I wasn’t going to lie; I was hurt. I was hurt at the fact that Enzo, the one who was supposed to be in my corner and have faith in me, was telling me I needed the help of gammas to keep me safe. I trained alongside gammas my entire life; I trained alongside my father.
There wasn’t anything a gamma could do that I couldn’t. Anyone of them could have gotten taken by Xander. He gave me something that made me pass out; it could have happened to any warrior. It doesn’t make me weaker than them. If Xander hadn’t been poisoning me slowly and then given me a large dosage of wolfsbane, then I would have been able to fight him with no problem.
I understood that Jazzy was the most powerful-dark witch to exist and that she was dangerous, but I doubted a gamma could protect me from her.
It wasn’t fair to me that this was what his conclusion was.
But I loved him so much and looking into his eyes at that moment, I felt our mate bond stronger than ever. My wolf was pulling me into his and I wanted so badly to wrap my arms around him and kiss him, despite knowing how risky that was in the middle of a school day. I knew he had a class soon and it wouldn’t be long before students began to pile in.
I, unfortunately, didn’t have his class today.
He looked as defeated as I felt and neither of us had any more words to speak. He reached his hand up to touch my face and I stood still, bracing for the very touch that I craved so much. It’s been torture not being able to feel him. I knew he felt the same way.
Just as his hand neared my cheek, I heard someone clearing their throat from behind us.
“Am I interrupting something?”
My entire body froze, and I turned to see Alpha Jonathan standing before us. My entire heart fell deep into my stomach as he stared between the two of us with a questioning look. He didn’t look angry, but he didn’t look particularly pleased as well.
“Alpha,” I said a little too quickly, bowing in respect.
Joseph bowed his head slightly, but not too much. He was an Alpha too and they were both part of the same committee. Just because Alpha Jonathan had a lot of money and owned a lot of businesses, including this school, it didn’t mean that he was above Enzo.
Technically, my father was above him considering he was the head of the Alpha Committee. But that was a detail Alpha Jonathan refused to acknowledge.
“I came here to speak with Alpha Enzo, but it seems he’s preoccupied. I can come back later and-
“I’m not busy,” Enzo said, sounding way calmer than I felt. “Lila was just leaving.”
I swallowed the lump in my throat and without looking back at Enzo I gave Jonathan a small smile and bowed again.
“I’ll let you talk,” I said, proud that my voice wasn’t shaking. I wasn’t sure why I felt so nervous around him; he just intimidated me so much. Maybe because he was Sarah’s father? Or because he owned this school? “It was nice seeing you,” I managed to say to him just as I walked past.
“You as well, Lila,” he said; I could feel him staring at the back of my head.
I walked out of the arena feeling more than embarrassed.
“A little young for you, don’t you think, Enzo?” Jonathan asked just as soon as Lila walked out of the arena. “Also, she’s a student and-”
“I’m not sure what you’re talking about,” I said, stopping his flow of words. “We were just talking about her recent assignment when you walked in.”
“Is that so?” He asked, raising his brows with a bit of humor lingering in his eyes. “Then why was her face all red and your hand nearing her cheek?”
“She had something in her hair; I was simply getting it out for her,” I came up with, hoping he would buy this lie. The last thing I needed was for Alpha Jonathan to suspect anything was going on between Lila and me.
“I noticed at our recent Alpha meeting that you were a bit happier than you’ve been previously,” Jonathan said, narrowing his icy blue eyes at me. “Is there a reason behind that?”
“Because I got my job back,” I said, tilting my head at him.
It took a lot to keep my wolf under control; he made it painfully obvious that he didn’t like or trust Alpha Jonathan. I couldn’t blame him; I didn’t trust him either. “You mean the job you quit without a second thought?” Alpha Jonathan asked, raising his brows.
“After I quit, I had second thoughts about it. I missed my students and the feeling of being a teacher. It’s a nice break from my Alpha duties.”
“It’s from my understanding that you’ve only returned for the rest of this semester,” Alpha Jonathan pointed out.
“For right now,” I said, pressing my lips firmly together. “That might change in the future.”
“Well, I’d speak up before they hire someone new,” he said in return. “Never know who’s going to come in and take your place.”
“Is there something you want, Jonathan?” I asked, not wanting to continue this conversation any longer.
Alpha Jonathan smirked.
“Actually, there is,” he said, folding his arms across his chest. “My daughter is going to be running in this election tomorrow, so I was planning on sticking around until tomorrow evening. Unfortunately, there aren’t any rooms to stay in so I was wondering if I’d be able to stay in your faculty house until tomorrow night.”
My brows rose as I stared at him; his serious expression showed me that he wasn’t kidding. He wanted to stay with me in the faculty house. Was I allowed to say no to his request?
“Have you spoken to the board about this already?” I asked.
“First of all, I don’t need to speak to them about anything. This is my school and I’m the one who makes the decisions for this school. But for your information, yes. I spoke to Tiffany Prescott, and he told me to run it by you first.”
“I see,” I said. Then I cleared my throat. “I don’t have a lot of room-
“I spoke to Prescott after I discovered that the art department was given permission to create a school mural on campus and they didn’t consult with me first,” Jonathan said through his teeth, stopping my words.
I stared at him, confused.
“I told them I didn’t want graffiti on my school grounds and to cancel that project,” he continued, shaking his head with a look of disgust clear on his face. “You did what?” I asked, feeling my temper rising with each passing second. “The art department has been working hard to design this mural. They’ve been collecting photos from every student to contribute to this mural.”
“They should have run it by me before they planned or did anything,” Alpha Jonathan said, curling his lip up as he spoke. “It was embarrassing to hear about such a thing from a student.”
“This means a lot to the students…”
“The students? Or it means a lot to Lila?” He asked, narrowing his eyes at me. I pressed my lips firmly together as I looked into his eyes.
“The students,” I said more firmly and loudly. “It means a lot to the students. Not even just those from the art department. This mural represents every student at this school and as we gain more students the mural will be updated to represent them as well. It gives the school color and life; they were looking forward to this project. You can’t just take it away from them like that.”
“I fund this school so it’s my decision,” Alpha Jonatha said, a glimmer of humor on his face.
I was seeing fucking red.
A low growl escaped my throat as Max nearly escaped from me; he wanted to rip his throat out, but I knew it would be a losing battle even if we did manage to rip his throat out. I’d lose my job and I wouldn’t be able to protect Lila.
But Max didn’t care; he was fucking pissed.
“But it if means that much to you, I suppose I could cut you a deal,” he said, and now he was smirking.
“What kind of deal?” I asked, trying desperately to control my temper.
“I will allow for this mural if you let me stay with you whenever I want.”