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Chapter 16 - The Choice

Quinn POV

I sat at the table in the dining hall next to Jayce and Cameron. Onyx, the King and the Queen sat opposite. We had been sitting in silence for a while now, waiting for one more person to join the table.

Onyx sighed and went to rise from her chair.

“I’ll go see what’s keeping him”

“No need” came a low, smooth voice from the door.

I felt goosebumps on my skin as the velvety tone tickled my senses. I looked down at my hands. I could feel Jayce’s eyes on me, burning a hole into the side of my head.

“Nice of you to join us, son” King Magnus grumbled, “now take a seat so we can get started”

Kyanite walked slowly to the far end of the long table, sitting as far away from us as possible. I was grateful for this action.
I dared not look at him. I felt like Jayce and I had made progress earlier. We’d both made mistakes and had both forgiven each other. The last thing I needed was my panther stepping in to ruin it all.

“Well obviously this discussion was meant to take place between the Luna and the Prince but we all saw how that ended, so here we are” Magnus said.

I felt Jayce tense next to me and wished the floor would open up and swallow me whole.

“If this business involves my Luna then it involves me too. There are no secrets kept between us...anymore. So what is it that you wish to discuss?”

“Do you know which wolf pack is picking off our panthers?”

I looked down the table to Kyan, his hate filled eyes locked on Jayce. I noticed that he was still sporting a few wounds from the fight, his healing was extremely slow.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about” Jayce answered cooly.

Kyan threw his arms up in defeat and slammed his fists down on the table.

“No. Of course you don’t. I knew you would just flat out deny everything”

“He’s telling the truth” I spoke up.

Kyan’s emerald eyes flicked across to me, softening slightly.

“I promise you. We didn’t know anything about panthers going missing. This is the first I’ve heard of it”

I looked to Jayce. His muscles were all wound up, every one of them tense from his jaw to his hands. I touched his arm softly and felt him relax slightly. Kyan cleared his throat from the other end of the table causing him to tense up again.

“Wolves aren’t responsible for your missing panthers” Jayce finally replied.

“And how can you be so sure?”

“Because we having missing wolves”

What? What was Jayce talking about? Who had gone missing?

Jayce sighed as everyone stared at him, waiting for him to continue.

“A week ago I attended an Alphas conference at our sister pack, Eastern Ridge. Once we all got talking it became obvious that there was a problem. Several packs were having wolves...disappear. They would seemingly go out of the pack grounds and never return. We have ruled out a rogue uprising. We don’t know who, or what, is responsible”

I listened to what Jayce was saying, hanging off every word and trying to think of a reason, any reason, why I hadn’t been made aware of this. I was pretty pissed off, to be honest. I was the Luna of Fern Creek, it was my duty to know. My wolf growled internally and I removed my hand from Jayce’s arm, earning a raised brow from Kyan.

“You think these disappearances might be linked with ours?” Queen Astrid asked.

Jayce shrugged.

“Maybe. I don’t know. My current focus is my pack and my species”

“What about my species?” I asked.

Jayce looked down at me with a look of ‘are you serious?’ written all over his face.

“If we work together in this and it turns out that they are linked then we can get to the bottom of it all a lot faster”

Jayce knew I was right, I could see it in his eyes. He just wanted me as far away from Panthera as possible. Ten minutes ago I would have agreed with him but this new information changed everything.

“Well then it’s agreed” Magnus spoke up, “Quinn will stay here and we will continue on with our plan-”

“Not a fucking chance” Jayce growled, “Quinn will be returning to Fern Creek with me, her mate

Jayce put a little too much emphasis on the last word, causing Kyan to shift uncomfortably in his chair.

“Ok. Well Prince Kyanite will go to Fern Creek with you” the Queen added.

Ah. Fucking what?

“Your majesty. Mother. With all due respect, I don’t think that is the best idea” Kyan said.

“Agreed” I added quickly. Maybe a little too quickly.

I could only imagine what would happen if Kyan came back to Fern Creek. If word got out that he was would be a disaster. He wouldn’t be safe for starters. The pack members would pick up on their Alpha’s hatred towards him and would act out on it the second they got the chance.

I looked across to Onyx as she stared down at the table and fidgeted with her hands. I remembered back to how she had been so excited to have me here, to have me - the Luna of a wolf pack - come help her, create peace between wolves and panthers; and here we were, unable to agree on one thing. She raised her eyes, sensing that I was watching her.

“One of the panthers that went missing was only a cub” she breathed, pain in her voice, “barely five years old. He went out with his mother and they never returned”

My heart broke. Who would take a child?

“I know this is complicated” Onyx continued, pointing to both myself and her brother, “this thing between the two of you. But there is a bigger picture here, there are lives at stake”

She was right. I had been so caught up in what was going on with me and my personal life that I had lost sight of the bigger picture. I was just about to open my mouth when Kyan spoke up.

“I’ll go to Fern Creek” he said.

I looked out of the corner of my eye at Jayce. If he was angry his face didn’t show it. It showed nothing.

“Good!” The Queen chimed in, breaking the silence, “now that we have come to an agreement, let’s have some dinner”

Dinner had been awkward. No one spoke and I wasn’t hungry, I just pushed my food around on my plate until the butler came to clear the table.
We had agreed to stay the night to give the Prince time to organise his affairs. We would leave first thing in the morning.

I walked alongside Jayce as we were escorted to my room...our room. Jayce refused to leave my side for the rest of the time we were here. He was going to send Cameron back to Fern Creek tonight but I had recommended that he stay here; we didn’t know what was lurking in the forest, I didn’t want him out there on his own.
In actual fact it was because I wanted him here just incase Jayce went all crazy jealous Alpha again; no way I was going to tell him that was the reason for it though.

“I’m sorry”

I looked over to Jayce and raised my eyebrow at his apology.

“What for this time?” I asked, half joking but half serious.

“Don’t be like that”

I stopped just outside our door and signalled for the guards to leave us.

“Didn’t you think that maybe a matter like disappearing wolves was something I should have been made aware of? I’m your Luna”

“I said I’m sorry. I should have told you. I was going to, but then everything came up with...him

Jayce took a step towards me, his fingers gently trailing down my arm. I shivered, closing my eyes. He leant his head down until his mouth softly brushed against my ear, his breath hot on my neck. I licked my lips.

“I should be the only one that makes you feel this way” he whispered.

I tilted my head more, giving him better access to my neck. Jayce reciprocated by nuzzling into me, breathing in my scent.

“You are” I rasped.

Jayce moved a hand between us and untucked the hem of my top from my shorts. I wriggled against him, the feeling of his hand brushing over the skin on my stomach sending butterflies through my body.

“Are you sure?” He groaned against my neck.

I bit down on my lip as I heard the pop of the button at the top of my fly and the zip slowly lowering. I nodded my head, too scared of opening my mouth incase a moan escaped instead of words. We were out in the open and the last thing I needed was to make a spectacle within the palace walls for all to see.

I tried to push Jayce towards the open bedroom door as his fingers slid into the front of my underwear. I felt him smile against my neck as he backed me up against the wall next to the door instead. He wanted me out in the open, he wanted to show any prying eyes that I was his, only his.

“Jayce...” I breathed.

I dug my nails into his shoulders as I felt the tip of one of his fingers rub against my sensitive spot. I’d forgotten how much I craved his touch, needed his touch. My hips moved against his hand as if they had a mind of their own. I could feel the sensation building inside me already, my body desperate to find its release.

“Yes?” He groaned, continuing his sweet torment between my legs by inserting a finger.

I couldn’t speak. My skin was hot, my heart racing and my breathing laboured. I lifted my leg to allow Jayce more room, I hooked my foot around his knee to hold myself in place. I felt him slide in a second finger, the palm of his hand rubbing my bud as he moved inside me.

“Does that feel good Luna?”

I nodded my head.

Jayce’s hand stopped moving and he held me against the wall. My wolf cried out, needing him to continue, needing him to bring us to that release we needed.

“Open your eyes and look at me”

I opened my eyes and tilted my head back, looking up at my mate. His eyes were black. He stared back at me with hunger; with a possession I had never seen. Jayce moved his face closer to mine so his lips were only millimeters away from my own.

“Who do you belong to?” He whispered.

I tried to move my head forward, I needed to feel his lips against mine. Jayce held me still and moved just out of reach.

“Answer me Luna. Who. Do you. Belong. To?”

“You” I breathed, moving my hips desperately against Jayce’s hand. Needing that delicious friction to continue.

Who?” He asked again and used his other hand to hold me completely still.

I saw the look change in his eyes. I knew what he wanted.

“You Alpha” I answered seductively, “I belong to you”

With that Jayce’s mouth crashed down on my own, his tongue violently forcing its way between my lips, which I gladly parted. I moaned into his mouth and felt his hunger build. If we didn’t move into the bedroom soon then I’m sure the butler was going to get a little more than he bargained for.

As if reading my thoughts Jayce picked me up with one arm- his fingers on the other still inside me - and carried me into the bedroom, kicking the door shut behind him. My wolf was utterly elated with the way he removed his fingers and threw me down on to the bed as if I weighed nothing.

I pulled my top off over my head. Jayce did the same with his shirt as he prowled towards the bed. The sight of his rippling muscles on his naked chest made me growl out loud.

“Don’t go shifting on me, sweetheart. Can’t have our wolves tearing this place up...again”

The thought of us fucking in our wolf forms excited me, we hadn’t done it yet but it was something I secretly wanted to try.
I watched with a hooded gaze as my Alpha undid his jeans, pulling the denim down over his vascular hips. I bit my lip as his hard cock slapped against his stomach. He was ready for me. I stood up on the bed and dropped my shorts, kicking them across the room. Jayce gave me a wicked smile and took one more step until he was standing up against the bed. With the sight in front of me I knew what I had to do, what I wanted to do.

I sat down on the side of the bed with my legs open and pulled Jayce in between them. I could hear his heart pumping the blood around his body, I watched as his chest rose and fell and his breathing became more laboured.

“Who do you belong to Alpha?” I hummed, wrapping my hand around his thick shaft and moving it up and down.

Jayce’s breath hitched in his throat and he groaned at my touch.

“I’ve always belonged to you. My sexy fucking Luna” he growled.

With that I slid my hips forward and took the tip of his cock in my mouth. I flicked it with my tongue, teasing him. Jayce’s hand moved to the back of my head. His touch was gentle.
I bobbed my head up and down, my movements slow but gradually increasing as I felt Jayce’s grip tighten on my hair. I pushed my head forward until I felt him hit the back of my throat.

“Fuuuuck Quinn”

I picked up the pace, sucking my Alpha as if he were a lollipop. The sound of my lips smacking against his skin was almost enough to make me lose my mind.

“Let me fuck you. I need to be inside you” Jayce panted.

He pulled himself out of me with a pop and shoved me backwards on to the bed. Before my back had even had a chance to touch the sheets he was on top of me, lowering himself between my legs. I lifted my hips, meeting him halfway as his wet shaft parted me.

“Oh. Jayce...” I cried.

I gripped the sheets, scrunching them under my hands as my mate filled me completely. He moved slowly, in and out, building me up to what I knew was gong to be a magical climax. Jayce’s lips brushed against my ear, his animalistic grunts driving me crazy and he pumped himself into me.

“You feel amazing. So. Tight”

I wrapped my legs around his hips and he speared into me harder. My body started to quiver, I could feel it building inside me again and again as he drove me to the edge.
Then I felt something in my body push back. Something inside me that wanted to break out, something inside me that wanted to rip the Alpha to shreds. My panther.

Not. My. Mate!

I squeezed my eyes closed, moving my hips so Jayce could get even deeper. He groaned wildly in response. I could still feel her, fighting me, fighting the release that I was pushing so hard to obtain. I needed more, I needed my wolf to feel closer to it’s Alpha.

“Bite me” I moaned as Jayce quickened his pace.

The Alpha growled, his wolf elated with my request. He lowered his face to my neck. I bucked my pelvis into him, driving my orgasm home; but I still needed more.

“Fucking bite me!” I screamed.

Jayce bit down in to my neck, piercing the skin. I did the same to him and my whole body vibrated violently as I came; our wolves blending together as one. Jayce pumped me again. Once, twice. Then he came too, crying out my name and filling me with his hot seed.

I lay there under my Alpha; my wolf peaceful, sated. But I knew deep down inside that my panther was hurting and I could feel her pain.
As far as she was concerned we had rejected her mate.

My panther was in mourning.

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