By running in my wolf form, my wrists were healed, and I had calmed down. It hurt so much to think that my mate had hurt me. Something inside my heart knew that Dylan didn’t do this purposely, but I didn’t want to go back. Not just yet. So, I ran for an hour to distract myself and take my mind off of everything. When the time came, I changed back into my human form and went behind the tree to change back into my clothes.
Feeling a sudden surge of confidence, I strode towards the house but stopped when I saw no guards anywhere around the house. This was weird because they were always around the house for protection. After all Dylan is royalty.
Making a mental note of this, I pushed the door opened but nothing could have prepared me about the sight in front of me. I saw the living room in a mess. Sofas were thrown over, tables were smashed, papers everywhere and holes in the wall. I saw Dylan sitting in the corner and he had his hands in his knees. It looked like he was crying but I couldn’t be sure. What had caused him to do this?
As soon as I stepped on a piece of glass, Dylan’s face suddenly jolted up. He quickly stood up and came towards me. His eyes were blood shot red and he looked vulnerable. This was a side that I haven’t seen of Dylan before and right now, I felt sorry for him. My wolf whined in my head, my heart hurt seeing Dylan in this state. He was my mate at the end of the day, and I couldn’t deny that the mate bond was strong. Seeing Dylan in this state made me want to cuddle him and comfort him but I couldn’t, not after he had hurt me. My mind was telling me to stay strong whereas my heart was begging me to comfort him. I was battling my emotions.
Dylan spoke softly, “I was looking for you everywhere. I thought you had left me all alone. I know that I may not be the mate you were looking for, but I need you. You have no idea how much either, but I cannot live without you. I can’t start to tell you how sorry I am for hurting you. Believe me that was never my intention. I was so angry with myself that I destroyed this living room. I tried to get hurt so I can feel the same pain as you, but it never worked. Scarlet I want you to hurt me. Please. So, I can feel the pain you went through otherwise I will never forgive myself.”
After hearing Dylan’s explanation, I felt all my doubt and anger towards him go. One look at his eyes and you could see his guilt. He wanted me to hurt him so he can feel the same pain as I did. That alone told me everything I needed to know but I wouldn’t be able to hurt my mate. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I shook my head and let the tears fall. My vision was blurry with my tears and I felt Dylan wipe the tears away with his finger. Tingles spread throughout my body and I shivered.
Dylan didn’t know the effect he had on me; even I had no idea the effect I had on him. Dylan was showing me a side of him that I never thought that I would see. He opened up to me and showed me how vulnerable he really is.
I slowly walked towards him and Dylan prepared himself for the pain. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to hurt Dylan because I cared for him. I didn’t love him- not yet anyways but I cared for him. Although thinking about not loving him, just didn’t sit right with me. Again, it was like my body was arguing with itself. Something had happened that I didn’t know about, and I had to find out.
He didn’t even close his eyes but stared at me and clenched his fists. He was waiting for the pain. Instead of hurting him, I hugged him. I don’t know why I hugged him, but it just felt right. I felt him gasp in shock, but he slowly put his arms around my waist and pulled me closer. Tingles spread throughout my whole body and I shivered. Never in my life had I experienced something like this before and I knew that I would only get these moments with my mate.
“You don’t deserve any more pain. I think you have suffered enough Dylan.” I told him.
I loved this feeling and I knew what I had been missing out on, but for me this was all about Dylan. Dylan had suffered, I knew that and I also knew that he had to believe in himself before our relationship progressed.
We stayed hugging for a minute and then I reluctantly pulled away from Dylan. I looked at the floor, but Dylan pulled my chin up, so it met his chocolate eyes. Again, I felt sparks and was lost in Dylan’s eyes. I tried to see what he was hiding but he had a guard up. Sighing, I broke contact and decided it was best if I got someone to clean this mess up. As I looked round the room, I couldn’t help but laugh as I thought of the reactions of the poor cleaners.
Dylan was watching me with a straight face but that slowly changed to a smirk. He came up behind me and wrapped his arms around my waist. I gasped at the way my body reacted. It felt as though my body was made just for Dylan. That nagging feeling that I had known Dylan for longer was still there. Deep down, I felt that yesterday wasn’t our first meeting like I thought it was. Dylan seemed to sense my shock from his action, and he turned me around, so I was again looking in his chocolate eyes. He slowly bent down and kissed me on the cheek. I shivered in pleasure. I loved the sparks flowing through my body but realising what had happened I blushed and turned away.
Before Dylan could say anything I ran towards the kitchen. I saw there was a maid and I beckoned her over, she immediately obeyed. “Yes, Queen Luna? What can I do for you?” The maid asked politely.
She called me Queen Luna? Wow, news travels fast in this castle. I smiled at her and replied, “Um… Well there has been a bit of an accident in the living room. Please could you clean it up and order new furniture as well. Take some other people to help you.”
The maid smiled at me and I returned her smile and walked away. That poor maid, she’ll be in for a shock when she sees the mess. I was too busy thinking about what I could do to make Dylan care for me and for him to open up to me that I didn’t realise Dylan was standing there crossing his arms, I tripped over Dylan’s shoes and let out a little scream but I didn’t even touch the floor. I was pulled into Dylan’s arms and I opened my eyes and laughed. At first Dylan looked at me with a worried expression and then he smirked at me.
“So what were you thinking about so deeply that you didn’t see me. Also, when you are thinking you make this face which I find very cute.” Dylan’s deep voice sent shivers down my spine.
I blushed before answering, “Well that’s for me to know and you to find out. And thanks, I guess?”
Dylan nodded slowly, and I could tell that he was trying to work out what I was thinking about. Quickly I grabbed Dylan’s hand and started pulling him upstairs, time for part one of my plan. I could feel the sparks that were rushing through my body. As I approached our room, I heard noises from Aria’s room that shocked me to the core. It was also quite disturbing, and Dylan chuckled and whispered in my ear, “At least in our room we have sound proof walls.”
I gasped, and my cheeks went a dark crimson colour. I looked away from Dylan and quickly entered our bedroom with Dylan behind me and I shut the door. I sat on the bed and patted the space next to me, Dylan looked confused, but he didn’t question why I wanted him to sit there. It was then that my slow brain realised I called this room “our” not “his” or even “mine”. Holy shit was I falling faster than I thought?
“Ok so I thought that we could get to know each other better. We haven’t really talked much, so it’s a start.” I said, snapping out of my thoughts and trying not to let my nerves get the better of me.
Dylan slowly nodded, and I took that as yes go ahead. So, I asked him a few questions, “Ok… How old are you? What do you enjoy doing? What’s your favourite colour?”
Dylan answered, “I am 20 years old. My favourite colour is red. I like swimming, sleeping, food and making you happy.” I blushed from his last answer but also felt relieved that he does feel for me. I motioned for him to ask me questions.
He nodded and asked me, “Ok how old are you? What do you enjoy doing? What is your plan for the future?”
The last question shocked me a bit, but I knew what I was going to say, “I am 19 years old. I love cooking, baking and I love reading. My plans for the future are to have a life full of adventure and romance with my mate, and maybe some pups.”
Dylan smiled at my answer- he actually smiled, and I felt this warm feeling inside of me. We talked for about an hour and I got to know Dylan more, but I knew that there was something he was hiding from me. I knew better than to push Dylan because we had finally talked, and he was warming up to me. All in good time, I reassured myself.
After a while Dylan had to go and attend some pack business with Chris and said that Aria was on her way here. I smiled at him and he got up and opened the door to see Chris and Aria already there. Dylan briefly hugged Aria and left. It was nice seeing Dylan showing some affection for his cousin.
Aria rushed into my room and slammed the door, I jumped from the noise. She quickly jumped onto the bed and looked at me excitedly. “Ok, so tell me everything! How is my cousin? OMG, you should have seen everyone’s reactions when Dylan told them that you were his mate and if anyone hurts you, he will make the rouges kill them. This was after he went complete caveman and threw you over his shoulder. He promised your parents that he will look after you with every breath and asked them to bring your things here. Don’t worry; I put them all away for you. I know that you are a deep sleeper so I wouldn’t wake you up. Dylan was worried that I would.”
My eyes widened in surprise. Wow, Dylan said and did all that? That was when I was probably locked in this room. I smiled and shook my head at Aria. I said, “Well me and Dylan just got to know each other, and I know that our bond will grow stronger over time but at the moment we are taking things slow. I don’t really want to rush into things especially because I have only just met him.”
Aria nodded in agreement. We talked for ages. We also cried of laughter, something we do very often. Aria got excited saying we now lived together and were officially sisters. I left out the unpleasant noises I had heard from the today because it was a very awkward topic. Aria left because Chris was mind linking her. I hugged her and made sure that the bedroom door was locked. After the run today, I decided to get changed out of these clothes. Picking out some a pair of shorts and a tank top, I headed into the bathroom to change. My hair had fallen out of the bun, so I put it up into a ponytail and washed my face. I glanced at the clock and it was already 7 in the evening.
Singing to myself I went came out and gasped in shock at the sight in front of me. There was a dead boy on my floor in front of me. He looked like he was 5 years old and blood was spilling from his neck. I screamed. There was a note stapled to his arm and I was breathing heavily. The poor boy’s soulless eyes were staring right at me.
Dylan started banging on the door, demanding me to open it but I couldn’t move. My feet were rooted to the spot and I tried to speak but no words came out. Dylan started trying to knock down that door and I was trying to compose myself so that I can get that note. I just couldn’t touch this poor dead boys’ skin without crying. Tears were falling and my vision was getting blurry from my tears.
Dylan and some other men – including Chris knocked down the door but I could already feel myself getting weaker. The last thing I remember before my eyes closing was Dylan rushing to catch me and his chocolate eyes showing fear and worry…