Misunderstood Tears

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"Not you." Jay said, curtly. "Elisia."

I had just finished putting my sneakers on when he said my name.

"We're all going back." I said, avoiding the obvious question hanging in the air. Who am I accompanying on the drive back?

Jay, as usual, didn't beat around the bush and said, "Are you driving back with me or with him?"

I didn't answer straight away as I picked up my joggers and slung it over my shoulder.

Both of them were looking at me expectantly, waiting for an answer. A couple weeks back, I wouldn't have hesitated and would've definitely picked Jay over Theo.

Now, I felt like this decision meant more than 'just a car ride back'.

My heart was yearning to be with Theo, my mate, but my mind was telling me to go to Jay. I felt bad for not responding to his calls, both by phone and telepathy. He was under the impression that I might've been in trouble or danger on this foreign territory. I made him worry when I was doing just fine, and I needed to make it up to him. A car ride might not be enough, but it is a start.

"I'll ride with you, Jay." I smiled, trying to lighten the mood. I couldn't bring myself to even glance at Theo's reaction, although I felt the air around me shift.

"I'll see you at the Manor then." Theo spoke up gruffly. "I just need to fetch my clothes before I leave."

He walked pass me without a second glance, making my insides churn with guilt and even regret. Despite all those feelings, the logical side of me shone through and reminded me that I was making the right choice...for now.

Jay started to walk out the enclosed, beautiful place and made his way down the steep hill. I followed closely behind, keeping up with him easily. I noticed a Jeep parked right beside Theo's Range Rover as we came down the last few metres.

We got into the car without saying anything and started to drive our way back.

"This is Julian's car, isn't it?" I asked, breaking the silence.


"You're on good terms with him?"

Jay glanced at me with a confused expression. "Why wouldn't we be?"

"I noticed you guys weren't talking or sitting next to each other on the day of the match." I explained, remembering how far they sat from each other at breakfast.

"That was because Theo and I weren't on best terms that day." He began to explain. "The day before the match was when I walked in on...Theo moving in on you."

"Ah, right..."

"Julian, as the Beta, had to stand by his Alpha which I totally get and respect. Not to mention, they're like best friends."

We stayed quiet for a while after that, I spent a lot of time looking out the window and taking in the scenery.

"So, what was that all about?" He spoke up, not looking away from the road.

"Which part?" I replied, wondering where the conversation will go.

"You've gotten quite close to him, haven't you?" He asked, not answering my question.

I raised my eyebrows at this, surprised at his observation. It's true that I feel a lot closer to Theo, more so than when I first came here, but I know we're not that close.

"I guess I've gotten to know him better." I admitted slowly, nodding a little.

He sighed and ran his hand through his wavy hair as he struggled to compose himself.

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