"Mark me. Please, Jack!" I said while clawing at his chest trying to get him to understand the urgency of my request. I bent my neck and pulled his face to it. "Mark me!" I scream with tears streaming down my face.
He pulls me in tight and tries to soothe me. He rocks us back and forth while I slowly come to my senses and realize what I just begged him to do.
I pull back and look into his eyes and say "I'm sorry. Oh my gosh I'm so sorry. I did this. He's after me. And he's going to hurt you again. We have to do something Jack."
He grabs my hand placing a kiss on my palm and says "Anna. I will NEVER let anything happen to you. We will find him and I will kill him for real this time."
I shake my head and fall back into his chest. He pulls me close as we lay back down and he runs his hand up and down my back. I finally fell back asleep after I calmed down.
The next morning I woke up still worried but less in a panic knowing that Jack would protect me no matter what. I turned over but he wasn't in the bed. I sighed and got up to take a shower.
After I was done I walked downstairs to the kitchen where Val was sitting. I had passed the office but no one was in there.
Val saw me and ran to me giving me a big hug "Anna, are you ok? I heard you scream last night and Jack said you had a nightmare"
"I'm better Val. But I don't want to talk about it. Ok?"
She nodded her head and sat back down to her breakfast. I grabbed a cup and poured me some coffee. "Where is everyone?"
"Jack has the warriors training and the trackers are being briefed on the situation and have been learning new techniques. Jack even contacted a witch to find out everything he can about cloaking and scent diversion spells. He even had her placing a spell on the pack borders so Ry...uh no one can get past them." She said as she looked back to her cereal.
I sighed and pinched the bridge of my nose. This was all my fault. The pack was in danger because Ryder wanted me and I would do anything to protect them from him. ANYTHING!
"Val, call Zel and ask her to come over with Marina and the parliament. I need to figure out how to use my powers and understand why Ryder needs them so bad. I still don't know anything about my life and I don't think we have much time. But I can't stand around and do nothing while an entire pack is at risk."
She looked at me with concern and said "Anna, I really think you should let Jack deal with this."
I slammed my hands on the counter and screamed "NOW!"
Val flinched back and dropped her eyes grabbing for her phone.
I saw the hurt and fear in her eyes as soon as the words left my mouth. I gasped "Val. I'm so sorry. I don't know what's gotten into me."
She grabbed my hand and said "You have a lot going on Anna, I understand. You've just never raised your voice at me. It was kind of hot." She winked and laughed.
I pulled her into a hug and laughed along with her. She opened her phone and called Zel. After she spoke with her she looked at me and said "They will be here in 30 minutes. I suggest you go tell Jack and Austin to be expecting them. I don't think either one of them are too keen with surprises."
I hesitated then nodded my head. Taking a deep breath we headed towards the field where the warriors were practicing. Almost immediately I saw Jacks muscularly ripped back glistening in the sun with beads of sweat all along his body. My senses went into overdrive as I envisioned the most recent passionate night we had shared. Would I ever get enough of that enormously hard dick? Cool it, Anna. Now is not the time.
I saw Jack's shoulders tense as he felt me walking up behind him. He turned and walked towards me pulling me into a hug and kissing me fiercely. I pulled back to see the love in his eyes as he smiled at me. I just hoped he felt the same way when I told him what I just did.
"Can we talk?"
He pulled us to the side away from everyone else and said "What is it, Anna?" Looking concerned.
"I, uh, I called Zel." I looked down waiting for his response.
I looked back up and met his eyes. He looked puzzled. "I asked her and Marina to come to the pack house so I can find out how we can deal with Ryder."
His eyes darkened and he said "I told you I was handling it, Anna. No need to get anyone else involved, especially the parliament."
"It's my fault Ryder is still alive. I should have killed him when I had the chance 6 years ago but I didn't. I ran away, just like I ran away from you." I dropped my hands to my sides and clenched my fists. "But not this time. I'm tired of running. I'm a Royal and I will not let anyone come between me and the people I care about."
I turned on my heel and walked back towards the house. "Tell your guards to let Zel through when she arrives. And if anyone disrespects them, they will answer to me. Got it?"
He stood their stunned as I walked away with my head held high. I needed to get to his office and prepare for our guests.
As I sat behind Jack's desk I heard a knock at the door. "Come in." Never taking my eyes off the books in front of me.
I looked up in surprise. "Tyler?"
He bowed his head and asked "May I have a word with you?"
He walked closer to me and placed both his hands on the desk.
"Yes but I only have a few minutes. I'm actually exp..."
"I think there are a few things you should know about your Alpha mate."
I sat there, with my mouth opened, shocked at his forwardness. "Ty...l
He put his hand up to quiet me down and continued "He isn't who you think he is."
And after his statement he turned around and walked out the door.