The truck picked up rocks and dust as Clayton and Angel pulled away from the pack house. The heavy, shoulder baring stares of the pack burned him.
They were all curious as to why their alpha had been courting a female around the pack grounds. He didn’t blame them for looking and questioning.
Artemis’s body tensed, his muscles tightened as the truck disappeared from his view.
This wasn’t right, it didn’t feel right to him. He was constantly battling with himself of the decision to keep her or send her away. That part that still clung to Emily urged him to rid himself of the female he was currently battling his feelings for, while the part of him that craved the soft touch of this female urged him to wrap her in his arms and never let her go.
He was ready to throw his head back and howl out his frustration.
“Alpha is everything ok?” Malcom asked coming up to stand beside him.
Artemis pinched the bridge of his nose and counted to ten before looking over at the Delta, “Yes, perfectly fine, Malcom”.
The delta cleared his throat and cast his intelligent eyes to the ground, “If you don’t mind me saying so alpha, but I don’t believe you.” Artemis’s steel gray eyes darkened and he took an intimidating step forward, Malcom sunk his head even lower showing his respect, showing him he didn’t mean any true harm by his comment, “I think the female is good for you. I think she’s what you need and I think a part of you knows that which is why you’re still standing here in the driveway”
Giving a grunt in response he stood there staring after her.
The longer he stood there the more his agitation increased. His wolf paced back and forth, swinging its head in irritation.
A primal possessiveness roared through his veins.
He was surprised at himself, no longer truly disgusted, just surprised, the last time he’d felt anything like this had been with Emily. The only female he’d ever been possessive over was her.
However now, Angel was the cause of the violent churn of emotions.
“She’s going to reach the highway before you can get to her” Malcolm spoke before stepping away and walking towards a group of young male wolves.
Artemis squeezed his eyes shut, she was leaving him. He’d thought this was the best solution but everything inside of him was screaming at him at how wrong this was.
He cared about her, he wanted to protect her, he wanted her for himself. He’d kill any male that set their paws on her.
With that thought in mind, Artemis started out at a trot before running full force, disappearing into the tree line that ran beside the gravel road that she’d disappeared down.
Malcolm watched his alpha, he smiled knowingly before turning back to the young wolves.
Artemis ran even as his body began to shift. He wouldn’t and couldn’t stop, time was an essence. He needed to catch up to the truck before they hit the highway. If she made it back to her pack before he got to her, the young pompous alpha would never let her go again.
For the first time in five years, the change hurt. As his muscles strained and his bones broke he continued to push himself forward. His spine lengthened, the sharp edge driving through the skin around his butt. Misty gray fur broke through his skin. His jeans fell into shreds along the forest floor.
Sweat dripped across his back and face moments before they both became covered with thick heavy fur.
As his jaw stretched, painfully dislocating, the final stages of the shift swept across his body before he landed heavily on four paws.
With his entire body burning he raced through the trees, keeping the gravel road in sight.
The sound of tires against the gravel met his ears and he knew he was pushing his luck. They were only a little over a mile away from the turn off that would lead them onto the highway. His tail flew back and forth as he pushed himself faster, muscles burning from the change he ground his teeth together continuing forward.
The tail end of the blue truck came into view, he didn’t have much time. He quickly caught up and ran past them. Without truly thinking, something he’d never done in his entire life, he bolted from the tree line and jumped into the middle of the road.
He braced his body, digging his claws into the ground. His steel eyes met Claytons whose narrowed on his unmoving form. His lips moved and Artemis could only guess that he’d cursed like a sailor before the rough sound of the brakes skid the truck across the gravel, stopping only an inch or two away from his body.
He could hear the loud thundering of her heart and he knew he’d made the wrong choice. He’d scared her.
Artemis shook his fur and began to change before coming to a stand in front of the truck. Clayton opened the drivers side door before walking over to him. Artemis’s wolf bristled as the beta was grumbling beneath his breath, an aurora of hot anger surrounding him.
Lifting his head Artemis started the beta down, he liked Clayton, he was a great beta and loyal wolf but should he overstep his boundaries, Artemis would have no problem putting him in his place.
Clayton was smart enough to keep his eyes trained on the forest behind Artemis , his fists were clenched tightly at his sides, “That was stupid” he bit out, “You could have seriously hurt her!”
Artemis snarled feeling his entire body puff up shouting out his dominance, “I would never harm her”
A wild look entered the alphas eye, one Clayton hadn’t seen since the passing of his mate. Choosing his words carefully he said, “Did she forget something?” He said throwing his hands up in exaggeration.
Artemis breathed deep, the soft scent that was Angel filtered from the truck as she opened the door and he felt himself beginning to calm down. The anger disappeared. He watched her walk her way towards him, stopping two arm lengths away from him, she was keeping her distance from him and he didn’t like it. Not one bit.
Did you forget something?” She asked planting her hands on her hips, her green eyes glinting up at him.
“Yes” Artemis moved quickly, suddenly in front of her, his chest pressed against hers, his cock stirred and thickened against her silk clad thigh. His hand gripped the back of her head and pulled her to him.
He listened as she inhaled sharply before he brushed his lips against hers softly, he was afraid he’d hurt her if he unleashed all the pent up energy he had from running to her. Her lips moved back against his, and he knew right then and there that she felt more than simply “caring” for him.
How did he know? Because as much as he’d run from it and had denied it, he felt it too.
It was an unexpected beautiful surprise and the female before him was someone he would be proud to call his mate.
He could smell her arousal and if Clayton hadn’t been standing a few feet away he would have taken her against the side of the truck, or in the back of the bed. Either way, he was once again itching to be inside of her.
“This can’t happen” she said even as she continued to kiss him back.
“Yes it can” he murmured against her lips.
“I won’t be able to stop myself” she whispered.
“From what?” He questioned even though his gut told him he already knew what she was going to say.
She pulled back, her eyes stared up into his, and he wondered if he’d ever get used to looking into her beautiful green eyes.
“From falling for you”
Heart thundering like a herd of wild horses he gazed down at her, “I’m ok with that”
Did you know that it was physiologically proven that it only takes four minutes to fall in love?
It may have taken him almost a month to realize it even though he’d only been in her presence a short while, he had to admit that he did in fact love her.
“You’re sure?” She said quietly.
He gave a sharp nod and pulled her flush against him before taking her mouth once more. She let out a soft moan into his mouth and he growled a warning against her lips.
“We have eyes on us” he said as she looked at him in bewilderment before she flushed a deep red and peeked over his shoulder at Clayton.
“Yeah, hey, I’m still here”
“Unfortunately” Artemis grumbled gathering Angel against his body, making his way to the truck.
“Where the hell am I supposed to go?!”
“You could have shifted and ran back”Artemis said shrugging setting Angel into the middle seat. He didn’t particularly like setting her next to Clayton, but seeing as he stood buck naked he figured it’d be better that he didn’t sit naked next to the male.
Clayton scoffed and slid into the driver’s seat, he glanced at them before shaking his head and turning the car around.