I watched as Kiara walked away to her campsite only to notice her dagger on the forest floor where I had forced her to drop a while ago.
I kneeled down and picked it up, noticing a letter K, carved over the silver which was what the handle was made of, smiling, I took the dagger and grabbed a napkin from my pocket and slowly covered the blade with it before clearing my throat for my beta, Daniel, to come out of where he was hiding nearby, he and the other members of my pack had shifted earlier incase my mate got aggressive, which she did, but she didn’t go aggressive to the point where I couldn’t handle her myself, which was why they didn’t make a move, not that I would’ve allowed them to harm her anyway.
“Follow her, but don’t make yourself obvious, I want to find out exactly where she lives, and if who she lives with need anything, I’m assuming they’re a lot, but I want you to see and report back to me” I said looking at him, he waited for a second to see if I had any other orders, but when he found out that I had none, he turned around followed her scent to wherever she was going.
My second beta Joseph and two guards came out of their hide outs as well and stood in front of me waiting for my orders, but until Daniel was back, I had none, therefor it was time to go back to the palace.
Noticing that it was getting dark out, and the weather was getting colder, I wondered how my mate would be able to survive the cold night with her worn out dress, just the idea of what she would be bearing during the cold winter, her and whoever was with her, made me want to follow her and bring her back with me, but I knew that if we did go to her now, they would be thinking that I meant harm, especially since the sun has set and it was already almost nightfall, therefor I had no other options than to wait for Daniel to arrive then wait till morning to pay them a visit, but either way, I was taking my mate with me, this was the last night I planned on staying away from her.
Reaching the palace didn’t take much time through the forest, despite me being on foot as I didn’t want to shift, I knew the path by heart, plus the ability to catch the scent of the path, and my sensitive hearing, I could tell that it was a calm evening, one that I wished we had more of in this kingdom, but since the human king, King Midas, chose to let go of his kingdom, forcing his people to face whatever fate they would be facing, it had been hard to get them back into order, and even harder to bring safety back to the kingdom, it took time, a lot of it, but I was finally getting there, father having entrusted me with the human kingdom less than a year ago and put me as a ruler prince on it, making it a state that was following our kingdom, I had proved to him that I could be taking my responsibilities, not that he didn’t know that already, but I always saw the felt the distrust and doubt from his side toward me, but I’ve taught myself not to pay much mind to it, and just lived and learned to ignore it.
The maids and guards bowed upon seeing me reach the palace, and the doors were opened for me the second I reached the gate, though what surprised me was seeing the palace’s royal guards standing in front of the gate rather than mine.
“Is everything alright?” I asked the guard who stood at the door, Bartolomeo, he was my father’s right hand, his hard brown eyes looked at me, his jaw clenched as he stood with his head high, though he respected me, I knew that he saw himself as closer to father than I was, which he technically was despite me being father’s son, Bartolomeo was constantly by father’s side, he knew a lot more about father than I did.
“King Ned is inside waiting for you, your grace” he said bowing, I nodded and put a hand on his shoulder squeezing it, his eyes scanned the surrounding before he leaned and whispered in my ear “the queen just lost her child, therefor the king is furious, just try to keep away from trouble with him”
“Is mother okay?” I asked my voice as low as his, I had found out that mother was pregnant a week ago from my little sister who wrote to me, but mother was yet to tell me herself.
“She’s fine, a bit ill after the loss of her child, but other than that she is okay”
Nodding, I walked inside the castle to face the wrath of my father, despite having done nothing, I knew that he would be taking his anger out on me like he always did, it didn’t bother me any longer, well, it did, but I tried my best not to let it get to me, as I knew that he had no one to take his anger out on but me, and in my opinion, it’s better me than mother or my two younger sisters.
“Where have you been?” Father asked angrily the second I entered the throne room, reminding myself that he was hurting and probably angry, I stood my ground and controlled myself.
“I went to town to tend to the people’s needs, then went to the forest with the pack” I said calmly, not wanting to lie as I knew that he would’ve probably already asked where I was and knew, though there was really nothing to lie about.
“Who was the girl you saw at the forest?”
I stood corrected; he did indeed ask where I was.
“My mate, I’m bringing her here tomorrow or after tomorrow” I said calmly, father’s body stiffened, he hadn’t turned to face me yet, and I wished that he didn’t as I saw his golden eyes flare when he looked at me, his wolf making himself known.
“Your mother loses her child, and you are out here playing house and searching for your mate?” Father snapped.
“In my defense father, I was not aware of mother being pregnant in the first place” I said glaring at him, hiding the fact that my sister had already told me, but if they found out that she has written to me, then she would’ve been in a lot of trouble, and that was something that I did not want to make her go through.
Now, I know you’re confused, she wrote to her brother and not her lover, but it wasn’t all love and pink life when it came to being a wolf royalty, the second I left the palace, I was not allowed to have any contact with anyone of my family unless I visited or they visited me, which father never allowed to happen, they were never allowed to visit me, therefor even when I did go to the palace to see them, it was like we were strangers, as we were both of different packs now, I had my own, while father had his own, and mother and both my sisters were in his pack, cutting them from having any communication with me unless I saw them, but that didn’t mean that a few rules didn’t go unbroken by my sisters who tended to hide their messages as they sent them to me in secret.
“And yet you do not seem surprised of the news?” Father asked raising an eyebrow.
“Bartolomeo had informed me that mother had a miscarriage before I entered the castle, feel free to ask him if you want” I said looking at father holding my ground, if he sensed a bit of weakness then he would think that he had something to hold against me, which he technically didn’t but I wasn’t going to give him the satisfaction of thinking that he did.
“To what do I owe the honor father?” I asked, he rarely visited and when he did there was something that he wanted to tell me or needed to inform me of personally, otherwise he would just be sending a royal letter with the palace messenger.
“Your mother and sisters wish to see you” father said coldly, his brown eyes meeting my own in a glare which I did not return, I could not understand his disliking to me, and if I were being honest, as long as I was far away from him and his problems, I didn’t really care to understand.
“Let them come, they’re more than welcome to come and visit”
“You are to come to the palace with me”
“With all due respect father, I believe that mother has the right to visit her son, and my sisters their big brother in his own castle, I have my duties here which I cannot neglect” I said looking him dead in the eye, I knew that I was playing with fire when I talked back at him, but he needed to know that I would not be neglecting any of my responsibilities for whatever reason there was, and I wanted mother and my sisters to visit me here, it wasn’t logical that the only time they did come here was the day I came here the first time, and it was only to say goodbye.
“You will not be telling me what your mother and sisters have the right to do and what they do not do, you will do as I say, no questions asked”
“And when this land loses its order, which is yet to be established in the first place, you’ll come back here to yell at me for hours, telling me what an irresponsible disgrace I am, right?” I snapped, this time losing my self-control, I wanted to keep it, I swear I did, but his attitude toward me was too much to handle without talking back to defend myself.
“Excuse me? Who the hell do you think you are?” Father asked taking a threatening step toward me, normally I would’ve flinched, but father was forgetting that I was growing up, and being seven, ten, thirteen, and even sixteen, was not like being twenty-one and knowing that you were just as strong, probably stronger than he was, despite him having more experience in what he was doing, I had more energy.
“If there is nothing else to say father, I have work to tend to, and you are making me late” I said not answering to his threat, I bowed to him before turning to the door and walking out of the throne room leaving him alone to process what had happened.
I was met by Daniel, who had shifted back to human and was wearing pants and a shirt standing by the door waiting for me, he nodded and me making me smile and nod in approval.
He had done what I had asked.
Kiara:I woke up to the sun hitting my eyes as it rose.Smiling, I stretched my body inside my blanket, well what was left of a blanket, it was too worn out and torn to tell, the only reason I used it as a cover was that I needed to be sure that my body was covered should a lad enter my ‘tent’ to wake me up for whatever reason there was.Rubbing my eyes from sleep and fixing my now messed up curls, I sat up and crawled out of my place, to find Nina already up, a frown prominent on her face as she glared daggers at me, her eyes dark with fury as she grabbed my arm and dragged me to the side of the riverbank before pushing me to the ground roughly, she had never been this aggressive with me before, not even when we fought.“Nina? What the hell?” I asked trying to sit up only for her to pin me to the ground, her knee on my chest as she held me down with her body weight, her eyes still glaring daggers at me yet she said no words, I tri
Nathan:“What did you find Daniel?” I asked my beta who was standing in my royal chamber while I sat on my desk, I had work to get back to after this, father arriving here only delayed it, but nevertheless, I needed to start with it somehow.“There are about twenty or thirty people with her there, different ages, but they’re led by a girl, she seems to be in her early twenties” Daniel explained making me frown in confusion, why would a twenty-year-old girl be leading people on the street instead of being married?“Are they all in the same state?” I asked meaning the lack of clothing and probably food, my wolf going restless about the fact that our mate was probably cold outside right now, knowing that she had food for a while as I saw her getting as much as she could carry, but I couldn’t say that what she was wearing would do her any good keeping her warm, but managing to somehow calm him down, assuring him that w
Nathan:“Need I ask what you might be doing her Prince Nathan?”“I should be asking you the same thing Prince Ashton” I glared at the human prince who stood in front of me sharing the same glare.“Prince Ashton?” The blonde, Nina, asked wide eyed, her green eyes now turning their attention to the prince who has probably been living with them for years, and yet neither one of them knew of his true identity.Ignoring her, Ashton looked at me with a raised eyebrow, not bothering to answer my question as he looked between Kiara and I, his eyes cold as ice on me, but they would soften when he took sight of my confused mate who was on her knees cradling the child.“Can we talk in private?” I asked looking around the now confused people who were sharing glances, Prince Ashton, noticing it too nodding at me to follow him.“Keep her under watch, I won’t be long” I told Daniel who growl
Kiara:I breathed in.Then out.Inhale.Exhale.It seemed to be getting harder to do it as I knew that almost everyone was glaring daggers at me, even though I had technically done nothing other than defend myself against Nina who was raging fires on me.Nina was furious as she watched me walk out of camp, having technically nothing on me but the dagger which Ashton had gotten me, Ashton carrying Mathew who was squirming to get out of his arms to run to mine, her eyes glaring daggers at me as I walked, and had it not been for the wolves standing in front of her, I’m sure she would’ve been having her way with me, that is of course if the prince didn’t have her life before she did, which was not likely as she wouldn’t have been dumb enough to attack me in front of him as not to risk losing her life, but she would’ve definitely attacked.We reached the prince who was indeed standing at the edge of camp waiti
Nathan:I smiled as I looked at my mate who was watching the streets as the carriage moved around the kingdom, crossing the bridges, noticing a faint glow under her long-sleeved black dress, the sleeve concealing the mark, however the glow made it visible, though I was sure that she was yet to notice it.Being sure that by now she did not know what the mark was or who she really was or what she was capable of, otherwise she would’ve been able to stop Nina a lot more easily than fighting her physically the way they were, the blood on her collarbone seeming to have dried making me frown in confusion as all the other cuts were new and somewhat still bleeding, the cut on her collarbone seemed to be older than the others were, the clot already formed on it stopping the blood from pouring out.“When did you get the cut on your collarbone?” I asked her, she was looking out the window, seeming in daze before she snapped out of whatever she was thinking
Kiara:“What the hell did you do?” Ashton asked when he saw the prince’s annoyed expression as he walked out of the carriage without saying a word.I rolled my eyes at Ashton and wanted to push past him only for him to wrap his hand around my arm as a glare made its way covering his features, his annoyance visible in his ocean blue eyes as he kept his eyes on my own, it was then that he noticed the handkerchief wrapped around my wrist, filled with blood that he froze looking at it.“What happened?” Ashton asked taking my hand in his and gently unwrapping the wounded wrist, blood still poured from it making him frown in confusion.“I’m not sure, it suddenly started burning and blood started pouring out of it, Prince Nathan had wiped the blood from it, but wrapped it when he realized that the bleeding will not be stopping any time soon” I said trying my best to explain what had happened, even I wasn’t su
Kiara:I woke up feeling somewhat warm and refreshed, holding a blanket close to my chin as I got lost in the soft fabric, having not felt this relaxed for a very long time.My eyes suddenly snapped open when I realized where I was, seeing as I wasn’t on the hard floor of the forest, a sheet draped over two trees to cover me from the eyes of the lads that lived with us, wearing a silk dress rather than a worn-out dress that was stitched so many times due to being worn out from the endless days of me wearing it.I smiled to myself as I saw the change that had hit my life only to remember what it cost me, my friends probably hated me by now, the palace guards having stayed on their heads last night to stop them from running away or doing anything crazy, remembering that Prince Nathan was going to see them this morning, my eyes widening as I feared him harming any of them, more specifically Nina if she decided to do anything that would be risking herself gett
Nathan:“I like this!” Mathew said as he took a bite of the loaf of bread I had made him, I had spread butter and strawberry jam on it, the castle cooks having just finished making the jam as it was now fresh.“You’ve never tried jam before?” I asked the kid who shook his head giving me a cheeky grin making me smile as he took another mouthful, the door to the dining room was opened revealing Kiara and Ashton who walked side by side, both of them seemed to be talking about something as they walked toward us.Ashton wore a white loose shirt, which was had the first two buttons and black pants making him look somewhat like a pirate, but that was indeed what made most girls fall for him back in the day, he would be walking inside a room and every girl would fall to his feet, except he paid none any attention especially since he had found his mate.Though, he was forced to leave her for a while as he knew that he couldn’t t