Prologue: 19 years ago
She was his first daughter, and she would be his last. His Luna was dead and it was all thanks to the brown haired, green eyed, so called bundle of joy that was currently toddling her one-year-old-self across the living room floor. He couldn’t look at her without seeing his beloved, a combination of profound love and agonizing pain coursing itself through his veins. His wife was gone. He’d never hold her again. Their plans for their future were nothing more than unrealizable dreams.
He’d been excited when he’d first learned of his Luna’s pregnancy. They couldn’t wait to meet their baby. The nursery was decorated, the name picked out; everything was set. The only thing left was to give birth.
The pain in her eyes would forever be etched in his brain. His Luna fought hard to push their baby into the world. Hours and hours of labor, but she never once complained. She knew it’d all be worth it. But it hadn’t been, not as far as Andres was concerned. The sound of his wife taking her last breath at the same time his daughter took her first, was a moment he’d never be able to come to terms with. Instead of celebrating his daughter’s arrival, he was cursing it. Cursing her. She’d taken his Luna away, and he’d never forgive her for that.
Too distraught over his wife’s death, Andres was of no good use to his pack. His usual steel persona had been destroyed the moment Luna succumbed, therefore leaving his pack vulnerable to their enemies. Their most dangerous rival, Alpha Stone of the Blue Crescent pack, wasted no time planning and successfully executing an attack. The only thing that kept the Sun Pack from being completely destroyed was the deal Stone had offered. By no means had the offer been an exercise in empathy; it’d been an act of disdain. What Stone wanted more than Andres’ death was his misery. The best way to hurt him, the only way to prevent the total and complete annihilation of the Sun Pack was to give up the closest thing Andres had left of his beloved.
And thus it came to pass.
Alpha Andres of the Sun Pack pledged his daughter to the devil himself.