The crowd instantly broke out into whispers, I tried to block them out. I didn’t want to know if they were being cruel, I wanted to focus solely on Troy and the people before us. The Kings and Queens were exchanging confused looks.
“Quiet! Quiet please!” King Ezra spoke. “Please everyone be quiet so we may hear what Troy has to say.”
“Troy, please finish with your introduction.” The Queen of the Indian said.
“Thank you Queen Meredith.” Troy said, “As I was saying, this is Annie Rogers, my mate.”
“Steven, why didn’t you tell us that Troy has found his other half? That is cause for celebration!” King Michael asked Troy’s father.
“Let him finish explaining before you get too excited.” His father mumbled. It wasn’t very king like to mumble I thought but I wasn’t about to say so.
“Please go on.” Queen Isabella prodded with a smile.
“Right. Well, there is no easy way to say this so I will just spit it out. Annie is not like us, she’s not a mer.” This statement sent the crowd into whispers again as well as the kings and queens.
“She is a human? You’ve brought a human into our midst?”
“Nothing like this has ever happened before, how can this be?”
“Preposterous, this cannot be!”
“She is a danger to us all!”
“This will never work!”
“Silence!!” I looked over to Troy’s mom who had been the one to shout. “Please everyone be quiet and listen. It is not what you think. Also, you all know very well that Troy would never do anything to endanger us and our kind.” She looked at the royals pointedly.
“She is right,” Queen Natalie of the Antarctic spoke “Troy please accept our apologies for the outburst.”
“Yes,” Her husband Michael agreed. “Please do accept our deepest apologies, you’ve just caught us off guard.” He gestured to the others who nodded their heads in agreement.
“Please do go on, we promise not to interrupt you anymore.” King Samuel said.
Troy took a deep breath before he continued. “Annie is not like us, meaning she is not mer. However, she is not human either.” He stopped and looked at me, I smiled at him encouraging him to go on. “Annie is a werewolf.”
“A werewolf?” Exclaimed King Ezra. “I’m sorry I did not mean to interrupt, I was merely excited and curious. I have never met one of her kind before.” A few of the others nodded in agreement.
“A merman and a wolf, who would have ever thought we would have seen the day.” King Samuel sat back in amazement. “Is it too much to ask her to shift? I would love to see the process!”
My eyes grew wide and I looked at Troy for help, I did not mind shifting for them but I was not okay stripping down to the buff in front of thousands of people to do so.
“Samuel she can’t do that here in front of all these people, remember what we’ve read? She would have to remove her clothing so she didn’t ruin it. I’m sure we can have her show us in a more private setting at a later date.” His wife Isabella winked at me and I gave her a grateful smile.
“What is it that you have come to ask us? We surely cannot keep you from you mate, I can see the love and pull that you have for her. It would be wrong of us to keep you from the one that you have the pull to.” Queen Meredith asked. She thought it would be wrong to keep us apart? I secretly loved her right then and there, I knew we would have her in our corner.
“It’s not as easy as it sounds.” Troy said.
“Why isn’t it?” Interrupted King Ezra, “Having a werewolf as a queen would be an honor in my opinion. She will not be able to visit the ocean people of course but I have a feeling people will travel to meet her. No one will have a problem with her my boy, if they do they can come see me.” The other kings, queens, and the crowd cheered in agreement.
I couldn’t help wipe the smile off my face, they accepted me! A werewolf! They wanted me to be their queen. I could feel happy tears pooling in my eyes, I was so afraid they would reject the idea as soon as they found out I was different from them. I could feel the warmth and love surrounding me.
“I told you they would love you.” Troy whispered in my ear and kissed my cheek.
“Troy, why don’t you enlighten them with the rest of the details.” Troy’s father said loudly. “I’m sure they will be changing their tune once they find out.”
The attention was back on us, Troy cleared his throat. “My father is right, there is more to this. As you all know Mer’s have what we call a pull to the one’s we are supposed to spend the rest of our lives with. However, if we do not choose to be with that person we are free to bond with someone else. Werewolves on the other hand are different, they too have a bond with their mates but it is a lot stronger than what we experience. When they turn 18 is when they find their mates, which is when Annie found me. I had felt the pull towards her but I wanted to wait till she was 18 to make sure I was her mate. When she looked me in the eyes that day and realized I was her mate that was the happiest day of my life. I loved her instantly.” Troy looked at me and smiled. “I can’t live without her.”
I could see all the queens melting right along with me at his sweet words. I knew he meant every single one of them because I felt the exact same way. I would love this man no matter what happened to us.
“With that being said, there is an issue to be discussed. If Annie does not mark me she will die.” Troy said.
“Then let her mark her!”
“Why haven’t you let her mark you yet?”
“Are you crazy?! She needs to mark you now!”
The Queens all spoke at once as well as some of the crowd.
“See. Told you we should have marked him already. Honestly, I really don’t know why you don’t listen to me more often.” Nan said to me. Now was not the time to get into it with her.
King Michael put his hand up to silence everyone once again before he spoke. “Troy, I know I speak for everyone when I ask you why you have not allowed Annie to mark you. Was it because you were afraid we would not accept her?”
“That was a small part of it yes, but honestly I knew you would all fall in love with her like I have.”
“Then what is the issue?” King Samuel asked.
“If Annie does not mark me she will die, but if she does mark me there is the possibility of two things.” Troy paused and looked at me. “Either I will die, or I will become human.”
We were met with silence.