The Millennium Wolves Series Book Three Chapter: 06
“Wait, hold the phone, you mean someone is spying on us?” I asked. Like this second?”
“I don‘t know for sure, but I can‘t shake this ominous feeling that started as soon as we got in the cab.”
I scanned the area behind Sienna and couldn‘t see anything unusual other than a woman wearing pastels out of season.
“Si, I think you‘re being paranoid. Besides, it‘s impossible to recognize you in that ensemble.”
Before Sienna could reply, my phone blew up with notifications.
Fuck, it‘s Josh.
He wasn‘t always the sharpest, but he did have an uncanny ability to know when I was up to no
“Give me a sec. I think we‘ve been made.”
“Our luck had to run out sometime,” replied Sienna, swirling her champagne flute.
I fished out the strawberry from the bottom of my glass and popped it into my mouth, rolling it around on my tongue and letting the last drops of orange juice and alcohol seep out before squashing it between my teeth.
The sweet pulp tasted good,
At least in the midst of all this drama, I was still remembering to get my vitamin C.
A light breeze ruffled the napkins on the table and kissed my exposed nose. I enjoyed the crisp winter air that enveloped the city this time of year. It always felt healthier to me for some reason.
I watched the people pass by from behind my tinted lenses. I wondered if any of them had an inkling of who I was. The whole concept of being a public figure still baffled me.
Why did I have to change who I was to conform to this archetype of what it meant to be an alpha‘s mate? I didn‘t care if everyone loved me. I don‘t
love everyone, and I don‘t think it‘s natural to.
If people minded their own business and spent as much time focusing on their own lives as they did mine, the territory would be filled with a lot of happier wolves and humans,
From the corner of my eye. I noticed a figure moving faster than the rest of the people on the street. He was wearing a trenchcoat and concealing something in its folds.
My heart started to race, and adrenaline shot into every corner of my body
I felt like such an idiot for letting Michelle convince me to abandon my bodyguard, but I didn‘t have time to linger on it.
**Michelle, get up.”
“Yeah, one second.”
“No, get up right now!” I shouted.
Everyone outside turned to look at us, but I didn‘t have time to care. There was a small fence separating the table from the street, so I couldn‘t confront him. He was staring right at me now, his face contorted into a devilish grin.
Everything went into slow motion as he pulled back his coat and I wrapped myself around Michelle
Click! Click! Click!
–Smile, Sienna!” called the man from behind his camera, furiously snapping photos.
It took me a second to realize what was happening, and before I knew it, everyone at the restaurant had their phone out and was taking photos of Michelle and me.
I heard the loud roar of a motor as a Pack car pulled up and Josh jumped out with two men, They pushed back the crowd and threw their hands up over the paparazzo‘s lens.
“Get in. Now!” ordered Josh.
“Don‘t yell at us like we‘re children,” shot back Michelle
“Where‘s Aiden?” I asked.
–He said he‘d talk with you when we get to the Pack House. I hope you both realize how much trouble you‘ve stirred up.”
I could tell Josh didn‘t want to appear unprofessional with the other two men in the car, so he didn‘t say much on our ride back. But from the looks he and Michelle were exchanging, it was obvious that a silent argument was raging inside the car.
When we pulled up to the Pack House, I hopped out and marched straight to Aiden‘s office. It felt like I was reporting to the principal‘s office for skipping class, but in this case, I wanted to give him a piece of my mind.
“Have a minute for your mate?” I said, barging in.
“I think I can spare two or three, actually,” he replied, setting aside some financials.
“Enough of the banter, Aiden. Why didn‘t you come with Josh this afternoon?”
“I didn‘t see the need.”
“I‘m your mate. I don‘t need someone else scolding me for screwing up.”
“So you admit that leaving your security behind was a screw–up?”
Damn it. I didn‘t mean to walk into that. It was what I got for letting my temper take over the conversation
“Look, I don‘t think you understand everything I‘ve given up to be with you, Aiden. When we were mated, your life didn‘t change. You kept on being the alpha. Mine was turned upside down. Suddenly, everyone cared about what I wore, how I spoke. I had bodyguards following me around whenever I left the house.
“I‘ve had to give up being a normal person. And in case you hadn‘t noticed. I‘m not someone who likes the spotlight. This...this new life is really hard for me. And when you pressured me with the festival and all the family stuff. it was too much to take on. I need time to adjust.”
“You‘ve had a year, Sienna,” Aiden shot back. “How much longer do you need? The whole pack is up in arms about what happened at the festival, and now my parents are here breathing down my neck. While you were off having a pity party with Michelle, do you know what I was here dealing with?
“My parents decided to stop by for a little inquisition and informed me that it is my duty to get you in line before you destroy the East Coast Pack and tarnish the Norwood name,” he growled. “And to think I stuck up for you. I told them you were a grown woman and didn‘t need to be babied, but it sounds to me like I was wrong.”
Pity party? He had to be joking. If his plan was to get me even more pissed off at him it was working
“Do you really think that?” I asked, on the verge of blowing my top.
“I think that if you truly cared about me you would know that my life is the Pack, so when you disrespect it and the traditions it‘s built upon, vou
I couldn‘t believe he was flipping this around to make himself look like the victim. This had to be the result of whatever conversation he had with his parents that morning.
Sienna, are you even listening to me?”
“Yes, I heard every word, Aiden.”
“This isn‘t a game, Sienna. The Pack needs to know it has an heir.”
“Is that you talking or your mother?”
“Hey, I don‘t like the way she‘s treated you either, but she has a point. They may be tactless in how they make it, but it‘s coming from a place of sincerity. They only want what‘s best.”
“For us or for the Pack?“:
“That‘s what you don‘t understand, Sienna. They‘re the same thing.”
I was over this conversation. It was clear he wasn‘t going to budge, especially after being radicalized by his parents.
I turned and started to walk out the door.
“Where are you going?
“I‘m going back to our home. I promised your father I‘d try his Manhattans.
“I think you should cool off before you go over there.”
“I‘m not going to pick a fight with your mother, if that‘s what you‘re getting at,” I said, annoyed.
“Really? Because you just blew up at me pretty easily, and all I did was try to reason with you.”
I can I believe him right now!
“You call that reason? If it weren‘t for these arbitrary rules, would you even want children? When was the last time you actually did something because you wanted to do it and not because it was dictated to you by some dusty book?”
Aiden scowled at me, and I could hear his heated breath escaping through his flared nostrils.
He got up close. I had to tilt my head back so I could keep his gaze. We stared at each other for a full minute, both waiting for the other to speak, until finally Aiden broke the silence.
“Grow up. Sienna.”
Out of all the things Aiden could have said, that had to have been the one that hurt the most.
I could handle his parents and the media thinking I was some self–righteous child, but hearing it from my mate, the one person I thought would always love and respect me, hurt beyond measure.
It was clear to me now that I would never get through to him with words alone. I needed to do something that would grab his attention. I had to hit him where I knew it would hurt.
As I caught his gaze wandering down my neckline, I knew I had my answer.
“Now you listen to me. I refuse to put up with your parents‘ disrespect for another evening, Either you tell them to shape up or I want them out of our house. And if you think I‘m joking, you better believe this... **
I hope you ‘re ready, big boy.
“Until you and I come to an agreement about starting a family, and your parents decide to either get with the times or remain in the past and send us the occasional postcard, we‘re not having sex.”
Aiden tried to maintain his composure as he stared at me, assessing whether or not I was serious. us the occasional postcard, we‘re not having sex.”
Aiden tried to maintain his composure as he stared at me, assessing whether or not I was serious
“I‘m calling your bluff. The Haze is going to hit any day now.
“I made due for two seasons before I met you, Aiden. I‘m pretty sure I can take care of myself for a third.
“That was before you were mated. The Haze lets me do things to you that you couldn‘t imagine.
“You don‘t intimidate me. We‘ve been making love for a whole year. Even if you have a few new tricks, they won‘t be enough to charm me.”
Aiden leaned in so that his lips were inches from my ear. “We‘ll see about that,” he whispered.
“Bring it on,” I replied, chomping my teeth.