Alpha Nocturne’s Contracted Mate by A E Randell
Chapter 224 Training Room
As soon as the doors closed behind Lexi and she was left in the relative darkness of the training room, she let out a breath that she hadn’t known she had been holding.
She was still furious about the way some of the Elders thought about her and the other hybrids within the city, but she was positive that not all of them felt the same way.
Even if it was only a small percentage of Elders that eventually sided with her and Ann, that was all that mattered. Even one person could make a huge difference if they worked hard and acted intelligently.
She really didn’t want to go back to Allen in this mood, he would only fuss over her and it irritated her when men hovered around her, unsure of what to do with themselves.
She liked the fire of their heated banter, it got her riled up in all of the best ways and she didn’t want to be stuck with an image in her head of a submissive Allen…that would just ruin the whole thing for her.
Lexi smirked to herself as she made her way further into the gym without bothering to turn the lights on. She could see just fine in the dark and because she hadn’t brought a change of clothes with her, she planned on just stripping off and working out in her briefs and bra.
The Enclave was full of older shifters, and chances were, they would all be heading back to their chambers to snuggle under their blankets with some hot cocoa and moan about their bones or something similar.
Lexi sniggered to herself at the image she had conjured up and reassured herself that because this training room was so far from the Guard’s quarters, the chances that anyone would come here at this time were incredibly low. She rolled her shoulders and carefully peeled her top and trousers off, folding them neatly over one of the bars on the treadmill closest to the punchbags, and admired herself in the mirror.
She grimaced at the image reflected back at her and swore internally at the loss of her previously toned appearance. Apparently, she was going to have to be consistent with working out if she wanted to retain the toned appearance she was so used to having.
With a grin to herself, she approached the lighter of the punch bags in front of her and settled her stance, shaking her body out to loosen up and bouncing gently on her toes.
It had certainly been a while…
As she zeroed in on the target in front of her, she imagined the hidden faces of the Elders that had scorned her and let loose with a furious roar, pummeling her fists into the 2001b solid weight as if she were exacting her fury on the elders themselves.
With each thud her blood seemed to course with a liquid fire through her body, her eyes flaring the beautiful yet deadly crimson as the adrenaline kicked in.
She didn’t know how long she had been releasing her pent-up aggression on the bag, or when exactly someone entered the room, but the faintest squeak of the sole of a shoe on the floor of the room reached her ears and she froze mid-punch, with all of her senses on high alert.
Had the crusty old bastards been stupid enough to send an assassin after her?
She relaxed her arms and tipped her head back towards the ceiling, eyes closed and with a smile plastered on her face as she listened carefully to the subtle sounds behind her that gave away the position of the intruder. “Didn’t anyone tell you it was rude to sneak up on a lady whilst she’s busy?” Lexi purred. “I don’t see a lady…” A low gravelly voice came from behind her. Lexi sniggered.
“Fine… perhaps lady is the wrong word to use for someone like me. Why are you here? What do you want?” She asked casually as she turned to face the intruder and froze at the sight of the man that stood before her. “I wasn’t expecting anyone to be here. Not that I need to explain that to you… but this is a training room… I came to train.” The man said as he took a few steps forward.
Lexi’s heart had begun beating rapidly as soon as she laid eyes on him. Shouldn’t he be avoiding her? He had taken great pains to do so, so far… had he truly come to just train?
Then it suddenly dawned on her… he had no idea that she could see him clearly, that she knew exactly who he was.
“Then I’ll let you train, I’ll be out of your hair in a minute,” Lexi mumbled suddenly as she made a beeline for her clothes, suddenly desperate to cover herself up.
Allen would lose his s**t if he found out about this.
But as she leaned forward to retrieve her clothes, a pair of strong hands landed on her hips and gripped her tightly, holding her in place as the man’s face buried itself in the crook other neck and he inhaled deeply. “F*uuuc*k… why do you smell so good…” his deep voice moaned, sending shivers down her spine that made her legs weak.
Lexi swallowed nervously as his lips seemed to trail along the delicate skin other neck and across her shoulder. The subtle warmth of the skin of his hands that gripped her hips firmly was stirring something inside of her that she really wasn’t sure should be stirred.
“Wait…” She protested weakly before he cut her off with a possessive growl.
Lexi thought her heart might burst through her chest as his fingers slipped inside the waistband of her pants and
slowly worked their way further down… seeking the prize that lay just a little lower.
“Why should I wait when I can claim what is mine?” the voice purred deeply as Lexi fought against her own desire to give in to him.
“Greyson, please! You don’t want to do this…”