I turned around and followed him up to his room. As soon as I walked in, I took a deep breath and inhaled his fantastic scent. Amethyst purred in appreciation.
While I was caught up in the smell, I saw Alexi with a worried look on his face.
Before I could ask him what was wrong, he opened his mouth and said, “I, Alexi Kostov, future Beta of the Opal Moon pack, reject you, Alaia Miller, as my mate and partner.”
It felt like all the air was sucked out of the room as I fell to the floor. With a small voice, I managed to ask, “But, why?”
Alexi looked like he wanted to bend over to help me up, but instead, he straightened up before saying, “I never wanted a mate. You know how I am. I can’t be tied down to one girl. I’m happy the way I am, and no woman is going to change that.”
It was like a knife to my already shattered and broken heart. With the last few bits of my dignity I could find, I stood to my feet and looked Alexi straight in the eye. “I, Alaia Miller, daughter of Alpha Jonathan Miller of the Opal Moon Pack, accept your rejection.”
The look of pain that crossed his face when he heard those words almost made me want to take them back and run into his arms, but I wouldn’t.
As the force of the severed mate bond brought him to his knees, I took my first wobbly step out of his door and headed straight for my room. I kept my head held high and refused to let even one tear fall.
I’d been rejected.
My mate had rejected me.
So far, being an adult had absolutely sucked.