Alpha Nocturne’s Contracted Mate by A E Randell
Chapter 19 The Invitation
Ann was true to her word and didn’t leave the suite all night, eventually falling into a deep sleep in the luxuriously soft bed.
She was woken abruptly by a sharp knock on the door and, for a few seconds at least, forgot where she was entirely.
“Ann, it’s almost eleven. Did you want breakfast in your room or do you want to come down with me?” Adam’s bored tone came from the other side of the door.
Ann swore under her breath and hurriedly began untangling herself from her bed sheets.
“I’ll be right there! Just… give me a minute…” She yelled back.
By the time she opened the door, she was a little flustered.
She was greeted by the sight of Adam leaning against the wall opposite her, with his arms folded against his chest casually, and a wry smile plastered on his face.
“I don’t think I need to ask if you slept well, do I?” Adam smirked, his eyes sparkling mischievously.
Ann glared at him and folded her arms in front of her to mirror his pose.
“Suppose I don’t need to ask if you need a comedian in the pack either… you seem to have that covered nicely,” Anne smirked, earning a chuckle from Adam.
“I’m not just an Alpha with a pretty face and a fearsome reputation you know…” He grinned as he reached forward and pulled her towards him, catching her off guard.
Ann blinked up at him, speechless for a few seconds as he gazed deeply into her eyes, holding her tightly by the waist. She could feel the warmth from his body through his shirt and she swallowed nervously.
“Adam… I…” she stammered nervously as he smirked and his eyes danced playfully.
“Hush, my Luna,” he whispered seductively as his lips brushed against hers with the merest touch, igniting her belly into an explosion of b*tterflies.
She was about to respond when a couple of the staff turned the corner and froze in shock, before giggling furiously while apologizing as they hurried away.
Adam grinned as he stared boldly into her eyes and gently let her go, removing himself from the close embrace as if it had never happened.
“Come, let’s go and eat breakfast.” He stated nonchalantly as he walked away down the corridor.
Ann stared disbelievingly after him and felt her cheeks flush furiously. Did he really just use her to perform in front of a couple of unimportant staff members? She wasn’t sure how she felt about that but with her stomach rumbling furiously she had no choice but to hurry after him.
They ate breakfast in a small, homely-looking kitchen and diner area. The cook in there had prepared a heavy brunch with Bagels, eggs, bacon, and sausage and a rack of toast for good measure.
Ann watched Adam curiously as he b*ttered each slice of toast thickly with b*tter and stopped herself from laughing. He didn’t seem the type that would overindulge. Rather, he gave off the impression of having a refined taste and a personality that was a little more reserved.
However, the stack of food on the plate in front of him and the way he eagerly looked for more, told her otherwise.
It was most definitely true what they said, only allow the public to see what you want them to see. It would be eye-opening to see the other persona of the Alpha that was so feared.
As she lifted her fork to her mouth her mobile phone buzzed like an angry wasp at the side of her. She frowned as she reached for it and checked the caller ID. Ann scowled furiously as Ada’s name flashed up on the screen.
“Can that little b*tch not take a warning?” She muttered under her breath as she firmly rejected the call. “Who was that?” Adam asked curiously.
“Ada, my stepsister…” Ann growled as the phone began its angry buzzing yet again.
“Doesn’t sound like she’s going to give up easily…” Adam commented dryly.
With a sigh, Ann slammed her fork down on the table a little harsher than she had intended and answered the phone.
“What do you want?” Ann sneered.
“Now now, Ann, that’s no way to speak to your sister. I am family after all.” Ada simpered.
The mere sound of her voice made Ann’s skin crawl and she would love nothing more than to unleash Maeve on her and let her do her worst. Unfortunately, that wasn’t a possibility.
“You never call me, Ada, just spit it out. What do you want? I don’t have time for your games.”
“Fine. You’re no fun though, just so you know. Brad really got off lightly getting rid of you.” She chuckled as Ann growled warningly.
“Don’t get your knickers in a twist, Ann. Look, I only called you to invite you to the engagement party. Father wants you there. And I suppose it would be a good opportunity to play happy families for the camera right? Ann snorted loudly.
“I have no interest in seeing you parade around with my ex in the slightest. I thought I told you to leave me alone? Was I not clear enough the first time?
Ada giggled on the other end of the phone.
“It’s just, I would hate for you to be exiled from the royal family, Ann… especially with your mother’s jewelry as heirlooms to the oldest female…” Ada trailed off.
The color drained from Ann’s face slightly and her eyes widened. She suddenly felt sick.
“You wouldn’t dare…” She hissed furiously
“Well, you’ll never know if you don’t come, will you? After a short silence, Ann answered.
“Fine. When and where?” She ground out through gritted teeth.
“Oh, I’m so pleased you accepted our invitation! I’ll see you tomorrow evening at 7, in the palace ballroom obviously. It’s the only place that could possibly hold so many people for such a happy occasion.” Ada simpered. Ann snorted and hung up, discarding her phone angrily on the surface of the breakfast table.
Adam raised an eyebrow at her curiously.
“Everything okay?” He asked tentatively.