"I'm sorry..." I mumbled, feeling guiltier than ever.
"Grandma, stop it." Eric says, his voice with a hint of alpha. "You're making her feel worse."
"Well just think of what you made me feel when you waked into the house bloody and pale, huh Eric? Would you want me to jump for joy?"
"Mama Ellena, it wasn't Eric's fault." I said, "I should have taken precaution. I should have stuck with the security procedures..."
"I'm sorry..." I felt my eyes fill with tears again.
"Oh princess..." I heard her sigh then she walked up to me. "I'm sorry, I was just worried. You are stubborn as my grand son is foolish. I should have expected it, but still, I thought I taught both of you better than that."
"You did grandma," Eric says, "you told me that I should take care of my mate, pure blood or not. And I did."
"Your mate?" she turned to me, I gave a weak nod and she lit up instantly.
"Oh goddess, I mean, Serenity..." I stifled a laugh. "Is it true? But you haven't shifted yet, how would you know?"
"Aside form the bond?" I said, "I just do... I guess this bind is more mysterious than we thought."
"Oh, this is good news!" she says hugging me. "Wow, what has your father said?"
I shook my head, "No one else knows. I want to tell them when I'm sure myself, on my birthday."
I glanced at Eric who smiled and gave a weak nod.
Then there was a knock on the door, and Liam's head pooped into the curtain.
"Pick up's here." he said. "Your mom said he had a room prepared for Mama Ellena, they want all of us near until patrol sends news that the perimeter is clear of hunters."
"Then I'll go get m pack up medicine bag." Mama Ellena said, "Come young Beta, I need you to help me carry it out."
"Sure thing Mama Ellena." He says holding up the curtain for her. "We'll see you two downstairs."
I nodded and watched him go before I face Eric, who was now sitting up and swing his legs on the side of the bed that Mama Ellena use to heal.
"Hey, be careful..." I walked up to him, wanting to help him but didn't know how.
"I'm ok, cherry blossom." He teased. "Glad to know you are worried though."
I gave him a look, "You scared me, I thought I was going to lose you."
"I'm not that easy to get rid of," he teased, "You know that."
I chuckled ad waked up to him, and cupped his face n my hand.
"If ever you are right..." I swallowed a lump that seemed to have appeared on my throat. He looked me straight in the eyes. which gave me butterflies on the stomach and my heart was doing the twist and shout. "You can never scare me like that Eric... you just can't. My hear won't be able to take it."
He smiled at me, resting his fore head on mine as he cupped my hand with his. "Same goes for you love." Then he took my hand and kissed my palm. "If you are my mate, and I know that you are, then you will be my whole life. The reason why I wake up every day, losing you is and will never be an option, Serenity."
With that, he kissed me on the forehead. My whole body exploded into tiny butterflies with the small gesture of love and passion he had given me.
"As much as I would like to mark you, to make you mine, even to just give you a proper kiss," he said, voice going raspy, "but I do agree with you, we should wait for your birthday. I don't want you to regret anything."
"I won't." I whispered and let him hold me a minute more before we made our way to the car.
I ran up to my mother's arms, I let her hug me tight- too tight, in my opinion- I wanted her to make sure I was safe, so she would calm down. When she calms down, so would dad, who was at present running with the other guards, checking the perimeter personally.
"Are you ok?" Are you hurt?" she asked.
"I'm fine mom." I said. "I promise. The boys pushed through for me, like always."
"But we had help this time." Siam reminded and stepped up beside mother and gestured for Eric to step up. "Mother tis Eric Johansen from the Crescent Pack. He was the one who had saved our Serenity."
"Your Highness..." Eric was about to bow, when my mom, being the melodramatic mother that she is, walked up to Eric and hugged him as well.
"Young Alpha, you do not know how thankful I am for what you did." She then pulled away and stared at Eric with admiration. "I am sure my husband feels the same, and would be happy to reward you with anything your heart desires."
"I don't think he'd be able to give me what my heart desired the most, right now, Queen Serafin." Eric glanced at me, which I was sure the others caught, making me blush like crazy.
"but I assure you that no reward is necessary." Eric continued. "I will do it again if needed."
"Well let us not hope of a repeat, shall we?" my mom said then she moved toward me again. "I'm sure my daughter would be delighted to help you around the house."
"Of course mother." I said with a smile.
"Good, the maids will bring your things to your rooms. Mama Ellena, I have had a little snacks prepared, please join me in the garden, you have much to tell me since we haven't seen each other for years."
"Of course Serafin." Mama Ellena says. Yes, she can get away without bowing and calling mother or dad highness or queen or king. Not that we're lenient to her. it's just that, she was also the same woman who assisted grandma to her delivery of mom, then she assisted on our deliveries, so she's practically family.