I Dare You (#2) *COMPLETE*

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Chapter 2

Chapter 2

Violet's POV

"I've come to escort you to your new home of course," Khaos replied, clearly confused by my outburst.

"Is that all you're going to say to me after all these years?" I demanded, feeling the rage build up inside me with every moment he stood there with that blank look on his face. I had spent years grieving for a man I had thought dead, had raised our sin singlehandedly trying to keep the memory of his dad alive when all along he could have been there himself! I didn't even want to think about all the times I had struggled as a mother, desperately needing someone there to help me and guide me through the difficult job of being a parent. I knew if I dwelled on all the sleepless nights, the worry and fear, as well as the crippling anxiety that came with raising Eros I would do something I would seriously regret. It wasn't easy though. I wanted to scream and shout, to punch his stupidly handsome face and make him regret all the years he had abandoned us -though the secret part of my heart that I had long ago buried wanted nothing more than to grab hold of him and never let him go again.

Khaos scowled at me and pulled the suitcase from my grip, indicating with a swing of his arm that I should walk in front. I folded my arms and raised one eyebrow at him, waiting for a response. He muttered something under his breath that sounded suspiciously like an insult. "What else should I be saying? I'm sorry if you think you recognise me from somewhere..."

My mouth gaped open in shock. "Are you fucking kidding me? I don't know what sort of joke you're playing here but I can assure you it's not funny."

His voice was so cold as he replied, "Miss Violet, I genuinely have no idea what you're talking about. I'm simply here to escort you back to your son and..."

"Our son!" I barked, interrupting his pathetic attempt to brush me off. "Our son, Khaos! Not that you deserve to have a child as wonderful as Eros is, not after you abandoned him for the past 6 years!" I met the hatred in his eyes with my own steady gaze. I refused to back down and be the first to break contact, I was no longer the mate he met 6 years ago. Life on the run had hardened me and no longer would I be intimidated by his temper.

"I'm afraid you're mistaken. I cannot have children. I was dead for 5 years until Alpha Grey made a deal with the Moon Goddess - he hasn't offered to elaborate on this and I haven't asked for more details, though you're free to ask him yourself for his reasons behind this. Now if you would please move, that'd be great." He prevented any further conversation by marching back down the driveway, not even checking over his shoulder to see if I was following.

I was dead for 5 years I mimicked to myself. I can't have children, Violet. Pull the other one Khaos. I think if Grey had the ability to bring people back from the dead he'd be bottling that power and selling it by the boat load. Besides, I knew my Khaos and I knew when he was telling a lie. He liked to pretend he was this stoic, burly man with the ultimate poker face but his voice betrayed time and time again. He wasn't fooling me with his detached, robotic tone. I was almost positive he was lying and for the life of me I couldn't figure out why. It wasn't just myself he was rejecting any more, now there was a little boy to think of as well.

I couldn't help myself. My lips twisted as once again I mimicked him, I was dead for 5 years. You and me both Khaos, you and me both! Had he any idea how much I had struggled as a single mother? How many nights I had paced up and down, rocking a teething baby in my arms? The sleepless nights of worrying over his welfare? Not to mention the nights I had laid awake, willing to sell my very soul if I could have Khaos back just for one last day? I lived as a zombie through those early years, barely able to take care of myself let alone a newborn. It had only been Eros that had stopped me slipping into a deep depression as my Wolf almost gave up the fight without her mate? Yet here was Khaos, apparently happy and healthy without a care in the world. Bastard, bastard, bastard!

I growled under my breath, feeling my Wolf push forward. She recognised her mate, even if we hadn't been able to sense his Wolf calling back to us. Something strange was happening here and I wouldn't rest until I got to the bottom of it. I calmed my Wolf down with a few soothing words, promising her the moment we caught him in wolf-form she was free to attack any way she saw fit. She snarled one last time before agreeing and I hastened my steps to catch up to Khaos before I lost sight of him.

We walked in silence for around 10 minutes. I spent roughly 9 of those minutes glaring daggers at Khaos' back, muttering to myself about what an asshole he is. The other minute was spent practically salivating over the impressive figure he made and how much my mouth watered to have a taste of him again. Not that I would admit that to anyone! I was mortified at my own train of thought and instead focused on all the pain I would inflict upon him once he stopped his pathetic game and clued me in as to what the Hell he was playing at.

It wasn't long until I was able to pick up the sing-song sound of my son's voice as he excitedly chatted to the warriors and told them all about his life and the adventures he had been on. I smiled when I heard him tell of the time he had run too far from our cottage and had been mistaken as an abandoned puppy by a small child in the neighbourhood. I had been forced to make acquaintance with the girl's mother and steal Eros back when she wasn't looking, racing back home with the mother fast on my heals threatening to call the police. It had been a while before we dare venture into that part of the village again.

As soon as they came into view I broke into a run, pushing past Khaos and knocking him with my shoulder much harder than was necessary. I heard him laugh and I ached to turn round and shove him again but then I saw my beautiful son's face light up with undisguised happiness at seeing me again.

"Mummy!" He called, holding out his arms so I could wrap him in my special "bear" hug. I sank to my knees in front of him and smothered his face in kisses until he was squealing with laughter. "Mum!" He complained with a whine. "Not in front of the warriors!" His ice-blue eyes were glowing as he indicated the men with a nod of his head. After all the stories he had heard about his fierce warrior father he was desperate to impress anyone who had the same job.

I ruffled his hair and lifted my gaze to Grey. It hadn't escaped my notice that not once during our entire exchange had he removed his hand from Eros' shoulder.

"How nice of you to join us, Violet. I trust my beta made you feel welcome on your journey?" He grinned cruelly at me, knowing exactly what sort of welcome I had received. I refused to react to him, not when I had the little ears of my son listening in to every word spoken.

"His manners were impeccable, though I'm sure it matters little to you either way."

His smiled only increased in size. "Indeed. I apologise that there's no time for further introductions but time is of the essence. I have big plans for this boy of mine!" He smiled down at Eros, who returned the gesture with a huge beaming smile of his own. I gritted my teeth and remained silent. One battle at a time I reminded myself. First I had to make sure I was safe once I got to the BloodMoon pack and then I'd focus on keeping Eros out of Grey's sight. It would be a cold day in Hell before I allowed him to poison his tiny mind with his warped mindset and twisted views. I had heard all the rumours surrounding that pack, especially the way they treated women. I vowed long ago that Eros would never grow up with the same sick attitude and I wasn't about to break that vow and allow Grey to infect him now.

A felt a hand on my shoulder for a brief moment, the heat from it burning into my skin. I knew without turning around that it was Khaos.

"The car is this way." He nodded his head to indicate the car to the left. I grabbed Eros' hand and marched passed him without a word, opening the door to the back seats. A hand quickly shot out to prevent the door from opening

"Do you know what would be fun? If I sat in the back with my grandson. We have a lot of catching up to do. I'm sure the same could be said for Khaos and yourself, right, Violet?" I simply gave him a tight-lipped smile and stomped around to the front of the car. Let me out, I'll wipe that smile off his face! My Wolf pleaded. If only it was that easy. I figured we could take out Grey easily enough but it would be a matter of seconds before his warriors descended and we stood no chance against them and so for that reason I reigned her in.

" Are you really my grandad?" My son asked once we were all seated in the car.

"I sure am! And do you know what? You're going to be the next Alpha of the BloodMoon pack." My son sucked in a sharp breath out of sheer amazement. I couldn't blame him. He woke up this morning with no friends or family other than me and now he had a grandad and a whole pack of wolves to make friends with. I knew our little life in the cottage couldn't compare to what Grey was offering - or appeared to be offering should I say. I knew there was more to this than he was letting on.

"Is that true, mummy? Am I an Alpha?"

I twisted my body to look back at him, almost flinching as I brushed against Khaos' arm. "Of course you are baby. Haven't I always told you this?" Okay, so I had been referring to the Alpha gene he inherited from his father and myself rather than the current situation but a half-truth was good enough.

"You see, my boy! Even your mum knows when she's defeated. You can't deny your Wolf their birthright- haven't you felt him yet? The power he holds? He's very special indeed, as are you." I shook my head and spun back around, holding back the venomous words that were on the tip of my tongue. Grey knew exactly what he was doing. Eros thrived off compliments and was desperate to impress and Grey was dangling the ultimate prize in front of him. I looked in the rearview mirror and saw Eros sit up that little bit straighter in an attempt to imitate Grey's posture. The sooner I could figure out a way to get him out of here the better.

From the corner of my eye, I saw Khaos glance at me and realised I was grinding my teeth. Cool it, Violet. One battle at a time. I reminded myself for the umpteenth time. It was much easier said than done when I was listening to Grey as he made my son laugh with all the stories he told him of the various pack members he was going to meet.

Before long Eros grew quiet, a small frown wrinkling his forehead.

"What's the matter munchkin?" I asked, looking st him in the mirror.

"Just thinking." He mumbled


He pointed at Grey with his thumb. "If he's my grandad, does that mean he is my dad's dad?"

I turned to glare at Khaos, my eyes as cold as ice.

"Yes, sweetheart, you're absolutely right." I barely had the words out before Eros squealed with happiness and bombarded Grey with dozens of questions about his father.

"Nothing to say to that have you?" I was still glaring at Khaos, hardly recognising my own voice. It was cold and harsh, sounding almost robotic to my ears.

"Why would I?" He responded, shrugging his shoulders at me. My hands curled into fists and I dug my nails into my palms hard enough to leave little crescent moons in the skin. It was the only thing I could think of to refrain from punching him in the jaw.

"You don't think it's a shame that he's had to grow up without a father when clearly that was easily rectified?"

His face was completely stoic as he replied, "he'll get over it. He's not the only one to have been raised without a father. Maybe you should pick better in the future if you're not up to the task of being a single mother."

My breathing was deep and uneven as my nostrils flared in anger. Thank the Goddess Eros was too preoccupied to have heard the harsh words or noticed my reaction to them. As soon as we were out of this car I was going to kill him, I swear it.

Of course, our little exchange didn't go completely unnoticed. Grey gave a bark of laughter, a sound that was quickly becoming the trigger to some serious anger on my part, and gave me a friendly warning: "I wouldn't bother trying to talk to him if I were you. He's more likely to bite your head off before giving you a friendly response. He's not my beta for his conversational skills."

Yeah, you could say that again! I folded my arms and turned my body away from him, staring out of the window at the scenery flying passed. I got an odd sense of Dejavu, remembering being in this exact position with Khaos years ago. I had been right when I said that the more things change, the more things stay the same.

I closed my eyes and refused to speak another word for the entire journey. Not that anyone was interested in talking to me anyway.

Khaos POV

She was an intriguing little thing. She reminded me of a little kitten with the way she would spit her words, her claws constantly drawn. I wouldn't say I was drawn to her, but I was fascinated with the way she was so free with her emotions, her face showed everything she was feeling. She had no inhibitions, completely confident in who and what she was. I would almost say I envied her, if I was capable of feeling that level of emotion that is. I had seen the pain and hurt in her eyes when I failed to recognise her and for a moment I was almost tempted to be the man she thought I was. Grey had told me all about how she had lost her mate and how it was still so raw for her and though I hadn't experienced that myself, it was easy to believe her and almost feel sorry for her. Almost.

Luckily for me, I knew the other half of the tale. Grey hadn't spared a single detail when telling me how she got her mate killed. Her parents had hated him from the beginning and she had ignored all their warnings, thinking it funny to flaunt their relationship. From what I gather she had been incredibly unsuitable for her mate and it hadn't been long before things came to blows. If she had any sense she would have left him alone, but she gave in to her sexual desires and conceived the poor child before basically abandoning her mate. Her own parents had slaughtered him in cold blood whilst she stood back and did nothing. She robbed her parents and left her mate to rot in the forest whilst she went and made a new, rich life for herself. Grey warned me that all women were alike, none could be trusted, which was why he remained unmated all his life.

Of course, he had his son during one night when The Heat called to him but the mother had taken him before he had even known of his conception. All he had now was his grandson. I was slightly amazed he hadn't killed Violet the moment he laid eyes on her, so I guess that's another reason she should be grateful for her child because he was the only reason she was still alive right now.

We arrived at the packhouse and as always, I looked around with pride. Ever since Grey had returned my soul to my body, something about the dynamics of pack life called to me. However, this time was different. My Wolf pushed forward, demanding authority and respect, urging me to give in to and accept my alpha status. I ordered him to back down and for the first time, he fought against me, straining to show me something. I caught a brief glimpse of myself. I was stood before a considerable amount of people, each one staring at me with love and pride as I addressed them all one by one, but before I could really understand what was happening the memory was gone and my Wolf was back to his dormant self.

"Khaos!" Grey barked, dragging my attention back to him. "Have you been listening to a word I've said?" He growled when I stared back at him with a blank look on my face. "I said escort Violet down to the cells, she's not needed anymore."

Before I could stop him my Wolf howled in rage and I spat out my response with a simple "No."

"No?" He queried, his eyebrow cocked.

"She stays with the boy and that's final." I picked up her suitcase and headed to the small room that had been recently refurbished to suit the young Alpha. There would be Hell to pay for this later. I had no idea what had caused my outburst but there was no controlling my Wolf when he thought any harm may come to Violet.

I was getting more and more intrigued by this woman every second.

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