Chapter 3: Rage

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Adeline drummed her fingers against her thighs as her hair fell to the floor.

"How short do you want it?" Alexandra hummed.

Shrugging her shoulders, Adeline aimed a lungful of air at some hair that had fell over her right eye; instead of moving over to the side, the hair just floated up in the air before falling back in the same place.

Placing her finger to the back of Adeline's neck, her mother asked gently, "How about here?"

"No. Shorter."

"Adeline. . . It's already short-"

"No," she interjected. "I want it shorter. It's easier to take of when it's short."

Adeline knew that her mother wanted to argue with her. Alexandra had a thing about short hair, she always said that only boys had short hair, and would say, 'Adeline, you have such beautiful hair, you shouldn't cut it.' Adeline's remarkable response was always the same.

"It's easier to take care of."

"I want it above my shoulders," Adeline said. "Please."

"That short?!" Alexandra asked in bewilderment and shock. Adeline let out another breath, watching the cluster of hair glide up in the air before settling back in front of her eye. How light they were . . . so easily moved. So easily cuttable. Adeline knew that if her mother wouldn't cut her hair that short, then later tonight, or even tomorrow, she would find a pair of scissors and do it herself. A part of Adeline resisted the thought of cutting her hair that short because in the wolf world, short hair on a female was taboo. The cutting of female head hair was frowned upon, and even forbidden in some packs. Hair was a sacred thing between soul-mates and even pack. It was important because hair generated scent, and, especially to the approval of males, it helped hide their female's vulnerable necks. As ridiculous as that sounded, it was their primal, beast's side making itself known. They were part wolf after all.

"No. I'm sorry Adeline, but I will not cut your hair that short." Adeline was sure her mother was shaking her head in disapproval. "No . . . just no."

"Mother-" Adeline started, but stopped as Alexandra slapped the back of her neck in a, do not say another word if you want to eat dinner tonight, kind of way.

"Don't 'mother' me," she snarled. "You are no pup anymore, so stop acting like one. I am your Luna, blood be damned, and you will start treating me as such." She gripped Adeline's neck roughly, her nails digging into the soft flesh. Adeline submitted immediately; tilting her head to the side, baring her neck. Even with Alpha blood flowing through her veins, Adeline was still inferior to her parents, and she would be until they either passed on the title to her, or died. There were others ways to gain the title, like challenging the Alpha Pair to a fight, earning the title if the Alpha Pair didn't have any heirs, or, in very rare instances, slaughtering them in an effort to gain territory.

"Are you done?" Her mother's voice was stern, firm, even cold. The order washed over Adeline like a blanket of ice so cold it burned.This was Alexandra's Alpha tone, no wolf in their right mind could resist the pull to follow the demand. Adeline was in her right mind sometimes, but when her beast was in the driver's seat, all that could control her was Wolfsbane.

"Yes, Luna." She said, keeping her neck bared in submission. It didn't matter if they were pack members or were mother and daughter, an Alpha trumps all other relationships.

Releasing her neck, Alexandra stepped back, turned to the table besides them, and started to put away the scissors, hair brush and hair spray. Rubbing the back of her neck, Adeline stood up and began to make her way to the door when she was stopped by a hand on her forearm.

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