#Chapter 95: The Missing Piece
I hadn’t been planning on going to the party, but Matt dragged me along; I figured it could also be a good chance to try to observe Justin or to interrogate Lisa, so I agreed to go. It wasn’t long after I got there, however, that rumors started making their way over to me… Rumors of Nina being with someone else, less than twenty-four hours after she had found her ex’s body in a basement, and hardly a couple of weeks since our last kiss. Not to mention the time we spent in the lodge, holding each other in the middle of the night because she was scared of the dark.
Sure, we were supposed to just be friends, but it still hurt.
“Trouble in paradise?” Lisa said, sauntering up to me at the bonfire.
I took a swig of my beer, deciding not to answer. Lisa was wearing a skimpy pair
of denim shorts, even though it was cold out, and had a flannel on top that was buttoned down just enough to show a bit of the lace trim on her bra. Not only that, but in typical Lisa fashion, she looked like she had a fresh spray tan and a pound of makeup on.
“What’s wrong?” she asked, twirling a bit of hair around her finger. “I know we’ve been broken up for a long time now, but you know you can always talk to me, right?”
I shrugged. “I’m fine. Nina and I are just friends. She’s allowed to be with whoever she wants.”
A grin spread across Lisa’s face. “I didn’t mention Nina,” she said with a sparkle in her eye. “But if you want to talk about her…” she gestured over to one of the cabins. Nina was
disappearing into it with Ronan, and it made my blood boil.
Before I could stop her, Lisa took my hand and pulled me after her, leading me behind one of the cabins. My head was reeling from the pain of seeing Nina with Ronan. How could she sleep with him, knowing that he was a Crescent who was out to kidnap her for some mystery woman?
As soon as the were alone in the dark behind the cabin, Lisa pounced on me, knocking the half-empty beer bottle out of my hand. I gritted my teeth as she started to kiss all over my neck, running her fingers through my hair and ripping at my shirt.
She stood up on her tiptoes and tried to kiss me on my lips. I quickly jerked my head away.
“Ugh, still got some hangups, huh?” she snarled, stepping away and folding her arms across her chest for a moment before an evil smirk came across her face. “I’ll fix that,” she said, then started to reach for my groin.
I grabbed her wrist just before she touched me, taking her by surprise and pinning her up against the wall.
“Ooh!” she exclaimed, licking her lips. “You want it rough this time?”
She tried to kiss me again, but this time I grabbed her by the neck and pinned her against the wall even harder, channeling my anger into my interrogation skills.
“Tell me who you’re working for,” I growled.
Lisa recoiled, narrowing her eyes.
What the fuck?” she said. She started to struggle, but even with her newfound werewolf abilities, she wasn’t nearly as strong as me with her small size
“You heard me,” I said, pinning her harder as my grip tightened on her throat “Tell me who you’re working for, and tell me what the fuck happened to Justin. I know that you know.”
“I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about,” she responded, her voice becoming strained beneath the pressure of my hand.
“Don’t bullshit me, Lisa,” I said. “I know that you’ve been up to something. The Mad Wolf serum alone isn’t enough to make someone anything more than a rogue. Someone had to have bitten you, and you’re hiding it. So who was it?”
Lisa struggled some more. I loosened my grip on her neck slightly so she could breathe properly.
“Fine,” she said, rolling her eyes. “I’ll tell you. But can we sit down, at least?”
Reluctantly, I released Lisa and blocked the door so she couldn’t leave. She rolled her eyes again and walked over to a tree stump, sitting down on the edge with her legs crossed.
“You know,” she said, glancing back at the party, “you do realize that she only slept with you to get back at Justin in the first place, right?” she asked, once again twirling a bit of hair around her finger. “What makes you so sure that her whole fling with you hasn’t all been just an act?”
I glanced over my shoulder back at the cabin where Nina and Ronan had gone. They appeared to still be inside. I shook my head, trying to get the image of them sleeping together out of my mind. Nina and I were just friends… She could get with whoever she wanted to.
Lisa chuckled again and stood, sauntering up to me. I kept my gaze fixed on the cabin as I felt her slim hand run along my chest. She pressed her body up against mine and twisted her hips in such a way that she rubbed up against my groin, making me shiver.
“I would never betray you like that,” Lisa whispered in my ear, pausing to nibble at my earlobe. “Besides, I’m a werewolf now, just like you. Nina is nothing but an ordinary little human… Why would you ever choose her over someone who can really be your mate?”
I shook my head again, trying to back away, but Lisa clung to my body like her life depended on it. I felt her fingers brush my groin, making me shiver again.
“C’mon, baby,” she whispered, biting her lip. “Let’s do it. For old times’ sake.”
I felt my body grow weak as goosebumps lined my skin. It almost felt as though Lisa was releasing some sort of pheromone, something that was making me susceptible to her seduction …And it was working. I bent my head down to kiss Lisa softly on the lips, the feeling of our lips brushing making me feel even weaker.
But as I closed my eyes and felt our lips lock together, the only thing I saw in my mind was Nina.
I quickly pulled away from the kiss and roughly shoved Lisa off of me, wiping my mouth with the back of my hand. ” Fuck you,” I growled, backing away. “I would never sleep with you again.”
Without another word, I turned on my heel and stormed away.
I spent the entire night in the hockey rink, because that was the only place where I could think clearly. At least when I was there, it was just me and the puck and nothing else. The peace of the dark arena, with only a single spotlight shining down, was enough to calm me — at least temporarily, as I tried to sort my feelings out.
Suddenly, I heard the door open and
“Well, you’re here early, aren’t you?” a familiar voice echoed from the doorway. I looked up to see my father slowly walking up to me with his hands in his suit pants pockets. “I heard about your little ‘friend’. I told you that humans are trouble. You see, they don’t have the concept of mates like we do, so they don’t always understand the importance of faithfulness.”
I looked down at the ice, my mind racing with a million thoughts. Being without Nina made me feel like a piece of me was missing, but maybe my father was right. Maybe Nina was just another human who would only hurt me in the end.
“Just accept the arranged marriage, son,” my father said, leaning on the railing as I continued to stare numbly down at the ice. “This new woman will be your fated mate. You’ll be glad that you listened to me when you finally meet her.”
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