Copyright © by hiddenfaces 16 (Serena)

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Summary:

Adriana "Dria" Wellings has never known her father. Her mother was kidnapped shortly after finding out she was pregnant. All she knows is that her mother and father were a powerful couple when together, so she was bound to be powerful as well, and that was the reason behind the kidnapping.

Dria was raised to be a fighter, and killing is nothing new to her. Tired of how the kidnappers threat her daughter, Dria's mother devises a plan to escape, but soon someone finds out and Dria is forced to leave without her.

For the first time in eighteen years, Dria must cope without her mother. She is soon taken in by a neighbouring pack, and she meets a family who knows what it's like to lose someone.

Then she meets her mate, who is the possessive Alpha of the pack. He is everything she hates and loves at the same time.

Will she finally accept her mate and tell him the truth about her past? Will she meet her family? Will she find a way to save her mother? And most importantly, will her kidnappers let her go so easily?

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CHAPTER ONE


I woke up with a pounding headache. The events of the day before washed over me and I shot up in the bed, my eyes snapping open and becoming alert. I noticed was I was in an oversized navy blue T-shirt that was defiantly not mine. It smelled warm and woodsy. I was positive it was a male's.

"You're awake."

My head snapped to the right, and I winched as pain shot up my head. Never do that again, Dria.

"My name's Chris," the man said. He was sitting on a chair beside me, his arm stuck out in front of him. I looked him over. He was handsome, with short dark hair and electric blue eyes. A five o'clock shadow swept across his strong jaw, and he smiled at me showing off impeccably white teeth. Something about him felt oddly familiar, and my wolf felt a special bond with him that left me confused. "Are you okay?"

"Where am I?" I croaked, my voice feeling heavy and it hurt to speak.

He grabbed a cup beside me and helped me drink for it. "Our Beta found you on our territory. He saw you were injured and brought you back here so my aunt could fix you up. You had a nasty gash on your shoulder. Do you remember who did that to you?"

I avoided his eyes and muttered, "No."

I knew he didn't believe me but I respected that he chose not to question me about it. "So, what's your name?"

"Dria," I found myself telling him the truth. My wolf had immense trust in this man, and I had no clue why.

"Dria? That's a nice name." He said. I looked up at him and saw that he was telling the truth.

"It's short for Adriana." I added with a smile. He smiled back, and familiarity bounced off of him in waves. I couldn't explain it because I was sure I had never seen him before.

"Are you hungry?" He asked.

I nodded shyly. Chris helped me stand and walk into a room where I assumed was the kitchen. I saw a woman by the stove, and she put down the spoon she was holding to shake my hand. "I'm Ellie, Chris' aunt." She introduced. I noticed the similarities between her and Chris in their face structures and hair, but her eyes were a muddy brown, not blue.

"This is Dria," Chris told her. She nodded, smiling widely.

"Are you hungry, Dria?" She asked me kindly. I nodded, finding myself liking these people. The only people that had ever been nice to me in my other pack was my mother, her friend and Bonnie. The rest had treated me like dirt.

"Come sit!" She ushered me towards a table. I found a tall plate of pancakes in front of me, drizzled with maple syrup. Beside the plate was an equally tall glass of milk. My mouth watered at the aroma and I was more than happy to dig in. The pancakes melted in my mouth and I held back the urge to moan.

"Good?" Chris asked with a knowing smirk as he took a seat beside me. His plate was mounted with even more pancakes than mine had. I ignored him and continued to dig in, which caused him to laugh and say, "I'll take that as a yes."

A moment later, I looked down at my plate to find it empty. I rested my hand on my stomach and groaned. I had eaten that so quickly, and I knew I probably looked like I was inhaling them. I frowned. Vinny had always told me I was a pig.

"Nice job," Chris told me jokingly. "You ate them faster than I did." He motioned towards his plate, and I glanced down seeing it was empty. He had even more than I did-how did he finish so quickly? I found myself smiling at him.

Ellie came in the room with a guilty look on her face, "I hate to tell you this so soon, Dria." She paused a little, glancing at Chris who looked like he knew what was going on. "The alpha wants to have a talk with you."

I nodding, knowing that a meeting with the alpha was inevitable. I couldn't tell him anything about my previous pack though, or he might send me back. I hoped luck was on my side today, but I had a nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach that told me something was going to happen. It would be something big and I wasn't all too sure if I was going to like it at all.

"Don't worry Dria," Chris tried to re-assure me. "The alpha and I are friends. His name's Dustin and he's a good guy."

That didn't really help, because I remember Vinny being a nice guy sometimes and a minute later he turned Incredible Hulk on anyone in his way.

Since I had no clothes, Ellie let me use some of hers. They were a little big on me, but they were definitely better than any of Chris' clothes.

I told her thanks for the meal and the clothes before Chris and I headed out to the Alpha's house. Chris explained that it was were Alpha Dustin spent most of his time. He also told me some things about the alpha. He and the alpha had been friends since they were in diapers, along with their Beta, Ron. They were all three years older than me-Chris being the eldest, then Dustin and Ron lastly.

I told him about my best friend Bonnie. She was two years older than I was, but we had a lot in common. It also helped that her mother Rosie was my mother's best friend. I told him about my mother and what a kind person she was.

"So, what about your father?" Chris asked suddenly. "I don't mean to pry or anything."

I froze, to knowing what to say. My wolf wanted to tell him, but I was uneasy about that. I didn't even know Chris properly.

"If you don't want to tell me, it's fine." Chris quickly added.

I realized I was being paranoid. There was no way Chris would know who I was if I told him. "He's not in the picture," I said. "I never knew him."

"I'm sorry," he said. "If it helps, I know how you feel. I never knew my father either and my mother passed away when I was a year old."

"Sorry," I told him genuinely. That was hard, losing two parents. I was glad that I still had my mother.

"It's fine. At least I have Ellie and my uncle." He shrugged.

"Is Ellie married?" I questioned. I hadn't seen a mating mark on her, or even a wedding ring.

He shook his head, "My uncle is Ellie's brother Anderson. He lost his mate a long time ago and Ellie didn't find her mate yet, so they look after me."

"Oh," I said. "Did you find your mate yet?"

"Nope," he said, popping the 'p'. Then he looked over at me, "Did you?" I shook my head. "Well, you're still young," he continued, "How old are you, eighteen?" I nodded my head.

Then he smirked at me, "Don't be surprised if you're Dustin's mate. He hadn't found his yet."

I sent him a glare. I didn't need a mate yet, especially an alpha. If I was, that would guarantee that Vinny and Lewis would find me sooner, and my mother's hard work and planning would be in vain. I wanted to be at least twenty when I found my mate, and I doubted I'd find him so soon. I had just escaped from Vinny.

Sure, I'd always wanted a mate. Who wouldn't? You would have someone to love you and protect you forever. But I knew if I found my mate, I would potentially be putting him at risk.

"Here we are," he announced with a flourish. I rolled my eyes at him, and he shot me a goofy grin. I took in the house before me. It was located close to the forest, I noted, and it was a modern house, but had warmth and a certain charm to it. I was mesmerized by the glass panels that surrounded a part of the top floor, and it seemed to look like it belonged where it was currently situated.

Chris coughed, making me tare my eyes away and glare at him. He smirked, opening the door for me. "Thanks," I muttered as I stepped into the house.

It was even more beautiful on the inside than it was outside. And it smelled oh-so good.

"This way," Chris told me. I sniffed the air. It smelled delicious and mouth-watering-even better than the pancakes I'd just had. Chris walked ahead of me, where the smell seemed the strongest.

My wolf was hyper now, clawing and me and whining to be let out so she could follow that scent. I wasn't going to let her. That would be a bad first impression on the alpha, and he was the one who decided my fate today.

I tried to calm her down, but nothing seemed to work. Eventually, I tuned out and concentrated on reining her in.

Chris stopped abruptly, which caused me to slam into him. "Sorry," I said, backing up. We were in front of a door, and I knew that the person behind this door was the one that smelled so good. My wolf was on high alert and I bit the skin inside my mouth.

Chris placed a hand on the door, twisting the knob slowly, or at least that's how everything looked to me. He was going too slowly.

My wolf wanted me to push past him and kick the door open. I told her the alpha would most likely not appreciate that. She, of course, didn't care.

Chris pushed open the door, but his large frame blocked me from seeing who was in the room. My wolf was getting very impatient now, and I closed my eyes, trying again to calm her down. I opened my eyes to find that Chris had moved out of my way and was now about to exit the room. I glanced at him and he raised his eyebrows at me, causing me to redden slightly and quickly move out of the way. Then he went out of the room, closing the door behind him.

I looked ahead of me, causing my wolf to squeal in happiness and chant one word over and over again. At first, it didn't register what she was saying and when it finally did, I felt as if a bucket of ice-cold water had been poured over me.

'Mate. Mate! MATE!'

No, no, no!

He was in front of me in a flash. My back was pressed into the door and I could feel his breath on my lips. They tingled in anticipation, and my wolf begged me to reach up and capture his lips with my own. My blue eyes were met with forest green ones. He was very handsome. His face looked godly. It looked so smooth and I found myself tracing the outline of his strong jaw down to his chin. He breathed in sharply, bending down and nuzzling my neck.

I quickly snapped out of it, pushing him away from me, causing him to growl.

"Stop," I told him. He was still quite close to me. My hands rested on his chest. I could tell two things. One, he was undeniably my mate, seeing as sparks shot up my arms from just touching him. And two, he was very toned indeed. I could feel the muscle under my fingertips.

As if my wolf didn't want him already...

"Mate," he said huskily, pushing a strand of hair away from my face, leaving a trail of tingles in his wake. I shivered in pleasure. "You're mine, Dria, mine."

My eyes snapped over to his, "How do you know my name?"

"Chris told me," he answered, his breath fanning over my face. "My guess is that you weren't listening." His voice held amusement.

"What's your name?" I asked, winching at how high-pitched my voice sounded then.

He chuckled deeply, causing my stomach to flutter. He knew the affect he had on me for sure. He pulled me closer to him, my hands crushed against his chest. It felt comforting to be in his arms. I rested my head on his chest as he whispered, "Dustin. My name's Dustin."

My eyes widened considerably. My wolf squealed again. My head snapped up and my eyes met his green ones. He was staring amused at me. "As in the alpha?" I squeaked.

"Yes," he said proudly.

Oh gosh. My mate was an alpha.


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