One Week Later
It had been over a week since we saw her. I mind linked Rayan yesterday, who kept giving me vague answers as to what she was doing. His reply was she was around, which I didn’t particularly like.
I tried mindlinking Reika, but she shoved me out each time, and Ryker was nearly impossible to get a hold of even via the mindlink. We kept getting interrupted before I could even ask how she was, leaving Rayan my only link to her.
Lucy always had some excuse not to come to visit us, or for some reason, she couldn’t talk long, making me wonder if Reika told her we were her mates. Was this her way of rejecting us?
“Hurry up! He finishes school soon, and I already told Jacob we were picking him up today,” Ace called to me as I finished getting dressed.
I slipped my jacket on before grabbing my car keys and walking down the long hallway toward the front of the packhouse. Ace was waiting in the living room.
He had become extremely impatient, waiting for Lucy to come around. Every day he sat at home, hoping she would show up, and Atticus had been hounding him to mark her before she could reject us.
Tyrant was the same, wanting to mark her, but Atticus was even more demanding of Ace because of his relationship with Melana.
Atticus knew Ace stuffed up when it came to her because Lucy wouldn’t be too happy when she learned he was her mate.
I didn’t understand how Ace could even go against his wolf. Tyrant wouldn’t even let me entertain the idea of anyone but Lucy.
So I was surprised Ace had been able to maintain any form of relationship he had with Melana. Tyrant made that impossible for me, but I wasn’t interested in anyone else anyway. I feared Atticus would force Ace to mark her against her will if he couldn’t see her soon.
So today, we were picking up Rayan and dropping him to his father at work since Reika had appointments. This would give us time to figure out what was going on with Lucy, and I could ask Ryker what Reika had told her.
“I’m driving. You drive too slow,” Ace said, holding his hand out for my keys. I rolled my eyes at him before chucking my keys at him, which he caught before grabbing his jacket.
I locked the door before climbing into the passenger seat. Ace tore out of the driveway before I could even shut my door. “Slow down, d!ck. You wreck my car, you’re buying me another,” I told him as he sprayed rocks everywhere along the gravel driveway.
We headed through the city before taking the highway out of town and heading for the pack school, which was just outside the city. The drive took thirty minutes from the packhouse to the school before we pulled into the parking lot.
I got out, sat on the hood, and lit a smoke. Checking my phone, I still had five minutes before the school bell rang. Rayan had no idea we were picking him up, so I would like to see him try to avoid us.
I knew Rayan and Lucy were close, so if he didn’t know what was going on, I knew my last resort would be having to hunt down Mitchell, which I didn’t particularly feel like doing.
When the bell rang, kids came rushing out, running in different directions. I waited to spot him, and he was the second last kid out as he dawdled.
I watched as he looked around for Jacob, his bag slung over one shoulder before I whistled, his head snapping in my direction. The look on his face was almost comical. I heard him curse under his breath before dropping his head.
“Where is Jacob?” Rayan called out as he crossed the road before stomping through the garden beds that surrounded the park. He crushed the neat gardens, stomping on the flowers. Ace climbed out of the car.
“What, no hello?” Ace asked him.
“Why are you here? If it is about Lucy, ask her yourself,” Rayan said, and Ace growled before taking his bag from him and opening the back door. Ace chucked his bag in the back of the car before grabbing his shirt above his shoulder, steering him to the back seat.
“Where are you taking me?” Rayan demanded, and Ace raised an eyebrow at his little Alpha voice coming through.
“To your father at work. Now, get in before I spank your as*s for being a disrespectful little sh!t,” Ace told him.
Rayan huffed before sliding into the backseat and folding his arms across his chest. I climbed in the passenger seat, and Ace climbed in the driver’s seat before reversing out of the car park. Once the car was moving, I turned in my seat so I could face Rayan.
“How is Lucy?”
“She is your mate. How about you tell me?” Rayan said.
“You know?” Ace asked him, looking in the rearview mirror at him as he turned at the cross-section.
“Yeah, I heard mom and dad talking about it,” he said, putting his arm on the window and resting his head on his hand.
“Does Lucy know?” I asked him, and he shook his head.
“No. Mom told me not to tell her,” Rayan said, exhaling loudly.
“Well, that’s good, I guess, for now,” Ace muttered under his breath.
“You hurt my sister, I will,” Rayan said, and I smiled when Ace cut him off.
“You’ll what, pipsqueak?” Ace asked, and Rayan growled at him.
“I will kick your as*s, Ace! I won’t be a kid for long, and then you will be answering to me,” Rayan snapped at him. He was definitely his father’s son. Ace smirked but said nothing else. He had a point. Rayan was next in line to become Alpha King.
“So, how is she?” I asked him, and Rayan shrugged.
“You live with her. You have to tell us something,” I told him. Rayan held his hand out, rubbing his fingers together, and I rolled my eyes.
“Information costs,” Rayan said with a devious smile on his face, his silver and gold eyes sparkling back at us.
I reached over into Ace’s pocket. “Why do I gotta pay him? You pay him!” Ace snapped at me.
“I don’t carry cash,” I told him, snatching his wallet out of his pocket, Ace having to shift so I could pull it out.
I grabbed a fifty-dollar note out, and Rayan raised an eyebrow at me before I grabbed all the cash out of his wallet. Rayan leaned forward, plucking the cash from my fingertips.
“You better have good information, kid. What do you need $300 for?” Ace demanded.
“I don’t. I just wanted to see if you would give it to me. Thanks for that, I will add it to my stash,” Rayan said, making me chuckle while Ace growled at him.
“So spill,” I told him, and he rubbed his chin.
“What should I disclose? Her favorite color is purple. Oh! She has a birthmark on her hip that reminds me of a starfish.
She also had this vibrating thing in her knicker drawer. Oh, and she had a drawing of your wolves in her sketchbook,” Rayan said. I shook my head at him.
“No real information, like what she is doing?” I asked him.
“Why would you go through your sister’s undies, you little creeper?” Ace said before shivering in disgust.
“I had to grab some stuff for her. Nothing wrong with grabbing clothes for her. The bloody thing sounded like a rocket ship about to take off. I tried to google what it was, but it kept taking me to these half-n*ked lady sites,” he said, scrunching his face up. I snorted at this boy’s innocence, he would be horrified when he got older and realized what it was.
“Why did you have to take her clothes?” Ace asked him as we pulled into the underground parking lot.
“Um…” He seemed to think for a second, and I could see worry cross his features like he thought he had said something he shouldn’t have.
“Oh, we are here! I guess I will catch you two later. Thanks for the lift,” he said, gripping the door handle, about to do a runner when Ace locked the door.
“Speak, Rayan! You are ticking me off,” Ace told him, and I smacked his chest. I saw Ryker coming out of the elevator toward the car.
“Fine, I will ask your father then,” I told him, and Ace unlocked the door, and I hopped out.
“Wait!” Rayan called out, and I stopped closing the door and looked over at him.
“Mom and Dad think she is at your house. Please, don’t get her in any more trouble,” Rayan said, looking out at his father walking across the parking lot toward us.
“What do you mean? Hasn’t she been staying at home?” Ace said, but Rayan shook his head.
“Mom won’t let her come home,” Rayan said with a sigh. “Lucy didn’t want to stay with you because Melana is always with Ace, so she has been sleeping at the river behind the packhouse. I got clothes for her the other day, and she met me at school. You can’t tell dad! Please!” Rayan said, and I looked at Ace.
“We won’t say anything. How long has she been out there for?” He didn’t get a chance to answer as Ryker opened up the back door.
“Hey, kiddo,” Ryker said, reaching over him and grabbing his bag off the seat beside him.
Rayan looked at us in panic, but Ace had a tight grip on the steering wheel, looking out the window.
“Everything okay?” Ryker asked as Rayan climbed out of the car.
“Yeah, something has come up. I will come to see you tomorrow,” I told Ryker.
“Ace?” Ryker asked, looking at his tense body, his knuckles white as he clutched the steering wheel.
“Everything is fine, just need to deal with something,” Ace gritted out, and Ryker seemed taken aback but said nothing, closing the door.
Ace reversed out of the parking lot. Fur was sprouting on his arms as he fought to control his emotions and those of Atticus.
“Calm down, Ace. We will go get her,” I told him, worried he would shift.
“She wouldn’t come home because of me, Tyson! Don’t tell me to calm down!” Ace snapped.