River & Her Royal Mate by Larissa Heinrich Chapter 7

River & Her Royal Mate by Larissa Heinrich Chapter 7

Chapter 7
River gawked.
Every eye was on her.
You did it again, Riv. Made a fool of yourself.
Kai was werewolf royalty. Of course. And she had been foolish enough to think he maybe liked her. That she had anything resembling a chance with a guy like him to begin with.
Oh c rap.
She should kneel. She should definitely be kneeling before the freaking prince of wolves.
Right?
But she didn’t feel compelled to….
Not like everyone else seemed to be. But that didn’t exactly make it OK. There was definitely something wrong with River.
Was she even a werewolf at all?
Kai, or rather, Malachi, waited patiently for her to say something.
“I…um. I think I should go,” she muttered lamely. But she didn’t. Her feet wouldn’t obey.
Prince Malachi huffed one soft little chuckle and turned, gesturing for her to follow him. River wanted to. But she also wanted to run far away and never look back.
Another flick of his wrist and Clay and Victoria slunk to their paws, their heads still bowed. They followed him toward the dais.
The pack watched, a collective breath held.
An attendant wolf fell in beside Malachi, offering a robe for him to cover himself with. Not that he seemed to mind being naked in front of the whole pack. Or that he had any reason to be embarrassed. Not with that.
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body…
And what she had been able to make out through his swimsuit did not do any justice to seeing how well…endowed he was in person.
River shook herself, looking back up.
Geez, her hormones were going to the be the death of her.
Kai was looking back at her, one eyebrow raised and a little smile on his
face.
Like he k n e w exactly what she was thinking. River swallowed hard.
His head coc k ed slightly to the side for a second his smile fading, a question in his eyes.
That was it. She had a choice. He was giving her a choice. Unlike the rest of the pack in this moment.
She could walk away, or join him and see where this was going.
A faint urge deep inside nudged her.
No, a need.
Her legs were moving before she could fully make up her mind. Whatever the outcome, she had to know what was going on with her. Why she was so different from the rest of the pack.
River kept her eyes on Malachi as she followed him to the front.
Stepping onto the natural raised platform at the head of the gathering, River turned slowly, trying not to look closely at the mass of wolves staring back at her. An intensity and scrutiny she had never experienced weighed. on her, but not like the old shame and fear.
There was no ill will in their stares, just curiosity.
Anticipation. They knew something she didn’t.
“I have spent this past week among you,” Malachi began, facing the joined packs, “You are an honorable and kind pack. You raise your young to
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contribute to the clan. My father would be pleased and impressed by your hospitality and loyalty to our values.”
Many of the wolves rose back to their feet, proudly raising their heads at his words.
The muscular prince paced along the rim of the platform, in quiet contemplation.
River started to feel out of place beside him, but as he passed her, his hand brushed hers for a split second. Shivers ran through her at the touch, distracting and thrilling.
“The heart of every pack lies in every one of its members. For that reason, you all thrive in spite of your circumstances. Even the greatest among you cannot control the heart of the pack. Even a corrupted and selfish Alpha.” He let the words hang in the air as his stare fell over the two wolves -standing near the dais.
The he gestured to Clay’s parents. “I am sad to say your leadership is found wanting. This is no fault of your tribe.”
He stepped down toward them and raised one hand.
A terrible pressure River had never felt before surrounded her suddenly. Every wolf cowed once more. She could barely stay on her feet for the intensity of the power emanating from Kai.
“I strip you of your status, your rank and your power,” Kai’s whisper rang out louder than if he shouted it. Clay and his mate simply collapsed, reverting to human form, unconscious.
“The old ways would have demanded their death for failure to their people. I leave it up you to decide how you will handle these two. Mercy, exile, whatever you see fit. If you want to leave it up to your future leader, you can, but as for your next Alpha…”
Kai only half turned back toward the two wolves on the platform.
Clay was back on his feet, trembling slightly, but his rage was apparent in his snarling fangs and murderous stare. Spittle flecked from his jowls as he
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snapped once, threateningly.
River felt a growl of her own rise in her throat, her fists opening into clawed fingers.
No way Clay was going to hurt Kai.
Whoa there, Riv. Gonna face off against a wolf all on your own?
The thought sobered her for a second, but the protective feelings. remained, lending her courage to take a step forward, putting herself between the two males. Kai’s eyes met hers for a moment, softening in gratitude.
He raised his fingers in a tiny gesture, another request for her to stand aside.
She started to back off when Clay rushed at Kai.
Everything happened in a heartbeat, but River saw it all in half time.
Clay’s wolf form took him over her in a soaring leap, straight for Kai’s unprotected throat. The prince’s eyes never left River as his death roared straight towards him.
River screamed in terror, protesting the inevitable, horrible fate, desperately denying that such a thing could be happening. That no one could stop it. That Kai had put himself in such a vulnerable position.
The scream inside her turned into a howl through her own lips.
One minute she was lurching back from Clay’s vicious charge, tears burning behind her eyes. The next thing she knew she was launching through the air, her jaws open wide.
Her fangs latched into Clay’s fur, bit into the side of his neck.
Her weight cast them off course, tumbling down into the first row of wolves who sc attered from the impact, apprehension rolling off of them
in waves.
River slammed Clay down to the grass, whipping her head back and forth.
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twice violently.
Clay squealed as he was slung away into a heap, struggling to rise.
And then River looked down at her hands and she was human again. Confusion muddled her thoughts, adrenaline fading to tremors and shaking that sent her to her knees.
What the hell just happened?
Kai was next to her in an instant, a steady hand on her shoulder. “Easy, River. It’s alright.” His tone soothed her pounding heart, but his eyes were alight with passionate fire and something else…
Had he known that would happen? He didn’t seem the least bit perturbed by any of it.
The prince stalked forward, a motion that was far too wolf-like even in his skin form. Absently, River found her eyes trailing his supple backside.
She really needed to get her head on straight.
“You. I have watched you this last week. I had heard that you were a sniveling little brat. That you were an entitled, selfish, lone wolf. I hoped those rumors were untrue. That maybe you would surprise me.”
Kai circled Clay.
“You are unfit to lead a pack.” Kai shoved Clay back down as he tried to rise. The prince placed a hand on his head. “You had a responsibility, and you abused it.
Clay’s wolf whimpered pathetically.
“This would-be Alpha is repugnant. He flaunts his prowess. He sullies the mating bond with his advances on every young wolf he can find who will lay with him. And worst of all, he assaulted River. Tried to force himself on her.”
Growls rumbled through the pack. Hackles rose.
River stood, facing her attacker, facing the pack as a testament to the
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prince’s words.
“You are unfit to call yourself a wolf.” Pure righteous rage filled Kai’s eyes.
Every wolf stilled, awaiting the prince’s pronouncement. Clay lost control of his bladder.
River almost felt sorry for Clay. Almost.
“For this, I strip you of your wolf. Never again will you shift. Never again will you lord your power over another
The shrick that tore from Clay’s throat ripped down River’s spine in wracking shivers.
pure agony
She could feel the in the wail.
Clay warped and shifted, not at all smoothly this time. His bones popped and twisted as he was forced back into his skin, writhing the whole time.
Then it was done.
Drool spilled from the side of his mouth as he lay twitching on the grass,
naked.
As one, the pack turned from the scene and put their backs to him and his parents as they came to collect what was left of their son. They hurried down the aisle and out toward the vehicles, never looking back.
The pack had spoken.
Silence held for a time, a gentle breeze cleansing the tense aura that had settled over the gathering.
Kai helped River back to her feet and guided her to the dais again.
Her legs felt like jello. Had she just shifted for the first time? She couldn’t put her thoughts in order. The sensation and the memory felt fake, distant.
Had it really happened?
She met Malachi’s gaze and he flinched at what he saw there.
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“I take no joy in that,” Kai said, more for River, but his words carried out across the pack, “But that is the burden of the Alpha, and the burden of the King that I will be someday.”
Not a single wolf protested the decision. If anything, River could feel their approval.
“Don’t apologize. He deserved it.” River was shocked at how confident she sounded.
“Still, I hate to bring such upheaval to a good pack,” he muttered.
“I get the impression you bring big changes everywhere you go,” River muttered right back at him, unable to suppress a chuckle.
“Which brings me to the other reason I came to you,” Kai raised his voice. Static charged the air with his proclamation.
The prince reached out and took River’s hand. Electricity coursed along his palm and into her, igniting a surge and rush of intense elation and energy inside her. “I came here to find my true mate, and your future queen,” he announced, almost casually
River only had a second to widen her eyes in surprise and gasp at his words before she felt the aching pull of the shift tear through her, starting at her fingertips and toes and spiraling up around her arms and legs.
Tingling stings erupted along her skin as fur filled in, her body morphing and expanding under her skin. She felt every second of the experience
this time.
The pain was sharp and exhilarating. Her whole body was aflame.
Distantly she became aware of the pack-mind, the presence of every wolf in attendance. A strange sense of community and oneness enveloped her thoroughly. This was what it meant to be in a pack family.
Next to her, the prince of all wolves shifted swiftly and effortlessly and brushed his flank against hers, warm and firm. His presence was overwhelming compared to the rest of the wolves.
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Then she heard a voice.
Not her wolf’s, but another familiar, humor filled, honey sweet tone that soothed every worry in her mind. Kai’s m ental voice was more than words, but emotion and meaning, feeling and senses wrapped into thought.
“It is so nice to finally, truly meet you, River Landon. I have been waiting my entire life for this moment.”
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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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