Alpha Nocturne’s Contracted Mate by A E Randell
Chapter 39 The Scandal
He knew she was going to launch herself at Ann before she did it.
He had never moved so fast in his life.
The desperation he felt caused his heart to race uncontrollably as his wolf snapped and howled inside his head, frantic for him to intervene before it was too late.
He launched himself towards her and as he wrapped his arms around her, the impact of the collision knocked her off course.
They skidded across the banquet hall floor and collided with the wall to the side heavily. Ann’s body took the brunt of the impact and whatever had happened to f0rce her to transform in that way began to recede.
In a matter of seconds, Ann had returned to normal and as she opened her eyes, she was greeted by the frowning face of Alpha Nocturne.
“Are you okay?” He asked, his arms still held securely around her.
“Yeah, I-I think so. My head hurts like hell though…” She grimaced.
Adam helped her to stand and checked her over as Lexi arrived next to them.
“Ann, that was cool and all but what the f*uc*k was that?!” Lexi breathed in awe.
“I’d like to know the same thing…” Adam said, his brows returning to a deep frown.
Ann grimaced as she looked towards the royal table where her father stood, his nostrils flaring angrily.
Her stomach sank. Did all of that just happen? It seemed so surreal.
“You attacked me!” A shrill voice shrieked from the back of the room.
Adam turned to glare at the source of the voice and his lip curled in disdain at the sight of Ada, with her mother’s arm wrapped around her.
Brad stood to one side scowling at Adam as if his new mate’s life and safety were of little concern to him. “Father, you can’t just let her get away with that!”
“Leopold, Ada is pregnant with pups, and she viciously attacked her… we all saw what happened…”
Murmurs of agreement filled the room and the Alpha King strode over to where Ann, Adam, and Lexi stood. The conversations being had regarding Ann’s attack were vicious, to say the least.
“She attacked her own sister? She’s jealous!”
“I can’t believe she tried to murder those pups in her belly!”
“What disgraceful behavior! She’s supposed to be the heir?! We can’t condone that sort of behavior for a Luna Queen!”
Adam placed his arm protectively around Ann and tilted his chin pridefully as the Alpha King approached, exchanging pointed glares with the people at the heart of the gossip in the room.
“Alpha King Leopold.” Adam nodded his head respectfully towards him by way of greeting.
The Alpha King ran his eyes coldly over Adam and lingered on where his arm rested around Ann’s shoulders.
“Why are your hands on my daughter, Alpha Nocturne?” He growled.
Adam didn’t flinch or back down from the intimidating stare that he was on the receiving end of, he met it fiercely back with a just as intense glare.
“I don’t see the problem, my King.” He answered finally. The Alpha King scowled angrily.
“If you are not her mate then I suggest removing your arm from around her shoulders!” The Alpha King roared furiously as more people had begun to file back in, seeing that the danger was over for now.
Adam snorted loudly and a sneer split his face.
“So you have one rule for one daughter and another for the other daughter?”
The Alpha King blanched and paled suddenly, before quickly recovering.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” he snarled.
“Really?” Adam chuckled darkly. “Did you say the same to Ada when she had lured Ann’s fated mate into her bed?”
Shocked gasps rippled around the room as the Alpha King Leopold laughed nervously.
“I have already explained that… it was a…”
“I heard your explanation. You lied.” Adam growled menacingly
“How dare you question my honesty! What proof do you have?!”
“Proof? The fact that I was present when Brad demanded Ann forgive him and not reject him? The fact that he appeared at your daughter’s workplace… at YOUR company and attacked her because she refused to accept him back?” Adam snorted loudly and stared at the Alpha King for a while.
An uncomfortable silence filled the hall and Adam sneered and gestured toward Brad.
“Ann rejected Brad yesterday, that’s why he’s in such a sorry state. Brad slept with Ann’s sister and got her pregnant. He knowingly disregarded the mate bond to fulfill his own needs… much like yourself… your majesty.” “I should have you k*il*led on the spot…”
“For what? Speaking the truth? As if all of that wasn’t enough p@in for Ann to endure, you f0rced her to attend this ridiculous farce and then proceeded to give the daughter of your mistress, the heirlooms meant for your true mate’s daughter.”
The Alpha King shook with anger as ripples of dissent coursed through the room.
“Despicable. Poor Ann.”
“What kind of a father is he?!”
“If he can’t care for his true daughter, then how can he care for his people?!”
“Is he really fit to be our king?”
The Alpha King growled loudly and the room returned to an uneasy silence, punctuated by the sound of the camera shutters being activated as the braver members of the media took their chance to capture the confrontation.
“You still haven’t answered my question, Alpha Nocturne. Take your hands off my daughter.”
The Alpha King growled angrily.
Adam chuckled and grinned widely.