Forbodden: Love in Wartime [chapter 2]


Chapter 2


David’s POV


I woke up in a strange place. I was alone in a strange apartment. I sniffed the presence of someone who has recently left. Woman. Her smell was on my clothes. I felt her fear. And something else. Food. Coming from the kitchen. I stood up.  The pain burned through my body. I had not broken bones, but it hurt. Those nasty bastards caught me off guard. I could smash them, but the “boss” forbade us to get in troubles. Or he is fool, or blind. But not for long.


I stood up. With one hand, hold my ribs as if they would break any moment. I went into the kitchen and found a plate of stew. Almost was cold, but I didn’t care. I ate everything. It was delicious. I confess. I felt better and it helped me to feel something else. There was someone like me. Wolf. If properly understand, this apartment is on that wolf. And speaking of it… I turned around and he was standing by the door. Bigger and older, but his strength not be questioned.


“You’re alive. Good.” – He said coolly.

“You got me here? Thanks, sir.”

“Don’t thank me. You almost to reveal me. That stubborn girl…”


He paused. He was angry but also worried. This is quite confusing.


“I’m David.” – I presented myself.

“Simon Hawkins.” – He said coldly.

“Here was a human. I can smell it.”

“Yes. One stubborn girl who is looking for trouble. She took care of you. You’re alive because of her.”

“A human? This is…”

“Not all humans like this position. She, i.e. her family is neutral. We’re friends.”

“But they do not know that you’re not a man.”

“And it’s better.”


I watched him as he sat wearily on the couch. Has gotten with people. This is not good. Still, I was curious.


“It means that… girl… Why is she helped me? What’s in it?”

“You mean what she wasted. Will be bad if someone understand about that. She refused to accept that it’s just evil. Optimistic view of the fact that she grew up in this nightmare. She does not remember the time before the war. This was when she was five.”

“How old is she now?”

“At 24.”

“How…? What’s her name?”


He looked at me. Study to me. He wanted to know why I asked that question. I guess that’s normal. But it was offensive to question the member of his species.


“Her name is Alice. That’s all I’ll say. And stay away from her.”


It’s sounded like a threat. Obviously there was a reason to keep her safe. I don’t care. It was just curiosity. She saved me, but this wolf protects her. Nothing more.




I was distracted and scared from his voice. I looked him in the dark eyes. There rising anger. Perhaps a certain amount of danger.


“You better get out. Try not to see you. Forget about me and this place. Forget about the girl whose face you never seen and will not see.”

“I’m leaving. But I have a question. Why defend this human being?”

“None of your business.”


He growled and this time I was convinced that the cause is serious. I thanked him and left the apartment.




Alice’s POV


Thanks to my tiring day and what happened in the morning, I slept soundly. Hours sweet and deep sleep. I’d probably sleep my whole free day, but Kelly woke me up. She is my best friend. She lives next door. She is thin, blond and blue-eyed. Beautiful like a doll. But she does not know like me other life than this one. She had a habit of sneaking into my room and startled me. Today was no different.


I got beat of waking like this. Not to mention the headaches. I sat up in the bed and rubbed my eyes. She sat across from me and smiled.


“Come on, Alice! Are you going to sleep through the whole day off?”

“Actually, yes. And stop scaring me like that. It is no longer fun.”

“It is. It’s fun. Again you were working late?” – She asked, her smile disappeared.

“Yes. That bastard keeps us up at three o’clock in the morning.”

“Bastard! Is he still…? He…”


No wonder he left. My boss, Gordon Lutars, attacked her. If it had not appeared some workers… Kelly could have been one of his victims. For now I got lucky and was able to defend myself. But someday my luck would be over. Then I had to be prepared.


“What is it, Alice?”


“You are somewhere else.”

“Sorry. I thought over your question.”


“Well, you know him. He likes to torture over his subordinates. Soon I’ll be out of there. I can’t stand it anymore. If not, I’ll…” – I paused before to say one of the most cherished desires.


My friend picked it up over this topic. While I took a shower and dressed, she made me a sandwich. While bathers remembered my secret. I began to wonder if I could look Simon without put out myself. But I know how to keep secrets. I needed because the secret meetings that are organized every month. I refused to go.


Suddenly Kelly called me. She sounded worried, so I hurried dressing. And I learned and that skill too. In war, we must learn to save time. So when I ran into the kitchen I found Jake and so-called team. Volunteers at PAL. He’s a big jerk. Falls on me since we were kids and had planned to marry me. No way!


“Jake? What are you doing here?” – I looked at him cold as ever.

“I came to see how my girlfriend is. Can’t I?”

“Say hello to her from me as you see her.”

“Come on, Alice.” – He went and tried to caress my face, but I withdrew. – “Last night as you passed the bar… Did you see anyone? Anything?”


The blood in my veins froze. Was he understood? No, no way! Relax! I repeated to myself and tried not to show fear.


“What are you talking about?”

“For a dead beast. Near to the bar of Hawkins.”

“I know nothing about it. They let us at 3 in the morning. I was damn tired. I do not even know how I got home.” – I was angry, not to release it.

“Okay, okay. Don’t be mad. I just wanted to check if you are okay.”

“Yes, I’m fine. Now can you go? I want to rest.”


He did not want to leave, but he did it. He knew me well enough not to challenge me. I felt as if me heart would explode. I had to lean on the table I realized that Kelly looks at me. She wondered what was going on. I would not tell her. I could trust her, but I did not want to endanger her. She’s my friend anyway. Oh, shit!




David’s POV


At home they were worried. My father insisted that I not tell anyone about the beating. He did not want my mother to worry. Not to mention Meredith. I’ve known her for years and she loved me. Or so she says. She liked to boast to her friends with me. Like I was a trophy.


“What are you thinking?” – My father asked.

“Nothing. Relax. None of them was injured.”

“You know why I’m telling you this. Anyway, the situation is out of control. But tell me, son… How you save yourself?”

“They helped me. A man.” – I thought it was better not to mention the human girl.

“Man? Who? Do you know him?”

“No, but he was a wolf. I’m sure of that. His name is Simon Hawkins.”


In speaking of that name, my father was visibly angry. Long time since I’d saw him like that. Growled and simmer. His eyes have become golden.


“This traitor… I’d rather lose my only son instead I owe him something.”

“Why do you say that?” –  I could not hold back my bitterness. Like it’s my fault.

“You do not need to know. He dumped us because damn humans.”


He came out of his office as a nearly broke the door. I heard my mother tried to soothe him, but… It was a good thing that saved him from the other part of the truth. Saved by traitor and human. He probably will get a heart attack. But… Simon was right about one thing: I did not know anything about this… Alice. I knew the name and smell, but nothing more. I could not even imagine her. I could not thank her. Damn! I’m not suggesting that I have to be grateful to… human.


I heard footsteps behind me. The smell of pine I had known. Meredith. She cupped her hands around my waist. She was small and thin… in appearance. With chocolate eyes and light brown (almost blond) hair. Beautiful and popular, but always has a crush on me. And it’s good in bed. Attracted me, but I do not think I’m in love with her. And the thought that they want to engage me with her…  I do not see her like my mate. We have the wolf instinct for it. She was not for me and probably this was the reason for emotional distance.


“Hey, sexy! Where were you been? I missed you!” – She smiled at me.

“I had a little work to do.” – Lies tumbled one after another.

“My darling… Come, I will give you a massage.”


Damn! I was stiff, but I did not want from her to see the bruises and abrasions. Meredith hated humans more than my father. She said that they were nobodies who do not deserve to live if all they do is to ruin. Right now I do not want to foment her hate.


“Another time, Mer. I need to sleep. You understand, right?”

“Want some company?” – She smiled mischievously.

“Maybe next time.”


I tried to be careful with her, but I really had no desire to be with her. I do not think she took it very well, but… still left. Then I hid in my room and went to bed. Soon I would be as good as new and to take care of those fools receive appropriate rewards.


Shit! I could not get out of my head the way the man spoke. Traitor? That may be true. Although the werewolves rarely seen such cases. There must be a good reason. And I can bet that the girl has something with that. And speaking of her… As much as I dislike humans, this time I wanted to see the face of my savior. Damn!


Alice’s POV


It was after lunch and we were out. Lately, everything had changed. There were few cars on the move and that the air was cleaner. I do not mind. Kelly was more cheerful than usual. But I do not stare at her. I watched the decaying world around us. I was accustomed to look in the dark. And I did not know otherwise. There were no people on the street. I had a strange feeling. My stomach had shrunk into a ball. I hate those hunches. Not bode well. It’s not fun.


Kelly looked at me. She knew me well enough to know what my behavior mean. It was like a warning.


“What is it, Alice? Feeling?”

“Yes. We gotta get out of here. Now!”


Only that it was too late. We were trapped in one of many groups. Damn! They were humans. It exactly the same who beat the wolf. I recognized them. We were in trouble. That does not mean that we were human we have immunity. They will not kill or beau us, but they would have fun with us. I had a friend who committed suicide after a group of crazies violated her. I would not take it. Not since I still have not been with a man. I will not survive this. Kelly clung to me. She was shivering.


“Look, guys! Young lambs are out for a walk.” – said one of them. I think he was the leader.

“We do not want problems. Let us go home!” – I spoke as calmly as I could.

“Did you hear that? They want to go home. No, baby. Not before we play.”


They grabbed us and startled to drag us to a dead-end street. Kelly cried and struggled. I also resisted, but they were stronger. A sense of hopelessness overwhelmed me. Tore my clothes. I screamed. He hit me and my mouth bleed. I wanted to die. It’s better to kill me than…  And if a miracle happened. Something threw the attacker against the wall like he was… nothing. It shocked everyone. They forgot about us and turned attention to jackanapes. My friend was with me now. She helped me up and pulled me towards the exit. Then I saw him. That was him. The wolf…




He also saw me. Normally not recognized me. He was in unconscious. He calls us to go. He sought revenge, but was not there to protect us. Then Kelly screamed:


“Run, Alice! Alice, please!”


Wolf responds to my name. He looked into my eyes and seemed to know who I am. But I did not stay there. I held my shirt and ran after my friend. Howling screams and muffled behind my back because I ran like the devil was after me. I and Kelly hid in a small shop. The man saw us. Probably supposed to help us.  Yeah! Not here. He banished because he did not want to get into trouble. Little coward.


I took Kelly’s hand and the two of us rushed to the bar of Hawkins. There would help us. It was always open and the bartender was friendly. We were not far away. We do not take long. Once we were inside everyone staring us. Uncle Simon saw us and ran towards us. Immediately take us behind the bar. He gave us shirts. They were big for us, but we do not care. Trembling with shock. Kelly closed in the bathroom and vomited. I stayed with Uncle Simon. He knelt in front of me, looking at me in the eyes and asked me what happened.


“They attacked us. They wanted to… They were the boys from this morning. Those who…”

“Relax, girly. You’re safe.”

“He saved us. Appeared out of nowhere.”

“He? Who…?”


He did not finish the sentence because my eyes said the rest. This surprised him.  He stood up and began to pace nervously back and forth.


“He… You tell him who you are?”

“No, of course. But Kelly screamed my name. Although there is no way to know it.”

“He knows it. I told him. I wanted him to know from who or what he was saved.”


Then Kelly came and snuggled into me. She trembled and she was obviously in shock.  Usually I was the strong one. Not physically, but emotionally. I had to. But now I was about to collapse. I tried to hold on for her sake, but… It was so hard. Simon left us in his room. Change the sheets and told us that he will inform out parents. We both went to the bed together. Slept huddled. Fear was unspeakable and unbearable.


I woke up every hour and checked the girl. She was crying in her sleep. I squeezed her hand to let her know I’m there. Thus reassured her. At least one of us was good. Maybe I was the stronger of the two. But I gave up against the dream.




Simon does not leave the apartment. He keep the girls save and tried to calm down. The stranger took care of the attackers. He knew it. What bothered him was that he for sure recognized Alice. The smell and name. He did not knowing what would be the next move of this… David.  Or at least until he heard footsteps approaching and sniffing the smell of wolf.


Someone knock on the door and Simon opened. He took the young wolf shirt and pulled him inside. He pressed him against the wall and growled when he spoke.


“What the hell are you doing here? I told you to stay away. Do you want to condemn us to death?”

“I came to see if they are okay. The girls…”

“Yeah, right. As if you care about them.”

“It was her, isn’t she? The dark-haired is Alice. She…”

“Yes. I told you and I will repeat it. Stay away from her.”

“My father told me that you’re a traitor. He doesn’t like you.”

“Your father? Who is he?”

“His name is Jack Hennessy.”


This name comes as a cold shower. Of course, he knew him. In this quite well.


“You know him, right?” David said.

“Yes. Another reason to get out.”


It would follow a new replica, but something forced them to shut up. Movement. Coming from the bedroom. Someone was awake.




I woke up again. This time, I felt that something was wrong. Got out of bed and headed for the door. Follow my instinct that led me there. Quietly I opened the door and went into a small hallway. I closed the door behind me and a moment later I went into the living room. There, Simon was arguing with someone. That was him. The wolf. Yes, I knew what kind he is. By the time we were all developed flair, which we recognized different types of lycanthropes.


“Uncle Simon…? Is everything okay?”

“Yes. Go to your room.”


My eyes fell on the intruder. He also stares at me. He did not seem to expect to see… me. When I took a step back, he asked me to wait. Uncle Simon held him away, but he could not seem to hold.


“Let me go, old man! I will not hurt her. I just…”


Suddenly someone knock on the door. It was the bartender – Louis. He said he had come as the FDA. Uncle Simon swore and forbade us to go before its safe. I dared not move, but the man stood out. We were alone. I dared not even breathe. He did not lose sight of.


“Stop staring at me like that, man. Scares me.” – I said.

“You’re the one who helped me.”

“Quiet. Do you want everyone to hear?” – I looked at the closed bedroom door.

“She is asleep.”

“That’s good. She needs rest.”

“You too… Alice. I want to know. Why you do that? Why you risk?”


I said nothing. Is this a test?


“I don’t know. I’m tired of this war. I’m tired of killing and terror. I realized that it’s not need to be nonhuman… to be a monster.”

“I… I’m David.” – He said without reach out or something.

“Good for you. Now we’re even. I saved you, now you saved me. Us. Damn! I’m still owed. Because of Kelly. She… Nobody knows.”

“You do not owe me anything. Tell me… What is your relationship with this… Simon?”

“None of your business.”

“It does not have to be like this. We just talk.”

“I don’t want to be rude. I’m always like that. Suspicious. Nothing personal. And I don’t understand why you’re still here and why did you come on first place?”

“Maybe I was curious. Relax. I’m leaving.”


I don’t even try to stop him. Don’t cross my mind. But I kept watching him. I’ve never seen a werewolf before. It was not what I expected. He doesn’t try to kill me. Even behaved normally. Complete opposite of what I had heard. It was messy and I did not know how to react. Then I heard the sirens. They were not very close, but I heard them. They must have found someone and if I’m not mistaken are those who attacked us. Who knows what he did to them. And speaking… He panicked. He began to pace around the door. He dared not to go out.


“Shit! Shit!”


I did not know what to do. I did not move from my place. Then Simon comes in. He was in bad mood. He was not alone. There was a woman with him. She would stay with Kelly. He told me that I would watch the wolf in the sanctuary. I had to run after then in the hallway. There was a secret staircase hid into what we all saw.  Secret door, etc. As in a detective novel. Simon took us to cave and leave us there. He told us to keep quiet and wait for him to come. Then went out and locked the door.


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