Chapter 38 Surprise!

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"What is it?"

Instead of answering, Brooke moved her hair back, showing the claim Joel had left on Brooke's neck. A sign meaning he still had a claim on her.

I inhaled sharply. "Brooke, you have got to get rid of that. Like, now."

"I know, and I want to. It's just that I'm still scared Josh is going to hurt me, and I don't want him to erase the mark and claim me until I'm absolutely positive he won't hurt me."

I looked at her straight in the eyes. "Brooke, listen to me. Josh loves you and would never, ever hurt you. He absolutely adores you and would do anything for you. He's a great guy, and if I think he's good for you, then you should stay with him. He knows the mark is there, but he's too nice of a guy to say anything about it. But if you want to fully make a future with him, you need to let him claim you and erase Joel's mark. He's not going to hurt you, I've made sure of that."

Brooke studied me and nodded. "You're right, I was just being stupid. I guess I just have this fear of him abandoning me."

I nodded. "I understand. I have that fear too, but with Liam."

She stood up and looked at me. "Do you really want to know what I've been working on this past week?"

"Yes." I absolutely wanted to know, mostly because it involved me.

"It was about your new mate issue," she said. "I think I figured out why you didn't have feelings for Tyler. I could be wrong, but I'm seventy-five percent sure I'm right."

"You're not gonna tell me, are you," I said.

"I will in due time, but I'm gonna see how this plays out first," she said. "I'm gonna go get Josh to claim me. See you tomorrow, Hales."

"Bye, B Davis," I said as she left.

I went back to drawing, and I was surprised when the door open and Liam walked in, slamming the door shut behind him.

I gave him a worried look and stood up, walking closer to him. "Hey, you okay?"

He didn't say anything, just walked closer to me.

"Liam, what's wro-" I was cut off by Liam grabbed my neck softly and slamming his lips onto mine.

I was surprised, but I kissed him back once I got over the surprise. I wrapped my arms around his neck, and his hands slid down to my waist.

I yelped when he picked me up, but I wrapped my legs around his waist and went back to kissing him. He carried me over to the bed and laid me down, hovering above me. I didn't know what caused me, but whatever it was, I was thankful for it.

Liam broke away to let me regain my breath, and he trailed kisses from my jaw down to my neck. I let out an involuntary moan, and I could feel him smirking against my skin.

He bit my neck just enough to tease the skin, and I subconsciously pressed myself closer to him. He continued kissing my neck, no doubt making a love bite.

Just as things were about to get heated, the hotel room's phone rang.

Groaning in protest, I reached over and answered the phone. "Hello?"

"Hello, is this Hayley?" a male voice asked.

"Yes," I said, distracted by Liam's kisses on my neck. He so wasn't helping right now.

"Okay, this is Alpha Derek of Moonlight Waters pack," the voice said. "Bella belongs to my pack."

"I'm sorry, I was under the impression this area was unclaimed territory," I said. That stopped Liam from kissing my neck.

"It is, my territory is the closest to your area," Alpha Derek said. "Bella has told me all about you, Liam, and your two friends. I was wondering if it would be possible to arrange a meeting between all of us. Just since you would be crossing my territory if you leave."

I looked at Liam, and he hesitated but nodded.

"Yeah, I guess," I said.

"Great. Meet me at my pack house at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon. I'll send a car to pick you up," Alpha Derek said.

"Alright, thanks. Bye." I hung up.

"That's weird," Liam said. "Why does an Alpha want to talk with us?"

I shrugged. "Maybe Jackson is looking for us. He probably called all the Alphas in America looking for us."

"Then we shouldn't go," Liam said.

"We have to," I said. "Besides, you're mates with Bella, who is in the pack. We'll just make peace with the pack."

Liam didn't say anything but slammed his lips back down to mine. As confused as I was, I kissed him back. Something was off with Liam, and I was going to find out what.

A/N: hey guys sorry for the long wait but here's an extra long update for you. comment and vote if you enjoyed! Pic is Josh and Brooke!

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