I puckered my lips, finishing my lip gloss and took a step back from the mirror.
“Not bad!” Kira whistled from the bed.
“Thanks,” I said blushing. “Think he’ll like it?”
Kira just laughed and hopped off the bed. “So, where are you meeting him?”
“Henry’s Pierside,” I said, pulling out my phone and referring to Ethan’s last text.
“They have great mimosas.” Kira said reflexively, “and great brunch, obviously.”
“Alright, well I better get going!” I grabbed my clutch and headed for the door.
The LodgePerrin“Ready to rock?”“If by ‘rock’ you mean ‘kick your ass,’ then yes, absolutely.” Ethan couldn’t keep the grin off his face and neither could I. It was such a buzz to have him here. He had missed the morning session. I knew he had been on a date with Lo, but Seth had given him a pass.“Remember to take it easy, ok?” Seth had said over his clipboard, eyeing the two of us.We began a slow jog on the treadmill. The easy pace allowed us to chat, while giving Ethan an easy excuse to test his endurance and take it slow.“So, how do you feel?” I asked him.“On top of
PerrinI didn’t sit in the front seat with Charlie very often, but I wanted to give Lo and Ethan the courtesy of pretending that they were alone in the car. I made small talk with him in the front as he drove us to the party--it was all I could do to keep from glancing in the rear-view mirror and seeing Ethan and Lo make eyes at each other.I was happy for them. I really was. And I didn’t need to convince myself of it either. So I chatted happily with Charlie as we would our way through the east side of town to Toby’s house.“Will you be needing a ride back, Perrin?” He asked as he drove up the small street. Cars were everywhere, and that wasn’t a good sign, especially if alcohol wasn’t involved.“Yes, if you wouldn’t mind and my father do
Chapter 141Jaz“And you know why I want as much time away from him as I can get.”I stumbled backward, hitting the wall of his room.“I’m sorry, I think you have me confused with someone else.”“I hardly think I could confuse some innocent healer with my twin.”PerrinI found myself moving through the warm mass of bodies throughout the house. The DJ could be heard everywhere. Wolves I knew--wolves I didn’t know, were dancing, drinking, making out in whatever dark corners they could find.It had been awhile since I had been at a house party like this. I really enjoyed them. Well, I used t
EthanThe voice that returned words was low and full of longing. “True mates.”I was frozen in place, unable to move.“Ethan? What are you doing here?”JazI turned from Ethan to Justin. Ethan was barely inside the room’s doorway. There’s no way they would have had a chance to talk--no time for Justin to out me for who I was.“What are you doing here?”Ethan blinked, as if just noticing my arrival.“What?”“I said, what are you doing here?”His head swiveled
JazI burst out of the front doors of the infirmary, gasping for breath and shaking my head. Was this all just a bad dream?Charlie beeped at me from the curb.“Miss Jaz? Are you in need of a ride?”I nodded before I knew what I was doing, stealing into the back seat of the car.“To the party?”“Yes, please. Thank you, Charlie.”Fortunately he wasn’t usually a chatty driver.My mind was still racing, checking off the list of nightmare scenarios, one after the other.My father had found me. My survival was no longer a secret.
Jaz“No scrubs allowed.”My insides hummed. That was music to my ears.He took my hand and led me silently down the hallway. He managed to get his door open without a sound, closing it and locking it behind us.Perrin didn’t share a suite like the other rooms on this floor. The Alpha Dauphin’s door opened straight into his large bedroom. The top floor of his space gave him assured privacy despite the large floor-to-ceiling windows that covered an entire wall. The moon was full tonight, and no need for any lamps in the bedroom. On a night like this, it was as if we were outside in the cool evening air.I didn’t realize but I had walked instinctively toward the window. The moon cast deep shadows over redwood trees that
EthanJustin took a deep breath before speaking. “Ethan, please meet…. My father.”I could see his back straighten, his muscles tensing under the sheets of the patient bed. I hadn’t met the Alpha of the Chiyad pack, but had heard whispers of him throughout my youth. He seemed always at odds with one pack or another, never totally at peace with any of the surrounding territories. He was also mysterious, often sending his Beta to represent him at formal functions. I guess he was as mysterious of an Alpha to the greater werewolf community than we had ever known.Justin’s reaction was defensive. I had no idea what his relationship was like with his father, but today it was tense. I stood, rising from the patient bed to meet him. I deferred my eyes; it was appropriate for any Beta. But my mind was racing. This w
JazI woke early the next morning, cheek pressed against the cool cheek of the pillow. I rolled over only to see the sheets empty beside me.Today was Sunday. Perrin got the day off from training. Well, it was really more of a pack-wide mandate. Sundays were for rest. He didn’t need to be at the Lodge.My eyes flitted to the bathroom, scanning for a light under the door. It was dark. I looked at the hazy film of sunrise appearing over the tops of the redwoods. My cheeks burned from the thought of those trees had seen last night, but the flop of dusty blond hair caught my eye.Perrin had slept in the big armchair by the window last night. He had come to bed with me eventually, but he had been restless. Our lovemaking had made me drift off. When had he moved to the window?