Chapter CHAPTER 26
lt;pgt;The leader’s pack with Selena entered the brick house after their usual morning routine with running
and resistance training. The whole house was filled with a lot of unfamiliar faces, all hustling and
bustling around, making preparations for the full moon night as Zaden has announced it to be a special
full moon. Selena has already started feeling nervous. Orion sensed her
lt;pgt;“Relax abit, would you?” he bumped his shoulder to her’s. She managed to come up with a smile. All
the other trainings have been postponed for today.
lt;pgt;“Selena, dear, I need your help…”it was Mother Ruth. She held Selena wrist and guided her to the
yard. Orion followed her while others had their own division to be taken care of. Selena followed and
stepped out of the side door. Zoomed out, she saw a whole yard filled with kids of different ages. Some
crying, some fighting, some laughing, some jumping from table to ground and a boy pulling a girl’s hair.
lt;pgt;“Could you please watch after them, dear” Mother Ruth requested politely
lt;pgt;“No no no no no…I’m not good with kids” she said as fast as her tongue could move
lt;pgt;“I am and I can help” she turned around to see Orion, standing like a savior behind her.
lt;pgt;“Thank you dear” with that Mother Ruth left them and Selena didn’t waste any time to pinch Orion on
lt;pgt;“Why did you do that for? Look at them, it’s a nightmare” Selena turned to look out.
lt;pgt;“Oh come on, it’s not that bad” he held her shoulder and pushed her into the yard. As soon as the kids
saw them, they all shouted “Orion!!!” and ran towards them, crashing Selena to Orion. Orion had to
hold her waist to prevent her from falling down. With her in one hand, he picked up a girl from ground.
lt;pgt;“Prewty girl!!!” It was the same girl Selena meet the day she came here and she still calls her preety girl
with a slang. Selena gave a sheepish smilelt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;“Selena, this is Sophie. Sophie, this is Selena, the pretty girl” he totally forgot about his hand around
Selena and she got pushed closer to Orion by a group of boys. Sophie was busy pulling her wavy curls,
like a spring. Selena gently pinched the chubby cheeks of Sophie. Within the next 10 minutes, Selena
got used to them and they got comfortable with her. She ended up playing catch and hide& seek with
them. Later, she read stories for them. It’s not that she is not good with kids, she is one of them. Orion
had to get between Selena and another boy, to resolve their fight.
lt;pgt;“Orion, he is stubborn” she sticked out her tongue to that boy and he returned her the same, making
Selena raise her palm to hit him and Orion held down her palm. The boy escaped
lt;pgt;“Wow, easy there little fox, calm down.” he pulled Selena closer to him.
lt;pgt;“Orion, you are teaching them a wrong concept. You didn’t know what he did, if…” Selena rambled on
lt;pgt;“Ok fine fine. Nap time” Orion shouted and all the kids wore a long face. He let out a laugh and pulled
Selena behind him when an omega she-wolf helped usher all the kids to their living room. A row of
beds laid down next to each other, forming a super big bed and the kids crashed on them. Selena and
Orion sat next to each other on a fluffy couch at a corner. None of the kids looked tired or calm, the
omega wolf struggled hard to keep them in line when Sophie ran to Selena and sat on her lap
lt;pgt;“Can I sleep with you?” she asked
lt;pgt;“Oh dear, I’m not going to sleep…” Selena said with her innocent Bambi eye to her
lt;pgt;“Oh…then can you sing a lullaby for me, please…” she struggled with the words. Selena nodded and
hugged her closer to her chest.
lt;pgt;“You are my sunshine…you are my rain drop…” Selena begin to sing the only lullaby that she
remembers. Her voice became deep and soothing, even for adult as Orion’s eyes felt heavy and he
started rubbing them. When the lullaby was finished, she hummed the song again and again until shelt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;fell asleep with Sophie in her arms, Orion hugging her from behind and his chin on top of her head. He
too, fell asleep. Zaden walked by that area and saw the 3 sleeping on the couch. He felt a sudden pang
on his chest, a dangerous venom called jealousy surged through him. He moved slowly towards them
with a hand in his pocket. He gently grabbed Orion’s hand and removed it from her waist, placing it
back on his thigh. He than walked away. Not long after that, Mother Ruth came. She gently woke up
Orion and the other kids. Orion blinked awake.
lt;pgt;“Let’s leave her alone. She needs as much rest as she could get, it’s an important night for her” She
whispered to Orion and other omega wolfs. It wasn’t until 7pm when Makeala came to wake her up.
She then took her to her room for a shower
lt;pgt;“Here, alpha wanted you to use this” she handed over a tube of hair color remover. Selena huffed out a
breath of annoyance after being busted. She did as told by Makeala. She walked out of the bathroom,
a towel around her chest and head down. Lumps of silver hair from root to tip framed her face, giving
her a bad girl vibe. She put on a white, knee length cotton dress with a zipper at back, just in case she
needed to take off her dress for shifting. She wore a sneaker and packed some necessities like
blanket, water and aspirin that the pack doctor gave her. It might not be able to knock her off but can at
least calm her down.
lt;pgt;She walked downstairs and before she reached the last step, Zaden in a black cotton shirt and blue
jeans, followed by Orion, Sitka, Oliver and Xavier came striding in. They gasped at Selena. The silver
hair falling right at the front, framing her face made her eye stand out.
lt;pgt;“Look at you girl!!!” Sitka exclaimed
lt;pgt;“It’s premature graying…” she said with doubt
lt;pgt;“You mean scientifically” Zaden was mocking her with a faint smile. He fiddled with his sleeve, making
sure it sits in its folds before he starts talking to Makeala and Selena. They took this really serious aslt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;they went through the plan again and again
lt;pgt;“Selena, it will take around 5 minutes for me to make the announcement and then we would need to
flee. There is a wood nearby, I will shift into wolf and you would have to climb on me.” Zaden explained
lt;pgt;“Shift? Can’t we just run?” Selena eyes widened since she is intimidated with Zaden’s wolf
lt;pgt;“We won’t have enough time, any delay could be dangerous.”
lt;pgt;“Where are you going?” Makeala asked
lt;pgt;“Lake Khalifa. Everyone would be focused on running furthest to the third lake, so that they can hear
Elder Village howl, none will be nearby here. And Khalifa lake faces just inhabited mountain, so there
should be no one there.” they all nodded but Selena kept quiet, looking at the floor
lt;pgt;“Hey…don’t worry. We will get through it…” Zaden said and she smiled. Then Makeala guided her to
buffet. They all ate and talked more about their precautions when it hits midnight. Apparently, a group
of fighters will always be ready at the brick house and surrounding the packs members so that no
unwanted incident can take place.
lt;pgt;Werewolves scattered around are now gathering up at the yard. Selena’s heartbeat rose, bit by bit and
she felt a chill creeping up her neck. She doesn’t need to see the time, its 11.30pm, her panic attack
had just kick started. Zaden pulled her up to stand on a rock, where everyone can see Zaden.
lt;pgt;“Dear Mountain Manuka pack, it is my honor to have you all gathered up today, at another full moon
night” the crowd cheered.
lt;pgt;“We will all shift and run free today, to third lake so that we can greet the Elder Village but before that, I
would like to invite a new member to our pack, Selena Brook” Selena grabbed Zaden’s palm really
tight. The crowd cheered even louder and immediately, a glint of flash crossed Selena’s eye and shelt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;felt a surge of new found energy, filling her from within. She felt lighter and she felt every member of
the pack, individually in her heart.
lt;pgt;“That’s it. Welcome, baby girl” Zaden whispered over her shoulder with a smile on his face. Selena
looked up and returned his smile.
lt;pgt;“Oh he is so cute”
lt;pgt;“Damn his smile…Why don’t he smile more often”
lt;pgt;“Our fierce alpha melting like ice-cream to a girl…” she heard multiple voices in her head and winced
lt;pgt;“Don’t worry, you will learn to control or ignore them” Zaden assured before pulling her behind him.
lt;pgt;“Enjoy!!!” he said to the crowd just before surpassing them with Selena on his tail. She can clearly see
some girls scowling at her. Zaden mind-linked Orion
lt;pgt;“Take care” and Orion nodded. A few meters ahead and Zaden speed up to a run, unbuttoning his shirt
in the process. He then took off his shoes and pants before shifting to a wolf, with in a second, right in
time when they reached the woods. Selena stopped abruptly, when she suddenly felt a choke, facing a
black alpha wolf in front of her, under the moonshine. Zaden took a step forward and Selena fell on her
butt to the ground, fear consumed her. Her eye focused on his now golden eye. Something calming
about that eye.
lt;pgt;Zaden walked closer to her, and snuggled his head in the curve of her throat, making Selena hold her
breath. He then laid down, flat belly for her to ride on him. She stretched her arm, struggled to pull
herself together before climbing onto the wolf and hugged its neck tightly. Zaden stood on 4 legs and
sprinted off into the woods. The moon shone bright showing the path they needed to take, although
Selena squeeze shut her eye.lt;/pgt;