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Chapter 5 Could Be The Last

  • Keren's POV
  • It is a week now, and I remain doomed. I have no idea why life continues to throw crap my way. I mean, this pregnancy might be something I did want, as it's my ticket out of here, but Alpha King Aarav isn't even here to validate our agreement, which means I'd give birth to this child by myself.
  • Throughout the past few days, I have been sober. I wasn't even allowed to talk with Alsie, and I cannot see a valid reason, of course. They say it is the kingdom's custom.
  • Currently, it is night, and I am standing in front of Alsie. She is to leave tonight, so I can be fully taken care of. The custom requires that I be checked by just the royal accomplices. I have no idea what that means.
  • Dustfang, on the other hand, is literally my shadow now.
  • I sniffled. "You saw the torture I am passing through, did you not, sis?" I said to her, and she shares with me a pitiful look. I looked away because, it hurts. I grabbed her by her hands.
  • The carriage has arrived.
  • "I am so sorry." She told me softly.
  • I smiled and was about to pull her into a hug when Dustfang appeared next to me. "My Luna, I cannot allow you to embrace another except it is the Alpha King. It endangers..."
  • I scoffed and then frowned, "Say one more word there, and I might just bounce on you, totally forgetting that I am with a child." I have only had a baby bump, and they are saying this. Let's give it a few more weeks, and I won't even be allowed to touch my own body.
  • Alsie's lips twitched up, and I pulled her into a tight hug. "No issues. Just let Father know I have my own plans to get myself out of here, hopefully, but if it does not work, he must find a way to get me out of here. At least, having given the royalty a child should give me peace." I say this to her, and she shakes her head.
  • "Keren, no..." I frowned at her tone, "Father has no plan to get you out of here." The moment I hear it, I stepped back from her, breaking body contact.
  • "What?"
  • She is kidding. She must be.
  • "I'm sorry. It's what I wanted to discuss with you the other day. I had come here because of that. I wanted to let you know my own plans." She stopped all of a sudden, seeing the look of betrayal in my eyes.
  • Even though I had no choice, my stepfather had promised to get me back into the pack after I had given the Alpha King what he wanted, which was a child. I know that now, and that is why I made that agreement with him, too. This was all supposed to be my escape, not my entrapment.
  • "Sis."
  • I raised my gaze to meet hers. She is begging me inwardly. "Get her back safely." I said to the footman: And following, I turn my back and head into my prison, except this one is titled a castle and built with these huge fancy rocks.
  • As I take my steps, I breathe in and out because I might fall. I feel broken and exhausted all of a sudden. Dustfang follows me closely. He doesn't keep his presence hidden. I hear Alsie's call from behind, but I won't pull back.
  • There is one more thing I can do for myself, and it will involve the Alpha King's enemies—hunters. They would be my savior. I just have to reach out to them. If I am not protected by my own species or by the ones I have left as a family, there's no reason why I won't try this option.
  • Out of the blue, Alpha Arley appears in front of me. I am not as shocked as I used to be. He has a serious look in his eyes.
  • "Keren, I shall like to converse, please. Would the rooftop do?" The night is freezing, but that's a lesser punishment than being in that mad king's room. I hate him so much. I shouldn't have accepted carrying his child.
  • I nodded my head and followed Alpha Arley. My next words stopped him. "No, let's take the elevator." I say, and he raises his brows.
  • "Of course." He is quite surprised, I did say.
  • "Dustfang, do us a favor. Wheel us up." I commanded and he stuttered, wanting to say a word but, alas, not.
  • "Yes, my Luna."
  • As he wheeled us, Alpha Arley chuckled all of a sudden. "There is a guard there who could have done the job you gave to Dustfang, but of course, something tells me you don't like him at all."
  • I look to his side and shook my head. "He acts like he rules over me, just like the Alpha King."
  • Alpha Arley looked at me with total disbelief and amusement. "Keep this bravery up, and your voice will reach out someday." He says it with a smile on his fine face.
  • On my side, I am sober.
  • We got to the rooftop, and Alpha Arley leads to the rails. I close my eyes at the cold, sharp prickling of my skin. It isn't hurtful, though.
  • There's a moment of silence. "I saw the fight between you and Alsie." Of course, he knows her name. Why am I not surprised?
  • "Okay?"
  • "All right, I don't know what is going on in your head, but Keren, I shall like to tell you that my stepbrother isn't as bad as you think."
  • I stopped him from any further wording: "Do you pity me, or are you saving your brother in my eyes?"
  • He smiled. "Neither, actually." I shake my head. I do not trust his words right now.
  • "I'm being honest." That called for my attention. "I don't pity you, but I could only relate. I didn't become your friend to sympathize with you. I don't have that time." Oh, it's honesty time. "Rather, I am in a similar situation as you, here, except mine is different though, so I understand how the ones you see as family could make you feel bad."
  • "I see," I said, and he chuckled.
  • "Do you not believe?"
  • "I just cannot ascertain," I replied.
  • "And speaking of my stepbrother,"
  • "Oops," I said, rolling my eyes. I thought we would not talk about it.
  • "He's not as bad as he wants everyone to think." Repeating his statement earlier.
  • "Well, when you do not talk or work on how you wish to be seen, then you become an assumption. It is through people's thinking that they define you, and they do not care whether or not you can relate to it." I say with a frown, and he cracks up as he appraises me.
  • "Ah, I see you giving us a smart speech. I see you're growing on me," he said, sounding so sure that I cracked up a laugh as well. Then, when we stopped, I ask. "I want honesty. Is he truly cold-hearted and barbaric?"
  • "I cannot be sure, but in my thoughts, he is not. He is only confused and unsure of his feelings. He's been without a mate all his life, so what else could be thought of his personality?" He suggested. "Aarav would show a hard core of himself just so he remains that strong person his title demands, but on the inside..." Alpha Arley is interrupted by an interruption from behind us.
  • "I see we are talking about me as a whole subject here. How about the man of the hour be invited?" Chimes in the familiar voice of Alpha King Aarav.