Chapter Seventeen: May Athena Be With You
Alpha Cortes was surprisingly cooperative. In fact, he was suspiciously cooperative. Marc clearly didn't trust him either, but we both knew we would need as many Wolves as we could get to help us in this coming war.
"Ah, and I heard about you abilities, Luna Tanaya," Alpha Cortes said, smugly. "How interesting. I've always only thought Moon Blessed Wolves were just tall tales parents made up for their pups. Yet, there you sit, proof that they exist."
"How did you find out about my abilities?" I asked, frowning. "My Pack only just found out themselves."
"Yes, but when a Wolf is Moon Blessed, Luna, you'll find word spreads rather fast."
I narrowed my eyes at Alpha Cortes. I really did not trust this guy. Not in the slightest.
"Anyway," Alpha Cortes said, focusing his attention on Marc now. "When you're ready to discuss the best course of action, you know where to find me."
After he spoke those words, he was off. My Wolf was troubled. Alpha Cortes seemed too smug. It was like he knew something that we didn't. After Selene had told me he worked for Dolos, I wouldn't be surprised if they were planning something big.
I suddenly had a really bad feeling.
The phones had been ringing off the hook all day long.
Apparently, Alpha Cortes had been telling the truth. Word of my abilities had spread like wildfire among the Wolves and Alphas and Lunas from different Packs were calling to offer their help to the Pack who harbored the Moon Blessed Wolf.
What was even stranger was that all day bolts of lightening had been shooting across the sky although the sun was shining. I took that to mean Zeus was pissed.
"Okay, Alpha Briggs," Marc was saying, nodding. "Thank you for your assistance in the coming war. Give Luna Robin my regards."
"Another Pack offering their assistance?" I asked, hugging my knees to my chest.
He nodded, looking amused. "It's considered good luck to protect the Pack that shelters a Moon Blessed Wolf. This is good, though. We have numbers now. The higher the numbers, the less chance we'll be wiped out completely."
I was nervous about this upcoming war. I was even more nervous about Marc having to be on the front lines of this senseless feud. He was an Alpha and my Wolf understood that it was his duty to stand with his Pack. I understood that, too. It didn't mean I approved of it, though.
"You'll be careful, won't you?" I asked. "You won't go getting killed, will you?"
Marc looked up at me, smiling softly.
"I've told you a million times, little Mate, there is nothing in this world that can keep me away from you. Not even death."
I sighed. "This war is stupid," I said, plopping down on the chair across from his. "We've been at peace for hundreds of years. Why would the Hunters suddenly decide to attack us now?"
"I've wondered the same thing. I guess we'll never know, though. If it's a fight they want, then it's a fight they'll get."
The phone rang again and Marc picked it up.
"Alpha Donovan, what a pleasant surprise? So, you've heard about my Mate's abilities. Yes, the stories are true..."
As Marc continued talking with yet another Alpha who had found out about me, I wondered--yet again--why the Hunters would start a war. They would have just as many casualties as we would have. What did they have to gain by starting a war with us?
I could feel that I was missing something. There was some obvious piece to this puzzle that I was somehow overlooking. The answers that I was seeking were already staring me dead in the face.
It was around five in the evening when Selene called to me. I was in the library, reading up on Reya when her voice called out to me.
I followed the sound of her voice and ended up in one of the three gardens that decorated Rosary Academy. Among the flowers stood Selene. Like always, the closer I got to her, the colder it got.
"What are you doing out here?" I asked, wrapping my arms around my body in an attempt to shield myself from the cold.
"I had to see that you were safe for myself, daughter," she said, looking troubled. "Zeus is still angry and after his first attempt on your life failing, he has grown more vengeful."
I sighed. "How are things on Olympus, anyway? Your gods, shouldn't it be easy to repair?"
"Olympus is repaired already. After Dolos destroyed it, it was repaired not even minutes later. For Zeus, it is not the fact that Olympus was destroyed that offends him. He is offended because he is king of the skies, yet Dolos dared to enter his home and lay waste to it. That is why he wants to get back at him."
"So, it's a pride thing?"
Selene nodded. "It is a pride thing," she confirmed.
"Men," I muttered.
She laughed, the sound was like tinkling bells.
"Dolos is nearby," she told me, becoming serious again. "Whatever he's planning is coming. You do not have long yet, my daughter. Dolos's story is nearing its end. Promise me, you will be safe. Especially with this war going on."
"I'll be as safe as I can be."
She frowned a little, but nodded.
"May Athena be with you all during this war."
And with that she disappeared, leaving me alone with nothing but my thoughts.