“Good morning” I smiled at Nina who was laying on the forest floor, the fall air getting colder as we neared winter, her and I knew that we needed to find a place to stay soon or else we would all end up dying from the winter’s cold air.
It’s been four years since she had found me in that forest the other night, and since I found out that she was the leader that held everything together here I was honestly impressed, it was then that her and I became inseparable.
“Good morning” Nina said removing the hood from her eyes revealing her green eyes, she smiled when she saw me sit down by her side, my blue dress which was worn out from all the stitching I had done to fix it over the year, but I didn’t mind, it covered me and that was technically all that mattered, she for some reason liked wearing tights despite me telling her that these were men clothing, she said they were better when maneuvering around.
“Sleep well?” I asked, I was surprised to find her up at this time, she usually slept in till at least mid-morning, but it was barely the crack of dawn and she was awake laying in front of the river rather than sleeping.
“Yes” she said sitting up, she removed the hood revealing her blonde messy locks which were tangled as it wasn’t washed or cleaned for weeks, since she didn’t like cold water, I however couldn’t stand the smell or feeling of my hair being dirty plus the water temperature didn’t bother me, whether it was cold or hot water, neither of them phased me, she shivered due to the cold weather hitting the back of her neck and I sighed.
“We need to find a place to stay Nina, the kids are going to freeze in the cold winter, and you and I both know that we don’t even have enough food for then” I said looking her in the eye, despite her leading us, she had made no attempt of trying to find a solution since she was technically used to me finding one.
“I know Kiara, you really don’t have to keep reminding me that whenever you see me” she said snapping slightly, she didn’t like being reminded of her responsibilities, but I had to remind her of them, there were children’s lives on the line, and since she won’t take matters into her own hands, and won’t allow anyone to help her as she feared that one of the boys would want to take leadership, but that didn’t mean that she was doing any good to them by neglecting her duties toward them.
“I do Nina, as you tend to forget that everyone’s life literally depends on what decision and action you’re going to take during this period” I hissed glaring at her, she may have been three years older than I was making her twenty right now, but she was a lot more reckless, wind picked up around us and both Nina and I frowned in confusion as our hairs flew as the wind blew around us, I frowned in confusion when I felt a slight shock coming from my wrist where my birthmark was, but being used to it by now, Nina told me it must’ve been my nerves being sensitive in that area, which was why I could usually feel the mark tingle when a change happened around me.
“We’ll just sell another girl’s virginity, it gets us every time” the way she said it disgusted me at times, it was the fastest resolve and it did the job at times, but that shouldn’t be the only solution, there had to be a different one that did not include putting the girls in the pain of selling their bodies for a few months’ rent, the wind still picking up as the leaves flew around us making me frown in confusion, it was a clear sky less than a few seconds and ago and now clouds were covering the sky?
“Nina, you know that we can do things differently, why do you keep resolving to that solution every year?” I asked her, she however refused to sell hers as she claimed that she was saving herself for the prince of the kingdom, Prince Nathan, she has sadly been in love with him for years now, and she claims that she will be able to marry him, the thought alone annoyed me, though I had no idea why it did in the first place, and she wouldn’t sell mine as she knew what I struggled the night they had almost sold me to a man for pleasure years ago.
“Kiara, I am the leader here and I get to decide what or what we don’t do, please let Celeste to get herself ready, we’ll find a place to stay soon” she said casually, not giving me a chance to answer, object, or even speak her out of it, she got up and headed toward her tent.
I sighed and walked toward Celeste who was sharpening her dagger, with a kid, Mathew, watching her with wide eyes, he was one of the youngest children here, having found him in front of the door step of an orphanage, his mother gave him up when he was less than a year old, he couldn’t even walk when we found him, I had begged Nina to allow us to bring him with us, despite her saying that we would not be able to care for him, I had proved her wrong in doing so.
“Kia!” He called smiling, he ran toward me, as fast as his little legs could take him, he was two years and a half right now, I laughed and lifted him in my arms, his legs wrapped around my waist as he put a hand behind my neck and I rested his weight on my right hip.
“Hello love” I smiled kissing his cheek making him laugh, my smile widened simply looking at him, how much he’s grown in the past two years, it’s actually crazy to think about, how we’ve taught him how to sit, walk, and even talk.
“Celeste, I need to speak to you” I said softly, her gaze met mine and she stopped sharpening her dagger to look at me, frowning in confusion as she knew that I rarely spoke to her, not that I didn’t want to, but her and I didn’t really get along, her being jealous that I was Nina’s best friend, and the fact that she saw that I looked far more attractive than she did, not that I understood how that was possible when she had the neatest golden hair, blue eyes, sharp jaw, fair body, she still hated me for who I was and what I looked like, but my curly brown hair, and brown eyes were nothing compared to her beauty, and that was just the bit of it, as her breasts were bigger than mine were, and as was her backside making her a whole lot more attractive to men if you may ask me.
“Mathew dear, how about you go and watch Ashton as he made his bow?” I said smiling, I looked at Ashton to find his eyes on us, mouthing a silent ‘please’ he smiled and nodded.
“But Ash doesn’t like being disturbed when he was busy” Mathew pouted, Ashton was already making his way toward us, chuckling as he heard what the child had said, his blue eyes met my own and he smiled ruffling Mathew’s black hair, Mathew glared at him with his big brown eyes and I couldn’t help but smile as I saw Ashton lift Mathew in his arms.
“Now, who said that I didn’t like you being around me when I was busy?” Ashton asked Mathew whose eyes widened upon hearing that, I smiled at Ashton and nodded at him, he gave me a quick wink before heading back toward where he was initially fixing the string on his bow.
“Nina wants you to get ready Celeste” I said once I was sure that Ashton and Mathew were out of earshot.
“What?” Celeste asked confusion lacing her voice, though judging by her wide eyes, I was sure that she already knew what I was talking about, I however, avoided her eyes as I knew that this was not the way any girl wanted to remember how she lost her virginity.
“We’re going to need to find a place for the winter, she said we’ll start looking soon” I said sadly, her tears welled up in them before she frowned glaring at me.
“Why doesn’t she sell yours? Why is it always the other girls? Huh?” Celeste snapped suddenly making my eyes widen as she suddenly pushed me making me almost fall to the ground, I knew that I could easily fight and pin her to the ground, Ashton and Nina taught me well when it came to self-defense, but I didn’t want to hurt her, as it was against the rules.
“Celeste, I don’t make these choices or rules, if there’s anything to be questioned or asked, then Nina’s tent is right back there, feel free to head to her and ask” I said as calmly as I could, but Celeste had a different opinion as she suddenly attacked me, pushing me back as hard as she could, she brought the dagger which she had been sharpening to my collarbone and I could feel her cutting through the skin, though I made no attempt to move knowing that being at knife point, I would probably end up injuring myself more than I would be needing to, thunder roared in the sky, it was as if the sky itself was angry as the lightening started crossing the sky in random patterns,, the river’s water moving more rapidly that it ever had as Celeste started getting blown away from me by the wind, which as well started picking up once again.
I could see the others gathering around as they worried about Celeste hurting me and about Nina coming out of her tent, which just happened as she walked out to witness what was happening.
“What is the meaning of this nonsense?” Nina yelled as loud as she could glaring at Celeste, Ashton was at my side in a blink when Celeste removed her dagger from my collarbone, she had indeed made a cut, which happened to be bleeding.
“I asked a question” Nina snapped at Celeste, she knew that I would never harm anyone, the thunder had stopped completely making me frown in confusion, though the sky was now pouring as I stared at the poor girl with sad eyes, despite what she had done.
“Nothing” Celeste said looking down avoiding Nina’s eyes.
“Nothing? Then how about I teach you a lesson about it” Nina said snapping.
“Nina stop!” I said quickly “you need her uninjured if you were going to…”
“You’re right” Nina said roughly letting go of Celeste, her eyes welled up in tears as she cried, my heart aching for the girl as she felt helpless in her situation.
“Go and get yourself cleaned and ready, we’re going tonight”
“I said a word Celeste, you either follow or you know your punishment” Nina said glaring at the girl who lowered her head and nodded as she walked toward the girl’s tent which had the dresses and whatever she needed to be ready for this evening.
“Kiara, I expect you to be back with goods, we need to be settled for the winter” Nina said looking at me her voice somewhat cold as she spoke “oh, and Kiara” Nina called, the sky was still cloudy as rain poured down from it, I turned to face her with a raised eyebrow.
“Do be careful”
Kiara:I walked through the village with a heavy heart at what I knew Celeste was being prepared to do, the rain had stopped a while ago as I walked and I found myself letting out deep breaths as I calmed myself from the guilt I felt, the girls had every right to be angry whenever it was their turns to be forced to be selling their bodies to disgusting men who seemed to want to please themselves sexually using a female’s body.Being a girl like Celeste, who was probably moping her eyes out right now as Nina watched her get ready, forcing her to act the way she saw fit to please whoever Nina was making the business with, I knew how she would’ve probably wanted to save herself for a man that she loved, a person who would love her back rather than simply use her for pleasure for a few months stay, but Nina was Nina, she didn’t like being talked back to, and she definitely did not like being argued with.Sighing, I found a man who was selling fruit
Nathan:“Why, hello there” I smirked looking at my mate who stood frozen before my eyes, she knew that I had seen her stealing from the man, I had paid him for what she took, though she did not technically know that, but I wasn’t going to let a man lose his merchants without getting paid for them.She took a step back, careful not to stumble on anything as she glared at me from hood covered eyes, in normal circumstances, I would’ve never allowed such behaviors, but this was my mate, and I had paid for what she took anyway, therefor why cause a fuss, right?“What do you want?” She asked angrily, her jaw clenched as she looked at me, though I was sure that she was searching for guards around me and not really looking at ME, but she did her best to cover it, which she was actually doing a good job at I must admit.“Oh, darling I do believe that you are in no position to be questioning me right now” I winked at
Kiara:I walked back to the campsite feeling somewhat giddy inside, though why I felt that way was something that I could not understand, the way the prince’s eyes met mine did not leave my mind forcing me to involuntarily bite my lip as a smile formed on my face, the mark on my wrist tingling as I approached the campsite, I looked at it to find a faint glow coming out of it making me frown in confusion, I was clearly losing my mind, that was now official.Searching my belt for my dagger as I walked, ignoring the glow that I think I saw, my eyes widened when I realized that I couldn’t find it, mentally slapping myself when I remembered that I had dropped it, but never bothered to pick it up before leaving.It was too late to go back now, the sun was already half way set, and it would take me almost half an hour to reach the forest to look for it, and if it were dark, which was most likely, I wouldn’t be able to find it, and Nina would be causin
Nathan:I watched as Kiara walked away to her campsite only to notice her dagger on the forest floor where I had forced her to drop a while ago.I kneeled down and picked it up, noticing a letter K, carved over the silver which was what the handle was made of, smiling, I took the dagger and grabbed a napkin from my pocket and slowly covered the blade with it before clearing my throat for my beta, Daniel, to come out of where he was hiding nearby, he and the other members of my pack had shifted earlier incase my mate got aggressive, which she did, but she didn’t go aggressive to the point where I couldn’t handle her myself, which was why they didn’t make a move, not that I would’ve allowed them to harm her anyway.“Follow her, but don’t make yourself obvious, I want to find out exactly where she lives, and if who she lives with need anything, I’m assuming they’re a lot, but I want you to see and report back to me&rd
Kiara:I woke up to the sun hitting my eyes as it rose.Smiling, I stretched my body inside my blanket, well what was left of a blanket, it was too worn out and torn to tell, the only reason I used it as a cover was that I needed to be sure that my body was covered should a lad enter my ‘tent’ to wake me up for whatever reason there was.Rubbing my eyes from sleep and fixing my now messed up curls, I sat up and crawled out of my place, to find Nina already up, a frown prominent on her face as she glared daggers at me, her eyes dark with fury as she grabbed my arm and dragged me to the side of the riverbank before pushing me to the ground roughly, she had never been this aggressive with me before, not even when we fought.“Nina? What the hell?” I asked trying to sit up only for her to pin me to the ground, her knee on my chest as she held me down with her body weight, her eyes still glaring daggers at me yet she said no words, I tri
Nathan:“What did you find Daniel?” I asked my beta who was standing in my royal chamber while I sat on my desk, I had work to get back to after this, father arriving here only delayed it, but nevertheless, I needed to start with it somehow.“There are about twenty or thirty people with her there, different ages, but they’re led by a girl, she seems to be in her early twenties” Daniel explained making me frown in confusion, why would a twenty-year-old girl be leading people on the street instead of being married?“Are they all in the same state?” I asked meaning the lack of clothing and probably food, my wolf going restless about the fact that our mate was probably cold outside right now, knowing that she had food for a while as I saw her getting as much as she could carry, but I couldn’t say that what she was wearing would do her any good keeping her warm, but managing to somehow calm him down, assuring him that w
Nathan:“Need I ask what you might be doing her Prince Nathan?”“I should be asking you the same thing Prince Ashton” I glared at the human prince who stood in front of me sharing the same glare.“Prince Ashton?” The blonde, Nina, asked wide eyed, her green eyes now turning their attention to the prince who has probably been living with them for years, and yet neither one of them knew of his true identity.Ignoring her, Ashton looked at me with a raised eyebrow, not bothering to answer my question as he looked between Kiara and I, his eyes cold as ice on me, but they would soften when he took sight of my confused mate who was on her knees cradling the child.“Can we talk in private?” I asked looking around the now confused people who were sharing glances, Prince Ashton, noticing it too nodding at me to follow him.“Keep her under watch, I won’t be long” I told Daniel who growl
Kiara:I breathed in.Then out.Inhale.Exhale.It seemed to be getting harder to do it as I knew that almost everyone was glaring daggers at me, even though I had technically done nothing other than defend myself against Nina who was raging fires on me.Nina was furious as she watched me walk out of camp, having technically nothing on me but the dagger which Ashton had gotten me, Ashton carrying Mathew who was squirming to get out of his arms to run to mine, her eyes glaring daggers at me as I walked, and had it not been for the wolves standing in front of her, I’m sure she would’ve been having her way with me, that is of course if the prince didn’t have her life before she did, which was not likely as she wouldn’t have been dumb enough to attack me in front of him as not to risk losing her life, but she would’ve definitely attacked.We reached the prince who was indeed standing at the edge of camp waiti