I could hear low murmuring from the dining hall as Abigail and I made our way down the hall, across the large foyer, following the footman that had appeared at our door. I squeezed Abby’s hand and gave her a confident smile as she nodded her head and smiled back at me.The conversation hushed as the footman cleared his throat. “Your Majesty, King Florin de Haviland, King of Dragons, I present to you Wynter and Abigail Grey.”We bowed our heads in respect as the King stood up and gave us a warm smile. “Please, do join us.”“Thank you my King.”Sorin had stood up and pulled out Abigail’s chair for her as she sat between him and me with Prince Nicu, Cali, Princess Maya and Dorin on the other side of the table. The princess smiled broadly at me as I sat down and I looked her in the eye. I knew that look well too.“Mr Grey, I heard from my son that you were bonded to Cali here but rejected her.” The King’s voice carried across the large table as servants filled our wine glasses.“Yes my Ki
Maya led me to the back of the palace, through a bookcase in the library and down a dark secret passageway. I would remember this entrance at the back of the palace, hidden under a trellis of wisteria flowers. I tucked the route at the back of my mind for when I would need it in future. I was pretty sure I would.We entered the private gardens of the Royal Family and Maya pulled me closer to her as we kept walking. The moon was full and bright, looking down on us from high above. Maya stopped and sat down on a beautifully carved bench close to a wooden bridge that had a small stream flowing underneath it.“Where did you learn to fight like that?”“My father trained me from a young age and it suited me well when I joined the Unit for further training.”Maya’s eyes were a deep blue with specs of brown, an interesting mix. Her hair was chestnut brown and although she was on the short side, she exuded confidence and elegance. “The Elite Unit?”“I was there for five years, hunting everyon
We took our seats and King Florin gave thanks to Typhon for our many blessings and servants entered the room to take our orders. Cali walked into the dining room and gave Nicu a look as she took a seat next to Maya.Abigail was seated next to Nicu and he paid absolutely no attention to Cali. I caught Cali staring at me a few times but my eyes didn’t linger on her. I felt no sympathy for her, she was shallow, cruel and perhaps even vindictive. I’d have to speak to the King about what she could be capable of when she found out that Nicu planned to propose to Abigail.We had all put our orders in and a few minutes later fresh fruit and yoghurts were brought in and Nicu surprised everyone when he served Abigail a helping of each.“Thank you Nicu.” Cali’s spoon clanged against her bowl as Nicu stared at Abigail, looking like he was in love.Protocol didn’t allow for commoners like us to call any member of the Royal Family by their names. They were to be addressed by their titles at all ti
The more I thought about it, the more sense it made that this match was orchestrated but I had no proof. The King had made it clear that he wanted this bond and even Maya had suggested it the previous night.Echo was in two minds because the evidence of what I’d done was there. I was angry at myself for being in this position but the memories were slowly trickling back. I could remember kissing Maya, taking off her clothes, but I had no clue why I would do it.A footman informed me that Maya was in the private gardens and I braced myself for the conversation we would have. She was sitting on the exact same bench where we’d talked the previous night. She looked up when she heard my footsteps and then looked down again.“Can we talk?” I sat down next to her and she looked at me again.“Of course Mr Grey.” She was sad because I’d acted like a jerk. She’d given herself to me willingly and I’d made it cheap by just leaving and asking for proof when I knew in my heart that she wasn’t lying.
Sleep eluded me for a while and it felt like I had just closed my eyes and drifted off when the shrill ring of my private phone woke me. I didn’t even bother to open my eyes as I answered. “Grey.”“I just landed in Bucharest, where do you need me?” I smiled upon hearing Milo’s voice. It felt like weeks had passed since the last time I’d spoken to him. I missed him more than I could express in words. The past few weeks that we’d been separated I had felt like a piece of me was missing.“We’re at the Country Palace in Sinaia but if you hang tight I’ll come get you.”“Seems like I’ve missed quite a lot.”“I’ll explain in the car.”“Come get me then you lazy asshole. I can keep myself occupied for a while.” I smiled as he ended the call and got out of bed.It was five am and I pulled on jeans, a t-shirt, my brown leather jacket and boots. Our suite was quiet and earlier I had sat up and talked with Abigail for a long time and then talked to Ryder again as he called me back and we had a de
We stood outside the palace as the limousine crawled up the driveway. Our dragons were on the grass, spreading their wings and they too stood and looked at the car. Echo lurched forward and pushed his nose into my back, making me stumble forward.“Idiot.” Echo huffed a puff of smoke out of his nostrils and moved closer to Milo.The King tried to hide his chuckle as I stood up and wiped the gravel from my jeans. His excitement couldn’t be contained though and his tail started thumping up and down when the door opened and Ryder climbed out.“Daddy!” Abigail ran forward and he lifted her from her feet as he hugged her tightly.“Wynterkins!” Shae shrieked and I caught her in mid-air as she closed her eyes and just jumped. She hugged me tightly, her arms and legs wrapped around me. “I missed you so so so much!”“I missed you too wild child.” I kissed her cheeks a few times as she clung to me and I finally set her down on her feet as I hugged my father and then hugged Nova.“You look so gro
I switched off the lights in our suite and stepped out onto the patio, closing the door behind us softly. I morphed my hands into claws and saw Milo’s eyes turning black as his claws emerged as well. We scaled the walls up to the roof and I surveyed the area around us.There were no warriors at the back of the palace where the King’s private gardens were located. Milo grabbed me in a hug and he jumped down the four story palace and landed soundlessly on the grass. He zipped forward and stopped just before we hit a tree.“Good boy!” I patted Milo’s head as he glared at me and he pushed me to the ground as I turned my back on him to head to the nearest clearing.“Asshole.”“Where are we going and who are we killing?” He gave me a secretive smile and pulled his phone out, tapped on it a few times and then handed it to me.“Are you insane? Is Clark insane?” I looked at the picture of Gustav de Haviland, Prince of Dragons and the King’s youngest brother.“The kill order’s been given. Nobod
We followed in an SUV behind the King and his entourage. Sorin and the two warriors drove with the King and this trip took us roughly forty minutes to get to the estate. The roads were dark and quiet and none of us said a word since we also had a warrior driving with us.The run down rounded building came into view and the guard that Milo had knocked out opened the gate for the two cars and then followed us down the driveway. Both cars stopped near the front door and I took a deep breath.The warrior finally joined us and bowed his head as the King turned towards him. He radiated anger and I could see the fire smoldering in his eyes. His brother’s whole family was dead, all seemingly killed without anyone noticing.“Speak.”“My King, I was attacked from behind without warning. There were no scents in the air, no noise. I felt the blow to the back of my head. It happened so fast and when I came to I went looking for Sven and I found him dead. His Highness, Prince Gustav, Princess Conso