The Beast And The Blessed

Chapter 86

The Beast And The Blessed

Eighty-Six: Natalie

Natalie’s P.O.V.

The door had barely shut behind me when my temper got the best of me. He had no right! King or not!

I spun around on my heels and pushed it open, almost hitting Killian in the face. His hand gripped the
edge of the door, and he looked down at me just as shocked as I was. I quickly forced down the feeling
and glared at my mate.

“You owe me an apology!” The guards all shifted, and a maid down the hall slowed with a caddy of
cleaning materials in her hands. I didn’t need the pack link to know they were concerned for my safety.
Killian had killed people for far less than my tone. But he was my mate. But I knew Killian wouldn’t
physically hurt me.

I forced myself to stay strong and kept my glare on Killian even though I felt like I was crumbling inside.

“I was coming after you.” He said as a bewildered look crossed his face, sounding as if the idea that he
would be chasing after a woman confused him. The fact that we had an audience didn’t seem to bother
him. Still, the water lining my eyes was not something I wanted them to see, so I refused to look their

“You can be mad about your mother. I am too! But you do not get to take your anger out on me!” My
finger shoved into his chest, and he looked down at it. “Forget that I am your mate! Set that little fact
aside for right now. Me, as Natalie, do you love me?”

Killian let out a growl, looking up at me with hurt in his eyes and making my next breath that much
harder to take in. He nodded but answered as I raised an eyebrow at him, “Yes.”

“Do you trust me?” I felt powerful as he answered me without hesitation. He didn’t have to answer to
anyone if he didn’t want to, and he usually wouldn’t. But he answered to me.

The corner of his lips twitched as his eyes melted. He was amused, and it only made me more
determined. “Yes.”

“Then don’t talk to me that way, and don’t take your anger out on me! We are supposed to be a team!”
My finger shoved into his chest again as he smiled widely at me.

“Yes, my love.”

I was fuming as he stared on, amused by the situation, still waiting for my apology. “Well?”

Killian stepped forward, forcing my hand to fall to my side. He was enjoying this. I could feel it. The wall
he had up had dropped, and while I could still feel his conflicted emotions, they were lighter than

“I never should have let my anger affect how I talk to or treat you. You are right, my mate.” He reached
forward, his hands pulling my hips toward him as he smiled at me.

“That was not an apology. That was a fact.’ I jumped when one of the guards snorted, and I turned my
head to see Thomas and George pressing their lips together to hide their laughter. It was a pretty full
hallway with my three guards and the guards that usually stood outside Killian’s office.

“I am sorry, my love. I let my anger get the best of me.”

I didn’t get a chance to respond before he pulled me right back into his office and slammed the door
shut behind us.

“I didn’t like you walking away from me upset,” Killian said, nuzzling his head into my neck. It was hard
to stay mad at him when he was being so sweet. “The feeling… I haven’t felt that before. I didn’t like it. I

don’t want to ever make you feel like you did again.” i

The need to crack a joke about the cold king having feelings was on the tip of my tongue, but we
needed to address the more important things first.

“I didn’t like how it felt when you dismissed me. Do you think I had something to do with your mother’s
disappearance?” My arms stayed limp at my side, and I didn’t need to push the hurt I felt into our mate
bond for him to know it was there. The way he had spoken to me had been unacceptable.

“I made the mistake of thinking as a family member, not a mate or leader. It was irrational and is not a
mistake I will make again.” Killian hovered his lips over my mark, making me shudder before he pulled
away without touching it. I was grateful that he did. Otherwise, I would be a withering mess from his
touch, and that was something that needed to wait.

“I can understand that. It’s why doctors make family members wait in a different room. It can be difficult
for a loved one to see reason in the moment. But, even with that being said, something still needs to be
done about Charlie. That is non-negotiable.” Killian turned and returned to his desk chair before
opening his arms to me. “You and I were not a united front, and I resent that you were fine with her
attacking me. I also resent that she turned on me so quickly, ready to draw blood when I had never
done anything to earn her distrust.”

He glared as I leaned against his desk instead of walking into his waiting arms. “I was not fine with
Charlie attacking you. But I knew you could handle yourself!”

It excited me that he had enough faith in my abilities to handle his sister. She had trained since she
was a kid, fought creatures ten times her size, and came out unscathed. It was a remarkable feat to
have his bet on me in that fight, but I didn’t know if I could trust that it was true or if he was just saying it
to get me to forgive him.

His arms dropped heavily as I held his gaze. I needed to cool off before I could forgive him.

“She could have killed me, and you didn’t care, Killian! You were so consumed with the idea that she
was right. You really thought I had done something to your mother, which I didn’t, and even if it was just
for a moment, you were going to let her attack me!” I was shaking because I was so angry, but I
wouldn’t shift. My beast was acting dormant with her mate so close to us. I could practically feel his
body heat from where his leg sat, only a few inches from mine.

Killian jumped to his feet, towering over me as he placed his hand on either side of me on his desk. “I
will say it as many times as you need me to, but I would never let her hurt you, let alone kill you! I
would have intervened if she had gotten close enough to touch you. Between your magic and your
guards flanking you, you were never in any real danger from her.”

I glanced into his eyes. I could see and hear the honesty in his words, but it was hard to believe.

His eyebrows pulled together, and I looked away as he took a deep breath.’ I can see there is only one
way to settle this.” He grabbed my face, forcing me to look up at him. “I would do anything for you. You
need to know that.”

Killian pulled away suddenly, leaving me feeling cold and empty as he stormed out. My eyes followed
his broad and muscular back as he threw the door open and took off down the hallway.

“Where are you going?” I asked, completely taken aback by the turn in our conversation. It was a slow
jog to keep up with him, and I let myself slow as he went right out the front door and into the courtyard.

Charlie was sitting out front on the steps, looking lost in thought as Killian approached her. Tears could
be seen on her cheeks as she glanced up at her fuming older brother.

“Stand up, Charlie.” He ordered, and she glowered as she submitted and rose to her feet.

“Please, not now, Killian. I’m trying to think about who could have taken her body, but the only person
that comes to mind is Talia. I need to go see Damien.” Charlie took off down the large front steps,
leaving us standing at the top as she attempted to take her leave.

“Killian,” I whispered quietly, begging him to let it go for now. She needed to be punished, but it almost
felt like kicking her when she was already down. I had thrown her through a wall, for fuck’s sake.

“Charlotte Amery,” Killian called out, and Charlie’s back stiffened as she stopped just as her feet hit the
dirt at the bottom of the steps. “You attacked my mate. I accept your challenge.” 1

I gasped as Killian shifted into his full beast and bounded down the steps toward his frozen little sister.
She held still as he reached the bottom, staring at him with horror and betrayal before removing all
emotion from her face and nodding in resignation. “You want to fight me to the death for your mate’s
honor? So be it.’

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