The Millennium Wolves Series Book Three Chapter: 04
As I prepared the coffee, I strained to hear any tidbits they might let slip while I was out of the room. The fallout from Selene‘s shower wasn‘t nearly as bad as I‘d thought it would be.
After the initial shock, everyone exchanged pleasantries; they were my parents–in–law after all.
Aiden, however, was quick to whisk them away.
He wanted me to stay at the shower, but I wanted to come along. They clearly had a reason for showing up when they did, and I didn‘t want to be left out of the loop.
I finished putting the tray together and brought it into the living room, where everyone sat. I smiled at Aiden‘s mother, and she returned my gesture with a polite smirk. I knew she was judging me.
Charlotte, if you don‘t mind me asking, how did you and Daniel know about my sister‘s shower?”
“Oh, darling, what a trifle of a question.” she replied with a self–indulgent chuckle. She tapped her designer sunglasses against her lips as she laughed, like she thought it made her look pensive.
“We always know where Aiden is.” she went on.
picking up the mug of coffee like she had never seen one before. “Aiden, is all your china in the wash?
I wanted to like this woman, I really did, but if this was how she acted, I‘m not sure how much more I could take
“Where are you staying?” asked Aiden, trying to change the subject
“What do you mean?” replied Daniel. “You still have the guest house, don‘t you?”
Nope, over my dead body. I subtly moved my foot over Aiden‘s and pressed down on his toes.
I‘m not sure it‘s up to Mom‘s standards,” he countered
*Ha, we can make do,” answered Daniel, sipping his coffee. Besides, staying somewhere else would defeat the purpose of our visit.
“And what is that purpose?” I asked as innocently as possible.
“Well, to meet you, dear,” replied Charlotte. “I wanted to see what kind of woman was mated to my son.”
“If you were that interested, you could have come to our mating ceremony.” said Aiden sternly.
“Don‘t get sour, Addy. Mating ceremonies are a bunch of pomp and rigmarole. It‘s not like you have to shift or anything.”
Charlotte let the last words roll off her tongue like acid.
What a royal bitch.
So this was all about the fertility festival. I had caused a scandal, and now she wanted to see who had messed up her son‘s perfect alpha world.
“Did you decorate this place yourself, or did you hire someone?” Charlotte asked as she surveyed the room.
“I did it myself.” I said.
“I thought so,” she replied, bringing her mug to her lips. “Hm,” she said, smelling it.
“Is something wrong? I can bring you something else to drink,” I offered.
“No, this is wonderful,” she replied, setting down her mug. “I just don‘t think I‘m in the mood for anymore. Addy, what possessed you to buy that painting? It‘s a bit amateurish, or was that the intent?
“Sienna painted that, actually,” replied Aiden.
She has her own gallery.”
So, that‘s what you do when you‘re not making headlines,” remarked Charlotte, still chewing on her stupid sunglasses.
**Aiden, how about you put those muscles to use and help me bring in our bags,” said Daniel, getting to his feet.
Aiden shot me a look as if to say there was nothing he could do, and I replied with a forced smile.
I watched him and his father leave the room, and it felt like I was being marooned on an island with a hungry lioness.
You have no idea how lucky you are,” said Charlotte, leaning back in her chair. “I was twenty–four when I mated with Daniel. How old are you again?”
“So you were only nineteen? Oh, that‘s rich,” she said, amused. “It‘s all making so much sense. Nineteen, oh dear.
“I was trying to figure out why you felt it was important to make a fool of my son and our entire pack. But now it‘s clear that you didn‘t know any better. Don‘t worry, we‘ll clear everything up in no time.”
“Actually, I knew exactly what I was doing.” I snapped back
“And what did you think that was, honey?”
“Protesting an archaic ritual that made me feel extremely uncomfortable.”
Did you ever question why, in the thousands of years the Pack has existed, you were the first to refuse to shift?
“Yes, my dear, they do, but people don‘t.”
Clearly.” I muttered under my breath. “Maybe I should go see if Aiden and Daniel need help.”
*No need.” called Aiden, hauling an obnoxiously large leather suitcase in each hand.
“Are you sure? I can go put linens on the bed.”
“No. I can do that when I drop off these bags.” said Aiden.
“Well, in that case, if I‘m no longer needed, I think I‘ll go to bed for the night.
“It‘s only nine thirty.” protested Daniel. “I was about to make us all Manhattans.”
“May I take a rain check for tomorrow?”
“Of course. I‘ll see you in the morning, my dear,” he replied.
“How long are you and Mom staying?” asked Aiden.
“Have you tired of us already?” said Charlotte, toying with her sunglasses again.
I swear I wanted to grab those dumb things out of her hand and snap them in half. The nerve this woman had, coming into our house and telling me my protest was childish.
I didn‘t care if she was my mother–in–law, this woman was going to find out what kind of a grown–ass woman I was.
Sienna and I actually have a lot going on,” said Aiden. “You know what it‘s like running a pack. I
Aiden. “You know what it‘s like running a pack. I just want to make sure you understand that we‘re not going to be around all the time.”
Don‘t worry about us, Addy. Your father and I don‘t need babysitting. We know you do enough of that already,” she said, flashing her eyes at me.
This bitch is asking for it.
“Goodnight, everyone. Charlotte and Daniel, I‘ll see you in the morning.”
I‘ll be up in a little,” said Aiden. “I’ll try not to wake you.”
“Oh, don‘t worry about me, babe,” I replied, grabbing him by the face and locking my lips to his. I made sure my tongue explored his entire mouth before letting him go. “Don‘t take too
I shot a smug look at Charlotte, who was silently steaming
When I closed the door to the bedroom I knew there was no way in hell I was staying around the house tomorrow.
I needed to find an excuse to get out.
Michelle not much
Sienna Alden‘s parents showed up at the shower last night
OMG do u need me now?
Michelle wut they like?
Sienna No, tomorrow is fine
Sienna I‘ll pick you up at 9
Sienna Dad seems nice
and his mom?
Sienna I‘ll tell you tomorrow
Whenever Michelle and I needed to have real girl time, we had to shed the body guards who accompanied me when I went outside my home or the Pack House.
I thought having security was silly, considering I was a dominant she–wolf who could handle herself, but now that there were literally mobs outside the Pack House calling for me to be
tamed,” I didn‘t mind having them around.
Since Michelle had mated with Aiden‘s Beta, Josh, we both had to deal with adapting to our new lives. Her transition was much easier than mine, though. Michelle loved all the fancy clothes and rules of etiquette.
Unlike me, she had always loved being the center of attention.
The next morning, as I slipped on my shoes, I prepared some excuse for why I couldn‘t stay for breakfast, but when I came downstairs, Aiden informed me that his parents had already gone out
for the day, which was fine with me.
His mom could never come back as far as I was concerned.
When I arrived at Michelle‘s, she was already waiting outside. Gossip was her life force, and she knew she was about to get enough to keep her full for a month
She piled into the back seat and immediately threw her arms around me.
“Si! I literally could not sleep last night after your
“It‘s not that exciting,”
“Are you kidding? This is better than when Mia found out she was pregnant with twins!”
“Does everything have to be about kids?”
“Sorry, sorry! I forgot.”
“Where to, ladies?” asked my bodyguard. I really wish they didn‘t rotate around so often so I could remember their names.
“Uptown, please, we‘re going to try on some dresses,” Michelle replied.
“Dress shopping? You couldn‘t get more creative.”
–You didn‘t give me much notice. Si. I can only do so much
**I suppose it will have to do,” I said, sarcastically.
The dress shop Michelle picked out couldn‘t have been more feminine. My bodyguard was clearly uncomfortable standing amongst the flowery displays and brightly dressed mannequins.
“We‘re going to try these on,” said Michelle, grabbing some random sundresses off the rack,
After we were out of sight, one of the girls who worked there came over and Michelle handed her the dresses and a fifty–dollar bill.
“Jas, pretend you‘re pulling dresses for us, and after ten minutes, you can tell them we disappeared so you won‘t get in trouble.”
“Not a problem,” replied the spunky teenager.
I normally got a rush whenever we were about to make our escape, but this time I had a bad feeling
“Michelle, maybe we should stick with my bodyguard this time. I pissed off a lot of people at the festival. I don‘t care if he hears us talk.
“Si, please,” replied Michelle, pulling a beanie. scarf, and large pair of sunglasses from her bag.
“Did you not think I would take your safety into consideration? We‘ll only be on the lam for an hour to two. Don‘t be such a scaredy cat. Madame Alpha.”
A voice inside of my head was telling me not to go, but maybe I was being too cautious.
“You‘re right, let‘s go,” I said, putting on the disguise.
Jas lead us down the hall and unlocked the emergency exit
“Okay, I‘m impressed.” I said as we ran out the door and into the back of an idling cab.
“See. I got you, girl.”
“I can‘t wait for all this to blow over.”
“That makes two of us. Josh has been super pissy about it, but I set him straight.”
“You didn‘t have to do that, Michelle.”
“Are you kidding? I mean, if I were in your shoes. I would have let Josh mount the shit out of me. The mara nannlo the hotter laat off an that l–ind
“You didn‘t have to do that, Michelle.”
“Are you kidding? I mean, if I were in your shoes, I would have let Josh mount the shit out of me. The more people, the better. I get off on that kind of stuff. But to each wolf her own. That‘s the point, right?
“One of them, yes,” I replied, laughing. “How do I look?”
“Like hot garbage,” said Michelle with a grin.
As we pulled out of the mall, I couldn‘t shake the feeling that we were being followed.
I glanced out the back window, but I didn‘t see anything out of the ordinary.
You ‘re being paranoid. Relax.
“So, Michelle, where are we going?”
“Where do you think we‘re going before eleven on a weekday? Fucking mi–mo–saaaaas!