The next day, I woke up feeling determined to talk to Ace. The day before was wonderful, but I had to make today count.
I pulled on comfortable clothes after my shower and let my hair loose, since Ace liked it better that way.
With a pep in my step and a firm hand on my tummy, I made my way towards Ace's office. I knocked two times before pushing my way through, but unfortunately, he wasn't there.
Deciding to wait in there, I sat on his chair around his desk and really took my time to appreciate every detail of his office.
My eyes caught something on his desk, and I reluctantly retrieved the file that was opened. It was a monthly report of a woman's condition. I knew, because it was written in bold at the top of the paper.
MONTHLY REPORT OF JENNA WILSON.
As if right on cue, Ace walked in. He looked slightly surprised by my presence, but he didn't look annoyed or upset.
"You're up early" He said as he gave me my good morning kiss.
"Yea I wanted to see you"
His eyes flickered between me and the file that I was still holding, and I saw a small smile playing on his lips, but it was kinda sad. "I see you've found my mother's file"
My eyes popped out of my head as he said that, and I stared at the picture and name of his mom.
"This is your mom? " I asked as if he didn't just say that. He simply nodded and sat on his desk in front of me. Of course! How didn't I see that? They had a slight resemblance, and they had the same last name.
"What happened to her? " I asked carefully. I knew it might be touchy for him so I didn't want to push it. But of course, Ace was more open with me than I with him. It was unfair really.
"She has always had a mental condition, but it was easily treated by her meds. But after dad died, not even the medicines worked" He had a regretful look on his face, but he was being strong.
"It says here that she's getting better. She's stable and her mind is clear" I tried to sound enthusiastic as I read over the file. He offered me a genuine smile.
"Yea. She's been getting visits from this mystery best friend that makes her feel comfortable. I'm yet to meet who ever it is to thank them"
I truly felt happy at that. "I'd love to meet her"
"I'm actually planning on visiting her today. You can come with"
I checked the time to see that it was 8:30 a.m . For some reason I really wanted to meet her right away.
"Is it okay if I go ahead? I promise I will be good"
He chuckled lightly before kissing my cheek. "Yea sure, why not? I'll let Ryan take you to the clinic. I'll be down a little later"
I happily jumped up and hugged him. I didn't know why I was so happy, but I felt like I knew his mom all my life. With one last kiss, I met Ryan who was already waiting at the front door. He must be tired of taking me everywhere, but he didn't seem to mind.
I made a mental note to definitely tell Ace about the mission later on, but for now I just wanted to see Jenna.
A few minutes later we arrived at the clinic which was surprisingly small, but incredibly beautiful and cozy. The nurse that greeted us lead the way to the visitors' room, and I noticed some other nurses giving me weird looks as they sniffed the air and gazed at my neck.
It was then that I remembered that I asked Ace to keep 'us' from his pack until my four months were over. But once we talk later, our mateship can be revealed to his members and I will officially meet them.
Ryan went back to his truck once I was settled in the visitors' lounge comfy in a sofa. I patiently waited for the nurse to bring Jenna out, and when she did, I could say I was a bit surprised.
I thought she would've look the least bit sick like on the picture, but she looked happy and glowing like an eight year old girl. Her hair was full and dark, not a strand of gray hair showing.
Her eyes held life and her face was brightened by a beaming smile as she neared me. Her walk was tall and confident, and she didn't even wear those depressing pale gowns that some of the women wore. She wore a pink lace looking blouse and skinny jeans. If anyone didn't know us, they could've easily mistaken us as sisters.
The other women in the room beamed and waved at her as she passed, and she returned each one just the same. It was obvious that she was the life of this place. I stood as she neared me, and I was immediately engulfed in a hug.
"Oh my dear you are just as beautiful as he mentioned" She pulled away to stared at me, while I'm sure the confusion on my face was evident.
"You know who I am? "
"Of course I do. You're all that son of mine talks about when he visits me. I was wondering when he would take you to me. "
I smiled warmly at her and hugged her again. I wasn't a hugger, but I was glad she was so happy to see me. I had my doubts on the ride down here.
"It's really nice to meet you Jenna. I had no idea-"
"That's life love. I'm not crazy" She laughed. "I know I have a condition from I was a child, but they mistook my mourning for being crazy"
"I didn't think you were crazy" I said shyly as we sat on the sofa.
"And that is why I love you already"
We sat in silence for a while as we just stared at each other. It wasn't uncomfortable, it was like we both needed it. She looked oddly familiar, like I saw her in a photo or something some time back.
"So tell me about yourself" She started, breaking the silence. I raked my mind for what I could tell her and proceeded to tell her about myself.
When I mentioned that I was from Silent Moon pack, she jumped up with a gasp and stared at me with an unreadable expression. She scared me a bit, and some nurses were rushing towards us but she waved them off and sat back down. I was terrified and taken aback, but when she held my hands, I relaxed.
"It's you, isn't it? " She smiled at me as if I knew what she meant. But before I could ask, she continued.
"You're Dianna's Roxanna. Of course you are! " She laughed. "How could I not put it together? It's just that she calls you Roxanna and now it's Roxy, but I still should've known. Ace told me that you and your brother came here to train, but he never mentioned that you were a Silent Moon wolf".
My heart seemed to stop at that and my mind barely processed it. She knew my mom? What kind of relation did they have?
"You knew my mom? " I whispered. She watched me quizingly and shook her head.
"I still know her dear. She visits me all the time. Your resemblance is remarkable and it can't be coincidence" It was my time to jump up and gape.
So it all was true. My mom was still alive. I considered the possibility that Jenna's grief was causing her to lose sight of reality, but from the documents I found, to the gut feeling ever since, told me that she was telling the truth. If my mom visited her all the time as she said, that only meant one thing. We were all in the same pack lands, and she was very much alive.
Did dad know all along? Did he lie to us? Does everyone know?
"Roxy sweetheart" She stood up to steady me. "What's wrong?"
"I-I thought my mom was dead" I whispered almost inaudibly as tears welled up in my eyes.
From the moment I found that file, I knew it was true. It couldn't be just a coincidence. But I didn't want to believe that my whole life was a lie. I didn't want to face those unanswered questions that could break the big bad Roxy Gilbert. But I guess it was inevitable.
"That's what he told you huh? " My head quickly whipped back to her, since it was the first time since I got here that she sounded detached.
"My dad? " I asked, though I already knew. She nodded and pulled me back down to her.
"I know you have questions, and I have most of the answers. But you won't like some of them." She informed ms carefully, as if warning me.
"Please tell me" I choked out. She looked uncertain, but she nodded anyways.
"My mate, John, was never a bad man" She started, and I resisted the urge to roll my eyes. All my life I've been told that he was the bad guy, but I guess there was a story I didn't know.
"He did bad things, but he was never a bad guy" She met my gaze once again as if asking to continue, and I gave her a slight nod. "Your mother and I go way back Roxy. We came from the same pack. She was the Beta's daughter and I was the Alpha's second child"
This surprised me even more to know such a small thing about my mom. It made me feel warm inside.
"We were practically sisters. We grew up together and all. We found our mates around the same time too, and they coincidentally were friends too. So Dianna and I felt like we hit the jackpot, since we would be in neighbouring packs. We later learnt that your dad and my mate were never friends. Their dads were friends, and they were forced to be too since they would rule so close together, but they always hated each other. "
This broke my heart a little. I couldn't imagine how awkward that must've been for my mom and Jenna.
"They would always be at each other's throats, and Dianna and I were the ones who brought a little peace between them. When I got pregnant, I told Dianna even before I told my mate, and she swore she would get pregnant too and our kids would become mates."
We both chuckled at how accurately that turned out. Good job mom, good job.
"She had you and your brother a year after I had Ace, and believe it or not Roxy we betted on you guys becoming mates. " She smiled at the memory with a glint in her eyes. "My mate and your dad cursed the idea, but us girls still rooted for you guys" We shared another short laugh before her expression went grim.
"Then I got pregnant again" Her voice came out as a whisper, and I gasped at the new news. As far as I know, Ace had no siblings.
"What happened? " I dared myself to ask. She offered me a small smile before answering.
"I was six months pregnant when Blake and your mom came to my pack. Dianna didn't know why they came, but she was happy to see me and Ace. We heard Blake and John shouting in his office, and Dianna and I ran in to see what happened. Blake was spouting some nonsense about some of our lands being theirs a hundred years ago, and he demanded that my mate gave him back. Of course, John wouldn't have that, so he refused." I nodded, knowing that much was true.
"Blake threatened to take it by force, but John knew he was bluffing. One thing went to another and they started to throw punches. Dianna and I stepped in, and before we knew it we were both thrown to the floor"
My eyes widened as I put it together. My eyes flashed to her and her tummy as if the baby was still there.
"You can imagine the rest" She sighed and I felt the need to comfort her.
"I'm so sorry Jenna" My voice was barely audible as I rested my hand on hers.
"That's okay love. It was a long time ago"
But the pain never dies, I wanted to say. But of course she didn't need to be reminded of that.
"When I lost the baby-"
"Miss Wilson" Both our heads turned to the nurse in front of us, as she smiled at us apologetically. "The Alpha is here to see you "
"Give us five minutes, then you can send him in" The nurse nodded and left, and we turned our attention back to each other.
"I guess we'll have to continue later " She smiled. But that was the last thing I wanted. I needed to know now.
Why was the war launched? How did my mom end up here? I had so much questions.
"Look Roxy, I know Blake, and I know he didn't just send you and your brother here to train. You could've done that at home. I know your warriors and Phillip"
My breath hitched and I tried not to look her in her eyes while I panicked. "I -I.. Please-"
"I'm not trying to scare you or warn you. I'm just saying whatever Blake's plan is, learn the whole truth before you label your bad guy. I knew that if you wanted to hurt my son you wouldn't have come to see me, so I trust you Roxy. But what ever the plan is, just ensure you know the truth before you make moves. "
I nodded, since my words were stuck in my throat. I was grateful that she trusted me, and I was glad she wasn't angry. But I knew I couldn't say anything to Ace, dad or Aiden before I knew the truth.
"Ace mentioned that you had a best friend visiting. Is she-um.. "
"She's your mom" She confirmed. And with that, my water works started again. She grabbed a piece of paper and scribbled a few words on it.
"Here's her address. I'm sure she knows you're in the pack. But knowing Dianna, she just wouldn't want you to view your dad differently for not telling you the truth. So maybe that's why she hadn't revealed herself to you. Talk to her. Catch up and hear the rest of the story before you do anything else. She'll be happy to see you."
"Does Ace know? "
She shook her head. "Even up to three years ago when my mate died, he didn't know the truth. All he knew was that there are unfinished business. If you choose to tell him after you learn everything, feel free. I was too much of a coward to tell him anyways"
I glanced at the address scribbled across the paper and launched myself at her in a crying mess.
"Thank you so much. Thank you for telling me and thank you for understanding"
"You're welcome hun. But remember what I told you Roxy. "
"I will" I mumbled as I let her go.
"What's with all the tears? " Both our heads snapped to Ace as he spoke, and I quickly shoved the paper away.
"Girl moment" We both said in unison as I wiped my eyes. Ace looked pleased that we were getting along, and luckily he didn't ask about the conversation.
Everything that Jenna told me today was news to me, and I had to try extremely hard to keep my emotions at bay so that Ace didn't notice.
But once I had the perfect moment, I'll go see my mom. I'll talk and catch up, cry and rejoice. I would see my mom. I could get her back.
And for the first time in my whole 20 years of living, I'll know the truth.
The complete truth.