TAMING THE ZOOKEEPER - Werewolf

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Chapter 47

Marcus

“My Love, I need to tell them! What if he kills Maxwell?”

Catalina’s words sliced right through me. I knew what she said was true. Conner might just kill Maxwell as soon as he arrived. I knew that, because had I been in his shoes, I would have done exactly the same thing.

“I will be there to stop it,” I simply answered trying to steer the conversation away from them. It felt like it was all we had been talking about ever since the whole Melena, Maxwell incident occurred.

“You don’t know that Marcus,” Catalina said with a sigh and sat down on the edge of her bed.

“If you tell them now, your powers will be exposed, and it will put you at risk even more than you already are. Being mated to the future Alpha of the largest pack on the Atlantic Republic comes with threats of its own. If they find out about your psychic abilities, you will be the new shiny goose that lays the golden eggs. Everybody will be fighting to get their filthy claws on you.”

My anger was slowly starting to bubble up. I knew she meant well, but right now, exposing her like that would be a very stupid move to make.

“Cat, I know you are trying to help them, but this is not the way to go. You need to think about the well-being of the pack first. You are the future Luna after all. Sometimes, making difficult decisions for the overall survival of the pack is more important than helping individual pack members. EVEN if you feel in your heart that it is the right thing to do. Being a leader means that you have to use both your mind and your heart to make decisions and if your heart and your mind don’t agree on something, you go with your mind.”

She sat quietly as she listened to me. I knew she would go with my advice, but I could physically see her heart breaking and it hurt. It hurt me to see her in such turmoil. She wanted both Conner and Maxwell to be happy since she knew that both of them were good men. Hell, exceptional men.

The Moon Goddess only ever gifts a wolf with a second chance mate if he or she was deemed worthy of such a priceless gift. Catalina had explained to me that I was wrong to have almost killed Maxwell for what he did, because technically, Melena did belong to him. Just not yet.

She had explained to me that Maxwell and Melena were meant to end up together, since Melena was Maxwell’s second chance mate, although they had met quite prematurely, leaving all of us in the middle of their chaotic love triangle.

I wasn’t really sure how this was going to play out, but I knew whatever I did, I had to stop Conner from ripping Maxwell to shreds and vice versa. Conner was Melena’s first-time mate, which gave him the advantage, but Maxwell wasn’t completely in the wrong for accidentally claiming Melena either.

The bond was there. Maybe not as strong as Conner’s was, but it could flare up momentarily if they spent too much time together, leaving their wolves confused and making room for errors such as the one that has already occurred.

Catalina was part vampire and of a strong bloodline, which meant that she had received special gifts as all powerful vampires do. Her gifts, however, included her psychic abilities of seeing into the future and blocking forces out of her mind. She could for instance allow my links to get through to her but block out the pack’s. That was also how she had managed to hide from her brother for so long and why the pack wasn’t able to feel her enter when I had first marked her.

I was willing to inform my father about the mind-blocking ability, but no one needed to know about her seer abilities. She was mine to protect and keeping that a secret would play a major part in her protection. It was bad enough that her brother knew about it and wanted to exploit her.

When I looked down and saw that she had begun silently crying, hiding her beautiful face behind her hands, I crouched in front of her and gently pulled her auburn-red hair away. She looked up at me through teary eyes and I felt like my heart was about to shatter into a million pieces.

“I am sorry, Cat,” I whispered gently, “that is just the way it has to be.”

She nodded in understanding but didn’t stop crying. I knew her heart went out to the three and so did mine. I didn’t know the two men very well, but Melena was very close to me and I felt truly sorry for her. I couldn’t even begin to imagine the conflict and confusion probably going on inside of her, but I knew that whilst Conner was alive, she would choose him above Maxwell any day. That was just the way the mate bond worked. It didn’t mean she didn’t care about Maxwell, it just meant that her connection with Conner was created stronger by the Moon Goddess herself.

Catalina had also ensured me that Melena and Maxwell weren’t due to meet for another thirty-four years, which hopefully meant that she and Conner would live a happy, full life until well into their sixties. Maxwell, however still needed to meet his first-time mate, which was something we should all probably be helping with after all the smoke had cleared.

Melena

I couldn’t wait for Conner to arrive. My wolf was killing me with all her pacing and the anxiety I felt only made matters worse.

“Relax,” said Fran while she took a seat next to me at one of the garden tables, “they should arrive any second now.”

I had specifically chosen this table because it was facing away from Malice Creek’s packhouse in the hopes that I would be able to avoid seeing Maxwell as much as possible. I also chose it, because it overlooked the main entrance so that I could see whenever Feral Grove arrived.

“Are you excited to see Anthony?” I asked, trying to take my mind off of Maxwell and Conner.

“VERY!” Fran answered excitedly, “my wolf has been very restless ever since we got here, I don’t know what has gotten into her.”

I eyed Fran wearily for a moment, “do you think that maybe?”

“NO!” She answered without letting me finish, “well, I hope not.”

She suddenly looked sad and very troubled as she obviously knew exactly what I was going to say.

“We should just finish everything off here as soon as possible so that we can head home,” she said while waving her hand in the air.

I knew she loved Anthony very much and that even just the slightest thought of finding her true mate was both terrifying and painful for her.

As we sat in silence for a few more seconds, our moment was interrupted by a deep male voice calling my attention from behind.

“Melena? Can I have a moment of your time?” He asked in his alluring, husky voice, which I hadn’t even had time to become familiar with.

Maxwell.

Slowly I turned around. My mouth going dry and my heart speeding up.

There he stood, waiting patiently for my answer and looking terribly uncomfortable.

I took a deep calming breath and nodded slowly while I got up.

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