Empire

Rome was a normal girl who lived in a village, that was until she was cursed by a prophecy.

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16. Chapter Sixteen

I stared at Devon's dead body. I felt drained. The fight had weakened me. I dropped the sword and started falling. Before I could hit the ground arms wrapped around me. I breathed in Nathaniel's scent. I felt relieved that he was alive.

"I'm here," he whispered. I wrapped my arms around him. "It's all over." I nodded my head. I opened my eyes and looked around the room. Pandora was staring at me. She forced a smile. Raven and Zeke were hugging. Finally my gaze fell on Luna and Shade.

Shade had known about Luna. He had kept it a secret from me. I know he had to keep it a secret, but I wish I would've known. Shade had Luna wrapped in his arms protectively, like she would disappear.

The after effects of the fight would haunt us for a while. I unwrapped myself from Nathaniel's arms. He whimpered. "I'm not going anywhere," I told him. He nodded his head. He got up and held my hand.

"I thought you had died."

"I know...I'm sorry," I kissed him on the cheek. "Where's my sister?" He winced. My heart started racing. What happened?

"She tried to attack Devon after you were stabbed. Zeke tried to save her, but..." I nodded my head. I shut everything out. I tried saving her and that did nothing. She still ended up dying.

I felt an emptiness throughout my entire being. Nathaniel tried to wrap me in his arms again, but I just pushed his arms away. I can't deal with him right now.

"Rome...I tried my best to bring her back." I forced a smile at Zeke.

"I know...." I trailed off. Raven came up to me. She was limping and had a scar along her left arm.

"I know you're grieving, but you need to decided where these vampires will find a home." I nodded my head. I need to suck it up...for now. I can grieve later when this is all truly over.

"Yeah okay," I said. Raven nodded her head.

We all walked out of the room and down to the entrance. The vampires from Devon's clan will need a home. I don't want them in my pack/clan- not after what they did.

"It's not their fault, Rome." Nathaniel spoke. I looked up at him. "They had a terrible ruler to follow." I sighed. He's right. For now they can have a home with my clan/pack. They can choose whether they want to stay or not.

We made our way to where the other vampires are. A lot of them were injured or hugging their loved ones. I felt saddened by the scene. It wasn't really their fault. Who knows what Devon had told them.

I need to be the bigger person and show them what a true ruler is. Devon wasn't one, he was a tyrant. I will never be like him. I stood in front of all of them. My family by my side. Luna gave me a reassuring smile.

"Your king has fallen..." That seemed to get their attention. I cleared my throat. I can't be my blunt self right now. I have to show compassion. "I will overlook all of your crimes as I'm sure Devon fed you lies. I'm not the bad guy..." I looked around the room before continuing. "You will have a home among my clan and pack." I finished.

"We will provide everything for you and your families. I assure you," Luna spoke. She's kinder than I am. She will be able to handle this situation better, especially if they have questions. Honestly I'm not much of a ruler. Oh, well...I have plenty of time to work on that now.

After a while, Luna explaining everything that happened, and then there were questions, we made our way back to our castle. I was still distancing myself from everyone. I couldn't help it.

I thought that once this was all over I'd finally get to see my mom and sister, but now my sister is dead. I know Luna is still here, and I'm glad, but I just wish all of our family would've survived.

The whole time we were making sure the other vampires were settled in I couldn't help but want to be alone. I just want to go to my room. Nathaniel had tried to talk to me multiple times, but I ignored him. I saw the hurt expression on his face, but I couldn't be worried about that right then.

I walked off, knowing that the rest of them had everything handled. I'm such a pathetic alpha, honestly. I'm sure they'll understand that I want to be alone right now though. They always do.

Everything is going to be different now. I no longer have a curse to worry about breaking and I can be with Nathaniel wholly. Still....we lost people. I lost a sister. My mom is still out there somewhere though.

I can't help but feel angry with her. Where is she? Grieving the loss of both her mate and her daughter? Does she even know what happened? Why did she let Devon take Rachel, my sister?

I was interrupted from my thoughts by Nathaniel opening the bedroom door. He sat down on the bed next to me. I looked at him, but it was like I was looking through him- not at him. What's wrong with me? Why can't I just suck it up and be happy that the curse is broken? Why? Because I couldn't save Rachel that's why.

"Rome...please talk to me." Nathaniel pleaded. I looked away from him. I didn't want to see his hurt expression.

"What do you want me to say, Nathaniel?" I shouted. "That I'm happy that this is all over? That I'm happy we can be an actual couple? Because I'm not! The only thing I can think about is how I couldn't save my sister!" Tears were running down my face. I wanted them to stop. I don't like crying, especially in front of others.

"I know it hurts that your sister is gone, but you still have people that love you. You tried your hardest to save your sister, but she made the decision to try and get revenge for you because she thought you were dead. You both know that you guys never stopped loving each other. Just know that she'll always be here..." I collapsed in Nathaniel's arms. He wrapped his arms around me. I immediately felt better being in his strong and warm arms.

"I love you, Nathaniel. Thank you for saying that." He smiled warmly at me.

"I love you too, Rome." He kissed my forehead. We stayed in each other's arms for the rest of the night.

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It's been a week since the curse has been broken. It took a couple of days for me to start feeling better, but now I'm definitely doing better. I'll always remember Rachel and I hope she knows how much I'll always love her.

I walked into the living room area, where Luna and Shade were sitting on the couch talking. They're a really cute couple. I've never seen Shade be so sweet, but I know he'd give Luna the world if she wanted that.

Zeke and Raven are doing good too. Raven has never been one to be overly public with her emotions, but I can see how much she loves Zeke. It's the same way for Zeke. He loves her so much.

As for Pandora and her beloved they're still working things out. Pandora doesn't want to admit how she feels. She doesn't want to appear weak, but she's not so it doesn't really matter. Her beloved should've tried harder to be with her though, so I get where she's coming from. I'm sure they'll be together any day now though.

The new vampires are settling in well. Some left to relocate to different countries. I understood completely. Some of them just needed to get some air away from their losses.

I'm lucky for what I've accomplished. I'm lucky to still be alive. I'll always be thankful to Luna for that. Without her I might've never awakened from my coma. It was always us together. Maybe not right away, but she was always there for me even when the curse took over.

I see a very interesting future for all of us and I can't wait to see what it has in store.

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