Behind The Unseen Stars

By Serena K Rawlins All Rights Reserved ©

Adventure / Romance

Chapter 10: The Mate Bond

Rina’s POV

I heard him whisper, “Yours.” And I was lost, I felt my teeth retract back into my gums, it was like I had a new set of teeth just to bite him with. I let my head fall back away from his neck, and fell back on something soft. That’s when I realized we are back in our cavern, we were laying on the bed of furs.

“Prove it.” I even rise those words that come out of my mouth until I watched his eyes turn black all away with tiny flakes of green swirling through them.

Before I knew Luca had his left hand helping me arch my back so our chests were touching, he then used his right hand to grab a fistful of my hair and pull my neck to the right, exposing it to him.

“Gladly, little mate.” Before I could say anything, else I felt his teeth pierce my neck. But his teeth pierced more on my neck that on my shoulder, I thought it was going to be painful but it was anything but.

“Please, Luca.” I didn’t even know what I was asking for but he seemed to know.


I woke up and I have never felt so good in my life, I want to roll over but I was stopped from doing so by Luca pulling me back into his chest. I don’t think he was going to be letting go of me anytime soon, not after last night and this morning.

I blushed just thinking about it.

After we had fully mated the first time, Luca feed me. He told me that it was his job to take care me and that meet everything. Then he presided to show me all through the night and into the morning what he meant by that.

I felt Luca kiss the back of my neck before he whispered in my ear, “Rina?”

I felt a shiver go down my spine, I snuggled back into him and closed my eye that I didn’t know where open.

“Luca?” I started drawing designs on his forearm as I wanted him to say what he was going to say.

“How are you feeling? Are you sore?” He went back to kissing my neck.

I tried not to moan but it felt so good, I was also trying not to blush. “Just a little but nothing that I can’t manage.” I whispered.

“I’ll have someone bring in the bath with warm water and some oils for you.” He said in between placing kisses all over my neck.

“No, you don’t have to do that! I am fine, promise.” I turned around in his arms so we were facing each other, I looked at him.

“It is already done. I besides I would never let you be in any sort of pain, little one. I told you this last night, do you need a reminder?” He placed a kiss on my forehead, then pulled me tighter against him. I laid my head on his chest and closed my eyes again.

“You haven’t gone anywhere so how could you have asked anyone already? And no, you don’t need to show me… I hurt too much to go again.” I mumbled in his chest.

I felt him growl, “You hurt therefore you are going to soak, you need this. Do not fight me on this because you will not win and there will be no compromises on this.”

“Fine I will take the bath but I guess you don’t want to join me, then.” I spook softly.

He sat up early and leaned over me, making me fall softly onto the furs. “Of course, I want to join you!” He looked at me with wide hopeful eyes.

“But you said you want any compromises and that’s what I was going to ask you. I was going to ask if I gave in and took a bath if you would join me, but you said no compromises so I guess you don’t want to join me.” I grinned up at him.

“But… That is not… Ugh! Rina!” He groaned as he dropped his head onto my shoulder. “Why must you be so stubborn and such a tease?”

“Whatever are you talking about?” I tried to make the best innocent face I could.

“You know exactly what you are doing little mate of mine.” He growled. “Think it’s time for your first punishment.”

“You promised he would never…”

“I promise that I wouldn’t punish you then, this is a different situation, one I think is appropriate for a punishment.” He spoke over top of me.

“No this is how it’s going to go, if you want to bathe with me that you will forget the so-called punishment.” I smiled proud of myself thinking I had gotten him.

“Little mate, that is where you are wrong. You are only making this punishment worse for you, if you don’t stop why your head it’s only going to make it worse. We are going to be bathing together and then you will get your punishment that has been long overdue.” He pushed up off the bad of furs and stood at the bottom, just as two men come caring in a large marble tub, two women came behind caring oils what looked like breakfast. And yes, only two men were caring the marble tub but they are shift shaped they can carry up to 10 times their weight.

I knew there was no way I was going to get out of this, maybe I could to persuade him in the tub for a lesser punishment.

Just so you know I was covered by a small blanket I think it was made out cotton but Luca was standing with his back facing everyone looking at me but he was naked. Mean they could only see his backside but still up along to me.

I was about to say something when Luca beat me to it.

“Place everything by the balcony and leave.” His eyes never left my face. “And little mate, I know I am yours. The marks on my back prove it.”

I went red with embarrassment, I rolled over onto my stomach and buried my face in the furs.

“Oh, no you don’t, little mate.” I felt his hand wrapped around my ankle and pulled me down to the bottom of the furs. I let out a shriek.

Before I could do much of anything he had pulled me up off the furs and into his chest, and the process of all this I had lost my blanket so we are both standing naked chest to chest but the plus we were alone now.

I buried my face into his chest, I could fill him chuckling.

“If you were to think I would pull you out of bed so, everybody could see what belongs to me you could think again. Because all of this is only mine and I will never let anybody see what belongs to me.” He growled in my ear.

Before I knew what, he was doing he had picked me up bridle style and started walking towards where they put down the tub, I could see the steaming water coming out from the tab.

Luca set me down just by the tub and went over to the trays of oils, “Let me put the oils in and stirred up and then we’ll get in and soak to relieve your sore muscles.”

But I had other ideas I saw the plate of food sitting just by me and I bent down and picked up some bread and cheese and started nibbling on them. What can I say I worked quite an appetite.

Luca turned around to put the oil into the water, and raised his eyebrows at me.

“What are you doing, Rina?”

I blushed kept nibbling on my bread and cheese. “You made me hungry.”

He chuckled to himself, as he continued to put the oils in the bath. He picked up a stick I didn’t know was sitting by the tub, he then stirred the water up mixing the oil in. He then laid the stick back beside the tub and walked towards me, he then swiftly and very effectively swung me into his arms and stepped into the tub. A shriek of surprise past my lips as I was not ready for him to pick me up.

He then sat us both down inside the tub, the water was very warm and it felt good against my skin. I relaxed back into his chest as he was sitting behind me.

“Open your mouth for me little mate.” I felt something resting against my lips.

I decided to trust him and keep my eyes close opening my lips. Led whatever it was into my lips, I chewed softly and let out a small moan. I tasted salted caramel, but that wasn’t the only thing it was a salted caramel covered strawberry.

This is how it went for the next hour or so we sat here soaking in the tub until the water had gone cold. But he fed me strawberries the entire time with bits of cheese and bread here and there. I kept my eyes close the entire time so I’m only assuming he ate himself in between bites feeding me.

“I think I’m ready to get out now starting to fall asleep, and I would like to do that with you in bed and besides I look like a wrinkly old prune.” I mumbled barely awake.

Luca didn’t answer he just stood up with me in his arms and stepped out of the marble bathtub. He then carried me over to our bed of furs he sat down with me still in his lap and started drying me what I’m assuming was a towel. As soon as I was all dry he pulled my hair into a messy bun on top of my head and laid me down. It was only a little while before I felt him lay beside me and pulled me into his chest.

“Sleep my love.” With the last thing, I heard before I drifted off to sleep but it was not the last thing I thought. I was trying to figure out why he suddenly stopped using I Italian with me.


Luca’s POV

I watched as my mate fell asleep in my arms, it was the best feeling in the world to have your mate in your arms sleeping safe and sound.

I will let you in on a little secret, the secret to happiness is sharing it with someone. I never realized how incomplete my life was until I meet Rina, she was my everything now.

There were so much that I had still to tell her, I just didn’t know how she was going to take it all. But I couldn’t keep things from my mate. I would just have to set her down and tell her and if worst comes to worse I still had the shackle.

The second day being here I got a note from her father but she was still sleeping. But I didn’t know how to tell her that her father was planning on attacking, well he wanted her and if I did give him her then he was going to attack but there was no way was I giving my mate. I have waited almost 100 years for her, I wasn’t going to give her up just like that.

Because my pride, would fight for her, there Queen. She may not officially be there Queen they would fight for her nonetheless. The pride is not the pride without there Queen.

I ran my hand over her face, tracing her features. She was so beautiful, I can’t believe that she was all mine.

I would do whatever it takes to keep her safe. I pressed a kiss to her forehead and shut my eyes and let myself drift away.


Rina’s POV

For the second time, I was getting to wake up and Luca’s arms. And let me tell you it was the best feeling in the world getting to wake up in the arms of the one that you belong with.

I snuggled closer into his chest and breathe in his scent, salted caramel and chocolate. I would never get enough of his scent was a good thing that I didn’t have to.

Because I was under the impression that a Star God lived forever making me his mate live just as long. The thought of living forever kind of scared me but then I thought I got to spend forever with him and it felt amazing. I opened my eyes and listen to his heart beat, beating of his heart always seem to calm me.

And right now, I would need that. He thinks that he is hiding the fact that my father wants me from me but that is far from the truth I already know my father wants me, he told me just as much. And me being in a different world than him isn’t going to change that.

Ever sense I kissed Luca that day I’ve been getting these dreams, I think they are showing me the possible outcome of my future, our future. I’ve had several good ones where I see me and Luca with our family years down the road, but then I have several bad ones as well, where my father takes me and turns me evil and has me kill all those that I hold dear.

I haven’t shared this with Luca, I don’t want him to think I’m crazy or just pass it off as stress or something. I have known my whole entire life that I am special, that I’ve been sent here for a purpose and what that purpose maybe I don’t know.

I know our mate bond has gotten stronger, I can feel it. I think that if I tried I could hear his thoughts and he could as well, I have never felt this close to anyone in my whole entire life not even my Gran. It has gotten to the point where I know I could say or do anything and Luca would never judge me, he would support me hundred percent so I don’t know why I’m holding these dreams back from him.

Maybe I should tell him. I sighed in frustration I didn’t know what to do, ugh!

“What is wrong my little one?” Luca whispered in my ear, I could still hear the sleep in his voice.

“It’s nothing, go back to sleep Luca.” I whispered as I kissed his chest.

“It is something my love, if it is keeping you awake at 3am.” He pulled further into his body and kissed the top of my head. “Pleases tell me, my love.”

I sighed in defeat, “Well you see, that I’m having a hard time sleeping because of my father. I know he’s not going to stop until he gets me, and then I’ve had these dreams that he does get me and he turns me against you and he has me kill you. And I never live with myself if I ever hurt you I don’t want this to happen, Luca… I love you too much to let myself hurt you, if I have to leave to keep you safe I will do so.”

“Rina slowdown, calm down. Nothing is going to happen to you or to me, our pride will fight for us.” He pulled back from me enough to left my face up to where he could see my eyes, I looked into his eyes and I could see the light reflecting from our fire. “Rina, I love you with all that I am and I will never let anybody hurt you or our family.”

He leaned down and pressed a kiss to my lips, I couldn’t help myself I wrapped my arms around his neck and pulled him towards me. He took charge of the kiss like he always does.

“You--You love me?” I stuttered out as I pulled back from the kiss.

“Of course, I love you Rina, you are my heart and my soul I would be lost without you. You bring back the life inside of me, without you I would have no desire to live anymore. So please don’t ever talk about leaving me.” He pulled me back into his arms and laid my head on his chest.

“Go to sleep now, there is nothing to fear.”

After he said this I could fall back asleep with no fear in my heart. I close my eyes and let myself drift back into my sleep, knowing that as long as I was with Luca nothing whatever happened to me. I was finally at peace.

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