The trip home was way too quick. I was dreading being back. Seeing Matthew again had me on edge. I knew I just needed to relax and not worry about it so much. But knowing and doing were to completely different things.
“Alli I have a surprise for you but I’m going to have to blind fold you so you can’t see yet.” Nick teased me.
“What! Why?” I said pouting.
“Macy what do you know about this?”
“Absolutely nothing!” She said waving her hands in the air.
“Don’t be so inpatient Love, You’re going to love it.” He tormented me.
I hated surprises my mind was trying to work out what it could be. I thought back to when he proposed and smiled. Any surprise from him would be amazing. I just had to pray the suspense didn't kill me." I thought frowning.
“Fine, put the blind fold on.” I growled softly.
After a few minutes in the car we finally stopped and my heart started beating fast. I was really excited and curious as to what the surprise was.
My door opened and Nick grabbed my hand helping me out.
“Be careful baby I don’t want you to fall and hurt the baby.” He said rubbing my belly. We walked a few steps and we stopped.
“You ready?” Nick whispered in my ear, I pulled the blind fold from my eyes and gasped as what I saw. It was a beautiful blue house.
“What is this?” I asked confused.
“This, my beautiful mate is our new home.” He said proudly.
I was at a loss for words it was everything I ever wanted. The house sat on what looked to be a few acres of land. It had a vegetable garden in the back and instantly tears filled my eyes.
“What’s wrong? Do you not like it?” Nick said looking confused.
“No it’s not that! I love it!” I cried.
“Then, why the tears?” he queried.
“It just touches me that you remembered when I said I have always wanted a vegetable garden of my own.” I said sniffling.
My grandpa had always had a garden in his back yard. As long as I could remember he would go out and pick the tomatoes, onions, and peppers for my grandma. He only stopped when he finally got too old to be bending and being out in the hot sun for too long. That he remembered meant the world to me made me love him more.
“Thank you.” I said wrapping my arms around his neck and kissing him.
“Hey, hey, hey what did I say about all that mushy stuff in front of me?” Macy said shielding her eyes.
“Fine.” I said letting go of my mate and walking to the front door.
I was again at a loss for words when I walked in the house. He had thought of everything the furniture was exactly what I would have picked out myself. It made my heart swell at how well he knew me.
“Okay baby one last surprise and we can start unpacking. He led me down the hall and stopped in front of a room.
“OMG! Open the door already. You’re going to make me have a heart attack and the surprise isn’t even for me!” Macy yelled.
Nick just shot her a glare and opened the door. Tears were falling down my face and I was filled with so much love for this man. There in the middle of the room was a cherry wood crib with all the bedding. The walls were painted a baby blue and someone had painted a wolf howling at the moon on the wall. A rocking chair sat next to the crib.
“Do you like it?” He whispered.
I just shook my head I was way too emotional to talk. Being 6 months pregnant probably didn’t help any.
“Wow Nick you have out done yourself. My mate better be as sweet as you.” Macy smirked.
Alli had lucked out with Nick. They were perfect for each other. He was everything that she need and more. She was his everything. Nick was her mate if you asked me fate got it wrong when he picked other people to be their first mate. It should have been Nick and Alli from the start. If only Matthew would release her from there mate bond nothing would ever come between them. I only hoped that when I met my mate it wasn’t as complicated. Nick and Alli gave me hope that even if my mate was an asshole and rejected me I still had a chance at love. There was no denying that they were made for each other.
Sitting in bed my mind wandered back to Matthew and I really needed to settle some things with him now that I was back. My son decided to kick me hard and I giggled. I guess my baby’s looking out for his daddy.
“Nick, I want to go see Matthew.” I said watching for his reaction. “I want to remind him of his promise to me.”
“I don’t think that’s a good idea, Love. You’re carrying my baby. How do you think he’s going to react to that?” He probed.
“He has no right to say anything. You’re my mate Nick no matter if he likes it or not.” I answered fiercely.
“Alli I really don’t think that this will go well. Do you need me to come with you?” He solicited.
“No, I think it’s best if I go alone.” I replied.
I couldn’t help the jealousy that I felt when she said that she was going to see Matthew. I didn’t want him anywhere near her or my baby. She was my mate, he had his chance and he blew it. It was hard for me to act as if nothing was wrong. For her sake I always tried to be understanding and not make things any harder for her. She didn’t need any extra stress . I was here to love and support her no matter what.
“Hello Matthew. Aren’t you going to invite me in?” She requested.
Of all the people to be on my doorstep Alli was the last person I would have expected to see. After my shock at seeing her wore off I noticed two things: One, the big diamond on her wedding finger. Two she was pregnant. Knowing that she had been with someone else had my wolf wanting to come out. I knew that my eyes were starting to glow so I closed them and tried to calm down.
“Are you OK?” Alli said placing her hand on my arm. Like magic the anger left me, I nodded and lead her to the living room.
“You’re married” I whispered.
“Yes and I’m going to be a mommy in a few months.” She said pointing to her rounded belly.
Why did she always have to been so dam beautiful? She was glowing. It crushed me inside to know that the baby she was carrying was not mine.
“Look I came here because I wanted to remind you of your promise to me.” She said frowning at me.
“I will try my best to keep that promise to you.” I said staring at her growing belly. My wolf was agitated to say the least he wanted blood.
“Matt are you listening?” She yelled pulling me from my thoughts.
“Do not think to flaunt him in front of me. My wolf will not have it.” I snapped angrily. “He’s your husband, I know, but I’m your mate and that wins out every time. I can’t stand the thought of you with him and to tell the truth I’m not sure how I will react if I saw him touching you.” I said regretfully
“Well now you know how I felt,” she snapped back frowning.
“I’m not going to hide my husband away like he doesn’t matter, I love him and you’re going to have to deal with it!"She yelled.
She refused to make this easy. Her Alpha genus always come out to challenge me.
I pulled her to my chest and she gasped, “Do you see how I make you feel? You will never fill this with him. If I wanted I could take you right here and mark you and you would love it.” I threatened.
“You wouldn’t!” She cried.
“Don’t push me into it Alli. I’m trying to hold it together here, don’t make it harder for the both of us. You know you want me just as bad as I want you.” I smirked knowingly.
“All I want from you is for you to leave me alone and not bother me. You made your choice all those months ago and I made mine. Let me be happy, just move on already, I have.” She pointed out.
“Your MINE! Alli nothing and no one will ever change that.” I roared.
“I stopped being yours the day I said my vows to Nick. This baby is his, he was the one who took my innocence if I belong to anyone it’s to him!” She yelled.
I ignored the stabbing pain I felt at having heard her say that. I was angry that Nick took something that should of been mine.
That was the final straw my wolf came out full force, I pulled her onto my lap and I knew she was seeing my glowing eyes. My lips crashed with hers and she opened her mouth for me, my hands stared running up and down her body and she fisted her hands in my hair pulling me closer.
“Who do you belong to Alli?” I said kissing her neck.
“Tell me now who you belong to!” I growled nipping at her neck. “You.” She whispered.
My wolf had gotten what it wanted and I felt myself calm down. I moved her away from me and she realized what had just happened.
“I hate you Matt!” She said slapping my face.
“You don’t hate me baby.” I said rubbing my cheek.
“You hate that you want me even when you try so hard not to. I know you won’t believe me but I love you and I will try to stay away and not cause problems for you, but again I’ll ask you to not push me. You just saw what happens when you push my wolf to hard he comes out wanting to claim his mate.”I stated forcefully.
“Fine!” She said as she walked out the door, I wanted nothing more than to drag her back she was mine and she belonged here with me.
As the door closed I heard a glass break and I turned to see Mandy standing behind me tears falling down her face.
“I think I just went into labor.” She said wiping the tears from her face.
I couldn’t believe what had just happened he kissed me and I let him. Nick was not going to like it and I knew that I couldn’t keep this from him. I didn’t want our marriage to be one where we kept secrets from each other. I was feeling really guilty I really did love Nick but what I felt for Matt was so much more intense. I walked through the front door and headed straight for Nick’s office.
“Let me guess by the look on your face love, things didn't go so good with Matthew,” he surmised.
“Nick please don’t hate me but Matthew kissed me and I kissed him back,” I blurted out.
“Alli I could never hate you. I would be lying if I said that it didn’t upset me but I knew what I was getting into when I decided to make you my wife. I know that it will always be hard for you when you’re around him but for my sake can you please not act on your feeling.” He said pulling me into his arms.
“Nick this is why I love you so much and I’m really sorry I don’t want to hurt you.” I explained.
“I know baby.” He said kissing me.
“If it makes you feel any better I slapped him for it.” I told him.
“You know I got to say that it does.” He said chuckling.
“Enough about him. Let’s move on to a more important topic. How’s my baby today?” He said getting on his knees and kissing my belly.
“He likes when you do that he always kicks and starts to move around. I can’t wait till he gets here I really want to see who he will look like.” I said smiling.
“Just like his good looking daddy.” Nick said laughing.
I loved how Alli looked pregnant with my baby. She was even more beautiful than ever. I know that eventually the pull of her first mate will win out especially since he was so close. I didn’t want to think of my life without her in it. All I knew was that I would fight for her and our baby. I couldn’t wait to see him, already I loved him so much and he wasn’t even here yet.
I needed to go and talk to Matthew again and hope things go better than they did last time. I grabbed my keys and headed to the door. “Alli I’ll be right back!” I yelled from the door. So many things were running threw my head as I pulled up to his house. I got out of my car and headed to his front door taking a deep breath I wanted to do this right and not let anger get the best of me. Just as I was about to knock, the door opened. There stood Matthew with a bag in his hand.
“I knew I’d be seeing you soon, I suppose Alli told you what happened?” Matthew said frowning.
“Look can we talk man to man.” I inquired.
“Sure but let’s make it quick. My wife just went into labor.” He said leading me to the den. The shock at what he had just said took me by surprise. He was having a baby too. I wonder if Alli knew. I was almost 100 percent sure that she didn’t. I cleared my head of everything and looked up to meet his eyes.
“So Alli told me about the kiss and I’m not happy about it, but I do understand it.” I stated.
“Are you serious?” Matthew said looking shocked.
“Look man, I get it, she’s your mate and I know that it has to be hard for you to stay away from her. I came here because I want you to respect the fact that she’s my wife and my mate now. Plus, she’s going to be having my baby soon,” I updated him.
Matthew growled low in his throat. I knew that he couldn’t stand the fact that Alli was having my baby or that I had replaced him as her mate.
“Matthew you did this!” I yelled.
“You chose someone else over her and she rejected you because of it. All I’m asking is that you give her the chance to be happy and have a life with me. She loves me believe it or not. Maybe not as much as she loves you and I know she will never will until you let her go. The fact is that she’s happy with me!” I said frowning.
“I told Alli that I would try my best to not interfere but knowing that your touching her or even me seeing you touch her drives my wolf crazy.” He said growling eyes glowing.
“I think that you’re a good man and I’m glad that you could be there for her when I couldn’t be. I give you my word that I will try my hardest to not interfere in your marriage.” He said
looking resigned. “Thank you Matthew, I know that this is hard for you and this tells me how good of a man you are.” I said heading for the door. “Congrats on your baby.”
I don’t know how I’m going to keep my word to both Alli and Nick but I knew that I was going to do everything in my power to let them be happy. Nick was right if I hadn’t chosen Mandy then I wouldn’t be in this mess. All I could think about back then was that I couldn’t abandon her. I gave up my mate to do the right thing. I was not going to let my sacrifice be in vain. I grabbed Mandy’s bag and headed to my car. It was time to quit being selfish and do the right thing for my wife, mate, and baby. I knew the right thing for me to do was to officially reject Alli as my mate. The thought of that ripped my heart apart but I knew that it was the only way for me to truly move on and let her live her life. Not only that but I didn’t want my child to suffer because I loved someone other than their mother. It was time for me to step it up. I called the hospital and talked to Mandy and she said that it would be hours before the baby was ready to come. I told her I had an errand to run and I would be right there. Before I could lose my nerve I dialed Alli’s number.
“Hello? Alli, its Matthew can we meet somewhere? I only need a few minutes of your time and then I promise I will never bother you again.” I bargained.
“Fine! Where do you want to meet?” She said.
“How about the park by your house in 5 minutes.” I suggested.
“OK I’ll be there.” She conceded.
I couldn’t figure out what it was that Matthew wanted but I decided that it was best to see what it was and finally have him out of my life. I pulled up to the park and Matt was already waiting for me.
“OK Matt I’m here what is that you have to say?” I asked impatiently.
“Alli first I just want to tell you that I love you and that I will always love you. I’m so sorry that I didn’t choose you all those months back. I have never regretted anything like I do that decision. My wife is in labor as we speak and I need to set things right. For her and for you.” He announced.
The shocked and hurt look that crossed her face was heart breaking.
“Your wife’s in labor? Why are you here with me?” She raged.
“Alli, I want for you to be happy and I need to get things straight before my child comes into this world.” I said ignoring her questions.
“With that said Alli Anderson I reject you as my mate! You’re Free!” He rejected me.
I couldn’t believe he was finally letting me go and he’s about to be a dad. Those were my last thought as the pain over took me and everything went black.
“Alli Anderson I reject you as my mate!”
Those words kept going around and around in my head. The shock was so strong that I still couldn’t bring myself to open my eyes and face the fact that my mate was no longer my mate. I mean he would forever technically be my mate but unless he marked me, Nick could claim me as his mate. Our connection would still be strong but it wouldn’t be so hard to be with other people now. The only thing that would be able to override a bite from Nick was for Matt to mark me. There was nothing stronger than a true bond and it would cancel out any other mate mark. I just wanted to stop the intense pain in my heart; I couldn’t help but wonder if this is what he felt when I rejected him. Knowing that he did this for me didn’t stop the pain that I was feeling.
My head was telling me that this was the right thing. I was married to Nick and was carrying his baby we were starting a little family, our family. His wife was about to give him his first child. He did the right thing. If only things could have been different I knew I had to be strong and let him move on with his life too. The last thing I thought was how unfair this all was when the darkness started to lift.
“Alli are you ok?” Matt said holding me in his arms.
“Yeah I’m fine can you take me home please? I’ll get Nick to get my car later.” I requested.
“Alli do you want to talk about what just happened?” He questioned.
“Matt you made the right choice for both of us. Thank you I know that this had to be a hard thing for you to do. Now go to your wife! I’m happy for you. Congrats on your baby. Have a happy life Matt.” I said as I opened the car door and walked away.
Watching her walk away from me for good was the hardest thing for me to watch but thankfully the bond between us wasn’t so strong anymore. I’m not sure if I would have been able to bear it otherwise. I knew that things weren’t going to be easy she was my mate after all. No one would ever matter more than her. I knew that now I had to try to get on with my life with my mate and child. I got in my car and headed to the hospital to my wife and child. Leaving my mate behind me. I was an Alpha male and our mate bonds were stronger than a normal mate bond. It was going to be a long hard road but for her, I would walk it.
My contractions were getting closer together and still no sign of Matthew. I couldn’t help but wonder what was so important that he couldn’t wait till after the baby was born. The closer the time came for the baby to finally be born the more nervous I was getting.
“How close are the contractions?” Matthew said walking through the door.
“There about 30 minutes apart.” I said rubbing my belly.
“Look Mandy I know that things haven’t been the best between us but I wanted you to know that things are going to be better from now on. I just came from being with Alli-” “You were with her while I’ve been in labor!” I yelled.
“Calm down Mandy it’s not what you think. I went to see her to reject her. I finally broke our bond.” He said looking so broken.
The guilt was killing me and I knew that I had to tell him the truth. He was never going to forgive me.
He was going to be a Dad. It surprised me that it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would. Since Matthew had broken the bond, my feelings were dulled I didn’t feel like I wasn’t able to control myself anymore. Thinking about him with someone else didn’t hurt nearly as much as it once did. Finally, Nick was going to be able to mark me. He wanted to wait because he didn’t want me to regret it later.
The baby kicked and I rubbed my belly. I couldn’t believe that in a few months I would finally be able to hold my baby. It was driving me crazy thinking about whom he would look like. I wanted him to look just like his Daddy. Nick was 6′2 blond hair and blue eyes. He totally looked like a surfer. He was super-hot. When we went out girls always stared but he never noticed. That made me love him so much more. He only had eyes for me. I was lucky to have a man like him.
“Where did you go?” Nick asked rubbing my belly.
“I went to meet Matthew. He finally did it Nick, He rejected me and set me free.” I told him.
“You’re lying!” Nick said looking shocked.
“Nope we can finally move on with our lives.” I said resting my head on his chest.
I was in shock he had said that he would stay away but he never said anything about finally breaking their bond. I was at a loss for words. Alli was staring at me like she expected me to say something but I was still trying to get over the shock of knowing that I could finally mark her. He would always be her first mate but once I marked her our bond would be stronger than anything she felt for him. The only way to override my mark would be if he marked her as he was her true mate. The happiness I felt was so overwhelming. I was going to be a Father and I was finally going to have all of my mate’s love.
“So Alli, I was wondering how you felt about me finally marking you?” I asked nervously.
Her head snapped up to meet my eyes before she came and sat on my lap.
“I’m ready Nick! I love you and nothing would make me happier than for you to finally mark me!” she exclaimed.
Mandy’s contractions were getting closer and closer together and my excitement was growing by the minute. By the end of the night I would be meeting my son or daughter. We had never found out the sex of the baby we thought that it would be fun to let it be a surprise. Mandy was doing well but the pain was getting to her. Of course we were at a werewolf hospital due to the fact that she was having a werewolf baby even if she was only human herself. I noticed that she seemed really nervous for some reason. She kept looking around like she expected someone to show up.
“Mandy what’s wrong? What has you so jumpy?” I asked grabbing her hand.
“Nothing I’m just scared this is my first baby and I’m worried about the delivery.” She said looking away.
She was lying but I was going to let it go for now but as soon as the baby was born she had some explaining to do.
Finally, after 8 hours of labor our baby girl was finally here. She had Matthew’s green eyes and my red hair. She was a perfect mix of us. Matthew was so taken with her he still held her in his arms. He refused to put her down. She was only a few hours old but she already had her Daddy wrapped around her finger. I knew that I would have to tell Matthew the truth soon I just hoped that he could understand why I did it.