Cruel Mate by Sam Crescent EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Sam Crescent
- Language: English
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Five Years Later
Ashley sat at the edge of the forest, high on a cliff. One fall would
cause her problems for several weeks afterward. Her wolf could withstand a
great deal of pain and injury but there came a point where even she would
die. Not that she had a wish to jump off the cliff. None at all. She just loved
to sit at the edge, looking over the forest.
In the distance, she saw the glinting lights of the few towns that were
spread out. From this vantage point, they didn’t look too far apart, but in true
distance, they were a few hours away. This was how she spent a lot of her
time during the full moon. It was all she could do.
Her wolf had to stay away from the pack. Ever since Phoenix had
rejected them, it had been hard for her wolf to even want to join in with the
monthly moon run. Her parents didn’t like her withdrawal. They also didn’t
like that whenever the alpha came to town, she made sure to stay the fuck
away from him. The past three times he’d been in town, she’d taken a tent
and gone hiking for over a week.
Living in the woods, far away from the pack, had been an interesting
experience. Daniel, her friend, often came to get her. He also didn’t like her
withdrawal. She knew he was upset that they were not mates. Ashley hadn’t
known the truth but in high school, he had a huge crush on her.
Once he told
her how he felt, which happened twenty-four hours after the ultimate
rejection. She had no choice but to let him down. There was no way they
could have been together. Daniel had understood. They remained friends, but
she made the effort to try and find him a mate. She never allowed him to get
too close to her either.
In fact, there was a lot of things she did now that kept her separate
from the pack.
It had taken her a year to figure out that when Phoenix Marshall came
to town, the only place he didn’t visit was the DIY store. She had quit her job
at the library, then the café, followed by the diner and the bar, until she
settled on the DIY store, and she had so far worked there for the past four
years. She was pretty good at it as well. Ashley absolutely hated it, but she
helped the pack whenever they came into the store, and when needed, filled
some online orders. John, the owner, was a nice guy. He was fair as well.
She hadn’t been able to move out of her parents’ home yet, but she
was close to saving for an apartment of her own. Actually, she had enough
money, but what stopped her was a decision. A choice. To leave the pack for
good and to start fresh, or to stay.
Nibbling her lip, she looked toward the two towns. Some wolves, like
Phoenix, survived without a pack. There was nothing bad about being alone.
Of course, the battle would be in being lonely. That was the only part she
wasn’t looking forward to. In fact, it did kind of worry her.
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