Chapter 22: Alpha Conference
It’s been two days since I last heard from Marisa. I’ve tried texting her, but no use. Today is the day of the Alpha Conference. I was so not ready for it. I had no idea what I was supposed to do or anything.
Kaden is supposed to tell me on our way up there. It’s us two, Maggie and Dean. Kyle was staying behind to watch the pack while we were gone.
“So how long is it supposed to take before we are there?” I asked as Kaden drove down the road. You know for a bunch of werewolves they are pretty stupid. I mean, why didn’t we just run there instead of driving?
“About an hour. For once we don’t have to travel 10-14 hours across the country to go to it.” He replied, focusing on the road.
I looked at him shocked. “10-14 hours! Please tell me you take a plane.” I begged. Kaden laughed.
“Yes, if it takes that long to drive there then we’ll take a plane, but other than that we drive.” He replied.
I calmed down a bit. “So what do you do at an Alpha conference?” I asked.
Dean answered for me this time. “Over a three day period, we usually update what’s been happening in our packs on the first day. The second day we go over rules that we think need to change and decided on that. Finally the third day we usually time to relax and get ready to leave.”
“Oh,” I said. “So, what do I do?”
“You,” Maggie began. “will be either us,” she said pointing to herself and Dean. “or you’ll be with Kaden. Nothing really major. Just try not to get overly defensive like you do.”
“I do not get overly defensive!” I said to her.
She gave me a look. “Oh,” I said. “I see what you mean now.”
The rest of the ride was silent. Well, it seemed silent if we were normal, but we aren’t. Once we reached the meeting place, which was actually a hotel, Kaden told me that a werewolf owns it so we should be fine, we quickly got out and stretched our legs.
“So do we just go in?” I said.
“Yeah, they should already have the room ready for us to unpack our stuff. Let’s go!” Maggie said grabbing my hand and dragging me inside.
The inside was huge! I looked up in awe. There was a beautiful chandelier in the center of it. “Wow,” I said as I looked around the place. The others behind me chuckle in amusement. I turned around and looked at them. “What?”
“You just seem so amazed by all of this,” Kaden said.
“Well yeah,” I said. “Who wouldn’t be? Literally, not even two months ago did I know that werewolves existed and now all of this.” I threw my hands out gesturing to the place. “It’s amazing,” I whispered.
“Alpha Bates?” a voice said behind me causing me to jump forward in surprise. I slowly turned around ready to attack whoever it was.
“Alayah,” Kaden said. His voice calmed me down some. “meet the runner of this operation, Alpha Lean.” He gestured towards the man in front of me. I held out my hand to shake his, but he pulled me into a hug instead.
“Good to meet you Alayah.” He said pulling away.
“You too,” I responded and took a step towards Kaden and the others.
“Well,” Alpha Lean said clapping his hands. “you guys might want to get settled into your rooms. I’ll leave you too it.” then he walked off.
Maggie began to walk and grabbed my hand taking me with her. “Don’t worry, Blake is usually friendly like that.” She said referring to Alpha Lean.
“Oh, okay,” I said. I began to look around for the guys because I assumed they followed us. “Where did Dean and Kaden go?” I asked.
“They went to check us in.” She responded. Right as she said that the guys came back over to us.
“Fourth floor,” Dean said tossing Maggie a key. I walked over to what I thought would lead to an elevator. Nope, I was wrong. It led to stairs. A lot of stairs.
I turned and looked at them. They had smiles on their faces in amusement. “Yeah, um Leah,” Dean said. “There are no elevators here. So we have to walk up the stairs.”
I looked at him as if he was crazy. “I’m not walking up four flights of stairs!” I said. “That’s like asking me to not eat for two days. Nope, not happening.” I said crossing my arms over my chest.
“Well, it’s either you walk up them or someone carries you,” Maggie said.
“I vote the latter. Someone carry me!” I said loudly. Of course, Kaden would do it, I figured he would.
Instead of carrying me like he usually would, bridal style, he picked me up and threw me over his shoulder so that I was looking down his back, which I may add isn’t a bad thing.
“Kaden! I didn’t mean like this!” I shouted. He laughed.
“You asked, I delivered.” He replied. I sighed.
“Whatever.” The rest of the way up was spent in silence. Maggie and Dean had gone ahead of us. Soon enough I was put on the ground. “Finally!” I said. “I think my legs were going to go numb.”
“Sure sweetheart, keep thinking that. I highly doubt your legs would have gone numb in 10 minutes.” He responded. Before I could respond a door behind me opened and I was yanked in.
“Mine turn now Kaden. You can talk to her later.” Maggie’s voice filled my ears. I spun around and slapped her on the arm, playfully.
I gave her a what the hell expression. “What?” She said.
“What the hell?” I shouted. “Why didn’t you just interrupt our conversation instead of yanking me into a room?”
She laughed. “Sorry, Leah. I just wanted to see your expression.” She said.
I sighed. “Whatever. So what do we do from here?” I asked.
“We relax. The conference doesn’t start until 8 pm tonight. We still got 7 hours to kill.” She said.
I threw myself onto the bed and stared up at the ceiling. “Alayah!” Maggie said yanking me once more off the bed.
“What?” I complained. “I thought I just needed to relax?” I commented.
“No, look!” She said pointing out the window. The clouds were dark and I already knew it was like 30ish degrees outside. Slowly I focused more and saw what she was talking about. Snow.
“Snow!” I said. I’ve always loved the snow. I can’t believe it’s already December, I mean I think it’s December anyway. I haven't really been keeping up with the date.
“Let’s go!” Maggie said. We grabbed our coats and rushed out the door. I didn’t care about the stairs this time. We raced down the stairs, pushing past people and soon we ran out the front door.
“Yes!” I said twirling in the snow falling around us. “It’s beautiful!” I exclaimed.
“Agreed,” Maggie said. I laughed. I fell back on the snow and began to make a snow angel. Once I thought it was done I got up. I looked at the masterpiece below me!
“Snow angel!” I said laughing.
I heard someone shout above us so I looked up. Maggie looked up too. “What the hell are you two doing?” Dean yelled from off the balcony. I laughed.
“What do you think we are doing?” I asked him. Kaden came out wondering who he was shouting to and he looked down at us.
“You guys do realize it’s like 20 degrees outside right?” Kaden shouted.
“So?” I said back and began to twirl as the snow fell around us. “Come out here with us!” I said to them.
“I think we’d rather stay in the warm hotel room rather than in the cold.” Kaden protested.
“Speak for yourself,” Dean said and soon enough he was outside with us, throwing snowballs.
I gave Kaden one last look before joining in on the fun. “You know this would be more fun if you were out here.” I sent Kaden though our mind link.
“Yeah, because throwing wet snow at one another is fun.” He responded.
“Come on, please. For me?” I begged him. He didn’t respond but when I felt someone pull me into their chest I knew he was here.
I looked up at him. “So you decided to come after all?” I smirked.
He sighed. “Now what if someone got hurt? Then what would you do?” He said. I rolled my eyes.
“Sure,” I said and broke away from his grip and ran to get some snow. Might as well get him included if he isn’t going to include himself.
I quickly made a snowball and when he wasn’t looking I threw it has hard as I could. It hit him square in the back of the head. I couldn’t contain my laughter and I ended up falling onto the ground because it was so funny.
He turned around and looked at me. Slowly a smirk formed on his face. “Oh, I wouldn’t have done that if I were you sweetheart.”
I waited, but soon enough I was running away from him. He had begun to chase me. “You can’t get me!” I shouted. I turned around and looked at him, but that was a mistake. I ended up tripping over snow and before I could catch myself someone else caught me.
“Gotcha,” Kaden whispered in my ear. I looked up at him. My light blue eyes staring into his dark brown eyes. The snow fell gently around us. Neither one of us looked away as we both slowly leaned into one another and soon enough his lips were on mine once more.
I didn’t know how long we kissed for we pulled away when we heard someone from behind us clear their throat. I looked up to find Dean and Maggie standing there smirking at us.
“About damn time.”