Chapter 37: phone home
>> MADDY <<
The door of the office closed, seperating me from Alex. It felt like falling of some kind of cloud and back into reality.
Oh damn, did I just agree to go on a date with Alex?
What the hell was I thinking? I even outright challenged him! Something was defenitely wrong with me. It was finally happening, I was getting insane. They always say that wolves can't live without their mate once they meet them. Losing your mate or rejecting them can drive a wolf insane. That is why no one is supposed to reject their mate.
The ringing of my phone pulls me out of my thoughts. I am more than relieved when I see that the caller ID shows my brother's name. Our last phone call was when he told me I was going to be an aunt, but that was days ago. Since than I hadn't heard anything from him, I was getting worried, but here he was.
I took a deep breath to calm my thoughts and picked up the call.
"Hi, James. Haven't heard from you in a while" I said happily. No need to let him know I was worried for nothing.
But I wasn't greeted by my brother's voice. Instead there was only a rasping breath on the other line. Like someone had just ran a marathon.
"James can't come to the phone right now, want me to give him a message?" A deep voice spoke. The voice sounded familiar but I couldn't put a name or face to it.
"Who is this?"
"Ouch, you hurt me, my sweet Madeleine. We've only been apart for a few weeks and you don't remember your Alpha and love of your life?"
No, it can't be. Nick isn't supposed to contact me. This must be some sick prank.
"Yes my dear, it's me -"
"Nick, where is James!" I demanded. "Where is my family?"
How did he get James's phone, why hadn't I heard of them in days? What the hell was going on?!
"Your family is safe ..."
I let out a sigh in relief
"... well for now. As long as you do what I ask, everyone will be fine"
A dozen doom scenario's popped up in my head. Nick had attacked me, just because he wanted me. If he reacts like that towards me, what would he do to my family. This just couldn't be real. This was a dream, this whole day was.
"And what if I don't?" I managed to ask. Fear was seeping into my spine and spreading through my whole body like ice cold water.
Nick chuckled on the otherside of the line. "You really want to challenge me and risk your family's life?"
I tried to swallow the lump in my throat, but everything felt stiff, like I couldn't move.
"I'll take that as a no" he said after a minute and I could almost hear the grin on his face, that bastard!
"What do you want!" I hissed. Some piece of me managed to wake me up from my stiff posture. I looked around in the office, there had to be a sollution for this.
"Isn't that obvious? I want you. But you and your new friends have made that more difficult, yet not impossible"
"What do you want from me?!" I snapped back. This was getting on my nerves, why didn't he just tell me what he wanted.
"I need you to come here and become my Luna"
I didn't answer, too shocked at his words for any sentence to form in my mind.
"So you'll leave that awfull pack you are staying at and come here, to me, where you belong"
My mind was racing, piecing everything he told me together, forming a plan. But before I do anything, I needed to know:
"What about my family? Will you let them go?"
"Yessssss" Nick mused, "once we are mated and you become my Luna, they are free to stay or go. I only want you, Maddy"
"NO, don't do it. Stay there AH" I heard from the background.
"James!" I yelled though the phone. My brother was there, right now. It sounded like he was in pain.
"You have 24 hours to get here. My new friend in your pack will assist you in getting out ... and Maddy?"
My hands were trembling and my throat was tight. I could only hum in response.
"Don't tell anyone. I'd hate for your brother to lose his head, or worse, his mate" With that he ended the call. My knees buckled and I fell to the ground. I sat there and stared to my phone in front of me, still trying to get any sense of this. What the hell had happened there?
The Nick I once knew was never like this. He was kind and caring, but this version, the one that attacked me, he was cold and cruel. I couldn't risk challenging him, I couldn't risk my family or anything else. It wasn't even a question or a decision. I HAD to do this.
I was disposable. The pack here could manage without me. Will had Cherry and Mason. Olli had his friends and Alex... Alex was an Alpha in need of a strong Luna. Whatever had been going on between us was a hopeless fairytale that would never work. He'd meet his second chance and I would be shoved aside.
As I made my plans and desicions, my breathing slowed down. My body felt cold, distant and every emotion drained out of my body as I got up.
I made a move to leave the office, but before I got to the door, it opened. In the doorframe stood a familiar figure, smirking down on me with his arms crossed.
"You!" I snapped, but he didn't response. His smirk only grew wider.
"I assume you are Alpha Nick's new friend?"
A single nod was the only comformation I got in return before he turned around and said "Let's go"