Derek's words caused a snarl to come from Liam and Josh's mouths. Brooke growled and dragged me back while Liam and Josh formed a barrier in front of me. Never knew how protective they could be over me.

"She's not mating with you," Liam snarled.

"Why not?" Derek demanded.

"Because it's wrong, and you're not her mate!" Josh growled.

"She doesn't have a mate and neither do I," Derek said. "I don't see the problem here."

"What the problem is," Brooke snapped, "is that she's seventeen and you're forty. That's illegal and perverted."

"Coming from the girl who has a mate two years older than her," Derek said.

I realized I had never realized how old Josh was. He was nineteen, so how did he go to school?

I was held back a year, Josh said through the pack link between us four.

Oh. That answers that question.

"That's none of your business," Brooke said. "Either way, you're not mating with Hayley."

"Watch your tone," Derek snapped. "I am still an Alpha, and you better respect me."

I was looking at Liam, who looked murderous. He was breathing heavily, and I was wondering how nobody has shifted yet with all the tension.

The wolf in me growled at Derek when I heard what he said to Brooke. Like me, my wolf side was very protective over Brooke. Our wolves were best friends, just like us.

"Don't talk to her like that," I snarled. "Get it through your thick, perverted head, I am not mating with you."

"I think you will," Derek said. "Because if you don't, I will kill Brooke."

Josh shifted into his black wolf and snarled at Derek, baring his teeth. I could only imagine how his wolf was feeling. He must be wanting to kill Derek for threatening his mate, and I wouldn't blame him. I was close to shifting, too.

"Why don't you mate with someone in your own pack," I said.

Liam was being so quiet, which confused me. When this was Tyler, he was going to rip his head off. Now he's just standing there shaking. What was going on with him?

"Because our pups would be strong," Derek said. "And you're very beautiful. Any guy would want you."

"You're crazy," I said. "Absolutely, batshit crazy. What would possess you to even think that? Don't you know how wrong that is?!"

"When you lose your mate, you're desperate for anyone," Derek said. "Your mate left you willingly, mine was taken against my will. You look like her, and it's almost like I'll have her back. I can't lose her again."

"Newsflash psycho, Hayley isn't your mate!" Brooke yelled. "She has another mate out there, and by doing this you'd be going against all the laws for mates."

Derek looked at her. "What are you talking about?"

"Josh is my second mate," Brooke said. "My first mate rejected me as well, and I got another one. I'm sure you have another one as well."

Derek shook his head. "There can only be one mate for each werewolf. Celeste was mine, and now Hayley will be. Men!"

A bunch of burly werewolves came running in. Derek pointed at Brooke, Liam, and Josh. "Restrain them, especially the one in wolf form."

The werewolves pinned Brooke and Liam back, and Josh began to attack them. It took five to restrain Josh, as he was in wolf form and his mate was being attacked.

Derek got up and began stalking towards me. I saw Liam struggling against the guards, and I extended my claws.

"Touch me and I swear to god I will kill you," I growled.

"I don't think you will, since if you resist I'll have Jared slit Brooke's throat," Derek said.

I looked over at Brooke and saw a werewolf who I guessed was Jared had a knife held to Brooke's throat.

I was about to move towards her when Derek slammed me against the wall and crushed his lips to mine.

I struggled against him, but his weight pinned me down. His hands slid down to my pants and began rubbing his lower half against mine.

I growled and tried to punch him, but he caught my hand. He was an Alpha, and I had a slim chance in beating him. But I could still try.

He began trying to unbutton my pants, and suddenly he was thrown off me. I about fell, but strong arms wrapped around me, setting me straight.

Sparks erupted from where the arms touched me, and the wolf in me howled in pleasure. For some reason, I wanted nothing more than to jump the man who's arms were around me.

"Mine," a familiar voice growled, holding me to him possessively.

It was then I realized why I was reacting the way I was.

I looked up at the man and whispered the words I never thought I'd say, especially to the guy who's arms were around me. "Mate."

A/N: so Hayley finally found her mate! Any guesses who? And what is up with Liam? Comment and vote of you enjoyed! Sorry it's short, but next chapter will be longer. Pic is of Hayley and her unidentified mate.

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