Alpha Nocturne’s Contracted Mate by A E Randell
Chapter 68 Apology Not Accepted
“Don’t tease me, Adam. Those wolves are just spoiled and sometimes maybe all it takes is a reminder of just how privileged they are to have such a stable and prosperous Pack.”
Adam chuckled softly.
“You know, I am sorry for my out-of-character behavior today. I’m not sure what’s gotten into me.” Adam said as he looked at her seriously.
Ann smiled back at him as she raised the glassto her lips and took a sip of the biting red liquid within.
“It’s fine Adam. Sometimes all it takes is a little rea*s*surance. This morning was unsettling and you’ve known that things were going to come to head for days… otherwise why else would we have paid a visit to Lexi and her father?” Ann smiled wryly at him.
Adam snorted. She had a good point.
This was probably the first time that his normally unshakeable grip on the leadership of the Pack had been threatened. Maybe Ann was right. It was plausible that this was the reason he had been so unsettled.
A comfortable silence settled over them as they watched the sun disappear beneath the skyline and dusk descended across the night sky.
“Adam? Do you think Esmerelda and Narcissa are working together?” Ann suddenly asked with a thoughtful expression on her face.
Adam looked across at her slowly, uncertain of how to respond.
“I know it seems far-fetched, but, with what we know already and then the appearance of yet another dark witch…doesn’t it all seem a bit much to be just a coincidence?”
Adam opened his mouth to reply but was interrupted by the ominous ringtone of Ann’s mobile phone.
Ann glanced at the name flashing on the caller ID and rolled her eyes, sighing heavily.
“Speak of the devil and she will appear…” she muttered under her breath bitterly as she reached for her phone.
Adam extended his arm quickly and placed a hand on hers as he looked at her meaningfully.
“You don’t have to answer that, Ann, you can just ignore it you know.” He said softly.
Ann laughed bitterly.
“You’re right, I could. But don’t I at least need to keep some sort of contact with them so that we have an idea of their next moves?”
Adam grimaced unhappioy as she answered the call and sat back sullenly in his chair, frowning as she spoke to the person on the other end of the phone.
“What do you want, Ada?” Ann intoned emotionlessly as she narrowed her eyes.
“Now now sister, that’s not very friendly,” Ada answered jovially.
“That’s because we aren’t friends. Don’t waste my time, we both know this general chit-chat and biting back and forth has no meaning. Get to the point.” Ann snapped as Adam hid a smile.
“Well, if that’s how it’s going to be I’m not sure I should have called at all..” Ann whined, her shrill tones loud enough for even Adam to hear.
“Fine, I’m hanging up then, Ada,” Ann answered impassively.
“No, wait!” Ada said quickly before sighing heavily and continuing. “Look, I’m not very good at this okay?”
“Really? Something else you aren’t very good at? The list grows longer by the day…”
“Ann, please. I’m trying okay? I wanted to apologize…” “Apology NOT accepted. Have a nice life…”
“Ann, please! At least let me apologize in person to you. Don’t you want to at least try to be reconciled? We are family after all, and you’re going to have a niece or a nephew..”
“That bastard child of yours is no relation to me whatsoever. We are not related by blood and I don’t claim you as my sister Ada, I never will. At one point I would have forgiven and forgotten..but not now…” Ann hissed viciously, half regretting directing her anger towards the unborn child, but she couldn’t help herself.
The child’s mere existence was just lasting proof of her mate’s betrayal, although it didn’t hurt as much as it once had.
“Ann whatever I and Brad have done to you, our child is innocent in all of this..please…you are still family through marriage..” Ada pleaded, the desperation in her voice making Ann feel guilty for the briefest of seconds before she pushed it away.
“Ada, if the child wants to have contact with me when it is old enough to make that decision then I will welcome it with open arms..despite its parent’s failings. However, I will not have anything to do with you, your soon-to-be husband or your b*tch of a mother. Am I clear?”
“Ann…” Ada pleaded despairingly.
“Stop calling me, Ada. I have nothing to say to you. I hope you and Brad have a happy future together.”
With that, Ann hung the call up and threw the phone on the table in front of her with a look of disgust on her face. “Nicely done..” Adam said with a smirk.
Ann snorted as she glared off angrily into the distance and her fury rolled off her in waves.
Adam smiled to himself as he drank in the sight of her. She was magnificent in her fury as Maeve danced in her eyes.
He longed to share the bond with his wolf that Ann shared with Maeve but he was fully aware that it may never happen, yet, in Ann’s presence, he could feel the faint stirrings of the beast within him and it excited him. “In response to your earlier question before we were so rudely interrupted…I don’t know. It’s plausible that they are somehow known to each other. I’ll see if I can find out in my interrogations.” Adam said casually, wanting to redirect Ann’s attention.
The thought that she might still have feelings for Brad irritated him more than he liked to admit and all he could do was ensure that she was too busy and focused on him, to make sure that she forgot about that loser. Ann turned to him with a concerned expression. “Are you interrogating her alone?”
“Yes, but I’ll be prepared, don’t worry. I intend to go there with a list of information that I want to know more about.”
Ann nodded slowly and stifled a yawn,
“Come on, let’s call it a night. Tonight has been… eventful to say the least.”
“Oh, you’re actually planning on allowing me to sleep then?” Ann scoffed teasingly.
“Not just yet, my Luna…I intend to fill you with my s*eed until you p@ssout from exhaustion.” Adam growled heatedly as Ann’s eyes widened in horror.
Was this man ever going to be satisfied?!