My head throbbed, and the back of my eyes ached but not nearly as much as my jaw does. I groaned, forcing my eyes open when I realized I wasn't on the hard concrete floor of the dungeon. No, I felt warmer and comfortable. I blink, trying to clear the blurriness of my vision to find a man sitting next to me, and I am in a bedroom on a bed.
The man stared like he was looking through me as I jerked upright and pulled away from him. He had blonde hair that looked like he had just run his fingers through it only moments before. His blue eyes were the lightest shade I had ever seen, almost so pale they were almost white. If it weren't for my enhanced eyesight, I would have assumed they were until he blinked. The color returned to them. I wondered where his mind went as the color returned, and his eyes were now a startling cerulean blue.
Darius watches my face for a second, and I swallow as his eyes run down my body and to my lap, making me shift uncomfortably. He growls; the noise makes goosebumps cover me as he towers over me."Lycus, go get her some clothes. Kalen, go grab her a shirt until Lycus comes back so she can shower," Darius says before pushing off the bed away from me. Lycus nods to him before walking out, and so does Kalen, leaving me with Darius and Tobias."You attend every class. Someone will pick you up from your room of a morning to take you down to the mess hall, which is where all meals are for those that live here.""Where am I?" I ask before I can stop myself. Darius didn't like being talked over as he took a deep breath, and I watched his hand's fist at his sides before lo
Panic has me rushing over to my towel and snatching it off the sink basin. The door opens while I am trying to wrap it around myself, only just managing to cover myself when Tobias walks in. He sneered at me before his eyes ran the length of me while I stood clutching the towel awkwardly. My fingers are clutching the towel tightly, and I watch as his face twists in disgust like he couldn’t bear to look at me. Shame washes over me. How could I be so stupid as not to check the door is locked. I would have saved myself this sort of humiliation. I didn’t think I was horrid to look at, nothing that warranted the look of disgust he gave me.If I repulsed him with just a towel on, I would hate to see the look on his face if he got a good look at the burns on my back. That was something I consciously made sure was covered, my back permanently mutilated because of Darius. Gym cla
"No, no, no," I shriek while kicking my legs. Darius pins them to the bed before crawling on it and straddling my waist. My eyes frantically search the room before my eyes fall on Kalen. Lycus looked away beside him like he couldn't handle watching as Darius and Tobias pinned me to the bed."I was trying. I was trying, Darius," I scream as Darius takes the bowl from my hands, and Tobias shoves my shoulders down flat on the bed. Tears streamed down my cheeks as I thrashed. I was doing what they wanted."Darius, what are you doing?" Kalen says, sounding outraged, his eyes going to me, and I look at him frantically, wanting him to stop them as he rushed over to the bed."She did it to herself; we warned her. Lycus, get Kalen out of here," Darius snaps. Lycus grabs Kalen's arm.
Restless, I tossed and turned all night, not really getting proper sleep. The tugging sensation of knowing they were so close was pulling me to seek out my mates, the bond urging me to seek them out, knowing they could replenish my powers. It must have been the early morning hours when I heard the twist of the shared bathroom door.My mind instantly became alert as I looked in its direction. I let out a breath when I realized it was Kalen and not one of the others. He stops when he notices me sitting upright in the bed before hesitating."Did I wake you?" he whispers, and I shake my head. He looks over his shoulder toward his room before quietly shutting the door. For some reason, his presence didn't scare me, I found his aura comforting, and I wanted to keep him safe and close to me for some reason. Kalen walks over to the bed
"Darius can be a dick; he will settle down," Zac said. I stare at him, confused. He almost seemed normal, nice even as he slid a tray of food over to me. Zac sits across from me, grabbing another before digging into his food. The man beside him is a huge burly-looking man with a short beard and dark hair, and he taps my tray. "Eat; if your training with us, you will need it," he says, and I looked down at the tray to find it has scrambled eggs on it. "I'm Satish, that's Zac as you know, and that one is Deacon," The other man waves; he had blonde hair, a boyish face, clearly the youngest at the table, I think. It was impossible to tell the actual age of full-blooded Demons; they could be hundreds of years old or precisely the age they appear. "And that one a
"Move it, Aleera, twenty laps now," Tobias roared behind me.Despite not wanting to run, my feet start moving, the rocks digging into my feet painfully. It didn't take long before the men overlapped me. Around a hundred or so barging and shoving past me. What the heck was their problem? I didn't even know them, and they took no care when they came too close."Aleera!" I hear Zac's voice behind me before looking over my shoulder in time to see him running straight at me. I tried to step out of his way when he dropped his shoulder and barrelled straight into me, diverting slightly off track to deliberately hit me.My body was tossed across the gravel, and I felt like I was being skinned alive. My face burned as I skidded across the loose gravel, my hands I used to try an
Everything ached, there wasn't a single part of me that didn't hurt, and I had never felt so relieved to be locked back in my room; I would take this prison cell over not having to face those men again. Lycus had placed me on my feet just inside the room before shutting the door. He locked it. I heard the door click and heard him storm off up the hall.He didn't say a word to me, yet I could tell after we got back to the castle-like he was second-guessing getting me out of classes. Every time my skin touched his, he would tense like he couldn't even bear the thought any part of me was near him. His jaw was tense as he climbed the stairs before placing me in the room and leaving. I kind of hoped I could see Kalen. I couldn't understand the strange vibes I got from him.Like I needed to protect him, but from what? Like he w
Darius POVLycus was in a terrible mood when I came up to the room. Pushing the door open, Lycus was yelling at Kalen, which was rare; he tried to never raise his voice around Kalen. We all knew how fragile he was. We had all had to pull him back from the brink at some point, yet walking in, I had no doubt that Aleera was the reason."What's going on?" I asked, opening the door and shrugging off my Jacket. I tossed it over the back of the chair by the fire. Turning around, they were both glaring at each other, yet neither answered."This has something to do with Aleera?""Who else, she needs to go," Lycus snaps at me, finally turning away from Kalen.