I was walking from college towards the Diner, drowned in my own thoughts. Drake was extremely quiet for the past two days. Our one month trial period would be ending in a week. Of course, our routine had not changed, but I saw him more and more spacing out. Whenever I asked about it, he simply shook his head and diverted the topic. Was he having second thoughts? Was he still not ready to accept me as his mate? My heart pounded heavily, whenever I had this thought. And I could not to concentrate on anything else.
Entering the Diner, I shook my head as if it would shoo away the tangles in my mind. But what I saw inside the Diner, did not help me either. I saw the very reason of my concerns sitting with Diana in there. Why was he so early? And Diana? She was literally glowing. What had he told her? Seeing me looking at both of them with a confused face, Drake chuckled and strolled towards me. My already confused mind, did not register this to react.
“You are not working today.”
“I asked Diana’s permission and she had granted a day off.”
My vocabulary had shrunk to one word questions.
“So that I can take you out today.”
What? Why? I looked at both Diana and Drake. Diana chuckled and shooed me out with Drake.
“What is happening?” I asked him.
Drake stood in front of me and held my both hands.
“I want to take you out for Dinner. And to roam around the park.”
Why? Was he trying to say Goodbye? I started panicking at the thought. Not able to bear another second of suspense, I turned towards Drake.
“What is it Drake? Do you want to tell something to me? Are you… Are you trying to say Good bye?”
My voice caught in my throat when I tried to say good bye. Drake looked at me with surprised eyes.
“What? Why do you think that?”
“You are not your usual self for the past couple of days. I thought…I thought…” I could not voice my thoughts. Why it was so difficult?
Drake turned so he is facing me now. He cupped my face with both his hands and looked deep in my eyes.
“Yes, I was not my usual self. That is not for saying good bye. I finally understood how lucky I am to get you as my mate. I could not imagine the future without you, and want to spend my life with you. But…”
“This is not my decision alone. You have to accept me and I was afraid about your answer. So will you accept me as your mate?”
I burst out into tears. Drake was shocked at my reaction.
“Rose? Are you not happy? Don’t you want me?” His pained voice made me cry harder.
I released my hands and started hitting him.
“You... I thought you did not want me and thinking on the ways to say good bye. You don’t have any idea, how that thought was killing me.” I sobbed between my words.
Drake was stunned for a minute and hugged me. His hug became tighter when I tried to move away. He stroked my hair till my cries were reduced to sobs.
“I am sorry.” I whispered in embarrassment.
“No, I am sorry. I made you worried unnecessarily.” He said softly.
I then remembered. I leaned back and looked at him.
“What are you doing in the Diner today?” I asked him.
Drake smiled and hugged me back.
“Let’s talk like this.” I smiled at his action.
“I went to tell Diana about asking you to accept me as your mate. She knew about us and was hoping that we will accept each other. She cares for you Rose. I want to get her blessing before talking to you.”
That’s why Diana was so happy today.
“Thank you.” I said.
His face turned serious again.
“Rose, Promise me that you will not disclose about us to anyone.”
“What? Are you not happy to be seen with me?” I was shocked in his statement.
“Not like that. Please listen. I am not only a warrior in my pack. I also do another work. I cannot tell that to you for now, except it is a dangerous one. It is my lifetime dream to have that job. If certain people knows that you are my mate, they will try to harm you to get me. I cannot live if I knew you are in danger because of me.”
“I cannot tell that right now. I want you in my pack so that you will be safe with me. After that I will tell you everything. Right now, the lesser you know, the safer it is.”
I nodded, as I didn’t have any choice.
“You still have one more year to finish. Can you move to my pack after? I know it will be difficult for us to be apart, and I will visit you as much as I can. I will be with you to achieve your dream.”
My eyes shimmered with unshed tears.
Drake tipped my face up and looked at me.
“Can I kiss you?” He asked in an eager tone.
I nodded with loss of words.
He bend his head down and pressed his lips softly with mine. I fluttered close my eyes. So this was how you felt, when someone kissed you, especially your mate. His kiss was soft, but deepened with passion.
“Thank you Sunshine.”
“Sunshine?” I asked in breathless tone.
“Yes, you are my sun to remove all the darkness in my heart and mind. My life became brighter after you came into it. You are my sunshine.”
“I like the name.”
“I am glad.”
“Which pack are you from?”
“Don’t you know?”
“Mmmhmmm…” I shook my head.
“I am sorry sunshine. I did not intend to hide. I thought you would have known already. It is…” Our conversation got hindered as his mobile ringed.
His face turned serious as he saw the screen and more serious once he attended the call.
“Can’t it wait?”
He asked to the other end. He sighed once he got a reply.
“I understand. Bye.” He cut the call and smiled at me apologetically.
“Sunshine, Looks like I need to leave this place earlier than expected.”
“When?” I knew he had to leave, but did to expect to be this early.
“In four days, this week end to be exact.”
So I had four more days with him.
“Let me guess. You other job?” I asked.
“Yes. I am sorry.”
“Don’t be. I don’t get it. But I will try to understand.”
He kissed me deeply again.
When you had found your soulmate, life took a drastic turn in a good way. We had the same routine in our lives. The only addition was his kisses or should I say addiction. I was getting used to that and eagerly looking forward to it every time.
He was dropping me to the college in the morning.
“I was thinking…”
“That’s too dangerous.” I laughed as he gave me a dead panned look. I lifted a hand in surrender.
“Anyway, I don’t think I can be away from you for a long time. We have a good college near our pack offering the veterinary course. It’s not a big one like this. Will you get transferred to there? So we can be together always.”
I brightened at his suggestion.
“Do you want me talk to the dean today?”
“It is a yes then.” He laughed happily. “But hold on. Let me talk to my brother and take necessary steps.”
I said bye to him and turned to go into the building. Drake pulled me by my wrist, and caged me between him and his car. He gave a deep kiss and only ended for us to catch our breaths.
“I am not complaining, but what was that for?” I asked still catching my breath.
“So the boys here know that this beautiful girl belongs to me.”
I shook my head with a smile at his answer. Men!!!!
I then waved at his car with a silly smile till he disappeared as a tiny spot.
“Wow! that was hot.”
I turned to see Leila standing nearby.
“Hey Leila.” I smiled at her.
“Is he your boyfriend?” She asked. I knew she was a sweet girl with no ill feelings. So I nodded at her.
“Yes, he is.”
“I am happy for you Rose. You two look good together.”
I smiled at her and went into the building. But why did I have this nagging feeling?