Odysseus

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Chapter Forty-Three ~ Mistakes

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I sit in my room after the ceremony, I look at the window watching everyone talk to each other outside, excited about the news.

On one hand I was relieved he didn't discuss the treaty without asking me first, but on the other I was furious he had disclosed our pregnancy in front of the whole pack.

Everyone was probably wondering why I took off so suddenly. It hit me hard knowing the entire pack was talking about my pregnancy. It made it more real. I place a hand lovingly on my stomach.

"I hope you're not going to be as difficult as your father," I mutter to the foetus.

I hear a small chuckle come from the door causing me to hiss in embarrassment, I turn my head to see, Brian.

I sigh and look back out the window.

"I assume Odysseus sent you up here to fetch me," I say before standing up and walking to the door, knowing Odysseus isn't going to be happy if I don't comply.

Brian holds his hand out as if telling me to stop. I stand still and watch as closes the door behind him. He pushes me back gently with his hand on my chest, I walk back until my legs come in contact with the bed, I fall backwards causing me to giggle.

He smiles at me and sits next to me on the bed, laying down.

"Odysseus didn't send me up here. He was frustrated, but he knows that you need time. Besides. He did just tell the whole pack that you were pregnant without asking you if it was ok first... you have every right to be mad and upset," he says.

Finally. Someone understood my feelings.

"I just feel so broken. It hurts me that he's not giving me a say in my own life. I know my life affects his too but I still want to be able to make my own decisions. We're meant to be partners," I tell Brian, feeling sad that Odysseus was controlling not just his own life but controlling my own with it.

"I know," he sighs.
"But I feel like this decisions is a good one. Did you ever think that maybe there's a reason that Odysseus choice could be the right one, in this situation?" He asks me, turning to face me.

"I'm not sure," I tell him truthfully.
"In my heart, it's telling me that this pup is a blessing, but my brain is telling me otherwise. I can hear my mother's voice in the back of my head, telling me that I'm destined for great things... I just don't know what. I don't want to mess up. I feel a connection to this pup and I feel like that could be what my mother's talking about, what she's trying to tell me..." I say looking into his eyes as my vision becomes blurry with tears.

"So what's wrong?" He asks me gently, trying to understand.

"I'm not ready... I'm not ready to be a mother, I've never really had a certain mother figure in my life. I'm scared. I'm scared that I'm not going to be good enough, that if I have this child they'll get taken away from me just like I had been taken away from my parents. I'm scared that I'll get all the stress of the baby shoved onto me. I'm scared of giving birth. I'm just so scared," I cry. Brian wipes the tears from my eyes affectionately.

He smiles at me gently.
"You're going to be amazing, don't doubt yourself. If Odysseus is busy, call me. Mind link me because you can now," he smiles at me.

"Thank you," I say to him through our mind link.

"You are more than welcome," he says out loud, hearing me talk though my mind. He glances down at my lips.

It takes me a second to realise what he's doing before his lips softly touch mine. He moves his lips against my still ones, grasping my face gently.

I push him away after a second, realising what he was doing. I quickly sit up and get off the bed trying to create as much distance between us as I could.

I wipe my tears, now feeling embarrassed.

"I think you should go," I say not looking at him.

"Look Tate, I'm so sorry! I just," he says before I cut him off.

"You just what?!" I snap at him.
"You thought that you could take advantage of me while I was in a state of vulnerability?!" I almost scream, his eyes go wide at my words.

"No Tatum! I swear I didn't mean for it to look like that," he says before I yet again cut him off.

"Then how did you mean it?!" I ask him, throwing my arms outwards. Awaiting an explanation. I watch as he opens and closes his mouth, trying to rack his brain for something, anything. Anything to give me an explanation for his outrageous actions.

"That's right," I tell him.
"What were you thinking?! I am mated to your Alpha! To your King! Did you really think he was going to let his pregnant mate run away with his beta?" I ask him, fire dancing through my veins.

"Do you like me?" He asks quietly. The fire in me comes to a sizzle.

"What?" I ask him, trying to process what he had just asked me.

"Do you. Like. Me?" He asks softly.

"We're friends Brian. Nothing more, nothing less. And to answer your question, no. I don't have any feeling for you," I say rather harshly. The sooner he learnt that, the better.

"I'm sorry, Luna," he mutters with his gaze fixated on the ground.
"I hope you can forgive me," he says with tears in his eyes as he runs out the door.

I go to say something, wanting to comfort my friend.

"Don't," I hear an angry voice ring through my mind.

Odysseus.

I sit here, waiting for Odysseus to make his grand entrance. What was he going to do to Brian?

Odysseus already wasn't a fan of him already since he threatened my life... but he still kept his beta position. That had to count for something. Right?

I quiet my thoughts down as I hear heavy footsteps come up the stairs.

I sit quietly and watch as Odysseus storms into our room. He looks around before his angry golden eyes fixate on me.

"Where is he?" He growls at me causing me to shrink in fear.

"I-I don't know! He left!" I say, not wanting to get in trouble.

"Did you kiss him back?" He barks at me causing me to jump.

"No! No I most definitely did not kiss him back! I have a mate and I'm pregnant!" I yell defending myself. He seems visibly pleased with my response as his posture relaxes slightly from its rigid form.

"Good girl," he growls at me before storming out of the room. I quickly follow him, not wanting him to do something stupid.

He practically runs down the stairs as I follow behind him, my hand unknowingly holding my stomach.

He storms down the hallway as I run behind him.

"Odysseus!" I yell catching people's attention as they watch our non-existent interaction. He ignores me, continuing on his mission to find Brian.

I sigh and run behind him, Onyx, Jocelyn and Marie spot us, stopping their conversation before following us.

"What's going on?" Onyx asks me using mind link.

"It's a long story," I reply with a heavy sigh, following after Odysseus. We walk outside and he we follow to a familiar place. The cemetery.

"Odysseus! Don't you dare!" I yell at him as I see him heading towards a kneeling Brian. I run to catch up to him. He struts up to Brian, fuming.

I look down at Brian with wide eyes. He won't even have a chance to defend himself or to run away from my possessive Alpha mate.

He was kneeling in front of his mates grave, crying as he fisted the grass beneath him in his hands. My heart ached at the sight of him. Of course I didn't have feelings for him but he was still my friend.

"BRIAN LOOK OUT!" I scream as I freeze in my spot, watching as Odysseus goes to throw a hard punch at him. Brian turns around to see what's going on just before Odysseus' fist hits Brian repeatedly.

"NO!" I scream as the girls hold me back.

"Stop! You're going to get yourself hurt! Wait for the guys to get here!" Onyx says to me.

I push them off me and run up to Odysseus, I cry watching Brian get mutilated by my mate.

"STOP IT!" I scream, running to cover Brian as Odysseus' fist comes down. Slamming into my head instead of Brian's.

I watch the world around me spin before everything goes black.
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