THE POWER STRUGGLE (BOOK TWO)

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Chapter 19

AMELIA

Once my mother has left the pack, I meet Noah in his office.

“I asked you to come because I found something in the forest.” He says, handing me a small piece of paper.

I immediately recognise that it is the same handwriting as on the previous paper and that it is written in Greek.

“I’ll translate it.” I inform Noah before leaving his office and heading to the library.

Once the translation is done, I return to Noah’s office.

“An army is on the march. That’s what it says.” I tell him quickly.

“We should cancel the party,” he tells me seriously.

“Or not. We should use it. David has been asking me a lot of questions about how the party and the guests are going.” I explain.

“If we’re going to play it this way, we’re really going to have to come up with an ironclad plan, but we’re going to have to let the others know.”

Noah calls Alec, Sophia and Zack into his office for a meeting.

The three of them arrive together, as soon as they walk through the door Noah invites them to sit down.

“A few days ago, Amelia and I went on a stakeout a little further from our borders and we found this.” Noah explains, showing them the first piece of paper he found. “It was written in Greek and Amelia translated it.”

I speak up, “It said, ‘Your brother is not the traitor, your father is’“.

They are all stunned and suddenly Sophia stands up and starts shouting.

“This is a joke, right? What are you trying to say? That my father is the traitor is it?” She pauses and points her index finger in my direction. “You hate him that much?”

“No, that’s really what it said. Just take the paper back and do a translation if you want.”

“You think Grayson put that paper there?” Alec asks.

Noah and I nod in agreement.

“It doesn’t prove anything. Maybe it’s a setup, maybe Grayson got caught and Christian is playing us all.” Sophia resumes.

“It’s a possibility yes, but we have to take this seriously because this information may be false but it may be true.” Noah replies.

“Why are you telling us about this now when you chose not to tell us about it in the first place?” Zack asks.

“I didn’t want to risk it leaking out, knowing that David was coming.” Noah pauses for a moment before resuming. “And this morning I found a new piece of paper when we were making our rounds. This one said an army was on the march.”

Alec and Zack look at him gravely.

Sophia falls back in her chair and puts her head in her hands. “This is a fucking nightmare.”

“Sophia I really hope it’s not true and that David isn’t involved. We’re telling you about it because we need you.” I pause. “We think it’s likely that Christian is using the presentation party as a diversion for his attack.”

Noah intervenes. “I know you’re all thinking we’re going to cancel but no we’re holding on but we’re all going to work hand in hand to come up with the plan of the century and beat them at their own game without raising suspicion. In 10 days this whole thing should be over.”

No one says anything, they’re all in shock, I think.

Noah breaks the silence. “You guys can go. I’ll see you all tomorrow when we’re all thinking straight.”

They leave the office and I catch Sophia at the door.

“I understand you’re mad at me but please believe me I don’t hate him.”

“We’ll talk about it tomorrow, I need to digest all this first.” She tells me simply.

CHRISTIAN

I took a risk this morning by taking Grayson so close to their border, but it was necessary to have an accurate map of the area and the number of guards watching the border, knowing that on the night of the presentation there will probably be more of them.

“Do you think they’ll use the evening to announce Amelia’s pregnancy?” Josh asks.

“We don’t even know if she’s pregnant.” Grayson replies.

“He’s right, we’re still waiting for confirmation of that information.” I reply curtly.

My phone starts to ring, I don’t know the caller.I wave Grayson and Josh out and answer.

“Christian?”

“Who’s asking?” I ask curtly.

“I’m Nathan the youngest son of the River Pack’s Alpha Sam. “He answers me.

“What can I do for you Nathan?” I ask him curiously.

“I know my father refused to support you in your campaign but I want in.”

“May I ask why?”

“Because Alpha Noah has something I want.” He informs me determinedly.

“Let me guess, his Luna?”

“Yes.” He sighs.

“You’ll be there at his presentation party?” I ask him.

“I have to go with my dad and my brother.”

“Very well. I’ll call you back in a few days with instructions.”

We hang up. It looks like the Alpha Noah has more and more enemies but if Nathan thinks he’s getting his hands on Amelia he’s kidding himself, she was promised to me a long time ago.

ZACK

After leaving Noah’s office, Alec and Sophia have gone to their room and I am left alone.

Unconsciously I find myself in front of the door that leads to the cells and I decide to go and see Jenny.

I sit down in front of her cell and she approaches me.

“I didn’t think you would come to see me.” She says.

It breaks my heart to see her like this, I’ve known Jenny for years, but she doesn’t look like the girl I once knew and it makes me sick.

“I ended up here a bit by accident I must say. Our wolves have both been rejected so maybe they feel close.” I answer her honestly.

“Whatever the reason, it’s good to see you. I feel terribly alone.” Tears fill her eyes.

“I talked to Noah and I think as soon as this thing with Christian is over you can get out of there.”

“What about my brother they found him?” She asks me desperately.

My wolf doesn’t like lying to her and neither do I.

“Still no.” I don’t look her in the eye as I answer.

“This is all my fault, I forced him to do this and now he’s who knows where.” She starts to sob. “I don’t even know if he’s still alive.”

“Jenny, please, there’s no point in getting yourself into such a state.”

I wrap my arms around either side of the bars and try to hug her as much as I can.

“Thanks Zack.” She tells me.

“For what?”

“For being here.”

I can’t help but smile. I’ve never felt more comfortable with anyone than I do with her. That Christian is a jerk for rejecting her.


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