Alexei and I join Anatoli, Tarja and the rest of his packmates for lunch. Borya and Pavel also have found their mates, Natalia from Poland is Borya’s mate and Pavel is mated to Megara.
“Hey girl! How are you and Pavel for a mate!?” I pull her in for a hug and look her up and down a bit. She blushes and he nudges her encouragingly. “Yeah, we found each other this morning at breakfast.” She melts into his side, next to him she is even tinier. He plants a kiss on her head.
“How ‘bout you guys? I mean your not mates, right?” Megara asks, you can see the gears in her mind working, trying to wrap her head around what it is between Alexei and I. “Nah, we’re just friends. What’s for lunch?” I wave her question away quickly before she can ask much more about what happened between him and I. I mean I had a good time and I’m down for a second time, but I don’t want everyone to know.
ALEXIS I turn on my hind legs and mid stride tendrils of the fog lick and curl around my paws. The fog feels cold, so cold to my fur, it penetrates my muscles, reaches my bones. The temperature around me dropping as it crawls further and envelopes me. My muscles grow stiff and I loose feeling in them, I try to take another step but all I can do is groan and fall down. Adriana violently trashes herself at the wall I use to block her out, screaming at me to let her through. But i can't, it hurts me to do this but I can’t have a repeat of what happened on the snowy mountain yesterday. “Keep it the fuck down!” I growl at her, pushing her back further and fortifying the wall even more. The fog has me completely paralyzed, stealing my strength from me. I push and push, but it also somehow forms a mental blockage, no matter what I try I can’t form a single mind link to any of my pack mates or friends. Fear starts creeping up on me, ragged breaths leave cloud
ADRIANAI wake up to an annoying beeping sound, it’s repetitive and crawls under my skin, pushing the sleep out of my body. Beep.. beep.. beep.. beep.. beep.. it just keeps ringing. I try to open my eyes, they’re sticky and a bit groggy. It’s still dark around me and I have to focus to make anything of my surroundings.Two large windows on my left, a cabinet with a big chair in the corner, the door on my right side and a small cabinet with a cardiac monitor right next to my hospital bed. Wait, why am I not in my own bed?Memories of what happened in the forest hit me like a tsunami. How I left Tarja up the rocky wall to wait for Anatoli. How I ventured into a part of the forest I hadn’t been before, how the birds stopped chirping and the temperature dropped as soon as that creepy fog came drifting in. The man in the fog, with that, Goddess help me, delicious scent and the sparks that ignited on Alexis her fur when he ran his fingers throu
ADRIANA I hear someone running down the hallway, skidding to a halt in front of the door and slamming it open. “Adriana! You’re up!” Jenna darts through the room and lunges over the bed and squeezes me in her arms. “Will you never ever do that again! You scared us all shitless!” She sobs, crushing me in her arms. I groan under the weight of my best friend. “Maybe you should let her breath again babe.” Ximena chuckles, leaning against the doorway. Jenna quickly loosens her grip on me and sits beside me on the bed. “Thanks.” I breath. “Good to see you up, how are.. eeh is your shirt ripped? What the fuck did my brother do?” Anger flares in Ximena’s brown eyes, she pulls my shirt to the side and when she sees my pierced skin she loses it. “I’m going to skin that fucker alive!” She storms out my room, screaming for her brother. “What happened?” Jenna asks on a soft tone and I tell her how I woke and he stalked towards me, sniffed me and pretty much
SANTIAGOGuilt hits me, hard. I know it was a shitty move to mark her to get her to shut op and comply, but I didn’t think about the consequences at that time. If she just listened, or at least didn’t fight back that hard, I wouldn’t have let myself go too that point of no return.If what just happened in the hallway gives me any indication on what the future will hold, she will make the house come down when she comes by. I just hope she will eventually understand why I did what I did, that’s enough, I can work with understanding.Teresa senses my inner turmoil. “Don’t worry too much about it, the bond will do its work.” She tucks the book under her arm again and faces me. “The nurse will be here any minute to clean Adriana’s bandages, I will evaluate with her what is the best course to clean her blood.” Teresa walks out the door, leaving me with my thoughts.I pace through the little room, one e
ADRIANA I twist and turn, but I can’t get into a good position. I try to turn on my side but something is limiting my range of motion, or someone. My whole side is warm and it sparkles, the air around me smells like sweet cardamon, black pepper and some hints of cedar wood. I open my eyes and look through the corner of my eye to the man beside me, softly snoring and lost in a deep sleep. I struggle to remember who he is and why I feel so at ease laying beside him. Than like a tidal wave the memories of the other night flood me, washing over me and leaving me breathless. My body tenses. He’s the Alpha, my mate and me marked me, like really marked me! Just because he couldn’t win the argument. My mind is a mess, I can’t wrap my head around the fact that I am laying here beside him, so at ease, in what is definitely his bed and his room. My gaze drifts to the hard lines on his face, they are much softer then the last time I saw him, his stubble is a mess
ADRIANA The growl he releases ignites the fire that started building in my body. Alexis howling for him, for his wolf, for his touch. I feel like drowning in his gorgeous pale green eyes, I lean in a bit more and my chest touches his bare one softly. Sparks erupt and I bite my lip, goddess he smells even better up close. His other hand slides around my waist, the gentle pressure enough to press my whole body against his and the hand he had on my chin disappears into my hair. I slide my hands around his body, unable to think straight with his intoxicating scent all around me and the sparks on my body that make me beg for more. He leans in and his eyes flicker between his and his wolfs. “You’re gonna be the death of me gatita.” He murmurs softly as he leans in and pushes his lips on mine, kissing me, caressing my back. I kiss him back, letting my hands roam his back and when he pulls my hair a bit I open up for him. He deepens the kiss and he tastes so good, sw
SANTIAGO “I understand, but you need to earn that respect and trust or it won’t work. Show me you deserve my trust, respect and love and I will consider finishing the bond and standing with you, not behind you. I am your equal or nothing at all.” She says through gritted teeth, my anger flaring up at what she demands, at what she threatens me with. She turns on her heels and walks out the bathroom. For hell, I ain’t finished with her. “Get back here.” I growl lowly. Diego pushes forward, offended by her words. “Equals. She isn’t and never will be our equal. Fucking she-wolves!” He huffs and pushes me to follow her. Of course she doesn’t listen, I hear the door open and her leaving my bedroom. Great, now I have to follow her. I turn on my heels, darting after that stubborn as hell Mate of mine. She is already halfway down the hallway, her hair flowing on her back as she paces towards the stairs. She twirls around as she hears me pacing through the hall
ADRIANA “I think you’d freeze it before anything else, you’re up for breakfast?” Santiago chuckles, jumping from one ridiculous statement to one more reasonable. Maybe someone hit him hard on the head after I left, trying to knock some sense into it but knocked the remaining last bit out instead. “I’d do what?” I ask, biting the words more than I want. He just looks at me with an amused smile on his face, leaning back against the wall. “You made the temperature drop this morning. I don’t know how or what but Ximena thinks you are a gifted wolf.” I walk over to him, shaking my head in disbelieve. “I might be, but this sure as hell never happened before. I really made the temperature drop?” I ask, studying his face as he answers. “Yup, you made it cold enough for me to see my own breath form clouds in the air in front of me. Diego was quite impressed and so was I.” He says, his eyes amused and curious. “Wow.” Is all I mutter. “Come on, let’s get you som