Chapter 7- Family
Updated Version. Only half of this was in the other version.
A genuine smile graced my lips when my family barged into the room. I didn’t even get the chance to say hi, before I was tackled flat against the broken bed. Taylor hugged and squeezed me senseless.
“Do you have any idea how worried we have been? First the rogues attack and you pass out, then you wake up screaming, your mate goes all crazy on us and you bolt. We didn’t know where you went!” Taylor screamed at me. I could tell that he was happy to have me in his arms safe and sound, but as one of my main protectors in life, he hated not being able to do that now. The scowl on his face proved the last part to be true.
“I’m sorry Tay I had other things on my mind; one being my so-called crazy mate; two the crazy dream. I didn’t mean to worry you.” Giving him my pup dog eyes always worked on him and I hoped it would now.
I felt him take deep breathes in and out. He was forcing his anger out and didn’t want to hurt me. I know he wouldn’t. He has never laid a angry hand on me in all my eighteen years.
“I know giggles.”
That brought a smile to my face. He started calling me giggles when I was five. No matter what he did, I would always giggle like a school girl. It became my nick name that only he was allowed to call me.”
“I love you Tay Tay.”
“I love you too giggles.”
He pulled me up and both mom and dad took their turns in hugging me. I didn’t realize how much I missed them until this moment. The past couple of days have been hectic.
“Honey we are only glad you game away unscathed from yesterday’s events. The dream, well I pray that never happens again. None of us liked seeing you run from the Prince again. I know it hurt him deeply to see you do it,” my father stated with a sad frown.
“What happened after I ran?” I pleaded. The need to know was strong, even if it hurt.
“The moment you ran, he went crazy. Yes, he attacked us after you finished talking, but when he realized you left him again…well he lost all sense of reality. All he wanted to do was find you and claim you. I believe the King called for the silver chains while you were speaking. Otherwise I have no idea how the guards got to the room so fast. I think he knew his son would lose all sense of balance.”
I knew that if I asked my father to tell me the truth he would. He never beat around the bush with me. “I don’t think I have ever seen a wolf loose that much control. I’m not sure if it was the pain and anguish of losing you again or the anger that you ran away from him.”
“Did he hurt anyone?” Playing with my hands, I could only hope I wasn’t the cause of others pains.
“Oh no. A couple of the guards received scratches, but once the chains were around him he couldn’t fight back. It took eight fully grown male’s to get the chains around him in the first place. He kept fighting to get out the door and chase you down. The King gave orders to not let that happen. I will say this, I’m proud that he is your mate. No regular wolf would have been able to withstand the pain he did.”
“Pain?” I felt my eyes go wide at that word. I caused him more pain? I’m a horrible mate. I felt my body sink to the bed. The scream built up in my chest wanting to be freed. I felt Annabelle whimper in my head. She didn’t like the fact we hurt our mates. We were supposed to love and cherish them, not cause them physical pain.
“Oh yes sweetheart. Those chains were built for the royal family or an Alpha. No regular wolf would be able to withstand that amount of pain, but because royals and Alphas have a higher tolerance level and are stronger; the chains have to be too.” My father’s voice shifted a little. I could only assume by the shiver that racked his body, that he was imagining the silver on his body as well. It wasn’t a pleasant thought.
“Oh ok. What happened after you put him in the chains?” My voice became raspy towards the end. All the water in my mouth dried up. I was too afraid of what he did. The scream died down to a heart wrenching sob. How could I do this to my own mate? The very one that the fates destined for me to be with?