Chapter CHAPTER 21
lt;pgt;The next morning, Zaden walked into his room to find Selena buried under his duvet, still sleeping. He
smiled at the view. He then changed his dress and went out for his usual run. Later, Selena woke up
and went down to her room, taking a bath and getting ready as usual. She learned during breakfast
that there is a meeting in communal room and her attendance is a must. She later walked together with
Makeala to the communal room. Makeala seemed very nice and was very informative, willing to help
the new comer. Selena also learned that she is the second beta, while Orion, her brother is the beta of
pack, being advisor to alpha. Her job is to be helpful to beta. Sitka and Xavier are deltas, they take care
of territory and the ill one in the pack. Makeala found her mate a few years back, one of the pack
member as well, Nelson and she have a daughter named Dahlia. All 5 of them grew up together, in
Mountain Manuka. Finally, they arrived at the communal room and opened the door. The alpha team,
Mother Ruth and Grandpa Kai was already there, except for Alpha Zaden. Selena scanned the room
looking for Zaden when she felt goosebumps on her back and she turned to look behind her. Her eye
landed on Zaden, standing next to her, his chest touching the back of her shoulder.
lt;pgt;“Good morning everyone, appreciate the punctuality” he said with a mild smile. The 3 of them walked
into the communal room, till they reach the bar counter and the girls took a seat on the tall bar stool,
while Zaden leaned on the bar counter with his back. Selena waved at Mother Ruth and she smiled
with a nod in return. Grandpa Kai started briefing Selena’s issue and details regarding the manuscript
lt;pgt;I am in pain, in great pain. I can feel my baby dying, his soul slipping off my grip every second. His
heart beat slowing down to almost none. It has been days, my baby is suffering for days. An innocent
soul who never committed any sin, have not even harmed an insect yet he is suffering a painful death.
lt;pgt;What sin did I do to deserve such a heartless punishment? I loved a werewolf, is love a sin? If so, God
is the one to be punished for giving me the ability to love a beast. God, including your Moon Goddess
are the one to blame, not me or my baby.lt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;Mark my words, you will pay. You will pay for the slow death my baby and I suffering now. You will
regret the minute you left me to die, tied up here, on this tree. I will reincarnate, somewhere in the
corner of the world and I will come to find you
lt;pgt;I will hunt you down, every single one of you. I will rise again from the peak of mountains, with my own
army of loyal followers, raging with red eye. When I do, you are no longer the king of beast. Mark my
words, your kingdom is no more yours. You will be spell bound and beg for death under my feet. Under
lt;pgt;“According to Elisa’s manuscript, her killer is a werewolf because they worship Moon Goddess. Left her
at the woods, tied up to a tree and according to The King Samrat’s tale, he left Elisa in a hut, deep in
the forest. She also said that she will reincarnate somewhere in the corner of the world. My friend, Oz,
has been travelling around the world for the past 200 years. I think its Oz who killed her, although I am
completely confused why he would do that. He was madly in love with her” Grandpa Kai said, Zaden
turned to look at Selena who is currently dangling her feet under her chair and sipping on a glass of
lt;pgt;“Now we have 2 choice. One, we can send her to Ozrain, which will benefit our pack” Selena coughed
at Zaden’s word but recollect herself in a few seconds. Orion and Makeala seemed to be tensed at the
idea as well.
lt;pgt;“We can make peace with the Samrats, become one of their alias. There will be no more threat of
attack and we may even move out of this valley for a better future. But Selena’s life will be at risk. We
don’t know what Ozrain’s true intention is in finding her. In other words, we sacrifice her for the
betterment of our pack.” Selena scanned everyone’s facial reaction, none of them showed any
emotion. Of course, she is a newcomer and they have no attachment towards her and that freaks her
lt;pgt;“Second option, we can hide the fact that she is a Samrat and continue to live the life we have in our
hand now. Maybe, and there is a thin chance that maybe, she would be strong enough to defend us
against the Samrat pack, but highly doubtful.” Not to mention the pack, Selena wasn’t sure she can
defend even herself. Selena scanned the room again and the member’s face had a hint of relaxation.
lt;pgt;“Now, I will give you all 30 minutes to rethink the choices and then we can vote. Think carefully,
please.” Zaden turned his back to them, looking straight at the stacked bottles behind the counter.
Selena leaned to the side, aiming at his ears
lt;pgt;“Are you born with a nut loose or did you recently hit your head hard?” Zaden turned his head to her
and glared her.
lt;pgt;“I told you, don’t come back, it will be ugly. I’m ready to fight for you, baby girl but it’s not fair to drag the
whole pack in. Besides, it’s a chance to see how ruthless my pack is” he whispered to her ears and
then casually took a sip of coffee. Selena puckered her lips to the side with a sharp sigh, being
annoyed with Zaden. She turned to Makeala and about to ask something when Zaden stretched his
hand, held her cheek between his finger making her pout and turned her face to him
lt;pgt;“Don’t you influence my pack with your Bambi eye. Shu…” he said seriously
lt;pgt;“Then what am I supposed to do for 30 minutes? Think about sacrificing myself to Ozrain Samrat or
maybe I should think how to defend myself, being 90% human?” she whispered back in irritation to him
lt;pgt;“You know what my decision is, so I have nothing to do too…” he whispered back and this went on for
the next 30minutes.
lt;pgt;“Are they…I mean Samrats…attacking your village?” he nodded and she rolled her eye with a sigh
lt;pgt;“Have you forgotten how to talk or the cat swallowed your tongue?” she whispered, earning another
glare from Zadenlt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;“When Samrat left to look for his baby, Queen Aira was in-charge of the pack. She was doing fine until
one day, she fell sick. Apparently, Ozrain rejected their mate bond, kind of like divorce but for werewolf,
like I told you before, it gets really painful and most wolf will die in the process. So, to save her, the
elderly of the pack decides to mate her with their beta, Epsilon. He forcefully marked her when she was
in her death bed, automatically making him the King” Zaden paused when Selena opened her mouth to
lt;pgt;“What is forcefully marking?”
lt;pgt;“It a bite mark on your neck, without the lady’s concern” Selena eye widened
lt;pgt;“When a male wolf bites a female on her neck, it forms an invisible mark, alerting other males that she
is taken and no one would dare to approach her after that. It also makes them inseparable” Zaden
continued but Selena’s eye didn’t shrink
lt;pgt;“Don’t worry, a wolf will recover the bite in minutes but humans won’t. That’s why Ozrain didn’t mark
Elisa” Selena calmed down after that and nodded.
lt;pgt;“Do you know why a Samrat is the king of werewolves?” he asked Selena
lt;pgt;“Because he can be alpha to any pack…” she answered with doubts
lt;pgt;“Correct, good girl” he pinched Selena’s cheek, she swatted his hands away with a frown
lt;pgt;“Is Epsilon a Samrat?” Zaden asked and Selena thought for a while before answering
lt;pgt;“I don’t think so, Samrats have only one child, right. So, there is no siblings or relative to Ozrain” Zaden
lt;pgt;“Correct. So, how did other packs accept him as king?” she has no clue now and shrugged her
shoulder with a downward lip curllt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;“At the time when Ozrain was the king, he fused together 5 packs of wolf into 1, making them the
strongest of all other packs but he didn’t use any threat or force to achieve that, it was mutual. Epsilon
used this pack strength as a threat, if needed, attack other packs to make them bow to him. So that he
can fused more packs together and keeps expanding his strength” Zaden stopped to walk to minifridge,
took an ice-cream from it, came back to stand next to her.
lt;pgt;“So, the more packs fused together, the more stronger he is and no one will rebel him being the king?”
Selena asked with a raised eyebrow.
lt;pgt;“Exactly. My ancestors refused to bow and they fled to this mountain, hidden from outside world. If
Ozrain returns, he would become the king and we would be free from attack” Zaden took a spoonful of
ice-cream and feed Selena. Orion was watching from far and his eyes were burning with anger.
lt;pgt;“Why won’t he return? Can’t you just explain and ask him to come or resolve this issue more
diplomatically?” she ate the spoonful of ice-cream. Zaden had just done thrusting a spoonful of ice-
cream into his mouth.
lt;pgt;“He refused to return until he finds his daughter, technically, you…” he feed her another spoon
lt;pgt;“If we give up on you, yes, the pack will be free as wolfs are supposed to be and protect other wildlife in
this mountain. But after reading the original manuscript, there is no guarantee he would take care of
you. There has been a…prophecy…from a sorcerer in Samrat’s pack. An heir will emerge from under
the mountains, take over the Samrat pack and vanish the king. Since then, they have been searching
nooks and crannies for you. Our pack fits the prophecy, so naturally we are at risk.” He wiped a drop of
ice-cream on the corner of her lips with his thumb. At this point, the whole leader’s pack noticed how
Zaden and Selena interact. They were more interested in them then thinking about their decision.
lt;pgt;“No no...” she jumped off her chair and everyone’s attention was on her now.lt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;“I can’t let you and your pack suffer because of me. I can simply go back to my father and this whole
issue will be swept away” she said directing at the whole pack.
lt;pgt;“Oh, how I wish I had thought of that before…” a sarcastic mumble came from behind her but she
lt;pgt;“No, if Ozrain ever finds you out of a pack, you and your family are at danger. You don’t know him, he is
fierce and will do whatever that is needed to get what he wants” Grandpa Kai stood up from his seat.
lt;pgt;“If we keep her, how is she supposed to defend us?” Sitka finally spoke
lt;pgt;“Simple, she is a Samrat by blood. She must have the same ability Ozrain has. Maybe, just maybe, she
can prevent harm to our pack. But for that, she must be trained to be a normal wolf first, control her
wolf and explore her full potential. That might take along time” Zaden answered with a sigh. There was
a long silence.
lt;pgt;“Can we keep her?” Makeala finally broke the silence, making Zaden smile. The others followed her
lt;pgt;“Ya, let’s keep her.” Zaden used to treat her like a small girls but now she felt more like the pack’s pet.
lt;pgt;“So, that’s settled. Now, any suggestion about her training?” Zaden asked and they were bombarded
with so many suggestion that it was hard to pull out a complete sentence.
lt;pgt;“Ok ok…wait. I will help her with shifting, Makeala will…” Zaden was distributing each of their
responsibility when Selena cut him off
lt;pgt;“But Orion already promised to teach me shifting” He turned to look behind him with a cocked eyebrow.
Selena shrugged her shoulders
lt;pgt;“I requested as a favor from him yesterday” she added. Zaden turned his head to Orion. Orion wore a
cool smug look. Shifting involves momentary nudity and he is not comfortable with someone elselt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;teaching her that but given current situation, he doesn’t have a choice.
lt;pgt;“Fine, then I will be building her stamina, Sitka will be in-charge of fighting skill. Grandpa Kai can assist
in discovering her abilities. Makeala and Xavier, please teach her to hunt and on territorial basics.
Clear?” Everyone nodded
lt;pgt;“Good. Disperse” and he walked out of the room, ignoring Selena since he is pissed off. She didn’t
notice him, she is swarmed by other members, welcoming her and so on.
lt;pgt;Again, that night, Zaden came to her room and knocked on her door.
lt;pgt;“What, you still can’t sleep?” Selena asked him. He nodded with a pursed lip. The truth is, he needed
her scent to fall asleep after being in her room for 3 weeks. Yesterday, she slept on his bed, leaving
behind enough of her scent but he is still standing in front of her door because he wanted to brainwash
her into choosing at least Makeala to teach her shifting. Only one flaw in the plan, he doesn’t know how
to begin and was cornered when Selena came to a conclusion that he can’t sleep. She sighed and took
a few step out of the door, walking past him. He grabbed her wrist making her jerk back. He pulled her
to the door, looked sharp at her while leaning on the door frame. She imitated him and leaned on the
opposite side, staring back at him. Zaden is a very strict, not so talkative, rarely smiles and can be
ruthless when situation comes along. He is well respected for that and no one in his pack, including the
other 2 on the other side of mountain would dare to challenge him. But this little fox in front of him was
different, she takes pleasure in irritating or challenging him and that normally makes him chuckle in
amusement. They stared at each other for a while before Zaden gave in
lt;pgt;“Stay…talk with me for a while. Then you can go to my room and mess up my bed” he said with his
usual low, deep husky voice.
lt;pgt;“Aah… the alpha’s order. Unfortunately, I am not your pack member to follow blindly” she said as she
wiggled her eyebrow.lt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;“Please…” her reaction softened as her eyes trailed to the floor
lt;pgt;“Do I get to question?” she asked, making Zaden hung his head and let out a sigh
lt;pgt;“Fine” he grabbed her shoulder, turned her around as he gently pushed her inside. Orion who came to
visit Selena with another chocolate bar, saw Zaden pushing Selena inside and closing the door behind
them. His eyes blurred with tears. He stormed out of there, shifted to wolf and let a painful howl that
send a shiver through Selena’s spine. She snapped her head, towards the window, eye wide open.
Zaden noticed her sudden change. He facing her back while hands holding her shoulder, pulled her
closer to his chest.
lt;pgt;“That’s Orion… He had been doing that a lot lately. A screeching howl of pain. Are you scared?” His
last words were very close to her ears as his warm breath tingled her ears. She rolled her neck, trying
to knock off the sensation his breath gave her. She nodded.
lt;pgt;“It’s ok… he will be fine. He always does” Zaden turned round and walked to the 3 seater couch at her
room and sat down sluggishly. Selena sat on the other end, with her one legs folded and another
dangling over the side, body tilted to face Zaden
lt;pgt;“What do you mean?” She asked with confusion. Zaden ran his fingers through his hair and sighed out
lt;pgt;“Remember what I said about mate? That most wolf die if rejected or the mate dies? Well, he is one of
the survivors.” Selena’s eye flickered
lt;pgt;“He found his mate at 18 years old, right after their first shift. Sheila, a brunette with blue eye. Very
beautiful and talented hunter. We always have her on patrol duty because of that. One night, during
patrol, she came across poachers, slitting the skin of an elephant. She attacked them but they came
well prepared with a rogue by their side” Zaden said in low voicelt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;“Yes, werewolves who has been cast out by their packs. They have no way of surviving without a pack,
most of the time takes evil path to make a living. That rogue shot Sheila right in the heart with a silver
arrow. She died painfully on the spot” the pain and sorrow was evident in Zaden’s eye, even Selena felt
really sad. Zaden ran his palm over his face before leaning down to lay his head on Selena’s lap.
lt;pgt;“What he went through was unbearable even to by standers. He would scream in the middle of the
night, from the pain. Makeala and I used to sleep with him just to prevent him from killing himself. But
still, he managed to hurt himself, he would burn his hands, cut his arms and once even bite his tongue
and ended up in hospital. Thanks to werewolf power, he managed to heal back. It was horrifying even
for me that I prayed to Moon Goddess, never to come across my mate, ever in my life” his painful vibe
protruded to Selena. She ran her fingers through his hair, calming him down instantly. She dropped all
her questions, listening to his breathing that finally reached a rhythm suggesting he had fallen asleep.
She gently moved away from him, replacing her lap with a cushion, tip toed out of the room. She
relaxed a bit and started to walk to the third floor. She stopped abruptly when she heard another
footstep approaching. It was Orion. At first, Orion was surprised to see Selena but then, he realized
that she is not sleeping with Zaden and joy filled his heart
lt;pgt;“Hey…” he said casually
lt;pgt;“Hey… I heard your howl. Are you ok?” she was a few steps above Orion, making her slightly taller
lt;pgt;“Ya I’m fine. Don’t worry about it. What are you doing here?” she froze, not knowing whether it is the
best idea to admit the truth but she sort of had no choice.
lt;pgt;“Hmm…Zaden came to clarify something and fell asleep in my room. So, I am heading to his” she
pointed up, in the direction of Zaden’s room. Orion nodded but his face hasn’t relax completelylt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;“Do you want a cup of hot chocolate?” Selena offered because according to her theory, hot chocolate is
the cure to everything. Just like that, they ended up in the kitchen, drinking hot chocolate, in the middle
of the night. They were talking and laughing at each other, effectively enlightening Orion’s mood.
lt;pgt;“How are you going to teach me tomorrow?” Selena asked out of curiosity.
lt;pgt;“Well first, we induce panic attack… and then” Selena threw a spoon at him before he could continue.
He caught it with another laugh. They went on and on about random topics.
lt;pgt;“I walked to her room and heard her screaming at the top of her voice, so I banged on the door. After
like so long, her BOYFRIEND came to open the door. Behind him, on the floor, behind some stacked
up desk, Jewel was on the floor with tears running down her cheeks. I immediately cursed the boy and
slapped him, dragged him to staircase across the classroom and pushed him down. How am I
supposed to know that they were having sex? What would you do if you saw your friend like that?”
Orion was laughing hysterically at Selena and her recollection of memory
lt;pgt;“First of all, I would look at her leg position or at least ask her what happen” he said between his laughs
lt;pgt;“She was wearing a mini skirt, Orion” Selena said with irritation but it made him laugh even louder
lt;pgt;“So basically, I have spoiled my reputation and any chance of getting a boyfriend. After high school, I
simply lost interest in the whole idea” Orion’s laugh came to a stop sudden stop as he stared at Selena.
lt;pgt;“Wait, you never had a boyfriend?” She nodded
lt;pgt;“Then you are a virgin?” Selena snapped her eye up, looking directly at Orion’s eye. She didn’t make
any movement and any other reaction on her face. Orion brought both his palm to close his mouth and
said behind the closed mouth
lt;pgt;“Oh my god, you are a virgin. You are a virgin werewolf” he said, earning a swat on his arm.lt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;“Shut up!!!” she exclaimed
lt;pgt;It was 3 am when they both climbed up to third floor. Orion’s room came first and he waved a weak bye
lt;pgt;“Get as much rest as possible. Zaden can be pretty tough in his trainings” he said and she continued
her walk, past a few more room before entering Zaden’s room. She fell asleep almost