I stood there at the school entrance and hurried towards my locker. I smiled a little and saw Caroline waiting for me along with Nathan. Nathan and Caroline were the only two friends that I had in the entire school. They were werewolves but they belonged to a different pack. There were a total of 3 packs out, Mate's being the largest. There was also another one but I haven't seen them or met them before.
"Oh god! What happened to your face?" Caroline asked rushing towards me and I lowered my face no wanting her to see my bruises, but it wasn't worth a try because she pulled my face up and I saw her eyes fill up with tears.
"Hey it's okay! I'm alright." I whispered softly and wiped her tears. I looked up and saw Nathan looking at me with a sad expression on his face and I smiled at him, trying to cheer him up.
"I just don’t get why you let them do this to you? You are a human not a bloody animal" Caroline turned around growling and I caught hold of her hand, we couldn't attract attention. I turned Caroline towards me and hugged her tightly.
"Technically we are animals" I whispered and pulled away. I saw her fighting a smile and a few seconds later we both burst out laughing. I hugged her once again and ran towards Nathan. He caught me before I could fall and I wrapped my legs around his waist, kissing him on the cheek.
"I missed you"
Nathan smiled at me and kissed me on the cheek and I heard Caroline clear out her throat. Blushing I relised what position I was in but truthfully I didn't mind. Nathan and I grew up together and later on Caroline came and we all became inseparable. Nathan let me down and I tugged both of them to our first class.
I groaned quietly as I saw Jacob, Mate's soon to be beta and Mate at the back of the class. I held onto Nathan's arm tightly, and Caroline squeezed my other hand. I held my breath as Nathan pulled me in one of the seats as far away from Mate. I looked up and smiled at him and he placed a kiss on my forehead.
"You ok?" Caroline called from the other side of the room; I turned around and looked at her. I smiled softly and then my eyes wondered towards Mate. He glared at me and I could hear Mate growling under his breath, I just wished that he wouldn't ask me to stay away from Caroline and Nathan as they were my only 2 friends.
I saw Mr Griffin, entre the class. He asked us to pull out our English textbooks and carried on with class. I jotted down the notes, knowing that I would have to complete everyone's notes in my pack so I couldn't miss anything. I had to make sure they were on point.
Once the class was over, I stayed seated and Nathan and Caroline sighed from either side of me. Mate had warned me that I being 'inferior' had to wait for him and the other pack members to leave the class before I could make a move. Stupid, I know but he wanted to be the superior one.
I held my breath as they started to cross me but both of them stopped. I looked up and made sure that I wasn't looking in their eyes.
"Get up. I need you to do something" Jacob said in a snappy tone and I quickly got up from my desk. I saw Nathan's knuckles turning white because of his grip on his desk, but I didn't say anything.
"Go towards my bench and pack my bag and carry it for me. Make sure nothing is missing otherwise you will pay" He growled and I nodded and hurried to the back of the class where Jacob and Mate were sitting. I bent down and picked up his bag, making sure that my hands weren't holding it too tightly as they didn't want my scent all over their things.
I quickly packed his stuff and stood up and followed after them, leaving Caroline and Nathan sitting there staring after me.
I followed Jacob to his Maths class when he suddenly stopped walking. I crashed into his back as I was looking down while i was walking and his stiffened and turned to look at me.
"I am sorry..." I started to speak when his fist connected with my jaw. I winced as I realised that it was going to leave a mark. I fell to the floor fighting tears and heard gasps all around me.
Jacob growled under his breath and pulled his back away from me and turned around leaving me on the floor.
I slowly got up my body hurting due to the bruises I had received yesterday and this morning. I fought tears as I saw the humans looking at me sympathetically. I hurried to my next class and saw Nathan sitting with a place next to him for me. I quickly sat down and Nathan pulled me into his arms, letting me cry.
I knew that Science was the safest to show my emotions because everyone entered class late. The teacher was over 60 years old and took his time to come to class. I suddenly winced as Nathan pulled my face up. His fingers trailed my jaw and I fought another wince.
"Why don't you leave the pack?" Nathan asked softly and I looked up at him starlet. I can’t believe he is asking me this question again. Hadn't I told him that Mate wouldn't let me leave? Why would he, when they all could have a maid who cleaned up for them and took their beating.
"I am sorry, I just don’t like seeing you like this. Run away Natalie and come join our pack" Nathan coaxed and I sighed wanting nothing more to do what he said.
"I will be a rogue" I whispered softly and heard him take a sharp intake of breath. Once a werewolf ran away from their pack and they became rogues. Even thought they had their reason, the high council of werewolves would sentence them to death. So, I had to wait till my shift. Once I had shifted I could plead with the high council to leave the pack. If they accepted my pleading then I could be free to join any pack.
"I just have to wait a few more months and then I can put my case forward, but till then I have to take this" I said softly and Nathan sighed and nodded, knowing there was nothing I or he could do.
"I want you to know something"
I looked up at him expectantly and he bent forward and buried his face in my neck. I shivered as his breath hit my bare neck and I felt heat rush through my body. I pulled away shocked. I had never felt this way with Nathan and it just made me feel wrong.
"I like you Nat, more than a friend. I am in love with you" Nathan whispered in a painful voice and my eyes widened as I stared back at him. I tried to say something but he places his hand over my mouth.
"I know that we aren't mates Nat that is why I have never tried telling you. I know there is someone out there for me, who will be my real mate and whom I will love me for my entire life, but I know that no matter what, I will always be here for you"
I felt a few tears trail down my face and I hastily wiped them. I had never expected anyone to love me. Even though I and Nathan couldn't be together, just he saying that he loved me was enough. I had someone who loved me; love me the way my mate was supposed to love me.
"Thank you" I said and kissed him briefly on the cheek. I pulled away and Nathan just smiled widely and whipped my tears away.
"My pleasure" and just like that my day became brighter. I wasn't worried about being beaten up or treated badly but Nathan saying those words had just made me happy.
I was still guilty that I hadn't told him or Caroline that I had found my mate, but I doubt that Mate would like that very much and there was no way that I wanted to be beaten up.
The class ended pretty soon and I made my way towards my next class and just like the day came to the end. I hugged Caroline and Nathan as they left for their pack house and I started to walk towards home.
Nathan and Caroline had offered me a ride, a million of times but when Mate found out that my friends were driving me home, it wasn't a very good day then. I was beaten up repeatedly for a day and I was not allowed to go to school for a week.
I knew that Nathan and Caroline would be worried but there was no way that I could contact them as no one would carry the message for me. Dylan had asked me a million times to let him tell Caroline and Nathan but I didn't want to get him into trouble.
I reached the house and I looked up and I saw that I only had 1 hour for preparing food. I quickly made my way towards my room and left my bag there. Making my way back to the kitchen I decided to make some stir fry for everyone and laid out some beer.
Once I was done I once again placed the things on the table and everyone came in. Thankfully this time Nichole didn't say anything and I noticed that all of them enjoyed the food.
"So I heard a new pack is moving in" Jacob started to speak and I curiously listened to it, while standing in the corner.
"Yeah, but I am not sure which pack it is. Who's the Alpha?" Mate's voice rang out and I felt my heart start to thumb faster. I hated my reaction to him. I should have been affected by him but he was my mate and I couldn't help my body’s reaction to him.
"It's the Amber Shadows Pack" Jacob said quietly and everyone in the room quieted down. I wanted so badly to look up but I knew that it wouldn’t be good for me.
"Nathan" Mate growled and I could feel the anger coming off him like waves. What was wrong with him?
"Natalie, come here" Mate called out in a cold voice and I looked up. Everyone was looking at Mate and none of them paid attention to me. I gulped softly and neared towards him, fearing what he wanted.
I stood next to him and waited for him to say something. I looked up and noticed his eyes were black, his wolf was angry. He stood up from his chair and caught hold of me by my hair. I let out a cry of pain as he threw me to the floor and repeatedly started to hit me.
I felt each and every bone breaking but after some time I just couldn't register anymore pain.
I felt myself drifting off into darkness and I heard someone telling Mate to stop.
I opened my eyes and say Dylan sitting on my bed, stroking my hair.
"What happened?" I croaked and Dylan looked me in the eyes. tears streaming down his face and I didn't need to ask. The memories of Mate beating me up returning and I fought out a chock. I smiled at Dylan but I knew it was filling with pain.
"I am sorry" Dylan whispered and he pulled me towards him and I knew that he wasn't just apologizing from Mates side.