Chapter Twenty Eight

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Annabelle's POV

"So.. after I had been found out and h-held down" I stuttered "I was dragged into a room, away from your brother and forced to sit in a chair. They wanted to talk." I muttered. I felt really uncomfortable talking in front of this many people and I think Hannah, who was standing in the far corner of the room, knew because she suddenly piped up.

"Jax why don't you get us to broadcast her through the wolfpack mind link? That way Anna doesn't have to feel uncomfortable about talking to this many people she doesn't know but the information is still accessible for everyone?"

I smiled at her gratefully before looking up at Jax to see what he thought of the idea.

He thought about it for a moment before nodding "good idea Hannah, dad if you could stay as broadcaster and Hannah and mum for moral support that would be appreciated, everyone else is dismissed for the night, we will reconvene first thing tomorrow morning in the pack hall."

There was no mistaking the authority in his tone and everyone quickly emptied out of the room leaving just me, Jax, Hannah, Jackson and Emily.

We all settled into the sofas, now that there was room, and I wrung my hands in nervousness.

"It's okay little mate, I've got you and I'm not going to let anyone hurt you again" Jax stated as he came and sat next to me, taking my hands in his to stop my fidgeting.

I nodded and took a deep breath before continuing. "It wasn't long for whoever we were waiting for turned up. I don't know who he was but he seemed like the person in charge."

"So it wasn't Alpha Parker then?" Jackson butted in with a deep frown on his face.

I shook my head "no it wasn't him, he smelt like him though."

"Dad does Alpha Parker have a brother maybe? A brother we didn't know about? Or maybe that was his Beta? I mean who know what goes on in that pack" Jax asked his dad who had misty eyes, obviously from the mindlink.

"Not that I know of son but like you said, no one knows what goes on in that pack".

Jax's sigh was his only response as he squeezed his hands that were around mine. "Go on little mate".

"Well there was a lot of uncomfortable staring between me and him before he finally piped up about what he wanted". I froze, unable to finish my story knowing that Jax wouldn't take it very well. "He umm... he said he was willing to release your brother, my parents and the rest of the pack that were taken on one condition" I muttered. I couldn't look at him in the eye, knowing I was about to see a furious Jax all over again.

"What did he want little mate?" Jax asked, torn between comforting his mate and needing to know the information that could save his pack members.

"He-he wants..." I couldn't finish my sentence and I withdrew my hands from Jax's and held them in my lap.

"It's okay Anna" Hannah tried to reassure me as she got up and sat on the arm of the sofa next to me. I had noticed that Jackson's eye were no longer fogged over and I was very thankful that he wasn't broadcasting this to the entire pack. The last thing I needed was for everyone to see me having another emotional breakdown.

I smiled up at her and took a deep breath, steadying myself before I turned around and took Jax's hands back in mine. "He wants me Jax. He said he would let everyone else go if I went to him willingly and freely. If I didn't he would just take more and more pack members until we complied".

It was silent for a moment, the only sound breaking the silence was the clock slowly ticking away on the opposite wall above the fireplace. It stayed like that for a good thirty seconds, I counted the ticks, before everyone started shouting and screaming at once. No one knew what to do, on the one hand this was their brother and son they were talking about but on the other it was their Luna. What do you do in a situation like that?

"There is no way in hell I am letting you go anywhere near them Annabelle do you hear me? I am not letting you get taken by those animals and let them do goddess knows what to you." Jax screamed as he ran his hands through his hair as he paced across the living room floor. "We will figure out a way to save the rest of the pack."

I stayed quiet, not wanting to tell him what was running through my head. That I was strongly considering taking the strange smelling wolf up on his offer. I would do anything for my new pack and if this was the price I had to pay then so be it.

I looked next to me to find Hannah staring at me and it was as if she could read my mind. She knew what I was considering doing and I quickly shook my head at her, not wanting her to give anything away to Jax or the rest of her family.

She squinted her eyes at me in a warning glare before sighing and nodding her head in understanding. I smiled a grateful smile at her before getting up and taking Jax's hands in mine to get his attention and to stop him pulling at his hair.

"Let's go home, we can talk more at the meeting tomorrow" I said as I went in to give him a hug, hoping to calm his nerves down ever so slightly.

Thankfully it worked and before long we were back home and tucked up in bed with me tucked safely into Jax's arms.

"I won't let them hurt you Annabelle" I heard Jax whisper into the darkness of our bedroom. His heart rate sped up slightly and I kissed his chest, hoping to calm him down.

"I know you wont" I whispered back as I pretended to fall asleep. Little did he know that my brain was going a mile a minute weighing up all of my options.
On the one hand I could do what Jax says, stay here safe and sound whilst I let other innocent people go and fight my battles for me or I could fight my own.

The guy had given me a time and a place to meet him if I decided to hand myself in. I had 24 hours and if I didn't show he would take another group of people from our pack and kill them. He said it would continue like that every day until I gave myself up.

I looked up at Jax, who was fast asleep by now as I weighed up the pros and cons in my head but there was only one clear answer. There was no way I was going to let innocent people die because of me, and with that in mind I formed a plan. If the meeting tomorrow came up completely empty handed then I was going to meet this mystery man and hand myself in.

I sighed and looked back up at Jax, taking him all in because for all I knew this could be the last time I see him sleep.

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