: Going back to the room
I find Valarian was tucked in beside his mother . The blanket pulled high under his chin . My father was
still seated beside the bed and h e held a finger to his lips , pointing to the bed and I nodded .. ” What
was that about ? ” my father asked as I dropped into the chair beside him . ” John and I have no idea .
Something is going on with him , though . He kept talking about some impending war , ” I tell him , and
his brows furrow . ” I will ask around , see if I can find anything out , ” , ” I nod , and he sighs . ” Do you
want me to take Valarian ? ” I glance at the bed where Valarian lay and shake my head .
” No , I will take him home with me later ; you head home , ” I tell him , despite not wanting to leave
Everly . Our son needed m e , and I knew she would like one of us with him . ” Valen , I .. ” ” Not now ! ” I
growl . I didn’t want to talk about him betraying my mother and not here in front of my son , even if he
was asleep .
He closes his mouth and nods , getting up . ” Ring if you need anything or want me to take him , but it will
probably be good if he stays with you , he hasn’t been sleeping well . ” My father before he leaves , and I
sit back in my chair . After an hour or so , my eyes grew heavy , and I kept nodding off .
Yawning , I get to m y feet to find Valarian still asleep with his mother only now . Everly was stirring , her
nose crinkling , and I felt her consciousness slowly coming back as she sniffed our son . I was going to
take him home , but as I watched her , maybe he was what she needed to wake up , so instead , I
moved him closer to her before climbing i n beside her and pulling Valarian on my chest . I placed his tiny
hand on the side of her face .
Her breathing evened out again . I kissed his little head , and he rubbed his face against my chest when I
heard her inhale deeply , making me look over at her to see her hand move . She rubbed her eyes , her
hand not doing what she wanted as it became tangled in the cords attached to her .
Rolling on my side , Valarian slides between us , and I reach over and untangle her hand , making her
eyes snap open . She looked really out of it , but her eyes cleared of their dreary state after a few
seconds , and she lurched upright , her eyes going wide as she looked around the room . Gripping her
shoulders , I push her back down .
” Emily ? ” she gasps . ” Alive ! She is down the hall ; stay still . You just ripped out your cannula , ” I
whisper , and she blinks , her heart rate slowing . She exhales , and I tug the cords away , the machine
going berserk , and I lean over , hitting the button for the nurse before shutting the device to the drip off ,
knowing the nurse would fix it .
Grabbing Everly’s hand , I ran my tongue over where she ripped the needles and tap off , watching it
heal before laying back down . ” Try not to move . You have cords everywhere and a catheter , which I
am sure you don’t want to be ripped out , ” I tell her . She nods , watching our son before brushing his
hair with her fingers .
Valarian stirs under her touch , and she leans forward , sniffing his little head . My heart leaped seeing
her awake , and her eyes went to me behind him . ” You’re forgiven , ” she smiles softly , and my brows
furrow . At first , I thought she was talking about not getting to her fast enough until she touched her neck
, and I let out a breath of relief .
” You forgive me ? ” ” There was nothing to forgive . I should have let you when I marked you , but I
heard you say it ; I thought I dreamed it , ” she said , rubbing her eyes and yawning . ” ” How long has it
been ? ” she asks , her foggy mind becoming clearer and clearer b y the second . ” A few days , ” ” Did
you find the facility ? ” Everly asked . I tilted my head to look at her better . That was the first time I heard
about a facility . ” What facility ? “
” The one where Emily’s son is , where she escaped from . She didn’t tell you ? ” ” Emily is in a coma ,
love ; we haven’t spoken with her ; I will notify the patrols and send some scouts out . Did she say
anything else ?
” I asked when Valarian stirred and yawned . She shook her head . Everly smiled , watching him , burying
her face in his neck and peppering his face with kisses . He pushes her face away and giggles before
recognition hit him .
” Mum ? ” he whispers and she smiles . He pounces on her , making her grunt . ” Careful , she is still
sore , ” I tell him , gripping his waist , but Everly shakes her head , ignoring her discomfort as she hugs
him tight .
” You’re awake , ” Valarian murmurs , breathing in his mother’s scent , and she nods . Valarian pulls his
head from her neck and looks down at her . ” You need to brush your hair , ” he says , looking at her hair
which was a mess on her head . ” Do I now ? ” she asks and he nods .
” Can I wake up properly first ? ” she laughed , and he nods . He looks at her neck and smiles . ” Daddy
marked you , now you belong to him , ” Valarian beams , and I clear my throat , and Valarian looks at me
while Everly shakes her head with a laugh . Pretty sure it’s the other way around , ” I tell him . H His
brows pinch together .
” But you’re the Alpha ? ” he says . ” Yes , when your mother lets me be , ” I chuckle . ” So mum owns
you ? ” ” We belong to each other . No one owns anybody , ” Everly says with a shake of her head .
” But we can live with dad now ? ” Valarian asks , and I raise an eyebrow at her to hear her answer . ”
What’s it going to be , Luna ? ” I mind linked , and her eyes widen when my voice floats through her head
, and I could feel how giddy she was being part of a pack link again .
” Yes , Uncle Marcus is living with Aunty Zoe now , so it will be a little squishy , don’t you think ? ” Everly
asks him , and Valarian beams with excitement and nods his head just as the nurse opens the door .