"What the hell!" I screeched as I ran outside with Niall on my tail.
I was left flabbergasted as I took in the sight in front of me. My heart thumped against my chest like a
beating drum, and the longer I looked at it, the more surreal it became.
My car, that I nearly destroyed just coming here, was in giant flames with a very flustered looking
Valero, and a pissed Clarissa standing next to it.
"I was literally inside the building for two minutes!" I pulled on my hair as I gazed between Valero and
Clarissa, silently waiting for an answer.
"It-it just erupted in flames! I-I.." Valero stuttered, still looking stunned by it all.
I threw my head in my hands with a big huff, feeling rather annoyed and frustrated from this whole trip. I
knew I smelled a little extra gas on my way here as if it had a leak, but I didn't think it would've
I felt as Niall rested his hand on my shoulder, at which I shocked us both by flinching away. My
annoyance at what he did was still burning in me, but as I turned to look at him and saw the sadness in
his eyes, I felt myself letting go as I stepped into his embrace.
Warm tears soaked his shirt as they seeped from my eyes. I had no specific reason for crying, but from
the overwhelming feeling of thinking my mate was in trouble, to finding out that he wasn't, to emerging
from the building to see my first car on fire--it was all too much.
"Hey baby don't cry" Niall coaxed as he pulled back my face to look into my eyes."I'll get you a new car
tomorrow if you want to"
"It's not about the car Niall" I semi shouted as I stepped away from him. He was taken aback by my
movements and my tone, and I noticed that Clarissa and Valero looked slightly uncomfortable. "I
missed you...I needed you and you were here doing God knows what with God knows who for
whatever reason. I pulled an Alpha away from his pack to help me. I called on a rogue you obviously
don't like to help me. I put them and myself in danger because YOU decided to take a trip to rogue-
town without thinking of informing YOUR MATE!"
The silence sat between us like still water, and I was drowning in its thick, tense atmosphere. The only
sound emerged from the cackling of the fire as it lit the open night. Niall gazed at me in thought for a
while longer as I dried my eyes. Realising that he wasn't going to say anything else, I simply turned to
"If we shift we'll be able to be back by midnight" I cleared my throat as I spoke, not once gazing back
as I headed for the exit. I heard all of them falling in, but I dared not to look back.
"I'll shift and you can ride my wolf" I heard Niall's gentle and small voice as he spoke."You must be
exhausted" The guilt and pain in his voice was evident, but I tried not to let it affect me.
I simply nodded, appreciating the idea since I didn't feel like running 300 miles in wolf form. Clarissa
gave the gate guards a curt nod as we left. I was left confused knowing that Niall's scent wasn't
masked, yet the guards as well as other rouges I passed didn't seem bothered by it.
It made me wonder, what business did he really have here?
I decided, however, to leave the conversation for later. I was in no mood to discuss it.
We walked for a while, just enough to put distance between us and the compound. The silence was
deafening as we travelled, but I made no move to break it. Niall stayed closely behind me, and I could
feel how on alert he was as we ventured through the woods. I too kept on high alert, pushing my wolf
forward just enough to be more aware of my surroundings.
"Um maybe we should camp out till dawn. I think we're all a bit too exhausted to run all the way back
tonight" Valero suggested at which surprisingly Clarissa agreed.
I also nodded in agreement. Maybe I was being inconsiderate about travelling all the way home tonight.
After all, it has been a long day.
"There's a small opening just about a mile from here that we could stay till morning. It's relatively warm
and secluded there" Clarissa informed us as she took the lead.
Sleeping outdoors was never a problem for us wolves. In fact, it was better for us to connect to our
animal side. But somehow the thought of sleeping right on the border of a rogue town didn't sit right
with me. Our scents were almost back to normal. Still, I made no move to protest. I was too tired.
Valero and Niall both shrugged out of their clothes before shifting into their wolves. I purred in delight
as I set eyes on my mate. His masculinity and dominance always had me swooning in delight.
I tried as best as I could to hide it as I hopped onto his back. Clarissa did the same with Valero, though
it was quite obvious how uncomfortable they both were.
She guided him as we travelled at a steady pace. The night was relatively cool and calming. It almost
made me forget the day I had. I almost fell asleep on Niall's back as I let myself relax, even though I
couldn't shake the fact that he has yet to say something to me to make me understand what he was
Sighing, I leaned my body against his massive fluffy fur, wrapped my arms around his neck and
allowed myself to be set adrift.
However, I wasn't allowed to be pulled deeper into my slumber, because I was brought back to reality
when a loud growling sound trembled the leaves Niall trotted on.
Instantly, he stopped, and I was up and alert too. Clarissa and Valero perked up at the sound also, and
Niall was already growling threateningly as he sniffed, snarled and eyed the forested trees.
I ran my hand through his fur soothingly, simply because I needed him to stay calm until we identified
the threat. With his mate this close by to 'danger', his wolf's only instinct was to protect me at all cost.
Even if that meant killing whatever wolf had spotted us at first sight.
"Clarissa? What was that?" I asked, as I made a move to hop from Niall's back. But the minute I did, he
was circling me in a protective manner as he continued to watch the trees.
I didn't stop him, since I understood his urge much too well. Valero was doing the same for the most
part, except he was just in Alpha mode rather than mate mode.
"They found us," was all she said as she too jumped from Valero's back.
We could smell the mutt, but he was not showing himself. His scent was also quite faint, telling us that
he either masked it, or he was quite a distance away.
"Who found us?" I tried my best to get away from Niall's circling so I could get closer to her, but he
simply wasn't having it.
Eventually, I just led Clarissa inside my personal bubble to converse with her. We were still very much
on alert, but the way Niall and his cousin were acting, I was sure it was safe to talk without being hurt if
a wolf should attack.
~"Remember when I told you about our scents being...special?"~ She poked in my head instead of
saying it out loud. I nodded in response. ~"Well long story short, it was the reason why I was kidnapped
from my pack as a child. Our blood can do wonders and-"~
She stopped immediately as the growling came closer. I pushed my wolf forward as I scanned the trees
and perked my ears. We couldn't tell what direction he was coming from, but he was indeed closer. I
quickly looked back to Clarissa for a quick answer; the urgency in my eyes told her to make it fast.
~"It can't do much for a regular wolf now, but if a pregnant wolf should drink our blood, it would cause
the pup to grow stronger than any regular wolf. Of course, he/she wouldn't be as strong as a high
ranking wolf, but he would be stronger than his peers. Way stronger. It also has special healing agents,
but nothing miraculous. So you can imagine of other wolves should know about this, how dangerous it
~"And?"~ I urged, wanting to know where she was heading.
~"There once was a group of 15 special rogues called genesis rogues. They dedicated their whole lives
into finding wolves like us so that they could build a pack of their own with their heirs being born with
our blood. But they retired a few years back and settled at Rogue Burg. For generations they have
failed, so they gave up their aimless mission. But this one in particular must've been out hunting and
caught your scent, since the mask is wearing off. It won't be long until he alerts the others"~
~"And you didn't warn us!"~ I snapped unintentionally, but a group of blood thirsty rogues was
something I would've liked to hear about.
~"I haven't seen them in a decade, and your scent is still faint so I didn't think..."~ She trailed off as she
pinched the bridge of her nose before meeting my eyes again. ~"You have to understand Zoey, their
tracking skills are a thousand times better than mine. Even with the light coat of wolfsbane, they
scented you out"~
I huffed in frustration as I continued to eye the trees. My mind swirled with various questions, but
thinking about it all would surely give me a headache.
Who would've thought that my bloodline that I didn't even know was special until this morning, could
get me in so much trouble?
~"What about you? Aren't they after you too? Weren't they after dad?"~ I was utterly confused and
slightly nervous. If my blood could do such things, why didn't I know about it earlier from our chat?
~"I have been a rogue all my life, and your dad was a rogue for years. We had to stay safe from them,
especially after they kidnapped me from my home. In order to stay safe, Reagan corrupted our blood
with napellus ashes, making it deadly to the mother of the child who would drink it. They took my blood
once, and when it killed the mother, they left us alone"~
~"And now they smell fresh blood and are after me"~ I concluded, running my hand through my hair in
frustration. Niall was still sniffing and sneering at the trees, ready to pounce and completely oblivious to
my conversation with Clarissa.
~"If you and Niall run real fast, maybe Valero and I can keep them off until you're in pack lands-"~
~"No"~ I cut her off swiftly. ~"If they're after me, then this is my fight"~ I stated confidently, ready to take
This wasn't only about me anymore. If even one of them survived, I would always have a target on my
back, meaning that people I cared about could get hurt. When Niall and I should have a child, he too
would be in danger as long as they are aware of my existence.
This had to end now.
"Why isn't he attacking" I mumbled out loud as I waited for him to emerge.
Valero and Niall were in attack mode too, but the 'genesis' rogue wasn't showing himself. Instead, he
seemed to be only circling the grounds a few yards away, growling every now and then to make us
know that he was very much still present.
"He wont attack alone. He knew he'd only die" Clarissa confirmed. "He's waiting on the others"
~"What others?"~ This came from Niall as he pushed himself into my head.
~"I'll tell you later"~ I quickly replied.~"Now let's just stay focu-"~
I wasn't allowed to finish, because the rustling of leaves and the distinct sound of more wolves growling
stole my attention.