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Eleven

Rose

Beta Ace looked horrible. His lip was cut and there was a big purple bruise on his jaw that I was pretty sure Judah gave him. He also looked sullen and guilty. Alpha Hunter stood next to him. I sighed and hit the button on the bed to raise my upper body up.

“How are you doing, Rose?” Alpha Hunter asked, slipping into the chair that the doctor was sitting in earlier.

“I’m doing alright,” I told him.

“Did the doctor come in to see you already?” he questioned.

I nodded my response. Alpha Hunter exhaled slowly before scratching at his temple. He ran a hand through his hair before gesturing with his hand.

“Listen, I’m not very good at apologizing but I wanted to apologize to you regarding the bet I made with Alpha Justine.” He looked uneasy. It’s hard for Alphas to apologize. Especially to someone like me. A nobody. A pack member.

“What I did was uncalled for. I didn’t think before I did it and I hope you can see how sincerely sorry I am. I promise you that something like this will never happen again.”

“It’s alright. You are forgiven,” I told him. Honestly, I almost forgot about the incident. These past few days have been a whirlwind of events. I couldn’t keep my head on straight.

“I’m sorry too, Rose.” Beta Ace looked awful. I decided to put him out of his misery.

“It’s okay, guys. Seriously. I’m okay.”

Beta Ace moved to sit in the seat opposite of Alpha Hunter. He leaned forward and his eyebrows furrowed in confusion.

“I didn’t mean to hurt you but you came out of nowhere. I was surprised but I couldn’t stop in time,” Beta Ace explained.

I looked between the two and debated if I should tell them the truth. It might be nothing. Everyone was frantically trying to get away. They might have just shoved me in the wrong direction when trying to escape.

I shrugged, “I didn’t expect to tumble into the fight either.”

“Then why did you do it?” he questioned.

“Everyone was trying to leave and all I wanted to do was get away but then I felt someone push me, I couldn’t stop it,” I replied.

Both Alpha Hunter and Beta Ace exchanged a look. My eyes zipped between them. They didn’t say anything, but I think they both were assuming this was intentional.

“I’m sure people were anxious and trying to get away-”

“It could just mean that or it could mean you were pushed intentionally, Rose.” Alpha Hunter interrupted.

“Did you get a look? Do you know who pushed you?” Beta Ace asked.

I scrambled through my memory, trying to recall anything different, but my attention had been completely on Beta Ace and the other guy. I hadn’t even thought about my surroundings.

“I don’t know,” I replied.

Beta Ace gingerly touched his lip and smirked a little before shaking his head.

“Was that lip cut from the fight?” I asked, changing the subject.

He looked at her and shook his head, “No. Jude fucked me up for hurting you.”

I didn’t understand Judah. I’d known him for a long time and he had been everything but nice to me. He bullied me, yelled at me, and made my life as miserable as he could . It had always been a fact that Judah hated me.

“I find that hard to believe,” I whispered and tucked in my blanket.

“I wouldn’t say it is hard to believe. Remember the bet? Jude was the one that defended you. He was completely against the bet and brought up your mother. He never speaks up to me that way. Usually, he will do as I ask.” Alpha Hunter chuckled.

“He defended me?” I was surprised once again.

So, Judah isn’t all that bad? Is that what I was hearing? That was hard to believe.

Why?

Although he rarely spoke to me, he always sent me an irritated look. We all know when someone doesn’t like us, and being in Judah’s presence, I did not feel any good vibes from him.

I didn’t know what I did wrong or why he hated me, so I sought to avoid him as much as possible. It helped for the most part, but we lived in the same pack and we went to the same school. It was hard to avoid something that couldn’t be avoided.

Alpha Hunter and Beta Ace left after that. I settled back into bed and once again fell into a deep slumber. All my life, I never once had a dream until then .

I dreamt about Judah chasing after me in his wolf form. My paws padded on the earthy ground and my breathing was hard. I could feel him. He wasn’t not that far behind me.

He growled menacingly and my heart skipped a beat. No matter how many turns, how many escape routes I took, he was there-behind me.

I shouted for him to stop but he didn’t. He just kept running and chasing. I was exhausted and my wolf didn’t want to run anymore. We just wanted to rest. Our pace slowed and I gave up.

The last thought I had was, kill me. End it. Just leave me alone.

He launched at me just as I tripped and fell onto the ground. His body hovered over me and he bit down on my neck hard. I cried out in pain and pleasure. It felt good. It felt amazing.

The scenery changed, and I was in my bed back at home. Everything looked normal except for the fact that Judah was naked and on top of me. He was nuzzling my neck and his hands were running up and down my body length. He was taking his time exploring and sucking me. A moan escaped my lips when he nipped at my jawline before moving down to the crook of my neck.

“Mine,” he whispered huskily.

My eyes flew open as his words echoed in my head. I woke up sweating and breathing hard. My eyes scanned the hospital room and I sagged in relief. The curtains on the window were pulled back to give me a little bit of sunlight. I looked out the window to see that it was dark again outside.

I placed two fingers on my lips before tracing my jawline and neck where he had kissed me in my dreams. Was this the mating switch? Had I become some sex crazed maniac?

I slapped my face gently.

“Stop, no more dreaming,” I mumbled.

A knock sounded at the door before it opened again. A nurse walked in. I shoved all thoughts aside and focused on what the nurse was saying. She said the doctor had come in to check my recovery, and said I could be discharged as soon as I woke up.

The nurse went over the discharge instructions, which weren’t much. She said although my injury had healed, I still needed to be careful and avoid pushing too hard. My body still needed to regain all the blood that I had lost.

After receiving my discharge papers, I walked out of the medical wing. Immediately, I wondered if I should go up to my room or go hide somewhere else. I was anxious because my mating switch had turned on and I did not know what to expect.

According to our studies in school, I remembered something about the urge to find your mate and completing the mating process. Our wolves would become more dominant and mentally we would merge as one. There was something to expect about finding your mate, but my thoughts were cut short when I ran into the same Omega male that Ace was staring at yesterday.

He was sitting in the main lobby looking a little upset and deep in his thoughts. I decided that confronting him was better than confronting Judah, so I walked over to him. His eyes shot up the second he heard me approach him.

“Hey,” I said.

“Hi,” he replied.

He was scrawny but still very good looking. His eyes were startling light blue shades with white streaks within them. His skin, very much like all of ours, was slightly tanned. He had long light blonde hair that fell just below his neck.

I sat down in the seat adjacent to his.

“Do I know you?” he arched an eyebrow.

“No, but my name is Rose.”

“Rose,” he smirked, “my name is Scott.”

“So, Scott, mind telling me why Beta Ace was angry with you?” I asked.

He looked shocked at my question, which only enforced what I had already assumed. Beta Ace was indeed angry with him.

“Why would you say he was angry with me?” He masked his shocked expression with an angry one.

“I saw the way he looked at you,” I replied.

He looked like he was having an internal battle, before he shoved two hands through his hair and covered his face. He looked frustrated and upset.

“He’s my mate.” Scott revealed to me.

I blinked in shock. He had just told me that Beta Ace was gay. Then I remembered the elevator conversation I had with Judah and I blushed hard. I tried to provoke him and instead he smirked at me. Now, I knew why he was smirking at me.

Scott looked up to see me fighting my own inner battles.

“What? Do you think I wanted this? I’m straight. I like girls,” he growled.

My eyes flew to him.

“What? No! I was thinking about something entirely different,” I rushed to explain to him.

“I like girls. I kissed and I fucked them before and I like it.” His blunt answer had me so red in the face I thought I needed an ice pack.

“Oh,” I replied.

“I know. I must sound crazy but I can’t wrap my head around this. Why would I be destined with a male Beta? Is this some kind of cruel joke?”

“So, you rejected him?” I asked.

His face fell and he covered his eyes, “Fuck, no. I didn’t. I was too damn shocked. When he approached me, I pushed him away out of shock but I didn’t reject him. Not officially.”

If he didn’t reject Beta Ace, did it mean he wants the mate bond regardless of Beta Ace’s gender? I wondered...

“Have you ever considered that you might not be straight but bisexual?” I asked.

He looked up. The answer was written all over his face. That this might have been a possibility. That he might not have been as straight as he thought he was.

He was quiet, thinking this over in his head.

“I don’t know,” he admitted hesitantly.

“Are you attracted to your mate?”

He bit his bottom lip and closed his eyes, almost as if he was praying that he wasn’t .

“Fuck, I am,” He growled.

“Then I don’t see what the problem is in trying to work it out? You only have one mate that is destined for you. Do you really want to lose it to another person?”

“I’m attracted to girls,” He enforced.

“Are you trying to convince me or you?” I arched an eyebrow.

“I’m not trying to convince anyone. I’m trying to tell you that I like girls. I am telling you when I look at you, I think you’re hot for a girl.”

“Fine, then reject Beta Ace. Resolve your issue and he can find himself a better mate.”

I might have pushed too hard but I felt like it needed to be done. He flew from his sofa. I saw it coming and threw a pillow at his face. He pulled back, stunned.

“That kind of reaction tells me you don’t want to lose him. So how about you stop trying to convince yourself that you are straight and realize that maybe you have the hots for your mate.”

He scoffed before shoving a hand through his hair once again. He placed his hands on his waist and inhaled deeply before turning away from me.

“What do I do? This is unknown territory for me,” he murmured.

“Well, maybe we can try not jumping to conclusions and weighing our options. It’s like checking out the candy aisle. We look at the calories and nutrients. Dark chocolate serves as an antioxidant while Snickers have a little bit of protein in them.” I shrugged.

He burst out laughing, “I can’t believe you just told me to compare my options to shopping for candy.”

“All I’m saying is, weigh your options. How bad would it be for you to get to know your mate? Who knows, you might be impressed with all the options he can give you.”

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