#Chapter 184: Remembrance
I woke up to the sun streaming through my window and the sound of the birds chirping outside. There was a soft smile on my face as I held the love of my life in my arms, and as I listened to her gentle breathing, I couldn’t help but bend down and kiss the dark hair on top of her head.
Her voice was soft and gentle, like music to my ears. It made my smile widen, and I pushed myself up onto my elbow, planting a kiss on her nose. I watched her eyes flicker open below me, and she smiled up at me.
“Good morning, Selena,” I whispered.
Selena grinned. “Good morning,
I planted another kiss on her forehead,then sat up fully and rubbed my tired eyes. Our wedding day was ticking closer, slowly but surely, and I couldn’t be more excited. This morning, we were supposed to meet with her father, the Alpha King, to discuss the mating ceremony.
“Did you sleep well?” she asked, sitting up and leaning her chin on my shoulder while her finger traced circles on my back, sending shivers down my spine.
I nodded. “I slept very well,” I said. ” Although… I had a weird dream…”
“Hmm?” Selena responded, furrowing her brow. “Is everything okay?”
“Yes, of course,” I replied, closing my eyes against the warmth of the sun as I pictured my dream. “It was just… Well, it was stupid. I shouldn’t even bother.” “Come on,” Selena insisted. “Please tell me.” I nodded and let out a sigh. “Okay. Well … I dreamed that you put a spell on me. There was this other girl, and she looked a lot like you. I think she was your twin or something? Anyway… In my dream, this girl was supposed to be my mate or something, but you put a spell on me to make me forget her and you were holding me captive here. Isn’t that dumb?”
I let out a chuckle. When I opened my eyes and turned to face Selena, however, she was not laughing; in fact, her face was twisted into a pained scowl. “What do you mean?” she whimpered, scooting away from me and folding her arms across my chest. ” D-Do you really think I would do something like that? W-Would you leave me for another girl?”
“What?” I responded, spinning around to face my bride-to-be. “Of course not, baby! I would never think either of those things! You know how much I love you.”
Selena paused, pouting for a moment, and stared down at her lap. I heard her sniffle, and it made my heart ache. 1 knew I shouldn’t have told her about that dream. It was meaningless, and it only hurt her feelings.
“Baby…” I cooed, wrapping my arms around her and pulling her closer, “you know it was just a dream. It doesn’t mean anything. In fact, the longer I stay awake, the less I can even remember it.”
Selena was silent for a few moments. I gently rocked her back and forth and kissed the top of her head until she finally tilted her head back and looked up at me with her big, round eyes.
“Promise?” she whispered?
Her eyes were so mesmerizing as 1 looked into them… So blue and hypnotie In fact, now that I thought about it, I
couldn’t even remember what I had
said just now to begin with.
“I promise,” I responded with a smile.”
You’re my one and only.”
That morning, we got ready for breakfast. I put on the suit that Selena picked out for me and met her down in front of the dining hall, where the Alpha King, the Luna, and my father awaited us. Today was a big day; today, we would be choosing the location of our mating ceremony.
I had only recently returned to the mansion. Just a few days prior, I was off fighting against the evil Crescents, an opposing faction of werewolves that wanted to take over the world. We won a bloody battle, and finally I returned home. The entire time I fought, I only kept thinking about Selena’s beautiful face waiting for me, praying for me to come home safely. Sometimes, I got her eye color a little confused I think it was just the stress from all of the fighting, but I sometimes pictured her as having brown eyes instead of blue eyes and sometimes I accidentally messed up her name, thinking that she was called Nina. When I told her this after finally coming home, she only laughed and gave me a special tea that she said would help with the stress of the battle. When I drank it, I stopped making these mistakes for the most part, although I did occasionally have a strange dream here or there, or a moment where I thought that Selena was up to something sinister. I knew, however, that it was just from the fighting. I was only home for a few days, and I was already beginning to feel much better, soon, I wouldn’t be having these issues at all.
The servants opened the doors to the dining hall. Selena and I smiled at each other before walking in, holding hands. I strode over to the table ahead of her and pulled her chair out before taking a seat myself.
“It’s so nice to see young love, isn’t it?” the Alpha King asked, turning to face the Luna. “Remember when we were like that?”
The Luna only shrugged. I didn’t think that she liked me very much; whenever she looked at me, she was incredibly cold. I could sense a bit of hatred behind her eyes, and I wasn’t entirely sure why. But she didn’t ever seem to act on that hatred, so I didn’t pay it much attention.
Selena grinned, not noticing her step- mother’s coldness, and placed her hand on my thigh.
“Enzo and I were talking, and we think we might want to have the mating ceremony out by the big pond,” she
said. “You know, the one out in the
woods a little ways.”
“Ah.” The Alpha King smiled amicably and cut his sausage with a fork and knife. “That’s a beautiful spot. Maybe today we can ride out there and take a look. All of us. Wouldn’t that be nice?”
My father, who had been incredibly
quiet as of late, only nodded. I glanced
over at him; he hadn’t yet touched his
“Are you okay, dad?” I asked, leaning
over and patting his shoulder. “Tired?”
My father simply shook his head. He’d been pale lately, and getting thinner by the day. He even looked several years older; if this went on for long, I wanted him to see a doctor, but Selena and the Luna both insisted that he was fine. I couldn’t help but believe them; they were both skilled with medicine. But as my father sat there, speechless and shivering, his gaze slid over to me.
And there was more behind his eyes than just exhaustion.
He looked terrified, and his eyes seemed to be pleading for me to run away as fast as I could.
But why would I run from the love of my life?