Chapter 01 - Katharina
I have not seen him yet but I hear from my colleagues that he is someone you can’t close with.
The palace rarely opens their doors for everyone. Tonight, the new king of werewolves will be crown after his first ever shift into his wolf. I cant wait to see it.
My Father strictly forbade me to leave the house and our pack land. He locked me in my room alone and threatened to punish me if I disobey him.
I do not know why my Father suddenly changed. He wasn’t like this to me when Mother was still alive. Now, he’s always mad at me without concrete reason and his punishment is beyond what I can imagine.
If only my mother were here, she would’t let this happen to me. She will definitely dress me up and guide me all the time.
’They can’t do this to me. I need to see the new king first shift.’I said to myself.
I want to be free sometimes and do the things I want to do. I want to experience living this life according to my own will and escape from my father’s rope.
I grab my bag and put some clothes that I need after I shift. I broke my glass window and jumped down from the fourth floor.
I know he will be angry with me and punish me when he finds out what I did, but I don’t want to think about it right now.
I ran fast as soon as I shifted to my wolf.
I ignored every single thing that playing on my mind. If I want to start to have a life of my own, I need to have strength and will to do it without even thinking what my father will do to me.
I knew he will tie me again to the tree of sin where he buried my mother’s body. That tree reminds me of the saddest event of my life, where everything started to changed.
I can feel the exhaustion filled my body as my legs become weak from a long run. The Kingdom is located at the center of all packs.
When I arrived at the celebration venue, I saw how many werewolves attended this event.
In front of the stage is the King who will be retiring after his son Zeus started to shift tonight.
I also see my father sitting in the first row with his beta and other Alphas with their betas and Lunas.
I shift back to my human form and put my clothes on.
Female-wolf can shift at their eighteenth birthday while Male-Wolf shifts in their twenty first birthday. But the royal blood is different, they shift when they become twenty-five but they are strong even in human form.
I smile when I see his form as a human. He is really handsome from what I heard from the female warriors in the pack, who was trained in the palace. His presence makes me want to run to him and kiss him so bad, but I remember his reputation. He’s not the type of guy who will just allow anyone near him even girls.
I shake my head. That thought is for my mate only.
I study him and he is not smiling at all. I wonder why.
Maybe he’s just a snob. I said to myself.
“It is time my son, the moon is in its highest peak. The Moon Goddess blesses us with her presence.” The King said.
When the light of the moon hit the golden stage, the new King started to shift. Everyone become silent for a moment, it’s looks like they were holding their breaths.
I can see every inch of his body sweating while the transformation is starting. He didn’t make any sound like he’s in pain. His bones started to move until the fur shows and he transformed into his wolf.
This is really breathtaking!!!!
The once handsome man changes into a huge midnight black wolf with a white half-moon mark in his forehead. That’s the birth mark of every King in their wolf form but the color is not always black. The previous king is a brown wolf.
They are all shouting ‘hail for the new King, Hail for King Zeus.’ And I joined them from here.
I’m still shouting when I see my father looks at my way. Our eyes met and from that moment I know that I’ll be in big trouble when Father came back to the pack.
I shift back into my wolf and run as fast as I can back home.
I know he will punish me, he always will.
I reach the pack house in no time and lock the door of my room. I know there is no escape to my father’s fury even the closed door can’t stop him from hurting me.
As if he heard my thoughts, the door harshly open and my furious looking Dad grab me by my hair and drag me outside, into the sinful tree where all my pack members already here and now witnessing this another embarassment.
How can they come here so fast? I thought they will still stay for a couple of minutes to congratulate the new king.
“How many times do I have to tell you that you must obey me? How many times Katharina?” He shouted while dragging me outside and tying me in the tree.
“Dad please I just want to see him shift that’s all. No one saw me except you.” I said while crying.
“I told you, you can’t come to his coronation and yet you disobeyed me Katharina.”
“Dad stops this. This will not help things to get better. Plus, there’s nothing wrong for Katharina to be there. We are all needed to be there as respect for the king.” My brother Sam shouted.
“You know what our Law is. I am the Alpha and your sister disobeyed me. She needs to be punished.”
“Dad this is too much for her. The last time you punished her was because she talked to our visitors. She’s my sister and there’s nothing wrong with what she did today. We are all need to be there.”
“Sammuel are you disobeying me too? Why do you always take her side?”
“No Dad, but I want you to realize that she’s my sister and your daughter too! I’m taking her side because I see nothing wrong about what she did.
“Sam it’s okay, it’s my fault, so let it be. I’m used to this.” I said looking straight to my father’s eyes. His eyes that was once full of love and happiness. His eyes who’s once looking at me like I’m the precious child on earth, is now holding the whip that is specially made for me. It has the stains of my blood from my previous punishment last week when I went out of the pack and pick some roses in the garden and then a man approached and talked to me.
I didn’t know that it will make my Father’s angry.
“This is for your disobedience Katharina and I hope this will be the last.” And then I feel it. The kind of pain I’ve been receiving for almost eight years. Every whip in my back gives me the strength to not show any emotions.
I will not cry again for this stupid punishment. I’ve had enough of this. I can take every blow to make him feel better.
“I hope this time you will learn your lesson.” Dad said.
“Really Dad? Or this time I should realize that I am the one who you blame for the my mother’s death?” That’s the last thing I said before I fainted.
I saw a beautiful butterfly and I follow it deep in the forest. I’m all alone because Mom is preparing our food. I asked her if we could have picnic near the river and she always grant my wishes.
“Kath?” She said looking around.
I can’t hear her because I’m too distracted with this beautiful butterfly until I reach the cave where the bear lives. Dad always told me to stay away from this area, yet I’m here.
“Ahhhhhhhhhh!” A bear suddenly appears and attacked me.
“Katharina!” Mom shouted.
“Mommy help me! Help me!” I shouted back.
All of the sudden my Mom shift in her beautiful brown wolf and protected me from the bear that trying to get me.
She knew she can’t win because she’s sick. In just a blink of an eye, the bear claws hit her chest and blood comes rushing.
“Kalisha!!!!!” My Dad shouted and all of the sudden a lot of pack warriors attack the bear and kill it.
“Kalisha don’t leave me. I need the pack doctor now!” He shouted, but before the pack doctor arrived my Mom passed away.
My dad howled and I can feel his pain. He lost his mate. The half of his soul.
Dad asked me what happened and when I told him the reason. He looked at me and slapped me in the face. That is the day when Dad started to changed.
Every time I made mistake he will tie me in the sinful tree and whip me over and over until I pass out. That tree is where he buried my mother. It is where he would punish me every time he wanted to.