I stared in awe at my reflection. I wore red formfitting gown that hugged me perfectly and my makeup wasn't too heavy and I had a simple loose curls that framed my face.
"You look so beautiful." Alina said.
"So do you." I said addressing her all black form fitting dress.
"No, seriously, my brother is going to flip out. Especially since you're showing off that body." She said laughing.
"Well in that case he'll kill the both if us." I said grinning as she put the final touches on me with some hairspray and handing me a jacket.
I smiled as we walked down the stairs together. She was so sweet and welcoming. I thought about Kieran as we walked. His family seemed so nice, but something seemed off about Kieran. He was the outlier, something had to had happened to him. I couldn't help but feel bad for him. He marked me and I knew that there was no changing that so I would have to learn to live with him at least. He didn't kill my mother or myself and yet I kept trying to run away. He had every right to be angry at me, but he wasn't. He was trying. Maybe if I tried a little too, maybe then he'd open up and we could at least learn to be friends.
"You know, I've never really had a friend before. Thank you." I said to her.
"You're welcome and if it helps, I've never really had any either. Girls only ever talked to me to try and get close to my brother, but you're different and I can tell he likes you already." She said with a smile.
I furrowed my brow in confusion. We'd only just met. I knew once a mate was marked, feelings between the couple would begin to quickly develop at a pace much more rapid than humans, but this was faster than I had thought.
"What makes you say that?" I asked laughing.
"Kieran swore he'd never take a mate. My father was the one that convinced him to at least look. You're slowly softening him. Its a good thing. Kieran hasn't known anything but hate in a long while." She said.
I was going to ask her what she meant by that when Kieran suddenly entered my line of sight, and I nearly froze at the sight of him.
To say he looked handsome was an understatement.
He was dressed in a blacked out suit that fit him snugly, the power in his build evident as his muscles flexed beneath the suit as he walked.
I inhaled his scent and breathed out slowly as it calmed my nerves, much to my surprise.
I watched as his head whipped around as he caught my scent and his eyes took me in greedily as they raked down my frame.
"You look stunning." He said.
"You don't look so bad yourself." I said with a grin.
He smiled as we walked side by side.
"Listen, if at any moment you feel uncomfortable, tell me and I'll get you out of there." Kieran said.
I nodded thankfully as I felt myself becoming nervous, but that was immediately put aside when I saw my mother.
She looked gorgeous in her sleeveless form fitting black dress that hugged her torso then cascaded down into tulle that trailed behind her.
"Mom, you look hot." I said laughing.
She laughed and smiled as she took me in.
"You look striking. There'll definitely be no question that Eric is your father. You always looked so much like him." She said.
James, Elise, and my mother took a separate car and drove ahead as we waited for Alina's date which happened to be her mate and the Beta, the second in command to Kieran.
I chuckled as a tall blonde guy ran in, adjusting his tie.
Alina smiled at the sight of him and kissed him momentarily before turning towards us.
"You must be Luna Charlotte, pleased to meet you. I am Beta Daniel." He said formally and I was a tad shocked at being addressed as Luna.
I watched as he and Kieran shook hands and hugged as if they were old friends and I didn't even notice we were walking to the car until Alina's growl broke me from my thoughts as she stared down another female.
I looked up to see the girl was dressed formally, her whole demeanor flashing brattiness and entitlement as she flipped her blonde hair.
"So you're her? Kieran's new toy." She said chuckling.
I groaned inwardly. I didn't want to deal with a jealous female right now, I had enough stress as it was.
I looked up at Kieran, anger evident in his eyes and I could see him trying not to lash out.
"I'd love to stay and chat, but Kieran's taking me to dinner. Have a nice night." I said with a smile as Kieran opened the door for me.
The girl growled and made to step towards us, but Alina walked forward growling and she fell back, thinking better than to face off with Alina.
I turned toward Kieran who was in the driver seat.
"Ex girlfriend?' I asked with a grin.
"I would never call her that. That would insinuate that at one moment I cared for her which is idiotic. " he said.
"It was a long time ago. Kieran wasn't doing well, and he used her as an outlet." Alina said quietly.
I knew what she meant immediately. He used her just for sex. Would he do that to me? He rejected me earlier, but he could always change his mind.
"I can see what you're thinking Charlotte. I would never force you to do something you do not wish to do. I did not choose you to live out my sexual fantasies. I actually want to settle down. I didn't think it was possible for me, but there is something about you that I find absolutely intriguing and all I want to do is know more about you." He said and began to drive.
The restaurant we went to was somewhat of a melting pot for pretty much anything or anyone who wasn't human.As we walked inside Kieran placed his hand on my waist, causing me to look up at him in confusion, but he tilted his head up and I looked up to see heads following us, watching Alina and I as we passed and I saw Daniel was holding Alina similarly.We came to a private room where I saw Elise and James greeting a tall man and woman, and three other guys.I knew it was him without having to see his face.I turned when I heard a gasp, and saw my mother frozen next to me in shock and she gripped my arm, steadying herself as she stared at her old lover.They all turned at the sound, eyes landing on us.His identical blue eyes fell on my mother."Cara." He said and made to move towards her and I held my hand up to stop him as my mother shrank away from him."No. You don't get to do that to her. You don't get to act like you're innocent in all of this. You still left her." I spoke, pos
I decided that I wanted pasta, mostly because I loved carbs, but also because it was simple, so Kieran motioned for the waiter, letting him know we were ready to place our orders.The waiter walked over to me first, a sly grin on his face."Hello beautiful, what can I get for a pretty face like yours?" He asked.Kieran growled lowly at the man."You can get me a new waiter. Preferably a waitress instead." Kieran said as he stood up."Kieran. Calm down." I said and gripped his hand, pulling him back down into his chair.The man recoiled when he heard me say Kieran's name."K-Kieran. Alpha Kieran. I-Im sorry, I'll send someone over right away. My apologies." The guy said and took off.Kieran chuckled deeply and sat next to me.I couldn't help but laugh. I knew Kieran could be cold, but for certain people he made exceptions and I think I was slowly becoming one of the few.I guess you could say we were friends."Charlotte. I ordered you your pasta since you were zoned out once again." I
I sat up quickly, gasping for air, coughing as air found itself in my lungs, the burning sensation of deep breathing causing me to wince.My eyes looked up into Kieran's relieved ones as he sighed and held me tighter to his chest."It was poisoned." I said knowingly and Kieran nodded, fury still evident in his jaw as it clenched."If you hadn't thrown it up, you would've died and I would've annihilated every living thing in that building who I deemed guilty." Said Kieran."Why would someone try to kill me?" I asked confused. I hardly knew anyone."Isn't it obvious? You're my marked. They know I care for you." Kieran said.I couldn't help but grin at his admission."So you do have a heart." I said as I sat up, staring at his face.He growled lowly at my ability to read him like a book."That is where you're wrong, darling. For my heart has been yours to have since I've laid eyes on you." He said.I was stunned into silence. I didn't know what to say. He wasn't how everyone believed him
The rest of the evening was interesting to say the least.It consisted of Chinese take out and heated looks from Kieran. He swore that I'd be the one to give in and make the first move.Kieran had his fingers in my hair as we laid on the couch with me against his chest, when my mother and father walked in, both laughing.I smiled at the sight.My father noticed my position with Kieran as we laid on the couch under a blanket and he cleared his throat, Kieran sighing quietly at the unspoken hint.I chuckled and sat up, Kieran growling in protest as I moved away from him, putting a slight distance between us."Tomorrow is your birthday. There is something I must do. Please come here Charlotte." My father spoke strongly.I stood up slowly, Kieran nodding with encouragement, obviously knowing what was about to occur.I watched as everyone else flowed into the room. My brothers, Kieran's parents and sister, Beta Daniel, everyone watching me with excitement and curiosity evident on their fac
I melted into Kieran's embrace as his lips moved with mine, relishing in the feeling of our skin to skin contact as pleasurable tingles spread from where our skin touched.I wrapped my arms around his neck loosely, running my fingers through his hair as we kissed. It was like I was drowning and Kieran was the precious air I longed for, the thing I'd die without .I gasped softly as his hands moved to my waist, pulling me flush against his body.It felt so right being with him. It was natural and organic. Nothing needed to be modified or changed, it was simply perfect as is.He pulled away all to soon, his eyes dark and his breathing heavy as he just looked at me as if he were making sure I was actually there in front of him.He smoothed the pad of his thumb over my cheek and then my lips.I stood up on tip toe and kissed him firmly once more, assuring him that I was indeed in front of him and would not be going anywhere anytime soon."Oh my darling Charlotte, you will surely be the de
I sighed as Elise and Alina finished bandaging my wrist. It wasn't broken, just bruised and slightly sprained and should take the rest of the night to properly heal.I looked down at Elise quietly. I needed to know why and she sighed out knowingly."They were twins. Kieran was five minutes older than Ezra. While Kieran was clearly the stronger of the two, Ezra was the more gentle one and I always knew they were complete opposites, but despite that they had a bond that many would envy. It happened three years ago on their birthday. Kieran had just began seeing Vivian, and he was...with her when there was an attack. Ezra went out alone, expecting Kieran to show up, but Kieran was too late and Ezra was outnumbered and they...it was so bad he was unrecognizable. The men who did it got away and we lost Ezra all in the same day." She said quietly.I could see the pain in her eyes and I knew Kieran blamed himself. I didn't know I was crying until I felt my chest wet with tears I had shed."I
I jumped as I poured milk into my cereal, Alina's sudden movement startling me as she came bursting through the door. I had been so use to the quiet house and being alone that her abruptness left my heart beating quickly."He's here." She said. I knew exactly who she meant.After twenty-three days, eight hours and thirteen minutes later, Kieran was here.I couldn't even fathom that it was possible to miss someone as much as I missed him. I could barely eat the first two weeks he left, and the only thing I was able to manage was eating cereal, sitting out on the patio staring at the trees, and sleeping.I knew what I was about to do was crazy. I didn't even know if it would work, but I was going to try it anyway.I dropped the gallon of milk on the counter and ran outside with Alina, her brother barely visible in the tree line as he approached, his figure stark naked and intimidating as he walked with power.My wolf howled in encouragement internally as I bolted forward to meet him, ou
I couldn't help but feel nervous at dinner, Alina's excitement was practically tangible as she kept sending knowing glances my way and grinning as we ate. I wouldn't need condoms tonight because females could only conceive during their heat and in order to finalize our bond we couldn't use one, but the whole idea of finishing the mating process had me both nervous and excited."Are you okay?" James asked his daughter.Alina just grinned and shoved a fork full of spaghetti in her mouth.I stood up and began cleaning the kitchen, gesturing to Alina to come join me.She grinned and collected the plates from the table, placing them in the sink quickly.I turned the faucet on to drown out our voices so I could whisper to her."Obvious much?" I whispered.She was about to respond when the door banged open, beach blonde hair was the first thing I saw and I immediately was annoyed."Why are you here Vivian?!" Growled Alina."I came for that bitch!" She yelled as her eyes landed on me.If she