I woke up to the feeling of someone lightly shaking my shoulder.
I wanted to protest against the touch, refuse to open my eyes, but the shaking was insistent.
"Aria?" a voice called to me.
It was familiar and warm. It sounded like home.
I managed to open my eyes a bit, fighting against the bright artificial light that assaulted me as I did so. But after several seconds of adjusting, I managed to make out the
Everyone in the room bowed their head in respect, the exception being Cai who was not from the pack and therefore was not required to show submission. We all waited as Alpha Tytus took his seat in the middle on the largest chair."You may raise your heads," Tytus said.Everyone in the room lifted their gaze.Alpha Tytus was a kind man when compared to his son. He was stern and intelligent but he could be very personable despite his sometimes tough demeanour. He had the same black hair as Aleric, though greying now in his old age, however, his eyes were dark brown, not green.Tytus had a fearsome reputation throughout the country and was undefeated in every battle he had partaken in. Because of this, many refused to cross him. This allowed for the Winter Mist to remain almost untouched over the years since he would reward and respect people immensely if they remained on his good side. I had always tread carefully to stay on that side of him, all the way up
I sighed internally. There was only one option.As much as I wanted to hate my pack and condemn them for turning on me in my past life, a part of me would always see myself as their caretaker, as their Luna. By remaining silent, I would be forcing them into a fate where some would lose their loved ones. I wouldn't be able to remain silent living with that knowledge."With all due respect, I believe the Gamma's plan may backfire tremendously," I started.I could see Oliver's face frown, looking as if he wanted to have another o
! IMPORTANT ! (AUTHOR NOTE): Hi everyone! The GoodNovel APP version does not support formats (e.g. bold, italics etc), meaning this chapter might be a little difficult to understand at first. To make it easier, I've now added '*" to speech that is being said ONLY in Aria's head (as a memory of her past). In future chapters, I will also be using single quotes ' for just things Aria says to herself internally. An author note reminder will be added to the next chapter it's used, which hopefully assists in reading/understanding what's happening. ~~~~ No...
"Woah, little wolf," Cai said, looking stressed that he'd accidentally upset me further.We had walked into a communal gathering area outside of the hall by this point and I was grateful that no one was around to see me in this state.He strode up to one of the couches and gently put me down, crouching in front of me so we were eye level."Do you want me to tell me what that was all about?" Cai asked. Once I managed to convince my mother to let me go home, I began to think through my options. There was a lot of risk involved and I didn’t exactly have much knowledge in the area.Unfortunately, I didn't end up having much time to myself though as my father came home and immediately told my mother what had happened in the meeting.…Naturally, she was furious.I wasn't sure if it was anger directed at my desire to not be Luna, or maybe just due to the fact I had completely kept them in the dark about the whole thing, but they were frustrated over the entire ordeal. By the end of the argument, I realised that the only thing I took away from the conversation was that it had cemented my decision to not tell them my plan. The plan to take up new training.They also tried to ask me about my Goddess mark, but I remained purposely vague and uncertain with them about it all until they eventually dropped it. It was something I would need to keep closel
A Gift from the Goddess Chapter Twenty-Three
Once I managed to convince my mother to let me go home, I began to think through my options. There was a lot of risk involved and I didn’t exactly have much knowledge in the area.Unfortunately, I didn't end up having much time to myself though as my father came home and immediately told my mother what had happened in the meeting.…Naturally, she was furious.I wasn't sure if it was anger directed at my desire to not be Luna, or maybe just due to the fact I had completely kept them in the dark about the whole thing, but they were frustrated over the entire ordeal. By the end of the argument, I realised that the only thing I took away from the conversation was that it had cemented my decision to not tell them my plan. The plan to take up new training.They also tried to ask me about my Goddess mark, but I remained purposely vague and uncertain with them about it all until they eventually dropped it. It was something I would need to keep closel
"Caius... Knight...?" I could hear myself ask in a strained voice. I hadn't heard that name in an incredibly long time.I'd tried so hard to forget it."Are you okay? You suddenly look really pale again. Are you still too weak from before?"I couldn't hear him. Emotions were overcoming me. Guilt, shame, disbelief... regret.Caius Knight, future Alpha of the Silver Lake pack, had risen to power after his father had been killed; or, more accurately, once he had been killed by Aleric. It was debatably one of the craziest political moves Aleric had ever done during his Alpha reign.It started with Caius' father, Tobias, who had managed to lead his pack up the ranks until their power was arguably on par with the Winter Mist. As such, negotiations were required to amend the terms of the alliance. Tobias came to our territory for a meeting with the intention of continuing the friendship between us... and he returned home without a head inside a body bag i
His shining eyes stared directly at me and I had to fight the urge to look behind to see if someone else was standing there. But no, I could feelthe touch of his hand against my cheek, even the warmth emanating off his skin. This was real, he could see me."Aria...," he said weakly."I'm here," I replied.I wasn't sure how to react. I was still unnerved by the whole situation. All I could do was stare down at him confused and uncertain. Was this part of the vision or had something changed?"...Aria," he called again."Cai? Can you see me?"I wrapped my fingers around the hand he was using to touch my cheek. Maybe he was too weak to see me."...Aria."I frowned at him. It was starting to feel more than just being unable to see me as he persisted in trying to call out for me."Can't you hear me? I'm right here."His eyes continued to bore into mine intensely before, finally, it was like he saw me. I w
"M-miss, please don't make me do something illegal," Lucy stuttered, taking a step back.I held up my hands to calm her down."Relax! Relax, jeez," I said and ran a hand through my hair, sighing at her dramatics. "I'm doing them a favour really."She still looked incredibly uncomfortable."Do you trust me, Lucy?" I asked.She was silent, hesitating over how to reply back. Probably trying to figure out how to not offend me."Okay, okay, don't answer that," I laughed. "Do you want to get paid while saving a young girl's life?"She took a few seconds to consider before nodding."See? It's not that bad. I promise nothing will go wrong. Just please ensure this gets to Alpha Raymond as soon as possible."She shakily took the letter from my hands."Just don't think of it as blackmailing...," I said, trying to reassure her. "Just look at it more as... exploiting a situation for the benefit of both parties... and then mayb