River & Her Royal Mate by Larissa Heinrich Chapter 10

River & Her Royal Mate by Larissa Heinrich Chapter 10

Chapter 10
Packing always takes longer than it should.
Especially when you have no clue what you need to take.
River wound up with every item of clothing she owned laid out on the bed
at one point or another.
Somehow she trimmed it down to one suitcase and a duffel bag.
And a backpack.
And her purse.
The day zipped by in a flurry of Klara and Grandma Lucy popping in and out with reminders, laundry, cleaning, and trying to decide which books she couldn’t live without.
It also found a way to drag so unbelievably slowly.
But there was still not nearly enough time.
Soon, evening darkened her windows and River hauled her bags down by the front door.
She almost unpacked it all to check it again.
No. Enough.
If it wasn’t packed now, too bad.
The trio of women went out for dinner at River’s favorite restaurant as a farewell, but she was so nervous and preoccupied that she took most of her meal home. Still, the conversation was heartening and a welcome.
distraction.
And all three managed to find their appetites to share a b rownie and ice
cream.
River wondered what they would eat at the castle.
Probably fancy caviar.
Chapter 10
Probably good wine, too.
They’d better have good coffee…
Both older women were just as worked up, rarely having been apart from River in her eighteen years. She at least at the excitement of the journey to keep her occupied.
They reminisced about her childhood all the way home.
She worried for them.
But without her there, they would probably be even safer.
Klara had her business.
Grandma would probably redesign half of the house and replant the garden.
They’d be fine.
She wasn’t even going to be gone that long. And Kai said she could visit whenever she wanted to.
It didn’t mean she wasn’t going to miss the hell out of them.
They’d better have good cell service, too.
Klara would throw a fit if she didn’t call.
The private jet was scheduled to leave at an ungodly hour the following morning, so River futilely put herself to bed around eleven and laid there for four hours when her alarm went off. She looked around her room,
feeling a little silly as she said goodbye to it.
See you in a few weeks, room.
Grandma and Klara looked like they had had as much luck getting any
rest.
The three of them double checked her things, hugged way too many. times, and not nearly enough times, and River didn’t bother hiding her tears when she headed to the car and waved goodbye.
1515 THU, Jan 11
Chapter 10
Kai held the door for her.
He said very little through the whole exchange, allowing them plenty of space to bid their farewells. The kind male just smiled reassuringly and helped her with her bags.
Grandma Lucy hugged Kai close and whispered something stern and meaningful in his car, followed by a good finger wag, to which he nodded. solemnly.
Klara just winked at him.
They drove out toward the air strip in the deep dark of the morning, the ride smooth and peaceful in the back of the luxury vehicle.
River slipped her hand into Kai’s, lacing their fingers together. He squeezed hers very softly in return.
This is it, Riv. You’re going on an adventure.
To learn about becoming a princess.
Or a queen? A duch ess?
She wasn’t sure if she even should have a title, or would until they had. mated properly. Whatever that meant.
River took a deep breath at that thought.
Memories of her late night adventure with imaginary Kai tried to start at highlight reel in her head. Her cheeks flushed.
Nope. Not right now.
The car suddenly felt very stuffy. She cracked the window.
Just nerves.
But something kept nagging at her. Her throat felt dry. Her heart was pounding.
It got worse the farther they got from town.
III
151
Chapter 10
“Kai, stop the car,” she nearly shouted, sitting straight up.
“Sure. Hey, you heard her, Paul. Pull over,” Kai tapped gently on the driver’s seat and the quiet and stern man complied. “What’s wrong, River? Are you feeling sick?”
“Uh…no. 1-I don’t know. I just got a really bad feeling.” Her skin crawled
with uncase.
Kai nodded expectantly and waited for more.
He didn’t dismiss her statement.
He didn’t put her down or tell her to shut up, that it was just her imagination.
River felt her confidence bolstered. She felt her trust in him grow a little,
too.
“Tell me how it feels,” he asked seriously when she didn’t respond.
“Like…in my gut, or my chest. A sinking feeling. But like the hair on my neck is rising, too.” She didn’t think she was conveying the feeling properly. “It’s like I’m scared…but not for me.”
Malachi only nodded again, “What is the feeling about?”
“My family.” She knew it with absolute certainty.
The driver was already turning around with barely a signal from Kai. The wheels sprayed gravel as they shot back toward town.
“That’s your instinct, River. It’s still new, because you just shifted for the first time. You should always trust it,” Kai was intent on her, watching her
to make sure she was OK.
River could hardly give him the time of day.
They needed to hurry.
In the early hours there were no cars on the road and the driver sped through the middle of town going fifty over the limit. The man clearly
Chapter 10
knew his craft, taking sharp turns with little effort and without slowing.
They had just crossed the old railroad tracks when they smelled the smoke.
A faint cracking little cry slipped out of River’s throat.
They had to be alright..
She just left them.
Kai urged the driver on faster.
Before they turned the corner onto River’s street she could see the glow of flames where she knew her house was. People were starting to come out of their houses.
Somewhere in the back of her head she knew the fire department would probably already be on their way.
But not soon enough.
“Grandma! Klara!” The shout ripped from her throat and her hand was on the door handle. The door clicked open easily.
Asphalt swished by under them.
“River, wait!” Kai’s voice barely registered.
But she was already out the door.
Her huge paws hit the pavement beside the moving car already at a dead sprint. Her claws dug in and rocketed her forward.
She swiftly outpaced the gleaming black sedan. Fires blazed inside her to match those consuming her life.
Diving over the neighbors privacy fence was like hopping over a curb in her wolf form. She took the yard in two strides and landed out int he street right in front of her home.
The heat as she approached was unbelievable. Licks of flame flared high into the sky above the house, lighting the whole street in the dead of night.
151. Thu Jan 11
Chapter 10
River didn’t even flinch.
The door blew in like it was made of paper to her barreling leap.
She took quick stock of the house.
Smoke clogged every space between the eye shocking glare of the flames.
But she knew where Grandma and Klara should be at this time of night.
In the gap she managed a deep breath of mostly clean air coming in the front door. A pulsing, deep bark shot from her mouth, gusting back some of the smoke
No reply.
She tried again, and resolved to moving into the blaze to conserve her precious air.
Her ears twitched, flicking back and forth to catch every microscopic pop and cr ackle.
Block out the sounds of the fire.
Focus.
There! A faint moan.
The living room.
Grandma Lucy was on the ground near her favorite chair in the living. room. She looked to have thrown herself down to get low and try to crawl to the back door.
She was still moving, still conscious.
River caught the back of her night gown and swiftly, but gently, dragged her farther into the house; the front door was now completely consumed. in the conflagration.
The back door was relatively fire-free.
A whip of her broad and powerful neck drove her hard forehead into the
[1]
E15 Thu Jan 11
Chapter 10
back door, blasting it from its frame and into the back yard. Carefully, she pulled her grandmother along and across the damp grass.
Kai was already coming around and helped her place Grandma far from the house against the back fence.
“River-”
She didn’t let him finish.
River yipped at Kai and bolted back into the house.
Sirens were already blaring outside, but they didn’t matter. They could prevent the neighbors from losing their homes.
But they couldn’t save anything of hers from the fire. They wouldn’t be here in time to save Klara.
And in that moment, nothing mattered but finding her aunt.
River dodged a falling chunk of the ceiling and skirted around below the stairs and into the kitchen. A water pipe in the sink had burst and she dovel into it, putting out a few spots of her fur that had ignited and soaking herself as thoroughly as she could.
Steam billowed from her wet coat around her, but blocked out the heat for
a moment.
River set her sights on the task at hand.
The stairs were a tunnel of fire.
Floorboards flickered black and gold with inner flames.
She didn’t bother using them, instead launching herself straight up onto the landing.
There was only one chance. She couldn’t afford to check every room.
Klara would either be in her bedroom to the left, or sitting in the rocker by the back window in the den. But the den was a curtain of orange and
blistering heat.
r
TEE THU, ăn ||
Chapter 10
She chose Klara’s room.
And immediately regretted it.
Every surface and item in the room was ablaze.
But fortunately, Klara was not in the bed, as much as she could make out. Her eyes blurred and burned with the smoke.
She choked.
River suddenly felt panic well up, she couldn’t breathe. All of her thoughts. s cattered and she felt disoriented.
Which way was out?!
The thick curtains blocked the only window, a solid sheet of fiery death. A beam crashed behind her, blocking the door.
A whimper escaped through her teeth.
What was she thinking? She couldn’t save anyone!
No. Not like this. She couldn’t die like this!
She yelped in protest, tossing her head back and yowling at the ceiling.
And saw the gleam of an eye through a hole in the plaster.
“R-Rapid-” Klara’s voice rasped from above her.
The attic.
Rapid. The word filled her up.
A swell of pure adrenaline fueled defiance exploded inside River.
Her perception shrank to a single point of focus above her.
And then she exploded up into the attic with a ferocious growl, crashing through wood and drywall.
Klara had made it to the small window that overlooked the back of the
house before she had succumbed to the smoke.

r
15.15 Thu Jan VI
Chapter 10
She was curled up in a ball.
River hesitated for only a split second, unable to find a good hold of her aunt with her teeth without hurting her. The decision to shift was confirmed as parts of her fur caught fire.
Her wolf wouldn’t do it all.
She shifted in the blink of an eye.
Patting out a patch of singed locks at the tips of her hair with a s ooty palm, she scooped Klara up in her arms like a child, her muscles hyper-charged and rippling.
She hardly felt the glass burst as she soared through the tiny window and the wall around it and out into open air.
River vaguely made out the shape of Kai below, pulling against the bigger form of the driver, holding him back from rushing in after her. He was screaming her name.
River rolled with the landing, throwing herself between Klara and the ground.
Her last thought was a simple hope that Grandma and Klara would live.
Then she blacked out.
SEND GIFT

River & Her Royal Mate by Larissa Heinrich

River & Her Royal Mate by Larissa Heinrich

Score 9.3
Status: Ongoing Type: Author: Artist: Released: January 11, 2024 Native Language: English

How To Read Novel River & Her Royal Mate by Larissa Heinrich

River Landon is ostracized by her classmates for being an orphan. When she turns 21, she realises that she is fated to the Alpha's son! But when he rejects her and claims his girlfriend instead, River is heartbroken. Little does she know that life has more in store for her than Just being the Luna of a Pack... Enter Kai, a mysterious stranger who's new to town..

River & Her Royal Mate by Larissa Heinrich

River Landon is ostracized by her classmates for being an orphan. When she turns 21, she realises that she is fated to the Alpha's son! But when he rejects her and claims his girlfriend instead, River is heartbroken. Little does she know that life has more in store for her than Just being the Luna of a Pack... Enter Kai, a mysterious stranger who's new to town..

Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Options

not work with dark mode
Reset