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XXII

The Truth

SCARLET’S POV

I let out a wolfish snort, ‘blessings’ my ass. I sat on my hind legs as he petted me and scratched me.

“So the rumors were true then.“, He whispered more to himself as I just stared at him.

“Is this why you ran away?”

I moved forward and snuggled my head in the crook of his neck, licking his face as a way of saying sorry.

“Is there someone after you, Rose?“, He asked me in a very calm voice and I tensed up.

He pulled back and held my head in his hands. His eyes had a hardened look as he repeated the question again.

Without looking at him I caught his t shirt in my mouth and tugged it slightly. I gulped as he took of his shirt, revealing his gorgeous body. He put his hand out holding the t shirt. Pushing Down my wild desires I caught the t shirt in my mouth and stalked behind the bushes. I closed my eyes and imagined my human body. I shifted back to my naked body and quickly pulled the shirt over my head. I pulled my hair out of the ponytail and tied it up in a bun, securing it with the scrunchie. I walked out of the bushes with my hands folded over my breasts.

Zaphrostine’s eyes fixed over my form in a predatory gaze as I walked up to him. We were silent for a few moments as we stared at each other.

“You could’ve told me there is someone after you.“, Zaphrostine said as hurt evident on his face.

“And then what?“, I asked him.

He brought his hand up and caressing my cheek he whispered, “Then I can protect you.”

I let out a bitter laugh and stepped back, his hand dropping from my face.

“Do you really think I need protection?”

I walked past him towards the large coniferous tree which was covered in snow. I closed my eyes, slowly feeling my wolf’s power surge through my veins. I let her take partial control and put my hands on the tree trunk. With a slight force I managed to uproot the fully grown coniferous tree.

I gently laid the tree beside the uprooted spot and turned around staring him directly in the eyes. I felt her powers receding as I walked towards my mate.

“Here’s the thing Zaph, I’m the least worried about myself. Despite being so powerful, I’m powerless when it comes to protecting the ones I love.“, I spoke.

“What happened to your mother, Rose?“, He asked stepping closer to me.

My eyes widened and my heart rate picked up on being asked that question. I concentrated on my breathing for a few seconds before composing myself.

“I think we should leave.“, I said. I know I’m going to have to eventually say it but I choose later.

Wordlessly he offered me his hand and I placed my hand in his within a heartbeat. I saw a small smile grace his features as I blushed. I blame the mark! I just- I have this persistent urge to have a physical contact with him.

“Where are we going?“, I questioned him as he led me in a direction opposite to where we came from.

“I figured we should spend some time alone and talk everything out like mature adults.“, he said.

I nodded my head in understanding.

We walked through the snow covered forest until we reached a large wooden house.

“My father had built this house for my mother and we used you to come here often but now-“, He spoke softly. I looked at him only to find his eyes glazed over lost in memories from his past.

I gave his hand a little squeeze and gave him a small smile. He looked down at me and smiled at me.

He slowly leaned down and my heart went into a frenzy. I closed my eyes as he captured my lips. The kiss was slow and passionate. His hands went around my waist as I rested my own on his large biceps. I opened my eyes and broke the kiss when I felt my lungs running out of air. His bright blue eyes stared back at me as he rested his forehead against mine.

“I missed you so much.“, He whispered.

“I missed you too.”

He pecked my lips once and pulled back. Keeping his one hand around my waist we walked up the porch.

He opened the door and gestured for me to walk inside. I walked inside with Zaphrostine following behind me.

I found myself standing the living room which looked cozy with the leather couch, a large fireplace, a bookshelf at one of the corners stacked with books. I watched as Zaph walked towards the fireplace and bent down, putting some firewood in it.

“Why don’t you go take a bath and I’ll call for someone to get us food and clothes for you while I start the fireplace.“, He suggested.

“Come on I don’t smell that bad.“, I joked.

He laughed and said, “Of course you don’t baby. I just thought that you might be exhausted and a warm bath will relax you.”

“Where is the bathroom?“, I asked.

“Second door on the left. And please prevent from escaping through the bathroom window.“, He drawled with a lazy smile on his face.

“Can’t make any promises, babe.“, I said winking at him.

I walked out of the living room and opened the second door which led me to a large bedroom. The bedroom faintly smelled of Zaphrostine so I guessed it must be his but he hadn’t been in here for a long time.

I walked into the attached bathroom and turned on the water tap of the bath. I then stripped out of Zaphrostine’s t shirt and turned on the shower. I stood under the hot water trying my best not to get my hair wet. I turned off the shower and grabbed the shower gel that was on the shelf. I rubbed my body clean and then washed off the foam. Some might find it weird but I prefer cleaning my body before sitting in a bath. I don’t like sitting in dirty water. I walked out of the shower and turned off the tap of the bath. I entered the bath and sat down in it, I stretched out my legs and leaned against one side. I closed my eyes and leaned my head back, enjoying the bath.

I dozed off for some time and then got out of the bath. I dried my body with the grey tower that was on the shelf and then wrapped it around my waist.

I walked out of the bathroom to find clothes on the bed. I must have been in a deep sleep because I didn’t hear him entering the room.

I put the matching set of bra and panties and the large hoodie and leggings.

I walked out of the bedroom to find Zaphrostine in the kitchen laying out the food on the table. I walked near him and he was quick to wrap and arm around me and place a chaste kiss on my lips.

“I love the fact that you smell like me.”

I laughed and sat down on the chair that he drew out for me. Looking at all the delicious food did I realize how hungry I was. I quickly dug into the food. I washed the dishes and he dried them once we finished with our lunch.

“I never asked you how did you know where I was.“, I asked him once we were seated on the couch in front of the fireplace.

“Well you did a pretty good job of hiding away, I must say. It was quite smart of you to blend in with the humans. Now, you must understand that all of us were extremely worried especially your- your brother and I.“, He said

An inexplainable rage consumed my body as I learned that my own brother had betrayed me. My fingers curled into tight fists. It my fault, I had blindly called him hoping he wouldn’t of what he exactly did. Of course, I should’ve known he would tell Zaphrostine after all he was always against me leaving.

I felt Zaph grab my hand as he said,

“Now love just think this through, he only did that because he cares for-”

“Give me your phone.” Was all I said not in the mood to listen to Zaphrostine justify Silas’s actions.

He hesitantly took his phone out of his pocket and handed it to me.

I unlocked his phone and called Silas.

“Hey Zaphrostine. How is Scar?” Oh so they’re on first name basis now.

I narrowed my eyes as I stared at Zaphrostine and he visibly gulped with fear evident in his eyes. Its ironic how the big bad wolf is scared because of my anger.

“I’ll tell you how she is! She’s fucking furious at you! You asshole, I specifically told you not to track me and leave me the hell alone. But no! You just had to open your big mouth. I trusted you and what do you do, you stab me in the back. Fuck you Silas!“, I ranted shouting on the phone.

“Scar listen to me-”

I cut the call, too furious to call him. I know I’m going to regret what I said later. I know he did that because he cares for me but I’m just so angry at him.

“Come here, love.“, Zaphrostine said softly, opening his arms, inviting me to join him.

And so I did.

I climbed onto his lap with my legs on either side of his waist. He wrapped his arms around me and I buried my head in the crook of his neck, his scent effectively calming me down.

“You know he did that because he loves you right?”

I nodded my head and said in a muffled voice, “I’ll call him later again.”

“That’s my girl.“, He whispered and kissed the top of my head.

After a few minutes of silence, he spoke again,

“Do you know what happened to my parents, Rose?”

I pulled back and stared at his blue eyes.

“They -they died.“, I said hesitantly.

“The-they were-”

“You don’t have to talk about it, Zaph.“, I said cupping his face.

“I do, Rose. If I want you to open up to me then I would be a hypocrite if I don’t do the same.“, He said grabbing hands.

“It was a month before my 16th birthday, we were here, all three of us. Mum had insisted that we spend the weekend here because we weren’t spending a lot of family time together. Both of them were busy with their duties and I was busy learning my duties as the prince. It was past 1 in the night and for some reason my wolf was restless so I went out for a run. I was on my way back after the run when I heard my mother screaming through the mindlink. I ran as fast as I could back to house only to find it burning with a wild fire. The creosote of the fireplace had built up and caught fire. The fire rapidly spread through the house. My parents they-they burned in the fire too. The saddest part is that I couldn’t even bury their bodies because nothing was left. All these years I’ve been carrying the survivor’s guilt on my back and I can’t handle it if anything happens to you, Rose.”

I hadn’t realized I was crying along with him until he brought his hand up to wipe my tears away.

I cupped his face and kissed his forehead.

“I’m so sorry. It wasn’t your fault, Zaph.“, I assured him over and over again.

“I know but-”

“But nothing, Zaph. I should be thankful that you weren’t caught in the fire.”

He deserves to know Scarlet, how long are you going to keep him in the dark. My conscience urged me to tell him everything.

“I was 10 when....

8 YEARS AGO**

“Where are you going?“, I asked Sarah as she applied lip gloss to her lips.

“I’m going to the movies with my friends.”

“But you told me you would play with me today.“, I said in a small voice.

“And now I’m telling I can’t anymore so get out of my room before I’m late, Scarlet.”

With tears in my eyes I walked out of the room. Sarah changed ever since she found out I was a silver wolf and I don’t understand why.

I walked out of her room and when I heard my mother’s voice call out to me, “Hey Rose, did you eat- why are you crying, baby?”

She crouched down to my height and brushed my hair out of my face.

“No one wants to play with me. Dad took Silas with him for the meeting and Sarah is going to the movies with her friends.”

“I’ll play with you. We can go on a small picnic, just the two of us.”

“We can?!“, I asked smiling widely.

“Yes of course. Just let me pack some food.”

She packed a basket full of my favorite food and we decided to go to the treehouse built by my parents in the tree house.

I was in my wolf and she was chasing after me in her human form. We were at the edge of the territory when three wolves jumped out of the bushes and behind them stood a man.

My mother quickly stood in front of me in a protective stance.

“Well well well, I guess the rumors are true after all.”

“Who are you?“, My mother spit out venomously.

“I’m someone who you will know very soon.“, The man answered with a smirk on his face.

I want you to run towards the house as fast you can when I say, Rose. I have already mindlinked Stephen.

What about you mum?

I’ll be fine baby.

“Get out of my territory, rogue. I am not handing over my daughter. RUN, ROSE!”

I took off at that time and I heard my mother shift and attack the wolves. I had not reached very far when one of the rogues came to a stop directly in front of me. He charged at me and I dodged to the side but he was too quick and caught my neck in his throat. He picked me up and walked back.

I saw one of the rogues dead on the ground and my mother fighting the other one. I tried to get out of the rogue’s hold but to no avail.

We soon heard the thudding of paws in the distance when the man in his human form cussed. My mother had managed to kill the other wolf and was now coming towards the rogue who was holding me hostage when the man jumped on my mother’s back and with a single movement, he had slashed her neck.

I howled in agony as I watched body fall to the ground. The footsteps were very close now.

“Let’s go. We will get caught if we wait any longer. I’ll be back little Rosie.“, The man said and ran away.

The rogue who was holding me released me and ran after the man.

I rushed towards my mother and shifted into my human form. Tears streamed down my face as I held her head in my lap, calling out her name over and over again but it was too late. She was gone.

**

I sobbed in my mate’s chest as he rocked me back and forth.

“It is my fault. I am the reason she is dead. She died protecting me, Zaphrostine.”


I was actually going to surprise you guys with a double update but I couldn’t finish writing the second one mainly because I was busy playing among us with my friends. What its fucking addictive!

But I promise I’ll update two chapters tomorrow! Love you guys byeeeee!!

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