T W E N T Y 9
Adrien literally busted into the bathroom which made me jump. “No-no! Get out!” I panicked as my eyes met his and I fumbled with the stick on the sink that ended up falling to the floor.
We both bent down to reach for it but he grabbed it first. “That’s mine, give it to me,” I said but he moved away and kept staring at the stick in his hands as my phone alarm rang in the background and my heart pounded in my chest.
I felt like I was going to go crazy as I ignored the alarm and watched his face go from confusion to shock. “What does it say?” I said as my breathing became uneven and I pulled his hands down so I could look at it.
All the color drained from my face and I slowly walked away from him to turn off the alarm on my phone with my trembling hands. I kept my back to him, I didn’t want to face him because I had no idea what to say. I could hear the blood rushing through my veins as I shut my eyes and gripped the sink.
“Valerie…” He breathed out and I gulped. “What is this?” He asked and I could hear his heart pounding. I knew damn well he knew what it was.
I slowly turned around, hugging my bathrobe tighter around my naked body as I looked into his eyes. “It’s… I think I’m pregnant,” I said. My voice barely above a whisper.
His eyes moved to look at my stomach and I’m pretty sure I saw his breath hitch as he looked back down at the test in his hand and said nothing. We were not ready for a child. We never even talked about having children of our own because I knew he wasn’t the biggest fan of them. Hell, he hated them for all I knew.
I could feel the heat rise to my face as my heart pounded against my ribcage and tears pricked my eyes.
“How?” He asked. He obviously knew how but he also thought I was on the pill.
“I forgot about my pills,” I mumbled and plopped down on the toilet seat because my legs were getting too weak to hold me up. As soon as I said that he choked on his own spit and began coughing.
“I’m sorry I know you didn’t want kids but when I was in the hospital I wasn’t on the pills and then I completely forgot about them and we-” I began rambling to try and save myself if he got angry at me. I paused when he put the test back on the sink and stepped closer to me to cup my face in both his hands.
“Shh. You’re talking too much,” he said and I just looked up at him through my tears. “There is nothing for you to be sorry about, it takes two to make a baby.” I was confused. So confused.
“Yes, but I forgot-” he cut me off again.
“I’m not mad. Yes, I might have hated kids but a certain little girl might have changed my mind.” He smiled and I tilted my head in confusion. The man never even went close to kids.
“I also might not be ready for such a big commitment but if you really are pregnant then I will love the baby with everything in me. It’s okay,” he reassured me while rubbing his thumbs on my now red cheeks and I just looked at him not knowing what to say. I did not expect that reaction from him.
I didn’t see myself having kids that fast but that wasn’t the problem. The problem was that our pack was barely holding it together and I was always a target to enemies.
“It’s so chaotic right now and I’m not ready,” I cried out again. He sighed and pulled me up to wrap his arms around me so tightly, knowing that being in his embrace calmed me.
“I’ll make you an appointment, and if you’re pregnant and you don’t want to keep it then it’s your choice,” he whispered into my hair.
“No-no I want to keep it,” I immediately said with my voice muffled by his shirt and he hummed.
“Look at me,” he said and tilted my head up. “We have nine months, maybe eight, to get ready. I don’t know if that’s enough time but you’ll be a great mom to our little pup.”
My eyes went wide and I moved away from him to give myself space to breathe. It was getting too real the more we talked and that was not a word I was expecting to hear so soon. “That sounds so… weird,” I mumbled to myself but he heard me anyway and chuckled.
“But we never talked about this… You want this?” I asked as I ran my fingers through my hair.
“I never thought about it but I don’t mind. It’s not like we could change it. It’s okay,” he whispered as he walked over to me and leaned down to place his forehead on mine. “But it’s a lot to take in.”
“I know,” I whispered with a sigh. One day my crazy father tries to kill me, and then my mate almost dies as our pack is under attack and his crazy admirer tries to kill me, and the next thing I’m pregnant.
“We need to get ready for the memorial,” I said and walked away to our closet, trying to get myself together and not faint. I regretted taking that pregnancy test in the morning when I had somewhere to be.
“Is this why you’ve been so distant?” He asked and I just nodded as I searched for a black dress.
“And… you were suspecting it this whole time?” He asked and I took a deep breath before turning around to face him.
“That day… The same day as the attack I realized that I never even touched my pills since I ended up in the hospital but I hoped nothing would happen. Then I totally forgot about the fact that I might be pregnant because of what happened to you and everything else,” I said and he just listened. Still trying to process the bomb I just dropped on him.
“And then I realized that I missed my period…” I whispered and turned away from him and looked at the dresses agan.
I heard him sigh before he walked up to me and snuck his arms around my waist. “It’s okay. Our pup is going to have the best mother in the world,” he said and kissed my temple while caressing my stomach.
A soft smile appeared on my lips and I slowly turned around in his arms and held onto him. I had expected a totally different reaction. Maybe anger or fury, but not him being so calm and okay about it. Him being so calm about it made me feel less frightened. “You’re the best thing I could have asked for. I love you,” I whispered and got on my toes to kiss him.
He hummed and kissed me back before hoisting me up and walking us towards the bed.
“No! We need to get ready, you needy beast.” I laughed as he threw me on the bed and looked at me with dark eyes. He ignored me and hovered over me to kiss me everywhere as if he was trying to take my mind off a few things.
His hands moved down to untie my robe and I smacked his arm away. “We have to leave soon.”
“It’ll be quick,” he said in a husky voice but I quickly snuck from under him and ran to the closet.
“No quick! We have to go. Did you forget that you’re the lead warrior?” I asked with a smile on my face as I pulled out a black knee length dress.
“Fuck that. The Alpha will be there, he’s more important. I can’t go like this Valerie,” he said and I turned to find a huge tent in his pants. I burst out laughing and he shook his head. It was a real laugh for the first time in a while.
“You just wait,” he said in a tone that was supposed to scare me but I just grinned and watched him walk away to the bathroom.
Adrien and I were standing next to each other as my father talked about what happened and the warriors we lost. Everyone had their head bowed down as we listened intently to what he was saying. The sky was grey and cloudy. It was just a gloomy day.
Everyone had their turn and I was just standing there holding back my tears as everyone talked about the person they lost. I was so deep in my thoughts that I didn’t realize Aramis went up to talk.
“I would like to thank everyone that is here and uh- most of you might know me as the second in command. Or ex- second in command,” he said and I felt Adrien squeeze my hand.
“Sylvie was my mate. We met about two years ago at one of Luna’s events and my life was amazing ever since. She was loved by everyone, a free spirit, and one hell of a warrior,” he said and I could hear his voice shake which sent a tear down my cheek. It could have been me up there talking about Adrien and that thought shattered me.
“Sylvie always put others before her and that is the reason I am standing here today. She was trying to save me which did not go well. I’m sure many of you met her at the training center. She always had a smile on her face even on her bad days. I’m proud of her and all that she’s done. I don’t have enough words to honor her and if I did, I would be here all day.”
“If she saw me today she would most definitely beat me up for what I’ve done to myself after she was taken away from me. Thank you all for being here, and I love you, Sylvie.” He finished off and I looked up to see his face all red and stained with tears.
I couldn’t keep it together anymore so I wrapped my arms around Adrien and silently cried. He wrapped his arm around my shoulders, gently rubbing my arm without uttering a word.
Despite the heaviness in my stomach, it still flustered at the feeling of my body pressed against his. I sunk into his side feeling warm and protected by his simple gesture.
I was freaking out internally. The last thing I had expected was for Valerie to tell me she was pregnant. I didn't know how to be a father and for some odd reason, I did not even once think about the possibility of her getting pregnant. Just like when I thought I’d never find a mate since I didn’t want one, but there she was.
Thinking about it, I would have wanted a pup with Valerie at some point, just not when everything was so chaotic. But since it happened we had to just take what life gives us.
I left Valerie with Stella and found Kade walking with Phoenix, comforting her as she leaned her head on his shoulders. “Kade,” I said and both their attentions were to me.
“Can I talk to him for a minute?” I asked phoenix and she just smiled and nodded before pushing him towards me.
“What on earth can you not say in front of Phoenix?” He asked with a raised eyebrow as we walked away from the people and to the trees.
“Valerie is pregnant… Like for real,” I blurted as I ran my fingers through my hair and he immediately choked and began coughing. Exactly my reaction.
“What?” He asked.
“What do you mean what? She’s pregnant as in we’re having a baby. A pup,” I repeated and watched his eyes go wide again.
“Since when did you want kids? You didn’t even want a mate,” he said and I glared at him. None of them were ever going to let that go.
“This was not planned. I don’t know what to think. I mean I’m okay with it because there is nothing I could do about it. But she got pregnant in the midst of all this chaos!” I said and began pacing around. “She’s a target and you know that. They already came for her so many times and if they try that while she’s pregnant?”
“First of all, she didn’t magically get pregnant. You impregnated her by not keeping it in your pants,” he said making me growl. I kept questioning why I decided he was the best person to panic to.
“Shut the fuck up Kade or I swear I will punch you because I really need something to punch. She’s my mate so why would I keep it in my pants.” I growled and glared at him.
“It’s okay she’ll be fine,” he said and I took a deep breath. I knew after what happened our pack would not be attacked for a while, but it would eventually because rogues were still out there.
“If anything happens to her, both her and our pup will be hurt…” I mumbled. Our pup sounded way too surreal. “How the fuck am I supposed to handle keeping both of them safe? Not to mention Aramis hates our existence.”
“Adrien. If there is one thing I know about you it’s that you’d protect the ones you love with your life. Nothing will happen to her, we all love her,” he paused when I glared at him, “as a sister of course.” He tried to act goofy and I was just not having it.
“What I’m saying is that we’ll all be there to protect her. Besides, she’s the Alpha’s daughter so we’ll all be fucked if anything happened to her. and I value my life. And Aramis is in therapy for all we know. He won't come close to her,” he said and I just looked up at the grey sky to calm myself.
“I really don’t like you, Kade,” I mumbled because I knew he was right. He was dumb but also smart and my best friend.
“Yeah I know, Valerie replaced me,” he said and I couldn’t help but smile. “I remember when it was just us,” he said and looked up as if he was some poet telling a poem.
“For the second time, shut the fuck up.” I sighed. “I’m taking her away for a week or so. I’ll need you to cover for me.”
“You want me to train and take care of everything with the warriors without Aramis or an assistant?” He asked with wide eyes.
“You don’t have to do it alone. There is Sebastian and Blake to help. But again, if you can’t that’s fine,” I said and he just looked at me with a raised eyebrow.
“Since when did you become nice and not ordering me to do it?” He asked and I just stared at him. “Just go I’ll handle it. I know Valerie needs it after everything… and Scarlett.”
“Maybe don’t mention that in front of her. But Thank you,” I said, feeling extremely out of place for being nice to him and thanking him.
“Stop,” he cringed. “That is way too weird. Valerie made you so soft. Don’t thank me,” he said.
“I’m going to punch you, shut up,” I growled and saw him hide a smirk. If there was one thing I hated, it was being called soft by anyone let alone Kade.
I took Valerie to my parent’s cabin that same night. It was far away from everyone and up a mountain so it was just me and her away from the bullshit the world gave us for the past Goddess knows how long.
The night was cold which only gave us more reason to draw closer to one another as we sat in front of the fireplace with her between my legs and my arms wrapped around her protectively. Hours passed and it made me realize how easy it was to lose track of time when I’m with her.
“Did you come here a lot?” She asked, breaking the silence between us.
“Yeah, we did. Mostly in winter though. But when they passed away I never thought of coming back but I had someone keep the place put together and clean. I didn’t want it to fall apart,” I said and kissed her ear.
“It’s a nice place,” she whispered and leaned back into me. I had never felt that calm in my life.
“Well, it could now be our place. And our pup,” I said and she smiled before looking up at me. She seemed to smile whenever I mentioned our pup and I could hear her heartbeat quicken.
I chuckled and stood up with her before hoisting her up and wrapping her legs around my waist. “But now, it’s just us, and I’m not going to waste a second of it,” I said and watched her cheeks go red as I dropped her on the bed and had one of the best nights with the woman I loved.
I woke up to a cold bed and furrowed my brows as I adjusted my vision. I looked up to find Valerie wrapped up in sheets and staring out the window lost in her own thoughts. “Hey,” I whispered and she turned to give me a smile.
“It’s snowing,” she mumbled and looked out the window once again.
“It started last night after our little session and you fell asleep,” I smirked knowing she would turn as red as a tomato as I sat up with my back against the headboard. She smiled sheepishly and turned to face me before walking towards me and straddling me. Our naked bodies pressed together providing warmth.
“I love you so much,” I whispered and leaned in for a kiss.
“Well then I hope you have some love to spare,” she mumbled against my lips and I pulled back and looked at her with furrowed brows. “For our pup.”
“How could I forget,” I said as my hands automatically went to caress her bare stomach. Her cheeks immediately turned that familiar shade of pink as she hid her face in my neck. It seemed that we both just accepted that we were having a pup and it didn’t sound so bad. I already felt protective of our pup which was an instinct in me and Kai.
“Adrien if things like what we went through happen again and we have a child, or if I’m pregnant-” she began to say and I cut her off.
“Don’t continue. I don’t want to think about that. Nothing will happen but if something does happen I will be there to protect you both.”
“Is it weird that if things were… normal. I would be excited to have a pup.” She asked. I rolled us over so that I was hovering over her and shook my head.
“I won’t lie, it does sound a little exciting,” I said and began kissing down her neck all the way to her perky breasts.
She let out a moan as I sucked on her nipple. “You never get enough do you?” She breathed out and I chuckled as I moved to the other nipple.
“Of you? No,” I mumbled before thrusting into her without warning. She gasped and threw her head back and the sight just made me want to release way too fast.
The things I did after I met Valerie I would have never expected to be doing a year before I met her. I was just staring at her, her head on the pillow as she looked into my eyes with so many unspoken words. I felt like I was falling for her more every day.
“I wish we could stay here forever,” she whispered as I traced my fingers up and down her spine.
“And have our pup and raise him or her here alone, just as,” I said and she smiled. “Yeah,” she whispered.
“You can’t run away from life. Especially not ours,” I mumbled and tucked her hair behind her ear. “But when we go back. I have a surprise for you.”
Maybe I was becoming soft. I hated surprises and since when did I surprise people?
“You do? What is it?” She asked and immediately propped up on her elbows. “Tell me.”
“Remember before everything when we visited Blue Moon and Mia showed you her kid’s training center?” I asked and a big, knowing, smile appeared on her face. I would do literally anything to see that smile every day.
“You’re going to do it?” She asked. Her voice laced with hope. She wanted me to do it with her but that was impossible. I would never train kids and I had no patience for that so the next best option was Sebastian as much as he bothered me.
“No, you will. When you were in the hospital your parents helped plan it. Your training center is almost ready,” I said and she sat up and shrieked before falling on top of me and choking me with her hug. Her hugs were stronger than anything I’d ever known. I felt so close to her and more alive.
I chuckled as I hugged her back and felt my heart swell for the woman in front of me. “THANK YOU!!! Thank you so much,” she said and pulled away to press a long, hard, kiss on my lips.
“You’re welcome precious,” I whispered and pulled away from her to cup her face only to find tears in her eyes that immediately made me worry.
Before I could even say anything she shook her head and let out a laugh, “I am happy.”
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