We continued this routine of me waking up early, helping Kate with kitchen work, going to school, getting picked on by Olivia and her army, Derek never wasted an opportunity to tell me how irritating I was, I always kept quiet but what happened this morning pushed me over the edge. Kate and I started early on breakfast, I was a little sluggish because I had bruises on my tummy from the pain caused by Derek’s infidelity, Kate went to the pantry to get more flour when Derek walked into the kitchen, I guessed he came directly from the gym. He looked good enough to eat, the sweat running down his ripped arm caused my breath to quicken, I continued doing what I was doing, but I couldn’t help noticing that he was restless about something.
“Is there something I can get for you?” I asked trying to sound nice. What I got was a glare before he asked for water, I walked to the huge refrigerator that was in the style of a wardrobe, when I got back he was staring out the window, I didn’t know what to do because he had warned me not to call him by his name, so I walked over to him and lightly touched his arm, “I got you the water,” he stiffened and turn around in anger, snatching the water from my hand he dropped it on the table and stalked towards me angrily, I was scared because I had never seen him this angry before. I don’t know what kind of rotten luck I had because my hip bumped into the counter effectively trapping me between a very angry Derek.
“Do you know what I hate the most?” he asked in his Alpha voice, it caused me to shiver with want which he noticed because he got even more angry and snarled at me to answer.
“N-no,” I wanted to sound calm but I couldn’t because he was leaning closer to me and it was causing havoc in my body and senses.
“What I hate the most is you touching me,” he said and stormed out, leaving the water I gave him, Kate rushed in when she saw him leave, her eyes wide and panicky.
“What happened Hannah? Are you okay?” I knew it was only a matter of time before Kate found out, so I told her everything in a very numb-like state. She grabbed me and hugged me tightly, stroking my hair and telling me that everything would be fine and to let go of him if he was hurting me like this, I knew she was right but it hurt too much. After a while I calmed down and wiped my face, I was grateful that Kate was there for me.
“Thank you Kate, sorry for messing up your shirt, it’s a really nice shirt.” She laughed and patted my back, “Don’t worry about it, I may not understand what you are going through but I can tell you that Derek is an idiot, you deserve better, so does Shelby and she would not want to see you crying, speak of the little angel’, she said as she inclined her head towards Shelby who walked into the kitchen rubbing her eyes with a cute little pout on her lips.
“Sweetie what are you doing up so early,” I said as I hoisted her up to my hips. She wrapped her arms around my neck and snuggled close to me, “I wanted to help you and auntie Kate make breakfast,” she said cheerfully, I kissed her cheek and nodded, setting her on the counter we made breakfast and served it. I carried Shelby back upstairs and went through our morning routine, I dressed her up in a black pair of jeans and light pink t-shirt and black ballet flats I got for her yesterday after I got paid. I got dressed in my usual blue loose jeans and sweatshirt, I walked downstairs with Shelby gripping my hand, she is still nervous about being too far from me, we ate breakfast with Kate in the kitchen then I walked Shelby to her school bus and waited till she was safely seated before walking towards Kate and we waited for the bus together.
When we got to school, Kate and I separated because we had different classes, I had history and she had math, I was always the first to get there because I didn’t want a repeat of my first day. Students started filing in and I noticed that Derek and Jennifer looked slightly rumpled, I faced forward as teaching started, I would occasionally feel that burning stare at the back of my head and I knew it was coming from Derek and his goons, it turns out that most of my classes was with them, the periods went by until it was lunch time so I made my way to the cafeteria where I have been eating lunch with Kate and two of her friends that are also human, Jacob and Jane are twins and they just loooove to quarrel every time.
I was unfortunately stopped by none other than queen Jennifer, she never lets a day pass without insulting me, I never say anything because that would mean bringing myself down to her level so I stopped by the table where she was seated with Derek and some pack members who are also popular and snobbish.
The insults began with the encouragement and laughter of the others but while she was rambling I saw three guys from the corner of my eyes doing cool moves with a basketball, it was so cool it looked like dance moves, I love dancing so I couldn’t help it when I walked towards them ignoring Jennifer’s screams for me not to walk away, her voice could pass as a banshee. When I got to them they looked at me expectantly.
“I’m really sorry for interrupting but I couldn’t help but notice the moves you guys were doing with the ball, they are really cool.”
“Thanks, do you wanna see it again?” the one who looked Hispanic asked, I nodded and they did it while making sounds with their mouth and before I knew it I was dancing along with them and having so much fun that I didn’t realize when the bell rang. I learned that the Hispanic one is Isaac, the African one is James and the Indian is Aaron, they are very good looking and tall, I exchanged numbers with them and waved as I went to my now last class of the day which was gym as the teacher for the actual last period called in sick. I hated gym class because the girls always took that chance to wear revealing things, I would always be the odd one out because I always wore really loose clothes, thank God, we only had to take notes today, so the class went by fast and I went straight to work so I couldn’t meet Kate.
The owner of the diner is a really nice man, he allowed Shelby to come and stay with me and I would help his little girl Anna and Shelby with their homework as they were in the same class. It was like my own family again. I went home after work and prepared dinner myself as Kate was not feeling too well, I fed Shelby after which I took a shower and went to bed with Shelby singing to me, she is my rock.