I’m dreaming, I had to be. No. not dreaming, having a nightmare. The worst nightmare I’ve ever had because there was no way I was seeing Lorenzo Romano standing in line for a coffee. He was supposed to be hundreds of miles away, not here standing less than six feet away from me.
Last I heard about him, he was training somewhere in London to become the pack’s next Beta, so him being here at this café was impossible.
Tilting my head to get another look I realised it was him. There was no doubt about it, Lorenzo was here. He had changed, gone even bigger than he was before. Shifters were huge in general but Lorenzo stood at six feet eight, his shoulders so broad that they strained the shirt he was wearing and every inch of him was pure muscle.
While he may sound like a dream, he was a nightmare. We attended the same secondary school and from the moment he laid his grey eyes on me he had it out for me. Him and his friends made my life miserable and there was nothing I could do to stop it. At first I tried, I told my teachers and he told them I was lying. There was no way the teachers would believe a human over the future Beta.
That was my first mistake, from then on it got worse. I should have told someone else, I should have told my mum but I didn’t. Maybe she could have stopped it. Or maybe she wouldn’t have believed me like everyone else.
Not wanting to spend another second around him, I quickly spun around and tried to leave the busy café. I pushed past people without an apology, desperate to leave before he saw me. I barged through the exit door and tripped onto the floor.
Embarrassment ran through me as people stared at me, no one helped. They just stared. Groaning slightly, I lifted myself up and glanced at my bag that was just a few inches away. I let out another groan when I realised that half my bag’s content was all over the pavement.
“This is just great.” I muttered to myself as I grabbed my stuff from the floor. “Could this day get any worse?”
I hastily zipped up my bag, cursing myself for leaving it unzipped and turned around.
My head collided with something hard and for the second time today I found myself sprawled on the pavement.
I blinked several times, trying to get clear my spinning head. The ringing in my ear was excruciating loud and drowned out the voice of the person standing above me.
Without a warning, the man grabbed my arms and lifted me up. His grip was tight and but not painful. My vision was still blurry so I closed my eyes and took in a few deep breath.
“Are you okay?” The man asked, still holding me.
I froze at the sound. Even though his voice had gone deeper over the years, I knew who that was.
I snapped my eyes opened and tried to pull away from his grip. “Let me go!”
“Hey it’s okay. I’m not going to hurt you.” He tried to soothe me but his words had me scoffing instead.
I tried even harder to pull away but he tightened his grip.
I looked up at him and met his eyes. “Let go of me!”
As soon as his eyes met mine, he let go of my arms as if I burnt him. His grey eyes widened almost comically as if he was in shock.
I didn’t realise how tightly he was holding me or how hard I was trying to pull away because before I knew it I fell back hard and this time when my head connected with something hard the tiny black dots were not so tiny and all I saw was darkness.
My first thought was I was not in my own bed. The sheets below me was too soft to be mine. With my eyes still closed I felt the bed around me. It was definitely not my bed. My hand then went to my curly hair, stopping when I felt a lump towards the back of my head. The lump ached under the touch and felt like a rock.
I opened my eyes slowly and looked around. I was in someone’s room, a room that barely had anything in it except a bed, bedside tables and wardrobe. The walls were bare and there were large boxes on the floor.
What wasn’t empty was the chair next to the bed and on it sat Lorenzo Romano. His large body barely fit the chair and his eyes were closed.
When will this nightmare of a day end?
Keeping my eyes on him at all times, I slowly pushed the sheets down and put one leg on the ground. The mattress didn’t make a sound which I was thankful for but I was still worried that he might wake up.
Shifters had amazing hearing but I didn’t know if that same rule applied when they were sleeping.
I slid my other leg off the bed and stood up, wobbling slightly as if I had a little too much to drink. I looked around for my shoes but couldn’t find it anywhere.
I didn’t care, I wanted to leave and I didn’t want to waste time looking for it. I didn’t care if I was barefoot or not.
I took a few steps towards the door, still keeping my eye on the sleeping man. I was almost at the door when he suddenly appeared in front of me, causing me to stumble back.
“Shit, sorry I didn’t mean to scare you.” He apologised, raising his hand in a surrendering motion. “Where are you going? You need to get back into bed.”
I looked at him as if he was crazy.
“Are you crazy? I’m not staying anywhere near you!”
“The pack doctor said you should stay overnight.” Lorenzo told me softly. “I know you might be confused and scared but I promise I won’t hurt you.”
“My name is Lorenzo Romano.” He continued. “I’m the pack’s Beta and you’re safe here.”
Safe? With him? Tell me another joke!
“What’s your name?” He asked softly taking a step closer.
“Is this some sort of game to you?” I questioned taking a step back to create more space between us.
“I don’t understand what you mean.”
“You’re actually going to pretend you don’t know who I am?” I let out a humourless laugh. “After all those years, you’re still the same arse you were 4 years ago.”
He frowned in confusion but didn’t say anything. His eyes trailed up and down my body causing me to feel slightly self-conscious. He had an amazing body, I on the other hand did not.
He continued to stare at me and his eyes held no recognition.
Does he actually not know who I am?
“Allow me to refresh your memory, I’m Katherine Anderson. The girl you bullied all through secondary school.”
A/N: First chapter of this new book, I hope you guys like it!
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