Chapter 12

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Ezekiel darted immediately straight to Aylin's room to see if he could ask her if she knew anything about the demon. Though he had made progress with her, demons were a serious threat. In his kingdom, the King couldn't afford to have any loose ends. 

Opening her door, the first thing his eyes lay upon was a sleeping girl with an open book on her chest. Not wanting to disturb her, he carefully approached picking up the book. Before he set it down on the nightstand, he took notice of which chapter she was reading. "Second Chance Mates". Peering back down at her, he moved a stray piece of hair away from her face, which made her stir. Instinctively, Aylin grabbed his hand. 

Freezing, Ezekiel wasn't sure what to do. Her little eyes squinted open. "I didn't mean to wake you," he whispered. 

Releasing his hand, she sat up a little, rubbing her eyes. "Is everything alright?" 

For the moment, he didn't want to alarm her. "Yeah," he lied, "go back to sleep." 

Starting to walk out the room, she called out to him. "Wait!" 

Side-stepping, there was almost a desperate look on her face. "What is it?" Pausing, she stopped herself from speaking any further. The courage she had for that fleeting moment, was gone. Walking back to her, he tilted her chin up between his thumb and forefinger. "Talk to me." 

"W-would you stay with me?"

Smiling down at her, Ezekiel was glad she found her courage for something so simple. "Of course." 

Walking to the other side of the bed, he crawled in next to her, pulling the girls small form flush against his. She yelped slightly feeling his muscular arm wrap around her. Burying his face in her hair, he took a deep inhale of her scent. For the first time in Aylin's life, she felt warmth. 

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An ear piercing screech rousted both Ezekiel and Aylin out of bed. 

Focusing her eyes, that woman from the throne room was standing there screaming her head off. Loud boot thumping came in behind her. 

"Jesus, woman!" Ezekiel bellowed, "shut up!" 

Quill came up behind her, with two other soldiers. "What's going on?"

"That! That is what's going on!" the woman yelled, pointing at Aylin. 

Ezekiel stormed toward the angry woman. "Do not speak to her that way!" 

"She's weak! She's pathetic! Kill her and be done, already!" 

Roaring in her face, the woman recoiled. "Get her out of my sight!"

Quill grabbed her arm, pulling her from the room, but not before he shot Aylin a wink. Embarrassed, she looked away. 

Ezekiel slammed the door shut, roughly running his hands through his hair. Aylin got up, putting a hand on his chest, calming him down, instantly. "It's alright," she whispered. 

Looking down to the small woman beside him, he scooped her up into his arms. Resting her head on his chest, he kissed her hair. Immediately, Ezekiel felt how feather light she was. First thing she needed to do was gain weight, and get healthy. 

"Get dressed, and we can get some breakfast, alright?" 

Nodding, he placed her on Aylin on her feet. "Wait for me before you leave." Nodding, he went to his own room to change.  

Jogging back to her, he opened the door not seeing his mate. "Ay?" he called out. 

Poking her head out of the bathroom, her hair was wet. "Sorry, I wanted to shower." She looked almost ashamed making Ezekiel wait. Then she did something he didn't expect; she stepped out in only a towel. 

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