Hello everyone! Sorry this chapter is so short but I wanted to get it out there. I'll be posting another one tonihgt or tomorrow morning so no worries :D Hopefully you enjoy! At least my laptop isn't sick anymore so I'll be able to upload more frequently.
“Um…Ali?” asked a familiar voice.
I broke the kiss but kept my fist gripped tightly around the collar of his shirt. After taking a deep breath I turned around to see everyone staring at us with their mouth’s open. The only person who was standing next to me was Sarah as she gently tapped my shoulder and tried to bring me back to reality. I looked into her concerned eyes and just realized what I had done. Jace kissed me in front of everyone and I returned the favor.
“Crap,” I mumbled, burying my burning face into his chest. I felt his whole body vibrate as he chuckled and ran a hand down my back. My eyes and face were still wet with tears as I let myself stay in his embrace for a few moments longer.
After a few more awkward moments Olive cleared her throat and didn’t continue until she got our attention.
“Why don’t we get back to eating?” she said, barely above a whisper.
I let out a sigh and sat back at the table, staring at my plate the whole time. Jace slowly followed and gave everyone a look that said ’I dare you to say something.’ It took a while but I eventually heard the sound of forks and knives scrapping plates.
It was comforting knowing that no one was asking questions but I was still in shock from everything that had just happened. My company now knew why we lived on our own and that my Father use to be pack leader. The worst part was having them know what they did to Gabe and how bad it hurt me. It was something that haunted me every night for the six years after he died. Only recently did I stop having the dreams about his grave site and how my parents didn’t even go to his funeral.
I glanced at Michael who had a hurt and confused expression on his face. He was absentmindedly pushing around his mashed potatoes and staring at full plate.
“Are you okay?” I asked, lightly kicking his shin.
“I hate Mom and Dad. I wish they were dead and Gabe was still here,” he mumbled, still not looking up from his plate. I definitely understood where he was coming from.
“I do too and it was wrong of them to come here and say that.” I kicked him a few more times until he finally looked up from his food. “Don’t worry, we’ll be out of here soon enough and then you’ll never have to see them again.”
“Your Father is an asshole,” growled Alice.
“Agreed,” squeaked Olive.
“Good job hitting him,” smiled Nick, giving Jace a hard pat on the back.
I looked around the table and saw Eric and Becky nod in agreement. I was glad that they agreed with me and the focus was taken off the kiss. Jace and I would need to talk about that later along with things I had heard him say to Nick. I wasn’t looking forward to that conversation but it was necessary.
“Now let’s finish this lovely diner before the food gets cold,” chirped Olive.
I looked at her gratefully and dug into the turkey. It felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders once the uncomfortable silence was broken and everyone started to really eat again. Nothing sucked more than airing out your dirty laundry in front of guests and that’s exactly what my Father had done.
The talk was light and easy but I kept catching Jace looking at me. His dark blue eyes were filled with concern which only made the conversation later more unwanted. I hated that his moods were constantly changing. It only made me more confused and interfered with the job I needed to do.
I was still struggling with my own emotions. Every time Jace was around I felt a sense of comfort and want. This was wrong but it didn’t help that he added more fuel to the fire by being so nice and showing affection that completely took me off guard.
“Do you want more food?” asked Becky, interrupting my thoughts.
I shook my head and patted my stomach, giving her a small smile. “No thanks. That was plenty and I always loved cold turkey so I’ll eat more later.”
|Rafael Lazzini||as Jace|
|Adriana Lima||as Alexandria (Ali)|