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from Belonging to the Alpha by Mel Hankins

Copyright © 2020 Mel Hankins

Chapter 32

I opened my eyes groggily, and the bright morning sunlight almost blinded me, making my eyes water. Yawning, I sat myself up and rubbed my heavy eyes and looked down at the sleeping figure that was Xavier, who was snoring loudly.

My body felt sore and achy, but something about me felt different. I couldn’t put my finger on what it was, except for the fact that I was no longer a virgin and that I was now a claimed Luna. It felt like my whole body was glowing. Stirring movements beside me alerted me that Xavier was now waking up. Smiling happily, I looked down at him and watched him sleepily open his eyes.

“Good morning, my beautiful,” he yawned. “Did you have a good night?”

Blushing, I thought back to the events of last night. It really wasn’t as bad as I’d thought it would be and letting Xavier touch me in that way, had healed me from the past. Gingerly, I felt the side of my neck with my fingertips to find four small holes and some slight swelling from where Xavier had claimed me.

“Don’t worry. It’s almost healed. It's normal for that to happen,” Xavier assured, gently picking up my hand and kissing it gently.

“Xavier, what happened last night?” I queried, suddenly remembering that my wolf had briefly taken over me, before I passed out.

“Your wolf took over right at the very end. You passed out along with me just shortly after,” Xavier shrugged, not seeming fazed by the events.

“Yes, but why did she take over? And did she say what I think she said?” I continued desperately.

I needed to know if what I remembered hearing was true or was, I just dreaming it.

“Yes, she said MATE!” Xavier confirmed, beaming widely.

He looked absolutely thrilled about it now that we were talking about it.

“But Tom was her Mate. She can't have you as well?” I stuttered in confusion. “I am your Mate as you choose me, but she never chose you.”

“Until now,” Xavier interrupted. “I guess you didn’t know that wolves can have second chance Mates.”

“Second chance Mates?” I repeated, shaking my head in confusion. “No, I didn’t. You will need to explain.”

Xavier sighed and sat up in bed, leaning against my headboard. Gently he pulled me over to him so that I was cuddled into his chest.

“Every wolf gets a second chance Mate, just in case the first one didn’t work out well. Not every wolf uses their second chance because most of us are happy with our first choices,” Xavier explained.

“You were my first-choice Mate, and I can't tell you how over the moon I am to be with you and have you as my Luna. However, your wolf chose Tom as her Mate, not me. And obviously, you know how that turned out. You rejected Tom for you and on behalf of your wolf, which essentially cancels out any bonds and any attachments to one another, which left the door open for your wolf to find her second chance Mat...

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