My eyes shot opened. Did he really just say that or was I dreaming?
Suddenly I was wide awake.
He couldn’t love me. I had too much baggage. I was still broken! And what if I couldn't love him back? There was a wall inside of me that I had to break down before I could truly let him in, and I didn't know how to do that.
I stared at him, shocked and silent.
“Liza I-I’m sorry if that was too fast. I just- I don’t know.” he stuttered, unable to meet my eyes. I think I even saw some pink in his cheeks.
I was happy that he loved me, for the first time in my life someone truly cared about me, but I couldn't understand why.
“No, no. It’s okay.” I reassured him, hating how dejected he looked. My reaction was not the one he expected and I horrible about it.
“Well, goodnight.” He muttered when I turned over so my back was to him, unable to face the sadness in his eyes any longer.
“Night.” I whispered back.
I couldn't believe I just told Liza I loved her. How could I be so stupid? It was all way too fast for her.
I didn’t mean to overwhelm her but my wolf got the better of me and I blurted it out.
She looked so shocked and confused, unable to say anything back to me, and it ripped my heart apart. A little piece of me hoped she loved me back, even though we barely knew each other. I just figured our mate bond was as powerful for her as it was for me.
Now it was awkward between us, all because I couldn't keep my mouth shut, and I had no idea how to fix it.
When I knew Liza was asleep I slipped out of bed and headed for the door. I needed to clear my head and the best way to do that was to run.
I quietly exited the room, and when I was halfway down the stairs I ran into someone.
“Hey man.” Jay whispered.
“Hey.” I whispered back, confused about why he was up so late.
“What’s wrong?” He asked before I could question what he was doing.
I shrugged, “I kinda accidentally told Liza I love her.”
His eyes widened in his shock but his face was a question mark.
“She wasn’t ready to hear that yet. I don’t think she’s even fully let me in.” I explained.
“So, where are you going?” He asked, changing the subject when he saw how upset I was.
“I need to run.” I told him, slowly continuing down the stairs.
Jay fell into stride with me, “Mind if I join?”
And with that we headed downstairs, outside, and into the woods.
I really was lucky to have a friend, and future Beta, like Jay. He was always there when I needed him.
We were running through a clearing in the woods when something to the right caught my eye.
I slowed down and walked in that direction, curiosity getting the best of me.
Jay was beside me in a second.
“What are you doing man?” He questioned through the mind link.
“I saw something.” I answered.
As we got closer I made out three figures.
“They’re wolves.” Jay observed.
I sniffed the air and sure enough they were wolves from a different pack.
“Who are you, and why are you in my territory?” I questioned them in my Alpha voice.
“We are the Basilicus pack, and we have come to find the girl from the prophecy.” The largest one of the group answered.
“Well you're not going to find her here.” I told them.
“Oh but she is here. And we suspect that she lives in your pack house.” The smallest one spoke up.
“Come with us.” I ordered.
The five of us made our way back, and Jay and I shifted once we arrived to the house so we could all go inside.
I headed straight for my father's office, knowing that was the best place to find him, while Jay and the strangers waited by the front door.
“Who did you bring home?” He questioned me in a hushed voice when I stepped into the room.
“Three wolves saying they were looking for a girl from some prophecy. They said they're from the Basilicus pack.” I told him.
The blood drained from my father's face.
“What?” I asked, worried. He never showed his emotions and right now he looked scared.
“They're royalty, from the highest ranking pack.” Was all he could manage.
Wait what? Royalty?
Jay chose now to bring them in, and through the mind link I told him what my father told me.
His face paled to match my father's and probably mine too.
My father stood up with his hand outstretched, “I’m Alpha Brian.” He introduced formally, shaking their hands.
The largest stranger, probably the leader of the three, replied “I am Hakkon, and these are my younger brothers Malakai and Lorenzo.”
The even had fancy royalty names.
“Why are you on my land?” My father asked, getting straight to the point.
“We have come for the girl from the prophecy.” Hakkon answered.
My fathers scrunched his eyebrows in confusion, “Why are you so sure this girl is here?”
“The seeker has seen her here.” Lorenzo spoke up this time.
What the hell was a seeker?
“Seeker?” Jay repeated, just as confused as me.
“The one who can seek the future, or seek the location of important people.” Malakai took his turn speaking.
I was about to say something when Hakkon, Lorenzo and Malaki’s heads snapped to the door as it opened.
“Sorry, I was trying to find the bathroom.” Liza's melodic voice made its way to my ears.
I immediately walked over to her and put a protective arm around her waist.
“It’s her.” Hakkon breathed.