Mated against their will and forced to have a child, Thomas and Helena hope now that they’ve done their duty, their alpha will leave them in peace to heal, raise their child—and allow Helena to spend more time with her secret lover, who is also Thomas’s sister. When that hope is shattered, they try to bow out by claiming they’re too busy raising their first child to have a second.
In response, the alpha gives them an omega, Owen, to help ease the burden. Rather than cave to Abraham’s demands again, Thomas and Helena are determined to fight back—but first they need to figure out whether or not they can trust Owen…
I woke up and turned in my big bed so that I could look outside and see the sunrise coming over the Colorado plains. Downstairs my sister was already singing to my son, Jonathan. Her girlfriend, Helena, who was also my wife, would be down there with her. It would have been a good morning, except that Helena and I were to see our alpha today.
Pulling myself out of bed, I stretched and dragged some pants on. I was barely functional as I came downstairs for some coffee, but I couldn’t stay in bed all day either. It was Saturday, and there was work to be done well before Helena and I made the trek to go see our alpha in Denver. We lived about an hour east, in Bennett, in a house he had provided for us when we were mated, and he lived on the west side of Denver almost to Lakewood. Helena and I didn’t enjoy the trip through Denver on the highways, but I knew our time was up. Something was happening. We were rarely called to him. Phone calls each week had been sufficient for a year now. But now he required us to meet with him and my stomach was tight at the thought of what he could want from us now.
When I came downstairs and went into the kitchen, I found Helena and Lily together at the table, their hands joined as they leaned against each other.
Our son had cereal in front of him and he smiled at me as I came closer. I kissed his cheek and ruffled his black hair. When he squealed, the women in my life smiled at me.
“Sleep well, Thomas?” Lily teased me.
I went to the coffee machine and poured myself a cup. “Better than you two probably.” They kept quiet when they were together, for my sake, and also not to wake Jonathan. At nearly a year old he was much better about sleeping through the night and none of us wanted to jinx that.
“I don’t want to see Abraham today, but I know we have to,” Helena said with a sigh. She was angry. I knew that already. But we wouldn’t get into it in front of Lily again.
I wholeheartedly agreed with her, but I sipped my coffee instead. She didn’t need me to tell her just how much I wished that we didn’t have to go see him this morning. At least Lily was exempt. Our alpha, Abraham, didn’t like having babies around so Jonathan was to be kept away until he was able to control himself, in the alpha’s words. The longer I could keep Jonathan away from him, the happier I’d be. I wanted them all away from him. We would be better off as humans without someone over us, controlling every aspect of our lives. I didn’t know what Abraham would want from us right now. We had produced a child, like he’d demanded, and our work should have been done for a while.
Since this meeting likely had nothing to do with Jonathan, my gut said Abraham wanted to talk about Lily. She’d been mated, once, but hadn’t produced a child and the arrangement had been dissolved after a year. Helena and I had been lucky that way. Neither of us had wanted this mating, but we got along at least, and I was happy for her and Lily. It was good to see Lily happy with someone at last.
I looked at them both. My sister was worried. She always was whenever we had to go see Abraham. Helena looked annoyed with me. I knew her position on the matter, and how much she wished that I could be the alpha instead of Abraham, but that wasn’t the life I wanted for myself or for them. If I had my way I would have wished that we had all been born human, then none of this would have been pushed on us at all and we wouldn’t have this worry now.
“If you two want to take off for a bit, I can handle Jonathan,” I told them. He was just smiling at me and eating his cereal anyway.
“We’ll go out to the garden then. I’m sure there are some new weeds to pull,” Lily said. She tugged Helena along behind her and I went back to sipping my coffee. I heard them out by the apple trees, and I knew they were arguing, but even with my werewolf hearing I couldn’t make out exactly what they were saying. I could guess it easily enough though. Lily and Helena wanted to be together. I wanted that for them too. I loved our son, but he was the only good thing to come out of our arranged mating.
I was done with my coffee, so I picked him up, slinging him onto my hip as I put my cup in the sink and rinsed it out. He looked more like Helena than like me. She had big green eyes and dark hair, just like he did. I was never really sure what to say to him, this child neither of us had wanted but we both now loved, so I kissed him on his cheeks and carried him into the living room.
“Hey, baby,” I said as I checked him, making sure his diaper was still good to go. Lily loved taking care of him. She was a great second mom to him, and had she been less assertive she would have made a fine omega. But my sister wasn’t meek, and her mothering nature only extended to the wolves she loved. Everyone else could go rot as far as she was concerned. I didn’t blame her for that attitude one bit since that was how I felt most days, too.