I woke up to two people arguing. One voice I couldn’t figure out who he was but the other one—the one that sounds terrifying I knew exactly who he was. I was put under medicated pain relief but my skin prickled an underlining awareness of pain. Almost as if it was trying to push pass my skin.
“Don’t f/ucking tell me to calm down! I swear if you say that one more time, I’ll knock you out, Leo.” Cassius growled.
He was very angry.
“She will be fine. She barely has a scratch on her.” Leo replied calmly.
Then why do I feel like sh/it, Leo?
“Then tell me why she has bruises on her forehead and a sling on her arm?” Cassius snapped, his voice wavering with irritation.
Ha, exactly. Thank you, Cassius.
“Her healing will be easier if you will just mark her.” Leo snarled quickly losing his own patience.
“She doesn’t even know what we are!” Cassius growl grew more animalistic.
“And whose fault is that?” Leo threw back at him.
By this point they had lost me. Mark? What in the world? My confusion stopped once I heard what was next.
“She isn’t ready to know about our kind. I am not ready to tell her.” Cassius seemed to have calm down.
“She will never be ready. She’s human, for god sake.” Leo retorted. “Just tell her and convince her then.”
“I can’t risk losing her. If I scare her off, she won’t come back.” Cassius growled in frustration. I can already see him running his hand through his hair.
“To keep her, requires you to take a risk. How long are you going to keep her in the dark? The longer she is in there, she will be at a greater risk of being in danger. She needs to be with the pack. Inside here we can protect her.” Leo demanded.
These two men are not making any sense and quite frankly they needed to step out of my room. It was starting to give me a headache. I wanted to shout at them to go away but nothing came out. I can’t even move.
“What do you know, Leo? You don’t have a mate.”
“You’re right. I don’t and you are one f/ucking lucky bastard to get two in one lifetime. If you don’t do something about it, I will.” Leo threatened.
“Remember your place, Leo. I’m still Alpha even if we are friends.” Cassius warned. The maliciousness in his voice brought a shiver down my spine.
There was a long eerie silence. I was almost convinced that Leo died by Cassius’s hands but was relieved to hear him speak up again.
“Werewolves need their mates. You are an Alpha and you need your Alpha female. We need her too. It’s been two weeks. She’s human and might not feel the bond as much as you but I know you. Your wolf is practically clawing to mark her.” Leo said calmly.
Werewolves? Alpha? Mates?
Silence followed. Cassius stopped talking. A second later, I felt him next to me. His masculine woodsy scent wrapped around me.
“She’s awake.” Cassius stated.
I heard feet shuffling to which I assume is Leo’s. He sounded closer when he spoke again.
“How do you know?”
“I can hear her—feel her.” Cassius replied calmly. His hand came up to cup my cheek. I felt the heated warmth from his palm and like always it was like a warm caress.
“Her soul is connected to yours even when she doesn’t recognizes it.” Leos said. Finally comprehending the situation.
“We shouldn’t say anything more. Who knows what she has heard.”
Everything! You psychos! Whatever you are doing I am onto you. Werewolves…does that mean they are…
My mind flashed back to the beast that roamed the woods around my cottage. The night he was limping. The way he paced in front of my home. The look in his eyes when he looked at me. He wasn’t ordinary.
That night I knew he was different. He wasn’t like the other wolves I killed. He was more beast than animal. I suck at math but I am pretty sure he was a werewolf.
Cassius had the same limp, in the same leg.
Cassius was the beast. I just knew it in my guts.
I kill wolves and now I am laying before werewolves. I was conflicted. A part of me wanted to flee and another part of me wanted to stay. Everything was running through my mind so quickly, I wanted to scream. I wanted it to stop.
Surprisingly, I found myself shaking my head. I forced my eyelids to open and peeking from underneath my eyelashes, I looked at Cassius. He looked horrible. A bandage was wrapped around his forehead. His dark midnight locks dropped over his forehead in a mess. The stubble that I loved so much seem to have grown overnight.
He moved to touch me but I cowered from his touch. Hurt flashed in his eyes before he stood up and walked out the door. I turned my head to see Leo.
The man was tall and muscular just like Cassius. His brunette hair trimmed to a buzz cut but it was his light blue eyes that stood out. It was like staring into the sky.
“You’re awake.” He gave me a friendly smile.
I didn’t reply. He sighed and moved to sit in a chair next to the bed I was laying in. My eyes flickered around the large room. Right away I knew I wasn’t home nor was I at the hospital.
The room was the size of my home. The elegant cream and gold cashmere curtains draped down from the bed post. It looked like a bed fitting for a Queen. Beautiful flower painted pictures hung on the walls.
“You’re in Dashkov Mansion.” Leo answered my silent question. I looked back at him.
“Dashkov?” I asked in confusion.
“Cassius Dashkov. Did you not ask the man you were dating his last name?” Leo asked and I felt stupid. No. I didn’t.
“I also didn’t ask if he was a werewolf.” I muttered.
He was surprised at my retort, “So you heard our conversation.”
“Yes, but I understood nothing other than the fact that you are werewolves.” I answered.
“Why aren’t you freaking out?” He asked.
“Because I am a freak.” I shot back. “I should be afraid but I’m not. Don’t ask why. Even I don’t know. So, only explanation is I am a freak.”
I sighed and stared up at the ceiling in complete confusion. Why did I feel the need to run after Cassius? Seeing the hurt in his eyes—I was in pain. My heart ached upon seeing him look like that.
A knock sounded at the door and in entered a beautiful woman. Her hair and eyes were very much like Cassius. Dark as the night and burning ashes.
“Seeing my brother storming out of the house, I figured you were awake.” She was slender and dressed in comfortable light skinny jeans and a peach sweater.
“Cora, what are you doing here?” Leo asked.
She sat on the opposite of the bed and leaned forward. “My…you look-“
“Cora, Cassius will be furious.” Leo interrupted.
She pouted and leaned back, “I’m just saying, she looks beautiful.”
“Right.” Leo drawled, completely unconvinced.
“Really, Leo. You need to loosen up.” She rolled her eyes, tossing her long hair over her shoulder before turning back to me. “My name is Cora. I am Cassius’s one and only sister of his. He’s older by a few minutes.”
“You two are twins?” My eyes widened and I winced as pain shot through my head. The pain medication must be wearing off.
She scoffed, “I can’t believe that oaf. He didn’t even talk about me! How is he my twin?”
“They are fraternal twins.” Leo explained.
I became painfully aware at the fact that I still don’t know much about Cassius. I didn’t even know his age. Feeling angered at the fact that I was so involved in playing and going on dates that I couldn’t even ask him the simplest questions.
“I’m tired.” I announced, wanting to be alone.
Cora looked like she wanted to stay a little bit longer. Company right now wasn’t a good idea. I was angry at myself.
After Cora and Leo left, I closed my eyes and scolded myself mentally for letting it go this far. I should have just left that week. I shouldn’t have stayed. I shouldn’t have waited. Getting to know Cassius—being near him wasn’t a good idea.
With Cassius entering my life, I completely forgot about my family. Hunting the animals that took away my family. How could I let him blind me from what I do?
I didn’t even know the man. I needed to get out of here. Pushing myself up with one hand, I ripped the IV out of my arm with my sprained arm and the stuff that was hooking me up to the monitor. It started beeping loudly and so I yanked it out of the wall outlet. Glancing around, I looked for an escape route. I couldn’t stay here. I needed to be home.
I saw some nicely folded clothes on a dresser. I grabbed them and slipped into the bathroom. If I thought the bedroom was beautiful, the bathroom was heavenly. Marble flooring that was polished beautifully. Beautiful gold rims surrounded the mirror. A stand in shower that looked like it could fit ten people inside.
A few minutes later, I got dressed and made my way towards the bedroom door. My legs were wobbly and I felt like a heavy weight was pushing me down onto the ground but it wasn’t going to stop me. I took a few steps before everything around me began to swim. I closed my eyes tightly to stop it before leaning against the wall before opening them again. I allowed it to be my guide down the hall. I walked for what seemed like an eternity before the wall turned down another hallway.
A few people who were dressed like maids were looking at me. Every single one I passed, eyes widened the moment they saw me, then they started whispering to themselves. What the hell are they staring at? Surely, I don’t like that bad.
Somehow, I founded the stairway. I grabbed the glass handrail and started down the stairs. People walking up the stairs gasped as soon as they laid eyes on me as if they were seeing a ghost walking the hallway.
I felt my left foot slip on the next step. Letting out a terrified sound I prepared myself to break my neck but a pair of strong arms wrapped around me.
“Cassius is going to kill me.” Leo’s voice said from beside me. “F/uck. Why didn’t you say in bed?”
“I need to go.” I said weakly. “I can’t stay.”
“You are not going anywhere. Your concussion is not healed yet. You need to rest until you can walk straight without tripping.” He growled and lifted me up into his arms.
I rested my head on his shoulder. The world was spinning around me.
“Please, just let me go home. I’ll rest at home.” I begged.
“Do you realize what Cassius will do to me? I won’t live to tell you, if you’re wondering.” He snapped, before walking up the stairs. I lifted my head slightly and saw that people were still looking at me.
“Why are they staring at me?” I asked.
“Because you look like the dead.” He clipped. I sighed and gave up. I guess I can go when I am feeling better. There was no point in arguing when I had no strength. The walk here took everything.
“I’m still going to leave. I can’t stay here.” I mumbled, my eyes fluttering close.
“We will worry about that when you are fully healed.” He answered.
“He won’t let me go. I just know it.” I said weakly.
Leo glanced down at me, “No. He won’t.”