School was awkward. Thea had all but one class with the triplets, and she did her best to avoid them all day. Everyone could tell something was wrong. Typically, they were inseparable. Kai usually had his arm draped over her shoulders. Alaric always offered her his arm when they walked because she often didn’t pay attention to where she was going. Conri held onto the hem of her shirt to keep her close. Today, she ignored them, left each class as the bell rang, didn’t walk with them anywhere, and made sure there was plenty of space between them.
Instead of eating lunch at their usual table, she went to the library to be alone and think.
Could she be blamed for being attracted to the triplets? Everyone wanted them. They were Alphas. They exuded power and sexiness: tall, dark hair, crystal blue eyes, beautiful chiseled faces, strong jaws, defined cheekbones, broad shoulders, muscles for days. They were gorgeous among werewolves, who were already preternaturally attractive beings.
Maybe she could recover from this. If she could figure out a way to tame her libido, things could go back to normal.
Maybe she was just full of hormones because her first shift was close. What if her wolf turned out to be a horny beast, and she had to satisfy her urges constantly? Thea rubbed her temples.
Maybe there were herbs she could take that would suppress any hormones or horniness. She could at least look into masking her scent. There had to be herbs for that.
She started looking up books that could give her insight into how to fix this. Witches could do all sorts of things, but she didn’t want to mess with them. They were enemies of werewolves. Dangerous. She’d leave the pack before she used witches.
She loved this pack, though. The people. Her family. The triplets. All she ever wanted was to be Beta and help this pack stay the most powerful, most coveted on the west coast. She didn’t want to leave.
She checked out several books and put them in her backpack to take home.
After school, she dutifully went to the training field to lead training alongside the triplets. She didn’t look them in the eye, which irritated Kai and Conri. She tried to look professional, only speaking to them when necessary. She brought up other wolves to demonstrate things where they usually used each other.
After training, Thea usually stuck around and talked with the pack members. This time, she left immediately. She went to the pack house, got some food, then went to her room to read the books she checked out. She didn’t go to pack dinner.
A while later, she’d written down a list of all the herbs she wanted. She went down to the pack apothecary store in the village area of the pack lands and handed the list to the apothecary. The older gentleman gathered the items, labeled them, bundled them, and slid them over to her.
“If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out,” he said.
“Thank you,” she said, handing him money.
“Of course, Miss Lyall.”
“Thea. Please call me Thea, Mr. Garrity.”
“Of course, Thea.” He smiled at her.
She went back to her room and read up on how to prepare the herbs. How much to use, how long to steep the tea, how long the effects would last. She fell asleep with her head in a book, the rest of them strewn around her on her bed.
She woke up when the bed dipped. Two strong hands pulled her against a warm body. She instantly knew it was Alaric. She always knew which triplet was which, ever since they were kids. Everyone else had trouble telling them apart since they were identical.
“Hey,” Alaric said softly. He had cleared the books off her bed, stacked them on her desk, and put a blanket over her. “I missed you at dinner. I missed you all day. How are you doing?”
“I don’t know,” Thea said.
“You’re researching something.”
“I don’t want to talk about it.”
“Okay. You don’t have to. Can I stay with you like old times?”
The triplets used to sneak into her room every night and sleep with her. They stopped a few years ago. Thea missed sleeping with them, but she would never sneak into any of their rooms.
Thea nodded. Even with the lights off, they could see each other in the dark. She didn’t know if she’d ever get to sleep with him again. She wrapped her arms around his waist. He adjusted, and they pulled in tight. He hooked her head under his chin. Her face against his chest, she breathed in his scent. It calmed her and made her sad at the same time. She knew he wasn’t hers. None of them were. Tears spilled over.
“Hey,” Alaric said. He rubbed her back up and down. “What’s wrong?”
“I’m afraid of losing you guys.” She sniffled.
“Never going to happen. You’re stuck with us forever.”
She wished that were true. She settled for being in Alaric’s arms tonight.
Alaric was still holding Thea when she woke up. “You ready for early morning training?” Alaric’s voice, rough with sleep, rumbled through her body, waking her up in the sweetest way. She wished she could wake up like this every morning. Then his words registered. “I don’t want to go. I can’t.” “Thea, you can, and there’s no reason not to.” “Please don't make me—” “Thea, you’re coming. I’ll see you outside in fifteen, okay?” She knew she had to obey him. “Yes, Alpha.” “Hey, that’s not—I don’t mean it like that,” Alaric said. “You know you can say no to us, right? Thea, please. I don’t want you to feel like you have to do anything you don’t want to.” “Then why are you making me go train?” “Because you love training. I’m not going to let you throw it away over a misunderstanding. Come on. This isn’t like you. Where’s my fearless Thea?” “Back on the training field where she died of mortificatio
The triplets and Thea went to their rooms to shower and change. As soon as she was alone, Thea freaked out. She wasn’t sure what had just happened. Maybe she dreamed it. It wouldn’t be the first time. The triplets were waiting for her when she left her room. They were all showered and in fresh clothes. Thea admired the view for a moment. The way their jeans hung from their hips. The way their T-shirts stretched across their broad, muscular chests. The way their identical faces lit up when they saw her. She could always tell who was who, but their hair was the only thing most people could use to tell them apart. With his long crew cut freshly styled, Alaric leaned in for a quick kiss. She blushed, and he took her hand. It wasn’t a dream. Conri ran hi
After school, the triplets and Thea went out to the field to lead pack training. They split into four different groups and ran drills. When they came back together for conditioning, the triplets hugged and kissed Thea, ignoring everyone else on the field.“Woah,” one of the junior boys said. “Is this a new part of training?” He pulled his girlfriend to him and kissed her. Other people started making comments and asking questions. “Are they finally together?” “What does this mean?”Kai reluctantly let her go but grabbed her hand. Conri had his hand around her waist, and Alaric held her other hand.“Thea’s ours,” the triplets said in unison. She blushed. “And we’re hers. Anything you want to add?” They looked at her. She shook her head
Morning training turned into a makeout session. They made it out to the field, but Kai took her to the ground, and they didn’t do any training after that. “We may as well have just stayed in bed,” Thea said. Another day at school, people still whispered. Thea loved the feeling of the triplets holding and kissing her, but she was terrified it wouldn’t last. She didn’t want to let herself fall in love with them just to have them ripped away. After the final bell, the triplets surrounded her at her locker and tried to make out with her. “I have to go to dress rehearsal for the Talent Show,” she said, pushing them away. They pouted. “I’ll see you later.” She ran off before they could stop her. Thea met up with all the senior girls from her pack. They were doing a number together. Thea always went out of her way to befriend and include everyone in her pack. She made sure no one felt left out. She always said, “these are the people who will stand next to you in war. Make sure you tr
Kai slid Thea off his shoulder, caught her legs, and wrapped them around his waist. Conri tossed the red jumpsuit into Thea’s closet, then lifted her T-shirt off her. The triplets breathed in her growing arousal. Kai’s hands dug into her waist. Her fingers slid into his hair and pulled him closer. She pressed her lips against his, directing his movements with her hands in his hair, tongues battling for dominance. Impatient, Alaric wrapped his hands around Thea’s waist and pulled her off Kai. He gently tossed her on her bed, climbed over her, kissed her, then hooked his fingers inside the top of her track pants. He pulled them off, along with her shoes, leaving her in her nude-colored rhinestone-covered pants. “Let us look at you without other prying eyes,” he said. She leaned up on her elbows and crossed her legs at her ankles. That earned three growls. She smiled. “What?” “Uncross,” Kai said. His usual messy pompadour was extra messy. Thea bit her lip, knowing she had made it l
The following day, the triplets tried to respect Thea’s boundaries, so they trained in the morning without trying to kiss her.Once they were at school, they couldn’t keep their hands off her. Before first period they were making out—two on her neck, one on her mouth. Six hands on her body, rubbing their scents on her. Their Alpha blood made them need to show everyone she belonged to them, especially after last night’s Talent Show.“We’re going to be late,” she said, pushing them away.She retrieved the books she needed from her locker, then let them each take a hand, Conri with his hand on her hip. They heard snippets of conversations throughout the day coming in and out of classes. Everyone was talking about the Talent Show. Specifically about Thea and he
The triplets took Thea to Dr. Boman, the pack doctor, in the west wing of the pack house. He was a kind but serious middle-aged wolf with short brown hair and brown eyes. He relocated her shoulder and put her arm in a sling.“You’ll need to wear this for a few days to immobilize the area so it can heal,” Dr. Boman said. “Stay close to them. You’ll heal faster.”Being close to your mate helped you heal faster. Did everyone think they were mates?“You’ll heal faster once you shift, but since that’s still a few months away, you have to take it easy. You have a concussion. Head injuries are serious. No training until I say so. No strenuous activity.” He looked at the triplets. “Future Alphas, did you hear that? No strenuous activity. That mean
Thea and the triplets didn’t do early morning training the next day. That gave her time to prepare a tea from the herbs to mask her scent.“What are you doing?” Conri said.“Making a tea.”“For what?”“To mask my scent.”“Why?”“Because you all are going to be turning me on all day. I don't want everyone smelling me.”“But we want to smell you,” Kai said.“Xavier said he smelled me.”The triplets all looked at her. Alaric came over and gently hu