My Forever... Truly? (BK3)

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Chapter 9

That evening, after supper, Ember drove herself and Ryker back to his house. When she shut the car off, Ryker turned and looked at her. She turned in her seat also, giving him her undivided attention.

“You will stay with me, won’t you, Ember?”

“I will if you want me to, and if it’s okay. You know, though, since your mom is human, she might not be agreeable to us… um, being together since we’re young and unmarried. At least not if she knows about us doing things,” Ember mentioned, her cheeks pink.

Ryker leaned over the console. “Then you’ll just have to be extra quiet, won’t you?”

“Ryker!” Ember squealed, her face flushing hotly.

Ryker chuckled as he opened his door. “My parents will be alright with it, Ember. My brothers will be more of a problem for us because they never learned what a closed door means.”

“Well, that could be embarrassing,” Ember mumbled as they met at the front of the car.

“Maybe it’s time I put a lock on my door then,” Ryker stated. Wrapping his arm around her, Ryker pulled her close for a kiss. The simple kiss soon heated up as her hands moved up Ryker’s back and under his shirt. He pulled back and quickly headed for the house. “Yep, definitely time for a lock on my door.”

Ember was still pink-cheeked and giggling when they walked inside.

“Someone sounds happy,” Dad said off to Ryker’s left.

Looking into the living room, Ryker saw his parents snuggled up against each other, looking as if they might have been doing a little making out themselves.

“We are,” Ryker agreed with a grin. “Ember and I are together again, we’ve found out we’re mates, and I’ve made up with Emerson. So, I also have both my friends back.”

“That’s good news, son,” Dad said. “We’ve already eaten, but your mom left you a plate.”

Ryker looked at Ember as he took a deep breath. Then turning to his parents, he said, “I’ve already eaten, but I was wondering if Ember could stay over?”

Ryker saw his dad smirk, but he said nothing. Ryker waited for his mom to speak.

“Oh, Ryker, I don’t know about that. I mean, I don’t consider myself a prude, but…” His mom looked a bit uncomfortable as she sighed. “It’s the way of the wolf, though, isn’t it?”

Dad laughed. “It is.”

“Then who am I to keep you two apart,” Mom muttered. “I’ll just… I’ll just start planning a wedding, hope the babies don’t come first, and…and learn to lie believably, just in case.”

Dad cocked an eyebrow at her. “Learn to lie?”

Mom huffed. “Yeah, for when my parents ask me what on earth possessed me to let my sixteen-year-old get an eighteen-year-old girl pregnant.”

Ember giggled and, with a red face, said, “Don’t worry, Aunt Anna, I promise to wait until Ryker’s out of school before I make him a daddy. I’m not ready to share him yet, even with our baby.”

Ryker’s dad snorted while his mom muttered, “Good to know.”

Ryker grabbed Ember’s hand. After telling his parent's goodnight, he pulled her to his room and closed the door behind them.

“Well, that went better than I thought it would,” Ember murmured as she and Ryker prepared for bed.

“Told you it’d be alright,” Ryker said, joining her on the bed.

Ember yawned.

“Sleepy?” Ryker asked.

“Yeah. That run last night took a lot out of me and today was a long day emotionally,” Ember answered as she snuggled into his side.

“I want to take you on a date, Ember. I know we were friends for a long time, but there are things we probably don’t know about each other anymore. I mean, it has been two years, and a lot of things could have changed.”

“Mm… we’ve both matured a bit.”

“I also thought we could go on a date as normal teens do. I’ve never been on one, but I hear others talk…” Ryder softly said.

“A date sounds nice, Ryker,” Ember agreed. “I’ve never been on one either.”

Ryker cleared his throat. Then, in a voice so soft she barely heard him, he said, “I want to wait… you know to mate with each other.”

Ember raised so she could see his face. “I’m fine with not rushing into it. However, would you mind telling me why you want to wait?”

Ryker lay, staring at the ceiling. “I’m hoping that meeting my mate will bring my wolf out, but I don’t know if it will.” His eyes met her. “I guess I just want to wait until I shift. Wait until I can mark you. You do know I can’t mark you until I shift.”

Ember kissed him. “I know, my baby, I know.” She took a deep breath. “Ryker, as omega, I don’t feel the push to mark and mate, not as a more dominate wolf would.” She cocked her head as she considered him. “You have enforcer blood; don’t you feel a possessive push to mark me?”

Ryker closed his eyes for a moment before opening them and holding her gaze. “I do. I want other wolves to know you’re mine. What I want doesn’t matter, though. I can’t mark you until I can shift.”

“Well, we have time, so no rush.”

Ryker smiled at her before he pulled her down for another kiss. “Sleep now.”

Ember curled up against him, her head snuggled up under his arm, and let sleep take her.

A date. Ryker was taking her out on a date tonight, and she was beyond excited.

“Mom, Mom, where are you!” Ember hollered as she bounced in the front door.

“I’m right here in the living room. My hearing works simply fine, so no need to holler at me,” Mom answered.

Ember walked in and plopped down on the couch next to her mom. “I can’t help it, Mom. I’m so excited because Ryker is taking me out on our first date tonight,” Ember explained as she hugged on a pillow. “He feels bad because I’ll have to drive, but I don’t care.”

Mom laughed as she put an arm around Ember and giving her a big hug. “I’m happy for you, Ember. A first date is special.”

Ember turned to find her mom staring into space and smiling. “Was it on the first date that Dad asked you to be his?”

Mom looked at her. “Yes, it was, and he made it incredibly special for me. I loved him then, and I love him so much more now. He’s still my forever valentine. But enough about me. Tell me, where are you going to go?”

“Well, it seems there is this new Mexican place downtown, and they have live music and dancing.”

Mom chuckled. “Ryker doesn’t remember how bad a dancer you are, does he?”

“Nope, and I’m not going to tell him,” Ember told her mom with a laugh. She jumped up and headed toward her room. “I’ve got to go figure out what I’m going to wear.” She stopped, turning back to her mom. “I’m not sure I have anything to wear.”

“When are you supposed to pick him up?” Mom asked.

“Oh, his mom’s bringing him here at five. He mumbled something about wanting to at least look as if he was picking up his date,” Ember answered with a giggle.

“Okay, so you have a couple of hours then. I think you have time to buy something if you need to. It’s only two o’clock,” Mom stated.

“Oh! Well, in that case, I’d better hurry,” Ember said before she raced to her room.

Ember did find something in her closet to wear, thankfully. She hadn’t been looking forward to doing last-minute shopping. She found, buried deep in her closet, a pair of lovely black dress pants and a royal blue silk blouse which she put on after her shower. Then she stood, turning this way and that way in front of her mirror.

The pants were snug across her bum, accentuating her firm shape, the tapered legs making her legs look longer. The blouse was waist length, had short cap sleeves and tiny pearl buttons. It was slightly fitted, so it made her bust line look a bit bigger than it was.

Ember decided on a pair of black flats, along with her pearl necklace and earrings. Then she pulled a bit of her long brown hair back in a clip on the back of her head. Her make-up was light and natural. All in all, she liked the way she looked and hoped Ryker would also.

“Ah, honey, you look lovely.”

Ember turned to find her mom and Dad standing in the doorway. She smiled as she smoothed a hand down her side. “Thanks. I hope Ryker agrees.”

“He will. Now you’ve only got a few minutes before…” Mom was cut off when someone knocked on the door.

“Someone is a bit impatient,” Dad said with a chuckle as he left to go answer the door.

“Good thing your brother is gone, or poor Ryker would get the third degree from both men in this family,” Mom whispered.

Ember giggled. “Yeah. Ryker doesn’t need that. He’s already nervous enough.”

“Well, let’s go see what your date looks like, shall we?” Mom asked.

Ember walked out of her room and down to where Ryker stood nervously next to her dad.

Ryker was wearing a nice button-up gray shirt with a black pair of dress slacks. He also seemed to have gotten a fresh haircut, shaved on the side, the top a bit longer. He’d gelled the top into a spiked, casual mess.

Walking over to him, Ember wrapped her arms around his waist, breathing in his cologne and natural scent. He smelled so good.

“You look really nice, Ember,” Ryker murmured, his voice deeper than usual.

Leaning back, she looked up into his eyes and smiled. “You do too, my baby. Are we ready to go?”

Ryker nodded as he glanced behind her, saying, “We won’t be too late.”

“Will you be staying here tonight?” Ember’s dad asked.

“Yes. My brothers are at a friend’s house, and Dad was going to take Mom somewhere, I think,” Ryker answered.

“Sounds like he’s distracting her from the fact that her oldest baby is going on his first date,” Ember’s dad commented with a chuckle.

Ryker shrugged. “Maybe. Anyway, we should go.”

Ember nodded, and with a good night to her parents, she walked out the door with Ryker.

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