Letting Him Go

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Chapter 8

1 week later…

ALLI’S POV

I was so excited for tonight I couldn’t wait for Nick to mark me. We had waited because I had come down with something and of course me being pregnant the doctor couldn’t give me anything. So needless to say I was a mess for a week.

“So, are you going to mark Nick?” Macy asked smirking.

“Why wouldn’t I?” I said frowning.

“He’s mine Macy! I want everyone to know it.” I growled.

“Wow calm down there, someone’s hormones are going a little bit crazy today.” She said putting her hands up in surrender.

“I’m sorry but I hate thinking of anyone else with him. Crazy right considering the whole Matthew and me thing.” My hormones were really getting out of control these mood swings were getting old and fast.

“Let’s just get what we came for so we can eat. My baby’s hungry.” I said pulling Macy into the grocery store.

“I don’t know why Dad is having this BBQ. I mean who wants a bunch of Alpha’s gathered in one place at the same time?”

“Why are they even all getting together?” Macy asked.

“There have been some problems with a pack trying to kill the Alpha’s and take over there packs. They had killed two Alpha’s already.” I explained.

“Should we be worried?” Macy asked frowning.

“I really don’t know that’s all Nick told me.”

“Why did we get stuck getting all the stuff for the BBQ anyway?” Macy said grabbing a cart.

“Hello Alpha’s daughter, Beta’s Wife. Besides my Mom’s running around getting everything ready for tomorrow so I think we can do her the favor of getting the food, so quick complaining already.” I said grabbing another cart.

“Well how did I get dragged into this? I hate grocery shopping.” Macy complained.

“Suck it up Macy your here because you happen to be my best friend. And I just knew that you wouldn’t want your pregnant almost like a sister bestie waddling around the grocery store alone.” I said rubbing my belly for affect.

“Uhhh you know Alli you’re not going to be pregnant forever and you won’t be able to guilt trip me then.” She pointed out.

“Yeah, yeah but until then I’m milking it for all it’s worth.” I said smiling sweetly.

“How many people are coming?” she asked. “10 Alpha’s and their mates or wife/girlfriend or whatever applies.” I said smirking.

NICK’S POV

My poor mate had been sick all week she had wanted me to mark her but due to her being sick we had to postpone it. Finally, she was going to be all mine. I was glad to take my mind off what was going on with the pack from the South that was causing problems. We were under attack but we didn’t know how many people were in the pack. We were trying to get all the information we could on the pack but everyone was coming back empty. Tomorrow was going to be a long day with the BBQ and then the meeting with the Alpha’s to try to find out who knew what.

“Hey Babe!” Alli said walking up behind me.

“Man shopping for food for all those werewolves’ in exhausting. Macy complained the whole time. Then we had to go by my parents and drop all the food which made Macy complain even more. I’m just glad that we are finally done and I can be home with you.” She said wrapping her arms around my neck.

Her baby bump didn’t allow her to get as close to me as she wanted and she growled. She was so cute when she acted like that.

“Nick I’m going to go crazy if you don’t take me to bed.” She said pulling my lips to hers.

Since she had gotten pregnant her hormones were on over drive and needless to say so was her sex drive. I picked her up and carried her to our room laying her on the bed. She on the other hand had other ideas she was up and in front of me before I could blink.

“Nick have you ever wanted any one more then me?” She said eyes glowing.

I knew then that this was going to get rough.

“Baby you’re all I want?” I said, although it sounded more like a question.

“That’s not what I asked.” She said pushing me against the wall.

Her Alpha wolf was coming out. I was hers and anyone in my life before her was a threat.

“I have never wanted anyone the way I want you. I belong to you.” I said watching her think about what I said for a minute.

Before I knew it she had tilted my head to the side and sank her teeth into my shoulder making me shudder.

“Well now everyone will know who you belong to.” She said licking the blood from her bite.

My wolf came out before I could stop him he wanted his mate. I titled her head to the side and bit in to her shoulder making her moan.

“Now everyone will know who you belong to.” I said carrying her to the bed.

ALLI’S POV

I woke up feeling exhausted from the night before. I couldn’t help but blush at how I had acted last night. I had him pinned up against the wall for god’s sake. Of course he could have easily moved from there and I loved that he didn’t. He let my wolf do what she wanted. We had finally completed the whole mating and our bond was stronger than ever. Where he touched me it left tingles all up my body. When he kissed me it was like an inferno making my body burn for him. I had always felt the attraction to him but now it was 10 times that.

Today was going to be a busy day so I knew that I had better get out of bed and start getting ready.

“You’re up already sleepy head?” Nick asked faking shock. “I thought I was going to have to come in here and drag you out of bed.” He said laughing.

“Ye of little faith.” I said walking into the bathroom.

“Don’t take forever!” Nick yelled.

30 minutes later…

“So I take it I look good if I can judge by your open mouth.” I said laughing.

“Imagine if I would have listened to you and rushed.” I smirked.

“Beautiful as always love.” He complimented.

“Even though I’m not as skinny as I used to be?” I asked, obviously fishing.

“Love, you’re even more beautiful because of your belly. Baby you glow!” He admired.

“You don’t look so bad yourself.” I said wrapping my arms around his neck.

“Alli if you don’t unwrap yourself from me we are going to be late.” He warned me.

“Fine,” I said fake frowning.

“Let’s go before I change my mind about going to the BBQ at all.” Nick said chuckling.

The BBQ was in full swing by the time we got there. My dad was one of the first people I saw and I couldn’t help but be relived.

“How’s my baby and her baby?” My dad asked rubbing my belly.

“Good he’s growing more every day. And I’m getting bigger every day.” I said frowning.

“I can’t wait to see who he looks like,” I said smiling.

“Well I just know he’s going to come out looking just like his handsome grandpa.” preened my dad.

“I’m thinking that he will look like his father.” My mom said walking up to us.

“What no way! I have strong genes look at Alli! My dad protested.

“You better hope that the baby looks a little like your dad because I don’t know that he would ever get over the disappointment if he doesn’t.” My mom said laughing.

“Can’t I hope that my first grandchild looks a little like me?” He said frowning.

“Well if this makes you feel any better Mark I hope he looks like Alli too.” Nick said smiling.

“Well I’m glad we agree.” My dad said smirking.

“Alpha’s and their big heads!” My mom said walking away.

“I’m going to go get something to drink Nick.” I said.

“I’ll go with you.” He offered.

“No you stay and finish talking to my dad.” I replied.

“Are you sure Alli?” Nick said looking worried.

“I’ll be fine I’m not going far.” I said walking to the drink table.

MATTHEW’S POV

Mandy had taken awhile to get ready so we were running late, a lady from our pack had just got here to watch Isabelle. Mandy thought that she was still too small to take out. She was scared that she would get sick. It didn’t matter that I kept telling her that Isabelle was half wolf. Her immune system was stronger than that of a human. Of course she could get sick but it would not happen very often. This past week had been hectic getting used to having a baby in the house was definitely taking some getting used to. Mandy had been acting very strange lately. She also looked worn out most days, so I still hadn’t confronted her on what was going on.

“Matthew there’s something that I want to talk to you about.” She said as we pulled up to BBQ.

I was curious but I knew it would have to wait until we got home.

“We can talk about it when we get back.” I quipped.

“It’s really important.” Mandy said.

“We don’t have time right now Mandy we are late as it is.” I said getting out of the car.

“Fine.” She said following me to the back yard.

All of the Alpha’s were already there.

“I’m going to go get something to drink.” I told Mandy as she took her seat.

“Do you want anything?” I asked.

“I’ll take some water.” She said looking around.

“Matthew I hear you have a new addition to your family.” Alpha Mark said grinning.

“Yea a little girl Isabelle.” I said as he shook my hand.

"Little girls are very special, congrats Matthew. Your going to be a great father."He stated reassuringly.

" I better get back to my mate.” He said walking away.

Then I saw her. The shock of seeing Alli again was not as strong as I thought it would be, she was beautiful with her bulging belly.

“So I hear your baby was born.” She said smiling.

“How’s life as a dad?” She asked.

“Very hectic.” I said frowning.

“It can’t be that bad.” She said grinning.

“Ha just wait till it’s your turn.” I said staring at her belly.

“Alli, the meeting’s about to start let’s go sit down.” Nick said walking up behind me.

“Matthew,” he said nodding his head at me.

“Nick,” I said doing the same.

“See you later Matt.” Alli said walking away.

I loved when she call me Matt, no one but her referred to me that way. It was exclusive to her.

“We are all here today because we have a threat to all of us. This pack is killing Alpha’s off. What we have learned is that this pack is called the Black wood pack and their Alpha is Andrew James. He took over when his father was killed.” Mark announced.

“Mark,” I said standing to my feet.

All eyes turned to me.

“I know this pack I’m the one who killed his father. Right after my dad died he challenged me for Alpha since I was very young he assumed that he could beat me.” I recapped what had happened that day.

“Do you know what happened to that pack after that day?” Mark asked.

“No his pack fled when I killed their Alpha.” I answered.

“Thank you Matthew,” Mark said pulling notes out of a binder, “We have also discovered that the Alpha has a step sister that his mother had before she met her mate. Our sources say that the mother and the daughter are human.” I turned to see that Mandy was white as a ghost.

“What’s wrong?” I whispered.

“No one had seen the sister for over 5 years and the mother appears to be being held against her will.” Mark continued.

I turned just in time to see Mandy falling from her seat in a dead faint.

MANDY’S POV

5 years earlier…

“Andrew I don’t want to do this! Please, let me stay here with mom.” I pleaded.

“You have no choice.” He said dragging me by my hair.

“How do you expect for me to do what you want?” I said tears running down my face.

“You make sure you work yourself into his life and you find his weakness, his mate. Find out who his mate is!” He growled.

“I can’t do this; you do it or I’ll kill your good for nothing mother.” He spat at me.

“How can you be so heartless she raised you and loved you as her own? She stood up for you against your evil father!” I yelled.

“Watch how you talk to me sister.” He said slapping me hard across my face.

I knew that was going to leave a bruise and I could taste the blood in my mouth.

It was hopeless; to him my mother and I were nothing but worthless humans. His father had hated that my mother was his mate. He had loved her and hated her at the same time. He had swept her off her feet and treated her like a princess. He had assured her that he would love me like a daughter. He told my mother about his son that was only a year older than me and how his mother had died soon after he was born. My mother fell hook, line, and sinker.

It wasn’t until we had moved here that she had learned what he was. When he had first shifted my mother was terrified not understanding what a shifter really was or what a mate was. He had not explained much to her only that she belonged to him now. When my mother had tried to leave he had become outraged, he had beaten her black and blue. When I had tried to intervene he had taken to beating me too. It took us months to heal from all that he had broken. Just thinking about what would happen to my mother if I didn’t do this brought tears to my eyes. When that Alpha had killed my step father it had been the best day of our lives. We thought that we were finally free, but our hopes died quickly.

Andrew refused to let us leave. We were his only family he had said. He had never mistreated my mother I think that he really did have affection her for but I knew that he was as ruthless as his father. He would not hesitate to do what he had to, in order to get what he wanted. He wanted this Alpha to suffer for killing his father.

“If I do this will you let me and my mother go?” I asked hopeful.

“Yes! If you can give me the name of his mate, I will set you and your mother free.” He said frowning.

“Fine. I’ll do it. Where can I find him and what’s his name?” I asked getting up from the floor.

“He’s going to Crest wood High he’s a senior there. Since you’re a year older and done with high school I’ll have to get you a fake birth certificate to get you back into school.

His name is Matthew Eastman.” He growled.

“Mom I have to do this! He said that he would let us go if I did this.” I said lying in her lap.

“Mandy, don’t do this. I can’t let someone else die so that I can live.” She said looking at me sadly.

“No mom, I won’t lose you.” I said trying not to cry.

“Baby I know that I’m not going to change your mind so do one thing for me.” She said holding my face in her hands.

“When you leave here Mandy never come back. Promise me, you do what you have too. And if you succeed send for me but never come back here.” She said wiping blood from my mouth.

How could I promise something like that? What if I couldn’t do it? She was asking me to leave her here. I swallowed the cry stuck in my throat and said the words that I knew she desperately wanted to hear.

“I promise.”I lied.

It had been 6 months since I came to this school and I had made contact with Matthew right away. I had been walking to my locker when I saw his coming down the hall. I had looked down and ran right into him. He was so breath taking this close. For a minute I had stood here with my mouth hung wide open before I apologized. He had been so nice and for a minute I felt bad for what I was doing. I pushed that thought away, thinking of my mother. We had been close ever since.

I told him that my parents had died and that I was all alone I think that that had made him feel more protective of me. We spent every minute together. One night he had told me the whole truth about what he was and of course I had acted shocked and a bit fearful. I had played my part well. He said that he loved me and he explained what mates were and he told me that he had not met his mate yet and that he wanted me to be his mate. He said that he was choosing me. I was shocked but I put on a happy face and asked if he would give me a night to think about it.

I had called Andrew as soon as I had made it home.

“He asked me to be his mate. He confessed that he was a shifter,” I reported to him.

“Good job little sister. I didn’t think that you would do so well. Tell him that you don’t want him to mark you, tell him you’re too scared. Ask him if he would marry you the human way. I don’t want to mess with his bond with his mate when she comes along.” He said growling, “Don’t go getting attached little sister he’s going to die in the end.”

I felt hopeless I hated leading Matthew on he was a great guy he loved me.

Earlier today…

“Mandy!” Andrew growled over the phone.

“Why have you been ignoring my phone calls little sister?”He spat angrily.

“I haven’t.” I said nervously.

“I’m not dumb! Did you think that I wouldn’t find out that the ‘oh so powerful Alpha’ just had a baby!” He shot back.

“I told you not to get too comfortable and now I have two people I can use against him.He taunted.

“Leave my baby out of this!” I yelled.

“I think not.” He laughed.

“I’ll give you the name of his mate.” I whispered.

I hated what I was about to do but I had to. For my daughter and my mom.

“Tell me!” He growled.

“Don’t make me pay your mother and daughter a visit.”He threatened.

My heart stopped and I knew that he would do it. I let go of the breath that I was holding and before I could change my mind I told him.

“Her name is Alli Anderson. She’s an Alpha’s daughter but before you do anything I have to tell you something else. She’s mated to someone else and she’s pregnant with his baby.”I said hoping maybe he would spare her.

The silence that greeted me was scaring me. He was so quiet and I was desperate to know what he was thinking.

“You stupid piece of S**T. What did you do?” He screamed.

“Tell me sister, how did she end of mated to someone else?”

My heart started to race and my mouth went dry. I knew he was going to be furious.

“Matthew met her about 9 months ago. Matthew refused to leave me and she didn’t push him to do it either. She didn’t want to break up his marriage. She rejected him as her mate” I rushed out.

“You just killed your mother.” He growled.

“You were never meant to try and keep him Mandy you knew what I wanted and you ruined it by not letting him be free to be with his mate.” He growled.

The blood drained from my face and I knew that I had lost my mother.

“Please Andrew don’t do this!” I begged.

“Too late!” He said the phone going dead.

Sitting in my chair hearing them talk about Andrew and even me had my stomach in knots. I had tried to tell him everything earlier but he wouldn’t listen. Now it was too late. I only had my daughter now. The room started spinning and I felt myself starting to fall. I felt someone trying to wake me. I knew that it was Matthew and I was scared to open my eyes. I knew what was to come. This was it. It was time to own up to what I had done.

“Matthew I’m so sorry.” I whispered opening my eyes.

MATTHEW’S POV

“Matthew I’m so sorry.” Mandy said looking at me with tears in her eyes.

“What happened?” I asked worried.

The meeting was still going on but I thought that it would be best if I took Mandy home.

“Can you walk? Or are you still a little dizzy?” I asked picking her up and cradling her in my arms.

“Umm I think I can walk.” She said looking nervous. Something was wrong but I didn’t know what.

I carried her to the car and helped her in. I needed to get home and find out what the hell was going on with Mandy. I knew that the other Alpha’s would understand they all knew that she had just had a baby. I’m sure they all thought that it was some sort of effect from having the baby but I knew better.

The road home was silent and I couldn’t help but feel a ball of dread in the pit of my stomach. When we finally pulled up to our house I helped her out of the car and into the house. She still said nothing, but I knew that whatever was going on with her was about to come out. She went to tell the pack member looking after the baby that we were back and she was free to go. When she walked back into the living room I knew the time had come.

“Matthew I have to tell you something.” My stomach dropped and my heart skipped a beat I knew this was going to be bad.

“Before I tell you everything I just want you to know that I love you and what I did I did because I had too.” She said sitting down.

She told me everything and when she was done I wasn’t sure how to react. There were so many emotions going through me that I wasn’t sure which one to express first.

“Matthew, say something.” She said tears falling from her face.

I looked up at her and I felt a rage that I had not ever felt before.

“Do you know what you have done?” I yelled.

“You have lied to me from day one I believed every word you ever told me. I gave up my mate for you.” I screamed, my body starting to shake.

“You betrayed me and you betrayed Alli. She also gave up her mate for you. She thought she was doing the right thing!”

“I had too! He said that he would come after Isabelle.” She said crying.

“Him and what army?” I yelled in reply.

“Over my dead body would I ever allow anyone to ever take my daughter?” I growled.

“Did you not think that I could protect my daughter? There’s always another way. You could have come to me. I would have helped you and your mother.” I said pacing the floor.

“Because of you my mate, is in danger and so is her unborn child. I lost her because of your lies. If anything happens to her you’re dead. You may be the mother of my child but that will not save you. You betrayed me and my pack. This will not go unpunished.” I growled.

I had to control the anger that was running through my body; my wolf wanted to come out and punish her. Part of me felt bad for her and what she had been through and I had to keep telling myself that she thought she had no choice. She had been afraid and how could I hurt her for protecting her mother and then my daughter? My wolf didn’t want to see reason and all he could think was that he was Alpha, how could she think that he would ever let anyone hurt his daughter? What really had him seeing red was that she had put his mate in danger. My eyes started to glow and I started to shake.

“Mandy I need you to get Alli and Nick here now!” I growled.

I knew that I was about to shift and once my wolf was in control Alli was the only one that was going to be able to calm him down.

“What do I say?” She whispered.

I growled low in my throat time was running out and I was fighting him as hard as I could.

“Tell them that I’m about to hurt you if they don’t get here soon.” I growled.

She ran to the phone dialing the number to Alpha Mark’s house. I could hear the panic in her voice as she yelled into the phone.

“They’re coming,” she said backing into the wall. “Mandy whatever you do don’t run.” I said before I shifted into my wolf.

I stood in front of her growling she was a traitor and she had put my pack and my mate in danger.

ALLI’S POV

“We have to go now!” Nick said running over to me.

“Why? What’s wrong?” I asked as he pulled me towards the car.

“Nick, what’s going on?” I yelled when he didn’t answer me. He was scaring me.

“Mandy just called your father’s house and told them that she needed you and me to come to her house right away.” He explained.

“What! Why?” I asked confused.

He looked at me and still said nothing.

“Nick!” I exclaimed. He looked like he was debating what to do. “Mandy said that Matthew was trying to kill her.” He said waiting for my reaction.

“He wouldn’t hurt her.” I said coming to his defense.

We pulled up to the house and Nick helped me out. Together we ran to the front door. Nick pulled me behind him and opened the door. I was shocked at what I saw. There was Matthew in his wolf form growling at Mandy. It was a scary sight he had his lips pulled pack exposing his sharp teeth. Mandy was curled up in a ball on the floor. I stepped from behind Nick and Matthew’s head snapped to me. I don’t know how I knew but I knew that if I went to him he would calm down. I started walking to him and Nick growled low in his throat.

“Don’t go near him Alli.” He growled.

Matthew’s head snapped to Nick and he growled.

“Nick I need to do this something is wrong and he needs me. Please try and understand.” I pleaded.

“Alli, he could hurt you for god’s sake he’s not in control.” He said pulling me to him.

“He would never hurt me Nick.” I said pulling free of his hold.

I walked over to where Matthew was and I bent down to help Mandy off the ground.

That was a bad idea. Matthew growled and pushed me back with his nose. Nick shifted thinking I was in danger and jumped at Matthew. Matthew bared his teeth warning Nick to stop.

“Nick stop!” I yelled.

I knew that Matthew being an Alpha was stronger and that he could easily kill Nick.

“Matthew, please stop.” I begged.

I ran and stood between them.

“Mandy what the hell is going on?” I yelled.

MANDY’S POV

“I just told Mathew that I’m Andrew’s step sister." I replied hesitantly.

"The Alpha that’s attacking us?” She said looking at me shocked.

Matthew growled and went to stand next to her.

“He needs to be around you so that he can calm himself down enough to shift back.” I said putting some space between me and Alli.

I knew that Matthew considered me a threat to her.The last thing I wanted right now was to piss off a giant wolf.

“Matthew please shift back.” Alli said running her hands through his black fur.

Nick growled but I put my hand up to stop him from attacking.

“Please, he needs to shift back.” I begged looking at Nick’s wolf.

“His wolf is in control right now and the only one safe here is Alli.” I said going to stand next to Nick.

Nick backed up and Alli turned back to Matthew.

“Matthew I need you to shift. I’m tired and I really need to sit down.” She said rubbing her belly.

Matthew looked at her and the next thing I knew there stood a naked Matthew.

MATTHEW’S POV

Seeing Alli made my heart speed up and I wanted nothing more than to pull her into my arms. Yes, our bond was broken but we were still first mates and with Mandy’s betrayal all my feelings for her had faded. All there was for me was Alli. It filled me with rage to have Mandy so close to my mate. Seeing her and not being able to touch her was killing me. I fought the urge to go to her.

Instead, I walked out of the room to find clothes for both me and Nick. I would never forgive Mandy for what she had taken from me. Alli was lost to me and as much as I wanted and needed her, I had given my word and I would keep it. She belonged to another and she was happy. I walked into the nursery to see Isabelle fast asleep and my heart hurt for my beautiful baby girl. She was innocent in everything and she did not ask to be brought into this world. For her and for her alone, I would be civil to her mother. My wolf wanted to throw Mandy out on the street but my human knew that I could never hurt my daughter by parting her from her mother. As long as Alli lived so would she.

I walked into the living room throwing Nick some sweats.

“Thanks,” He said holding Alli close. Mandy sat on the couch not saying a word.

“Thank you for coming.” I said looking at Nick and Alli. “I know that it must have been hard for you Nick to see you’re…your mate touching someone else.” I managed to say.

“Before I say anything else I just want to reassure you that I will keep my promise and that I will never try to get between you.” I said trying to not show how my heart was breaking.

“My dear wife here betrayed all of us. Her brother sent her to me to find out information that could hurt me. He wanted revenge for me killing his father. He sent her to me to find out who my mate was. So that he could kill her.” I spat.

ALLI’S POV

I could not believe what I was hearing. She was a spy? She never loved Matthew? She was sent to do a job?

“That is not the worst part, as of yesterday they now know that it’s Alli.” He said his eyes glowing.

“What! How could you do this to me?” I said yelling at Mandy.

“I had too; he said he would come for my daughter.” She cried.

My wolf was angry; I was struggling to hold her back. Shifting was not a good idea, seeing as I was pregnant.

“What about my son?” I growled.

“You would trade your daughter for my son!” I said trying to contain my rage.

“I’m sorry! I didn’t know what to do, I was afraid. I never wanted to do any of this!” She yelled.

“He threatened to kill my mother! What would you have done?” She said anger in her eyes.

“Not what you did, I would have trusted my mate to protect me. How could you put me and my child’s life in danger after what I did for you?” I screamed.

I knew that I was losing control. My eyes had to be glowing my hands were in tight fists trying to calm myself.

“Alli please calm down, this can’t be good for the baby” Nick said rubbing my belly.

He was right I needed to take a minute to calm down.

“You know what I’m tired of being yelled at!” Mandy said looking me in the eyes.

“You did nothing for me. If he had wanted, you bad enough there is nothing that I could have done to make him stay.” She said mocking me.

“Really how do you give up your mate for someone else?” She said smirking at Matthew.

My heart stopped and the shock of what she had just said hit me hard. Nick pulled me into his arms rubbing his hands up and down my arms, trying to sooth me. His touch was calming and it helped with the hurt that I was suddenly feeling. I took a deep breath and pulled myself out of Nick’s arms.

NICK’S POV

I knew that what Mandy had said had affected Alli. She was a fighter but I knew that this had hurt her and badly.

“Shut up, Mandy!” Matthew growled.

He looked like he was about to say something else but Alli raised her hand to stop him. She took a step closer to Mandy and both Matthew and I growled. This girl who ever she was, was a threat to my mate. Alli ignored us and continued to move towards Mandy. My heart was beating fast and my wolf was on edge. I knew that I had to let her do this. No matter how hard it was for me to watch.

ALLI’S POV

As I walked closer to Mandy, I rubbed my belly calming my son. He had been moving and kicking me like crazy. Mandy’s eyes dropped to my belly and she grinned.

“Aww poor Alli, how does it feel to know that I had your mate’s baby?” She smirked.

I fought to not let any emotion show on my face. She was baiting me and I wasn’t going to bite.

“I know you think that you hurt me just now and you know what, I won’t lie, it did sting a little bit. What you fail to see,” I said grinning at her, “Is that I’m happy with Nick. I love him; always have. This baby,” I said pointing to my huge pregnant belly, “has the father that it should have. You on the other hand may have had a baby with my first mate, but in your situation that means nothing. After what you have done I think it’s safe to say that anything he felt for you is long dead. The only real loser here is you. If I die, your husband there will not hesitate to kill you. One the other hand if I kill you he won’t bat an eye or try to stop me from doing it.” I smiled.

“So answer me this, did he really ever choose you over me? Everything he did, he did for me, because that’s what I wanted. What you seem to have over looked is that I let him go not the other way around. I rejected him.” I said laughing at the frown on her face.

“I should kill you for what you have done, I however have a heart. You will live another day because of your daughter and only because of her. However, if anything happens to anyone I love because of your betrayal I will rip your head right off your shoulders.” I threatened angrily.

MATTHEW’S POV

Hearing Alli talk about Nick the way she did showed me how much she truly did love him. It hurt but she deserved to have her family intact. I was conflicted about what to do with Mandy. She had shown her true colors and all the pity I had felt for her went out the window.

“I need to check on Isabelle.” Mandy said through gritted teeth.

“I don’t think so.” I said grabbing her arm and pulling her back.

“What do you mean, I don’t think so?” she snapped back at me.

“Just what I said. You’re to go nowhere alone. From now on you’re on lock down. I don’t trust you to not call your brother behind my back. Someone will be here in a few minutes to go with you.” I commanded her.

“You can’t do this to me!” She yelled.

“You did this to yourself.” I growled.

“Be lucky that I’m not going to kill you. Although that may change.” I said letting her see all the hate I felt for her.

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