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Chapter 21 : Madelyn

Chapter 21 : Madelyn
Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

I woke up the next day to find myself laying in bed in a nightgown I don’t remember throwing on.

I recognized it as my own, but I’m not exactly sure when I got home or how I got into my room.

Did I really sleep the whole time?

Shifting over and onto my side, I glanced at the alarm clock on the table displaying it was a quarter past eight.

Groaning at how early it is, I roll back onto my front, pressing my head against my pillow in frustration.

I seriously can’t believe last night happened.

It was everything I wanted and more and Caleb, Alec, and Xavier were the ones to make it happen.

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to find what happened last night with anyone else, but even if it turns out to just be one time thing, I will forever be grateful for it.

In the distance, I can hear Hailey working her way around the kitchen, probably mentally preparing herself for the presentation she put together for some big shot client she’s been working with recently.

Wanting to wish her luck before she leaves, I force myself out of bed and open my door to find her perfectly coordinated and ready to go whenever.

I wish I had her energy at this time in the morning, but I’m still waiting for that day to come.

“Hey—” I start, but I’m cut off abruptly when she quite literally freaks out at the sight of me.

“You’re finally awake! I’ve been forcing myself not to barge in for like the last three hours.”

Three hours? She’s been up and moving for three hours?

I just give her a tired smile, plopping myself down on the couch by the TV.

“What? You don’t have any news to share?” She laughs as she follows and sits next to me.

I kind of love that I actually have someone to talk to about this now.

No one has ever really cared, and as much as I love Jolene, I will never in a million years initiate a conversation about my sex life with her.

Holy shit. Alec’s her nephew.

I don’t know how I forgot about that fact, but it’s only sinking in now.

“Come on, how was your night?” Hailey asks, waiting intently for me to answer.

“It was a little nerve-wracking if I’m being honest, but in the best way I could have ever imagined.” I tell her.

It was challenging and freeing all at once.

“Who was it with?” She questions, causing slight confusion to pass through my mind.

“I figured you knew based on how you’re reacting right now,” I joke, curious as to how she even knows I was with them. Maybe she was awake when they brought me back?

“Well I bumped into Xavier carrying you in last night with Alec and Caleb in tow, but they never said how exactly you got that hickey.”

Wait, what?

Bringing my hand up to my neck, Hailey’s eyes widened in amusement at my reaction.

“Girl, have you not looked in a mirror recently?” She laughs, and when I get up from the couch, sure enough the front hall mirror reflects the light bruises and marks on the one side of my neck.

Memories of how Alec’s lips felt on my skin fills my mind.

“Sooo...” Hailey mused, reigning my attention back in.

“It was all of them.” I mumble, turning when I see her surprised expression in the mirror.

“Xavier too?” She questioned, tilting her head slightly at my words.

“Why are you looking at me like that?”

Was I not supposed to say anything?

“Xavier stayed?” Hailey smiles as if needing me to confirm what I’ve already told her.

When I nod, she walks up and pulls me into a hug which I happily return, though I’m a little confused.

“He’s never stayed to scene with them before.”

Stepping back, I’m not sure what to say.

Based on how easily they were together with me, I had just assumed the three of them had done things as a group with countless people before.

After all, I did see Alec and Caleb together at the wedding with that girl, so I know it wasn’t the first time for them.

“Are you guys together now then?” Hailey asks, a hopeful look clear on her features.

Even as I shake my head no, her bubbly personality remains. “Why?”

“I just think you guys would be really good for each other is all.” She shrugs, moving back into the small kitchen to finish her half eaten breakfast.

“What makes you think that?” I ask, following and leaning against the counter.

Pausing for a moment, she finishes chewing the bite of toast she just took. “I think you all have a lot to gain and not so much to lose. I see how you all challenge each other in the best ways and I feel like a lot of good could come from it.”

She’s really thought about this.

“Plus,” She adds and wiggles her eyebrows at me, “You have to admit the four of you all together would be a fucking power couple.”

I grin at her statement, shaking my head in amusement.

“I don’t know.” I confess, “I’m honestly just super torn about the whole thing.”

“Let me ask you this, did you like it?” Hailey asks.

“Yes.”

“Do you want it to happen again?”

“Yes.” I smile.

“Then I think that’s your answer right there, girl. I understand why you have your suspicions, but while they’re dangerous people, they would never be dangerous to you if that makes any sense.”

It does, and I don’t hate the idea of being with them either.

That’s not the issue for me, I just don’t understand how something like this would work.

Would I be dating all of them, or would it only be sex between us?

Wouldn’t there be a lot of jealousy or power struggles since they’re all very dominant people?

They’re my bosses; that has to play in as a factor somewhere, doesn’t it?

I have a lot of questions that only they can answer, but it’s on me to reach out to them.

“I know,” I say to Hailey, deciding that I’m going to text them. I should at the very least thank them for driving me home and placing me in bed. “Do you think I could steal their numbers from you?” I ask, knowing she’ll have them all.

The smile on her face confirms I can.

Opening her contacts, Hailey slides her phone across the counter so I can scroll through and add them to mine.

While I start typing into my phone, Hailey finishes the remainder of her breakfast, lazily wiping her crumbs into the sink.

Within two minutes I have all three of their numbers, but right as I go to text them, my fingers remain hovering over the keyboard.

What the hell do I say?

“Shit, I need to go.” Hailey curses, looking at the clock on the stove.

Promptly passing her phone back, the brunette gives me a quick smile in thanks before grabbing her bag from the couch with hurried steps.

“Remember to breathe!” I call out as she moves to the door, nearly running over the man outside who looked like he was just about to knock.

Side stepping him entirely, Hailey’s gone before I have time to wish her luck on the project.

“I have a package for Madelyn Adams.” The postman says, and when I walk up to the unclosed door, my eyes widen at the massive bouquet of lilac coloured roses gathered together in a black vase.

They didn’t.

“That’s me.” I say, taking the flowers and placing them on the front hall table behind me.

I quickly sign a piece of paper confirming I’ve received the order before saying goodbye and shutting the door.

It was a coincidence the arrangement was my favourite colour, right?

Finding a small card attached to it, I pulled it out, reading, “Thank you for an unforgettable night.” No name was added to the message, but I knew who it was from.

Bringing the flowers with me, I place them down gently on the kitchen counter, so my hands are free as I unlock my phone.

Me: Hey, it’s Madelyn. I just wanted to thank you all for the surprise that showed up at my door this morning. You didn’t have to, but it was appreciated.

I created a group chat between the four of us, figuring it was easier that way.

Just as I was about to turn off my phone, a buzz came from the device indicating a new message.

Caleb: Shit, did I send the strippers to the wrong address???

I couldn’t help it as a large grin spread across my face. The other two texted back soon after.

Xavier: I’m glad you liked the flowers sweetheart. Cal, you’re an idiot.

Alec: Hate to break it to you princess, but you just earned yourself a front row seat to Caleb and Xavier’s never ending bickering. I highly suggest grabbing some popcorn now while things are still civil.

This is most definitely a new side of them to get used to. Who knew they could joke?

Me: On it, sir ;)

Smiling to myself, I place my phone down on the counter as I move into the fridge to grab something to eat.

I’ve still been going to Jolene’s cafe on a daily basis, but if all I’m consuming is scones and muffins, my body is not going to be very happy with me.

Not knowing how to cook much, I decide that an egg wrap is probably an easy option.

Seeing that my phone is still lighting up, I place the carton of eggs beside the oven before turning back to my phone.

Xavier: Careful sweetheart, I may just be inclined to give you another punishment.

Me: If this punishment is anything like last night’s, count me in.

Xavier: All you have to do is ask.

Caleb: Speaking of last night, have you given our offer any thought?

More than he knows.

I’m definitely an overthinker and because of that, I can’t just make a decision on the spot. By the sounds of it, they aren’t asking me to either.

Me: I’m not saying that I am, but if I was interested, how would this work?

How would we work?

Alec: How about you let us take you to dinner, and we’ll talk more about it in person?

I have to admit, the thought of getting to see them again had me a little excited, but just as I went to type, Xavier beat me to it.

Xavier: Does tonight at 6:30 sound okay for you?

I don’t have work today, and I’m betting they knew that too when he offered.

Me: I’ll see you then.

With that, I exit my messaging app because I know I’ll forget to eat if I keep talking to them.

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It turns out Hailey’s a huge tea drinker and there isn’t a single trace of coffee in the house.

Even though I planned on heading to the Horizon shortly, I still would have killed for a cup.

After cleaning up my mess in the kitchen, I moved into my bedroom to get dressed into something more comfortable.

Wait, what am I supposed to wear to dinner?

Even these men’s loungewear is dress pants and a button down. How fancy of a dress am I supposed to have?

I decide I’ll have to try and borrow something from Hailey later because I know I don’t have anything that will work.

Bending down to open my drawer, I dig out a pair of plain black shorts before grabbing a dark teal top from my closet to go with it.

Looking in my mirror, I find that surprisingly, my hair isn’t too atrocious so I decide to leave it down.

My hand goes back to the particularly dark spot Alec made last night and I shiver at the memory of it all.

I want that again.

I want them again.

Peeling off my nightgown, I’m not surprised to find small hickeys all along my inner thighs too.

I know it’s not possible, but I think they kissed away a little bit of my pain last night.

Things were easy with Noah. We never really spoke about my cutting, and it’s not that he didn’t care, but it was never serious enough to tell someone.

I never hurt myself to the point of serious damage, and talking would mean people learning about that sadder part of me I try to keep down.

Afterwards, I always feel ashamed of my actions— disgusted by them, but last night, those three men made me feel beautiful.

They never directly commented on it, but those small kisses they planted on my skin said more than any words could ever say.

Going into this dinner, I know that even if I decide some form of long term relationship with them isn’t something I’m interested in, they will forever have had an impact on my life.

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My trip to Jolene’s was really brief, but I decided to tell her about my dinner tonight.

I felt like I was keeping secrets from her in a sense, but I was really surprised to find that she was supporting of it.

Her exact words were, “I’ve already made plenty of threats to know they’ll treat you well,” and that was the end of that discussion.

She handed me my coffee; I snuck her the money for it.

It was what normally happens when I go there and I appreciated it.

Currently, I’m sitting on the couch scrolling through Netflix when Hailey suddenly bursts through the front door with an ecstatic look on her face.

“I got the job!” She blurted in excitement, throwing her purse on the counter and running over to me.

“That’s amazing!” I smile, shutting off the television so I can hear all about it. “I’m assuming he loved your plan then?”

“Oh God no. I spent the whole day making adjustments and redrawing almost everything for him, but who cares. He can be as picky as he wants; I’m designing John Dallas’ house!”

I have no clue who this man is, but I’m guessing he’s important by the sounds of it.

“Tell me all about it,” I say, turning my body to face her and I can see she’s a little wild right now.

“Not a chance. We’re talking about your dinner, girl.”

“How’d you find out about that?” I ask, considering I haven’t spoken to her since this morning.

“I ran into Jolene on my way home. The real question is what are you going to wear?”

I haven’t given it much thought yet. Plus, it’s only...

“Oh my god, it’s 6:00?” I exclaim, shooting up from my seat.

I must have lost track of time, but I wanted to shower and do my hair before I left.

Hailey only laughs, “Don’t worry. You go get clean and I’ll find a dress that’ll knock your dates off their feet.”

I shout a quick thank you before moving into my room and throwing myself into the shower seconds later.

I decided to tie my hair up for now because I didn’t have time to both dry and curl it.

Giving my body a quick wash, I hop out and dry myself off with the towel I laid out for myself. I wrapped it around my chest soon afterwards, and my reflection catches me in the mirror.

I looked excited. I am excited.

Smiling to myself, I pull out my hair elastic, allowing my blonde hair to fall down the sides of my neck and over my shoulders.

I hear the sound of my bedroom door opening and closing from behind me, pulling my attention back into getting ready.

Keeping a hold to make sure my towel doesn’t drop, I walk out of my bathroom to find a long black dress laying on my bed.

“Don’t overthink it, just put it on.” Hailey calls from right outside of my door, so I know she’s waiting to see it on me.

Dropping my towel and putting on my underwear, I then move on to the beautiful dress Hailey chose.

The fabric is surprisingly soft and when I pull it on, I see why she told me not to overthink it.

The sleeves are off the shoulder and three-quarter length, but the part that causes me to hesitate is the high slit running along my left leg.

The dress itself cuts off at the ground, but it still leaves very little to the imagination.

“How does it fit—” Hailey starts, before falling silent as she walks in. “You’re wearing that.” She says, walking up behind me to get a better look.

It was truly perfect.

The dark material hugged my body in all of the right places, falling slightly looser near the bottom.

“Hailey, this...”

“Is beautiful,” She finishes with a smile matching my own.

After another moment of admiring the dress, Hailey ushered me into the bathroom where she insisted on doing my hair while I did my makeup.

Within twenty minutes, my hair was falling into loose curls along my back and I had my eye shadow, mascara and eyeliner done.

I honestly have no clue how this night is going to go, but I’m more than ready for it.

Even as my heart begins to beat a little quicker at the sound of the doorbell ringing, I know that this is what I want.

I can only hope that we want the same things.


- End of Chapter 21 -

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