Episode 6: Sign
“Did he leave?” I questioned which I later then answered on my own, “Of course he did, you wouldn’t come here if he is still around.”
“I do not know if you really get it or you’re just acting unaware,” Diego enunciated as he wipes off the remaining drips of blood on his neck. “He is my father, do you think I would just stand there and watch you two kill each other?”
“It could’ve been a wonderful live performance for you to watch.”
He chortled as he turned away and walked towards the opened veranda door. “If I am you, yes I might’ve done that. But I am not someone who tolerates such kind of turpitude.”
“Wow! Coming from an Alpha who already slaughtered countless lives. You still have the guts to say such words?” My words diverting my attention when he suddenly closed all lights penetrating the room and that only candle lights were left lit. I gulped when he suddenly bent, pushing me down the velvet bed where my hand was still chained to its headboard.
“Before judging a book by its covers, have you read its chapters?”
“If you’re the book, I wouldn’t mind checking,” I whispered close to his ear, hiding my face that reddens like tomatoes. His hands started to roam around again making my face heat up in discomfiting feeling.
“What could be the reason?”
What could it be? Maybe because I want him to explain himself, maybe because I want to know something straight from his lips. But my mind couldn’t accept an explanation, due to a fact that there is a barrier between us. And that keeps me from completely accepting everything.
“Because you are that kind of someone who I don’t have to check its backgrounds, the front page that I’ve already had known will not change the way I see you. Diego Alfarro who belongs to a clan that killed innocent lives started as enemies and will end as such. In my eyes, we are just two birds who only flock at common interests. You and I only have the needs when we are that close to each other. We may be mates… but will never be lovers.”
A portion of my heart twinges the moment I released those words. Silence filled the entire room, he didn’t talk nor paused from what he was doing. A few minutes passed when his voice shattered the quiet yet heavy atmosphere around us, “What were you thinking repeating those words? Is it because you are my mate that you think highly of yourself? Cut off your imagination because, from the moment you stepped inside my territory, you are nothing but a thing that satisfies my needs.”
A faint smile was formed on my lips, why does his words hit roughly? Shouldn’t I be glad that he treats me the same as I do? I need him and he needs me, we just take benefit from each other. Nothing more, nothing less. I tightly gripped his neck as he dominantly takes over me like what he just said, I’m just for his needs.
“Then we’re clear then, we have limitations and boundaries.”
“You’re leaving?” I asked when he get up and grabs his shirt.
“To a conference,” He simply replied without even facing me. My gaze shifts to the newly opened window and quite surprised that it’s already dark outside. Great, we spend four hours. “Stay here, dare to get out and you’ll be dead.”
“Scary…” I crossed my finger to my lips and looks at him with flirtatiousness. “Now you’re locking me like a slave, don’t I have the freedom to walk around and find someone who I can be with while you’re away?”
I nearly leaped away when he suddenly laid me back to bed with his unusual glacial emotion. “Try it, find another man to have an affair with. Just don’t let his scent stay on you, I don’t mind killing his entire clan.”
“Affair?” I chuckled, “Wasn’t I only your plaything? You don’t have the right to chain me behind closed doors because—”
“I own every inch of you and sharing is not part of my vocabulary.” With that, he turned away and leave the door open. He’s so complex! It’s so difficult for me to understand him when his words contradict his actions!
I fierily pulled away the blanket covering me as I stood up and slip on the linen dress neatly placed when I opened the closet door. It was dark blue with minimal designs which suit my taste, no sequins nor dangling pieces of jewelry just plain blue. Soft and comfortable but too long that I couldn’t jump nor jump without holding it up.
Looking around and searched for pants or any other shorter clothes that I could wear but there were no other choices but a series of long flowy ones. These… I couldn't walk around in these elegant clothes, swinging and sweeping the floor like I’ve been carrying such a large broom. In this case, maybe I can bear with it for a short period.
The dress fitted hugging my waist and both of my arms look like tailfins with its long balletic sleeve. The neckline was slightly low that reveals and yeah, maybe secures those pair of buns in place. It costs only one turn for me in front of the mirror before I glide to the vanity one. There were lots of ornaments and jewelry but with the kind of fashion I was aware of, there were none of it that I could use.
With the short tawny hair that I have, hairstyle is not a problem. I simply braided it halfway leaving the rest free and just stuck three of the pearl pins in between before securing it in place. Only a simple smile came out as I turn away and leave the room. I don’t know why but my legs seem to know where it was going that it headed to Diego’s office.
“The elders had already proposed it, Alpha. The commotion yesterday caused an alarm.”
“And we just need your approval.”
It was Cedric’s voice, and the other one was a familiar voice I’d heard of somewhere. I leaned closer to hear clearly but suddenly it became so faint that couldn’t catch up with the topic they were talking about. I frowned and leaped off the balcony and to a narrow space that only fits my feet when I step slanted.
“If this is all because of her, without due respect, I suggest you cut off the ties with that woman. She’ll drag the entire pack to fall if you let her stay.”
From the window I’m peeking, I could see how Diego brushed his hair with his palms. He’s frustrated with what Cedric said which is partially true. I gripped the edge of the brick tighter to support my weight and transferred to the other side can hide my presence.
“No doubt, she will. You only have two remaining choices, that is to save the pack or choose her over us.”
He was left silent with his hand on his forehead. Why does he look so problematic? This decision must be an easy pick for him knowing that I don’t have that much worth for him to choose me over his pack. What is wrong with him?
“She is the Luna—”
“Yet our enemy,” his gamma cuts Him off. “They are our biggest opponent in this chess game, and the time is counted. Either we defend and fight or we let a single missile crash our walls.”
To the pressure he’s into, Diego slammed the table breaking it into two. “Command all eight battalions, guard every entrance and exit. We’ll raise our defenses in the fourth echelon. No outsiders shall breakthrough,” he furiously roared causing the two to step backward.
With that, I let out a smug smile and vaulted away from the mansion. If they’re really upgrading their defenses and guards, it would be difficult for us to get the timing. I better get Mayari and the others out of here before it’s too late. I placed my fingers and whistled the tune we have agreed to sound for an abrupt danger signal.
“I saw his beta and gamma enter the room. What’s up, General?” Mayari closed up.
“They’re activating their artillery, we must get out of here before the Alpha announces the sudden defense. We couldn’t risk any of our soldiers’ life.”
Mayari just nodded and signaled the remaining ones to flee from different directions in order not to alarm the guards patrolling around. There were only 50 individuals whom I brought here including the ones that disguised their selves as one of the soldiers. As soon as they gathered completely outside the walls of Abberant territory, I quickly explained to them the current situation.
“We can’t risk our lives this soon, the pack Alpha was alarmed by my sudden action yesterday. Alesandro Alfarro, he’s still alive and he may already have found out our presence that he raised their defenses. For now, returning to Sinandaya is our best option.”
I saw how their eyes blaze red the moment I mentioned the name Alfarro, their anger was outraged to that clan and so am I. Then a thought crossed my mind, if I accepted the mate thing between us, I would be considered a traitor to my kind, a family who had kept me company during my darkest days. This may be one sign for me to stop and hold myself from falling to him. A sign that we really can never be together.
Episode 7: Strange disease As soon as we reached Cabuyao forest, I extracted a single drop of my blood to an ayusip gem then tossed it in between the gaps of two gigantic pine trees. Ayusip gems were pygmy rare stones that turn from blue to red when it absorbs a tiny amount of blood, and only Sinandaya territory has this kind of gem which we constantly use to enter the portal. Sinandaya has long been hidden from the rest of Claveria by the help of sorcery and one can only enter when a vampire’s blood drips down the ayusip gem. “Stop!” thundered a voice. It was from Tyler, the current brigadier in charge of the regiment. “A deadly strange disease was spreading throughout the capital and the other districts. Commander Felipe
Episode 8: Rigel Kentaurus Three days and a couple of nights, the envoy has finally returned from Pinansey-angan territory. Dustin and Lireign led that envoy which I rest assured they’ve handled the task well. Apart from the trusted ones inside the kingdom, they are the ones who have the gentle way of talking and calm appearance that makes them the perfect messengers. “What do they ask in return?” Felipe queried. We are on a covered area that they’ve created as a conference hall with the barrier separating us from the inside. The leaders of the districts were also present as to this meeting. Sinandaya kingdom was divided into four states, mainly the Abatan of the southern Sinandaya, the Halsema in the east, Ampusungan in the west, and the capital part is Naguey. <
“Sinandaya kingdom has been hidden for a decade. And to this time, only this territory knew our existence. So as part of our condition, I request for this matter to stay confidential.” “Tell me a reason why we should keep it confidential,” Vander mouthed as he keeps his hand on his chin and the other on a glass chalice filled with blood. Two of his male confidants were standing on the side while the three of us, Lireign and Dustin, were sitting surrounding the round table. It was already dusk but none of us weren’t ready to leave because this Prince is making the deal much more difficult. He always morphs and diverts the discussion for I don’t even know the reason why.
“Where is she?” “Who?” Diego just shrugged when I opened the door. Revealing him in his suit earlier, army green tunic and a black trouser. And I couldn’t deny that he’s much more daunting and… ok, charismatic. “That lady who seems to be enjoying your company,” I answered in a sarcastic way. “Oh that, she’s just someone I used to know.”&n
“How was the third trial?” “Higher positivity than the first one.” “And is that good news?” Felipe smiled coquettishly as he showed me a tiny bottle filled with lilac liquid. “Efficacious, Gaia. The antidote was successful!” he bawled as he happily grasped the bottle in his hands. No matter how tough and tyrant he looks and acts, Felipe still has his soft side. “Then what are we waiting for? Let’s carry out the next step,” I replied full of glee and gaiety. “Four-thousand bottles were now on its way throughout the four states. And we have more
“What happened, General?”“She still demands it. And if I agreed, we will suffer the greatest loss. What did Felipe say?”“Nothing important, General. He just asked how your conversation with Lieutenant Samara was going,” Mayari answered as she walks beside me. Exits were blocked under my command and that Samara just chuckled and walked away. “We’re now here, General. I’ll take my leave now,” Mayari again smiled and puts on her mask as she again dashed away. Someone ordered her to take me to this place. And even if I don’t ask, this scent highlights who this someone is. “What do you want from me?” I incited as I paced towards the direct
“The sun rises in the east, and I wonder why you don’t burn,” Diego punned. Back to the river, he still clutches his arm around me as our foot glued over a branch of the tall tree. And the cherry carmine linen surrounding my body gather up enough warmth to heat the freezing air of breaking dawn. “Are you that someone born yesterday?” I then answered sneeringly which he simply laughed and grabbed my neck to layer on his shoulder. “Just curious. Mind if you tell me the reason why?” “I didn’t expect you still believe children’s tales. Elders have spread that news all because cadets, combatants at a young age, usually execute basic combat training. And in order to perpetuate and keep confidential the strategic method from our enemies, they did makeup all those lie
“Send my message to the Prince of Pinansey-angan territory.” Dustin nodded his head upon receiving the sealed letter in a faded lavender envelope with Sinandaya’s archery logo stamped. I let out a deep sigh, sitting steadily on my chair, the entire room was filled with silence. Not until the door banged open, revealing Felipe’s confused face. “Why so sudden, Gaia?” he asked as he marched towards me. I kept my composure and my nose rested on my hands entangled. I only gave him a blank stare, making his forehead crease in fluster. “Gaia, Give me an explanation for this sudden action!” “I have no words to say, Feli