The ground came crashing towards me as I fell roughly down, unable to cushion the fall. All I could do was accept what had happened and feebly cover the wound at my gut; a futile dream of survival pushing me on.
A dream I knew would die as quickly as I did.
“Aria,” I heard Aleric yell, apparently having shifted back.
My breathing was shallow as my body started to become numb to the pain; a coldness slowly spreading through me.
…It wouldn’t be much longer.
“Hey, there,” I said weakly.
A small smile crept to my lips as I looked up at the man I loved.
His face was wrought with panic, his eyes holding so much fear in them. And yet it was his wound that drew my attention the most. There were signs of infection on the skin, surrounding where it had been split open again. Since Thea had no intention of Aleric living for long, it made sense she didn’t have him properly treated. He needed to get to the hospital soon.
“What you seek… it may have greater repercussions than you realise,” Selene said. The cold of the Abyss was stinging me, a reminder that I wanted to leave as soon as possible. Leave and hopefully not come back anytime soon. “This is what I want,” I reaffirmed confidently. Her lips tightened into a line, considering my request further. “Ariadne… What I do is not an exact science. There may be complications with what you seek, ones that even I have no control over. Just your revival alone could have issues without this added risk. Are you willing to accept that, despite what it may produce? That this may bring about a legacy that has waves far greater than you anticipate?” But I simply nodded my head, certain in my decision. I didn’t care about the risk. If there was even a slight chance of this working, I had to take it. This would be my one and only opportunity. I wanted to start my new life with minimal regrets. “I’m sure,” I said. “I
This should have been expected, I knew that. Selene had touched Myra, thereby reembodying her with the power of a Goddess. Exactly as it had been when our species was first created. Only, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t raise some questions regarding her rebirth now. At the very least, I knew her body had aged in accordance with how old she was meant to be. We’d walked up as she was shifting back, meaning she had aged past eighteen. Hopefully, this meant that the only thing found to be out of place would be her memories missing from the time she wasn’t here. Though, despite having the gift of foresight, things rarely went as I expected. I shook the thoughts from my head, knowing there were more important issues to worry about. And, right now, the only thing that mattered was making sure she was alright. “Hey, you’re okay…,” I continued to soothe, patting her back gently. “You’re fine. You don’t have anything to worry about.” After a f
Cai finally let me go at the revelation unfolding before us and took a step towards her. A turn of events that none of us had expected. As the initial mate bond moment then finally ran its course, so many emotions flashed across his face. As if you could physically see the different thoughts running through his mind, put on display for everyone in the room. Confusion, recognition, happiness… and then quickly followed by guilt, shame, and regret. And, as he finally tore his eyes away to look at me, I immediately knew what he was thinking. Because I was partly thinking it too. Of all the people for Cai to be mated to, only Myra could have made us feel so genuinely terrible about what we did. Or, in Cai’s case, significantly worse. Because I’d slept with my best friend’s mate… and Cai had also slept with the woman who killed her. This was… messy. “Myra… I’m so happy to see you,” he said, unable to even meet her eyes. But the look of hurt on Myra’s face said it all. She didn’t und
*MARCHIA POV* . 'The Devils of the Mist'. That was what I’d grown up being told, at least. Unlike any other territory in the country, if not the world, they were regarded as some of the most dangerous people you would ever meet. A force you didn’t want to cross, lest your head be taken in payment of apology. …And, of all places to find oneself, I had been sent there today. I’d been eleven years old when the Council of the Silver Mist was first established. Back then, it was completely unheard of for more than one Alpha to control a pack, and yet the council consisted of at least three in their midst; three and a Luna, if you included the second Saintess. A conglomerate of two packs that now held authority over whatever they desired. But for the past seven years, we’d been taught in our pack that their ways were wrong. That we held traditions with respect for a reason. That no one pack alone should hold so much power over others… and yet they did. “Marchia,” a voice then said ne
Hi everyone! Thanks for reading the book and I hope you enjoyed it! I have begun writing the sequel which will follow on after this Author Note (rather than as a separate book). Please make sure to save this book to your library if you would like notifications for when the sequel chapters are added. Until then, I've added some Bonus Chapters to tide you over. They hold no relevance over the main story but are just extra things to read if you're bored. Book Two - "Nevermore" It takes place a hundred years after the adventures of Aria within the same universe. This is now a world of Aria's legacy. It will follow a girl named Raven and the book may appear like its own story but I promise there will be MANY ties into the original Book One. I hope you enjoy figuring out how it all fits together on Raven's journey :) As always, character development and plot twists within. SYNOPSIS;
!! Important !! - You need to have read up to at least Chapter 96 to avoid spoilers. Continue reading at your own discretion. This is just a short one-shot between Aria and Aleric during their time at the cabin. Explicit warning. .~~~~ Meat… herbs… garlic… butter… carrots…. I stared at the ingredients as if they were a dangerous foreign entity. Not to say they were, but it wasn’t exactly like I knew how to approach what I was going to attempt. Things had seemed so much easier when I was just reading about it… opposed to having to actually do it. With a sigh, I picked up the kitchen knife and began peeling the carrots; preheating the pan on the stove whilst I did so. Aleric had been doing the cooking for us both, having at least some experience with it. During times when he’d been on duty for the Winter Mist, there had been moments he’d had to cook whilst maki
This chapter follows a young Elder Luke (Luke Hastings) 30/40 years prior to the main story. It was a very different time when things were not so accepting. This POV shows the beginning of how Elder Luke became the man he is today and why he holds the strong values he does - known by Aria as one of the deadliest men in the pack. ~~~~ Fifty-two. There were fifty-two books I needed to reshelve today. Several more than the day before, even more than the day before that. It meant I would need to work late today in order to finish this in time. At least I had the entire day to get through it. With a sigh of resignation, I grabbed my trolley and began the journey to the back of the library where I would start the process, giving small smiles to those I made eye contact with along the way. This was the life of a librarian. Day in… day out… Not to say I didn’t enjoy my work. On the contrary, I immensely loved what I did for a living. Bu