Chapter 4-Lust or Love
Excitedly, I walked the halls of the castle of Caramaya, in route to the conference room where I expected my parents to be. I opened the large doors and entered the room. My mother smiled at me and my father nodded in approval for my entrance. I closed the doors behind me and happily spun around to my parents on my heels.
“Mother,” I acknowledge and with a quick bow “Father. I have some news. I have decided not to wait for my destined mate and marry a chosen one instead-”
“As do we, son” Deacon, my father, stated. Deacon is the Alpha to the Caramaya Lycan clan which is located within Great Thane. Deacon sat next to his Luna, my mother, Janet in the conference room. My father’s beta, Nathan also sat in the conference room. They had just finished a teleconference with the Royal Beta of Great Thane, Marcus. “Glad to hear you would be willing to marry a chosen mate. Tomorrow, we will all be traveling to the Topaz Palace where you will be introduced to your betrothed.”
“My…what?!” I questioned with a low growl. “No need father…I have come to ask for permission to wed- “
“Son, if you are asking your father for permission to wed that red head girl, Daphne, you are wasting your time,” Janet interrupted. “I know what you are thinking, why should it matter because you are the youngest of seven brothers? And it is simple, Xaryous, you are the best choice for the crowned princess Alyssa, who will be Luna Queen of all Great Thane. Your marriage will introduce the Caramaya Lycan bloodline to the Great Throne of Great Thane. She is born from the most powerful Alpha Wolf and a Witch-Wolf Luna. Alyssa is kissed by the moon goddess and you are the most powerful Lycan of your brothers, the future ruling pups of Great Thane will be remarkable! Hybrid!”
“My marriage to her? Mother, Dy’nelle is the oldest, he is next in line to be Alpha, why not him?” I asked.
“Traditionally, it is the oldest son of the Caramaya clan who is to be next in line for the Caramaya throne and we will continue that tradition.” Deacon stated. “In time, Dy’nelle will make a great Lycan Alpha for Caramaya.”
“In her majesty’s visit for the spring equinox, the Luna Queen favored you most of all Xaryous” said Nathan. “Your brothers are not born of two Alpha Lycan lines as you are. Their mother, the late Luna Lei, was actually a human who phased into wolf after your father marked her. Your mother, Luna Janet, is the daughter of an Alpha, which makes you pure born of two Alphas. Now, the Alpha King has demanded an audience. Alpha, Luna, we must prepare.” Nathan said and left the conference room.
“Xaryous, the Luna Queen noticed that all the sons of the Alpha of Caramaya are equally beautiful and compliment that she would love to see a union between the families. In the festivities it was your warrior skills in the competition against your brothers and sportsmanship that further her interest in you. She began to inquire about your studies and was impressed. She said to me that the Caramaya Alpha sons show great leadership potential, the oldest showing the most, but the youngest does not show potential-”
“Ha! Well, there you have it.” I interrupted my mother. Both my parents growled but I didn’t cower. “So, no need to try to convince this match if I have no potential to her. I want to marry Daphne, less distractions-” I exclaimed and took the seat Nathan left opened.
“Do not interrupt me son!” Janet growled louder. She closed her eyes and let out an exhale to calm her wolf. “Luna Queen Azaria said the youngest does not show potential to become a great leader,” Janet continued, “because it seems he is be a born to be a great leader. Plus her vision saw you seated next to Alyssa when the Sun and Moon kiss the sky” Xaryous shook his head in disbelief.
“But I…. I…Daphne” I couldn’t get the words out, just feeling fustrated with this arranged marriage all of a sudden. “Father…Mother…I have already taken what is virtuous from Daphne…I already asked her to be my mate, I marked her--”
“You lust for Daphne; you don’t know her heart. She could be just interested in you for recognition and riches. She craves attention and is found hanging around the bars and clubs dancing all the time. When you meet your mate, you form a connection so powerful that two become one. You may have marked her, but she has not marked you and that could be because she is hiding something, she is not willing to share with you.” Janet said.
“She didn’t mark me because I did not let her, not because she is hiding something,” I said. “She told me she loved me but I can not say it back, I am fine with that and she seemed to be as well.”
“You would rob her at a chance of true happiness, son? She should meet her destined mate then decide if she wants to leave him for you. Don’t take that decision from her because you found her to compliant to your wants. That is not love, son, it is just lust.” Deacon said.
“Alyssa may or may not be your mate as well but meet Alyssa and get to know her. Understand, I am not pushing you towards Alyssa because of her status, son. We truly believe...whole heartily that there could be connection, just meet her.” Janet continued softly. “I am sure you can find room in your heart for Alyssa as well. And I agree with your father, you must reject Daphne so that she may find her destined mate. True mates are something remarkable.”
Deacon held Janet’s hand and she looked at him. Both smiled as her words seem to have some deep meaning to their relationship.
We arrived at the Topaz Palace, located in Great Thane. To our surprised, we were greeted outdoor the palace by the Alpha King himself. It was not typical for the Alpha King to greet guests to the palace upon arrival. Usually, the guest arrives and wouldn’t meet the Alpha King and Luna Queen until later in the evening for dinner. Our driver quickly dismounted and opened the doors to the floating carriage so that we may dismount.
Just as myself, the Alpha king was born of two Alphas. The Luna Queen, however, is not a wolf at all but a witch.
“Alpha King Travarious,” Deacon greeted. The Alpha King smiled and patted King Deacon’ s back. He then reached and held Queen Janet’s hand to assist her climbing out of the carriage. Xaryous followed out the carriage behind his mother.
“Deacon, it is good to see you again, after so long” Travarious gave Deacon a hug.
“Yes, old friend, it is good to see you too” said Nathan lauged. Travarious puffed up his chest as to make him appear buffer.
“Old? Who is old? I am as still as the young Caramayan prince here,” The High King joked, and they all laughed.
“Your majesty” Janet curtsied. “May we present our youngest son, Xaryous Prince of Caramaya.” Xaryous bowed to Travarious.
“Right,” said Travarious, “You know me, I cannot stand the traditional foolery mess, I like to get to the point, so let us go to the training area for Alyssa. You can see what you’re getting into” Travarious winked at Janet, leading the way to the training area.
Alyssa was surrounded by four warriors, one with a deadly weapon. The first charged at her with an axe. She bent backwards and into a backflip, dodging the blow and managed to kick the other attacker behind her, causing him to fall. As the attacker with the axe swung again with his left hand, she quickly moved to the right, grabbed his left arm, and bent it towards his back, dominating him. At the same time, she kicks the other attacker who falls and while still holding on to the axe man are, she kicked him, and the axe landed in her hand. She spun around and held the axe to the fourths man throat.
“Gotcha!” She said excitedly trying to control her breath. The general and his three Captains all clapped, impressed that the princess skills have grown.
“Alright Alyssa, put the axe down and come here and meet the Caramaya Prince” Travarious called out. General Patel and his Captains bowed and made their exit.
“In that case, I may as well keep the axe” Alyssa said as she walked over to her father and the Caramaya’ s.
“She isn’t serious, is she?” Janet asked. Travarious chuckled and shrugged.
Alyssa stood before the Royal Caramaya family with the most breath-taking smile Xaryous had ever seen. She was a bit short for a she-wolf, standing at about 5’3. Most she wolves average at 5’7. But then, Alyssa was a hybrid, a mixture of both wolf and witch. She didn’t dress like a princess either; she was wearing training clothes that were fitted, showing off her slim yet curvy body. Her skin was the color the honey and she smelled just as delicious as strawberries and honey to him. Her almond shaped eyes were a greenish grey color but reflect a rich golden color when she allowed her wolf to surface. She wore her long, curly hair in a high braided ponytail.
“I would advise you to put the axe down princess, before someone gets hurt” Xaryous said frowning with a smile. Alyssa looked Xaryous up and down, taking him in. He stood at least 6’2 tall. He wore a fitted black button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up a bit on his forearm, he definitely muscular. His hair was long and black, and his eyes were a beautiful mix of blue and green, just like the ocean. Nathan and Travarious looked at one another smiling.
“Really,” Alyssa said walking over to Xaryous. “And who might that be? You?”
“Me?” Xaryous laughed. Alyssa swung the axe Xaryous and caught her arm. Alyssa used her right leg to trip Xaryous and as he fell, he had the axe his hand now. He grabbed hold of her leg and pulled her so that she fell next to him. Smiling and taunting her with the axe he whispered, “Gotcha”.
“Mate” Both Alyssa and Xaryous said in unison. Travarious roared and laughed.