THE POWER STRUGGLE (BOOK TWO)

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Chapter 20

AMELIA

By noon the next day we had already agreed on an action plan. Sophia promised to stick to the plan and not to say anything to her parents or brother but she refused to talk to me. Zack was the only one who said he understood our motives for not talking to them earlier.

And now I’m alone with a woman called Sara who is taking my measurements and I have to choose a dress for the evening. I was hoping to be able to count on Sophia to choose but I think we need to distance ourselves.

Once Sara has finished, I find myself alone in my room and start thinking about what my life could be like here. I imagine myself in the house we would have built in the clearing with one or two children, spending my time reading manuscripts and sending comments to the different authors but also taking care of the pack’s business as Luna. I’d love to do that, but we’ll have to get past Christian and his allies, which won’t be easy.

A knock at the door brings me out of my thoughts, I open the door and see an Omega bringing me a package. I wasn’t expecting a package, I look at the card and it says “I thought you might want these with you. They are copies so you can keep them. Mum, I love you.”

I open the package to find photo albums inside. I can’t believe these are all my photos from when I was born.

I open the first album and see pictures of my mother at 18 holding me. I flip through them all and notice something I had never noticed before, David was present at almost every important moment in my life. Spelling bee in primary schools: present, football games: present, high school graduation: present, college graduation: present. Well, Sophia and I were inseparable so it makes sense that he was at so many events but he was there anyway.

And suddenly I find myself pressing his name on my phone and he picks up on the second ring.

“Amelia is everything okay?” He asks me worriedly.

“Did you ever feel like admitting to me that you were my father?” I ask him directly.

He sighs. “If you only knew how many times I wanted to say it.”

“Then why didn’t you?”

“I felt bad for Victoria at first and then as time went on it became more and more complicated in regards to the kids.” He pauses briefly before adding. “Amelia I’ve always been proud to be your father and believe me when I say I’ve wanted to shout it from the rooftops. More than once.”

I get the impression he means it, but I don’t feel like being manipulated.

“I believe you. I just wanted to know.”

“I love you Amelia.” he tells me softly.

“I have to go. See you at the presentation party.” I don’t know what else to say to him.

“I’ll be there. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

We hang up and I dive back into the photo albums. I’m so focused that I don’t even notice Noah enter the room.

“What are you looking at?” He asks me as he sits down next to me.

I place the album between us and answer him.

“My mother left me photo albums. These are my grandparents, I must have been about eight years old.”

“You were super cute.”

We look through several albums together.

“Well, you won spelling bees, maths bees, not to mention football cups. I’m impressed.” He pauses before resuming. “David’s in a lot of the pictures, it looks like he was there for the most important events.”

I nod.

“I noticed that too. I’ve been calling him. He told me he’d always been proud of me and that he loved me.”

I rest my head on his shoulder and he puts his arm around me to pull me closer.

“I don’t doubt it I don’t see how he couldn’t be proud or love you.” He kisses the top of my head and we stay like that for a while.

“By the way, I almost forgot. I was originally coming to see you to talk about something.”

I nod for him to continue.

“I’ve started thinking about a plan for the house we’re going to build.”

“Are you sure this is the right time?” I ask him puzzled.

“You’re kidding, it’s the perfect time. I’m going to end up losing my mind if I don’t get my head out of this war thing that’s coming up.”

“Okay then tell me” I tell him and he takes me to his office to show me the plans.

After looking at the house plans with Noah and making some changes. As we leave his office to go to the dining room for dinner, I see Zack in the distance with a lunch tray.

“Where do you think he’s going with all this?” I ask Noah.

“I think he’s going to dinner with Jenny.” He answers me simply.

“Jenny?! What do you mean?” I am surprised by his answer.

“Well yes you know they know each other from before. A guard told me that he came to visit her several times, including yesterday.”

“You think they...” I don’t have time to ask my question when he interrupts me.

“They’re two adults who were both rejected by their partners so I think that must bring them together. I agreed to let her out of the cell once this whole thing was over. The rest is none of our business.” He tells me with a raised eyebrow.

I nod in agreement. Well that I didn’t see coming.


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