As Marcus led me onto the dancefloor, I felt Conner’s eyes burning into my back and I could feel his discomfort from across the room. We stepped onto the dancefloor and Marcus finally turned to face me. He had a warm smile on his face as he snaked his arms around me and started moving to the music. I was uncomfortable and reluctant but didn’t want to offend our future Alpha, so I joined in.
“I wanted to thank you for saving me the other day,” he said as he twirled me around two times to the beat of the music.
“It’s no problem at all,” I answered genuinely.
It was nice of him to thank me, even though that was my main job description; ‘Stay with the Alpha household and make sure they stay alive'. It was also the main reason I went through extensive combat training with Fran and the rest of the warriors so that when I had to accompany Alpha outside of pack grounds, I wasn’t just a medic, but rather an all in one.
“I know we don’t say this enough, but you really fill a hole here that no one else can fill,” Marcus continued, “and we appreciate all the hard work you put in.”
Although the atmosphere around us was light and cheery, I could hear that Marcus was serious.
“Thank you, Marc, I do enjoy my work,” I answered with a smile, “most of the time anyway,” I added jokingly and saw him chuckle.
“I know you work really hard, and you are very talented in your field,” he replied, “that is why I wanted to talk to you.”
He spun me around again and I tried to locate Conner with my eyes, but the spin was too brief, and I couldn’t see him.
“As you know, I will be announced the new Alpha of Feral Grove as soon as I have chosen a Luna,” he was still busy talking but suddenly my heart skipped a beat and my mouth felt incredibly dry.
What was happening, why was he bringing this up?
As he spoke, he slid his large, muscled hands onto my hips and held them there. It felt wrong and all I wanted to do was bolt into Conner’s arms, but Marc was my friend and my soon to be Alpha, I had to stay calm and not let my assumptions get ahead of me.
We stopped dancing and Marcus held me in place.
“Melena, I want you to be there with me when I am the new Alpha,” he said with all seriousness.
I felt my heart beating rapidly in my chest and an unfamiliar, dull ache started to build in the pit of my stomach.
“I want you to be loyal to me as you were, and still are to my father,” he stared deep into my eyes as he spoke and I could see my reflection in them, staring back at me. “I need people around me that I know I can trust, especially now.”
I didn’t know what was going on. Was he asking me to be his new Luna?
“W-what do you mean, especially now?” I asked reluctantly, unsure of whether I wanted to hear the answer.
Marcus sighed, flicked his eyes towards my friends and grabbed my hand again. He led me off the dancefloor and into a quiet corner of the club. Once there, he huffed in frustration and leaned against the wall with his back. He let his head fall back, lifting his face up to the sky and took a few deep breaths. His eyes were closed for a few seconds and he looked very troubled.
“Marcus, what is going on?” I asked stepping closer to him and placing my hand on his shoulder.
He tilted his head towards me and I saw a slight smile tugging at the corners of his lips, “I found my mate,” he replied with a glint of excitement in his eyes.
For a moment, I just stood there gaping at him, completely speechless.
“Whoa! Marc! That’s great!” I squealed as I jumped forward, wrapping my arms around his neck in a warm embrace, “I am so happy for you!”
He hugged me back and I felt overjoyed.
My dear friend has finally found his mate and would be named the new Alpha soon, I was so happy, it felt like my heart might explode.
As we pulled away, he chuckled lightly, and I saw a slight blush on his face. Marcus doesn’t blush. I have never seen him blush in my entire life and it was sweet to see him look so innocent and smitten.
“Thanks,” he replied and kicked uncomfortably at something lying on the floor, “but, it is a little complicated,” he added.
My brows shot up in question and I urged him to continue.
“She-uh, is a hybrid.”
“A hybrid? Of what?”
“Wolf and vampire,” he replied gravely.
“Ohhhh,” now things were starting to make a bit more sense, “is that why?”
“Yes,” he answered without waiting for me to finish my sentence. “She is Pierce Campbell’s sister.”
Ok, now I was confused again.
Why would Pierce try to hunt down and kill his own sister’s mate?
“Pierce saw us together and tried to kill me,” he started talking again but I was lost.
“Wait a second, go back to the start, where did you meet?”
A shy smile took over Marcus’s face and he looked adorable, “the trade meeting with the humans.”
“Oh, so that’s what happened that day?” I asked, recalling the bloody scene I had been called to.
“Yes, everything escalated so quickly that day, at first, I was just shocked that I had found my mate, at a trade meeting with humans, nonetheless, and before I knew it, we were jumping each other in an old, abandoned building right next door to the meeting.”
“Marcus!” I exclaimed and slapped him on the shoulder, “how unromantic!”
Marcus turned a bright red and looked down at his feet, “I know, and I let my guard down completely. It was like my mind had turned into mush.”
I chuckled lightly, knowing exactly what he meant because I felt exactly the same way whenever I was around Conner.
“So, what happened then?”
“Pierce walked in, saw us, lost his temper and lashed out. I tried to fight him off, but his men arrived within seconds and surrounded us instantly. The wolves that were accompanying me heard the commotion, came outside and fought against the vampires.” Marcus sighed and leaned against the wall again, “it was a blood bath.”
“So where is? Uh?”
“Catalina?” He asked when I couldn’t recall if he had given me her name earlier.
“I am not sure, but she is safe,” he added while crossing his arms over his chest.
“How do you know?”
A cocky grin formed on his face and he eyed me sideways, “because I marked her.”