My eyes felt heavy as I struggled to open them. I glanced down as I felt a heavy wait around my waist. My eyes widened at the sight of a large muscular arm draped around my waist. Sparks tickled my back and then did I realize I was spooned against my mate, my back was firmly pressed against his chest, my head was laying on his other arm and our legs were entangled together. I could feel his warm breath against the back of my neck. My eyes wandered around and I realized we were in his room.
How the hell did I get here?
I sucked in a sharp breath as I recalled the events of last night. The nightmare, the gym, Zaph coming, the crying, which explains my sore eyes- Oh my Goddess! I leant my head against his chest and rubbed my face in annoyance. Why did this have to happen? How am I going to explain everything? I just hope he doesn’t ask much.
I looked at the digital clock on the bedside table and cursed mentally at the time.
Crap! I am going to be late. I promised Char I would be down at twelve and its eleven thirty now. She is taking me to the town for some last minute shopping. She said she wanted to buy shoes to match with her gown for tomorrow.
A heavy weight settled on my heart as I thought of tomorrow, the day of my coronation, which means I leave tonight. I already sorted out my plan after we returned from our little trip yesterday.
I turned over so that I was facing Zaphrostine. My eyes roamed over his handsome face and my hand instinctively went up to touch my lips as my eyes settled on his. My mind burned with the memory of our passionate first kiss. It was perfect. That kiss was nothing like I’ve experienced before and the worst part is that I am thirsty for more. I closed my eyes for a moment before deciding to get out before I become even more late.
I slowly lifted his hand which was on my waist and carefully got out of his hold. My heart melted when his face turned into a scowl as I left his embrace.
I quickly retreated back to my room and rushed into the shower. I wrapped a towel around my body and walked into the closet which was filled by my clothes. Apparently while I was away yesterday, some of the servants had taken it upon themselves to empty my bags and organize the closet.
I pulled on a pair of jeans and a loose flannel shirt. I rolled up the sleeves of the shirt and messily tucked in. Lastly, I put on a pair of brown boots.
I walked out of the closet, fumbling with one of the buttons but nearly jumped out of fright when I saw Zaph sitting on the edge of my bed facing the closet door. He was making it so hard for me to not drool at the sight of his bed hair.
“Why did you leave?“, He asked me with a frown on his face.
“I- Char and I are going to the town today. I didn’t want to be late.“, I answered praying he doesn’t bring up last night.
But of course I spoke too soon.
“Never happened.“, I cut him off in a monotonous tone. I walked over to the dresser picking up the hair brush and brushed through my hair.
I heard him sigh and walk towards me. He hugged me from behind and rested his chin on my shoulder and whispered, “But it did. I don’t know what happened last night, Rose, but I just want to let you know that I’m always here for you. No one is perfect, my love. It broke my heart to see you in that miserable state. You can tell me whenever you are ready but just don’t shut me out.”
I nodded my head and held his gaze in the mirror. He called me Rose; my mother used to call me that.
“I should go.” Excellent Scarlet, way to ruin the moment.
He removed his hands from around me and just as I took a step away from him, he grabbed my hand and stopped me. I turned around with a questioning look.
“Don’t I get a kiss before you leave?“, He asked me with a boyish grin on his face.
With an innocent smile on my face and a mischievous spark with me, I brought my face close to his but as soon as he closed his eyes, I kissed his cheek and sprinted out of the room, laughing on my way out. I threw a look over my shoulder to find him standing with a disappointed and shocked face.
“I will get you back, babe!“, He shouted after me.
“Finally! I was starting to thing, I was being stood up.“, Char said dramatically.
“Alright drama queen, let’s go.”
We sat in the back seat of the black mustang and not twenty minutes later, we reached our destination.
Char informed the driver to meet us in this same spot in roughly four hours.
We exited the car and people all around us bowed greeting their beta female and future queen.
Charlotte greeted them back and pulled me into the first shoe shop that she spotted.
“How about the golden one?”
“The nude one?”
“The beaded one?”
“Doesn’t go with my dress.”
I sighed and rubbed my temple.
Boy this is going to be a long afternoon. What am I complaining for, I am much worse than her.
“Are you sure, that you’ll find the diner?“, Char asked me for the umpteenth time.
“Yes. If I get confused, I’ll ask someone for directions. Don’t worry I have my ‘bodyguards’.“, I assured her stressing on bodyguards.
She laughed and hugged me once and we parted our ways. Char still had to look for her jewellery while I had to hunt for a gift for the birthday boy. We didn’t have a lot of time so we decided to meet at the diner in an hour. The guards followed me as I walked down the street searching for a good gift. This is going to be hard considering I don’t even know what to get him. I guess I’ll just have to keep looking.
I was still walking but I halted in my tracks when I heard whimpering and the sound of sniffles.
I found myself walking in the narrow alleyway between the two boutique shops.
“My queen?“, One of the guards asked me.
“I think I hear someone.”
I saw a boy not older than five sitting on the ground hiding his face in his hands and crying.
“Hey”, I called out softly not wanting to frighten him.
He looked up quickly, like a deer caught in headlights. His green orbs were filled with tears and there was a few streaming down his face.
I crouched down in front of him maintaining my distance as my guards stood behind me.
He looked at them fearfully and quickly hugged his knees. I gestured them to stand at the entrance out of sight. They complied hesitantly.
“I won’t hurt you and neither will those men. See they’re gone.“, I said sweetly trying to coax his shaking body.
He slowly looked up again and observed that the men were gone. He gulped and looked at me. I could hear his little heart beating frantically.
“What’s your name, my sweet?”
“A-Adrvian.“, He answered in his cute baby voice.
“Well Adrian why don’t you come with me. I’ll buy you ice cream and you can tell me what’s wrong.“, I smiled at him.
His eyes widened at the word ice cream and I refrained from giggling.
I offered him my hand and he hesitantly stood up and walked over to me, placing his tiny hand in mine.
I grimaced when I saw a little bruise on his knee. He must have fallen.
“Do you mind if I pick you up, my sweet?“, I asked him, looking at his knee.
He nodded his head and I picked him up in my arms.
“You awe sho tall. I am in an aewoplane.“, He said looking down at the floor in awe my heart swooned at his cuteness.
I walked out of the alley and walked in the ice cream shop across the street.
The ice cream lady bowed her head and smiled at me. I smiled back at her and asked Adrian,
“Well pick a flavor.”
“That one.“, He said pointing at the rainbow colored one.
I told the lady to give me two scoops of those. I paid for the ice cream and handed the cone to Adrian who held it in both his hands.
He licked it and his eyes brightened as he looked at me, “This is sho good. Thank ywou.”
I smiled at him and took a seat in one of the booths with him on my lap.
“Why were you crying, my sweet?“, I asked him softly.
He stopped eating and his eyes widened in realization.
“My-my mommy. I was angwy at her becoz she didn’t buy me the toy sho I wan away. I twied to look for her again but she was not there.“, He answered and his lips wobbled as tears formed in his eyes.
“It’s okay baby. We’ll find her. What is her name sweetheart?”
“Mawia.“, He answered.
I walked out of the shop once his ice cream was finished and met with the guards outside. He quickly hid himself in my neck as I neared them. I just stroked his back and talked to them.
“Speak in the pack mindlink referring to a woman named, Maria. Tell her, Adrian is with me outside the ice cream shop.”
He nodded his head and his eyes glazed over.
“She’s coming, my queen.”
A few minutes later, a woman dressed in a long floral dress came running towards us. Tears running down her distressed face. She had Adrian’s similar green eyes.
“A-Adrian, my-my baby.“, She called out.
Adrian turned his head around and I set him down on the ground.
He ran towards her and she hugged him tightly, kissing his head every few seconds as tears fell from her eyes.
Her eyes met mine and she said,
“Thank you, my luna. I will eternally be grateful to you. I was so worried.”
“Please don’t thank me, it was the least I could do.”
I smiled at her. I crouched down and talked to him as he smiled showing me his missing teeth.
“Well I guess this is a goodbye, my sweet. Don’t ever run from your mommy ever again okay?”
“Yes. Will I see you again pwetty lady?“, He asked me and I just laughed and kissed his cheek.
I turned around as I heard him talking to his mother in an excited voice, “Mommy, the pwetty lady took me in an aewoplane and she gave me ice cweam!”
“How much time do we have left?“, I asked them.
“Twenty minutes, my queen.”
I groaned loudly. I am not going to find anything in twenty minutes. Luck was on my side it seems because a small antic jewellry shop caught my eye. I walked in to find an old lady sitting behind the counter in the crammed shop.
“Hello, my dear. Look around, see if you like anything.”
I walked around looking something suitable for him.
There were watches, chains, bracelets, rings. I was looking in the watch section when my eyes fell over a beautiful antique ring secured in a glass case. The silver ring was perfect. There were intricately carved designs on the moderately sized band and there was something written on the inside but I couldn’t decipher it. It seemed big enough to fit.
I took the ring to the woman as her face lit up at the sight of it.
“Beautiful choice, my dear.”
“What is written on the inside?“, I asked her handing her the ring.
“Ah! It says caeruleosque implexae animarum which means ‘Entwined souls’ in Latin.”
“I’ll take it.”