Roman The Beast And The Blessed chapitre Chapitre 5

Natalie's P.O.V.

I had never been so happy and terrified at the same time. The house was empty, and everything was free for the taking as I collected a bag with clothes, money, and food. Every few minutes, I would hear the creak of the house shifting or noise outside, and my heart would stop.

I was waiting for them to come home and find me stealing. Even worse, I was waiting for a Lycan to pop out of the walls and rip my heart from my chest.

They had already made their way onto our land. Even without my wolf present, I could feel them. Their power was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. The hairs on my neck and arms were sticking away from my body, and my stomach was rolling with nerves.

I threw my backpack over my shoulder, keeping my bad arm as close to my chest as possible to prevent irritating the damaged appendage further. I had to make it three miles to the border and another six before I reached a human town. Once I was there, I could hop a ride and go anywhere I wanted. I could be free.

The back door squealed as I pushed it open, not bothering to shut it behind me as I ran through the trees. The Lycans could only serve as a distraction for so long. Once my parents got home, I had no idea what would be in store for me. Would they come after me for stealing, or would they let me go so they could be free of me?

Either way, I pushed myself harder, wanting to at least make it off their land before they realized I was gone.

I ran out of breath quickly, the throbbing in my arm distracting me as I stumbled over a branch but caught my footing and continued on. The border felt like it was moving farther away the longer I ran, but I couldn't let myself slow now. I was too close.

A large shadow flashed by my right, hidden in the trees. I gasped, startled as I glanced to the side, not seeing anything there. Yet, the warning in my head told me I was no longer alone. The further I ran, the more I began to notice my companion. The large, hulking form would appear in the corner of my eye and then disappear when I turned to look.

The loud footsteps and snarling that joined us sent a shiver all the way down to my toes. The feral sound was more than a warning. It was a promise of pain. A threat.

To my left, two more figures appeared, running alongside me on two feet. Their beast-like appearance made my lungs contract in panic, and I couldn't take in any more air.

I had never imagined my end would be at the hands of Lycans.

"You can stop running now, as entertaining as your attempt was." A female voice called out before she manifested several steps ahead. Her white eyes bore into my soul, and I slid to a stop. My uneven panting seemed to amuse her as she looked me over. Not being able to see what she was looking at was unsettling as she didn't have visible irises to give her away, but the way her head moved told me that I was under her scrutiny as she looked me up and down.

The Lycans stepped closer, surrounding me as if they were about to feast on their prey. Their half-shift state was terrifying to see so close.

I had stood in the crowd on previous Offerings but never had to face one for myself.

The four around me made animalistic noises, talking among themselves before one of the monsters on my left reached for me, making me jump to the side.

I could feel the border only a few yards away, and while I knew they would chase me into the unclaimed land, I was determined not to give up. I stared into the beast's red eyes, seeing their amusement and the challenge in them. He knew I was going to run, but it didn't stop me from turning on my heels and sprinting right into the chest of another.

I screamed as they wrapped their arms around me, throwing me over their shoulder and making my backpack hit me upside the head. My arms and legs thrashed as I continued to struggle, willing to do anything to get free.

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