Chapter Twenty-Three

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Damn you, ever-nagging plot bunnies ... I just can't get this one out of my head. I am focusing on one story, but I wanted to get a foundation on this new one. So, here we go ... This will be similar to Buying Love, Friends with Benefits, Mafia Princess and The One That Got Away, with shorter chapters and weekly updates: I'm planning on keeping the update schedule with this one ... Sunday updates, Wednesday teasers.

Up next will be the glienne ceremony. This will be a small ceremony, just the people in the house and a high priestess. With the ceremony comes the promise of citrusy goodness and let's just say, things are going to pick up after that.

Chapter Twenty-Three

EPOV

We met with Peter and Charlotte the following day and plans began in earnest for the glienne ceremony. It was not dissimilar to a human wedding where I had nothing to do with the planning, save for showing up dressed up and prepared to share my life, my blood and my soul with my mate. It would be similar to how I released Bella's magic. She'd drink from me and I'd drink from her, sharing our life's blood. As a human, the idea of drinking Bella's blood turned my stomach, but the fae inside me needed to do it, to claim her as my own. It would solidify our bond, strengthening when we make love for the first time.

"Master Edward," Eleazar said, knocking on my door. "I'm coming to measure you for your clothes for the glienne. Lady Bella has finalized what you should wear on Saturday. It's quite striking. I will need you to transform." I blinked at him, my face was impassive and trying to keep an open mind. "Master Edward, I know that you are wary of my mate. She was trying to lead you in the proper way of the fae."

"She was keeping us in the dark," I said, barely able to keep the growl out of my voice. "I know that Carmen had our best interests at heart, but she was alive when magic was accepted and the world was simpler. I'm learning and I need to know all of it since I'm in fucking charge, Eleazar!"

"Times have changed," Eleazar sighed. "Carmen was in denial. She still is and it blinded her. I think you were wise in asking Peter and Charlotte to help you. I love my mate. I always will, but she needs to realize that the old ways aren't always the best ways." He gave me a smile. "We will always support you. Carmen just needs time to adjust, Master Edward."

"You're more amenable to these changes," I sighed.

"I have to be. I'm only human," he replied. "Granted, my aging is much slower than a human, but I have no powers. I've seen the world change and my mate stayed in the past." He gave me a sad smile. "I'm working on it with her. She's coming around, accepting the changes, but it will take time."

"Thank you, Eleazar," I smiled. "Now, what am I wearing for this ceremony?"

"It's a combination of the old world and the new," Eleazar chuckled. "Before, you would be wearing a robe, matching Bella's." I wrinkled my nose. A robe? "I figured as much. You will be wearing tailored pants in a charcoal gray with a purple tunic. Your sister designed it." He showed me my sister's sketch and I nodded. It was elegant, powerful, similar to the stylings on the runway today, but gave a nod to the fashions of the old world.

I stood up and allowed my magic to flow through me. My body changed, growing and becoming my true form. It felt more real than my human form now. Eleazar instructed me to release my wings as well. Working together, we got the measurements my sister needed. When we were done, I went out to work with Emmett, Peter and Garrett. We worked on my shapeshifting, strengthening those magical muscles. They were surprised that I was able to transform into anything I focused on, to an eagle, a falcon, a mountain lion, a polar bear or an ice dragon.

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