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 tried pushing her away softly, but I could already tell that being nice was not going to do me any good at this point, Nina was blinded by anger, what was behind that anger however, I could not understand
“Where is your dagger?” Nina asked angrily, her eyes piercing my own, I frowned in confusion before my eyes widened in realization, I was supposed to be getting it back from the forest in a bit, I was planning on doing it before anyone was even awake, but to my luck, Nina, for some reason, was already up, which was not like her.
I tried pushing her knee of my chest as she started pressing it harder, making my bones crack under her weight, it wasn’t that she was heavy, it was the fact that her knee was the source of pain, as the bone of it crushed my own, not literally, but that was how it felt, I tried to fight back the urge to scream in pain before I attacked her back for the first time since I’ve met her, pushing her off me by twisting her ankle, making her wince in pain and roll off me before I rolled on top of her, straddling her body as I raised my hand in a fist to punch her in the face.
Her eyes widened in fear and I saw her visibly flinch making me put my hand down and look at her, but she took that as a sudden weakness or opportunity if I was being more specific, and she suddenly sat up and punched me in the gut before pushing me off her and getting on top of me, this time choking me as she did so, I tried fighting her back, kicking and trashing, but her hand on my throat simply tightened cutting off all the air from reaching my lungs.
“You lied to me” she snarled tightening her grasp, her eyes never left mine as her green eyes darkened with anger.
“You were stealing him from me, you were with him, Dani and Jade saw you with him, don’t even try denying it!” she snapped, I had to fight to get some air, any air source would’ve been good for me right now, but with her tight grasp around my neck there was no way I was going to get any, not knowing what else to do, I scratched her arm, creating a cut there, one which had her yelp and let me go as blood started oozing from the cut, I quickly pushed her off my body and started coughing as I fought to catch my breath before looking at her to find her glaring at me as she watched me catch my breath before she stood up and attempted to kick me, but being ready for an attack, I grabbed her leg and this time really twisted it, spraining her ankle causing her to scream out in pain, this time probably waking the other kids up.
“YOU BITCH!” She yelled as loud as she could, falling on the floor as she lost her balance, I got on top of her as she fought me and pinned her arms above her head, her fighting never stopping for a second as she did her best to fight my body off of hers.
“He was NEVER yours to begin with, and he never will be!” I snapped, that caused her to growl, a sound that I had never heard coming out of her making me frown in confusion as she pushed me off her body with whatever strength she had in her, which seemed to be a lot judging by her anger, she deserved it, and I said nothing wrong, with the way she was acting, no man would be wanting her let alone the prince.
“He is mine! You will see that I will be his wife! I will be his queen, and you will be the first thing I will be rid of!” She snapped before her hands started working on scratching and me, in the face, she scratched my cheek probably creating a cut and fisted her hand to punch me, but I grabbed her arms and raised my lower half making her lose her balance and almost fall off me before I rolled on top of her, pinning her once again, I did not want to hurt her, I was making it obvious by not hitting her back, but she was seeing red, it was like she’s gone blind.
“He is NOT yours Nina, he doesn’t even know you exist! Wake the hell up!” I snapped at her, she screamed and this time the kids huddled around to watch the scene with worry in their eyes, Nina and I were never, ever ones to fight one another, she might punish the rest of the kids, slap a lad if he crosses his limit with her or any of the other girls, yell at the girls for being stubborn, maybe hit them too, but her and I never had the leader and follower relationship, we were more like sisters, but now, it was like we’ve suddenly turned into enemies.
“HE IS MINE!” she yelled so loud that I thought her lungs were about to burst, that was when I saw red and punched her in the nose, hearing it crack under the force of my punch and blood started coming out of it, I glared at her, not even sorry for doing so, and it took her a few seconds to compose herself from what had happened before she turned us around and started punching me in the face, or at least tried to as I managed to block most of her blows, having been trained how to fend for myself by her, I knew what to actually expect from her in situations like this.
I was about to fight back when I saw her get pulled away from me and her body was knocked to the ground with three wolves growling at her, their canines out as they looked at her and Prince Nathan kneeling down by my side slowly taking my hand and helping me sit up before he turned to glare at Nina whose eyes were wide as she looked at the wolves then at the prince and I, the pain visible in her eyes making my chest ache for her, but I had done nothing wrong to her and yet, here she was attacking me like I had stolen her lover, when in reality, she had never even met or came across the prince.
She had fallen in love with him over the years by just hearing of him and imagining herself as his wife, even when we were ruled by King Ned, the werewolf king, before he handed our land to his son for him to rule as a kingdom that was following the werewolf one, then she saw him a few times in the market, though they were all from a distance, she still somehow created a scenario in her mind that she would be marrying him.
“Are you alright love?” Prince Nathan asked, he wrapped an arm around my waist as his hand remained on my own as I stood up, I nodded, though my eyes were on Nina who kept her eyes glued to the prince’s hand and arm.
“She was defending you yesterday, and here you are beating her up, while the others watched?”
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
Nathan:“Who the hell do you think you are?” my father asked, his back still facing me.I did my best to calm my breathing and keep my heart beating at a normal rate, not wanting him to sense my worry of what he might do as a reaction to our other day argument, and though he was yet to make a move of approaching me, I could feel his wolf battling him to get out and shift, causing my wolf to go on alert should I need to defend myself, even though I was hoping that it wouldn’t reach to that point, I knew that I needed to be prepared for anything that could happen.“Answer me” father said angrily, this time turning to face me, confirming to me that I was indeed correct and that his wolf was making an appearance, showing, and revealing himself to anyone who had eyes, father’s eyes were now golden and his canines were exposed for a blind man to see, his nostrils flaring as his death glare met my calm gaze, it wasn’t that I wa