I pulled away from him, smiling. He smiled back at me. I leaned in and whispered let's go in his ear. He smiled wickedly and dragged me into the woods where nobody was. He pushed me up against a tree. He stared at me.
"I'm doing this for the packs." I said, staring into his eyes. He avoided eye contact.
"I am, too." He replied slowly, sounding a little sad. I felt bad. I was just doing this to unite the packs, not to be with him. He was my cousin, anyways.
"Let's do it, then." He just nodded.
I stood up and hugged him. I didn't want to let go, but we needed to kill my grandfather if this is going to work out. I looked at him and decided I knew what I wanted to say.
"I want a real mate." I said, looking at the ground.
"But I am a real mate!" He said sort of harshly.
"I mean, not family. I'm sorry." I choked.
"I can't imagine life without you!" He whispered, his voice cracking.
"I'm sorry, but, can't you see!" I raised my voice. "One of us has to go!" I could see tears in his eyes and it was hard fighting my own.
"Okay." I felt my heart shatter and by the look on Duke's face I could tell his did too. He just nodded, and I knew it was painful. He tried walking away, his hands in fists, fighting the urge to look back. I didn't want to forget him. I don't know where he is off to, but he is gone. I couldn't believe it. Who am I? Turning away someone who cared about me and loved me!
He finally turned to me and stared. He shifted into his wolf. I shifted into my wolf. Looking in Duke's direction, I started crying. It started raining. My fur got cold and wet. He turned away and ran. When all I could see was his tail, I whispered;
I turned and ran in the opposite direction. Duke was never coming back. I wanted to hug him one last time. But that was a chance I got a long time ago... his voice was gone with the wind. I found a very tiny cave and curled up inside it, barely even protected from the rain. I turned my back to the opening. And fell asleep.
I was watching Duke die, being ripped to bits. His voice calling my name. I started screaming and the scene changed to him staring at me, asking me who I was. How could he forget me? I started yelling in his face until-
I was yanked awake. It was sunny outside. A wolf, a handsome, Carmel coated wolf sat there, staring at me. His green eyes were full of curiosity. I smiled at him and tilted my head.
"Who are you?" I asked. He just smiled.
"Dane." Just that? A simple reply? Huh. That's it? Dane?
"I am-" He cut me off.
"Kayla." He said confidently.
"How did you know?" I laughed.
"Well, you looked like a Kayla, I just guessed!" He started laughing. He has a sense of humor I guess.
"Haha, yeah, and you look like a Dane." I said sarcastically.
"Did somebody send you?"
His face was blank at that comment. He laughed falsely. Not very convincing. I knew he came on his own. He was a lone wolf?
"Oh, nobody? Can you transform?"
"No." He lowered his head.
"Oh, okay." I smiled and nuzzled him. He liked me! He was like, my dream wolf! I whimpered and he laughed. He jerked his head and started walking, and I followed. He led me to a pack. A pack of rogue wolves.
"Here is my pack." He said. "Rogues." After that, he shrugged.
"I like it." That made him smile. He showed me around. He also introduced me to his friends, Wyatt, Hank, and Sonnie. I said hi.
"Oh my gosh! I forgot a mission I needed to take..." I had forgotten about saving my mom!
"Oh, we can help!" He said, quite excitedly.
"I don't know..." I bit my tongue. Maybe a little too hard. I whimpered.
"Please?" I couldn't reject. I smiled, and that pulled his trigger. He told the whole pack immediately. We ran to my pack, gathering them up.
"What are we doing?" Someone asked.
"Going to kill the strangers!" I said. Everyone then froze. Then they agreed. We started running, but then I remembered. The plan couldn't be finished! Not without...
I had forgotten all about that, I needed to save my mom, but how? Without Duke, how could this be possible? He was the one that pushed me. But he could be far across the Kingdom by now. Who knows where he is? I won't find him in time to save my mom. I don't have the time. I tried sending him a message through my mind link.