Her fangs lengthened at the sound of his heartbeat. Strong and sure. The smell of wolf may have grown to be less prominent, but that musky animal scent still didn’t enthuse her. His blood would surely taste just as uncivilized, like sandwich spread instead of duck liver pate. She grit her teeth, trying to get her fangs to retract. It wouldn’t be long and she wouldn’t give a damn what his blood tasted like, she’d drink anyway.
“Have one of the males bring food and drink,” Ward said.
“Gage heard about the vampire, he wants to meet with you ASAP.” A low murmur from a male just outside, but her advanced hearing meant that she caught every word.
“I kind of have my hands full at the moment.”
“He was insistent,” the male said.
“Tough. Make my wishes clear. I’ll handle this myself. There is nothing to be concerned about.” His grip on her tightened.
“Food? Do vampires eat?” There was a low chuckle followed by, “I hear she’s not bad looking…for a vampire…is that why you’ve holed yourself up in there with her?”
Ward growled, the sound causing goose bumps to rise.
Another chuckle. “Be very careful, Ward. Luna will not wait for you for much longer, she would have your balls if—”
“Enough.” A snarl that made her pull back, his grip keeping her at his side. Ward turned his head to her, his eyes softened as they locked with hers. “You have nothing to fear,” he whispered. “I’m sorry you have been forced to hear the bumbling of an idiot. Ignore him please.” The big wolf turned back to the opening.
“Oh shit. Sorry, Ward, is she right there?”
“Just do as I ask, Rushe,” Ward said, although the words were softly spoken, Stephany could hear the underlying menace. “I don’t want to have to tear you another asshole,” he growled.
“Sorry, Ward. No problem. Don’t worry about the food or Gage. I’ll sort it all out for you.”
Ward closed the door and released her arm.
“Is Luna your mate? I’m sorry, am I keeping you from her?” She shook her head. “Look, just let me go, you should go back to your female…”
“Luna is not my mate…at least, not yet.” His face was a mix of emotions. Brow creased, eyes staring at a spot somewhere past her shoulder, his jaw set. Ward finally looked her straight on. “You were taken by accident, I will personally ensure your safety. I may not be mated”—his eyes narrowed—“but do not be concerned.” He put his hands up. “We are forced together for a few days but I won’t try anything. I mean, you’re a vampire and I am a wolf.” He threw her a half smile. Somehow managing to look handsome…for a wolf. “Our kind doesn’t mix.” His face grew stern. “Hayden and Sawyer obviously need more work, they have clearly been blabbing to the rest of the pack about you… ‘not bad looking for a vampire’”—he made a frustrated noise—“I will beat their asses…” He added the last more to himself than to her.
He suddenly seemed to remember that she was there. “Make yourself at home.” He gestured around the small cabin. The space was dominated by a large, comfortable looking bed with a small sitting area to the one side. There was even a small kitchenette.
Stephany wanted to argue further, but knew it would not help. She glanced past the bed and made for a sofa. Ward followed her, taking the opposite chair. They sat for a time in uncomfortable silence. She mentally shrugged, it was as good a time as any to find out more about why he hated her species so much. Maybe even to try to learn a little more about those so called secrets they had. Not because she thought they were doing anything that would really threaten her species, but more because it interested her. It wasn’t like she had anything better to do. “So vampires have all the money and power and that’s why you hate us?”