Not ‘Just’ Friends

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Chapter 7

Asher’s POV

It was barely an hour after I left the dining room, when Amanda entered my office, looking pissed as hell, with Justin behind her.

“Hey, Amanda, what’s-”

I held my cheek after the sting of her hand had landed.

She slapped me.

What did I do?

“What was that for?” I asked in disbelief.

“Don’t do that, not after what you’ve been doing,” she said.

“What have I been doing?” I asked, still not understanding what was going.

Amanda turned to Justin, who was shooting daggers at me and after remembering what he had done, I glared at him. He was hurting his own mate, well, not physically like she was, but emotionally.

You, how dare you?” I asked him.

“What the hell are you talking about. I didn’t do anything, you’re the one screwing my mate!” He yelled and I froze.

“What? Why would I do that? She’s just a friend, man! Amanda, the one you should have slapped, is him,” I said to Amanda who was now looking between us, not knowing what we were talking about.

“Me? What did I do?”

“You’re falling in love with that nurse, Abigail instead of with ZhenZhen. That’s why she’s been punishing you,” I replied, so mad at what he’d been putting her through.

“Falling in love....with Abigail. What? No! She’s just a friend. We’re close, yes, but nothing more. It’s like you and Amanda, but if you’re not sleeping with her, then who is?” He asked.

“I don’t know, there’s a lot of mateless wolves in this pack,” I answered him and watched as he sat on the chair in front of my desk.

“Look, I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have thought-”

“It’s okay and last night ZhenZhen did try to get me to sleep with her, but I said no and we just ended up talking when she finally got the message.”

With a sigh, Justin nodded and left. I felt sorry for the both of them. I didn’t know the complete story, jut the highlights from when they met to now. I’ll admit it, ZhenZhen’s approach to all of this was wrong, since I’ve heard that cheating on your mate would make the other feel pain whilst the other is feeling pleasure.

I turned to Amanda who was seated on the chair that Justin was in and she was thinking deeply.

“Hey, am I not getting an apology?” I teased.

“Please, you may not have slept with ZhenZhen, but you’ve done a lot of stupid things this week. That was your punishment.”

I chuckled and waved goodbye to her as she left, then got back to work, it I didn’t get much done.

Why couldn’t I take the advice I’d given to ZhenZhen?

If you love someone, you should talk to them....

Amanda’s POV

I couldn’t help but wonder, if Asher and I were a couple, would he cheat on me?

He was a lot like ZhenZhen, so I guess it was expected. I didn’t want to go through what Justin was going through, so I couldn’t, under any circumstances, be with Asher, even though I’m not very sure he will be unfaithful, but the way he slept around with every girl all the time was enough for me.

I had to stop falling for Asher, but it was going to be a long climb up to fall out of love because I was already one hundred thousand feet under, but I could slowly try to climb out of the hole I was it.

After passing by Mason’s house to greet Connor and Mason’s family, I went on regular patrol which was simple since nothing was happening outside the fence and no one was trying to trespass.

Justin’s POV

When I got home, I went straight to my bedroom, where I threw myself on the bed, feeling slight pain in my abdomen. I’d been getting pains like that for a few weeks now and I know I should probably tell a doctor about it, but I never really got to it.

With a sigh, I closed my eyes and thought of the very few good times that me and ZhenZhen had had. None of those days ever led to us sleeping together, no, she was still scared of me since I had marked and mated with her without her consent. I remembered the last time we had a good time together, two years ago on Valentine’s Day. We went out to a restaurant and we had a great time just talking, but the next morning we had a fight and things went back to the way they always were.

I love Zhen with all my heart. She doesn’t feel the same way, but I’m determined to make her love me, even if it takes ten or twenty years or longer. My abdomen started to hurt again, so I went to get a pack of ice after throwing my shirt on the floor, then I felt it again. She was with someone. I groaned loudly, thinking I could take it, but then everything started going black and I was in the floor.

ZhenZhen’s POV

The large man on top of me wasn’t at all as good as I thought he’d be. To be honest I was bored, but as long as it hurt Justin as much as I was hurting, it was good for me. He’s been trying to make it up to me for a long time now and I was actually about to forgive him, then I saw him having ice-cream with that Abigail girl, probably on a date. He was going to reject me for her when we met. He even slept with her and I felt the pain. For three hours, the pain just went on and on. Then he marked me the next day and I didn’t even want it.

The man on top of me was going painfully slow, so I went into the land of thoughts. After a few minutes, I let out a scream.

“Justin!” I said.

He chuckled happily, “I haven’t even started my magic and you’re already-”

I pushed him off me and quickly got dressed then ran to the house I shared with Justin. I ran past the living room and then I saw him there on the floor in the kitchen. I choked on a sob as I saw his bare upper body and my eyes were glued to his abdomen. He never told me that he felt it when I was with other men. He just tried talking to me and I ignored him. I looked at the wounds on his stomach and then checked for a pulse. It was slow and his breathing was ragged.

I tried to get him up and when I did, I limped to the hospital. Someone saw me carrying Justin and came to help me and together we took him to the hospital. There, they took him and pushed us away from the scene, closing the curtains. Crying, I waited in the waiting room, hoping he was okay.

I saw Abigail walking to me with a huge scowl on her face. I stood up and she slapped me.

“Do you have any idea what he’s been going through? The doctors say that he’s lucky to be alive. If you hadn’t found him when you did, he’d be dead in a few days without treatment!” She said.

I started shaking with sobs.

How could I have done this?

Asher was right, when you love someone and you want them to love you back, the best thing to do was talk to them, and things might just work out. I should’ve talked to Justin about Abigail, not tried tried hurt him for falling for her and not me. I was stupid and I knew it. I now see why he loves her, she’s so caring and doesn’t seem like she would ever hurt Justin like I did. Maybe I should try changing for the better and he will love me again.
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