Behind The Unseen Stars

By Serena K Rawlins All Rights Reserved ©

Adventure / Romance

Chapter 9: Claiming Her Own

Me and Luca were laying on our furs, both of us on our sides facing each other. After that mind-blowing kiss, I decided it was time for us to get to know each other before we went any further so we are playing 20 questions, except we just kept asking questions.

“Okay so you’re telling me that when you first cast a spell you burnt your eyebrows off?!” I couldn’t help but laugh, thinking about Luca having no eyebrows was pretty funny.

“And to make matters worse my little sister tried to do a spell to regrow them.” Luca groaned as he rolled over onto his back.

“You have to tell me what happened!?” I was trying very hard to contain my laughter but it was escaping into little giggles.

“Umm that is not how this works, it is my turn to ask a question. I want to know what happened to you when you cast your first spell.” He rolled over and wrapped his right arm around my waist and pulled me towards him.

He was now laying back on his side with his left hand propping his head up, I was laying looking up at him from laying on my back. He still had his arm wrapped around my waist.

“My story is not nearly as fun as your story is!” Mine was actually, pretty good I just didn’t want to tell him.

“You’re not getting out of it that easy, you have already used up your three skips.” The look that he had on his face told me there is no way I was getting out of this.

“Okay fine you cannot tell this story to anybody else. Okay so my Gran wanted my first spell to be to call on my fire, which is only normal for me because that’s our symbol in our coven is fire. So, I figured it was going to be pretty easy, so instead of studying for it like my Gran asked me to I didn’t. And then when she asked me to call on my fire I tried but apparently when you call on your fire for the first time you’re supposed only call it to your hands not your whole entire body like I did. And well 14-year-old little me may have been standing in the backyard it in my birthday suit.” After I’d finished talking I tried to hide my face against his chest but he didn’t let me, he used his right hand on my hip to hold me onto my back as he stared at my face. You could tell he was trying not to laugh but that did not last long.

He was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to pass out from lack of oxygen and he just kept on laughing.

“Hey I didn’t laugh this hard about you losing your eyebrow!” I flung my right arm over towards him and smacked him on his chest with the back of my hand.

“I’m sorry little me. Please forgive me?” He scooted over to me where he was leaning over me once again. “You have to admit that was pretty funny.”

“It was not funny in the least I was 14teen but you are like 16teen when you burnt your eyebrows off. Okay it is my turn to ask the question, how does it feel when you’re in lion form?” I looked up at him with wide eyes, I always thought that would be fun to run through the jungle with nothing there to stop you at top speed.

He smiled down at me, “It’s the most amazing feeling that you could ever imagine next to the mate bond. There is no place that you will fill more free than when you’re in your lion form, you are so free leaping over things. There’s no one out there that can stop you, you are the limit.” I could tell he really loved being in his lion form, I mean who wouldn’t.

“I wish there was a way that I could do it.”

He looked down at me with wide almost fearful eyes before it went away, “You have to be hungry, little me. Let’s go down to the hall and get you something to eat.”

He quickly got off the bad of furs, he stood looking back at me waiting for me. I wanted to ask him what that look was but I didn’t feel like the time was right, so instead I scooted to the bottom of the furs, were my legs were hanging off them but before I could stand Luca knelt in front of me and grabbed my ankle. He made quick work of taking off the shackle, he then stood back up and grabbed my hand.

“Let’s go.”

That was all he gave me before he pulled me up and start dragging me out of our cavern. I had to practically run to keep up with him after all he was over a foot taller than me.

Before long I couldn’t do it anymore my legs were starting to hurt, I try to pull my hand from his but he what it let go he just growled.

“Luca, please stop.”

As soon as his name left my lips he came to a halt and I crashed into his back and I would have fallen if I hadn’t grabbed a handful of his shirt in the hand that he wasn’t holding onto.

He turned around to me so quick that I almost fell over again if he hadn’t steadied me with both of his hands on my hips. “What is it?” He growled out as he pulled me closer.

“You—Your walking too fast. Over a foot shorter than you I can’t keep up with you, if you had been paying more attention then maybe you would’ve have noticed this instead of getting all mad for nothing. You have to be so mean about it was even doing….” I was cut off as Luca bent down and scooped me into his arms bridle style.

I let out a startled shriek, I quickly wrapped my arms around his neck and held on for dear life.

“Wha—What are you doing?!?” I gasped out.

“You were complaining of me walking too fast this solves it.” He said this as he shrugged his shoulders like it was nothing. But it was something!

“This does not solve it. I wasn’t meaning pick me up and carried me like a caveman, I wanted you to simply slow your pace and walk with me not dragging me down the hall like you were on your way to torture me or something.” I drop my arms from around his neck and crossed them over my chest, I was not happy with him.

“Do you have to keep rambling on about nothing?” He mumbled under his breath, don’t think he didn’t want me to hear that and if he did that he was just stupid.

“Me? Rambling about nothing. What is wrong with you? All I was trying to do was get your attention because for some reason you’re all mad and pissy and you had a drag me down the hall. And why did you drag me down the hall? I don’t know. Because you need to show off that you are Mr. macho man. And even know what I said to make you mad, we were just talking about me wishing I could be a lion to run through the forest just like you.” By this time, I was getting really fed up with him and his attitude I didn’t do anything. If he wasn’t holding me so tight I wouldn’t be in his arm still.

“Well you just shut up.” I didn’t even know what to say to that, all I know is he just woke up the sleeping tiger, or in this case the sleeping lioness.

Before I had time to second-guess myself, and try to talk myself out of doing so with all the force and magic I had in my hands I put them against his chest and set a blast through my hands and into him of pure magic. And then as he flew back and I flew out of his arms I use my magic to set me softly down on my feet.

I watched him sell across the floor and slide back into the wall by the entrance to our cavern, before he could even think about getting up off the floor I shot another stream of magic and push him further into the wall.

“Do not ever tell me to shut up, we are equals whether you like it or not.”

I watched as he got up to his feet, and he did not look happy. But I could care less right now after the way he treated me I didn’t care if he was tickle me pink.

“You are going to regret that, mate” He started stocking over to me.

I didn’t let him get too far before I throughout more magic and pushing him back a couple steps. It may not be a master at magic but there was no way I was good let him get away with this.

“So now you’re threatening me? What is wrong with you I haven’t even done anything to you. You need to learn to take your problems out on something else not me.” I lifted my hands back up and use my magic to create a force filled between us.

He stopped short when he saw me put up the force filled, “what are you doing, little mate?”

“What does is it look like, I’m keeping you away from me until you calm down.” I felt stronger that I could hold this force filled forever.

“Mate, you know I would never hurt you. But what you did I cannot let slide, you have to be punished.” He walked all the way up to the force filled but stopped just short of it.

If he thought I was just going to let this slide than he was wrong, he had hurt me. He’s the one that started all of this I’m just the one that’s finishing at, I’m not the one that got mad for no reason.

“I know you never hurt me intentionally, but my Gran always taught me that you can never be too careful. And if anyone needs to be punished, it should be you. You are the one that started this, and if I must I’ll be the one that finishes it. If you can promise me that you will not lay a hand or paw me then I will drop the shilled.”

He finished walking all the way up to the shilled, he then laid his palms flat against it. “I won’t make that promise, drop the shilled.”

“What are you going to do? I heard you know you can get through the shilled, you can get through any of my spells if they were put up in fear of you. This is the compromises that I was telling you about.” The use my mind to keep the shilled up and dropped my hands. I took about five steps away from it, “If you don’t compromise here and now with me I will walk away. I’m not saying I’m leaving just taking myself out of the equation for now.”

I heard and felt him growl, “You are not going anywhere, what is this compromise you want.” It wasn’t a question he was demanding it.

“We both need to let it go, I think we both overreacted on this. I think we just need to step back and let it go.” I stayed where I was standing not moving an inch.

“Fine, now drop the shelled.” He was looking right at me.

I let the shilled slip it was less than a heartbeat after that, that Luca was standing in front of me. He kept walking as I was taking steps back until my back was up against a wall.

“Don’t ever do anything like that ever again. This is your only warning that you will get from me. You will never go against me again; do you understand me?” He had me pinned up against the wall, he was leaning on his forearms on either side of my head. His face was inches from mine, his breath fanning out and drawing me in.

“I promise as long as you promise to never do what you did again. You made me worthless when you said that, unwanted.” I said the last in a small voice.

I heard him sigh as he leaned down and rested his forehead on mine, “I am sorry, little mate. That was never my intention, you are priceless to me and very much wanted. I’ll tell you why I acted this way but not now, you need to eat.”

He pulled off of the wall and wrapped one arm around my waist pulling me to his side, we then continued down the hall around many twists and turns until we got to the great Hall. And I mean it was great, it was very large and very crowded. The whole hall was taken up with this huge long table that hundreds of people could sit and eat together, and there were hundreds of people sitting there chattering. But it all stopped as soon as we entered.

I mean it made sense he was the King and as his made I was the Queen, so by them showing silence it was showing us respect. But with their silence came the staring, and I always hated when people looked at me. I’m not good in crowds I never have been was always just me and my Gran, so I tried to hide behind Luca.

I couldn’t go anywhere though, he wasn’t going to let me hide. As his Queen I was meant to be brave someone to be feared and looked up too. Luca made me stand tall and walk with him the long distance to the head of the table which was furthest from us.

It was a very long walk, I was on the side that was closest to the table and I think somebody thought it be funny to put their leg out and trip me. And because neither me or Luca was paying attention and was not expecting it I fell to the ground hard.

I knew I was going to have bruises, but that didn’t stop me from quickly pushing myself up off the floor and facing who attract me and then before Luca could do anything but growl I pulled the bimbo up from her chair. And you guessed it I used her hair to pull her up.

“Ouch, let go of me! You--You mate stellar!” What did it this bimbo just call me!

“What did you just call me? I haven’t stolen anybody’s mate I have my own think you. Now why did you trip me?” I pulled on her hair hard pulling her close to my face, we were about the same height but she was a Burnett and her hair hung flat her face was covered in makeup and even know this planet had makeup, they probably don’t have it anymore as it is all over her face.

I hadn’t realized I had said that out loud until I heard people laughing around the table.

“I can’t believe you said that!”

“Well I only say wants true. I suggest you keep to yourself and stay away from me.” I let go of her hair and pushed her away from me.

She stumbled back at almost fell, but as soon as she recovered she shouted at me. “I would stay away from you if you keep your hands off my mate!”

“For the last time have no idea what you’re talking about.” I sighed in frustration.

“I’m talking about Leo your all over him! He is my mate! So, stay away from him!” She stopped towards me right up into my face.

When she called him her mate it pissed me off to no end. I saw a red and I knew my eyes had changed to black with red swirling through them, before I knew what I was doing I had pulled out my magic and shot into her chest throwing her back and into the great Hall wall. I watched as a crack went up as soon as she slammed into it.

“He is not your mate!” I growled, “He is mine! And if you knew anything you would know that he has become one now, it’s Luca not Leo.”

I could fill Luca standing behind me, I felt him lay his hands on my shoulders. He pulled me back into his chest wrapping his arms around my waist, I quickly turned in his arms. I looked up into his eyes, breathing heavy.

“You are mine.”

“I am yours, little mate. I need you to come back to me calm down.” I know he was trying to calm me down but what he said only seemed to make it worse. Had this overwhelming feeling that I needed to show everybody that he was mine.

“Mark what is ours.” Those four words was all that it took for me to lunge up and wrapped my legs around his waist, and then wrapped my right arm around his neck and let my hand move up into his hair at the base of his skull I tangled my hand in his hair. And pulled his head to the right bearing his neck to me before he could stop me or anyone else I rested my left hand on his shoulder and then I plunged my teeth into his neck, right where I met his shoulder.

I hadn’t realized that my teeth had grown into sharp pointed canines until after the fact. But that didn’t matter I fell Luca’s arms wrapped around my waist and support me, he had his left arm wrapped tightly around my waist holding me to him at his right hand was up underneath my shirt on my low back and I could fill his claws scraping lightly against my skin.

Luca’s POV

“Little mate, I need you to calm down and let go.” I was trying to talk in a calm voice but I knew that she could hear the desire and want behind it all, I didn’t really want her to let go.

She kept her teeth right where they were and growled back at me, letting me know she didn’t want to let go and she wasn’t going too.

“I want food brought up to our cavern, I also want guards appointed just down the hall at the base of our balcony and Marco I want you to take care of her, don’t let her out of her cavern until I decide what to do with her.”

I could fill my mate tents underneath me, she knew I was not talking about her. I quickly moved us out of the great hall and back towards our cavern, but before I could walk out of the great Hall my mate decided to let go and lift her head and glare at everyone that was in the great Hall.

“HE is mine!” She then sank her teeth back in the same spot in my neck, I groaned as my knees almost buckled. With the last burst of energy that I have I got us into our cavern and onto our furs. I non-two gently laid her on her back with me hovering over her.

I then whispered into her ear, “Yours.”

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