Alpha Nocturne’s Contracted Mate by A E Randell
Chapter 78 Only You
Ann blinked rapidly a few times as she felt Maeve receded from her awareness and she was pushed forward again.
In an instant, Adam’s arms wrapped around her to steady her as she got her bearings. He smiled down at her as he saw her eyes regain their focus and watched the corners of her mouth curve upwards in a faint smile. “Thanks…” Ann murmured as he chuckled in response and leaned down, kissing her forehead.
“You need to handle your wolf better.” Leopold’s still shaky voice grumbled from across the room.
Ann tensed slightly as Adam whipped his head around to stare warningly at him.
“No, she doesn’t. They are perfectly balanced as they are. Despite what you may think, I hold no interest in wrenching your crown from you, ‘my king’. I’m content enough to watch your grip on power slowly slip away. We won’t be the cause of the end of your reign, you will have that honor yourself.” Adam answered him with a low growl.
Ann shivered slightly in Adam’s arms, and he rubbed his hands against her arms rapidly, in an effort to warm her slightly. She had been through a lot emotionally in the past hour or so, and all he wanted to do was get her home and somewhere safe so that they could work this through together.
He flicked his gaze back to her father and raked his eyes over him in disgust.
“I won’t ever abandon my mate, unlike you. Ann will always have a place at my side whether you approve of it, or not.” He said finally as he steered Ann past her father and opened the door abruptly.
“Where do you think you’re going? I haven’t finished with you both yet!” Leopold roared after them.
Ann snorted loudly and turned to look at her father over her shoulder.
“No? Well, we’ve finished with you, Leopold. You disowned me and intend to disinherit me. You’re no family of mine anymore.” Ann hissed as she took hold of Adam’s hand fiercely and stalked out of the office without another word, i
As she sank into the leather seats of Adam’s car she let out a long breath as Adam slid in next to her and ordered the guards to take them home.
As he watched her silently, she pulled out her phone and began typing furiously on it as his brows creased in a slight frown.
“What are you doing?”
“I’m messaging Eva. I can’t leave her like that without saying anything else to her.” Ann snorted, a look of determination on her face.
Adam had half expected her to break down in tears in the privacy of the back of his car after the intense morning that she had experienced.
She had been accused of a heinous crime, lost her job and her reputation, as well as facing an impending appearance at the court of Elders to be s*tri*pped of her title.
Yet as he looked at the determined face of the woman before him, he felt his heart leap and the stirrings of his wolf for the second time that day.
He turned his head and scowled as he stared contemplatively out of the window. His wolf had barely indicated his presence before Ann appeared out of the blue. The more time that he spent with her, the more his wolf responded and it had got him thinking.
Honestly, he was desperate for his hunch to be right, but he didn’t want to get his hopes up too much just in case he was wrong.
“What are you scowling at?” Ann asked curiously from beside him, putting her phone away and reaching for his hand.
Adam took a deep breath before turning to face her and smiled.
“Nothing for you to worry about, princess.”
Ann snorted, an ironic smile breaking out on her face as she looked at him deeply.
“You can hardly call me princess now can you Adam? It looks like I am no longer heir to the throne.”
“You’ll always be my princess, Ann. My Luna…my Queen.” Adam murmured tenderly as he cupped her face with his hand and leaned down towards her.
As their lips met, Adam felt a sense of peace wash over him. Ann was all he needed. She felt like home.
As his kiss became more insistent, Ann pulled away and smiled up at him.
“Can we wait until we get home for this Adam? Don’t take this personally, but I’m not in the mood right now.” She said quietly.
Adam felt like kicking himself.
What kind of insensitive a*s*shole was he to focus on his own needs and not Ann’s?
He smiled tightly and took a deep breath as he brushed her hair away from her face.
“You’re right, I’m sorry. I wasn’t thinking… it was selfish of me…”
Ann chuckled lightly.
“Don’t apologize, Adam. I love that you want me…” She almost purred as she looked up at him through her long eyelashes.
Adam bit back the l*stful growl that threatened to tear from his chest and looked at her seriously.
“You know you’re playing a dangerous game looking at me like that Ann.” He warned lowly as Ann chuckled.
“I do. I’m sorry. I’ll make it up to you when we’re home.” She grinned, winking at him seductively as she patted his leg.
Adam narrowed his eyes at her and sighed lightly, acutely aware of his c*oc*k throbbing p@infully in his trousers, begging to be inside of her.
It can wait until we’re home, he thought sullenly.
Tonight, it wouldn’t be about what Adam wanted, he was adamant that he would make sure that Ann knew for certain that he was never interested in her title. He needed her to know that all he wanted… was her.