The howling outside let Valenar know that the wolves' ceremony was over, they were all getting ready to run. Inside students and members of the coven mingled and laughed, while Raeann looked unhappy, and Quinley oversaw the merging of Ravenclaw. Valenar knew there would never be a better time to have the conversation he needed to have with his mate than right now when everything was under control. So he started walking towards her as Raeann stared wistfully at the door. Her need to run with her family must be driving her insane, and Valenar felt sorry for the strain being placed on her from the witches and wizards council, she should be allowed to live as she wished, instead of existing to handle the problems of others. Truth be told, he was wary too.
"Your Highness, there's a messenger at the entryway for you, he said that it's urgent." A young Acolyte steered him away from his mate and towards the back of the hall, moving deftly around the other bodies so that Valenar could
Watching the dragons take to the skies was bittersweet for Bella and Shadow. They stood by their statue on the mountainside while the babies slept peacefully in their bed under the watchful eye of the Cerebus, a gift from Quinley as she began her reign at Ravenclaw. Soon Adrastus and April were little more than specks in the dawn sky, carrying with them Bella's brother and sisters as they headed back to Desdayos. "May the Goddess protect you." She whispered when they finally disappeared from view. And Shadow tightened his arms around her, content to watch the sunrise over their land. They could almost fool themselves into thinking that it was going to be an ordinary day, with routine paperwork and normal pack business, but then they remembered Maria."In a few months, they'll be a year old Shadow, Maria has been gone for two months, what have we missed? Has she met her wolf yet, like the others? Does she have abilities from my family? Is she walking and talking, ther
Santos watched as the fire at the cave entrance grew until it completely covered any chance of escape. The Vampyres and dhampirs were in a mindless frenzy as they chanted "death to the Queen!" And Kronos crowed like a rooster in a henhouse, thinking he would be the next King. The look on his face was priceless when Santos sidled up to him, appearing to require his attention, and instead pulled his heart from his chest whilst the others were busy taking care of their queen.'So easy.'The 2IC thought spitefully, as the vampire slumped to the ground and he casually threw Kronos's heart into a bush."Throw more wood on the fire!" Santos yelled, basking in the power that came with being in control, and the minions obeyed. After he was sure that Lenora was nothing more than a desiccated husk he planned to mount his granddaughters head on a stake and walk straight into Howling with his Army to finish the battle with Shadow that was denied him a year ag
It was midday by the time the Alpha and Luna finally pried themselves away from their babies, and as the last spell sealed off the door to Ravenclaw, separating the parents from their young, Bella's eyes were glassy and Shadow kept wiping his eyes as they traveled the familiar path towards home. The township was eerily silent, no children played in their yards, and all the businesses were closed, as the pack prepared for the onslaught at nightfall. In their hearts, they knew that this was their last day of happiness before the ugly morning that would bring with it the deaths of family and friends. Behind them, the Cerberus Alpha watched out for their safety, and his pack was already scattered in the forest to prevent the enemy from arriving early and catching them unawares. There was nothing left to do but wait.As if by some unspoken agreement, Shadow and Bella entered the sacred land, coming to rest beside the memorial stones of the fallen."Tarakona, Abigail,
"Baby girl, wake up." Bella stretched out languidly in their bed with a huge grin on her face, as she prepared for another day at Howling Warriors. She opened her eyes, and once she looked at Shadow, all dressed in black, and the land outside that was hidden by the night, Bella remembered."It's time."She nodded and rolled out of bed, grimly putting on her fatigues, and together they locked the door to their home, before starting the short walk to the packhouse. Scouting from the treeline, the Cerberus Alpha followed the wolves he was charged with protecting, keeping to the shadows as he scented the air, searching for any sign of the enemy, and he stayed like that, on guard and alert every step of the way until the Alpha couple entered the town square, where their Army awaited them.Lucy was already there, checking her equipment for the extraction and Bella took a moment to speak with her friend. Since the incident in Lucy's office, they hadn't really had
Jarvis crouched low to the ground, as his pride spread out, stalking their prey. The dragons circled overhead and he watched as they threw the scouts' bodies down from the sky, scattering their easy kill. 'Wait,' he commanded as the dragons made their second pass, this time blowing ice from their mouths, freezing the vampire's front line before a lone figure leaped gracefully to the ground. He signaled to his lions to split and take both sides of the wall, as the coppery stench of blood perfumed the air, and in one fluid movement, they burst from their cover, building their rapid momentum to get past the barrier and into the battle unfolding. The Vampyres never heard them coming as the Marcioni pride launched their massive bodies onto the nearest enemy, latching onto their throats and tearing out jugulars with relish. There was an impressive pile of corpses on his right as the Seductress wove her deadly web of swinging swords, pirouetting with lightning speed around an onslaught of
The sounds of battle could be heard from miles away, and although Lucy ached to go back and help her pack, she pushed on with her team determinedly. The Alpha and Luna had tasked her with finding their daughter, and she would bring Maria home no matter what.The Cerberus fanned out as soon as they snuck behind the Vampire army, picking off stragglers, swiftly clearing the area for the Beta and her extraction team to move quickly across the terrain in human form, looking for any sign that might lead to Maria. As they passed a shaded area with shallow trenches and gentle nolls, Lucy realized that everything had gone strangely quiet.'Gabrielle?' She called for her Gamma through the pack link. But only silence greeted her. She looked over to where Warren was supposed to be, but the delta was gone as well. Feeling uneasy now, she opened the link to her entire team, feeling it spread out through the pack bond, trying to locate any of the twenty members she had started with.
Shadow stalked towards Santos, his fury a physical entity as all other sounds of battle faded. With a roar that thundered over the plains, Malik burst free while he closed the distance between himself and the man who had caused his family so much misery. Santos laughed and spread his arms wide even though the wolf raced towards him, and then his face changed, as his eyes glowed bright red and the muscles of his body contorted and transformed into a hideous beast with wings. Santos and Shadow met in the middle, clashing like titans, while Santos reigned lightning-fast punches down on the Alpha. Before Shadow could gain any momentum, Santos picked him up and threw him with superhuman force onto the ground before kicking him in his soft underbelly. Malik grunted but shook off the pain as he scrambled to his feet, snarling ferociously at the dhampir. Santos spread his membranous wings to fly a short distance to regroup, but Malik leaped fiercely into the air, grabbing onto his body and
Jarvis returned home with the bodies of his family after promising Lucy that he would take the time to visit. It was a heavy burden to bear as the rest of the Marcioni pride met him at the airport, their solemn faces reflecting shared grief as coffin after coffin was slowly lowered onto the tarmac. He made a single phone call to the prison, and Emilio, his wife, and their newborn son waited on the doorstep as he exited the limo awhile later, striding up the path towards them."Your debt is cleared," Jarvis said to his son before entering his home and heading up the stairs. He liked to grieve alone, and as the door to his bedroom closed, that's exactly what the lion shifter did.2.One year later...Quinley Barrett sat at her desk, going over paperwork and assessing student papers, when the call came through. The high priestess was relieved to hear that Valenar and Raeann had finally regained control of their kingdom with help from the Desdeyos dr