“Baby, you don’t know that?” Mason said, and I huffed. Standing up from the couch, I started pacing.
“Yes, I do! He was an alpha. He never would have accepted me. The only reason he loved me was because he thought I was his blood. And then I found out that my actual father didn’t even want me. That I was just his dirty little secret with my mother.” l yelled. The pressure in my ch3st was building and I couldn’t control it. I turned my back to them, cursing.
l could feel the air moving around me as they lost me in my thoughts. I was a daddy’s girl. I did everything with him. He was the only one that understood me, that believed I was born for so much more than just being an Alpha’s Luna. It hurts more than anything to know that my 8 1/2 years with him would have been so different if he had known. If he knew I wasn’t his and that, my mother lied.
It startled me out of my thoughts when Thor rubbed his head into my thigh. I looked down at him and then turned to look at all the shocked faces. Thor didn’t stop bumping into me until I rubbed his head.
“What happened?” I asked them, while I stroked Thor’s head.
“You put up that wall again,” Derek answered.
“Okay, maybe we should change the subject. We can revisit your dads when we get home, okay?” Sage asked me and I nodded. The topic clearly brought out my powers.
I sat down beside Derek, and Thor jumped up, half sitting on my lap.
“Thor, you’re too heavy.” I groaned, trying to push him off, but he just licked my face, pinning me to the couch.
“Okay, stop! You’re drowning me!” I giggled. Thor finally stopped licking me. He jumped off the couch and walked into our room. I assume he was’ shifting back to Mason, and he was getting dressed.
I leaned over, wiping my face on Derek’s shirt. Thor covered me in wolf drool. Derek looked over at me in horror at what I was doing.
“Did you just wipe wolf drool on me?” He asked, stunned.
“I would never. How dare you accuse me of such things?” I smirked.
“You’re lucky, you’re so sexy.” He pulled me close, k!ssing my forehead.
“Ashlyn, I want to show you something and please don’t freak out.” Sage told me. She stood up and her body glowed green. She slowly faded into me until I was looking at my twin.
“Cloaking.” I exclaimed. Sage turned back to herself again.
“How did you know about cloaking?” She asked.
“I was reading about it this morning. It’s difficult to do and you have to be in complete control to hold it.” told her and she nodded.
“They clearly have a powerful witch working wit them. They cloaked Derek’s ex, and that’s who you heard on the phone, and that’s who Derek’s father met with. I think she was wearing one of those fake pregnancy bellies to make herself appear pregnant.” Sage explained. And I nodded.
“But, why? What are they trying to gain from all of this?” ! asked her and she sighed.
“When magic becomes corrupted, it changes you.
Most witches have green magic. When it becomes corrupt, it turns red. The magic will eat at your happiness and joy until there is nothing left of the person you were before. I’m assuming they want to corrupt your magic and turn you to their side.” She explained.
“Are there any other colors of magic?” I asked her.
“I’ve seen purple before, but that was from ancient magic,” She answered.
“What color is my magic?” I asked her while Mason sat down beside me again. He noticed the we*t spot on Derek and started laughing. Derek glared at him, and I couldn’t help but giggle.
“Your magic is white. I’ve seen nothing like it. And you can give a blessing. You blessed the Fae Queen with the gift of conception.” She said with a smile.
“But what about my dress? Why did the lace turn black?”
“Your gold highlights also turned black.” She said, and I quickly untied my hair to look at it. She was right, it was black.
I leaned forward, rubbed my temples. I was getting a headache from all this new information.
“I know this is a lot to take in, but we all need you to stay with us. Believe that we are only trying to protect our Queen.” She spoke.
“If I’m going to trust all of you blindly, then there has to be some rules,” I told them.
“What do you have in mind2” Mason asked.
“Number one, no more secrets. About anything. I don’t care what it is, I must be included.” I answered him.
“Okay, that’s understandable,” Mason said.
“Number two, you all must believe and trust in me, like I do for al of you.” I said, looking around the room.
“We will try, but could you stop almost dying?” Derek sighed.
“And number three, “ll try to stop almost dying.
Okay? We are supposed to be doing this together. We need to trust each other. My life isn’t worth more than any of yours,” I told them.
“But..” Mason tried to say something, but I interrupted him.
“No buts, Mason. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if l let anything happen to any of you. You all may think I’m your Queen, but you all are my family. I love you guys. And we will do this together or I’ll do this alone.” I said sternly.
“Fine, but can you at least listen to us?” Mason asked.
“Fine.” I breathed out.
“And maybe not overreact,” Sage said, and I was stunned.
“Wow!” I said to her.
“You’re so dramatic.” She laughed.
“How the hell am I dramatic?” I asked her, crossing my arms across my ch3st.
“You jumped off an 11-story balcony.” She answered, and I pushed my l!ps into a line.
“Okay, technically, I didn’t jump. And to be fair, I was ready to rip someone apart, so it was safer for everyone for me to go for a run.” I told her.
“Just don’t do it again. Have a bath and then let us explain, okay?” She said, giving me a pointed look.
“Fine. I’ll try.” I sighed.
“So, about your plan?” Liam asked, and I groaned.
“I’ll explain everything in the morning, but right now I need sleep.” I told him.
“Fine, but you owe me.” He told me.
“What?” I asked.
“I had you back this whole time.” He shrugged. I got up and sat in his lap, wrapping my arms around his neck.
“Awe. I love you too.” I squeezed him. He only gave me half a hug back, and I think it was because my mates were watching, but I didn’t care. I love Liam, he’s part of my family.
“Okay, that’s enough.” Derek grumbled. He picked me up off Liam’s lap, throwing me over his shoulder like a bag of rice.
“We should all get some sleep,” Mason said to everyone.
“Derek, put me down. I was giving him a hug!” I yelled.
“In his lap.” He growled, slapping my ass, making me cry out. I knew that was going to leave a handprint.
“Asshole.” I hissed. Liam went around Derek and leaned down.
“Goodnight, beautiful.” He k!ssed my cheek. And then hurried to his room.
Derek walked us to our room while l waved to everyone. Mason was behind him, smirking at me.
“Not gonna help?” l asked him and he shook his head.
“Jerk.” I pouted. Derek flipped me on to the bed, making me scream as I bounced.
“Take off your clothes.” He ordered while he stripped down. I looked over to Mason and he was also stripping.
“Why?” I asked Derek.
“Because I hate that you now smell like Liam.” He answered, and I rolled my eyes.
“Now, or I’ll rip them off.” He demanded.
“Fine, so dramatic,” I told him while I pulled the hoodie over my head. I threw it on the floor and wiggled out of my leggings, leaving me lying on the bed in my thong.
“Better?” I huffed. While they both climbed into bed on either side of me. Mason covered me with a blanket and they both snuggled into me.
“So much better,” Derek whispered into my neck. And I have to agree, having them with me made me feel so much better.
It didn’t take us long before we were all sleeping, snuggled up together.