Ch. 30 Choosing Lennox

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"We're leaving. Where are your bags?" Liam questions, looking around. By the intense look on his face I can see he's on edge. Obviously, something's happened.
"Why? What happened?" I ask, calmly. He's looking flustered and tense enough for the both of us.
"Alpha needs us back now. I don't know whats going on." He answers, locating my bag and picking it up.
If Lennox is ordering me to leave after trying to ensure I had a good time by not telling me about Rachel and Wendy, then something is definitely wrong. "Give me your phone I'm calling, Lennox."
Liam hands me his phone as he starts to pick up my things and stuff them into my duffle bag. I find Lennox's phone number just as my dad comes into the room.
"She's not going anywhere." He states, looking at a surprised Liam.
"Lennox ordered me to take her back home." He counters.
"This is her home. You're the one leaving." Dad replies.
"Dad, whats going on?" I ask, hesitantly.
"Lennox discovered he has no claim on you. His mark didn't take and won't until-"
"Until I get pregnant. You told him?" I question.
"He figured it out himself. I asked if he planned to impregnate you or give you the choice. He's not going to give you a choice Jocelyn."
I knew Lennox wouldn't. I'm not shocked by the news, this is Lennox we're talking about. "You didn't wait for mom either." I state, trying to figure out my feelings about Lennox forcing me to carry his pup.
"I didn't wait and I never regretted it, but you're my daughter its different. You can still be with him, but he'll have to wait for you to be ready."
"He won't wait dad. He'll come get me himself if Liam doesn't bring me back." I argue. I know he's my father, but its still new to me. The fact that he thinks he can stop me from leaving is really making me angry.
"I'll protect you from him. Don't worry about that." He tries to sound assuringly. I don't need protection from Lennox.
I scoff. "I'm not worried about my mate hurting me."
"You're not his mate. The claim isn't recognized." Andrew interjects, walking into the room. "And I'll back your father."
"If either of you touch my mate, I'll never speak to you again." I reply, emphasizing mate.
"Does that mean you're going to leave with Liam?" Jessica asks.
I shrug. "I need to talk to Lennox."
"Jocelyn, he told me himself he wasn't gong to wait for you to be ready." Dad repeats, walking closer.
"Like I said, I'm aware that he won't wait. I still want to talk to him and I still consider myself Lennox's mate." I say pointedly, looking at Andrew. I see him start to smirk and he stops himself before it becomes a full-blown smile. I narrow my eyes and refuse to look away. I know it is a sign of disrespect towards antoher alpha, but I'm done with him disregarding my relationship with Lennox.
"So feisty." Andrew chuckles.
"I'm not feisty. Feisty is Jessica's job. I'm pissed off." I point out.
"I think the term for Jess is bat-shit crazy." He mutters.
"Hey!" Jessica yells at him and throws a glass bottle of nail polish at his head.
I walk away going towards the bathroom, not needing to hear them argue. I know they'll be able to hear my conversation but I don't want to talk to Lennox in front of them. I open the door and close it behind me. I hit send and it only rings once before Lennox picks up. "You better be in the air within the next five minutes." He growls.
"Hey, its me." I say, relieved to hear his voice.
"Are you leaving now?" He questions, his voice changing.
"No, I wanted to talk to you." I reply.
I can sense his tension by the way he's breathing. "I need you to come home right away."
"I know your mark was rejected. I know it will only take when I'm pregnant." I state.
"Then you understand what I'll need to do." He replies, unapologetic.
My heart starts to hammer in my chest. "I'm not ready for that Lennox." I say, breathless.
"It's the only way."
It's not the only way. I could stay here, but it would possibly start a fight between my fathers pack and his. Do I want to do that? The answer is no, but I don't want to start a family just to be fully mated. It doesn't seem right and I know he's not thinking clearly. If I go back I could possibly convince him to wait, then again I may fail at that. I know I'm not prepared to be a mother. I'm more then a few years from being ready for that. "We can wait." I suggest.
"No." Is his immediate reply.
"I won't leave your territory." I negotiate.
"We'll discuss it when you get here. I cant think about this without you in front of me. I can't be reasonable right now."
"Okay. We're leaving soon."
"I'll be waiting at the airstrip." He replies, ending the call. I sigh and walk out of the bathroom hitting Jessica on the forehead with the door. I roll my eyes at her and Marta giggles.
"I'm going back." I tell dad. Who is for some reason already shaking his head, no. He'll have to wait. I heard you say you're not ready and until you're eighteen he can't claim you without my blessing. I refuse to give it." He states, firmly. Dad turns to Liam. "Go back and tell Lennox he will have to wait until she's eighteen."
"Tell him he has competition. Weather the fight is on my soil or his." Andrew speaks, crossing his arms. Andrew just challenged Lennox for not only for me but his territory as well.
"Andrew." dad says, shaking his head. "That is not something I need right now. Lennox is our strongest ali-"
"I know what he is. I'm not changing my mind." He responds, almost harshly.
"I choose to be with Lennox. I'm leaving." I speak up. I wont let him start anything with Lennox over me. I want to be with him, we can work this mark and mating thing out.
"I'm doing whats best for you." Dad states, his eyes begging for me to understand.
"Whether Lennox kills Andrew in two months or if I go now, It wont matter. I won't be ready to start a family in two months any more then I am today. What will keeping me here for two months accomplish? Lennox and I will figure this out together, but if you want to keep him as an alli you better let me go. I have no doubt he'll be coming for me with your blessing or not."
I can see dad is torn and fighting with his sense of duty as my father and the logical part of him telling him me staying here will only anger Lennox and get Andrew killed. Andrew is a strong alpha but nothing like Lennox. This could turn out bad for him. He could potentially lose both Andrew and Lennox.
"Dad she's right. Two months won't do anything but make Lennox mad that you kept his mate for two months. "
"She's not his mate." Andrew corrects, coldly.
"She is choosing him. She said it, listen to her." Jessica snaps.
"I'll only let you go if he agrees to wait until you're ready. You may even change your mind in the two months you're away from him." He reasons.
I cant believe what I'm hearing. I'm choosing to be with Lennox and he's refusing to let us be together.
"You're making a mistake. I can calm him down, he'll listen to me."
"I'll talk to him. If he agrees I'll let you leave. If he refuses I want you to see it from my point of view. I haven't gotten to protect you from much, but I will step in when I know he is going to force you to mate with him. I cant have it, Jocelyn. He can't do that to you, he can wait."
"You should try to see where I'm coming from too, dad. He is my mate and you're keeping me from him. This has nothing to do with you. I don't need you to step in when it comes to Lennox and I."
He turns away from me and opens the bedroom door. "One day you may thank me." He states, with finality. He's not going to let me go to him.
"Never." I respond.

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