Fated Love(The Twisted Destiny Saga Book 4)(5)By: Franca Storm
The roars thundering through the compound ceased suddenly. Josh growled in frustration and climbed to his feet with the aid of Shaye’s arms around him. A moment later Haraz staggered into the room.
“Your majesty! The realm!” he gasped.
“Yes,” was all Nathanial offered.
As Ryan tried to absorb the realities of the situation, Orion shifted in his arms and a sudden realization hit him. “My son wasn’t affected by this. He is wolf.”
Marella and Nathanial exchanged a knowing glance. She came to Nathanial and took his hand in hers.
“Nathanial and I discovered that part of his destiny as the bridge means he cannot be killed.”
“Yes, I know. He’s a pureblood wolf like me. Immortal.”
“No, Ryan. He can never be killed, not by anyone or anything,” Marella clarified.
“He is eternal,” Nathanial added.
“But he needs both the Dark and White Realms to survive,” Ryan said.
“It appears we were wrong about that. He needs both in order to be strong, but not to live,” Nathanial clarified.
“You knew this and you didn’t tell me?” Ryan thundered, aggravated by the entire situation.
“We didn’t tell anyone, because Oriana cannot know. We have an advantage here,” Marella said.
Ryan watched Nathanial’s eyes narrow at everyone in the room, casting a threatening stare over them all. “I am prepared to kill anyone who cannot keep this secret. I know Haraz will take it to his grave, but the others…I am not so sure.”
Ryan growled at his threat to Shaye and Josh. “They’ve kept many secrets for me over the years. I trust them with my life, Nathanial.”
“You are certain?”
“Yes,” Ryan said, gripping his shoulder and forcing him to look at him. “If you can’t trust them, then trust in me.”
Nathanial studied him for a few moments and then blew out a breath. “So be it.”
Ryan released him and crossed to Josh. He kissed Orion and then handed him over. “Take care of him while I’m gone. Both you and Shaye. Don’t let the wolves out of this compound.”
“What? Where the hell are you going?” Josh asked.
“The Dark Realm.”
“Ryan—” Nathanial protested.
“I’ll lead the Dark Realm wolves to the castle to provide a distraction so that Oriana can’t destroy another orb. It should buy you enough time to prepare Cora for what she’ll need to do.”
Nathanial nodded. “You must be cautious, Ryan. Oriana has the ability to bend anyone to her will. It is likely that she will have many of my subjects under her command.”
“Like a zombie master?” Josh cut in.
Nathanial growled at the comparison.
“Okay, like the Pied Piper then,” Josh quickly amended.
“A fictional character,” Nathanial snarled.
Marella squeezed his hand and cast him a warning glance.
Nathanial drew in a calming breath and responded to Josh, “Without the music. Her victims experience a similar hypnotic state. So, in effect, yes. You are correct.”
Ryan grabbed his leather jacket off the back of the door and slipped it on.
“Haraz, teleport Ryan to the Dark Realm gates,” Nathanial commanded.
“Yes, your majesty.”
“Return to me afterwards. I have a job for you. You will work with my son.”
“What?” Ryan snapped. “Your son? Luca is dead.”
Nathanial shook his head. “No.”
“How is that possible? He couldn’t have breached your magic. Can Oriana breach it?”
“No. There is only one.”
The realization hit Ryan like a rusty knife in the gut. “Cora,” he said, shaking his head with disbelief. “She saved him.”
“Don’t jump to conclusions, Ryan. We don’t know her reasons,” Marella urged.
“Fuck,” Ryan said. He pulled out the wedding rings that Shaye had given him and slammed them down on his bedside table. “Fuck her.”
“Ryan,” Shaye protested.
Ryan growled in response and turned his back. I don’t have time for this. “Let’s go, Haraz,” he commanded. “I have work to do.”
Haraz looked to Nathanial for his confirmation. Nathanial nodded.