Chapter Thirteen: Gate of Tartarus
Alyssa found me that next morning.
I was in the courtyard--admittedly--hiding.
Alyssa was the first person who had found out about me. How would she take this news?
She dropped down on the grass beside me, looking up at the sky. It was a cloudy day, with my heightened senses, I could make out the smell of coming rain.
"You know you have a lot of explaining to do, right?" Lyssa asked, never once removing her gaze from the cloudy sky.
I sighed. "Yeah, I know."
"So, you're Moon Blessed? Like Reya?"
Lyssa's eyes were wide and her mouth was slightly agape. We were in the library, despite the fact class was currently in session. Apparently, even though I hadn't fully be instated as Luna, I still got special priveleges. One of those priveleges was the ability to go to class whenever I damn well pleased.
Explaining things to Lyssa wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Once I started from the beginning, the words just came easy after that. Suddenly, it was like a weight was being lifted off my shoulders.
My Wolf was silently antsy as I talked. She couldn't shake the feeling that Lyssa was in trouble. She whined silently as I took in the girl in front of me. Lyssa was carefully thinking through all the things I'd told her, her gaze far away.
Maybe Zeus would try to come for Alyssa once he realized his attempt to send Furies to kill me had failed. My Wolf paced, teeth bared. Lyssa was a part of our Pack, we would protect her, no matter what the cost.
"Then, does that mean you have all the abilities Reya had?" Lyssa wondered, focusing her gaze on me.
"Abilities like what?"
"Well, you shot white light from your hands, so there's one. But, hold on, there's a book in here about it somewhere..."
Lyssa got up, mumbling to herself and disappeared, searching for the book she was talking about. She returned shortly with a small, yet thick leather bound book.
"Here it is. It's a book all about Reya. Her abilities, her weaknesses. The whole nine yards," Lyssa was saying, flipping through the pages of the old book carefully.
I leaned in close, my eyes taking in this book Lyssa had found in shock.
"I've been researching Reya for the past couple of days and I never saw this book," I said.
"Yeah, it's a pretty popular book," Lyssa told me, shrugging. "As you may have guessed, Reya is a pretty big deal to Wolves. Ah, here it is." She pointed to a page in the book. "It says here that Reya--who was the first and only Moon Blessed Wolf in history--was Bitten, much like yourself. She met her Mate, felt Heat, Wolf was awakened blah blah blah. She exhibited abilities that went far beyond the norm. She could manipulate moonlight and turn it into tools or objects. She could use moonlight to teleport. Once underneath moonlight, she became stronger and faster than other Wolves, making her more unbeatable than any Alpha.
"Ooo, and this is neat," Lyssa said, leaning forward until her nose almost touched the book. "It says she could also heal. But it says when there is no moonlight, her powers don't work. She draws her abilities from the moon."
Lyssa sat back in her seat and looked at me, eyes wide with wonder.
"Do you think you can do that stuff, too?" she asked.
"I don't know," I admitted. "When those Furies came at me, my Wolf did most of the work. She knew exactly what to do. Just like Selene said she would."
Lyssa nodded once.
"How about this? Practice your abilities when you can. You need to strengthen them. You can't rely on your Wolf to save you all the time. If this Dolos guy is as unpredictable as you say he is, he might use silver to mute your Wolf and leave you on your own."
"Silver? We actually can be hurt by silver?"
Lyssa nodded, her eyebrows pulling together as if she were recalling some unpleasant memory.
"Oh, yeah. It hurts like a bitch. Your skin sizzles and you can feel your insides burning. It's the purest form of torture."
"So, work on my abilities. Check." I sighed. "I don't know why it has to be me Dolos is after. I'm not cut out for this."
"Apparently the Moon Goddess thinks you are. You didn't die from the Wolf Bite, that should be enough to tell you that you're meant for great things, Tanaya."
The bell rang, signaling the end of third period.
"Come on, let's get to class," I said, standing up.
I would worry about my abilities another time.
Marc was pacing the room, canines sharp, fingernails more like claws, eyes black as night. I could feel the anger pouring off of his Wolf. He was bloodthirsty.
"Are you okay, Marc?" I asked, quietly, walking into the room and setting down my books.
His eyes flickered in my direction and, before I could even blink, he was in front of me, pulling me into his arms. Like always, tingles shot through my body and the Bond did a twerk routine.
"Marc..." my voice was muffled against his shoulder, he buried his face deep within my neck, his breathing uneven.
My Wolf took over my hands, raising them up to stroke his soft hair. His tense stance relaxed almost immediately, leaning into my touch. His Wolf purred at the contact.
"What's wrong?" I asked.
"Trespassers," he said, his voice thick with anger. "One of my warriors caught the scent of five human trespassers. Humans don't come around here. Humans look at this school and the people in it and are automatically afraid of it."
I thought back to my first day arriving at this school. It seemed so long ago, but in reality it was only two weeks ago. The driver who had bought me here had hightailed out of here faster than you could say "Boo!"
"Maybe they were drunk, horny teenagers who ended up here, wanting to deface school property," I suggested, but Marc was already shaking his head.
"That's the thing, they weren't on school property, they were in the woods, hovering over our borders. Those woods are dangerous for Humans. Unless you're a Hunter."
My eyes widened and I pulled back, looking him in the eye. His face was dead serious.
"B-but after that war, Hunters and Wolves signed a peace treaty. Hunters wouldn't just break it, would they?"
Marc was quiet for a moment, before he sighed and said, "I don't know, Tanaya. I hope I'm wrong, I really do. But if it was Hunters who snuck onto our territory, that's cause for war. In that treaty it states, we stay out of their territory and they stay out of ours. Sneaking on our territory like this would be their way of declaring war."
We were both quiet for a moment, when suddenly Marc stiffened, his eyes going out of focus as if he were concentrating on something.
"The head warrior of my Pack just contacted me, I have to go meet him now." He looked at me, softly. "Get some sleep, okay."
I nodded as he pressed his lips to my cheek. My heart jolted and the Bond sang.
Once he was gone, I took the opportunity to think.
Selene had come to me in a vision once in the middle of class. In the vision, she had been in the middle of a battlefield, and she'd said to me that history is doomed to repeat itself.
Were the Hunters truly declaring war on us?
I needed to talk to Selene right now. Where the hell was she at moments like this?
"You summoned me, daughter?" Selene murmured from behind me.
I made so odd noise between a yelp and a yell and spun around to meet the slightly amused eyes of Selene. Today she was dressed in a classy, long sleeved midnight blue dress, her dark hair spilling over the fabric. She looked exactly like a goddess.
"Summon you?" I squeaked, eyes wide. "Holy crap, I can do that?"
Her lips twitched as if she were trying very hard not to laugh.
"You can. I told you last night, your power grows every day."
My eyes were wide as I processed what she had just said. So, apparently, I was able to summon Selene whenever the hell I wanted. Go figure.
"I have a question."
She nodded, her eyes telling me to continue.
"That vision you showed me, of that battlefield. You said that history was doomed to repeat itself. Now, Marc thinks Hunters have entered our territory, which is like this declaration of war. Did you foresee this?"
Selene was quiet as she gathered her thoughts.
"I did not foresee Hunters entering your territory, no. But I did foresee a war. Wherever Dolos goes, treachery follows."
"Dolos? He did this?"
"He has already started a war on Olympus, and now he has started one on Earth, too. Daughter, if you can, you must stop this war. Innocent bystanders will be hurt if this war begins."
I sighed, placing my forefinger and thumb against the bridge of my nose, breathing deeply.
"How am I supposed to stop a war?" I asked. "I don't even know how to fully control my abilities."
Selene smiled softly.
"When the time is right, you will know."
I sighed a second time. "You keep saying that. Are all gods and goddesses as cryptic as you?"
Selene looked amused yet again, before she grew eerily serious.
"You must not tell anyone that you can summon me. For your safety as well as the safety of your Mate and your Pack. If people found out about your ability to summon me, it would be like opening the gates of Tartarus and releasing the most damned of souls onto Earth. No good can come of people finding out about your ability to summon me."
I nodded. "Okay," I said.
"Be strong, daughter," she said, as she began to disappear. "Tough times are ahead."