AXEL / STEFAN POV I howl again and follow their mixed scents except as I move away from the area; I notice that it is Charlotte's scent and then his is on top as if he is chasing her. That puts a small smile on my face as it shows she was still trying to get away and had nearly succeeded, too. She just needed to go a little further and would have come across one of our extra search patrols. He must have threatened her to keep her from calling out to them, as they would have been nearby and she should have smelled them. It, unfortunately, leads me back to where the explosion was. I then hear the soft voice of Queen Seraphina."Stefan-Axel! Time to head back to the castle. We can pick it up again in the morning..."I don't want to give up; I don't want to rest. I know she is close, but I do as the Queen requested. "Yes, your highness! We are on our way back now!"The three of us still continue to search as we slowly run back in the direction of the castle to be met at the kitchen doo
SCARLETT POVAfter I woke up from falling asleep through the movie, I left Charlotte on the sofa and did a little more snooping around. I searched the kitchen and then move to the bedroom. There wasn't really much in there. I really feel sorry for my mother having to spend so much time in this place. I then search the closet, it is full of the same shirts and shorts. They all smell like my mother but seem to have two underlying unknown scents to them. I would probably say that those scents are from Angus and Leo.I move all the way into the back and find a loose panel in the wall; I open it and pull out a bag; I look inside and see that it has all the things needed to look after someone who is pregnant, including a small ultrasound machine. I smile to myself, as this means I can keep an eye on Charlotte's twins.It takes a couple of days or so; it is hard to tell when one day ends and the night begins down here. Another thing I don't know is how Mother could stand it, but then she was
PHOENIX POVAfter Axel had killed Maverick, I really don't want to know what he said to make him rip out his throat like he did. No doubt it had something to do with Charlotte. I follow Seraphina and Dominic back to the castle, as I know she wouldn't allow me to follow Axel, Hunter and Noah on their search.I need to be close to her. Soren is still pushing, even after giving me control back after giving Maverick some justice. He needs to see and touch his mate, but unfortunately, the only thing close enough to her at the moment is our sons. As we enter the castle Seraphina turns to me, but I speak before she can."My Queen!" I bow my head "I am going to get Ryker and Jayce and head to bed, so if you are not in need of me I will take my leave?""Make sure that is what you do okay Nix, See you when I wake.."I bow again as she disappears with Dominic, making her squeal as he picks her up and heads to their room, kissing her. I then head in the opposite direction to go and cuddle with my
PHOENIX / SOREN POV I move her so she is now tucked tightly under my arm and we go for a walk into the woods. After we had been walking in silence for a while, I ask "Did you want to talk about it?" "I... I... I couldn't stop them again. I tried to... but I couldn't..." "Them? Wait... I thought there was only one... We only ever came across one male scent mixed with both yours and Charlotte's. " "I know Seb told me... The other one never let his scent out, no matter what he was doing..." We continue to walk. I lead her to one of the fields with a lake that isn't over deep but good for a swim."Did you want to go for a swim?" She stops pulling me to a stop as well, she looks down "I got him killed!" I put my fingers under her chin and make her look at me. "Who? How?" "Ethan... I got him killed..." she has fresh tears falling down her cheeks "How did you get him killed? I thought Maverick was the one to kill him?" "Who's Maverick?" she looks at me with puzzlement "Don't you
SCARLETT POVAs we make our way back to the castle, we pass the training field. I look over and see two males sparring; I stop and watch for a few minutes and it doesn't take long for me to realize by watching their moves that one of those males is my mate. I would know his moves anywhere. I move closer to the edge of the training field and just watch, unfortunately it doesn't take them long to realize that I am there and they stop and look over at me.I watch as they shake hands, but as they do; I see Phoenix pull him to him and whisper something near his ear. The other male shakes his head and says something back, then walks away as Phoenix makes his way over to where I am standing."Butterfly!""I have always liked watching you spar. Your moves are always so graceful. It is like you are dancing!"I smile to myself, but it doesn't take me long to let it slip from my lips again as I realize what I said. I have never told him that and I didn't mean to say it out loud then."Butterfly?
SCARLETT POV"Butterfly give in to me..." He had a slight hint of that command in his tone again, which makes me shiver just as he sinks his fangs into his mark making me scream"SSSssooorrrreeennn!!!"While I lose my fight at holding onto the pleasure and shattering around him. He doesn't allow my pleasure to subside before he is thrusting his hips again; he runs his tongue over my skin, sealing it. He continues to increase his thrusts, making my pleasure rise even higher. I then hear both Cara and Ruth."Scar, we need to mark him. We need the reconnection."At their words, I move and kiss his neck very softly. As I reach my mark, I feel both my fangs and canines lengthen; I smile as I remember what he did and scrape them back up his neck to his ear and whisper really low."May I please?""Butterfly, you have always and will always have my permission!"I then make my way back to my mark and sink them in, this makes him hiss out loud, and he tightens his arms around me to hold me sti
SCARLETT/CARA POVWe had the funeral pyre for Ethan two days after they found us, Mother didn't like the idea of saying goodbye to a close friend without the whole family there. Charlotte even came, but they only stayed the night. Alpha Stefan believes that he can protect her better in his territory, in his pack, not that I blame him. I actually think he could be right. I have now been back in the castle for just over a week and I still haven't found the right time to tell Phoenix about our daughter.I can never seem to come up with a way to tell him. I still fear that he is not going to believe me and is going to say it is one of those rotten males, I have said to Cara and Ruth a couple of times that maybe we should go and see Doc Erik and get him to terminate her but they always disagree, saying she is ours and our mates and is just as special.I decided to bite the bullet and go and see Doc Teresa, which is where I am heading now. It is also why I don't have any of my guards around
PHOENIX POVAfter our fun at the field and we get back to the castle, I make sure to take Scarlett to see Teresa, to make sure she is alright and my Butterfly comes out with a full bill of health. We have Ethan's funeral-Pyre, two days after we found both Charlotte and Scarlett. Seraphina wouldn't allow it to be done until all family was able to attend. Over the next week, however, I notice that she is distancing herself from everyone, even me. I know there is something she isn't telling me, but I just can't work out what.I am in Dominic's office working at my desk, going over some paperwork, but the two metal boxes in my top drawer have me itching to open them again. I know Queen Serenity would not want that journal of hers to fall into anyone's hands, so I am going to contact Noah and make a time, to return it to her, even though I know she really wouldn't want the reminder of what happened to her in that prison. I don't even think she wants Noah to know which is why I didn't give