Chris and I had been driving for quite some time. There had been this tension in the car and neither of us seemed willing to break the silence to relieve the tension.
"Chris, I need to tell you something" I said softly in the hope that he wouldn't speak up but just listen. "OH YOU THINK ALICE?!? WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED BACK THERE? WHY THE HELL IS THE WEREWOLF KING AFTER YOU?" Chris screamed at me. I was so surprised that I didn't respond for a while. "How... how do you know about the werewolves?" I asked. I was more confused than I had been ever. "I am one" He said. At this moment I freaked out. I reached around and grabbed the silver sword before pressing it to his throat. "DID YOU TELL THEM ABOUT ME? DID YOU TELL THEM ANYTHING ABOUT ME?" I yelled through my teeth. "No... I... I didn't even know they were looking for you" He said as well as he could. "What do you mean you are one?" I asked, still angrily as I felt like I had been stabbed in the back by a fucking machete. "I'm half werewolf and half kitsune" He answered. I sniffed the air quietly and immediately picked up on the werewolf and kitsune scent. "Why wasn't I able to sense your scent these past couple of days? I mean we spent most of these past days together in a freaking cabin that could pretty much be compared with tuna can" I said a little softly but still sternly. "My wife, Hope, she's a witch. She found a way to hide my scent so I smell human. Well I smell human to anyone but her" Chris said softly. "A witch? I thought they were extinct. And what do you mean 'to anyone but her'?" I ask intrigued. "I mean that because she's my mate. Your mate will always be able to smell your real scent no matter what you do. Hope doesn't know why this is but she hasn't been trying to find a way to stop it because she believes that the gods and goddesses made it this way to give people something that they would always love about their mate. Honestly I don't know if I believe in the gods and goddesses anymore but I still don't care. All I know is that I love her and everything about her and I am never going to leave her. And to answer your other question, they are almost extinct. She and a small coven is the last there is of them" Chris said softly and lovingly as he thought about is wife and mate. "I had always thought that my mom had been the first hybrid to exist. I mean she was a year older than my dad" I said quietly. "Yeah. Well she wasn't. I was but I quickly found a way to stay hidden and the kings and queen soon forgot about me" He said softly. "Alice, if you want then the offer still stands. I would still like to adopt you and help you find a way to survive. I am sure my wife will want to as well" He added quickly. "I know Chris but I'll only put you and your wife in danger and I don't want that to happen. You and your wife have good lives and I don't want to ruin that" I said quietly knowing that I would only bring death and destruction into their lives and I didn't want that for them. Chris had done nothing but help me. First by getting me out of Russia and then by offering to adopt me. I couldn't let them die because of me.
After that everything was quiet for a while and it felt like none of us wanted to say anything but there was an untold question hanging in the air. "What are you?" Chris asked softly as he broke the silence. I thought about it for a minute. "Can't you smell it?" I asked confused. I thought my scent was clear enough for him to smell it. "I can smell your scent but I can't differentiate between the different aromas" He replied softly. "Well I'm part werewolf, part dragon, part wendigo and part vampire" I said as to answer his question. "Okay, I'm not too sure how my wife will react to the wendigo part so I think we should keep it a secret for now unless she asks" Chris said softly as he kept driving towards some place that I didn't know but hopefully it could become the place I could call home.
I don't know how long we had been driving for but when I woke up we were there. Even though I'll probably not understand where there is. "Okay Alice, we are here. Please wait for me here. I'll go and talk with my wife and then I'll come and get you, okay?" Chris asked as we were standing at the door to the house. "Sure Chris" I answer a little shy and confused. I mean I have never had to be around other people that much so this is way out of my comfort zone. I watched as Chris opened the door and walked inside. While he was inside and doing whatever the hell he was doing, I decided to look around the area.
The front yard was nicely decorated with a bunch of different colored roses. I had a feeling that it was Hope that had decorated it but I didn't know if she had done it with magic or the good old fashioned way. There was a decent sized garage with room for at least two cars maybe even three. The house a nice, Victorian styled house with beige walls and white shutters. It was three stories tall and for a second I wondered what a family of two would need three stories for but the only option I could think of was an option that I didn't like at all. The only possibility was that it was a pack house for a werewolf pack. I knew it was ridiculous but I still couldn't get the thought of it out of my head. Suddenly the door opened up and this red haired woman who wasn't more than 5'6" was standing there and let me tell you, she was pissed. "Umm... have I done something wrong?" I asked shyly. I was so worried the woman in front of me who I presumed to be Hope, Chris's wife, would start to yell at me or maybe she would just throw me out on to the street again. I don't know why by I was actually scared of what this woman was going to do which made no sense. I mean I knew how to handle werewolves and vampires. I knew how to evade dragons and I knew how to defend myself against a wendigo.
But the woman in front of me. The woman that apparently was a witch if Chris wasn't lying about that. She scared the shit out of me. I was brought out of my thoughts when I heard someone begin to step towards me. I took a step back as a reflex. I could see the concern and hurt going through Chris's eyes. But then I looked at Hope's eyes. They held nothing. No concern, no hurt, no happiness and no love or anything. "Who are you?" She asked sternly as if I was an ignorant child. "My... My name is Alice" I stuttered as I tried to answer her. "And what are you?" She asked just as sternly as before which surprised me. "I'm... I'm a hybrid" I said nervously and hoped that she wouldn't ask which species I was. I peeked at her through my eyelashes and I was extremely surprised by what I saw. Her eyes softened and she looked at me with pity. Then she did what I had hoped she wouldn't. "Which species?" She asked. Immediately my heart began to race and I looked around for an exit strategy. "I-I'm part werewolf, p-part dragon, part vampire and..." I trailed off, not sure if I should tell her the last one. "And?" She asked me and I could easily sense her annoyance with me. "And part wendigo" I whisper and hope that she won't her me.
A second later she turned around and looked straight at Chris. "YOU BROUGHT A FUCKING WENDIGO INTO OUR HOME?" She yelled at him "And what did you intend that we are supposed to do, Chris? You leave for long periods and you expect me to take care of her? How the hell could you even think about suggesting it to her?" She immediately added. "Baby, look at her. She was starving when she came up to us and she has been surviving on the streets and in the wild on her own for 10 years. Don't you think we should at least try and give her a taste of some of the things that she has missed out on?" Chris argues. At this point I knew that I had been right. Agreeing to it and following Chris had put tension in Chris's marriage and I wasn't sure if it was going to be okay. I hate that it was all my fault like I had known from the beginning that it would be.
I looked at them. I could see that no matter what I had brought here, they still loved each other. I hated that I had come in between them. "Look if it's such a big problem then I can just leave" I say quietly but no one hears me. "Chris, she is seventeen and you are telling me that she survived on her own for 10 years. Don't you think that she can survive on her own for a lot longer than that? I doubt she would even need us to survive, so what gave you the idea of suggesting that we adopt her?" She asked loudly. "BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT SHE HAS GONE THROUGH. I KNOW WHAT HER LIFE HAS BEEN LIKE BECAUSE MY LIFE HAS BEEN THE SAME AND I WANTED TO GIVE HER THE LIFE THAT WAS TAKEN FROM HER. THE LIFE THAT I NEVER GOT TO HAVE WHEN I WAS A CHILD" Chris yelled loudly. For some reason I flinched at the sound of his voice. He held so much power and it frightened me. "DON'T YOU TAKE THAT TONE WITH ME. I KNOW WHAT YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH BECAUSE I'VE BEEN THROUGH SOMETHING SIMILAR. MY RACE IS ALMOST EXTINCT WHILE YOURS IS OUT THERE AND THRIVING. IF YOU WANT TO ADOPT HER THEN FINE BUT DON'T EXPECT ME TO KEEP LIVING HERE IF SHE STARTS LIVING HERE" Hope yelled right back at him. And with that she turned around and walked out of the door, maybe for good if I stay here.
Question Of The Chapter: Do you or your family have any pets?
My answer: Yes my family does. We have a dog, a cat, a bunny, six parrots and eight other birds.