My world was changing with every second that passed. Not even two months after my 25th birthday and I had found and lost the love of my life. Though even that was hard to explain in that I’d known him my whole life but didn’t remember him.
I earned a clan of dragons by killing their leader. The hierarchy of the supernatural was always the most powerful on top. And defending my life and those of people I cared about gave me the power.
And then with Alex’s help I beat back the demon that had controlled my life. It was freeing, but so fucking scary too. It was just another change I had to deal with.
And then by some prophetic destiny Alex brings home a book that is meant for me. Fucking thing is gone now, but I know who took it. We need to get it back so they can’t figure out how to use it.
But this book brought the Vampire council to my door step with their fucking problems. Their problems turned out to be my problems and we now have a much bigger worry than a few rogue vampires and therians accidentally revealing the supernatural to our human brethren.
I have my own vampire blood line tied to me. Well not one, but two not to mention the tie that binds me to Ant. We all then find out about this triumvirate and soul mates bond. Alex becomes Chevalier to Ant and on top of our already intensive powers we now cross powers a little. I’m picking up random thoughts, Alex is seeing the vibe of patterns, Ant isn’t noticing much other than his lovely I can walk in the sun.
Not to mention the fact that Alex and I have two kids on the way. Ours biologically, but Ant’s girlfriend and soul mate is our surrogate mother through magical means.
And that’s just the personal stuff. We had a whole shit ton of community things to deal with. But I just couldn’t deal with it all. I needed a break, we could interrogate Valence later. We could do it all later.
I had a to make it up to Alex. I was a dick and I felt horrible about being a broken mess. I wasn’t feeling much at the moment as the protective spell still coursed through my veins. It had saved my people, but I didn’t have the power to burn it off. I needed to recharge – food and sleep. But it left me feeling decidedly numb.
Ryan followed me to my room, muttered he’d get it all settled and text me. He didn’t want to be obtrusive about his success or failure while he knew I had family things to deal with. I didn’t even know if Alex was still mad at me. It was late and I checked on each of the kids as I walked past their rooms to mine. Or I tried to; none of them where there.
My heart skipped a beat as I thought of the places they could be but as I pushed open the door to my room everyone was snoozing on our bed. Alex sat on the edge running his fingers over Hunter’s cheek. He looked up when I walked in with a frown. I didn’t like that look.
My love leaned down and whispered, “Sleep,” in Hunter’s ear and then came towards me and nodded in the doors direction. He wanted to talk – which was good – so did I.
“Was there a nightmare?” I asked when Alex shut the door and started walking towards the kitchen. Food was always welcomed by either of us.
He shook his head, “No, but we need to work on his shields, they’re weak.”
I nodded, I was a little anxious about it all. I blurted out, “Are we okay?”
He stopped our forward progress and pressed me against the wall. His lips pressed against mine and his whole body seemed to collapse against me. My arms snaked around his waist and pulled him closer. If we’d been anywhere else the clothes could have come off. But we were standing in the hall and while there was a certain amount of thrill in the act of getting caught, we didn’t need to get caught by the innocent souls down the hall.
Alex broke away breathless, pulled himself away completely with a smirk. “We’re good. But we are going to fight.”
I nodded. “I know. But it’s been a stressful month.” it had only been a month, everything still boggled my mind the amount of shit that had happened.
“It has,” Alex agreed as he held out his hand for me to take his.
I took it with a deep breath wishing it was more. “Which is why I had Ryan make plans for all of us to go on a family vacation.”
“I know. But you think that’s really a good idea. We have traitors among us. The book was taken, Nox. I don’t like that thing being out in the wild. Much less in our house, but here it’s safe. With you. And where it belongs.”
I put a finger to his lips and I smiled interrupting his rant. “It’s okay Alex. We have people working on it. And if we don’t we will before we leave in the morning. I promise. But we need a break. You and me. The kids. I need a fucking break.”
“Can you even do that?” Alex asked.
I snickered, “If I’m King, why not?”
Alex chuckled as he pressed me against the wall again. “I’ll King you…” he said before pressing his lips against my neck and then sucking and biting hard. He had no need to mark me but he loved it so. And I loved the feel of his mouth on my neck. Even with the numbing from the rune still on my skin I felt more alive with Alex’s hands on me. His mouth. I wanted skin. I need him in away I never thought possible. He was like air and I was gasping for i