All But Rejected Mate (EDITED/COMPLETED)

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Chapter 12: Brotherly Betrayal

Chapter 12: Brotherly Betrayal (X’s POV)

“I’m going to go crawl into Xander’s bed with him. I came here to tell you this, us, we are over X.” This has been ringing around in circles through my head all night. I hear her telling me to go fuck off and slamming the door as if it’s the final nail in my coffin.

“What did I do?” I ask out to the empty room, and of course, there is no answer.

I thought V was on board with this. Hell, it was partly her idea. She has been distant since Lexi got here but I thought she was just giving me space to get the job done. Pop a pup in Lexi, make an heir, and go back to the way things were. That’s all I wanted.

Without me knowing things turned to shit really fast. Too fast. V had promised to never leave me. She even said that she would reject her mate for me. I didn’t realize how serious she was about having a pup and wanting to be mine. I thought she understood that we could be together, but not as mates. More like a human relationship.

I may have to lead her to believe that I would one day lay my seed into her, but that was more abstract for me. I thought more likely we would slip up and have a condom break or something and be saddled with a pup. I never wanted to intentionally make one. Even though riding bareback is about the best experience I have had in my life.

I already had an obligation to fulfill for my family. You can’t expect a guy to have a pup with his mate and his, I guess mistress is the best term, at the same time. I don’t need my family to look like an episode of Jerry Springer, but when your brother starts fucking your long-term lady friend things start to get out of hand.

I want to rip Xand limb from limb right now and I would but he kind of frightens me. When I told V not to crawl back to me when he hurts her, a flash of him physically hurting her shot across my thoughts. He wouldn’t, right? She’s okay with him, right?

And that’s what changed my mind. I decided I was going to put my body on the line to protect her from him. He will think twice before he ever even looks at her again. I throw on some shorts and a random shirt before going in search of them. They are not here, so they are either at the Packhouse or the clinic in that stupid ass room V and I made for him. Ungrateful asshole.

I’ve made it overly clear to Xand in the past that V is off-limits. Even clearer after our shared time with V. I didn’t like it. They were too comfortable with each other. She’s never been that laid back when I brought other women to bed. Lucifer was gentle with her but what will happen when he isn’t. He’s not stable enough to have V.

I stopped at our room at the Packhouse and find not much is out of place except in the bathroom. Most of her everyday needed items are not on the counter and she has left a dress laying on the floor. I pick it up and immediately drop it. It reeks of him.

I can’t breathe. I need to get out of here. This just made it all more real. Too real. Fucking arrogant asshole takes my girl. When we were younger everyone always wanted him. I reaped the benefits of it back then because he was saving himself, so then the girls would move on to me. But it always bothered me that he was their first choice. Except for V, she was mine. Now... What am I supposed to do, except that she is his? No, fuck that.

I rush into the clinic on a mission but am stopped by Mags. She must be able to see the anger pouring from me. I’m sure I look like a bull that has had a red flag waved in front of them.

“Alpha X, ummm... What can we do for you today?” She asked nervously as if she doesn’t already know what V and Xand are up to.

I just grunt in her direction and continue my path to “The Mad Room”. Such a stupid-ass Disney princess name for a room. I don’t knock, instead, I just barge in.

I halt at the sight of them. They are unclothed wrapped up in a white sheet sleeping. The smell of sex hangs heavy in the air, as she is laid on his chest, smiling with her face in his neck. His arms are wrapped protectively around her, with his head tilted down as if he fell asleep kissing the top of her head, leaving a smile on his face. They both look so fucking happy. Fuck my life.

I can’t breathe, again. I need to get out of here. Of course, I trip over one of Xand’s oversized sneakers and he stirs.

“X,” He calls out after me.

I just growl back in response as I try to put as much distance between them and me as I can. As fast as I can. Not stopping until I’m back at the house. My house. The house was made for the Alpha and his family. I’m the Alpha, so it’s my house. Not his.

I storm through the house and nearly knock over Lexi. “Shit X. Be more careful. I could be carrying precious cargo.”

I lose it. “This is all your fault. If you would have just stayed in Arizona where you belong then I wouldn’t be dealing with this bullshit right now.”

Lexi takes a few steps back from me. “Do you think I wanted this? Do you think this is somehow my dream come fucking true? I don’t know what bug crawl up your uptight ass but remember that I can and will leave anytime I want. If you would like to challenge the Lunar Eclipse pack you can, but I don’t think much of your Pack is going to back you up for the way you have treated your mate. You may only have Xand by your side...”

I cut her off, ” Xand can go fuck himself. He has never been at my side. The jackass thinks he’s better than me.” I stare her down waiting for her to say something. She just retreats a few more steps. But I advance on her before pinning her against the brick divider and slam my fist against the wall. “You think he’s better than me too. Don’t you? That’s why you fucked him during your heat. You wish he were your mate not an Alpha poser like me. Because that’s all I am. Aren’t I? Just a Beta playing Alpha. Five minutes, just five fucking minutes is all that separates him and me. You’d think that wouldn’t matter. That someone would see me instead of him. Mom’s favorite. The fucking golden child.”

I let go of Lexi and she crumbled to the floor crying. Fuck me. What have I done? I go to reach for her, and she cowers from me. I want to run and just leave her here, but I can’t do that. I’m an asshole, but not that kind of asshole. I know I scared her. This is all my fault. I deserve a swift kick in the nuts.

I sit on the ground next to her with my back against the brick. “Lexi, I’m so sorry.”

She looks up at me as if I have two heads. Maybe I do. Call them Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I totally just went Mr. Hyde on her and now she is trying to back away from me again. I’ll let her. I scared her. Fuck, I scared myself.

“You didn’t deserve that. Any of that.” I take a deep breath and bang my head back against the wall. “If you want to leave, I won’t stop you. I won’t chase you. I’ll even accept if you decide to reject me.”

Lexi still has tears rolling down her cheeks, but her head is tilted like she has no clue what I just said. “What... What happened?”

“I’ve had an extremely bad day, but that is no excuse for me taking it out on you. I never want you to feel unsafe here. This is not your fault.” I let out a small humorless laugh. “This is all my fault.”

“If you are looking for forgiveness, the only way I’m going to think about giving it to you is if you tell me the truth. That was part of our original agreement.” Check out the balls on Lexi. I like it. I can see why she was made my mate.

“The night after your heat, V broke things off with me.” I bury my head in my hands. I still can’t believe she did this.

“I understand how that would upset you, but don’t you think that was just a little over the top reaction for a breakup,” Lexi asks sitting up a little straighter but still not coming any closer.

“She left me for Xand.” I don’t know which one hurt me worse. Xand or V. If I’m being honest, I’m more upset about Xand. He is my Goddess damn twin. How could he do this to me?

“V and Xand. How is that even possible?” She exclaims.

“That’s what I’m saying.” I turn quickly towards her, and she jumps back.

“Lex, I know you have every right to be afraid of me right now, but I promise I will never hurt you. There are no excuses for what I did, I just ask that maybe sometime in the future you give me the chance to prove that to you.” She stands up and offers me her hand. Looking up at her with her eyes-tinged red I feel worse than I ever have in my life, but I take what’s offered to me.

I’m now standing face to face with her, “You are a shitty mate X, but maybe one day you can get your shit together enough that we can be friends.”

In a selfish move, I pull Lexi in for a hug. “I will make every effort from here on to be a good friend Lex. Thank you.”

She pulled back from me. “I didn’t say we were friends yet.” She let out a small but tired sigh. “Are you hungry? I made enough vegetable beef soup to feed an army so I may have a bowl to spare for you.”

“Please. Thank you, Lexi.” And I mean it. I feel like my entire universe has fallen apart and she may be the only one left in the world who doesn’t completely hate me. Sadly, that is even a stretch because of what I have asked her to do.

******(Lexi’s POV)******

Xand and V what the fuck. I can’t catch a break. And I think X is more bipolar than Xand. I hope he keeps his word. Friends with X, my potential baby daddy. He has a long way to go to prove to me that he will hold true.

When he told me, I could leave I thought he lost his marbles. My situation here is not ideal, but it’s not the worst either. I’m bored but eventually, I will get worked into the pack. I will continue with the culinary arts. I plan to discuss that with X at dinner. Never would I tell X this but if I hadn’t come to the island, I may have never had the chance to become a mom. I’ve wanted a pup of my own for so long.

The werewolf population is on the decline. It’s difficult, not impossible, to make a pup with someone who is not your mate. Even then it can be hard for some. Chosen and second chance mates have a better possibility than those that are not mated at all. Accidents still happen and Alpha’s are the most potent of our kind, so they have the best chance of all. As part of an Alpha family, I have some possibilities, but nothing is guaranteed.

In my late teens, I found a boy that I loved. I had hoped so badly that when we came of age that we would have been mates. As you already know he was not my mate. I did get pregnant by him though, but the fates were not on our side. We lost the pup, and he has a beautiful mate that he moved away with. I was glad to not have to face him and his mate every day, but I still miss him, even now.

There have been no other romantic interests in my life, and the older you get the less chance there is to find your mate, plus there are very few males left that are mateless. Females Outnumber males due to wars and in-fighting. Some males have lost their mates, but most of them end up going batshit crazy. Losing your marked mate is the equivalent to having your heart ripped out and then put back in upside down and backward. Some chose to reject their mates, but who really wants someone who chose to reject the one person that was made for them.

So, if you or anyone was wondering why I agreed to this crazy-ass plan of X’s, well now you know. He has his motives, and I have my own.

“Hey Lexi,” X calls out. “Were you ready to eat?”

“Oh, yeah, sure,” I call back pulling myself from my thoughts. “There are a few things I’d like to talk to you about while we eat.”

He gives me a curt nod and sits with his full bowl before saying, “Whatever you need Lexi, we will figure it out.”

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