The Alpha's Daughter - Chapter 19

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Annie:

"You got into a fight?" Ade demanded, sounding amazed. I rolled my eyes and sighed, watching the clock on the wall behind his head. It was lunchtime and, because of my sudden lack of friends at the moment, I was being forced to hang around with my surrogate family. Cal was sitting beside me, eating what looked like half a cow. Why the hell did they have to eat so much? I got the fact that they were werewolves, truly I did, but it didn't mean they had to act like dogs the rest of the time, did it? Eli was, as normal, gone, and Radleigh was sitting next to Ade.

"It wasn't so much a fight," Radleigh said, coming up for air from his lunch. "She was about to get her head kicked in." I scowled. It hadn't exactly been my choice to be so placid about it. If Cal hadn't stopped me, I would have given her such a battering. But maybe it was a blessing in disguise; on top of everything else, I didn't think that I would be able to cope with losing the only normal thing I had going at the moment.

I hadn't seen Rick since I had told Cal he was gay and, to be honest, I didn't exactly blame him for keeping his distance. I had betrayed his secret. He had told me on Friday and I had blurted it out to Cal in a moment of pure frustration. Though, I suppose, it would save Rick further run-ins with Cal; now that he knew that there was little chance of Rick coming on to me, he seemed pretty happy with himself. Certainly, he didn't seem to be feeling bad about the fact that I had lost both of my new found friends within half an hour of each other. It was alright for him; he had the pack. They were the only friends he needed in life. I, on the other hand, thought that spending time with a load of horny teenage werewolves was probably not my preferred way of life. I mean, I had read their thoughts, and most of them belonged on the top rack of a magazine stand, if you catch my drift.

"So why didn't you fight back?" Ade asked, putting down his knife and fork. I raised my eyebrow at him. I considered him; sitting there in front of me with his school uniform on, he looked like a pitbull squeezed into a tutu, he looked that uncomfortable. Despite the lack of green, he still reminded me of a leprechaun.

"I don't know," I dismissed. "I just didn't see the point." That part was true, at least. I hadn't seen the point. But that still didn't explain why I hadn't done anything. I was considering asking dad when I got home if this had anything to do with being Cal's mate. But even if it did, why? Why hadn't I fought back?

Are you okay? I looked at Cal but it wasn't his voice that I was hearing. Instead, Radleigh was looking right at me, his face concerned.

I'm fine, Radleigh, I sighed. Yeah, okay, tiny white lie. I wasn't okay. I was confused and I was scared, for two entirely different reasons.

Do you want to talk? he asked.

Aren't we talking already? I joked, but I knew that he was being serious. I nodded subtly and got to my feet. Cal's head whipped up and he made to get to his feet as well, but I pushed him down gently, giving him a small smile.

I'll be back in a minute, I murmured, nodding at Radleigh. We walked out of the canteen and outside. It was snowing again, flakes of white floating lazily from the grey sky above.

"You always fight back," Radleigh said eventually, his tone cool. I sighed and leaned against the wall, watching out for stray pieces of chewing gum. "What's wrong?"

"I don't know," I moaned, putting my hands to my face. "I don't know! It was like there was a voice in my head telling me that there wasn't any point." I rubbed my eyes in exasperation. Radleigh leaned next to me, his eyes never leaving my face.

"Do you think it has something to do with Cal?"

"No, I knowit has something to do with Cal," I snapped. Radleigh just nodded at me. Jeez, we were doing so much nodding someone could have given us collars and shoved us on the parcel shelf of a car. "I just wish I knew what," I muttered as an after thought.

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