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I yawned and opened my eyes slowly. I stretched then immediately groaned. Ugh, I feel sore everywhere. Rhydian decided he was feeling adventurous after we made love for the second time. I didn’t realise my body could twist into strange positions.

I turned over and sighed as I looked at my peacefully sleeping husband - still not going to get used to that. I bet he’s not aching everywhere.

Can always rectify that.′ Aurora chirped.

I miss you.′ I whined. When my wolf comes forward for any reason, it’s like Aurora disappears. I know we become one but I wish that didn’t happen because she’s barely around anymore.

I’m always here, Amaris. We are one of the same. I’m happy we are at full potential. You don’t need me around all the time anymore. You’re not alone, you have Rhydian and Cory. You’re happy, therefore I am happy.′ She professed. ′As for the rectify the situation... Kick him out of bed.′ She growled playfully.

No, I wouldn’t do that. Oh, who am I kidding? Of course, I would! I’m aching, so now you are. I flung my arms and legs towards Rhydian and pushed him off the bed. He rolled and landed with a thud. “What the fuck, Amaris?” He groaned. I chuckled and pulled myself to the edge of the bed. “Payback is a bitch.” I smirked. “I’m aching because of all the different positions from last night so it’s only fair you ache too.” I shrugged before lying back on the bed.

He pulled himself and snarled at me. I raked my eyes over his naked body, taking extra time over his manhood. I saw it twitch the longer I stared at it. He huffed and stormed off towards the bathroom. I giggled and jumped out of bed, following him. “Go check on Cory or something, Amaris.” He growled. I pouted and frowned, he turned to look at me and raised his brows. “Not happening. You pushed me out of the fucking bed.” He yelled. I rolled my eyes and picked up my dressing gown. “You big pup.” I chuckled as I walked out of the room.

I stopped outside of Cory’s room and knocked. “I’m awake.” He shouted. I opened the door and smiled at him, “What are you doing?” I asked. He was sat on his bed reading The Little Red Riding book I gave him. “Just reading.” He answered, looking up at me smiling. “Do you want some breakfast?” I asked, picking up his laundry basket. He nodded and hopped off his bed. “Oh, there was a letter inside of this book.” He remarked as he pulled a letter out from under his pillow. I raised a brow as he handed me it.

My breath caught in my throat as I looked at the handwriting. I folded it and tucked it in my pocket with shaky hands. I took a deep breath and smiled at Cory. He followed me out of the room as we made our way downstairs. Cory ran ahead and into the kitchen. I placed the laundry basket by the kitchen door before going over to him. “What would you like?” I asked. “Chocolate porridge, please.” He answered excitedly. I nodded and gathered everything I need.

Rhydian strolled into the kitchen, humming. “Good morning, Cory.” He chirped. “Morning!” Cory responded just as cheerily. “Something smells good.” He chuckled. “Cory’s chocolate porridge,” I answered, keeping my eyes on the cooker hob. I was itching to read this letter, I know who it’s from. I would recognise my dad’s handwriting anywhere.

“Any going spare? Rhydian asked. I took a deep breath before answering, “Yeah sure.” I replied. I mixed the porridge in the pan and just stared at it. Why would my dad write me a letter and hide it in a book, it doesn’t make sense. “Hey, what’s wrong?” Rhydian placed his hand over mine on the spoon. I blinked a few times and glanced at him before looking for Cory. “Don’t worry about Cory, he’s fine. Now, what’s wrong?” He asked again.

I took a deep breath and pulled the letter from my pocket. I handed it to Rhydian who scanned it. “Where was this?” He raised his brow. “In the book,” I whispered. He turned the oven off and led me to the table. “Read it otherwise you’re going to get yourself all worked up.” He said quietly. I nodded and took a deep breath. I opened the envelope and pulled out the paper.

Dear Amaris,

If you’re reading this then that means I’m no longer here. Please, don’t be sad. I lived a fulfilling life. Protecting you is what I do, and I would die for you. Anything to keep you safe and unharmed.

There’s something I should have told you a long time ago and I’m so sorry for keeping it from you. It’s not how I wanted to tell you but it was something that couldn’t be done over the phone, I was going to tell you when you came home because I had always hoped and prayed that one day you would walk through the packhouse doors and tell me you were staying.

I know why you had to leave and I understand. I just hope you found your peace wherever you are right now because no one deserves it more than you.

Year’s ago a Seer came to see us, she foretold a prophecy of a Dark Wolf and that the future Alpha of The Crimson Pack would be of great use for the Dark Wolf. We didn’t know any more than that. I met with Alpha Dominic and Luna Lucy as they had been told to. Luna Lucy was pregnant at the time so we knew her pup was going to be the future Alpha. We stayed in contact throughout the years, we knew you both weren’t mates because their son had lost his.

I have taken Alpha Rhydian in because his pack was destroyed by the rogues who want you. I’ve kept quiet about everything to do with you and your wolf, I don’t want the rogues tracking you down. Alpha Dominic knew about the rogues before he was killed, he swore to protect you as well.

As I’ve said if you are reading this, then I’m no longer here. If and when the time comes when I need someone to take over me, I’m going to ask Alpha Rhydian... If you are home, please trust him. He won’t hurt you. He will help you, it’s been foretold.

I’m sorry I didn’t get to see you one last time, my Amaris. Just remember I love you with all my heart. You and Alex were my greatest treasures, the best thing that ever happened to me.

Whatever you do in your life, wherever you go, whether that be in this pack or elsewhere... Just be happy. Live your life to the fullest and never look back.

You are special, my love. Don’t be afraid to learn to control your wolf, you’ll be destined for amazing things with her.

Always and forever, my pup.



I wiped my eyes and sniffled. Rhydian was watching me intensely. I handed him the letter to read. I let the tears fall silently as Cory entered the kitchen. He stopped and looked at us with weary eyes. I gestured my head for him to come to me, he came over and I picked him up and sat him on my lap. He didn’t say anything he just held onto me and rested his head on my chest.

“Wow, that makes sense actually. He always included me in the pack business. He made a point of dropping hints about you and how you were special, not that he ever gave anything away. That wolf liked a riddle.” He chuckled.

I thought my past used to define me. I thought I could never move on from what happened to me. But here I am, 3 years later, back in the pack, mated and happy. I would never have guessed that it would pan out like this. Fate definitely has a wicked sense of humour.

“I love you both.” I breathed, looking between them. Rhydian’s face lit up, he stood up and came round to us. He wrapped his arms around us both, “We love you too, Red.” He sighed. Cory nodded as he snuggled in closer to me.

No matter what the future holds or whatever obstacle we face, I will get through this because I have Rhydian and Cory by my side.

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