Not even the birds were singing in the background. I couldn’t hear anyone breathing and my eyes darter between Leo and his brothers. Salem was standing there with a large smirk on his face and I slipped my hand into Leo's making Salem look over at me, his smirk slowly fading.
“You are still standing by him, even though he killed his own mother?”
I gulped “Yes. Because I love him,”
“Then you are stupid,” Salem snapped, “That monster should not be allowed to live,”
“You have no say in who lives and who dies,” I said, “We all hold secrets. Good or bad. Leo is not a monster no matter how many times you say it,”
“Boys,” Salem said looking at his other sons “The brother you looked up to, the brother who you let live under your roof, is the reason why your mother is dead,”
Their emotions were making me feel sick. Each emotion I read made my stomach turn and I wanted to throw up. I had never felt such intense emotions before and Leo's grip tightened on my hand.
“I think it’s better if you leave,” I said glaring at Salem “You came here for one reason and you succeeded. Leave before I make you leave,”
I could feel the brothers look over at me but I wasn’t going to back down from this bastard standing in front of me. Salem smirked and then clapped his hand slowly, mocking me and I felt my anger boil inside my stomach, but Leo held onto me tightly, obviously knowing that I was about to snap.
“I will leave,” Salem smiled “But I will be back and I will be back to stay. Boys, I will see you shortly and maybe by then, you would have got rid of that monster standing before you. Along with his mate,”
Salem left as quick as he had arrived and he slammed the door, making the sound echo around the place. Leo's hand was sweating in mine and his eyes never left the floor. I tugged on his hand, urging him to look at me but he refused.
“You killed our mother?” Aaron said, breaking the silence “Why?”
Leo didn’t say anything and I saw tears start to appear in his eyes. He pulled his hand away from mine slowly and he stepped away from me, turning to walk upstairs.
“You can’t run away this time,” Dylan growled and knocked him onto the stairs, pinning him down by his throat “Why! Why did you kill our mother?”
I went to help Leo out, but Max appeared in front of me, tears rolling down his face and he held me back.
“Our mother did nothing but love us!” Dylan yelled “Why did you kill her? Did you lose control like you normally did? Did she not give you enough attention? Why?”
“Please, let me go,” Leo whispered “Let me go,”
“Not until you fucking answer me!”
“Enough!” I shouted and shoved Max away from me. I walked forward and dragged Dylan away from Leo “If you want to find out the reason, getting angry with him isn’t the way,”
“Stay out of this, Willow,” Callum said, “You have no say in this,”
“Does it look like I care?” I snapped, “You seem to forget who I am now. Leo is my mate and I will protect him no matter what,”
“He killed our mother!” Aaron yelled, “How can you still protect him?”
“Because I love him!” I yelled back, “You are his brothers and you can’t say you don’t love him. There is obviously a reason why he killed her, so you will shut your damn mouths and listen to what he has to say,”
“No,” Max said, “I’m done. I’m fucking done with him,”
“So am I,” Aaron said glaring at Leo, “I’ve forgiven you for killing those girls because we have all done things that we regret. But you killed our mother,”
“Stay away from us, Leo,” Callum said, walking towards the front door “I’m hoping you have gone by the time I get back,”
“Just so you know, Theo is going to be so fucking angry with you,” Dylan said, “You have lost us, Leo. No longer are you my brother,”
Leo looked up, tears rolling down his face, “Wait, you can’t-”
“Shut up,” Aaron said, “You don’t get to talk to us. Willow, you are stupid to want to stay with someone like that,”
“Aaron, I did it because-” Leo started.
“I don’t want to listen to your excuses,” Aaron said, “I don’t ever want to see you again,”
Leo choked on his tears “Please, please don’t do this to me! I need you! You’re my brothers, I can’t-”
“We are no longer brothers,” Max said quietly, following the others out of the front door.
Leo's body shook as he started to cry and I sat beside him, holding him close as he cried into my chest. I closed my eyes as I felt the pain he was feeling and I rested my chin on his head as he sobbed.
“Ignore them,” Xander said making me look at him “They are angry and upset. Let them calm down,”
“They didn’t l-listen to me,” Leo cried, “They t-turned their b-back on me,”
“Leo,” Xander said calmly “They will listen to you when they have calmed down,”
“Why haven’t you acted like that?” I asked Xander, “Why didn’t you run out on him?”
Xander smiled gently and walked over to us. He sat on the stairs and put his hand on Leo's shoulder, squeezing him slightly.
“Leo, you are my brother,” He said “No matter what. We have all made mistakes but I’m sure there is a reason behind your decision,”
Leo squeezed me tighter as he cried more “How c-can I believe y-you?”
Xander sighed “Because I know you killed mother,”
“How?” I asked, “How did you possibly-”
“I’m not stupid,” Xander said, “When father sent you away a month after mother left, I always wondered why you can back as if the world had ended. It didn’t take me long to realise that you killed her,”
“Why didn’t you say anything?” Leo whispered.
“I wanted to hear it from your mouth,” He said, “Leo. I was upset but I knew it tore you apart. I just want to know the reason why father made you do it,”
“How did you know father told me to do it?”
Xander smiled bitterly “Because our father is a monster. He had asked me to do it and when I turned it down, he laughed and told me it was a joke. When you came back, I knew that he had made you kill her.”
“Leo,” Xander said, making Leo look at him “Tell me the reason. Why did you kill her?”