|you are home|
As soon as they slowly scattered into the forest. I exhaled deeply and wrapped my arms around Lila again, burying my face into her hair. I felt myself relax against her.
Lila pulled away, smiling lovingly at me. She peered over at the three siblings before a dazzling smile appeared on her beautiful face.
“When my dad mentioned you were coming, I couldn’t believe it!” She chirped as she laced her fingers through mine and tugged me towards them. “Also, Cayla, when did you transform into a Dark Wolf?” She probed.
“I’ll explain later, but first, who is this?” She asked, glancing at me. She stalked towards me and drew a deep breath in before her eyes lit up, and she grinned at me.
“You’ve found him!” She gushed, waving her arms around.
Lila giggled while her cheeks turned a light pink. She nodded her head excitedly as she leaned her head against my chest. “This is Alarix King... My mate.” She introduced me. I could see the pure happiness in her eyes.
“I’m so glad you have finally found him, little Lila.” The guy chuckled, draping his arm over her shoulder.
“Little? I’m only seven years younger than you, Ro.” Lila rolled her eyes and barged him with her shoulder.
He held his hand out in front of him. “I’m Rowan. This is Cayla, and I think you already know our baby sis, Amari.” He greeted as I shook his hand.
“Oh, believe me, he knows me.” Amari chuckled. “He almost kicked my ass.” She glared playfully at me.
Rowan and Cayla both gasped, exchanging looks. “Impossible! No one can overthrow a Dark Wolf.” Rowan chuckled, shaking his head.
“Lila... What’s a Dark Wolf?” I drawled, my eyes flitting between all three.
“Can I tell you later? I really want to check on Jax.” She asked, gazing at me.
I brushed her hair away from her face and smiled. “Of course,” I nodded.
She curled her hand around mine as we all started walking back to the border. My mind was going haywire. My parents are back, Lenora, and no doubt her clan will be against us too. There’s an army out for blood.
If I take King Darius’s offer of becoming king, it may unite more and more species together. That’s what we need. Vampires need to know wolves aren’t a threat and vice versa. The same goes for witches. Having a vampire king and a wolf queen... we would no longer be separated. Everyone needs to realise we aren’t a threat.
But is becoming king about the prophecy? If this is paramount to Lila’s survival, then there’s no question about it... I will be king, and Lila will survive. But then she’ll be left alone to rule; she’ll be left alone with our baby.
Either way, the outcome is the same, no matter what we choose. Lila is left alone.
As we came within reach of the border, Elias chuckled awkwardly to himself. “Um, so it was really nice knowing you both,” he sighed, trudging towards a murderous Levi.
“He’s about to get scolded, isn’t he?” I whispered, chuckling. Lila leaned her head on my shoulder, linking her arm through mine and giggled.
“Oh, yes.” She grinned.
“Elias Kemp, don’t you ever do something like that again!” Levi yelled, punching his fists against Elias’s chest.
“Levi.” He warned, grabbing his wrists. “You know I had to.” He sighed.
Levi threw his arms around Elias and buried his head into his neck. Elias chuckled softly and shook his head. “It’s not because I went is it?” He asked.
I felt awkward standing here. It was like I was intruding on a private matter. Lila was rooted to the spot. She wasn’t planning on moving; she was invested in this.
Levi pulled away and shook his head. Elias swiped his fingers against Levi’s cheeks, that’s when I realised he was crying, and we needed to leave them be.
“Lila, let’s go,” I commented, pulling her away. She mumbled in protest but followed me.
“It’s because he never kissed him or said he loved him as he left.” She mentioned.
I hummed in response as she took a deep breath. “They have this thing they do,” she sighed. “When one of them goes somewhere, they always kiss each other and say I love you.” She explained.
“In case something happens to one of them.” I sighed.
She sighed, nodding. “They’ve always done it. My mum and dad have a thing too.” She muttered. ”Take my hand. They use it all the time,” she commented.
“You used it with me,” I whispered.
I remember the first time we spoke when she was trying to get me to open up. She reached her hand through the fence and told me to take her hand. It was the first time I have ever heard so much pain and emotion in someone’s voice.
“You remember?” She looked up at me with wide eyes.
“Of course I do. I remember everything.” I answered. “We need something of our own.” I professed.
She grinned up at me and wrapped her arms around my back. “We have something,” she mumbled against my chest.
“What?” I asked.
“Where you go, I go.” She affirmed.
I chuckled and nodded. “Yes, we do,” I vowed. “Wherever you are is home.” I breathed.
She beamed at me before taking a shaky breath. “Do you want to leave and become a king?” She questioned.
“Do you want to leave and become queen?” I countered.
“I think we need to.” She whispered.
I scoffed and shook my head. “That’s not an answer, Lila.” I groaned.
I pulled her along with me as we continued walking. “You don’t have to do anything you don’t want.” I expressed.
She shouldn’t feel obligated to do anything she doesn’t want. I’m not going to force her even if being king does sound quite interesting, not that I have any idea what it would entail being a king.
We reached the back garden of the packhouse. Lila exhaled, and her shoulders slumped. Luna Ayla was sat on one of the benches with a blanket around her, staring up at the sky.
Everywhere looked illuminated by some fairy lights hanging on the trees. The moon was bright, glaring down on us. Lila led me towards her mum, and we stopped in front of her.
“Ah, I’m so glad you’re both ok. I’ve been so worried.” She blubbered, jumping up and wrapping her arms around us.
I froze as she pulled us both into a hug. This was such a foreign feeling. A motherly concern, and it wasn’t only for Lila. It was for me too.
“Where are the boys?” She asked, pulling away, looking around.
“They’ll be back any time now,” Lila replied.
Her mum sat back down on the bench and gestured for Lila to join her. “How’s Jax?” She asked, settling next to her mum.
“Alarix, can we talk?” I turned and stared at my brother and sister.
“Go... I’ll wait here for you.” Lila smiled.
I followed them as they walked to the side of the packhouse. “Um, I heard our parents are back,” Celeste muttered.
I dragged in a shaky breath and nodded. “We’re safe here,” I informed. “They can’t get to us.”
They both took a deep breath while exchanging awkward glances. “Rix, we want to leave,” Athan mentioned.
“Why?” I choked. “You won’t have the protection out there.”
“We know clans who would help,” Celeste explained. “We can visit them and get them on board.”
I frowned and shook my head. “It’s too dangerous,” I grumbled.
“Alarix, we know about the prophecy... all of it," Athan noted.
I exhaled, falling against the wall. It must have gotten around the pack. That means more will know, and they will give me the same look my siblings are right now... pity.
“We need to do whatever we can to make sure you are ok.” Athan whimpered.
“You’re our baby brother, Rix.” Celeste sniffled.
I sighed in defeat, rubbing my hands over my face. “Fine.” I groaned. “But make sure you stay safe, please.” I pleaded.
They both nodded and circled their arms around me. “We’ll miss you, Rix, but it won’t be forever,” Celeste whispered.
“You’re going now?” I blurted.
I didn’t want them to go. Everything is so upside down in my life. There are only two things I am certain about, and that is Lila and my siblings. Everything is just hitting me all at once. If I don’t have long to live, I sure as hell would prefer them to be here with me, but I do understand.
“Don’t be gone long,” I whispered.
“Alarix King, you are not going to die. If I have to give my life to secure yours, that’s what will happen.” Athan concluded.
Everyone knows this prophecy is going to play out... it’s going to play out exactly how it’s foretold.