l opened my eyes to find that I was no longer in bed with my mates. I was now standing in a forest that I wasn’t familiar with. Could I be dreaming? It was night, but I could see a dim light coming from up ahead of me.
I quietly made my way to where the light was coming from, making sure I stayed hidden. I looked around a tree truck to see a clearing with torches lit.
There were people talking and recognized one of them to be Susan.
She was talking to an older man who had some men around him and she also had some followers around her.
The man was tall, slimmer, with longer black hair. He had it tied back at the nape of his neck. I tried to hear what they were saying, but I couldn’t make out everything.
Something about a deal, and she now knows where we are. Dealing with the Alpha King, whatever that means. The man turned in my direction and I ducked lower. I saw his sharp k9s, and I knew he was a vampire.
Susan bowed her head to him, calling him king. Like vampire king? Then he surprised me by pulling Susan close and k!ssing her. I tried really hard not to gag.
Gross. He pulled away from her and told her that everything would work out and that his men would handle her. I’m assuming he means me. But he called her Queen.
Is the Vampire King working with Susan? If so, this just became way more complicated than we thought.
Now we have to get the council involved. I noticed one of the Vampire’s men went up to him and whispered something to him. The man pointed in my direction and I decided it was time to go. I didn’t need them to know I was here.
I kept my body low while I moved away from the clearing. As soon as the surrounding forest provided enough cover, I took off running. I tried to reach out to Tundra, but I couldn’t feel her. I was panicking about how to get out of here and back to my mates.
Not paying attention to my surroundings. I ran right off the edge of a cliff, screaming out in surprise. I was about to hit the rushing water below, preparing myself for the impact, but right before I hit the water, I shook awake.
I sat up in bed between my mates, panting and gasping for breath. What the hell just happened? Mason and Derek were still asleep, and I got up to get some water. I needed to calm my racing heart.
Climbing out from underneath their arms and legs, I finally made my way into the kitchen. I grabbed some water and sat down at the table. I don’t think I’ll be able to go back to sleep after that dream or whatever that was.
“Tundra?” I called to my wolf.
“Yes, Ashlyn.” She grumbled with a yawn.
“What’s a dream but more real called?” I asked her.
“You had a vision.” She told me, making herself more comfy.
“A vision?” I asked her, confused.
“Yes, it’s no big deal. Now go to sleep.” She huffed.
Man, she was grumpy early in the morning. I sat at the table, thinking about what I saw, or witnessed. This was so confusing. How do I know if it was real or not? I knew one thing, though; I needed a meeting with the Vampire King. If he’s involved, he could use the whole vampire army against us. And then we’d still have the rogues and rebels to deal with as well.
I was lost in thought when Brandon walked into the kitchen. He grabbed water from the fridge and sat down at the table across from me.
“Couldn’t sleep?” He asked.
“It’s more like I had a crazy dream and I needed to calm down.” I shrugged.
“Wanna talk about it?” Brandon asked. And I sighed. l explained what happened. I didn’t leave out any details.
By the time I was done, Brandon was looking at me, stunned.
“We should probably talk to Sage in the morning about what you experienced. It definitely sounds like a vision of some sort” he said. And I nodded.
“Speaking of Sage, so you two?” I smirked. And he blushed. And I knew I was right.
“I won’t say anything, I promise. But is she in your room? I’d like to have a bath without waking Mason and Derek.” I asked him.
“Yeah, she’s in my room. Both Mason and Derek, huh?” He raised an eyebrow at me and 1 laughed.
“Don’t ask. I’m not even sure how we are going to make it work.” I groaned, and Brandon laughed.
“It will work out. They both love you.” He told me.
“Aren’t you just adorable?” I giggled. And he laughed.
“We should head back to bed. We need to get up soon.” Brandon told me while standing up from his chair.
“I’m going to go have a bath. Maybe that will relax me enough to go back to sleep.” I told him, standing.
Brandon went back to his room, and I walked into my old room. I entered the bathroom to start the bath while I undressed.
I slid into the hot water and instantly felt better. So much has happened over the last week that I just needed a moment of peace. I can’t believe I have two mates and I may end up with a third if Nathan doesn’t want to give me up. I groaned just thinking about having three mates.
My mother picked my father because she wanted to live a simpler life. I wonder how my life would have been if she had accepted all her mates. I wonder if Mason would still have been my mate. But now I’m stuck with three mates and how the hell do l tell Nathan that I don’t want him if he wants me?
I remember Nathan. We would all play together when he would come to visit with Sage. And I’m sure he knows Mason and Derek, especially now that he’s King.
It’s crazy to think that we could all be one happy family.
I was hoping to relax in the bath but it turns out I couldn’t shut off the anxiety I was feeling. Climbing out of the tub, I wrapped myself in my bathrobe. I walked into the room and laid down on the bed. There is so much uncertainty and I feel like I’m being pulled in a hundred different directions.
I was thinking about the morning, and all of us were making plans. We had so much to do and little time to get everything done. I was making a list of things in my head and I must have fallen asleep.
I woke to banging and shouting, confused at what was happening, until the door opened and I heard a heavy sigh.
“I found her.” Mason yelled. And I groaned.
“Why are you yelling?” I mumbled into my pillow while Mason jumped on the bed beside me.
“Baby, why are you in here?” He asked, k!ssing the cheek I wasn’t lying on.
“l woke up from a dream and had a bath to calm down. I didn’t want to wake you or Derek,” I grumbled.
“What was your dream about?” He asked like I didn’t just wake up.
“Can I at least get coffee first? And dressed?” I yawned.
“On it.” Derek said on the other side of my head, and I didn’t even realize he was in here. I heard him leave the room, and Mason leaned closer to me.
“I don’t appreciate waking up being Derek’s big spoon.” He growled and I couldn’t contain my laughter. I rolled over, falling off the bed with a thud.
“It’s not funny.” Mason tried to scold me, but I couldn’t function. I laughed so hard. By the time I’d calmed myself down to breathe, Derek was leaning in the doorway, watching me die on the bedroom floor. Mason was leaning over the side of the bed.
“You told her, didn’t you?” Derek questioned Mason. And I sucked my l!ps in, trying to stop from laughing again.
“It seems like you both don’t need me.” I giggled, and they both glared.
“You should get dressed, I can see your pussy.” Derek purred. I forgot I was wearing a bathrobe, and it had opened up. I clamped it shut with my hands and smirked at him.
I stood up and walked into my closet to get dressed. I found a pair of dark skinny jeans and a simple light pink V-neck tee. They were both waiting for me when I walked out into the bedroom.
“So, do you want to tell us about your dream?” Derek asked.
“Coffee,” was all l said as I walked out of the bedroom and into the kitchen to find some. Mason and Derek came up behind me. Brandon, Liam and Sage were already sitting at the table with mugs of coffee.
“Sit, I’ll bring you a mug.” Derek said. I sat down in the middle of the opposite side of the table from Brandon, Liam, and Sage. Mason sat beside me with a mug of coffee, and Derek sat on the other side of me. He slid over a mug of coffee for me.
“Brandon, can you fill them in, please?” I asked, right before I took a sip. Amazing and it made me feel so much better.
“Wait, how does Brandon know?” Derek asked.
“l got up last night and Ashlyn was already up. She was in the kitchen getting some water,” he explained. And I nodded to confirm while I was sipping my coffee.
Brandon explained what happened in my dream/vision while I enjoyed my coffee. When he was done, I was looking at four stunned faces.
“Ashlyn, you dream walked!” Sage exclaimed.
“What’s that?” I asked, confused.
“Essentially, you portal while you are sleeping. You were actually there, witnessing those events.” She explained.
“How is that possible?” I asked her.
“I don’t know, only powerful witches can dream walk and it takes years to master.” She said, stunned.
“Okay, so if it wasn’t a dream, what the hell do we do about the Vampire King?” I asked them. Brandon pulled out his phone and eventually turned the screen to me.
“Is this the man you saw?” He asked.
“Yep, that’s him,” I confirmed.
“This is the father of the former Vampire King. His son would have been your mother’s mate. So at least we know he wouldn’t have control over the entire army, but he most likely has followers.” Brandon explained.
“I need to speak to the council. We need to get a handle on this before there is a full war with all five kingdoms,” I told them.
“I’ll have my father call a meeting.” Mason said, while pulling out his phone.
“I will as well. It will show that it’s indeed important if more councilmen call for a meeting,” Derek told us.
“I’ll call my brother to call upon the Vampire and Fae Kings, as well. We don’t have time to waste.” Sage said, and I nodded.
Now my anxiety was on high alert. I needed to convince the council that I was who I say I was.
Hopefully, this meeting goes smoothly or we might be in a lot of trouble.