Chapter Twenty One

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Annabelle's PoV

I woke up with a smile on my face and the feeling of sore muscles all over my body from yesterday's run, I wasn't used to doing that much exercise. I can't believe that I actually managed to shift yesterday. On one hand it felt so abnormal running on all fours but at the same time it felt like one of the most natural things in the world.

I smiled as I tried to stretch all the soreness out and sat up to find the other side of the bed empty and the room dark by the closed black out blind. How long had I been asleep?

"Jax?" I whispered into the room, hoping he could hear me.

A few seconds later the door opened slightly and I saw Jax step into the darkness of his room.

"Hey my little mate, did you have a good sleep"' He whispered as he took a seat on his bed in front of me.

I smiled and nodded my head, still a little groggy. "What time is it?"

He smiled as he reached out to tuck a strand of knotted hair behind me ear. "It's about 1:30pm, you slept for a long time. Not surprising though considering you went through the shift and then had quite a long run after. How are you feeling by the way? Your not feeling nauseous or dizzy are you?"

I mentally assessed myself before shaking my head, I honestly felt fine. The best I had felt in ages actually.

He let out a little sigh in relief before holding his hand out for me to take. "Come on then, you have an appointment in two days with Dr Tessler and I want to make sure that you've put on enough weight to satisfy her".

I rolled my eyes at him as he pulled me up and out of my position, groaning as my sore muscles yelled at me for making them move.

When we got downstairs I sat at my usual spot on the kitchen counter as I watched Jax fix me a sandwich and thought about everything that had happened yesterday. Not only had I shifted into my wolf for the first time, well the first time that I can actually remember anyway, I had also been reunited with the man that had ripped my childhood away from me and forced me to never shift with the Alpha Command Jax had told me about. What didn't make sense to me was why that man would even want to ruin my life like that? Why would he put so much effort into taking me away from my parents and making sure that I never shifted? What had I ever done to deserve something like that?

"You okay there little mate?" Jax whispered and I looked over at him to find that he had stopped preparing sandwiches and was now standing in front of me with a concerned look on his face.

I tried to smile and nod my head, not wanting him to panic after everything that he had done for me but I could tell that he wasn't buying it from the look that he gave me.

"I just don't...understand" I sighed and looked down, wanting to avoid eye contact with him.

"Understand what beautiful?"

"Why?"

"Why what?" He asked as he lent on the counter next to me.

"Why would Alpha Parker want to do something like that to me?" I wrapped my arms around myself to try and ease the strong sense of loneliness that had suddenly overwhelmed me.

Jax sighed and wrapped his arm around my shoulder and brought me into his chest. "It's not your fault Annabelle. Alpha Parker is the scum of our kind, we knew that long before you came into our lives, this just solidifies it for us. Don't worry, him and anyone that helped him will get what they deserve."

I looked over to see Jax was clenching his jaw so tight I'm surprised his teeth haven't shattered yet.

"Jax are you okay?" I didn't want to scare him by talking to loudly, he looked like he was pretty zoned out.

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