Tyler was beyond relieved when Sally came out of the bushland. His Mate’s best friend looked beyond exhausted, but she was all smiles and laughter. And she had passed the second of the tests. He looked over the crowd of the Clan, instantly finding Yuki’s dark head. Even without the claim, he had no trouble finding her.
As he moved closer he could see that she sensed him too. When her silver eyes caught his they took his breath away. She looked relieved, her fear for her friend had been obvious when she’d arrived last night. Luna had been amused and had teased him on whether they’d be sharing a room or not. She was more like her sister then she knew. They hadn’t shared a room, he wasn’t sure if he’d be welcome.
All that mattered to him right now was that Yuki was here, that she was at his home and among his family.
“You see, she is safe, Celeste wouldn’t let her out there if she thought there would be tr
Sally lay between them, spooned by Celeste and her head on Hunter's chest. He stroked a gentle hand up and down her arm as she talked in the dark room, both exhausted and wired all at once. Whenever she paused to breathe one of them would reminder her she should be resting.After the last time Hunter looked over her red head, catching Celeste's amused eye. They were both tired and relieved too, and tonight was likely to be just as exhausting and terrifying. He raised an eyebrow and Celeste nodded.Mid sentence Hunter tilted Sally's face from his chest, bearing down on her open lips. He took advantage of them being parted, running his tongue along the bottom lip before dipping into her mouth. Sally moaned in surprise, but slid her tongue along his, kissing back forcefully. He rolled, pulling her on top of him, settling so she was lying on his chest. Her small warm form molded to his as she tasted him and he could feel Celeste's golden eyes watching them. He
Sally clung so tight to Celeste and Hunter’s hands she was sure she was cutting off the circulation. She couldn’t help it. She was beyond terrified. Everything about this frightened her.Nona had explained, in detail, that they couldn’t be sure what this would do to her. It was akin to becomeing the Matriarch, it would connect her to the Clan in a way no one else was. The books and stories were very vague on what occurred to the Mate, it appeared the last one had been completed before the Clan had transitioned to a written history. Which was swell. What did exist said she’d either fail or pass.Her mind swam with 'what ifs'. What if she died? What if she survived but still failed? What would that look like? Would she go crazy? Would she be locked inside her own mind and be a drooling mess?So far no one thought so, but that didn’t mean it couldn’t happen.Celeste squeezed her hand back, pressing her warm lips to S
Celeste barely had a moment to step forward as the bowl dropped from Sally's fingers and she went down like a sack of shit. Hunter was right with her as Sally's mind appeared to scream out before it was gone. Last night their Mate bond had felt fuzzy, now it felt like it was entirely gone. Holding her mate to her chest she bared her teeth at the women in front of her."What have you done?" she snarled before a mighty wind rushed out from the bush, snuffing out the torches as the last of the light of dusk leached out of the sky. The echos of a hyena wail filled the air and Celeste held Sally's body even closer to her own, trying to shield her from whatever was coming.Because out of the tree line walked five of the largest hyenas she had ever seen. Their coats seemed to be made out of starlight and they didn't appear to be entirely there. It took her far longer then it should have to realise these were the ancestors Sally had talked of non stop this morning. Still, she felt a little saf
Hunter had pulled on a pair of boxes before he had laid down next to Sally. Her breathing was starting to even and she looked like she was finally starting to actually rest. He pressed his body against her back, just needing to hold her for a while, taking in the scent of fire in her hair. She was just so many things, and the trouble would be over now.Ensuring the Clan had two Matriarchs would work in everyone's favour. Luna liked to be here more then anywhere else, she would be able to appease the old fogies more then Celeste ever could and give the illusion of them having some sort of power. They would also keep each other honest, ensuring both of the sister's had the Clan's interests at heart.::Will you be long?:: he prodded Celeste gently ::You should be here when she wakes.::::I will try not to be,:: she sounded flustered and it made him smile. ::Everyone wants to talk to me, but I'll leave Luna to it soon.::At least most of the Clan was legitima
Sally could not deny in anyway how relieved she was that it was all over. That they had done what they had set out to do, and in one night no less. It was going to be a long time before she was use to Clan members just ‘popping in’ to her brain. Some just wanted to check in on her, while the young cubs who had no mate yet thought of it as a cool game to play. Aside from the Matriarch or your mate, this connection was very rare in shifter circles apparently. The fact she was linked to the whole Clan was going to be the talking point for some time to come.She sighed against Celeste, burrowing into her arms as they sat with the Clan. She wanted to go to bed, and soon, but she was also delighted to sit here among her new family as they revealed her addition to their Clan.Tyler sat on Celeste's other side and Sally opened her mouth to say something but was cut short upon noticing four deep scratches on his chest, just above his heart. Four marks th
Celeste watched, biting her lip as Sally slipped out of her clothes. Her tiny mate was sin personified and she didn't even seem to notice it. Before she had a chance to go any further, Celeste grabbed her by the braid, gently tugging her to a stand still. Celeste bulled out the hair tie, separating the curls quickly till they flowed down her shoulder blades."Better," she purred, "I like having something to hold onto when you go down on me."Sally grinned cheekily, "who says I'm going down on you this time?"Celeste just smiled before swatting her arse, sending her towards the shower with a squeal.The hot water had steamed up the bathroom fairly quickly. Even though the space was supposed to be the ensuite, Celeste had made sure when they brought the apartment that it was large enough to fit the two of them more then comfortably. She was grateful for the extra space now there were three of them. The shower cubical spanned a wall and had two l
Hunter held Celeste's hip steady in one hand while he lifted the zip on her dress with the other. She looked stunning, the pale cream dress hugged her curves and complemented her chocolate skin perfectly. and the way she smiled at him over her shoulder told him she could practically read his mind.She turned, placing her hands on his chest, smoothing them up to his silver tie, fixing the placing. Still grinning she patted him over his heart. "Keep it in your pants big boy, you can eat me later.""I will hold you to that, wife!"She chuckled, sashaying away to check her hair and makeup one last time. Celeste looked perfect, but he loved to watch her preen. Actually, he loved to watch her do basically anything."Luna says the Clan is already there, are you ready?"He laughed, cocking an elbow for her to slip her arm through. "For you my love? Always."***Hunter was happy to say he'd never seen the place look nicer. The Clan had d
Six Months Later"Mamma!"Sally was delighted when the other petite red head opened her door and squealed. It had been a long time since she'd been home and enveloped in the warm place that was her home. It was wonderful to see the woman hadn't changed even though Sally hadn't seen her in over a year."Josh," Her mother practically screamed back into the house, "Sally's home!"Hunter chuckled behind her, "I understand what Yuki meant now."Sally lifted an eyebrow at her mate over her shoulder, waiting for him to to expand on his thought. She didn't have to wait long."That you get more then your beauty from your mother," he grinned cheekily and Sally imagined the punishment he would get later. He shivered a little at her stray thought before stepping forward. "Hunter North, madame, those video calls never prepared me for your beauty." He kissed the back of her hand while winking at Sally.She shared a look with Celeste ove