“Layla?” Jace’s expression was emotionless but she could see he was confused.
“I thought you weren’t coming...” Layla whispered.
“I decided to come up, I arrived late.” He said smoothly.
Layla stood and ran to her friend. She threw her arms around him and hugged his neck tightly, “I’m so happy to see you.”
Jace pulled her off and stood in front of her, his voice cold, “Layla, we aren’t friends anymore. You left. You left me alone and you left Ryann...” he lowered his head and she could see him struggle.
Layla fought the tears in her eyes, “I didn’t know.. nobody told me what happened. I didn’t find out until Mitch told me last night. Jace, I’m so sorry.”
“It doesn’t change the fact that you left.” Jace replied before turning to leave. He turned back, “I don’t want a mate. I had a mate and she was my whole life. But my pack needs a Luna. I’ll give you until this evening to pack your things and be ready to leave.”
Layla glared at him in shock, “You think you can just boss me around because we happen to be second chance mates? Well think again Jace Beckett.”
Jace growled, “No, but I expect you to obey the order of an Alpha. Go pack, I will deal with Alpha Thomas.”
Layla scowled at him in defiance before walking away.
At home Layla was packing her things as James walked in. “You’re really leaving huh?”
Layla walked to her friend and hugged him tightly, “I really am.” Layla wiped a stray tear from her cheek and looked up at James with a smile, “I’ll make sure Alpha Thomas let’s you keep the house. You’ll need it for when you get your second chance too.”
James laughed, “Yeah right.”
He helped Layla pack and they loaded up her car before hugging one more time, “Layla you make sure that Alpha treats you right. If he so much as looks at you wrong you call me.”
“I will, thanks James, I’ll miss you.” Layla smiled as she climbed into the car and drove up to the pack house to meet Jace.
“You ready?” Jace asked as he walked toward her car.
“Yep, do you want me to follow you or just meet you there?”
“We can meet at the pack house.” Jace said in a cold tone before walking to his car.
“Jace?” Layla called out, making him turn back to her, “I’ll be a bit longer, I’m going to stop at my parent’s house.”
Jace nodded, “Fine.”
Layla gave him a warm smile but was met with a distant stare. As she drove back to Black Ridge Pack her anxiety was on high as she thought back to a year ago. She pulled up to her parent’s house an hour later and knocked on the door.
Her mother opened the door and Layla was almost flattened when her mother rushed to her and pulled her close, “Sweetheart, you’re home.”
“Hey momma,” Layla chuckled as she was pulled inside.
Leanne wiped the tears from her face before yelling across the house, “Rick!! Come here!”
Rick appeared a few seconds later, “What woman?! I was trying to...” he stopped when he saw his daughter. “Baby girl,” he said with a smile as he pulled his daughter close.
“Daddy,” Layla smiled brightly as she embraced her father. It had been a year since she had seen them and she had missed them every day. After having dinner together at home and catching up on everything they had missed Layla stood up, “well, surprise.. I found my second chance mate.”
Leanne jumped up with a smile, “Really?! So I’ll actually get some grand pups?!”
Layla rubbed her neck, “Yeahh probably not... it’s Jace.”
Her parents gasped as they realized what that meant.
“Wow.. how do you end up mate to both of them?!”
Layla laughed, “I have no idea. But I need to go, Jace wants me at the pack house by end of day.”
Rick stepped forward, “There’s something you need to know about Jace, Layla.”
Layla turned to her father with confusion, “What do you mean?”
“Jace isn’t the same man you remember. When Ryann and their pup were killed it broke him. He withdrew himself from the pack for months. He just started getting back to normal life a few months ago. But now he’s cold and distant, almost like he’s afraid to feel. He’s shut himself off.”
Layla lowered her head, “I wish I had known, I would have come back. Why didn’t you say anything when we talked?”
Layla had only spoken to her parents a few times but they definitely had the chance to tell her.
“We thought you knew,” Leanne replied, “we thought Alpha Thomas had told you. If we had known you didn’t know we would have told you.”
Layla shrugged, “It doesn’t matter now. Anyway, I need to head out.” She hugged her parents, “I love you guys, I’ll see you later.”
“Bye hun,” her mother waved from the porch as Layla drove up to the pack house.
“Where have you been?” Jace asked irritated as Layla walked into the Alpha’s quarters.
“I told you at Blue Moon, I went to see my parents.” Layla replied.
“I didn’t think it would take hours.” Jace said with an eye roll.
“I haven’t seen them in a year, so we spent some time together. Is that not allowed Alpha?” Layla asked sarcastically.
Jace glared at her before walking to his room and closing the door.
“Don’t worry, I’ll carry up all my things by myself, it’s no big deal,” Layla muttered as she walked back down the stairs to unload her car.
After unpacking her things in Hunter’s old room she laid on the bed remembering the last time she was in there. Layla sighed before drifting off to sleep.