"Are you sure you want to be here for this?" Rhys asks holding his mate, the stand was being set up for Alpha James and his Luna was restrained.
"I've faced it all once, I can do it again." She reassures even if they both knew she was nervous. Her tummy tingled and her hands came to rest there in her nervous state.
"We are here for the prosecution of Alpha James, the offender is accused of several accounts of child abuse." Rhys announced bringing the talking in the room to the bare minimum. "Warlock Links will show the memories to the council for them to make their decision on course of action."
"No!" Alpha James yelled, Rhys nodded to Nate who began the chant to start the memory viewing.
"Get Dr. Bri to bring my x-ray scans from when I first arrived." Aurora informed the closest guard, he left and Aurora walked to Rhys clutching onto his arms.
A bright white flashes then like 3D in the center of the room Aurora was standing in a cell as a young child with blood gushing down her back. In another flash she was black and blue with blood gushing from her side.
Another where her father taunted her as she threw up blood in the form of what looked like ground coffee grounds. Another where her mother watched as he broke Auroras fingers for taking extra food.
One after another she relived her life. Over and over, her urge was to breakdown and cry. She was queen now, she didn't have the liberty. She stood tall in front of her people, her father shook from the power being let off. Eventually Nate couldn't take anymore watching this.
"Enough." Nate stops the process and Rhys sighed, he was seething but he knew what had to be done.
"You must continue for the process to be viable." The head councilmen interjected and Aurora knew what she needed to do.
"Conjourum memomorn." She chanted and suddenly she was transported to the corner of the room watching every punch, every whip. Her body shook, a form of PTSD began to cloud her mind. Pushing off her feelings she allowed her power to solely focus on the task at hand. Work now, cry later.
"That's sufficient." The councilman coughs uncomfortably and Aurora stopped placing her hands back at her sides. Her head pounded and she needed to sit down. She turned her head, her blood rushes in her ears, exhaustion taking hold. She coughs slightly and stumbled to her throne.
"The doctors evidence is all that's needed and then we will decide." The councilman spoke, Rhys glanced carefully at his mate who was visibly struggling. She had lost power and energy and she's got kids suckling some of her energy out anyways. Let alone the fact that she's revisiting all of her past.
"You can see here and here that she was hurt majorly over and over but never quite healing completely in between each beating. She had shown many signs of being abused mentally. She was skittish at first and very accepting of any kind of kindness given to her. Mating to the king has changed this, but she was a naive girl even if she had been broken down." Bri reported quickly, she sent glances to the queen who was now shaken and accepting a glass of water from a maid.
"The councilmen have agreed the wolf is guilty. Rank stripping is mandatory, he must travel back home transfer pack leadership then be forced back to spend the remainder of his life in the confines of the jailhouse." The head councilmen finalizes, the room erupts into a frenzy. Luna James screams and cries, Rhys calls for more guards. Alpha James is restrained as Nate glares daggers.
Aurora takes her opportunity, she sets the glass down and stands. She looks around cautiously before padding to the door. She slipped out and began sprinting up to their floor. She found herself there in no time but in front of the bathroom toilet. Her crown hung from a hand pressing against the toilet as she emptied her stomach contents. Falling back she flushed and pushed herself against the wall. Tears fled to her eyes and fell steadily, sobs followed and suddenly she was brutally crying.
Her mind flooded with pain, bile still on the tip of her tongue. She rose up and stripped, she brushed her teeth roughly. Sighing out she clothed in her mates sweatshirt and climbed into the bed while crying the entire time. She placed her head in her mates pillow, his scent brought slight comfort but she still sobbed throat cracking sobs.
"Oh love." He wrapped her in his arms, she accepted his embrace completely. She placed her face in his neck letting him kiss her forehead and rub her back. "You're ok now, you're perfect. Look how far you've come, look how far we've made it. Look at what we've made." He held her left hand in his right and place his left on her stomach. "I wouldn't trade this for the world." He pressed a soft kiss to her dry lips.
"I-I was so broken, I was so messed up. You fixed me, you fixed me. What did I ever do to deserve you." She wrapped her arms around him pulling him back on the bed. He shook his head rubbing up and down her back carefully.
"Sleep, I had the afternoon canceled. I will go change, choose a movie and we can lay here and enjoy. I'll call down for food when you're ready." He smiled and she smiled but slipped off the bed following him to the bathroom. She brushed her teeth thoroughly and fixed herself. She went back out and started a child's movie. She licked her lips and chewed on her lower lip looking out the window onto the balcony. She softly placed herself down and went out onto the sun warmed stone terrace. She soaked in the fresh air running her hands long the balcony railing. Overlooking the entire area she smiled, she was in charge of this now. With her person. Her rock.