~~ He couldn’t be talking about me could he? No, not possible. He is just dreaming about his unknown mate. Unmated wolves, especially Alphas, get anxious without a mate. Yea. That’s it. Nothing more. I pace around my room, taking deep breaths and trying to calm my racing heart down. After a ten minute debate whether to leave or continuing to listen to him, to see if he will say a name, I decided I’d rather not know. It took me about 16 minutes to finally escape from his iron grip but once I was free, I ran like hell. Quietly so I don’t wake him up but still, I ran.
You should’ve stayed. My wolf whines, annoyed with me.
Why? So we can hear him say someone else’s name? No thanks. I reply snidely and lean against the bed post. Calm down Addie. Nothing to fret over. Forget it happened.
It’s us. I know it. Go back. She says.
No. I am not. It’s not us. I reply. I can’t help but feel a little disappointment when I refuse the idea of us being mates. She never replies and that does nothing to help me calm down. What if I am his mate? No. He would’ve told you. Wouldn’t he?
“Addison? What’s wrong?” Eve asks me from across the dining room table. My eyes flicker up to her and I notice everyone staring intently at me. Including Kylie. Yes, she joined us in the dining room to eat lunch.
“Nothing.” I mumble and I see Kylie smirk out of my peripheral vision. Can I beat her? Please?
“You sure darling?” Ms. Carter asks and I offer a small smile. Earlier events running through my mind like a broken record. Mate. Mate. Mate.
“Yea.” I say simply and go back to playing with my PB&J sandwich. The nerves in my stomach prevent me from eating. No one says anything for a while so I just go back to thinking.
“Addison?” Lucas’s deep voice cuts through my thoughts.
“Yes?” I ask quietly, avoiding eye contact. Don’t look. Don’t look. Eye contact is bad. Butterflies and shit will eat you alive. Stay down Addison.
“Addison, what’s wrong?” Lucas asks and I am tempted to tell him but the fear of sounding jealous stops me.
“Nothing. Just bored, I guess. That computer in my room teases me.” I say, slightly lying. Just slightly.
“Are you hinting for the password?” Lucas says and I make eye contact. Damn it! His gray eyes captivate mine and I am left a swooning mess.
“N-no.” I stutter and Kylie rolls her eyes. Bitch, I think and glare at her dyed blonde head. A thousand lasers are making their way to her.
“Addison?” Damien whispers from next to me and I look at him. The butterflies disperse when I look at his worried face.
“Yea?” I murmur and I notice Lucas giving Damien a bitter look.
“Never mind.” He mumbles, catching the look from Lucas and finishing off his sandwich before leaving.
“Addison, if you’d like, you can go to your bedroom. But I will be by after lunch to visit.” Lucas says and I nod, shooting out the doors. I try to run gracefully up the stairs but almost fall. I get to my room and shut the door, my breath coming out in short pants. Geez.
Believe me? My wolf asks but I don’t reply, settling for ignoring her until she admits I am right. I walk over the window and look out at the pond, watching the fish swim around causing ripples in the water.
“Tyler?” I send out, hopefully. Answer me please. I need you. I didn’t suspect to get an answer so I slid down the wall, resting my hear on my knees.
“Ad-son?” A sudden voice wavers in my mind and I squeal at the sound of Tyler’s voice.
“Tyler!” I answer and I feel his relief through the bond. Wait, that means he is close.
“Addison Alive.” He tells the others, more clearly. Closer.
“Baby girl.” I hear my mothers voice and tears sting my eyes.
“Mom?” I squeak out and a lump forms in my throat. Great. I’m about to become a blubbering mess.
“My Addison. Where are you?” Dad asks and the lump increases. They are super close by now.
Don’t tell them. My wolf whimpers in pain.
I have to. We need to go home. I answer, not understanding her reluctance but not wanting to hurt her either.
NO. Please. Stay. She whines.
“I’m not sure. I haven’t been communicating with people here.” I answer, hoping they buy my pathetic lie. By now, tears are streaming down my face uncontrollably.
Thank you. My wolf sighs.
“Try to get any clues. Stay safe. Love you.” Dad says and I sense them leaving. The only chance I have at getting home soon, vanishing. Though, I’m not entirely sure I want to go home.
Lucas stayed true to his word and came by later that evening. His gray eyes full of worry as he walks into the room, shutting the door behind him.
“What’s wrong?” He asks, taking in my red puffy eyes and tear stained cheeks.
“N-nothing.” I say shakily and he narrows his beautiful eyes at me.
“Be honest. Please.” He says and I sigh. What could it hurt?
“I talked to Tyler and my parents.” I say and his muscles bunch up instantly. Damn mouth. Be quiet.
“How?” He growls and I cast my eyes down.
“Mind bond.” I murmur and his hands grip my forearms, yanking me up to him. My arm tingles, not in pain but in, oddly, pleasure. It was like lighting bolts was striking my arms over and over again. If Lucas felt the same thing, he didn’t show it.
“You are not to talk to them! Never! Do you hear me?! NEVER!” He yells loudly, making me flinch back.
“I’m s-sorry.” I agree, anything to get him to stop screaming at me.
“Never again! You belong to me! You’re mine! They can’t have you!” He shouts.
“Okay!” I yell. His grip loosens but he doesn’t completely release me. He keeps my arms in his hands, looking at me.
“I am so sorry.” He whispers, a complete difference from before. I try to step away from him but doesn't let me move.
“It’s fine. I upset you.” I say and he shakes his head. His eyes meet mine and tears glimmer in them. Why is he crying?
“I should never hurt you, physically or emotionally. Never. I’m sorry.” He says. He is this upset that he scared me?
“It’s fine Lucas.” I say and wrap my arms around his neck, hugging him. I know I should be hitting him or screaming but the pitiful look he has on his face tells me he never intended to hurt me. His strong arms wrap around my waist, hoisting me off the ground a few inches. Damn.
“Please don’t leave me. I need you.” He whispers and my eyes widen. Whoa. He needs me?
“I’m not going anywhere.” I reply, rubbing his hair down. He sets me on the ground and I can still see the sadness in his eyes, despite his tears being gone.
“Do you want me to leave?” He asks and I shake my head.
“You don’t have to.” I say before fully thinking about it. I blush when his eyebrow raises at me.
“You want me to stay? After I screamed at you?”
“You screamed at me. So what. If you want to leave, you can.” I say and he shakes his head.
“I will stay. Go get ready for bed and I will meet you back here in 10 minutes.” He says and I raise both eyebrows.
“But it’s only like 7.” I say and he shrugs.
“So ? Go on now.” He says before opening the door, walking farther up the hall. I grab a pair of pajamas and go to the bathroom nearest to me. I lock the door behind me and look in the mirror. My blonde hair is a mess of tangles and looks slightly greasy. I decide to take a quick shower and flip the cold water on. I wash my hair and my body before getting dressed in my pajamas. I brush my wet hair out then brush my teeth with my new One Direction singing toothbrush, courtesy of Eve. With a glance in the mirror, I walk back to my room to find Lucas chilling on my bed, with the laptop.
“I made you an account on here.” He says and shows me the new account named ‘Addison’.
“Thanks.” I say and he set the computer back on the desk. I crawl in bed next to him, not touching him.
“The day after tomorrow is your birthday.” He says and I nod.
“Yup.” I answer, popping the ‘p’. My birthday, the day I will be able to find my mate. No pressure right?
“What do you want to do for it?”
“Nothing. I’m not sure I want to be 18 yet.” I admit.
“Why not?” He questions, an underlying tone of worry in his voice.
“Everyone expects you to find your mate instantly and if you don’t, it’s like a disappointment. I don’t want to be a disappointment.” I say and close my eyes. Visions of my 18th birthday flashing through my mind.
“People will accept you with or without a mate.” Lucas says comfortingly and I smile.
“Are you going to tell me what you was stalking my dad for?” I ask teasingly and he chuckles. I feel him shift next to me and I feel his body warmth hit my skin. Oh geez. Fight the urge to cuddle. Fight it.
“I wasn’t.” He says simply.
“Then why did you say you was?”
“I was looking for the stories you heard of me. I don’t want you to think I am a monster.” He answers.
“I don’t. Not anymore. Do you want me to tell you a story?” I ask and he gets up, the warmth leaving me. I open my eyes and I watch him as he turns the light off. The fading sun light barely lighting the room. The bed dips in when he lays back down and he get comfortable.
“Yes please.” He says and I think of the ones my father has told me.
“There was a mated couple, Abigail and Nick. Nick was the son of Nathan, the alpha of the Shadow Moon pack. Abigail was a pack member, no alpha blood anywhere in her system. Alpha Nathan didn’t approve of heir love due to the fact he had to reject his mate to marry a female of alpha blood. He believed Abigail wasn’t worthy of Nick and was committed to separating them. Nick had no clue of his father’s feelings about his relationship. Abigail had her suspicions but didn’t voice them, in fear of upsetting Nick. After 2 months of planning, Nathan finally figured out how to get rid of Abigail but there was only one issue: Nick. The couple was inseparable. A week after Nathan finalized his plans, he invited Abigail over for diner. When she got there, she found out it was only her and Nathan there. Nathan explained why he was doing what he was and banished her to the rogue life.”
“What does this have to do with me?” Lucas interrupted. I glare at him and he grin, exposing his white teeth and dimples.
“Just listen.” I say and he nods so I continue.
“Nick thought his mate just left him but he wasn’t giving up on her. For a year, he searched for her in other pack territories but he never found her. Nathan commanded him to find an alpha female to marry. Nick was betrothed to Katherine a few weeks later, despite his deep feelings for his lost mate. It wasn’t until a couple days before his wedding, he found out the truth what happened to his Abigail. He was running through the woods, in wolf form, when he caught the familiar scent of his mate. He found her in rogue territory and when he seen her, he was filled with happiness to have her back. After they switched back to human form, she explained what happened. Nick was infuriated when he heard about his father being the cause to his mate leaving. Nick brought Abigail back with him to the Shadow Moon territory, where he challenged Nathan for the Alpha title. After a bloody fight, Nick came out the champion and the new Alpha. He banished Nathan to the life of the lone wolf and married his beloved, Abigail. 17 years later, they had a 16 year old son named Lucas. When Nathan heard about his grandson, he came up with a plan for revenge. He gathered any wolf that was willing to fight again Nick. One rogue told Nick of Nathan’s plan in exchange for his freedom back in the pack. Nick agreed to take the rogue back and he prepared his own defense team. He tried to send Abigail and Lucas to the bordering pack by only Lucas was welcomed. Nick underestimated Nathan severely, which resulted in his death, along with Abigail and over half the pack. When Lucas, you, heard about his parents death, he was angry. Lucas trained for 2 years and when he turned 18, he tracked down Nathan. Nathan was living in a small village full of families and Lucas lured Nathan out by killing Nathan’s new wife. Lucas ended up killing everyone that was living in the village, including Nathan, in anger. It’s said Lucas is still seeking revenge on everyone who was apart of the attack and he will kill anyone he finds even slightly guilty.”
“Wow. Really?” Is all he says. By now it is pitch dark in the room.
“That is such bull shit. Nothing like that ever happened. My parents died when they was roaming the woods, hunting and got shot by a hunter. Ironic isn’t it? I have never killed someone before. I promise. Never. I don’t even know my grandparents.” He says.
“Then why did you attack my pack? Why take me?”
“Your father sent someone to my territory and threatened me to leave or he’d attack. You‘ll find out eventually. Are you still not over that?”
“I am but still. My father would never do that!” I exclaim, offended.
“Well he did. Please don’t fight with me. I still feel horrible about earlier.” He whines and my heart flutters. What the hell? No.
Mate. My wolf says for the umpteenth time.
Maybe. I relent.
“Fine. For now.” I tease and he chuckles. A yawn escapes my lips and I feel the covers being tugged over my body.