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 whispered
She 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 -
"Werewolves also get attacked?" Rhiannon asked Arios."Every living thing is vulnerable to something or someone, lady Rhiannon. But you need not fret yourself. You are well protected in Arcadia." Arios smiled."I will wait for you, outside." Arios nodded and left her alone. Her omegas also arrived soon after, she wondered how. She never asked for them, but she was getting used to their strange ways.*********Vasilios walked towards the council room. As expected his father was holding a meeting with other councilmen and few pack leaders.Vasilios gave a quick scan, Lord Elios was missing. Which was a surprise, he would never leave an opportunity to undermine King Rendall."Welcome son, please join us," Randall said, ho's face grim."Well as already said there was another attack on the border village of Larks. Though it was of a smaller scale, due to increased patrol
When the morning dawned, Vasilios was nowhere to be found. At least Rhiannon didn't see him. He might have been somewhere in the enormous palace, but he didn't come to see her.Breakfast was served for her alone, as was midday lunch. Apart from her omega helpers, she was left alone.It was well past noon when the queen sent for her. Standing before her, Rhiannon dipped into her curtsy, as was to be expected."You can rise," the queen announced.It was then Rhiannon finally looked up, at the queen, Helena and a few other ladies and men. It was probably the inner court. Arios had told her during their tour that they had a smaller informal court as well as the queen's court.The mood there was uneasy, despite the familiar presence of Arios who sat stiffly, his face expressionless.Everyone else held expressions ranging from indifference, pity, malice to even hate.Rhiannon shivered under their gaze, praying for
"That can't be true," Rhiannon chuckled a little, trying to make herself feel better."I can't be a wolf, I am not like them." She noticed the appalled looks of people around her," I mean I can't turn, I have always been a human." Her head seemed to be spinning. This could not be happening. Barely a week ago she was a normal country girl. Suddenly, she was pronounced a werewolf."Surely there must be a mistake?" Rhiannon said."The chalice of truth never makes a mistake," Nymeria snapped at her. Her face was furious.She turned towards Marina, "How can this happen?""Your majesty, I have never come across anything like this, the girl has the wolf's blood but seems like it's been repressed. She never experienced the changes which a werewolf does when they reach puberty."Nymeria eyed Rhiannon."Who are you girl? What have you been hiding?""I..
"Vasilios! This is no time to jest," Nymeria said."Mother, I am not joking," Vasilios looked determined. His eyes flashing."Rhiannon is my mate, I had known it for quite some time, but.....", he waited for some time." I wanted to make sure that, this is what I wanted.""Preposterous!" Nymeria muttered.Rendall raised his hand to quiet the court."Vasilios, can you please explain?" The king asked.Vasilios explained the circumstances under which he had to bring Rhiannon.Elios observed the series of event with a smirk. He didn't even have to make any effort. Vasilios had walked into his ruin himself."Your majesty, if I may suggest, isn't taking a human mate forbidden for the Alphas?" Elios said from his seat.Vasilios knew this would happen. The courtiers followed the laws superficially, none of them had read and studied the book