The Alpha Takes a Mate(10)

By: Sam Crescent


“I’m not like my father, and she’s not like my mother. Being human saves her from a lot of it. I don’t want her being drawn into my fights. She’s far too fragile.”

“You’re going to leave her out of pack business but keep her as your mate?” Daisy asked.

“Yes.”

“That could risk her life and the respect of the pack.”

“I don’t give a shit. I’m not risking her for pack respect,” Brandon said.

“But you need someone to stand up for her tonight?” Daisy asked.

He nodded. Once he told the pack his mate was human there was going to be an uproar. An alpha with a human mate was unheard of. If an alpha took a human he usually stepped down from the rank. Being an alpha was who Brandon was. He wouldn’t be stepping down for his mate or for anyone.

“Lori’s not going to like this.”

“I don’t give a fuck what she thinks. This is not about her.”

“Are you sure about that? She’s made it plain she’s bedding you. I think you need to be careful of her. The power of being in your bed has gone to her head.” Daisy stared at him as her words sank in. He refused to say anything to her. “With regards to Elle, I’ll do what I can. She’s a great girl.” She glanced behind him at the three men waiting. “You better run off and prepare for tonight. I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be awesome.”

He chuckled and left her to it.

Walking out of the diner he spotted Elle helping place the tables ready for the feast. She didn’t turn to look at him. His three men stopped behind him. He focused on her as she tucked stray hairs behind her ear.

“I once heard a human mate doesn’t feel as strongly as we do,” Drake said.

Brandon didn’t say anything. He watched his mate as she spoke with Layla. Together the two human women laughed and set the table for the feast that night. He fought the need to go to her.

After tonight no pack member would ever be mistaken, Elle Smith was his mate, and he intended to claim her.

****

Elle lay on her bed as Layla finished running fingers through her hair. The other woman had stayed with her instead of going back to her family home. She and Layla were the same age, and tonight would be their first outing to the feast.

“Are you nervous?” Layla asked.

“Nervous about what?”

“About everything. Tonight is our first feast, and you’ve been mated today. Brandon is the alpha. That has got to be high on the cool factor.”

She smiled at Layla’s enthusiasm. “I’m a little scared. After tonight everything is going to change. Mom keeps giving me weird looks, and my dad looks worried. Between the two of them they’re freaking me out.” She stopped to take a breath. “I don’t know. Maybe I’m worrying about all the wrong reasons.”

“What is there to be worried about?” Layla asked, taking a seat on the bed.

“Have you seen the way the pack treat women, human women? I’ve seen the ones they’ve taken to their bed, and they blank them as if they mean nothing.”

Several humans had left because of the pack’s treatment.

“You can’t think Brandon will treat you that way. I know what you mean about the treatment of the pack. As much as I want Lewis, I wouldn’t put myself in that position. I refuse to.”

She reached for the other woman’s hand. Elle gave her hand a gentle squeeze. “We’re in this together.”

“I know this is going to sound strange, but are you a virgin, Elle?”

Averting her eyes, Elle nodded her head. “I’ve never found the right guy.”

“I’m a virgin as well. Grace Hill is not exactly the place to be giving your body to just anyone.”

“Have you ever thought of leaving?” Elle asked.

“What do you mean?” Layla tilted her head to the side, observing her.

“You know, getting away from here. Like my birthday, only staying away for that time.” Elle stared down at their hands waiting for her to answer.

“I’ve thought about getting away. It would be nice to leave for a little while and explore, but I always see myself coming back. This is my life, Elle. I love being here. Grace Hill, for all of its faults, is my home.”

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