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Mated in the Shadow of My Sister Chapter 42

Chapter 0042

(James POV)

I knocked on my father’s office door and waited. I heard hushed voices and what sounded like a couple

of people scrambling about.

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Finally, my father hollered through the door that I could enter.

When I walked in, I saw my father sitting behind his desk. My mother was sitting next to him with at

sheepish look on her face. Both sets of their clothes were wrinkled, and my father’s dress shirt was

buttoned incorrectly. There was the unmistakable scent of S*x in the air.

“Seriously? It is 2 o’clock on a Thursday afternoon. At your ages, I would think you would have a little.

more restraint.”

My mother rolled her eyes, but I could tell from the pink in her cheeks that she was embarrassed. “Your will understand when you find your m–”

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Wow. I cannot believe she just went there.

“Oh, no, please do not stop yourself, Mother: Go ahead. Finish that thought. I will understand when I find

mate? Hmmmmm. Great way to rub it in your son’s face that his first mate died and his second mate

was… Lily Brogan. Anything else you want to say on that front, or should I just bring you some literal salt to rub in my wounds?” I responded bitterly.


“Forget it. That is not why I am here anyway.”

“You need to drop the attitude with your mother if you want anything from us,” my father scolded.

“Whatever. May I sit?”

My father gave me a displeased look, but nevertheless signaled for me to sit down. “What can we do for you, Son?”

“I came for two reasons.

“What are they?”

1 want yo

you to lift the alpha orders that prevent pack members from talking to me about Lily. I also want you to tell me where Lily is.”

My parents exchanged looks.

“James, I do not think that is a good idea,” my mother responded. “You heard what Dr. Miller said about it

being important for you to avoid stress.”

“Yes, and you also heard him say that the restrictions did not have to be forever. Just for a while. It has

been four weeks. It is time for the restrictions to be lifted.”

“Is Luke talking to you again?” my mother asked hopefully.

I said nothing: I just stared at her.

“Look, Son, I will lift the alpha orders regarding Stephanie,” my father offered. “The orders regarding Lily

will remain in place.”

“I did not ask you to lift the alpha orders regarding Stephanie. I asked you to lift the alpha orders

regarding Lily.”

*James, I have been talking to Margie -”

“So what, Mother? Why do I care if you have been talking to Margie? Why does Margie always get to

have so much control over what happens in my life?”

“Let her finish,” my father growled. “No one gets to disrespect your mother and my mate in this office, no

matter who they are.

I rolled my eyes. “Fine, whatever. Do share, Mother. What wonderful insight did Margie have about the

situation?” I asked sarcastically.

My mother looked at me with exacerbation. “When did you become such a sn otty a&&hole, James? We

did not raise you this way!!!”

“Oh, I don’t know, Mother. I think it sort of happened on its own. The funny thing about grief is that it makes you a little grumpy at times. Well,….that and S*xual frustration.”

I winked at my mother for added emphasis. My mother’s jaw dropped. She did not know what to say.

I that I was pushing my



right now, but I could not bring myself to care. I just stared at my

parents, waiting for one of them to speak.

Finally, as I expected, my mother broke.

“Look, James…. Margie and I have been talking about what happened at Stephanie’s death anniversary

memorial. As you know, the behavior of you and Lily was out of line and embarrassing to everyone. It

took the attention away from where it should have been, which was on Stephanie. Because of that, it is

important to Margie -and therefore to your father and I- that Stephanie’s birthday memorial be even

grander and more special than normal. We need to show a united front at that event.

It is in just two months from today. If you want to talk about everything with Lily, we can do that after the

event. Until then, Margie and I agree that your focus needs to be on Stephanie.”

I chuckled bitterly. “Seriously, Mother? You want me to spend the next two months focused on someone

has already died? I have already focused on Stephanie for the past six years! How much more focus

does it take to put on a memorial? Besides, I am not an event planner. Let someone else do that!”

It felt weird to think about Stephanie as “someone who has already died”… and it felt even weirder to say

it out loud… but it also felt sort of good. Stephanie was the love of my life, and I miss her, but I am so

tired of pretending like we are living in an alternative reality.

“Margie wants you to give a speech. Not just a speech, but a grand speech,” my mother said softly. I could telle

was almost embarrassed to say it out loud.

“What? Why?”

“She thinks the pack needs proof that Stephanie is still important to you. That you still care about her.

Your little stunt at the death anniversary called that into question.”


My mother gasped.. “James! How dare you!”

“How dare I what? How dare I acknowledge the facts? Weren’t you and Daddy Dearest telling me just a month ago that it was time to move on, marry, and produce an heir? Now you are telling me that I have

an obligation to give a speech -no a ‘grand’ speech- at what has to be the FOURTEENTH or FIFTEENTH

remembrance event that we have held for Stephanie in six years? Don’t you realize how crazy this


“James! One more rude word out of you and I will send you to the dungeons for the night,” my father growled. “I have already warned you that tone with your mother. I will not warn you need to watch u

you again.”

I took a deep breath and put my hands over my face.

“What do you want me to do?” I said in a defeated voice.

“Give the speech. I know it sounds a little over the top, and it probably is, but you have to understand how

much Margie is suffering. If it will make her feel better, please just do it for her,” my father responded.

I did not say anything for a few more minutes. A part of me thinks that the mere fact that I am

considering this shows just how out of touch with reality I have become. I do not even know what normal

is anymore.

Finally, I made a decision.

“Fine. I will give the GRAND speech about Stephanie. But on two conditions. Number one, you lift the alpha orders. Not just the ones about Stephanie, but all of them. And number two, you tell me where Lily


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James Anderson lost his future mate and luna, Stephanie, during a rogue attack. Stephanie’s death left his entire pack in mourning; her death anniversary was even declared a pack holiday. Five years later, James discovers that Stephanie’s younger sister Lily is his mate. But how can that be? Wasn’t Stephanie supposed to be his mate? And would his pack even accept Lily as his mate and Luna—many have always blamed Lily for Stephanie’s death, because Stephanie died trying to save Lily. For her part, Lily has lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister for years. She knows very well that pack members and her parents wish that it was Lily that died that day instead of Stephanie. Lily had looked forward to the day that she would meet her mate and finally feel important to someone. Discovering that her mate is James is Lily’s worst nightmare, especially when James reacts poorly to the discovery. Lily decides that she is unwilling to live in Stephanie’s shadow any longer. She will not spend the rest of her life with a mate who wishes she was someone else. She rejects James, who all too quickly accepts the rejection. Soon afterwards, horrifying truths come out and James immediately regrets letting Lily go. He sets out to get Lily back and right the wrongs that have been done. But is it too late? Will Lily find love with James, or with someone else?


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