The choice

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"Good morning honey." Adam said his voice low as he took the coffee from my hands.

"Good morning chaton." I said trying to keep my voice even but failing miserably because I was purring to be in his lap. "We're at work... We should..."

"No one will come in unless I tell them to and don't worry, the office is sound proof even for supes." He said playing with a strand of my hair.

Oh boy. He should not have told me that. I wanted to touch him so bad but I remembered Haven's warning. It would be playing with fire to do this and I did not want to deal with the tiger right now.

"It's not that I don't want you to take me right now on your desk but it's still the full moon." I said looking into his eyes.

"You're right. Thank you for the coffee, I needed it." He said his voice strained.

"Yeah. I figured as much but you look even more tired than Haven." I said rubbing his cheek with my thumb.

He furrowed his brows and he pulled me back against his chest rubbing his cheek on my head. He was scent-marking me again. Was it because I mentioned Haven?

"I thought you smelled like Haven... Why?"

"We train together every morning." I frowned. I was not his possession so I did not like his tone right now.

"What?" He frowned.

"I'm not your possession Adam. I get to see Haven if I want to." I said sharply.

"Of course you're not my possession." He said widening his eyes. "I'm sorry Mia... I'll be back to normal tomorrow."

He put his head in the crook of my neck and sighed. He definitely looked strained and I wondered how tired he was and what happened for him to be so tired. I stroked his hair and he relaxed under my touch.

"Haven told me that he broke up with Delilah because she wanted to take him as a chosen."

"Really? And he said no?" Adam asked still against my neck. My scent seemed to calm him down somehow so I let him.

"Yes. He told me that he wanted to find his true mate."

He tensed under my touch and his arms tightened around me. Of course, he figured that one out.

"I'm sorry Mia but... I'm feeling very possessive right now so it's best if you don't tell me about what Haven said exactly."

I nodded. I could see that he was acting more possessive than usual with me. Was it because of the full moon or was it just Adam? Jackson always felt possessive of me so maybe it was a shifter's thing.

I kissed his head softly and parted from him to stand up. He needed to be alone to calm down and so did I because I still very much wanted him to jump my bones on the desk.

"I'll see you tomorrow chaton. I think it's best if we don't... tempt each other too much today." I said looking into his green eyes that were slowly bleeding to gold.

"You're right. I'll see you tomorrow Mia."

I kissed his forehead before I went back to my desk, closing the door behind me. Somehow it felt like the hardest thing I had ever done in my life. I slapped myself mentally because I needed to focus on work now. Lisa would need me with the wedding's preparations.

The day was full again but no crisis concerning the wedding this time. I was exhausted and still horny by the end of the day but I needed to go home before I saw Adam and things got too complicated. I did not have to though. All the lycanthropes of the company left before us to be on time for the last day of the full moon.

Adam gave me a torn look. He wanted to say something to me but I could see that it would be difficult. I just nodded and smiled at him and he did the same. That was for the best.

I got home early too that day because I could not stay at work with all the others. It felt like they knew about Adam and me and I did not want to deal with it today. They probably did know anyway. Nothing stays hidden in the supes' community.

I bought some stuff for tomorrow's dinner on my way home and doing that put an eager smile on my face. Tomorrow we would be together and I would make it a relaxing evening considering how tired he would be. Yes, I could do that.

I went to bed early thinking about tomorrow and the things we would do. I could not wait.

I went about my day in the same way work out with Haven, coffee and then office but I had a spring in my step. Tonight we had a date with Adam and the full moon was gone.

I arrived first at the office so I knocked on Adam's door but no one answered. I pushed it but it was closed. Huh. I was really the first person in the building.

I walked back to my desk and started to work as the office filled in but still no trace of Adam. I started to get worried thinking that maybe something happened to him last night.

My worry grew as the hours passed and he finally arrived at 2 p.m. I breathed out in relief as I saw him walk in. He smiled at me and motioned for me to follow him. I did, closed the door behind me and I was engulfed in strong arms. I returned the embrace as tight as I could which made Adam chuckle.

"Were you worried about me honey?" He asked his voice husky.

"Of course I was." I said a bit annoyed. "You never miss work so I thought something happened to you."

"Aw don't be upset." He said amused. "Nothing bad happened, I just couldn't get up this morning. This full moon was a lot more draining somehow because I had to keep my tiger on the hunt or he would have ran to you."

I froze in his arms as I pictured the huge Siberian tiger running in the streets to my place. Oh. That would have been a disaster.

"He really likes me." I teased.

"You have no idea." He said his voice low.

"Maybe... You can show me?"

"I intend to show you tonight when we're alone." He said his voice husky in my ear.

I could feel him react against me and I wanted him. I wanted him bad. I knew the moment he could smell my arousal because he tensed in my arms and a deep rumble erupted in his chest to end in a purr.

"You better do just that. It was... Really hard on me too. I've never been so... Horny in my entire life." I said breathy.

"Do you mean that?" He said his voice dreamy as he rubbed his cheek on my head.

"Yes. I don't know what you've done to me but..."

I did not know how to end this sentence. I was not a prude and I had no trouble talking about my feelings especially to Adam. We have known each other for years and I confided in him worse things but somehow I felt shy telling him how much I was starting to fall in love with him.

It was going fast between us because we knew each other well and there was nothing to discover anymore. I was an open book and Adam told me his big secret already. He could not hide something bigger than I'm the next leader of a weretiger group right? But I still could not say that I was getting hooked and I wanted him around.

"I feel that way too." He said serious as he locked his green eyes on mine. "I want us to work. I know we've been friends almost since day one and it just feels natural to be together like this now. We fit. The sex is amazing and I already know how much I love you as a person. You're not just my lover, you're my friend."

"Are you saying that you... Love love me?" I asked stunned somehow because those words exactly translated what I was feeling for him. We fitted. That was right.

He made me laugh and happy like no one else could but him. We had a chemistry at work as well. Our ideas seemed to always complete each other. It was not just at work but in life in general. We often had debates about life and our ideas could diverge sometimes but it was nothing fundamental. We always agreed on the important stuff.

He was not perfect. I knew he had flaws like he loved to be in control and it could be suffocating but I knew that I just needed to point it out for him to stop. We could work with that really. The only unknown in our relationship was his tiger. I needed to know more about it before I really felt like giving myself entirely to him.

He smiled at me and his eyes showed only love as he said.

"I love love you since day one Mia. That's how it works for us."

Was being an hopeless romantic a thing for the shifters? They all believed in love at first sight? I wish I had that kind of ability right now because I did not know how to answer him and I did not want to hurt him. Oh boy.
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