Defended by a Jaguar (Mate Me book 4)

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Chapter 44

Georgia couldn’t believe Jordan killed his brother, but Scott deserved it. The warmth of Jordan’s jaguar changed to warm, powerful arms around her. She looked up to see Jordan naked wrapped around her.

“Jordan!” she cried this time her tears were of relief.

“Are you okay? Did he do anything to you?” Jordan demanded, pushing her back far enough to look her over.

“He was about to shoot me when Xander’s dragon head burst into the room. Scott emptied his gun out, trying to kill Xander. Is he okay?” she asked, looking around the room for the dragon.

“Dragon’s can’t be shot, their scales are too tough,” he explained, running his hands over her body. She knew he was feeling for any injury in case she’d lied.

“Oh. He is dead, right?” she asked, needing to confirm what she already suspected.

“Crushed his windpipe. I could smell it, he was dying. I think he had maybe three or four more days before his drug abuse ruined him. In a sad way, I gave him a mercy stroke. Crushing the windpipe is a much faster, less painful way to die than from drugs,” he explained and her heart broke at the sadness in his voice. He still cared for his brother and had hoped he would turn things around.

“Jordan, Georgia!” Katherine’s voice called through the door.

“I’ll get it,” she whispered and stood to open the door for Katherine. She noticed everyone else wasn’t behind her.

“Where is everyone?” she asked.

“I didn’t want them to see. I sensed when Jordan killed Scott,” Katherine explained coming into the room. She stopped short seeing Scott naked, and dead on the floor.

“I’ll take care of him, Mom,” Jordan announced standing up and turning his back. Katherine stood with a pair of shorts in her hands.

“Give him these,” she ordered Georgia. Georgia took the shorts, passing them to Jordan and turning to look out the door again. She spied Caroline, Greyson, Troy, Peter, and Xander waiting down the hall now that Katherine was inside. Ethan came barreling into the inn and down the hall stopping in the doorway. He scanned her, before looking further to see Scott dead on the floor.

“So it is over then?” Ethan asked in a gruff voice.

“He was dying,” Jordan replied, walking over to take Georgia into his arms. She knew he needed to touch and feel her. He needed reassurance she was safe.

“I can smell the drugs. You two go get ready for this wedding and we’ll take care of everything,” Ethan ordered. Georgia gave a grateful smile and pulled Jordan away from his dead brother.

“We are safe. We can start our lives now without looking over our shoulders. Tonight I am committing myself to you and Daisy. Please don’t let Scott’s death pull you down. You protected your family and put your brother out of his misery,” she told him, keeping her arms wrapped around his waist. She loved Jordan and never wanted him to feel he did something wrong by protecting her.

“We are safe,” he repeated her words. Their eyes connected and he bent his head. She leaned up and kissed him. Pulling back from the kiss Georgia looked into Jordan’s eyes, they were still sad but she spied some excitement in them too.

“We are safe. Daisy, you and I are going to become a full family tonight. I don’t have to worry about Scott.” She watched as his body slowly relaxed and her loving Jordan returned.

“Good. Now go get ready in Caroline’s home and I’ll come out in my dress with my hair and makeup done in time for our wedding. Let everyone else handle Scott’s body,” she ordered. Roxie was right, no one was going to let Scott ruin their wedding. In a couple of hours, she would be marrying Jordan and becoming Georgia Howard, it was time to move on. Heading upstairs she could hear Daisy crying. Going into mom mode she rushed in to see Daisy all dolled up bawling her eyes out.

“Daisy I am safe. Everything is okay. Daddy took care of it and no one will ever come after us again,” she promised, scooping the little girl up in her arms. She hadn’t noticed Jordan followed until his arms wrapped around them.

“I am right here Daisy,” Jordan’s words rumbled through their bodies. Daisy stopped crying and started hiccupping as she looked both Georgia and Jordan over. The scratches from Scott were already half-healed.

“Daddy!” Daisy cried, jumping from Georgia’s arms to Jordan’s.

“Shh, shh. I am right here baby girl,” Jordan cooed rocking his crying daughter. Georgia held back her own tears. When Daisy called Jordan daddy for the first time she couldn’t hold in her joy.

“I want to go with you,” Daisy mumbled against Jordan’s neck. His eyes connected with hers and she nodded. Daisy needed to be with Jordan. She needed to know he was safe too.

“Come on, I see you are all ready. Let’s leave Aunt Georgia to get dressed.” Jordan turned to take her when she heard.

“Not Aunt Georgia, Mommy.” Without realizing it, Georgia accepted the tissue Caroline handed her. Daisy called her mommy.

“Mommy needs to get her makeup, hair done and put her dress on. You can help me get ready and come back when they need you for the flowers,” Jordan replied looking over his shoulder at her. She mouthed “I love you” and he replied in the same manner.

“Sit,” her hairdresser ordered once Jordan had left with Daisy. She sat and let the world move around her. She couldn’t believe her happy ending was coming. She would be marrying Jordan and getting Daisy, it was time to enjoy the excitement of her wedding day. She watched her sisters get their hair and makeup done and put on their bridesmaid dresses. Roxie came in a minute later and wrapped an arm around her shoulders to give her a hug.

“I am so glad you are okay,” she whispered in Georgia’s ear.

“Thanks. Tell Xander thank you for protecting me too. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him.”

“I just checked on him. He is fine,” Roxie assured her. Georgia leaned into her friend’s touch. She could have lost her husband to all this and was helping comfort Georgia.

“How much longer until we need to go down?” she asked Roxie, she wanted to focus on her wedding.

“We have about half an hour. Just long enough to get you in your dress, it steamed and any touch-ups needed,” Roxie replied with a bright smile. Georgia looked around at everyone getting ready and smiled. She was getting her happy ending and Scott was gone. Time to have a party. Getting up from her chair she went to the bathroom once more before putting on her dress. She didn’t want to risk needing to go while in her dress, although the dress wasn’t poofy, so it probably would be easy enough to go.

“Georgia you look amazing,” her mother gushed twenty minutes later when Georgia emerged in her dress. She felt like a queen, and couldn’t wait to see Jordan’s face when she appeared at the end of the aisle on the arm of her father.

“Thanks, Mom.” She blushed as all the women around her gushed over her.

“Mommy!” Daisy’s voice called as she walked into the room. Georgia turned to see Daisy in better shape than she expected after playing around with Jordan and the groomsmen.

“Wow,” Daisy whispered and walked over to touch her dress gently. Georgia knelt and looked at her daughter.

“Do you like it?” she asked. Daisy nodded and hugged her, she almost threw Georgia’s balance off with the strength of her hug.

“You look beautiful. Is it time for me to throw flowers now?” she asked and Georgia chuckled. Leave it to Daisy to be ready to toss her flowers.

“In five minutes,” she answered after checking her phone. Daisy wiggled and looked around at everyone.

“Let’s get married,” Georgia announced, taking Daisy’s hand and heading downstairs. All the men were outside and taking a tentative sniff of the air she could scent cleaning products. The noise of her friends and family came from outside. She could hear her dad talking by the back door. She let everyone go ahead and watched. It was time for her to get her happily ever after and she intended on never letting it go.

The End! The epilogue is next!! Let me know what you think!

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