Chapter Forty Five

Alexa and Taylor lied beside each in his bed. He turned and looked at her. He could tell she was unnerved by this, but her pride wouldn't allow her to say anything about it.

"I missed you," he said.

"It hasn't been that long," she said.

Honestly, she had missed him as well. Somehow she was getting close to him and she didn't really understand why. Even when they parted ways, she wanted them to remain friends. He was strong man with a gentle heart and that was rare among her kind.

"I didn't want to lose you," he said.

He was getting way too personal. She sat up; he remained lying on the bed. He gently rubbed her bare back to sooth her; she closed her eyes and focused on his touch.

"My life is not your concern," she said.

She felt his hand pull away from her body. A shiver went up of her spine, thankfully, she was in control enough of her body to not show it. She felt his weight leave the bed. She turned and saw him stand by the bed and put on his pants.

"Where are you going," she asked?

He laughed to himself.

"I'm a nice guy remember, I'm letting you have the bedroom for now," he said.

He walked out of the room and shut the door. Did he just dismiss her? She blinked from the shock; then she growled. She yanked the door open and stomped out toward him. He turned and saw that she didn't put any clothes on. He didn't want to fight; he knew he didn't have a right to fight with her about their non-relationship. She stood a few feet away from him and glared at him. He didn't react at all and simply waited for her to get a clue to leave him alone. She told him that he shouldn't be offended by what she said it was just the truth. He scoffed. He wasn't upset about what she said, he just didn't like that she was so hot and cold all of sudden.

"I know what this, Alexa. I have had no delusions about that. I was just letting someone I cared about know that if they had died, someone would have given a damn about it. You seemed to be the one that has a problem all of a sudden."

She rushed toward him and pushed him against the wall with her forearm. Her eyes glowed. He kept his eyes on her; he was not going to submit. She would have to either let him go or kill him. He continued looking at her and awaited his fate.

"You do what you have to do, Alexa?"

Her free hand transformed into a claw. She knew she didn't want to kill him, but she also knew killing him may be her best option. She needed to free herself from this man. They were getting too close. Her eyes stopped glowing and her hand returned to its human form. She let him go. He rubbed his neck and grimaced. Alpha she wolves were so violent. She turned away from him and walked back to his bedroom without saying a word and shut the door. For now, they both needed their space.

Christian and Anna sat at the kitchen counter eating take out. She only had his white t-shirt on and he wore a pair of sweatpants. The stir fry she was eating was delicious. Christian ordered two large beef and broccoli meals. She started to notice how he ate around the broccoli.

"You know you can order it without broccoli," she teased.

"Yeah, but we have to keep up appearances, it's the little things that can add up in a person's mind and cause suspicion," he said.

She thought about what he said and agreed.

"How were you going to keep your secret from me if we stayed together long term?"

He choked on the piece of beef he was eating. That was a good question. Even though she wasn't a journalist, she definitely could have been successful at it.

"I wasn't thinking long term when I started seeing you."

She saw his please don't be mad at me look and covered her mouth to hide her smile. She had felt the same way. He was just supposed to be the rich guy she dated for a while. Then it became more. The more he opened up to her, the more she fell in love with him.

"That's fine Christian. I wasn't thinking long term either."

He silently whimpered at her words. She reached out and touched his arm.

"Are you okay?"

"Yeah, I'm fine."

"You sure?"

"Yeah, I'm sure."

"Okay…"

They ate in silence for a bit. Christian thought about what she said. Maybe that was part of the reason his wolf chose her. She wasn't after him or his money. She just happened to meet him during an interview. She was even going to use him sexually. Interesting, he thought. She was not as sweet as she appeared to be and that was fine by him. Everything had worked out in the end.

"My cell phone is vibrating, I'll be back."

He stood from his stool and walked to his bedroom.

"You can hear that from here," she yelled back?

She heard a faint yeah coming from the far end of the hallway. Of course he heard the cell phone…she thought. When he walked back in the kitchen, she saw him holding his cell phone and responding to a text message. She wondered if it was from Corin. They were going to visit this Sierra woman tonight. He sat down on the stool and placed his cell phone back on his table.

"Business," she asked?

"No, it was Corin. He texted me the location of where we're going to meet tonight."

There it was again. The reminder of what was to come. Christian was going to attacking another wolf in front of her. She had seen some it when she was rescued. According to him, he could lose as well. She hoped that wasn't true, she wasn't ready to lose him.

"And she simply agreed to do this?"

"She doesn't really have a choice."

"What do you mean?"

He looked at her and paused for a moment to think about what he should say to her. He could tell she was getting annoyed by his silence.

"Her pride and loyalty are keeping her here. She doesn't want to be seen as a coward and she doesn't want to lose her mate. She had no options."

"Damn."

"Indeed."

Neither of them felt sorry for her in the slightest. Sierra did this to herself, her actions brought her here. She thought she could get away with betraying the man she loved, but she lost. Christian thought about Anna being there. He wished he could convince her to stay out of this mess. He had no idea how this was going to end.

"You should rest, I can tell you're tired," he said.

She looked at him with distrustful eyes. He genuinely didn't understand why she was upset with him all of sudden.

"You wouldn't be trying to leave without me, right Christian?"

"Of course not, I could just tell you were tired."

She smiled, leaned over the counter and kissed him on the lips.

"Good, if I'm not up, just wake me."

She stood and walked toward his bedroom. He watched her walk away and was welcomed with a slight view of her naked backside. He didn't know if it was his human half or him being just a gentleman, but he knew that she wasn't ready to make love again. He just turned back to the counter and focused on anything else he could think about.

Queen Sierra felt a hard nudge on her shoulder. She opened her eyes and looked up at Corin. She could see that some of the rage had left his eyes. She sat up from the couch and looked up at him.

"Get up, we have to go," he said.

"Go where," she asked?

He saw the look of fear in her eyes. Of course she would think the worse. He smiled at her; he was going to make her sweat a little.

"That's not your concern. Clean yourself and be ready to leave as soon as possible."

She stood up slowly and dropped the sheet. She had decided to sleep naked. He looked away from her in disgust. It was a cheap move. He couldn't even think about touching her. She teared up and walked to the master bathroom with her head down. He didn't give a damn about her tears.

"Hurry up," he yelled behind her.

His wolf nudged him. His wolf's heart was already going soft. It couldn't even last a day. His wife would be in the dog house for a long time. Grow a pair, he said to his wolf. His wolf growled and barked at him playfully. He smiled.

Christian and Anna drove to the location in silence. Christian had to pull rank to keep Taylor and Alexa from joining them. Corin didn't want to humiliate his wife in front of his subjects. This was just a power move among peers and that was it. Since Anna was Christian's mate, she was seen as an acceptable witness. Christian wished Corin thought otherwise, not that either of them could have kept her away. She looked out the window as they drove. He glanced at her every once in a while. What was she thinking about? He reached for her hand and held it. She squeezed his hand and his heart felt more at peace again. She was just preparing herself for what she might see tonight. It was understandable. She just found out about his kind and soon after she was kidnapped, now she is going to witness a full blown alpha fight. Still, he had his own worries to think about. Once they shifted, he couldn't think about Anna; that would only distract him and get him killed. He let go of her hand. She missed his touch, but she didn't protest. He probably had a lot on his mind. She had no idea what all this meant or how it would end, but she knew that he had to be focused to get it done. Get it done? That was a little too aggressive for her tastes. She was changing and she didn't know if she liked it.

Sierra and Corin stood in the middle of a forest. She looked up at the night sky and then back at him.

"Are you finally going to kill me," she asked?

He arched his eyebrow.

"Finally," he asked?

"If you can't stand to look at me, then you might as well finish it."

"I have other plans."

She didn't understand what Corin meant until he smelled Christian. Her eyes turned deadly.

"No, you can't be serious," she said.

"I am," said Corin.

Christian and Anna walked toward them. Anna squeezed Christian's hand so tight even he felt it.

"It's alright," Christian said to Anna.

"This is justice. If you want to stay by my side you will accept Christian's challenge," said Corin.

She looked at Christian; she couldn't hide her hatred for him anymore. She growled. Christian let go of Anna's hand.

"Stand back, Anna," said Christian calmly.

Anna did as she was told. They agreed in the car that she had to listen to him to stay of harm's way. Corin took a step and appeared beside Anna. Anna jumped for a moment, then relaxed.

"How have you been, Anna," asked Corin?

"Ah, okay," said Anna.

"That's good to hear."

Corin and Anna turned their attention back to Christian and Sierra.

"You have betrayed your mate and tried to harm mine. I challenge you Queen Sierra."

Sierra eyes glowed.

"I accept," said Sierra in a barely human voice.

Sierra and Christian quickly undressed and transformed. Sierra's wolf was covered in red fur. Sierra rushed toward Christian first and Christian was not prepared for her veracity. Sierra bit his shoulder. Christian was able to push her off him. He rushed toward her and scratched into her stomach. She yelped. He learned quick and made sure to show no hesitation. He quick reached for her neck and lightly bit her, she stilled. Corin almost took a step forward on instinct, but remained still. This had to be done. If Sierra moved, he would bite down hard enough to kill her. She would have to whimper to show that she yielded to him.

Anna was horrified to see what he was capable of. He could sense Anna's heart beat had changed, but he wouldn't dare look at her. He clamped down on her neck a little harder.

"Christian don't," yelled Anna.

He couldn't bite down any harder without killing her. Sierra looked over at Corin and saw the fear and tension in his eyes. He still loved her and that was all she needed. She whimpered, Christian released her and threw her against a tree. Corin walked over to her and leaned down beside her.

"Sierra…" said Corin.

Sierra was out cold. Christian backed away growling and began to transform back into his human form. It was more painful than usual, but it had to be done. He stayed on all fours while breathing hard and his glowing eyes dimmed to normal. He had both his and her blood on him and his mouth was covered in blood. Sierra still wasn't moving, but they saw her chest rise and fall; she was still alive.

"It is done," said Corin. "Go now."

Christian slowly stood up. Sierra was a powerful opponent. When he turned to look at Anna, he could smell her fear. She was terrified of him. He reached for her, she took a step back.

"Anna…"

"I'd like to go home now, please. My home."

He took the keys out of his pants and handed them to her.

"What are you doing?"

"There's water up head, I need to clean myself up first."

She reached for the keys, took them and walked away.

Anna sat in the car and waited for Christian to return. She decided to stay in the driver's seat. Ten minutes later, she heard him knock on the passenger side door. She jumped and unlocked the door. She was surprised he didn't argue about her driving. She started the car and drove to her apartment.

"Don't you think it makes more sense to stay the night, it's very late," he said.

"No, I can't be around you right now," she said.

She knew exactly how cold she sounded. He tried not to show his emotions.

"I understand."

She hated that she was hurting him again.

"I know what this looks like, but I can't forget what I saw tonight."

"Don't worry about it."

He didn't want to hear anymore. He knew where this conversation was going. Humans were capable of changing their minds and she may have decided that she didn't want to see him anymore.

The rest of the ride was silent. Both of them were in their own thoughts and neither was willing to share them out loud.

When she parked the car in front of the apartment building, she reached over and hugged him tight. He couldn't hold her back. Everything he smelled and heard from her body told him it was over.

"I'm sorry Christian, I just need time. I don't know if I want to be a part of this anymore. I also don't want to mess with your heart again; it's not fair to you. I have to go. Good bye."

With that she quickly opened the door and ran from the car. He heard her start to cry. His eyes glowed and a tear fell from his eye. She was gone. She saw who he truly was and she left him. He stepped out of the car and slowly walked to the driver's side. He wouldn't lose it in front of her. He didn't want to put her through any more pain. He started the car, drove as far as he could and focused on not losing himself again.

The End

Thank you for reading my story! I will be writing part two later. I am just going to take a break from this series for a while so I can have time to develop the new story. I have a lot of ideas, but nothing solid right now. In the meantime, I will be starting a new original series called Pack and Politics that I hope you all give a try. That should show up in a week a two. It's also about werewolves. I also may dabble in sci-fi romance in the future.

I sincerely thank you for staying with me this far. I learned so much writing this story and seeing you all's responses kept me going. I hope to see you all again!