I thought I would be beaten and broken forever. It was the curse of not shifting. Without a wolf, I was no better than a human to my pack, an omega. I was there to serve and clean up after them. The only light in my life was my boyfriend, Jake. At least, he was until he decided to sleep with and mark my sister. When all hope was lost, and I was ready to make my escape, my life was turned upside down. The Lycan King was known to be cruel and heartless. He had slain thousands, ruled with an iron fist, and was now searching for his mate. Turns out, being a human was the least of my worries….View More
Joselin's P.O.V.Aurora stayed for a while before doing her part and exiting, replenished, and stronger than before. She smiled widely as she spoke into a phone, laughing loudly and assuring Natalie that she would be home soon as she left the Sanctum.Of course, it was all for show. I doubted Natalie was even on the phone. As soon as Aurora was outside, she teleported back to the castle in case Cora was watching her location, and we all sat in wait.The longer it took for Cora to show up, the more nervous I became. I couldn't afford to have taken so many resources away from those who needed protection in the castle and be wrong. This had to be what she was searching for, a place of unbridled power.If Cora could harness the power of the Sanctum, she would be unstoppable.'Joselin,' Tobias said through our mate link, and I felt my back stiffen at the sound of my full first name. No, Josie, no, sweetheart. It wasn't a good sign. 'Don't take any unnecessary risks. I need to know that you
Joselin's P.O.V.A tired and grumpy Tobias greeted me the next morning. It was wise for everyone to stay out of his way, which meant they also stayed out of mine. It was amazing.It helped that everyone was scared of him too. Cyrus practically shook like a leaf when Tobias lunged at him for bumping into me. Still, I had a feeling the shaking was more due to Cyrus's exhaustion and excessive caffeine intake over the past two days than anything else.My mate was being even more protective today, and I was ready for this to be over so I could face the next challenge… the possibility of a baby. The more time that passed, the more I opened up to the idea, but I couldn't focus on it until Cora was dealt with.Natalie insisted that we all leave the conference room after an early morning and head to the dining hall for breakfast, insisting that it would be good for our people if we would all show our faces. They needed to see that Cyrus was okay and that we weren't worried…even though we were.
Tobias's P.O.V. "Do we have anything on these locations being tied to a spell caster?" Joselin asked with exhaustion thick in her voice as she leaned her head back in her chair. "If Cora's family took part in killing off all the male witches to keep control of the council, maybe there was something at each location that was tied to one of those spell casters?" "We don't have anything on spell casters, to begin with. Cora took that book; her family probably took and destroyed everything else over the years." Charlie sighed, having joined us with Damien and Killian after getting Killian's work done for the day. "Plus, that would be a lot of spell casters if one was killed at each location." "Well, her family and the original female council wiped out an entire gender of witches. I imagine there would have been a lot of them." Joselin responded half-heartedly. She sounded exhausted. "I wonder how many she has killed over the years without anyone knowing." The sun had set long ago, and
Joselin's P.O.V.It had been the longest day of my life.I had tried to build a wind barrier down the center of the room to prevent Blanche's voice from reaching me, but a sharp jab from Cyrus's elbow made me drop it. Tobias slammed the spell caster into the wall, and Aurora had to separate them because I was too shocked to do anything but watch.It was officially the most turned-on I had ever been, seeing him acting so protective and possessive over me. He was like my personal bodyguard, and I had quite a few fantasies I could make into reality.I would have jumped him during our lunch break if we didn't have an audience in the room. But everyone had their food brought to us and stayed to continue working. Killian was the only one not present, and that was because he had a to-do list longer than the hallway.Charlie and Damien were in his office, helping him, and I hoped they were catching up and bonding. That relationship needed a little extra focus, but it was their business. I had
Joselin's P.O.V. Tobias held me tightly that night, and what was supposed to be an hour-long power nap ended up being a full night's sleep. I had a moment of panic when I realized how much time I had lost. We were lucky that nothing had happened with Cora while we were asleep, and I couldn't risk wasting any more time. Yet, the way Tobias's breath fanned over my neck and he nuzzled against me, felt so good that it almost hurt me to pull away from him when I woke. As soon as I did, Tobias was up and on high alert. He scanned the room before his gaze landed on me, and I felt guilty that he was so on edge. I knew it wasn't just because of Cora. He was concerned about our relationship too. His dark hair was in disarray, and his beautiful brown eyes could have melted my soul if he wanted them to. "Good Morning," I whispered before approaching him and kissing his cheek, hoping he wouldn't smell my morning breath. Any concern I had about that was washed away when he wrapped his arms aro
Tobias's P.O.V.She had been hunched over the table for hours, staring at a smaller map covered in pins from the list of locations, trying to find a connection. Everyone who had been helping had long since gone to bed, deciding it would be safe to take a break for the night and come back with fresh eyes tomorrow.Joselin didn't.So we sat together, looking for a pattern or reason for why Cora was visiting all these places. Her motive was hidden in there somewhere. We just had to find it, and the puzzle would drive Joselin mad if she didn't get some sleep."Please get some rest," I whispered, taking her hand in mine and pulling on it gently to get her to face me. She glanced my way before turning back to the list of locations.Joselin still had dark circles under her eyes, and I knew she was running out of energy. My worry for her only increased when I saw her find that hair in Rona's room. She had slipped it into her pocket and went on her way.After seeing that, I knew Rona wasn't cu
Joselin's P.O.V.The news was so shocking that I had difficulty picturing it. Cora and Talia. I didn't even know they swung that way, but if they were happy…But, I guess they weren't happy since Talia had chosen Queen Lillian's side during the war a few months ago, knowing it would result in Cora's death if they won.It made sense for that to be who she had been talking about. But hell… Cora and Talia.Two women so bitter and angry with the world, living in one house would have been like two angry hornets trapped in a box together. Did they live together? They didn't two decades ago when Aurora had noticed their relationship. Nor did they for the next decade while Talia lived in the tower and was in charge of taking care of me.I would never forgive Talia for choosing to side with the previous queen and vampires in their attempt to take the crown out of the hands of the Lycans. She had raised me from when I was found at eleven years old until I was an adult.Then Killian had chosen me
Joselin's P.O.V. Cyrus threw up for a long while. The healers pushed me aside when it went from stomach acid to blood. As much as I detested vomit, even though I was able to hold back some of my own, I stayed. He needed people, and I needed answers. A line of sweat appeared across his forehead, and every time his eyes instinctively closed as he lost his stomach, he would jerk them right back open. He hadn't been kidding about the darkness he saw when he closed his eyes. He looked haunted and terrified. The man, who typically looked like a teenager, was nothing more than a scared little boy right now, and it broke my heart. Tobias had his chest to my back with his hands on my hips. While half of my mind was on Cyrus in bed, there was nothing I could do until this wave of nausea passed. The other half of my mind was zeroed in on how Tobias had his thumbs sliding along my waist to show that he supported me. It was so comforting, but I was still waiting for him to tell me that I smel
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