Waking up wrapped in Gabriel's arms was magnificent.
Waking up to him flipping me off of his chest to be underneath him while he growled furiously toward the doorway, was terrifying. His eyes were black, and his canines were extended. He held himself over me with ease as if to shield me from the intruder. I pressed myself into the mattress to stay as small as possible.
"Oh, calm down, you big baby." A male voice chimed from the doorway. "I heard our Luna had finally made her way to us, and I wanted to be one of the first to meet her."
I didn't dare move, as Gabriel still held himself protectively over me. If it weren't for the third party in the bedroom, I would have been a very happy woman having him on top of me like that. I bit back my smile as I felt him press down against me as he relaxed his stance. He glanced at me quickly before turning back to glare at the man. I watched fascinated as his teeth and eyes went back to normal.
"Get out," Gabriel gro
Breakfast was a somber event, not for a lack of trying on Kate and Jack's end to lighten the mood. They were very friendly and sarcastic, always cracking jokes and telling stories to make us laugh. It was hard to be positive knowing that we had to go back home, even if it was just for a short while. Gabriel drove us back to our car on the edge of town. Much to my surprise, there was a well-hidden dirt road that led right to their community we could have taken instead of trekking through the forest. After exchanging phone numbers, a heartfelt goodbye, and several kisses, he pulled himself away and returned to his car, Athena reluctantly following after him. They waited until we were pulling away before he turned his car around and left. I didn't want him to see me looking over my shoulder like a lovesick puppy, but I did watch through the side mirror as he got further away until I could no longer see him. Our ride was short and silent as we made our wa
My toes brushed my carpet as I swung my feet back and forth. My desk chair creaked in protest from my constant movement, but I ignored it and continued to stare across the room at the open window. My pajama shorts and tank top left little to the imagination, and I had picked them out just for that reason. Unfortunately, I was beginning to regret that decision as it got colder as the night went on. Gabriel had not messaged me since I had returned home, and I had assumed he was busy. I knew my mind was my enemy, but the longer I waited, the more I began to second guess whether he was real in the first place. I had read our messages over two dozen times. I needed to ensure that they existed, and so did Gabriel. Alpha Gabriel. A werewolf. Oh, God. I dropped my head into my hands and let out a sigh of frustration. Crazy. I am absolutely crazy! After all this time, I finally lost it. The orange bottle sat atop my dresser, laughing at me as if it knew just how insane I was. It was one
Elena ran around my room, trying to clean up the mess that I had made while I clutched the phone to my ear. I could hear her ruffling around in my closet as I listened to the steady breathing coming in through the device in my hand. He was real, and he was on his way. All of the loudness in my mind steadily began to quiet. "Liv?" He asked, and I let out a deep breath at the sound of my name coming from his lips. "You're real," I whispered. My back pressed against the side of my bed as I pulled my head from between my knees. The light thud of something hitting the floor sounded out from behind me, and I turned my head to see what Elena was moving. She didn't need to clean up my mess. It was bad enough she had to deal with my deranged mind. Instead, I watched as Gabriel stood up from his crouched position. Despite the chilled night air, he was barefoot in a pair of basketball shorts with no shirt. I could only assume that he had run here
I didn't need Elena to tell me for me to know that Athena had been over the night before. When I walked into her room, Elena was passed out face down on her mattress completely naked. Thankfully the blanket was covering most of her butt. "Oh, god," I muttered in disgust before reaching over to grab a half-empty water bottle from her dresser. The plastic crinkled when it hit her leg. Elena cracked one eye open and glared at me. "That's not a nice way to wake someone who was up late helping you last night." She groaned before reaching down to grab her comforter and pulling it up and over her shoulders. "Oh, please. You may have helped me, but from the look of it, you were up late on your own. How's Athena doing?" I smirked before plopping down on the edge of the bed, hoping it would keep her awake. My nose wrinkled as I pulled my hands off of the blanket and settled them in my lap. No telling how clean her bedding set was. "Shush, we both had visitors l
"Until then, you are with me," Kate exclaimed as she rounded the corner. Her enthusiasm was infectious. Just by seeing how excited she was, I was ready to take on whatever was thrown my way over the next few hours. Gabriel pressed his lips to the top of my head before gently pushing me toward Kate. I reluctantly moved away from him, surprised when I saw the smile drop from Kate's face. "Everything will be fine, Alpha. I won't let anything happen to her. They will both be in great hands!" Kate saddled up next to me and Elena. I turned to look over my shoulder to thank Parker for getting us here, but he was nowhere to be found. "Where did Parker go?" I asked, but Gabriel just shook his head at me. That seemed to be my cue not to talk about it, but I made a mental note to ask him later when we would get to be alone together. "We have a lot of ground to cover. I'll say we should start this way." She said as she nudged her head to her right. I glanced over
The dining hall was across from the packhouse and was filled with people eating and talking. My stomach grumbled when I smelled food. I looked around to see a buffet-style display set up for people to make themselves sandwiches with multiple different side options. It did not escape my attention that the room noticeably quieted when we entered. Gabriel stood at my side, his arm wrapped around my waist. I tried to refrain from pressing myself into him as dozens of eyes turned to inspect us. A glance up at him had me in wonder. His strong jaw looked tense, and his eyes held no emotion. Yet, he stood strong, as if he were proud. It was like looking at a reflection of him from an alternate universe. When he was alone with me, he was warm and loving, but in front of his pack he seemed so cut off from his emotions. He led me to the food and dropped his hand from my waist to put together his plate. I followed next to him closely, still feeling uncomfortable with the eyes of the many borin
His statement was both erotic and surprising. I didn't realize I had to be turned or even that he could turn me. I had just assumed that some of the people around their compound were human mates like me. It was just a reminder that I knew nothing of their kind or traditions, just what limited information I found online. "Once I turn?" I asked apprehensively. A small part of me wanted to be like him, but the majority of my being was screaming at the thought of being turned into a four-legged wolf. "Yes. Once I bite you right here and mark you, you would turn on the next full moon." His eyes examined me carefully as his fingers circled the spot on my neck. I knew that he saw my concern as though it were written on my forehead. "Don't worry, I will be with you every step of the way." His fingers interlaced with mine, and he pulled me to the couch. I stood patiently as he laid down. All of the nerves that I had been feeling earlier in the day washed away as he wrapped his hand around th
The afternoon light came through the sheer curtains, giving the living room a warm glow. For a moment, Gabriel's eyes looked almost green instead of their normal hazel as he held my gaze, waiting for me to make the first move. Something about the hungry look in his eyes made me feel empowered. He had stayed true to me, and I had never been with another. We would share everything together, and that was a beautiful feeling. Not wanting to lose my confidence, I slid across Gabriel's hips, my leg falling to his other side as I straddled him. His hands immediately found my waist. Each finger that pressed into my sides sent its own wave of heat and anticipation through my body. His heart was pounding under my palm, matching my own excitement. "What will my reward be?" The husky undertone of his voice and the rising bulge in his jeans as I sat on top of him, caused my panties to dampen. "Me." His eyes narrowed as they turned black, consumed by the expanding iris. A small glow of red bega