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“Calm down Val, stop pacing, it’s giving me a headache,” Stella said, making my head snap to her direction.
“How can I calm down when Adrien freakin Grey is my mate, I swear the moon Goddess hates me!” I let out a huff as I ran my fingers through my hair. I was losing my mind more every second.
“He did give you the job though,” she smiled at me with a shrug. She was getting on my nerves, it seemed like she was enjoying it almost too much.
“I don’t know why he did that, I bet you he just wants to torture me, that damned son of a gun.”
“Ugh, Stella,” I groaned and fell back on my bed, “why does the world hate me so much?” I asked and tilted my head to look at her. First I lost my mom, then my dad basically wanted nothing to do with me, and then Adrien was my mate.
“Valerie, give the man a chance-” She started to say but I didn’t give her a chance to continue, “A CHANCE!?” I cut in, balancing up on my elbows as I glared at her.
“I really don’t know if you’re joking or not, you did not see the way he snapped at me,” I huffed and dropped back on the bed.
“The man looked like he couldn’t stand my scent, and his voice, so hot and sexy but damn scary.”
“You two can try and defy the mate bond as much as you want, but you won’t make it far,” Stella said, sounding so confident.
“Yeah well, not everyone has a perfect bond like you and Treyton.” Stella found her mate two years ago at a party I dragged her to. The two were inseparable ever since then and their love and attraction were unmatched. I used to be jealous of her but then got over it because I prayed I would find mine soon. Turns out the moon Goddess listened to me but punished me instead.
“I heard he’s hot though,” she said and I nodded. “He is so hot I think I melted when I walked into the room, and the mate bond didn’t help,” I sighed.
“Well, good luck to you tomorrow, I have to go back to Trey before he starts calling like a maniac,” she said as she hopped off my hanging chair and ruffled my hair.
“Ugh, you and Treyton, so unfair,” I whined, making her laugh. I’m glad she found my situation rather amusing because I didn’t.
“Thanks for the luck though, I definitely need it,” I said. She just winked at me and walked out.
Stella was my best friend since middle school, it all started when one of the guys was bullying her and stuck gum in her golden locks, so naturally I kicked his balls and got sent to the office right after, she came to apologize and we just hit it off.
She was always at my house, my house was hers. But ever since she met Trey, her visits became less and less, but she still made time for us and I love her for that.
When I told my mom I got the job she was overly excited. I left out the part where Adrien was my mate though or she would freak out. She was eagerly waiting for me to find a mate and if I told her that he kicked me out, she might as well just kick his balls with me.
The next morning which I dreaded came way too soon, I had been up since 5:30 am and had to be at work by 7. I couldn’t exactly sleep well at night with all the twisting and turning and the picture of Adrien's face invading my thoughts.
If Adrien wasn’t my mate and hadn’t lashed out on me like that, I would have been fine. But because he was my mate and I was freaking out too much.
I made it to the building and let out a shaky breath before I threw away my coffee cup in the nearest trash can, who knew what rules that asshole had. I wasn’t about to get told off on my first day so I was extra cautious with everything.
“I see you made it,” that same woman from yesterday who I learned was called Sienna said, almost too rudely but I brushed it off. I nodded and gave her a smile, “I will show you your office.” She stood up and I followed her trying to hide the shock on my face. I had an office... I never had an office before, just a small cubicle.
“That’s Adrien’s office, and this is yours. There is a door from the inside too that leads to his office,” she said as we walked into my office and my mouth dropped. Great! My day just kept getting better and better.
“I will inform him that you’re here, he’ll be with you shortly,” she said before walking out and swaying her hips, as if she was showing me that she was better than me.
I had a pretty nice office. The office was painted white just like the rest of the building, and it had only one floor-to-ceiling window behind the black desk, which faced the main road. On the desk sat a laptop, a notebook, and a little pen holder.
In the corner, the air conditioner was blasting at medium, and there was a lamp right beside it. An empty bookshelf sat in a corner collecting dust. It was really big and spacious, not as big as Adrien’s though, but the light illuminating from the huge window made it look even bigger.
I sat awkwardly on my desk chair, fiddling with the pen holder when the door burst open. I jumped in my seat and dropped it on the floor. “Shit,” I muttered and quickly picked it up only to hear a sigh.
I looked up and my eyes met with his blue orbs that seemed to never hold any emotions. I straightened my back and gave him the best smile I could.
“Uh- Good morning?” I stuttered.
“Don’t act like we’re friends,” he scoffed making my eyes go wide, I was not acting like I was his friend, I was merely just being nice and professional but I guess that wasn’t allowed either. Jerk.
He walked closer to my desk and dropped a giant stack of papers. I let out a cough and held back my shock as I stared at the biggest pile of papers I'd seen.
“You are required to sign this contract,” he said and turned the paper that sat on top so that I can read it.
“Contract for what?” I asked.
“You're my assistant, I'm the lead warrior so you realize that here you’re going to be working for the pack, you will know of our plans and attacks, things that are confidential. So if you decide to go against us, this contract will determine your fate.”
“Are you saying-” I paused, “I would never betray my own pack!” I looked up at him and he had the same permanent scowl on his face.
“I never said you would Miss Hale, read the contract thoroughly, and sign it,” he paused. “After that, I want you to proofread every single one of these papers, sign where it needs to be signed and I want them in my office by the end of today.” He pointed at the mountain of papers and turned to walk away.
“What-” the words blurted out of my mouth making his head snap back, “I mean- I,” I paused and stared at the papers dumbfoundedly. “I’m supposed to get off at five, this would take me until midnight if not tomorrow,” I pointed at them.
“You wanted this job and you got it, now you will do it the way I want you to do it. If you don’t want to get fired on your first day of course,” he said and I noticed that his expression never ever changed, he always looked cold and closed off.
“Why are you doing this?” I asked. I couldn’t help it and I had to know.
“I mean, you know I’m your mate, so why are you acting like this,” I said as I pointed at the distance between us.
He stalked towards me and I instantly regretted ever opening my mouth as my heart pounded in my chest. I should have just started with the papers and shut up.
“If you thought I was going to treat you any differently because you were my mate, then you are very wrong. I don’t want a mate and I never asked for one. You just had to show up,” he said while glaring at me, I felt like I would faint as he stared deep into my soul but at the same time, I found it very hot.
“I will treat you the same way I treat everyone. You won’t get any special treatment for being my mate, and I don’t care if you’re the Alpha’s daughter.”
“No one hears about this, as far as anyone knows, you’re just my assistant, got it?” he asked and I nodded before quickly sitting down and taking the first paper while my heart pounded int my chest. I stared at the paper and acted like he wasn’t there until I heard the door close.
“Asshole”, I muttered before I spun my chair and stared at the view outside, I could see people walking and talking and I envied them. I was stuck in a nice office with my mate next door, my mate who wanted nothing to do with me. He knew nothing about me and yet here he was, judging me for being the Alpha’s daughter. Whenever people found out they would assume things about me and treat me differently. Little did they know, my life was far from perfect.
“Let’s get to work,” I clicked my tongue and cracked my fingers before I began reading the very boring papers in front of me. I don’t even know why he gave it to me, it all seemed like nonsense and unnecessary things. I mean, one of the papers dated back to a rogue fight from five years ago.
“Hi Stella,” I said in a groggy voice as I answered her call. It was 6 pm and I was nowhere near done and I really could use a break.
“Hey Val, how was your day,” she asked and I let out a laugh. Was? My day was far from over.
“Bad, really bad, he gave me an abnormally huge stack of papers, and I am nowhere near done. He’s torturing me using his power,” I groaned before dropping my head on the table a bit too hard resulting in a loud bang.
“Jeez, are you okay? What was that,” Stella asked.
“Oh, it’s nothing,” I said when the door burst open.
“I assume you’re done with the papers?” Adrien asked while he looked at me, still no emotions on his face.
I quickly pulled the phone down from my ear and shook my head. My heart thumped in my chest and I forgot how to breathe. First day and I pissed him off.
“Well then I suggest you get off the phone and finish your work, I can hear you in my office, I did not hire you so you could call your friends,” he said before turning around and shutting the door.
I winced when the door closed and looked at my phone, “you heard the colossal beast, gotta go,” I whispered and hung up.
Stupid son of a gun, I couldn't even take a break. I was starting to regret my decision to work for him.
I yawned and walked into his office at almost midnight, I was struggling to keep my eyes open after staring at thousands of papers for the entire day. I was surprised to see him still there, working and looking unaffected at all, he looked so beautiful.
“Your papers,” I said as I tried to place them on his desk but I didn’t push them far enough. The papers slid down and were all over the place, some still on his desk and some all over the floor.
I jumped back and winced when he slammed his hands on the table. “I am so sorry, I just am tired and I-” I said but quickly closed my mouth when he looked like he was about to snap my neck.
“You can’t do one thing right! I have a lot on my plate right now and I don’t need your clumsiness added to it,” he yelled and I was not about to mess with a warrior so I just bent down and quickly picked up the papers from the floor all while he looked at me. I felt very insecure while doing so, I could feel his eyes on me with every move I made.
“I’m really sorry about that, it won’t happen again,” I said while looking up at him. I did not want to apologize, who did he think he was? But I did anyway because I needed my job.
He nodded and pointed at the door, “it better not.”
I walked to the door and turned to look at him. I was going to tell him to have a goodnight but decided against it, he got pissed in the morning when I wished him a good morning, and besides, I did not want him to have a good night. I hoped he tossed and turned like a chicken on a grill and had nightmares that haunted him for the rest of his life. Idiot.
I decided to go back to my parent's home instead of my little cabin since I promised Angelina that I would. She was most likely asleep by then but I wouldn’t break my promise.
“Valerie!” I heard my mom as soon as I opened the door.
“Hi mom,” I said and walked into the living room where she was sitting with my father who was on his laptop.
“It’s late, why are you two awake?” I asked and plopped down on the chair.
“I could ask you the same, who works this late on their first day!! I was waiting for you and giving your dad some company.”
“My boss overloaded me with work,” I huffed and looked at my father, “dad, what do you know about Adrien Grey?” I asked.
“Ah! Adrien is one hell of a man, I wouldn’t be able to handle these attacks without him, why?”
“Just asking,” I shrugged, “he’s my boss,” I said as I bit my lip and felt my face heat up. I could feel my mom’s eyes burning into my soul, she knew something was up.
“You sure?” she asked and I nodded while trying to avoid her gaze.
“He’s my mate,” I blurted out. I knew he said not to tell anyone but see if I care, and these were my parents.
The room fell silent and both of them were looking at me with their lips parted, if their jaws could reach the floor they would have.
“Uh?” I waved my hand in front of them.
“OH MY GOD MY BABY, FINALLY I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU,” my mom jumped up and squealed before pulling me in for a crushing hug.
“I’m happy for you Valerie, he’s a good man,” my father smiled before giving me a hug too.
I stood there awkwardly and looked at them smiling, I had no idea how to break it to them, “yeah, um, that’s the thing,” I let out a laugh, “he wants nothing to do with me.”
“He rejected you!?” My father said, his eyes ready to kill.
“No he didn’t, he’s just, I don’t know. So cold.”
“Oh then I’m sure he’ll come around, he’s a warrior it’ll just take him a bit to accept it,” my mom smiled and I just nodded. They had no idea what he did. The man was known for having a different girl in his bed every night, so I doubted he would want to settle down with his dick.
It hurt when I thought about it. I saved myself for my mate when he was going around and bedding a different girl every day.
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