Chapter 1 - Alpha's Surrogate

The cool, bright, and enchanting light of the full moon added to the beauty of every corner of Sirius Bright's four-story pack house. Earlier that evening, all the wolves along with their families, friends, and other members of the pack ran into the forest from the large and well-appointed 16-room packhouse to enjoy the full moon.

They'd been summoned by the call of the wild. It was a major and spectacular moment in the werewolves' life, so how could it be overlooked? This was the day they had been looking forward to for all month. They'd released their wolves into the lush vegetation and cool moonlight, except for one couple. Pleasure filled groans and moaning could be heard from the fourth storey bedroom during this quiet and wonderful time.

The loving couple had been trying to quench their lust in the king size bed, completely ignoring their hearts, minds, and senses at the hands of physical hunger and need. The naked couple hadn't even noticed the door to the room had become slightly ajar for a couple of seconds.

The moonlight filtered into the room through the half-opened door. It landed first on the bouquet of flowers that had fallen on the floor, then on the 6.3-foot-tall, large figure whose hands were bleeding profusely. Alpha Xavier was the man standing near the door, witnessing this betrayal. His large well-built body was motionless, his gaze was fixed on the wild sex scene unfolding before him on his own bed. He'd heard Petra's moan before, countless times when she'd cried out his name in delight in the past.

Her voice and excitement were the same right now. The only difference being that the room, bed, and mate were all Xavier's, but the man dominating everything on his bed was not him. His muscles tensed as every cell in his body swelled with rage at the sight of the two of them making love. Xavier kept telling himself that it had to be a lie, a bad dream, or some kind of prank.

"Give me a baby, Orion. Make a baby with me," the female pleaded, letting out the most seductive, loud moan that encouraged the male to go wild.

Xavier was taken aback when he heard Petra's request to his Beta. She desired a child? Three years ago, he had learned that the Moon Goddess had bestowed upon him his best friend as his mate. It was a shocking and unexpected moment in his life. Petra had already been head over heels in love with him. There was never a time during all their years together that he hadn't loved her. He brought all of the happiness in the world and placed it at her feet at her mere suggestion. He adored her despite the fact that she had lost her ability to conceive as a result of the tragic and painful accident. She suffered a miscarriage.

To avoid hurting her, he had never mentioned his desire to have a child over the last three years. She knew that he had no intention of rejecting her, but she would cry, repent, and beg him not to give up on her in order to remain the center of his kindness and affection. The female's lies about being infertile for the past three years have been exposed when she asked Orion to give her a child. She'd always had the ability to conceive.

Xavier's expensive crystal doll, that he had bought as a gift for Petra, had now shattered in his grip causing him to bleed onto the floor, blood clung to pieces embedded in his hands. The scene in front of him was real. There was no dream or lie. His hurt angry forest green eyes were fixed on his lovely mate, who was moaning beneath his Beta. The same Beta who was doing everything he could to please his Luna. He required her undivided attention, satisfaction, and every inch of her body.

The passionate couple had no idea that Xavier had been watching them. He witnessed first hand the dirty deeds that they had been committing while he had been out of the country. That's what they had reasoned. The position they had taken to enjoy each other's company was quite embarrassing for the two other pairs of eyes that were standing behind Xavier, Zander, Xavier's twin brother, and Kaiden, Xavier's Gamma.

They'd been standing with their Alpha from the start, trying to ignore the sound of skin-slapping that echoed in their ears as their Luna continued to have wild sex in front of their eyes. Their worried gazes were focused on their Alpha's bleeding hand, which had continued to drip his precious blood onto the floor of the room. Every piece of crystal large and small had pierced his palm. Was he made of stone? He hadn't been in any pain, had he? Zander's green eyes rose to study his brother's face that had revealed the truth of his broken heart.

Zander's eyes flashed with a new layer of guilt. The sense of guilt and regret. Xavier had gone to Germany for a four-day business trip, but had returned after only a day at Zander's request. His brother had not revealed his true intentions, he had simply stated that if he trusted him enough to return without question, he should come back in a few hours. Xavier could tell that his brother's tone was solemn. Xavier had seen first hand what his mate was up to with his Beta, prior to that moment he had been completely unaware of the truth.

Zander had always suspected her of cheating on his brother. Xavier had always been so head over heels in love with Petra that Zander couldn't take the risk of accusing her without proof. As a result, he had requested that Xavier return without anyone's knowledge. Initially, he believed that exposing Petra was necessary to open his brother's eyes and make him aware of her betrayal. But the satisfaction and victory he had felt at having witnessed her being caught in the act had turned into an unbearably painful moment that he would never forget when he realized what it had done to his brother.

It was at that point in his brother's life that he realized he had lost the most important part of himself. The ability to trust and love another person.

The man who had discovered his woman cheating on him had felt no pain from the piercing of sharp shards of varying sizes from the crystal doll that had sunk themselves into the soft skin of his palm. Even if lightning had struck him at that precise moment, he would not have felt pain or death after witnessing his mate wrapped in the arms of his Beta, his best friend, the person he had trusted the most. The dagger of deception and betrayal had been plunged into Xavier's leaving it a mangled mess inside his chest. He had lost the ability to feel any emotion other than rage.

As Petra and Orion found their release together, their moans echoed throughout the pack house, rattling the closed windows and half-open doors. Orion fulfilled Petra's wish by shooting his hot cum into her womb.

They had been having sex in the woods before coming up to the Alpha suite. Today had been the first time she had asked him to give her a baby, asking him to stop wearing condoms. She had not been on the pill for a while now, Orion was pleased that he had succeeded in getting her pregnant. Soon she would give birth to his pup.

The stench of their sex and sounds of their heavy breathing filled the room. Orion allowed himself to rest on Petra's body. She had a contented smile on her lips, her eyes were closed when her nose caught the familiar scent that had reminded her of summer for the past 3 years, fresh cut grass and lemonade, while she caught her breath. Her eyes widened as she realized what had happened. Orion had picked up on Xavier's scent as well, but it wasn't just because they were in his room. He had almost stopped breathing when he saw fear in Petra's blue eyes, it had only confirmed his impending nightmare. The moment Xavier had decided to enter the room, a cold, evil, and dangerous aura filled the space. The door had been slammed open. Their eyes flew to the opened door in surprise. It had to be Xavier! He had caught them red-handed.

"Xavier!" Petra mumbled even though she wanted to scream. She quickly covered her chest when she had noticed Xavier was not alone, Zander and Kaiden had accompanied him. She'd been chasing her pleasure so hard that she hadn't even smelled or felt his presence. The male, who had no intention of returning home until four days from now had witnessed her having sex with another male. When Xavier's dark red eyes fell on her, her hoarse voice became stuck in her throat. Orion's eyes widened when he realized his death was close enough to suck out his soul. As if he were the Grim Reaper, Xavier stalked over to him. But the Alpha was already on his tail.

"Xavier... I..." Orion crawled futilely away from him on the bed. He didn't have time to react, retreat, or defend himself. He had been mistaken in thinking that he would be given the opportunity to explain what had been going on. Xavier's large hand had covered Orion’s face. His sharp nails dug deep into Orion's skin, almost peeling it from his face. The guilty blonde's terrified and pain-filled screams echoed throughout the room as his face bled profusely then he was slammed to the floor from the bed where his jaw had broken.

"AAA!" Petra yelled. Even though she had been watching everything that was being done to Orion, she felt as though she were the one who was being treated so harshly. Her entire body sweated profusely, as if she was a stuck pig. In a panic, she had gripped the silky soft blanket that had concealed her nakedness from the males in the room. Even though he was a Beta and the second in command, Orion was rolling on the floor clutching his broken jaw, since the power and strength that had been used to hurl him to the floor had been the result of his own treachery.

"You're a traitor!" Using his Alpha voice, Xavier snarled in his face. Orion's wolf had already yielded to it’s Alpha, he had felt guilty but it was too late now. He'd already sullied their childhood bond. Petra, Xavier, Zander, Orion, and Kaiden had known each other since they were 10 years old. Petra, the only daughter of the Alpha of the Shine Wood Pack, became friends with all of the males when they were young. Orion had been her closest friend since he had protected Petra from rouges during an attack, but she had always preferred Xavier. When Xavier had married Petra, he had become Xavier's Beta in order to remain close to her. He was aware that she had gone to see him several times for sex, so he opted to betray his friend, his Alpha, by continuing to sleep with Petra.

Orion had never anticipated that they would be exposed so horribly. After several victorious confrontations with Xavier, he had begun pleading for compassion, which had only enraged Xavier further. He'd just caught him fucking Petra in his bed, yet he still had the audacity to beg for forgiveness. The ferocity of the savagery inflicted on Orion's body had not subsided; a fractured jaw could not compare to or satiate his rage. He was still laying on the floor, crying in agony as Xavier continued to pummel his bloodied, bruised, and damaged face. The pain was already severe since he had sunk his claws all the way down to the bones of his face. The Alpha had caused permanent damage to Orion's face, it had become difficult to remember how stunning he once was.

Petra had been sobbing, not because she was concerned for the male who was being attacked like an animal. Only due to the fact that she was scared of the repercussions that she would face for her actions. Orion's cries and pained groans had lasted a few seconds before they were interrupted by a noise that sounded like someone had broken a stack of chips. Her eyes widened as she realized what Xander had done. He'd broken his Beta's spine.

"AAA…" Orion wailed in agony on the ground, like a fish out of water. Zander had a contented and furious expression on his face.Only one long and last cry of anguish resonated through the pack house, followed by the terrified scream of a female seated on the bed. She was afraid of what was going to happen to her now.

"Please... please... stop..." Petra pleaded. She couldn't bear witnessing such heinous brutality any longer. Upon hearing her agonizing plea, Xavier's eyes were drawn to her wretched face, that was no longer sobbing out of guilt. There was no remorse in her eyes for deceiving her mate, only fear in the beginning as she had glimpsed her own uncertain and terrible destiny. Despite their distance, their gazes were riveted on one another, at that moment Xavier kicked Orion's manhood. She appeared as though a light had fallen on her. She watched as the dick she'd been enjoying so thoroughly earlier was crushed. He kept stomping on Orion's manliness in front of Petra's eyes until his rage had faded.

Her mate's silence had always been mysterious and a hallmark of something dreadful to come. That's what Petra had sensed as she watched his gaze. She was fully aware of Xavier's rage, power, and convictions. He despised liars, swindlers, and traitors. Such individuals had no place in his pack or in his life. Their fate had been sealed in that dark hole of death, the depth of which was unknowable.

She trembled like a dried leaf when she observed Orion's practically dead, wounded corpse collapse. His condition was so dire that the possibility of his survival seemed impossible. The next thing Petra knew was Xavier charging at her with heavy purposeful steps, without caring to disguise his intent to harm her. Her eyes practically popped out of her head when she sensed his devilish aura.

"Xavier… I am sorry… please…" She had already lost her capacity to talk earlier, and now she was crawling back onto the bed in an attempt to preserve her life. Her pleading tearful blue eyes moved to Zander, hoping to garner some aid in the situation, but he denied her as he displayed his distaste for her actions. They had all been great friends since they were children. That was why Gamma Kaiden’s eyes were throwing daggers at her, Zander was the only one who had the ability to save her from his twin brother’s wrath at the moment. But he didn't bother. He despised her for cheating on his brother and shattering his heart. The moment that Xavier dragged her by the feet and tossed her on the ground, all possible options that she had for aid had been exhausted. She screamed in agony, but the pain hadn't stopped there. He grabbed a fistful of her hair and pulled her up onto her feet.

"How long has this been going on?" They had been married for three years, but they had been good friends for ten. He suspected that their affair had been going on for a long time now that he had uncovered her dirty little secret. She had mumbled something incomprehensibly, not daring to look him in the eyes.

"I asked you how long has your affair been going on!" He snarled. Instead of responding, she sobbed. She was unable to convey the truth that she had been keeping hidden from everyone. Seeing more of her antics, Xavier lost his patience and yanked her hair even harder.

"Answer me or else I will pull your tongue out and wrap it around your throat!" He roared, squeezing the delicate skin of her neck, leaving a red mark on her smooth pale skin. She was well aware that hollow threats were not his way. He really would sever her neck or cut out her tongue.

"For... the last... 6 years," she said with great difficulty, as he continued to strangle her with all his might. Zander and Kaiden exchanged fowl glances. They had known Petra since well before she had married Xavier. But neither of them had thought that she had been having an affair with Orion right under their noses. She had never so much as hinted to them that she was even dating anyone before mating Xavier. She had pretended to be pure, delicate, and naive. All of her male friends had seen her as a princess.

"You continued your affair despite the fact that I was your mate?"

Xavier had no problem with her previous relationship prior to their mating. However, despite the marriage, mating, and marking, she had an affair with another male and continued to pretend to love him.

Her decision to have an affair, on the other hand, had not been a spur of the moment decision. She had been planning it all along. She took advantage of his trust and naïve faith in her. She had utterly ruined their sacred mate bond.

He released her neck when she couldn't respond to his inquiry. She only proceeded to extricate herself further from his clutches, weeping, and begging for her life. She backed up, coughing, and struggling to regain her breath. She had been a few seconds away from death. Xavier fixed his harsh gaze on her. His body was rigid as the abrupt realization slammed into him. Everything that had happened made obvious now. Why she had never accompanied him on work trips. Why she had enjoyed being in the pack house.

She had been unfaithful to him from the start. She had never passed up a chance to be with Orion, the ideal time had always been when Xavier had to travel for a few days on business. As the eldest son of the country's wealthiest, largest, and well-known pack, he had a great duty to shoulder that he could not avoid. Petra's wicked approach had been simple and well-thought-out. She used to acquire all the information regarding her mate's departure and return to the country between kisses and seduction. Due to the fact that only a few individuals were permitted access to the pack house, she could fuck Orion in peace even on her own bed. She was familiar with everyone's schedules.

Petra had always referred to Orion as her brother in public so that no one would suspect them when they left the pack together and ended up at a hotel.

He and his wolf had suspected her deception before, but he had no cause to disbelieve Petra. As an Alpha wolf, he was incredibly capable, yet he had never doubted or questioned her.

"Xavier,"when Patra realized that he hadn't killed her, despite the fact that she had broken the most vital thing to him, his trust and love, she feared what he had planned next for her. She knew that he would no longer tolerate her presence in his life. That was obvious from his expression.

"Xavier... listen to me," she sought to clutch his hand but was violently tossed away on the floor. Had she intended to explain her treacherous deeds? What about her transgressions? He was appalled. He had become repulsed by her face, body, speech, and even presence. Even if Zander hadn't called him today, he would have found out that the Moon Goddess had deceived him as well! She had not blessed him, instead she had cursed him with Petra as his mate. She'd made a fool of him. First it had been his mother, now it was his mate. All of the females in his life had deceived him.

Petra shrieked in agony, terrified by Xavier's cold demeanor.

"Women like you don't deserve me anymore. You don't deserve a mate," he eventually spoke up. Patra realized what was coming for her next when she noticed that he hadn't killed her despite the fact that she had destroyed the most important thing to him, his trust and love. He was no longer going to put up with her presence in his life. His expression told her all she needed to know. It clued her in to his next move. He'd made up his mind to reject her.

"Please don't reject me, Xavier. I beg you," she clutched at his legs before he could open his lips to resight the words.

"I love you. We adore one another. Please don't reject me. I will die," she wailed, remembering that moment that they realized they were soulmates. They had mated and marked each other on this very bed, promising to grow old together. Petra's lovely moment, that she was exploiting to influence Xavier once more, had turned into a canker for him because of her actions. Just recalling those events made him feel smothered.

"Don't touch me," he warned. His body felt like it was on fire for her touch. He wanted to burn everything that reminded him of her until it was nothing but ash, even himself. She'd been clutching his legs as if it were the only thing that could possibly save her life. It was the only option left for her.

"Please no. I went insane and made a huge mistake. Please accept my apologies one more time. I'm prepared to confess my sins. I love you, please." When she stated that she loved him, Xavier felt lava erupt in his thoughts, heart, and entire body.

"I said don't fucking touch me you whore!" He yelled, shoving her away. He'd lost control of his wolf. He had never used derogatory language towards her. He'd never treated her so brutally or ruthlessly as he had just now. But he'd changed since waking into this room after what he had witnessed. She shuddered as she saw his wolf eyes. Dean, Xavier's wolf, had moved forward to put an end to it all.

The Pack members who had been standing in the corridor, not daring to approach the Alpha”s suite, were petrified when they heard Xavier's words.

"I, Xavier Lincoin, the Alpha of Sirius Bright Pack reject, Petra Lincoin, as my mate and Luna." Petra was stunned for a second before bursting into tears as rejection worked its way through her heart like a poison.

“NO!!” She shrieked, clawing at her chest, as the mate bond was served from Xavier's side. She crawled towards him, but he took a step back.

"Call her father's pack here. Inform them that the rejection ceremony will be held tomorrow. Even if they are absent, their daughter will be rejected and thrown out of this pack immediately after the ceremony!" Kaiden was ordered by Xanvier.

“Yes, Alpha,” he nodded and followed Xavier and Zander out of the room. Petra was left alone in her bedroom, wailing and shouting, as her wolf blamed her for their rejection. When Xavier burst out of the pack house in a wrath like a bull, the pack members stepped away from the walkway. He only came to a halt at the river on the pack territory, so that he could throw his wedding ring into it.

From now on, he would be unable to love or trust anybody. He was completely broken and despised the word mate.