“ahh” said Dante upon seeing Lucy enter the room full of people “here she comes” accompanied by Rylan and serene.
Lucy didn’t paid any heed to him, ventured further into the room and mingled seeing Emilio and his mate standing not that far talking along serene with her, before Dante could catch up to them.
“You here” Joseph Emilio’s mate asked Lucy
“All I feel, I just stepped into war zone already” Lucy muttered in reply
“And running like that going to help you how?” serene countered back
“Buying time” Lucy replied
On the other hand Dante introduced himself to seething alpha of Europe “I reckon we haven’t met before, I’m alpha Dante”
“Well I can’t say we haven’t met” Rylan courtesy said “but, it nice to finally meet you again”
“Well I don’t remember our previous meeting” Dante coyly replied “but, hoping to form acquaintance with you”
“Well only time will tell” Rylan said excused himself to introduce him to the host family.
“mum” Lucy called her mother “what are you planning? There is half of the family is here and so does Emilio and his family, their parents are you trying to butcher me or them.”
“What are you talking about?” Barbara enquired her daughter “why you have to be so dramatic?”
“Dramatic? Me” Lucy asked astonished “I get that you want to do right by me but, inviting so many people aren’t you afraid it might not go as you planned” breathing heavily
Barbra on the other hand seems in full control of her emotions “what are you afraid of?” asked her daughter “because let me tell you I’m not afraid and yes I want to do right by you but, not just you your kids too. They have been wronged too, deprived of love of family, grandparents so much more. I wanted to show your father what he said or done to you was wrong. To show your sister how disappointed I’m in her?”
“Sometimes we have to let past knock on our door” she muttered to her daughter “so that we can have the closure and move onto better horizons of life.”
Lucy heard her mother loud and clear “I know, I believe that too”
“that’ good” Barbara said “let’s go, it’s time to show them who’s the boss” with the support of her mother Lucy felt at ease and ready to face it once and for all to close this chapter, a final closure.
“What a pleasure to see you Lucy?” Mrs Eva Collins, Dante’s mother said
“it’s been while” Lucy replied
“c’mon mom” Zeena cut through their conversation “ she finally decided to crawl out of her hole, for what? Gain sympathy”
“its your way of talking” serene jumped to their conversation “ or you just naturally a bitch because if so, it’s not attractive; so old school”
“calling someone else to clean your own shit huh, Lucy” Zeena spat again
“hmmm” serene hummed “charming, well let me introduce myself Luna serene Rent, first cousin of Alpha King of Europe”
Zeena sat a little stunned but, quickly recovered “now you letting royals play your dirty game, little sister. Nothing new there, you always let others do your dirty work. Let me tell you darling fight you own battles.”
Lucy couldn’t help but, chuckled “oh Zeena I fear for you, what if you can’t take? What I have stored for you? Will you break because, let me tell you darling, when I fight there’s no left to retaliate” and left Zeena seething.
“Elijah, it’s been long time” Dante called to his nephew, joining their circle.
“not necessarily uncle” Elijah replied “we have never been close, to begin with”
“Can’t we change that” Dante asked “it’s never too late”
“Yeah it’s true” Elijah agreed “but, too bad I don’t want to”
“Just like your dad, huh” Dante chimed “straight to point, but what I see you seen to get along with your peers” mentioning the Lucy’s children and Jordy, Julio too.
“well why wouldn’t I?” Elijah questioned “they after all is my family” smirked at him
“Well its great you considered our guest as family” Dante appreciated
“Consider?” Elijah “you humour me, why would I just consider them family” when they actually my cousins.” Coaxing his uncle into fury
“Cousin?” Dante questioned again his grip on glass in his hand tightened, at the point of breaking it.
“Stop playing along uncle Dante” Elijah said in all seriousness “it doesn’t suites you”
Dante was seething but, smiled nevertheless “nephew let me share a secret with you, don’t play the game you can’t finish because, it will be you being crushed to ashes when it come to it?”
Elijah threw his head back and laughed “oh uncle Dante, I pity you” matched his uncle fury head on.
“I suggest, as an alpha composes yourself” piped the voice of eight year old Julio “otherwise it will ruin your already ruined image” meeting the stare of seething alpha with rage.
“You little…” Dante proceed to say only to be cut off before, he could complete his sentence.
“listen to the boy alpha” Antalia advised “he got better composer than you”
Dante chuckled lacking all emotions “you younglings think sprouting nonsense like that want me lose; my cool huh, listen again carefully don’t go against me. I’m not that forgiving, family or no family.”
“Now you listen Alpha Dante” Antalia matched his look, closed off every emotions; looking like a girl on mission “first, you definitely not our family. Second, don’t threaten otherwise it would be you licking wounds at the end and third, forgiveness I definitely won’t be giving.”
“Such big words, don’t suite a girl like you” Dante advised
“Mocking huh” Antalia further fuelled him “I don’t make empty promises, alpha” keep on staring right into his eyes, she knows doing that for much longer will automatically consider as the challenge but, that’s what she won’t to show him they have been raised better, stronger, braver and wiser but, that could be debatable, sometimes.
Antalia only waived her stare when Jed touched her shoulder drawing her back; which she did without making fuss?
“It seems like your brother knows what to do?” Dante gestured him withdrawing her from the staring contest they been indulged into.
“oh” Jed pondered “don’t get me wrong? I could definitely let her challenge you but,…”
“but, don’t want to see her lose” Dante mocked “oh, sibling love”
Jed just smirked “no, actually it would be pity to see you losing to a girl, when in reality I want that person; to whom you lose?”
“you kids are hilarious” Dante stated “what Lucy being teaching you all these years? Daydreaming?”
“I agree with kid there” Jed told him sincerely “I do pity you” before anyone could say voice of Aaron cut them off “what’s going on here?”
“Oh nothing uncle” Jed replied “just making conversation” with last glance he too step aside from his line of vision. But, Dante being himself finally lost his composure, forgotten glass of whiskey he threw onto the floor, filled with rage. He couldn’t take anymore and he wanted answers, his wolf soul wanted some answers; catching the attention of every soul in the room.
Lucy rushed towards her kids with Rylan right behind her. “What are you doing? Are you gone nuts?”
“I want answers” Dante directly asked.
“and why would I give them to you?” Lucy countered back viciously “tell me alpha Dante, why would I give them to you?”
“don’t test my patience Lucy” Dante reprimanded her “I deserve them” put his foot down”
“you make me laugh Dante” Lucy spat “by which right do you deserve to ask me for answers, huh; by what right?”
Dante couldn’t fight her on this accusation, “I would ask one more time Lucy, one more time. Are they my kids?”
“What do you think?” Lucy asked him instead “when you already know deep down in your heart?”
“are they or are they not Lucy” Dante asked over his heavy breathing “are they or are they not” he finally shouted stunning everyone in the room, even Lucy was taken aback by the force but; steeling herself for the sake of her kids and finally moving head on, meeting his force Lucy, too loud and clear; finally said the words, first time out in many years, not fearing the outcome: