“What happened? Did you find Tori?” I ask Kaitlyn, who had just arrived back at the cave. She shakes her head.
“No. We ran into the Vampires, and...it turns out that Kady had kept a secret from us. A very important one, in fact,” she says, causing all of us to surround her curiously.
“What is it?” I ask when nobody else did.
Kaitlyn takes a deep breath. “That Tori was━is━Head Wolf.”
The others and I gasped. “So that’s why the Vampires took her! So we are left vulnerable!” Olivia shouts, enraged. “Why would Kady keep something like that from us?”
“I don’t know. But Brandyn was really upset. He phased and ran off and when I followed him, he told me to leave him alone,” Kaitlyn replied. “And he’s still not back yet.”
“Let’s look for him then,” Mckayla says, laying a hand on Kaitlyn’s shoulder. She nods and turns to head out into the opening, but stops. I noticed that she was staring at something, so I glanced in that same direction and saw a person. Kady.
I smiled and ran up to her, the other Werewolves following. “Kady! Where have you been! I looked everywhere for you!” Kaitlyn exclaims. “And where’s Brandyn?”
Kady doesn’t say anything, just stands there and stares at us, a cold expression on her face. A foul, yet familiar, scent was coming from her direction. “Kady...have you been with the Vampires?” I ask cautiously.
She laughs slightly. “Yeah. Kaitlyn was there too, so I bet she smells kinda like one also.”
I shake my head. “It’s not as strong. It smells as though you were in contact with one of them.”
Kady smiles then, a smile wide enough to expose her teeth. I fell back a step once I saw what she was hiding. Fangs. “Why are you one of them?! WHY ARE YOU A VAMPIRE?!!” I shout, but Kady makes no motive to answer.
“And where’s Brandyn? Did you kill him?” Kaitlyn demands, her voice breaking on the word “kill”.
Kady shakes her head. “I didn’t kill him. But Izzy did. And I helped her.” A cruel smile was on her face.
Tears filled Kaitlyn’s eyes, and I was horrified. “But...he was your Alpha. Why would you help kill him?” My voice was faint.
“Brandyn was angry, Kaitlyn felt bad for me, and I couldn’t go back to the cave, so I went back to the Vampires and had them turn me into one of them. It was the right choice,” Kady says. “Oh, and I know where they’re keeping Tori. I saw her.”
“Is she alive?” Mckayla demanded, an angry look on her face.
Kady’s gaze shifted over to Mckayla. “Yes, she is still alive. Not that you’ll ever find her anytime soon.”
Kaitlyn growled at her, then phased into her Werewolf form and attacked. Kady was expecting it, though, so she wrapped her arms around Kaitlyn and gave her a light squeeze. It didn’t look like much, but with Kady’s Vampire strength, it hurt a lot to us Werewolves.
Kaitlyn whimpered and Kady let her go. Kaitlyn phased back and rejoined us, rubbing her sides. Kady was staring at us with a triumphant grin on her face. It infuriated me. “Go away, Kady. You’re no longer one of us. Now leave,” I hiss in an unpleasant tone. Kady gives me one last cold glare before running towards the woods with her Vampire speed.
She stopped just at the treeline and looked back, a confused look on her face. It was the forcefield that the Witches had placed around our territory that was confusing her. All territories have it except for the Witches’ Lair. It only allowed members of the same kind to locate and enter it. So since Kady is now a Vampire, she can no longer find our territory. She turns back around and sprints off, leaving the other Werewolves and I to mourn alone.
I looked over at Kaitlyn, who was in tears. “H-he was my A-Alpha, I should’ve gone b-back for him.”
I placed a hand on her shoulder, giving it a light squeeze. “Brandyn said that he wanted to be left alone. He had no idea that the Vampires were coming for him.”
“Or that Kady was a Vampire,” Kaitlyn adds in a cold tone.
“I still can’t believe that she did that. She loved being a Werewolf,” I say. “I don’t understand why she would Turn herself.”
“Well, maybe like she said, she couldn’t go back because of the situation she was in and went to the only people who would do something to help her,” Olivia explains. “She could’ve gone to the Witches though.” We all nod in agreement.
I sigh, “So the Alpha of the Blue Moon Pack is kidnapped and Head Wolf and the Alpha of the Midnight Sun Pack is dead. I guess the second-in-commands are in charge of their packs now.” Mckayla and Kaitlyn agreed to do so.
“Wait, since I only have one member, myself, I think that Olivia should join my pack so we have two and you guys have three. Just to even it out,” Kaitlyn says and Olivia stands by her side.
“I’m fine with it,” she says. I yawn, just now realising how tired and worn out I was.
“We need sleep. Especially since we have a half-day of school tomorrow,” I smirk slightly at the last part. Since we’re we’re Werewolves, we have a different schedule for our day. Also, there’s a barrier around the Supernatural World area that once you pass it, you’re automatically two hours ahead. It sounds confusing, but it’s mostly for the Vampires and their sleep schedule.
If we pass the barrier into the human side, then we go back two hours. We leave school right before lunch, which is at 12:15 for us, so when we pass the barrier it’s 2:15. That gives us time to get to our territory that is hours away from the barrier and head to the field behind our cave to work on battle strategies in Wolf form.
A small chorus of “fine” or “okay” was said by the living Werewolves. We walked into the bedroom in the back (Brandyn always slept on the floor outside the room) and went to our separate beds. I lay there, thinking about how Tori might be feeling at this moment and about Brandyn...how we’ll never see him again. Then sleep overtook me, interrupting my thoughts.
9 In The Morning...
“WAKE UP!!!!” I awoke to a piercing voice screaming in my ear. My eyes open slowly to see Olivia standing in the doorway, grinning at everyone. It turns out that I wasn’t the only one sleeping in. Or trying to at least. I get out of bed reluctantly and changed into different clothes, the others doing the same. Except for Olivia of course. We then walk out of the cave and phase into Werewolf forms, heading in the direction of the school.
Once we reached the barrier, we phased back and walked through it in human form. We weren’t allowed to pass through it in our Werewolf forms. It’s just for the safety of the humans. The barrier is right behind the high school (of course), so we approached the school from where we were. I pulled out my phone and checked the time. “7:25. Right on time,” I say, then I put my phone back in my pocket.
“I am so thrilled to be here today…” Mckayla says sarcastically. The others and I laughed, and I knew that they were thinking the exact same thing. Once we reached the school doors, I sighed.
“What is it, Lea?” Olivia asks, her face filled with concern.
“Nothing. It’s just that Tori was kidnapped here. Things are gonna be different now that we’re missing her and Brandyn and that Kady’s on the other side now,” I reply sadly. The others avert their gaze, each with a faraway look in their eyes. I open the doors and step inside, the smell of newly-cleaned floors greeting me almost instantly. As always, my first class is Mrs. Reymond’s along with Mckayla and unfortunately, Izzy.
We head to the senior lockers, Kaitlyn to the juniors, and grabbed our supplies before parting our ways and heading to our 1st period class. As Mckayla and I pass the doorway to our English classroom, I suddenly remember how Tori had humiliated Mrs. Reymond in front of the class the other day when she arrived late with Mckayla. When I glanced at Mckayla, her expression told me she was thinking about it also. We sat in our assigned seats, and it turns out mine is right behind Izzy’s. Luckily, her seat was empty.
The tardy bell rang, and seconds after, the door bursts open and Izzy walks right in and plops into her seat, making me scowl. Mrs. Reymond eyes Izzy with her beady gaze. “Izzy. Why are you late?” Her tone wasn’t exactly nice, but it wasn’t harsh either. It annoyed me. She speaks to everyone else in her harsher tone, but Izzy is the only one who Mrs. Reymond uses the nice(ish) tone.
Izzy tilts her head slightly to the left, and I’m pretty sure that she’s giving Mrs. Reymond a convincing smile (I can’t see because I’m behind her). “I’m sorry, Mrs. Reymond. My watch was behind and I didn’t know what time it was,” She says, and I suddenly got angry because she was using the same lines Tori said before. I expected Mrs. Reymond to get angry at Izzy or at least annoyed. Mrs. Reymond’s gaze went to Izzy’s wrist, where a silver watch was sitting. As I inspected it, it was five minutes behind the actual time. I knew automatically that Izzy had set this up.
Mrs. Reymond nods once and opens the teacher copy of our textbooks. “Turn to page 394.” The class suddenly bursts out laughing, including myself. But the laughter soon dies down when Mrs. Reymond glares at everyone. Everyone but Izzy. Mrs. Reymond reads us the passage, not noticing that more than half of the class isn’t paying attention. She looks up and asks, “What did we learn here?”
Nobody says anything. Izzy raises her hand and replies, “That we can’t always get what we want. And sometimes if we do, it comes with a price.”
Mrs. Reymond smiles, it’s a very rare sight to see, “Correct, Izzy. Great job.”
“Teacher’s pet,” Mckayla coughs into her sleeve, making the people around her giggle. Mrs. Reymond gives her a cold look.
“What did you say, Mckayla?” She demands.
Mckayla gives her a smile. “Nothing, Mrs. Reymond. I didn’t say anything.” Mrs. Reymond shakes her head and goes back to reading her passage. Once again, I ignored her.
“Ready to go?” Olivia asks us once we all met up outside the cafeteria.
“Get me out of my mind,” I reply.
“Enough with the Panic! At the Disco references!” Kaitlyn scolds, which just makes me laugh.
“Let’s go,” Mckayla says, shaking her head at Kaitlyn and I. We make our way down the hallway, dropping our bags off in our lockers, and heading towards the front doors. But we were soon stopped by a small girl with brown hair that was up in a ponytail, a black hair band was holding back the rest of her hair. She was wearing a white crop-top with a black tank top underneath and faded jean shorts. For shoes she was wearing white palm tree Roshes and no-show white socks. To me, she looked as though she played soccer or softball. Her black-framed glasses were nerdy-style, but not quite as square. Her teeth showed braces when she talked.
“Where are you going? It’s the middle of school,” she demands, and gives us a cold look.
“It’s none of your business,” Mckayla says, and pushes past the girl. Or..tries to at least. The girl grabs Mckayla’s arm and yanks her back with quite some force. “Who the heck do you think you are?” Mckayla demands, and I can tell she’s not cussing because the girl looks pretty young.
“K.C Renner. I’m a freshman here. My real name’s Kasey, but I go by my first two initials. Kasey Cym. K.C...Kasey? They are very similar, right?” She smiled at us with her braces.
I roll my eyes at her. “Whatever K.C. We have to go so if you’d excuse us…” We then tried to maneuver around her, but she stuck out her arms and held us back.
“I know what you are,” she said in a hollow voice, which freaked me out. I exchanged a worried glance with the others, who looked just as terrified as me. I sighed, grabbing onto K.C’s arm and dragging her into an empty classroom nearby. Shortly after Kaitlyn, Olivia, and Mckayla joined us, I closed the door and turned around to face K.C. “How?” I asked.
She gives me a sly smirk. “I have the ability to tell whether people are human or not. If they’re not, then I’m able to see what they really are. You’re Werewolves.”
“So you’re a Witch?” Olivia asks. “I’ve never seen you at the Witches’ Lair, though.”
K.C shifts her gaze over to her. “No. I’m human. I just have a Witch’s ability. My cousin’s a Werewolf, though.”
“Who?” I couldn’t help myself asking.
“Tori. But she’s gone missing. I don’t know where she is,” K.C’s eyes were filled with worry and sadness.
“She’s with the Vampires. They kidnapped her a few days ago,” I tell her. “And you do not want to mess with them.”
“Or the Shapeshifters,” Olivia adds.
K.C stares at us. “So it’s true? Every time I think I see a Shapeshifter, Vampire, Werewolf, or Witch, they’re actually real?”
“Yes,” I say, and I know it’s a risk to tell her the truth, but if she suspects it, it’s better if she knows it’s true.
“Oh.” She looked frightened. “Do the Vampires hurt humans?”
“Not all of them,” I say, but that just scares her even more. Her eyes watered up from behind her glasses and was staring down at the floor, obviously avoiding eye contact with any of us.
“Are the Witches evil?” She asks after a few moments.
“No. But some could be,” A voice behind us said, making us all jump. I turn around to see Brooke, Tori’s closest (and bestest) friend. She was also known as the Head Witch, who is not only in charge of all Witches, but in charge of everyone in the Supernatural World. She glared at me. “What did you tell her?”
“The truth. She was already suspecting it, so we confirmed her suspicion. She has this ability to tell if humans actually are human, or if they’re something else. Like Witches, Werewolves, Vampires, etc. But she never believed them, so we told her that whatever she sees is real,” I explained to her.
“But she’s human,” Mckayla adds before Brooke could say anything about K.C not being a Witch that she knows of.
Brooke glances around the room, then lands her eyes back on me. “Where’s the rest of you? There were seven and now there’s only four.”
I nervously look at the three others and they nod, allowing me to tell Brooke. (I mean, I would’ve anyways because she’s Head Witch and all..) “Well...Kady’s a Vampire, Tori’s kidnapped━well, wolf-napped━and Brandyn’s,” I choke up, then regain my posture. “Dead.”
Brooke stared at me with sympathy-filled eyes. “I’m sorry for your loss. Hopefully you can get Tori back. In the meantime, there’s a consequence for telling humans about the Supernatural World. Even if they suspect of it.”
K.C shrank back when Brooke’s cold gaze turns to her. “What’s the consequence?” Her voice was barely above a whisper.
Brooke said only one word: “War.” She turned and walked out of the room after that.
We stood in silence for a few moments until someone’s voice broke it. “Well. Now we have a real reason to kill you.” Izzy walks into the room, the three other Vampires following her. “Whenever there’s a war, the Witches don’t participate. So it’s the Werewolves against the Vampires. The Shapeshifters choose their sides, and since I’m close to the twins, they’re on our side. Good luck winning,” She turns and walks away without another word.
I glare at K.C. “It’s all your fault! If you hadn’t come up to us and said that we were Werewolves, none of this would’ve happened!! Now there’s a war and you’re gonna pay an awful price,” I snarl, then storm out of the room, the other Werewolves following.ns18.104.22.168da2