~ Killian ~
I stood outside a small cabin in the isolated woods. This was the house I had built once I found out she was my mate. We would not remain at the mansion every day, and I had a felling she would prefer this. Of course, not far from here, were guard stations, but other than that this was a secluded place. I paced back and forth in a creek, listening to the stream flow, the leaves rustling in the wind, and the crunching of the leaves that I crushed with each step I took. I looked up at the moon in pain.
“Why would you give her a second mate?” I asked. I could not control myself. “WHY?!” I had been screaming and crying for so long, that my voice was hoarse. I fell onto my knees. “Why…”
I didn’t notice as Xavier approached me. I took a deep breath as I looked down to the ground.
“She is devastated.” Xavier’s voice startled me as I took a defensive stance. “Relax, man… It’s me.”
I sighed and walked over to him. His hand on my shoulder released some of the tension.
“She is devastated,” he repeated.
“She lied to me,” my voice cracked.
“Well, she regrets it. She is with the healer-“
“Healer?! Is she okay?” I cut him off. Clenching my fists, I began to pace again.
“She is fine. The rogue injured her quite badly. I figured you had noticed,” his voice trailed off.
I closed my eyes, and tried to gain control over my breathing. “I did see, I just,” my voice faded. Realizing that I had allowed my anger to cloud my vision so much, I buried my face in my hands.
“Did she tell you who the rogue was?” Xavier followed me.
I closed my eyes and held in a breath. “It- it-“ I took a deep breath and collected myself. “It is her second mate,” I managed to whisper.
Xavier froze. He narrowed his eyes, furrowed his brows, and after a while of thinking, he slightly tilted his head. “Her, um, her second mate?”
I nodded. “I don’t know what to do.” I lost my composure; tears came flooding and my whole body trembled as my heart broke again into a million pieces. I collapsed and fell onto my knees.
Xavier’s eyes darkened as he bared his teeth and grunted. “He must die,” he growled.
“She doesn’t want me to do that,” I managed to say as I buried my face yet again in my palms.
Xavier approached me with a frown on his face. His eyes were black as he put a hand on my back. “It is not up to her. He challenged you when he tried to take her away. He signed his death sentence when he attacked her and Lucy the maid.” Baring his teeth, I felt the tension build in each of his muscles. “He will die.”
“Let’s just… Let’s just take care of this tomorrow,” I sighed. “I cannot think clearly.”
I sat in the office in and watched the sun rise. Its rays stretched into my office, signaling the start of a new day. Sighing, I stood up and began the long trip to my bedroom. Once I was standing outside of the door, I could not convince myself to touch the doorknob.
Someone behind me cleared their throat. I twitched and spun around. Lucy the maid stood behind me, bowing her head in respect.
“May I see the Luna?” She asked timidly, never once looking up.
“Of course,” I answered and moved away.
She clearly noticed as I stared into space and slouched. She raised an eyebrow but did not dare to question me. She gently knocked on the door.
“Enter,” I heard my beautiful Lena say. Something in her voice broke me. It seemed as if she had a stuffed nose, like she had been crying.
Lucy eyed me before entering.
“Oh Lena!” I heard her exclaim once she was inside, causing me to spin around rapidly. Tears blurred my vision. From Lucy’s reaction I knew that my Lena, my soulmate, was in pain.
Blinking away tears, I got up the courage to open the door. Coming in, I saw Lucy on her knees next to my bed. She had tears running down her cheek. My eyes slowly focused in on her.
Her body that was usually so strong was now weak and frail. As she looked gently to the door, her whole body trembled. Her icy blue eyes were lined with tears which she fought to hide. Her smile did not reach her eyes, and once she noticed me, she stopped trying to hide her pain.
Lucy kissed her forehead. “I will leave you two alone, my Luna.” Lucy stood up and bowed before me. I nodded to her. Once I heard the door close, I ran to Lena’s side. I fell to my knees. Lena began to shake violently as she let go of all her emotions. She whimpered and grabbed onto my shirt. I held her close to my chest, and managed to relax. I stroked her back as I held her.
“I’m sorry,” Lena whimpered. She looked up at me and her shallow, rapid breathing broke my spirit.
“Don’t be,” I whispered and shushed her.
I don’t know how much time passed, but finally Lena’s breathing was deep and steady. I looked down at her. She was finally asleep. I ran my hand through her hair. What could I do? What can anyone do in this position? She had a second mate. Sure, she had chosen me- hell, she had aggressively fought the rogue. But I saw in her eyes that she could not watch me kill him. She had clearly shown some kind of affection towards him. She protected him from me, even after he hurt her and Lucy.
I took a deep breath and pressed my lips together. I could not let her go.
“You are crushing me.” Her whimper pained me. I looked down at her, and let her go so that I could look into her eyes.
“We have to discuss what happened,” I said firmly and without blinking.
She looked away. I put my hand under her chin and forced her to look at me. The pain in her eyes bore into my heart.
“Tell me everything,” I said, clenching my fists and jaw tightly in order to subdue my anger.
She started tearing up. “I met the Moon Goddess three years ago when I saw 16. She came to me in a dream and told me I hate a mate on my heels who I had to avoid at all costs for I would meet another,” she stopped talking, as her shoulders began to go up and down. I had never seen her lacking control of her emotions like this. “I did as she said, but I only began to feel the bond two years later when I was 18. He has followed me all these 3 years. He has never come this close.”
I said nothing, but all my muscles tensed up and I held in a growl.
“He came yesterday to take me, and Lucy tried to save me. The guards went for you while some helped Lucy. I am sorry for everything,” she took a deep breath as she began to sob.
I took her in my arms again and pressed her against me chest. I could not deny that I felt pain in my whole body and soul, but the source of the pain was not betrayal rather the pain and fear radiating from my mate.