the house we were approaching.
It was placed in the middle of the other houses which must mean that it was the pack house. She smiled brightly at Beta Levi and I noticed he began to relax in her eyes.
“Olivia,” he said walking up the steps. He wrapped his arms around her and kissed her cheek. She must be his mate. I felt a wave of jealousy flow over me and I shook it off.
“This is Estella,” Beta Levi said gesturing to me. She smiled softly at me and I smiled back. “She was found by the border; she is a loner.” He clarified it wasn’t just for her but rather the whole pack whom suddenly appeared to be watching.
A loner was different from a rogue. A rogue was feral and aggressive and a loner was peaceful and calm. After a loner had been alone for a while, they would become a rogue. There were very few instances where a loner wouldn’t turn feral. Typically, it only took a year or two alone for this to happen.
“She will be staying with us for a few weeks until Alpha returns. Then he can decide whether she leaves or stays. Until then, you will treat her as a guest.” Beta Levi said to the crowd behind me.
“Why is she a loner?” A warrior asked eyeing me carefully.
I understood their lack of trust in me but my wolf felt disrespected by it.
“Estella,” Beta Levi said gesturing for me to inform them.
“My father, the Alpha of my last pack, kicked me out.” I said loudly but not proudly.
“Why would her father do something like that?” Another warrior asked looking at me suspiciously.
“His mate, my mother, died a year ago. I look a lot like her and he hates me because I remind him of his dead mate, I guess.” I said looking directly at him. I was standing my ground.
“What about your mate?” He asked looking dead at me.
“I’m 21 and I have not found my mate, therefore I do not have one.” I answered.
“Alright,” Beta Levi said when the warrior went to ask another question.
“Estella, Olivia will show you around and get you settled into a room.” He said, I nodded and smiled at Olivia.
I followed Olivia around the house as she showed me each room.
“I want to apologize for Kenton’s behavior.” Olivia said as she helped me settle into my own room.
“Is he the warrior that was asking me all those questions?” I asked.
“Yes,” she nodded. “He is currently trying to become third in command and he feels the need to question everyone.” She rolled her eyes.
“It’s fine,” I shrugged. “They all deserved to know. I would have done the same thing if someone had walked into my pack like I did yours.” I shrugged.
“Well, still. He can be an ass.” She laughed lowly.
“Men,” I rolled my eyes and we laughed.
“So, you really don’t have a mate?” She asked sitting on my freshly made bed. I could tell that she was curious about me.
“It seems that way,” I sighed. “When my father was trying to find a reason to kick me out, he said that I was a disgrace because I didn’t have a mate.” I said sitting down next to her. “I gave up looking after my mom died.” I admitted.
“I’m sorry,” she said placing a loving hand on my shoulder.
“It’s fine,” I shook my head trying to assure her that I was okay.
“Do you think the Alpha will let me become a member of the pack?” I asked looking at her.
“I hope so,” she smiled softly. “I think we could be great friends.” She smiled and I smiled back.
“What about the Luna? Could I maybe meet her?” I asked.
“We don’t have a Luna. Alpha doesn’t have a mate and he is 25. He was going to arrange something with someone from another pack or within the pack but he didn’t.” She shook her head. “Levi said it was because he didn’t want to possibly take someone’s future mate and he would rather stay alone.” She sighed.
“It’s kind of sweet of him, I guess.” I shrugged.
“He won’t even date a girl within the pack. Some of the girls try but they know it won’t work and are scared of him. But, if you ask me, I don’t think he really likes being alone.” Olivia said.
“Wow,” I said in shock.
Alphas were known to have a high sex drive and they were much stronger—stable even with a mate by there side. It was rare for an Alpha to decline an arrange married if he didn’t find his mate. It made me wonder about what he was like.
“Don’t tell anyone I told you any of this. This has to stay between the two of us.” She said grabbing my hand with her eyes wide at the information she had just poured out to me.
“Of course,” I nodded with a smile.
“Come on, I’ll show you the rest of the territory.” She said before grabbing me and running out of the pack house.
For some reason I felt myself relax for the first time since my mom’s passing. Not that life was really all that good when she was alive.