⚫Chapter 14⚫

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As soon as I got home, Saphira started pestering me about my "date." I told her I was tired and instead rushed upstairs to my room.

I put on some classical music and let it play softly through my phone. I then changed out of my clothing and into my pj's before throwing myself onto my bed. It was currently 6:30 pm. I tried my best to stop thinking about Elias, but it was impossible.

He was the son of an Alpha. That meant one day he would be an Alpha and his mate would be the Luna. Would he ever accept me as his mate? And if he ever did, would I be a good Luna?

I felt bad. He was scared and probably even terrified. But that didn't mean he couldn't have a mate. He needed someone. He needed someone to love and most importantly he needed a friend. He needed me.

And I decided that I would do anything it took to make him realize that he does, in fact, need me. There are just some things you can't control and what happened to his uncle was extremely sad. But Elias is his own person and he should stop being so hard on himself because he deserved happiness.

Suddenly, I heard a knock on my door which interrupted my thoughts. "Hey, can I come in?"

I shot up from my bed with wide eyes as soon as I realized who was talking. Was I even ready to speak with him?

I fell back immediately and pretended that I was asleep. I closed my eyes and started to snore. I heard his soft footsteps against my carpet floor and prayed to the moon goddess that he would leave.

"Sit up tiger. I know you're not sleeping."

Was he rude? I groaned while sitting up from my bed. "How?"

"First of all, I know you. And second of all, you don't snore."

I rolled my eyes before laying back on my bed."I hate you."

"No, you don't. You love me."

My heart fluttered because we both knew he was right. He suddenly fell down onto my bed causing his body to come in contact with mine.

"How was your lunch?"

"It was good. We went to this burger place and their burgers are AMAZING!" I exclaimed.

"You better take me there someday. Maybe we'll have a burger eating contest."

"Haha, I would totally beat you. You're a slow eater."

"I am not!"

"Yes, you are!"

"No I am not!" he said before poking my waist.

I immediately rolled off my bed and fell onto the floor with a loud bang. "Ow," I groaned while touching my head.

I waited for my prince charming to rush over and make sure I was ok, but instead, I heard laughter.

"Oh my gosh! You're so clumsy!" Nathan said in between his laughs.

I stood up and pouted before getting back onto my bed.

"You know I'm ticklish. That wasn't even fair."

"Life isn't fair, tiger."

I rolled my eyes and cuddled into his arm. We lay there in silence as the soft classical music played from my phone in the background. 

"Leilani..."

"Nathan..."

We both looked at each other and smiled.

"You go first," he said.

"Why must I always go first?"

"Because you're older than me."

I hated when he said that.

"I'm sorry, for almost kissing you. It was a mistake..." I didn't bother looking at him because I didn't want to see his facial expression.

"I wanted to kiss you so badly... you don't even understand."

I immediately turned my head in shock to see Nathan staring at me. What did he just say?

"Leilani, you might not know this, but you're beautiful. You're incredibly smart, funny, passionate, kind, and that's just to name a few. There's a whole damn list and I could literally go on forever, but that's not the point. The point is I love you. That day at the zoo made everything crystal clear. You have always had a place in my heart, tiger. And you always will. But, I know I have a mate somewhere out there and I know it would be wrong to act upon my feelings for you. So, no. I am not sorry for almost kissing you, but I am sorry that it has to be this way."

I literally felt tears falling down my cheeks as he said his last words.

"Don't cry," he said while wiping my face.

"I love you too Nathan. And sometimes I wished that I was a werewolf and you were my mate, and I'm sorry for leading you on or whatever," I sputtered out feeling terrible.

"Shh, it's ok tiger. You didn't lead me on at all. We're still best friends and that's all that matters." 

My heart was melting. He was Nathan and I was Leilani. He had a mate waiting for him out there, and I had a mate who didn't even want me.

"It's a shame though. We would've made cute babies."

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