Tempting Darkness, (book 2), chapter 15
” Stop giving Aleera the devil’s bante . Let her shred Darius . Let her bond us . I get why you don’t want her to mark you , but you’re punishing all of us by not letting her mark the rest of us . Punishing her , ” I tell him , and he shakes his head against my chest . ” I can’t let her mark me . You think I don’t wish I could ? ” he says . ” She will forgive you . They all will . ” I try to reason . ” You don’t know that , ” he says . ” I do , because I forgive you .
Your perception of what you have done is wrong . You can’t see past your guilt . And Tobias will see that . Aleera will see that , ” ” ” I killed his twin and killed her father . I destroyed the white Fae . ” he says as sadness courses through me from the bond . ” No. Your father did , and hers . Not you , ” I tell him . Darius shakes his head . He would never believe me . I sighed , pressing closer and gripping his face to turn it up to look at him .
” You’re worthy of their love . They are the ones not worthy of you . They don’t see what you have done for them , but I do , ” I tell him , meaning every word I spoke . His lip quivers , not believing me despite feeling me through the bond . ” Let her shred . Even if you don’t let her mark you right away , but at least let her mark them . The rest we can figure out later , ” I tell him , and he sighs and reluctantly nods . Darius turns his head , kissing my palm . ” Okay . Will you leave me if they do ? ” he asks , looking back at me . ” No. Because I know they won’t be leaving you . Aleera won’t leave you ,
” I try to assure him . ” But if they did ? ” ” I go where Aleera goes , and you know Lycus will go where I go . Just make sure you follow us , ” I smile sadly . ” Always , ” he breathes . I knew he would anyway , even if they left him . I knew Darius would follow in the shadows and watch over us . He would never abandon us .
” They hate me , ” he breathes . ” They just don’t understand , “ I tell him . ” And when they do , they will still hate me , ” he says . ” No. Aleera will understand , and she may not say anything to Tobias . I haven’t , because I know you didn’t mean it . And if anything , she would probably be more freaked out that you used to visit her every night while she slept . Because that is a little creepy , ” I laugh . ” Not every night , ” he chuckles . I pull away and raise an eyebrow at him .
” Okay , every night , ” he admits . ” But I wasn’t being a creep , ” he adds . ” No , you just needed to make sure she was safe , I know . ” ” I couldn’t let them hurt her , ” Darius growls . ” And they won’t , because she has you , ” I tell him while getting to my feet . I hold my hands out to him , and he takes them , letting me pull him to his feet . ” I have no magic , ” I tell him , and he flícks his wrist , opening a portal . ” I can give it back , but I don’t want to hurt you more , ” he says . I shake my head , knowing once Aleera awakes , the others will power her , and she will give me magic . Stepping through the portal , I see we are 11 in the room next to ours , and I sigh . Darius ? ” I growl . ” I don’t want to face them yet , ” ” You will sleep in our room tonight . With our mates . You promised , ” I tell him . ” I promised to let her shred . I said nothing about sleeping in the room , ”
” But you will , ” I tell him . He growls and clenches his teeth . Darius nods once before opening the door to the bathroom between the two rooms . Aleera was still with Tobias , though he was struggling to clean her up while she was still out cold . Darius makes a strangled noise , and Tobias glances over his shoulder and bares his fangs at Darius in a warning . ” Where is Lycus ? ” I asked while stepping into the bathroom . The steam made their scents extra potent and fogged the mirror . I knew her scent was making Tobias uneasy , her scent morphing without magic and he hated the new scent , wanting her scent to return to normal . ” He went for a run to stop from killing him , ” Tobias answers , glaring at Darius . Tobias hoists her up higher in his arms ,
trying to wash the shampoo from her hair . I strip my clothes off and step into the shower with him . Taking her limp body from him , and he tips her head back to wash the soap from her hair . Her bond was dormant , and I was not too fond of the feeling of it . Knowing Darius had hurt her bond . He was the only one that could awaken it . We needed her bond to awaken so she could take power back and draw on us . ” No ! ” Tobias snarled . ” He is in control , ” I tell Tobias , and I look to see Darius walk back into the room . ” Darius ! ” I snapped , and his posture tensed , but he turned around , his eyes going to Tobias’s blood – red eyes . He swallows , looking down at Aleera in my arms . Tobias growls at him , and I turn my head and glare at Tobias .
” Get out . You may not want him near her , but he can’t awaken her bond if you don’t let him near her , 11 ” And what ? Have him destroy her more ? You know she felt what he did to you , ” Tobias snarled , and I swallowed . She felt it . I hoped I could block her , but she felt it . I glanced at Darius , who hung his head in shame . ” Doesn’t matter . He hurt her bond , and only he can awaken it . I will speak with her when she wakes , ” I tell Tobias . ” And tell her what ? Huh , Kalen ? Sorry you got figuratively raped while our mate raped me ? ” He sneered , and I cringed at the thought . ” No. I’ll tell her the truth . ” @ ” That is the truth ! ” Tobias screamed . ” As you know it . That’s your truth , not mine ! ”
I tell him , and he glances between me and Darius , who remained quiet .
Tobias stepped out of the shower and snatched a towel from the heated towel rack . He wraps it around himself before turning on Darius . ” You f*****g hurt her , I will help her destroy you for it , ” he warned before turning on his heel and storming out . He slams the door , making the shower screen and mirror rattle . I hoist her higher . Her deadweight was becoming heavy in my arms . ” Can you take her ? ” I ask Darius while peering over my shoulder . He bites his bottom lip but nods , stepping into the shower . My legs shook , and I needed to wash the blood off , not wanting her to see it . ” She felt it , ” Darius whimpered . ”
She felt my pain , nothing more , ” I answer . ” How can you say that ? ” he asked , shaking his head . ” Because for her to feel violated , I would have had to feel violated . And I don’t , ” I tell him . ” You should , ” he says , sitting on the
ledge that came out of the wall . He turned her on his lap , and I watched as he reached for the soap . His hands were gentle , and I could feel him searching for her energy , anything to lure her bond out so she would wake . ” Aleera looked at me funny before she passed out , ” Darius murmurs . ” Yes . Because she felt it . She felt it wasn’t you . It scared her because she doesn’t understand how it is possible . ” I tell him . ” You have to tell her . Your father was a monster ,
but you aren’t . He made your entity like that . She just needs to understand it . Aleera needs to understand what happens when a Harmony – Fae is stripped of their light , ” He shakes his head . ” That may scare her more , ” he whispers . ” And she is right to fear it . She is the last harmony fae , but she shouldn’t have been . You two would have been unstoppable if you were still one too , ” I tell him and he sighs , knowing I speak the truth .
Everyone believes he was a dark demonic fae , and he is now , but his mother wasn’t always a dark Fae , and she never had an affair like the world believed . No , she was pure white Fae and his father pure dark Demonic – fae , and Darius was like his sister . Only she was pure harmony , and Darius was the first of his kind . A harmony demonic – fae . How else would he be an elemental ? How else could he be our keeper for all those years ? ” I won’t let them do that to you . I will keep you safe , ” he whispers to her , and I knew he would . Darius would die for her , he would die for all of us .