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Mated in the Shadow of My Sister Chapter 51

Chapter 0051

(James POV)

As my mother got to the end of her story, I was not sure what I should think or how I should feel.

Should I be feeling angry with my mother? Disappointed? Disgusted? Even though it happened 27 years

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ago, I knew that I should probably be feeling all of those things.

Watching Nick’s face across the desk from me, I could tell he was feeling many of those emotions.

‘Me, though? To my surprise, all I really felt was…. numb.

In a way, I did find it amazing how a single story —about something that happened before I was even born, no less— could explain so much of my life and yet raise so many more questions. I think I felt numb partly because a big part of me was in shock and not ready to confront all of those questions yet.

I have always known that Margle had an unusual amount of control over my parents, and I have also

always known how desperately my parents worked to avoid offending her and Beta Robert. However, I

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had always assumed that my parents behaved the way that they did because my parents were

compassionate people who valued Robert and Margie’s opinions. I had no idea that the real reason was

because my mother was consumed with guilt for killing Margie and Robert’s first son.

Now that I knew the truth, I could not help but wonder how far-reaching Margie’s control over my parents

-and therefore me- really went. Was Margie the one that Dr. Hyder was warning me about? Had

Margie been manipulating things behind the scenes?

I dismissed the thought almost as soon as I had it. Questions about how much of my life Margie may

have manipulated… especially with respect to my life with Stephanie.. were at the top of the list of

questions that I was not ready to confront.

Thankfully, as I replayed Alpha Brett’s words in my head, my next thoughts offered me a brief distraction.

“No, it does not fit.”

“What?”

Nick and my mother both looked at me in disbelief. That is when I realized I said my last comment out

loud.

“Sorry, I did not mean to say that out loud.”

“What does not fit?” Nick asked, not letting it go.

I sighed

“Alpha Brett indicated that he is ending the treaties because his pack does not condone the abuse of

females and the use of the mate bond for torture. The story about Tyler does not involve either of those

things. Either there are pieces of the puzzle that we are still missing, or Dr. Hyder wanted me to ask

about Tyler for some reason completely unrelated to the reason that the treaties were broken.”

“What else could there be?” my mother asked. 1 have told you the entire story.”

“No, there is something else you aren’t telling me, or there are things that you do not know. Either way,

there has to be more.”

Before my mother could say anything else, I suddenly remembered the second thing that Dr. Hyder said

on his way out the door.

“Hey, Nick, when is your sister’s birthday?”

Nick gave me another strange look. “January 23, but you already know that.”

“No, not Stephanie’s. Lily’s.”

“Oh. Well… I am not sure.”

“What do you mean that you are not sure? Don’t you all celebrate it every year? Get her a cake, give her

some presents, sing happy birthday, that sort of thing?”

Nick shook his head. “No, we have not celebrated Lily’s birthday in a long time. I do not remember the

last time that we celebrated it.”

“Why not? I know your family celebrates birthdays. I have been there when you have celebrated your

birthday and your parents’ birthdays and Jenny’s….”

“I don’t know, Dude. I guess I never really thought about it. Ever since… well, Stephanie died… none of us

have really paid that much attention to Lily.”

“But she is still your sister….”

“James, back off of Nick,” my mother chastised me. “You know how hard it was on their whole family when they lost Stephanie. And it is hard to want to celebrate the life of someone who contributed to the

death of someone you loved.”

Wow I cannot believe my mother was just able to make that argument with a straight face. Does she have any idea how hypocritical she sounds?!?

“You are right, Mother,” I responded sarcastically. “And that is why it clearly does not make sense why

single one of your birthday parties that they have missed….”

My mother recoiled as though I had just slapped her. Good.

Maybe it was just lingering mate-bond effects messing with my head, but hearing that Lily’s family has ignored her all these years to the point that Nick does not even know when her birthday is- bothered me. And hearing my Mother defend Margie and Robert’s actions towards Lily bothered me even more.

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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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