Hunted (On Hold)

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Chapter 18

I looked at the male for a long time. Who in the hell did he think he was? Bringing an old fling into my home.

He stared at me for another moment before he walked over to me. Leaning over my desk he spoke to me in a voice that sent chills down my back. “Cordelia Adams, daughter of Alpha Henry Adams, how may I help you?”

He had a smile on his face and it was anything but inviting.

“Well Alpha Westwood, I had actually come here to talk about what happened this morning. With the coronation so close, I figured we should clear things up. But it appears you feel everything is fine so let’s just get to work shall we?” Giving him an icy smile I turned to some paperwork.

“For a moment you were actually ready to be an adult and yet here you sit, the same child I scolded this morning. What a shame, I almost found you attractive.”

I looked at him with feigned hurt eyes. “Oh no, whatever shall I do! My oh, so caring mate doesn’t find me attractive? I better go doll myself up for him.” I stood up and walked around the desk to stand chest to chest with him. Staring him in the eyes, I rubbed my hands up his arms.

His arms tensed and I knew I had him where I wanted him.

“Except I think my mate forgot one thing.” Smiling I leaned into him, “Would you like to know what that is Alpha?”

With an unsure look, he nodded his head.

“Well, my mate forgot I couldn’t care less what he thinks of me. In a moment of weakness today I almost let him mark me, imagine! I almost let the person I loathe most in this world, the monster who took away my life, have something against me. Well, guess what, I’m done. I’ve done nothing but act the part for that awful man and I’m not doing it any longer. From now on, I’m doing this my way. I’ll see you at the coronation.” I released his arms and walked to the door.

“Also how dare you call me a child when you throw a fit over everything. At least my pack was never run by a 4-year-old with a complex.” I opened the door and walked out, not bothering to close it. I walked to one of the spare rooms and sat on the bed.

I laid back and looked at the ceiling. It was white and blank if I stared long enough maybe I could hallucinate a picture.

There was a knock on my door and assuming it was Tyler I didn’t move from my place, he would just come it anyway. The door opened but to my surprise, it was Jackson followed in by a sheepish Hailey.

Sitting up I gazed at the mated pair before me. “Hello, Jackson. Hailey.”

My voice was cold but it wasn’t on purpose. Being around Jackson made me feel like I should be void of emotion.

“Hey, Cordelia. We heard you and Tyler fighting and wanted to make sure you were okay.” Jackson’s words left me kind of startled. He wanted to see if I was okay? Why would he care? I sat in silence staring at the girl in front of me. Hailey looked anywhere but me until Jackson spoke again.

“Hailey told me you two had an altercation so I brought her here to work things out. I will be cleaning up whatever mess Tyler has made in the office so call on me if you need me.” He left the room and finally Hailey looked at me.

I could see the tears in her eyes already but I wasn’t going to let her cry her way out of this.

“Um, h-hi Cordelia. I wanted to apologize for the way I spoke to you earlier. That’s no way to treat someone who is expected to be a Luna. If you would forgive me I would forever be thankful.”

“Expected to be a Luna? How about someone who is your friend Hailey! You are literally the only person I have to talk to and you just turned me away. Don’t you think I want what you and Jackson have? I wouldn’t wish my life on anyone, it’s exhausting. So as a future Luna I forgive you. Let me know when you want the forgiveness of a friend.”

She looked at me and came over to the bed and sat by my side. “Look, I didn’t mean what I said earlier today. Of course, I want to hear what is going on with your life but it’s feeling like that’s all you want to do. We never just hangout and have fun. I thought things would be so much different when I found out we were going to the same pack. It’s been hard for me to adjust too and Jackson and I aren’t as perfect as we look but you wouldn’t know that because you never ask. Can we just be friends again?”

“I would like that but I need a few days to process this whole day. Can I have that?”

Looking disappointed she nodded her head and left the room.

There wasn’t much time to process anything because the next few days were filled with preparations. The coronation was tomorrow and I had kept my word about not seeing or speaking to my mate. The time apart was good for me though.

I couldn’t help myself and immediately got ahold of Hailey and we had fun together. Things really were looking up.

Hailey and I were sitting in my spare room going over the coronation one last time.

Flipping through papers Hailey looked up at me, “So, how do you think tomorrow is going to go? It’s been awhile since you two have seen each other.”

I shrugged my shoulders and turned my head back to my papers, “I’m surprisingly not worried about it. It should go quick and I won’t have to speak to him other than rehearsed lines. It’ll be over before I know it.”

“What about the marking? Do you think he’ll opt to do it after?”

“Honestly Hailey, I don’t care. The only thing I care about is being able to see my family again. It’s been so long and phone calls just aren’t enough.”

She nodded her head in understanding and stood up to walk to the window.

Outside the set up in full swing. The actual coronation would be deep in the forest but the after party would be held here. A stage was being put in for a DJ and live band and the tables were being set up as well. The pack photo we took at the dance had been blown up and set out by cards for people to write messages in.

If I this had been any other occasion I would be excited.

“I’ve got to go and pick up your dress, do you want to come with me? You’ve locked yourself in this room for long enough.”

It had been awhile since I’d spoken to anyone besides Hailey. “Yeah just let me put all this stuff away and I’ll meet you at the car.”

Hailey left the room and I organized my papers. Exiting the room my nose picked up a scent that had my stomach twirling. I looked down the hall at the office doors and watched as they opened.

Out walked my male looking nothing less than perfect. He had his head in a file but looked up once he realized I was there.

Dropping the file, he stormed over to me and gripped my arms. He held me at a distance and looked over my body. Feeling uncomfortable I wiggled out of his grip.

His face stayed stoic but his voice was calmer than I had expected it to be, “How have you been, Cordelia?”

My name coming from his lips is something that I won’t ever get used to. Rather than answer his question I walked over to the spilled file and picked up the papers. Once they were put back in place, I walked back over to Tyler and held the file to his chest. His hands brushed mine as he grabbed it from me and I recoiled at the tingles that were sent through me.

Without out speaking I walked away from my male feeling confused all over again. I had almost made it outside when my phone rang.

“Hello?”

“Hey, it’s Hailey! You were taking too long so I left without you, sorry!” She hung up on me and I was left at the front door looking like an idiot.

“Going somewhere?” Tyler’s voice was harsh as usual and I’d give anything to disappear at this moment.

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