The Alpha Takes a Mate(3)

By: Sam Crescent

Elle tied her hair up then bumped Layla out of the way. “Thank you so much for doing this. I really appreciate it.”

“No problems.”

She watched as Layla looked through the door. Layla was in love with Lewis, one of the men closest to the alpha.

“Why don’t you go out there and say hello?” Elle asked.

“Have you seen the way they treat human women?” Layla closed the door. “He wouldn’t give me the time of day, and I’m not looking to be another notch on his bed post, if you know what I mean.”

Elle understood. Over the years she’d watched several of the human women giving themselves freely to the pack. There was no respect, and most of the men blanked them the next time they saw them. She never wanted to be laughed at or mocked because of her feelings. Being a twenty-one year old virgin didn’t bother her. She’d rather be a virgin than give it to a guy she didn’t trust. From what she knew, Layla was also a virgin.

“We better get this breakfast out to them,” Layla said, going toward the shelf. Elle watched her grab syrup and chocolate sauce from the top shelf. She didn’t know why the pack liked sweet stuff so much, but they catered to the sweeter tooth in the diner.

Elle placed the final pancake on the plate and was about to pick up the tray holding four plates when the door crashed open.

Lewis, one of Brandon’s top wolves, came crashing through the door.

“Are you the only two here?” he asked.

Layla dropped the syrup. The glass jar smashed sending syrup all over the floor. Elle ran to her side.

“What are you doing in here?” Elle asked, getting nervous in his presence.

“Answer my questions, human. Are you the only two people in here?”

Elle looked at Layla, who shrugged her shoulders.

“Yes, we’re the only two in here.” He charged in their direction and grabbed both of their arms.

“Follow me,” he said. The order seemed ridiculous as he dragged them both into the main area of the diner. Several of their customers watched as they were pulled to where Brandon sat. Elle cringed as his black eyes gazed at her and then at Layla.

“They were the only two in the kitchen, Alpha,” Lewis said.

“Bring one of them to me,” Brandon said.

Elle cringed and was forced to follow as Lewis thrust Layla’s wrist against Brandon’s face. She watched as the alpha inhaled Layla’s scent.

“It’s not her.”

Layla was pushed aside. Elle let go of the breath she hadn’t realised she’d been holding. Her wrist was thrust under Brandon’s nose. She hadn’t seen him since she’d moved to Grace Hill. He’d glared at her, and she’d vowed to stay out of his way. Her vow was stupid considering the small town, but she’d succeeded in steering clear of him until now.

Brandon inhaled her wrist. In the next moment, he pushed Lewis away, grabbed her wrist and bit down into her flesh. His canines were sharp as they sank into the flesh of her wrist. She screamed as the pain pulled at her. She’d never felt anything so agonizing in all of her life.

She fought to get him to let go.

Layla tried to get to her. Lewis stopped her friend with an arm around her waist.

“Mine,” Brandon said with a growl to his voice.

Everything went black.

Chapter Two

Brandon caught her in his arms. Her blood coated his tongue. The taste of her was amazing. He’d never had anything so good in his mouth. The need to claim her rose within him, as tasting her blood was not enough.

“What have you done?” Layla asked, screaming at him. Lewis held her back.

I’ve found her. I’ve found our mate.

His wolf purred in agreement. From a young age, Brandon had always talked to his wolf and felt a connection with that side of him.

“She’s human, Brandon,” Darcy said.

Staring down into Elle Smith’s face, Brandon understood the feelings he’d had when he first met her at sixteen. His wolf had waited until she was of the right age before claiming. Their laws were sacred, and no one claimed a mate younger than twenty-one. Brandon did a quick calculation and knew she’d turned twenty-one this year. He frowned. Most of the pack celebrated everyone’s birthday, but he couldn’t recall Elle’s birthday coming up.

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