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I stood in front of my small vanity and put my hair in a bun, I picked out a few strands to frame my face, and bring out my green eyes trying to look as professional as I could for my interview when I was actually more nervous than I ever was before.
I somehow landed an interview with none other than the ruthless lead warrior Adrien Grey after applying to a million places. I knew that none of his past assistants managed to make it past a month working for him, he always fired them and hired new ones, the man was never satisfied and I hoped I wouldn't be one of them.
I put on my earring when my phone began vibrating on the bed, startling me. “Hey, Stell!” I said as I picked it up and stared at my reflection.
“You ready? Need some Stella motivation?” Stella asked, making me laugh. Stella was my best friend ever since I could remember, she was like a sister to me and I loved her to death.
“Hell yeah! I’m going to ace this interview, he won’t have anyone to fire next month,” I said and she chuckled. I was pretending to be cheery and positive but I actually felt horrible.
“Well then, I just called to tell you good luck, love you.”
“Love you too, bye Stell.” I hung up and took a deep breath, to say I was scared was an understatement. I was terrified of that interview, no one messed with Adrien Grey and I really needed the job since the small business I worked for went bankrupt, and I couldn’t rely on my parents forever.
“Come on AJ, I have to drop you off early today,” I stood up and reached my hand out to my five-year-old sister who was sitting on my bed staring at her feet.
“But I wanna stay with you,” she crossed her arms and pouted making me smile.
“Angelina, I have to go to work today. I’ll come by after work okay?” I asked as I ruffled her hair. She just continued pouting and looking at me with her doe eyes that held all the shades of blue in them.
“No one plays with me at home,” she huffed. Despite our nineteen years age gap, she saw me as her best friend.
“Come on AJ, we’re going to be late.” I carried her up and out of my small cabin knowing she could sit there all day and pout and I didn’t have the time. My cabin was almost thirty minutes away from other houses as it was very close to the woods.
Angelina was my little sister, step-sister. We were both adopted by the Alpha and Luna of the silver moon pack at a young age.
Her parents were both warriors that got killed in an attack two years ago when she was only three years old. Luna Maxine and Alpha Archer took her in as their own as they did to me.
However, my father was very much alive. He just didn’t want me, not after my mom was shot in the head with a silver bullet and passed away. I was only five and he couldn’t even look at me. He found a new mate immediately after my mom’s death and I hate him to this day. The trauma I went through at just five years old was unbearable and I didn’t even have my father by my side. Luna Maxine was my mom’s best friend so she and the Alpha didn’t even think twice before adopting me. I loved them so much, they were my family, along with my older brother Mason, who was the next Alpha of the pack since he wasn’t adopted, the eldest, and a male.
“Hey, mom! I’ll be back after my interview,” I yelled before pushing Angelina through the door and rushing back to my car, I couldn’t be late, not to my interview.
“Goodmorning, how can I help you?” A woman by the register said to me without even giving me a smile. She looked gorgeous and I felt so insecure in front of her, I knew I was pretty but that woman was gorgeous and she was eyeing my pantsuit making me feel naked.
“Uh- Hi. I am here for an interview with Mr. Grey.”
“Oh yes, Valerie Hale?” she asked and I nodded. She dialed a number on the phone and I stood there awkwardly shifting on my feet and staring at the papers in front of her.
“Okay, head to the 6th floor, Adrien will be with you soon.”
I nodded and walked over to the elevator, trying to keep my expression the same. Adrien? She called him by his first name, I wondered if they all on a first-name basis, or if she someone close to him.
As soon as I got to the 6th floor I looked around and felt my heart beating faster and with everyone’s werewolf super hearing they could all probably hear it. The floor was nothing different from the first one, it was all grey and white, very plain, and had no decorations. It was really boring to look at. If I had control over it, the building would be way more colorful and I would have paintings everywhere.
I sat down on a chair, I had no idea what to do. There was no one there and I couldn’t just go and knock on every door in the building. I turned and looked at the plant next to me and wished I was it. I kept bouncing my feet and trying not to bite my fingernails out of nervousness.
I began picking my nails when I jumped at the sound of someone talking. “Sorry to keep you waiting, Mr. Grey is waiting for you.” A very nice man said and I smiled at him before walking over to the giant double doors he pointed at. So they were NOT on a first-name basis?
My heart was thumping in my chest and it was all I could hear in my head. The blood was rushing through my veins and I felt like I was walking to my death. I hugged my files closer to my body and took a deep breath before pushing the doors open.
As soon as I turned to close the door my eyes widened. I was graced with a masculine, aromatic-woody scent that made my wolf purr in excitement. I turned around and felt my heart drop. My eyes landed on the most gorgeous man in front of me. He looked like a Greek God.
His black hair was gelled back which complemented his tan skin beautifully and his aquamarine eyes were brighter than the sun itself. I felt the dominance radiating off him as he sat still wearing a black suit while staring at me the same way I stared at him.
“It's mate!” My wolf Alaska yelped making my heart drop and I shook my head as the color drained from my face. Goddess! Adrien Grey couldn't be my mate. Something was definitely wrong, his stupid perfect face probably made every woman feel what I was feeling, but wolves were never wrong about mates?
My wolf began purring and whimpering. I cursed myself and cleared my throat, Goddess knew how long I was ogling him for. “Um- I’m here for the interview, you know the-”
“Get out,” he said in a controlled voice and my eyes went wide as I tightened my grip on my papers feeling my heart hammering against my ribcage, begging to be let out.
I stared at him dumbfoundedly and he stared back before shooting up on his feet and I stupidly took that as a gesture to walk closer to him.
I placed my files on his desk and looked back up at him, “but I didn’t even sit my interview,” I complained.
“Mr. Grey?” I questioned and he turned his head to the side, his shoulders stiffened as if he was controlling himself with every fiber in his body. He looked like he couldn’t breathe, he was holding his breathe for Goddess knows what reason, I knew I didn’t smell that bad, and if I was his mate I should have smelt amazing to him.
“Get out,” he growled at me and I took a step back as my brain stuttered and I paused.
“I SAID GET OUT,” he yelled and I gasped before rushing to the door, feeling the trembling of my hands as I fumbled with the door handle. I struggled to open it but finally got it and rushed out. “Son of a gun!” I spat out.
As soon as I was out of the damned office I bent and placed my hands on my knees while taking deep breaths, he scared me shitless and I wasn’t one to get scared, the power that dominated off him was unspeakable off, and those blue eyes, they were my weakness.
“You okay?” A voice asked and I looked up to find a guy staring at me with furrowed brows. “Yeah, all is good,” I smiled as I dried my sweaty palms on my pants before tucking the loose strands of my hair behind my ear.
“I’m kade,” he said giving me his hands. I raised an eyebrow at him but took his hand nonetheless.
“Valerie, but I don’t think that matters,” I let out a nervous chuckle, “I don’t think you’ll be seeing me here again.”
“What did you do for him to lash out like that?” he asked.
“Nothing, I mean I don’t think so. I just walked in and got kicked out. He was in a bad mood I guess,” I said with a sigh. I wasn’t about to tell that stranger that it probably might have been because I was his mate.
“Well then, nice to see you,” he said before walking into the same office. Did he have a death wish? He didn’t even knock on the door, he just walked in like he owned the place.
I looked at the door and felt shivers run down my spine, my mate was hot, but he just ruined all my dreams about having a loving mate and us being deeply in love with each other like other mates.
The moon Goddess hated me and that was the only explanation for it. First my birth parents and then my mate. That interview had to be the worst interview I ever had.
I had no idea what I was supposed to do. Just never talk to him again and wonder what on earth happened to my mate?
As soon as she stepped into my office, her scent was all over. The sweet, savory, aroma wafted through my office and my wolf almost lost control. It was all intoxicating and heavenly at once.
She turned around and her eyes locked with mine. She was beautiful, breathtaking even with her perfect figure. I felt her breath hitch and I could hear her rapid heartbeat but it was nothing new, that was how every woman that walked into my office acted.
“MATE!” My wolf, Kai said. I wasn’t surprised, her scent and the way Kai loved it gave it all away. Kai began purring and I felt extremely uncomfortable, my wolf never did that, he was feared by all people and to see him purr?
I was in control of myself, I didn’t move an inch of my body. But then she walked closer and I knew couldn’t be in her presence anymore. No one has ever made me feel threatened the way she did and I wasn’t up for it. I couldn’t take my eyes off her and that was weird. My heartbeat escalated and I pressed my lips into a straight line. Then I knew what Kade was talking about when he said there was a pull when he met his Mate, Pheonix.
I held my breath, that was the best I could do to stop myself from hovering over her. I wasn’t going to give in to that damn mate bond so I yelled at her and kicked her out. Horror and pain were plastered all over her face as she rushed out.
I felt bad. I never feel bad. But I didn't want a mate, I was doing fine all those years, so why would I need one? The one thing I was glad I never found, found me.
I didn't even have enough time with myself to take in what happened when Kade burst through the door without even knocking, nothing new.
I shook my head and looked up at him, “what do you want?”
“What did she do?” he asked and I huffed.
“Who?’ I asked, playing dumb.
“Don’t play dumb here, what did she do for you to lash out like that. You know how much you need an assistant and you keep putting all of them through hell.”
“She didn’t do anything, she’s my mate,” I said it like it was something casual. Kade’s eyes widened and he choked on his own spit before coughing and I just watched in amazement.
“Your mate?” he asked and I nodded.
“And you kicked her out without even holding the interview?”
“Yes?” I said, wondering what he was trying to do.
“Fucking hell Adrien.”
“I might be your best friend but I still am your boss Kade,” I said in a stern voice, they tended to forget their place.
“No, you just met your mate and kicked her out, without even an explanation. Everyone heard the way you yelled, probably even people on the other floors,” he said with a sigh.
“She probably knows, there is nothing for me to explain to her.” I shrugged.
“She probably knows that her mate doesn’t want anything to do with her? Definitely, because that common knowledge right!” he paused, “The poor girl, you know it’s not her fault she was paired with you. You’re a dickhead,” he said, but it was nothing new to my ears. Kade made sure to let me know I was an asshole every day.
“You know I don’t want a mate, I can’t have a mate, she’ll just be a weak point for me, and no one can know about her... they’ll hurt her,” I said, and I could never miss the way Kade just rolled his eyes.
“Well then, I hope you enjoy dealing with the fuss and gossip your stupid beliefs caused outside,” he said before standing up and walking to the door.
I pressed my lips into a thin line as I massaged my temples. It hadn't even been an hour and she was already trouble for me.
"Fucking hell." I muttered as I sat down and stared at the door while fiddling with my pen, for some reason I couldn’t get my mind off her. There was something about her. There was this dedication radiating off her, not like the she-wolves that normally threw themselves at me. But then again, it was probably just the mate bond.
Her familiar sweet scent was still lingering in the air, and I couldn’t get her green eyes off my mind. They were bright and soft but had flecks of strength and I couldn’t miss the stubbornness in them, no one answered back to me when I was angry like she did. There was a warmth her brown hair brought to her features, it looked gentle in the light as it framed her face perfectly.
I shook away my thoughts, wondering just what the Moon Goddess was thinking by giving me a mate. My eyes landed on the files she forgot on my desk as I was deep in my thoughts. I reached out and grabbed them so I could take a look.
Valerie Hale, that was her name. It rolled off my tongue as I tried to say it out loud, she had a beautiful name and from what I saw I think it described her well, her name meant strong, valiant. She was perfect for the job, she had every qualification I needed and more.
I sighed before dialing the reception, “please call back Miss Hale, she starts tomorrow, seven o’clock,” I said before hanging up, I didn’t wait for a response, they always did as I said.
I was giving her the job. First, because it would stop whatever gossip I stirred, and she was actually perfect for the job. I was going to test her, her patience, and her strength. But I knew she wasn’t going to make it past a month and I was going to make sure of it.