I woke up and picked out a cold shoulder paisley print shirt and dark blue jeans before raiding my closet for a pair of shoes. I walked downstairs and searched the fridge for food before I decide to be lazy and settle for a bowl of cereal.
“Um, guys! You might want to see this!”
“What?” I asked, bringing my bowl of cereal into the living-room.
Once everyone shuffled in, Sadie pulled the curtain back.
“Holy shit.” I breathed as my bowl slipped from my hands.
“Deixar!” I cried out when my brain finally decided to function, stopping the bowl in midair.
Kai whistled. “Nice reflexes.”
I grabbed the bowl and set it on the coffee table.
“Can someone please tell me what the hell that is? Please? Is that the supposed army?” I asked slightly panicked.
“There has to be over a thousand of them,” Mason said
“But they don’t look all that threatening,” Rafe said peeking through the window.
I took a deep breath and started walking towards the door before my dad grabbed my hand.
“And where do you think you’re going?”
My dad looked at me, incredulously. “And if they try to kill you?”
I shrugged. “We won’t know unless we go see. Besides, I highly doubt you would let me go out there by myself.
“Damn straight, I won’t.”
“Well, this should be interesting,” Dylan muttered under his breath
“Well, let’s assume it’s safest to be prepared for the worst,” Alex said
Kayden’s dad had a point. We had no idea of their true intentions.
My mom came to my side and looped her arm around mine.
“Well, let’s get this over with.”
“Baby girl, you’re not leaving the house.” My dad said.
My mother pouted. “Why? I’m not going to wait at home worrying about something happening to you all; especially when you’re going to be on the front lawn!”
I stopped my dad from fussing. “I got this.”
“Oh, not you too.” My mom whined.
“What at least now she’ll be protected. Did you really think she would stay here?”
My dad sighed and threw his arms in the air. “I obviously forgot who my wife and daughter were. Why would you possibly listen to me? Let’s go.”
Kayden placed his hand on my shoulder. “We have your back.”
I nodded and took a deep breath. My dad opened the door, and we walked out. I held my head up high as we walked toward the mass of people. When we were in hearing distance, I stopped.
“What is your purpose here?” I asked anyone who would answer.
A look of awe passed through each of their faces before they kneeled.
One man, in particular, looked me in the eyes. “To serve our Queen. We mean you no harm.”
My eyes widened, and I stumbled back in shock. “Me?”
The man nodded once before standing back up.
“What makes you think I am fit to be your Queen?”
He smiled softly. “Because the prophecy says so.”
His eye lit up, and he nodded. “I would love to tell you more, my Queen. Is there somewhere more suitable to talk?”
“Well firstly, I would like you to call by my name, Vanessa.”
“Very well, Vanessa. My name is Caelin. It is an honor to have met you.”
“Secondly, I don’t think any of our housing is big enough to hold all of you.”
Caelin cocked his head to the side. “What is your suggestion then?”
I looked around before sinking to the ground and sitting crisscross applesauce.
I looked up at Caelin expectantly and he chuckled before sitting across from me. Everyone gathered and sat around us
“The Raíña prophecy states that a woman whose essence is entwined with magic from a powerful bloodline will also be kissed not only by the moon but by darkness. Such power trapped in one vessel is a lot to take on as I’m sure you’ve witnessed. It is said that she who possesses this power will bring the three races together. The chosen Queens before you either died before the transformation was completed or were consumed by darkness. One way or another they died. You are the only one who has survived the transformation and prevailed against the darkness. You are our Queen. You are fit to rule us.” Caelin finished talking and looked at me with immense pride.
He had so much faith in me, and I had done nothing to result in such loyalty. It gave me an odd but warm feeling. I was lost in thought before I snapped out of it and stood up.
“We will find housing for each of you while I take the time to process all of this information.”
Caelin bowed. “Yes, your Majesty.”
I stared at Dylan’s parents pleadingly, and they stepped forward with smiles on your face.
“We’ll set up rooms in the pack houses.” Dylan’s dad said.
“Daniel, make sure that the families are put together.” his wife said, resting a hand on his arm.
“Of course, Rosalie,” he responded, placing a kiss on her cheek.
I smiled in thanks and made my way back to the house. As soon as I was in the living-room, I slumped into the couch, suddenly exhausted. So much happened in such a short amount of time. Trying to process it all was leaving me with a nasty headache. Avery and Levi sat on either side of me.
“So....” Avery dragged out.
" Not only are you badass hybrid, but you are also a Queen.” Levi finished.
I groaned. “Stop saying it. My brain is starting to hurt.”
My dad crouched in front of me. “You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. Being Queen, that’s a lot of responsibility. You’re young. There’s a lot to think about.”
I took a deep breath, “I know daddy.”
I trudged up to my room Kayden and Dylan trailing behind me. Dylan sat me down and took my shoes off while Kayden tucked a stray piece of hair behind my ear.
“How are you feeling?” Kayden asked.
“Overwhelmed, Exhausted. Am I dreaming?”
Dylan chuckled. “No baby, you’re not dreaming.”
“Get some sleep, love” Kayden said as he kissed my forehead and Dylan kissed my cheek.
It had been a week since my “followers” came to me. They seemed to have settled in quite nicely. I still wasn’t sure as to what they wanted from me. Was I fit to be a Queen? I didn’t even know what a Queen did or said. I don’t think I could hand being responsible for so many lives. I was only in high school! How could they entrust their lives to me?! I snapped out of my thoughts when the door bell rang. I opened the door and was shocked to find Caelin greeting me. He bowed his head in respect before flashing me a charming smile. I smiled back and let him in.
“Was there something that you needed?”
Caelin shook his head. “I just wanted to accompany you to school.”
I raised an eyebrow. “Aren’t you a little old for high school?”
Caelin gasped and feigned an offended look.
“How old do you think I am?”
I giggled and shrugged. In truth, he looked very young. Caelin huffed.
“I”ll have you know I’m only twenty-two.”
I chuckled. “I was only joking! You could definitely pass as a teenager with that baby face of yours.”
Caelin narrowed his eyes at me. “You are truly cruel, my Queen.”
“I’m assuming that you took care of the paperwork?”
Caelin nodded, grabbing my backpack and escorting me to his car. As we entered the school, I glanced at Caelin.
“I hope you don’t mind being the center of attention.”
Caelin chuckled. “It wouldn’t be the first time.”
“Oooh, a ladies man, are we?”
Caelin shrugged. “I’ve had my fair share.”
I snorted out a laugh and led him to the office. I leaned against a wall as the secretary went over his paper work and gave him his schedule. Once he was done, he came to my side.
“Will any of the others be joining us as well?”
“Yes, they’ll most likely join us later in the week. A few of them wanted to take some more time to settle in.”
I nodded my head in understanding and took a look at his schedule. I smiled. The majority of his classes were with me.
“Was this on purpose?” I asked waving the schedule around.
“Yeah, I figured it would be best.”
“Are you like, my royal guard or something?”
Caelin chuckled and shook his head. “No, I’m just a bit protective of you, but you could assign a royal guard if you truly wanted to.”
“I’m not even sure if I want to be Queen.”
Caelin flinched. I cast my gaze down.
Caelin drew in a deep breath.
“No need to be sorry. It’s a lot of responsibility. I guess none of us thought of the possibility of our Queen rejecting us.”
I grimaced. “When you say it like that, it makes me feel horrible.”
“It was never my intention to make you feel bad. I’m sorry if I did so.”
I sighed. “I know.”
It was going on the second period, and I had yet yo see Dylan or Kayden. I huffed when Leila scurried into class.
“Has Rafe seen Dylan?”
Leila shrugged. “I wouldn’t know. I was going to ask you the same thing about Rafe.”
“Somethings wrong. Dylan’s not here either. Have you seen any of the girls?”
Leila shook her head.
“Call my phone.”
Leila nodded and dialed my number under her desk.
“What is this, Ms. Black? You don’t usually let your phone become a distraction..”
I put a panicked look on my face.
“It’s my mom. She doesn’t call me at school unless it’s really important.”
The teacher gave me a disbelieving look. Leila sighed loudly.
“The last time your mom called you in school we had to go to the hospital. What happened this time?”
The teacher’s eyes softened. “Be quick about it!”
I nodded as if I was listening intently.
“Yeah, Leila’s right next to me. What hospital is it this time? Okay, I’ll talk to the principal about signing out.”
I feigned a heavy sigh and glanced at Leila.
“Uncle Christian was in an accident.”
“Oh, no!” Leila exclaimed.
“Can we go to the office?”
The teacher looked on at us in sympathy before nodding. Leila and I rushed out of the classroom before bursting into laughter.
“And here I thought we were bad actors,” Leila said nudging my shoulder.
“Wait we have to snag Caelin first.”
When we got to the door of Caelin’s door of his classroom, I caught his eye and waved him over. He stopped by his teacher’s desk and talked to her before coming out.
“What’s wrong?” he asked.
“No one came to school today. We’re going home to see what’s up.”
Caelin nodded and followed us out.
The ride over to the house Caelin, and I glance at each other.
“They’re not home.”
“How do you guys know?” Leila asked
“For awhile there’s been a strong scent of both Vampire and Werewolf, but it’s going in the opposite direction. They probably went to the pack house.” Caelin said.
I nodded. “I’m going to call Kayden.”
I dialed Kayden’s number and waited for him to answer before his phone went to voicemail. I switched and called Dylan only to have his phone go straight to voicemail.
“Well, that was a bust.”
“I just tried Rafe; went straight to voicemail.”
“Alright, let’s go. I’m having a bad feeling about this.”
I had Caelin park in Dylan’s Driveway.
“I think we should walk the rest of the way.”
We began walking up the path that led to the pack houses. The walk seemed painfully long, and I was starting to get worried. My blood ran cold when I heard a wolves howl.
I glanced back at Leila. “Catch up with us later,” I yelled as Caelin, and I took off.
We burst into the house and found no one.
“Backyard,” Caelin grunted.
Everyone was there facing the field. I raced to the front, grasped Dylan’s arm.
“What’s going on?”
He shrugged me off of him. “You would know if you hadn’t run off with Caelin.”
I frowned. “Run off? I went to school?”
“Either way, we needed you here.” Kayden chimed.
I huffed. “Would someone just tell me what the hell is going on?”
Kayden pointed to the field, and I finally noticed a small group of people
“Who are they?”
“The very few people who made it from Astrazia,” Dylan said.
“They’ve been trying to influence our people.”
“So they either have multiple witches or just one really powerful one.”
Dylan nodded, ” Your dad has been working with Christian to keep everyone at bay.”
I clicked my tongue. I should have had my dad and Christian put barriers over the pack houses too.
I walked forward and felt Caelin, Kayden, and Dylan trail behind. I sighed in relief. I felt stronger with them here.
“Why are you here?” I asked.
A petite woman with golden blonde hair stepped forward.
“You took our leader, our people. We thought it was only fair that we picked off some of yours. Although it seems that your group has quadrupled.”
“And knowing that are you still so confident going against us.”
The woman shrugged. “I was going to leave it at influencing a few of your people to our side, but you’re really starting to piss me off. Once we start killing you off whose to say, some of them won’t come willingly. We’ll simply kill those who don’t.”
My eyes narrowed my eyes and flitted to her side. She gasped but made a move to stand back.
“Do not threaten my people. They follow me and only me.”
The woman gave me a mocking laugh. “And who are you to have such power?”
I smiled at her and tore through her chest grasping her heart
I ripped her heart and watched as her lifeless body fell to the ground. Anger rose through me at the thought of anyone harming my people. I knew with every fiber of my being that I had meant what I had said. I was their Queen.
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