The Lycan Princess and the Temptation of Sin by Moonlight Muse Chapter 1
1. On My Own
Music blares from the car radio and I’m enjoying the wind that whips through my
hair. I look at the satnav and resist a yawn, massaging the back of my neck.
There is nothing more satisfying than realising you are free – free of the image
you were morphed into, no longer hidden behind the shield your parents created
for you. Freedom is what I saw when my pack territory disappeared in the rear
No more watchful eyes, no more scared whispers to try to ignore. I could finally
put what happened behind me, or so I hope. The past sometimes seems to latch
onto me like a damn leech, coming back to haunt me. Coming back to serve as a
reminder. One slip up, and I might not be as lucky as last time. I hate to think
what would have happened if mama didn’t get there in time. If she hadn’t saved
him… I might not be here right now.
Less than an hour left now… it’s been a long drive from The Night Walkers Pack,
home to me and my family. I wish that I didn’t have to resort to this, leaving for
the edge of town near Midnight Academy, which I will attend in a week’s time.
My twin sister will live in the dorms, but after what happened at the end of last
year, I can’t risk it. Since I’ve turned eighteen, I don’t know why, but it’s getting
harder to control it.
I slow down a little, signalling left and changing lanes. This town isn’t huge. It’s
only a ten-minute drive from the Academy. The town is part of The Luminaria
Pack territory. A pack that isn’t too big, but the Alpha is someone Dad trusts. The
Alpha’s father was also one of the elders on Dad’s council before he passed
Alpha Prescott is an honest man and lives to please my father. He had even
offered to allow me to stay in his house and even Dad was up for that idea, but I
wasn’t. I want to stop relying on my father and everyone else. The entire point of
moving out of the academy dorms is to be isolated from others.
This is my chance to step out of my father’s shadow, but that is kind of hard to
do when you’re the daughter of the Lycan King himself.
“What do you think, Malevolent? Do you think we’re going to enjoy this place?” I
ask, caressing the silky black fur of my green-eyed cat as she sits on the
Malevolent, she’s my ride-or-die chic. This little kitty has been with me since I
was a kid. My dad got her for me, and since then we are inseparable. We could
even pass as siblings. I mean, I have black hair and green eyes too.
She purrs and I find myself smiling at her. She’s totally going to love this place.
Pets aren’t allowed at the academy after all. Of course, Malevolent always went
with me, but she has to stay hidden. I slam my foot on the brake, realising I
almost missed my stop, and Malevolent hisses in annoyance as she almost
tumbled onto the floor.
I smirk as I turn and wind up the window, before I turn the engine off. Scooping
Malevolent up in my arms, I get out of the car and stare at the small cottage that
sits nestled between the trees. A low fence surrounds the front, along with some
hedges that are rather overgrown. Smiling, I push open the rickety gate and
make my way up the gravelled path to the door. A new start.
This place also belongs to the Alpha of the Luminaria Pack, and it’s the only
reason Dad has agreed for me to live here, alone. Kataleya, my twin, had
offered to stay with me, but I know she loves the academy and spends hours
after, in the library. It isn’t fair if she has to come out here when she’s part of
many after-school clubs.
Stopping at the door where the blue paint is peeling, I kneel and lift the flowerpot
and grab the key they told me would be placed there. “Well, Malevolent, let’s see
what our new home for senior year looks like.”
Unlocking the door, we step inside, and I look around. It’s quaint, a little old, but
it’s clean. The smell of citrus and blossoms of cleaning products fills the air,
courtesy of the Alpha and Luna I presume. I walk through to the kitchen, and the
first thing I spot is the card that sits on the table propped against a ginormous
hamper of fruit.
“Meow…” Malevolent purrs, before she leaps off onto the table.
I walk over to the table and pick up the card, I begin to read it out loud in an
exaggerated posh accent.
Welcome to the Luminaria pack. I hope you like your new accommodations; I
have made sure to have the pantry and fridge stocked. I want to take the chance
to invite you to have a family dinner with us tomorrow night.
PS: We prepared a room in our house for you too, in case you change your
mind. Consider our pack and our home your own.
Luna April of The Luminaria Pack”
I roll my eyes and sigh.
I Guess Prescott isn’t going to just let me stay here in peace. Was this dad’s
idea? A way of letting me know they are keeping a watchful eye on me?
I don’t know why they are so adamant for me to stay there. They should know
I’m not going to bend to their demands. I don’t care if they want to look out for
me; I don’t need them.
This year is about me and what I want for myself. I stare at the note as I pluck a
grape from the large bunch that sits in the hamper, and toss it up before catching
it between my red lips My phone beeps and I take it out of the pocket of my leather jacket, and I raise
an eyebrow, staring at the message.
‘Hey, you arrived? How do you like the place? Prescott called saying he’s invited
you tomorrow night for dinner. Make sure you go.’
I sigh, placing the phone down and leaving Dad on ‘read’.
“Dad, you and Prescott can plan all you want, but I am not going to entertain old
goats this year. It’s going to be about me. I’m legally an adult now. I’m done
having to obey.”
I walk over to the radio that sits on the counter wondering how old this thing is,
but it’s working. Tuning into a music channel, I blast it so high it hurts my own
ears and drowns out my own thoughts. Smirking, I then take my jacket off,
tossing it onto the chair, and then head back outside again.
Time to get unpacking and get settled in!
“All done Malevolent!” I say, dropping onto my bed in nothing but a towel since I
had just showered. I had managed to get unpacked, and now I picked up my
I skim through my messages from my girls, and then there’s like a ton from Dad,
and a couple from Mama. I don’t bother with them, not wanting to hear their
Instead, I roll onto my stomach, logging onto a separate chat app. My heart
skips a beat as I look at the little red dot with the number 4 on it.
I bite my lip and click on the chat between me and Reign707.
Reign707: I’ll wait for it. You owe me that picture.
Should I be worried that you haven’t been online for the last twenty or so hours?
Seriously, no reply?
Everything ok? Hit me up when you get the chance. I might be a little worried.
LuciferessX: Awe did you miss me? See, I knew I’m so precious, just didn’t
realise you’re so needy.
I bite my lip and smirk when I see him typing. So, he was waiting for my
Reign707: Amusing. Not. However, where the hell have you been?
I roll onto my back, unable to explain why I feel so giddy talking to him. I had
somehow virtually run into him in an online chat room where we were all betting
on a match in the Alpha Gen X games, and then we somehow got into a debate.
He ended up being right, but it was his cocky ‘I told you so love’ that really hit
LuciferessX: Moving today, remember?
Reign707: Oh shoot, yeah, you were saying. How’s the new place?
It’s kinda cute how he didn’t really say fuck or shit.
LuciferessX: It’s nice, secluded, in the middle of nowhere. A little cottage in the
middle of the woods. Reign707: Did you know the big bad wolf comes after the little girl in the woods?
LuciferessX: Oh baby, I AM the big bad wolf.
Reign707: Oh yeah, with that tiny body of yours?
I roll my eyes. I may not have shown him my face, not wanting him to somehow
recognise me for being the Alpha King’s daughter, but he had seen an image of
me posing on a bike with a helmet on, and a couple other half-shots.
LuciferessX: This girl’s got claws and teeth, and I’m not afraid to use both.
If only he knew how dangerous I can be…
Reign707: Who says I don’t enjoy some pain? Maybe I wouldn’t mind you tearing
my clothes off with those claws.
Is it possible for my heart to palpitate over a couple of sentences? When we
met, I knew he was going through a rough patch in a relationship. He never really
mentioned her much, but they had issues.
LuciferessX: Let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
Reign707: I’ll try not to Lol. You owe me a picture, remember? Of your new
I look down at my right shoulder. I had a tattoo of vines, with small thorns and
red roses that spread from my shoulder down the right side of my breast and to
my waist, as well as the full sleeve of my right arm.
Well, if he wants a picture… I open my towel and position my tattooed arm over my breasts. Crossing my
legs, I raise my phone, tilting my phone so only my lower stomach all the way to
my shoulders could be seen as I turn slightly to my right, arching my back a little
and take a steamy snap.
I look at it. It’s probably the sexiest image I’ve taken of myself to send to
someone, and yeah, I’m about to send it to him.
We’ve been friends… but I don’t know, sometimes I feel there’s something
more… Here goes nothing.
LuciferessX: Here you go? What do you think?
I attach the picture and hit send. I feel a twinge of excitement inside, and roll
onto my stomach restlessly, watching the little ‘Seen’ notification pop up under
the image. I bite my lip, waiting for his reply. There’s a pause… a long pause.
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