“Umm... I got bitten by mosquitoes.” I say. Really?! That’s all I have! Even I don’t believe the lie I just told!
“Really?” Nick questions with a raised eyebrow and an amused expression. I know that he’s not at all convinced. And let’s be honest, he knows what those marks are. He just wants to tease me.
“Yeah...” I say nervously.
“Okay.... But I thought my sister is growing up and her mate finally started to notice her.” Nick says, with a mischievous smile. He shakes his head before saying, “No worries. I’m here now. I’ll make him notice you. And yeah! Will, remind me to bring mosquito repellent for my sister the next time we visit the store.” He then goes inside.
“Uh... Come in William” I say feeling extremely awkward. William walks in without a word though his face showed just how much he was trying no to laugh.
I sigh and close the door. I go straight to my room first and look at the mirror. My eyes nearly bulge out when I catch the sight of my neck. My neck was full of small red marks which were very noticeable on my pale skin.
Adrian! He should learn to control his raging hormones! Now Nick and William know what he was doing to me. Now they’re going to think that we... we.... I can’t even think what they are going to think about me.
I’m supposed to impress the pack not come out to like this! I should be doing pack work, helping Adrian in every possible way not distracting him all the time! But it’s not my fault. I didn’t tell him to start kissing my neck.
I don’t even have any concealer with me because as a werewolf, we do not get scars and our skin is naturally perfect. We do not even require make-up to look good. But the worst thing about my situation is that these marks are given to me by my mate in an intimate manner. These marks are his marks and so they won’t go away that quickly.
“Allura! Come down fast!” I hear Adrian’s voice from downstairs. I huff. Now I have yo cover up my neck! The good thing is that these small branding marks that Adrian left behind on my neck will be gone in a few minutes... Or maybe hours... But the good news is that they won’t be visible during the training tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s training is when the whole pack will train together. But I still have to talk about tomorrow’s plan with my warrior friends who are here. I have to tell them about the current situation of the pack. I have to sit and have a nice conversation with them before tomorrow’s training.
I’m brought out of my train of thoughts by the ringing of my phone.
Strange! But it can be a pack member who got my number from someone. Thinking this, I pick up the phone.
“Hello?” I speak in the phone.
“Hello? Is anyone there?” I say.
Again no response.
“Umm... Call me again if you have something to say.” I say before ending the call.
I make my way downstairs to see that the three guys are on the couch, occupying the whole couch set. William was on the one seated couch while Nick was sprawled up on the three seated couch. Their was only one single seated couch left, which was occupied by Adrian. They are all watching some sports channel.
“Where am I going to sit? Move your feet off the couch Nick!” I say, making my way to Nick. The pizzas were kept on the table in front of the couches. There were a few glasses and some cold drink kept with the pizzas.
“Nope! If you want to sit, you can sit on Adrian’s lap. I ain’t moving my legs. I’m exhausted!” Nick says, wiping the fake sweat off his forehead, exasperatedly.
“Move your feet you, drama queen!” I say, hitting him lightly on the shoulder. He looks at me with a bored look and shakes his head.
“I’m a king! Not a queen you stupid girl.” Nick says, taking a slice of the delicious looking pizza from the table and eating it, resting his head on the hand rest of the couch.
“If you don’t get your feet off the couch now, I’ll sit down on your leg!” I warn Nick. But he just waves me off with a chuckle.
Just as I am about to hit him, a hand wraps around my waist and I’m being pulled back into a hard chest. I feel Adrian’s breath near my neck and shiver. He tightens his hold on me, breathing in my scent.
“Sit with me?” Adrian whispers. Although it was supposed to be a question, I know him enough to know that he is not asking but demanding me to sit with him. I nod my head and he pulls me to the single seated couch where he was sitting earlier and sits down. He then pulls me down on his lap.
He offers me a slice of the pizza and I happily accept it. I have been dying to taste this pizza! It looks so very delicious, it smells delicious and I bet that it even tastes delicious. I take a bite of the pizza and an involuntary moan comes out from my throat before I can stop myself.
Adrian freezes beneath me and his breathing quickens. My heart beats rapidly as his breath falls on the side of my face. After a moment, Adrian kisses me on my cheek and smiles widely at me.
“Glad to know you like the pizza, babe.” Adrian says, smiling at me.
“You are such a great chef! Seriously, I’ll marry you if you make such delicious things for me everyday!” I say in all seriousness.
"Deal!" Adrian says, chuckling. Then he looks at me for a while with an amused smile before he realizes that I’m serious about the offer. His eyes widen and his mouth opens up in surprise.
“Are you seriously serious about the offer?” Adrian asks in shock. His jaw reaches the floor in surprise when I nod my head with not even a hint of humor on my face. I put a slice of pizza in his open mouth for him to eat. He takes a bite, staring at me to see if I’m joking.
Nope! I’m serious.
“Come on sis! He’s going to make food like this for you even if you don’t marry him! Look at me and Will, he made this pizza for me and Will and we aren’t marrying him.” Nick deadpans, which makes me think. Adrian has not told me even for once to make something. He did all the cooking without any argument.
“Okay, so maybe marrying you for food will be stupid.” I think out loud.
"Duh!" Nick says, shaking his head.
“Hey! Why did you tell her that?!” Adrian shouts at Nick. “Don’t you want your best friend and Alpha to be happily married as soon as possible?” Adrian asks as if he’s just been betrayed.
“Sorry. But I gotta do what I gotta do. I have to climb the chart of the best brother fast and not knowing my sister for soo long was surely a big disadvantage!” Nick reasons.
“You traitor!” Adrian says, glaring at Nick, making me and William chuckle. Adrian pouts at me. Aww.... He’s soo cute!
“Thanks bro! Your climbing the best brother chart pretty quickly.” I tell Nick and laugh when Adrian’s pout grows in size. Nick shrugs at it nonchalantly though he has a smile on his face.
“You had to start acting like all big brother material just when I needed you the most!” Adrian says, making me and Nick laugh again.
We all talk about some funny stuff as we finish our meal. We were all laughing so hard that we do not hear the door bell but when I hear it, I get up from Adrian’s lap and make my way to the door as the boys continue to talk and laugh.
When I open the door, I’m faced with my prank partner, now my enemy. James.
I exit the house and close the door behind me so that no one sitting inside is able to hear our conversation.
“James” I say with a stern expression on my face.
“Ma’am” he replies with a slight bow to show respect. We stare at each other with stern faces for a while and then the corners of his mouth twitches. Giving up on the strict demeanor, a smile spreads on his face and his eyes lit up with happiness leaving their coldness.
I give up my stern demeanor and smile at him. He steps forward and wraps his arms tightly around me in a bear hug. I wrap my arms around his neck and close my eyes, placing my head on his shoulder.
And..... We’re back to being friends....
“How have you been, Ally?” James asks as he pulls away from the hug to look at me. He looks at me with a big grin on his face.
“I’m good. As always. How are you, James?” I ask. His grin becomes bigger than before at this question.
“I’m actually getting better than before. Even Sir Archer told me that I have improved a lot.” He says.
“That’s great! How are the warriors?” I asks him with a smile.
“They are good. But they really miss you. I miss you. Sir Archer misses you. It was soo good to know that you’ve decided to join back. Everyone was happy with the news.” James says, smiling at me.
“James, do you know why I called you guys?” I ask, hesitantly as I remember the reason due to which I am returning back to my position.
“Don’t worry, Al. Sir Archer told me everything and I did some research. I told the warriors about it all. They are all aware of the current situation. I just wanted to tell you that we’ll have to train the whole pack now.” James says.
“Thanks James. And I knew that we’ll have to train the whole pack as warriors. I wanted to discuss how we are going to do it all. We all will have to take up a bunch and train them.” I tell him.
“Yeah. That’s what I wanted to talk to you about before we meet with Alpha Night. I was hoping that you’ll be able to come to the guest house we’re staying at to discuss it with the warriors.” James says.
“Okay. I’ll be there in a few minutes. I have to just give them a reason for coming to you guys.” I say.
"Them? Reason? What are you trying to hide?” James asks, wiggling his eyebrows.
“Don’t act like you don’t know. The whole reason why you did the respect today was because of that.” I say, narrowing my eyes at him.
“Allura, don’t think we don’t respect you. We do. And that’s the reason due to which we did the respect today.” James says, trying to keep a straight face. I give him a glare and a smile threatens to form on his face but he suppresses it. My glare doesn’t waver and finally he smiles down at me.
“Okay, we did it because we knew that the pack doesn’t know about your position in the warrior’s league. But it was also for giving respect to you.” James says.
“Ha! I knew it!" I say. James chuckles at me, shaking his head.
“Why didn’t you tell them?” He asks. I huff at that and look back at the door. I can still hear the guys laughing so I know that they haven’t noticed that I’m gone for a little too long till now. I look at James before replying.
“They considered that I’m a werewolf who’s never been trained. They didn’t even ask and the Gamma started with the basics. I just wanted to show them what I can do. I wanted to surprise them.” I explain.
“Oh! Then I’m sorry for blowing up your plan! It was really great. They would have turned into statues after that due to the shock. I’m soo sorry!” James says, looking guilty.
“Relax. They don’t know anything yet. But your act could have blown up my cover. I want this to be perfect. The Alpha here is underestimating me. He told me that I haven’t reached his level yet.” I say, rolling my eyes.
“That’s cruel. Judging a person by their gender and looks.” James remarks.
“Yeah. That’s why I wanted to surprise them. It would be sweet when I show them my level.” I say.
“Oh! Don’t worry. I’m gonna help you. Just wait and watch. It’s going to blow up in their faces.” James says with a mischievous smirk on his face.
“Now that’s like my old friend. That’s what I always expect from you, my prank partner.” I say, mirroring his smirk.
“I won’t disappoint you, Al.” He says.
“You better not!” I say, before making my way back inside the house. I take a few deep breaths to make sure that the excitement for planing my revenge is no longer visible on my face.
I walk back to where they boys were to see them laughing at something. They had tears in their eyes from laughing soo hard. They looked at me as I went to Adrian and picked up a slice of the pizza.
“What took you so long? Where were you?” Nick asks, casually.
“Uh... I just went to the bathroom.” I lie. Nick nods and focuses back on the TV screen.
“Adrian, can I go and have a walk outside? I just wanted to get some fresh air.” I tell Adrian, standing right in front of him.
“Are you alright? Do you want me to come with you?” Adrian asks with concern lacing his voice.
“I’m fine. I just want to get some fresh air. You don’t have to come.” I tell him and start walking to the front door when I feel Adrian’s hand holding my wrist. I look at him.
“I can come with you if you want.” He says, still looking concerned.
“Adrian, it’s okay. Besides, I think you guys should get ready. You are supposed to meet the warriors in a few hours. You must discuss everything amongst yourself before you go to them.” I say, smiling up at Adrian in reassurance.
“Okay.” Adrian says and he makes his way to the guest room he’s been sleeping in. He comes out wearing a jacket.
“Guys, come on. We’ll discuss everything in my office.” Adrian says and the three boys make their way out. William gives me a smile, Nick gives me a hug and Adrian kisses me on my right cheek before they leave.
Now on to the guest house.
I hope you’ve thought about my revenge till now, James.
I hope you don’t let me down....