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“Annie, we called you here because Luke..” The Queen paused and I could tell she was not happy, but Joel stepped forward and interrupted her.


“May I please explain to her, I think it would be better?” The Queen nodded her head as my eyes darted around the room for some type of clue of what was going on.



I felt really uneasy about this whole thing and everyone avoiding eye contact was not helping as a strong felling telling me to run was growing. Joel turned around and walked over slowly toward were I was rooted to the floor. He didn't look at me; he was looking at the ground rubbing the back of his neck as he stopped in front of me and finally looked up at me. His eyes told me that he was feeling really guilty and sad about whatever was going on.



“Joel, what’s going on?” I asked softly, trying to get some type of reassuring with the way I was feeling.


“Annie, do you remember earlier today when we were in the hall?”


“Yeah, what about it?” I glanced around everyone was either looking at the floor or the ceiling.


“I lied to you, and I’m sorry for that.” Joel dropped eye contact with me.


“You lied to me about what?” I took a step away from him, I really hate being lied to and he knew that.


“Annie, I’m sorry, the Prince ordered me not to say anything to you. I had no choice,” he said pleading with me to understand, but he was still avoiding my question.


“What did you lie about Joel?” He took a deep breath.


“Why I was in the stairway with Leah,” I had to glare at the bitch across the room but she was looking at her feet sheepishly which was very unlike her, “I was there talking to her because I figured out on the council meeting that, Leah and I are-”


“No!” I shook my head taking a step back “Anybody but her!” I screamed at him.


“Annie, I’m sorry, I didn't know until today.”


“No, I don't really care when it happen, why does it have to be her? You deserve someone so much better than that bitch!” I yelled at him, it was my worse fear, I always knew he might have a mate but I just didn't want it to be that leach.


“Who do you think is better than me, you? You are the bitch Annie; you can’t even accept your own mate.” Leah yelled back at me, and something about her words stabbed lightly in the pit of my stomach.


“Joel, please tell me that this is a sick joke. Is Luke forcing you to do this?” The room became very still and quiet.


“Annie, Luke banned us from being together, he ordered Leah and I to stay away from each other and that we were never to tell you.” I just shook my head. Joel couldn't be mates with Leah, she was a horrible person and Joel is wonderful in every way, he deserves someone equally as wonderful, not the leach from hell. Today had been stressful enough and now this to add on to it. Everything that has already happened, I just wanted to cry for a while and to have a normal life. I felt Joel’s hand brush my check as I realized that tears were streaming down my face.


“Annie, I need you to understand that what we had was real love, I do love you so much and there will always be a special place in my heart for you and only you,” I nodded my head in response, “the way I feel about you hasn't changed, and these feelings I have developed for Leah are just different than what we had.” He said as he squeezed my hand to let me know that he was still here for me.


“But why does it have to be her?” I managed to choke out but Joel shrugged.


“I don't know Annie, maybe it was chance, maybe fate is giving us both a chance to move on and be with our mates.” He gave me a look that I had seen many times, the look of honesty.


“Annie, I am a very patient man, I have tried to stay out of yours and Luke's business, but there doesn't seem to be any progress being made and this situation seems to be crumbling faster by the day,” the King said in an official tone that shocked everyone when it cut through the silent room, “by tomorrow you both better have fixed this or the Queen and I will start the search for a willing and suitable Queen.” My heart sank again as he said the word and I could feel tears falling down my face. “Annie you will also be a part of a process to help pick the next Queen since, it’s clear that my son has a very bad taste in choosing his own replacement, do you understand?”


“This is ridicules.” I said trying to hold back as much as of the tears as I could.


“I want to know if you understand.” The King said in irritated voice.


“Yes.” I said not looking at him and really just wanting to leave.


“Good, you are all dismissed.” The second he said the words I bolted from the room as fast as I could.



I ran straight for the stairwell so I didn't run into anyone, I just wanted to be alone after all of that. Whenever I think I catch a break and things could get better something else happens and causes more pain. We just had a council meeting that saved my bond and possibly Luke's life then only a few hours later his parents were pushing to get the bond broken. I know they gave other options but only giving us a few hours to try to fix the problems between us was basically setting me up to fail. At some point I heard Macy yelling my name, but I didn't even want to speak to her I just hated everyone and everything about this place. I just wanted a break, there is only so much a person can take, and I really just needed a break from everyone telling me what to do and how to do it.



When I got to my room I screamed out of frustration and stomped over my bed. I grabbed a pillow and sat down on the ground, moving the green fluffy pillow over my face I screamed into it. I wished silently that this would all go away. It’s sick and twisted, and the whole issue with Joel I couldn't understand why it had to be Leah, I hated her the most and now the boy that I grew up with and cared about was going to be stuck with her for the rest of his life.



“Annie, I’m really sorry about Joel, when I brought him here it was only to make you happy. I never imagined they would be mates, I only ordered them to stay apart because you loved him and I couldn’t let him hurt you by leaving you.” I lifted my head from the pillow to see him leaning against the bed post, looking toward the window.


“You shouldn't have done that, it’s not your decision to make,” I said angry with him always trying to control everyone and everything, “you can’t control other people’s lives Luke; Joel has every right to leave me whenever he wants to for whatever reason, as I have the same rights.”


“I am fully aware of that Annie, I was just trying to keep you happy because you wanted him and I didn't want you to get hurt.” He said in a raged voice.


“You didn't want me to get hurt, then why couldn't you have just left me alone, you hurt me the minute you brought me here! As well as every second since I've been here.” I screamed at him, he just rolled his eyes and threw his hands in the air.


“I give up Annie, I can’t do this anymore.” Luke said in a frustrated voice as he walked out of the room.



I quickly got up off the ground and went to my door that was closed, I was so sick and tired of him getting angry and the minute he doesn't like what he hears or when things don't go his way he just runs off and does whatever he wants. I was not done talking and he was going to sit and listen to what I had to say whether he liked it or not. When I opened my door I heard a another door slamming shut, I walked out into the hall and saw Max and Macy talking about halfway between my room and Luke's. They looked shocked to see me but I started walking toward them still angry, I deiced I really just didn't want to have to deal with them at this time. I started banging on Luke's door when I heard Max behind me.



“Annie, he left your room for a reason, just let him be.”


“Max, why don't you mind your own business?” I growled at him and decided that I was not going to sit and wait for Luke to let me in, since he never knocks or asks to come into my room. I think I have every right to go in his the same way.



I pushed Luke's door open and was shocked at how similar the room was designed and decorated, it was hard to tell the color because the room was very dark. The only light that was in the room was the moon light that came through the window and the fire place had a large fire roaring. The door clicked shut only a second after I entered and began to feel fear creeping up my spine. This was the first time I had ever been inside Luke's room. What was stranger was I didn't see Luke anywhere and it made me feel really nervous. I stood there frozen trying to think of something to do.



“I never gave you permission to enter my room.” Luke’s voice sounded cold and annoyed, and I heard what sounded like water sloshing around in a container.



I looked to where his voice had came from, and noticed his feet on the ground. He was sitting in a tall chair that hid most of his body. I walked over to where he sat, because he might be done talking but I sure as hell wasn't, I had things I wanted to say and was tired of never getting my chance to talk. I stopped when I could fully see him, he sat pinching the bridge of his noise with one hand and his eyes were closed. In his other hand he held a clear glass bottle of what smelt like a very strong alcohol.



“ I don't care if you didn't give me permission, you never ask for mine, and now you know how it feels every time I want to be alone for a few seconds to collect myself from whatever you've done and then you barge into my room.” I yelled at him and he didn't move an inch.


“Annie, I really just need to be alone tonight, can you please just give me this little bit of peace in my life?” He asked softly and he didn't sound like his usual self, and I almost wanted to leave but it was not the time, because of tomorrow would be here soon and I was upset.


“No, I want you to know, why you feel it necessary to always try to control everything about my life. Do my personal feelings not matter, why couldn't you give me a choice on anything?” Luke just sat there; he only moved his hand to bring the bottle to his mouth.


“Damn it Luke, don't ignore me when I’m talking to you, will you please give me an answer?” I shouted at him.


“Why should I,” he yelled back at me. Luke has yelled at me before but this time it was different, he looked almost frightening, “I just don't want to do this anymore, I’m sick and tired of always being the bad guy, when i just try make you happy.” He took another drink and closed his eyes again. “I just don't want to feel this pain anymore,” he said in a low soft voice, I started feeling a sharp stabbing feeling in the pit of my stomach.


“What don't you want to do anymore?” I asked after a few minutes of silence.


“Everything, I hate fighting with you, I’m tired of trying to get you to love me when it’s clear you never will, I don't want to feel this pain when I see you with another man. I'm so tired of wanting something that I’m never going to get, so I quit. I just don't want to do it anymore,” he started laughing as he took another drink, “I have wasted ten years of my life obsessed with you, I stocked him, did you know that?” He said sitting forward looking at me in a way that was not normal and I really wished that I hadn’t come in here.


“Who did you stock?” My voice was small and I was scared of the way Luke looked.


“Your stupid previous human.” He sat back and took another drink and closed his eyes, his statement confused me, I really didn't understand why. “I had a theory that if I learned about him, what he was like, how he acted, what he wore,” he took another drink and laughed again, “I thought that if I imitated him you might start liking me,” the smile from his laughter started to fade and it looked like he was in a daydream, “you didn't even notice my efforts.” Luke said in a tone that I knew he was trying to hold in his emotions.



I could also tell in the light of the fire he was on the verge of tears. In truth I did notice something he did different, the way he stood, he had changed the way he dressed and wore his hair. I just didn't know he did it all for me to notice him. I felt so guilty and the pain in my chest started burning, the guilt finally setting in.



“Luke.” The second I said his name his eyes shifted to me and he went back to looking almost evil-like as he leaned forward in the chair.



“Was there ever a time you wanted me or even thought of me as a friend,” the intensity in his eyes deepened, “hell even an acquaintances, give me a shred of respect.” He sat back in his chair pinching the bridge of his noise with his eyes closed and breathing louder than normal. “Was there ever a time when you didn't hate me or where you weren't completely repulsed by the idea of me?”


“Yes.” I said in a low voice as he stopped drink and just looked up at the ceiling, the bottle was almost half empty, when it was close to full when I first came in here.



“When?” Luke asked with a cracked voice. I didn't think telling him would help and would just make things worse. “WHEN!” He yelled and I could see his free hand gripping the chair and parts of his body shaking.


“Max and Macy's party, before the wedding.” He shook his head.


“You’re lying, you would have let me kiss you.” I could see tears in his eye.


“I wasn't saying no to you, I...” I really should have made something up, because I feared his reaction to the truth.


“I was the only person in the room Annie!” His tone was harsh and it made me jump back.


“When you bit me, I had a vision, of my birthday,” I shouted back at him, “I saw Joel in front of his house, he had asked me to marry him again.” I said in a calmer voice, Luke just looked at me with no emotion on his face, and I had to look away and break eye contact.


“I said no to him, I didn't realize until the next day that I said it out loud,” I said as I started picking at my nails, “I was going to tell you when we left the reception, but you brought Joel here, and I forgot in the excitement of seeing him.” I could feel Luke's eyes burning holes in me but I didn't have the heart to face him and say it to his face, which I’m sure was Earth shattering sad.


“The next day when I tried to talk to you again you were going on a date with Leah. You told me about the petition and I got really upset with you and thought you were just trying to trick me or use me.” It was silent for a long time and it made me worried, I turned to look at Luke who looked like a frozen statue staring at the ground, not moving.



I didn't know what to do, the way he sat so still I feared I had actually broken him. I slightly relaxed when I noticed his stopped body shaking, but screamed a second later when he threw the glass bottle into the fire, it caused the fire to turn blue and it grew very large. I looked back at Luke who was shaking more violent now, and could tell in the light his eyes were completely black and he was fighting with himself to stay in control.












Submitted: September 30, 2012

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OMFG! Whats gonna happen? She just told him the truth, he cant be mad at her! Please update soon and keep me updated

Sun, September 30th, 2012 9:37pm



Sun, September 30th, 2012 9:53pm


Wow - Yes!!!! I KNEW that Leah and Joel were going to be together!!!! I had started to give up hope, because he was in the palace and so was she, but I forgot that they were never around each other... :) She may not deserve Joel, but he can make her a better person.
YAY!!!! Go Annie! I don't think it's all Luke's fault, but she is right that every time they fight and she says something he doesn't like, he leaves - he doesn't allow her to finish, effectively blocking all communication between them, and a relationship needs communication to survive. So I'm glad that she chased him to his room, and that she finally told him everything! I am worried about his actions and his behaviour - I get that he's super upset and he's hurting, and that's why he's drinking, but now he's angry (probably at himself, for not listening to her), and that's never a good combination.
I really hope he doesn't do anything self destructive... the best outcome, in my mind, would be for him to kiss her, put all the passion he's feeling (because he's feeling very passionate and strong emotions) into that kiss.
lol I'm glad I trusted you and kept reading. I love it, and I can't wait for the next chapter. Kmu

Sun, September 30th, 2012 9:56pm

Isabella Marie


Mon, October 1st, 2012 1:19am

Domokun lover

You need to keep updated this novel is getting better and better and you should make this into a sequel and you should make character pics so we can know how they all look and you should update this frequently cause IM IN LOVE WITH THIS NOVEL?????????????????????update ????

Mon, October 1st, 2012 1:58am

Domokun lover


Mon, October 1st, 2012 2:08am


OMG OMG OMG OMG WHAT IS HE GOING TO DO?!?!? pleaseeee KMU soon!!!

Mon, October 1st, 2012 2:34am


PLEASE update soon!!!

Mon, October 1st, 2012 6:02am


HEHE :D Damn right girl >.< epp i hope luke will geet it!!

Mon, October 1st, 2012 6:44am

yue thao

Please KMU !!!!

Mon, October 1st, 2012 1:32pm


WHY THE CLIFFHANGER??!! That was mean. KMU-star

Mon, October 1st, 2012 2:15pm


Ok this story is getting really good! Please continue!! Can't wait for the next one KMU

Mon, October 1st, 2012 3:59pm

Cameron SeVant

Interesting... But I am confused on how Joel would even know any of this?? He is human and was brought there to be with Annie? How would he know anything about mates etc, let alone knowing when he saw her in the hearing..

Mon, October 1st, 2012 4:04pm



After reading the last chapter I knew Joel and Leah were mates.
YAY!!!!!!!! She has finally told him that she felt something for him :)


Mon, October 1st, 2012 5:24pm


nice! i totally like it! can u faster update? i think i might go crazy if you dont. after all,its after my exam and i can use my iphone.ipad,ipod, laptop... anyway, faster update!

Tue, October 2nd, 2012 9:30am



Tue, October 2nd, 2012 3:57pm


please kmu

Tue, October 2nd, 2012 10:56pm

rashel lynn

Omfg!!!!! Nugggets!!! She finally told him and i already knew they were mates!!! Thats prolly one of the reasons leah hated annie!!! Yay yay yay luje better chill before he does somethi g stupid

Wed, October 3rd, 2012 1:23am


WOAH!!!!! KMU!

Wed, October 3rd, 2012 11:06pm


Please KMU... I liked it, no love it so much so please update soon

Thu, October 4th, 2012 9:08am

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