“She’s sleeping, Luna.”
I nod sharply, satisfied with that. Recently I have had to have a nanny come in to look after my six-year-old daughter Shaye, while I work. Running a Pack on my own hasn’t been easy. It’s been ten months since I demanded my mate leave and never come back.
So far, he has listened.
My eyebrow raises at the nanny, who slightly trembles under my gaze. It took me the longest time to adapt to being seen as only one thing. The leader of the Vengeance Pack.
Kaden, my mate, left behind a trail of tyranny, which I will never live up to. Now that he is gone, I have taken a different approach to leading this Pack, helping to teach and employ the criminals here rather than let them sit, hardly contributing to life here.
Not having a murderer living in this house with my daughter should feel better than this, though.
In the moment, it was either I leave, or he did. Before we could even discuss it, he ran, and since then, I’ve never seen him. I miss him. Naturally. What worries me most, though, is that Shaye is six years old, and hasn’t spoken since he left. Not to me, not to anyone.
Now, I don’t know what to do.
“You can go now. Thank you for your help,” I say softly. She leaves abruptly, not wanting to stay any longer then she has to.
I lean over my desk, amongst the scattered papers. Years ago, I would never have considered being an Alpha, or well, a Luna. I kept the term Luna to my name instead of Alpha. Sometimes I wonder if it is because I’m hoping Kaden will come back and be the Alpha he was born to be. However, I scold myself for thinking that.
He made a promise to me, and he broke it.
I stand. I’m sick of someone else having to put my daughter to sleep because I’m too busy working. It shouldn’t be like this, but who knew getting this Pack up to a slightly less criminal infested way would take so much time from my day.
Shaye sleeps when I lean my head into her room. I smile at how peaceful she looks, her hair, like mine, is golden, but as thick as her fathers was, splayed out wildly across her pillow. Her eyes are dark; every time I look into them, I see her father, like her guardian angel watching over her. No matter where in this world he is.
After leaving a kiss on her cheek, I leave her room, closing the door after me. If I watch her too long, I’ll get upset.
When Kaden first left, I had nothing but anger. Watching him take a life was like watching second nature surfacing under the skin. For months frustration was all I felt, which melted out into a constant, painful longing.
I would do anything to take back the time.
As I turn, a neatly run straight into Shaye’s nanny. I jump at the sight of her, as she profusely apologies for the fright. I’ve been jumpy ever since he left. I’ve managed it well enough, though.
“My apologies, Luna,” she says shakily. I watch her grimly, as she thrusts a letter out from under her arm. “This was left on the doorstep. I saw it as I was leaving, and thought I should bring it to you before the breeze outside blew it away.”
I take the creased envelope between my fingers, seeing who it was addressed for.
My heart almost shudders to a stop, knowing exactly who this is from. I mask my surprise, instead smiling warmly at the nanny.
“Thank you. Go home now, to your family,” I excuse. She nods as leaves quickly.
I watch her until she turns the corner, before I turn myself, and at a full speed, I run. I make it to the bedroom, where I jump onto the bed. Folding my legs under me, I take a deep breath and close my eyes. I have no idea what could be in this note. It’s been months. Ten months since I’ve even been alerted of his existence.
I open one eye, noticing how creased and slightly dirt stained the envelope is, before I open my second eye, and begin tearing the paper open to tug out the letter from within.
A smile I could never smother plays at my lips as I read what he has to say.
It’s been long. Too long.
I need to see you. Soon.
Tomorrow, outside the Pack. The clearing. Where I made love to you the first time we ever let your mother look after Shaye.
I’ll be there. Will you? Please.
I love you.