“Richard! You should have called me. Why did you travel all the way here?” Jake said while gently leading the older man inside. “Not that you are not welcome, but you must not exert yourself.”
“Bah! I am not that old.” Richard said with a twinkle in his eyes.Jake gave a guilty smile. He wondered what was the visit about? Eliza had shown up at his office late that week. She was excited and waited all afternoon for Jake to manage enough time to meet with her. For his part, he had been finding as many extra things to do as he could come up with. The woman was driving him crazy. Ever since he had agreed to the mating, she had been calling non-stop and making a fuss. As far as he was concerned, this was supposed to be an arrangement of convenience and nothing more. But Richard wasn't aware of it. That's what Jake hoped, otherwise he would have a lot to answer.
“So, tell me what can I do for you?” Jake smiled pleasantly at the older Alpha.
“You are already doing enough, you are mating with Eliza. You are saving my bloodline.”
Jake's smile faltered. “Well, that's nothing. I am alive because of you.”
“Hmm, sometimes I feel bad for pushing you into this relationship. You are still young. You might find your true mate.” Richard mumbled.
“Richard, don't say that. Mating with Eliza in my decision.” Jake insisted. He preferred not to worry the older man unnecessarily.
“Right, coming to Eliza, how are things between you two? My daughter might come off as a spoiled brat, but she has a good heart. And a very sharp brain. Had she been a man, she would have made an excellent Alpha.”
Jake agreed with that. Eliza was smart and more politically minded than any woman he had ever known. She was also more than intelligent enough to know that Jake didn't want to be mated to her. He sighed ruefully.“Things are fine. I am meeting her for dinner tonight.” He replied.
“Great,” Richard's face lit up.” I wondered if you could move the ceremony to the next full moon. I feel like I don't have much time.”
Jake felt as though he had just been punched in the chest. The next full moon was in 15 days.
“Fine. I'll have the arrangements changed.”
Jake had been into 'Sicily' several times. It was his favourite Italian restaurant. His eyes shifted, and his wolf growled at the fact that the woman sitting opposite to him wasn't the woman it wanted as a mate.
Eliza looked up at Jake. He was attractive, powerful, and would help her achieve what her father wanted. If he didn't keep her satisfied, she'd find someone else. She had long ago learned that it was easy to manipulate men. Especially powerful men who thought too much of themselves and their skills.
She smiled and batted her eyes at him. “I've heard the news. We are going to mate early, it's good as I would be going into heat soon. Aren't you excited?”
“Yeah, very excited,” Jake replied, staring at her.'Good,' she thought, 'he may not like me but at least he had the right answer, and maybe he's not as immune to my charms as I thought.'
Then she lifted one foot out of her spiked heel and ran a toe up his calf, along his thigh, and stroked the bulge in his pants, before letting it come to rest on the seat between his legs. She smiled through her disappointment when he didn't reach out and touch her, considering the obvious invitation.“Just get me the usual," he said to the waitress who had just arrived. His tone was curt, and he was rewarded with a pouty, angry look on Eliza's face. Then he reached down and moved her foot out of his lap.“Would you like to order, mam?” The pretty waitress asked, turning to Eliza.“Yes,” she answered. The sexy vixen tone dropped from her voice. “ Bistecca Alla Fiorentina and some more wine please,” She said curtly.
She waited for the waitress to leave, then turned to look at Jake.
“Jake, so this how it's going to be for the rest of our lives ?” She tilted her head haughtily and raised her eyebrows in a resting bitch face, which looked entirely unattractive on her pretty face.
He sighed heavily and leaned back in his chair, meeting her gaze with an equally cold stare. “How's what going to be?”
“Us. Are you going to hate me forever for getting stuck with me?”
He stared at her cautiously. Her tone said that she didn't care if he was disinterested, just curious.
“Hate is too strong a word. Last I checked, you didn't want to be doing this either.”
“Maybe not, but I'm at least trying my best to make this relationship work. You, on the other hand, are being a total asshole. If you think that I'm going to spend my whole life attached to a guy who won't even look at me. And look elsewhere for the company, then you're sorely mistaken.” Her eyes held a strong warning as she spoke.“Eliza, you are being dramatic. Let me be frank with you. We are in this situation because I owe your dad too much to say no. This is how it is. It's just a convenient arrangement. You either live with it or drop this entire charade.” He scowled in annoyance.Eliza realized all too suddenly that she was about to get stuck in a forced monogamous relationship with an Alpha who wasn't the least bit interested in her. He was just repaying her father.“Fine, what about heirs? We'll have to get legitimate heirs eventually.” She raised a perfectly arched eyebrow.“We'll deal with that when the time comes.” He mumbled. A few bottles of whiskey would be enough to get him to do the act when she would be in heat. He presumed. She wasn't unattractive, and he was a man, after all. It only served to remind him of why his mating was necessary. It would strengthen his numbers and keep his borders friendly.
Destiny was running swiftly, she raced through the forest, the night was warm but pleasant. She felt happy and free, something she had not felt in a long time. The starry sky and full moon lit the way, showing the path that would take her to her favourite place…the lake.As she approached it, a new scent reached her, drawing her wolf's attention. She decreased her pace to a gentle trot. She was trying to understand what was so enticing about this scent that caught her wolf's attention.“What…” She moaned as her body reacted, “is that scent?”Nearby, a twig snapped and Destiny swung around. Moving out of the woods was the biggest wolf she had ever seen. His silky coat was coal-black. The scent of pine and maple floated towards Destiny, the wolf inside her howled with desire. He was magnificent; everything about him shouted power and authority. Bright gold eyes followed her
The next time, Destiny's bedroom door opened. Her father stormed inside carrying a ridiculously lacy pink dress. “You got thirty minutes to make yourself presentable,” he snarled. “Do not disobey me, or I'll haul you to Johan in whatever state you are in. Take a shower and get ready. Don't even think. Of escape, just in case.” She eyed that hateful dress. An overwhelming need to rip to pieces, cut it into tiny little shreds was hard to ignore. She noticed her claws had lengthened. Taking a deep breath, she forced herself to leave the damn dress alone. Her father's threat rang clearly in her mind. Moving slowly to the bathroom, she finally gave up hope. There was no escape, no way to stop what her father planned. She would have to marry Johan, become his mate, and pray to Luna he wasn't as bad as she had heard. * * * * Her door opened, it was her mother this time who had come to help her get dressed in that god-awful dress.
The White Claw Compound. As Destiny walked inside, fear never once left her heart, especially as the pickup came to a stop. She was trembling again, her eyes even shook in terror as the two guards got out of the car. She had been picked up from the riverside. She had managed to reach the White Claw territories but had no idea how to proceed further. She was shivering in a bush when the guards spotted her. When she told them who she was, they replied. Her grandmother was expecting her. “Go park the truck, Conroy,” The leader of them told him, who nodded and went to go park it, “Marco, Emanuel, let's go.” They both nodded and followed him into the compound. Destiny struggled to keep up with them. They had provided her with a dry pair of track pants and a tee. Not having many other choices, she meekly followed them. As they passed the homes—which seemed to make a small town on its own—she smelt and saw other wolves males, females
Jake stalked toward the elk, his body remaining low as he hid behind a bush, so his black fur wouldn't be noticed. Before the bull could even look up and take stock of things happening around him. Jake charged at it, seizing it by its throat with his strong jaws. It let out a fearful and indignant cry right before Jake's jaws tightened on its throat further and sharply twisted his head, breaking its neck with the momentum; its body fell almost soundlessly into the snow. He looked around before indulging in his fresh kill. In truth, Jake didn't need to be hunting this far north in the pack territory, but he needed to clear his mind, and going on long runs and occasional hunts were the release his wolf needed. For the past week, he's been having recurring dreams and restlessness. That made his wolf go wild with want, desperate for something. He had thought about taking a few of his pack females to bed. They would be willing to do that. But he had decided not to date hi
"There you go, it won't leave a mark." The kind doctor said to Destiny as he applied an ointment on her wound."Thank you," she smiled at him."So you are a new arrival?" Dr Connery asked casually."Yeah, things were not very good in my previous pack. I had to run away," she said biting her lips.He gave her a sympathetic look," which pack are you from?""The silver Cresent."Dr Connery raised an eyebrow and stared at her, she remained him of her. Could she be.......?"Well now you are here, so forget your worries and come to me if you get bashed up again." He grinned at her.*********"I need to apologize to you for the mishap," Sam started to say.Annoyed, Eliza cut him off. "No, you don't. Why should you have to apologize?"Then she added, "where is he?""Jake has gone for some important pack business," Sam s
The girl turned to face him, and Rodney's sucked in his breath. He had been watching her from afar since she had walked up from the alley. Putting his plans in motion to separate her from her friends.She was worth the effort, her olive complexion was flawless and the layers of thick shoulder-length hair framed a lovely heart-shaped face. Her amber eyes were intoxicating and beautiful, flecked with specks of brown.'Howl' Had been a thriving nightclub downtown for years. It was nightlife frequented by many humans as well as supernaturals. Even the neighbouring packs often visited it. She was a wolf, but surprisingly, he had never seen her before.“Who are you?” the beauty asked, her eyes slightly widened with either surprise or fear, he wasn't sure what.“Rodney White,” He introduced himself.“Destiny, Parr, and what makes you think I have any problem which needs to be rectified?” She
The silence in the elevator was deafening. Destiny titled her head and looked at the man who was supposedly her mate.Mine. Her beast snarled. Mine.No, he can't be our mate, he is an Alpha who is already engaged. You must be mistaken, she argued with her wolf.“What is your name?” He asked her, his expression as hard as before.“Destiny, Destiny Parr.” She replied. Her wolf's agitation had increased tenfold.“That's an odd name,” he commented.“Sorry, if my name is not up to your liking, I can do nothing about it.” She retorted.And she is mouthy as well. He thought.When Jake had reached 'Howl' he was talking to a few bouncers when he got the whiff of her scent. It was very faint as if she had just brushed past them. Curious, he had followed the trail and found her talking to Rodney, he instantly knew she was his. Irrespective of his cur
Destiny's grandmother walked out of the kitchen, the fluffy soft brown robe cocooned her body complimented her fair complexion. “Destiny, I wasn't expecting you back until later, did something happen? Are you alright?” “It was nice, but I was tired so left early,” Destiny replied, she was still reeling from the effect of that kiss. Everything happened so quickly, she barely got time to register anything. Why did Jake kiss her? Did he feel the same pull? How was it possible? “How did you return?” Rebecca asked casually. “Jake dropped me home.” Rebecca dropped the towel she had been holding. “Alpha Jake?” Destiny nodded. “How? Where you in trouble?” “No, he just offered to do so because I guess he realized I am new here, so won't be having many friends.” Destiny lied. “That sounds like Jake, he is very kind and noble.