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Bound by Pride

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©CRGangell aka Whitesabretooth

 

Chapter 8

 

Ghan watched Keira closely, he was trying to learn her habits, and how she thought so that when they got out into the real world he would be able to anticipate her actions. Keira glanced up from her book and glared as she didn‘t really like to be stared at. “I don’t like to be stared at.” She told him her temper flaring.

“I’m just trying to learn your habits, to be a good body guard.” He explained although he had just learnt something vital, she had a temper and that could be both a good and bad thing in any situation.

She frowned, that seemed reasonable, “Well shouldn’t you start with my scent first?” She asked.

He nodded, “I should but I didn’t want to be too forward.” He explained.

She shrugged and tilted her head aside to give him an unhampered view of her neck and throat. Everyone in the house knew her scent and had made a point to get to know her scent since she was a ‘cub‘ and her protection was a priority with everyone who lived here. Cub was a term she hated; she was a teenager not a cub. He got up and walked over; putting his hands on the arm rests and leant in. He took a deep breath and froze as his blood heated and his wolf rushed forward, his eyes flashing to molten bronze. He pushed himself back and backed away from her quickly.

He shook his head and fled the room, Keira sniffed at her shirt but all she could smell was the peaches and cream scent of the body wash she used. She shrugged and lifted her book to go back to reading, Were were strange creatures at the best of times but she had learned long ago to stop analysing their actions. She just accepted that everyone around her was nuts.

Ghan raced into Amy’s office and took a deep breath. “Amy we have a problem.” He told her seriously.

She glanced up from her computer and sighed. “Okay what’s the problem?”

He took a deep breath, “Keira is my mate…”

She took a deep calm breath as she thought. “Not for another seven years she isn’t and you know that because you wrote the laws.”

He watched her surprised for several moments. “You still want me to guard her even knowing that she will be my mate when she comes of age?” He demanded to know.

She gave him a knowing look. “Who better to protect her than the one who ultimately has the most to lose?”

He frowned, he hadn’t thought of it that way.

She stood and approached him, “You have seven years to get to know her, some mates would kill for this, to know their mate fully before taking them.”

He nodded, “I understand.”

“Do you think you can do this?” She asked.

His brow furrowed as he thought about it carefully. His eyes turned to Amy, “I have no choice. Wolfgang is the only Alpha who would grant me a permanent home in his pack, who is powerful enough not to be threatened by me. I don’t want to be alone anymore.”

She nodded, “The moment you don’t think you can handle this tell me, it will not reflect badly on you, in fact it would be the opposite. I cannot keep this from Wolfgang but I know he will not hold this knowledge against your case to join our pack.”

“Do I tell her?”

“I wouldn’t, she’s not ready for it.” She told him.

“How will I explain running away like that?”

“Tell her I summoned you to give you the floor plans of her school.” She made them appear in her hands and offered them to him. “Study them.”

He bowed and left, he returned to the study where Keira was. “Sorry about running out on you, Amy summoned me and I want to give a good impression.”

“Why?” She asked, not fooled but willing to play along, something had spooked him and it wasn‘t Amy.

He sighed and sat in the chair across from her. “I am not a true member of this pack, I am on trial. If I can get through that trial without mishap I will become a member.”

She watched him for a moment. “Because you were an Alpha.”

He wasn’t surprised that she knew he had been an Alpha, she would have read Were and Other history volume One and Two at the request of her foster parents and more than likely she would have read something on pack and pride law. He nodded to her statement.

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