Terra (The Vulgri Hybrids Book One)

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Chapter 16

| Nathalia |

I smiled at my phone, feeling silly. I also sent a quick text to Cassy that I’m going somewhere with my mate.

“Is that your Prince?” Lana asked. We were currently heading out of the Ilwani building.

I tucked my phone into my bag before answering her. “Yep.”

Lana looked me over, a sneer forming on her lips. “I thought you have a gig tonight? I was planning to watch.”

“Oh, that.” I chuckled. “I’ll sing for you solo next time. My prince might destroy the club if I go back there.”

She shook her head. “I’m happy for you. But always be vigilant, okay?”

I smacked her back. “Yes, mother.”

Theo was already waiting at the hood of his car. His hair was tied today and I couldn’t help but swoon over him all over again.

I grasped Lana’s hand and forced her to meet Theo. I introduced them to each other, with Lana morphing into her snobbish self. I swear this girl has an alter ego.

“Hi. Theodore Rolf.” Theo held out his hand.

Lana accepted his hand and shook it lightly. “I know you, Your Highness. I’m Lana George.”

I made a face at Lana when she was giving him the ‘eye’, like Theo’s gonna rape me or something. But I appreciate her protectiveness. “Alright, ha ha ha, that’s enough. You can go now, Lana dear.” I made a motion of shooing her which she responded with an eye roll and turned away.

When she was far gone, I turned to Theo and gave him a timid smile.

He smiled back and pulled me into a hug, kissing the top of my head. I inhaled his scent, a feeling of contentment wrapped around me. It’s good that the parking lot was still empty so we can avoid unwanted rumors flowing around.

Releasing me, he went to the door and opened it for me.

“Why thank you, my prince,” I said, performing a curtsy.

“Stop being cute, my mate. We won’t reach our destination if you keep that up.” He said, biting his bottom lip, his eyes shining.

I waved my hand dismissively. “I can’t help it. I’m naturally cute.” Grinning, I went inside his posh car, the interior still impressing me. It must have been nice to be born rich.

I focused on my magic and summoned my wolf out, letting her share the moment together with our mate.

We drove out of the Mesina compound and into human territory. We already passed by the road to his pack’s land so I guess he would take me someplace else. I don’t really care where as long as I was with him.

“About that fight,” He spoke, scowling at the road.

“Oh don’t bother. I’m doing it,” I told him with a pointed look. “It’s an honorable fight and I won’t have others looking at me like I’m a loser. That’s not the way I roll.”

“I thought about it and I knew you wouldn’t agree to concede. You’re too stubborn for that.”

I scoffed. “Damn right.”

He gave me a sideways glance. “So you better win fast, okay? Make it better for the two of us.”

“I heard my opponent was quite a good fighter.” I shrugged. “But don’t worry about me, I broke Jade Lynx’s leg remember?” I shuddered, remembering my cruelty.

He sighed. “Just don’t underestimate your opponent.”

“I know.” Without asking for permission, I turned his radio on. “Oooh, I like this song!”

Moving my head to the beat of the song, I began singing along. “...The cabinets are bare and I’m unaware of just how we got into this mess...”

Banging my head and bouncing my body in the seat, I sang the entire song with Theo listening, a smile tugging at the corner of his lips. After singing along to two more songs, I got tired and leaned my head on Theo’s shoulder. He kissed my forehead and I couldn’t help but notice that he has some forehead fetish. He kept on doing that but I found it sweet so I let it be.

He took me to a fancy Asian restaurant and I gasped, asking him how he knew I love Asian food.

“I’m a good observer,” he replied.

Gosh. He kept on swaying my heart, I’m scared that he will eventually melt all my walls away.

The rest of the night was perfect and we talked about random things like we were not star-crossed lovers, our doom waiting around the corner.

For the first time in my life, I wanted something so bad. I wanted to be with him and to spend the rest of my life by his side.

That night, I slept with a smile on my face, temporarily letting go of all my grudge and trepidation.

***

Because I wanted to be with Theo a lot more, I asked him if I could use his forest as my training ground for the week in preparation for the duel that was about to come. He offered to train with me so I gladly accepted.

Surrounded by trees and bramble, I told Theo to stay a good six feet away from me. I opened my right palm and summoned a tropical vine, thick enough to pass as a whip. I wrapped it in my palm and did the same with my other hand.

Looking at Theo’s eyes, I lashed the whip at him aiming to wrap his wrist but he moved so fast that I missed. Groaning, I tried it with the other and missed again. We were circling each other now, with me trying to hit him and missing all the time.

“I give up!” I screamed. He stopped moving and raised his eyebrows at me. I smirked and two new vines came from the ground, encircling both his feet.

“Ha!” I pointed at him. “I got you there, my prince.”

He scoffed. “Nice one.” Then he broke free like it was nothing. “You’re not trying, mate.”

“Okay, okay. Going serious now. You’re lucky I’m keeping my wolf down.” I taunted.

He cocked his head to the side. “Come on now, time is wasting.”

Releasing more of my mana, I let go of my whips and summoned boulders of rocks. “Try dodging these, mate.” I sent it all flying to him, intent on crushing him with it.

He managed to avoid some and crush those bigger rocks with his fists. He jumped to a branch of a tree, and I followed him with more attacks, sometimes making the ground soft so he would be forced to move.

I observed that he was not attacking, only defending himself so I stopped, huffing from our exercise through the forests. I fixed everything that I destroyed and placed the forest back to normal.

“Let’s stop here. I better train with Lana. It’s useless training with you,” I pouted. “You’re not even attacking.”

He laughed. “I don’t want to hurt you.”

“That’s why this is useless!” I wailed in frustration.

He chuckled and walked towards me, capturing my hands. “Let’s rest first, baby.” He pulled off his shirt and lay it on the ground. “Lie here.”

“How about you?” I asked, eyeing the shirt.

He shrugged and lay flat on the ground beside his shirt, not minding the dirt. I followed suit and lay my head and back on his shirt. He propped his head on his elbow when I’m fully supine.

“Baby, how about running with me after we finish the academy?” he asked.

I studied him for a while, his eyes told me that he was serious. I tried to humor him. “Where would we go?”

“Somewhere far, with the humans. Anywhere,” he suggested.

Sighing, I looked at the sky above us. Our situation was the total opposite of how clear it was. “Our parents did that and they were killed,” I said softly.

He stroked the side of my face with his knuckles, his touch tender and soothing. “I’m sorry, baby.”

I changed my position so that I was facing him. I touched his chest and played with the coarse hairs in between his pectorals. “Lana has a plan. She’s a hybrid too like me.” I confessed.

“Really?” He asked, surprised at my admission.

I nodded slowly. “Yeah, an Ilwani and a Suuri.” I smiled. “She’s a dragon, isn’t she so cool?”

“Wow,” he said, processing what I said.

“I know right? Wow.”

“So what’s the plan?” he asked, catching my hand and bringing it to his lips.

I gazed at his pale blue eyes. “We fight. We follow the Third Oracles’ prophecy and form this coven that was supposed to be powerful enough to overthrow the council. Something like that.”

“Overthrow the council,” he murmured.

I smiled sadly at him. “We might be fighting on opposite sides in the future.”

“That’s never gonna happen. No matter what, I’ll be on your side.” He promised.

“Even if it’s against your father, your kingdom?”

“Yes. Even if it’s against the world.”

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