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
I woke up smelling coffee and smiled even though my eyes were still closed. Something tickled my nose and I hit Milo on the shoulder as he tried to move away. “Rise and shine.”“What’s going on with you?”“I can’t make my brother a cup of coffee on the eve of his celebratory engagement banquet?”“You never bring it to my room Milo.”“I felt like being nice to you today.” Milo got up from the bed and stood looking out of the window.“You heard me talking to Ally.” It wasn’t a question but a statement because I already knew.“Isn’t there anything you can do? Get out of the wedding somehow?”“Yes Milo let me just quickly go barge into the King’s royal chambers and announce that I took his daughter’s virginity even though I can’t remember shit from that night and that I refuse to do the honorable thing and marry her.”“You can’t remember playing hide the sausage?” If we’d been talking about anybody else, I’d laugh at his choice of words, but this was me we were talking about.“No dumbass,
My family was seated next to me on the raised platform where the Royal Family also sat. Maya sat on my right next to her father and Ryder sat on my left with Nova next to him and Milo next to her. Abby sat on the other side of the long table next to Nicu.“A toast to the engagement between Duke Grey and Princess Maya!” Cheers rang from the room as every Marquess, Earl, Viscount and Baron were in attendance with their families. Generals and Ministers were sent an invite as well.I was currently the only Duke in the banquet hall since you had to be a part of the Royal Family to be a Duke. The Earls and so on had gotten their titles because of their loyalty to the crown which made me wonder what dirty deeds they were guilty of.After the feast, the dance floor was opened by the King and Queen followed by Nicu and Abigail and then me and Maya. Ryder and Nova joined us shortly and after that everyone else could dance. Milo had been quiet throughout the banquet but I’d go up to the roof wit
Every palace and castle of the Royal Family had a large chapel on the grounds for weddings, blessings upon births and funeral ceremonies. Maya and I were getting married in the Sinaia chapel because of the lack of time on our side.I was woken up early the next morning, before the sun rose and given a hearty breakfast that I ate with my family. Milo was my best man and since I didn’t have godparents anymore my own parents would stand by my side while the King and Queen would stand with Maya.We made small talk during breakfast but my heart wasn’t really in it. I kept feeling an itch where Ally’s name was etched onto my skin and Milo kept nudging me in the ribs. “Sorry Dad, what did you say?”“I said that your mother would’ve kicked your ass for pulling this stunt.”“At this stage I might welcome it.” Ryder’s gaze changed for a brief second, emotion flashing in his eyes.“So I’m gathering that the timeline has moved up eight months or so.”I hadn’t even noticed that Nova, Abby and Shae