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After we had run the entire length of the pack grounds we headed back to the packhouse. Alex and I were in wolf form and Cory was asleep on Aurora’s back. ”What’s going to happen to him?" Alex asked through the link. ”I’m not sure. But I’m going to find him the perfect home." I declared as we reached the packhouse. I had mind linked Tristan to meet us outside to take Cory, he was stood by the steps with Lucas and Rhydian.

Aurora growled lowly in Rhydian’s direction and he smirked at us. ”Why are you not in the hospital?" I demanded through my link with Rhydian. He strolled towards us and carefully took Cory off my back. He smoothed down his hair before handing him to the pack pup sitter. She runs an orphanage for pups who have lost their parents so Cory will be staying there.

"You wouldn’t stay with me so I wasn’t staying there either." He announced running his fingers through Aurora’s fur. She leaned into his touch and rubbed herself against his leg. ”Seems like someone doesn’t want to be away from me." He added cockily.

Traitor.′ I rolled my eyes. ′He’s supposed to be resting in the hospital.

What better way to be resting than with his mate.′ She sighed contentedly, continuing to cover him in her scent.

"Still... You’re supposed to be resting in hospital. What if something happens to you? What if you need help? What if-” He cut me off by laughing. ”Careful, you almost sound like you care." He chuckled. I could see from Aurora’s eyes he was smirking.

“You going to shift back anytime soon?” I heard Alex chuckle. He had already shifted and I was too busy bickering with Rhydian to release everyone was staring at me.

I growled only it never passed Aurora’s muzzle, she was too busy getting attention from our mate. I pushed through and started the process of shifting much to Aurora’s reluctance. Before she could object again, I was back in my human form. I rolled my eyes and glared at Rhydian. “I’m taking you to bed.” I deadpanned, pointing my finger at him. He raised his brow at me and smirked. “Amaris, that is far too much information for your uncle to hear.” Tristan snorted. I facepalmed and groaned. “Clearly not what I meant,” I growled. Lucas came over and wrapped his arm around my shoulder, "The funerals for the pack members will be tomorrow or the next day, we are waiting for one of their mates to recover so they can attend." Lucas explained sadly. I nodded at him, "That makes more sense." I sighed. I said my goodbyes and made my way to the packhouse.

As I pushed open the door, Rhydian was behind me. “So, my place or yours?” He whispered in my ear inciting shivers to run up and down my body. “Wh- what do y- you mean?” I stammered. He stepped around me, brushing his hand against mine making me gasp as the sensations went straight to my core. “I need to rest... So, your place or mine?” He answered, grinning at me. I rolled my eyes at him, fine if this is how he’s gonna play it.

I swerved past him, making sure I didn’t touch him. I stomped up the stairs heading for the Alpha’s quarters. I made it up the 4 flights of stairs, the Alpha has the full top floor to themselves. I stopped at the top of the stairs and couldn’t breathe. It was like the wind was knocked out of me.

On the wall opposite me was a portrait of me, Alex and my dad. I took a few deep breaths and turned right, heading towards the last door down the hall. I paused outside with my hand on the handle. I took a deep breath and nudged open the door. I stepped inside and quivered, I haven’t been in here since it happened... I don’t even know why I’m in here. I glanced around the room, covering my arms around myself protectively... My eyes zoned in on my bed and I felt nothing.

No fear, no images playing on repeat in my head... I turned and scampered out of the room. Rhydian was stood at the top of the stairs, looking around. I squealed and launched myself at him, he caught me and stumbled. He quickly got his stepping before we both fell over. He chuckled and jerked his head back to look at me, “What’s up?” He asked. I slammed my lips into him and he promptly kissed me back feverishly. He took one large step and pushed me up against the wall. “As much as I’m enjoying this rare moment, what’s got into you?” He mumbled against my lips before pulling away. I took a deep breath and shook my head. “Nothing,” I sighed. “I just really wanted to kiss you,” I admitted.

“Well, I’m not going to complain at that.” He smirked. His eyes fogged over and I watched him interact mentally with someone. A scowl formed on his face, I leaned forward and peppered kisses over his face. He sucked in a breath and he gripped my thighs, I giggled and started kissing down his face and across his jaw. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, but I must be doing something right because his grip on my thighs tightened and I felt his length harden.

He growled, shoving his body against mine. “Do you know how hard that was to have a conversation with you doing that?” He groaned. I bit my bottom lip and shook my head. “Little minx, aren’t you?” He chuckled. “You keep surprising me, Red.” He beamed. I chuckled and tightened my legs around his waist, grinding myself against him. A hoarse groan escaped his mouth and I smirked. He thrust his head into my neck and began sucking and nibbling. I moaned and knotted my fingers in his hair.

“I gotta go, Red.” He groaned but continued his assault on my neck. “Where?” I moaned, grinding myself harder against him, I needed more friction and I wasn’t getting enough. “Stay.” I choked. He started leaving hot kisses from my neck to my mouth then slid his tongue in my mouth. The kiss was passionate and full of promises before he let me down and placed his hands on either side of my face. He rested his forehead against mine as we both caught our breath.

“I really have to go.” He breathed, “It shouldn’t take too long. You’re welcome to come but-” He started, I leaned forward and pressed my lips against his. “Go. I’ll see you later.” I murmured against his lips. “I can’t go like this.” I chuckled. “No...” He stuck his face into my neck and inhaled deeply, “Your scent is fucking killing me right now.” He cursed and stood back. “Right, I’m going to go before I take you in the bedroom and fuck you senseless.” He winked and jogged down the stairs leaving me panting and wanting more.

What the fuck is wrong with me?

I pulled my phone out of my pocket and checked for any messages from Ria.

Ria - I’m free! Drew is at work all day so I’m all by myselffffffffff... Get it?! Come round if you want ox.

I chuckled and didn’t bother messaging her back. I made my way down the stairs with a spring in my step. I felt on top of the world, there was a slight ache between my legs but nothing I couldn’t cope with. Nothing was getting me down today, I had an agenda and I was sticking to it.

I’m ready to complete the bond and I’m going to fucking enjoy it!

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