Bind Me

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Elias' POV

I hiked through the forest, keeping my eyes and hearing sharp for any noises. Levi is going to kill me when he finds out I’ve gone... if I’m not already dead, that is.

I need to do this. I have so many questions, and I know that she’s the only one that can answer them. Although I’m not banking on her telling the truth, a few answers would suffice.

I halted as I felt the presence of magic. She was here somewhere. I glanced around, trying to figure out where she was. She told me to come alone, that we needed to have this conversation between mother and son, but I can tell by the movements around the trees she isn’t alone.

“I’m surprised you came alone.” My mum wandered out from behind a tree, smiling sickly at me.

“I said I would.” I snapped as two more witches emerged from behind another tree and stood behind her, glaring at me.

“So, how is King Darius’ castle? I’ve heard it’s a lovely place.” She chuckled. “I can’t believe they have taken the offer of becoming king and queen,” she mused.

I rolled my eyes and shook my head. “I’m not here for pleasantries... get on with whatever you need to say,” I grumbled.

I wanted to get this over and done with, so I could go back to Levi. He’s not going to be happy about my disregard for my own life. I have some serious grovelling to do.

The withes behind her chuckled as they stepped forward. My mum held her hand up, and they instantly halted, moving backwards.

“So, it is true? You’re their coven leader?” I choked.

Her lips curled up into a sinister smile as she nodded, twirling her hair around her finger. “Of course. I never stopped being their leader.” She smirked.

I leaned against the rock and glanced between the two witches. “And you still follow her even though she gave birth to a warlock. You know that’s against your rules.” I sniped. “You aren’t playing fair right now.” I insinuated, gesturing behind her.

She raised her brow and folded her arms across her chest. “You said we had to be alone. You don’t look very alone.”

The witches glared at me, their eyes shining yellow as their hands clenched into fists. I held my hands up, moving away from the rock and glanced at my mum as she watched me closely. “You both look a little tired... go to sleep,” I commanded, flicking my wrists.

They both fell to the ground as mum whirled around and gasped. “You’ve been practising?” She drawled, turning back to me.

I nodded, leaning back on the rock again. “Yeah... Magdaline’s son has been helping.” I answered, grinning.

Her eyes snapped to mine, her lips pressing into a thin line as she stepped forward. Her expression faltered for a second while my answer sunk in. “You know it wasn’t supposed to go like this... this wasn’t supposed to happen.” She mused. “I didn’t think you would survive the mating with Levi.” She added.

She stopped about two feet in front of me and stared at me. “Why wouldn’t I have survived the mating? I’m his mate.” I scoffed.

A sly smile spread across her face as she moved towards me, shaking her head slowly. She reached her hand out and brushed her thumb down my cheek and continuing until she reached Levi’s mark on my neck. “No, Elias... You weren’t.” She sassed, glaring at the mark.

My eyes went wide, I stumbled, nearly losing my footing as I pulled away from her. “Wh-What?” I stuttered.

“I guess you are now.” She chuckled, holding her hands on my shoulders to steady me.

I shrugged out of her hold and backed away from her. “You weren’t supposed to be. He was destined for someone else.” She shrugged.

My breath caught in my throat as my chest tightened. “You’re lying.” I seethed.

I felt... I feel the bond with Levi. When he received his wolf, I was immediately drawn to him. You can’t fake feelings like that. It’s real; there’s no way it’s not. She’s pulling at strings, trying to get me to doubt everything.

“No, I’m not.” She smiled. “I worked it in my favour. I told Ayla and Leon you were the warlock in the prophecy, but you weren’t. I used Melanie to manipulate the prophecy... She spread the word. I had to use MateBane on both you and Levi so you would feel the effects of the bond.” She taunted.

I choked back a sob as I reached out for the rock to ground myself. “No.” I whimpered.

I’ve heard about MateBane. It tricks you into thinking the other person is your mate. You feel every aspect of the bond, including the sparks and tingles. MateBane is a well-known drug in the Dark Wolf Pack. Everyone is wary of it.

“It was easy, really... You both had already developed a relationship, so it just amplified everything.” She chuckled darkly. “As I said, I wasn’t expecting you to survive.” She sighed.

“Why didn’t you kill me yourself? If you hated me that much... Why do that to Levi?” I yelled.

“Believe me, son, I tried.” She grunted. “It’s damn near impossible to kill your own child without killing a part of your soul.” She rolled her eyes.

“Who... Who was Levi’s...” I stuttered.

I couldn’t finish the sentence. My heart was breaking. I didn’t want to think about Levi not being my destined or me not being his mate. I love Levi with all my being... I didn’t want to imagine being without him. But I couldn’t stop feeling like I stole someone else’s destined, someone’s happiness and future.

“Ah. Levi’s true mate.” She beamed at me. “This, you’ll love.” She chuckled.

I braced myself against the rock as she continued ripping my heart to pieces. I expected a lot of things talking to her, but this... this I didn’t see coming at all. I couldn’t catch my breath; there was so much pressure in my chest. It felt like my chest was caving in.

“Keeping her away was hard...” She drawled.

I let out a sob as I fell to the floor, clutching my chest as I heaved. My mum’s hatred of me and my kind had destroyed so much. My existence had no only destroyed Levi’s true mate but Levi’s life too. He was destined for a woman... someone that would have his pups. Someone that could do what I can’t.

She bent down in front of me, looking at me. I peered up at her and couldn’t see an ounce of remorse in her eyes. In fact, her eyes were shining with amusement. She was enjoying this.

“She tried escaping many times. You know, she despised you. All she wanted was her destined, but you had him.” She gripped my chin roughly when I looked away, forcing me to look at her and listen to every word she was saying. “Poor Melanie didn’t stand a chance.” She cackled.

The wind was knocked out of me. She jerked my head as she threw me backwards against the rock. My vision was blurry. I couldn’t see properly through the tears streaming down my face and from my head colliding with the rock.

She sent Melanie to the pack... She had to watch Levi knowing what she could’ve had. She got to see me flaunt our relationship in her face while she would have been hurting. Oh my god, Levi isn’t mine. He doesn’t belong to me. How am I supposed to tell him? It’s going to change everything.

“The mutts are on their way for you, so I’m going to take my leave now. Good luck, Elias and I’ll see you soon.” She chuckled, pressing a hard kiss against my cheek before she stood up and walked away.

“Wait.” I griped.

I pulled myself up, holding onto the rock. She turned around and raised her brow at me. “I have to know one thing.” I breathed heavily. “Was any of the prophecy true?” I questioned.

She chuckled and shook her head. “Very convincing, wasn’t she?” She grinned. “The undoing of species, yes, that’s very much true, but the rest... no.” She answered.

“Why?” I snapped.

“Why? Because I could... You all did exactly what I wanted. If you had died, I wouldn’t have carried this on.” She shot.

“So, you’re saying all this...” I waved my hand around, “is my fault?” I chuckled.

She nodded, rolling her eyes. “Now you get to live your life knowing you and Levi weren’t meant to be. He’ll hate you once he knows, and then I’ll get my wish. You’ll die.” She smiled. “Because no one can survive the separation of the bond.” She bubbled.

“I’ll kill you before you get your wish.” I exploded, lunging at her.

She disappeared and reappeared away from me. “My boy, you aren’t strong enough.” She chortled.

“No, but mark my words, I will be.” I declared. “I’ll come for you first.” I threatened.

“Aw, that’s no way to speak to your mother.” She cooed while walking away.

“Go to hell,” I shouted before sinking to the floor with my head in my hands.

What am I supposed to do now?

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