Chapter 2

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Hour seven and still the baby hasn’t made an appearance. The pain has gotten worse if you can imagine that. Apparently this is a good sign. Vince and the triplets were a lot more accommodating after a slight dose of what labor really feels like.

Vince fed me some ice chips while I breathed heavily. Aubrey was wiping the sweat from my forehead.

I felt another contraction coming on. I groaned and prepped myself as the pain washed over me.

Flashback 9 months ago My Birthday

Its my birthday! JOY! Note my sarcasm. So far this day is like any other except Melissa and Julissa are making me was loads of clothes at an ungodly hour. Apparently they have nothing to wear and they need to look stunning lazing around the house or hunching some random guy. I just suffered through it. Thinking of the good times with my dad.

Every Sunday in the fall we would go to a football game, then out for bbq, then ice cream. I loved Sundays. As a result I had pretty much trained myself at an early age to get all work done early so that Sunday was free. After washing their clothes and cleaning the house I was called to the alpha house.

I thought maybe the Alpha would say something to me. He used to be my dad’s best friend and like an uncle to me. He just watched with a blank expression as I walked past him.

I went to find Dominic as he had sent for me.

He was in a game room with a lot of his cronies and, of course, my brother.

“Laurel,” he sneered at me. “Come here and feed me my chips. I sighed and went to do as I was told. It was easier that way. All the guys in the room laughed openly and made some rude comments. Whatever.

When I sat next to him I picked a chip out of the bowl and held it out to him. As he was taking a bite his eyes connected with mine. It was instantly as if I were frozen and spontaneously combusting at the same time. All I could think was, MATE! And then I felt a shift in myself and another awareness.

She seemed to stretch and look around. Then she focused on Dominic and howled. Positively howled with joy.

I didn’t agree with her actually but hey, we just met.

I noticed Dominic speaking and tuned back in. He had a look of disgust in his eyes as his lips moved. All of a sudden the sound switched back on. I held my cheek that was throbbing in pain. He slapped me.

“Did you hear me you fat, nasty, unwelcome BITCH! I said that you aren’t my mate! I refuse to accept this. I want nothing to do with you!”

He was growling at this point. For a second I stared at him, then, I blinked and snorted.

He looked at me sharply.

“Fine then.”

I always thought it would hurt, being rejected. I always knew I would be. Come on, chances are my mate would have been in my pack, chances are they had had a hand in putting me down. Why, then, would they suddenly grow a conscience and decide they wanted me? They had all made it clear, that in their eyes, I wasn’t worthy of the Kleenex they just blew their nose on. My wolf was whimpering in misery, but I would talk to her about this later. Make her see what was best for the both of us.

“Fine? What do you mean fine? I just rejected you!”

“I know and okay.” I held up another chip for him to eat.