“So I’m Ryan by the way,” the Beta said after we’d gotten to the end of my pack’s lands.
“I’m Tyra, but I guess you already know all about me,” I said, staring out the window.
“I do know a lot ... didn’t know about the pink hair though. And in all the pictures we have I didn’t see any tats or piercings, so Zach’s gonna be pissed,” he said, laughing himself into a frenzy.
“It’s my body,” I said, plainly.
I had on a sort of t-shirt, it was sleeveless and cut low in the back, showing off some of my colored skin.
“Sure sweetie, for what, another three days until you get your wolf,” he said, grinning.
I didn’t reply, just kept my head turned, even though I’d felt his eyes on me constantly. It was quiet for about an hour, just the low radio on. I felt myself just drifting off to sleep when he suddenly decided to be talkative.
“I’ve known Zach my whole life. I’m only about three months older than him. He’s my brother in every way, I’d do anything for him. I’m sure you don’t remember but I was there, the day of your oath. We got to have dinner with your father, he was so proud of you. I’ve never seen a father more in awe of a pup. You meant the world to him,” he said.
I wanted to punch him, but I realized he thought he was being endearing. I kept still.
“Zach is just … already completely in love with you, I mean I think he always has been. You were his first kiss, that day. He still talks about your beauty, how soft your hands were, all that. He’s a really good guy. He'll be an incredible Alpha. I really hope you give him a chance,” he said, and I could tell he was being sincere.
I shuddered. I did kiss Zachary that day. After dinner we were sitting together, talking and he was so nice. He kissed me just lightly on the lips and I did like it. But come on, I was 10 and I had just been forced into an arranged mate! I didn't exactly know what the hell was going on. Not to mention I believed he was my mate, since that's what dad told me.
“If he really cared about me, he’d let me find my fated mate,” I said, balling my hands into fists and pushing my nails into the palms of my hands.
“What if he actually is,” he said, joking. But probably not joking. I couldn’t tell with this guy. One minute he was stone faced Mr. Serious and the next he was laughing like a weirdo.
“I’m quite sure he isn’t,” I said, firmly.
“But you never know. I swear he really is a decent guy, and trust me when I say he’s had a lot of temptation. He’s had she-wolves throwing themselves at him constantly since he got his wolf. But he only talks about you, he only wants you. I guess I might as well tell you this too but he’s had offers,” he said. I involuntarily turned to look at him, I couldn’t help myself.
“What offers like for a mate,” I said, raising my eyebrow.
“No sweetie,” he laughed.
“What do you mean then,” I said, crossing my arms over my chest.
“He’s had offers for you. Shit, the daughter of Alpha Gunner? There’s a ton of guys that want you. He even had one Alpha offer him half a million dollars and 200 acres of hunting grounds. Trust me, that is a damn hard offer for anyone to turn down. But Zach, didn’t even flinch, he told the guy to fuck off,” Ryan said, totally serious.
My mouth dropped open and I suddenly realized what a bubble I’d been living in for the past few years. I really didn’t know much about the world outside of my pack. Was it possible Zachary was the best choice of the worst choices? Fuck, what if he had traded me?! I never even thought of that as a possibility. I rested my head on my chin and looked back out the window.
The ride seemed to take forever, and we only stopped once to get something for lunch and to get gas. We’d now been on a dirt road for nearly 45 minutes and I thought I was going to pass out.
I’d exhausted myself with every possible thought, everything all cramming for attention in my head at once. I tried talking to my wolf, Reba, but she was asleep or something, I don’t know. I had to wonder if she’d be this selective about talking to me once I shifted. I explained to her a few times what was going to happen and she wasn’t happy about it. She wanted our fated mate and didn’t give a damn about any blood oath.
“Don’t be nervous,” Ryan said, taking me out of my daze.
I turned to look at him, giving him my best ‘are you serious’ face.
“How much longer,” I said, finally seeing a couple of stray cabins through the woods.
“We’re here now, the outlaying lands anyhow. We’ll be at the packhouse in about five minutes. Zach lives there right now but you guys will have your own house once you mate,” he said, grinning.
Great, can’t hardly wait for that.
Before I knew it we were pulling up to a large three story house that dwarfed the size of my old pack house, but I knew the Long Tooth pack was three or four times the size of Pale Moon.
“Home sweet home Luna,” he said, taking off his belt.
I cringed and instantly saw Zachary walking toward the SUV. He looked exactly as I remembered, only way taller and way bigger. His face was exactly the same. He looked a lot like Ryan. Dark brown hair and eyes, broad shoulders and large arms, short hair, only a few inches long.
He was absolutely gorgeous, and I had to remember this guy was not my mate. If he was any kind of decent man he’d let me go find my fated mate. But he wasn’t, he was going to see this through no matter what. All Alphas want strong pups, and I was of an Alpha’s bloodline, daughter of Alpha Gunner no less. One of the most feared Alphas of all time.
Within seconds he was opening my door, and extending his hand to me.
“My beautiful Luna,” he said, helping me out of the car.
I reluctantly accepted his help. His hand was warm, and I felt a slight jolt of electricity transfer from his hand to mine. I met his eyes, not wanting to bow to him or show any ounce of acceptance. I was here, but that didn’t mean I was complying, it didn’t mean I would just roll over and bare my neck to him.
“Zachary,” I said, with a small nod. He didn’t release my hand.
He didn’t flinch at all while taking in my appearance, and I got the sneaking suspicion that when Ryan was in range he probably mind-linked Zachary to tell him so he’d be prepared.
“Just Zach baby, but my full name does sound awfully good rolling off your tongue,” he said, touching my cheek.
I let him do it but then quickly tried to step away from him. Of course, he tightened his grip on my hand and pulled me closer.
“What kind of man would I be if I didn’t carry my bride over the threshold? This isn’t our forever home, but still,” he said, quickly scooping me up before I had a chance to know what was happening. I prided myself on being quick, but he was pretty damn fast. Not that I probably could have protested.
I didn’t give him the satisfaction of a reaction but being carried like this forced me to put my arms around his neck, and I was sure that was what he was going for at any rate.
“Now, that’s better,” he said, our faces only inches apart.
Damn it … he smelled really good. He smelled like a river, that cool smell of fresh water rippling over rocks … that was the best I could describe it anyhow. No ... I don’t want to like anything about him. I’m supposed to hate him!
*He’s NOT our mate is he,* I asked Reba.
She was totally silent, damn it! I mean I was days from my first shift, surely I would know, wouldn’t I? What were the fucking odds that Zach was actually my mate?? No, I couldn't think about it.
The warmth from his hands and arms surrounded my body as he carried me and suddenly, I heard Reba purr in the back of my mind.
*Is he our mate,* I demanded.
Again, she said nothing. Asshole.
“Here we are! This is my room, my office is at the end of the hall. We’re moving into a house that’s a little more secluded, it’s still being furnished. But it’ll be all ready for us to move in soon, not long after you get your wolf,” he said, laying me down on a large bed.I immediately sat up straight, and fixed my shirt that had ridden up.“Here’s her things,” Ryan said, popping his head in.“Thanks dude, have dinner brought up to us in about an hour okay,” Zach said.“You got it,” Ryan said, and I looked at him long enough to catch him winking at me.I looked down at my hands, never more confused in my whole life. If Zach truly was m
Dinner was awkward, but Zach tried to make the best of it, I could tell. He had a small table brought into the room and we sat on the edge of the bed and ate. He made small talk about different things going on in the pack, mentioned some of the top people I should know. He talked about our house and how excited he was to show me, he wanted to take me to see it soon.He was really trying. He was doing everything he could to make me comfortable. And yet I was sitting here fantasizing about jumping him. Thinking about what was under his clothes. Wondering if we were in fact staying together in this room tonight, and I was pretty sure I already knew the answer.I was so ready to hate him, I wanted to hate him. I hated that I couldn’t hate him. Fuck this was so confusing I couldn’t stand it!When
~Zach’s Point of View~ Last night with Tyra was the best night of my life. I hated that I hadn’t saved myself for her, but I had urges I couldn’t resist. I made it very clear to the she-wolves I did fool around with that it would never be anything more than just casual, and I always wore protection. Actually allowing a woman to feel me fully, that would only be for Tyra. My beautiful mate, my Luna. She was everything I could have wanted and more … well a lot more. The piercings and tattoos were a shock. I knew she did it to piss me off, to let me know she was in control of her body, not me. I knew she probably hated me, had a ton of preconceived notions about what her life here would be like. I knew my father’s reputation, and I knew she was forced into our blood oath. But she was my real, fated mate so none of that mattered. I just had t
~Tyra’s Point of View~I hated to take out my piercings and something just told me that he wouldn’t let me put them back in. I had mixed feelings about it, but I was sure his parents definitely wouldn’t approve. Now that I thought about it, I was feeling ridiculous with my pink hair. I was going to make a fool out of myself. How the hell could I be presented as a Luna to the Long Tooth pack looking like a damn troll toy?The she-wolves were busy in conversation, I had just gotten out of the shower. I bit my lip and sighed.“Do any of you guys have dark brown hair dye, do you think we’d have time to do it,” I asked.“Oh my god … yes I do. Would you really? Zach would love that. I mean I haven’t heard him
Zach quickly led me to a large tree and we hid behind it, even though it didn’t hide much.“You can lose your shoes babe, you won’t need those,” he said, licking his lips, his eyes focused on my cleavage. I wasn’t fully gifted in the boob department but the girls gave me a hell of a push up bra.I kicked off my shoes and looked back at him for the next direction. He grinned wide and pulled down his shorts. My eyes instinctively looked away but he grabbed my face.“I can’t tell you what it means to me that you fixed your hair. I mean the pink was hot but I want you pure,” he said, kissing my forehead.I felt my body heat up all over at his praise, his touch and I felt … helpless. Suddenly a mist surrounded
~Ridge’s Point of View~It was the day of Zachary’s party and I was nervous. I couldn’t pinpoint it, and I never get nervous. I prided myself on having confidence at all times. I never appeared like I wasn’t in control of myself. But something had me on edge. I had to confide in Pike about it since he noticed I was off, and he thinks it’s a sign from the Goddess I’ll get my mate tonight.I sure hoped it was but after nearly a decade of waiting, I had to imagine nothing was going to be that easy. For him though, it was … he just locked eyes with a girl and that was it. She jumped into his arms, came home with him and that was that.“Is that what you’re wearing,” Mindy said, gaping at me over lunch. ~Zachary’s Point of View~The party was already popping off, and my little minx of a mate was looking hot as hell. Just about two more hours, and I’d be ripping off her dress with my teeth.“Are you sure I look okay,” Tyra asked.I snuck up behind her and put my head on her shoulder. I’d had to be away from her most of the day which was probably just as well. I was so close to jumping her I could hardly stand it.“Baby you look absolutely delicious,” I said, growling and kissing her neck.She giggled and it was the sweetest sound. Just then there was a knock at the door, Ryan … I could tell by the scent. I swung the door open and he was there with a bunch of our w
Alpha Ridge 12 - Whose Mate?
~Zachary’s Point of View~The party was already popping off, and my little minx of a mate was looking hot as hell. Just about two more hours, and I’d be ripping off her dress with my teeth.“Are you sure I look okay,” Tyra asked.I snuck up behind her and put my head on her shoulder. I’d had to be away from her most of the day which was probably just as well. I was so close to jumping her I could hardly stand it.“Baby you look absolutely delicious,” I said, growling and kissing her neck.She giggled and it was the sweetest sound. Just then there was a knock at the door, Ryan … I could tell by the scent. I swung the door open and he was there with a bunch of our w
~Ridge’s Point of View~We’d been running for about half an hour, and I helped her catch a little rabbit. Forrest was elated at how quick she was, how curious and how easily she picked up on hunting. She seemed very athletic and I loved that. I was kind of a fitness freak, well an Alpha should be.We’d rubbed against each other several times and I was desperate to talk to her. I couldn’t mind-link her since she wasn’t marked and she wasn’t in my pack yet.We’d touched so much though that her scent was all over me, and I was simply in heaven. I thought about taking her back to my tent tonight, and that suddenly didn’t seem good enough. Not for a Luna, my Luna. Maybe she had a bed in the packhouse? It wouldn’t be too private but it was better than a t