Cherished by a Bear (Mate Me book 5)

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Myra waited outside Rex’s office for Rob. The house had the right bones, all they needed to do was give the place a facelift. It would take a month to close on the house, then who knew how long the renovations would take. Her lynx growled at the fact they wouldn’t be able to be a family just yet.

“Myra,” Rob called, climbing out of his black SUV.

“Hi,” she answered with a smile for her mate. After lunch with Georgia and Caroline, she’d gone home to tidy up. The whole time her lynx pined away for him. Rob bent and pressed a much too brief kiss to her lips.

“I missed you,” he murmured, pulling her into his body for a tight hug. Wrapping her arms around him, she returned the warmth.

“Same. My lynx didn’t like it when I went back to my apartment without you.” Pressing her head against his chest, she heard his heartbeat quicken.

“I had wanted a home we could move into right away, but the others were no good. One I almost touched the ceiling.” His comment made her laugh.

“Seriously?” She pulled back to look up at him.

“Yes. Let’s put that offer in for the house.” Rob released her to open the realtor office door. Myra went inside to see Rex waiting on bouncing feet.

“Sorry, we took so long.” Rob took Myra’s hand as he apologized.

“I have the offer written up. I just need your approval,” Rex explained, walking them down the hall to his office.

“We wanted to offer three hundred thousand even,” Rob answered, handing Myra into a comfortable chair. She watched Rex pause and look up from the papers he’d been pulling out.

“Is something wrong?” she asked, wondering if Rex might not agree with their assessment.

“No. You two are suggesting more than I’d recommend. On the papers, I have two thousand eighty-five.” Myra looked at Rob and they exchanged silent thoughts. She was all for offering less. They had a lot of work that needed to happen before they could move in.

“Okay, and we’d like to get in as soon as possible. The house needs work and I don’t want to be paying for a home I can’t live in,” Rob replied, Rex, nodded his understanding.

“We will put it in the contract. Once we have an inspector through, we can close on the house.” Rex turned his computer monitor to show them the changes he made as they spoke.

“Will they fix anything or is the house as-is?”

“As-is. That is why I think they’ll sell it for a lower price.”

“As-is, means the inspection only tells us what is wrong, correct?” Myra inquired, making sure she understood.

“Yes, and you can use it to back out of the contract if there is something you don’t want to fix or is too costly to fix.” Myra looked at Rob to make sure he was okay with everything.

“I think everything sounds good,” Rob answered, squeezing her hand.

“Then let’s get this paperwork signed and sent.” Rex handed Rob a stylus to begin the long process of putting in an offer.

By the time they left the office, Myra’s stomach was constantly growling.

“Mind if we drop my car home and then get Adam?” she asked, unlocking her car.

“Sure. I can follow you back to your apartment.” Rob kissed her, then climbed into his car. The pleasant thing about Rex’s office, it was a five-minute drive to Myra’s apartment. She pulled into her parking spot and waited for Rob to pull in, he’d missed the light when she made the turn. Waiting outside her car with her purse on her shoulder, Myra had expected no one to speak to her.

“Where is Ricky?” a deep growl came from behind her. She spun around to see Viper standing on the other side of her car. He looked more menacing than he had ten years ago.

“I have no idea where Ricky is. What did he take?” She kept her voice light. She didn’t want the man to think she was threatening him. His lime green eyes flashed at her and his fangs extended.

“Information that could ruin your family. If this comes to light your father and mother’s deaths would have been in vain.” Myra shook her head and prayed Rob would pull in soon.

“You killed them, I know you did. I looked into their ‘accident’ and the report doesn’t align with the pictures I saw. It looks like they were run off the road. Not that they lost control and I know the day they died it hadn’t been raining. You don’t scare me Viper. I am not some stupid teenager unable to defend myself.” Myra glared at the man and heard Rob’s car pull up. She watched him hurry out of his car and stand behind her.

“Is something wrong, Myra?” Rob asked, placing two hands on her shoulders. He was lending her his support but didn’t want to interfere if she had it under control.

“Rob, meet Viper. The man who ruined my childhood.” She motioned to the snake shifter glaring at her mate. Rob stood as an imposing figure behind her, offering her his strength.

“I suggest you leave my mate alone if you know what is good for you,” Rob’s voice came out as a deep menacing growl. One she’d never expected. Looking over her shoulder, she saw his eyes glow with his bear pushing at his skin.

“Tell your brother he better give me my research or I will kill you both. I don’t need anyone ruining my enterprises.” Viper snapped his fingers and several other men came out of the shadows. Myra knew it was his way of showing he could have killed them any time he wanted. They piled into a white van she hadn’t noticed coming in and drove off. Myra collapsed against Rob, Viper still made her uneasy.

“You okay?” Rob wrapped her in his arms, giving her time to calm down.

“No. I don’t like that he snuck up on me. That snake is going to kill me. What could Ricky have found that was so important?” Myra chewed on a fingernail, worrying about the safety of Rob and Adam. She would never forgive herself if something happened to the two of them. The more she thought about it, the more she wanted to kill Ricky herself.

“I was going to wait until I had Adam with us, but I wanted to talk about our living arrangement until we can move into the house,” Rob began, turning her in his arms. She looked up to see he was nervous.

“Can you and Adam stay with me? I can shift things around the library and we can put a bed in there for him. I also have a pullout couch.” She needed her family close to her.

“Yes. We are leaving for Little Creek next week. Did you put in for your time off?” She shook her head. She hadn’t been to work since agreeing to go.

“I’ll put in for the time off tomorrow when I go to work. Going to Little Creek will be good. It gets us away from Viper and hopefully, Ricky will have told me what is going on.”

“Good. Do you mind if Adam and I move in tonight? I can’t imagine a night without you anymore.” Rob stroked her back. Myra smiled, nodding. She needed Rob and Adam with her. Leaning up, she pressed a sweet kiss to his lips.

“Speaking of Adam, I bet he is dying for us to get back. I’m starving too.” Rob laughed and opened the passenger side door to help her in.

“Let’s go get our boy.” Her heart warmed hearing him call Adam theirs. The drive to Ellie and Marcus’ home went by quickly with Myra and Rob talking about what they wanted to do to the house.

“The first thing is we need to gut the bathrooms and kitchen. Did you see those appliances?” she asked as they pulled into the driveway. She caught sight of Adam sitting on the front stoop sulking.

“Think he missed us?” she asked and Rob shook his head.

“Not us, you.” That surprised her, but when she got out of the car, Adam sprinted over to her.

“You took so long,” he complained. She laughed and hugged him.

“Sorry, we had a lot of paperwork to sign,” she answered, looking at Rob to share the news.

“Adam, what would you say to us moving in with Myra until the house is ready? It would give you some space. It means we will be in a small apartment and you’d have to come back to Aunt Ellie on the days Myra can’t watch you.”

“Yes! I don’t care if I have to sleep on the couch.”

“Well, the couch pulls out, or we can pack some of my books and put you in the spare room.”

“No! I want to read those books, don’t pack them!” Adam wailed, making both adults laugh.

“Couch it is then. I’ll find you a chair to settle in and the two of us can read at night together waiting for your dad to get home,” she offered, loving the smile that came to Adam’s face.

“Dinner first, then we can pack bags to bring over tonight. Each night we will move our things slowly to Myra’s. I am not sure how long it will take us to get the house ready. I am going to ask Grandpa, Uncle Clyde, and Uncle Travis to come help with the house. It will make the work go faster.” Myra hadn’t known Rob’s brothers were in construction. She wanted to know more about his family.

“I cannot wait to meet everyone,” she interjected, making Rob and Adam look at her.

“They will love you. Come on, get in, and let’s get dinner.” Rob motioned to the car, both Myra and Adam climbed in and he drove them to the local diner.

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