The L Word
I flickered my eyes open.
Was I still dreaming? I glanced over to see Marcus laying next to me, shirt-less, looking sexy as hell with his ruffled hair. He was already looking in my direction, his dark hazel eyes twinkling in the sunlight that seeped through my bedroom window.
“Morning beautiful.” His deep voice was like music to my ears. I guess I wasn’t dreaming after all.
“Oh my god, what time is it? Did we really sleep in this late? Look I’m sorry for-”
“No.” He placed his hand on my arm immediately bringing sparks to my skin.
He was so big that I could hear all the small creaks in my bed. It was on the brink of breaking and I’m sure an Alpha sized were-wolf was going to send it over the edge.
“Hunter, I’ve never had a night like that.” His smile lit up, but his comment confused me. Did we have sex last night? I don’t recall doing anything, only talking for hours.
I furrowed my eyebrows, “What do you mean? Us just talking? Look, I’m sorry I didn’t want to… you know…”
“No- I mean… That’s exactly what I mean. Us just talking.” He chuckled.
Yes, we didn’t get physical, but I was still extremely attracted to him. He was sprawled out in my bed, half naked with his bare tattooed chest and impeccable physique that always kept my eyes wondering. I tried my best to not make it obvious with my starring, but I would usually catch him doing the same thing.
“I feel the same way, but I have to be honest with you Marcus. I never imagined myself wanting to be with a werewolf. No offense… it’s just-” I couldn’t finish. I didn’t want to soil the moment now; I would have to just tell him in time.
“It’s ok, no offense taken.” He gripped onto my hand. I wasn’t sure if he wanted to press me more on the subject, but he probably got the vibe I didn’t want to talk about it.
“This was fun, we should do this again. I haven’t stayed up talking about nothing in forever.” I was telling the truth about that statement. I never let my guard down, I practically told him my life story last night, but it felt so natural.
“The only thing I have to do now is get your brother on my side.” I felt Marcus’s hand trail on the side of my arm down to my thigh causing me to shiver.
“He’s a handful. You will see.”
“Well, I’ll have to try my best then.” His hand finally reached the middle of my thigh and I squirmed from the excitement.
What was this man doing to me? I felt like a horny schoolgirl around him and my hormones were being pushed into overdrive.
“Good-luck.” I could barely get the words to come out of my mouth. I wanted him so badly.
“I think I need to take you out. On an actual date this time.”
“Sure, that’ll be fine.” I tried focusing on something else, but his mere presence was making it hard to even concentrate.
“Tell you what, I got a meeting later this evening, let me pick you up after and we can go to dinner. Somewhere nice.”
I finally snapped back to reality when he mentioned going out. I was so busy, I had training with Coach tomorrow morning, but how could I deny going out with him?
“Sounds like a plan.” I smiled back as I thought about how tired I was going to be the next day.
“Oh, and by the way when is your big day?”
My heart skipped of a beat. Did he know about the fight?
“Big day?” I chuckled, “What on earth are you talking about?”
“You’re gig, you said you play guitar?” He laughed, “you know that guitar?” He pointed to my old acoustic guitar collecting dust in the corner of my room.
“Ohhh, that? Right, hah, I almost forgot.” I tried playing dumb, but I was just lying again. Why did I have to lie so much to Marcus? Did I fully trust him?
“Wow Hunter, you have a performance, and you can’t remember the date?! I defiantly have to come watch now.” He continued chuckling and I joined in. I really was out of my fucking mind.
“But I hope it’s not next weekend, I got something going on at work…”
Suddenly, a light bulb went off in my head. That was the tournament weekend. This was perfect! I can get out of this predicament without telling the whole truth.
“That’s too bad! I’m playing on Saturday. Darn!” Deep down I was jumping for joy. After this weekend I’m starting fresh with Marcus. No more lies.
“Hmm, well. I guess next time then.” He sounded disappointed, but it was for the best.
“Marcus, one more thing. I haven’t been fully honest with you.”
I felt his strong hand grab mine again, squeezing tightly.
“No, I need to tell you. The reason I’ve been so distant, even when we first met… I was scared of you. Well not fully scared, but I had a bad run in with…” I couldn’t finish my sentence; I was too scared I was gong to tell him everything about Alpha James.
I sighed, “Yes. I’m sorry, I don’t like talking about it, but it’s all in the past. I really like you Marcus. I don’t care what you are, I don’t care at all. Even if you are the most 'werewolf' person I have ever met.” There was a moment of silence as we both gazed into each other eyes.
I felt his hand touch my cheek bone as it trailed down my chin. My body lit up as I felt his warmth, I never felt so safe with someone in my whole life. I finally felt like I had solid walls around me and it was all because of Marcus.
“Hunter…I’m sorry, I had no idea…” I could hear the anguish in his voice. “My only regret is not being there to protect you.” His hand slowly made its way back down my arm causing my hair to stand up. My heart was racing, and I remained still, enjoying every sensation as he moved down my body. “I would never let anything happen to you Hunter; I would die a thousand times over for you. This city, its full of darkness and you are the light that I finally found. Since the day we met I couldn’t stop thinking about you and for a long time, I didn’t think I was worthy to have someone like you.” His voice deepened, “I don’t deserve someone like you.”
I paused, I didn’t know what to say.
“Are you crying?” He wiped the tears off my cheek.
“Oh? That?” I wiped the remaining wetness with my forearm. I chuckled at myself for not realizing that I was tearing up.
“You caught me off guard.” I sniffed.
“Caught you off guard?”
“You know my whole life has been one tragedy after another. Another crappy apartment after another. I knew money wouldn’t make me happy. Nothing did... Nothing did until I knocked your drink over.”
We paused momentarily, locking eyes with one another, then suddenly we both erupted in laughter.
“OH MY GOD Hunter. You really are a god-send.” He squeezed my hand tighter and I felt him starting to lean in. My lips were already pursed, ready to make contact with his soft lips when suddenly, there was knocking at my door.
“Shit, its probably Troy.” I whispered.
Why couldn’t Troy just wait a little longer?!
“Hunter, I’m coming in.” Troy's voice came from the other side of the door.
“Fine, COME IN.” I sat up in my bed to make it look less awkward.
Troy didn’t like the idea of me being with a werewolf, let alone waking up in bed half naked with one, but he’s going to have to deal with it.
“Uh,” Troy stood at the doorway, his eyes squinting like he just woke up. It was nice to see him not hungover and just ‘regular’ tired. He ran his hand through his scalp as he awkwardly stood in the doorway, keeping his eyes to the floor to avoid the sight of us on my bed.
“Hunter, did you order a new sink?” He asked.
“What are you talking about?” I knew the sink was broken, but it literally just happened.
“I ordered that. You can bring them in to install it.” Marcus quickly glanced at his phone as he got out of bed.
“Oh-” Troy stumbled away, dumbfounded about what was going on, then I heard him speaking to the people at the door.
“What the hell Marcus!? Are you serious?” My mouth hung open. I was shocked, no one has ever done anything like this before.
“You can’t live like this - no offense Hunter. This place, is well, if I can be honest…” Marcus glanced around with raised eyebrows.
He chuckled, “Yes, and YOU NEED A SINK.”
“I can’t accept this, how much does this cost? How on earth did you order this so quickly?”
“No, NOT NESSESARY, and I pulled a few strings and got them to rush the order.”
I raised my eyebrows, “Are you sure? Usually when someone does me a favour, I have to return it ten-fold.”
Suddenly, I felt his hand grasp onto my shoulder as he sat back down on the bed. “Hunter, for so long, I thought I was living for myself and my pack. NO ONE ELSE. And honestly… I never enjoyed dealing with humans.”
I turned my face in shame. Did he really think that about me, a human?
His hand cup under my chin, turning my face in his direction. It was like time was frozen, and it was only us living in the moment.
"No." He whispered.
His other hand squeezed my thigh sending goosebumps all over my body. My heart fluttered as his eyes focused solely on me, when finally, the words slipped out of his mouth.
“I love you Hunter.”