The name could be heard all the way from the elevator. I grinned but didn’t put down my computer. There was only one person in the entire world that called me that…
A second later my door flew open and in walked a beautiful she-wolf, that despite her small frame, had spunk and personality that could fill up the States. She flipped her dark, chestnut hair, and her dark, brown eyes sparked as the smile that was spread across her face.
“Kara,” I said with a small grin looking up at my best friend. And the only girl I’d ever been able to talk to since I hit puberty. “Long time no see.”
Kara and I met on our first day in school. DJ was a social butterfly at that point, while I was still a shy and nervous boy, hiding in the corner and being bullied by the older bigger kids. Kara stood up for me and we’d been inseparable ever since.
“I’ll be---not here,” Peter sighed, closing the file he’d been working on, and headed for the door. I didn’t protest. Him being a vampire and Kara being a werewolf never had set the most promising outcome for the two to become friends. And it got even worse, when Peter took a pet, that was part werewolf. Pat’s wolf was however dormant, making her in every aspect a human. But her werewolf had shown up in her bloodwork and ever since then, Kara had been up Peter’s ass about his pet. Needless to say, Peter being--- well, Peter, he didn’t give up something, he was sworn to protect. And Kara being Kara--- well, the saying about a dog and his bone…
“Don’t let the door hit you on your way out,” she snickered, giving him a wave with her fingers and a flashing smile, which I suspected was fake.
“Behave, children,” I sighed, not wanting to clean up another one of their messes. I don’t know why, but I was in a lousy mood today. My wolf was constantly fighting me for control and – although I’d satisfied my thirst this morning – I felt a hunger so deep within my blood, it felt as if I hadn’t tasted blood for decades…
Peter, sensitive to my mood, didn’t reply but left without a word. Kara walked over and sat on the edge of my desk.
“You know, for a wolf,” she frowned at me with concern. “You spend a lot of time in a concrete building. Doesn’t it get under your skin?”
I followed her line of sight, looking out the huge windows that gave a panorama view of the city. The sun was hanging low in the skies, turning a beautiful blue dome, a deep mysterious purple. Fluffy white skies were turned into soft cotton-candy colored blankets, that seemed to wrap themselves around the surrounding mountains and forests.
And a sad smile found its way across my lips.
They’d never understand…
Wolves were social animals and were at home in nature, surrounded by tall trees and fresh air. But being half-wolf, I didn’t have that craving. Sure, I liked my wolf and let him out if he felt like it, but it wasn’t an itch in our bones like some wolves claimed. I could easily imagine myself spending the rest of my life up here, among the mystery and beauty of the world so far away and beyond them…
I liked my tower on top of the world.
But to them, it was just another thing that reminded them, how different from them I really was. I never really felt at home in the pack. I felt like I was being constantly judged, looked down on, and frown upon for just being curious!
Yes! I had a natural curiosity for things. I liked to experiment--- and unfortunately, it reminded a lot of people of my father. No, not my Dad, Levi Stone. The man who created me: Lucian, The Vampire King.
Most of his studies were abominations, but you can’t really hate the guy for being curious. And no, I’m not defending his actions either, but he did provide the supernatural society with a lot of research – and some of it even prospectus. When Mom and Dad took over the company, it was already a pharmaceutical company that pumped out more medicine – beneficial for both humans and werewolves! – than anything the entire Royal Court had available! And given my natural curiosity, it didn’t take me long to move out of my parent’s house and into my maker’s penthouse.
It was crazy really.
I lived in my maker’s home – a murderer, a rapist, and madman! – but here I felt at home. And yes, I spent countless nights wondering if I was sick in the head or something…
“You get used to it,” I replied, trying to play it cool and gestured her to sit down on one of the sofas on the other side of the office. It was one of my favorite spots in the whole building, because of the paranormal beautiful view.
“So,” Kara smiled, elegantly sitting down, as I filled up her glass of her favorite poison: stirred martini. Even in her uniform, she was still classy and elegant. She worked with my brother, Luka, as a Sentinel. They were a police-force my Dad established to take care of legal matters regarding human-, werewolves- and vampire conflicts within the pack.
“When you’re not cooped up here, what does my future alpha do?” she asked, taking the drink and leaned back. I sat down next to her and she crossed her legs. I blushed slightly and tried not to look. Her uniform was a tight skirt – that made absolutely no practical sense in my mind! – and a loose fitted blouse. And for some reason, she always had her two top buttons undone, showing off a decent amount of cleavage. I never told her that it sort of bothered me, because I didn’t want to ruin our friendship, but her little stunt could make a blind mand hard…
“Future alpha?” I grinned awkwardly at her not so funny joke and tried not to choke on my cherry. I knew what everybody expected me to do and that it was my “legacy” to take over as alpha, but… I had time, right? It’s not like I had to take over tomorrow. Besides, Dad had always said, that whoever was the best fit, would become alpha. “I have three siblings, Kara, I’m not…”
“Oh please,” Kara cut me off, brushing it off like it was nothing but a joke. “Luka doesn’t have a wolf. DJ is never in the pack and LJ…” She trailed off her words and eyed me carefully. “Well, I don’t think he’ll be coming back any time soon, you think?”
“No,” I confessed, knowing very well, that LJ never could come back to the pack. “But that doesn’t…”
“Leave your father with a lot of other options, now does it?”, she cut me off once again--- which quite frankly was starting to annoy me! “Listen, Don,” she continued, however, oblivious to my darkening mood. “It’s more than just your training. It’s your birthright to be alpha. You’re the oldest son of Alpha Levi Stone. You’ve trained your entire life to do this.” She placed a hand on my knee and squeezed gently as a mother would to a child. My wolf didn’t like that… “Your insecurities are cute and all, but it’s time you grew some balls and took what’s rightfully yours.”
I mentally groaned. I didn’t want to be alpha of a pack of wolves who wanted nothing to do with me. Not to mention those alpha duties, pack reports, and territory disputes, that I’d have to resolve. No, not something that I loved getting headfirst into.
“I’ll think about it,” I replied instead, knowing we’d never agree--- but I didn’t expect her to understand what I wanted either. Hell, I didn’t even know what I wanted…
“You wanna go for a run?” she asked out of the blue and jumped up with a huge smile on her face. I followed her moves with my eyes. I hated it when she did that! She always got me confused with the sudden topic change…
“Erm, yeah sure…,” I shrugged--- until I remembered! “NO! Actually, I can’t. I-I have a date tonight.”
I don’t know why, but suddenly my entire face was on fire!
“A date?” she exclaimed, and I completely ignored the surprise in her voice.
“Yeah,” I grinned--- and for everything I had holy, I couldn’t stop smiling like a mad man. Just thinking about Lexi and every bad hour of the day was gone like a bad dream.
“A vamp?” she asked, crossing her arms. I frowned. The dislike in her voice was venomous.
“Human,” I replied--- and being the idiot, I was, I thought it would make things better…
“You’re dating a human?” she cried out, her jaw dropped and eyes wide. I think, she’d have a better reaction, if I told her, I was taking a rock on a date.
“Well, I’m not dating her,” the logical part of my brain replied, however. “I mean, I’m taking her on a date, but…”
“She’s human, Don,” Kara cut me off for the umpteen time that day. And was really getting on my last nerve! “What the fuck are you thinking?”
“She’s nice,” I replied, not really understand why she seemed to hostile to the idea of me dating a human. Sure, werewolves didn’t date humans – like ever! – but it wasn’t unusual for vampires to keep and date humans.
“And you’re a wolf,” she exclaimed, her voice reaching an annoying high pitch. “And a future alpha! You can’t be dating humans.”
“I can date whoever I want,” I growled, surprising even myself with the level of anger and aggravation in my voice. And if I was being truthful, I think my beasts were in there as well – both of them!
“Wow, where did that come from?” Kara asked shocked and carefully took a step back. Which strangely satisfied and calmed my beasts. Her eyes were so big they looked ready to pop out of their sockets. I wheeled in my beasts and tried to control myself.
“I’m sorry,” I muttered halfheartedly. “I didn’t mean to snap at you. I’ve had a rather long day.”
Today had been long, but only because I was looking forward to my date with Lexi. And no, I wasn’t at all to sorry to snap at Kara for denying me Lexi. I didn’t care that Lexi was human, I wanted her. I couldn’t explain it, but my wolf was pissed and then some at Kara for even suggesting that we couldn’t have her…
“It’s fine,” Kara replied wisely and shrugged. She crossed her arms over her chest that pulled her blouse even further down and showed off more skin. But to be honest, I was too pissed to care… “And I guess you can have fun with humans too. I hear they’re tight.” She shamelessly winked at me.
“Kara!” I groaned and rolled my eyes at her. But for the life of me, I couldn’t stop blushing.
“I love seeing you blush,” she laughed before she leaned down and kissed my cheek for goodbye. “Tomorrow. We run! Don’t be late,” she smirked, walking out of the office.
“See you then, Kara,” I sighed, happy when she closed the door. I looked at the clock and decided that I’d done enough work for today.
I grinned. Time to woo Lexi…
In my mind, Wednesday wouldn’t come fast enough.
I finished my shift and went straight home to shower and change, praying to anyone who’d listen that I didn’t smell like some sanitizer--- I strangely grinned when I remembered Landon said, he thought I smelled nice. I wonder if that was some kind of fetish on his part…
Thinking about it made me nervous all anew.
What if he was some kind of weirdo with a red-room fantasy about cleaning maids? He definitely looked hot enough to get just about any woman to do his every command – if he would say more than two words without stuttering…
I tried to shake off my nerves and pulled out some outfits. I could never afford any designer clothes, but I did know who to throw together an outfit without embarrassing myself. Tonight I went with a knee-length asymmetrical white skirt, that made my legs look a mile long (if I do say so myself) and a loose-fitting red blouse that brought a little life to my otherwise plain hair and face. A touch of make-up and I was ready to go.
The only thing I needed now, was a zookeeper… You know, for the hoard of animals that had infested my stomach…
“If you’re not back by midnight, I’m calling the cops,” Mom called after me. I was tempted to say, that if I wasn’t back by midnight, the date went better than expected. But there was no way in hella, I’d ever had sex on a first date…! I think! I hope… Smackers, I don’t know. With Landon, all my normal brain functions seemed to have a mind of their own…
I breathed nervously when I entered the building again. It was after work hours, but there was still a strange amount of people at work. Scientists, I guess…! With as much confidence as I could muster, I walked up to the security guy.
“Hi! Lexi Smith here to see Landon Stone,” I smiled at him, hoping I didn’t come off as awkward. The guy frowned but didn’t say anything--- which made all kinds of weird things to my insides. “He’s expecting me,” I continued, hoping that I didn’t just make a complete fool out of myself.
“Really?” the man questioned in a dry sarcastic tone. He then started to type away on his computer--- and suddenly his eyes went as saucers.
“Yes, really,” I spat back in the same manner as he had, when I realized, that my name apparently had popped up on his computer and he knew, I was telling the truth. His eyes quickly scanned me up and down, before his lips suddenly stretched into a grin--- that honestly sent shivers down my spine.
“What’s with that look, mister?” I frowned, suddenly feeling the urge to have the wall of China between us. He didn’t reply but escorted me to “Mr. Stone’s private elevator”. It wasn’t until I was inside that it finally hit me:
He thought I was some kind of hooker!
A loud gasp escaped my lips and my heart clench. I couldn’t explain my reaction, but I felt so… Betrayed! Humiliated and… My cheek heated up and I knew I was red with embarrassment.
Was this the kind of man, Landon Stone really was?
The elevator suddenly bling’ed and the door opened. I looked up and saw a smiling, hot looking Landon coming for me.
“Hi…” he said, flashing me that million-dollar smile.
“You bring a lot of hoe’s up here?” I asked instantly. I didn’t know what was wrong with me, but I felt like the wife that just came home and found out that her husband was cheating on her.
“What?” he frowned – looking adorably clueless…
“The way the man in the lobby kept looking at me like…” I replied--- just now realizing I was on the brink of tears. “He thought…”
“What?!” Landon exclaimed--- and I could have sworn there was an animalistic growl to his voice all of a sudden. He closed the distance between us, scanning my body up and down in a way, that made me feel safe and appreciated.
“Did he hurt you?” he asked his voice deadly calm. Like a predator ready to rip apart his prey!
“No,” I replied honestly, feeling all kinds of weird just being back with him. All I wanted to do, was to bury my face in his gray shirt, feel his arms around me and let me breathe in his calming and intoxicating scent…
“You sure?” he continued, his hand coming up to the side of my face. When he touched my skin, it felt like electricity coursing through my body. “You look like you’ve seen a ghost,” he said softly; his voice turning my core to a river of molten lava.
“I’m fine,” I replied in a meek voice, feeling quite overwhelmed by the care and affection Landon was showing me.
“I’ll have a talk with him,” he promised--- and the Green Beast was back!
“To make sure he treats the next one right?” I scoffed, folding my arms over my chest. I had no idea what it was, but I felt so jealous about Landon. I’d never been the jealous type, yet I felt like I had some kind of ownership over him.
It was crazy, but--- I couldn’t explain it!
“What? NO! I’ve--- never…” he stuttered and shook his head. “I’ve never had anyone up here.” Then suddenly his head tilted a bit like he just remembered something: “Except for Kara…”
“Kara?” I grinded between my teeth, ready to commit murder. “Who’s she?”
“My childhood friend,” Landon explained – rather calmly and with a weird satisfied grin on his face! “She works for my brother as a Senti---Erm… Private police.”
“Aha?” I huffed, having a hard time believing that any girl would wat to remain ‘just friends’ with a guy like him. “And you and Kara never…!”
“Lexi,” he cut me off and stepped closer. I gasped, as his cologne and natural scent suddenly hit me like a brick wall.
“I’m a virgin!”
He said it--- but I didn’t believe it!
“There has never been a girl up here and that’s what probably had my security suspicious.”
I continued to stare at him. Waiting for some kind of--- I don’t know… Sign?! But there was no trace of deceit or lie on Landon’s face. He smiled shyly and shrugged almost apologetically.
And now, it was my turn to blush.