I quickly raced upstairs using the back stairwell to change and quickly shower, not wanting another run-in with Elaine However, when I was showering, I could hear shouting downstairs. Thane was losing his mind at someone; I had a sneaky suspicion it was Raidon. Or maybe Elaine. Regardless, I took my time, dreading going downstairs and facing the woman. I hoped Thane meant what he said, that he would get rid of her if she became too much. I did not feel like arguing with that woman or my mates. Grabbing the hair dryer, I quickly dry my hair before pulling it into a bun. I hope they weren’t expecting a prim, proper Omega because I looked quite the opposite in my purple pajamas with tiny wolves and my rainbow socks. Choosing comfort over the look, if I had to endure this woman, I was doing it comfortably. Making my way downstairs, the arguing had stopped, and I moved toward the kitchen for once, preferring Thane’s presence over everyone else's; he was muttering under his breath angrily
Thankfully, I let Thane cook; it was worth giving up my nonexistent chef’s hat for. Besides, if I gave them burnt noodles, it would have left a great impression on my in-laws and probably a bad taste in their mouths.Dinner was quite pleasant, surprisingly. Leon and Rhen cleared the table, and now with nothing to distract me from speaking with the woman, I kind of wanted to flee, but then Rhen and Leon returned with a cinnamon and custard tart I hadn’t realized Thane also made. And no way was I missing dessert. Thane snorts when I go to get up but then immediately sit down, seeing dessert. Grabbing my spoon, Elaine gets up, grabbing the bag Raidon retrieved for her, and I freeze. Instead of approaching me, however, she passes it to Raidon, who in turn passes it to me. I let out a breath of relief, knowing that she wouldn’t suffocate me by coming over. “I got a few things for the baby and also a few sentimental things from when Raidon was a pup,” she tells me, nodding toward the bag
We all sat quietly for a second as my mind mulled over what I just learned. No wonder Elaine hated me. She believed I had killed the one woman who saved her. “I spent a few years in rotation. Hana used to send me birth control until she introduced me to Charles,” she explains.“And Sofia?” I ask.“She too was on rotation until she met her mates,” she sighs heavily. “And Harper, we tried to find her, Waylen and Curtis hunted her down for years, we gave up searching for her knowing it wasn’t safe, Curtis was always watching us, following us with every lead we found,”“Curtis? Is he a member of the council?” I ask, not having heard that name before. Elaine shakes her head. “You never met him? He is the headmaster now of the Omega facility, Curtis Black?” she asks. I blink at her Mr. Black was this Curtis person?“Waylen Black was his father. He took over after he died,” Elaine tells me.“So Mr. Black was looking for her?” She sits back in her chair, staring at the bracelet in her hand.
Thane POVAs I followed Harlow up the stairs, I was unsure if this was real or just a figment of my imagination. Granted, she let me touch her earlier, and well, I did more than just touch her. Pulling myself out of my jumbled thoughts, I follow Harlow, hot on her heels to my room. Raidon had managed to get the grumpy Leon up, so we could sleep together. When I stepped into the room, our mingled scents calmed me in a way I hadn’t felt in ages, as if I could finally breathe for the first time. As I climb into my usual spot and Radion gets on the outside of me, I watch Harlow slip between Rhen and Leon. Of course, I would prefer if Harlow slept next to me, but I’m not pushing my luck tonight by demanding her to sleep next to me. I wasn’t going to risk getting banished back to the den to sleep alone again. However, I can’t help but feel jealous of how she clings to Leon the most. It’s like I’m a damn light fixture in this house - useless and unnecessary. But it’s alright. Baby steps
Harlow POVRaidon pushes me off him, and I reach for Leon, but he jerks away from me as if I would burn him the moment our skin brushes. Rejection smashes me, and I growl at him in frustration."No, Harlow. You know I can't. Don't make me do this!" Leon whimpers, but I still feel that his need for me is just as intense as the need I have for him. He wants me just as much. So why do they keep denying me?"I won't let you hurt her, Leon," Thane growls at Leon as Leon tries to pull away. Only at the sound of his voice did I notice Thane standing behind him, his hands on Leon's shoulders, and it upset me knowing the only reason Leon hadn't run from me was that Thane was holding him in place. My blood was boiling, and if one of them wouldn't give me what I wanted, I was going to take it from them, whether they liked it or not, the bond refusing to give up this time until I claimed them. I'm not glass. They can't break me by touching me. I'm horny and hormonal, and I need one of their dam
Rhen POVThis is the last place I want to be, especially when I can feel my bond pulling me back to my mates. The happiness building in Thane made me feel giddy. I missed them already, and if this meeting didn't hurry along soon, I would cancel it. He was already ten minutes late, and my patience was waning. However, checking the mountain load of paperwork Leila left on my desk, I found I could no longer concentrate. Thane's arousal smashed me through the bond, and my pants suddenly felt very restricting. Deciding I could no longer wait for Talon to sort his contract out with his vendor, I got up from my seat and headed toward the elevator. Talon was supposed to meet me here after my initial meeting with a security company looking into advanced technical services. That meeting went off without a hitch. And Talon knows better than to leave me waiting. Leon could deal with him, I was done trying to sort out his mess. I pressed the button on the elevator, only to notice it was already
An Hour EarlierHarlow POVI must have dozed off at some point because I was awoken by Thane placing a tray on my lap and Raidon shaking me awake. Lifting my head off Raidon’s chest, I find a tray with French toast and coffee. My hand instantly goes for the coffee. “You seem calmer,” Thane says, and I nod, taking a sip of the coffee. “Eat,” grumbles Raidon, tapping the tray and picking up a piece of toast. I roll my eyes at his bossiness, but still pick up a piece, tearing a junk off. “Where’s Rhen?” I ask after swallowing. “At work,” Leon says, stepping out of the bathroom with a towel wrapped around his waist; my eyes roam over his muscled body, and I lick my lips. My hunger for other things rearing its damn ugly head. Raidon chuckles. “Our Omega has turned into a Nympho,” he purrs, making me look at him. I glare at him, and he pinches my chin between his fingers, forcing my face to his. His lips brush mine softly, and I growl, biting his lip. He chuckles, snapping his teeth next
Raidon POV Racing down the stairs, I could feel Rhen’s fear, and that man much like Thane feared nothing, so I knew he must be in dire circumstances he knew he couldn’t handle on his own. My feet miss some stairs as I fly down them to reach the bottom floor and snatch the keys off the hook by the door. Thane barrels into my back, plucking them from my hand as he opens the door. And I see his eyes glaze over as he hits the key fob. No doubt Rhen telling him what’s going on. He jumps in the car and I throw myself in the passenger side before looking down to find I only have a towel on.The roof of his car hits the garage door, not having a chance to fully lift as he pulls out and spins the car around. He hits the button above his head for the gate and presses his foot down on the gas. “Suit hanging in back behind you,” Thane says, not taking his eyes off the long driveway. I twist, snatching it and unclipping my seat belt when I hear the gate slide across his side of the car. He cur