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Lyla travels to the pack Summit in the heart of Mississippi with little hope of finding her mate. Mates are hard to come by these days, and frankly, Lyla would be happy staying with her childhood sweetheart. When the Mating Call begins under the full moon, Lyla follows a hair-raising howl to her true mate—Sebastian, the royal alpha. Will Lyla accept her destiny as royal luna, or will she stay with the boy next door who still holds a piece of her heart?
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The Alpha's Call
Chapter 7 - Royal Tension
“Say that again…” Lyla said, her eyes piercing.
Her look was raw and vicious. I wanted to back up but the table stopped me.
She stepped forward and I swore I could feel the heat of her anger.
“She was my fiancée…” I stammered. “But now that you are my true mate that’s no longer the case…”
I was prepared for the slap this time and caught her hand in midair. She was faster than I had expected, but her careless outbursts were getting predictable.
“You made me feel terrible for not telling you about Caspian! And he was just a boyfriend!” she screamed.
We were now all alone, the kitchen staff electing to vacate as soon as they saw their chance.
“And I feel bad about that,” I admitted.
“Oh, you feel bad, do you?” she snapped.
Her other hand pushed me back with unexpected strength. I nearly tripped backwards over the table, but I grabbed her arm to keep from falling.
My strength pulled her suddenly closer. Our noses nearly touched, lips only inches from one another.
Her anger was undeniable and it fed me with an impulse to take her right here. To lay her on a table and let her work off some of that tension. But as I looked into her eyes the lust died down and I knew she was right.
“I should have told you,” I admitted.
“You shouldn’t have been so mad at me about Caspian.”
I sighed and nodded my head. It was my pride that kept me from admitting wrongs, instead pushing the blame onto someone or something else.
“You’re right. If I’m to have your trust, I can’t hide anything from you,” I said, trying my best to show my regret.
She buried her head in my chest and inhaled deeply. She looked up, her eyes finding mine.
Again she surprised me with her reactions.
I had not expected her to forgive me so quickly. Those sudden urges, wild and carnal, grew in my chest. It had been a long time since someone had awoken these feelings in me, and never with this intensity.
“Did you ever have sxx with her?” Lyla asked, her eyes wide with curiosity.
I looked away but her hand stopped my head from turning. Our eyes met and it hurt me to know that as my Luna, she would have to know everything about me.
Even those secrets buried so far down I nearly forgot they existed.
“In my younger days I was… unsure of what I was looking for,” I said weakly.
Lyla pulled away and began to leave the room. I understood her inclination to go, and let my head drop in shame.
But I could still feel her presence and looked up to see her staring at me.
“So, you fxxxed whoever gave you attention?” she said angrily.
“Should I have just waited, hoping to find someone like you?!”
There was anger in my voice, but I wasn’t mad, only hurt that she saw me in such a way.
“I’m not like you,” she said.
I nodded my head in understanding.
My nostrils had picked up her scent several times since we’d met. I could tell she was untouched… just thinking about it made my chest tighten and mouth go dry.
“I’ve waited,” she said, stepping closer. “And I have to know I can trust you. Otherwise I don’t know if I can…”
Lyla’s voice trailed off, giving me the answer I knew would come. She would not give herself to me. And I would not take it.
What would the future of the pack be if the Royal Alpha and Luna didn’t trust one another… unable or unwilling to make love and spawn a new generation of Royals…
My mate’s eyes filled with tears and it killed me to look at her. I wanted to take her in my arms and hold her, let her feel the protection I would always provide her.
Caius cleared his throat, announcing his presence. He stood rigidly, ponytail swaying, holding fresh clothes.
“My apologies for the intrusion… but your presence is yet again requested.”
I moved to Caius and began putting on the fresh clothes.
Lyla was heading for the exit, no doubt expecting to be pushed aside.
“Come with me,” I called to her.
She turned around and met my eyes. “Are you sure?” she asked.
I nodded as I fastened the last button on my shirt.
“There are many people eager to say hello to their future Luna.”
I took her hand in mind, noting the uncertainty on her face as she reluctantly accepted the offer.
“They must be annihilated! Wiped from the face of the earth!” a deep voice yelled angrily.
Sebastian led me to a room where several of his royal advisors were waiting. My first instinct was to pull back, to hide from the new faces. Sebastian held my hand, emboldening me as we joined the discussion.
I was immediately bombarded by the looks of every person in the room, silently judging me before I even had a chance to speak.
“These are my trusted advisors,” Sebastian said, waving a hand.
A pair of twins with wide shoulders, golden hair, and bulging muscles made their way towards me. The woman was striking and had a long braid that stretched all the way down her back. Her brother wore his hair short and had a forest of stubble that suited him well.
“I’m Tonya,” the woman said gruffly, holding out her hand. I accepted it and was nearly wracked with pain as she squeezed my hand.
“And I’m Titus,” said the man, replacing a hearty handshake with an even heartier pat on the back.
My head shook with each smack, knocking loose any cobwebs of uncertainty about how I would be embraced by the others.
“Tonya and Titus are the Gammas of the Royal Pack,” Sebastian said, smiling.
“We get to train the youngsters how to fight,” Tonya boasted.
“And we’re excited to see what you’ve got,” Titus added with a nod.
I looked past the twins and saw Caius quietly watching the exchange, stoic and silent. It was as if he had no desire whatsoever to join the meeting and was only here out of duty.
I could feel Sebastian’s body tense and saw movement out of the corner of my eye.
Magnolia had joined the meeting. She avoided looking at Sebastian and me, but her presence made me grit my teeth.
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It was hard enough to greet everyone with my paralyzing shyness, much less have her in the room. I wanted to order Magnolia to leave our presence – no, the whole Royal Pack! And go live on some desert island a million miles away from me and my mate.
I shook away the impulse and instead wrapped my arm around Sebastian’s, pulling him closer.
A loud pounding drew my attention to the head of the table, where an older man with salt-and-pepper hair stood. He hit the table with his fist and sneered in my direction.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you, I’m sure. But we have more important matters at hand,” he barked gruffly, fixing me with a lasting look.
“Don’t mind him. He’s always got a fire up his axs.”
Sebastian leaned down to whisper in my ear, his breath sending shivers up and down my spine. “That’s my uncle, Tiberius. He’s a bit of a prick, but I don’t know what I’d do without him,” he said, a hint of emotion in his voice.
I wanted to press him further on this topic but everyone’s attention had returned to Tiberius.
“We must counter. An eye for an eye,” the old wolf demanded. “Otherwise we’ll look weak and vulnerable. This time we were fortunate to not lose anyone.”
Sebastian looked around the table, confused. “There was another attack?”
Tiberius’s eyes looked away, ashamed to answer. He simply nodded his head.
“But what does it mean that no one was killed?” Sebastian asked.
“It means we were lucky. But I wouldn’t bet on that happening again.”
I could feel the tension growing in the room. Rogue wolves were rarely talked about in the Blue Moon Pack. They were werewolves who struck out on their own, not beholden to any pack rules or regulations.
For all anyone knew they were dangerous and needed to be kept separate from those that kept their loyalty with the pack. But I failed to believe that just because a wolf didn’t belong to a pack meant they should be outcasts.
“Is it Silas?” Sebastian asked, eyes wide.
“We have no reason to believe otherwise,” Tiberius answered.
Sebastian met my curious gaze and for the first time I could see fear behind those blazing blue eyes.
“Who’s Silas?” I asked.
The room went quiet. Sebastian looked at the others before finding his answer.
“Silas is a Rogue wolf that’s been biting humans and changing them into werewolves against their will,” Sebastian said coldly. “We’ve tried to stop him in the past and believe he seeks revenge.”
I could barely understand the situation. A Rogue wolf cared enough about the pack summit to try and attack those who attended? Why?
I immediately thought about my pack, relieved that they had been brought to the mansion. No doubt the extra security would keep them safe.
But if Rogue wolves were trying to infiltrate the Royal Pack grounds… Could that mean Caspian’s mystery mate…
Was a Rogue?
“Should we cancel the summit?” Sebastian asked.
I shook away my thoughts for a later time and looked from one face to the next, hoping to understand the enormity of such a question. Even Magnolia seemed to ponder the magnitude of whatever answer might come.
“I vote no. We are more than ready for a group of measly Rogues,” Tonya answered.
“We’ve trained our entire lives for this!” Titus agreed with a shout.
“And risk the safety of every wolf at the summit?” Magnolia chimed in. She gave me a quick look before returning her attention elsewhere.
I clenched my fists and felt Sebastian tense as my nails dug into his arm. I quickly loosened my grip.
“We’ve got an extra voice here. Why not ask her?” Tonya said with a smile.
“What do you think, Lyla?” Tiberius asked. “Please, indulge us…”
I was taken aback by the directness of his question and fumbled through answers in my head.
The summit was all I could think about, and now that we were all here it seemed a waste to end it so soon. But I knew safety was always the first and foremost determiner.
“I think we should end it,” Magnolia interrupted. “We can’t risk any more wolves getting hurt or dying. It would forever be a stain on the Royal Pack’s name.”
A murmur of support grew around the table. I watched Tiberius nod his head enthusiastically. My eye began to twitch out of fury, so I closed my eyes.
“I must apologize for my interruption. My name’s Magnolia. It’s a pleasure to meet you,” she said, reaching her hand across the table.
The tension was palpable and the others shifted awkwardly until our greeting was finished. I refused to accept her hand until Sebastian gave me a tiny nudge.
“Oh, the pleasure’s all mine, hon,” I said dryly. “But I have to disagree. I’ve waited my entire life for this summit, never once assuming I would become part of the Royal Pack…”
I paused, looking around the room at the others. It was a mixed bag of responses; some looked happy I was speaking up, while others were annoyed I would even consider giving my opinion on such an important topic.
“We can’t let a group of Rogue wolves decide how we live our lives.”
I looked down the length of the table and saw Titus give me a thumbs-up. Tonya, not to be outdone, nodded her head vigorously in support.
“And what if one of those nasty little half-breeds that the Rogue has been making breaks through our ranks? Should we invite it for dinner?” Tiberius said with a snort.
I could feel Sebastian’s tension at my side and looked to him. His eyes did not meet mine, instead looking at the door as if he should make an exit.
I was unsure how my responses would be accepted, but as Luna it was my job to have an opinion and try to help the pack in any way I could.
“Why not?” I said. “Half-breed wolves are turned against their wills. We can’t judge them for obeying a master who forces his will on others!”
I looked for support from Sebastian, but he had already walked away. I reached out my hand and he pushed it away.
I stood in shock, unable to move. Had I said something wrong?
Tiberius quickly adjourned the meeting and the others began to leave. I started after Sebastian but felt a fat hand on my shoulder.
I turned to see Tiberius staring at me.
“It would be wise to educate yourself before speaking,” he said sadly. “Sebastian’s parents… my own brother and sister-in-law… were murdered by those little half-breed sxxts you so staunchly support.”
I turned to watch Sebastian slink away and was hurt to find Magnolia going after him. She tried to stop him from leaving but he shook her away. Magnolia looked back at me with a scowl before following after him.
Ugh! I would have never said anything had I known! And just when I was finally making headway with the pack, I fxxed it all up…
Why does it feel like every time I open my mouth I only make things worse?
Magnolia’s cold look lingered in my mind, and I could only imagine the many ways she would like to comfort the man I hurt.
I heard the door to my bedroom open and I shook my head.
“I don’t want to see you right now.”
My nostrils sxxxed in her scent and I knew that I had mistaken the woman now standing at my side.
“I just want to make sure you’re alright,” Magnolia said innocently.
Her arms wrapped around my neck and the sadness I felt was replaced with something else… a sudden hunger to feel more of her touch.
“I know what happened to your parents… the pain that you feel.”
I looked at her blue eyes, shining brightly, staring right back at me.
“I don’t feel anything anymore,” I lied.
Lyla’s words penetrated deeper than I could have imagined. It’s true she didn’t know about my parents… then again she didn’t know much about any part of my life.
Magnolia’s lips brushed against my cheek. I pulled away at first, but she moved closer, kissing my neck.
My dxxk gxxw sxxxfer with each new touch and she sensed it. Her hands found their way to my pxxts and she uxxxpped them with ease.
And why wouldn’t they? We’d done this a million times before…
Warm fingers wrapped around my cxxk, mxxxaging the txp, taking in the gxxth with each and every stxxke.
I shook my head, thinking of my mate, but she kept rxxxing until I closed my eyes. The sensation was too much to overcome. I couldn’t stop myself…
I stood up and pxxxed her onto the bxd. Of course she was wearing a dress that I could pxxl up over hxr bxxk. To my surprise – she wasn’t wearing any pxxxies!
My cxxk slipped ixxide hxr and she shivered with delight, nearly cxxing upon my entry. I never tired of feeling that sensation, knowing she could do nothing but tremble with exxxasy when I was ixxxde.
I watched her golden hair flail as I fxxxed her from bxxxnd.
The walls shook with every mxxn as my hips txxxst bxxk and fxxxh.
Her axs cxxxks jxxxled, her back arched, taking me all the wxy ixxxde.
I cupped her cxxxks in each hand.
She gasped for air, unable to quiet her voice.
Magnolia’s body trembled with mine. I couldn’t hold it back anymore…
I groaned with pxxxsure as I bxxan to cxxe inside of her…
I awoke in a pxxl of my oxn cxxd sxxat and looked around the room.
It was dark, still night, and I was completely alone.
My head hit the pillow as I tried to catch my breath.
It had all been a dream. I had imagined the entire thing.
But as I stared at the ceiling, something deep inside me burned with jealousy.
Maybe Sebastian was mine now… but how long would that really last?
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