Chapter 7: Simon Says & Shifting
“You tricked me!” I shouted at him, hitting him in the arm. I can’t believe he did that! I didn’t do anything to him!
Maggie and the rest of the crowd moved to where Kaden and I stood. Maggie ran over and hugged me in relief. “Thank goodness you’re alright! I don’t know what would have happened if you would have gotten hurt or worse.” She cried out.
“It’s okay Maggie, I alright see.” I told her. She quickly inspected me before nodding her head in response. I turned back to face Kaden. “You’re so dead!”
He looked at me as if I was stupid, which I wasn’t! “Sweetheart if you wanted to hurt me, you would have done it already. Now that I’ve won you have to do what I say for the next 24 hours.” He smirked in my direction. I rolled my eyes.
“Whatever,” I said to him. I glanced at the clock on the wall to see what time it is. 6:30. Ugh! There is still time left. I just want to sleep! I’ve only been here an hour, I can’t believe it. “So what do I do now?” I asked him.
“Well, you can either a). go back to the pack house or b). stay here and watch how things are done.” Kaden stated. I let out a groan. I didn’t want to be here, but I didn’t want to be in the pack house alone.
I began to walk towards what I assume was a resting area when I heard a growl from behind me. I snapped my head around to see what had happened or what was wrong. Every male in the room was looking out towards the wood. “What now?” I asked confused at what they were all looking at.
“Someone is on our territory.” I heard Kyle say. I walked back towards the door where I had come in to get a better look.
“I don’t see anything,” I said to them and pushed open the door so that it wasn’t so hazy outside. The cool crisp air hit me, making me freeze. “Still nothing,” I said and kept walking, trying to get a closer look.
“Luna get back here!” I heard voices shout, but that didn’t stop me. I felt arms grab me from behind and drag me back. I fought back trying to get out of whoever’s arms it was.
“Alayah, what’s up with you going into suicidal places?” Kaden’s voice stopped my struggling and fighting. Of course, he’d be the one to stop me, considering he is probably the only one who can stop me.
“If you’re thinking I just want to die your wrong dude. Can’t I be curious?” I said back to him. Everyone, well except me, Maggie, Kaden, and a few others shifted into their wolves and raced off into the woods to see who is out in the woods.
Kaden released me and turn me around to face him. No emotion was shown in his eyes like he was a robot. “Stay here.” was all he said before he took off running and shifted before running into the woods himself.
Maggie and the others came up beside me. “You have to listen to him Leah, you don’t know what out there, for all you know it could harm you or even the pack,” Maggie said wrapping her arm around my shoulder.
“But Kaden forgot one simple thing.”
The others and Maggie looked at me confused. “What?” a girl I didn’t know asked.
I smirked. “I don’t listen to him and he doesn’t tell me what to do.”
I walked away from them and headed into the woods. “Leah, come back here, you don’t know what you’re getting into!” Maggie’s voice rang from behind, but I ignored her and kept going.
“Leah, I don’t like the idea of this,” Cassie said. I could feel her shaking as if it was me who was shaking.
“Too bad,” I responded and kept going. It had gotten pretty dark as I kept going and I knew soon enough it would be too dark for me to walk without running into something.
I had stopped for a moment to catch my breath, I had been running trying to keep up and find the rest of the pack. My head started spinning and I felt as if I wanted to throw up. Correction I did want to throw up.
Pain shot up and down my body in every direction. “Cassie, what’s going on?” I asked, clenching my chest because I was in so much pain. I was on my knees trying to wait out the pain.
“Your shifting Leah,” Cassie said calmly and a little excited. How can she be excited, I’m the one in pain here!
“I’m what?” I shouted into my brain. I’m shifting. This is going to feel like hell I can already tell.
Another wave of pain hit me and I was fully on the ground, limbs spread out in all directions. It was like I couldn’t escape the pain. “Just breath, Leah. You will be alright.” Cassie spoke gentle words. Yeah right, like I’ll be alright, I’m turning into a fucking wolf for crying out loud!
I let out a blood curl scream and rolled over on my side. Leaves crunched as I moved. I didn’t pay attention to anything around me, all I knew is that I was shifting into a wolf. The ironic part is that its full moon.
I heard footsteps approach me. “Oh my goodness! Leah! Kayleigh get over here!” I heard Maggie’s familiar voice getting closer and closer.
The girl who spoke to me earlier, who I guess her name is Kayleigh, came rushing over. “Make it stop!” I complained and then another wave of pain shot through me, making me turn and spaz out.
I didn’t pay attention to what Maggie said to Kayleigh, but I did hear her say something about Alpha. I think she was told to go and get him.
“I can’t do this!” I said as I tried to sit up, but Maggie gently pushed me back onto the ground.
“Don’t move sweetie. Alpha is on his way.” She told me.
I groaned. “I don’t care about him! I just want the damn pain to go away!”
Maggie tried to calm me down, but I just couldn’t do it. No way in hell would anything be able to stop the pain I’m going through. “It’s okay, Leah, it’s almost over now,” Cassie said.
“Where is she?” I heard a voice say, but I was in too much pain to pick out who it is.
“She is over here Alpha,” Kayleigh said. I heard their footsteps coming closer and then stop.
I turned and twisted. “Someone I don’t care who, make it stop, make it stop!” I shouted once more. Tears were streaming down my face it hurt so much. “Please.”
I opened my eyes a tiny bit to see Kayleigh, Maggie, a guy I didn’t know, and Kaden looking at me. “Please,” I said once more to them.
“You can do it, Leah!” Cassie spoke to me once more. I shook my head no.
“No, I can’t do it! It feels as if I’m dying like my bones are breaking and I’m dying!” I said aloud, not caring who heard. Kaden crouched down to my level, well almost to my level.
“Calm down baby,” Kaden spoke quietly, trying to calm me down. I hope he knows it’s not fucking working!
More tears slipped down my face. “I can’t, it hurts too much.”
Kaden then lifted me up with ease and gently stroked my hair to try and calm me once more. “I know it does baby. It’ll be over soon. I promise.” He whispered again. I whimpered in pain once more.
I didn’t get time to react to what Cassie had said, but I felt the change. It was as if Kaden’s words had sparked the shift. Bones broke and then connecting back together in different ways, unusual ways. I closed my eyes waiting for it all to the over.
Kaden had now placed me on the ground. I started to feel warmer, like a giant fur coat had been placed over my body, trapping my body heat. “Open your eyes, Leah, it’s all over now,” Cassie said very happily.
I slowly opened my eyes. I felt shorter than ever. I looked down and noticed silver paws. I jumped back in surprise, freaking out a little. I looked up towards the others standing a few feet in front of me.
Maggie had a smile on her face and so did Kayleigh. I looked at Kaden. For some odd reason, I really want to see his reaction. He looked at me, his brown eyes staring straight into my light blue ones. “Beautiful,” I heard him whisper.
“He thinks we’re beautiful!” Cassie said jumping around in my head giddy as ever.
“Shut up,” I said to Cassie. I will not fall for this wolf boys charms.
“Alayah,” Kaden began as he came closer to me. “we need to you shift back now.” He said calmly. Shift back? Won’t I be naked? I will not stand naked in the woods. No sir I will not!
I glared the best I could as a wolf anyway. Kaden looked at me confused as to why I wouldn’t shift back. Maggie and Kayleigh let out a small laugh.
Kaden snapped around and looked at both of them. “What is so funny?” Both girls quickly straightened up before answering.
“She wants clothes. She isn’t going to shift until she gets any,” Maggie said as if it wasn’t anything new. If I was human right now I’d be laughing my ass off.
Kaden looked a little embarrassed by this. “Oh,” was all he got out at first. “Kayleigh, go get her some clothes.”
“Yes, Alpha.” Kayleigh left and ran back to the pack house to get me something to wear. She came back within ten minutes. Man, she is quick.
“Here you go Luna,” Kayleigh said. I took them into my large mouth and walked over to a group of trees to change behind.
“Just think about being human and you will shift back,” Cassie said. Thank goodness, because I had no clue how I was going to shift back. I did as I was told. I thought about my hair color and my body and especially my blue eyes. Soon enough I had shifted back.
I scrambled and put on the clothes fairly quickly before stepping out back into view. “You did it, Luna!” Kayleigh said rushing over to hug me, which I returned.
“Thanks, Kayleigh, but please don’t call me Luna, it’s Alayah or Leah,” I told her.
“Yes, Lu- I mean Leah,” Kayleigh said I smiled. After receiving a hug from Maggie, they both ran off to find their mates who were further down in the woods. That left Kaden and I standing in the woods.
“Can we go back to the pack house now?” I asked tiredly. Shifting can sure take a lot of you.
“Yes, we can,” Kaden said. I was just about to start walking back in the direction I thought was the way back, but Kaden stopped me by picking me up bridal style before walking in the direction I had previously been trying to walk.
“Put me down,” I told Kaden.
“Nope.” He said simply.
“Yes,” I argued back.
“Fine whatever,” I said a little angry. Kaden looked down at me.
“It was your first time shifting, you’re probably tired and so I don’t think you should walk,” Kaden explained. I sighed. He was right, I am tired.
“Fine, you can carry me only this time,” I told him. He chuckled at my response. “What happened back in the woods before the whole shifting thing anyway?” I asked curiously.
“Just some pack that needed to cross over to get to another pack, no harm was done. Now go to sleep Alayah. You need rest.”
“But I’m not tired.” I lied to him.
“Sure you aren’t.” He said to me, reading right through my lie. I didn’t go to sleep for a good while, but soon enough I felt my eyes get heavy before closing completely. Darkness consumed my vision and soon enough my thoughts.