Elizabeth Summers POV
“Oh look, it’s the mutt.” Nico Vale, the future beta of our pack shouted as I walked into the parking lot behind school.
So much for keeping a low profile today. How was it that they always seemed to find me? I thought that by coming into school via the back entrance I would be able to avoid them.
I should have known I wouldn’t be that lucky. It almost felt as though the harder I tried to hide from them the quicker they got to me. I made a mental note to remember to check my belongings for tracking devices when I got home this afternoon.
I put my head down and kept walking towards the school building. Maybe if I could make it to the door before they reached me then they would lose interest and just leave me alone. I started to walk faster, I was only a few metres from the door.
I was almost at jogging pace when I felt someone’s hand on my arm. I was jerked back so roughly that I almost fell over backwards. Before I could fully regain my footing I was pulled so that I was face to face with Jasper Hartford.
Well I say face to face, it would be more accurate to say face to chest. Jasper was easily 6ft5 whereas I was barely 5ft2. That only made him even more terrifying. He was much larger than me, much stronger than me and he absolutely despised me for no discernible reason.
“How dare you walk away when your betters are talking to you?” Jasper shouted, leaning down so that he could get right in front of my face.
“Sorry alpha.” I said, trying my best not to meet his gaze.
I am the omega daughter of two omega parents. It isn’t in my nature to look an alpha wolf directly in the eyes. Even if I had been living in the same house as the alpha family ever since I was about five years old.
I don’t remember much about my real parents. I know they were both omegas and that my mother was pregnant with her third child, something that was strictly forbidden for omegas in our pack. From what I understand, that third child was a boy so they decided to give me up as I was their only female child.
The pack’s alpha and luna heard about my situation and decided to take me in and raise me like I was their own daughter. They already had two sons but they wanted another child. They had been trying for the last three years but nothing happened. When I needed a family to take me in, they said it was destiny. I wasn’t sure if I believed in such things but I was happy to have a family who cared for me.
I spent a long time being angry and upset at my biological parents for giving me up. Ultimately though I can understand their position. A male omega has much better prospects to earn money and provide for their family. There are only two roles that a female omega can have within our pack. The first is being a domestic servant for a ranked family. The second role involves spending most of your time on your back serving the males who have yet to find their mate, if you know what I mean.
“Look at me when I talk to you Lizzy.” Jasper said. He grabbed my chin roughly and turned my face so I was looking him directly in the eyes.
“Sorry.” I mumbled. I held his gaze even though every instinct I had screamed at me to look away.
It was the first time I had dared to look at Jasper so closely. He was truly breathtaking, it was such a shame that his beauty was only skin deep.
“Good girl. Now tell me why you are dressed like this?” Jasper said. His face was mere centimetres away from mine and I could feel his hot breath on my face.
“This is just my normal school outfit.” I said, trying my best to remain calm. I didn’t want him to know how much he scared me.
“So you usually come to school dressed as a whore.” He shouted.
I was speechless. I didn’t believe in shaming a woman for what she was wearing but even if I did my outfit did nothing to warrant that title. I was wearing a pair of dark skinny jeans and a black v-neck t-shirt which didn’t even show any cleavage. Not that I had a lot to show off in that department.
“Answer me now Lizzy.” Jasper growled.
“It is just jeans and a t-shirt alpha.” I replied.
“It shows off every single curve of your body. In the future you will cover up more. Is that clear?” Jasper growled.
“Yes alpha.” I said. I didn’t want to risk making him more angry by asking any more questions. It was better if I just did as he wanted.
“Good girl.” He said. He let go of me.
I froze on the spot for a brief moment. I was too scared to move in case he had more to day, if there was one thing Jasper didn’t like it was me walking away before he had finished berating me.
When it was clear that he didn’t have anything else to say to me I started backing away. I took a few slow backwards steps before turning and fleeing as fast as I could. I know it is weak of me, I know I should be braver but Jasper is so strong and I am just an omega. If he ever hit me he would put me in the hospital for weeks, I didn’t want to risk that.
There was still some time before class was due to start so I headed for the art studios. It was mine and my friend’s favourite place to hang out. I am not friends with anyone my age from the pack.
Everyone in the pack knew that the future alpha hated me and none of them wanted to get on his bad side. None of them bullied me like Jasper and Nico. They just pretended that I didn’t exist.
All of my friends were humans from the smaller human town which was about ten kilometres away from our border. That was ok though. I love my friends. We have even applied to go to the same colleges as each other. Providing that Jasper didn’t prevent me from leaving after he takes over as alpha, I will be out of the pack in less than a year. Hopefully permanently.
I breathed a sigh of relief as I entered the art studio. My friends were already there. Mia was painting a picture on an easel in the centre of the room while Oliver and Patti were chatting about some tv show near the window.
“Elizabeth, what’s wrong?” Patti asked as I entered the room.
“The same thing that is always wrong.” I said. Trying not to sound too bitter.
“Jasper?” Oliver asked, I could see the concern in his eyes.
“Yes, He wanted to have a word with me about the way I was dressed.” I replied.
I was purposely vague. Oliver already hated Jasper, because of the way that he treated me but things had gotten worse recently. Oliver had started to take an interest in me as more than just a friend ever since the beginning of the school year.
He had been practically begging me to go on a date with him for the last few months. I have been doing my best to let him down gently because I didn’t want to lose him as a friend. It is just a shame that the only man who has ever taken an interest in me is one of the few friends that I have.
“What did he say?” Patti asked.
“Let me guess, was it something mean?” Mia said, without looking up from her painting.
“That much is pretty obvious.” Patti said.
“He implied that I was dressed too provocatively.” I said.
“He needs to back off.” Oliver said, there was an aggressive edge to his voice.
“What are you going to do about it?” Mia said. She laughed.
They might not know what Jasper was but his size and his strength was clear to see. Most of the humans were scared of us and Jasper most of all. It is why I had such trouble making friends, even among humans.
“I am going to tell him to leave Elizabeth alone.” Oliver said.
This was bad. Jasper had never hurt anyone, outside of training anyway, but that was only because nobody had been stupid enough to challenge him. As the future alpha he had to answer any challenge and he couldn’t stop fighting until they conceded to him. Even if the challenge was from a human who didn’t realise the danger he was getting into.
“That is not a good idea.” I said.
“Why would you say that?” He asked.
“I know my step brother. He won’t listen to you, it will probably just make him treat me worse.” I said.
A smile came over Oliver’s face. I had known him long enough to know that this was the look he got when he came up with some kind of plan. I had a feeling that I wasn’t going to like this.
“I promise that I won’t say anything if you agree to go to the game with me on Friday.” Oliver said.
Oh, I see what he was planning.
Jasper was the captain of the football team. Oliver wanted me to go to the game with him so that Jasper would see us together. I had never told Oliver that Jasper was the reason behind my reluctance. He had come to that conclusion on his own and he was wrong. Why would Jasper even care if I was dating someone?
“Oh ok, we can all go.” I suggested.
Nobody said anything but I could feel the atmosphere change. Mia diverted her full attention back to her painting and Patti started to look out of the window.
“I think everyone else is busy so it is just going to be you and me.” Oliver said.
“That is a shame.” I said.
“I will take that as a yes, we can arrange the details later.” Oliver said.
He didn’t even try to hide his excitement. He had a huge grin on his face, he looked almost giddy. I guess I had just agreed to give him the very thing he had wanted for months.
We spoke for a while longer before the bell rang for class. Oliver wanted to walk me to class but I just laughed it off and left with Patti. On my way out I glanced back at Oliver, he was still smiling but his smile wasn’t as bright as before.
“Why are you so resistant to going on a date with Oliver?” Patti asked.
We were walking down the corridor towards my first lesson. We were surrounded by other students, most of them werewolves. I hoped that none of them would report this conversation back to Jasper.
“I don’t have many friends, I don’t fancy losing one of them.” I replied.
“Do you think that would happen if you dated Oliver?” Pattie asked.
“How many times have you known people stay friends after breaking up?” I asked.
“What about Samantha and Chris?” Patti asked.
“I think that proves my point for me.” I said in between fits of laughter.
Samantha and Chris had been so close all the way through high school. That was until they dated for a couple of months last year. They broke up after Chris cheated on her with one of her friends.
Chris and Samantha stayed friends afterwards but their relationship has never been the same. They went from being inseparable to not being able to be in the same room without arguing. It was hardly the ringing endorsement for the verutes of dating your friends.
“So what are you going to do?” Patti asked.
“I am going to keep denying his advances until he moves on to someone else.” I replied.
I was sure it wouldn’t be too long. I wasn’t all that special. Besides, I had seen how quickly some of the men in my pack changed their girlfriends. I had no reason to think he would be any different. In a few weeks he would be dating someone else and things could go back to normal.
Jasper Hartford’s POV
She walked into the room and my pulse quickened. She was talking to her friend, laughing at some joke. I would give anything for her to laugh at my jokes like that, literally anything.
She took her seat in front of me. She flicked her long auburn hair over her shoulder, wafting her scent in my direction. I can smell the coconut shampoo she always uses and the slightest hint of sweat on her skin.
I wanted to run my tongue along her skin. I wanted to taste every inch of her and I wanted to make love to her but she was the only person I couldn’t have. My parents saw to that the moment they decided to raise her like she was their own daughter.
I have loved Lizzy for the last three years. I have tried everything I can think of to get her out of my mind but nothing seems to work.
At first I tried to ignore my feelings for her in the hope that if I didn’t acknowledge them then they would go away. I was wrong, they didn’t go away. They only got stronger as time went on.
When it was clear that approach wasn’t going to work I tried to wipe her from my mind. I screwed my way through half the she wolves in our year at school desperately trying to make myself forget about her. I didn’t feel anything for any of those girls, the only thing I felt was guilt and shame.
I haven’t been with anyone else for the last eight months. I am pinning all my hopes on finding my mate. I turn eighteen in a couple of days, then I will find my mate and all my problems will be over. I will find my luna and she will be my world. Until then I would just have to live with my feelings for Lizzy.
The lesson felt as though it lasted forever. I spent the whole lesson watching Lizzy. I was sitting behind and slightly to the side of her so I could see some of her face in profile. I could see the look of concentration on her face as she tried to work out the mathematical problems. I could see the slight hint of a smile when she finally solved them.
I loved to watch her but it was like a slow form of torture. Seeing her beautiful face and smelling her delicious scent for a whole hour and not being able to touch her or even talk to her. My head was filled with all the dirty things I could do to her if we were alone together.
The bell rang. Lizzy and her friend packed their bags and left for their next lesson. Lizzy didn’t look in my direction, not once. Her lack of regard for me stung like a rejection. How could I love her so much without her even noticing.
I followed them. My next class was in the opposite direction but I wasn’t ready to stop seeing her yet. I stayed a few paces behind them. Far enough so it didn’t seem suspicious but close enough so I could still see her and smell her. I did this a couple of times every day. She has never noticed me.
“Have you thought about what you are going to wear to prom?” Lizzy’s friend said.
Lizzy looked at her friend, there was sadness in her eyes.
“I’m not going to prom.” Lizzy said.
“Prom is a huge deal, you have to go.” Her friend said.
“I know but I don’t want to go alone.” Lizzy replied.
“I can solve that.” Her friend said. She was smiling at Lizzy.
“How?” Lizzy asked.
“I will just mention to Oliver that you want a date to prom. He would jump at the chance to go with you.” Her friend said.
I felt like my whole world had shattered into a million pieces. There was someone else who wanted to be with my Lizzy. What if she wanted to be with him too. Before I could stop it, a growl escaped from my throat.
Lizzy turned around, the moment she saw me her eyes went wide with fear. Why was she scared of me, what did she think I would do to her? I would never hurt her. She must know that.
“What is your problem?” Her friend asked.
“She can’t date him, she can’t date anyone.” I said.
My words came out more forcefully than I had intended. I was hurt and I wanted her to know how I felt. Instead I came across as a psychopath. Why did this always seem to happen when I was around her?
“Oh? Why is that?” Her friend asked, her voice dripping with sarcasm.
What could I say to that? That I love her, that I want her to be mine forever. That I can’t stand the thought of her being with anyone else. That I don’t trust myself not to kill any man who tries to touch her.
“Why would anyone want to be with such a weak pathetic creature as her.” I said.
As soon as the words exited my mouth I regretted them. That was literally the worst thing I could have said. My head was spinning. Why can’t I think straight around her? Why do I always seem to say things to hurt her?
“You are a monster. Liz will be so much better when she is at college, hundreds of miles away from you.” Her friend shouted in my face.
That was the final straw. The thought of my Lizzy surrounded by men trying to get into her underwear was just too much for me to deal with. I had to put a stop to it.
“She is not going anywhere. She is staying here with me.” I shouted.
I was aware that people around me were stopping to listen to our conversation. Most of them were members of my pack and they were very interested in who had pissed off the future alpha.
“She is going and there is nothing you can do to stop her.” Lizzy’s friend said.
She was challenging me in front of my pack. I couldn’t stand by and let it happen. She may be human but that didn’t mean a thing. My pack needed to know that I wouldn’t let anyone get away with challenging my authority.
I took hold of the human’s neck and pushed her against the wall.
“She will do exactly what I tell her to do, whether she likes it or not.” I shouted into her face.
I could smell the human’s fear but it had no effect on me. I would have said more, the only thing that stopped me was the look on Lizzy’s face. Her eyes were filled with fear and sadness, I hated seeing her like that.
I let go of the human and walked away. I didn’t look back, I didn’t want to see Lizzy looking at me like that ever again.
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