“Eli, wait.” Candy called out as she scrabbled to stand in front of Stolas. Looking at the man she had once thought herself to be in love with. The man that had been her closest friend for years now.
“Candy, what about Annie?” Eli asked, his voice rumbling and inhuman as he struggled to keep his wolf in check, his movements overly graceful as he prowled forward. She couldn’t help but shiver, even though Drake was the alpha of their pack. There was no denying that Eli was an alpha in his own right. Her wolf wanted her to roll onto her back, show the soft skin of her belly to him. Candy wouldn’t do that though, even as she tilted her head to the side in a subtle gesture.
“What about Annie, Candy?” Eli said, cutting off Stolas from saying anything else.
Annie’s mouth dropped open as she took in the fully restored car. She wasn’t sure what kind it was. Her eyes moved over the paint. Taking in the running wolves along the passenger side door and the chrome detailing, the wax surface gleamed in the dim light of the garage.“It’s Dev’s hobby.” Candy said as she moved forward to open the door for her mate.“The car or the paint?”“Both, he’s the one who painted my shoes.” Candy answered as she held her hand out to Annie. Pulling her attention away from studying the details that Dev had put into his artwork. It was an accurate portrayal of wolves on the hunt.Slipping her hand in Candy’s, Annie bit her lower lip as her eyes met honey- colored eyes.Candy moved closer to Annie. Her other hand co
Candy’s breath caught in her throat as she watched Annie’s fingers move up her thigh. Her hands fisted at her sides as she fought the urge down to climb over the thin console and straddle Annie’s legs. To give her better access to where she needed her to touch.Her mate moved her fingers underneath the hem of her dress. The lace scratching against her sensitive skin as her heart raced. She’d been fingered before, but when Annie touched her, it felt new.“Is this, is this okay?” Annie asked. Her voice low as she watched Candy’s face for any hint that she didn’t want this as much as she did. Her hands were shaking as she waited, her breath held.“Yeah,” Candy nodded, bringing her hand down to Annie’s guiding her fingers closer to the apex of her thighs.
Annie looked into the mirror above the sink in the small bathroom as she washed her hands. She had the oddest sensation flowing through her. Her sense were on overload and she didn’t know if it was because of what had happened in the car with Candy or if it was due to pregnancy.She was hungry, but strangely she felt full. The feeling after a thanksgiving meal coursed through her, the need to go take a nap was strong. Rolling her shoulders, she stuck her tongue out at her reflection.For a moment she considered splashing her face with the cool water. She didn’t as she thought about her face. The make up that Abby had carefully applied, making her look less sallow and sickly. She may be tired, but she still wanted to look nice for Candy.Looking down at the water that swirled down the drain, she felt her face heat up as she thought about the soun
Dinner was placed in front of them, street tacos with extra jalapenos and lime for Annie. Candy smiled as she watched her mate close her eyes and inhale the aroma. She looked down at the burrito, her mouth watering at the sight of the green spicy sauce.“I promise you’ll enjoy this.” Candy said as she unrolled the burrito and dumped in the spicy salsa.“It smells so good.” Candy muttered as she tucked into her meal.They ate in a silence, it wasn’t an awkward silence as Candy had worried they would have. She’d been on dates before and hung out with the guys.This was different, it was nice. She still hoped to hang out with her friends and bandmates. It would be nice to be able to hang around Eli and get to know him as a friend now that she had no interest in
Annie looked among the scuffed bookshelves of the used bookstore they had decided to check out. Fingers trailing over the pastel-colored spines as they browsed through the parenting books. She knew that she should feel excited about the triplets, but the more she thought about it.The more nervous she felt. What if the pack showed up demanding that they return? Sure, Beau was dead. She hadn’t really sat down to process how that made her feel. There hadn’t been time yet to do that, if she were honest with herself. Annie knew that she had been putting it off.She was thankful for Candy and the love that she gave her, but she couldn’t help but think about Beau. He had been her first love. Even if he had treated her badly and had been in love with Abby for as long as she could remember.She was aware that it wasn’t a healthy relationship
“What’s that?” Annie asked as she looked at Candy.“Earlier,” she said softly, carefully considering her words. She didn’t want to hurt her mate, she had already been through so much. “Earlier, when I was at practice…”“Candy, what’s wrong?”“I kissed Stolas.” Candy blurted out. She hated herself as she watched Annie’s face fall. Her shoulders seemed to curl in. As if she were trying to shield herself from anything else that might hurt her.Her whispered “Oh,” Was one that Candy felt stabbing into her gut. She could see the blank look returning as she closed in on herself.“It was just a kiss and I’m sorry. I don’t want to hurt you, I just couldn’t not tell you.&r
The butterflies in Annie’s stomach fluttered to life at Candy’s words. Her heart beat quicker in her chest.“So you, you want to us to be together?” Annie asked, she could feel her cheeks heating up.“Of course, I can’t wait until I can claim you.” Candy said as she grabbed Annie’s hand. Pressing her lips against her fingertips. The eyes of the wolf watching through Candy’s long lashes, studying her mate.Heat moved through Annie, fiery as it followed through her veins. Desire coiled low in the pit of her stomach. How could she feel like this? Things were not resolved, but she wanted them to be.At that moment, all Annie wanted to do was find somewhere quiet where no one would see them. To take care of the need she felt, to feed off of the desire she could see in Candy’s eyes.“I’d really like to get you alone, but there are still things you need.” Candy said as she stepped back, letting out a shaking breath. She didn’t want to let go of Annie’s hand.Weaving their fingers together, sh
“Are you ready to head home?” Candy asked as they walked down the sidewalk. She had hoped to be able to talk Annie into a few more things. It seemed that after she’d passed the sheer babydoll nightgown that her mate was done trying on clothing.She’d slipped it into their purchases anyway.“I am, my feet are killing me.” Annie said, as she looked down at her sandals.Looking over at Annie, Candy worried her lower lip. “How about you sit down and I’ll pull the car around?”“You wouldn’t mind?” Annie asked as she looked back at the bench they had passed. It would be a quiet moment. Now that shoppers had started to head home, Annie could use one of those. Yes, she liked spending time with Candy, but sometimes being alone in the quiet was nice too.“No, I’ll be quick.” Candy pressed a quick kiss to Annie’s lips before she scurried off to the car. Her arms loaded down with bags that she had refused to let Annie carry.With a sigh, Annie sat down, her hands coming to her lower back as she tr