Alpha Nocturne’s Contracted Mate by A E Randell
Chapter 69 Work Together
Both Ann and Adam were late leaving in the morning. It was evident to all who saw them that they simply couldn’t keep their hands off one another, even as they hurriedly ate their breakfast before dashing out the door. Anyone who may have had the slightest doubt about their relationship status would have had their worries put to rest at the sight of them together.
Even the Omega’s had noticed the slight change in them. Although they had been touchy-feely beforehand, their appet*ites for one another seemed to be insatiable at the moment and their loud performance in the bedroom yesterday as well as their public displays of affection over breakfast only fuelled the rumors about the possibility of the pitter-patter of tiny paws in the Packhouse.
As Adam pulled up at the entrance of the towering block of offices, he glanced across at her with a frown, causing her to chuckle.
“What’s wrong now? If you’re still wanting to have your fill of me then you’ll just have to wait until tonight.” She said teasingly as his frown deepened.
“If you just worked for me then I could see you all the time.” He grumbled sullenly.
“Work for you?” Ann scoffed, “Adam, I’m sure I’ve already told you this but, I work for myself. This is my business, my career that I built from a failing enterprise of my fathers and poured everything that I had into it. How can I just leave it all behind and give up everything I’ve accomplished?”
“You wouldn’t be losing your accomplishments, Ann. Nothing will be able to erase that. If we work together on this, then I think you can grow your business further than you have under your father’s name.”
Ann narrowed her eyes slightly at him and wondered why he thought that her father was holding her back, but decided not to pursue it.
She sighed heavily and opened the car door to get out. “At least think about it, Ann. You are the Luna of our Pack now, your business interests should really align with interests that benefit the pack as well.” Adam called after her, leaning across the passenger seat and fixing her with a gaze that was both infuriating and endearing.
“Goodbye, Adam. I’ll see you later.” She answered coldly as she slammed the car door, leaving him with a confused expression on his face.
She muttered in irritation to herself as she stalked towards the building and made her way to her office.
She could see his point. As the Luna of the Dark Moon Pack, she really should be focusing on business enterprises to enrich their estate, but as the heir to the Alpha King’s throne, she had a duty to her kingdom as well.
The King’s treasury benefited a lot of initiatives across the kingdom, funding orphanages for the pups that were parentless, funding scholarships for the children of less wealthy families, and providing grants to packs with insecure borders, which enabled them to invest heavily in defensive structures and fund the additional mercenary groups that may be needed during times of conflict.
Ann was more than happy to contribute towards the well-being of her subjects, and she was torn on how to proceed. Perhaps she could start a second venture under the Dark Moon Pack’s name and continue to benefit both? But would that really be worth it?
What would happen to the second business if Adam ever found his mate?
She was fairly sure that she wouldn’t be kicked out of the pack, but pack politics and hierarchies were notoriously delicate, especially when it came to chosen mates and true mates.
Ann’s face was contorted in a thoughtful expression as she greeted Eva and the security teams absentmindedly and headed into her office, sinking down in her chair with a sigh.
She stared blankly at the computer screen before reluctantly leaning forwards and starting it up.
This dilemma could wait for now. She had a whole host of work to catch up on from yesterday’s absence.
For once, she would very much like to enjoy a quiet day of nothing but monotonous work. She was getting tired of bouncing from drama to drama.
Eva scurried into Ann’s office clutching her usual coffee and pursed her lips at the tired look on her boss’s face. “Is everything okay?” She asked gently as she placed the coffee on her desk.
Ann nodded slightly as she flicked through the emails from various contractors.
“Yes, I’m just tired. There’s been a lot going on recently and I think it’s starting to catch up with me.” she lied effortlessly.
There was no need for Eva to know about the events at the Packhouse yesterday, nor the constant arguments that she was having in her head at the moment with herself, it would only cause her unnecessary worry.
Eva crossed her arms in front of her and looked at her through narrowed eyes, scrutinizing her for the barest hint of a lie that would give her away.
“Well, if you decide that you need someone to talk to, you know where I am. I know I’m just your a*s*sistant, but I like to think of you as a friend as well Ann. You’ve been there for me through a lot and always give so much back to your staff here. The very least I can do is provide a listening ear if it’s needed.” She said finally, her shoulders sagging in frustration.
Ann glanced up and smiled gently at her.
“Thanks, Eva, but I promise I’m fine. Nothing that a full night of sleep won’t fix.”
Eva opened her mouth to reply but was rudely interrupted by two loud female voices protesting angrily in the offices down the corridor.
“What on earth is all that noise about?” Eva exclaimed angrily as she rushed out of the office to see what was going on.
Ann frowned and sighed in exasperation as she threw herself back in her chair.
‘What the f*uc*k are they doing here now?!’ Maeve snorted angrily in her head.
‘God knows. I thought I was clear about not wanting anything more to do with them.’ Ann answered in annoyance.
“Ann? Ann! Where are you?! I know you’re in here somewhere! Get these big apes away from us!”