“You’re going to reject me, aren’t you?” I asked, my voice dry and raspy like I’d swallowed a bucket of sand or chewed on chunks of charcoal.
Liam sent me a guilty look, and the disappointment swallowed me whole. It was like an anchor had been dropped to the bottom of my stomach, and I could barely hold myself up.
“I never wanted this to happen, Rose. My pack needed an Alpha Female and I needed an heir. Tera was my last optio—”
“Just get it over with, Alpha,” I snarled out, my eyes set into a vicious glare.
I didn’t need any damned excuses. He could just shove it if he thought he could say that and everything would be rainbow and kisses again. It was not and it would never be.
He was married.
My mate was married to another woman.
Everything went quiet in my head. Though I was standing in the middle of a boisterous party, I couldn’t hear anything. It was like someone had cupped their hands over my ears and trapped me in a room with four white walls.
The complete disbelief and sheer horror showed clearly on my features, painting an image of my extreme distress. The heartbreak was real at this point.
“Do you know her?” his wife asked, snapping me out of my thoughts and forcing me to choke back a sob that was halfway up my throat.
He didn’t answer immediately. But I could tell that he didn’t want his wife to know about me. The look in his eyes was almost pleading. He wanted me to leave and stop bothering his perfect family. Yet I could only stand there gaping, waiting for his reply with a smidgeon of hope still burning inside me.
What was I hoping for, though?
He had a happy family, a beautiful wife, and an adorable baby boy.
If I did anything, I would just be a homewrecker. No one would know that I was the mate he had abandoned.