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Chapter twenty four - Stress


*Kiara's POV*

Two days had passed, there still hadn't been an attack. I was worried sick because I didn't know what was going to happen. I didn't even know how or when it was going to happen. All I knew was that Kenneth was coming for us. He'd sworn revenge exactly before he'd left the ceremonial hall with all his followers. By the time I, Calvin and the others had left the room and walked into the house again, we saw our (Calvin, Kiara, Diane, Jackson and Andrea's) bags waiting for us with all our belongings packed neatly for us. Everything was there, everything single thing.

Turns out Andrea wasn't just strong and smart, she was also stinkin' rich. I mean richer than the whole Lynx pack. I asked why she chose to become third-in-command to an Alpha like Kenneth when she could very well buy him to use as a footstool or carpet even. She answered simply by saying it was her choice to fight or something like that, said she'd always wanted to fight. Then, I asked how she got so rich and she told me she was the only child of her father and when he died, everything was hers. I was truly in awe of her courage, her kindness and oh, her beauty. She really was a beautiful woman.

I decided to get up from bed and get ready. Since there hadn't been any attack, we were a bit safe in our hideaway, a beach that Andrea owned. It was just on the outskirts of the Pack. There, we planned day and night creating strategy upon strategy because anything could happen and so, we wanted to be ready for it.

On my way to the room where we planned, I made a quick stop at the kitchen and got a few slices of bread and put them all in a plate because I knew no one would have eaten. I should have been there earlier but I trained harder and longer than everyone else every single day but yesterday's training was more rigorous and extremely painful.

I opened the door and a chorus of greetings came my way.

“Morning”

“Morning”

“Morning”

I put one hand on my head to express my discomfort. The noise was really getting to me. My whole body was already aching and then their noise just caused me a great headache.

“Everyone, please calm down” Andrea yelled out.

The whole room fell into silence at once. Damn, this girl had control.

“Thank you” I mouthed to her.

“Don't you think you're up a little early?” Calvin asked me.

“Haha, very funny” I replied..

“No, I swear I'm not being sarcastic. It's just 7 a.m. and you were up all night training. You got back around 3 a.m. Aren't you the least bit tired?”

“Yes, I'm tired but that doesn't mean I should sit back and relax while y'all plan this thing.”

“That is exactly what it means” Someone said.

I looked behind me and came face to face with Diane – hand in hand with Seth.

“Well, it's not going to happen.”

“Kiara, with all due respect, you need to rest. Yes, you should probably train harder than any of us but it also means you should care more. We all care for you and won't let you get sick right before a war. You need to rest.” Andrea said.

“But Andrea...” I started.

“No, no, no, no. No buts. I mean, goddess forbid but even I know that if the war starts right now all of a sudden, you'd be the most prepared but you'd also be the most useless one of us all. No offense though”

“None taken”

“You'd be too tired and in pain to even kick or punch. Kiara, you need your rest.”

“Yes, but Andrea...”

“No buts. Look at yourself, you look like a zombie. Come on now, you need rest” Calvin said.

He grabbed me by my shoulders and started to push me out gently.

“Wait” I said.

“What?” He asked.

“I brought breakfast for everyone”

“Well, thank you and goodbye” Diane said as she took the tray from my hand. She took a plate and placed two slices on it for me.

“Ughhhh, I hate you guys”

“We hate you more, now go” Jackson said.

We all laughed out as Calvin walked me out of the room. He was about to close the door when I put my foot out to block the door.

“Wait” I said.

“What now?” He asked.

“Aren't you coming?”

“No, I need to stay here and help”

“But you need rest”

“No, I don't”

“Yes, you do”

“I don't"

"Actually, you do. You knew the time I came in yesterday so doesn't that mean you also never got any sleep?”

“Oooohhhhhh” I heard Diane say as she giggled.

“You need rest, Calvin and you're coming with me.”

“But...”

“Uhn uhn, no buts. Let's go” I said, dragging him out of the room with a smirk on my face.

“I hate you” he said.

“Ouch” I said, putting my hand on my chest faking hurt.

“Ughhhh...how do I still love you?” he asked playfully.

“It's because I'll never let you leave me”

“I wouldn't even think of leaving you” he said as he picked me up and carried me bridal style.

We laughed through the halls and soon we reached the bedroom door.

“Are we seriously going to rest?” I asked him.

“I don't know about you but I for one could use a good nap” He replied.

“Ughhh, fine”

“I didn't force you to nap I said I wanted to take a nap”

“Yeah, but there's no way they'll let me back in there and there's no one to talk to so if I leave you, I'll be all alone and bored”

He laughed hysterically at my statement. I looked at him like he was the Grinch that stole my Christmas. He stopped laughing immediately. I always had that effect on people, being able to tell someone to fuck off even with my eyes. It was fun.

I walked into the room and clambered into the bed and snuggled up to him. He took my right hand in his and laid it on his chest, where his heart was and I felt each beat, like a drum, rhythmically beating with not one beat out of place. Honestly, it felt so right. Like that was where my hand was destined to be, right on top of his beating heart. Not long after, everything started to become dizzy until it all went black.

I awoke, refreshed and ready to go back into training and planning. I looked at my mate who was peacefully sleeping and I placed my other hand on his right cheek and looked at his well shaped face. I traced his jaw line back and forth, amazed at how beautiful he was. Suddenly, I started to pick up on breathing sounds and realising what was going on, I punched him hard on the chest.

“Ow!” He yelled, laughing.

“Idiot” I replied, annoyed.

“It was just a little joke!” He said, still laughing.

“I hate you!” I replied.

“Well, your mouth is saying something now but your hand was saying a completely different thing back there”

“ Moron”

“You love it”

“Ugghhhhh” I groaned, obviously pissed and frustrated by him.

He walked close to me and wrapped his arms around my neck from behind. I turned around to face him and leaned in to kiss me when suddenly, loud drums were heard outside. I looked out of the window and what I saw shattered me completely.

Kenneth was here.
His followers and army were here.
The war was here.

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