My best friend is my mate

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7

I was nervous as it finally was midnight. I never went down so late to see him but I was sure at this hour that no wolf would be out. I walked down the stairs and called for him to let him know I was there.

"Maximus? It's me. Are you asleep?"

"Helena?" He asked.

His voice was not sleepy at all. Did he sleep anyway? I became worried but I felt better when I saw him in the cell. I smiled at him and he offered me a small smile.

"What are you doing here so late?" He asked.

"I'm moving you to my house. My house is equiped with cameras so I can make sure that you're safe without guards."

"You're taking me out of the cell?"

I could feel his panic so I held out my hands for him to grab. He took them and squeezed my hands in his huge ones.

"Don't worry sweetheart. The wolves are asleep so it will be just the two of us. Do you trust me?"

He nodded and I smiled at him. I released one of my hands from his hold and opened the door of the cell. He was hesitant at first and I released a bit of my healing power to calm him down. He relaxed and walked out of the cell. I rewarded him with a kiss on his cheek when he was close enough.

"My house is just behind the pack house so we won't be outside too long." I explained.

He nodded and I led the way. I took him outside and the moon was shining her soft light enough that we could see our path. Maximus took it all in and I could feel that he was at peace for now. He closed his eyes to enjoy the night and I smiled fondly at him. That was a first in a long time surely that he could be out and free.

He opened golden eyes again and looked down at me. I did not know what he saw but he seemed satisfied because he pulled me against him. I sighed feeling the soft tingles of our bond on my body. I would never tire of this feeling. I snuggled to his chest and I felt him poke through his pants and right into my belly. It was good to see that he was as much affected by the bond that I was.

I kissed his neck softly and his breath hitched. The neck was a very sensitive spot for all wolves and especially its base where we would mark each other.

"Let's go." I whispered.

He nodded and I parted slowly from him to lead him to my house. We walked in silence and Maximus seemed to take in his environment when he suddenly put me behind him in a protective gesture. He growled low as he looked at Isaac coming our way. I frowned at the Gamma. What was he doing here?

"I told you not to come Isaac." I said my voice cold as ice.

"I know Alpha but I wanted to make sure that you were safe." He answered. "I wouldn't be a good Gamma if I didn't."

"That's not why you're here." Maximus said.

I looked at him surprised. Did he remember something about Isaac? Did he know something that I did not?

Isaac seemed to think so too because he narrowed his eyes. We all used to be the best of friends as kids even if Maximus and I were closer. Isaac was his male best friend though so I would not be surprised if the boys had some secrets that I would not know about.

"So you remember." Isaac said dryly.

"I remember everything that concerns Helena because I always loved her." Maximus said.

That stunned me. I was not prepared for him to use the L word but I was pleased. My wolf was literally purring in my mind that our mate would say that. I embraced Maximus' waist and pressed my front to his back. He relaxed in my touch and put his hand on my arms.

Isaac sighed and shook his head watching the two of us. He seemed sad about the whole situation.

"You know that I did too." He said.

I was shocked to hear this. Isaac loved me too? How? Maximus growled low again and I felt him tense in my arms.

"She's my mate."

Isaac furrowed his brows and assumed an offensive stence. Is he crazy? I felt Maximus react to it immediately as his body was trembling. If this went on, he would shift and probably kill Isaac. I could not let that happen. I opened my Alpha power and both wolves gasped. I was the Alpha and my word was law in this pack.

"Stand down both of you." I growled. "Maximus is my mate Isaac and I love him. Always have and always will. I'm flattered that you love me but I can't return your feelings. I know you'll find your mate one day and you'll thank me for rejecting you. Now, let us through. I'll see you in the morning."

He showed me his neck in submission and nodded before leaving. I waited until he was out of sight to can back my power. I did not enjoy to make my wolves submit but it was necessary sometimes. Maximus pulled me back to him and he held me tight nuzzling my hair in the process.

"I'm sorry that I used my power on you." I whispered.

"I'm glad you did. I was about to tear him in half." He said his voice shaky. "Sometimes I think that I should let you go because of what I am and you deserve better for your mate Helena but... I realised that I was selfish and I didn't want Isaac to have you."

"I don't want anyone else Maximus. You're the only one for me. We'll get through this together."

"There's so much you don't know yet Helena..."

His voice was desperate and he was on the verge of a break down. I knew the symptoms too well because that was how I would get when I thought about the day they took him from me. I parted slightly from him so I could cup his face in my hands. I kissed him softly at first and I whispered "I'm here" inbetween all kisses.

He finally relaxed again and leaned into the kiss. He opened his mouth granting me access and I chased his tongue softly. I did not want to pressure him or scare him so I was as gentle as I could.

He pressed my hips to him and I could not help an eager purr to sound in my throat. He felt so good and so hard against me. He growled low and the sound resonated in my entire body. I could feel that he wanted me but he was too scared to hurt me. He only knew violence and had no memories of gentleness. I would have to remedy that. One step at a time.

"Let's go home." I whispered against his lips.

He nodded and I kissed him softly one last time before leading him to my house. I opened the front door and he seemed to take it all in.

"Should I show you around now or do you want to get to bed?" I asked.

"You look tired Helena. The tour can wait."

"I'm ok." I said. "Don't worry about me."

"Let's get to bed." He said.

I nodded and led him upstairs to the master's bedroom. It was on the left of the stairs behind a double door and had an en suite bathroom. I let him in and he seemed uneasy.

"Are you sure you want to sleep next to me?" He asked.

"You're my mate so yes. I want to be next to you. We won't do anything until you're ready sweetheart." I said smiling.

"I'm scared that I would hurt you... I only know violence." He whispered.

I embraced his front and kissed his chest.

"Don't worry about it. We'll manage together."

He nodded and embraced me back. I felt good in his arms and safe. I never was intimate with a man in my entire life so we would learn how to love together. That sounded perfect to me.
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