Thea slept for hours and it was late afternoon before she finally awoke. She laid there in a strange bed trying to come to terms with the way her life had changed. "When I moved here for a new life, I didn't mean it literally," she grumbled before she stretched. There was nothing she could do about it so she might as well embrace what the fates decreed for her life. She crawled out of bed and ran the brush Sage had loaned her through her hair. She definitely needed to go to her home and get some things for her extended 'holiday'. That was what she would tell her family in order to keep them from worrying about her. She knew if her papa thought she was in trouble he'd fly out there and that would be bad. She wasn't sure if she could tell her family what she was now, and she didn't want to put any of them in danger.
Her stomach growled to let her know it was very unhappy with her for sleeping so late and she left the room in search of the kitchen and something to eat. The Marrok told her, when he showed her to the guest room, that she was welcome to anything in the kitchen when she got hungry and Thea was taking him up on that.
She was humming to herself as she cooked pasta and chicken when she heard someone approach. She hadn't met Bran's mate the night before at her joining ceremony and no one thought to warn her about how abrasive Leah could be.
Leah found the new wolf in her kitchen and her eyes narrowed. "What do you think you're doing?" she asked, an edge to her voice.
Thea glanced over at the woman before returning her attention to the stove. "Hello. I'm fixing something to eat. Would you like some?" she asked pleasantly.
"No, I wouldn't, and you are getting out of my kitchen right now," Leah replied. She was pissed the woman was so disrespectful and dismissive. It was time to put the little bitch in her place.
Thea frowned, "The Marrok told me I could help myself to anything in here. I'm hungry so I'm taking him up on that."
Leah growled. "I said get out of my kitchen." When the woman still didn't cower in front of her Leah frowned. Then her eyes widened. "Oh my god, there's another one of you?" she snarled and stormed off. She went right to her mate's study and barged in on him. "I want that... thing out of my house," she shrieked.
Bran just looked at her. That was all he needed to do. "The new wolf will remain here until it's safe for her on her own. You will just have to get used to her being here."
"Why do you hate me so much?" Leah asked and stomped off to her rooms. When she got there she slammed the door and locked it.
Bran sighed and shook his head. There were times when his mate grated on his nerves, like now, but she served a purpose. She kept the beast at bay, so he put up with her attitudes.
"I want that... thing out of my house!"
Thea froze at those words. The venom in the other woman's voice stung. She didn't even know her, how could she have caused such hatred? She plated her food but left it on the counter for the moment and went down the hall to Bran's study. She paused at the closed door for a moment to get her emotions under control before she knocked.
When Bran heard the knock he knew who it was. "Come in, Thea," he said. He was certain the woman was going to offer to leave in order to keep peace between he and his mate.
Thea swallowed and opened the door. "I'm sorry to disturb you. I couldn't help but hear what she said and... I don't want to cause trouble between you and your mate. I could.. stay somewhere else."
"You aren't. Leah isn't used to others being in the house and she has an... unusual reaction to Omegas." He didn't go into detail about it. He knew her dislike came from the fact she couldn't force an Omega to bend to her will. “She'll adjust, and you are not going to stay elsewhere. You are a guest in my home. Don't worry about her. How are you feeling?" he asked, taking the opportunity to check on her well-being.
"Honestly? Strange. It's funny, I moved to Montana for a new life after my marriage ended and I got a whole lot more than I bargained for. But the way I see it, I have two options, right? I either accept and embrace who I am now, or I fight it and probably end up dead. I like living too much for the second option."
"That's very practical." He was impressed.
"Thank you. It's what got me through it when I found out my ex-husband was a cheating bastard. It also helped me to nail his balls to the floor, figuratively speaking, and take him for every penny I could get."
Bran almost chuckled at that. "I think you will do just fine in our world Thea. Now, please, go enjoy your meal. A hungry wolf, especially a newly changed one, can be very dangerous. Sage will be here soon to get you, I'm sure."
Thea nodded and left. She was quiet as she ate, her mind going over all that had happened. It drifted to Asil and she smiled a bit. He was different. She couldn't put her finger on what it was that intrigued her so much but she was looking forward to seeing him again.
It took Asil a long time to fall asleep after he returned home that morning. His dreams were a confusing mix of Sarai and Thea overlapping each other. When he finally awoke though it was with a feeling of calm. He was certain Sarai had given her blessing for him yo let someone else in, someone she felt was worthy of him. That didn't mean he was ready to, or even that he would, but feeling like he had her blessing calmed him. His mind played over the events of the night before. He was intrigued by the young woman and told himself it was just because she was an Omega. He wasn't interested in her. He'd had a mate, she was gone, he didn't want another. If he told himself that enough he might actually believe it.