Fated Betrayal(The Twisted Destiny Saga Book 2)(4)By: Franca Storm
Ryan’s gaze snapped to hers at the sound of her words. His growls ceased as he looked upon her.
As her right hand touched the shimmering barrier, it passed right through it. She gasped in surprise as her hand made contact with his. She weaved her fingers in his and held his hand tightly in hers. He released a heavy breath, calming himself.
“I’m sorry,” he told her, apologizing for almost wolfing out at her father.
The barrier dissipated and Vazra lowered his palm. He spoke softly as he looked at Cora and told her, “You are purely supernatural, Cora. I had no choice but to put you in a suspended sleep. The white magic in you was so strong, so powerful, that sending you directly to the human realm without a transition like an induced dormio would have killed you. The transition was necessary. Your own body determined the length of time that was needed in sleep before you were ready to awaken safely in the human realm.”
“I could have protected her,” Ryan told him.
“You were too close with your brother at that point in time, Ryan. The risk would have been too great. You were not aware of the extent of Luca’s manipulations at that time. You wouldn’t have seen his betrayal. He would have stolen her away, right under your nose.”
“This is Nathanial’s doing, not yours and not my father’s,” Cora said.
Both Ryan and Vazra were taken aback by her quick acceptance of such an awful revelation, of the fact that she had lost so much of her life because of circumstances.
“How are you so calm?” Ryan asked.
“Because, I know.”
“Know what?” he asked, pressing her further.
Cora looked at her father and smiled as she questioned, “You led me to Ryan that night, didn’t you?”
“What? It was Luca. He tapped into your magic and awakened something in you. We figured that out, remember?”
Cora shook her head. “No. That’s what I’d thought too at the time. But the feeling inside me that night, guiding me—I just felt it now when I touched the barrier. It was my father’s magic.”
Vazra smiled at her. “Yes. When Luca tapped your power, it sent out a beacon to me. I was able to reach you then from the White Realm. I knew where Ryan was—I had been keeping an eye on him for a long time, as I had promised his father I would prior to his death. I guided you to him. As soon as Luca found you I knew you were no longer safe and that I had failed in that regard. I knew then that I had to get you to Ryan as soon as possible because you did not understand our world, but Ryan did. I knew he would be able to protect you.”
“I—I didn’t realize,” Ryan told Vazra.
“Is that an apology?” Vazra asked with amusement.
Ryan scoffed. “Don’t push it.”
Cora took his hand and pressed it to her belly. “This is what matters now, baby.”
Ryan couldn’t help smiling back at her. He knew what she was doing. She was trying to make him calm the hell down and let her father off the hook by making him focus on their child. And, damn her, it was working. She had him wrapped around her little finger. He would never have—and had never—calmed down so quickly for anyone. But Cora wasn’t just anyone. She was his mate. And that gave her a power over him that no one else had. It worked both ways, too. He heaved a heavy breath and nodded at her. Fine, I’ll let it go. For now.
“Thank you,” she said.
“There is much we need to discuss about the coming war. But first, a little break may be advisable,” Vazra said. “Why don’t you visit the royal gardens?”
It was obvious to Ryan what Vazra was really saying. He wanted him to calm down so he’d be in an agreeable mood for when they sat down to talk business.
“I think that’s a good idea, right, baby?” Cora asked.
Ryan nodded and hissed, “Yes.”
“My guards are right outside the door. They will give you directions. I will gather my Royal Court and we will all meet at nightfall.”
Cora nodded and Ryan let her lead him out of the throne room.
“I feel like a Hollywood movie star. It’s…odd,” Cora told Ryan as they walked hand in hand through the royal gardens.