When the morning dawned, Vasilios was nowhere to be found. At least Rhiannon didn't see him. He might have been somewhere in the enormous palace, but he didn't come to see her.
Breakfast was served for her alone, as was midday lunch. Apart from her omega helpers, she was left alone.
It was well past noon when the queen sent for her. Standing before her, Rhiannon dipped into her curtsy, as was to be expected.
"You can rise," the queen announced.
It was then Rhiannon finally looked up, at the queen, Helena and a few other ladies and men. It was probably the inner court. Arios had told her during their tour that they had a smaller informal court as well as the queen's court.
The mood there was uneasy, despite the familiar presence of Arios who sat stiffly, his face expressionless.
Everyone else held expressions ranging from indifference, pity, malice to even hate.
Rhiannon shivered under their gaze, praying for
"That can't be true," Rhiannon chuckled a little, trying to make herself feel better."I can't be a wolf, I am not like them." She noticed the appalled looks of people around her," I mean I can't turn, I have always been a human." Her head seemed to be spinning. This could not be happening. Barely a week ago she was a normal country girl. Suddenly, she was pronounced a werewolf."Surely there must be a mistake?" Rhiannon said."The chalice of truth never makes a mistake," Nymeria snapped at her. Her face was furious.She turned towards Marina, "How can this happen?""Your majesty, I have never come across anything like this, the girl has the wolf's blood but seems like it's been repressed. She never experienced the changes which a werewolf does when they reach puberty."Nymeria eyed Rhiannon."Who are you girl? What have you been hiding?""I..
"Vasilios! This is no time to jest," Nymeria said."Mother, I am not joking," Vasilios looked determined. His eyes flashing."Rhiannon is my mate, I had known it for quite some time, but.....", he waited for some time." I wanted to make sure that, this is what I wanted.""Preposterous!" Nymeria muttered.Rendall raised his hand to quiet the court."Vasilios, can you please explain?" The king asked.Vasilios explained the circumstances under which he had to bring Rhiannon.Elios observed the series of event with a smirk. He didn't even have to make any effort. Vasilios had walked into his ruin himself."Your majesty, if I may suggest, isn't taking a human mate forbidden for the Alphas?" Elios said from his seat.Vasilios knew this would happen. The courtiers followed the laws superficially, none of them had read and studied the book
Rhiannon opened her eyes and blinked in confusion. She was wearing bed cloth which she didn't remember putting them on.Then she spotted Vasilios next to her on the bed, she wasnt even in her room. Did something happen last night? She didn't remember anything.Adding to her shock was the fact that he was completely nude, his blanket was wrapped around his ankles. She couldn't help herself, her gaze roamed the sharp edges of his toned muscles, trailing down his abdomen to his morning erection, so unabashedly masculine."Do you like what you see ?" He purred, suddenly opening his eyes.She nearly screamed and jumped back moving a little out of his reach, a blush radiated from her face, embarrassed at being caught ogling the naked Prince. "Would you cover yourself please?" She said turning her back on his smirking face.He laughed, "You need to relax a little - I could teach you.""I'm su
A week had passed since Rhiannon had arrived in Arcadia, she spent most of her time with, Vasilios, Arios, or her Omegas.She had not seen the king and the queen since the day she was declared as Vasilios's mate, and thankfully Helena had not bothered either.Rhiannon had gone through every book in the library reading up about werewolves, and the mate bond.How mates could communicate mentally and even transfer their life energies to each other when needed. She wondered how Vasilios felt, she being still a human could not understand that depth, though she loved him.Standing in front of the mirror one night, Rhiannon opened her robe and gently touched the rune below her navel. She has tried deciphering it through the library books but she couldn't find anything."We'll get rid of it soon. " Vasilios called."Vasilios you can't just walk into a lady's chamber
Authur's eyes narrowed as he looked at his daughter. The feeling of fear and disgust ran through him."She assured me that you were not like her, " he muttered."Father please..." Rhiannon pleased again."Do not call me your father!" He snapped."Your mother was a disgusting creature. When I met her I thought she was a lady. But which lady throws herself so wantonly." Arthur paused."When I found out that she was a shapeshifting wolf, I left her. Unfortunately, she was already pregnant with you."Rhiannon clasped Vasilios's hand tightly, it was only due to his comforting presence she could sit through the narration."What happened to her?""I left her of course, however, she came pleading one night to take you in. Her people were not happy, they would have killed you. I have enough honour to not abandon my blood. So I took you in."Vasilios sc
Rhiannon and Vasilios looked at the witch expectantly."Your mother Elana was an Alpha wolf, she married your father, after leaving her people, her pack. But your father abandoned her for his ambitions. Her pack was not happy with your mother getting a human mate. So they hunted her down to kill you. ""My parents were married?" Rhiannon asked surprised."Yes, but your father kept it a secret." The witch replied."That means I am not a bastard!" Rhiannon said a strange feeling of bliss entered her."As per the rules of Arcadia, you are anyway not a bastard. We don't consider anyone a bastard. If a wolf has found its mate, they are considered a couple," Vasilios explained."The only way to save you was to hide your wolf nature and keep you among humans. So she came to me, for the spell." The witch said with a sad look."You were the one to cast the spell on me!" Rhia
Vasilios emerged from his tent after an hour. Rhiannon was in deep sleep, and he hoped she would sleep through the change."Your Highness, I am sorry for the earlier intrusion, I heard the howl, congratulations on your mating, hope you get blessed with many pups." Beta Lucas said.Vasilios smiled at him," thanks Lucas, hopefully, she will experience her first turn soon."Rhiannon slept through the entire day. Her body burning with fever. Vasilios, rubbed her palm, as Lucas brought some more water. He had stripped her naked and she was sweating so badly, he contemplated simply ducking her in the lake.As the night approached, Rhiannon opened her eyes, her head felt like it weighed more than it should, but she forced herself to look up at Vasilios. He had a look of concern on her face. Rhiannon knew that the change was starting. She felt feverish and wanted to be out."I want to be out," she said.
Rhiannon looked at the stack of gowns on her bed, in the wardrobe, and few more which were being brought in by several omegas."All these have been sent by the queen?" She asked Emily."Yes, my lady," she responded.Gloria her omega, held out a purple gown with black trimmings. "My lady, this would be perfect for you. It will bring out your green eyes."The gown was indeed lovely, and quite bold for what she was used to. It had a deep V neckline to show off her cleavage and deep back which almost reached the small of her back. It was lined with semi-precious stones on the edges. It hugged her every curve with a slit on the side, to give a tantalising view of her legs when she would walk."I will wear it," Rhiannon said, instantly liking the dress."An excellent choice my lady, you will be the centre of attraction." Emily gushed."Well, that's the aim, isn't it?" Rhi