The Ties That Bond

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Battle for King

These past three days have been the most stressful. I wasn’t this stressed going through college and that’s supposed to be one of the most stressful parts of your life. I have been running myself ragged, along with everyone else. Do I want Levi to go through with this challenge? Hell no, but he is and all that I can do is pray to the Goddess that he wins and is safe. I can’t lose him, and I don’t want to imagine what life would be like without him. We have been in meetings for the last three days trying to come up with a plan, but honestly, there isn’t a point because no matter how many scenarios you go through, there is no guarantee that it will go the way you want it. All we can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

“Penny for your thoughts, beautiful?” Levi asks, wrapping his arms around my waist. I instantly lean back into him and relax as much as I can during this hell.

“I’m just worried. I don’t want you to go through with this, but I know why you’re doing it. I’m just scared. He may be sick, but he is still the strongest wolf out there. Granted he is a bit weaker from his cancer, but Levi, what if we’re underestimating how weak he will be?” He’s silent for a what seems like hours before he kisses the top of my head.

“Baby girl, I know there is nothing we can do to really plan for how things are going to go when we get into the arena, but I am going to do everything in my power to win the fight. You’re forgetting that I am strong as well. Who knows how strong he really is? We won’t know until we get there. Trust me, I’m going to come back to you and our baby. You are my reason for breathing.” He explains. He really is amazing. In this stressful situation, he is being strong and he’s the one that is fighting. I’ll be glad when all of this is said and done, but if Levi wins, hell even if he loses, there will be so many different things changing all at once.

“I do trust you, Levi. I just worry and I always will. You are my rock and I don’t want to do this alone. How long do we have?” I ask.

“We need to leave now. I was coming up to get you before we started talking. He should be here any time now. I lean my head into his chest and inhale his scent. I look into his eyes and wrap my arms around his neck. This could be the last time I see my husband and I don’t want to let him go. I want to hole ourselves up in this room and not leave until this all blows over. However, that would never happen, and the problem would still be there.

“Kiss me.” I tell him. “And you better come back to me. I’ll be there every step of the way on the sidelines.” His kiss is soft and gentle, like he doesn’t want it to end and quite frankly, neither do I. “Let’s get this win. I want you to myself for at least a night after this is all over.” I said walking towards the door. I know he can feel my nerves and how anxious I am, but I’m still trying to be strong for him.

“Let’s get this win and you can have me as long as you’d like. Just know, you won’t be leaving that bed the entire time. Well, except to eat and get something to drink. You know, the necessities.” My thoughts exactly, but I wasn’t going to let him know that. He’s going to have to work for it after putting me through this shit.

It doesn’t take us long to reach the arena and I can feel the panic starting to rise as the King is walking up at the same time. I’m beyond terrified and I feel useless. All I can do is be here to support my mate and hope that he is victorious. Levi gives me one last kiss before he heads to the middle if the field and I head to stand in the designated area for the Alpha, Beta, and Gamma pair. “He’s going to be coming back. He will win this.” Ryder whispers, reassuringly to all of us. I don’t know if he’s trying to convince himself or everyone else. Maybe both.

“He better because if he doesn’t, I’ll be sure to bring his ass back to life just to kill him myself.” I said as the crowd grew silent.

“Welcome!” The King begins. “Your Alpha has challenged me for my position as the Werewolf King and we know I take these situations serious. I have accepted his challenge and we will fight to the death. Also, if your Alpha were to somehow win, he would get the title along with keeping his mate and her sister safe from the deal that was made with me years ago. Now, once I finish this battle, we will find a new Alpha until the heir that your Luna is carrying is old enough to take the throne. This deal will also be in effect and your Luna and Beta Female will be going back to my area with me to be married to my sons as promised. Without further ado, let the battle begin.” He really is an arrogant son of a bitch. They will not take us for two reasons, one being Levi will win this battle and the second reason is over my dead body. My sister and I are not pawns to be auctioned off.

This is it. This is when the stress and concern begin. I just have to try and stay strong for my baby and Levi. He can feel everything that I feel through the bond and I don’t need that to distract this from him. The King begins the battle and both men shift to their wolf forms. The King is a raven black wolf and he is huge. He has a couple inches or so on Levi’s wolf, but they are similar in height. I hope this works out for him though. They start of circling around each other, sizing each other up and waiting for the other to make the first move. I know Levi is trying to find a weakness and get a feel on how the King will fight before making a move. That was the beginning of his plan. Observation. After a few minutes the King gets tired of waiting and he lunges for Levi. Levi manages to dart out of the way, but not before the King’s claws went into his leg. Not deep enough to do any damage. Levi managed to get a swipe at his side before they both got back in their stances.

It was all a blur. Growls, bites, scratches, rolling around, yelps, and don’t forget about the blood. So much blood. They were both looking worse for wear, but Levi was still going strong. The King was starting to get weaker the longer it went on. This is what we had planned for. It took longer than what we had anticipated, but it’s happening none the less. The fight has been going on for around thirty minutes now and neither one of them want to give up. Levi is fighting for his pack; his family and the King is fighting to keep his title and to keep the deal that my parents made a long time ago. Levi has the King pinned on his back trying to go for the neck, but the King kicks him off and lunges at him again, sinking his teeth into Levi’s hind leg. Levi lets out a wail and tries to kick him off. He’s not letting go. Levi has to find a way to get him off or he won’t last. He tries to curl into himself in order to reach the King, but it doesn’t work. He kicks him with his other paw and that made him release enough for Levi to lunge at him and send him across the field. The King is getting weaker with each minute going by. Levi pins him again and can go for the kill shot. He latches his canines into the Kings throat, going straight for the jugular.

He did it. He beat him. He is the new King and he’s still with us. He changes back into his human form and I run to him with his shorts. He puts them on, and I can tell he’s hurt bad, but he still scoops me up and kisses me like it’s the last time he ever would. “You did it. Baby…you did it!” I exclaim. “You need to go get checked out. That was a brutal fight.” The crowd seems to snap out of their shock and erupt in whoops and applause. It has been centuries since we had a new King and my husband, my mate, was it. It’s not going to be easy getting this changed and his sons looked like they could murder Levi right now, but we are going to face each of these challenges together. As a family. “I love you.”

“Baby girl, I could never leave you. Even if I did you would bring me back just to kill me yourself. I love you with all my heart and then some. We are going to have a lot of changes coming and even more enemies than before, but if I have you by my side, I know we can make it. Now, I need to go to the medic and get checked out before we deal with the next threat that will be knocking on our door before we know it.”

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