Taking a deep breath and listening to Rage giving me the green light to tell the young king I thought of Elena.

"Where's Ellie?" I asked.

"Scouting for training grounds," he answered with a proud smile on his face. I nodded in acceptance with a proud smile on my face also.

"Good. So Vincent mentioned my family's name huh?" I started. The brief shock of mentioning his father's name simmered to pain.

"Why didn't you tell me?" he asked softly.

"I was under oath by a reigning king to keep your identity intact. He explained it will be broken when you read that last entry. Old magic he explained," I said.

Dimitri nodded solemnly wiping at a rogue tear that fell from his eyes before taking a deep shuddering breath. "That's father alright. I always thought he was obsessed with protection and security but when word of my uncle's family and pack being attacked, I understood," he said.

I nodded my head understanding what he meant, Vincent explained how his two siblings and their families were killed. The Elders back in Russia were assassinated and the close attempts in kidnapping Dimitri.

"My family has quite a history. It's one to be proud of when it's counted as a damn fairytale around moon solstice," I started with a wry smile on my face.

"The Hybrid Crown was a story I loved when I was in Russia. It made me feel like I wasn't alone in this world with this upcoming responsibility," he interjected taking a seat in the leather chair before me.

"Though I'm no longer a part of a pack I still feel the sense of responsibility. My original family name is Valentino, bloodline stemmed from Italy. It was during the first wars the Royal family was introduced by Selene. The wars have been going on since the first creatures of the night existed. Vamps and wolves fought for dominance since then and even now. The mating of a vamp and wolf was frowned upon but when the first hybrid child was born, Selene took that opportunity to establish a hierarchy that we all needed. Maron and Elena Valentino produced a male and the moon goddess gifted him with magic similar to yours,"

"Elena?" he asked already enraptured by the story.

"Yes. The name Elena have been passed down in generations as a sign of respect to our lineage," I explained. He nodded so I continued on.

"With each mating of the royals, the bloodlines have been mixed creating a strong line. It was in the 1300's when my family saw how human influence has been corrupting our people. They were losing their way. The throne tried their best to keep the knowledge of the supernatural under wraps but there were few who felt that the humans needed to know that they were here. A rebellion began. Those who stayed loyal to the crown left Italy with them while the rebellion stayed. The humans who felt threatened took matters into their own hands,"


"Yes. It took a toll on the Royals to feel their people die. They arrived in the Americas for a new start. Blending in with the humans before finding secluded forested areas to build homes. When this was done, protective charms were placed on each household. This went on for a decade before Elena Valentino the fifth went to Selene. She was mated to a human and grew confused. Mother knew how weak the family was getting and this way was their way out upon one condition. They become protectors. Silent protectors. The throne can be abdicated but the bloodline will remain tied to her. A sort of alpha role to nomads of all supernatural kind. Our family saw it as a way of keeping humans blind in the most subtle way. Elena agreed to it but we were still considered Royal to the older wolves. We were also kept in the know of the new Royal family."

"And the magic?"

"It died out, not that anyone missed it."

"So you're my protector till the threat is resolved?"

I smiled his way and nodded, "You can say you have extreme protection after all you are now mated to a princess and protector."

He rolled his eyes, chuckling lightly. He sobered a bit. "I thought it was a ploy by mother when Dante revealed Lena's true nature. I was conflicted and hurt then in return I hurt her," he explained.

"Yeah, she tends to make us go through trials before telling the truth,"

"I thought she was too easy in accepting my abdication and leaving me with my magic," Dimitri huffed in annoyance and got up from his seat.

"When the pack is formed and you and Ellie fully mate, both bloodlines will be tied together. It will make you both powerful. Extremely so. I think she did this for a reason," I said joining him by the window, mimicking his stance.

"Your thoughts?"

"The surrounding Alphas and I have been keeping an eye on missing persons among our kind and humans. A pattern of some sort is happening. Newly shifted males and females who live in human towns have been reported missing then humans between 18 and 24 been disappearing for weeks then returned. Their state differs from being withdrawn to downright 'happier than before',"

"The wolves?" Seeing the furrow on his brows I can tell he was coming to the same conclusion as I was.

"No return. You remember why we keep newly shifted wolves away from the pack?" I asked.

"Instincts and wolf are most primal before they adjust to domestic life," he answered carefully.

"Did you know that a gene in our DNA can be plucked out and use for someone's own personal use?"


I nodded my head in confirmation. "I believe this is why Mother is so particular in the Royal pairing. The alphas and I even Ellie believe our people are being used to create some type of soldier. We have eyes on the humans who return and took note of their changes. Muscle development has grown, speed, hearing, in some cases their sense of smell have been tested. Their strength is as great of our pure-bred wolf. The humans before their disappearance didn't socialize with each other but after, they are the best of buddies. Some called it a support group crap but we have our thoughts. Alpha Adam has a few loyal humans in high places, they're our ears outside of here," I explained.

"But why get rid of us?" he asked sighing in frustration.

"Who can protect their own kind miles away without breaking a sweat? Offer magical protection and so forth" I asked.


"My sentiments exactly but these people who took down your family is someone who seems harmless to yall. Any ideas?"

His face became dark, a low angry growl escaped him. If I was a simple wolf I would have been cowering by the dangerous aura surround the kid. "I can think of a few."

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