As I got closer to her, I could see a dull bruise below her eye and a faint bite mark on her cheek. She seemed upset and scared. Was she scared of me? As I edged closer to her, she backed away a little. I stopped and stayed where I was; she had no reason to be scared.
“What do you need my help with?” I inquired, keeping her under my gaze.
“Alarix.” She whispered. She shuddered, and there was a hint of sadness in her voice.
You’ve got to be kidding me? Hasn’t he put me through enough? Now, he’s sending someone to try and talk me out of stopping him.
“Tell him that he doesn’t need to worry... He and his beloved can unite for all I care. But... I’ll be coming for them if I need to.” I snarled.
“Woah... No, you’ve got it all wrong.” She blurted, interrupting my rant.
I frowned at her. “Who are you?” I asked.
“His sister.” She replied, rubbing the back of her neck.
My eyes went wide, and I shook my head. For years I searched for him or any vampire. Now they seem to show up right in front of me when I don’t want them to.
“I’ve had a heck of a day, and I just keep getting more piled on me.” I groaned. “You aren’t the first vampire that has surprised me.” I sighed.
She raised her brow at me, “Your king is here. He wants me to stop Alarix. I know he’s taking a beloved.” I grunted.
A strange sensation spread throughout my body when I mentioned Alarix’s name. I took a deep breath, trying to calm my racing heart.
“The king knows about the prophecy and forbade the unity between my brother and Lerona.” She mentioned. “You’re destined for my brother, Lila, and he needs you.” She continued.
“Needs me for what? To reject him so he can live happily with his chosen beloved?” I sniped. “He has nothing to worry about in that department... But I will be stopping him if it’s best for everyone.” I growled.
“I can see why he likes you,” She giggled quietly.
“Lila, he sent me.” She sighed. I furrowed my brows waiting for her to finish. I don’t understand why he sent her? If it’s not to warn me away from the unity, then why is she here?
“He was coming. He packed his bag, and he got close to you, back in America.” She gulped. “Our brother followed him and stopped him. Lila... He wants you.” She admitted.
I choked as my breath caught in my throat. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I had convinced myself that he didn’t want me. I have told myself I hate him, but I know that’s not true... To find out he feels the same way. My heart feels like it’s going to burst, and my stomach is churning, but in a good way, it feels like thousands of butterflies fluttering around.
“After he saw you that night and spoke to you... He decided then he was coming back to you.” She continued. My heart was aching. He does want me...
“My parents... They, um, they made him feed.” She murmured. I raised my brow at her; I thought all vampires fed... Did he not? How does he survive?!
“He doesn’t feed on human blood.” She sighed, almost like she was answering my thoughts. “They forced him... They threatened you.” She whispered.
A murderous growl vibrated from my chest. I clenched my hands into balls as I felt my claws elongate. Blood was dripping from my hands as I dug my claws into my hands.
“He said you were right; you need to do it together.” She blurted with her eyes fixed on my hands.
I whimpered and shook my head. If I hadn’t left, I could have tracked him down myself. I could have demanded he came with me. I should have marked him... Hell, I should have made him mark me, and we wouldn’t be in this situation right now.
“He believes what is in his heart,” she commented.
I fell to the ground; a constant low menacing growl was rumbling from my chest. I was shifting. Lola was pushing through. I glanced up at Celeste, and she was watching me, wide-eyed.
I kept my gaze on her as my shift spread throughout my body. She looked petrified but curious. Once the shift had completed, I rose on four paws, shaking my fur out.
She sucked in a breath and backed away. I whined and crawled towards her. I lowered my head and nudged her leg. She squealed, and I tried my hardest not to laugh... Not that she would hear me.
She raised her hand shakily, hovering it over my head. I stood up slowly, pushing my snout into her palm. Her eyes lit up, and she gently set her hand on my head.
“You’re nothing like I imagined... I thought Rix was exaggerating when he described your wolf, but he wasn’t.” She breathed.
She looked and sounded bewildered. What they knew about our kind, was wrong and I was going to prove it. I trotted past her and glanced back. I gestured my head for her to follow before running off into the forest.
I needed to get back to the packhouse. I’m not stopping Alarix... I’m saving him.
Celeste kept up with me, racing next to me. Now and again, she would glance at me in awe. Once we reached the pack lands, I slowed down. I needed to shift back; I couldn’t communicate with her in my wolf form.
I shifted back behind a tree before approaching her, fully clothed. “Your wolf... She’s impressive.” She muttered. “We were told you were weak.” She admitted.
I chuckled and shook my head. “Some wolves are... But wolves from my pack are far from weak.” I asserted proudly. She smiled at me, but it didn’t reach her eyes. She was overwhelmed and confused; it was written all over her face.
“The vampire king... He wants the prophecy to happen, doesn’t he?” I raised my brow.
“I assume so... He was at our house earlier, and he told my father the unity couldn’t go ahead. He told us about the prophecy; I didn’t know about everything.” She sighed.
“My brother and his mate?” I asked.
So, Alarix didn’t know everything. He doesn’t know we’re supposed to be the ones who can stop something.
“The future Alpha and warlock?” She whispered.
I nodded. “Although, don’t call him a warlock in front of him,” I mentioned. He hates been called a warlock. They have a bad reputation throughout each species community. He doesn’t want to be associated with them, and he’s not.
“Something is coming; a war and us four are the keys to stopping it. My brother has his destined now I need mine,” I declared.
“You are going to stop him?” She questioned. I could see her eyes light up with hope. She was pleading with me. I loved that he had someone that cared for him as much as his sister clearly does.
“No, Celeste. I’m going to save him.” I stated.
As we made our way into the packhouse, I could feel the anger and tension from inside of my dad’s office. Lola was pushing forward, but she was giving me control. She wasn’t trying to break free.
I reached the office, shoving the door open. I made sure Celeste was behind me as I stepped into the room. I could feel Celeste’s anxiety and nervousness as the vampire king furrowed his brows at her.
“I’m ready,” I growled, clicking my fingers together.
Elias came towards me; he glanced at Celeste before standing next to me. “Me too,” He nodded. I glanced at him and smiled. Levi followed suit and stood on the other side of me. “You want the prophets... You’ve got them.” He vowed.
“But we do it my way... I’m not stopping Alarix. I’m going to claim what is mine, and if you don’t like it, don’t let the door hit you on your way out.” I shot, glaring at the vampire king.
I heard my dad snicker, and pride flowed through our bond.