funny leap. What
is wrong with me?
Ok, I say awkwardly, still feeling strange about the sounds
leaving my mouth. It
seems like I remember a time when this strange lack of
hearing was not an issue.
He starts to write in the notepad again. It doesnt take hi
You know that. Just give up. He looks more worn out than
the rest of us, with bags
underneath his eyes and a dreary glare. He has also been the
one most active in trying
to think up a plan with me. I know he is pretty fond of Mona
and loathes lo
only my body behind.
Somehow this feels so wrong.
I float to my feet, staring at my forsaken body. After a few
seconds of silence, I take a
step closer to the body. An arm takes mine before I get any
closer, and I drown in Sleeps
unwavering gaze. Swivelin
Thats what I thought, Griffin smiles slightly, almost
wistfully, in satisfaction. I like
you, Xavier. You are the sort of wolf I aspire to be like.
I dont like you. I snap, though inwardly wondering at the
lack of arrogance on his
face. He won. He gets he
woman up. She doesnt protest, allowing him to support her
weight. It seems like she
can walk, though awkwardly. At the moment she must not be
in dire pain.
Please see that she gets a job in Headquarters! I call after
him urgently. He lifts up
couple of moments.
I hope Lady Miranda doesnt notice that I didnt turn to the
left in order to go to the
I exit the premises, swinging a door open so that I am
standing in the backyard.
Searching my mind for the place I had seen before, I wrinkl
Surely theres more, he says, grasping the edges of the
table. His knuckles turn
white, and cracks start to blossom within the furniture. I look
up at him with a pointed
glare, and he seems to realize what he is doing. He releases
the hold on the table and
pointed looks, and an athletic body. His muscles are nothing
compared to some of the
frightening Hulk look-a-likes prowling around the premises. I
have seen a few that
really put the green monster to shame.
It is strange how my perception has chang
Now, now, not so fast. He laughs, You seem to forget that
you actually were trying
to keep her away from us when we caught you.
Only because we were afraid of something like this
happening to us.
Look, dont get angry at me. Im only the messenger, he
Once I think about it, technically this is all Rays fault. If he
hadnt Awakened her, we
never would have gotten in this mess. Too delirious and
angry to second guess myself, I
launch into a series of thoughts and accusations against Ray
in my mind. I have
visits me for lunch and always makes me laugh so that I
choke on my bland PBJs. He is
becoming my best friend, understanding and caring about
me more than anyone else in
this boring place. I am starting to think that having him as
my only mate wo
these cursed tutoring sessions. I think my teachers arent
used to a student that just
cant learn and progress, so thats why they are going crazy. I
am sure to them I seem
like a normal kid, with nothing to set me apart from anyone
bathroom. The floor and walls seems to be made of solid rock
and the room is decorated
sparsely. It reminds me of the hotel we stayed at, except the
doors have bars.
Ray, what have you been doing? Jake asks Ray while he
surveys a small hole in the
this. My body starts to tremble as I place my hands on the
ledge next to the puddle.
Hopefully I can drag myself out of the shallow water.
The pain, however, is absolutely mind-boggling. Every
movement I make amplifies
the hurt, and I cant hel
thought of this plan earlier. My presence with Xavier would
have endangered him more
than if I leave him alone. Disheartening as it is, it is still cold,
And there is also the fact that he was the one that ran from
me in the first place.
the meeting room.
I have to see him. I have to talk to him. I shake my head,
and then deliberately turn
away from Griffin for the millionth time. Ill find that guard.
He will tell me where he
Where who is? Griffin asks, his voice escalating in anger,
So now I have less than a day to decide whether to help the
werewolf race and lose
Xavier in the process or abandon it entirely. Certainly seems
like a lose-lose situation.
I can only wonder what Xavier's real reaction would be if he
was here. And I also
try to think of what he would tell me right now, and the
imaginary Xavier's expression
morphs into a face of pure despair.
Xavier melts my heart with one look as he begs, my mind
flashing to that one night
at the hotel. "Just please, let us be anything bu
it feels like I would die without it. I just know I can't go
through the procedure with a
condition like this.
After a shocked silence, Cyrus narrows his eyes. I glance at
him warily. "We
understand you have some feelings for your past mate," he
Within a flash, he is by my side. Just be careful do
not He begins, then
angrily mutters under his breath. I blink, and when my eyes
flutter open, he is gone.
What the crap?
But within a second he is back, carrying a small knapsack. My
heart practically s
in suspicion, but reason takes over and she loosens her grip
slightly. I gasp for air.
Looking around her, she reaches for the notepad, which was
lying on the ground. I
bent down and picked it up, handing it to her with interest.
She flips through the pag
looks guilty as he should.
I just cant, I whisper, I cant give up on her.
I remain silent while Yi glides over to the door, placing a key
in the lock. There is a
click as it turns, and the bars are finally open. I am finally
You have a
because my mind has not yet caught up to my overwhelmed
senses, mostly because of
the fogginess that has settled over my thoughts like a
blanket. A little laugh escapes me,
a strange, throaty laugh. It was not mine. Or was it
My eyes reach the mans body,
He seems to act like a real mate. Someone who is
responsible and caring. I think you
can rest easy, Xavier.
And I wasnt?! I exclaim, starting to shift into my wolf form.
Wes and Jake start to
laugh, for reasons unknown. This has happened so many
One's Dream, Another's Nightmare
I have honestly tried to change myself.
It has been difficult, of course. I have been struggling to
prevent myself from
snapping at my teachers, but the way they chastise me
about my lack of progress over
the last few days
who has bended the rules time and time again without
reaping the consequences. They
are afraid of an uprising. If you were allowed to be with
Mona, members of our
community would start to look up to you, not the Council.
That was the first thing they
the pack. Funny how much a Stealth talent can manage,
How did you get in here? Jake queries.
The front door, he winks, It is the greatest experience,
walking around and not even
having one cute girl wink at me. So liberating.
I still dont
around me in a desperate search for water. There seems to
be a pond about ten feet from
me, but it seems like miles away in my terrible state.
Something had to be causing this.
My frantic search for water continues, this state of delirium
toying with me u
question I asked myself a few minutes before. I start to
drown in my doubt, struggling to
stay above the water.
You know you cant run for long. And inwardly, you know
Mona is safer here than
she ever was with you.
I feel as if I have been kicked i
touch hurt you? I feel sorry for him because of the shock
and alarm I can detect in his
No, Chosen One, he responds softly, but nobles never
touch me. Im sorry for acting
in a detestable manner.
Im not a noble. And I am Mona! I dont want you
looks at me and starts to laugh. I can imagine it, the beautiful
sounds echoing in my
heart. I wish I could experience it for myself.
He hesitantly brings his hands out again after a long,
contented silence. With a
guarded expression, I allow him to sw
He says some words to me, words that flit by my head
without a second glance. I
frown and stiffen slightly at the way the reverberations seem
to escape me, dancing out
of my grasp with ease.
The familiar man stops laughing as he stares down at me, his
I finally reach the familiar clearing, where the pond is only a
few feet away. My eyes
scan over the muddy pond, the deathly berries, and finally,
the figure bundled against
The womans face is worn and weary, with many wrinkles
upon her face. I
far this goes.
The real question is, how far is he willing to go?
Obviously not very far, because within moments his warm
arms are around me again,
and he is lifting me out of the water. His embrace is so warm,
so comforting. I could stay
like this foreve