"no, Alex, don't argue with me on this." She said and leaned against him. "I'll be fine, I can take whatever they throw at me and more without losing my resolve."
If possible, he tightened his hold even more. [b "I'm not willing to let you suffer. You are the rightful monarch to this country, and our kids are your heirs. If we're going this route, let me take the brunt of the pain. It's my job to protect my family."]
"like I said, let me deal with them... They'll be doing experiments on me instead of everyone else." She said and looked up at him. "You and everyone will be safe."
[b "It's not me I'm worried about,"] his eyes flickered to Michael, purposely kept chained far from his parents, with a bloody bump raising under his cheekbone.
"yeah, this isn't exactly what I was thinking though." She whispered back tiredly. "I promise I won't let them hurt you or the others..."
It was a bit of a difficult position to achieve, but he managed to get her settled in his arms with her back against his chest. [b "You did warn me that our life together would be adventurous,"] he murmured quietly in her ear.
"the professor knows everything going on right now, he and Jasper are getting things ready for the rescue as quickly they can." She whispered hoarsely and cuddled him. "Just try to keep me human...."
His handcuffs made it a bit difficult, but he managed to untie the gag keeping her silent. [b "We'll get out of this, I promise. We're going to save them all."]
She whined at him slightly pointing at the ball gag and gave him a pleading look.
Alex pressed a kiss to her temple as soon as she was close enough for him to touch. [b "I'm sorry,"] he murmured against her skin. [b "I'm so fucking sorry for this."]
There was nothing he wanted more than to get her as far away from that place as physically possible. But with the collars around their necks, and the sedatives still in their system, they were prisoners until they could figure out how to get out.
Once they were all collared, Stefan and the guards left and locked the door behind them.
Ari groaned slightly in pain and struggled to stand for a moment. She went to Alex and nuzzled him slightly rubbing the strap on the ball gag on his shoulder slightly.
Alex glared at the man responsible for their people being chained like animals being led to slaughter. The collars were rough and heavy, weighing down on their shoulders. He could feel the prongs digging into his throat where the electroshocks would hit if the guard pressed the button.
He fought against every instinct to run to Ari as a shock was delivered to her. He'd never felt so useless in his entire life. Biting down on his lip to keep from yelling out, Alex drew blood.
Ari swallowed hating the sight of the others being collared and whined slightly before being shocked by Stefan. She collapsed to the ground and panted heavily from the pain.
The young king's jaw locked in a desperate attempt to follow his queen's orders. He hated every second of it. Looking to their friends, he quietly nodded to follow instructions. [b "We're in your territory. We will do as expected. You can tell your leader that we are willing to cooperate."]
God, it went against his every instinct. He was a hothead for a reason, and never shied away from a fight no matter how likely it was he'd lose. But, this was not his kingdom to jeopardize. Ari was the monarch, and he would obey her wishes.
Alex's eyes dropped to the floor, unable to stand the smug expression on the man's face. He slumped against the wall, bringing his knees up to his chest. Now they waited.
Stefan smiled and said. "There was never any treaty nor did the king intend to do anything like that.... He simply lured you all out of hiding.... Now cooperation would be greatly desired but not entirely necessary."
Ari looked at Alex and nodded slightly hoping he'd just go along with things for now. She was confident that Jasper and the others were already starting their rescue.
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