⚫Chapter 13⚫

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As soon as I arrived home, my phone immediately buzzed.

We need to talk.

How the hell did that bastard get my number? I was going to kill Indigo. I immediately dropped my bag onto the dining room table and stormed out of the house and into the forest.

"What the hell do you want?" I yelled as soon as I saw him.

"Hi to you too."

I rolled my eyes realizing that he was using my words against me.

"What do you want?" I asked him again feeling agitated.

"I want you to stop talking to Jasper."

What? He did not just say that.

"Excuse me?"

"Did you not hear me? I said I want you to stop-"

"I heard you the first time!"

Elias seemed surprised with the raising of my voice.

"I can't do that."

"And why is that?"

"Because Jasper is my friend."

"Friend? What type of friend? A friend with benefits, a possible boyfriend?"

"Alright listen up! You have no right to pry into my "romantic life" which is pretty much nonexistent, but that's not the point! You clearly said and I quote 'I don't want you or need you or a stupid mate!' so how the hell are you jealous?!!"

"I'm not jealous. I don't get jealous. And besides, you belong to me!"

"Oh my gosh, here we go again! How can I belong to you if you don't want anything to do with me?! Listen to yourself!"

"For your information-"

"IM NOT DONE SPEAKING!"

Elias immediately shut his mouth and stared down at me.

"I had no idea that I had even had a mate. I just thought I was a regular human being who was raised by werewolves. Oh, and who was born with white hair. And then you came along. This hot, beautiful, guy who happened to be a werewolf. I saw you with that little boy and I immediately fell in love. You were so kind-hearted. I had never seen a guy so nice to a child in my entire life and it made me proud. Proud to be somewhat connected to you. And then you come and act like this. Like an asshole! And now I find out that you're the son of an alpha meaning you're next in line! Is that why you're so terrified of accepting me as your mate? Because you don't want a human Luna? You didn't even give me a chance! A chance to prove to you that I'm worth it!"

I finally stopped talking trying to catch my breath. I watched as he opened his mouth to respond.

"My uncle had a human mate. He promised to take care of her and to protect her no matter what. She was his first priority. One night he went out drinking with his friends. She went outside for a walk and never returned. They couldn't find her for a full week before some hunters found her body in a forest. She was apparently murdered by rogues and my uncle went ballistic. The whole pack blamed him and disowned him. They would remind him every day that he was pathetic and useless. My mother told me he was never the same after that. He gave up his Alpha position and became a different person. Three years later he committed suicide by hanging himself."

I looked up at Elias to see him staring into space.

"I'm sorry."

"There's nothing to be sorry for. It happened way before I was born."

I looked down at my hands feeling pitiful. Maybe I was, in fact, a bit too harsh.

"That is why I am scared. I am scared to accept you as my mate because I know I wouldn't be able to protect you. I am not as strong as people say I am and I am not as wise as people say I am. Just as you said, I am a coward and an asshole. Always have been and always will be. Even if you were a werewolf, I still wouldn't accept you. I would not be able to live with myself if something ever happened to my mate."

"You know it wasn't his fault that she died."

"Oh, but it was. He wasn't there to protect her. He could've easily stayed at the house, but instead, he went out to get intoxicated. What type of alpha does that?"

I stayed quiet knowing I couldn't argue with him.

"Leilani."

I looked up fast realizing that that was indeed the first time he had said my name. He looked apologetic and sad which made me feel gloomy.

"I'm sorry.

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