T H R E E
One month. One month with Valerie working for me and testing my patience. I wasn’t letting her go anytime soon though, and she was probably my longest-lasting PA. No matter how much work I overloaded her with she always completed it and she never slacked, and she didn’t take shit from anyone, she had a smart mouth. I wasn't sure if my mission to make her not last as my PA would work, I've never seen someone as determined as her.
At first, I thought she would be a spoilt bratty girl since she is the Alpha’s daughter. She proved to be anything but that and she made it her mission to stay away from me which was starting to bother me for some reason. It bothered me even more that she was spending so much time with Sebastian Maine, one of our newest warriors. She wasn’t mine, I hadn't claimed her but I hadn't rejected her either. I could have rejected her that same day she came to my office but I didn’t, I don’t know why.
I always gave her more work so she wouldn’t have lunch with him, but she trained with him too and I couldn’t do anything about it.
I was too lost in my thoughts to hear the door of my office open. I looked up and my eyes widened before I practically jumped to my feet.
“Alpha,” I said and bowed my head down. He never came to my office unannounced… he never came to my office to begin with.
“Adrien, sit down.” Alpha Archer nodded with a smile and I complied. It amazed me how much control he had over the whole pack.
“I have been working with Mason on this attack. It seems to be much bigger than us, this isn’t an attack, its war.” He began to say. I looked up and the man looked exhausted, he had bags under his eyes probably because of that case.
Our pack and the neighboring pack have been facing constant rogue attacks. Someone from the inside was helping them and we had no idea who. All we came up with was that they were trying to take power off of each pack individually and get rid of the Alphas.
After the packs are left with no Alphas and no power it would be chaotic. That's when they'll join the packs together to form one big pack and continue growing from there.
“We need to find the traitor and NOW,” he said and I nodded.
“Me and my men narrowed down the list of suspects, from the warriors we still can’t give names, they are too good at keeping it low. But so many clues kept pointing at Lucien Corsaro from the outside,” I said and his eyes instantly widened.
“Corsaro?” He asked and I nodded. “Why is that?”
“We’ve tracked him and his wife buying wolfsbane in bulk and he’s been seen roaming by the borders often, exactly where the attacks happen. Almost like he was planning them and lining the areas with wolfsbane to weaken us.”
Wolfsbane. It was a blessing and a curse if used wrong. The only reason one would want such amounts of wolfsbane was to use them against the wolves and weaken them. Wolfsbane could heal some wounds and could get us what humans would call high. But an excessive amount of wolfsbane would simply weaken us and kill us.
“Dear Goddess,” he muttered before pinching the bridge of his nose.
“When did you figure that out?” he asked.
“He’s been on our watch list for a while so I’m not sure.”
“Keep a close eye on him, and Adrien, don’t mention anything about him or this to Valerie,” he said. I furrowed my brows and wanted to ask why but I decided against it.
“Don’t worry Alpha, I won’t.” It wasn't like we talked anyway...
“So you have no idea who’s from the inside? No suspects?” He changed the topic and I could sense the uneasiness in him. All of that just made me want to find out what Valerie had to do with all of it.
“I do have a few that I suspect, but then again I can’t point fingers without proof because they could very well be innocent. Pointing fingers will only create chaos within our warriors.”
“Whatever you plan next make sure none of them know. Just you, Aramis, Kade, and Mason for now. We tell them when it’s too late for them to organize an attack and share our plans,” he said and I nodded once again.
Aramis was what you’d call my second in command, whenever I wasn’t available or if I happened to die. He’ll be the one to take over my spot as the leader.
I looked up at him and cleared my throat. “I will do Alpha, I’m sorry but I’m going to have to excuse myself. My training class starts in a few.”
Kade and I held training sessions three times a week, we mostly trained our warriors but sometimes we had normal pack members too. It was a perfect distraction from the chaotic world of being a warrior.
“All right,” he said and we both stood up. I walked him to the door and before I could open it he called my name, my gaze shifted to him and I bowed my head down.
“You’re a good man. Just because it happened to your parents, it doesn’t mean it will happen to you.” He gave me a soft smile.
I immediately knew what he was talking about. He was talking about me and Valerie, he knew about us. A frown appeared on my face and I couldn’t help it, I hated talking about my parents and what happened to them. No one knew other than Kade and of course, the Alpha and Luna or whoever was around them when it happened.
“It wasn’t just my parents, it’s almost every warrior,” I answered back. I hated it when people pretended to care.
“I know son. Give it a chance,” he said and walked out.
I stood rooted in my spot. Give it a chance? There was no way I would do that. Valerie wasn’t for me and I was fine sleeping with other girls.
I stared at the door joining my office to Valerie’s and shook my head. I was lying to myself, ever since she came I’ve lost interest in my old ways, it was all her. I couldn’t even stand Adelaide anymore. Adelaide worked at a bar and was always my quick fuck but after meeting Valerie, I couldn’t, and when I tried I felt like shit. Nothing was the same. That was exactly why I didn't want a mate. I had nothing going on with her and she was already messing up everything for me.
“You’re late, AGAIN,” Kade punched my arm as soon as I walked into the indoor training center. “I swear Adrien if you were with another girl I-”
“I wasn’t,” I cut him off. “Alpha came to my office.”
“Alpha? Why?” he asked with wide eyes, all the playfulness gone.
“We’ll talk later with Aramis,” I said and turned to the class.
I spotted Valerie and non other than Sebastian Maine in the back corner practicing their punches. Maine used to attend my classes before he began training with Valerie since it was optional. She was laughing at something he said and I felt my wolf stir. I hated him a little too much, and he had the nerves to spend all his free time with her.
“Adrien!” Kade called snapping me out of my daze.
“I’m going to make these classes mandatory for all warriors,” I said with a growl when I looked at Valerie, again.
He looked at me with a raised eyebrow and then smirked when he followed my gaze and saw Valerie tucked under Sebastians arm, “thought you don’t want a mate?”
“I don’t,” I mumbled.
I went all out on the class. Maybe a little too hard on them but my wolf was going crazy seeing our mate with another man. Smiling and laughing which she never did with me.
As we took our break I sat on the bench and my gaze immediately went back to her like a creep. She was so beautiful even when she was working out. I was so weirded out by my thoughts and I must have stared for too long because she felt my gaze on her and turned to look at me, locking her deep green eyes with mine. Big mistake.
As soon as she turned, she missed blocking Maine’s punches and earned a good punch on her pretty face making her stumble and fall back. I heard her shriek and I let out a deep growl before I basically ran to her side without thinking. “Maine you idiot,” I growled as I pulled her up. Her back almost touching my front.
He looked at me with furrowed brows and mumbled an apology as he scratched his neck.
“Why would you do something so stupid?” I mumbled only for her to hear.
She turned her head to look at me and scowled, “Let go of me.” She yanked her hands from me and squinted while she held her head probably feeling the pain from the impact.
“Are you okay?” I asked.
“Why do you care? I’m fine.”
“Well, you took a pretty hard blow-”
“I said I’m fine,” she cut me off, “Sebastian let’s go I’m tired,” she said and grabbed his arm and started to walk away to the lockers.
I growled, grabbed her wrist and turned her around to face me, “what, you think by running off with Sebastian you’ll make me jealous?” I asked and I didn’t miss the smirk on her lips.
“People are watching,” she said and gave me a sheepish smile.
“Answer my question.”
“Sebastian is my friend. Why? Are you jealous? Because it looks like it. I mean you’re acting very weird for someone who supposedly doesn’t care-”
“You talk too much,” I cut her off and she looked up at me before yanking her hand from my grip once again.
“Well, you’re the one that came over to me.” That girl was going to drive me crazy with her smart mouth, but then and there I also knew I could never let her go. Just feeling her close to me made my entire body go crazy.
“Bye,” she said and walked off with him. Just like that.