The Alpha's Daughter - Chapter 5

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Annie:

It had taken me ages to get to sleep after I had left Cal in the kitchen. Our conversation kept zipping through my head. But when I did finally go back to sleep, it was dreamless, which I was thankful for.

The next morning, I awoke with the sun streaming through the cracks in the blinds. I read the clock; eight o'clock on a Sunday morning and already I could hear people moving about downstairs. I groaned; what was it about these people, did none of them ever sleep?

Knowing that it was very unlikely that I was going to be able to drift off again, I got out of the warm bed and walked over to the wardrobe. I knew that their wouldn't be any clothes in there but I was hoping that my rucksack would be in there. Sure enough, it was sitting on the bottom, still covered in blood from my little disagreement with Dante. I raked in it for some clean clothes and pulled out a thick, warm jumper and a pair of jeans.

After a quick shower in the ensuite that lay just off of the room, I got dressed and opened the door. The warm smell of cooking hit my nose and made my stomach grumble. The packet of crisps last night seemed like a distant memory. I walked down the stairs, following the smell.

I went into the kitchen, only to be greeted by several people, moving about and speaking. I slipped into the corner and watched everyone. Jase was at the stove, checking dozens of fried eggs. A tall skinny girl with long red hair stood at his shoulder, her hand resting on her slightly rounded stomach. This was obviously Sierra. Radleigh was rubbing his eyes with one had and was holding a cup of orange juice in the other, while trying to eat some bacon at the table. Ade had a plate piled high with food and was devouring it with great speed and Eli was reading the newspaper, his thick eyebrows furrowed in a frown.I noticed that neither Macca nor Flint were anywhere to be seen.Cal, who had been sitting on the sofa, stood up when I entered. I gave him a small smile and he walked over to me.

"Do you want something to eat?" he asked, leaning against the counter.

"I'll get something once everyone's sat down," I told him. He nodded.

"Where's Flint?" I asked. It wasn't that I wanted him here, I just didn't want to run into him when I was on my own.

"I don't think he'll be going near you again," Cal murmured.

I think he's got the message, he thought bitterly. I stared at him? What had he done? What had he done to Flint?

"Why?" I asked delicately.

Cal shrugged. "He's got the message," was all he said, voicing exactly what he had been thinking.

I was worried about what that meant but I had to push it to the back of my head because Sierra came dancing over, moving her long legs gracefully. She reminded me of a swan, with her tall noble stance. She was still wearing her pyjamas; a t-shirt and a pair of shorts.

"You must be Jase's sister," she trilled, taking me into a hug. I just stood, stunned by her friendly forwardness. "I'm Sierra, your sister-in-law." I could feel every eye in the room on me and my face burned red. Cal was trying to conceal a smile and I felt like kicking him for it.

Sierra let go of me and looked me up and down. She had a gap between her two front teeth and a pair of big green eyes. Freckles were sprinkled all over her sun-kissed skin and she had a small button nose.

"Do you want some food, Annie?" Jase asked, craning his neck to look at me.

"Yeah, I'll get something in a minute," I told him. Sierra did a twirl and skipped back over to Jase, kissing him on the cheek. I stared in bewilderment. The Jase I had known when I was a kid would never have put up with that. He had used to say that cooking was a women's job and that he shouldn't have to do it. Now he was well and truly pussy-whipped. Okay, he was twenty one and he might have matured but I was pretty sure that the whole mating thing, had rewired his brain and turned him into some pacifist hippy.

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