“I love my family. They are my life. They gave me a life.”
Alec’s story is somewhat of a secret which only his pack is aware of. It’s a very sad story and definitely not one people like to hear about. This has made Alec the person, or wolf, he is. He’s a very strong person, always honest, definitely not afraid of speaking his mind if he has to, even if that might hurt the people he cares about. Alec loves his family, even Johnny, more than anything and he would literally do anything for them. Point is, he’s only related to Jane and Isabelle, his half-sisters but he still considers Matt, Emily and Johnny his family. His father, the alpha of the pack, knows this and there is no other reason why he’s the beta of the pack, the second in command, not simply strong mentally, but physically as well and he usually beats whoever dares to challenge him. Everyone thinks he’s not a violent person, and they are right, but when it comes to having a good fight, he would never say no, because to him, it’s a good way to take out all the anger he keeps inside. Alec’s body, much like most of the graced wolves, is in perfect shape and he has a lot of scars which remain as proof of all the fights he’s had, mainly with Johnny. However, some of them are not. Some of them are simply there to remind him of what his life was like before his father found him.
When Isabelle and Jane’s mother died, Jack, their father, found another couple, Marie, a wonderful white wolf. Marie had a mate though, so she couldn’t go live with Jack. Instead, they both let their human feelings get in the way, thinking that there would be no consequences but soon, Marie’s mate found out and disowned her. Marie took care of Alec until she was shot by some hunters, leaving him alone when he was barely four years old. He was found as a human kid in the middle of the woods and he didn’t have much to worry about hiding what he was, because barely a couple of days after being found, thanks to his golden looks and his bright blue eyes, he was adopted. Then he managed to keep the secret hidden for some time, until his adoptive father found out and locked him in the basement, occasionally visiting him only to beat him up. It wasn’t until he was twelve that he managed to escape and a couple years later, when he was just about to lose his human side, he found himself in Tala Springs. That saved him; Jack soon found out about the whole story and claimed him as his younger son. Everyone accepted him immediately, both Isabelle and Jane were pleased to have a younger brother to take care of and he soon befriended Emily, making the two of them inseparable.
Alec is pretty smart, he didn’t have the possibility to school and his sisters had to teach him how to read and write. He’s a very curious person, despite everything he’s been through, he likes to watch the humans, trying to understand the way they think and behave, finding them very interesting and different from one another in so many ways. The truth is that he’s more of a wolf than anyone else; having taken into account that he almost lost himself. Unlike any other graced animal, he doesn’t have such complex feelings, closer to the human ones. Adding that to the way he behaves sometimes and the simple work he does, the human inhabitants tend to believe he has some kind of mental issue or that he’s plain stupid, and they end up not paying attention to him. Alec doesn’t mind and will always have a smile for everyone. The people who get to know him better, find out he’s a real sweetheart, caring, playful, funny and very innocent. Still he’s not easily manipulated, he has a very strong will and he can be very stubborn.
“I was stupid and now I’ve lost everything I had.”
Matthew is one of the dark secrets of Tala Springs, he’s not only the shame of the Reed family but of the pack he used to belong to and of the graced animals. Point is Matt can’t complain about the life he has had. He had a happy childhood, surrounded by a family who loved him, with pups and kids of his age to play with. His parents gave him everything he asked for and he would always be smiling and giggling. Emily would always play with him and Johnny would be always watching over them whenever his parents were too busy. But there had always been something wrong with him and Johnny was the only one who seemed to notice how his brother was changing and how there was something weird going on with him. He was the only one who noticed how every full moon and every night, he would resist the change and the urge to hunt, he would always resist his true nature during the night. During the day, he would switch between his human and his wolf self without any problem, he would go play and hunt as a pup but the nights were like a stressful nightmare for both him and Johnny.
Never liking what he was, never accepting it, Matt always felt as if he was neither a wolf nor a human, trapped between two opposite worlds and loving one more than the other. It only happened that he loved the wrong one, the one that he didn’t actually belong to: the human world. The feelings, the way they behaved and interacted, he wanted everything. Matt didn’t want to belong to a pack, to stand someone giving him orders, even though he seemed to accept them. He never understood that instead of being trapped between two worlds, he was a wolf who had been graced with being able to take a human form to understand the humans and be able to live among them, teaching them to respect the nature. He always thought that he was some sort of hybrid and that he had the chance to make a choice.
Not listening to the legends and to his own brother, who warned him about the consequences of what he was trying to do, after the death of his parents, he found himself struggling and wanting to be a human more than anything. That was his doom. He fought his animal nature and soon enough, when he was eighteen, he found that he wasn’t able to turn into a wolf at will and that only during the nights of the full moon, his body would struggle with to keep his human form, yet try to switch to the wolf one, becoming what would be called a werewolf. Matt, as the years passed, lost his sanity completely like any were-animal. Unstable at the least, he has anger issues, constant mood changes and hunted by paranoia. He became the shame of the pack and because of the choice he had made and therefor dishonoring the gift he had received, he was banned from the pack and no graced animals would even acknowledge his existence. He is not allowed to leave Tala Springs, he wouldn’t do it even if he could, since the pack has still an eye on him considering he’s a threat towards them. If, for some reason, someone ever saw him during the nights of full moon, their secret would be revealed and soon the hunt would start. No one, not even humans, usually talk to him, mainly because they think he’s crazy and this only leaves Emily, his younger sister as the one who takes care of him from time to time. Right now Matt only wishes he could go back to what he was, finally discovering that he had been wrong all the time and that he should have listened to his brother.
“This is my place, this is my life and we’re better than them. I’m better than anyone else.”
Here is Johnny Reed and it’s a name you should never forget or he’ll make you regret it. Everyone in Tala Springs knows his name and they hate it as much as they fear it, because Johnny is dangerous. He doesn’t mind stepping over people to get whatever he wants, using them in the process. You may think there is a sweet and actually caring guy underneath all the jerkiness, but there isn’t, he only cares about Emily. He’s a proper asshole and he doesn’t give a fuck about what anyone else thinks about it. He thinks that he’s better than anyone else anyway. As soon as he could, he quit the school and started working on what would be his passion, as much as he loves being a wolf, he also loves cars and motorcycles, so he started working in a small garage in town and his work now usually requires him to go to Tampa a couple of days a week, having now collected enough money to start his own business, yet he’s somewhat reluctant. Even though work seems to be good for him, he’s a trouble maker and you could say that he would have sex with every girl in town if it wasn’t because of hid loathe towards humans. Still, Johnny respects the wishes of the pack, even if he defies the alpha of the pack everytime he gets the chance to do so, which, unfortunately, is almost all of the time. The only thing which explains his stupid behavior, is the fact that he hates his cousin, Alec, they don’t have a good relationship, they’re always fighting. Johnny knows very well how to make his cousin’s patience wear thin, who also happens to be the beta of the pack and the son of the alpha. This only gives him more reasons to hate Alec, not to mention that despite the countless number of fights and the scars he has to prove them, most of the times, he ends up losing and being humiliated by his cousin, who isn’t only stronger but younger. Then, again, there might be another reason to explain this behaviour. And that is Matt.
Johnny was used to playing the big brother role until he couldn’t stand Matt’s bullshit anymore, he couldn’t breathe, he needed air, his own espace and his own life. He was tired of taking care of him, of warning him, of having to get him out of trouble. He really does love his siblings, Emily and Matt, but he just couldn’t deal with it anymore. He had no more energy. He gave up and moved to live on his own when he was about twenty, aware of the tragic consequences that this could have on Matt. Everything happened as he had predicted and he not only hates himself for what has happened to Matt, but he loathes his own brother, because of the crazy monster he has turned out to be, the shame of his family, the shame of the pack. They didn’t have a hard life, no reasons to turn out being problematic children, their uncle gave them everything they needed and they were happy with it. They even had a happy childhood and Johnny doesn’t understand how his brother ended up turning into a monster, denying his nature and damning himself to live a cursed life. Now he refuses to think of Matt as his brother. Having only Emily to take care of, Johnny convinced her to move in with their cousins, Isabelle and Jane, even if that implies that she has to live with Alec, leaving him alone.