Alpha Nocturne’s Contracted Mate by A E Randell
Chapter 59 A Promise Is A Promise
“How long is a piece of string, furball? We don’t know. This isn’t a common request at all, so we’re pretty much working on unknown grounds. Just… keep an eye on it.” She paused before frowning slightly.
“You said the existence of your true mate is concealed from you, right?”
Adam nodded slowly.
“So, if she was standing right in front of you, how would you ever know?” She asked hesitantly, a hint of concern in her voice.
Adam frowned. It was an odd question, but he was sure that Lexi was only concerned for her friend’s well being. After all, she had been through so much already, and judging by their close relationship, she would hate to see her hurt again.
“I wouldn’t know even if she was laid next to me,” Adam said softly, with a hint of regret in his voice. “Don’t worry, Lexi. Hurting Ann is the last thing that I’ll ever do. Even if my true mate appears, then I’ll make sure that Ann doesn’t suffer. I promise that she’ll be well taken care of.”
Lexi stared at him for a long time with an unreadable expression on her face as she smiled softly.
“I trust you… don’t worry.”
The silence seemed to extend between them for a little while and Adam shifted awkwardly on the bed. He was still completely n*ake*d, as was Ann, and the presence of Lexi inside of his room confused him.
“Have we been back here long? I’m still a little uncomfortable with the fact that you can portal in and out of my home with such ease though…” Adam said finally as Lexi chuckled.
“Don’t worry, my dad’s a stickler for the rules, and most daemon’s don’t have access to a portalmancer. It takes centuries of training and you have to find a wraith willing to cooperate first.” She smiled wryly as Ann stirred in her sleep and stretched, throwing an arm over Adam’s legs.
“It’s been almost thirty minutes since you arrived back. I just wanted to make sure that you both woke up safely and that there weren’t any hidden surprises waiting for you when you got back. Ann made it perfectly clear that you didn’t want to be vulnerable and as much as this is your home… with everything going on at the minute with you two, I still feel that you’re both a little vulnerable here too.”
Adam nodded in agreement.
She wasn’t wrong. Although it was his home, he had known for some time that there were some shifters here who were clearly working against him.
It didn’t matter how much time and energy that both he and Allen put into rooting out the culprits, as soon as one was found, more seemed to spring up to step into their shoes. It was frustrating, to say the least, and sometimes he wondered if he was fighting a losing battle. Lexi chuckled lightly as she stood up from the bed and gestured to the corner of the room. It was only then that Adam realized that the portalmancer had been present the entire time.
With a slight rustle, the air in the room distorted slightly and Lexi made her way over to the distortion in the air.
“I’m going to spend a little more time with Papa. I’ll be back in this realm in a day or so. Try to be good in the meantime, hmm?” She smirked lightly as she waved casually at Adam and stepped through the portal.
As he watched the portal close as Steven disappeared through it, he stared blankly into the darkness for a few moments.
Was that it? Had it really been that easy?
He pulled the duvet back slightly from where Ann had pulled it tightly around her shoulders and gently moved her hair from her neck.
His heart seemed to swell with a strange feeling as he saw his mark imprinted, albeit messily, on Ann’s neck.
It didn’t look anywhere near as messy as he had thought it would, the appearance actually fit quite well with the normal healing of a shifters mark. If the Elders demanded to see it, then there was no way that they would be able to tell that they hadn’t done this the proper way.
Adam lifted Ann’s arm as he settled himself back down into the bed and she murmured softly in her sleep.
For once, Adam fell asleep again with a slightly lighter heart.
That was one major issue that he no longer had to be concerned about.
Adam was woken by a frantic knocking at the door and as Ann stirred sleepily beside him, he threw the covers of his body and stormed across to the door.
“What?” He snarled as he threw open the door and was met with the anxious-looking face of his Beta, Allen.
His shoulders seemed to sag with relief at the sight of his Alpha, and he sighed loudly.
“Oh, my goddess… I thought something had happened to you!” He hissed in irritation as a frown descended across his brows.
Adam raised an eyebrow as Allen stormed past him and he angrily reached for his arm and pulled him back.
“Ann is still sleeping.” He growled lowly at Alen’s surprised face.
“Ann is not… Ann is very much awake because you boys are making such a damn noise. What on earth is the matter?!” She yawned sleepily as she sat upright and lounged back against the headboard, her n*ake*d body barely covered by the sheet as she pulled her legs up in front of her.
Allen jolted in surprise at the sight of Ann so relaxed in her own skin, and Adam tried his best to suppress the growl of jealous fury that threatened to tear from his chest.
Instead, his grip increased tightly on Alien’s arm and Allen yelped in p@in as he tried desperately to prise Allen’s fingers off his arm.
“Alpha… Adam… dammit that hurts…” He protested as Adam dragged him towards the door.