Chapter Twenty-Three: Queen of The Moon
I was sure I was in shock. It had been hours since Dolos--disguised in the skin of my friend--had waltzed out of here. The silver chains they had placed on me burned hotter each time my Wolf tried to get free. That's when I was positive I was in shock, this should have been agonizing, but I couldn't bring myself to feel it. I was numb, hollow. And, weirdly enough, I felt violated. I had trusted Dolos, thinking he was my friend. He had been manipulating me all the time and keeping the real Lyssa locked up God knows where.
I wasn't sure how long I was there, chained up and brooding over God knows what, but I deduced it was a while. Soon my stomach began to grumble from the lack of food, despite being chained up, my eyelids were beginning to droop.
I couldn't even access my powers. Dolos knew what he was doing. There was one window, it was small and too far away for the moonlight to reach me. I was powerless.
The sound of metal scraping across the pavement jolted me out of my self pity. Dolos was there, but this time he was in his normal form. I could tell it was him because of the sly smirk on his face. Surprisingly, he wasn't very attractive. He was just a normal looking guy, not godlike at all.
"Tanaya," he greeted me, grinning ear to ear. "I just came to say hello, darling."
I glared at him and he pretended to flinch back and look hurt.
"That stings," he said theatrically, putting his hand over his chest. "After all that time we spent together, after how close we got, you're looking at me like I'm a monster."
"That wasn't you," I spat, feeling bitter once again that I'd allowed myself to be tricked. "You were wearing the skin of my friend. You're sick. It's no wonder the gods hate you."
His face grew grim, serious and he took a few steps toward me.
"The gods," he was murmuring more to himself than to me, waiting until he was standing right in front of me then squating down so we were eye to eye. "The gods hate anyone who threaten their power. Zeus has always been believed to be the strongest, but that's not true and now he knows it. He may be King of the Skies, but Selene is Queen of the Moon, Werewolves, Vampires, Faries, Hades, more creatures than you can possibly imagine bow to her will. Not Zeus's. If you control Selene, you control it all. And now that I've got you, well..." he leaned back, looking pleased with himself. "Now Selene will bend to my will."
"She'll never do what you say," I hissed through clenched teeth.
"You underestimate her affection for you. You're Moon Blessed, meaning she has watched you your entire life and decided that, although you had not been born into this world, she wanted you to be one of her children. She chose you. She doesn't show her true form to anyone--not even the gods have seen her true form in thousands of years--and yet, she shows her true form to you. Selene cares for you more than you think."
"Whatever you want me to do, I won't do it. I won't put Selene in danger." I don't know when it had happened, but a strong bond had formed between Selene and I. It was almost as powerful as the Mate Bond. There was this strong sense of loyalty to her that I couldn't shake. All I knew was, I was willing to die before I let Dolos use her.
Dolos smiled grimly. "I know you'd never put Selene in danger.The bond between you two has become stronger faster than I realized. But would you do it to save a friend."
As he said that, the door opened again and two Hunters shuffled in, dragging in a familiar face. Lyssa's face was bloody and dirty, there were a few bruises along her cheek and her arms, her hair was a mess and there were angry red marks on her wrists from where the silver chains had touched her skin. Despite this, she still managed to glare at Dolos as she was shoved beside me.
After she was chained up, she looked at me, then looked back at Dolos again, sensing something was up.
"Here's what I propose," Dolos was saying, drawing my attention back to him. "You can do what I say or I'll kill the Beta and your friend. Would Selene be happy with you if you let another Wolf die just so she could live?" He gave me a smirk, standing abruptly and turning on his heel sharply. "Think about it, dear. I'll be back later after you've had time to decide."