I sat on the bed, my wolf finally satiated after being let loose, even for a few moments. Johnny walked down the stairs with a grin, "Need any more water?"
I scowled at him, "She's angry at you."
He scowled, "Haven't learned your lesson, huh?"
I shrugged, "I heard her yelling from down here. You're in big trouble." I tried to keep calm but all I could see was him trying to kiss her. I didn't know why it made me so angry, but it did. My wolf was pacing in my head, threatening to tear him to pieces.
Johnny scowled before standing at his post and ignoring me for the rest of the day. I was glad when the guard changed and I was able to ask Liam for some water, knowing he probably wasn't going to spike it.
The next morning came quickly and I was awakened by clanking against the bars. I smelled her before I even turned around. My ocean breeze.
"J, get up, Adara is here to check on you," Liam hollered from the door of the cell.
I rolled over with a groan, "Can't this happen later in the day? Why so early?"
"I have work to do today," she replied coldly.
"I see," I replied, watching her face as she checked my wounds. She was actually very beautiful and I was having a hard time controlling myself around her. This mate pull thing was no joke. She spoke, breaking the silence and breaking me out of my thoughts.
"I see shifting did what it needed to, your wounds are almost completely healed, even the burns on your mouth," she said, her eyes meeting mine for a moment before returning to her work. She leaned down and checked my healed ribcage, "Good, now J-"
"My name is Ryder," I said softly.
She looked in my eyes, her expression softening for a moment, "Ryder."
Hearing her say my name just about drove me crazy. "Yes?" was all I was able to get out.
"I really need you to stop getting beaten up," she said with a glare.
"I didn't plan on being captured and abused," I replied, my tone snarky.
She rolled her eyes, "Then stop being difficult."
"If I tell them who I am they'll kill me for sure," I said, my anxiety about my past coming to the forefront. I had lived in fear for years that the ones who had attacked my pack would find me and kill me.
She let out a sigh, "Ryder..."
"My life isn't an easy one," I said quietly, "If you need to reject me, I understand."
Adara scowled, "I don't even know you, how can I reject someone I don't know?"
I shrugged, "I don't know. But I'm either going to run from this place forever or spend forever in this cell."
Adara lowered her head, "We need to tell my father."
I shook my head, "No… we can't tell anyone that we are mates."
Adara and I looked up with shock to see Johnny standing at the door of the cell.
Adara gave him a pitiful look, "Johnny... I-"
"Is this why he's been taunting me and going on about how you want him?" he yelled.
I stood up aggressively, my wolf not liking the way he was speaking to our mate. Adara placed a calming hand on my arm and gave me a glare, beckoning me to sit.
She turned to Johnny, giving him a soft smile, "Johnny, I'm sorry, but.."
"How long have you known?" he growled.
"Since my birthday two days ago," she replied.
Johnny gave a look of disgust, "And you haven't rejected this filth?"
Adara frowned, "It's not that simple."
"He's a rogue, what kind of life could you possibly have with him?" he snapped.
I stepped forward, "More than any life with you. Even if we reject each other, she still won't turn to you."
Johnny growled, stepping forward. I did the same, ready for a fight.
Adara pushed between us, "If you're done now, can we stop and talk like decent adults?"
Johnny glared at the both of us before turning away and running back up the stairs with fury in his eyes. I looked at Adara, her face filled with worry. She turned to me with an uncomfortable laugh, "Well... it looks like now we don't have a choice. If I know Johnny he is already in my father's office."
I rubbed the back of my neck, "Well.. it was nice knowing you. I'll surely be dead by this evening. Thank you for taking care of me."
Adara smiled, "He's not going to kill you."
I looked up toward the cell door, "You sure?"
Adara turned back to see her father standing at the door, anger pouring out of him. "Adara, get out of the cell."
She stood and gave me a sorry look before walking toward her father. "Dad, we need to talk."
"That's the understatement of the year!" he boomed. Liam closed the cell door and I watched as Adara and her father walked upstairs. She had her head down, knowing she was about to get an earful.
Liam shook his head at me, "You're either very lucky, or very dead."
"Are you talking about the Alpha or Adara?" I asked sarcastically.
Liam laughed, "Let's be honest here, either one could tear you to pieces."
I chuckled as I thought about my secret. I'm pretty sure I could take them.