Chapter Six: The Moon Goddess Favors You
I had an odd feeling. As soon as Marc left the room to get me food despite me saying I was fine, I just got this weird vibe.
My Wolf was antsy, pacing and whining inside my head. I felt my canines extend and my fingernails sharpen and lengthen into claws.
I looked at myself in the mirror on the ceiling. My eyes were a glowing yellow. My heart was pounding.
The feeling was almost similar to the feeling I got when Marc was around and my Wolf sensed him. The only difference was she was joyful then, she was agitated now.
There was a knock at the door. I got up and went to open it.
Lyssa was standing before me with a tray of food in her hand. She was smiling, but it seemed a little forced.
"Alpha Allen wanted me to bring your food to you. Something came up and he had to go handle it."
My heart pounded and my Wolf whined.
"Is he okay?"
The question came automatically, like a reflex. I didn't have to think, it just happened. It was like breathing.
Lyssa's tight expression softened and she nodded.
I let out a breath I wasn't aware I was holding and stepped back to let her in.
She set the tray down. I saw a large bottle of Fiji water along with and assortment of different kinds of fresh fruit.
My stomach growled immediately and I dug in. I turned to ask Lyssa if she wanted some but was stopped when I took her in.
Her shoulders were tight, her back rigid. Her face was uncharacteristically serious and her eyes were far away.
"Alyssa," I said slowly.
She turned to look at me.
"What's going on? Something's wrong, I know it is." I wanted to add that my Wolf could feel the tension, but I still hadn't grown used to the fact that I had a Wolf.
"The Alpha is meeting with the Blue Moon Pack, they're a Brazilian pack. One of the largest packs in South America."
For some reason my Wolf began clawing at me, begging to be released and at her Mate's side. I held her back with some difficulty and continued to look at Lyssa.
"You don't like them."
Alyssa snorted. "No one likes them. Their Alpha is an complete and utter asshole and their pack is full of savages. The only reason they're here is because they heard Alpha Allen has a Mate and in their eyes, that means a weakness. They want to see you so they can make sure they're killing the right person."
"They know Marc has a Mate?" I asked. "How?"
"You didn't know? The Alpha was ecstatic when he found you. He told everybody, called packs far and wide. They all offered their congratulations."
My heart grew warm at that. I honestly had no idea Marc was that excited about having a Mate.
"Do you think they'll try to hurt him?" I asked anxiously. The thought of Marc hurt bringing my Wolf closer and closer to the surface.
"Trust me, Alpha Allen will be fine. The Blue Moon pack may be filled with cold blooded killers and an Alpha with no heart, but our pack is filled with survivors and we have a badass Alpha."
My heart swelled with pride at her words and my Wolf was immediately put at ease.
Of course my Mate will be okay, she was saying, her spirits lifted.
"You should eat Tanaya. I heard you passed out in class." She looked at me in worry. "Besides, if you don't eat, Alpha Allen will have my have my head. And I do mean that literally."
Marc returned not too long after that. As soon as he entered the room, his hazel eyes drunk me in, studying me, before they flickered over to the tray that held my food. He seemed satisfied when he realized I had eaten and then he turned to Lyssa.
"We're meeting with Alpha Cortes later tonight. Make sure you're prepared," Marc told her, his voice somber.
She nodded once and headed for the door. She left the room, but not before turning and bidding me farewell.
Once the door was closed and I was all alone with Marc, it suddenly felt too hard to breathe. I mentally cursed him for looking so damn perfect. His dark hair sweeping past his high cheekbones and softly brushing his sharp jawline. His hazel eyes--which were growing darker by the second--seemed to be beckoning me closer.
I swallowed hard and turned my gaze to the floor. Even so, the air between us remained charged and alive.
"Why are you meeting Alpha Cortes?" I asked, desperately trying to extinguish the heated atmosphere.
"When an Alpha from another pack comes to visit, it's customary for all of the upper-class Wolves to dine with him. That means you'll have to come, too."
I nodded and shifted slightly.
"But that's not what you wanted to ask me," he said softly.
My eyes snapped up to meet his before I could even think about it. I immediately regretted it. I was greeted by eyes so dark they were black. Behind his eyes, I saw his Wolf. My skin began to tingle and when I heard his Wolf let out a howl, calling to my own Wolf, my skin was by all means in flames.
I had never felt anything like this before. My skin was tingling and on fire, my breathing was erratic, my throat was dry. All I wanted in that moment was for Marc Allen to kiss me, everything else be damned.
Marc closed his eyes and breathed deeply as if he were trying to restrain himself.
"Tanaya," he said gruffly. "I'm trying to make you fall in love with me before I take you into my bed, but if you keep looking at me like that, I won't be responsible for my action."
My breath caught. With great difficulty, I looked away from him.
"Now," he said after a few beats of silence. "What did you really want to ask me?"
I swallowed, my throat still dry from what just happened between us.
"Is Alpha Cortes a threat to us?"
Marc stiffened and watched me for a long time before he asked, "Why do you ask?"
"When you were with him, my Wolf was antsy. I've never felt her so nervous or riled up. She was worried about you. She kept trying to get free, she thought you were in danger."
"She really felt like that? She was that anxious?"
Marc let out a deep breath before he spoke again.
"Alpha Cortes wants to take control of this pack. He's had his eye on this pack since my father was Alpha and I was a little boy. After he successfully conquered all ten of the packs in Brazil, he's decided he wants to conquer the one her in England. And since we are one of the largest packs, not only in Europe but the world, he knows taking this pack will give him power. In order to do that, he'd have to challenge me and kill me. Or kill my Luna."
"What would killing me do?" I whispered my question. "I'm new, I just got here. Your pack doesn't even know me."
"Yes, but I know you. You're my Mate. When a Wolf's Mate dies, Alpha or not, we lose a piece of ourselves. My Wolf would be broken and shattered without yours. And I..." Marc shook his head, his expression pained. "I know it may seem strange to you because we only just met, but I couldn't live without you."
My heart warmed at his words. He was wrong, though. It didn't seem strange to me at all. Although I had only known him for two days, I found that when I tried to imagine life without Marc, i couldn't. The thought of being away from him felt...foreign. I wanted to tell him that, but I couldn't. I had never said words like that before, I had never told a man that I couldn't imagine a life without him before. I wasn't even sure how to say what I wanted to say.
But the look in Marc's eyes as he watched me watch him, said he knew exactly what I was thinking. His gaze softened.
"If your Wolf feels that he's dangerous, you should listen to her. Her abilities as Luna are strong, Lunas can sense danger from miles away. If she doesn't trust him, we shouldn't either."
My Wolf yelped at Marc's belief in her, she was over the moon.
"We're having that dinner with Alpha Cortes in thirty minutes. If you want to change and get ready, I moved your clothes into our closet. They're on the right side. And if you need anything else, let me know."
I nodded and headed to the closet to find a suitable outfit for meeting a psychotic Alpha who made my Wolf feel on edge
Marc and I entered the dining hall hand in hand. Everyone stood for us immediately. I saw Carlos, Marc's third in command, Aria, the head warrior, Lyssa, Jane and Roxanna, the gorgeous, classy blonde who seemed to be in love with Marc.
He's mine, my Wolf snarled.
But the person who really caught my eye was the man sitting regally in his chair. He looked to only be in his mid-thirties with black hair and beguiling dark eyes. His smooth brown skin was enviable and his presence commanded authority just like Marc's.
I knew instantly that he was Alpha Cortes. The intimidating presence mixed with the cold, hard expression on his face completely gave him away.
"Alpha Cortes," Marc greeted him.
"Alpha Allen," Alpha Cortes said in a heavy Spanish accent. "Thank you for having me."
He stood and even thought we were far apart, I could tell he was huge.
"Of course," Marc said, leading me around the table where two chairs were placed at the head.
We stopped when we reached Alpha Cortes. Marc let go of my hand only to secure his arm around my waist.
"Allow me to introduce you to my Mate, Tanaya. Tanaya, this is Alpha Cortes."
I reached out hesitantly to shake Alpha Cortes's hand and was surprised when he placed a kiss on the back of my hand.
"Ah, Tanaya. Such a beautiful and unique name." He smiled at me, but his eyes remained dark and empty. It gave me the creeps. "I must say, Alpha Allen, you didn't exaggerate your Mate's beauty. You are a lucky man."
"I am," Marc said wholeheartedly.
Alpha Cortes let my hand go and I was glad. Him touching me made my wolf anxious.
Marc led me to the head of the table. He pulled out my chair before sitting in his own. After he was seated, everyone else followed. I was aware of Roxanne's eyes watching Marc and it made my blood boil. Not to mention it was pissing my Wolf off.
"Well, let's eat, shall we?" Jane offered, smiling rather tightly.
After everyone had their food and had begun eating, Alpha Cortes began his inquiry.
"So, Tanaya, your parents must be very pleased to know you are Mated to an Alpha," he began, buttering a roll. "To be a Luna is a very big reward. The Moon Goddess must favor you."
Something about the way he said that last sentence chilled me to the bone. He didn't say it directly, but I could swear he knew I talk to Selene.
"Not exactly. My parents are human."
Alpha Cortes looked up in surprise.
"Human? So you weren't born a Wolf, you were turned."
"How odd. An even bigger blessing from our goddess. Turned Wolves aren't supposed to get Mates. And yet, here the two of you sit. Mates." Alpha Cortes smirked slightly as he continued. "It's a sign that our goddess works in strange ways. She really must favor you, Tanaya."
"She's a goddess. I don't really think she has time to choose favorites," I said, chuckling. On the inside, though, I was freaking out. I was certain he knew about my gift. Selene said it could be dangerous for people to know, unsafe. And if Alpha Cortes knew, then I was very unsafe.
Alpha Cortes leaned back in his seat and just grinned knowingly. He said nothing and yet his eyes said everything.
And he was up to something