Rejection & It's Consequences

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Chapter 15

Kennedy POV

After Nico left I was beyond devastated; I understand the council wanting him mated because he will not be at his full strength without a Luna as well as an heir. But the idea that he went along with it, knowing how we both reacted to each other when he brought me to his territory hurts beyond belief. He thought I was mate, I thought he was mate, yet he went off of what Brant told him, instead of coming to see if we would have discovered we were for each other. He gave up and that in some cases is worse than anything. He didn’t fight for me, for us, instead went with a she wolf the council thought would be a good Luna for his pack.

I can’t sleep, knowing how complete I felt when I was with Nico, knowing I wanted to mark him and have him keep me up all night with the way he made me feel so complete. Then I remember smelling that cheap scent on him, then how she might be carrying his pup, it’s like a knife into my heart. So I decide I need some time, space from everything and by the time I come back, Nico should know what is going on with this pup situation. I pack clothes and take my stash of cash, which is close to $250,000 from my safe so I don’t have to use cards or my identity out there. I leave a note for Alpha Gianni so he won’t worry too much, and also the keys to the cuffs so that my parents can face the discipline that is required for kidnapping the packs beta.

Dear Gianni,

I am taking some time to figure things out. Finding my true mate, knowing he is facing a pup situation and the fact he didn’t wait for me hurts more than I can bear. I will never regret what happened between us last night, how could I he is my mate, but I need to see where I go from here. I will be back soon, please reassure him of this because I do love the idiot more than words can say. Please know I love you guys as well and will be in touch as soon as I settle.

Kennedy Hardy

P.S. Here is the keys to unlock the cuffs restraining my parents in no man’s land. Somehow I was able to command them to release me and they did and cuffed themselves to the bed I had been on for over a day. Please see they are properly punished as they were helping plan and plot my rape by Ian, injecting me with something to bring my HEAT forward.

Edie

I grab my bag, make sure my note is on the dining room table and walk outside to the waiting Uber that I had called for, turning to look towards the pack house knowing my other half is there, knowing a part of him wants me, as I want him, but until he cleans up his mess I cannot be with him.

I decide to go to Greece, Andre has been telling me how beautiful it is, as he goes to visit his pack quite often, so he can be ready to take it over. I remember the name of the Island his pack is near Kalokairi, which is close to the royal kingdom, which is where I decided to try and be for a little while, I read somewhere that the prince regent is looking for an assistant and he goes through them very quickly. I have worked with difficult wolves before, so that shouldn’t be an issue and I am only doing this until I figure out when to go home and fix things with my mate.

I enter the gate, as I have explained to the guards I am looking to become the prince regents assistant, I emailed my credentials yesterday, and I am escorted to the sitting area of the palace. I admire the room, the palace in general, expecting it to be over done or ostentatious but it is done in simple tastes, comfortable furniture as well as books that actually look like they have been read. I look around at the knick knacks, noticing that they seem to have actually belonged to someone when I hear someone clearing their throat; I turn and see a wolf younger than me, by a year or so. I bow my head and see the gentleman motion for me to take a seat. I sit on a loveseat as he takes a seat in a chair across from me. He begins “Miss Hardy I am Ares, the prince regent and from your email I can see you are a very organized she wolf. What made you decide to come to Greece and apply for this position”? I sigh “I decided to explore the area and I remembered reading you were looking for an assistant. I understand it’s difficult for you to keep an assistant, so I figured by the time you got tired of me, I would be returning home anyways”. Ares looks at me stunned “I can honestly say I never expected such blunt honesty. Yes there are times I have issues keeping an assistant, but mostly it’s the title thirsty she wolves that come and try to work for me. I tried a male wolf and they were disorganized. I am just looking for someone to help me set up a system that is easy to maintain, as I will be assuming the throne soon”. I nod “For me that won’t be an issue, no offense, but I have no aspirations for the throne”. Ares laughs “Really now, I have had many a she wolf claim the same, what makes you different”? I look at him and state “I have found my mate, we are fixing things in our relationship, I have no desire to be with anyone but mate”. Ares nods “I can sense that about you and we have just met. Are you sure we haven’t met before”? I shrug “Not unless you have been to America. I haven’t left California until a couple of days ago”. He shakes his head “My family is actually from Oregon, yet I was born here. The kingdom moves with each new installation, I have yet to decide where my kingdom will be. Depends on my mate I guess, when I find her”. I nod “It is said to be the most magical experience there is besides having your pups”. Ares looks at me “Was your meeting not magical my dear”? I shake my head “Not exactly for some reason, the brother of my mate decided to shield who my mate was, to get something from me, I can only assume. This went on for a few weeks and I managed to maintain my virtue and when he challenged my mate for Alpha, he stabbed me instead and I managed to break the spell by breaking a necklace I guess”.

Ares looks at me “This sounds like something my parents are going to America to handle soon. This had something to do with the Black Heart/Black Star packs. The second son, who has no Alpha gene, wanted to mate a she wolf to get her power to make himself Alpha. They have the necklace and the wolves in custody that are a part of the situation. I am supposed to go as well, but if you are the she wolf involved, I imagine you will not want to go back there yet”. I am in shock “I imagined that the Alpha would have doled out punishment instead of involving the royals”. Ares shakes his head “There is something more here that my parents are explaining. I am going to hire you, I can see you are a genuine honest she wolf, but I know my parents are going to want to meet you before you start as well as get your side of the story”. I nod and Ares motions for a woman I never noticed in the corner “Darla show Miss Hardy to the guest quarters, Kennedy I will have Darla come and bring you to mother and father when they are finished for the day”. I nod my head and see that Darla has my bag in her hands and starts walking towards the stairs.



Ares POV

Watching the young she wolf follow Darla, left me with an unsettled feeling. She seemed so familiar like I had met her before, but as she said she hasn’t left America and I haven’t been as of yet. I know she is not my mate, but there is a pull towards her I do not understand. I get a mind link from my parents and they summon me to their office. I walk towards their office, as I know they will want to approve my new temporary assistant. I knock once and I hear a firm “Enter” as I open the door I see my father behind his desk and my mother on her laptop, doing something on the couch nearby. I stand in front of the desk and my father nods for me to sit “How did the interview go that she wolf applying for you assistant? Do you think she will be competent”? I nod “Yes I actually do father, I am drawn here to her, even though she is not mate. I feel like I know her from somewhere but she claims to have never left America before this trip”. He looks at me “Are you sure she is not mate? Generally that is the only connection we feel besides the familia one”. I shrug “I know she isn’t mate as she has stated she already found hers they are working out issues and she left to clear some of the stress away”. He nods and mother looks to me “What is this she wolfs name Ares”? I state “Kennedy Hardy her pack is the Black Heart pack in California. I understand her mate is the Alpha Domenico. She didn’t state it, but with how she described her issues with her mate, and the issues there are identical, it’s only safe to assume”. Mother nods, who is named Aurora. I look at her tablet and see she is still working on the missing person’s case from 20 years ago “Are you still looking for Diana mother”? She looks at me and has tears in her eyes “Of course Ares, I can not rest until I know what happened to our first born”. My father, whom is named Apollo, goes to comfort my mother “Ares we love you, I hope you know that, but Diana was taken from us at 1 day old. Our wolves never got to meet her”. Father holds mom in his arms “I know dad, I am sorry to have brought up a painful subject. You had mentioned that you wanted to meet my new assistant before she begins work”. Mother nods “Yes we do, want to make sure she is a good fit in the palace as well as towards the immediate family as we will be working with her as well”. I nod and mind link Darla to escort our guest door to my father office “She should be here in a few minutes”.

We get a knock at the door and I open it to find Kennedy there, refreshed from our earlier meeting but still appropriate to meet my parents. I motion for her to enter, as she does she kneels to my parents who are alpha king and queen. My mother walks over to Kennedy and extends her hand, offering her assistance to stand. Kennedy takes her hand, keeping her head lowered and off to the side showing submission. My mother takes chin and raises her head “My dear we do not stand on ceremony here. But your respect and submission is appreciated. May I ask your name my dear”? She nods “Yes ma’am it is Kennedy Hardy of the Black Heart pack. I am my packs Beta and depending on how things go with my mate, Alpha female of the conjoined pack”. I chuckle at that and my father looks at me “Why do you laugh son”? I shrug and Kennedy answers for me “My mating has not been a typical experience your majesty. As I heard you are traveling to America to handle some disciplinary issues with that pack, you could say I am at the center of those issues”. My father looks at her and asks “Have we met before? You remind me of someone, but I cannot place my finger on whom”. She shakes her head “I had in lived in California for as long as I know, I believe my parents were from pack around the Oregon area”. I look at Kennedy “You never mentioned that to me”. She shrugs “Until you mentioned Oregon, I had forgotten that my parents weren’t the original betas of my pack. Like I said, I have been there for as long as I can remember, Alpha Gianni mentioned I was a small baby when we came to be there”. I nod and my father probes further “What are your parent’s names, if you don’t mind me asking”. She sighs “I am surprised you don’t know as they are also facing disciplinary action in these issues as well”.

My father goes to his computer and brings up the information on the computer and looks at Kennedy and growls furiously “Jessica and Lucas Hardy are your parents”? Kennedy swallows and looks down “Yes sir, not by choice, but who the Goddess had me born to”. I look at him and my mother and they are beyond upset “What is the problem with who her parents are? She didn’t choose who she was born to. My wolf feels a pull towards her and trusts Kennedy”. My mother nods and my father looks pissed “There is a history with the wolves in question. Your father and I met each other later than most wolves meet their mates. It had been almost 4 years since I had matured before I met him, your father 6 years. He was seeing a she wolf for a few years named Jessica Miller. She was expecting your father to mark and mate her; she would become the next queen and have a set life. I was seeing a wolf named Lucas Hardy for a little over a year. Now your father and I remained true to each other, we didn’t give ourselves like wolves do nowadays. Well I went on a movie date with Lucas, who was hoping I would mate and mark him, but my father wanted me to dump him as he was showing greed at becoming Alpha of the pack. He was actually demanding wolves address him as the future Alpha. Anyways I had agreed to go to the movies with Lucas and your father was going out with Jessica to dinner when we just happened to cross paths, my wolf called to her mate and your fathers called to me. Jessica and Lucas found out they were mates as well”.

Father picks up the story from there “When I found your mother, I was beyond ecstatic. However, Jessica and Lucas had stated to each other, that they would reject each other as they were in love with your mother and I. I looked at Jessica and told her I would not give up my mate, your mother agreed with me and we went to her parents first to inform them we had found our mates. They were happy for us and preferred who the Goddess chose for us, not who we had chosen. Jessica and Lucas became a nuisance in the pack, worse after the coronation for your mother and I. Now they had mated in this timeframe and had a little girl named Jennifer. They still wanted us to leave our mates for them, so I had them banished; they were supposed to leave the country. We thought they had, and your mother became with child. Now this pup was a powerful pup, your mother only carried her for 4 months when she was born. She was the most beautiful wolf pup I had ever seen, but then Diana was abducted and we have been looking for her ever since. We suspected it was them, but they just had their pup, not a newborn pup”.

I look at Kennedy and she states “I am sorry my parents have caused so many issues, believe me they did so at my pack just no one ever caught them. I took over beta at the age of 16 so they could take control of my funds. I proved to be a capable she wolf and was able to manage my own funds and started a few businesses no one knows about aside from Gianni and Nico. They have made sure everyone is in the dark as to who the owner is, otherwise all of my funds would be going to support them”. I look at Kennedy “How are your parents apart of this nonsense”? She sighs “From what I heard while I was faking unconsciousness, the male wolf who mates me will be extremely powerful, whether they are my actual mate or not. Their plan was for Ian to mate me, make him strong, have him cheat on me and drive me to kill myself. Something about avenging the past or whatever. I knew they saw me as a nuisance since I shifted”. Father asks “What age did you shift Kennedy”? “At the age of 10, my alphas son Domenico shifted at the same age, so I knew that I had to be somewhat powerful, but I just figured I had strong beta genes”. Mother comes to look into Kennedy’s eyes and shaking her head “You do not have a beta gene, and neither of your parents have it either”. I ask “What does this all mean”? Father looks at me “I don’t know yet son, but it is true Kennedy is much more powerful than a beta. Kennedy what color is your wolf’s eyes”? She shrugs “I am not sure sir. I have never really paid attention, although the other day my wolf came through me so powerfully, my parents submitted to me no questions asked. They just did as demanded. My wolf never explained to me why”.

I think on this and decide to anger this she wolf, I mind link my parents to let them know, so they won’t react when she eventually gets angry and disrespectful. I look at Kennedy like a beautiful she wolf and she becomes uncomfortable “Kennedy with all the developments you have explained, I believe we should mate. You obviously don’t want your mate, otherwise you would have marked him, and he is having a pup with another. Think about the pups we could have, you would be queen of wolves”. I see she is getting angry but not enough to react so I press on “Come on we all know I am quite a handsome wolf, sexy and powerful. What more could a she wolf ask for”? I take her into my arms and kiss her passionately and I feel myself being thrown into a wall, I raise my head and her eyes are violet as she speaks “DO NOT TOUCH ME, YOU ARE NOT MATE. YOU WILL KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOUR SELF OR FORFEIT YOUR LIFE”. The power emanating from her has me bowing before her “Yes ma’am, I will not touch you again”. I look again and her eyes are a hazel color now and she looks contrite “Please sire don’t punish me, my wolf took over. I would never throw you into a wall”.

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