Chapter CHAPTER 54
lt;pgt;The morning that was not welcomed, bloomed across the horizon anyways. Selena sat on the edge of
bed, naked and duvet pulled up to her chest. She used to waking up naked once in a while before this,
but now, it seems to be a norm. Oddly, her face is dull, filled with heart ache and sorrow. She doesn't
know how long she has been sitting stoned, gazing empty upon the sunlight pouring through the
window in her room. The whole house is quiet. Zaden is still sleeping behind her, hugging a pillow,
probably thinking that it's her. It hit her hard, this is the day that will actually change her life, leaving
behind no choice. Well, climbing mountain Manuka would be the first life changing day but she was
given the option to return to her old life. Samrat Kingdom wouldn't give her that chance. She frowned
when all of a sudden, a memory flashed between her grey eyes. She flustered and struggled. Various
images popped up in her mental window. Dried up single tree, screeching scream of a woman, a log, a
wooden hut, rain piercing down in drops from the dark sky above, a sob, a large thorn and finally the
sea. It was too rapid and none except for the sea looked familiar. She rubbed her temple in attempt to
calm down. Her tummy began to harden up like the day before, hard like a rock. A warm palm
embraced her shoulder, snapping her out of her momentary struggle
lt;pgt;“Hey...are you feeling sick?” it is Zaden, concerned about her as he slides his hand to her forehead,
checking her temperature.
lt;pgt;“Nothing...I'm fine” Selena turned around to face Zaden, with a gentle smile that only radiates pain,
written all over her face. Zaden clasped the back of her neck, bringing it close to him, bumping his
forehead with hers
lt;pgt;“Don't worry, ok? Everything will be fine...”he whispered
lt;pgt;“Is that a promise?” Selena asked low and Zaden silenced to that. He really can't promise that
everything will be fine but he sure is prepared for the after math. Her eyes trailed down. It aches to see
the little bubbly girl drop her head in sorrow. She shuffled into Zaden's chest, pushing him back to bed
in the processlt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;“Can we stay like this for a while?” she whispered, and he nodded. She snuggled into him, hoping to
freeze the moment and he hugged her across her shoulders. They don't know how long they have
been like that.
lt;pgt;“We have business running in town, they are auto-pilot. Keeps generating money for your whole life.
You don't need to do much, dad will take care of it” Selena looked up with a frown as she swallowed
her saliva. He combed his finger through her hairline
lt;pgt;“There is a safe box in communal room, under the bar counter. Password is 094563, same as for all my
credit and bank cards.” he continued
lt;pgt;“And its Hazel Black, if it's a girl and Aslan Black if it's a boy...” he whispered, and tears rolled down her
lt;pgt;“Don't you dare” she said through her gritted teeth and pushed herself to sit
lt;pgt;“Selena...” Zaden wanted to make sense to her but what he got in return is a slap on his cheeks. In
inhaled slowly, calming himself down.
lt;pgt;“NO!!! Don't you dare do that to me!!!” she shouted at him. Zaden is now sitting, duvet covering till his
navel. He stretched his hands in attempt to hug her but she swats it away too.
lt;pgt;“Don't you dare do that to me, Zaden Black!!!” she shouted again as more and more tears rolled off.
The door flung open as Orion and others rushed into the room, panicked. Selena snapped her head to
them, revealing her tear streaming eye. Zaden clasped the back of her head and pulled it toward him,
burying her into his chest and she started crying even more.
lt;pgt;“Shu...It's just a precautionary step. Just in case, ok? I'm sorry, I didn't mean to hurt you...” he laid a
kiss on her hair. Orion softened and a clench felt in his heart. He understood the pain. Zaden even hadlt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;him prepared for the worst. Orion guided everyone out. Selena let out all her depression on Zaden's
chest as he caressed the back of her head, trying to calm her down.
lt;pgt;It was somewhere around 2pm when a gentle knock came from the outside the room. Makeala opened
the door. Zaden and Selena were still wrapped in their duvet, only now, Selena is coiled on Zaden's
lap, hands wrapped around his neck and he is partially leaned on the head board. Makeala sighed out
and walked to them, sitting by the bed foot
lt;pgt;“Selena...sweety...come on now...” Selena shook her head, refusing to let Zaden go, after all, it's ‘her
lt;pgt;“Selena..I understand its hard...but you need to eat...at least for the baby... He is our next alpha, he
needs to have a strong foundation...” Selena remained silent for a minute
lt;pgt;“Plus, it's Alpha Zaden Black, from Mountain Manuka. Didn't you hear his 38 rogue story, yesterday?”
Makeala softly caressed Selena's arms.
lt;pgt;“Come on... lets get a bath, please...” Zaden said
lt;pgt;“I have a bowl of prunes for you...” Makeala raised her eyebrow and said with anticipation. It made
Selena huff out a laugh between her tears. Makeala laughed as well
lt;pgt;“I will be there...” Selena said softly and Makeala left the room. They got bathed and headed out of the
room for lunch.
lt;pgt;Hours roll by like minutes and there wasn't enough time to be spent between Zaden and Selena, there
will never be enough time for the two of them, thou. It is now 5.30pm and they are getting ready to
leave to the sparing ground.lt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;“Makeala, make sure she eats and sleeps on time. If she gets grumpy, you know what to do. The ice
cream is in the refrigerator.” Zaden and Makeala exchanged a smile
lt;pgt;“Wait, you are leaving us here?” Selena asked with a frown
lt;pgt;“Of course, it is dangerous for you two...” Zaden said
lt;pgt;“It is dangerous for you too, that isn't stopping you. Please, papa...I want to come, I will go nuts sitting
here. Not knowing what had happened there” Selena plead to Ozrain and he looked for approval from
Zaden. It wasn't part of the plan, it will get messier and harder to split these 2 from the crowd if things
doesn't go well. But he also knows that you can't refuse or change Selena's decision. He sighed and
stretched his arm out, signaling her to come to him and she immediately ran into his chest, he wrapped
his arms around her shoulder. All the way to the sparing ground, he kept repeating orders to Selena
lt;pgt;“If they seem even a little rebellious, I need you to run out of the island. You understand?” Selena
lt;pgt;“You and Makeala, stand in the middle of pack, understood?” she nodded, and it continued. They have
finally reached the sparing ground. The whole ground was encircled with old and young pack members,
thousands of them. It was alarming to see so many werewolves at one spot and it reflected in Selena's
eye as it widens. Zaden exhaled before licking his lips and looking down at Selena
lt;pgt;“And baby...” Selena looked up at him. He flexed his arms around her shoulder and pulling her close to
him while another hand held her cheeks, he gave a kiss on her lips. A much needed token of
remembrance, a deep, loveable kiss.
lt;pgt;“I love you...” he whispered to her, and she nodded again with a worried eye. The others couldn't ignore
the agony between this 2, it effects even the new acquaintance,Ozrain's pack.lt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;As they approached, the crowd in front silenced and parted away, providing clearance for Ozrain and
his pack. A sparing ground that spreads to about 50 feet in diameter with wooden handrails marking its
perimeter came to vision. In the middle of the circle, Epsilon sat in a chair, legs crossed and an evil
smirk on his face. Selena's stomach automatically hardened up, like rock.
lt;pgt;“Welcome...” he said as his eye focused on Selena in Zaden's arm. He snapped his fingers and a wolf
brought out a chair and placed it in front of Selena.
lt;pgt;“Please, have a seat...” He then, waved his hand and a few she-wolfs with trays of drinks and
chocolates approached them with a warm smile.
lt;pgt;“A welcome drink...forgive me for serving you out here, my dear goddess. There is a whole feast being
prepared specially for you in the mansion. We can indulge together once this whole crap is over...”
clearly, he was talking only to Selena, earning a glare from all other 14 members.
lt;pgt;“A soft corner from you will ensure that nothing goes downhill when this is over” he smirked again. His
words interpret as ‘Drink or I will kill your mate if I win’
lt;pgt;With that polite threat, Selena sat on the chair, crossed her leg, and grabbed a goblet with red juice.
The whole pack followed her and grabbed a goblet, chuck it down. Selena looked into the goblet and
her stomach began to churn. Her throat felt bitter and nausea hit her in the chest. She closed her eye
and brought the goblet near to her mouth, tilt it up. Epsilon smiled, assuming she had taken the
lt;pgt;“So, shall we begin?” Epsilon said and Zaden and Orion walked forward. Zaden took off his shirt with
eyes blazing at Epsilon. Epsilon raised up from his chair and clasped his hands together
lt;pgt;“Well...lets set clear lines first. I am gambling my kingdom for Selena. If you win, you get to keep
Selena and the kingdom. If I win, I get to keep Selena and the kingdom. No one, including my wolfs are
allowed to use their special abilities during this fight, meaning Samrats are not to use their commandinglt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;tone. If they do, I automatically win the fight. Simple, agreed?” he looked at Zaden and Zaden looked
back at Ozrain. He nodded and so, Zaden nodded as well.
lt;pgt;“Let's begin then” right at that moment, a murmur evoked behind Epsilon and they parted making way
to the delicate beauty coming through. Queen Aira, in white dress looking angelic, came stood behind
lt;pgt;“Ah... Aira!!! What a pleasant surprise. Aira, meet Selena...” Epsilon looked at Selena
lt;pgt;“Selena, meet Aira...” Epsilon then walked back, gently grabbing Aira’s hands and placed a gentle kiss
on the back of her hand while she stood there like a lifeless statue, her eye focused on Ozrain. Epsilon
who caught her eye, grabbed her cheeks harshly between his fingers and turned her to look at him
lt;pgt;“Ah ah...we talked about this Aira. You are mine. Now, go wait for me inside the mansion. Thank you”
with that, Aira slowly turned around, not willing to leave the place but given no choice. She paced away
slowly, occasionally looking back at Ozrain with a longing eye.lt;/pgt;