I rushed into Troy’s arms and gave him a huge kiss. He seemed surprised by my kiss but soon recovered and pulled me in closer.
“Well I guess that answers my question as to why he was sneaking into your window.” I jumped back a little from Troy at the sound of my mother’s voice. I was so happy to see Troy that I hadn’t even noticed my mother sitting on the other side of the island.
“Umm.” I looked between my mom and Troy.
“It’s okay Annie, I know. Troy told me everything.” She gestured to Troy.
“I figured I had better tell her before she ripped my throat out. I know better than to mess with a Luna, people think Alpha’s are the scary ones? Heck no! Mess with a Luna, that will get you real messed up.” Troy said with wide eyes and I tried not to laugh.
“That’s right and don’t you forget it.” Mom looked at me and winked. We both knew Alpha’s were the strongest in a pack but we were going to just let Troy think it was us Luna’s that were the scary ones.
“You have about an hour before your father gets home, I suggest you spend it wisely.” My mom stood up and headed towards the living room. “Annie, you and I will be speaking later.”
“Yes ma’am.” I said.
“Your mom scares the coral out of me.” Troy said. I turned to him and hugged him.
“Come on, I want to show you something.” I tugged him out the back door and into the woods. It had been awhile since I had come out here to this spot, but as soon as I saw it I couldn’t help the smile that crossed my face. Before us stood a huge tree, my tree as I called it when I was little. I stepped closer to the trunk of the tree and looked up, there it was, my tree house. I looked over my shoulder at Troy and started climbing knowing he would follow. As I climbed into the tree house I looked around, not much had changed since I had been up here last.
“Wow, this place is amazing.” Troy said as he climbed into the house. He looked at the hundreds of drawings that were on the walls, the big book shelf filled and over flowing with different kinds of books, the toys and nick naks that were in the chest and scattered around. Then his eyes landed on my favorite part of this place, a huge wooden rocker by the only window that was filled with pillows and blankets. Troy looked at me and next thing I knew I was in his arms and cuddling in the rocker.
I took a deep breath breathing in his scent, letting it comfort me. I had missed him so much.
“Why didn’t you tell me you were leaving? Why didn’t I ever hear from you?” I asked him quietly.
Troy sighed, “I’m sorry little fish. When I left I was angry and upset with you for not telling me that you could die if you didn’t mark me, then that anger turned into fear.” He put his forehead to mine. “I cannot stand the thought of losing you.”
I felt the same way, the thought of Troy not being in my life, the thought of not seeing him every day? It killed me.
“So I decided to take the time and go to all the other kings in person, ask them if they had ever heard of any such thing.” He looked at me with sad eyes. “No one had any answers for me…. It’s just never been heard of.”
“Well, I kind of have an answer to one issue.” I said.
“You do?!” Troy asked excitedly.
“Don’t get to excited, it involved a werewolf and a fairy. Both of them lived, however, the fairy lost all of her powers and became human. If you reacted the same way you would lose all your Mer capabilities, you would just be human.” I told him.
“But neither of us would die? And we would be bonded?” He asked me.
“Yes, that’s if it works the same way for you as it did a fairy. There’s no way of knowing for sure though.”
“Mark me now then!” Troy said.
“What?!” I wasn’t sure if that was Nan or me that spoke.
“You heard him, mark him!!” That was definitely Nan.
“Annie,” Troy took my hands in his, “Being away from you this week killed me. If giving up my Mer side means I get to be with you every day for the rest of our lives then so be it. It’s worth it to me. Mark me little fish, make me yours.” He tilted his head back giving me access to his neck.
The urge to mark him was strong, but I couldn’t do it. Not yet anyways. I leaned over a kissed his neck instead. “As much as I want to and as much as Nan is yelling at me to I can’t.”
“What? Do you not want me?” Troy looked as if I had punched him in the stomach.
“I want you today, tomorrow, and for the rest of our lives. But we have to figure a few things out first.” I told him.
“Say you turn human and the mark doesn’t kill you. That doesn’t solve our other two issues. I’m supposed to be Luna, with an Alpha for a mate. You can’t be Alpha and not be a wolf.” I said “And how will you rule the Ocean if you can’t swim out into it?”
Troy closed his eyes and leaned his head back against the rocker. “Your right. I don’t want you to be right but you are.”
“You should just get used to that right now.” I teased him.
He rolled his eyes at me and kissed me on the cheek. “We will figure this out. I still think you should just mark me now though. I hate the thought of any male getting near what’s mine.”
My cheeks reddened, “Um.”
Troy looked at me, “What? Why are you blushing?”
I could feel my cheeks heating up, “Uh, well. You know how mates are like being married is to the humans?” He nodded that he understood. “Well you know how after a wedding they uh, you know make it official?” I peaked at Troy who had a confused look on his face.
“Doesn’t the wedding ceremony make it official?” He asked.
I squeezed my eyes shut and felt my cheeks get even redder. “It does, but after the ceremony and party they go to a place and… ya know.”
Understanding dawned on Troy’s face. “Oh. Ohhhh. I guess I didn’t know that marking involved that, makes sense though.” He looked down at me, well I think he did because my eyes were still closed in embarrassment.
“Hey, look at me.” I looked up at Troy. “Don’t be embarrassed. We are mates, and I’m telling you right now that I am not upset in the least little bit that marking involves more than a bite.” He wiggled his eye brows at me. “But now that I know that, we will need to make it special. You deserve that much and so much more.”
I melted in his arms. “I love you.” I told him.
“I love you too little fish.”