The Alpha is Screwed

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All I kept seeing in my mind were the cuts and bruises covering Harmony’s body when I first entered that room, and the look of absolute trust she had on her face when I held her in my arms. That look was what made me try to avoid her. The fear and the overwhelming feeling of inadequacy were eating away at me. Not only did I almost lose my world, but she seemed to think that she was safe with me. I couldn’t handle the pressure and was afraid of failure. That’s why I wasn’t fully aware of the words leaving my mouth as I said, “That’s why I didn’t want a second mate.” It wasn’t true. I didn’t really feel that way, if anything, having a second mate was the best thing that could have happened to me. She made my life fuller.

That thought brought fresh to my mind the other hurtful words I said, regarding Sarah. It came out all wrong. I didn’t mean it to sound like I still loved Sarah, but that’s how it came out. I don’t even know why I brought her up. What was wrong with me?

I was so lost in my thoughts that I didn’t even know she had left, until the door was slammed open, causing it to crash against the wall and split partially from it’s hinges. I turned to tell whoever it was to leave us alone, only then realizing Harmony wasn’t one of the four people currently entering the room. Where did she go?

Jeremy got right in my face, trying to stare me down as long as possible before his natural instinct to submit kicked in, “What? Looking for someone? Well, she left as fast as she could to get away from a poor excuse of a mate, you!” 

I recoiled at the anger and venom in his words. Austin pulled him back before he could continue to stare me down, which would result in a challenge for my position. Jeremy shrugged him off and turned to stand by the window on the other side of the room, clearly trying to calm himself down. Having escaped his anger, I looked to the other men in the room and saw the challenges were far from over. They all shared equal looks of anger, disappointment, and resentment. They resented me? Then Jeremy’s words finally registered in my head, Harmony’s gone? I began to panic, surely she just went to our room to let me cool off. She couldn’t have taken me seriously, could she?

I started to rush out of the room, only to stop suddenly as a new, smaller figure stood in my way with fire in her eyes. Before I could say anything, her hand connected with my cheek with a loud THWACK. I growled menacingly, doesn’t she know it’s disrespectful to raise a hand to her Alpha? It’s a punishable act. Quick as lightning, Austin was in front of me protecting his mate, ready to challenge me if needed. The rest of the guys watched in horror at what was about to happen, until a little voice broke us of our stance.

“What’s everybody doing? Why do you look mad? And why did aunt Megan hit you, daddy?” Cody asked innocently.

No one could answer, everyone was reeling from the events of the past five minutes and Cody‘s referring to me as daddy. Craig rushed to pick Cody up, “Nothing Cody, don’t worry about it. They’re just gonna have a little talk, so let’s go see if there’s anymore of your favorite cookies downstairs while they do that.”

“How come aunt Harmony is the only one that tells me what’s happening?” he grumbled.

Remembering some of Harmony’s more colorful explanations released some of the tension in the room, then filled me with sadness and worry as to where she was and what she must be feeling. Deciding I’d deal with Megan’s punishment later, I continued to make my way to our room, only to find Harmony wasn’t there. Figuring she must’ve needed some fresh air I started to head down the stairs until Megan’s words stopped me, “You won’t find her. She’s gone, left to go back ‘home‘. Her words, not mine.”

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