Forcefully Mated

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Chapter 27

Annabelle's point of view

I was a mess right now. I didn't know what to do and I was close to having a panic attack. I know I am exaggerating it but honestly, I felt as if I was going to have a panic attack.

I was currently standing in the closet as clueless as ever. My fashion sense was horrible and I knew it, that was the main reason Selena always picked the outfits for me.

Oh goddess, how I miss her.

A wave of sadness washed over me as I thought about the events that had taken place on my birthday. Quickly shaking my head, I decided to do something I probably would regret but in the heat of the moment, I did it like the idiot I am.

Making my way to Xavier's office, I lightly knocked at the door, moving back and forth on my heel as I waited for his permission. After a few seconds, I heard his deep voice saying 'come in'.

Opening the door slightly, I peeped my head inside seeing if there was anyone else. Much to my relief, there was no one because I know if someone would've been present I would've been a stuttering mess. I stepped inside closing the door behind me.

I looked at Xavier who was already looking at me with a raised brow, a pair of glasses covering his mesmerizing eyes. For a few seconds, my eyes just kept staring at his face, more specifically the glasses. The glass suited him well, moon goddess really had been generous on him in the looks department.

I cleared the throat awkwardly, moving back and forth on my heel again. I took in a deep breath before finally saying the words I wanted to say.

"CanIpleasehaveselenaoversoshecanhelpme?" I said in one go. I furrowed my eyebrows as I tried to understand what I had send. It sounded like another language. A blush appeared on my cheeks at the act, I just had to mess all of it up.

"I'm sorry, what?" Xavier looked at me as he took off his glasses. No! I almost was about to tell him to keep them on but I controlled myself. I need to learn to stop acting dumb.

"C.. Can I please have Selena over so she can help me?" I said stopping the start to take a deep breath before continuing. I looked at Xavier through my lashes to see him looking confused before realization set in.

"Ah, your friend. Sure, I'll ask the beta to bring her here, is that okay with you?" Xavier said and I so badly wanted to rush to him and hug him tightly but I settled on giving him a genuine grateful smile. I really appreciated the efforts he was making. I really did.

"Yes, that would be great. Thank you so, so much!" I said, a silver of the excitement I was feeling leaking through my voice. A smile set on Xavier's lip hearing my words.

"Anything for you angel." a slight blush covered my cheeks at the endearment. Suddenly a question popped in my head.

"May I ask a question?" I asked Xavier who now had put his glasses back on, his attention now on the laptop sitting in front of him but quickly turned towards me when he heard me. He replied with a 'sure'. I momentarily forgot the question I was thinking as I looked into his eyes. Goddess, I feel like I'm getting too smitten, am I?

"May I know where are we going, if not so maybe a hint on what type of clothing I should be wearing." I asked, Xavier seemed to be lost deep in his thoughts before he nodded to himself and looked back at me.

"Something casual would do." he said and I nodded thanking him once again before I left to go back to our room. He had said that Selena would be here in a while so I decided to shower in the mean time.

Entering our room, I went straight to the bathroom.

Happiness is a butterfly, try to catch it like every night, it escapes from my hand into Moonlight.

Everyday is a lullaby, I've been on my phone like every night, sing it for my babies on the tour life. Ah.

If he's a serial killer then what's the worst that could happen to a girl who's already hurt.

If he's as bad as they say then I guess I'm cursed, looking into his eyes I think he's already hurt, he's already hurt.

Happiness is a butterfly - Lana del ray

Of course when I am alone, I love to sing in the bathroom like a complete idiot, but I mean, most people do the same. I think.

Exiting the bathroom with a towel wrapped around my body and one to dry my hair, I sit down on the bed as I dry my long hair.

I might just let it dry on its own if we have the time, if not then I'll have to use that horrifying device. It's not that I am scared of them anymore, maybe, but I just don't like them. They damage your hair.. and they have a scary sound.

The door opens and in comes Selena almost jumping up and down with excitement, seeing her I throw the towel and rush towards her, hugging her tight almost draining the life out of her.

She looks at my face before pecking it multiple times making me smile and laugh. She has always been like this.

"Goddess, I missed your little ass so freaking much!!!" she yelled in my ear causing me to take a step back and glare at her but soon I laughed with her too because I had missed her so much.

"So what are we supposed to do?" she asked, hearing her words I remembered why she was here. I didn't know how she would react, she knows what Xavier had done but she doesn't know what I have seen and I know she wouldn't judge me because I know she trusts me.

" Umm, Xavier had asked me on a date but I don't know what to wear so I needed your help." hearing my words, her eyes widened slightly before a grin took over her face.

"Oh my goodness! My little baby girl is going on a date!" she yelled out loudly as she shook my shoulders, I laughed at her reaction.

Without waiting for me to tell her what to do, Selena rushes into the closet going through all the clothes and shows. She looks at them seriously with her eyes squinted and her lips set in a thin line.

I lean against the doorframe as I look at her intently. My hair was still damp from the shower.

"Aha!!"

I almost jump at her voice. Why do all of them act as if this is my house?

"What did you find?" I ask her as I look at the soft white material in her hands curiously. She grins at me before shoving the dress into my face making me stumble back. Calm down there.

"It's so pretty! It's literally like the perfect first date dress! Ahhhh!" she says as jumps up and down. I really do have crazy friends but I still love them.

I look at the dress in my hands and smile at it. It was a simple white dress with long sleeves as it was relatively cold outside. The dress wasn't the longest but it reached my mid thighs so I was fine with it. It was a tight dress but not extremely tight, just the perfect fit.

I look at Selena who is now going through all the shoes. She currently has a pair of heels in her hand while her other hand searches the area.

Sighing, she turns around and shows the heels she was holding to me.

"I can't find anything so maybe these?" she says as she looks at the shoes with disapproval. I knew she didn't like them, neither did I because as Xavier said, it was going to be something casual so heels were definitely not the right choice.

"Wait, I think I might find something. And don't you think it's a little too cold outside for such shoes?" I say as I move towards the shoe area. I had once seen a pair of shoes that really looked nice and appealing. Hopefully, I'll be able to find them.

"Here!" I say as I show the shoes to Selena who looks at them excitedly. They were long thigh high boots in the color grey. Then I go and pick up a camel coat while Selena looks at the shoes. We both head out of the closet and Selena immediately makes me sit on the vanity as she starts caking my face up.

"Please! Don't do a lot. I don't want to look like a clown." I say desperately, my eyes were closed because selena was currently putting eye shadow on my eyelids.

I hear her tsk before she says "Don't worry, you will look amazing!"

I sigh nodding my head slightly. I can just pray now I guess. I feel something wet on my lips, I open my eyes quickly to see Selena putting lip gloss on my lips.

"Done!" she yells before she makes me stand up and makes me go to the closet without letting me look in the mirror. Was she seriously not going to let me look at myself?

I wear the dress and step outside, my hair was now dry and in soft waves. Selena squealed and made me sit on the vanity again. My face was still not facing the mirror.

Selena brushed my hair before making two braids and clipping them at the back. She brushes my hair once again and then spun me around turning me to the mirror.

A smile made its way on my lips at the sight of myself in the mirror. Thankfully, Selena hadn't turned me into a clown. My make up was soft and had a natural touch to it.

I picked the boots up and wore them, it was slightly difficult considering they were too long. I picked the coat up, slipping my arms through the holes. Selena stood there looking at me with a soft smile dancing on her lips.

I finally picked the muffler and wrapped it around my neck, not too tight to suffocate me though. I went and stood in front of the floor length mirror, a smile made its way on my lips without my permission as I looked at myself.

The colors were different but they matched so perfectly. My make up looked perfect with the outfit and my hair also looked amazing.

I turned to Selena and gave her a tight hug saying thank you. She hugged me back tightly and said "What's the point of besties if they don't help each other in getting ready for dates."

A knock on the door interrupts us, by the scent I knew it was Xavier. We both release ourselves and I say a little 'come in'.

Xavier steps in, his eyes quickly search mine. They linger there for a while before he takes in my appearance. His eyes visibly darken, he closes his eyes and takes a deep breath before opening them and passing both of us a small smile.

He was wearing a pair of dark jeans with a hoodie and a jacket on top of the hoodie. His hands were tucked in his pockets as his gaze was fixated on my face.

"So are you ready?" he asks. I look at Selena and she nods encouragingly. My palms already felt sweaty as I bit my lip out of nervousness. Xavier's eyes fixed on my lips for a few seconds before moving to me eyes.

"Who will drop Selena?" I ask as I look at Xavier with concern. Even though he wasn't here, I still didn't want to leave Selena alone here.

"The beta will drop her." Xavier said and I nodded. I hugged Selena tightly.

"I'll miss you so much." I whisper. I don't know when I will be able to see her again. I hope it's soon.

"I'll miss your cute ass too." she whispers laughing a little, I laugh with her. I part away from her and whisper a thank you once again.

"Take care and do enjoy!" she says to me, I laugh and say 'you too'. I look back at where Xavier was standing to see Jax also standing there. He looks at me and waves a little at me, completely ignoring the fact that Xavier was standing right next to me.

With all of them here, it felt weird. It felt as if they I was going to war or something. Or was I? Hopefully not.

"Let's go." Xavier said as he forwards his hand for me to take. I take it with slight hesitance. His large hand, as usual, felt warm against my cold one.

We both head downstairs, I look at a maid who passes me a polite smile, I happily return her gesture. At least not all of them hate me.

"Where are we going?" I ask as we both sit down in Xavier's car. Xavier puts the car into ignition before driving to a place unknown to me.

"That's a surprise angel." Xavier says in a playful tone. I purse my lips as I look ahead. The road was surrounded by woods, was he planning on killing me and dumping my body here? No, he won't do that, his wolf won't be able to bare the pain from the loss of his mate.

"You look beautiful by the way." Xavier says with his attention still fixed on the road. I smile at his words and say a little thank you.

We finally arrive at… The woods? Xavier opens the door for me and forwards his hand for me. Someone is being a gentleman today.

I step out of the car with the help of Xavier's hand. My brows furrow, I feel like a spoilt little princess.

Xavier leads us to, well, the woods. We keep walking for a while before I finally decide to cut the silence.

"Are you going to kill me?" of course, the first thing that I could say was this. Xavier comes to a half for a second making me stop too as his hand was still holding mine firmly.

"No! Why would you think that?" he asks as he looks at me oddly. I open my mouth slightly before raising my hand gesturing to our surroundings.

"Isn't it obvious?" I say moving my hand. Xavier sighs as he looks around, his brows furrowed and lips in a thin line. That does not look like a good sign. Oh goddess, he really was going to kill me and I won't be able to do anything.

"Let's just move, shall we?" my guts were telling me to run as far away as I could. But we were in the woods and I didn't know the way back so I would just get lost.

My feet stayed glued for a few moments before moving slowly. To say I was scared would be an understatement, I was petrified.

It was dark and one could barely see but as a wolf, my senses were stronger which I was happy about. I didn't just want to keep moving into darkness.

Maybe we were almost about to arrive at the place as Xavier slowed his pace down and I could see light shining from a distance. I couldn't make out what it was though.

Was it a little ritual to sacrifice me or something? Oh goddess, I really did have the weirdest thoughts, didn't I?

An audible gasp escaped my lips as I took in the sight in front of me. We were on the edge of a cliff but that wasn't all, there was a little tent with fairy lights littered on the top of it. I couldn't see the inside of it as we were standing behind it, obviously.

"Wanna go inside?" Xavier asks from my left, I look at him with my lips slightly parted. Unable to form words, I just give him a little nod. He the leads us to the front of the tent.

My smile widens at the sight of its front. Pillows littered the inside of the tent making it look extra comfy, at the edge of the cliff fake candles were set in perfect alignment, the cliff had barriers to prevent anyone from falling.

I feel a little tug on my hand to see Xavier already sitting in the tent. He was quick. I take my shows off, it was even more harder to get them off than putting them on.

Finally getting them off, I practically run inside the tent. I sit down and smile at my surroundings. I never expected Xavier to do something like this.

"How did you do this?" I ask with my mouth still open. I immediately close it at the thought of a bug going in there.

"Well, I may or may not have had help." Xavier says as he shrugs, a little smile playing on his lips. He lies down on his stomach and pats the space next to me.

"Lie down with me." he says, I slightly nod before laying on my stomach too. Xavier puts his arm around my waist pulling my body flush against his, I could feel the warmth radiating from his body. Oddly enough, it felt good.

"You see those stars." I hear him say, I look in front of us and nod. The night sky had all sizes of star littering it. It was such a beautiful sight.

"Hmm, so you see that one big star on your right who has three big stars next to it forming an m or w?" he says, I narrow my eyes, focusing on the stars more. After a little bit of struggle, I spot the stars Xavier was talking about. Nodding my head, I look at him with confusion shining in my eyes.

"It's a constellation known as Cassiopeia. You know what a constellation is?" he says looking at me, I just nod my head. I had read about them a few times but I didn't dwell into them much.

"We might not be able to find king Cepheus but we shall give it a try." he says as he returns his gaze back to the night sky. His eyes skim here and there looking for king Cepheus as he said.

"Oh there he is! Found him." he says as a bright smile takes over his features causing a little smile to appear on my face too.

"You know about Greek mythology?" he asked, now his attention turned towards me. I nodded my head, I had read about the Greek mythology a few times and my brothers really seemed to love it so they would talk about it a lot.

"Yea, my brothers were obsessed with it." I said with a slight laugh, hearing me, Xavier laughed too.

"Too bad, you'll have to deal with one more of them." I laugh at his words. It's not like I hated it, it was interesting.

"So may I begin?" Xavier asks, I give him a slight nod,genuinely interested in what he had to tell.

"So king Cepheus and cassiopiea ruled the ancient Ethiopia. King Cepheus was a mellow dude, liked fishing and hunting with his friends, hung out at bars. He was the type of person who enjoyed life." he paused.

"On the other hand, queen cassiopiea was anything but mellow. She was a self absorbed woman who ran the kingdom with an iron fist. She was also a very beautiful woman with a high opinion of herself." he paused once again, he looked at me and laughed.

"You already seem to not like her." he said as he pointed at my nose, I then realized that my nose must be scrunched at the thought of that not so nice queen.

"She just does not seem nice. She seems too prideful." I said as I laid on my side, facing Xavier, Xavier did the same as nodded his head.

"That's true. She was filled of pride." he said as he laid his hand in between us for me to rest my head on. I, with slight hesitancy, rested my head on his arm.

My head laid on his bicep as he gazed down at me with adoration and a small smile set on his lips. His other hand raised in the air before moving to my hair, stroking it softly making me unconsciously lean into his touch.

"So as I was saying, the queen was so prideful. Wait, you remember the queen from snow white who consulted her mirror? Queen cassiopiea was just like her, always boasting about her beauty to the peasants and elites. Everyone had to, of course, bow down to her in adoration or wind up with their heads chopped off. "

A slight gasp escaped my lips, wow, that woman sure was cruel. I think she even crossed Xavier in the cruelty department.

"Her ego, of course, grew exponentially until she became unbearable to live with. Probably the reason why king Cepheus spent more time with his buddies, avoiding the royal court."

A small pout formed on my lips. Poor king Cepheus. I felt bad for him.

"But despite her despicable personality, king Cepheus loved his wife dearly. Even though it might sound hard to believe."

Why did the king slightly resemble me? Even after all the heinous things Xavier had done to me, I was with him, willing to forgive him one day.

"I-I'm sorry. If you want me to stop, I will." I hear Xavier say and I shake my head quickly.

"No, no, continue please."

"So," Xavier stopped and cleared his throat before starting again, "Cassiopeia, one day was walking next to the seashore when she decided to do something extremely stupid but not as stupid as the thing she did after that one."

"What did she do?"

"Well, she impulsively blurted out to the king of the sea that she was more beautiful than her wife and ten daughters combined. And as most of the gods in the Greek mythology, Poseidon was thin-skinned and went nuts when he heard this."

"She did really mess up." I say, Xavier chuckled at this. "She sure did but this might not be the biggest mistake she would've ever committed."

Wow, the woman really was very prideful.

"So Poseidon dredged up a giant sea monster and sent it on a mission to destroy the entire kingdom of Ethiopia. At that time, this would be like a nuclear bomb." my mouth slightly hung open at the news. She really was dumb.

"But she managed to dodge the bullet by offering to sacrifice her own daughter, Andromeda in order to pacify him and spare the kingdom. Great mom she was." Xavier drawled at the end.

Goddess, she is even more terrible than I thought she would be. Sacrificing her own daughter.

"Wow, she is a lot more terrible than I had imagined her to be." I say quietly. Poor king Cepheus and Andromeda.

"Yea but don't worry, Andromeda was saved my the Greek hero, Perseus, rescued Andromeda by killing the sea monster." a little sigh of relief escaped my lips after hearing him. Even though, it was just myth, I still couldn't stop myself from feeling bad for Andromeda.

"So as I said, this wasn't the only grave mistake she had ever committed. On one early morning, Cassiopeia shook her fist in the direction of Mount Olympus, home of the Greek gods and goddesses, and screamed on the top of her royal lungs that she was more beautiful than Hera. "

"Hera! As in the queen of all gods and goddesses?" I say as I look at him wide eyes. A little chuckle escapes his throat as he nods his head, his eyes twinkling.

"Now you see, Hera possessed an ego that made Cassiopeia's ego look like child stuff. Hera was obviously enraged and shot down from Mount Olympus, standing right into the face of cassiopiea and confronting her."

She really messed up this time.

"Hera asked Cassiopeia if she really, really thought she was more beautiful than her godly self. Damn, these women really love being the most beautiful." Xavier muttered, I laughed at that. Those women really were filled with pride and not to forget, jealousy.

"Now Cassiopeia wasn't even the slightest intimidated. Bad move on her side. She instead repeated her claim even louder."

"Goddess, she is a complete idiot." I said as I sighed in frustration. This woman was making me frustrated because she was dumb and too self absorbed.

"Yea, she is. Now this verbal skirmish quickly turned into physical violence. Hera grabbed some top and tied up Cassiopeia in her throne. She then launched cassiopiea, throne and all, so high into the sky that she got stuck in the stars. Then Hera said,"So you think you're so beautiful? Now you can show the entire world how beautiful you think you are for all eternity."

I nodded my head at his words, she did get what she deserved.

"Now about Cepheus, there are a lot of myths. Some say that he was so devastated that he had requested Zeus to send him to his wife. Some say that when Perseus and Andromeda were married, a war had taken place between them and Phineus, the brother of Cepheus, for Andromeda as Phineus claimed that Andromeda was supposed to be his. Honestly, that just sounds fucked up. Like why would you make your daughter marry her uncle? "

I laughed at that, now that I think of it, that must be so disgusting and just weird. Like the person whom you grew up thinking as your father being your hus- oh goddess.

"We'll just stick with the first myth. So Cepheus, out of love, requested to be with his wife. So that is that. This might have sounded boring but I honestly really like how much Cepheus loved Cassiopeia that he was even ready to sacrifice his whole kingdom and life for his beloved. " Xavier said shrugging, I quickly shook my head.

" Don't say that, this was so fun and yes, very sweet. King Cepheus truly loved queen Cassiopeia even though she was a very not nice person. " I said as I shook my head in disapproval at the thought of Cassiopeia.

"So, you must be hungry. Let's go eat." Xavier says as he sits up, pulling me with him. I look at him confused, where were we going now? Because there didn't seem to be any food in the tent.

"Where are we going?" I ask as we both step out of the tent. Xavier looks at me with playful glint shining in his eyes.

"That's a surprise angel."

I sigh, annoyed at the shoes I had decided to wear. They were so difficult to get on. I now regretted wearing them. I stopped when I felt a presence behind me. I knew it was Xavier by his scent and the sparks.

"I-I can carry you if you want." Xavier said quietly as he looked at me struggling to put the now dreadfully long shoes on.

"No, I'm good, I'll be done with it… In a second." I say, gritting my teeth to stop myself from screaming at the shoes.

A laugh behind me stops me once again making me huff in annoyance.

"You do know I can read your thoughts, right? If you want, I can carry you. And it's not that far away." Xavier said, I turned towards him, my shoes still in my hands. After a minute of discussion with my own self, I decided to let Xavier carry me. Another thing I might regret later on!

"Fine"

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