Life is so unfair.
The first time Poppy transitions, she finds out her mate is none other than Klaus freaking Demon, the alpha’s son. The guy who’s been secretly bullying her for years. If he thinks she’s going to fall for him, he’s wrong.
Klaus apologizes, so what more does she want? They’re mates, and there’s no way she can deny this connection. She wants nothing to do with him, but she belongs to him, and he can’t allow her to leave. When a visiting pack full of unmated males comes to town, Klaus knows he’s screwed. While he still tries to make Poppy see sense, the visiting alpha’s son takes a shine to her. Klaus can’t stand to see Poppy with another, and it’s time he steps up—even if his dad will find out about the bullying.
Will Poppy give him a chance or push him away? Klaus isn’t sure how he could handle the rejection. Can he allow her to be happy with another, or will he admit to what he’s done and stake his claim on his mate?
Poppy was able to drop the falseness. She hated lying to her mother. It made her skin crawl.
Being alone wasn’t a good thing either. With her mother around, she was able to control the wolf a little better.
Her skin felt too tight. It was uncomfortable.
Keeping so many secrets locked up inside her made her struggle to focus. The wolf inside her wanted out. It wanted to run. To be let free, but it also wanted to go to its mate. To Klaus.
She took several deep breaths.
It had only been three days. There was no way this feeling should be coming to her right now.
In and out.
She felt the perspiration on her brow, the sickness swirling in her gut.
Dropping the clipboard, she lost her vision and grasped the edge of the nearest counter. Tension built along her spine, and she felt her bones start to merge. This couldn’t be happening. No full moon.
She tried to think of her mother.
Her wolf wanted freedom, and this was why their alpha insisted that newly turned wolves take a minimum of one year to work at different places throughout the pack. He believed every single person had a part to play in helping bring the wolf under control. To bring stability.
Poppy needed it. She was desperate for it. She wanted to scream for her mom. To beg for help.
In the background, she heard the sound of the doorbell.
Arms surrounded her, and she waited as she was moved. Within seconds, the pain started to evaporate. Opening her eyes, her vision returned, and she was shocked to see Klaus standing right in front of her.
He held her face in his hands. “I’ve got you. I’ve got you.”
“What are you doing here?”
“I’m … I was … I … you’re welcome. I was being responsible here for you, and yeah, I was making sure that everything was working all right.”
She frowned. There was no reason for Klaus to be here.
He didn’t let go of her face, and she quickly became very aware their bodies were flush together.
“I’ve got you.”
“You shouldn’t be here.”
“Poppy, you can be pissed at me all you want to be, but we both know what would have happened if I hadn’t been here. You needed me. Stop being so freaking stubborn.”
“She’ll be back soon, and I’ll leave out of the back, or wherever you need me to go. I will never hurt you.”
“You … she is asking about a mate. Do you know Lionel’s pack is supposed to be coming here?” she asked.
She watched as his jaw clenched.
“Yes, I’m aware of it.”
“Should I be worried?” she asked.
“Don’t allow any of the men to get too close.”
“Damn it, Poppy. Why the fuck do you think?” he asked.
She glared at him.
“We haven’t told anyone that we’re mates. I … want you. There, I’ve said it. I fucking crave you, and there is this desperation I feel for you. Do you think I’m going to be able to have so much control if a dick comes sniffing around you? Hell no. I will cause problems. Trust me when I say we don’t want that to happen.”
“Fine.” She understood.
With her mother asking questions and another pack coming, she was screwed.
They both tensed up as they heard the bell above the door ring.
Klaus surprised her even more by kissing the top of her head, and then he snuck out of the back.