Dam!! Dam!! Dam!! That did not go how it was meant to, all I wanted to do was see and spend a little time with my sister before our birthday tomorrow and all the chaos that will be happening around the castle with the blood moon ball.
We have grown up with Phoenix connected to Scarlett because he says that they are mates.. but is it really true, how did he know? She was only a baby when he declared that she was his. There is also the fact that he is nearly as old as father is, I know there is a lot of years between him and mother but watching them and then looking at Phoenix with Scarlett it just doesn't seem right, she is too young.... Maybe it was his plan to make her think she was in love with him so instead of being only the second to my father it makes him family and able to take the throne if he so desires.
I didn't mean to hurt her and as she practically threw her birthday gift at me and then turned I saw the hurt and the tears that she was fighting. There have been many people telling her over the years that she is too young to be in love, to back away from him and look for someone around her age to hang out with. I didn't want to be like them but I guess I just was, I sense how upset she is through our twin bond and know the exact moment she gives control over to Ruth for a run outside.
"Patrick, Scarlett has gone for a run as Ruth, please keep a distant eye on her, make sure she doesn't run into any trouble!''
"Yes Your Highness."
I had made a blood bond with both Patrick and Ethan after mother was taken. I just feel a little better if he follows her and makes sure nothing happens, since I am the cause of this run. I go back to my room and look at the gift in my hand and then at the one I have sitting on my desk for her. I went out yesterday and thanks to Cole we found a beautiful antique bracelet, it was light blood red stones surrounding a larger dark blood red stone set in gold with red and gold beads making up the bracelet chain.
I set my gift from Scarlett's on my desk next to my gift to her and go to find Phoenix, I really need to know that it is true, what his intentions are with her and that he will look after my little sis.
It takes me a little while but I eventually find Phoenix in the training field, I get to the edge of the field and watch him sparring on his own. I take a deep breath
"PHOENIX??" he stops as I approach him
"Your highness Nathaniel" he bows and continues "What can I do for you?"
"I um... I wanted to talk to you about my sister!"
He grabs his towel and wipes his face, "And what did you want to know about Scarlett?"
"I want to know if you really are her mate? What you intend to do with her?"
"Oh really?? How about you spar with me and I will tell you anything you want to know"
"I'm not really dressed for sparring but okay." I strip down to just my trousers, removing everything else including my shoes and socks.
We get into the fighting cycle and start our sparring set. "So what did you want to know?"
"Is she really your mate?" I duck a punch and counter with one of my own which he ducks too
"Yes she is!"
"How did you know? She was only a baby?"
"That was Soren, as you know Nathaniel a male vampire has a frozen heart and it usually takes his female mate a while to thaw it but what most don't know is there is usually a reason behind the males frozen heart. Like for your father, his heart froze when his parents, your grandparents were killed by someone they trusted to protect them. Now the entire kingdom took it hard especially the ones of us that knew them, my heart froze but not by much, I just became cold and enjoyed doing whatever your father wanted to do at the time."
"But that doesn't answer the question..." I duck another punch but manage to connect one to his shoulder
"Nice shot. I was getting to that, the day you and your sister were born was the end of an interesting few weeks, your mother and father had just had the coronation of her being queen, then the wedding and then the tour of the clans to introduce your mother to each clan, while announcing the soon arrival of you. No one but the closest people knew about your sister before she was born." he goes to kick me and hits my knee sending me to the ground but I come back with a punch to the ribs and get back to my feet
"Now being around your mother as you know she just makes everyone she meets like her, she had already started the thawing process in some of us others, Sebastian and me being the main ones effected as we were always around her. After your mother had you, she had your sister not long after, now we don't go on scent as much as werewolves do but it does come into it. Her smell was intoxicating to me as I approached the car with the blanket they wanted to wrap her in, and then Soren felt something, a pull of sorts and as they placed Scarlett into my arms we both just had this unnerving need to protect and love her, Soren was also chanting in my head that she was our mate!"
We do a few more blocks and get a few more hits when I ask "So you intend to do the mating with her?"
He falters at my question and I land a nice right hook to his jaw, he stumbles a little but gets his feet back and returns the punch but I manage to block it, "I would love to complete the mating with her but what I intend and want doesn't matter because if she is not willing to allow me to do that, then I will not take anything that she is not willing to give me freely. I will not force her into anything with me, yes I am her mate but she still has a choice of when, where and how she wants to give herself to me. I will wait, I have waited nearly three hundred years, I don't mind and will wait another three hundred if that is what it takes for her to be ready for and want me."
I go to kick him and he blocks it, he throws a punch in return which I then block "So you don't just want to use her as a way to become part of the Royal family?"
Ouch!!! I didn't see that one coming as he contacted with a rather hard combo of a punch to the jaw and ribs, knocking some of the air from my lungs. I go to my knee to get my breath back, "I guess that was a question I shouldn't have asked while sparring..."
"No! That was my answer to that question and I would have given it even if we were not sparring, to even suggest I would use your sister to join the Royal family... is.. is.. just an insult. We are done!!"
He bend down, picks up his towel and walks away from me while muttering angrily under his breath. I curse myself another conversation and again it doesn't go how it was meant to, but I guess I got the answers I wanted, he is actually a good male and will be a great mate for my sister. I will find him again later after he has calmed down a bit and apologize to him.
I pick up my clothes and shoes and head back into the castle where I bump into my father in the kitchen.
"Hey Nat! You look like you have just had the crap beaten out of you... What happened?"
"Father have you ever had one of those days where no matter what you say or how you say it, it always gets taken the wrong way?"
"Yes nearly every day, especially when your mother is concerned. Why what did you say?"
"Well first I went to see Scarlett, to spend some time with her before the chaos of tomorrow, with our birthdays and the blood moon ball, but that ended up in her being hurt throwing me out of her room and her going for a run as Ruth. Don't worry I sent Patrick to watch over her."
"How did you upset her?" my father asks as he leans on the counter across from me
"I kind of... maybe suggested that Phoenix might not be her wolf's mate and that she wasn't necessarily actually in love with him..."
My father laughed and then sighed "You have a lot to learn Nat, especially when it comes to females. Give her time she will calm down and maybe talk to you again. You said that was the first what was the next?"
"You know both our wolves will mature on our birthday tomorrow right?" he nods "Well after talking to Scarlett, I wanted to talk to Phoenix about how he knew that Scarlett was his mate from when she was a baby and what he intended to do with her..."
"Okay, so why do you look like you have had the crap beaten out of you? If you just talked to Phoenix?"
"Well he said he would answer my questions if I sparred with him, so I did, and he did answer my questions until I asked the last one..."
"And what was that question??" I look down at the counter, not sure I want to answer that one myself,
"Nathaniel??? What did you ask?"
"I.. I.. wanted to know if he was just going to use Scar, use the mating to her to become a part of the Royal family?"
"You did what??? Nathaniel you more or less just questioned his loyalty to this family and this kingdom, I wouldn't be surprised if he took it as an insult..."
"He did! It is where the bruise on my jaw and my ribs come from it was his answer to my insult. I will find him later and apologize, I will apologize to Scarlett when she comes back later as well."
"Good luck son!"
He then gets up, comes round and pats his hand on my shoulder and leaves the room. I head outside again and stand on the porch, "Hunter? Would you like a run? And do you think you could find our sister?"
"A run would be nice and yes I can find Ruth, you want to apologize don't you?"
"Yes I would, I hate fighting with her but I hate hurting her more."
I head to the edge of the woods, strip and shift, I shake out our fur and let Hunter take over and lead us to our sister.
I run following Ruth's scent, I find her at one of the many lakes scattered around the kingdom, I whimper and go to my belly as I approach her from the side "We are sorry! Scarly!! Please forgive us, we really didn't mean it."
"That hurt Hunter! What Nat said! To know you don't believe in me, it hurts. At least I know Phoenix does.."
"I truly am sorry, and I do believe you, I just wanted you to be sure that's all!" I crawl a little closer dragging my belly as I move
"I can never stay mad at you Hunter, maybe you should teach Nat how to be a better brother." she laughs and so do I
"Nat also owes Nix an apology as well,"
"Really? Did he put his mouth into it again?"
"Yep, he sort of implied that Phoenix might only want you to become part of the Royal family..."
"He did what??? How did Nix take it?"
"Not well, and Nat has a bruise on his jaw and a nice one on his ribs that both me and Cole are refusing to heal because of it. That was his answer."
I move up and sit next to her, "Ruth we really are sorry, come back to the house, Nat has a gift for your birthday as well."
"Okay lets go! I'll race you!"
She cheats of course, taking off even before we get a chance to know what she is going to do, but it doesn't take long for me to catch her. We were only a short distance away from the back garden when we were surrounded by two rogue wolves and three rogue vampires, we both come to a skidding stop.
We both growl, as one of the vampires step forward "We want the Queen, we will trade you two for her... Now shift!"
We growl again, no way in hell are we giving these rogues our mother "We are not giving our mother to them are we?"
"No Scarly! Our mother is needed to keep the peace you proved that at the blood moon a few years ago by getting them back together."
"Good, I spoke to Phoenix to let him know but apparently he already knew because Patrick sent out an alarm to all available patrols saying we had intruders and we were in the middle of them."
"Yeah another thing courtesy of Nat! Just to make sure you did not come to any harm on your run."
The next thing we know we are surrounded by more vampires except these vampires are on our side, our patrol guards. Scarlett slightly moves her front paw which made one of the rogue wolves growl and one of the vampires to attack us, I jump on the vampire as it went for Scarlett, I kill him but not before he gets a few good hits in and causes a couple of very deep wounds, causing me to drop to the ground in front of Scarlett.
Me killing the vampire caused everyone else to start fighting, I couldn't fight, this made Scarlett step over me and lay down to protect me from another attack. I think she got a few scratches from doing so. It didn't take long for the rogues to all be killed, a couple of the patrol guards had a few cuts and bruises but they all did well, I have no choice but to shift back to human.
"Nat! You are going to be in pain but we need you in control so we can repair the damage!"
"That's okay Hunter, we protected Scarly and that is all that matters. Thank you!"
Hunter gives me control and I shift, I scream out in pain as soon as the shift is complete, I then pass out from that pain.
Dominic and I run out into the back garden as they carry Nathaniel out of the woods, Scarlett isn't far behind but she bypasses us and runs straight into Phoenix's arms. I smile to myself, I then turn my attention back to Nathaniel. As I reach his side I try him on our personal link, "Hunter?? Cole?? Nathaniel??"
"Mother it is Cole, Hunter is trying to heal us and Nathaniel is out cold from the pain."
"Can you rouse enough to drink?"
"Mother I can not ask that of you!"
"You are not asking... I am telling you to do it!!"
I place my wrist over his mouth as Cole stirs, lengthens his fangs, I flinch slightly as he sinks them slowly into my skin, then retracts them so he can drink.
"Thank you Mother that is helping already, Cole that is enough we can do the rest ourselves."
Cole swipes his tongue over my skin sealing it, within a few minutes Nathaniel starts to come around. Just as he sits up Scarlett comes over and kneels in front of him as she says "Why did you do that? Nat he could have killed you..."
"Scarly! Are you okay? Were you hurt?"
"No! You stopped him... Nat why?"
"Scarly you are my sister, no one gets to do anything to you and get away with it but me.. I love you sis."
"I love you to bro!! And thank you!"
"Nathaniel what did the rogues want?"
"Father they wanted Mother... The didn't say why they wanted her or if they wanted her for someone else, they just said they would trade us for her."
"Phoenix, Theodore increase the patrols again, scatter them, have some hidden. I want to stop these confounded rogues."
"Yes your highness, consider it done."
Once Nathaniel is back on his feet we head back inside, we put Nathaniel on bed rest until the morning and Scarlett comes with me to finish off some of the smaller details for the blood moon ball tomorrow night.