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 fruits, vegetables, and grains, deciding that a few delicious healthy goods were in order for us back home, most of us having not eaten anything other than bread for the past few weeks, a few fruits and grains were in order, grains were far more important, but if I could get both, then I would not hesitate.
Quietly watching the man as he spoke to a woman who had her kids with her, two who seemed to be a little younger than I was, and one infant who would’ve been the age of Mathew in her arms, though careful not to catch too much attention despite feeling eyes on me, though where they came from was beyond me, and if I were being honest, I did not want to care to find out, the faster I did this, the faster I could get out of here, the better we would be back home.
“Thank you ma’am” I heard the man say, raising an eyebrow as I watched the man hand a child an apple and smiling at him “this one is for you son”
The man handed the child the apple and the child held it in his small hands as if they were some precious toy, I smiled at the sight, remembering my mother and how she would give me a peach when they came to season, I loved them and she knew it, therefor whenever it was peach season, she would get two everyday, one for me, and the other for her, we would often sit under the shade in the afternoon while she told me stories about her day, or childhood, or fairy tails, and we’d be eating our peaches.
I missed her a lot more than I would ever admit, but I knew that most of the kids were either thrown away from their parents, given up on, or abused that they were forced to run, therefor I kept my talk about my mother and childhood to a minimum, well that’s how it became anyway, when I first arrived, I never knew that anyone could’ve been that harmed and would always talk about the beautiful memories I had with mother, which only seemed to raise jealousy between the others and I, even Nina looked down at me whenever she heard me speak of her, and at first I didn’t understand why, but then I heard how her mother had given her up to her father when she was not more than a month old, then how her father used to beat her up when she turned five, and how she was forced to run away to save herself before he got sexual when she turned twelve, most of the kids had suffered similar stories, some even worse, therefor, respecting them, I didn’t bring up my childhood again.
The woman had paid the man and another costumer came to him, this time a man, he looked to be in his early twenties, his chocolate brown eyes, light brown hair, calm expression though his figure spoke power, his beauty could not be denied, he would’ve had every girl in the kingdom at his feet, he would even reject them, and they would still be trying to get their chances with him, but then again, why wouldn’t they?
He was Prince Nathan after all.
My own heart racing at the sight of him, despite me never showing any interest in him, I didn’t have time to do so anyway, and with Nina wanting to be his wife, it would be wrong doing so, but the clench in my chest at the thought of her being with him ached with a sensation that I could not, and honestly, did not want to understand, I knew where I should be standing and I would not be betraying my friend, the girl who saved my life, for a lad that didn’t even know I existed.
Prince Nathan was the current ruler of the kingdom we lived in, which was currently ruled by werewolves, as the human king decided that werewolves ruling the kingdom would be far safer than him, especially with a vampire kingdom, a witch kingdom, and a werewolf kingdom around, he decided that since he was the weakest of them all, and that he couldn’t care for his people since all he saw in us was fuel for his kingdom, but he provided mostly nothing for us to be able to survive, he made a deal with the werewolf king, King Ned, and handed the kingdom to him, which was currently being ruled by his son, Prince Nathan.
Staring at the prince for a little while longer than appropriate, admiring his features, I couldn’t help it even if I tried, I shook my head and looked at the man who was still speaking to the prince, his smile evident on his face, as the prince, despite being young, took good care of the people here, everyone in the kingdom loved and respected him, he was kind and genuine to them, at least that was what I was told, I wouldn’t know, as Nina forbade us to ever go near him in fear that one of us, more specifically, me, would catch his eye.
You see the thing about Nina, despite her being my friend and tolerating me through all these years, she always seemed to look at me as somewhat of a threat to her, a challenge, someone to compare herself with as if in envy, she had never really said it out loud, but I sometimes felt like she did regret saving me that night.
Covering my head with the hood of the cloak I had managed to grab from a clothing rack, a woman having placed it to dry before it started pouring, I slowly made my way to the old man’s wooden trolley, which had the grains, with the prince being that close to him, I couldn’t risk getting caught stealing fruits, therefor grains would be a lot easier to take, hide, and run away with.
Carefully putting a few bags of grains inside my pouch, I could swear I saw the prince looking at me for a second before going back to speaking to the man, somewhat distracting him, it wasn’t until our eyes met, everything seemed to slow down as our brown eyes held contact for a few seconds longer than necessary, he mouthed a quick ‘run’ that I knew that he had indeed been watching me, and that he was aware of what I was doing, the old man almost looked back at me, before the prince put a hand on his arm making the old man turn his attention back to him.
I smiled mouthing a quick ‘thank you’ earning a small faint nod before I ran back toward the campsite without getting caught by anyone, not allowing what happened to get processed in my mind yet, I needed to get back to camp, show the kids what I got us, and get a decent meal ready to keep us warm for a little while.
It wasn’t until I hit something, well more like someone, that I was forced to stop my tracks and had it not been for the two arms that were wrapped around me, I would’ve stumbled back and fallen on my bum.
Making sure that my bag was still in place, I yanked myself away from the person before looking up to find non other, than Prince Nathan smiling down at me, his eyes meeting mine as his lips curved up in a smirk.
“Why, hello there”
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
Nathan:I smiled as I looked at my mate who was watching the streets as the carriage moved around the kingdom, crossing the bridges, noticing a faint glow under her long-sleeved black dress, the sleeve concealing the mark, however the glow made it visible, though I was sure that she was yet to notice it.Being sure that by now she did not know what the mark was or who she really was or what she was capable of, otherwise she would’ve been able to stop Nina a lot more easily than fighting her physically the way they were, the blood on her collarbone seeming to have dried making me frown in confusion as all the other cuts were new and somewhat still bleeding, the cut on her collarbone seemed to be older than the others were, the clot already formed on it stopping the blood from pouring out.“When did you get the cut on your collarbone?” I asked her, she was looking out the window, seeming in daze before she snapped out of whatever she was thinking