The Moon Baby

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Chapter 22 - Shattered

Illyria’s POV

I don’t know what time it is, but I had obviously fallen asleep in that odd position and been asleep for a while. My everything hurt. Although the pain in my heart likely wasn’t from the uncomfortable nap.

I sat up a bit and tried to rub or stretch the strain away. It wasn’t helping. While I was wobbling around, getting my bearings again, I started to hear chatter outside the bathroom, and not all of the voices male. I’m a curious person by nature, so it’s no wonder I moved to the door and pressed my ear against it to try and hear what was going on. Werewolves tend to build homes a bit more soundproof than the average dwelling, given our hearing. So it was a bit of a strain still to hear, and I was still too upset and hurt too much to open the door. Before I passed out, I heard Damien whispering his pleas for me to come out but I wasn’t going to give in, forgive, and forget that easily. Some things said, can’t easily be taken back or rectified.

“I can’t believe you idiots.” Grumbles.
“I had thought that you two were intelligent enough to think before you speak.” Mumbles.
“Who does that.” More Grumbles. Then I hear someone shushing.
“Shut up Kota! I’ll defend my friend against my Alphas any day and I don’t give two shits about punishment. As far as I’m concerned, you can assume my loyalty is to her above all else...idiots, all of you!”

Ah! That’s my Tori.

I heard some shuffling on the other side of the door. “I can smell you sweetheart. I know you’re there. Can you please come out and talk to us?” It was Damien. I could hear the plea in his voice, making him sound utterly pathetic.

Fuck that. “Go fuck yourself Damien. I’m not coming out unless you’re not in the room.” Asshole.

“Please baby girl, we’re so...”

“Just shut up and get out.” Tori tells them. I can hear more shuffling, grumbles, and then sounds get father away as a door shuts.

“They’ve left the room, for now. They said they won’t move from outside the bedroom door though. Can you at least let me in so I can check on you. I mean you could come out of the bathroom too, if you want...?” I know she wouldn’t lie to me, so I open the door and walk, well limp, out. My legs still hurt damn it.

“Oh sweetie.” She pulls me into a hug and I start crying all over again. I feel like I’ve been such a baby about everything recently. I sat there with her for some time, just crying my eyes out. The whole time, she just sat and comforted me. “It’ll be okay hun. Shhh.” She’s done this so many times now, I guess I’m just as pathetic.

“Why me Tor. I’m really not anything special but no matter what I do, crap just seems to follow me. I just want to live a normal life, ya know? I didn’t ask for any of this. There’s not a single thing that has ever happened to actually show that the stupid fairy tales mean anything. So why do I always end up with the short stick. For someone that everyone things is so fucking precious, I feel like I just get raked over the coals at every opportunity.” She just lets me go on with my venting. Or I guess whining.

I stop my sobs finally. “My earliest memories are of war and bloodshed. I just barely remember what my parents even look like. Even in MeadowEdge, I still felt like I was in some sort of hidden tower, albeit it wasn’t one anyone knew about. I thought when I met my mate, all of it would end, but then Daniel happened. I felt broken until those two entered my life. Finally, I thought that maybe all the awful had led to something truly good but oh, no. Why does everyone think I should be hidden from the world?” I know she had heard all of this before, I broke down to her time after time when we first moved.

“Babe, you may not think of it this way, but you are special. You have the biggest heart of anyone I have ever met, it’s one of the reasons I was drawn to you. You care about everyone and everything. You don’t harbor resentment and you always look to find a compromise or way to avoid fighting. You sucked at debate in school because of that you know.” Tori always knew how to get me to laugh.

“And on top of that, YOU are the one that connects those two Alphas. Without you, they’d be in the same state as before. Kota’s told me all about how they had worked a plan, it wasn’t to share the Alpha position like they do and he’s admitted that it wouldn’t have been the same. This pack works best with them both working together like they do. They are two parts of the same coin and they need you to hold them together and support them as they lead this pack. You are the ONLY reason that they can continue to lead as they do.”

“Thank you Tori. You’re the only one who, knowing everything, has never treated me differently.” I hugged her tight. Best friends are really a requirement in life.

“So, what do you want to do?” She asked me.

“Right now I want something to eat and I want some real sleep.” My stomach had been telling me to find food during my whole rant, but when I’m upset, I can’t eat. I’m pretty sure between meeting Charles, the blow up, my ‘nap’, and the last hour of blubbering, it was getting late.

“What about...”

“No. I can’t deal with anything else right now. I know I’m being a coward, but I just can’t deal with any more today.” I just wanted to curl up and block the world out. Just for a little while.

“Alright. I’ll get some food. But first, lets get you cleaned up. I learned enough from watching others to know that you need to relax your muscles and rest.” Ah that loveliness, my Heat. Everything had happened so quickly in just a few hours that I hadn’t even registered that it had broke only this morning. Maybe the pain in my legs wasn’t only from that uncomfortable shower nap.

Tori helped me into a bubble bath while she went to get food. I left her strict instruction to be sure that my mates didn’t come into the room.

Relaxing in the bath tub, I thought back on everything. Would it have ended the same if I told them right after waking up that first morning? What would have happened if more people knew about my birth? Why does everyone think that I need to become some treasure they hide, it’s not like I poop golden eggs or something. There wasn’t going to be any answers that would make me feel better, if any at all. I didn’t even know what I wanted them to do at this point either.

The more pressing concern is what to do about my mates. I won’t be tucked away, but what do I say to them to get them to understand? ‘You two are assholes, don’t ever touch me again.’ No that wouldn’t do. I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold up my end of that statement.

Their father had mentioned that my parents had turned the pack over to my brother. I wish I could see them again, get their advice. That was probably the thing I missed most growing up. Being able to ask for their advice. Sure, the Alpha, Luna, and Beta from MeadowEdge would have given me any advice I asked for, but it wasn’t the same.

I finally got tired of depressing thoughts and got out of the bath. My stomach was making its presence known again and Tori hadn’t come back yet. Using my need for food as an excuse, I decide to put my big girl panties on and stop hiding. Well, to an extent. I wasn’t likely to go run around the territory today since I was still sore. But I could ‘woman-up’ enough to go downstairs and get my own food.

I walked over to the door and opened it very carefully, so I could look out and see who was in the hallway. I was met with the most ridiculous sight I had seen so far. Damien and Ian were on their knees behind the door. Both of them. Heads bent, they looked like they were legitimately begging and pleading with me, just without words. Picture Buddhist monks here people.

I stood there for a few moments, trying to decide if I wanted to say anything or not. They must have realized I opened the door because both of them raised their heads to look at me. The moment that Damien started to stand I backed up, ready to shut the door on them.

Ian placed a hand on Damien’s shoulder to keep him down, then looked at me. “We’re sorry baby girl. We both know that there isn’t very much that can really do to erase what we said, but we’ll wait until you’re ready to talk to us.”

I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to say. Part of me wanted to tell them to sit like that until they physically couldn’t do so any longer. But the other part of me wouldn’t allow that. I hated seeing anyone in pain. The indecisiveness wasn’t helping anything and I was still hungry, so I decided to say nothing. I walked between them, not saying a word. My goal, the kitchen.

Tori was there with the Omegas, getting a tray ready for me. I waved at them and then sat down at the island. “Can I still eat down here with you all?” Nelly nodded at me and pushed a full plate my way.

We all chatted a bit about how stupid men were, all the while I was shoving food in my face. After I was finally full, Tori offered to walk me back to my room. I know I must look tired as hell, I felt like it.

Moving up the stairs Tori stopped me as she saw the ridiculous sight outside my door. “You know, they weren’t like that when I left you earlier. What are you going to do about this?”

“Nothing. I’m not ready to deal with any of it right now. If they want to stay like that until I am ready, so be it.” Tori shrugged and walked toward her room. I walked right between them again and opened the door.

“Sweetheart I...” I shut the door on whatever Damien had planned to say. My mind and body weren’t ready to deal with anything right now, so I tucked myself in and went back to sleep. Maybe this nightmare would be over when I woke up.

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