~ Helena ~
I walked down the halls, following my mate. From the outside we looked like a perfectly normal pair. Yes, we were still learning about each other, but all pairs went through that phase. On the inside though, we were far from normal. I felt it. There was a storm in my chest and I hated it. I knew I had to be devoted to my new mate, and I really wanted to. But we were so different. And on top of that, there was the problem of my second mate who had been stalking me for three years. I knew from the start that he was my mate but the Moon Goddess came to me in a dream and told me to avoid him. Why would she choose for me a second mate, just to tell me to avoid him? And now I had lied to my mate’s face. He knew the presence wasn’t just a rogue. I should have told him.
I hear my father’s booming voice and I am brought back to reality. We are in a dining hall and my whole family is here already. They are talking to Alpha William Darcy, who is clearly trying to get into my father’s good graces. I looked over to my mom and she gave me a knowing look. My father was not the true Alpha, he was far too simple. My mother was the one who controlled behind the scenes.
I held in a giggle, and I know that my mother did the same.
Overall, breakfast was uneventful. Once Alpha William Darcy realized that my father would be retiring within a month to let my brother Vidar take over, he seemed relieved. My brother’s mate Runa had stayed behind to take care of everything. After eating, Vidar took me aside.
“Are you okay? How is he treating you?” He was always so protective of all his siblings.
“You know me. I can take care of myself.” I smiled.
“I heard noises yesterday. I know he shifted.” He was concerned.
I wanted to tell my brother that I had a second mate who had been following me for three years but I knew I couldn’t. “Are you telling me that lust never took over you when you met your mate?” I smirked.
He chuckled. “Fine. I know you could kick his ass in a second. But I still feel uneasy leaving you here.”
“We have a week before you go. You’ll see that everything is okay.” I smiled, but it didn’t last long. I saw Vidar had a guilty look. “What’s wrong?” I asked.
“Runa opened a mind link with me yesterday. There are rouges closing in on the borders. They seem to be cooperating.” Vidar looked down at his toes. He felt ashamed of leaving me.
“As a future Luna, I praise you for putting your pack first. I also must say as your sister, that you ought to be careful, and always listen to Runa. She may be of lower ranks, but I sense within her greatness.” I put my hand on his shoulder. “Go.”
We said our goodbyes, I did my best not to break down in front of them, and then they were gone. My new life had begun. They would miss my Unio- I mean, the Marking.
I was laying in bed, looking at the ceiling, completely aware of my mate as he paced back and forth in our room. He was reading what appeared to be a distressing letter regarding the region’s politics.
“Tell me,” I said, “what do your people think of mine?”
He stopped. He as clearly carefully choosing his words. “They think you are beasts for you resemble wolves more so than we do. They think of you as exotic and beautiful blondes. They know you are in many ways stronger than we are.”
I laughed. “We think you are beasts for you do not turn into wolves, but rather human-wolf hybrids. You may be physically stronger, but our sense of smell and hearing is much better. And we are faster with a higher endurance.” I sat up. “But you guys can climb in your animal forms. And you see colors. I wish I could see colors.”
“What color do you want to see?” He asked and sat down next to me, putting his hand on my thigh.
“Red.” I smiled, but he could tell I was sad.
“Red is my favorite color,” he said. “I wish you could see it too.”
We looked into each other’s eyes, and I felt him get aroused. I felt tingles down my skin so I looked away.
“Tell me about my duties as a Luna,” I said, changing the subject in an attempt to decrease the tension between us.
Killian laughed light heartedly and stood up. I couldn’t help but smile as I saw him passionately talk about our future.