Marcus could barely contain his need for Eloise, she had said yes to being his bride and now they were sitting at the large family table in his parents’ house eating breakfast. He couldn’t wait for them to get home and he could carry her across the threshold of their home. He slipped his hand into her lap and settled between her thighs. His fingers caressed her through the leggings she was wearing and instantly he smelled her arousal. Her small hands grabbed him around the wrist and yanked, his hand slipped out from between her thighs and settled on her knee instead. He caught her eye and she gave him a pointed look, he knew if he behaved now he could have her anyway he wanted that night.
“I can smell how much you want me,” he whispered in her ear, he was rewarded with a deep blush spreading across her cheeks.
“I do, but that doesn’t give us the right to ruin everyone’s breakfast. They all want to spend time with us before we have to leave,” she replied. He knew she was right and shifting in his seat he tried to relieve the tightness in his pants.
“Ellie, how did Marcus propose?” Rita asked. Marcus watched Eloise freeze as she stuffed a bite of waffle into her mouth.
“Give the girl a chance to breathe, she doesn’t look like she ate much or slept at all last night,” Beth remarked, Marcus had to stifle a laugh as Eloise’s eyes widened in surprise. In truth, neither of them had gotten any sleep the night before, not that he regretted anything.
“Well he um…” she trailed off and he could see she was trying to explain how he’d proposed after their amazing love making.
“He told me how much I mean to him and his bear and how neither of them could bear to be parted from me. He called me talented and an amazing person, someone he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Then he asked me to marry him,” she said, he reached down and brought her left hand up to his, giving it a light kiss.
“How sweet, did you like the campsite? None of the men would tell us what it looked like or where it was,” Dana added.
“We were by the lake, he set the tent up and had fairy lights all around to light up the space. He made a fire and cooked foil wrapped dinners. After he proposed we ate and made smores, I roasted marshmallows and Marcus set up the graham crackers and chocolate. It was my first experience ever camping and I had a blast.” Everyone looked at her in shock, Marcus knew what was coming and braced himself for the onslaught of shocked comments.
“You couldn’t have had a better person to camp with. Marcus was our expert on camping,” Trip commented, this seemed to stop everyone from expressing their shock. He knew they didn’t think of him as romantic.
“That sounds lovely dear. What time is your flight out?” His mom deflected the conversation for which he was grateful.
“We need to leave in about an hour to reach the airport in time for our flight,” he answered.
“Then you two better get packing,” his mom told them, she made a shooing motion with her hand. He took that as their sign to escape the questioning and slip upstairs. Taking Eloise’s hand they left and went up to the room they’d been using for the duration of their trip.
“Everyone seemed happy for us,” Eloise commented when the door closed, Marcus wrapped her up in a tight hug and took a deep breath.
“Thank you for saying yes,” he whispered into her silky black hair, she had put it in a braid down her back before they’d come back to the house. He found it strangely sexy with her hair pulled away from her face.
“There was no doubt for me, you are my one and only.” She wrapped her arms around him and looked up, he could see the love she had for him shining in her eyes. He bent down and captured her lips in a sweet kiss, they didn’t have time for more.
“I love you Eloise,” he murmured against her lips.
“I love you too,” she replied and kissed him once more.
“We should pack,” he commented, not ready to let her go just yet.
“I suppose,” she answered, nuzzling her face into his chest. Standing there he felt content, his bear was calm. He held for several more minutes before reluctantly letting her go.
“We need to pack and say our goodbyes. My family is notorious for making me speed to get to the airport in time for my flight.”
“My mom can be the same way,” she added and he laughed. This beautiful woman was going to be his wife in less than three months. The only dark spot on an otherwise joyous occasion was William. How would he be able to take on William? Would William strike as soon as they returned home or would he wait? He needed to call Cody and find out if anything new came to light while they were here. As the thoughts consumed him, he watched Eloise move about the room in the same sort of trance. He could tell she was worrying about William and what would happen when they landed back in Virginia.
“Everything is going to be okay when we get home.” He tried to assure her, she gave him a half smile and he knew she didn’t truly believe him.
“Nothing is going to happen to you, I promise,” he told her, pulling her into a tight hug he kissed her passionately. Her small hands gripped his shirt and she held onto him. He plundered her mouth with his tongue, drawing a moan from her lips. Cupping her face with his hands he didn’t let up until he felt her body soften against his.
“Nothing is going to happen to you,” he said again, this time she gave him a knowing smile.
“I know, I am sorry if you thought I doubted you. I want this over and done with. I want to be able to focus on planning our wedding and being a teacher and bar tender.”
“You don’t have to be a bar tender anymore. We are getting married and your bills are my bills,” he reminded her. She blushed and nodded her understanding.
“The first thing we are doing is throwing your car off a cliff. I have several cars you can pick from to drive or we can buy you a brand new one, whatever you want,” he told her and she smiled even brighter.
“I only saw your truck.”
“You never went into the garage.”
“We were rather busy all week,” she commented and he laughed, remembering they’d spent the better part of their week alone in bed wrapped around each other.
“I promise we can do more of that when we get home.” Kissing her once more, he moved away to finish packing his clothing and gifts.
“I like that, what are your other cars?” she asked, bending over to pick up her shoes. He bit his lip, her ass was the most beautiful thing he’d seen.
“I own a small four door Honda and a Toyota SUV,” he replied, purposely turning away from her ass and finishing his packing.
“I’ll test drive both when we get back home. The snow must be gone by now.”
“Good idea, they are both black,” he remarked and caught a grimace on her face. Smiling, he remembered her car was a dark blue, maybe she would be happier with a blue car. He’d picked black because it was a sleek looking color.
“All done,” she announced, groaning she picked up her small bag. He knew she hadn’t expected to get any gifts and was shocked when the whole family each gave her a gift.
“Want to put some of that in mine? I always leave room for the gifts,” he offered. She nodded and opened her bag to hand him several of the gifts she’d been given. He packed them away and reaching over he took bag along with his.
“Let’s go and say our goodbyes.”
“I’m going to miss everyone, thank you for an incredible Christmas,” Eloise said, he bent down and placed a chaste kiss on her lips.
“You made it an incredible Christmas for me. I’ve never spent it with my mate before, I’ll never forget this week,” he told her, she smiled and kissed him once more. They walked down hand in hand to make their goodbyes. As Marcus predicted, it took well over forty-five minutes to say goodbye to his family. This in turn made them have to speed to get to the airport and onto their flight in time. Nothing would change with his family and he loved every minute of his time with them. He couldn’t wait for everyone to come out in March for their wedding.