River & Her Royal Mate by Larissa Heinrich Chapter 6

River & Her Royal Mate by Larissa Heinrich Chapter 6

Chapter 6
Class felt distant and vague.
And no Kai.
Days zipped by and trudged along.
With no Kai
Home life blurred around the edges and every run held the anticipation of another possible run in. But the rest of the days leading up to the Ascension ceremony came and went without any sign of Kai.
That, and more than a little anxiety and her average everyday over thinking worry.
It was, after all, a public event and one coordinated around Clay Baldwin.
One she sort of had to go to,
On the other hand, it might mean she could see the luscious male whose lake-soaked, sun kissed skin, tousled hair, and oh-my-Go d-th ose eyes, were a constant peripheral distraction in her head.
St upid Kai.
Stu pid, butterfly-inducing Kai.
But, aside from the pesteringly gorgeous male’s presence in her thoughts. and the nagging discomfort of angst, River had other slightly more pressing concerns.
Something was different about her.
Every time she hit the trails, she felt like she was about to explode with energy. And more than that, she could run faster and jump higher and push harder than she ever had before.
That wasn’t end of it.
Studying came easier, almost like her brain was supercharged. She could see clearer, smell sharper, hear so many tiny sounds.
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She could even imagine more intensely, Kai’s full, sensuous lips brushing down her neck, her collarbone…
Whoa there, River.
Every sense was on fire.
She felt like her homework hardly presented a challenge.
And once again there were the…urges. Cold showers and long runs helped.
Some.
Most of the time she hardly gave it a second thought, so consumed and busy as she was, but here and there some worry and wondering encroached on her thoughts about her health..
Was there something wrong with her?
She had never heard of a disease that made you stronger.
The changes that came with becoming a wolf usually started after your first shift into your new form, and those even longer after the inner wolf’s voice made itself known in puberty.
River hadn’t heard a peep.
No wolf. Nothing.
Additionally, from all accounts she had ever heard of growing up in a pack, the mate bond breaking between her and Clay should have had lasting effects on her and taken a lot longer to get over, if ever.
Of course, her and Clay had not mutually accepted the bond and consummated it.
Thank goodness.
Ick.
The thought of anything remotely intimate with Clay made her want to puke.

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It was harder and harder to believe each day that she had been fated to be with him, and worse, that she had been attracted to him in any way. The only real emotion she currently felt about it was relief, if she was honest.
about it.
She had only crossed his path again a few times in the halls on the university campus. Each time he was evasive, but stared openly at her.
Almost desperately.
It sort of felt like a role reversal.
He looked at her from afar with a look in his eye that made her skin crawl. River remembered watching him in a sadly similar way in high school. when he captained the basketball team, laughing with friends in the lunchroom.
Wishing he would notice her.
Or, that she could be included in some circle.
Trusting that he was keeping her at arm’s length for a good reason.
Ha. Right. Turns out he was just a selfish di ck.
Somehow, this new sensation of energy, or for lack of a better word, power, also helped alleviate those old pangs of shame and embarrassment
Not completely, but they bothered her much less frequently.
Unlike those pesky, tingling, boiling hot thoughts of another male…
The day of the ascension ceremony dawned and River found herself up. with the sunrise, feeling almost anxious for the proceedings. She couldn’t for the life of her think of why…
Not because she would get to see Kai.
Certainly not that.
Grandma Lucy shuffled into the kitchen with a faint smile and an eyebrow raised as River set a steaming cup of tea on the table for her and plated up
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fresh eggs and toast.
“Who are you and what have you done with my granddaughter?”
“I know. I just couldn’t stay in bed. And I couldn’t just sit around waiting. for everyone to get up!” River protested, not bothering to hide her grin.
“Feel free to make a habit of it,” Grandina muttered, sipping her tea.
Klara joined them and the meal was spent quietly, a pleasant camaraderie of family and feminine companionship.
Thankfully, neither female asked her about her apparent change of heart.
A short while later found the three driving across town and through the pack compound’s wide western gate. The road ended and turned to gravel and dirt, leading off into the woods.
Weaving up into the hills, they soon saw a line of other cars stopping along the sides of the road and followed suit. Dust settled in the mid afternoon sun revealing pack members and their families, most in wolf form, or in the process of shifting.
River wished she could join them, but as usual, no sense of anything inside
told her it was time.
Her wolf must just not exist.
Following the procession, the road ended at wooden railing over a drop, showing off the clan meeting grounds nestled in a valley.
It was a stunning vista with low hills rim ming the h orizon on three sides. and the grounds sidling up to a small lake. Trees sheltered the gathering on all sides, providing privacy and a sense of auspiciousness for any meeting at the square.
The wide, manicured courtyard sprawled with lush, soft grass and natural stone bench seating for those who preferred to stay in their skin form like many of the elderly members or the youth.
River had only ever been to the ritual grounds once when she was
younger. They were generally reserved for fully grown pack members and
important gatherings.
A sloping path led down into the milling groups of happily chatting clusters and many, many wolves mingling, some running the field and playing at hunting.
There were so many.
The entire town must have turned out– plus the Calders from
Edmondson a few miles over — to see so many wolves. This Lycan family.
Edmondson a few miles over
really must be something to attract such a crowd.
As if in answer to her thoughts and wide-eyed stare, Klara said, “The Calder pack has finally conceded and agreed to join up with us if they are happy with the ascension proceedings today.”
“Hard to believe. Jebediah’s clan always swore they’d never merge with another pack,” Grandma Lucy shook her head. “Resources really must be thin if they finally gave in to the Baldwins.”
“They may back out when they meet Clay,” Klara snickered.
Grandma and Klara never did like the ruling Alpha’s family much, thought they typically kept those thoughts to themselves. Especially at a pack gathering.
River started to ask a question when a faint scent caught her attention
Her skin pebbled with goosebumps.
Cedar…
Crisp, cold mountain air…
“Um, I want to go walk around the lake before it starts,” she offered as she veered away from her family.
“Oh, of course, dear. Grandma and I are going to shift in the stalls and find a spot,” Klara was just as distracted, looking off toward where a dark furred wolf raised his head in greeting.
River recognized the smile in the wolf’s eyes.
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Ooooo! Get him Aunt K!
Klara had finally taken matters into her own hands and asked Gus out a few weeks ago.
Maybe it was time for River to get a little bold herself.
The scent trail of cedar and moss drew her off around the lake to the far
side.
Rich pine and wood soon overpowered the faint guiding lure and she grunted in frustration. He had to be off this way somewhere…
River tilted her head at the sound of a snapping twig off in the dimness of the forest.
“Kai?” She crept around a towering trunk, her heart pounding. Strong hands s natched out and jerked her forward into the shadows.
A yelp escaped her mouth as a heavier body twirled her around and slammed her back against rough bark. Hot breath heaved along her neck as the body pressed close and a sickening snarl curled around her left ear, making her want to scream.
“You’d think you could at least pronounce my name right, bit ch.” The words were a guttural grumble.
“Clay! W-what the f uck?!” She stammered out.
“Relax, Landon. This was always meant to be. My bad for not seeing it sooner…” Lust graveled his whining voice and he thrust his erect cr otch. against her through his pants and her new dress.
“G-get off-”
“Oh I plan to….bonus points if you do, too, but like my dad always said, ‘If she can’t learn to like it, that’s her problem!!
Clawing fingers scraped her legs as he dragged up the skirts of her dress, h ooking her underwear and tearing them away.
River suppressed a gag of fear and revulsion.
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No.
No f ucking way this sc umbag was going to do this.
Something deep in her gut quaked violently. Her hands started to shake with the pulse of adrenaline.
It felt good.
Not ‘good’ like she could ever like what Clay Baldwin had to offer or any sort of sick concession to what he was trying to do. But the kind of good that made you want to slam your fist into a punching bag.
The kind of good that made her jump off a forty foot cliff.
It overpowered the anxious and terrified so b that tried to erupt from another part of her mind. She wasn’t a helpless little kid.
C lay moved to throw her down to the leave strewn forest floor, yanking her forward. She used the momentum to driver her knee into his cro tch.
“F uck! You got some spirit after all, huh?” He grasped at his inner thigh where her blow had narrowly missed the sad little bulge tenting up the
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front of his slacks.
“Stay. Away. From. Me,” River hissed, her breath coming in gasps.
“Or. What?” He taunted, leering at her chest..
River took a step forward aggressively, her eyes boring into him. Clay took a small step back.
Was he intimidated?
He lunged again, but this time River was ready and sn atched his wrist, easily twisting and shoving him into the trunk of a thick oak. Clay caught -himself and grunted in frustration, hiding it with a chuckle.
River was stronger than him. She could feel it.
Clay matched her forceful steps toward each other and they faced off, both of their fists clenching.
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“Oh. My. Go d. You f ucking s lut,” Victoria’s voice shrieked between them.
River turned, losing the momentum of her anger in shock. “What? He was trying to-”
“Explain that I don’t want her to keep trying to hit on me at school,” Clay prattled off quickly, glaring accusingly at River. Victoria nodded, her suspicions confirmed.
“That’s not-”
“Home wrecker. Creepy Creek just can’t let it go, huh? Don’t you get it? You lost. You always lost. Because you’re a loser.” Victoria closed in, Clay joining her pressing River back a step, then several. “We may just have to tell everyone how River Landon tried to throw herself at Clay Baldwin on the day of his ascension.
“Like the filthy little who re she is. Pathetic,” Clay agreed, his lip twitching. vindictively.
Irrational panic rose up inside River.
She was back in high school.
She was back at the mating ceremony.
And once again, she ran, the other two hot on her heels.
Rounding the lake, River aimed toward the steps that would take her back. down the road, to the car, to the compound, to home..
Anywhere but here.
Just shy of the first step she threw a glance over one shoulder, spotting Clay and Victoria striding through the crowd toward her. The rest of the wolves hardly seemed to notice, their focus up on the natural platform the Alpha would ascend.
Suddenly, every single wolf present dropped to their belly, every pack member in human form dropped to one knee and forced into wolf form. Victoria and Clay fell mid step, as if thrown to the ground by an unseen force, both of them yelping in shock as they shifted against their will.
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Eerie silence settled over the gathering.
River looked around, confused. She scanned the crowd for any sing of her family, of Kai
And she found him.
An enormous wolf prowled off the edge of the dais, glided through the mass of prone wolves and shifted mid step back into the gloriously. glistening form of Kai a few yards from her.
His amber eyes passed over every bowed head before settling on River. His head tilted to the side and he looked her up and down. Every eye was on her. She was the only other person standing.
“Hi, Kai,” River blurted out.
“It’s Malachi.de Prince Malachi Lycan,” he said silkily, his full lips
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River & Her Royal Mate by Larissa Heinrich

River & Her Royal Mate by Larissa Heinrich

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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..

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