Vasilios was restless, it was nothing unusual. He has been in this state for quite some time, he recalled the conversation with the king sometime back.
"Well, your grace we have arranged for your tribute."
Vasilios raised his eyebrows," excellent! I hope she fulfils all the requirements, your majesty."
He sensed the king bristle.
"Well yes, almost, you see the Duke of Allendale has another daughter from a mistress, she is a maiden, with a Nobel blood. I was hoping if you would accept her as your tribute."
Vasilios narrows his eyes at the king," isn't she the one who is accused of murder?"
"Well yes," the king looked uncomfortable, "if you have a problem with that, perhaps, I can suggest someone's else...."
Vasilios raised his hand," she will do perfectly fine. I accept her a tribute."
The King sighed with
Vasilios stepped over the dead body of her possible tormentor who was now a dead man.His bloody hand reached out to stroke her brow."Are you hurt in any way?" His voice was hoarse and his breathing ragged. She saw the concern in his eyes.The shock of seeing him as her rescuer had subsided, it was now replaced by wonder, how did he know she had escaped? Why did he rescue her? To take her back? To keep her his slaver forever?She quickly stepped back and clutched at her cloak, her knuckles turned white. She had her freedom; she now understood she would have to resist to keep it. He might catch her eventually.Still, she would rather die than go back.Before he inferred her intent, she turned and ran away. He stared at her sprinting figure disappearing into the woods. He sighed, then sprung after her like a wolf chasing his prey.As she s
Vasilios had seen people cower in fear, run for their lives or even go still in shock when he approached them in his wolf form. But he had never got this kind of response, ever. Rhiannon was badgering him with a series of questions while they walked back to his steed. "No, Rhiannon I am not going to shift now, " he replied, exasperated. "Just once Vasilios," she said as she hurried over the shrubs trying to match his pace." How do I know you are speaking the truth." "We just discussed everything, why do you want to see me shift?" "Well, you are a pretty wolf," she said softly. He looked scandalized and stopped in his track. He turned back suddenly, making her almost collide into his chest.&nb
Rhiannon rushed to Martha's room as soon as she was relieved from the living area. If her father could have hit Alfred his only son, she shuddered what he would have done to her for helping her escape. "Nan!" She scurried to hug a very surprised Martha. "Oh, child! How come you are here? I know you were captured back, I feel so sorry for you my child." Martha sobbed on Rhiannon's shoulders. "I am fine nan, please don't weep for me." She broke the hug and looked at the wrinkled face of Martha, "are you ok nan? Did father harm you in any way?" "I am fine my child, but what happened to you. Why are you back? And how come you are not in the dungeon?" She opened her mouth to explain but anot
Finally, back in her tiny chamber, Rhiannon looked around at its pale walls and old furniture. Her room was nothing to boast about. It was dark, cold with barely any furniture.Her merge belongings were packed in a box. Yet, she was trying to imprint everything in her memory, even though she hated the place, she would not be seeing it again. And that filled her with a sense of emptiness."A priestess," she whisperedShe wasnt particularly religious, though she did visit the temple of Artemis, Venus, and others occasionally, with nan or during the annual harvest. She never felt that sense of devotion to dedicate herself to Gods. One of her uncles, duke's brother, was a monk, in some monastery.That happened long ago. Before she was even born. But she had heard of it. When she escaped, she was planning to hide behind the security of a monastery. Perhaps, she was fated to live a life of loneliness without ever knowing
Rhiannon tied her travel cloak around her neck and looked at herself in the mirror. She looked nervous.Taking a deep breath she walked out of her chamber. This would be the last time, she would ever walk along these corridors. It felt surreal.Rhiannon had just one small bag of belonging to carry with her. She didnt possess anything of much value except her mother's golden comb which she had tucked carefully in her bag.She walked into the courtyard where Vasilios was waiting along with his brother and a few of his warriors.King William, her father and Lady Catherine stood with grim expressions"You are late," Vasilios said stiffly as he grabbed her bag from her.Rhiannon rolled her eye, feeling another pair of eyes on her she turned towards another man who was unmistakably his brother.They had striking resemblance, though his brother had brows eyes and lighter hair."My lady, I am Arios, glad to meet you." He took her hand and gent
Rhiannon woke up bleary-eyed, with the chirping of bird's that's how it should have been. However, that was not the case. She was woken by the harsh words of Vasilios."Get up lazy bones! We have to leave," he shook her rudely."Wa.....what happened," she sat up on the bed. Her green eyes blinked in confusion. Her dark curls had come undone at night and it hung around her face and shoulders like a thick blanket.She grabbed her blanket and covered herself protectively."How rude! You can't barge in a lady's room like this."He rolled his eyes."If the lady is lazy, and she is causing a delay. I have to ignore the decorum. Now get up. There is a stream nearby, you can wash up, then we'll leave."She glared at him."I am not lazy, and neither have I caused any delay. Now if you would be kind enough to leave. I need to change."He regarded her for a moment," f
Rhiannon heard the king's words and the first thought which can in her mind was -'Run'.Disregarding that fact that she was in a court, standing in front of a wolf king, surrounded by shapeshifting wolves in a country of wolves. There was no way she could escape this. She would be caught and probably shred to ribbons by these monsters. None of these things occurred to her.She just turned and bolted.....Vasilios heard the swishing noise beside him. He looked on as she ran towards the entrance of the great hall.He could hear tuts and murmurs in the court, while his father looked on amused.His mother was frowning as usual."Well, that's quite amusing!" King Rendall commented as Rhiannon's lithe figure ran out of the great hall.Vasilios shook his head and walked out of the hall.She had been caught by the palace guards and was screaming to be released.<
Vasilios was sitting in his chamber annoyed. Now that Rhiannon had been taken care of, he had other things to attend to, and also get some mental peace, if that was possible."Vasilios I can't believe it, you used your Alpha authority on me!" Helena walked in fuming."Leave me alone Helena." He said curtly.But his tone, rather than deter the unwelcome guest as it would, brought her forward until she stood before him, looking down at his slumped form in the handsomely carved chair."No, you humiliated me, in front of the omegas and that human, I cannot hold my tongue if I am to become your mate."Vasilios rose abruptly, looking down at the fair-haired woman with mild disgust."I have no interest to talk about your ambitions tonight, lady, so I suggest you remove yourself from my presence. I'll not ask again.""It's that girl, isn't it? That human girl -