Another month passed, and things got worse between Leo and me. He never spent time with me anymore and seemed to have miraculously moved out of our bedroom.
I saw it all coming, yet it bothered me.
He took her along to functions he was invited to and told me to mind the pack. I was working on my exit, so I kept telling myself it would only take a little longer.
I would often stare at my neck where his mark rested and want to clean it off. I hated seeing it so much, I always covered the area. My tears had run dry.
Some lunas reached out to me to sympathise with me, and others congratulated Amanda; she wasn't named Luna yet, and I knew why.
Amanda was a medical doctor, and she wasn't trained for battle. Naming her Luna would mean she would have to take up all my responsibilities, including leading battles. I guess her life was too important for that. I planned on surprising Leo soon.
I was sitting in my office when Leo barged in and began to yell at me. He was behaving like a madman. He had never spoken to me in such a manner before. People were around and had to excuse us, but he had already embarrassed me.
"What is the matter?"
"Why did you send men after Amanda?" He asked me, and I frowned at him.
"Answer me!" he yelled, and I shook my head.
"I did not send anyone after Amanda," I said, and he raised his hand to slap me but stopped and looked at his hand with disbelief.
He looked up at me with misty eyes. He was ashamed of what he was about to do.
"I have a man in the cell that said you sent him to kill Amanda. Why will you do that? It isn't our fault that we are fated. It isn't my fault, Tamia. Why couldn't you just make it easy for all of us?" He said, and tears streamed down his eyes. He sat on the chair in my office, bowed his head, and wept.
His words hurt me not because of the accusation but because he said it wasn't his fault he had found his fate. I sat down and stared at him numbly.
"I have made it easy, Leo," I said.
"When last did you speak to me lovingly? When last did we go to a function together other than security meetings? When last did you spend time with me as your wife? When was the last time we slept on the same bed? When was the last time you made love to me?" I asked him, and he looked up at me with swollen eyes. I knew he was conflicted, but I was the one hurting.
"We have barely spoken in two weeks, and you barge into my office to accuse me of sending goons after your mate. You didn't even bother to ask or investigate." I said, and he looked ashamed.
"You said a prisoner in custody said I sent him to eliminate Amanda. What proof does he have?" I asked Leo, and he was speechless.
"Anyway. I didn't do it. Someone is trying to frame me, and you should be smart enough to know that I wouldn't plan this because I never fail," I said.
"Is that why you decided to go house hunting without telling me? I learnt of all your requests to neighbouring Alphas begging to let you own a property on their lands. Did you think I wouldn't find out?" He asked me, sounding hurt, and I fought the urge to roll my eyes.
"I am sure Amanda will like the space. There will be no need for her to moan louder than necessary when you two are together." I said, and he was silent.
"You are my wife and Luna of this pack. You are not allowed to leave," He said, behaving like a victim.
"I have warned all the Alphas that if they give you refuge, they will have me to contend with. I might have a fated, but you are still my wife, and I am not letting you go. I will die before I let you go, Tamia," He said with determination and a promise.
There was a time it would have made my heart flutter, but that was gone the moment we welcomed his fated into our home.
"You should let me go, Leo, because I do not feel the same way anymore," I said, and my words hurt him.
"We will talk more at home. Sorry I barged into your office, and I am sorry I believed the bastard without investigating the issue. There is a dinner tomorrow evening, and I want you to accompany me there. I want people to know you are still my wife, and I love you dearly," he said.
I smiled because I was going to go regardless. Linda had sent me an invite and promised to introduce me to her friends. We were both in the same situation, but that did not mean we would deal with it the same way.
"See you at home," he said and walked away.
I arrived home, and Amanda was crying on the couch.
I ignored her completely and went to my bedroom. It was mine and Leo's, but he wasn't sleeping there anymore.
To my surprise, I found him in the room.
I did not bother to ask him what the deal was with Amanda, and I Just went to the closet to undress and shower.
I locked the door behind me when I entered the bathroom. I did not want him coming in or touching me. I heard him try the knob on the door, and I smiled. I realised he must have told Amanda he would be sleeping in my room tonight, which must have hurt her feelings.
There was no way he was just doing this to please me; I knew he wanted something from me. I Ignored him.
After showering, I dressed up in the bathroom and ensured that the lace fitted night dress I was wearing was sexy.
I had changed my wardrobe to have more sexually provocative outfits, and now I had make-up too.
I exited the bathroom and went to sit at the vanity table.
"When did you start locking the bathroom door?" he said, sitting at the foot of the bed.
"When a third party moved into my home, you stylishly moved out of our room," I replied, sounding bored.
"This is still our room, Tamia, and you are still my wife. I am new to this; I am trying," He said, sounding like a broken record, and I sighed.
"Of course," I said, smiling, and he sighed.
He came to me and kissed his mark on my neck.
"Don't force it, Leo. Your heart isn't in it." I said, and he sighed and ran his fingers through his hair.
"You are so distant. I want you," He said, kissing his mark again, and I froze.
"You do not have to touch me because I complained," I told him, and he sucked his mark.
"I noticed you changed your wardrobe," He teased, and I blocked all emotions away.
"I didn't do it for you," I told him, still unresponsive. Soon he gave up.
"Please let us make this work. I do not want to be like Kyle and Max," He said, pleading with me, and I smiled.
"Maybe I will find my fated too, and we can have a fuck fest," I said, and his face darkened.
"You can't handle me sleeping with someone else; why should I?" I pointed out the selfishness of the matter, and he backed away from me.
"What do you want to tell me?" I asked him, knowing he had come to my room for a reason.
"About the dinner Alpha Kyle is organising. Do you mind sitting it out? I know I asked you to come with me, but Amanda was hoping she would go," he said, and I laughed.
"I do not plan on sitting it out, Leo. The fun isn't just for you and your mate. I have my invite from Luna Linda, and I plan on honouring it." I told him, and his facial expression became angry.
"That is why I changed my mind about taking you there because I do not want you associating with that slut. She has embarrassed her husband too many times and has a drinking problem too. Too bad rejecting her will weaken Kyle; I am sure he would have done it in a heartbeat," He said, and I laughed.
"Of course, he would have just as you would have. Seeing both of you doing the same thing must have made you accept his values. He wanted her to be miserable, and she chose to do something about it. There is nothing wrong with that. Unfortunately, we can't leave, so Linda tries to find love and affection the best way she can. Do not shame her for it." I said, coming to Linda's defence. He looked bewildered.
"Please do not tell me you plan on following in her footstep, Tamia. I won't share. I refuse to share," he said, and I laughed.
"Yet I have to," I said, pointing out the foolishness and selfishness of his words.
I wore my robe and went to lie on the bed.
"Tell your mate she does not need to cry like a baby, that she will be going to the dinner party with you, and you do not have to sleep with me as compensation," I said and went under the sheets.He stood frozen, and I could see him contemplating. I pointed at the door.
"Leave my room, Leo," I said. I noticed he was hard as hell, and I knew it was for me, but I did not care.
"Tamia," He said, and I shook my head.
"The day I sleep with someone else and come and meet you, will you touch me?" I asked him, and he could not answer.
"Do not ask me to do the same," I said and clapped to turn off the lights.The day of the event came, and they left ahead of me. I heard Leo instructing the kappas not to drive me to the venue.
He did not want me to go; unfortunately for him, Avery had decided to branch our pack and pick me up on her way to the event.
Avery and Linda knew and understood what I was going through and were always there to hold my hand.
I wore a backless red dress that showed cleavage and curves. The artist that did my make-up did an excellent job.
I did not know I was pretty until she did my make-up. For the years I was with Leo, he never wanted me to wear make-up and revealing clothes. I could see why now. I was gorgeous.
Being with him since I was seventeen gave him time to get into my head and mess with my self-esteem. But not anymore. I was determined to put myself out there and maybe find my fated eventually.
"Someone is dressed to kill," Luna Avery said, and I smiled at her. She had picked me up in her husband's limousine.
"I must say you are handling this Amanda shit well. They would have allowed Leo to forget her if she weren't an Alpha's daughter." She said, sounding angry, and I laughed.
"I doubt Leo could forget her. He tried to hold out on her, but the pull was too much." I said and sighed, and she poured me a drink.
"At least he made an effort. Mine didn't. Accepted and fucked her immediately." She said, smiling.
"Here is to being on the losing side of fate," She said, and we took our shots and laughed.
We arrived at the party, and when Luna Avery and I stepped into the ball, the place went silent.
Everyone stared at us in awe.
I heard people whispering, and it all favoured me.
Luna Linda walked up to us, drunk as usual, and we hugged. She led me to a table where her foreign guests were.
I introduced myself, and they were confused at first, knowing that Leo had come with another woman and introduced her as the luna of Mountain Pack. Luna Linda was the first to dismiss it.
"Oh, that's his slut, and this is his wife. It seems fate has a way of fucking up good things," She said and swallowed her drink.
The event went by slowly, and I did not search for Leo and Amanda with my eyes. He tried to link me several times, and I blocked him. I was having a good time, and the men gave me a lot of attention.
I was in the middle of it when someone walked up to my table. He was a handsome blonde-haired man with blue eyes, brawny and confident. He did not seem to be from around, so I smiled at him.
"Don't you dare, Tamia," I heard Leo's jealous voice.
"Watch me," I responded and smiled at him, the stranger.
"Hello, I am Alpha Devin of the Greenwood Pack; I would like a dance if you do not mind," he said, and I frowned at him.
He was from a different region. What was he doing here?
~Tamia~ "What is the Alpha of Greenwood Pack doing here?" I linked Linda, and she scuffed. "Kyle feels our region needs to create an alliance with them to fight the Wolf Lord," Linda explained, and I frowned. "Wouldn't that be looking for trouble?" I said and she shook her head. "I think so, but the alphas don't. You didn't attend the last meeting, so you missed the Chauvinism. They are teaming up to take the fight to the Wolf Lord. They said our world would be better without him. He has taken over the entire north and western region," She said. I turned my head toward Alpha Devin, who stood patiently waiting for me to finish my conversation with Linda. "I will think about it," I said, and he was stunned by my response. He wasn't expecting me to say no. "Well then, I will wait patiently until you decide," He bowed and walked away. I could hear Leo growing in my head. "I am going to spank you when we get home," He growled. "Save the bedroom stuff for your fated; we are way past
~Tamia~ "No need," I replied, and he walked to me and looked into my eyes. I knew he was hurting, but his pain was nothing compared to mine. He was the one on the gaining side. "I can't let go, Tamia," he said and placed his hands gently on my shoulders. "It is normal to give up on a situation and someone you don't understand, Tamia. I understand your anger and why you will flirt with Devin. I know you have a strong reason to give up on us, but I am asking you to give me a chance. I know we can make this work. I am willing to do anything for you, Tamia. I know I am wrong, but tell me what to do to keep you. I will do anything to keep you, Tamia. I was hoping you could teach me how. I will learn to be a better person for you please. Amanda was beyond my control. I am sorry. You know I tried. Please, Tamia," He pleaded with me with tears in his eyes. Leo went on his knees and hugged my legs. "Please, Tamia. I am trying to the best of my ability. Let me prove myself to you. Let me
~Tamia~ The men dragged me all the way. My heart broke to see wounded and dead wolves on the ground. What did Kyle do to doom our entire region? I wondered and fought the tears welling in my eyes. The Dark Alpha was ruthless, and I now understood why people feared him. I was dragged to the border between Mountain Pack and Valley hill pack. There I saw a massacre. Warriors were killed. Looking at the casualties, I noticed only our wolves were killed. None of the northern wolves died. It made me wonder who trained them and also made me dread the Dark Alpha. Where was Devin? He was supposed to be in our region to help when something like this happened, but he was nowhere to be found. I could not fathom the lives that were affected by this. A white van was waiting, and the men dragging me opened the door and ordered me to get in. I did what they said without question. My goal was to leave Leo; it wasn't to get killed. After all I saw on our way, I made a conscious decisi
~Leo~ I woke up in wolf form. Amanda knelt beside me, and she was weeping. I did not know what had happened. Did they conquer us while I was out of it? I shifted back to my human form, and she hugged me tightly and wept. I searched about for Tamia. The last time I remembered, three of us were in the living room when the intruders barged in. I broke the hug and gently got up to look at the mess that was once my living room. There was nothing to salvage. I had to replace everything. "Where is Tamia?" I asked Amanda, and she continued to cry on the floor. "Where is my wife? What happened?" I asked, and she managed to get up. "They were trying to take you away as a trophy. You were almost dead. So she gave herself up in your stead. I tried to talk her out of it, but she shut me out. They took her away in chains, Leo. We stood no chance. The attack ended the moment they took her," Amanda said, rushing through her words, but I was lost from the moment she said Tamia gave herself u
~Tamia~ After waiting for hours in a room unattended, we were carried to what looked like a throne room and forced to kneel. To my surprise, I saw alphas' daughters and sisters from our region in chains, kneeling. We were made to kneel with our heads bowed. "The Alpha will examine you all. Those fit for his harem will be chosen. Those fit to serve will be chosen. Those yet to be placed will be reserved. Do not aggravate the Alpha by smiling or looking into his eyes. It might mean instant death for you. Being a beautiful, alluring woman means nothing to him. So do not think your beauty will entice him. If you aren't a virgin, quickly state it, so we do not put you in the harem," a hefty dark man said. He had long hair and a beard too. He packed it in a ponytail. His eyes were midnight blue, and He looked handsome. From the authority he exuded, if he wasn't the Alpha, then I was guessing he was the Beta, and it seemed Avery had the hots for the man. Too bad there was nothing attractiv
~Tamia~ It would be fair to think someone in my condition would find it difficult to sleep at night, especially after personally meeting the Dark Alpha himself. After shaking and palpitating on the floor, Kaira and I got our shit together and went to lie on the bed. I slept off immediately. I woke up feeling refreshed. The bed was comfortable, and I wondered why the Dark Alpha had come to see me. I doubt we will be tumbling in the sheets any time soon. "I must say, Tamia, The Wolf Lord is hot," Kaira purred in my head. "We have to get our shit together and not look weak, or else we will end up being prey," I told my wolf. "I think we shouldn't overdo it; he doesn't seem to be the patient type," she said, and I smiled. "Then we should test his limits," I said with a smile, and she purred. My wolf's understanding of testing the Alpha's limit differed from mine. Hers had to do with tangling in the sheets. I went to shower in the bathroom, and I was surprised at the number of thing
~Leo~ A week passed, and the reality of what had happened to me sank in. I had sent Amanda home to her father, so I could mourn my wife. Max asked me to release her, but I couldn't. Releasing her meant I had given up on her and I didn't want to give up. I didn't know if she was well or what they were doing to her there. "We need to release her, or the Dark Alpha will see our mark on her as an act of defiance," Black warned me, but I couldn't. I decided I would write a letter to the wolf lord. Pleading with him to give me back my wife and promising never to work or act against him. I did not care if what I was doing was foolish, but I had to do something. I could not sit on my arse and mope. If he won't give her back, the least he can do is let me hear her voice and know that she is okay and happy where she is. "You will be causing more harm than good. What if he sees it as an act of defiance? Did it ever occur to you that Tamia gave herself so we could live? The situation was te
~Tamia~ I had spent two weeks in the north, and my living conditions remained the same. Slyvester was good company when he wanted to be and was silent most of the time. As much as people feared him, I was a bit relaxed around him. He exuded much power, but I did not let it faze me. In fact, I saw it as a challenge. I spent a lot of time in the library and in my room. We had beauty treatments every other day, and I noticed love blooming between Avery and Marcel, the Beta. I was happy for her. I saw her smile in ways I had never seen before, and I wondered how far they were willing to go with this. I met other Lunas that were in service, and while some of them were happy, some were neutral about their condition. But no one was abused or maltreated. They treated the women nicely; some had even found love in the north with a warrior or an officer. It was like an everyday life, not the slave and master scenario painted for us. It comes down to saying people never really know the t