Chapter 21

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I lightly touched up the painting with a few touches of blue and leaned back to view my painting of Rebel sheilding herself from her unknown assault.  Her arms were held high as the over looming shadow moved towards her. I signed the corner with my in a dark red color.

"That's......" I'd of been startled if I hadn't felt him the moment he entered the room. I glanced back at him waiting for him to continue, but he didn't. Instead he walked up to me and rubbed my shoulders. "I don't want to fight."

I let out a sigh. "Me either, but Cody I don't understand...." I trailed off letting myself sink into his heavenly fingers.

"My parents aren't mates." He blurted. I looked up at him shocked. " My dad never found his mate and fell in love with Maggie, my mother, well for a while anyways. I love my mom, but she doesn't react well when she doesn't get her way. It's why I looked for you and didn't want to let you go when you .... when you rejected me." He looked like he had something funny in his mouth when he said rejected. " Every couple I've seen not with their mates are miserable after a year or two. Arabella is my half sister.... it's why my mother doesn't like her. We tried to stop my mom once and she retailated by trying to posion my sister. She ended up killing Arabella's mother by accident who was a daughter of a neighboring pack. So we don't step in anymore...."

"Why is she still here then?" I asked already knowing the answer.

"She's still my mom, Juls." He sounded exhausted. I pulled him around the chair infront of me. He knelt so we were eye level. "This isn't how I thought today was going to go...." He sounded sad. I nodded in understanding and leaned forward to kiss him. He pulled me into his lap making me giggle before he continued to kiss me. A cough at the door stopped us making us glare at the intruder.

Luke threw his hands up in surrender. "Sorry you two looked like you were about to get frisky......and I saw the dining room and got worried." As he talked he looked at me ignoring Cody. I looked at him to see he didn't look like he had slept last night.

Getting up out of Cody's lap I ignored his protests. "Are you okay?" I walked around him slowly, but didn't see anything else wrong with him.

He laughed. "You were the one who didn't come back last night." He accused. I gave him a sheepish smile making him chuckle. "It's alright, I was hoping you'd figure things out one way or another no matter how much I don't like him. You were becoming a sad sap." He joked.

Cody got up and pulled me to his chest, I didn't have to look at him to know he was glaring at Luke. I have to give Luke props though cause he continued to act like Cody wasn't even in the room.

"Well I have to go, keep me updated on what's going on, okay? It'd be nice to know that your okay." He gave me a final wave making Cody crush me to him.

"Cody, hun." I choked out. He gentle loosened his grip spinning me to face him.

He gave me an apologetic look. "I don't like him." Seeing the look I gave him he continued. "He took you from me."

I shook my head no. "I left on my own Cody. Plus he protected me and was a good friend when you weren't there."

"Did you two...?" I frowned in confusion. "Did you two sleep together?"

"Yes, we were travelling a lot so there wasn't always two beds, but I don't see......." My eyes widen in realization. "Oh no no no no. Cody we shared a bed a few times, but we didn't sleep together, sleep together." I blushed in embarrassment. He smiled tilting my face to his.

"Good, because your all mine." He leaned forward capturing my mouth. I leaned up into him and let out a soft moan as I felt the little shocks.  He hooked his fingers in my waistband pulling me closer. I ran my hands to the hem of his shirt and break away just long enough to pull it over his head.

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