The Queen in Shadows

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Chapter 35

I wake, in human form, curled up to Phoenix. Sunlight peeks through a small separation in the curtains. I lay still trying not to wake him. I watch his chest rise and fall slowly.

Tonight, after dark, we meet with the Alphas. I hope it goes well, I hope we can convince them to join us. I understand why they would be hesitant to trust a vampire, why they wouldn’t want to help in any way. I hope that they can put their hatred and anger aside long enough to see that there are some amazing vampires who have risked so much to help us.

We can't do this without them, we need their strength and numbers. There is so much bad blood there, I'm really worried that they won't be very forgiving.

I need to visit my aunt and uncle today. I can’t believe he got himself arrested on purpose.

I shift slightly so I can stare at Phoenix′ face while he sleeps. His soft, full lips are parted and his golden hair is splayed out over his pillow.

The stress he's been carrying recently melts away while he sleeps, he looks almost...innocent.

“Are you watching me sleep?” He raises his eyebrows but doesn’t open his eyes.

“Yes.”

“Why?”

“I like looking at you.”

He chuckles, “likewise, baby.”

“My wolf loves you.”

He grins and opens his eyes, “Yeah?”

“Very much.”

"She's really beautiful, I excepted as much but to see her...wow."

I blush and look at my hands. My wolf is ecstatic.

He brings his hand up, rubbing his finger over the mark on my neck. He groans slightly and shifts his position in bed.

"What's wrong?"

"Your pulse. It... I like it," he whispers, rubbing his finger over my neck.

"Does it make you want to bite me?"

He looks at me surprised, "yes."

"Why haven't you? Aside from marking me, why haven't you tried to feed from me?"

"W-would you be ok with that?"

"Of course, I would be honored... I know that you won't take too much, Phoenix."

"Really?"

"Yeah, I trust you and I want to be able to give you everything. If you need it, take it from me."

He pulls himself to sit up next to me as I sweep my hair to one shoulder, giving him access to my neck.

He leans forward and places soft kisses on my skin. I can feel his hesitation. I know he wants this, he really wants this, but he's afraid I won't like it.

"Go ahead," I whisper.

He groans slightly as he pushes his fangs into the tender flesh of my neck.

It's not painful but it definitely feels strange.

He gulps a few times then pulls his fangs out and seals the small punctures.

"That's all?" I thought he would want more.

"I need to pace myself. Your blood is...amazing. I feel stronger just from a few sips... I don't want to go over board and take too much."

I trust that he won't, our bond would let him know immediately if I need him to stop. I understand why he's nervous though, so I just smile and say nothing.

We lay together, not speaking, just soaking up the peace and quiet of our bedroom.

“What time is it?”

“Noon.”

He groans and pulls himself up, “I have to go meet Mercer. Will you please, please, please stay here?”

“Can I take Miles or Dannon and go visit my uncle?” I bat my lashes at him.

“Take Dannon with you. Will they be home during the day?”

“My uncle was supposed to be released today. I’m not sure if my aunt will be there.”

“Be careful, please.”

“I promise."

“Tell your uncle not to worry about Alex, ok? I know that's shitty with no explanation but, please, trust me.”

“I do, wholeheartedly.”

He smiles at me.

"How's Mercer?"

“He’s been busy, he will be at the meeting tonight. Why don’t I meet you at your uncle’s house and we go together from there?”

“Works for me, I love you”

“I love you, Ellie, forever.”

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When I get to my uncles they are sitting at the table, as always.

I'm so glad that he's safe at home. We sit and talk about eveything that's been going on. I tell them everything, aside from the recent developments with Mercer.

"Orin never told me he knew the Queen or that she was aware of the silver training," my uncle shakes his head in disbelief.

It's shocking to me how little my aunt and uncle know about everything. Before, when I felt like a small cog in a large wheel, I had no idea how small that cog really was. My family just followed orders on blind faith.

I can see that my uncle wants to know more, to do more but he isn't an Alpha, he won't assert himself without permission.

It feels so strange to know more than he does about everything. After years of begging for scrapes of information, it's uncomfortable. I don't want to come off as smug or condescending, I don't want him to know that I'm holding back.

"How is the Prince? How have things been since you got married?" My aunt asks with a sadness in her voice.

I feel guilt that they weren't able to come to my wedding.

"The wedding was... interesting, the King is..." I don't know what to say. I'm not sure how much I should give away there.

"Are you happy?" My uncle asks.

The question surprises me. I never got the sense that he cared much about my happiness as long as I was doing whatever I needed to do for the cause.

"I am...all things considered. Phoenix is a truly good man. Things are going to change. Our world is going to change."

"I never thought I would say this but...he seems like a good man. You look happy," his voice is quiet.

I give him a small smile.

"He's coming to pick me up, soon. I just wanted to check on you, to make sure you're home and safe."

He smiles at me, "I'm proud of you, Elle. I know that you have risked a lot for our people."

"We all have, not just me."

My body suddenly perks up. He's close by I can feel him.

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