Chapter 14: Rescue The Princess
I didn’t have time to react to what Kaden said because my ‘parents’ were pulling me off the porch and towards an open area with a lot of people already there. There was a stage set up and everything.
“I don’t want this.” I complained as they dragged me up there. My ‘mother’ turned and looked at me, clearly angry.
“I don’t care what you want, you will stay here with us.” She whispered to me. I rolled my eyes. She has no idea what’s been planned, I hope not.
My ‘father’ stepped up to the podium at center stage. “Welcome fellow pack members.” He voice boomed over the speakers.
“Alpha,” the crowd said back to him. I’d say there was about 100 or so people standing in front of me. While my ‘father’ was addressing the crowd, I contacted Kaden.
“Kaden, how far away are you from here?” I asked him nervously.
“Maybe 2 hours.” He responded. My expression fell.
“Okay,” I said to him and continued to listen to what my ‘father’ was saying.
“Today is a glorious day my fellow wolves. Your rightful heir has returned home!” He said with a smile plastered on his face. I could tell it was kind of forced on his face, as if he was being made to do this.
Cheering erupted throughout the crowd of people. “We will have a celebration at 8pm tonight, and everyone’s’ attendance is required. After so long with Alayah missing it’s not been as sunny on this side of the valley. Welcome home Alayah,”
I nodded my head in my name being called. “Kaden, they’re having a celebration at 8pm tonight,” I said to him.
“Okay, that gives us plenty of time to get you and get you out.” He replied.
Many people come up to me and give me a hug saying they’ve “missed me”. I plastered a fake smile on my face to fool each one of them.
“Good, because Kaden, I don’t think I can handle these people much longer! So much pretending, and I don’t even know these people, even if they claim they are my parents!”
“It’s okay princess, breath and relax, me, Kyle, Dean, Kayleigh, Mike, Sean, and Dakota are on our way to get you.”
With that our conversation was over and the butterflies left my stomach. I will not fall in love with him! No matter how much my stomach flips and Cassie pressures me, I will not let it happen.
“Come on, Alayah, we’ve got to prepare you for the celebration tonight,” my ‘mother’ said. She grabbed my hand and pulled me back towards the house.
I glance at the clock as we walking into the house. It was only 9:15am. “It’s going to take me almost 10 hours to get ready?” I exclaimed at her confused.
She let out a laugh. “Sweetie, with how stubben you are, it’s going to take a while.”
“But 10 freaking hours!” I complained. She didn’t say another word and we walked into my bedroom.
‘Mother’ made a beeline to the closet and began going through dress after dress. I’m not wearing a fucking dress! Doesn’t she understand that?
“I’m not wearing a dress.” I said crossing my arms over my chest. She glanced back at me.
“Yes you are Alayah, it’s a celebration and it’s a requirement to dress up.”
I sat down on the bed. “I will not wear a dress! I haven’t worn one since I lived with you guys, or whatever.”
I heard her let out a sigh. “I’m just trying to help you Alayah, you want to impress the pack because you will be ruling them one day.”
“I will not be ruling them one day because I am not going to stay here!” I said to her. She marched over to me and glared me dead in the eye.
“Don’t think your little boy toy is coming to rescue you, you worthless piece of shit. If you even do have a mate, which I highly doubt, then where is he? Exactly, he isn’t here so I suggest you give up hope.”
I didn’t know what to say. I just know that saying that to your child is wrong on so many levels. Parents are supposed to tell you they love you not call you a worthless piece of shit!
“Like you gave up on me?” I pointed out and a smirk appeared on my face. “You know, after some ‘war’ you guys claim to have been in, you guys never came back for me. You just left me, so you gave up on me. I don’t think I’m the one that is a worthless piece of shit, mother.” I snapped at her, taking my ground.
I didn’t have time to react. My head jerked to the side and a felt a sting on my left cheek. Tears wanted to fall out of my eyes, but I wouldn’t let them. I turn and send a glare to my mother that is one of the scariest things you’ve ever seen.
“Like I said, I’m pretty sure you are the one that is a piece of shit. No wonder you left me at the age of 3, you and my father were so caught up in each others lives that you didn’t give a piece of shit about me and left me to be someone else’s problem. I can’t wait to get the hell out of here and away from you sick, sick people.”
“Don’t you dare, sassy me Alayah! You are on thin ice already, one more slip up and things won’t be so pretty now will they?” She spoke up and then continued to look through my clothes.
I wasn’t going to cry, I wasn’t going to cry. Mother finally threw a dress on my bed and put a pair of shoes with it. “Wear those, I’ll send someone up to do your makeup and hair in an hour.” Then she left the room.
A flood of tears fell down my face. “Kaden, get your little furry ass here right now! I want to leave and I want to leave now before it gets worse.” I cried out to him.
“Only 30 more minutes baby, I’ll be there soon, what happened?” Kaden asked me. He is probably tired from all of the running they are doing.
“She-She...” I couldn’t explain and more and I just cried and cried. “Just get here, I need you.”
"Shh, calm down sweetheart, we’re on our way. Do you think you can get out of the pack house unnoticed?” He asked in a worried tone which made my heart pound a little harder.
I look out the window beside the nightstand. It’s facing the back of the house where a forest of trees reside. I push on the window to see if it’s locked or not, to my surprise it’s not.
“Yes, make sure you guys are at the back of the pack house so you can spot me,” I said to him.
“Okay, I’ll see you in about 20 minutes, be careful.” He said.
“Always,” I whispered inside my head.
I had been pacing in my room for the last 15 minutes waiting for them to come. Where are they? I had tied my bedsheets together and anything else I can find, and including a few of those ugly dresses she had put in the closet.
For her sake, I put on the dress in case she came back, but I let the bone splitting heels off. No way in hell was I going to endorse that pain.
“Alayah we are here,” Kaden’s voice spoke up. Finally!
“Took you guys long enough!” I said to them as I tied one end of the sheet rope to the bedpost and the other end went out the window as soon as I pushed it open. Right as I was about to step out the window the door opened.
“Alayah, we have people here to...” Mother froze when she saw what I was doing. “Alayah, what are you going?” She said looking at me with anger on her face.
“Away from this sick, sick house!” I shouted.
“What’s take you so long Alayah?” Kaden asked me.
“Mother issues,” I replied to him. I glared at her. “I’m not going to stay here!” I said before swinging a leg over one side of the window. It was down dangling against the wall of the house.
She ran over and gripped my arm and tried to pull me back in, but that didn’t seem to work. “No,” I said. I heard a noise from below and I looked down to see 7 people standing looking up at us. I recognized Kaden right away.
“Alayah!” He shouted up at me.
He had distracted me and I was jerked back into the window by her. “Ouch! What the hell woman!” I shouted at her.
In her eyes, I saw a pit full of anger. “You will not speak to me that way!” She shouted back at me.
“Now, we are leaving.” She said and grabbed my arm, but I broke free. I raced towards the window and...I jumped.
Not the smartest idea going head first, but I had to do something. “Look out below!” I shouted to them. They all lifted their arms up to catch me. I was about three stories up. It felt as if I was falling really slowly.
“Get out of the way!” I shouted at them and they looked at me as if I was crazy. “Move!” Finally, they did what they were told.
“Cassie, you ready to shift?” I asked Cassie.
“Whenever you are Leah, but you better hurry.” She replied. I kicked my feet back and pushed against the brick wall before launching forwards. I knew this was going to be painful, but this is the quickest way to go.
I closed my eyes and thought of my wolf. How long my fur was, how it shined in the moonlight the first time I shifted. Pain shot through my body and right before I hit the ground I shifted.
All four paws hit the ground and took off in a sprint. I did it! It worked! I thought in delight. I did a u-turn and ran back towards the others. I was there within seconds.
They all looked at me in surprise. Kaden had a huge smile plastered on his face in amazement and proudness. “Alayah!” I heard my mother shout from above. I looked up at her.
“Unshift right now and get your ass up the stairs! We have to go to the celebration in 20 minutes!” She said. I thought she said it started at 8? Why do we have to be there at like 12?
It’s like she read my mind. “Because your a selfish little bitch who doesn’t want to cooperate!”
I didn’t do what she said. I looked at everyone standing in front of me. “Let’s go home,” I sent to Kaden who nodded his head.
“Time to go home guys, Alayah, stay close to them please, we don’t want you to get lost, again,” Kaden said looking directly at me. I saw my mother, who was now in the backyard with the rest of us. Kaden looked at her and glared, hard.
“It’s not worth it Kaden, come on.” I sent to him. He still kept glaring at my mother before he tore his eyes away and looked at me and gave me a slight nod. Soon all seven of them had shifted once more and we took off through the woods.
"You’re safe now,” Kaden said as we ran.
“Yeah, for now,” I said back to him.
“Think you’ll be able to run all the way back?” He asked.
I thought for a moment. “If not, I’ll have the big bad alpha carry me home.” I teased him. I still felt butterflies in my stomach as we run side by side.
“I think this big bad alpha will take you up on that offer. You’ve been rescued princess.” He said and I could tell he’d be smirking right now if he was human. I’d laugh if I was human.
It hit me for a moment. I’m not falling for him, not now, not ever. He came to rescue me, that’s it. That doesn’t mean he cares for me at all. I’m not falling in love.