Chapter Sixteen: Unafraid
It was so quiet, you could've heard a pen drop. Hell, you could've heard a Tick-Tack drop.
The Wolves all stared at me like I was the reincarnate of Selene. I just stood there awkwardly, shifting from foot to foot.
Marc burst through the doors at that moment, dressed in armor and flanked by thirty guards. His eyes, dark as night, shifted between all the Wolves before they moved to rest on me, relief flooding through them.
"I thought you were hurt," he said, coming to stand before me. His eyes went over to the Hunters who were all sprawled on the floor. "But I see you handled them."
I noticed Roxanna had been close behind him. She was dressed in more feminine armor, but still, she looked badass.
My Wolf didn't like the fact that this She-Wolf had been flanking him. She didn't like that this She-Wolf had been so close.
"Yeah, she handled them, alright?" Aria spoke up for the first time since seeing my abilities. "Your Mate is a lot more special than any of us ever thought."
Marc raised his eyebrow, looking between the awe-struck Wolves and me.
"What happened?" he asked, clearly realizing he'd missed something.
"Let's discuss that somewhere private," I told him.
"So, you're Moon Blessed?"
I nodded, watching him carefully. My Wolf was unafraid. Marc and his Wolf were made to love us and accept us no matter what. I, the human part, was not so sure.
What surprised me the most was how afraid I was. If Marc decided it was too hard to accept someone who talked to goddesses in her spare time, I realized I would be deeply disturbed if he just turned his back on me.
Again, I was reminded how much I had grown to care for him in the short amount of time I'd known it. For someone who was trying to fight the Mate Bond, I was already failing miserably.
I was shocked, though, when he just laughed.
"Why the hell are you laughing?" I asked. My lips had involuntarily turned up in a smile at the same time. The Bond was ablaze, it liked hearing him laugh. It liked the fact that we made him laugh, even if it was unintentional.
"It's just that I had an inkling you were probably Moon Blessed," he said, grinning. "You're my Mate, Tanaya. Whenever you were speaking to the Moon Goddess, I could feel it. I wasn't sure what it was I was feeling at first, but now I know.
"Besides, when you came here, you were a human who had been Bitten. The stories all say humans who are Bitten have Moon Blessed abilities, remember?"
"So, you knew?"
"I guessed." He smiled.
I breathed out a sigh of relief, peeping up at him through my lashes.
"So, you don't think I'm weird?"
"No, Tanaya, of course not," he said, coming to stand close to me. "You're special. That's nothing to be ashamed of. Our goddess chose you. You're firm proof of her existence. I don't think you're weird, little Mate. I think you're amazing."
My breath hitched in my throat as I stared into his eyes. He was still dressed in his armor, so when he pulled me close, the coolness from his armor was nice against my overheated skin.
My body relaxed against his and I closed my eyes, relief flooding through every cell of my body.
"Alpha," said a familiar female voice.
Marc and I turned to see Roxanna standing there. Her face was downcast, not meeting the eyes of her Alpha and Luna.
"The Hunters are captured and in custody," she said. "They're still unconscious. Whatever the Luna did to them took a toll. The head doctor thinks they'll be awake in a couple of hours."
Marc nodded. "Good. Let me know the minute they wake up. I'd like to have a word or two with them."
Roxanna nodded once and ducked out of the room as fast as she could.
"Okay, I can't take this anymore," I said, sighing and pulling away from him. "Who the hell is Roxanna to you? When I first saw you in that classroom, she was running her hands all over you. Then, after you announced I was your Mate, she kept...watching us. She acts exactly like a brokenhearted girlfriend. So, did you...date her?"
My Wolf held her breath and I did, too. This was a question we needed the answer to.
"Roxanna is the daughter of an Alpha from another Pack. You see, Alphas normally find their Mates when they're sixteen, but I hadn't. My parents assumed the worst. That maybe my Mate had died and that was why I hadn't met her. So, they set up a deal with Roxanna's father. If I hadn't found my Mate by my twenty-first birthday, I would Mate with Roxanna instead."
My Wolf was snarling at the though of Marc Mating with anyone but us.
"Roxanna grew fond of me," Marc continued. "But, I only tolerated her. My Wolf kept telling me that our Mate was out there somewhere, we just hadn't found her yet. You know, the day I went to class, I felt like something was drawing me there. You see, I stopped going to classes about a year ago. I was too busy preparing to be Alpha. But that particular day, I went to class. And there you were."
He looked at me, his eyes gentle.
"You were the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen in all my life," he said, cupping my face in his hands. "Every time I look at you, I wonder what I did to get so damn lucky."
My Wolf purred, all talk about Roxanna completely forgotten. I, on the other hand, was a flustered, flushing mess. I didn't have much experience with boys. Before the Wolf attack, I had been shy and after the attack, people weren't interested in talking to me unless I wanted to talk about what happened to me during the attack.
Which I didn't.
So, Marc leaning in with his eyes focused intensely on mine was both nerve wracking and incredibly thrilling. My Wolf wanted this kiss, she wanted our human forms to bond the way our souls already had. The Bond wanted this kiss, it had wanted this since we had laid eyes on him in that classroom. And I wanted this kiss. Admittedly, I had wanted to kiss Marc for a long time.
"Umm...Alpha. I apologize for interrupting."
Marc growled lowly, annoyance written all over his handsome face as he spun around to face the male warrior standing in front of us, looking scared for his life.
"What?" Marc snapped.
"Umm...it's Alpha Cortes, sir. He's just arrived and he's asking to see you and the Luna."