My Two Alphas Chapter 23

Ace

I could hear them talking, and it infuriated me to listen to their banter before the room fell silent. I was sick and tired of being compared to Tyson. Ever since we took over this pack, it had always been a competition, but it wasn’t supposed to be like this with her.

She belonged to both of us, yet he would toss me away from her, and that pissed me off. We agreed that we would share her. Share, not one keeps her for himself. It made me wonder if it had been his plan all along, but I knew that was just my jealousy talking.

I sat staring at the ceiling. I wanted to be with her, wanted to apologize, wanted to make up for what I had done, but I couldn’t if she wouldn’t let me near her. Atticus was frantic at the thought of losing his mate, frantic that she would reject us again. I was restless, and she was so close yet so far out of reach for me right now.

“Will you stop that?” Tyson’s voice said, flitting through my head.

“Stop what?” I asked, annoyed. I was staying away, like he’d wanted.

“The scratching,” he snapped at me. I looked down at my hands, not realizing my claws had slipped out, and I was tearing apart the side of my bed.

“Sorry. I didn’t realize,” I told him.

“Are you okay or not?”

“Like you care. What do you think?” I told him.

“She is asleep. You can come in but don’t wake her. And you try anything…”

“I won’t. Atticus is annoying me.”

“I mean it, Ace. You try to mark her, I will lose it. You can come in, but hop out before she wakes,” Tyson told me.

“I won’t. I just want to be close to her,” I told him, already climbing out of bed. I opened my bedroom door before creeping down the hall, creeping around my own damn house, but I felt better knowing Tyson still wanted me to be her mate. It put me at ease a little that he wasn’t trying to shove me out.

“He is our twin,” Atticus told me, making me realize how silly my jealousy was. He was just protective of her, we both are. Only I was the one that f*cked up.

I pushed open his bedroom door, and he was watching TV. Lucy was asleep with her head on his chest. He pulled her closer, giving me room on the bed so I could lie beside her.

“Don’t wake her. She will be pissed off,” Tyson mindlinked, and I nodded before carefully lying down beside her. I shuffled closer to her, draping my arm over her waist. I buried my face in her hair, inhaling her scent. My wolf instantly relaxed, and so did I.

“If she accepts us, we will have to get a bigger bed. No offense bro, but I don’t want you touching me,” he said, and I chuckled, and she stirred. I froze, and Tyson did too before looking down at her.

She rolled, both of us frozen before she turned into me. I knew she was reacting to the bond and not me, but I liked it all the same as she snuggled closer.

Tyson flicked the TV off before snuggling closer to her.

“Fine, you can stay. But if she wakes up and is angry, you are taking the blame.”

“Deal.” I replied, k!ssing her head and pulling her closer to my chest.

Lucy

Waking up, I was surrounded by warmth. Sparks rushed everywhere, all over my body, and I stiffened when I picked up Ace’s scent. My hand darted to my neck, and I let out a breath of relief when I realized he hadn’t marked me while I was asleep. I stared at him.

Besides their scents, the only difference between them was Ace had a scar through his eyebrow and across his eyelid while Tyson’s face was scar-free. Though Tyson had a rather large cut across his inner thigh from taking on a bear when we were camping when I was a kid. It had stumbled into our camp, trying to get in our tent.

It woke us up when it clawed through the canvas, and he barely had time to shift before it dragged him out. Poor thing was hungry. Tyson fought it off and scared it away, yet it tore into his thigh pretty badly, and I had to hold his thigh together while it healed, leaving the scar, while Ace went to get Ryker.

I ran my fingers down his eyelid tracing the scar with my finger. His eyes instantly flew open at my touch.

“I’m sorry,” he whispered, gripping my hand. He k!ssed my fingertips before holding them to his chest. “I know you hate me. I know I shouldn’t be in here, but Atticus was restless,” he said, closing his eyes again and going back to sleep.

“I am not forgiving you, Ace,” I told him.

“Just don’t reject me. I can live with you hating me, but don’t reject me,” he said. Now that I had calmed down and wasn’t so emotional, I didn’t think I could even if I wanted to. I still hated him, yet some part of me all along knew they were mine.

I just didn’t know it without my wolf. I didn’t say anything, knowing I was too hot-headed to promise anything, but I knew I would stick with it when I truly decided. I felt movement behind me and looked over my shoulder just as Tyson sat looking over at us.

“Everything good?” he asked worriedly, and I knew he thought I would be losing it at Ace being there.

“You knew he was in here, didn’t you?” Tyson looked away guiltily. I watched his Adam’s apple bob as he swallowed.

“Yes, Lucy. I said he could come in, I won’t lie to you,” he said, resting his chin on my shoulder.

“He is my brother and your mate,” Tyson said, looking at his brother. I felt bad because I knew I was coming between them. They were always inseparable, we all were growing up. It saddened me that it would never be like that again.

“You don’t seem mad?” Ace said, drawing my attention back to him.

“Give me a chance to wake up. I am working up to it,” I told him, and he chuckled.

“You know you can’t stay mad at us long,” he said cockily, and I raised an eyebrow at him.

“You have slept with Melana for five years, Ace. Knowing I was your mate,” I told him. Just the thought of him being near her was enough to make the anger and hate return. He sighed before nodding.

“I will go then,” he said, and I swallowed, feeling bad. F*ck him! He should feel bad. He accused me of lying and screwing around. I didn’t know what I wanted. I wanted them, yet my brain was telling me I was being stupid by accepting him, that he would only hurt me again. Yet the bond pulled me the other way, needing him close like they were both my safety blanket.

“Stay. Just a little longer,” I told him, wanting to soak up his scent before I had to turn into the heartless bitch I knew I could be again. He laid back down before pulling me closer.

“I have loved you since before I knew you were our mate, Lucy. Melana was just a distraction. She means nothing to me. Never has, never will.”

“But you picked her side over mine.”

“I was angry. I thought you lied about being a virgin. Then Melana said all that, and it pissed me off. I should never have doubted you,” he said.

“Even if I wasn’t a virgin, you have no say in that anyway, after what you did!” I told him angrily. I couldn’t believe that he expected me to wait, but he couldn’t, knowing full well I was his mate.

“I am sorry. I should have waited like Tyson. But I can’t go back and change what I did, Lucy. I can try to make up for it if you let me.”

“Tyson waited,” I told him, and he nodded, looking at his brother.

“And I won’t ask for anything except you not to reject me. Tyson deserves you more than I do. I get that, and I understand if you want to be with him. I won’t rush you, and neither will Tyson. But please don’t reject me, Lucy.”

I knew it was hard for him to apologize, he wasn’t one to apologize. Neither of them was, but I felt like an apology just wasn’t enough. It wasn’t enough for what he had done and to accuse me of being a sl*t when I was the one hurt. I’d never expected that from him.

“I will leave you two alone. I need to get to work anyway,” Ace said, hopping up. I didn’t stop him this time. I just needed time to think. Yet that was impossible with both of them around.

“What do you want to do since Ace will handle pack business?” Tyson asked.

“I think I want to go home,” I told him, unsure. I needed to face my mother, but I also wanted to see Rayan. I missed my room. I missed my old life. I missed myself.

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