Renee had ended up staying most of the day, and they’d ordered in pizza. The three of them had had a great time until Ryan called, and Renee had run off to see her love.
Anna felt so much better now that she’d told her friend everything. It helped also that she now felt as if she, Minnie, and Renee were the best of friends. All in all, it had been a good day.
When Eric opened the door and called out her name, though, it was as if all was suddenly right in her world.
Anna went to her room after dinner to shower and get ready for bed. Eric had rented a movie for them to watch and she wanted to do everything now in case she fell asleep. She tended to do that often.
While she was there, she began to think about the last week. Wow, had it truly been a week already since her confrontation with Mark?
She was well on her way to mending from it, thankfully. Her bruises were, for the most part, gone, as were her scrapes. Her ankle was better, though she still stayed off it except when she showered, which was already awkward because of her cast.
Eric had brought in a set of crutches after the first day when it dawned on him that pregnant Minnie didn’t need to be tugging Anna around. He still insisted on carrying her around when he was here though, even when Anna told him it wasn’t necessary. She had to admit she enjoyed those moments, and all the others, in his arms.
She’d gone to the doctor today and been cleared to go back to work on Monday. Since her ankle hadn’t been broken, just fractured, the doctor had put her in a new walking cast. Now she was good to go. However, the good doctor did warn her about over-doing things.
Anna sighed, now that she was well Minnie wouldn’t be coming over and Anna was going to miss her. She gave another long sigh, where was this going to leave her and Eric?
The first time she’d met him she’d felt an instant connection. Now after spending all her evenings with him, and a good bit of the mornings, she’d gotten even closer to him. She dug deeper into her feelings for him and, with a gasp of realization it hit her, she loved him.
How had that happened?
It had taken her almost a year before she’d felt that way about Gary. Even then she hadn’t told him she loved him until they’d been together for almost a year and a half. Yet here she was, after barely a month, in love with Eric.
Was it too quick?
Anna had heard of love at first sight and even had a friend in high school who’d met her husband when they met at her graduation party, a week later they’d married. They were still together today and, when she’d seen them last, clearly still in love.
So, maybe not too quick. Was it real? It felt real and just the thought of him not being in her life made her heart hurt more than it had when she’d caught Gary cheating. Wow, it hurt more than one of the most devastating time in her life.
She plopped down on her bed. The t-shirt she’d been about to put on fell from her nerveless fingers to the floor.
“Wow, it truly is love,” she whispered to herself. “I love him, but does he feel the same?”
That was the question, did he feel the same? How did she go about finding out?
Anna shook her head because she had no answer to either question.
Picking up the shirt from the floor, she pulled it on and stood up. Walking across the floor she turned off her light before leaving the room. Heading down the hall she headed for the living room where Eric waited for her.
“I hope you don’t mind watching this with me. I’ve been wanting to see if for some time now.” Eric said as she hobbled in.
“Nope, all good and I’m only glad you brought snacks. I’ve had the munchies all day,” Anna replied. Sitting down, she dug her hand into the bowl of chips on the coffee table.
Eric chuckled as he propped his feet up on the coffee table. “I noticed you seemed extra hungry at dinner.”
She sighed, oh the perks of being a stress eater, but he does not need to know that. “Yeah, but we will not speak of my piggishness.”
“Mums the word,” Eric agreed as they settled in to watch the movie.
Eric had sat watching the movie yet finding himself unable to concentrate on the plotline. Now it was over. All he’d been able to think about was how badly he wanted to kiss his mate. He’d been holding back because he wanted her to be ready and not feel pressured, but it was getting harder.
He kept thinking about how she’d asked him to be her boyfriend. However, she hadn’t said anything else, so he guessed it was all due to the meds. This made him sad because he wanted to be that and so much more.
“Hey Eric, I’ve been thinking about something.”
“Oh, and what’s that?” He asked. He leaned further back into the couch cushions, putting one hand behind his head as he watched her.
Anna leaned forward and placed the empty chip bowl on the table before turning toward him. “Well, you know, after my meds took effect things got a bit hazy. Today though, when I took a nap, I had a dream, but I think it was actually memories of what happened.”
“What was this dream about?” He asked, how feeling nervous.
“It started with what Mark did…”
Eric felt a growl building in his chest as she said that. It took a lot of effort not to let it out.
“…and then the wolf showing up, but here’s the confusing part,” she said, turning slightly in her seat. She looked him straight in the eye and asked, “Eric, how did you get to me? I never heard a vehicle or saw headlights. It was as if suddenly you were just there.”
Eric lay his head back against the cushion and growled internally. Where do I even start? This was what he’d been waiting for, an opening to tell her what he was. He knew though he had to tread carefully because if he didn’t, he could lose her forever.
He opened his eyes back up and found her watching him with a questioning look on her face. “Ah, love, you have asked something that is going to take some explaining on my part. I just hope it isn’t going to have you running for the hills when I’ve finished.”
She frowned at him as she asked, “How hard is it to explain how you got there?”
He chuckled. “Well, the truth is I ran, but let me back up before we get into that.”
“Okay,” Anna agreed, looking confused.
“This is so hard for me. I’ve only explained what I am to one other person who was important to me and that was when we were kids.” He gave a light laugh. “Kids find it so much easier to believe, maybe because childhood is all about make-believe. Anna, I’m not completely human, I’m what’s called a shifter, or werewolf.” When she opened her mouth to speak, he held up his hand and said, “Before you ask, no it isn’t like the ones you see on TV.”
She backed up from him a bit as her eyes widened. “Werewolf? Half-human, half-wolf.”
“Yes. That night when I couldn’t get hold of you, I shifted into my wolf and went hunting you down. I found you just as Mark was ready to hit you with that tire iron,” he admitted. Then he waited for what he’d said to sink in.
She just sat there, almost on her hands and knees, staring at him as if he was an alien.
He guessed he should be happy that she wasn’t standing in the farthest reaches of the room screaming right now, but that stare was making him feel a bit queasy. His wolf wasn’t helping by whimpering how they were going to lose their mate.
Anna drew in a loud breath and asked, “The wolf who saved me…”
“That was me,” Eric agreed.
Her eyes closed, and she let out a sound of some kind before opening them again. “Why didn’t you tell me sooner?”