Becky had just finished telling her tale to Terrik when a scowl-faced Ted walked into the secluded sitting cove.
“What are you doing?” Ted asked impatiently, his long arms stretched out wide. Passing wind brushed his hair back sweetly, but there was no romance in Ted’s tough eyes.
“We were talking,” Terrik replied smoothly, leaning his back against the rough wood of the bench he and Becky were seated on.
“Talking?” Ted asked blandly. “For fifteen minutes?” The normally cheery light in his eyes dulled as he processed the information. Terrik was sent after the girl to calm her down and bring her back, not to ‘talk’. His back tingled unpleasantly at the thought of wasting time.
Becky pressed her back against the wall behind the bench. Covering her arms across her chest, she closed herself off from the aggravating man. What was it with men and their inability to understand the healing that can come from talking? Was there something in males of all species that made them hate communication?
Becky’s green eyes flickered to Terrik. He had let her talk, even offering words of encouragement and solace. Roger had not really preferred talking either, but he at least let her speak.
Was that it? Only two men in the whole of the universe could understand letting a woman express herself through words?
“Well?” Ted pressed hastily when neither person made a move to answer his question. Terrik shrugged and opened his mouth, but Ted waved him off. “I don’t want to hear it. You’ve wasted enough time. Let’s go.”
Ted stepped back and clapped his hands loudly when the two people did not make a move.
“I’m serious. Move it!” he commanded.
Terrik rolled his eyes and wrapped his arm around Becky’s shoulders as he helped her up. “C’mon,” he encouraged with a bright smile. “You can do this, I promise.”
Becky’s stomach churned. If she thought she could respond without throwing up, she would have disagreed with him. Instead she let herself be guided in front of Terrik as his strong hand’s encouragingly rubbed her shoulders for a second before sliding off. She sighed, missing his touch. Julius was a good body to cuddle with, but he so often felt like just a body. His heart was so cold from his younger brother’s death that there was no warmth in his touch. When Weres touched, you could feel the whole person, despite their being part animal. Their touch contained their soul. Julius was mechanical, but that had been enough for her. As she got reacquainted with the compassion, the totality, of the Weres, she realized she had missed the more. Could she go back to the simple touch? Did she want to?
Tiger perked up at the patter of feet moving down the hallway. From the corner of his eye, he watched as Daniel’s back stiffened as if he too heard the incoming people. Tiger sighed, partly watching the door where the people would soon enter through and partly watching Daniel. Tiger was ready to go. If he was going to play baby-sitter, he wanted to watch his wife. Her body was interesting to look at, unlike the hard pole of a white man sitting ten feet away.
Daniel had grabbed Adina when she had fallen, surprising both Ted and Tiger when he caught and held her gently. He made no move to bite her, but he did continuously rub the pad of his thumb back and forth over the scar left on her hand from the Were-snake’s bite. Daniel would twist his head to catch a clearer sound of anything that went on, but he did not look up from Adina’s face. Not until his sister walked into the room.
“Where were they? What took you so long?” Tiger asked as the three walked into the large room. “I have a mate I’d like to get back to,” he growled. The sooner they cleaned this mess up, and he was free to go the better the world would be. What could be so important to take twenty minutes of his precious time away?
“They were talking,” Ted crooned as he walked to Tiger’s side, hoping Tiger would have his back.
“Talking?” Tiger could not believe his ears.
Ted smiled smugly at the reinforcement, but his eyes were still pissed. The precious time had been lost. Someone should pay.
“Talking about what?” Tiger quipped. His gaze switched to Terrik who shook his head and pointed at Becky.
Becky was oblivious to what was going on, her attention fully focused upon her brother. She was glad to see he was awake and well, but she was also terrified. If he was awake, then she would have to tell him. Her green eyes sought out Terrik.
|Zooey Deschanel||as Adina|
|Stephanie Vogt||as Becky Colman|
|Dominique DuVernay||as Tabitha|
|Teneisha Collins||as Caroline|
|Hayley Marie Norman||as Sadie|
|Columbus short||as Tiger|
|Darren Jacobs||as Daniel Colman|
|Desmond Harrington||as Dorian Colman|
|Adam Rodriguez||as Julius|
|Liam Hemsworth||as Hamilton Ray|
|Chris Hemsworth||as Chester Ray|