I collapsed on my bed and a happy sigh left my mouth. Hiring Maddy to be my personal assistant maybe the best idea I ever had, or I guess she ever had. I get to spend most of my time near her. For once my office didn't feel like a prison and the paperwork wasn't some cruel punishment.
My wolf was finally at ease. We didn't need to worry when we would see her again or come up with excuses to visit her. That was what was driving me crazy for the last 2 days. I had been very busy so just casually stopping by was almost impossible. And to top it all off, Damien just waltzed into my office this morning to ask to stop his suspension. He thought that the two days were more than enough and he had his wolf in full control.
If he hadn't had the worst attitude about it, I may have asked him some questions and maybe considered it. But I was in a bad mood and he kept making comments about 'the girl'. So our meeting was quite short.
Only when I saw Maddy standing there in the doorway, did my bad mood disappear. I had to be carefull in describing her job and responsibilities. My wolf urged me to just give her all the Luna responsibilities. But I can't, not yet. I promised her cousin to take it slow, so that is what I was doing. And that meant for now to just give her paperwork, file and copy things ... but nothing pack related. She couldn't read the files or open the letters.
But that mate of mine didn't really mind. She told me she was used to it from when she helped her dad and brother in their Gamma position. And it showed. She had finished a third of the work I had given her for two weeks. Maybe I need to come up with some new paper or 'accidentally' throw one of the cabins over so she has to start again. Not to be mean, but just, keep her close.
"You have got to be kidding me!", Olli's voice snapped me out of my daydream. I sat up on my bed and gave him a questioning look. What was his problem? I knew he still hated the plan, he wanted me to just say it. But he just didn't understand!
"I just heard from your Beta that you gave your mate a job as a secretary. What were you thinking!"
"What is your problem?" I growled and stood up. He is my brother and I love him but his disrespect was getting on my last nerves.
"Have you ever thought about Maddy in this? How will she feel when she finds out, that she is your mate and you have been PAYING her to be around you. Don't you think she'll be hurt or disappointed? What will the pack thi - " I cut him off midsentence.
"If the pack has a problem, they can come to me. But it isn't the pack who's complaining, it's you! You have been complaining since day one. I will tell her, when time is right, when she feels safe and not one second before that. AM I CLEAR?"
Olli lowered his head, just slightly, but enough for my wolf to know that my brother wasn't challenging me. He huffed that he understood just fine before turning away and exiting my room.
I understood his point, he was her friend and wanted the best for her. He had been avoiding her ever since we got back because he didn't want to lie to her. And he was avoiding me because he couldn't stop shoving his oppinion down my throat.
My little brother had a point, but he didn't see the bigger picture. He hadn't seen her bleed in the courtroom. He hadn't heard how she was breaking down, what she had been throught and that all in such a short period of time.
Maddy's wellbeing came first, now and always. I would tell her that we were mates, when she was ready. And if decided that she doesn't want me then ... I can't think of that now. My body collapsed on the bed and I drifted off.
The next morning my body and head felt heavy. Sleep came easily but the dreams kept me tossing and turning. That argument last night stirred up some negative thoughts and nightmares in my mind.
After getting ready, I dragged myself to my office. Even before I opened the door, I could smell her scent. It woke me up and calmed me down in a way even coffee couldn't do.
"Goodmorning", Maddy said with a smile when I opened the door. I couldn't stop my own smile. All those negative thought vanished when I saw her standing there. Her hair was up, reveiling her long neck and beautifull face.
"Morning," I said while moving closer. I had to stop myself or else I would have thrown my arms around her and pulled her into my chest. I wanted that so much, but she wasn't ready. The way she stiffened when I approached said as much. So I simply moved towards my desk and sat down.
It was then that I saw it was 8 a.m. Which meant that Maddy was her way to early.
"Uhm Maddy" she hummed in respons
"Not that I am not glad to see you here this early, but is there something wrong?"
Maddy looked up with her big eyes and then quickly looked away. "I uhm, I woke up early and had nothing else to do so I thought... I'm sorry Alp- I mean Alex. I didn't want to be a burden. I just ..."
She was nervous, almost ... panicking. I needed to step up, comfort her.
"Maddy, it's fine." I said while getting back up, "You can come here whenever you like and for how long you like. I was just worried that something was wrong and that was why you were here so early"
Maddy her body relaxed as I spoke and walked closer. I didn't dare to get too close, but I didn't need to. Seeing the effect I had on her was enough, for now.
After some small talk, we focussed back on our work. Every few minutes, I managed to glance at my beautifull mate. The way she swayed with her hips while manouvering between the desks and cabins. Time seemed to fly by and before I knew it, it was almost 12 a.m.
Maddy was yawning and rubbing her eyes. She tried to hide it by turning away, but I wasn't a morron.
"If you want, you can take a break or nap on the couch. Or you could use one of the guest rooms" I suggested to her. She raised her eyebrows in a questioning look.
"Or we could just order lunch" I quickly said. Maybe suggesting her to sleep here, was too much. Of course it was, WAY too much. What the hell was I thinking.
"Sure" she said with a blush and moved to my desk while I ordered some lunch throught our mindlink.
We ate our lunch on the couch and talked about anything and everything. When the food was all consumed, Maddy yawned again and I could see how her eyes were slowly closing.
"Why don't you go home and rest a little. I wouldn't want your cousin beating my ass because I overworked you"
A small smile spread on her face while her eyes fully closed. She wiggled a little, making herself comfortable on the couch.
"I'd rather stay here with you"
My heart did a somersault