"What makes you think the human will be accepting of you, of us, Art? The question came from a tall, beefy man with mangled curly hair. He was around Artemis’ age, and happened to be the packs Beta. Only those at the top of the packs chain of command would dare challenge an Alpha .
Artemis glared at Jackson. He knew there would be pushback. He wasn't expecting this much. 12 of them sat around the table in the pack's private meeting space. A few of the other members nodded in agreement with Jack's question. The history between humans and werewolves has never been positive. What made Artemis think that Kylie would be any different?
Standing slowly, Artemis glared down each packmate. Inclining his head slightly the Alpha male folded his arms. "You dare question your Alpha? She will come. You will meet her. You will protect Kylie as your own! Dismissed!!” Without another word, Artemis stormed out.
Later that day, Artemis met kylie for dinner just before the full moon rose. It wasn't the best time for a pure blood werewolf to be around humans. As Artemis saw it however, it was now or never. Kylie would learn the truth eventually. He invited her to his place so that they could talk.
“Artemis Black, what is wrong with you?” Kylie flipped her brunette hair over her shoulder. Her green eyes gazed upon the man sitting in front of her. “Are you breaking up with me? You've been acting strange since I arrived.” Artemis appeared closed off to her, and Kylie was having difficulty figuring out why.
Artemis signed. "No, I am not breaking up with you, Kylie. I promise you that. But, after what you are about to see and hear you may leave me."
Kylie saw the hurt and pain in his eyes. She gently placed a hand on top of his and offered him a genuine smile. "Artemis Black, nothing you could say or do would make me want to leave you." Kylie leaned over the table and pecked his lips.
"Hold onto that thought. Now, tell me what you know about werewolves?”
Kylie raised an eyebrow. “That's random. Art, what does this have to do... "
Artemis kept watching the clock nervously. He was running out of time before the full moon rose
"Please, Kylie I need to know your thoughts on them.” Artemis stood and paced anxiously.
"I know they are half man and half wolf, they eat people and are inherently evil. Artemis frowned as he felt the wolf slowly making its way out. The sun was nearly set and Artemis stopped pacing. He looked straight at Kylie with a look of intensity he didn't even know he had.
"You're right about one of those three things ...
He let out an involuntary howl that was enough to pierce anyone's ears.
“Whatever is about to happen tonight Kyle ... " Artemis trailed off. He dry heaved and nearly keeled over from the pain of the transformation.
"Artemis are you …” But she trailed off as he stopped her
" I will be fine, Ky. Listen to me. I will protect you. I promise. I am the Alpha in these parts,” he quickly explained. "I swear no harm will come to you. Not on my watch.”
Before Artemis could speak any further, his wolf took over. Kylie screamed with absolute terror. She now stood face to face with a giant, russet colored wolf. Artemis put one paw forward to show kylie he meant no harm.
"S- Stay away Back - beast ! " Kylie demanded as she began to pick objects up and tossed them at Artemis.
Artemis backed off, forcing himself not to growl . He couldn't blame her for her reaction. If anything, Artemis blamed himself for not preparing her for this better. The wolf sat patiently on his hind legs, waiting for the human to stop throwing things at him. Kylie grabbed her purse and keys while backing up towards the front door.
“Good wolf ... nice wolf.” Those were the last words that Artemis heard from Kylie.
Artemis tried contacting her the next day, but there was no answer. He and the pack searched all over town for her. He promised to protect her and failed. How could he live with himself now? Artemis scoured the woods when he tripped over something.
Art fell down with a loud thad and swore. It wasn’t like him to be careless. When he turned to see what tripped him, Artemis screamed. It was Kylie - what was left of her.
Seldom things scared Artemis from that day forward. He vowed to find her killer and avenge her. It was that same day that Art decided to join the FBI.
When their eyes met, it was as if time stood still. Her brunette hair flowing with the wind as she ran. It was as if everything had become clear. All the anger and guilt Artemis held onto for the last five years vanished.
Her ... the woman across the street, that is who Artemis Black was meant to be with. But, who was he to find love again? Love meant to be able to protect, to cherish. If he couldn't keep his promise to Kylie, what made him think that this new woman would even like him? Let alone trust him?
Artemis was about to make his way over to Jasmine, when the sounds of his pack mates caught his attention. Clenching his teeth, he turned towards them.
"One sec !" He yelled.
Art then turned his attention back to the brunette, but she was already out of sight. Disappointed, he made his way back towards his pack. Jackson raised an eyebrow.
"Dude, Art, you look like a love sick puppy,” Jackson teased.
" Do I? I hadn't noticed. "
"Who is she? I haven't seen that look on you .. well, ever, "
"I have no idea, but I need to find out ! And I promise, I will …”