Sion and I had cleaned up again and were now back in clothes. Sion said it was going to be hard enough to resist temptation that we had to leave the bedroom. I really hope they plan to have the linens laundered. His arm came around the small of my back as he escorted me down the stairs. Things felt perfect between us.
Not only were we connected with our powers, but we were more linked together as a couple. Sion was my everything and the future was something to look forward to.
“Clover,” Sion said as he pulled me down on the couch next to him. “The ceremony will be just fine. It is more about being mentally ready to lead the pack. You are a natural. I have felt it since the first time I met you. You’ll be fine. What we need to prepare for is the next steps. They will expect for us to give them a plan. This is why we really needed this time.”
“And here I thought you wanted to have s3x with me.” The corners of my lips twitched up as he chuckled, planting a k!ss on my neck.
“I’ve been caught… I won’t deny my main motivation.” Sion c@ressed my th!gh with his hand. “However, don’t you feel much more at ease now? Perfect for being ready for the ceremony.”
I shrugged my shoulders and looked in front of me. “I don’t know. I would have been just as happy with some ice cream.” I teased him and felt his fingers wiggle on my skin.
“Is that right?” He laughed as he began to tickle my squirming body.
“Stop,” I tried to squirm out of his reach, but I started giggling uncontrollably. “Sion, stop.” I turned around in his grasp and k!ssed him. He pulled me closer to him and held me flush against his body.
“Tell me my lips taste better than ice cream.”
I smiled against his lips, breathing in his sweet breath. “Much better.” My lips brushed against his as I said it. He chuckled and tensed his body in a way that I could tell he was holding back.?“What is the matter?” I playfully situated my legs around his torso.
“No.” He laughed as he buried his face into my neck.?“We gotta hold out until after the ceremony.” He raised his head and met my eyes.?“We don’t have time to do it again. Not enough time for my liking. I don’t want it over fast.” He finished with a wicked grin as he brought his forehead down to mine. I wasn’t sure if he was trying to get across a point or if he was trying to torture me. However, I knew how to torture him as well.
“You think that is possible, my love? You don’t want to pleasure my body again?” I whispered before I bit his bottom lip then k!ssing him.
Sion m0aned softly as his fingers gripped me. “I think we should just stop before we can’t.”?He whispered back. “I’m serious. I don’t have a lot of willpower. I’m ready to just pick you up and carry you back to the bedroom. Screw the ceremony. It will have to wait another day.” I could feel him hard underneath me as if proving his point more. I didn’t want to torture him any longer. Not to mention, this was also torturing myself.
How was I also ready for him already? I felt like a se*x addict and couldn’t get my fill. Yeah, this was a dangerous game to play. I eased myself off his lap to stand in front of him.
“Now you are too far.” He growled, placing his hands on my waist. I giggled and shook my head. This was nice. For a moment, it didn’t feel like we had a burden on our shoulders. It was a glimpse of what our reality would be like in the future. It was bittersweet. I hated we couldn’t have it now… but we would. We were almost there, and finally, Sion and I were ready for the battle ahead.
“What are our plans for the Chance pack? I was thinking that we would arrive at the pack like normal. Since you are the Alpha, they will be expecting you to return anyways and—” I started to say, but watched as Sion shook his head.
“I want to take a look around the pack first. I can stand in the in-between and have a good look. I can gather anything that will be useful to us. Maybe even find out more of Dr. Snyde’s plan.”
“I think part of that sounds okay, but I don’t want you digging deeper into that wanna be doctor. If the nycrops is anywhere near she may be able to see you. I don’t want her to catch you all alone. She has an army at her disposal.” I looked at Sion and could see that he wasn’t changing his mind. “Sion, I am serious.”
“Clover, this is information we can’t just get on our own. This is a necessary risk.” His eyes pleaded with mine as I pursed my lips together.
“Then let me at least come with you.”
He chuckled and shook his head. “You are impossible, aren’t you?”
“I won’t lose you again, Sion. I can’t… I won’t live without you. And if they capture you, it would be as a trap to get to me. I’m telling you right now that I don’t care if it is a trap… I would come for you anyways.” I listened as he growled and scowled.
“You would walk into a cage willingly?!”
“I wouldn’t just skip in there with my pillow and sleeping bag. I would come to save you. Regardless of the risks.” I watched as he opened his mouth, and I pressed my finger on his lips. “My point is that I might as well be with you. At least with the two of us together we won’t get separated.”
I watched as he dropped his head with a sigh. “You won’t lose me again.” He stood up and wrapped his arms around me. I felt his lips brush over my head as he held me close. He groaned and I felt him squeeze my body tighter against him. “Fine, I’ll take you with me.”
“I knew you were smart.” I teased and felt his chest rumble under my hands. Just then, a knock was heard at the door. I looked up at Sion and he curled me against his side as we walked to the door. He opened the door to see Nadine standing there.
“Are you ready, Luna?” She asked and I smiled, nodding my head.
“I am ready.” I watched as she fidgeted slightly and then held her hand towards me in a fist. I stared at it, and she nodded her head to me. I reached my hand out and something cold dropped in my hand.
I lifted the silver chain up to exam the round circular object looped through it.
“This was your father’s ring.” Nadine said in a quiet voice. “We have saved it for you.”
I felt a lump form in my throat as I spun the silver ring in my hand. It had a wolf on the ring that looked to be growling. I moved my fingers over it and then brought it close. This was my father’s ring. Something that belonged to my parents. I don’t know why I was getting choked up all of the sudden, but I was. I could feel my nose burning as my eyes watered up.
I never knew them… I would never know them. They were gone. I have no memory at all since I was just a baby. This ring was all I would have of them and that hurt. I never realized I had this pain inside of me until just now.
“Thank you.” I whispered out as Sion’s arms wrapped around me, pulling my back into his chest. How did I miss someone that I never met? How did it hurt so much losing people you never knew? I pulled the chain over my head and patted the ring against my chest. I swallowed down the lump and forced a smile over my lips. “I guess we are all set then,” I said trying to sound cheerful.
“Go on ahead, Nadine. We will meet you there.” Sion said as Nadine smiled and walked away. Sion spun me around and tilted my chin up with a frown. “I’m sorry. I wish you could have known your parents. It’s the one hole in your heart I can’t fill completely.”
I smiled and shook my head, swatting away the dampness from my eyes. “I’m okay. I just wish… I wish I had a memory of them. I wish I had some memory in my mind of them. I’ll never know them and I guess now that I know I wasn’t abandoned… now that I know what happened… it just really sucks.” I looked up at him and could see the pain in his eyes. Pain because of my pain. I might not have my parents… but I had Sion. I reached up and cupped his cheek. “You can fill this hole, Sion. You can fill it with your love and a family of our own.”? He k!ssed the palm of my hand, and a faint smile reached his lips.
“I’ll give you all the love in the world, Clover. Just so you know… it is okay to still miss them. It is okay to be sad that you didn’t get to know them. I’ll always be sad my parents are gone and that they never got to meet you. But we will live for them and have the life they would want for us. I love you.” He leaned down and left the lightest, sweetest k!ss against my lips.
“I love you, Sion.” I took a deep breath and smiled. “Let’s claim our pack.”
The night air was cool, and the wind tousled through the trees as we walked towards a large fire that was lit right in the middle of the small town. Everyone was gathered and their eyes were on me as we got closer. Doug was standing in front of the fire and next to him was Demetri and Nadine.
“Luna Clover and Alpha Sion.” Doug nodded his head respectfully. “The Nova pack does things a bit differently than a normal pack. This ceremony will officially bind the pack to the two of you. You will become the immediate heads of the pack. Where you lead… we will all follow. On behalf of the Nova pack, we swear our allegiance to you. We submit ourselves to your will and vow to protect you both. We swear to be faithful and bear true allegiance to Luna Clover and Alpha Sion, their heirs and successors, from now until the ends of time. So, say we all, so say the will of the pack.” Doug’s voice was drowned out at the end by the pack raising their voices loudly in affirmation.
Demetri stepped forward holding a circular golden globe that seemed to shine. “Each member of the pack has placed their oath on this sphere. All swearing their allegiance and acceptance to their new Luna and Alpha. Both of you place your right hand upon the sphere.”
I looked up at Sion, who looked at the globe with interest. It seemed like this was something new to him as well. We both slowly placed our hands on the metal object to find that it was surprisingly warm. The moment our hands landed on it, it glowed around our hands.
“Luna Clover and Alpha Sion, do you both claim this pack as your own? Do you promise to nurture the pack and protect it from all enemies?” Demetri paused and looked at us.
“I do.” We both said in unison. The moment the words came from out of our lips the glow spread up our arms in a golden flash. My mind became full, and a warm glow formed in my chest. With it I could feel each and every member of the pack. It was as if I knew them all inside of me. I recognized each different life force.
“NOVA PACK!” Demetri roared out. “Greet your ALPHA AND LUNA!”
All voices erupted into the night sky as their beast cried out happily. They all enthusiastically were welcoming us. Sion as their Alpha and me… as their Luna.