We’d been walking forever.
I glanced over at Ash and Jay, who both looked equally as exhausted as I was, and sighed. All I wanted to do was lay down and sleep for a year.
I couldn’t understand why we weren’t allowed to drive to Hakkon’s kingdom, but his reason was that this would get my stamina up. Apparently my training started as soon as we left the pack house.
He didn’t even let us stop and rest at all. It got to the point where his brothers begged him to let us take a break but whatever they said went in one of Hakkon’s big ears and out the other.
I pulled one of the many water bottles out of my backpack and chugged about half of it. I was pretty sure we’d been walking for eight hours straight by now, and I’d already drank most of my water. If we didn’t get to our destination soon I was going to fun out of food and water.
“How long until we get to your kingdom?” I demanded, completely fed up with the whole situation. I was kind enough to agree to saving the werewolf kind and this is what I got in return?
“Not much longer, child.” Hakkon replied.
“My name is Liza.” I snapped. For some reason Hakkon really liked to make me mad by calling me anything other than my name.
He just shrugged in reply and picked up pace. We almost had to jog to keep up with him.
“Look!” Jay yelled, pointing to something in the distance.
I struggled to see what he was saw, but after a while I made out what looked like the top of a castle.
That must be the kingdom. We were finally almost there after twelve hours of walking.
Once everyone else saw what Jay did, our pace quickened.
As we got closer to the structure Asher, Jay, and I all chatted about how beautiful it was and how excited we were to sleep.
In no time at all we were standing in front of a giant wall that surrounded the whole kingdom. The only way inside was a huge metal door.
“Ava, we’re back. Let us in.” Hakkon commanded into a little intercom I didn’t notice before.
A second later the doors swung open and a pretty brunette was standing in the entry.
“Welcome back.” She greeted warmly.
I liked her immediately, she seemed kind, and she looked about my age so maybe we could be friends while I trained.
“Ava, can you show our guests to their rooms? They will be using the three in the east wing.” Hakkon said.
“We’ll only be needing two rooms.” Asher interrupted.
“We don’t allow males and females to share a room unless they’re married.” Hakkon sternly told us.
“She’s my mate, and she’s in potential danger. I’m not leaving her side.” Ash stubbornly argued.
Hakkon shook his head, he wasn’t changing his mind.
“C’mon Hakkon, they’re going to get married one day, they should be allowed to share a room.” Ava took our side.
“The answer is no!” He yelled.
The more Asher, Ava and Hakkon argued, the angrier I got. Why couldn’t I just share a room with my mate? It wasn’t that big of a deal.
My hands started to shake and I could feel energy building up in my palms. It felt like something was taking over me. I wasn’t in control anymore.
Like last night, my hands came up in front of me, only this time I didn’t use air. I could feel the energy leaving my hands and shooting in the direction of Hakkon, and in a matter of seconds he was laying on the ground and smoke was coming from him.
“I’m so sorry! I didn’t mean to!” I exclaimed, running over to him.
I dropped to my knees beside him and put a hand on his chest. I couldn’t hear his heart beating and he wasn’t breathing. I killed him.
Tears started falling down my cheeks as something took over me again, only this time I knew it was something good.
I poured all the energy I had into him, willing him to come back to life.
I didn’t know how I knew to do what I was doing, but I let my instincts take over and slowly everything around me disappeared until all that was left was Hakkon and I. I felt unbelievably tired, but before I passed out I saw his eyes snap open.
A smile spread over my face as my eyelids closed and darkness consumed me.
I had to admit, what Liza did scared me. I mean she killed a guy and then brought him back to life.
But I was also comforted by the fact that she could take care of herself.
I was still going to protect her and risk my life for her if that was what it came to, but I was glad she had these powers.
And let me tell you, Hakkon got a big wake up call. He was not going to mess with my little mate ever again.
I turned to Jay who has been completely lost in thought ever since we got here.
“Dude, snap out of it.” I whispered, careful not to wake up Liza, who was in bed behind the door we stood at.
“What?” Jay asked, his eyes scrunched in confusion.
“You haven’t said a word since we got here. I mean, did you see anything that Liza did!” I exclaimed in a hushed voice.
“Yeah, crazy shit.” He said flatly.
Usually he would freak out over something like what Liza did, something wasn’t right with him.
“What’s wrong?” I asked, concern clear in my voice.
“Nothing. Do you know where Ava is?” He changed the subject.
Why would he want to see Ava?
“The last time I saw her, she was in there.” I told him, pointing to the door across from us.
“Oh, okay.” Was all he said before walking over and knocking on her door.
Ava opened it and stepped aside to let Jay in. Neither of them said a word.
What in the world was going on with them? Did they already know each other?
I heard Liza move around in bed and decided to wake her up. Whatever was going on with Jay was going to have to wait. Liza was my first priority.
I quietly walked into our room and sat down on the edge of the bed.
My little mate looked so beautiful and peaceful when she was asleep. Her face was relaxed and her lips were turned up into a light smile.
I scooted closer to her, brushing some hair off of her forehead, and as soon as my fingers made contact with her skin her eyes fluttered opened.
“How are you feeling?” I whispered.
A frown crept onto her face as she tried to remember what happened.
“Is Hakkon okay?” She frantically questioned, sitting up in bed.
“He’s fine.” I assured her.
“B-but he was dead. I killed him.” She stuttered, clearly upset with the situation.
“He’s fine, I promise. You brought him back to life.” I told her.
Her eyes widened and her mouth dropped opened.
“I can do that?” She breathed.
“I guess so.” I said, leaning down to give her a quick peck on the lips.
“Now get some rest.” I softly ordered.
She gave me a small smile, “As long as you stay with me.”
I gazed into her stunning grey eyes and saw nothing but fear.
“I’ll never leave you.” I told her firmly.
She sighed in relief, visibly relaxing.
“Do you love me?” She asked after a couple minuets of silence.
“Of course I love you.” I told her without hesitation. I loved her more than anything else in the world.
“Will you always love me?” She questioned, looking up at me with hope in her eyes.
“Forever and always.”
She gave me a face splitting grin before settling back into bed.
I laid down next to her and pulled the covers over us before wrapping my arms around her waist and pulling her to my chest.
Every day the pain and guilt of losing my mate got more unbearable.
But that was my punishment.
I never should have gone to that party and left Hanna at the pack house. I should have been there to protect her when the group of rogues attacked.
I could sit around all day thinking of what I should have done, but it didn’t make the pain go away. The only thing that could ever make make things better was having Hanna back.
Or at least that what I thought.
But everything changed when that big metal door to the kingdom opened and I saw her. Ava.
She had long chestnut brown hair and bright green eyes that hypnotized me as soon as I saw them. She was perfect.
For the second time in my life my wolf screamed “MATE!”
But that wasn’t possible. Werewolves only get one mate. Never in our history has a werewolf had more than one mate.
But somehow I had two.
This was my second chance.
This time I was going to get it right.
The whole time we were at the threshold of the kingdom I couldn’t take my eyes off of her.
Not when everyone was arguing about who was sleeping where.
Not when Liza shot some kind of energy at Hakkon, killing him.
And not when she brought him back to life.
It wasn’t until Ava ran into the castle that I snapped back to reality, and even then I didn’t really pay attention to what was going on around me.
The only thing running though my mind was that I had to see Ava again.
I followed Asher absentmindedly until I found myself outside of Liza's room.
I asked Asher if he knew where Ava was the first chance I got and when he pointed to a door across the hall I immediately walked over to it and knocked three times.
The door quickly swung open and revealed Ava, as if she was waiting for me, and without a word I stepped into her room.
“What do you want?” She whispered so Asher wouldn’t overhear us.
“I had to see you.” I told her. Didn't she want to see me too?
“I heard you had a mate and she died. How are w-” She started to say but I cut her off.
“I got a second chance.”
“No werewolf has ever had a second mate!” She exclaimed quietly.
“There’s a first time for everything, baby.” I flirted, a lazy smile on my face.
She blushed and looked down, making my heart skip a beat. Everything she did was adorable.
“I’ve waited a long time for you.” She whispered.
I reached out and gently tilted her head up so she'd meet my gaze.
“I’ve waited a long time for the pain to go away, and you made that possible. Thank you.”
“We should go downstairs to eat, I’m starving.” She muttered, efficiently changing the subject.
I nodded and took her hand, letting her lead my downstairs.
Now that I found her everything made sense. I'd do everything possible to make this girl happy.