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from Belonging to the Alpha by Mel Hankins

Copyright © 2020 Mel Hankins

Chapter 21

Xavier swiftly carried me back towards the staircase like I was a feather in his hands. I knew I wasn’t heavy, but he carried me as if there was no weight to me at all. I glanced intriguingly at his neck tattoo, which depicted a blue moon, half-hidden behind some silvery grey clouds.

One day, maybe, I will have the same tattoo, I smiled.

As we reached the staircase, we bumped into Rachel, who was slowly making her way up the stairs. She looked at us in complete shock, who’s face then burst into a wide grin and she promptly placed her hands on her hips. She looked utterly gorgeous standing there with her long black hair, straightened to an inch of its life. She had her black high heels on with a large diamond on the front and a beige coloured silk trouser and jacket combination.

“Ahh, the love birds have finally fallen for each other. About time guys,” Rachel beamed.

“Not now mother!” Xavier snapped, flashing her a warning look.

Rachel quickly looked stunned at Xavier before turning her attention back to me. “I’m glad that you’re home, safe and well. I’m so sorry about Tom. Get some rest love!” she said quietly before looking at the floor, clearly embarrassed.

“Thank you, Rachel,” I replied, before shooting Rachel an apologetic look.

We briefly locked eyes, and she fired back a half-smile before quickly carrying on up the stairs.

“You didn’t need to tell her off Xavier,” I began, raising an eyebrow at Xavier.

“She shouldn’t come out with comments like that. Not especially after what has happened to you!” he fired back, looking down at me sheepishly.

“She is just excited that we now have a chance together. Maybe‚Ķ” I quickly cut off.

I needed time to learn how to trust again, and I didn’t want to get Xavier’s hopes up.

“Maybe?” Xavier responded, snapping his attention back to me, looking worried.

“As I said, I need time. I need time to fall in love with you. I really like you, I do. But I can’t let a man touch me again. Not straight away, not after what Tom did,” I stammered. “I’m scared of getting hurt again. I’m scared of not being good enough for you or the pack. I’m scared of being judged by everyone. I don’t want to be the pathetic girlfriend of the almighty Alpha who got attacked twice,” I explained sadly.

Xavier looked down at me and smiled softly. “You are good enough, Leah. You are all that I want. You are all that I have ever wanted. No one will judge you because I won’t let that happen, and ...

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