Mason's mother wiped a lone tear that managed to escape the confines of her eyelids, before continuing, "It was when you were 3 months old. Barely looking around, you were a quiet baby. Never crying, keeping to yourself. But that day, something must've made my prince unhappy, you were bawling your eyes out. I was in the bathroom, my mistake. I thought your dad would handle you, he loved you. He did manage to calm you down despite his tiredness. But after you had gone to sleep, he took me to our room and started a never ending nightmare."
"I still hear our screams filled with his words and my cries. His 'What else do you do besides taking care of a child? Can't you handle a simple thing?' or his degrading words mocking me, humiliating me that I'm still too scared to recall, all of them haunt me till date. The secret abuse happened till you were 7 years old. I tried several times to fight back, but he convinced me with his sweet words and claims that he would change. Also, he had never raised his hands on you. You were the most oblivious. As long as he didn't harm you, it was enough for me. I thought I would remain contented with this."
"It was after the Second Great Rogue War. All the alphas had gathered together to discuss pack land, treaties, new laws, etc. It was where I had met the deducing Alpha Nicholas. He had his own sets of ideas, beliefs and morals. He appeared cold on the surface, having his share of bad rumours and tales but was much sweeter inside nonetheless. He had observed me and asked me about my bruises and marks. He knew about Jordan's rumours and fights with other alphas and his treatment for pack members. He made me realise that all the pack members and I were hypnotizing ourselves, believing that all that was done by the Alpha was correct and righteous. We never realised that our Alpha was beyond saving."
"All of us gathered secretly and an uprising came into being. It was difficult for me to betray my mate and for the pack members to betray their alpha. But if this was going to help improve the lives of 753 people, we wanted to try fighting back. So we all joined hands under Alpha Nicholas' support to overthrow our Alpha. 753 against 1 is unfair advantage and we won. It wasn't a power play, we just used our wits. He was locked in the dungeon and Alpha Nicholas took us under his wing. All of this was kept from the children, and therefore you thought that Alpha Nick was the one who initiated attack."
"At that time, I was distraught and confused. How do I explain to you about this? How do I tell you that the father you looked up to, was a hideous monster through and through? And most of all, how would I raise you alone? My wolf, although disappointed with our mate, yearned for his touch and his help. Since Alpha Nicholas didn't have a mate of his own, he declared that he would take care of you as his own and raise you with me. Although he couldn't provide me companionship, and I didn't expect him to, I was still glad for his offer. I really believed that you would need a righteous father figure in your life! Over the years, we have build a sacred bond of friendship and trust between us. He was never the wrong guy, he just didn't openly show his kindness."
"I still sometimes go to meet up with your dad. What else can I do? It's the mate bond and my love for him that makes my heart sway. And I couldn't keep you away from him because he has always been a good father to you. He always shows care and concern for you even when I tell him about how our day went. Alpha Nick is dissatisfied with my visits, but the power of mate bond is known to him, more than any other person."
"I'm sorry for keeping all of this from you. But I didn't want you to choose between your father and me. You are now going to be an adult and the future Alpha. I just wanted to provide some insight and now I hope your hatred for Alpha Nick has lessened." May sobbed as she finished with her part of the story.