I held Elias’s hand, stroking my thumbs back and forth over his knuckles. He was laid in our bed gazing at the ceiling. It was like he was completely oblivious to his surroundings. He was rigid, and I could hear him grinding his teeth together.
I studied my eyes over his body. He had no physical injuries that I could see. Whatever had happened to him, it was more mental. Whoever he had met in the forest had said something to him... something bad enough for him to shut down.
He was hurting. I could see it on his face and in his eyes. His eyes were red and puffy, and from the tear blotches on his cheeks, he’d been sobbing. My heart shattered knowing he was alone for so long crying in the forest.
It took me one hour to find him... one whole fucking hour of running around in a craze searching for him. He had concealed his scent before leaving the castle grounds, so I couldn’t even track him, but that also meant, whoever he was meeting, wouldn’t have been able to track his scent back to the castle.
King Darius had sent for a doctor that specialises in different species, so treating a warlock shouldn’t be a problem. The only problem I can see occurring is if it is indeed mental... There’s not a lot he could do. It would be up to Elias to get through it.
I wish I knew what was wrong. I could help him through it. He’s my mate. No matter what gets forced at us, we get through it together. That’s how it’s always been, and that’s never going to change.
Hopefully, we’ll know more after the doctor has examined him.
“How is he? Is there any change?” Lila asked as she poked her head around the door.
I inhaled shakily, shaking my head. She came over to me and wrapped her arm around my shoulder, resting her head on top of mine.
“What could have been so bad that it made him shut down?” I whimpered. “Lila, his heart rate keeps racing, and he looks like he’s whimpering at times,” I whispered.
“Levi, he’s strong. Whatever happened, he will overcome it.” She muttered, stroking my hair like my mum would do when I was a pup.
“Do we have any leads?” I questioned, glancing up at her.
She took a deep breath, holding her gaze on Elias for a few more seconds before concentrating on me. “Alarix and I tracked scents... At least two witches.” She whispered.
“His mum?” I gasped.
“I don’t know,” she shrugged wistfully. “I didn’t recognise the scents... but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t.”
There is no way two random witches have got inside his head and crushed him. This is his mum... his mum has done this. She’s traumatised him more than he already was about her past.
He doesn’t deserve any of this. He’s the kindest person I have ever met. He would put anyone before himself. He’s not like his mum at all; he would never hurt someone like this.
“I need him to get better... I need to know what’s happened so I can fix it.” I whined.
“I know, Levi.” She murmured soothingly, enveloping both arms around me and swaying gently back and forth.
“Levi, the doctor is here.” King Darius announced as he strode into the room.
I hummed in response, never taking my eyes off Elias. “Lila, I need to speak with you... It’s about your parents.” The king whispered.
“I’ll come,” I grunted, standing up.
As much as I didn’t want to leave him, I knew I had to. If I stay in here while the doctor prods and pokes him, I may lose it.
I bent forward, planting my lips firmly against his. “I love you,” I whispered before drawing back. I choked back a sob as a tear slipped down his cheek.
Lila curled her hand around mine. She looked at me, squeezing my hand before leading me out of the room. King Darius was leaning against the wall as we stopped in front of him.
“I’ve sent the jet to collect your parents. They will be here as soon as they can.” He affirmed, looking at me. “They have found Awena. They are going to speak to her.” He disclosed, glancing between Lila and me.
“They found her?” Lila choked. “I need to speak to them,” she blurted, rushing past us.
“Lila, they have a long journey ahead of them. Wait for them to contact you.” He called out with a sigh, but Lila had already disappeared down the stairs and out of sight.
I can understand her need to speak to them... her need to find out about the prophecy. I’d be the same under different conditions. Right now, my main priority is Elias. The prophecy is way at the bottom of my problems. As long as we have each other, I don’t give a shit what the prophecy states.
“Novak has offered to block his pain receptors enough for him to come around... would that be something you would allow?” King Darius questioned.
“Let’s see what Doc says first,” I replied.
I remember Elias blocking Lila’s pain receptors back in Toronto. It worked for her. Maybe it would be enough for him to come back and tell me what happened.
Once I know what happened, I can start helping to repair whatever damage she did... I can pamper him with kisses and enough love that will help him forget whatever she said. Her thoughts and opinions should never embed themselves into him.
The door opened as the doctor slipped out before shutting the door quietly. His eyes were focused on the ground; he looked nervous and sheepish as hell.
“I’ve examined him. He’s in good health. No physical injuries.” He nodded. “I’m sorry. This is something he needs to do... he needs to work out whatever is going on in his mind.” He sighed, glancing at me.
I groaned, dragging my hand down my face. “Get Novak.” I snapped.
“He is muttering to himself... If you listen closely, you might make out what he’s saying.” He mentioned. “I don’t have any special abilities like you; I couldn’t understand him... Use your wolf hearing. It might help you understand what’s wrong.” He explained.
I pushed open the door, rushing into the room. “No one comes in here. I need quiet.” I warned. They both nodded as King Darius led the doctor away.
I moved quickly and quietly over to the bed. I went around to the side that had the most room and kneeled on the bed next to him. I took his hand in mine, focusing my hearing. I could hear the faintest murmurs coming from him. I sighed, moving down the bed and laying next to him.
I carefully laid my head on his chest and closed my eyes. I took a deep breath before letting it out slowly. I focused my hearing and finally heard his heavenly voice. I focused harder to try and understand the words he was saying.
I blinked my eyes open and glanced around. I must have fallen asleep. I glanced at the window; I must have slept for a few hours. I’m not going to be able to understand him, so I sighed and pressed a small kiss on his chest before closing my eyes again.
I heard his breath hitch in his throat as his chanting got louder, and I could finally understand him.
"Not his mate." That statement was repeated over and over.
"Not Levi’s mate."
I gasped, leaning up and staring at him. My eyes filled up with tears as his words chorused in my head. He sounded heartbroken Why the fuck did he think he wasn’t my mate?
Novak pushed the door open and came towards the bed slowly, keeping eye contact with me. “I’m just going to help him, ok?” He whispered.
I nodded and watched as he came closer. I needed him to come around now... I wanted to know why he was thinking these ridiculous thoughts.
Novak placed his palm on Elias’ forehead as he began chanting. Like Elias’ does when he does magic, Novak’s eyes glowed yellow, but they quickly returned to normal.
“Shit... Why isn’t it working?” He cursed. He flexed his fingers over his body before waving them over him.
“There is magic cloaking him. It’s a spell.” He muttered. “Whoever did this is strong... They’ve used a compelling spell... I think it’s a spell to make him believe whatever is said to him.” He explained, pulling back.
“Can you stop it?” I questioned.
He shook his head. “My mom can.” He smiled before leaving the room.
I fell to the floor beside him and grabbed his hand. “Elias, please, you need to wake up. I need you.” I whimpered.
I dropped my head against our hands and let the tears fall. “Why didn’t you fight it? Why did you believe you weren’t my mate?” I sobbed.
“I can answer that,” Mum whispered. “We need to talk, honey.”