David gripped her hand tighter. There was nothing he could do if Misty attacked her. He wasn’t strong like the other wolves in the pack. David had been blessed with brains instead of muscle. Titania knew it upset him on a regular basis. He wanted to be strong, not clever. Clever people didn’t always survive.
“Are you seriously standing up to me?” Misty asked.
Cade grabbed Misty before she took a step closer. Titania quickly glanced at the beta before returning her gaze to the threatening woman. “That’s enough, Misty. Titania is right. Charlotte is our queen.”
Micah was in front of Misty in a heartbeat. “You’ve got something to say about my woman?”
She looked at the ground, refusing to speak.
“I will have you out of my fucking pack, Misty. Make no mistakes about it. Keep pushing and see what happens.” Micah pushed her back in line.
Titania took her cue to retreat and was thankful when David’s arms wrapped around her. He offered her so much comfort in those few minutes. “You’ve got to stop doing that,” he said, whispering the words against her ear.
“I’ve got no choice. Charlotte is my friend.”
“Misty is a brilliant fighter, Titania. She will tear you apart. Charlotte has plenty of pack members willing to fight for her. Don’t get yourself hurt.”
She understood what David was saying but she couldn’t let her friend get accused of something that wasn’t her fault. Micah was the one to mate with Charlotte, not the other way around. Their alpha knew the ways of their kind. The Rock Wood pack was a powerful and strong werewolf pack hidden away within the secluded town of Rock Wood. Their only enemies were the wandering rogue wolves and the Eagle pack.
“David, get up here,” Cade said, breaking into their conversation.
“What?” David asked.
“I told you to get up here. We’re teaching you all how to protect yourselves and that requires demonstrations. Get your ass up here.”
David squeezed her with his arm around her stomach. She tapped his hand and gave him a smile as he walked toward Cade. Titania was pleased he’d not picked her to do the demonstration. Micah was scary as the alpha but Cade was downright terrifying. He had this ability to stare at her in a way that made her feel like he was undressing her with his eyes.
Glancing up at Cade, she was shocked to see him staring at her. Why did he keep looking at her?
His sudden attention made her nervous. Titania was used to being invisible. No one cared about her within the pack. She’d been viewed as more of a hindrance than any actual help. But Cade’s visits to the kitchen were growing daily. Whenever she turned around he seemed to be there, watching her. Why? None of it made sense.
Titania was only a low ranking pack member. She possessed no skills other than her ability to cook. When the full moon was up in the sky she spent a great deal of time running alone or with David. None of the pack was interested in her. She was too fat and weak to gain the attention of any male above her in the pack.
Cade was second-in-command. The only person above him was the alpha. He could have any woman within the pack. His strength and honor alone made him a catch even for human women.
Everything about him scared and intimidated her. She’d seen the tattoos across his back and arms. The one of the wolf was a dedication to the pack, which she respected. The woman bent over being fucked, however, did not make her think of respect. She hated the sight of the tattoo. The image repulsed at the same time as excited her. She’d never been with a man, even though she craved the lustful touch of a man. Most nights of the full moon she stayed away from the males. She couldn’t bear to see their scorn if they ever scented her arousal. David didn’t judge but he was the same. He liked guys and she was more comfortable around him than any other male.
If she had a choice, she’d stay with Charlotte during the nights of the full moon. Returning her attention to David, she watched as Cade caught her friend in a block with his arms behind his head. Nothing David did stopped Cade. His grip was tight. She winced seeing the pain on her friend’s face. Whatever Cade was doing, clearly hurt.
“You see this, you’re weak. The only strength you’ve got is the wolf inside you and the only people you’ll ever be protected from are humans and those less than you.” Cade threw him forward onto the mat. Sniggers echoed around the room. Angered by their outburst, Titania stepped forward.
“I’ll give it a try,” she said, fisting hands at her sides.
“You want to see if you can do better than your friend?” Cade asked.
She nodded. His gaze looked feral and a little excited. The sniggers had stopped. She passed David, who shook his head, begging her not to go.
Ignoring him, she turned her back on Cade. Within seconds he’d caught her hands behind her neck. “Do you really think you’ll get away with one touch?” he asked.
His arm banded around her waist. “Female wolves are more susceptible to more intimate touches.”
“You mean abuse and rape,” Titania said. She didn’t know where her courage was coming from. The man behind her scared the shit out of her.
He stroked her exposed stomach as she tried to get out of his hold. The touch was too intimate. Reacting the best way she could, she stepped on his foot. Cade loosened his hold long enough for her to spin around. She went to hit him. He caught her hands.
In no time at all, Cade had her on the ground with his fingers wrapped around her throat. “It’s admirable stepping up for your friend but don’t try to think you can take me.” He spoke quietly so only she could hear. Cade turned to the rest of the group. “Sticking up for your friend may seem admirable and it is but make sure you’re the one who can win. If your friend doesn’t stand a chance, why can you?” His touch seemed to linger on her. Titania didn’t know what to do about his touch. Why was he being so familiar with her? None of it made sense, she was a no one within the pack.
Stepping through the trees, Titania tried to make her way home. She wished there was something to cover her nakedness. The underwear she’d been wearing was lost during the change. Covering her nakedness was pointless and Cade would see in the dark.
“Stop!” His command forced her to stop. Turning around, she saw him advancing on her. The glowing amber of his eyes startled her. They were the same amber his wolf possessed.
“I’ve stopped. What are you trying to achieve? There is no hope for what you want. You’d be better claiming Misty—” His growl stopped her from speaking.
Cade advanced. She saw the tattoos covering his body. Her eyes drifted to the woman being fucked on his arm. Returning her gaze to his, she waited for him to stop. He kept walking forward and she had no choice other than to step back. She would have fallen over if she remained standing. His arms gripped both of hers as he pressed her against the tree. The bark bit into her flesh.
She ignored the slight pain. Staring into his eyes she waited for him to speak. He looked frightening. His eyes turned back to dark brown. She may have many faults for her kind but at least she could see in the dark.
“Don’t speak her name to me. I have no desire for her.”
Titania laughed. “And yet you have desire for me? Are you insane?”
“I don’t care what the pack thinks.”
“Yes, you do. You’re second-in-command, Cade. Wanting me is out of the question.” She tried to break his grip.
He held her tightly. Lifting her gaze to his, she growled.
“I want you, Titania. Whether the pack likes it or not, you will be mine.”
Before she got a chance to argue his lips slammed on hers, silencing her. He was her first ever kiss and she froze. Cade did not give up. He held her against the tree pressing his body to hers.
She felt the hard length of his cock pressing against her stomach. Titania only came to his chest in height. She wasn’t able to contain the moan and the sound surrounded the forest and left on a breeze.
One of his hands moved from her arm to sink into the length of her hair and the other cupped her hip. Arousal sprung up inside her, hard and hot. She wanted him at the same time as not.
There was no way she could feel desire for this man. He terrified her, from his tattoos to his strength. Cade wasn’t the man for her. Her thoughts muddled together confusing her. She circled her arms around his neck holding him close. His tongue licked along her lips seeking entry. Titania gave it to him, opening her lips.
He plunged his tongue inside, stroking along her tongue.
Moaning, she held him tighter. The hand on her hip moved to her stomach and down farther to cup her mound.
She broke the kiss, gasping.
“You can say you don’t want me and we can’t be together. Your scent tells me otherwise.”
“Scent means nothing.” Titania cried out when he slipped a finger between the folds of her pussy.
“Your pussy says otherwise, baby. You’re dripping wet for me.” He pressed a second finger to her clit, stroking her.
Heat filled her cheeks from how much she wanted him.
“There is not denying what your body needs, Titania.”
“And what is that?” she asked, angry with her response. She’d barely had a conversation with the man before her and yet her body was responding to him as if she’d known him her whole life.
“You crave the fucking that only I can give you.” He claimed her lips once again, stopping her from disputing his claim.
Cade lifted her up holding her close to his body and trapping her against the tree. Wrapping her legs around his waist, she held on. She was the biggest wolf, apart from the men, in the Rock Wood Pack. Titania didn’t want him to strain a muscle from her weight.
He stroked her clit teasing her.
“I’m so hard for you. I want you, Titania. I’ve always wanted you.”
She shook her head. His words couldn’t be true.
No man had ever touched her the way Cade was. His fingers, besides her own, were the first male’s to touch her so intimately. His kiss was her first.
So much pent up need had her splintering apart in his arms within seconds of his touch. She rode the wave of her orgasm, mindless to Cade’s intent.
She felt the tip of his dick pressing to her entrance stopping all kinds of pleasure. Dread, fear, and a desperate need to get away from him engulfed her.
“Stop,” she said.
Much to her relief, Cade stopped. “You want me, Titania. Why stop me?” he asked.
“I’ve never been with a man. I’m a virgin.”
Did she really just say that?