I was the last to arrive at the counsel room. Everyone else was waiting while grumbling and debating among themselves. The rumbling stopped when they saw me.
“Welcome gentlemen,” I greeted them cooly. “Let's begin shall we.”
“What’s this about?” Lord Threshald called out before I even sat. I gave him an impatient glare before settling in my chair. Looking around I saw a lot of curious faces. I’m the one usually summoned to counsel meetings. It is rare I would ever ask for one myself.
Gathering my whits I began.
“There has been an attack on the queen by Ralacks.” The room exploded. Lords were climbing over the table to scream at each other. Some were denying it out right and others were calling for blood. I did not have time for this. My wolf let out a roar silencing the room. I stared down each and everyone of them. This was my meeting.
“Forgive me your majesty,” Lord Ingrival chimed. “What proof do you have that these attackers were indeed actual Ralacks and not just some generic fanatics trying to make a name for themselves?” Oh Ingrival? Good. I was waiting to talk to him.
“We were able to apprehend one of the attackers. He had some very interesting information to share. Speaking of which... guards arrest Lord Ingrival on suspicion of high treason.” At my command several warriors rushed in to grab ahold of Ingrival. His lackeys tried to block their approach but old dimwitted men didn’t stand a chance against hardened warriors.
“This is an outrage!” Lord Ingrival cries. “You have no proof.”
“I have plenty of proof,” I replied with a smile. “I was told how you have been feeding information to the Ralacks for decades. How you made a deal with them to supply information and support in exchange for acquiring the means for your daughter to become queen. What would you call that if not high treason.”
“Traitor!” Lord Herold called out.
“Conspirator!” cried another.
For once Ingrival did not have anything to say. Thinking about the pain and malice he had caused made me want to beat his face until his blood splattered across the table. I wouldn't get a chance, but things had the be done in the proper way.
“Take him to the dungeons,” I spat. Counselors began to argue again as Ingrival silently let himself be pulled away in shame. I was somewhat amused by all the chaos. I had allowed myself to be ruled by it for so long that it was quite entertaining to see it knowing I would not be a part of it anymore.
I called out a rumbled warning for everyone to quiet. I stood up to look down on the scum.
“Gentleman I have only one other piece of business for today. It is my honor and privilege to announce that I am disbanding the great council and rescinding all of it’s powers effective immediately.”
Their reactions were pure poetry. Shock, anger, fear all swirled together as the realization of what I was doing settled on them. Some sank in their chair defeated and other refused to give in. I took note for the latter to be investigated thoroughly.
“You do not have the authority to do this your majesty!” said a panicked Lord Harris.
“No! Only the true Alpha King has that power.”
“Well then we’re in agreement. I have the power as I am the Alpha King.” Lord Harris scoffed at my statement. I’ll admit I was having fun fucking with him.
“You are not a true King until you have a mate,” he continued.
“Really?” I said with a snarl. “Then it’s a good thing I found her...”
Deafening silence coated the room. I guess they didn't expect that one. Each member of the council stared at me in my shock. Some hadn't even noticed that they sat there with their mouths hanging open.
"Gentlemen I said the queen was was attacked, you just assumed the wrong queen. During the attack I was able to find my mate, who, as fate would have it, is the goddesses next chosen Luna, which means that I am the true Alpha King and with that authority, I can and will disband the counsel. Thank you for your service." Before they could gather themselves to respond I stood to leave.
"One moment your majesty?" Lord Randall called. Lord Randall was more calculated than the other members. He rarely spoke but whenever he did, his words held weight. I turned to look at the lord annoyed before he continued.
"Your mark. If this Luna is indeed your mate then you should bear her mark." I started to abruptly walk away not wanting to admit I was still lacking my mate's mark. Lord Randall would not let it be dismissed. "If you do not bear the Luna's mark then you are not the true Alpha King." My wolf growled at the man questioning our authority. "In fact if what you say is true, then that would make the Luna the highest ruling authority until such a time as she marks her mate." Lord Randall walked up to me and gave a short bow with his head.
"Please tell the new Queen the counsel looks forward to meeting her. We are, as always, in her service."
Walking to my apartment I see the doctors and nurses I left to watch over Artemis, cowering in the hallway. My uncle was blocking the door, leaning against it with his arms crossed. Behind the door I heard growling and thrashing followed by heavy thumps.