Mark me part 1
It all made sense now, why Jade was so skittish and afraid of the high-ranked, and how the rogues had moved around the compound. They had been searching for her, I was sure of it. The way the rogue had tried to make her submit, instead of just attacking her. It made me furious.
My wolf was pacing and growling inside my head. I took all I had to keep him contained.
“How long has this been going on?” I asked, gritting my teeth and balling my fists, trying not to explode with rage. I knew Luke was holding something back.
“About six months, but there hasn’t been any indication that they were targeting anyone specific. It’s just been one rogue at a time in different locations around the border every full moon.” he replied, contemplating.
“And it didn’t occur to you that the regularity could mean it was methodical?” I spat. I was about to lose my composure. How could he be so stupid.
“I’ve been preoccupied with pack business” he replied, defensively.
“What in hell could be more important than keeping your pack safe?” I barked. He was making lame excuses and it was pissing me the fuck off.
He didn’t reply. He just stood there with his arms crossed over his chest.
“This is poor prioritizing, Alpha, and you know it! You better get your head out of your ass and deal with it!” I roared at him. “If this is your cousin’s doing, you will need to put him down!”
“We have no proof that he is the one organizing this!” he snapped.
“You need to open your fucking eyes, Luke. The evidence is right in front of you!” I snapped.
“You’re right. It’s just hard to imagine he would go this far.” he said looking defeated.
“I get that. But you have to stop him, for good this time.” I said, my voice calmer this time. “This time they found her, and I doubt they will wait for the next full moon to come for her again.” I put my hand on his shoulder and squeezed. “Gather your warriors, we’re going to rip the head of this snake once and for all.” I continued as I turned to walk to my room.
He nodded and walked towards his office.
After I’d had a few hours of sleep and Luke had some time to come up with a plan, we all met up behind the pack house. Fifty warriors were lined up in front of us. My crew, Luke’s beta Gregory and the lieutenants stood at the front. Luke’s voice bellowed over the crowd.
“We suspect that a group of rogues have joined together to target one of ours. We can keep putting down the ones that come too close, but to stop this once and for all, we have to get the leader.” he said, glancing at me.
“Patrols will be doubled along the borders. Clarke will be in charge of the Patrol rotations, see him after to get your schedules. The rest will be split into two groups. One will be on tracking with me during the day, and the other will be with Alpha Alaric during the night. We will not stop until this threat is eliminated!” he shouted.
Everyone howled in agreement.
My group and I were moving out at 8 pm, but before then, I had to see Jade. I wanted to spend as much time with her as I could.
I was unsure if I should tell her what was going on. It might be too much for her, but then again, she wouldn’t know to be extra careful if she didn’t know everything. I debated my options as I walked up the steps to her house.
I knocked on the door and waited.
I was sat on the couch with a book, when there was a knock on the door. I rarely got any visitors, so I was a bit startled.
I tip-toed to the door to peek out the side window. Alaric was standing on my porch with a worried look on his face. I cracked the door open.
“Alaric, what are you doing here?” I asked, standing in the doorway, trying to block his view inside.
“I needed to see you.” he replied softly, trying to mask the worry in his eyes.
“Oh, um, did you want to go somewhere?” I asked nervously.
“I just need to talk to you. Honestly, I’m a little tired, so I was hoping we could just stay here.” he replied, his voice hopeful.
“Eh he, I’m afraid my home isn’t quite up to the standard you’re used to”. I replied, sheepishly.
“I came to see you, not to evaluate your home.” he said, sincerity in his eyes. I sighed and opened the door wider. He walked inside and turned to me. “Where do you want to sit and talk?” he asked.
I walked to the couch and he followed. He looked massive in my small love seat. We were sat sideways, facing each other, his knee grazing mine.
My eyes widened and I abruptly stood up. “Oh my goddess, forgive me! I forgot to offer you something to drink! How incredibly rude of me! I’m so sorry!” I exclaimed.
He chuckled and shook his head. “Kitten, if I get thirsty, I will ask you for a drink. Unless you’re thirsty yourself, just sit down with me.” he said calmly, reaching for my hand. I let him pull me down onto the sofa. He caressed my hand in his while looking at me. He reached to cup my face with his other hand, and I leaned in to his touch.
“You are the most stunning creature I have ever laid my eyes on.” He whispered with a wide, heartwarming smile on his face.
I blushed and turned my head away. His fingers gently guided my face back towards him.
My heart was beating out of my chest and heat was spreading over my body. I looked into his eyes and saw nothing but love and adoration.
I leaned my cheek back into his hand again. He stroked it with his thumb, instantly making me relax. His breaths were getting heavier and I could smell his arousal. He slowly moved closer, until our faces were mere centimetres apart.
“May I please kiss you?” he whispered.
My heart skipped a beat as I closed my eyes and sucked in a sharp breath.
“Yes!” I whispered. All my fears evaporated with his touch.
He moved closer, letting his lips gently touch mine. My breath hitched as he moved his other hand to cup my face fully. He finally gave in and pressed them against mine. My hands moved on their own, touching his chest. He started moving his lips. It made my body tingle and heat spread through me.
He moved one of his hands down to the small of my back, and gently urged me to move closer. I slowly straddled him. He moved his arm further around my back, holding me close, as his other hand moved up my neck and his fingers dug in to my hair.
The kiss was bewitching, making my body react in a way I'd never felt before. I was on fire. I wanted more, I needed him closer.
He was almost shaking underneath me, clearly restraining himself. I moaned into the kiss as I felt his hard bulge press against my aching core.
He tightened his hold on me and slipped his tongue in my mouth. I moved my hand down his throat to his chest, feeling his solid pecks and his heart pounding against my hand. He let out a groan and slowly started moving his hips, generating friction between out aching sexes.
I pulled back from the kiss and threw my head back, panting heavily.
He kissed down my neck as he moved his hand from my back, up my side, until his thumb touched the underside of my breast.
“Can I touch you?” he whispered in my ear. I reached my hand up to run my fingers through his hair.
“Yes!” I whimpered. He slid his hand over my breast, kneading it gently over my cloths, making sparks jolt through my body.
I started pulling at his t-shirt. He leaned forward so I could pull it off, before he pulled off mine. He unhooked my bra and it fell to the floor, as he dived for my breasts. He cupped one in each of his hands. He put one of my nipples in his mouth and started swirling his tongue around it.
“Fucking immaculate” he groaned as he switched sides. He let them go and went back for my lips. His arms came around me and he pulled me to his chest. It all felt so amazing, I wanted to melt in to him. Never in my life had I felt like this.
I wanted to devour him, or him to devour me, I didn’t care.
“Let me mark you Jade.” he growled in my ear.