CHAPTER 43“Are you sure you’re going to face Skip for the duel?” Stacy asked while she was simulating punching the bark of the tree. Chaz told us to have a warm-up for half an hour. I guess the duel’s pretty extreme every year. Maybe I’m going to die later.I don’t about myself as well why I agreed to this. I can simply ignore or reject him. Backing out from a stronger opponent does not mean I’m afraid. It only means that I knew my capabilities. But I hate how he said those things. I hate how he challenged me. I thought we could be friends, but he’s making me feel that we’re rivals.“I don’t know. Maybe this is my demise.”Stacy chuckled. “To assure you, no one had died in duels before. Some got hurt pretty badly. I knew you can do well, but I’m still worried.” Though Stacy didn’t directly say that we were friends, I felt her worry for me. Girls could do that to other girls. Compassion for each other. “Break my best friend into pieces.”Stacy was a fierce woman when I first saw her.
CHAPTER 42“Long time no see,” Chaz said. I came back to the training grounds, after a few weeks of not attending the training. I came earlier than I expected since there are no other students aside from me. “You’re thirty minutes early. You’re earlier than the sun. How come you walked alone too early in the morning?”I shrugged my shoulders and sat on the chair. “I need the time to meditate and think about what’s happening these past few days. My brothers were still asleep when I left. I wrote a note saying that I’ll be going here to practice. Angelo…” I sighed. “Too bad I did not wait for him. Is he attending these past few Saturdays?”Chaz placed his pointing fingers to his lips, making a cross sign. “Kaz is still sleeping. Lower your voice. He’s a beast who doesn’t like noise when he’s asleep. But to answer your question, Gelo does attend the training after he recovered. I asked about you. He did not say anything. A true friend indeed. I thought you quit, but I also realized you c
CHAPTER 41My brain could not comprehend what Mila said about the Alpha. He’s after the three of us. It sounded like a cat and mouse situation. In short, he’s going to kill us. Of course, he could easily do that with one snap. He is the strongest man in this town. Comparing me, I am just a half-blood wolf whom everyone can defeatI am nothing to him. It’s either I fight or I die. And I chose to fight and die rather than lose my life for nothing.These past few days whenever I attend my classes, the chairs and the students inside our classroom were decreasing. They were being transferred to the same class or same teacher but in a different section. And whenever I look at other classrooms, there was a surge of students. There are even students who are standing up just to catch up. Why are they avoiding me? Am I someone they should be scared of?It came to a point where there were only eleven of us in the class. The two of them were Gwen and Aki, and the others were the nerds who doesn’t
CHAPTER 40Mila ruined our moment. My perfect moment with Gelo. The blue lights from the corner of the room faded in, the audio from the television turned to be our background noise, and our skin kept our sanity. We lost it just when Mila entered, ruining the perfect moment.I don’t hate her before. In fact, I treated her like an ally. When she moved to Gelo’s house, she started ruining every moment that I have with Gelo. This wasn’t his actual home. She should not enter rooms without hesitation and open doors as if she wanted to catch us from doing something. I crossed my arms and spun my eyes.“What are you two doing?” She questioned us with her looks. Crazy thoughts must be piling up inside her mind.“We’re not doing something. We’re watching movies and you broke the moment.” I know that can be offensive, but there are other words that I could use to make it feel like an attack. I thought she’s gonna react to what I said. She kept her face, not affected by my words.“I’m sorry for
CHAPTER 39Gelo and I rushed inside his room. A gray boxer was lying in the middle of his bed. His face turned red after seeing it. He grabbed it and threw it inside the laundry basket which was also in his room.“I’m sorry for that,” he said, scratching his back. He must not clean his room that often. His pens and papers were scattered on her table. His television wasn't perfectly aligned to the wall. And his bed wasn’t even made up.“Am I here to fix your room?”“No, Cath. Is my room that dirty and messy? I thought your room was worse when we cleaned it the last time.”I’m guilty. He’s telling the truth. But I was just stressed at that time and I don’t have the thought of cleaning my room just like what he’s doing most of the time.“Why can’t we stay outside? In your living room.”“That woman was there. She might disturb us again. Isn’t it weird an adult woman is lying around and will stop the two of us from being too sweet?”“It’s weird,” I said. “Mila’s always serious back in her
CHAPTER 38The way home was much cleaner than before. There were lesser trash and rotten leaves on the ground. The road hits our shoes much smoother. I haven’t seen anyone cleaning the way, maybe they are doing it when it’s 3 AM or 4 AM just like what we have in our previous place on Mondays.I was a few inches behind Gelo. I could see his dazzling eyes and sun-slicked hair. I’ve said a lot of times before that he was gorgeous. Maybe I can say it one more time right now. It’s not his face why I liked him. It’s more than that.“So… How are you?” he asked.“What kind of question is that? We’re neighbors and you might know everything about me from this point. Am I not telling you that much?”“You are. But I’ve never heard from you since yesterday. Nana told me you almost left the town, but she said it was your story to tell that’s why she wasn’t speaking to me about it. So I’m asking you what happened.”“My brothers got mad at me transforming into a wolf and also us being so-called lover
CHAPTER 37Nana successfully convinced my brothers to stay in the town of Dusk and Dawn. They also talked about Gelo being my lover. Nana helped to fix Gelo’s image on my brothers. She explained thoroughly that Gelo doesn’t have a bad intention for me. I thought we were going to leave this town. Nana was right. No one can predict and stop what’s going to happen next. It’s like a prophecy.“I’m sorry,” I told Felix when I entered their room. “I didn’t mean to say those things. We all lost Mom and Dad and I’m the worst person for invalidating your feelings.”Felix caressed my hair, then he kissed my forehead. “It’s fine. I’m sorry for shouting at you and almost hurting you physically. What you said broke my heart and made me think that I’m a worthless brother to you. All I did was to do my best to protect you.”“I hate myself.”“Don’t hate yourself. Love it just like how much we love you.” Felix wrapped his arms around me. “You’re right. The truth lies here. Mom and Dad have a reason wh
Chapter 36“Catherine, you didn’t tell us that you transformed into a wolf when you passed out that night,” Felix’s voice was angry. I thought Nana told them already. I thought it wasn’t necessary to tell them about that.Jay threw a tense glare at me. I never saw him look at me like that. Yes, I was used to Felix doing that. But Jay? He was never mad at me. He would be the one who will assist me with everything that I needed to do. He’ll support me. He’ll defend me from our oldest brother. But now, he hated me for not telling them.“I didn’t lie,” I said. “I thought you already knew. I thought Nana already told you when you visited the last time.”“Nana wasn’t at the place where you collapsed. Gelo lied to us. He said that a group of wolves attacked you and you passed out of fear. He didn’t tell us you transformed into a wolf and decided to save everyone. He didn’t say you almost sacrifice your life for these strangers not until the woman you were with chattered to us.” Felix sounded