Troy kept his hands on my shoulder, as much as I enjoy his touch I really wish he would let me tear into Jeremy. How dare he insinuate that I was ashamed of my mate! I whirled around to face Troy,
“You know I’m not ashamed of you right?” I asked him.
“Yes little fish I know.” He smiled and gave me a peck on my lips.
Jeremy cleared his throat to gain our attention, we both turned to face him. “Is someone going to clue me in on what’s going on? I think I deserve an explanation.”
“First of all, you do not deserve anything. Not after you just tried to beat the crap out of my mate, you should be glad you’re still standing here.” I was still mad at him.
Troy put his arm around me and pulled me into his side, “My mate is right, you don’t deserve an explanation. However, seeing as you are a very smart dog you may be of some use to us.”
“You really think I’m going to help you? Or that I wouldwant to help you? You just took the only girl I’ve ever loved away from me, so please tell me why you think I would want to help you?” I couldn’t help but feel a little sad by the heartbroken look on Jeremy’s face.
I stepped towards Jeremy, “I know you’re hurting right now, and I know you don’t want to help us. If you won’t do it for us, do it for the pack.”
Jeremy looked between the two of us, and sighed. “What do you guys need?”
“You will need to keep it a secret that Annie has found her mate first of all.” Troy said.
“Why? The whole pack has been waiting for this! They will want to know who their new Alpha will be.” Jeremy said.
“Well…. That’s the other part of it. We don’t know how Troy will be able to be Alpha.” I explained.
Jeremy gave me a confused look, “What do you mean you don’t know how? Mark him and he turns to a wolf, ta-da.”
“I’m not human, well not fully. Remember before Annie tried to rip your head off you said I smelled different? That’s because I’m like you guys in a way, except instead of a werewolf I’m a merman.” Troy said. Jeremy just stared at us both for a minute before he burst out laughing.
“You guys have got to be kidding me? A mermaid?! Him?” Jeremy couldn’t get any more out because he was laughing so hard.
I looked at Troy and nodded my head towards Jeremy with a smirk on my face. Troy smiled as he got what I was saying. Jeremy finally stopped laughing as he got swept off his feet and drenched with a spout of water coming from the ground. Now it was Troy and I’s turn to laugh.
“What in the world? What was that?” Jeremy sputtered as he spit water out of his mouth.
“Believe us now?” I asked.
Jeremy looked up at us from the ground, “Maybe. But I still don’t know what all this has to do with me.”
“Let’s go inside and get you dried off, we will explain everything to you.” I said and headed toward the house.
After we got Jeremy dried off we all sat at the kitchen counter and Troy and I explained out situation to Jeremy. When we finished Jeremy let out a low whistle, “Wow… you guys sure do have a tough road ahead of you. I still don’t understand what I have to do with this?”
“Honestly, had you not caught us you wouldn’t have anything to do with this. But, since you did and now know we are hoping you can help us get information. Your parents work with the research team right?” Jeremy nodded in response. “We are hoping we can find some sort of information of something like this happening before. We need to know what will happen if I mark him, will he turn into a wolf or stay the same? Or worse, would it kill him? If it’s the last then I can’t do it, I can’t mark him.” I could feel the tears in my eyes. “And if he doesn’t turn into a wolf how can he be Alpha? Then there’s the whole mer King thing on top of it. And then ther-“
“Whoa wait, stop.” Jeremy interrupted. “What do you mean you won’t mark him? Annie you know what will happen if you don’t mark him!” Jeremy said upset. I looked at him wide eyed hoping he would stop talking; I hadn’t wanted Troy to know this part we had enough to worry about.
“What do you what will happen if she doesn’t mark me?” Troy looked at me. “Annie what is he talking about?”
“Oh this is just great. She didn’t tell you did she?” Jeremy questioned Troy.
“Jeremy don’t.” I pleaded.
“She will die!” Jeremy yelled.
“What?” Troy whispered, he looked at me like he had just been punched in the gut.
“That’s how it works for werewolves’ fish boy. The moment our eyes lock with our mate the bond is created and starts growing and if we don’t mark them we die. Not right away, but a nice slow painful death. We grow weaker and weaker and then our wolfs just give up.” Jeremy said glaring at Troy. “So, if Annie doesn’t mark you she will die, and if she dies there won’t be anyone holding me back from ripping your throat out.”
“Enough.” I growled out slamming my fist on the counter.
“Annie….. why didn’t you tell me?” Troy asked. I could see the hurt and betrayal in his eyes.
“Why? Because instead of worrying about the pack or what it would do to her family and friends if we lost her, she’s worried about you and your feelings.” Jeremy spat.
“You need to leave.” I told Jeremy. “Now.”
Jeremy stood up from the counter, “I won’t tell anyone your little secret, I respect Annie to much as future Luna to not abide by her wishes. But I will not help you.” He walked to the back door and opened it. “I will however be the first in line to destroy you if Annie dies.” Jeremy slammed the door as he walked out.
Troy stood up, “I think I’m going to go to.”
“What? No, please stay.” I begged him.
“Annie, how could you not tell me that you could die? Do you know what that would do to me? Losing you would be the worst thing in the world, but to know you died because of me?” He walked towards the door. “Annie that would destroy me.”
He walked out the door leaving me alone in the kitchen.