I'm Not Letting Her Go

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Waiting For Her Arrival

Declan

My grandfather assured me everything went smoothly last night. That my father wasn’t too mean or forthright. He behaved as much as he could. Which pleases me. I knew he wouldn’t be too bad if his father was there. He may be our alpha of the pack, but his father still has power over him.

I find myself pacing, this very minute, awaiting the guests for tonight. Of course I don’t give a fuck about any of them other than her. I can only imagine in my mind what she’ll be wearing to the party tonight. My hand goes to my neck, for what feels like the hundredth time tonight.

I hate wearing suits, but that is what is expected of us for the night. Everyone dresses their most elegant, behaves properly, as though we are all royalty in some aspect. It’s a bunch of bull.

Unfortunately, this has been the way of our world for centuries. There are no changing things. Although I cannot help but feel like a change is immensely needed. Standing upstairs in my room, I look down at the line of people waiting outside, for there turn to come into our mansion. Some enjoy the evening, while others, just like to gawk at the surroundings for the evening. I see Stuart and Leslie Montgomery, who have somehow become friends with my Scarlett.

I despise the Montgomery’s, for what their grandfather had done, but there is no kicking them out of our pack. Since they themselves didn’t do anything wrong. Or so my grandfather says. My father, Damian, didn’t argue with him one bit, he just did as his father said. Allowed them to stay, even though let’s face it they cannot be trusted.

How they managed to become friends with Scarlett is beyond me. Stuart has always been an outsider, the smart one with all the nerd tendencies, but I suppose overall he isn’t a horrible person. His cousin Leslie on the other hand, she’s a character. I just know in my gut she needs to be kept under lock and key. She will do anything to feel like she belongs, and that within itself makes her dangerous.

Neither are important to me, the only reason I sought them out, is I keep looking for Scarlett, but I do not see her with her friends yet. A growl works its way up my throat. I need her here and soon, if I’m going to calm down in the slightest tonight. I’m tense, my stomach in knots, and I’m about ready to break free of my skin and go for a run.

“Someone is testy.” I hear my best friend Andy say from behind me.

The sound of footfalls lets me know he isn’t alone. “What are you doing?” My cousin, Donny asks once he makes it to my side.

I stay silent, not giving anything away. I don’t owe any of them an explanation for my weird behavior. I should have known better with him though. He and Andy know me better than anyone.

“She’s not here yet.” My head snaps to his.

“Grandfather said they were going to be a little late. Something about a boy named Benji needing to take his dog for a walk before they could head out.” He shrugs his shoulders at me.

“Fucking come on.” I grumble to myself as I take a step away from the window.

“Maybe we should all go for a run before the festivities really begin.” Cody says from his spot on the couch.

I didn’t even know he came into my room with them. Deciding I need to calm the fuck down before she gets here so I don’t wolf out on her, and freak her out, I sit on the edge of my bed. Holding my head in my hands I close my eyes and take a few deep breaths.

“Man, if this is what it is like when you find your mate, I don’t think I want to.” Before I know what, I’m doing, without understanding, I’m off my bed in a second, grabbing Andy by the throat and carting him across the room.

When he hits the opposite wall, I raise him up off his feet, showing him my teeth. No one stops me, Cody hasn’t moved from his spot on the couch, and Donny is leaning against the window, his back to it with his legs crossed. His arms come to his chest, and he just stands there watching this unfold.

Once my head clears, I realize what I have done, and drop him on his ass. My hands are in my hair, pulling at the strands. “Sorry.” It’s all I can say. I don’t apologize to anyone.

“It’s all good man. Know this has to be messing with your head.” He jumps up to his feet and rubs his neck.

“Besides I’ve had worse.” He shrugs his shoulders at me as a smile grows along his lips.

I know he’s trying to put on a brave face, but now I feel like total shit. I know about his home life, well what used to be his home life. His dad is a piece of shit, which got kicked out of the pack years ago. My father and mom took him in, the reason we are more like brothers.

“No, I had no right to do that. Not to you.” I look him dead in the eye so he can see how much I mean it.

Giving me a solemn nod, he walks over to the couch, and sits down next to Cody. “So, what are the plans for tonight?” He asks. How Andy has always been able to do that I have no idea. Once second, he could be getting the beat down, the next he’s back to his wiseass, silly self. Smile and messing around with everyone.

“I don’t care what you all do. Whether you want to stay for the actual dancing and partying in the basement. Me, I have plans to find Scarlett and take her someplace we can be alone most of the night.” A carnal smirk makes its way onto my lips.

“Well, we know what you’ll be doing all night.” There’s a gleam in each of my friends’ eyes.

“I don’t know about all of that, but you bet I’m going to get as far as she’ll let me.”

“So, basically all the way. I mean come on; we haven’t seen a girl yet that can resist your charms. We all know within a couple hours you’ll have her begging you.” Andy says, while he practically jumps up and down on the couch.

“All right enough of this talk about Declan getting some. I would rather go out and find someone to prey on myself. No offense.” Cody stands and makes his way out the door with that.

“I’m going to head down and see if I can find Beth.” Andy says as he stands up rubbing his hands together.

“You know that girl is going to kick your ass one of these days.” Donny tells him.

“Oh, and what fun that’ll be.” Andy slaps his arm, before making his way out of my bedroom.

Leaving me alone with Donny, I know he is staying behind for a serious discussion. I look up finding him shaking his head still looking at my door. “That kid is a sadist I swear. The more a woman beats on him the harder he gets.”

When his eyes come to me, he stands straighter, to his full height. “What is it?”

“Grandfather, and our father’s want to see us before the party starts.” His mouth is in a straight line.

“Why?”

He shrugs his shoulders. “I have no idea. They all seem on edge, like they don’t know what to do with themselves about the Scarlett situation.”

He didn’t even get the last word out of his mouth before I walk out of my room, and down the stairs. It takes me all of a minute to make it to my father’s office, but I find myself breathing hard when I get there. I don’t bother knocking, I barge right into the room.

Five sets of eyes are looking at me. Three of them I know, they have the same light blue as mine and Donny’s. The other two, are the color of violet. Which can only mean one thing. “What are fairies doing here?”

“Close the door, Donny.” I hadn’t even realized my cousin was behind me. I step further into the room, my eyes not leaving the fairies for one second.

I don’t know much about them, but I know if they are here, it cannot be good. “I’m not going to ask again.”

“Watch your tone son. Remember who you are speaking to.” I takes everything I have not to laugh at my father. The older he gets he sounds more and more like my grandfather.

“We are here with news about Lewis McCluster.” One of the fairies says.

For a moment I’m confused on who they are even talking about. Then it hits me like a train, “Scarlett’s father.”

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