A snort escaped. “Didn’t you just hear what I said? If I told you, you’d have to remain my captive”—he narrowed his eyes at her trying to drive the seriousness of what he was saying home—“indefinitely.”
“As if you could keep me here long term,” she huffed. “Are we done?”
He nodded. “I mean it, Stephany.” Her eyes widened at his use of her name. “Your species would never find you. Don’t you want to go home?”
She nodded once. “Of course I do. The sooner the better.”
“We’re in agreement then.”
“Yes!” she snapped. “Very much so.” She looked around, a heavy tilt to her chin meant that it happened from down her nose. What could only be a soft snort of disgust escaped from between her pursed lips as well.
Her eyes returned to him, they narrowed. “You tried to kidnap the chosen human female. Did you plan on mating her yourself?” Her eyes flashed a brighter blue.
Ward didn’t feel like discussing this with her or anyone else for that matter. The plan had been a colossal clusterfuck to begin with. He felt like an idiot for having trusted the elves, for having gone along with it in the first place. Hopefully in time he’d be able to forget the events of the last twenty four hours. If nothing else, it had taught him not to trust any of the other species. “That is none of your concern.”
“It would be a good way to ensure long-term success against our species. No vampire heirs would mean that our species would eventually crumble. It is seriously low, uncouth behavior even for a wolf.”
He pursed his lips. They had no clue what he planned, and he would use that to his advantage.
“You will not have her. Not this time, not next time, not ever. You can call off your dogs.”
“What do you know of it?” Ward growled. “Who are you?” his voice softened.
“A female. A nobody. You don’t strike me as the type of male that would take a female against their will though, or maybe human females are different to you. There to use as you please.”
His whole frame tensed. “I would never force a female. The plan was not mine and I’ll admit, stupid. I should never have gone along with it.” He clenched his teeth for a few beats. “I would never have forced the human. Never.” The last he said on a growl.
The vampire’s tense frame eased. “You can go now.” She lifted her eyebrows as she spoke.
He gave a humourless chuckle. “I said that you needed to stay at my side at all times…at all times, vampire.”
Her mouth dropped open and she made an incredulous noise. “I didn’t mean in the shower. You couldn’t possibly mean while I’m…”
“Naked?” He huffed. “I’m a shifter. Nudity is one of those things. I won’t even notice.”
She grit her teeth and her hands moved to her hips. “I’m a vampire. I refuse. I will notice.”
Ward shrugged. “Then let’s go back inside.”
“But, I’m filthy.”
“I must say, I would prefer to share a bed with a clean—”
He felt his eyes roll back. The vampire clearly hadn’t understood a single thing that he had said. “You will stay at my side at all times. I plan on sleeping. If you are at my side, it means that you will need to share my bed.”
“I refuse to share a bed with you, wolf. Forget it. Think of something else.”