This was not supposed to happen.
Hunter was still furious with members of the Clan interfering with this. And he knew Celeste’s Nona would not have stood for it. He couldn’t hold her leaving against her though. The Clan would never have accepted them if she hadn’t left; he just wished she was here to give Celeste a chance to be with her mate.
As it was, they sat in the small living room, in nervous silence while Hunter made them a hot chocolate. He didn’t feel like there was much else he could do, but he needed to do something.
Giving Celeste hers she offered him a pained smile that tugged at his heart. He tried to hand Sally hers but she wouldn’t unwrap her arms from around her body. He sighed, placing it on the coffee table in front of her and sitting on the arm of the chair Celeste had sunk into.
“What’s going on?” Sally whispered. She wouldn’t even look at Celeste and his ma
“Oi, sweet cheeks!” Yuki called through Sally’s closed door, “you’re gonna be late to work, move your butt.”Sally buried herself further under her blankets.“I’m sick,” she managed loud enough for Yuki too hear. “I’m not going in today.”The lack of sleep and constant tears lent realism to her fib. Sally’s voice was croaky and dry, and her exhaustion filled each word. She felt bad lying to her best friend, but not bad enough to tell the truth and have to talk about it. At least she’d had the forethought to send a text to Kyra. It wouldn’t look good, it being her first week, but there wasn’t much else she could do.“Do you need anything, hun?” Yuki’s voice was instantly softer, worried. Sally wallowed in her guilt.“Just gonna sleep,” she managed, grateful for the soft ‘kay’ as her friend left her to it.&nb
After a night of tears and numbness, Celeste was ready to kick some arse.She’d showered, dressed in comfortable sweats and hoodie and stood waiting for Hunter at the door. After slipping into pants he’d chuckled, kissed her lightly on the nose and ushered her out the door.“I have a few loose ends to tie up here,” he’d murmured against her lips, “I’ll meet you at the Clan house just before lunch.”Hunter rarely got involved in Clan workings. It was something they had worked out many years ago. Hyena’s were a proud and stubborn lot, and a male Lion trying to lead had rubbed most of the Clan the wrong way at the start. After the first few bouts of in-fighting they had decided together it was best if Hunter ran the company and Celeste settle Clan business.They still came together when needed, but things always appeared to run smoothest this way. She still wished beyond all else that Hunter was with her
Hunter knew he’d made the right choice when Sally had opened the door. Their poor little human was a mess. She still wore her outfit from the night before, her eyes were red, puffy and drooping with fatigue. Her hair was mostly out and fell about her in a messy tangle.He hated the look plastered on her face, that vapid, hollow smile. Like she felt she couldn’t be sad in front of someone, that she had to protect their feelings over her own. As soon as she realised it was him, the fake smile dissolved, leaving her sadness in it’s wake. Hunter didn’t want to admit how happy he was that she felt safe enough with him to be true to herself.“Well, don’t you look fetching all bed rumpled, my love?” Her eyes widened and he could almost feel her happiness that he was here. “Would you invite me in? There are things we need to discuss before we go.”“Go?” She asked, even as she moved back to let him in. Aga
At heart, Sally Smith knew she was a city girl. She’d grown up in suburbs and cities her whole life. Camping was something she’d done in high school, when forced by teachers. Even then she kept it as ‘city’ as she could, bringing along as many home comforts as she could get away with and complaining bitterly at the idea of mud.She was under no delusions that when she eventually fell in love, she’d be a high maintenance girlfriend. She was going to loath family get togethers that would take place outside. Her favourite pet growing up had been an oddly shaped rock that she’d covered in glitter.To be walking through a tightly packed oval with larger then human wild beasts was so far out of her comfort zone she had no idea what to do. This was some high level David Attenborough shit and she could only cling to Hunter’s side as he walked easily amongst them. The fucker even nodded to some of the Hyena’s and she almost expect
Celeste had felt Sally step into the clearing. Actually she had known the moment her mates had stepped onto Clan land. She knew she shouldn’t be, but even after all these years Hunter continued to surprise her. He hadn’t mentioned at any point that he was going to get Sally and bring her here.But she’d had to take a deep breath and let it go. The Clan needed her right now, and whilst this happened to directly involve her mate, she had to focus here first.Celeste didn’t need another reason to cause unrest and have the Elders fight her again.Isabella and Conner were upset, realising belatedly the stupidity they’d been talked into. They needed to know not to be stupid again and if hyenas did anything well, it was to settle things with a fight.Shifting in front of Sally was something else. She could feel the thrum of Hunter’s approval through their mate bond, it settled warmly in her stomach. He had always been pr
Hunter wasn’t sure how Sally would take this. Humans were notoriously funny when it came to gender, sex and sexuality. Shifters could be, but it was hard to be when the mate bond came into play. Unless your family was incredibly traditional, or you grew up among ultra conservative humans, chances were another shifter wouldn’t care what was in your pants, or who you stuck it to.But finding out your partner didn’t necessarily look the same as others of their presenting gender in the human world? People died for that everyday.Whilst he was certain Sally wouldn’t be violent or anything even remotely similar, no one could know how they’d react. It hurt to think that Sally might reject Celeste due to this.Sally’s head cocked to the side as she watched Celeste.“This is important, isn’t it?”Celeste nodded. “This is who I am, being my mate means accepting that. I know for many huma
Sally nodded, unable to take her eyes off Celeste’s sultry smile. They were both made of sin, she was sure. Celeste sunk back into the couch, shifting Sally so she sat fully astride her lap, and tilted her head to the side. She pulled the collar of her shirt to the side, exposing a pale scar against her dark skin.This close Sally could see how it circled around where her neck and shoulder met. It was obviously a animal bite, the mark was too precise to be anything but. Celeste watched her with hooded eyes and she could hear Hunter’s purr from across the room.“Can I touch it?” She asked softly and Celeste smiled more, her body arching a little beneath her.Sally brought her hand up to cup her cheek, her fingers running over her lips before skimming down her neck to brush against the scar tissue. Both Celeste and Hunter groaned in unison, making her core throb. Here, a top of Celeste, Sally felt powerful. In control in a way she hadn&rsqu
:I don’t think you have to worry, my mate: Hunter’s voice was gentle, calm in her mind. :I know your nervous, but Sally is mostly infatuated with you. Please trust her:And her husband disappeared into the bedroom where the ensuite was.Celeste nuzzled against Sally’s neck, breathing in her scent of burning bushland, even heavier with the arousal pulsing through her.“There’s more?” Sally breathed, sounding a little overwhelmed.Celeste chuckled, lifting herself head a little to kiss her lips languishely. “Let’s take this to the bedroom, my poor little human.”Sally managed a pout, but allowed Celeste to lead her by the hand from the couch. Celeste knew she shouldn’t be nervous, nothing in Sally’s manner said she’d worry at all how Celeste looked between her legs. It didn’t appease the worry though.She’d been so happy when Hunte