Hiding out 5

Bethany walked around the garden, looking over the plants and different areas. Danielle looked over the structure of the house at first before finding a place to sit. Her head buzzed with the pain of the people they had hired. Unlike at the society stronghold, this pain wasn't rage inducing. Some were small, little arguments with loved ones, some for the lose of family members, and some deep seeded and old but unhealed. If others with worse pain than this were to join them, she felt she would lose herself.

"Why can I only feal the hurt right now?" she asked herself aloud. "I've never had to fight to read people before."

While she was deep in thought a new pain was felt, it was far away but it was so strong she was able to feel it, it was more then fear and loneliness, this person was physically hurting and weak

Danielle got up and started walking. Soon, she was jogging. Before long, she was running. She ran past Bethany and didn't stop to answer her about what was wrong. She made it the edge of the lawn and stopped. She paced, wondering what to do. Someone was in the forested part of the property, if not beyond, and hurting. It was almost a compulsion to go into the woods and hunt for them. But she didn't know the property well enough to make her way back. She had to find them. She pulled out her emergency phone that Erik gave her and texted him. She took the middrift of her shirt and ripped it into small shreds. She tied one piece to a tree limb and began walking into the woods, stopping every few feet to tie another piece. The farther in she went, the stronger the thoughts became. Danielle found herself hardly able to see because she had started crying in pain with the person.
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Bella stared at the hanging rope that dangled from the tree, her release, her freedom she thought as she started at it, the tears that fell from her eyes meant nothing to her anymore, just as they meant nothing to anyone else. She couldn't be alone anymore, she couldn't bare it, being kicked out of her pack was a death sentence. Wolves were not meant to be alone. And it had become to much to bare anymore. She put the noose around her neck and without another thought she leapt from the tree. , She was disappointed that the rope had not broken her neck, she knew it would mean her death would be slow and painful, yet as the air began to leave her body still the pain she felt was nothing compared to the pain she had been feeling to lead her to this.

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Danielle was down to her last strip. She had been at this for what seemed like hours, but she knew that that wasn't the case. She was about to tie her last strip to a branch when she saw something swinging. She dropped the strip and ran.

"What the hell?!" he said, grabbing the woman but quickly seeing the error in the nonexistant plan. "This isn't going to work!"

She looked around and climbed the tree. As much as she hated it, she didn't have a knife on her and was forced to pull her up by the rope around the woman's neck. She was out of breath but was able to get her onto the branch. She removed the noose and leaned against the tree.

"Why?" Danielle asked. "I can read minds, so you don't have to talk with a damaged throat. Why are you trying to kill yourself?"

Bella didn't know how to react to a random woman in the woods interfering with her death, anger, shock, confusion and much more passed through her. Her glared at the woman and her eyes changed colors to a Autumn gold. She didn't know who this woman was bit she knew one thing psychics were dangerous

Danielle glared back at her and said, "I said, I can read minds. Your emotions are too strong, but that little trick with the eyes gives you away, wolf girl. Now, explain why you are on private property, because I believe the edge of our property is another 20 kilometers away. If you don't tell me something, then Erik will find us soon and deal with you."

Bella's throat hurt too much to talk, but more then that she wanted to get away from this strange girl and fast, even more so now that she knew she was a wolf. She leap down from the tree. She stumbled a bit, still feeling the effects of the lack of oxygen. She went to walk away but found she was having trouble breathing, the rope might have not broken her neck but her windpipe was another story. The woods started to blur and the neck thing she knew her world went black as she passed out on the forest floor.

Danielle sighed and said, "No different than the girls at the stronghold, running a few steps and passing out from exhaustion or pain or damage to their bodies." She pulled out her phone and called Erik. "Hey, we have someone on the property. A werewolf girl. She has an overwhelming pain in her that called to me. Follow the cloth strips. I can't carry her by myself. From what I can see, she has no pack, so she will need a place."

“Leave her there, we don’t know if she has a pack or not, come back to the house, now” he said in a tone that meant she was not to argue

"She tried to hang herself, Erik," said Danielle as she looked for an easy way down. "Does it sound like she had a mate or pack? Does that ring true for your info for werewolves? Because I didn't see where the dogs had a suicide streak for no reason, not even for bullying or depression."

“I said return now “ he said in a demanding tone

"I can't while stuck in a tree with a woman who isn't breathing on the ground!" she yelled back. "You didn't feel her pain! She was so alone, astronauts lost in space have more company than her!"

“Then she is a rogue and will bring nothing but trouble, leave her to die and I will not tell you again, home, now” he said

"I can't!" Danielle said, crying. "You don't know what that kind of loneliness is like! The kind that drives you insane! Rogues don't kill themselves, they kill others! Stop trying to abandon her when she needs me!"

“Remember what I said would happen the next time you disobeyed me Dani....” he said in a threatening tone

"Erik, please!" Danielle said. "When have I ever fought so hard to save someone?! Think about it! She needs me, needs us! I'm in a tree and she is dying, not only from lack of air, but because of her pain! You want to save people, then start with this woman! Please!"

Danielle heard Bethany in the background, "Erik, I can hear Danielle. It sounds like she is begging you to understand, not trying to outright disobeying. Maybe it's like when the Carpathians compel people or a mage spell, like you taught me can happen. She may be unable to move, not disobeying."

The look he gave Bethany made her flinch and she left the room quickly “you are useless to me if you do not obey me, you can die out there with her, if you come back now I will kill you myself. Strike three Dani, your out” and with that he hung up.

Dani put the phone away and tried to slowly make her way down the tree. She was scraped up, but fine otherwise. She went to the woman and tried to save her.

She was breathing, but she could tell she was having trouble doing so. Dani didn’t know the area and she couldn’t take her to the hospital, but the girl had to have come from somewhere.

She tried to pick her up and put her arm over her shoulder to carry her. But she could hardly walk to try get them out of the woods, let alone to help. After what seemed like several hours, Danielle found a cave to set the girl in. She opened her phone and looked up what to do.

Everything she read said to give her medical help which she knew she couldn't do

"I hate this!" Danielle said, holding herself. "I'm alone... with a dying girl. I try to help someone and... why?"

A branched snapped off in the distance letting her know she was not alone

Danielle jumped up, heart racing and tears forming. Another branch snapped behind her but when she turned nothing was there, yet she knew she was being watched

"Please, just come out already!" she yelled. "I can't take this!"

A young wolf stepped out behind a tree, he couldn’t have been but a couple years old but for his size he must have been the runt of the litter. Even though he bared his teeth’s he looked scared but his attention was more towards the unconscious girl, she got the feeling he was protective of this mystery girl

Danielle moved to the side and said, "Go to her. I won't stop her friends from helping care for her."

But just the word "friends" made Danielle feel even more alone. She hugged herself tighter.

The wolf looked unsure as he made he way over to the girl, once her reached her he started licking her wounds and kept nudging her to try and wake her up, when he couldn’t with a whimper he laid down next to her and rested his head on her chest. Dani knew it would be dark soon and they they needed shelter

Danielle looked at the forest around her. She didn't know what to do, but she remembered hearing that she had to get off the ground. She found some strong sticks and started to build a place for them to sleep. She didn't know what else to do. She didn't know how to survive in the woods!

The wolf watched her but didn’t leave the woman’s side. Suddenly he sniffed the air and growled in a low tone. He stood up and placed his body over the hurt woman protectively and looked straight ahead like something was coming

Danielle picked up a stick from the ones she found and put herself between the danger and unconscious woman. She may not like being alone in the middle of nowhere, but she wasn't going to let anything happen to this stranger that needed her.

A deer suddenly ran out and ran right past them, but the wolf kept starring in the direction it came from five people emerged from the woods three men and two women. The largest man stopped in front and looked around like he was assessing the situation “is your friend hurt madam?” He asked in a English accent

She didn't move. She didn't speak. She just stayed where she was.

A woman came up to stand next to the large man “don’t be afraid witch we won’t hurt you unless you attack us, but you are on our hunting grounds so if you are not a threat then tell us now” she said in a soft yet stern tone

"I'm no threat and I'm not a witch," she said. "Just protecting my friend from strangers."

The large man sniffed the air “your friend needs more help then I think you can provide, she is of our kind, let us help her, it’s not safe in these woods after dark” he said

"I'm sorry, but," she looked at the woman, "I don't know if she would want that."

“Do you even know what your friend is?” Ask the man in a stern tone

"Yes," said Danielle. "Look, I can feel you are concerned for her, but I don't know if you are part of her pack. And if you are, why did you kick her out? She's alone! How could you do that to her?!"

“She is not one of ours” said the male in a certain tone “and if she was kicked from her pack there must be a reason but you being with her give her our aid since my pack protect humans” he said “come with us and we will aid you both, but we nice she is healed you must leave”

"And where do you expect me to go?" Danielle asked. "I was kicked out of my home. I have no place to go."

“That is not our problem, but staying with us while she heals is safer then being out her alone “ he said

"I got that, but you said after you healed her that I would have to leave," Danielle said. "AKA, you'd let me die in the forest!"

“Correction I said you both would have to leave” he said and just as he did the injured woman stopped breathing “choose quickly human”

"Save her," said Danielle.

Danielle didn't know how to tell them that she and the woman just met today, but that didn't matter. Both of them were alone and needed each other. And she prayed the woman would feel the same when she awoke.

The large man picked up the girl and dani and the wolf followed, the walked for what seemed liked hours until they came to a small lovely camping area that had self built cabins that were beautiful made. They took them to the largest building and a woman quickly came to aid the hurt girl and rushed her into the back " so tell me why you were in the woods and what happened to your friend" asked the large male

Danielle sat down and told them as much as she was willing, explaining that the head of her family kicked her out for trying to help her new friend, who tried to hang herself because her pack kicked her out.

"I didn't feel the emotions of a rogue," Danielle concluded. "And I couldn't leave her. She is so alone. I was dropped like a hot tamale for helping her because I understood her pain. To be honest, I don't know what to do."

"What do you mean she doesn't feel like a rogue?" He asked
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Bethany sat on the bench outside of Erik's room. She knew Erik would want to reprimand her for speaking out the way she did. She had eavesdropped on their private conversation and tried to defend Danielle even she shouldn't have. She looked up as the door opened.

“Come in and sit down” he said in a cold tone and walked away. He sat down behind his desk and gestured to the chair on the other side

Bethany walked in behind him and sat. She looked at him, waiting. She didn't want to make it worse by saying the wrong thing.

He was silent while he finished some paper work, making her even more nervous "do you hate me Beth?" He asked

"No, Erik," she said instantly, shocked he would think she hated him. "I know you are trying to keep us safe."

“Then why do you define me? I thought you learned back at camp what happens when you do” he said in a cold tone “or do I need to remind you what Micheal did to you after you disobeyed my orders and got caught by him”

"No, you don't," said Bethany, turning pale. "I was trying to be friends with her. I'm sorry. Please, don't be mad at me."

“I’m not mad, I’m disappointed in you, I thought you above everyone I could trust and I guess I was wrong, you showed that your loyalty is easily swayed” he said in a harsh tone “so now I am put in a situation where I must decide what to do with you and our child”

"But I thought you wanted us to be a family," Bethany said, tearing up. "I thought I was doing something good. I'm sorry. I'm always loyal to you, Erik. I can't live without you. Please, don't throw me away again. I'll die if you do."

“And why would you die Beth?” He said and she knew he was testing her

"I'd kill myself," she said, starting to go into a panic attack. "If someone forced me to live, I wouldn't eat or drink or anything. There would be no point because you wouldn't want me anymore. I can't... I wouldn't..."

“Yet you disobey me when I’m trying to keep you safe....why should I mean that much to you ?” He asked with a raised eyebrow as he looked at her with cold and empty eyes which was something she was not use too.

She put her hand to her throat like she was having a hard time breathing even as she said, "I didn't mean to disobey. I was trying to build our family like you wanted. I thought the best way to do that was to help her. I won't do it again. I'm sorry." She fell to the floor. "Don't throw me away. Please."

He stood up and coldly looked down at her “I need a strong woman to be the mother of my children and only a strong woman can stay by my side, I need loyalty not fear Beth, your fear of being alone makes you want to kill yourself if you are no longer with me. That is weakness, you need to be strong enough to stand on your own two feet other wise you are useless and too weak to stay by my side” he said in a serious tone “and I won’t let my child be raised by a weak woman “

"I'll get stronger!" she wailed. "I'm sorry! I'm trying to do what you want! Please, let me stay!" She gripped his leg. "Tell me what to do! I'll do it! Just let me stay with you! Everyone else can leave me, but not you! Never you! I love you too much to be without you! So long as I know you want me, I don't care if I have to live alone in a cave like a savage! Just please, always love me!"

The women nurse they had hired came in and went to Beth “we will talk later first calm down and go get checked on, your health is important for the baby” he said moving away and sitting back at his desk “rest for the rest of the night that is a order”he said as the nurse helped her up off the floor.

Bethany nodded as she left with the nurse. When she got to her room, she let the nurse take a look at her and took a bath to help calm down before getting into bed. She cried until she fell asleep.

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