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I maybe completely drunk but never enough to forget his alluring, deep voice. I turned around expecting to find a livid Zaphrostine but his face was the complete opposite. While his face was calm his eyes told a completely different story. There was a wild storm in his electric blue eyes

“Heey Zaph! Fancy seeing you. What are you doing here?“, I slurred.

“I think I should be the one asking that, Scarlet and what in the bloody hell are you wearing?!“, He growled out and quickly removing his blazer, he draped it across my body.

“Oh me? I’m just here to have fun babe.“, I flashed him an innocent grin and picked up a bottle of beer from the tray of a waiter who was passing by.

The bottle was snatched away before it even touched my lips and with a scowl on his face,

“That’s enough for one night, baby.“, He passed the bottle to a stranger who was looking at the bottle like his life depended on it.

I pouted and said, “But I want to drink more.”

I tried to pry his hands from my waist but ended stumbling and falling back into his broad chest.

“Goddess! How much have you had to drink? You can barely stand up straight.“. He exclaimed.

“Just a little bit.“, I giggled and gestured by bringing my thumb and index finger closer, showing him the little space in between.

“We’re leaving.“, He said leaving no room for argument.

The next thing I know I’m swept off my feet and into his arms. I closed my eyes and breathed in his masculine scent. I stared at his pink, plump lips which were pulled up in a frown. I licked my own lips, imagining how good his lips would feel on mine.

Once we were out of the club, he walked till we reached his car and Marvin opened the door as Zaph deposited me inside and got in after me, immediately snaking an arm around my waist and pulling me close to him.

Marvin closed the car door behind us and getting inside himself, he started the car.

I stared at his lips longingly for a few seconds before blurting out, “I want to kiss you.”

He didn’t even let a second pass by before saying, “No.”

Rejection punched me in the stomach as my heart clenched in a painful and bitter manner. Tears started forming in my eyes as I pushed away from him, shifting closer to the window. My wolf shifted to the corner of my mind wallowing in her own pity party. Fucking hormones!

He sighed before pulling me onto his lap and saying, “I only said no because this is not how I want our first kiss to be, my love. You’re drunk and I want you to remember every second of it. Believe me I’ve been wanting to claim your luscious lips ever since you stepped a foot into your brother’s office.”

“So, you promise to kiss me once I’m sober?“, I asked him as he wiped the tears of my face.

“I promise, baby.“, He said and kissed my forehead, pulling my head against his chest.

I smiled involuntarily and closed my eyes drifting off into oblivion.


I groaned as my eyes opened and I felt a splitting headache. My hands roamed over satin sheets and I looked around to find myself in my room. Memories of last night flashed in my mind and I mentally prepared myself for my mate’s wrath. I don’t exactly remember everything but I’m smart enough to put the pieces together. I cringed when I remembered the promise Zaph made to me. I can only hope he forgets about it.

I looked at the pills on the bedside table and popped six advils in my mouth. We have to take six since two don’t do shit to us. I looked down at my body to find myself dressed in just a long sleeved t shirt without a bra and a pair of my joggers. Insecurity swarmed my mind at the thought of Zaph changing me.

With a few grunts I got out of the bed and into the bathroom. I splashed cold water on my face and brushed my teeth. I took a long shower, washing my nasty self. I pulled on an over sized hoodie and a pair of my short shorts. I towel dried my hair and decided to let them dry on their own.

I walked out of the room and to the kitchen where the sound of sizzling and the delicious aroma of Zaph- I meant food compelled me.

I sucked in a breath at the sight of a shirtless Zaph flipping bacon. His toned back was facing me but I know he smelled me because he tensed up. He turned around to face me and my eyes went wide at his eight packs and broad chest. His fists clenched when his eyes traveled over my legs.

“Have a seat, love. We have a lot to talk about but that is of course after breakfast.“, His tone was not particularly harsh but it wasn’t sweet either.

I went and took a seat at the conjoined dining room, deciding not to piss him off further by saying I’m not hungry.

Soon after he came in rolling trolley with him. He set two plates in front of me.

“Tea or coffee?“, He asked, his blue orbs snapping to mine.

I just shook my head indicating neither. He poured a glass of orange juice for me and set it in front of him.

I know I said that I wasn’t hungry but the sight of the bacon and scrambled eggs had me digging in. Damn this man can cook! Me on the other hand, I managed to burn water once.

No words were exchanged during breakfast but I could feel his gaze on me while he sipped on his tea, holding the cup in a tight grip.

Once I had eaten the last bite of my scrambled eggs, I set my spoon down as my heart beat fastened.

He had finished his food long back patiently waiting for me. He can’t be too mad right?

“Now may I know, what my mate was doing in that wretched club?“, He all but growled out loudly, his cup shattering to pieces in his hold.

I jumped up slightly and I saw his gaze soften slightly.

“I-um-I, it’s just that Gen and Char invited me along and I thought it would be fun and I didn’t think you would be very mad.“, I blurted.

“You thought I wouldn’t be mad at the fact that men were staring at my mate as if she was a delicious snack just waiting to be devoured?“, he asked me in a dangerously calm voice.

I decided to keep quiet knowing I messed up big time. I looked down at my fiddling fingers in my lap.

When I didn’t say anything, he pulled my chair towards his and lifted my chin making me stare directly into his eyes he whispered, “I was itching to rip every man’s throat out and my wolf was not making it any easier to restrain myself. My heart soared out of my chest when I didn’t find you in our quarters. The guards were knocked out and you girls were nowhere to be found. I thought someone kidnapped you. The entire castle was searched. I wouldn’t have forgiven myself if anything would have happened to you, Scarlet.”

“I’m sorry. I was just so overwhelmed by everything that was happening and I guess I just wanted to forget everything for one night.“, I half lied. I mean I am overwhelmed but not because of the coronation but because I am going to have to let go off him in less than two days.

His gaze softened and he pulled me in a tight hug.

“You should have told me that you are not ready yet, Scarlet. I don’t mind waiting a millennium for you to be ready, baby. I will order to stop the preparations right away. We won’t have the coronation.”

My heart swooned at his nickname but I quickly replied.

“No! Don’t. I’m ready. I want to do it. It’s bound to happen someday so why not on Sunday. I’m just nervous and that’s not going to change even if you shift the date.”

He pulled back slightly but still keeping his arms around me, he looked at me and asked,

“Are you sure?”

I nodded my head and smiled at him.

He hugged me again and rested his head on my chin. He whispered,

“Do not worry, love, I will be right behind to catch you if you fall.”


“Are you done, love?“,

I heard him just outside my bedroom door.

“Just a minute.“, I replied

I slipped on the ballet flats and skipped out of the door wearing a yellow sundress which reached an inch above my knees. I pulled on a denim jacket to complete the look. No human in their right mind would wear a sundress in November but the sun is out today and besides I’m a wolf, the cold doesn’t bother me.

It was around two in the afternoon and Zaph told me in the morning that he wanted to take me to a place in the woods after lunch.

“You look lovely, Scarlet.“, He complimented me when I found him standing in the living room.

“And you look handsome as always.“, I said before giving it a second thought. He looked hot in his dress shirt and trousers. His sleeves were rolled up on his strong forearms and his upper buttons were open giving me a foreplay of his chest.

He gave me a boyish grin and he kissed my cheek. Sparks erupted and I could only wonder how the sparks would feel when his lips are on mine.

We walked out of the narrow tunnel to find a girl holding a big basket I her hands. She bowed her head and handed the basket over to Zaph.

“What is in the basket?“, I asked him as we descended down the stairs.

“Just some snacks I asked Cathy to pack for us.”

We entered the woods behind our wing. There were birds chirping and diffused rays of sunlight entered through the thick leaves.

“What is your full name?“, He asked me as we walked side by side, sparks occasionally erupting when our hands brushed.

“Scarlet Rose Martinez. My middle name is after my great grandmother. My father wanted to name me after my grandma but my mother wanted to give me an original name so they decided on Scarlet Rose since a rose is scarlet. They also thought of Scarlet because according to them my skin was a scarlet color for about a month after I was born.“, I told him chuckling at the end. Silas used to call me a tomato when we were younger.

He smiled at me and I asked him, “What is yours?”

“Zaphrostine Pietro Maximus Dallesandro.”

“That is quite a mouthful.“, I joked and he chuckled.

“What do you do in your free time?“, I asked him.

“Other than reading and cooking, I absolutely love to paint.”

“I would love to see your paintings.“, I said in fascination.

“Of course. One day maybe you will let me paint a portrait of your exquisite face.“, He said looking at me.

Color rushed to my cheeks as I said, “My portrait?”

He nodded and smiled at me sweetly. He asked me curiously,

“What are your hobbies?”

“I mean I love to eat.” I answered smiling brightly.

His musical laughter echoed in the forest as he put his free arm around my shoulder.


“You flushed those delicious cookies in the toilet, you cookie monster?“, I asked him incredulously.

“I didn’t have a choice! I could hear her footsteps around the corner and she had forbidden me from eating anymore.“, He defended himself.

He was currently telling me about the time when he was ten and he flushed cookies in the toilet. Apparently, his mother had forbidden him from eating anymore but he had sneaked some inside his room. He got scared when he heard her around the corner and flushed them.

“You could have hidden them!”

“I know but the first thing that came to my mind was to flush them. But if it makes you feel any better, I got scolded anyway because I forgot about the crumbs sticking to my mouth.“, He said.

I just chuckled and shook my head.

We walked for another minute or so and took a right turn.

“This is it.”

A gasp left my mouth as my eyes widened at the sight in front of me. There was a beautiful pond in the clearing. The water was clear blue and I could see tiny fishes swimming in it. There were a few big rocks surrounding a part of the pond.

“This is stunning.“, I gushed.

“It is.“, I heard him but little did I know he was staring right at me.

I saw him open the basket and pull out a picnic cloth and spread it on the green grass a few feet away from the pond. The pond was quite big, almost the size of an ice rink.

He offered me his hand once he spread the cloth neatly. I placed my hand in his and he pulled me down to sit beside him. I removed my flats and my jacket and Zaph removed his shoes and socks.

“Are you hungry?”

“Starving.“, I replied, hungry after the long walk.

My mouth watered at the food, Zaph laid out on the cloth. There were strawberry tarts, grilled cheese sandwiches, apples and two bottles of lemonade and water.

“Dig in.“, He said and I gladly did.

We both ate in a peaceful silence when there was a shuffling in the bushes near us.

We both abandoned the food in our hands and stood up assuming a protective stance. We were merely surprised when a tiny black rabbit hopped out of the bushes and stared at us in alarm and instantly hopped away. We looked at each other and started laughing.

After our stomachs were full, we packed the remaining food in the basket and sat down facing the pond.

After a few minutes of peace, Zaph got up and offered me his hand.

“Come on we can put our legs in the pond.”

I nodded my head and placed my hand in his.

We walked towards the pond but before I could sit down, Zaph grabbed my waist and before I could even scream, he jumped in the pond. His hands left my waist as we submerged inside the water. I resurfaced with a glare on my face as I stared at a laughing Zaph. I had to keep jumping slightly to keep my head above water since the pond was deep.

“Darling you look more adorable than intimidating.”

I showed him my tongue and splashed some water on him.

“Why are you jumping?“, He asked me.

“The pond is deep.“, I answered and he immediately swam towards me.

He placed his hands under my thighs and guided my legs around his waist and I quickly wrapped my arms around his neck as he wrapped his arms around my waist.

My throat went dry when I noticed that the shirt clung to his muscular build like second skin. His black hair was pushed behind and his blue oceans stared directly at me. His gaze fell to my lips as I licked my lips with my tongue. My body felt like it was on fire as I stood pressed against him. My own gaze traveled to his lips as his head came closer. I knew he was going to kiss me like the other times he tried to but this time the difference is that I didn’t stop him.

His warm lips descended on mine and all I could feel was him. I closed my eyes as I enjoyed the feeling of lips moving against mine. His hands pushed me closer if that was even possible and my hands trailed into his hair. I softly gripped his wet locks as I kissed him back. Sparks were driving me crazy with pleasure. His one hand left my waist and cupped the side of my neck and cheek. We kissed till we were going to pass out from the lack of oxygen.

I opened my eyes to find bright blue orbs staring right at me. My lips tingled even after we departed, wanting more.

He brushed my cheek with his thumb and whispered, “I never break my promises.”

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