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Chapter 5 A rose

Chapter 5 A Rose
IVY one month later

I hit the floor with a hard thud and groan out in pain. Ouch, that hurt like a bitch! I rub my ribs and sigh for what feels like the millionth time.

“Damn Ivy, Aunt Sally fights better than you do!”
“Shut up Gus!”

I hiss at him and jump up on my feet seeing him smirk at me. It takes less than a minute before I’m lying on the floor again. I stare up at the celing feeling absolutely worthless. I’m a good fighter, I am one of the best and now look at me.

For the last three weeks I have been doing nothing more than eating dust from the floor. I sigh frustrated and disappointed when Gus looks down at me looking worried.

“Are you hurt?”

He gives me his hand and helps me up, I feel him looking at me and he isn’t the only one. Both my father’s eyes are on me. I glance in their direction and they look equally worried. Gus snorts at the Alphas and grab me by my arm leading me out from the training facility

“Let’s go for a walk.”

We walk in silence until we reach the small river that runs at the back of the pack house. Gus slumps down in the grass and pats at the spot beside him. I sit down my mouth set in a thin line, I know what’s coming and I already hate it.

“What’s wrong? And don’t you dare say nothing because I know that something is wrong. If you lie, I put you on poop patrol for two weeks.”

I make a face, poop patrol is just as bad as it sounds. It means that you go to the kids training spot where they are learning how to shift and control their wolves. It’s in the forest and you clean up after them. Everyone hates it, but luckily we have a big pack so that duty only happens once every second month.

“I’m not sure.”

I tell him with a deep sigh. He places his hand on my shoulder and squeeze it gently

“What you and Jason is doing will drive you crazy. You two need to solve this, your dad is like a half inch from stepping in and do something. Losing a mate is hard, but you are strong Ivy and unmating is easier than losing them to death”

I hear the pain in his voice when he says the last word. Gus lost his mate two years ago in a tragic accident. He is one of the few that survives losing a mate, but he was a mess for over a year. If it hadn’t been for his two adorable kids I doubt that he would be sitting here with me right now. I lean my head against his shoulder.

“I know and I have tried to talk to him. I told him that I wanted to take the second step, but he refuses, but he doesn’t want me… he just don’t want anyone else to have me.”

“Jason is a fucking asshole!”

He growls and clench his hands into fists. Uncle Gus is my second best friend and the packs Beta but he has Alpha blood. I tell him almost everything and he always listens and helps me, and even though my parents has pressured him for information sometimes he stands his ground and tell them to fuck off.

“Yes, he is.”

My thought wanders away to the green eyed man. I wonder what he is doing and where he is?

“Do you know for how long Jason is going to stay here?” I ask him and he glances at me

“No. But he is reforming the Whitefish pack, he’s going to be the Alpha unless someone challenges him. There’s a lot of paperwork to do. That former Alpha really left a mess behind.”

“I think that Jason is going to be a good Alpha even though he is the biggest asshole I know. Are my parents treating him fair? I hope they do even though I want to strangle him”

“Yes they are but your mother is there all the time now. Greyson is pretty pissed off and loses his temper from time to time giving the kid a hard time. So Iphi stepped in. Even though we kind of want to beat the crap out of him we have to leave all the personal stuff outside the door when we work. And especially if you are the Alpha of the Alpha´s. But you know Greyson, hotheaded like you.”

We both laugh and Gus tells me a few stories from when they were just kids. It feels good to be with him and all his joking around always makes me smile. When we are about to go back, he stops me and look at me

“Ivy this isn’t just about Jason is it?”

I shake my head thinking back at the last night I saw him. That’s the thing, I saw him, but no one else did. Maybe all this shit with Jason has messed up my head so much that I see and hear things that aren’t real? Lisa didn’t see him even though she was close to us, she should not have been able to miss him.

I reach up and touch the mark on my shoulder. He is real isn’t he? If he is not, then what is this? Have I started to lose my mind because of Jason? Or has this something to do with my powers? I ask myself for the millionth time the last weeks.

I can’t have lost my mind because I met him in the cave, or? But you can’t get a mark from someone who isn’t real! I shake my head as the confusing thoughts spin in my head

“No, but I’m not sure what it is, I’m trying to figure it out.”

I say and it’s not a lie, I just don’t want him to know more right now.

“Okay, I understand you aren’t ready to talk about it now and that’s fine. But remember that I’m here when ever you need me. But if this has something to do with who you are and what you are capable of then go to your mother right away. I don’t want to see you go murderous she wolf like she did before the Black Moon.”

“I know, thank you Gus.”

I say and give him a long hard hug. I tense up feeling Jasons presence and his gaze seems to burn holes in my back. Gus snorts when he sees him and look at me before he whispered

“Ivy you need to get your shit together so you can kick the crap out of the asshole and make him beg by your feet”

“It sure sounds tempting.”

“Then do it, make him beg. You are sneaky enough to pull it off and I see how he looks at you, if you give him one inch you will be on your back before you when get a chance to say yes.

“I prefer to stay away from him, I don’t want him to beg for anything.”

Gus gives me one of his trademark smirks and winks before he leaves me alone with Jason. I turn around and raise my eyebrows at him and cross my arms over my chest with a questioning look

“Pack your bags!”

He says and glare after Gus. I’m pretty sure that he is jealous because I hugged Gus.

“Excuse me?”
“You heard me! I need to go home and deal with a few things and you are coming with me.”

“Um, I don’t think so and what has given you the idea that I would go any were with you?”

“Believe me pup I don’t want you there, but since the Moon Goddess likes to fuck around with me and I got stuck with you I don’t have much of a choice.”

“Yes, you do! We make the second and final step and get it over with.”

I say, trying my hardest to pretend that his words doesn’t hurt at all but from the smirk on his face I’m failing badly. He walks closer, so close that I could touch him if I reached out my hand. He places his hand on my cheek and I turn my head away.

“I need you to come with me.”

He says so gently that I have to look at him.

“No Jason, I don’t have to do anything and I am not going with you I rather cut my tail off!”

I tell him and my wolf snorts at the thought of losing her tail. He clenches his jaw and glares at me while I do my best to stay calm. How dare he come here and order me to go somewhere with him?!

“You are my mate like it or not and you are going with me!”

He snarls and I stare at him in disbelief, is he joking? I mean, why would he all of the sudden want me to come with him anywhere? Something shifts in the air, the cold breeze suddenly turns warm and Jason looks at me confused with his eyes narrows.

“Why are you here and what do you want?”

He snarls at me and I am unable to say a word, jackass!

“You are more than fucked up! You came to me and told me to go home with you and now you are saying that this is all me approaching you?! What the fuck is wrong with you?”

I yell and he stares at me like he just saw me for the first time. He shakes his head when he speaks

“I didn’t say that and I wouldn’t take you anywhere with me so don’t keep your hopes up pup.”
“But you just said it!”

“No, I didn’t.”

He tells me and turn around and start to walk away. I stare at his back in confusion, why did he deny what he said? That makes no sense, but Jason rarely makes sense. I huff all the way back to the house, I throw my clothes off and step into the shower and lean my head against the wall as the warm water ease my aching muscles.

I don’t get it, what is happening to me? I take my time in the shower and when I wrap the towel around myself and place my hand on the doorknob I freeze.

Someone is in my bedroom, I can feel it and I know it. I slam the door open, but no one is there. I frown and look around but there’s not even a trace of a scent. Strange, my senses must be all over the place. When I turn around and grab the shirt that is laying on the bed, I see it.

One beautiful black rose is laying on my pillow. I look over my shoulder and check the room again, someone was here. I sigh, relieved to get a proof of that I’m not completely losing it when I remember that someone, an unknown person was in my room when I was taking a shower.

Irritated, I snatch the rose from the bed and look it up and down. Who was here and why would that someone leave a black rose? I bring it to my nose and smell it, a strange feeling starts to bubble inside me and I get goosebumps all over my skin when the smell invades my senses. It doesn’t smell like a rose at all, the smell is impossible to describe but it’s absolutely delicious.

A big smile spread across my face, but I have no idea why. There is one person who has a smell that I never have come across before and now this rose. Could it really be him? But why would he leave a rose and just leave?

After I got dressed I walked downstairs to get a vase for my rose I come face to face with my parents. I groan when they look at me, this looks like its going to be an intervention.

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