Mated Forever By Michaela Rhua.
The full moon is always a time for danger and mating. This month it brings the scent of Louisa's mate. Jorie is on the run and in grave danger. Being rescued by Louisa brings safety and a new temptation. As the girls act on their feelings, and passion overtakes them, they are unaware of the danger surrounding them both. When Jorie is kidnapped, it's a race against time. Will Louisa be able to save her mate, or will the past and all its secrets destroy them before they even have a chance at forever?
Her nose caught the scent and she breathed it in deeply. All the fibers in her body caught alight. Fear. The scent of fear hung in the air, acrid, sweaty and sharp. Someone was in danger close by.
The night zoomed by as Lou bounded toward the scent. She pushed her body onward, trying to cover the distance quickly. The full moon lit her path through the dense forest, its light shining through the leaves causing a speckled effect. Cold air shot through every strand of her fur. Her heart raced. Faster, must run faster, she willed her body. Her paws hardly touched the muddied ground as she sped on. Tonight the forest appeared alive with all manner of creatures. Lou kept her focus on the scent that called to her very soul.
Two bodies struggled in a clearing a short distance away, one, a woman in human form, the other a black wolf, who by its scent, Lou determined was male. The scent of fear emanating from the woman hit Lou’s nose, strong and pungent. The victim screamed and continued to struggle. The fearsome male bared his teeth, as though ready to bite and claim the woman.
No way! Taking a deep breath, Lou lifted her head and howled into the night.
The male stopped and looked in her direction. Coal eyes, rimmed in red glared at her from under a mass of unruly hair. His fangs glinted in the moonlight and he let out a deep growl, loud enough to shake the ground underneath her. The woman collapsed in a heap on the ground.
"Be gone." He spoke to her via the mental link all wolves shared.
"I will not leave, she needs my protection!"
"I have hunted her. She’s mine to claim, but if you insist on staying then I may choose to have you both." He grunted then turned back to his prey.
"You must leave." Lou lifted her head, trying to show him she was not afraid of him.
"You expect me, Malachi, son of the Alpha to the Roydan, pack to leave? You are a stupid she-wolf! Now submit and move out of the way!" He growled again.
"You have no right here. This clearing marks the boundary of the two territories." Lou stared at him in a show of defiance.
"Then you cannot lay claim either."
Lou tried to think this through. He was right, they were on neutral ground so neither had the upper hand, but she was determined to find a way to help the woman.
"Help me!" A voice came from behind the wolf.
Malachi's head whipped up and his eyes narrowed. Lou watched as his stance changed, he lowered his front paws, hunched his shoulders, and bared his teeth again. He was readying himself to lunge.
"We must ask her," Lou said aloud.
Lou tried to circle him to get a better look at the woman, but he blocked her view each time.
Lou caught another scent and she stopped, breathing in deeply. The smell was familiar. She recognized Donal, one of her pack, and a friend. She saw him out of the corner of her eye. His large brown form crept closer. Donal always walked slowly, as though he had all the time in the world, but that action hid his true strength.
Malachi growled at the new arrival.
"I am Donal, of Thurston's pack." Donal paused. "I see there’s someone injured."
"She’s from my territory so mine to claim." Malachi snarled at both of them through the mind link.
"This is neutral ground." Donal stood next to Lou.
The mere fact that he stood next to her reassured her and Lou was grateful for his support.
A low pitched moan broke the tension. Lou couldn’t stand it any longer, she had to risk it. She rushed over to the woman and Malachi didn’t stop her, maybe he was wary of Donal. Leaves and twigs were scattered in a mess of blonde hair. The woman curled up into a tight ball, shivering and shaking. Lou nuzzled her, trying to give comfort. Blue eyes filled with tears stared up at her, cutting into Lou's heart. The woman lifted her hand and stroked Lou's head. That touch sent sparks throughout Lou's body. A sweet scent drifted to her. Lou breathed it in deeply. She felt as if she was on fire and her breathing quickened. Desperate to taste the scent, she licked the air. It tingled on her tongue and she tasted honey nectar. She got lost in its fragrance.
"Help me get away from him ... please." The woman’s voice was weak and shaky."I beg you, help me."
"She asks for my help, not yours," Lou spoke loudly so Malachi and Donal could hear.
"We will take her to safety," Donal said.
"I will bow to Thurston's authority for now." Malachi bowed low. "This isn’t over. She’s mine and I will claim her." He looked directly at Lou then bounded off into the dense forest. Lou watched his retreat, and sniffed the air to check he was gone.
"Hey, Squirt, you can’t keep out of trouble, can you?" Donal chuckled.
"Thanks Donal, appreciate your help." Lou nuzzled him to show her appreciation.
"Don't thank me yet. Let's get her to safety first. Malachi is bad news and I'm betting he's not far away."
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Michaela Rhua always dreamed of writing but this never happened until she met the lovely group of ladies known as UCW. Their passion for writing and encouragement inspired her to see if she could do it too. Now she loves writing!
She has teenage children and a husband, who also keep her busy. However, it is whilst travelling into work that she has time to create her characters and imagine other places in which they exist as her world skims by the window. Conversations overheard often lead to the birth of new ideas that she scribbles down in her trusty notebook.
Michaela is a multi-published author with Breathless Press, Evernight Publishing and a self-published anthology with authors from The Nuthouse Scribblers.
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