On my eighteenth birthday, not only did I have to deal with the misfortune of homelessness, I also found out I was mated to the biggest jerk on the planet. The Alpha's son.
Never in a million years would I have expected to be mated to someone as cruel as Kade.
He did not want me and I did not want him so the minute he found out we were mates, he rejected me. I accepted his rejection and bore the sharp pain of a broken mate bond with the calm satisfaction that I would not have to spend the rest of my life with a man that beat me and spat on me to amuse his friends.
Kade bullied me since we were kids. As the Beta's daughter and the Alpha's son, the pack always put us together. In a lot of cases, the Alpha and Beta's children were best friends who ended up taking over from their parents together. In my case, I ended up a hated omega.
My earliest memory was of five year old me getting shoved face first into mud by a laughing six year old Kade. He never liked me and I never liked him but he had a bad habit - He considered everything and everyone as his property.
"What do you want from me?" I asked in a bitter tone, glaring at his feet. Why would this man not leave me alone? I suffered enough at his hands already!
"What did I tell you the day you rejected me?" He asked, taking a step towards me. I stepped backwards but ended up against the door.
"You rejected me," I emphasized to jog his memory. "I don't know what you want but I have to have a rest now. Please leave." I sidestepped him. Or I tried to. A hairy hand landed on the door beside me, blocking me in.
"Do you think you can be rid of me?" He snorted, amusement sparkling in his eyes. "In a few hours, I will become the Alpha. Your Alpha. Do you think I will let you leave the pack because you are old enough?" He snorted again.
"I am old enough to leave. There is nothing you can do about it now." I bristled, raising my chin to look up at him. For once, I didn't want him to intimidate me.
"Sihana, you want to go against me?" His threats made me stiffen. I clenched my fists at my sides while my hands shook, fighting the Alpha's command at all cost.
"Do you still think there is nothing I can do?" He leaned into me as I fought down tears.
There were still a few hours left for Kade to receive full control of the pack yet he wielded power over me like this. By the time he became the sitting Alpha, would I still be able to leave? Could it be - Could it be too late?
"It is such a pity you are an omega." He ran his finger down my face. "I would have been with you but I can't risk having dirty omega pups like you." He opened his mouth and puffed a breath against my face.
"What do you want from me?" I closed my eyes against the disgust crawling through my skin. "You rejected me. You hate me but still - Why do you keep torturing me?" I bit out, turning my face away from his breath.
If only I wasn't a darn omega! If only I had power, any power. At that point, I wanted nothing more than to be powerful enough to fight the Alpha's command.
"Who says I hate you?" He came closer.
"You rejected me and you have bullied me all my life." I flinched away from his approach. "Just let me go. I won't bother you anymore."
"You are an omega. What did you expect? That an Alpha would take an omega as a mate? Do you think I want omega pups? Do you think I want my bloodline tainted with yours?" He sneered in my face. "What will I gain from letting you go? Who will satisfy me when the moon is at her peak?"
"Go to Avalon. I'm sure she will be more than willing to accommodate you."
I closed my eyes when he controlled me. The urge to run, to flee, and never look back overwhelmed me but he forced me to look into his eyes.
"It is a full moon. Ava cannot help me tonight. Only you can and you know that."
The full moon affected him in a way that did not affect me. When he rejected me and I accepted the rejection so I felt nothing when the full moon came around. However, Kade went into rut.
Since then, every full moon, dread clawed at my throat as I did not know what to expect. The incident never repeated itself until today.
That day, I spent hours in the bathroom because he had a girlfriend who would kill me if she caught his scent on me.
He came closer again, and I knew what he wants to do now.
"I don't want this." I pulled his hand away. "Leave me alone."
"Fine," he snarled, pushing away from me. "It does not mean anything anyway! But have it at the back of your mind that you will never leave this pack!" He spat before he left, slamming my door loud enough to wake the house.
Okay, now I really need to leave the pack. All the things I packed, the little possessions I acquired throughout my life, I would have to leave them behind to move quickly. I opened my purse that was stuffed deep inside my ratty handbag but what I saw made me blink twice.