Shift in Reality

Carrie Kiss is the new girl in a perfectly normal town or so it seems. Living beside the woods has been the ideal scenery for starting anew. That is until she gets an unexpected guest. Because Carrie has a secret. One that has her running away from everything she once knew and believed.

Liam Kimber is the resident badass. Somewhat of a loner, no one dares to cross him at least if they value their life. Apart from being the son of an Alpha, he is the strongest and most brutal werewolf of them all.

What happens when these two people, both attempting to escape their destiny, cross paths? Let's just say, sparks will fly.

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2. First encounter

The house completely surpassed Carrie's expectations. The picture of it did not even do it justice. Carrie had been desperate for an escape from what her life had turned into. Everything she had been raised to know and believe was all a lie. It was nothing but a treacherous sham she had to get away from.

From the instant she sighted the cute little cottage, her heart had been captured. It felt peaceful, settled, content and welcoming, Carrie realised. She could breathe and recuperate here. She could finally start off fresh. For some unexplainable reason, she felt she could belong here.

Carrie went outside to her Jeep, to start the process of settling into her new home. Grabbing the first box from the boot of her car, she started up to the house, when suddenly the skin on the back of her neck prickled. Her heart hammered in her chest, and her palms started getting damp.

She turned slowly and could only manage a strangled gasp. An abnormally large, magnificent reddish brown wolf stood at the edge of the trees, still as a statue, watching her with eyes that were black surrounded by a ring of pure gold.

Carrie could do no more than stare while her heart beat like a drum. Why am I not screaming? She asked herself. Why am I not running? Why am I more surprised than afraid? Questions scattered about in her mind as she stood, frozen.

"Uhm, hello."

Carrie found herself talking to the wolf before she realised what she was doing. She stopped and laughed at herself. She guessed she was seeing things when she looked back at the trees and the wolf had disappeared.

For a moment, Carrie stood there looking lost. Like a woman coming out of a trance, she shook herself clear. She looked at the edge of the trees, searching for some movement, some shadow, some sign of what she had just witnessed and experienced.

Carrie was only met with silence.

"I'm imagining things now." She muttered to herself.

Shifting the box on her slippery hands, she turned away from the woods and headed towards the cottage.

"If there was anything there, it was a dog. Just a dog."

Wolves were nocturnal, weren't they? They didn't approach people in broad daylight and weren't even up to three-quarters that big. And they definitely did not just stand and stare, before vanishing completely.

***

The wolf watched the woman, hidden by the shadows of the trees. This was the woman? He wondered. She moved quickly, a little nervously, tossing glances over her shoulder as she carried things from the car to her cottage.

He'd scented her from half a mile away. Her fears, excitement, and longings had all come to him. It had all brought him to her. She smelled like no other and he was intrigued by her, which had never happened to him with any woman.

His eyes narrowed with annoyance. His teeth bared in challenge. He'd be damned if he'd take to her. Damned if he let her change what he was or what he wanted. Sleek and silent, he turned away and vanished into the thick trees.

***

Carrie spent her whole weekend arranging the cottage. Her new home had come with its own cosy furniture, but she'd moved things around to suit her tastes. Now she was curled up on her sofa in front of the fireplace she had set up, sipping tea from a cup. Carrie hadn't ventured out into the area at all, but tomorrow that would all change. She had secured herself the only job she deemed suitable for her; being a live-in nanny, from Tuesday to Thursday at the Kimber's residence. She would be supervising their two young children of three and eight.

Carrie decided she would explore the woods, which had been calling out to her all weekend long. With nothing for her to do at the moment, she went out in the fresh Oregon air and explored the beautiful forest behind her home. She heard the sea and followed the path where the sound came from. What began as a whisper became a roar, and soon she saw the edges of the trees and saw cliffs in the distance. Her boots clattered as she climbed up the rocks.

Carrie's laughter rang out, filled with delight as she breathlessly reached the top of the rise. Without a doubt, it was the most beautiful sight she'd ever seen; nothing but endless blue ocean with fuming white waves that clashed in fury against the rocks below. The afternoon sun was sprinkling jewels onto the blue surface of the ocean.

Carrie sat down and watched the soothing waters. She could see boats in the distant sailing and riding the waves, and she got lost in the beauty of it all. For the first time since she discovered what she was, she felt whole, alive and as if everything was right again.

Carrie got up and turned. Suddenly, she lost her footing and tripped over herself. But before she could fall off the edge of the cliff, two arms wrapped around her waist, holding her back.They had moved so quick, and she couldn't believe they had caught her. They're hands closed firmly over her waist, carried her away, and placed her on safer ground.

"You're alright." Her saviour stated in a deep, velvety voice, not yet releasing her from their grip.

Carrie shivered.

That simple statement was God's gift to women. She turned into their embrace and her jaw dropped. He oozed sexiness and power, leaving her weak at the knees.

"Thank you."

Carrie murmured to him, in a shock induced haze. She had almost fallen to her death. If he hadn't been there, her lifeless body would've been a heap below the cliff. He had already done so much for her, and she did not even know his name.

"Be careful around the edges."

"You startled me! You were just there, and I didn't even hear you approach."

"You were to taken by the view in front of you."

Carrie nodded, still wary of him.

"I'm Carrie Kiss."

"Liam Kimber."

"Oh, Kimber! I'm going to be working for-"

"Oh, I know that Carrie. See you around."

Carrie felt him release her waist, and with that, he disappeared. Wow. She wondered how he moved so quietly, and how long he had been watching her. She made her way down the cliff, unsuccessfully trying to be as silent as Liam had been.

Bizarrely, his eyes resembled that of the wolf- black with a ring of gold. She shook herself and deemed it a coincidence as she continued back to her cottage.

Carrie loved this place. She felt like she belonged here, and no one, not even the strangely silent Liam, was going to drive her away.

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