Ch. 23 Alpha Rules

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"Okay." I reply, understanding that he needs to work. "Maybe I'll call Marta and see what she's doing."

He takes my hand and starts walking down the hall. I follow after him. What is he doing? He opens the office door and it occurs to me he's probably letting me use his office phone. He walks to his desk chair and sits down. Starting his computer, he pulls me onto his lap. I pick up the phone to call Marta, but before I can dial he takes it from my hand and hangs it up.

I look at him curiously. "I want to spend time with you. It won't take long and we can talk while I work."
He wants to talk while he works? I don't know why, but I'm pleasantly surprised. I shouldn't be, Lennox continues to shock me.

"What do you want to talk about?" I question, happily.

"About you."

"Oh." I reply, a little disappointed. I don't want to talk about me. "I'm boring. What do you want to know?"

"What are you feeling about your real family and the Robinson's? What do you want done with them?"

"I love my real family, but I love Marta too. I don't want you to hurt da-Theo, or anyone else involved. Chris Rhys was responsible and like you said, he's taken care of."

"Theo lied to me before he came into my pack. I can't just look the other way."

"What are you planning on doing then?"

"Kick him out of my territory." He answers.

I freeze. If he kicks Theo off his land then Marta and mom will have to go as well. "Please, don't do that. I can't lose Marta." I beg, my eyes staring to water.

"She can stay." He offers.

"She won't, she'll leave with them." I reply, knowingly.

He watches my face obviously feeling my panic. "If I let him stay it will be viewed as a sign of weakness. That I tolerate people that lie to me. It's inexcusable to lie to an alpha, it's a punishable offense that I take seriously. I've built a reputation on being fair without exception."

    I don't care about his reputation, I don't want to lose my sister. I've lost my parents and gained a whole new family. A new family that I had to leave all over again. Now, he wants to get rid of the person I'm closest to. I turn away from him, angry and hurt. That's what he wants to talk about? He wanted to hear what I was feeling about my new family and tell me he's getting rid of my old one?

I don't want to be near him right now. I try and stand up, expecting his refusal. "I have to use the bathroom." I say, quietly.

"No you don't. You're angry with me."

I nod. "I am angry. I don't want to be near you." I admit, honestly.

    He releases my waist and lets me stand up. I walk away quickly. Opening the heavy wood door go to the front door. I need air, I need to think. I walk to the park sitting under the tree where I fell asleep. It's not that I don't understand where he's coming from. I get it, I really do.

But what did he expect me to say? Oh, go ahead and ship off the most important person in my life. I'll get over the fact I just lost my sister and best friend. No, if he makes them go I'll never forgive him.

I thought being alone together would bring us closer. I thought he really wanted to get to know me as badly as I wanted to get to know him. I couldn't have been more wrong. He's an island and I don't have a boat. I don't know if I care to know him anymore. I know he felt my pain and panic thinking about losing Marta, but he's more worried about his reputation. I'm his mate, I should be important to him, not his image.

    I watch the kids playing and running around. I stand up and start walking back. I know he'll come looking for me soon or send someone to get me. I'm probably being followed right now. I see his house and walk at an even slower pace. I wonder when he'll make them leave. If he's worried about his reputation it'll be soon.

    Opening the front door quietly I listen for him. I don't hear anything, so I go to the kitchen. I take a bottle of water from the refrigerator and walk up to our room. I don't want to be awake when he's done working. Spending time with him right now, isn't as appealing as it once was. I lay down hoping to find sleep before Lennox comes to find me.
I'm not so lucky, minutes later I hear the door opening. I don't turn to look at him. When he walks to stand beside the bed I look at his legs avoiding eye contact. "Next time you leave the house I expect you to tell me where you're going."

"Okay." I reply, wishing he'd just go away.

"I'm going to talk to the Robinson's, would you like to go with me?"

"No." I answer. I can't say goodbye to Marta. If I see her leave my heart would break. Just the thought is painful enough. I know I'll be able to talk to her, but that's not enough. I want to see her whenever I want and know I'm near her if she ever needs me. I hear him slam the front door as he leaves the house. Letting my pain out I cry loudly, hugging myself tightly. I've never felt so alone, so isolated.

Alpha Lennox Hall

I slam the front door, irritated by the pain I feel I'm causing her. I can't let this go. I won't overlook the fact a pack member lied to my face about his family. She's going to have to realize, I'm the one she needs, not her "sister". If she needs to talk, she can talk to me. I'm making her my world, I expect her to do the same. I drive to the Robinson's, fully aware of the pain in my chest being hers.

I walk to the door and knock once. Theo answers the door and I can tell by his face he's weary of my presence. "You have twenty four hours to get off my land."

"Yes, Alpha Hall."

    I turn around go back to my truck. I drive to the house and park in the driveway. I don't know what to say to her to make it better. I hate that she's angry with me, she's soft hearted and forgiving. I expect her to be like this, but she can't expect me to be the same. I hear her crying as I walk up to the house, making my wolf go wild. I open the door and hurry up the stairs to or room. I find her in the fetal position her arms wrapped and her stomach. I lean on the bed touching her side. She finches away from me and I growl loudly, instantly angry. I grab her hip and roll her towards me. I lift her chin to make her look at me, but her eyes stay closed.

"Open your eyes." I demand. She opens her eyes and I narrow mine at her. "You will show loyalty to this pack and to me. Not to that lie of a family." I feel her hand connect with my face and I stare at her stunned. Then I feel pain, her pain. I grab her waist. At least she didn't hit me with her broken hand. I see her palm is red from my face and massage it.

"Don't do that again."

"Just leave me alone." She demands, pulling her hand from mine and turning away from me.

I leave her alone and walk back down to the office. This is not how I wanted our first night alone to go. I call Travis.

"Lennox?"

"Yes, did you find out anything from the Red Wolf Pack?"

"They said she hasn't been there. I called around and confirmed Chris Rhys story. She was shopping for an alpha mate at two other territories. Apparently, she thinks mating is her only option to get protection and revenge on me."

"She might try overseas soon."

"Maybe." He replies, tiredly.

"I told the Robinson's to leave."

"I know. I just talked to Theo Robinson and told him to find another pack. That my pack was full. How did Jocelyn take you kicking them out?"

"She slapped me." I answer.

He laughs. "That sweet little thing slapped you?"

"Right after I told her she would show loyalty to me and my pack and not her fake family." I explain, knowing I deserved it.

"Idiot." He replies, chuckling.

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