“If you are as annoyed being by her side, I don’t understand why you’re forcing yourself to be,” Ivan stated, raising an eyebrow at me. “You know, I think that there are other ways that you can punish Charlotte, and this doesn’t have to be one of them.”
“As if you do not know Charlotte and you do not know that she barely understands a message when it is given to her.” I said, shaking my head at my beta. “The woman had her father in the pack and tried hiding it from me. I don’t know what more she can do, and if she did this once, she might have done it before. We were just lucky to catch her this time.”
“You now that Charlotte loves you too much to cheat on you like that, Dimitri. Yes, she can have her mistakes but you know that she doesn’t aim to betray you in ways that would have you questioning her loyalty. If her father doesn’t seem to understand that, then I think that it is him that we need to deal with and not her.” He said, and I shook my head. The fact that he was defending her was something that I expected. I knew that he often did that to ensure that the two of us didn’t end up losing one another, and I knew that had it not been for him, Charlotte and I might have not been together in the first place.
“You know, sometimes I wonder when you would be claiming your mate. when you seem to be too fond of taking care of my relationships and how I deal with them.” I said, and he chuckled.
“You know that Annalise and I are going to need a lot more than just a little time before I was able to claim her. The woman is human and is already afraid of who I am, marking her as mine would need to come smoothly. Otherwise, I would honestly rather reject her than deal with all the bullshit that would come with being with one of her kind.” He said, and I chuckled. I knew that human were often considered as less than omegas in rank, and though I knew that the woman was from a partner mafia family, I knew that Ivan despised her being human. “I swear, I am wondering what I did to deserve being with a human like herself, but then again, I often wonder what we did to end up dealing with most of what we tend to deal with.”
“Well, can we consider the fact that we ended up making the worst of choices? Because it is the one explanation that I can find to give.” I said, and he chuckled. In my personal point of view, he was lucky with
Annalise. At least, she was a woman of nobility in blood and in who she was. I was the one dealing with a bastard, and no matter what he was going to tell me, in my eyes, Aurora was going to be that bastard that was adopted by an Alpha and Luna who technically couldn’t have their own children.
“I doubt that it was our choice to be mated with those that we are with,” he said, and I chuckled before my office door was knocked. I frowned when I caught Charlotte’s scent outside, and shaking my head, I knew that I was going to have to deal with the bullshit that came with whatever fuss she was going to give, and that wasn’t something that I wanted right now. If anything, I wanted to have ONE peaceful day, but knowing my woman, I knew that she wouldn’t be able to give it unless she got her way, and though I understood her, to some extent, I didn’t like it that she found it in her to keep defying me this way.
Ivan got up from his chair, knowing that it was his cue to leave, and I looked at the door for a second as he walked out before she walked inside. Her eyes were fixed on the ground, avoiding mine, and I shook my head in question before getting up from my chair. Her heart raced, and I could tell that she was more than a little frightened right now. Her body language gave her out, and that was something that she knew well. She knew that I could read her like an open book, and right now, that didn’t come in her advantage.
“I told you to not approach me and not let my eyes see you.” I said, standing in front of her. My body towered over hers, and she closed her eyes as she took deep and she gulped before opening her eyes as I put my finger under her chin.
Her hands shook and I could hear her heavy breathing as she fought to find the right words to put in.
One thing about Charlotte was that she was rarely ever punished, but she knew how hard I was when it came to punishments and that was something that no wolf, no matter who they were, ever wanted to find. themselves dealing with.
“What do you want me to do to you? You know, you chose to defy me more times in a week than any other wolf would do in a years time.” She gulped, knowing that I wasn’t having plans to be gentle. And though, I had to admit, her coming told me how much I meant to her. It told me that she found it as difficult being without me, I couldn’t help but find myself being annoyed by the fact that it didn’t matter to her to think to listen to my order as I gave it to her.
“I came to apologize for upsetting you, my Alpha.” She said, looking met in the eye. “But I found it hard to see you with another woman. My apologies, I know that I am crossing your right now, but this punishment is harder on me than anything that you could have done to me. And yes, I do understand that me lying to you could have had the same effect if not worse, but I told you before, and I will tell you again, my love, I cannot have myself sitting back as I look at you with another woman. It burns me inside in ways that I cannot handle, and that burning sensation is one that I cannot get over no matter how hard I try.”
I stayed quiet for a few seconds before she took my hand in hers. She put it on top of her chest as she kept her eyes on mine, allowing me to listen to her heartbeat.
“It beats for you and only you, but when it sees or feels you drifting off, then a different feeling and sensation kills it. It is what is happening to me, Dimitri. And I know that it is not my place to tell you what to do, and I know not to cross my limits, but my one request to you is to look at me as the lover that burns inside for her love for you.” She said, looking down at my chest for a second. “Allow me to settle in your heart like I always was, and do not have another parasite come between us. It is all she is doing, my love.”
I stayed quiet for a few seconds as she ran her finger over my hand and I kept my eyes on her before removing my hand and taking a step back, turning to my desk.
“If you are done, take the trash out and get out of my office.” I said, and she froze, not saying a word as I looked at her over my shoulder. “And consider my warning this time. The next time you defy my order, your place will be outside the Estate grounds, and I think that you know what that means. Therefore, for your safety, I do suggest that I not see you in front of me unless or until you are called and addressed. Am I making myself clear?”
“Get out, Charlotte.” I said, stopping her. “You have two minutes…”