touch hurt you? I feel sorry for him because of the shock
and alarm I can detect in his
No, Chosen One, he responds softly, but nobles never
touch me. Im sorry for acting
in a detestable manner.
Im not a noble. And I am Mona! I dont want you
question I asked myself a few minutes before. I start to
drown in my doubt, struggling to
stay above the water.
You know you cant run for long. And inwardly, you know
Mona is safer here than
she ever was with you.
I feel as if I have been kicked i
around me in a desperate search for water. There seems to
be a pond about ten feet from
me, but it seems like miles away in my terrible state.
Something had to be causing this.
My frantic search for water continues, this state of delirium
toying with me u
the pack. Funny how much a Stealth talent can manage,
How did you get in here? Jake queries.
The front door, he winks, It is the greatest experience,
walking around and not even
having one cute girl wink at me. So liberating.
I still dont
who has bended the rules time and time again without
reaping the consequences. They
are afraid of an uprising. If you were allowed to be with
Mona, members of our
community would start to look up to you, not the Council.
That was the first thing they
One's Dream, Another's Nightmare
I have honestly tried to change myself.
It has been difficult, of course. I have been struggling to
prevent myself from
snapping at my teachers, but the way they chastise me
about my lack of progress over
the last few days
He seems to act like a real mate. Someone who is
responsible and caring. I think you
can rest easy, Xavier.
And I wasnt?! I exclaim, starting to shift into my wolf form.
Wes and Jake start to
laugh, for reasons unknown. This has happened so many
because my mind has not yet caught up to my overwhelmed
senses, mostly because of
the fogginess that has settled over my thoughts like a
blanket. A little laugh escapes me,
a strange, throaty laugh. It was not mine. Or was it
My eyes reach the mans body,
looks at me and starts to laugh. I can imagine it, the beautiful
sounds echoing in my
heart. I wish I could experience it for myself.
He hesitantly brings his hands out again after a long,
contented silence. With a
guarded expression, I allow him to sw
He says some words to me, words that flit by my head
without a second glance. I
frown and stiffen slightly at the way the reverberations seem
to escape me, dancing out
of my grasp with ease.
The familiar man stops laughing as he stares down at me, his
I finally reach the familiar clearing, where the pond is only a
few feet away. My eyes
scan over the muddy pond, the deathly berries, and finally,
the figure bundled against
The womans face is worn and weary, with many wrinkles
upon her face. I
far this goes.
The real question is, how far is he willing to go?
Obviously not very far, because within moments his warm
arms are around me again,
and he is lifting me out of the water. His embrace is so warm,
so comforting. I could stay
like this foreve
me or run
It is strange, but I seem to sense the quiet footsteps instead
of hear them. The ground
pounds with their arrival, the birds fly away in a hurry, and
the other animals run and
hide. They know it too. They know someone, or something, is
frustration. I suppose she is safe here. More than she ever
was with me. It seems like
every time she was near me she would land in a near death
Griffin looks like a more capable guy than I am, although I
would like to think of
myself as more
so eager to get on her good side that the reason why I got
mad at her slipped my mind.
Even though I am not mad at her in the slightest now, the
main message hits me like one
of Rays punches in the stomach.
She doesnt need you. She doesnt need y
matters a little bit because I am also her mate, but doesnt
eliminate the issue by far. She
obviously likes you very much and makes this problem
impossible to ignore. If only they
had a way to make Mona forget all about you, to forget this
anxiously, peering somehow into the depths of my soul. His
hand reaches up and alarm
immediately enters my body. My arm suddenly is pushing
him away, tears flowing from
my face. What is this agony?
Griffin draws back in surprise, hurt in his eyes. I fe
trying to decide
what their final proposition to Mona will be.
I watch him start to walk away with a resignation that shocks
me. Everything he said
makes perfect sense. There is really no point in trying to save
Griffin stops for a second, and then
touching my arm and waist. Instantly I burn as if on fire,
screaming loudly. He shifts his
hands so that a layer of cloth separates us instantly, and the
relief slowly comes. I
cannot control the sobs, no matter how hard I try.
He holds me for a while, an
looks guilty as he should.
I just cant, I whisper, I cant give up on her.
I remain silent while Yi glides over to the door, placing a key
in the lock. There is a
click as it turns, and the bars are finally open. I am finally
You have a
in suspicion, but reason takes over and she loosens her grip
slightly. I gasp for air.
Looking around her, she reaches for the notepad, which was
lying on the ground. I
bent down and picked it up, handing it to her with interest.
She flips through the pag
Now, now, not so fast. He laughs, You seem to forget that
you actually were trying
to keep her away from us when we caught you.
Only because we were afraid of something like this
happening to us.
Look, dont get angry at me. Im only the messenger, he
pointed looks, and an athletic body. His muscles are nothing
compared to some of the
frightening Hulk look-a-likes prowling around the premises. I
have seen a few that
really put the green monster to shame.
It is strange how my perception has chang
Surely theres more, he says, grasping the edges of the
table. His knuckles turn
white, and cracks start to blossom within the furniture. I look
up at him with a pointed
glare, and he seems to realize what he is doing. He releases
the hold on the table and
couple of moments.
I hope Lady Miranda doesnt notice that I didnt turn to the
left in order to go to the
I exit the premises, swinging a door open so that I am
standing in the backyard.
Searching my mind for the place I had seen before, I wrinkl
woman up. She doesnt protest, allowing him to support her
weight. It seems like she
can walk, though awkwardly. At the moment she must not be
in dire pain.
Please see that she gets a job in Headquarters! I call after
him urgently. He lifts up
Thats what I thought, Griffin smiles slightly, almost
wistfully, in satisfaction. I like
you, Xavier. You are the sort of wolf I aspire to be like.
I dont like you. I snap, though inwardly wondering at the
lack of arrogance on his
face. He won. He gets he
only my body behind.
Somehow this feels so wrong.
I float to my feet, staring at my forsaken body. After a few
seconds of silence, I take a
step closer to the body. An arm takes mine before I get any
closer, and I drown in Sleeps
unwavering gaze. Swivelin
You know that. Just give up. He looks more worn out than
the rest of us, with bags
underneath his eyes and a dreary glare. He has also been the
one most active in trying
to think up a plan with me. I know he is pretty fond of Mona
and loathes lo