Lucian actually growled at him. “What do you think we are?”
The corner of Seth’s lips pulled up in a smirk. “Horny, red-blooded alphas. Just don’t go breaking any hearts.”
There were chuckles all around at that one, but Andrei was most eager to get out of there before Seth could stop him.
He already knew the alpha would want to have a little pep talk after the reminder of his wife. Andrei didn’t want the man’s reassurances, apologies, or even if he just wanted to tell Andrei to suck it up. Andrei just wanted to get back to work.
Not so easy.
“Andrei, do you have a minute?”
Andrei turned. He’d been so close to the door he could see the omegas outside the library. Scrubbing floors and dusting the halls meticulously, as if they were afraid their vampire masters would come home and find out they had been slacking off or something.
Seth’s expression remained professional as Andrei approached and the others left. The door was shut behind them, leaving him and his alpha entirely alone.
Seth eyed him from top to bottom, as if he was considering something, and Andrei wasn’t sure he liked that.
“What I said still stands. I wouldn’t force anyone to take a mate if they were uncomfortable with it, but I honestly think you should.”
That was like a kick in the stomach. Andrei managed to keep himself upright. “Come again?”
Seth’s eyes weren’t quite pitying, but it was close enough. “You’ve been alone a long time. I think having someone around to take care of you could be a good thing.”
Andrei barely held back the hard growl he wanted to let out. Maybe his alpha saw in his eyes how much he was struggling with it because Seth sighed.
“Just think about it. I know that one omega has been following you around like a lost puppy dog lately.”
“It’s because he’s a stupid kid who doesn’t know anything about being free. Looking at me like his hero isn’t the same thing as being in love. He’ll learn the difference soon enough.”
Seth scratched his chin. “Maybe, you could also be the one to teach him.”
“He’s too young.”
“He’s twenty years old. He’s no teenager.”
“Great, twenty, a couple of months ago he was a teenager.”
Seth looked him up and down, as though trying to figure out a way of saying what he wanted to say but then just spit it out.
“I’ve seen the way you look at him, too.”
Andrei abruptly turned. “Nope. Not happening.”
“I said nope. I’m noping out of here right now.”
“That’s not even a word,” Seth growled.
Andrei ignored him.
If he didn’t, he would have said or done something he definitely would have regretted.
Unfortunately, leaving the library put him back within sight of the omega in question. Jesse laughed at something one of the other male omegas said, both of them with their mops in hand, wolf ears sticking up high on top of their heads, and without a care in the world.
Jesse’s wolf ears were a plain gray color. Nothing special, but it was the way they stuck out of his sand-blond hair that brought about the color contrast.
It did make him look good, but the fact that he looked good and that Andrei was lonely didn’t mean he didn’t know how to keep his hands to himself.
The others could find their mates among the omegas if it made them feel so great. Otherwise, he didn’t know why he had to think about this.
Jesse blinked and, as though realizing he was being watched, suddenly looked up at Andrei.
Andrei…couldn’t look away. He wasn’t even sure why he was being compelled to just stare at the man. Mostly, he wanted Jesse to be the first to avert his eyes, but he wouldn’t do that either.
There had been a time when Jesse had been afraid of Andrei, and yet still the omega had followed him around anyway, as if he was more curious than scared.
Andrei wished he would just go back to being scared so he wouldn’t have to deal with this stupid bullshit anymore.
He glared at the omega, showing off his teeth and letting a little rumble come from his throat just for good measure, just to make sure the young man knew to back off and stop with his puppy-eyes bullshit.
Those gray ears tensed on top of his head, standing just a little bit taller out of his hair. His gray tail puffed out. Andrei wasn’t exactly sure what that meant, but at least he had the man’s attention, and at the very least, he hoped he was getting his message across.
He wanted the guy to stop it with his stupid crush because there was no universe in which Andrei was interested.
He turned and walked away. A sharp bite of guilt got him in the chest, but he ignored it.
It was better this way. Better to not let himself start thinking about things he shouldn’t be and better to let that kid off the hook.
Andrei wasn’t the sort of person anyone would want to be saddled with. No young man in the prime of his life, with everything now going for him, recently freed from captivity, who could do anything he wanted, would really want to get stuck with someone who had the amount of baggage Andrei was carrying around.
It wasn’t fair to expect Jesse to know what he wanted, not when his eyes were clouded with ideas of heroism and whatever else he thought about whenever he looked at Andrei.
He needed to smell him. He needed to taste him. Fuck, it was so stupid because before meeting Jesse he never would have thought he would feel an attraction to another man.
And yet here he was, desperate to see this one naked. The sight of Jesse’s cock as it sprang free from his pants was a sight that made moisture fill his mouth. Andrei couldn’t look away, and he was compelled to lean down and put his wet lips around the head.
He couldn’t see Jesse’s face from this position, but he felt the jump of his hips, heard the sound of his gasp, and that was the sound of pleasure that he could understand no matter who he was in bed with.
It was so comforting and familiar to hear that it allowed him to sink his lips deeper around the head of Jesse’s cock until he had almost the entire shaft in his mouth.
He stopped just after the halfway point, feeling his throat resist.
Andre pulled back just then, not feeling up to testing his luck.
And Jesse moaned as though Andrei’s mouth was still around his cock. He thrust his hips forward, his dick searching for more friction. When he didn’t get it, he moaned. “No, please. Don’t stop. I want that. More of that.”
“Well, that’s just too damned bad for you, isn’t it?” Andrei pushed himself to his knees. “This is a mistake.”
Jesse’s eyes flew wide. He reached out, grabbing onto Andrei’s shoulders. “No, no. It’s not a mistake.”
Andrei growled. “What do you know about it?”
Jesse blinked at him as if he didn’t know how to answer that but then said the first thing that popped into his head. “I know that I need you. Please, you can’t just do what you did and kick me out.”
It was cruel to ask, but at the same time, he was curious. He wanted to know how much Jesse actually wanted this, and he wanted to know why.
And it seemed the younger man couldn’t exactly think of what he wanted to say without stuttering about it, making a fool of himself. “I don’t…I don’t know, just, for the love of God, fuck me, please.”
It was the begging that did it. For anyone else, it would have been a turn-off. It should have been a turn-off right here.
But with Jesse…something just clicked.
If Jesse wanted it so badly, then who was he to deny the man?
Seth was right. Jesse was no child, and it didn’t matter what his past was. He was a free adult with agency over his own actions. If he regretted this later, then that would be of no concern of Andrei’s.
Jesse moaned, his wolf ears stiffening and flicking as Andrei attacked his neck with his lips and tongue. Sucking on the spot where Jesse’s pulse throbbed along his throat. His tail thumped against the bed beneath him, and his hips thrust forward, tentatively at first, but then his courage seemed to finally show itself as he humped wildly against Andrei’s body, his cock desperately searching for fiction.
And Andrei fucking loved it. He loved it more than he thought he should.
Andrei grabbed Jesse by his hips, yanking him up and pulling his ass into his lap.
Andrei moaned. The touch of naked flesh against his hard cock… the shaft throbbed painfully. The pleasure that came after was even better, too much for him to simply ignore. Andrei gritted his teeth, canting his hips and thrusting his cock between Jesse’s cheeks.
The pleasure… oh God, it was too good for it to be right. This had to be wrong on some level, but he didn’t care. He didn’t care so long as he got more of it.
Jesse’s hand came down to his hard, curved erection. He curled his fingers around his dick and closed his eyes as he stroked.
Andrei couldn’t look away from such an amazing sight. Once again, something that should not have called to him on such a primal level did. Watching Jesse pleasure himself, watching his wolf ears twitch, his cheeks turn a dark shade of pink, and his mouth fall open, revealing his tiny wolf fangs…it did something to him. Andrei’s gut clenched.
This wasn’t going to end like this. He needed more. He needed so much more than this, than dry humping each other until they came.
Andrei needed to be inside Jesse, to fuck him, to make it so that Jesse never forgot this moment for as long as he lived.
“Turn around,” Andrei growled. “Get on your hands and knees.”
God, he’d been with others since Mandy’s death, but never with another man and never with this level of desperation and want.
Thank God that Jesse did as he was told in short order, not hesitating for too long. Otherwise, Andrei didn’t know what he would have done to get the man to cooperate.
He wasn’t sure he wanted to think about it. It was getting too dark. The instincts rushing through him were the kinds he wasn’t used to dealing with.
If fucking this omega would alleviate this strange sensation pulsing trough him, then so be it.
“Like this?” Jesse asked, and the way he glanced over his shoulder at Andrei was beyond fucking sexy.
“Yeah,” he said, his voice raspy, breath heavy.
He couldn’t help but touch him. His fingers reached out, pressing against Jesse’s pucker, stroking, watching as the man shivered.
Andrei had anal sex before, so he knew what to do. It wasn’t as if he was walking into this blind, but again, he was fascinated with how Jesse reacted to his touch.
It made him wonder how much he could touch him, how much he could stroke and tease him before he couldn’t contain himself anymore and came.
That was something he definitely wouldn’t mind seeing.
Andrei wiggled his fingers slightly against the man’s hole, watching as Jesse moaned.