THE POWER STRUGGLE (BOOK TWO)

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Chapter 7

The rest of the day went smoothly for the most part, I spent some time in the infirmary with Sophia. I now have to go and see Grayson and tell him about our plan. I hope I’ll be able to find the right words to convince him.

When I get to the cells, Noah joins me.

“They told me you were coming.” He hugs me.

“I have a little bit of the person I’m going to find in front of me.”

“Hey hey honey. Don’t worry I’m right outside this door if there’s any trouble or you don’t feel like going on just mind link me and I’ll be right there.” He said as he lifted my chin so I could look at him.

I nod and open the door.

I follow the guard who leads me down a long corridor, I find this place a bit creepy I must say. It’s quite damp and there’s no natural light.

Suddenly he stops in front of a door and nods at me, I take a deep breath and he opens the door. I enter a dark, dimly lit room, as I move forward I can see a grate in front of me and as I get closer I see a figure huddled on the floor in a corner.

“Grayson?” I ask in a weak voice.

There is no answer right away but I see that he looks up. Eventually he answers me.

“Why didn’t you kill me? I want to end it.”

Hearing him say these words breaks my heart. He is my friend after all.

“Don’t say that Grayson. I know it must be really hard for you here, but you still have plenty to live for.”

He has a bitter laugh before telling me.

“You don’t know anything.” After a brief pause he adds. “I regret everything I’ve done, you know. I’d give anything to go back and tell Jenny that I won’t do anything she asks of me. And to see my Eric again.” His voice breaks as he says these last words.

He starts to cry. I approach the gate and kneel down.

“Grayson, please come closer. You’re right I can’t pretend to know what it’s like to lose my mate because I’m lucky enough to always have mine by my side and I can’t even imagine the pain you must have felt losing him. You are my friend and I want to help you.” I tell him sincerely.

He approaches me. He kneels down in front of me. He looks terrible, with dark circles under his eyes, his features are drawn and he looks thin.

“I’ll do anything, I promise you, Amelia. You don’t know how bad I feel.” And he sounds honest to me as he says these words.

I explain to him the plan that Alec, Noah and I have worked out.I tell him to take some time to think about it and that he doesn’t have to answer me immediately.

As I reach the exit door, I hear his voice behind me.

“Amelia, I’ll do it.”

I turn, nod and leave his cell. I stand for a moment with my back pressed against the door and sigh.

I turn my head and see Alec and Noah looking at me, I nod to tell them that he has agreed. I hope we don’t regret it and that our plan goes smoothly.

After seeing Grayson, I told Noah that I needed some time alone. I walk around the pack house, not straying too far, my previous misadventure has taught me a lesson. I unintentionally find myself in front of the weeping willow and decide to sit under it for a while. I think back to the first evening I spent here with Noah. I think back to the moment he told me I was his mate. I can’t even imagine living without him. I keep asking myself what I would have done in Grayson’s place if Sophia had asked me such a favour. The more I think about it, the more I come to the same conclusion. I would have done it.

As the sun begins to set, I head back to the pack house. I mindlink Noah to find out where he is and he tells me to join him in our room.

When I enter our room, I see Noah coming out of the bathroom with a single towel around his waist and drying his hair with another. He is super sexy! I can’t control my eyes which have decided to ogle him.

He clears his throat. “My eyes are higher.” He tells me with a smirk.

I shake my head. “Sorry, but I can’t resist this Apollo body.”

He laughs and pulls me against him. As he is about to release his embrace I say to him.

“No, don’t let go. I want to stay like this for a while.”

And he complies. I don’t know exactly how long we stayed like that but after a while I pull myself out of his arms.

“I’m going to take a shower.” I inform him and head to the bathroom.

When I get out of the shower I put on short shorts and a tank top, without a bra.

I walk into the bedroom to find Noah lying on the bed wearing only his boxers watching television. I approach him and his eyes turn to me and he doesn’t take his eyes off me. I lie down next to him on the bed.

“You are hands down the hottest girl I have ever seen.” He tells me as he stares at my chest and by the bulge that is starting to grow in his boxers I believe him. But before I get to that I have to tell him something.

“Noah, I wanted to tell you.”

He pulls back slightly to look at me better, looking serious.

“I love you, I want to spend the rest of my life with you and in the slightly more distant future become the mother of your children. I know that among werewolves this is not something that is generally practiced but I have dreamed of it since I was a child. Noah Black will you marry me?”

His eyes are wide and he almost makes me regret asking him.

“You’ll never stop surprising me Amelia. Of course I will, a thousand times over. But if I’d known this was something you wanted I would have asked you to marry me. Usually it’s the men who do it.”

“Noah you know it’s the 21st century? Women have desires and ambitions and are entitled to make their own decisions and propose to their boyfriends if they want to.”

He places his hands on either side of my face and pulls me into a kiss. The most fiery kiss I’ve ever had.

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