Second Chances - #2 of "The Lottery Mate"

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Chapter 4

Earlier…

Cedrick’s POV

I watched as my mate disappeared between the three line. My heart was beating erratically and my lungs felt like they were on fire. As if I’d just been running a marathon. My hand was pulsating, and blood was painting the grass an eerie red. But I barely realized it. I wanted to run after her. I wanted to explain, to beg her forgiveness and…

Frustrated I ran a hand down my face.

Fuck!

Not only was she hurt right now, but probably also scared shitless! When she bit my hand, my wolf surged forward out of pure primal instinct. Fight or flight. And being an alpha, flight was never an option. I lived to protect my pack, my family and friends. My mate…

If attacked, attack back!

When I saw the look of terror in her eyes, my heart shattered. No wolf should fear their mate…

But before I could say anything, she was gone. My wolf whined, urging me to go after her--- but I remained rooted to my spot. No! Going after her would only make things worse. She was so young – so hurt – she wouldn’t be ready to listen to anything I had to say.

The best I could do, was give her time! And once she got back on her own--- My insides twisted in pain, as the alternative struck into me like lighting.

Oh goddess, I prayed she’d come back…!

I mind-linked a couple of my warriors to follow her and make sure she wasn’t hurt. But to keep a safe distance so she didn’t know they were there.

I turned around and went back inside. My head was spinning and everything around me seemed to be out of focus. I replayed the scene inside my head over and over again. Torturing myself with all the “what if’s” and “should have’s”…

But in every scenario, I ended back here.

Alone in my living room, feeling the world around me crumble into pieces. Feeling rejected a second time – and this time having no one to blame but myself…

“Cedrick?”

The soft voice brought me out of my trance and back to reality. Like it had done before.

Anja!

But instead of the bliss, tranquility and peace it used to bring me, all I saw now was RED…

My wolf surged forward, and my worries and fears were replaced with anger. She did this! Sure, I played my part in this fucked up situation, but she should know better than to hit on someone else’s mate!

Lesley was MY mate – and I would bring about hell and fire before I gave up my second chance…

“Leave!” I growled in warning, before another sound left her parted, red lips. “I don’t want you here.”

My body was shaking with anger. She needed to leave, or else I wouldn’t be responsible for my actions. Because deep down, I didn’t want her to go. No… I wanted to kill her. I wanted to carve up her body and pick her apart – organ for organ.

I wanted her blood on my hands and teeth…

But morals, laws and shit prevented me from doing that--- at least not without consequences.

And I really hated the Counsel…

“Cedrick…,” the idiot continued anyway, sending another surge of anger though my body. “This could be a good thing…”

“Anja!” I warned again, my voice strained from fighting my wolf. “Fuck. Off!” Damn it! How easy it would be, just to let him lose… I wouldn’t be the first alpha in history that killed for his mate, right?

Suddenly a though struck me. If I killed her, what would Lesley think? I doubted they were on the best of term, but they did come from the same pack. And Lesley would know that I’d killed her because of… Would she feel like she was to blame? That I killed Anja because of her? Knowing Lesley – no matter how little that might be – something told me, she would…

I shook my head. No! I had hurt her enough for a lifetime, I wasn’t going to…

But despite the warning Anja came closer, placing her hand on my chest. I took a deep breath, calming my raging wolf… Damn, that woman had NO idea how close I was to killing her…! But then again, I’d never given her any reason to fear me in the past.

Perhaps it was time to change that…

“She’s a child, Cedri---!”

I didn’t allow her to speak. I gripped her throat. My nails piercing though her skin, making the rose red blood drip down my fingers. She struggled in my hold, as I lifted her small figure off the ground. Desperately, she clawed at my hand, while her skin slowly turned deep red, purple and blue.

“In case I didn’t make myself clear,” I said, my voice deadly calm. “You will leave my pack and if I ever see you again, I won’t hesitate to rip you apart!” I pulled her face close to mine, seeing my black eyes reflect in her terrified expression. “You have 10 seconds to get out of my face!”

I let of her and she dropped to the ground like a sack. She whined, gasping for air. My wolf had a sickening satisfaction seeing her squirm at our feet. She had been given far too many liberties in the past and it was affecting my pack. My pack used to welcome newcomers. This was a place of new beginnings, clean slides and fresh starts. Ever since I took over as alpha, it had been my mission, that no matter what background you came from, you could always make a new life for yourself in Silver Moon…

But Lesley had never been given that. Not from the pack and most certainly not from me! Why?! And that’s when it hit me…

Suddenly everything made sense!

Everything that I’d heard or had been told about Lesley… Anja had been the intermediate all along. She’d been strategically placing barriers between us right from the beginning! And like the fool I was, I’d been eating it raw! I fell for it! Hook, line and sinker…

To think, that the snake in paradise had been right under my nose the entire time…

So, we kill her now? My wolf impatiently asked, as his presence was making the smaller wolf in front of us shiver and whine in fear.

We said 10 seconds, I reminded him with a grin – and being an alpha of my words, we started counting…

“9…8…7…”

Much to my disappointment she was out of there, before I reached zero. I mind linked some of my warriors to make sure she was out of our territory before the sun went down. I really didn’t care what happened to her after that…

My wolf clamed down a bit, when she was out of the house, only for his mind to rush back to his missing mate.

Damn it!

We’d been such idiots, I didn’t even know where to begin to make this right… Frustrated I ran a hand down my face.

Fuck!

I groaned.

Fuck! Fuck! FUCK!!!

“Alpha?”

It was Mitch this time. I glared at him. He eyes the blood on my hand and the floor, before his surprised eyes met mine.

“What the hell happened?” he asked.

I didn’t reply. I honestly didn’t know what to reply. Instead I clenched my teeth and walked right passed him, heading for the packhouse. Once there, I locked the door and ripped off the cloths I’d been wearing and headed for the shower.

My wolf was restless, and I needed to cool down. And not for the reasons it had been in the past…

I sighed, feeling the cold water sizzle against my hot skin. I hoped she would come back! Then I’d spend the rest of my life begging her for forgiveness and convince her that nothing happened. I wished I could erase her hurt and sorrowful expression from my mind. From existence! I never wanted to see her sad or in pain – but to know, that I caused her pain was…

FUCK!

The sound of bones and glass cracking brought my attention back to the shower. I looked up. I’d broken the tiles… And hurt my hand – again!

I sighed and washed off the blood. The pain shot though my body, leaving some parts numb, while my hand felt like it was on fire. I found that I strangely enjoyed it. It distracted me from this fucked up situation. From the fact, that my mate was missing…

It healed quicker than I liked.

I wanted it back! I wanted the pain. I wanted everything that was coming for me. Pain, hurt, sin… If it meant I would get my mate back…

I stepped out of the shower. I mind-linked the warriors again, but I wasn’t able to reach them.

They were outside my territory…

My mate had--- left!

The next thing I knew my desk was in pieces on the other side of the room. My wolf was close to taking over and I was close to just letting him. Let him hunt down his mate and drag her back to where she belonged---

But there was just too much wrong with that…

I spent the night pacing back and forth between the broken desk and the sofa in my office. What if she was hurt? What if she was lost? What id she was captured?

And then the torture really started: What if she was with someone else?

Oh goddess, that though was going to kill me, I groaned, tossing random objects across the room, while waiting for news from my warriors. Damn it! Although she was an omega and had a weak scent, I was her alpha! I hadn’t broken the bond… Why did they take so long?!

The sun rose and still no sign of her. I let my big frame sink down onto the sofa, resting my head against the backrest.

She will come back, I chanted to myself, hoping I’d calm my wolf and myself. She HAD to come back…

Please, I begged whoever would listen. Please, let her come back…

*

I woke up when suddenly I heard a knock on the door. I didn’t even realize I’d fallen asleep…

“Yeah?” I called out and the door opened. It was one of my trackers!

Instantly I jumped up, hoping to catch the sweet scent of my mate. But she wasn’t--- there! My insides sank and my heart clenched.

“Alpha,” he started out, but I was barely paying attention to him. My mate…

“We lost the track…”

I looked up. What?! Lost--- what?!

“What do you mean?” I demanded, my wolf so close to the surface, the warrior in front of me was shivering from the power he emitted.

“Her trail,” he said, his voice shaking. “It went into rogue territory. We followed but we lost the track inside the border of…”

My wolf surged forward--- and I did nothing to stop him. I shifted and destroyed half the house, before I finally got out and ran to the woods. I quickly fount the old trail of my mate and followed it like a mad man. I was not going back without her…

I only stopped, once her trail did. And finally, I realized why my trackers had to turn back.

Her scent led to the Don River Pack!

*

Present time…

Lesley’s POV

“Yes, but how did you…” I frowned, confused, before I finally realized… “Ooooh, he’s here?” I asked, but in reality, it was simply a statement. I guess I forgot one very important thing: smell! Of course, Cedrick could follow my scent here and demand my release…

I was wondering how much longer, before you’d remember that, my wolf remarked--- and I could have sworn there was a sly grin on her face…

“He’s looking for you,” Alpha Darren hissed between clench teeth – reminding me that I too was angry at my mate.

“And let me guess: he’s pissed?” I avoided his gaze. I hope he was, because I was furious!

“That’s fuc---” he bit down his curse in front of his daughter – which would be hilarious, if he wasn’t fuming! “That is THE Alpha Cedrick,” he growled, having a hard time controlling his temper at the dining table. “He’s the most ruthless and hands down most dangerous alpha in history.”

I glared at him and for the first time in history, I was speechless…

Say what?!

Ruthless? Ok, sure, he wasn’t exactly the definition of kind and gentle – not to me at least – but dangerous?! Even my wolf was at a loss. Heck, I bet the man couldn’t even hurt a fly…!

But before I managed to reply, Alpha Darren spoke again:

“Let me guess, you’re his second chance mate?”, he asked, his eyes flickering black in rage. I nodded, but--- “When his first mate rejected him, he went completely off the rails, becoming feral and wild and – on occasions – more dangerous than a flock of rogues,” Alpha Darren continued, efficiently cutting me off. “He gained the nickname The Slayer and trust me! To this day, that name can make men of steel shiver in fear. He didn’t just kill his enemies, he made sure they suffered unimaginable pain for weeks before putting an end to their misery. There was even talk of the Counsel wanting to remove him from the alpha possession, but he was just too strong for anyone to oppose him!” he repeated the history lesson back to me. “I am not about to start a war with The Slayer himself over some lover’s issues!”

“Are we talking about the same Alpha Cedrick?” I blurted out skeptically – as my only reaction! Whoever this “Slayer” was, sure sounded like a monster! But MY Cedrick?! Nah…! Couldn’t be…

Could it?

“You’re his mate,” Alpha Darren rolled his eyes at me. “He’d never harm you…”

“Dude!” I cut him off, having a weird need to laugh. This was just too ridiculous! There was NO way that… “You’re talking about a guy, that blushes at dirty comments and has two left feet!” I exclaimed, looking from one confused looking Alpha and an intrigued looking Luna. “I promise you,” I continued, feeling confident that there HAD to be some kind of misunderstanding. “Alpha Cedrick is no feral Slayer.”

He mumbled something under his breath, and I could see the mind-link working behind his silver eyes. For a second, I panicked, afraid that he’d send me back. I did want to go back, but not yet. I needed some time to think. To be alone with myself and be away from Cedrick. I still had to figure out if there still was an US to return to…

Use his alpha ego against him, my wolf suddenly urged me. Alphas hate braking promises.

“But you promised,” I continued, trusting my wolf’s instinct. “I could stay as a guest…”

Alpha Darren looked at me with wide eyes. Even Luna Izzy was surprised, as they glared at me like I’d just grown an extra head.

“What? You don’t think I know enough about alphas that I also know that they can’t go back on a promise? Alpha pride and what bullshit not,” I replied, knowing I sounded cocky as shit--- and somewhat enjoyed that, because it gave me the opportunity to see Alpha Darren’s face right now.

He. Was. Pissed!

And me? I felt like I just won a gold medal…

Goddess, I’m so glad I was born a female, I mentally smirked. Less of an asshole wolf. Perhaps it was the wine getting to my head, but I was completely unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation. That an alpha was keeping a mate from another alpha.

Bad, Lesley, bad!

Was that a compliment for me? My wolf asked shyly, still hiding somewhere in the back of my mind. Whereas I felt like being on top of the world, my wolf wanted to be six feet under, because of the angry alpha wolf.

Yes, indeed it was, I replied, feeling overly confident. Only for my wolf to remind me, that this alpha wasn’t our mate, we’d trespassed onto his territory and if we met his wrath, there really wasn’t anything holding him back from ripping us to shreds.

I think I visibly paled, when I finally grasped the situation I was in.

Shit!

Way to rain on my parade girlfriend! I gulped, hoping he didn’t see the shutter of fear, that was creeping down my spine.

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