|how does a lifetime sound?|
I was floored when I heard the prophecy and completely and utterly devasted for Levi and Elias. I can’t begin to imagine what must be going through their heads. Finding out you weren’t to be must be heartbreaking.
I know it won’t matter to them, though... they’re mates regardless.
“Lila... do you think they will be ok? Elias and Levi?” Alarix asked, staring out into the forest. I could hear the worry in his voice. Warmth filled my body. I loved that he thought so much of them.
“They’re going to be just fine.” I chirped. “I have never seen two people more in love.” I chuckled, staring up at the clouds.
I could feel his eyes on me, so I peered over at him. He was leaning against the patio fence; amusement danced in his eyes as he stared at me. “Not even us?” He feigned hurt, holding his hand over his chest.
I chuckled, sitting up on the sun lounger. “Drama king,” I smirked. “My love for you is out of this world,” I winked, earning a breathtaking smile from him.
He sauntered over to me with a grin plastered on his face. “Should we go back inside yet?” He asked as he sat down in front of me.
I shook my head, laying back and inhaled, staring back at the clouds. “Not yet... we will soon.” I sighed, closing my eyes.
I opened one eye and glanced at him as I felt him move. He hovered over me and motioned his hand through the air. I raised my brow at him with a small smirk on my face.
“Sit up, little wolf,” he rolled his eyes before he chuckled.
"Little wolf?" I raised my brow and giggled.
"Suits you... Now, sit up." He grinned.
I sat up as he swung his leg over the sun lounger and planted himself behind me. He grabbed my shoulders, gently pulling me back against his chest. I sighed in content, closing my eyes again.
“Do you think our deaths are still a part of the prophecy?” He whispered, running his fingers up and down my arms.
I shivered as his fingers started causing goosebumps to rise on my skin. I hadn’t thought about that part of the prophecy. I didn’t want to get my hopes up. The thought of dying terrifies me, but having hope and it going up in flames... that terrifies me more.
“I don’t know,” I replied.
“I think that part of the prophecy was bullshit.” He sighed.
“Melanie was correct about everything else, though,” I whispered. “We are here. We will have a daughter.”
Why would she tell us that our death had been foreseen? What was she going to do when it came to the lunar eclipse, kill us herself?
The army that’s forming could easy take us out if they at least tried to. We were outnumbered back home... They didn’t try, and I don’t understand why.
“Have a little faith, baby.” He muttered against my neck as he moved my hair out of the way. “The prophecy did what we thought was impossible... It bound species together.” He brushed his lips against my neck, grazing his teeth along his mark.
I hummed, craning my neck as he began planting little kisses along my neck. I love how he touches me... he’s so delicate with me, but he can also be rough at times. He’s a perfect balance.
“Well, it wasn’t technically impossible.” I moaned. “I mean, who’s to say, even if we weren’t mates-”
“You’re my beloved,” he nipped at my neck, causing my core to pulsate.
I chuckled, breathlessly. I rolled my eyes as I pressed my thighs together. “Sorry... If you weren’t my mate and I wasn’t your beloved, then who’s to say we wouldn’t have met and fallen in love anyway?” I breathed, glancing up at him.
“Wolves wait for their mates. You wouldn’t have even looked at me.” He smirked.
“I would have definitely given you a second look.” I countered with a sly smile.
He leaned forward and planted his lips over mine firmly. “You wouldn’t have gotten a second look.” He teased against my lips before deepening the kiss.
"Lila, the boys are back. We’re in the lounge area. Second door on your right after you leave the kitchen." Mum linked me, letting me know.
I groaned, pulling back. “We’ve been summoned,” I grumbled.
“It’s important, but next time maybe close your mind link.” He chuckled.
I nodded, sitting up, pulling him with me as I grasped his shirt. “If my dad agrees, would you like to join the pack?” I asked. “I know we’re staying here, but you would be able to link either of my parents or Levi and Elias if and when needed,” I added.
His face lit up as he nodded excitedly. “I would love to.” He bubbled before wrapping his arms around me. “You have no idea how much this means to me. To be a part of a proper family.” He whispered.
My heart hurts for him, but I was happy he would finally feel wanted and needed because he was... I’ll always want and need him. I know our future is uncertain. In a matter of weeks, we might not even be here, but I want him to have as much happiness as I can give him.
I stood up, holding my hand out for Alarix. He placed his hand in mine with a smile and stood up. We strolled into the kitchen, hand in hand. We stopped in front of the door, and I pushed it open. Alarix went inside, and I followed.
I scanned my eyes around, looking for Levi and Elias. My eyes landed on them, and my lips curled into a smile. They were sitting together. Levi was curled into Elias with his hand gripping onto Elias’ shirt, almost like he was afraid to let go.
Levi’s eyes met mine. He gave me a small smile and nodded before snuggling back into Elias.
"Are you ok?" I opened the link between us three as Alarix led me towards the sofa.
"We are now. We spoke. It was a shock for sure... We’ll come by your room later; we need a catch-up. We love you, Lila." Elias linked back, smiling at me as I glanced at him.
Mum took a deep breath as I looked over at my parents. There wasn’t any sign of worry on their faces. I let hope settle in as Mum turned to Levi and Elias.
“We’re so sorry we had to tell you that, Levi,” Mum cringed. “We never wanted to upset or hurt you. You deserved to know the truth.” She remarked.
Levi nodded and sighed. “I’m sorry for how I acted,” he muttered, staring at his knees.
“You have nothing to be sorry about. We understand, Son. Any one of us in this room would have acted the same... some worse than others.” He quipped, glancing sideways at me.
I scoffed as Dad grinned at me. “Now we have you all... we need to tell you the rest, but first...” Mum started. “Elias, we want you to know, no matter what, you are a part of this family.” She declared.
I looked over at Elias and watched as he jumped up from the sofa and rushed over to Mum. He kneeled on the floor in front of her as she enveloped her arms around him, and they shared a touching moment. Dad joined in by placing his hand on his shoulder and squeezing.
“So the prophecy...” Dad began as Elias moved back to Levi.
“If it’s bad news, I don’t want to know.” I groaned. “I want to spend whatever time I have with Alarix in peace... as peaceful as it can be,” I added with a chuckle.
Mum and Dad exchanged strange looks between each other. They looked giddy and excited. They turned to us with huge grins on their faces.
"That part of the prophecy was bullshit.′ Alarix crooned through the mindlink.
I chuckled and swatted his chest as Mum turned to me, and Dad stared at Levi and Elias.
“How does a lifetime sound?” They asked together.
I gawked at them with my eyes wide. “Do you mean...” I drawled in a whisper.
“Yes, baby, you aren’t going to die.” Mum bubbled.
“None of you are.” Dad grinned.
“Maybe next time, you’ll listen to me,” Alarix whispered in my ear as he wrapped his arms around me.
I felt numb. I was happy, of course, but I’d spent so long thinking Alarix was going to die, then I was going to as well. I never thought we would have a future together, and now we do... Sure it’s still an uncertain one, but it’s one where we will be.
One where my parents don’t lose their pups.
One where we are going to be able to watch our baby grow up.
One where my brother and best friend are going to be around.
One where the love of my life will be right by my side.
“So what do we do now? Like, are we safe?” Alarix questioned.
“You are until your baby is here,” Dad answered. “There has been a war brewing between species for years. You were bound together for the safety of each species. If wolves can see vampires cohabitating in harmony, it could have stopped the threat and seized the war. The same goes for all species.”
“And it could have possibly worked if the prophecy didn’t state a hybrid child,” Mum added. “If that was kept out... The others wouldn’t have known.” She sighed.
“Why the need for a prophecy, though?” Levi asked.
“Because I wouldn’t have gone looking for a vampire for my mate, and you wouldn’t have gone looking either,” I muttered as I leaned closer into Alarix. “Whoever does all of this had to have known that.” I sighed.
“King Darius’ offer was included in the prophecy... although it wasn’t as cryptic. It was for you to become queen and Alarix to take his rightful place. It would keep Alora, cute name, by the way, safe.” Dad mentioned with a sly smile.
“The war between you and them will be for your baby. Some will want her for themselves, but some will want to hurt her.” Mum shuddered. “Your baby will be the first-ever werewolf and vampire; she will have powers beyond your control.”
“No one is going to get anywhere near her,” Alarix growled low, tightening his hold on me.
We’ll be equipped with enough resources and allies to keep her safe. Now I understand my dream... Her identity is going to have to be kept quiet until we can stop the threat.
“The prophecy states I have a new destiny... Did Awena say what?” Levi asked.
“She was cryptic as hell,” Dad groaned.
“To undo a years-old tradition, you must go to where it first started. They aren’t what you think. Some are corrupt because of the ruthless wrongdoings of their ancestors, but not all. You must find them and lead them on the right path. They will be predominant to your survival.” Mum relayed, reading a piece of paper she pulled out of her pocket.
"Warlocks." Elias choked. "It has to be."
"You wanted to meet them anyway." Levi smiled at Elias.
"Now you can enjoy your life with your mates." Mum smiled, glancing between Levi and me. "You have so much ahead of you. Some exciting times and some hard ones, but I know you are both in good hands with Elias and Alarix." She expressed.
"You ready to spend forever with me?" Alarix asked through the link.
"I never thought you'd ask." I linked back, smiling at him before throwing my arms around him and burying my face into his neck.