Mace wasn’t looking for a mate, but when his alpha makes an alliance with the nearest pack, an omega intended for Mace is part of the deal. Mace goes into the relationship wanting nothing more than to please his alpha, but the omega’s reluctance to commit to the mating right away gives him pause. He convinces the younger man to give him a chance, and Mace soon discovers that being with this omega is going to bring him pleasure far beyond simply pleasing his own alpha.
Mace felt Gideon watching him, and he moved over to Noah under the alpha’s gaze. “I’m not objecting to anything about this. I’m looking forward to getting to know such a beautiful male.” Mace wasn’t exactly lying, as he found Noah very attractive. More than anything he was trying to reassure Gideon that he’d adjusted his attitude accordingly. They hadn’t talked since their disagreement, and Mace wanted to go into this without animosity between him and Gideon. “And we both have a choice, but we’ll get to know each other more staying in the same house.”
“All right. Thank you for opening your home to me,” Noah said after a few seconds of silence.
“You’re welcome.” Mace nodded and took Noah’s bags inside. Noah followed him to the guest room, looking around as they moved through the cabin.
“You have a lovely home,” Noah said.
“Thank you. Were you still living with your brother in your pack?”
“Yes. In my pack, omegas stayed with their families until they were old enough to breed. Then they would move to their own cabins.”
Mace put Noah’s bags down and looked him over. “You’re more than old enough to breed. Aren’t you?”
Noah nodded. “Twenty. But Thomas didn’t want me to just be a breeder. He wanted me to have a mate. A real family.”
Mace moved closer. “Lots of omegas will have that in years to come. I think it will be better for everyone. Omegas will no longer have large broods of children with different fathers. It’ll be better.” In the confined space, Noah’s scent surrounded him. Mace took a deep breath.
Noah turned to look out the window.
Mace hesitated, but finally he said, “I think I know why you were wary of staying with me. You’re worried because you’re about to go into heat. That’s why you wanted to be somewhere else.”
Noah gripped the window sill. “Yes. I don’t want you to accept me because of that. It’s easy to think you’re compatible with someone when you’re fucking all the time.”
“Are you a virgin?” Mace asked, wondering just how protective Thomas had been with his little brother.
“But no one ever seeded you?”
Noah turned around and leaned back against the chest of drawers by the window. “No. There was only one man. He pulled out and didn’t knot me. We only had sex a few times.”
“You do prefer men then?”
“Do you find me appealing?” Mace asked as he stepped closer.
Noah looked him up and down. “Yes. You’re handsome. Strong. Your alpha favors you above all others, so you must be a good man.”
Mace stepped closer again. “We don’t have to have sex. While you’re in heat the next few days, I can simply meet your needs.”
Noah looked surprised, shaking his head right away. “You don’t have to.”
“I’d prefer it to you being bedded by another. I want to please my alpha. He desires this.”
Mace chose his words carefully. “I want children, and I find you appealing. If you’ll accept me as your mate, I’ll enjoy giving you many pups.”
Noah cast his gaze down.
Mace had never seen an omega react that way to the idea of children. “Don’t you want children?”
“Are you afraid?”
Noah crossed his arms over his chest, hugging himself. “A little bit.”
Since male omegas had to give birth via Cesarean, Mace understood. “I’d take good care of you, I promise.”
Noah looked up at him. “You seem to have already made your mind up.”
“I’m choosing to go into this with a positive attitude. I’m saying I would stand by you if you were carrying my pup.”
“To please your alpha?”
Mace nodded. “I would do it for anyone I got pregnant, but yes, to please Gideon.”
Noah gazed up at him. “He seems like a good man. You must love him very much.”
Noah shifted his stance but didn’t break eye contact. “My brother never notices subtle things, but … I saw you looking at Gideon as you came over.”
Mace walked over to the bed and sat down. After nearly a minute of silence, he said, “Will it be a problem? I’ve never acted on it and never will. I’ll be faithful if we become mates.”
“I don’t want to be a consolation prize. It’s unfair to both of us.”
“Why don’t we just try, the way our alphas want us to? Can’t hurt.” He let his gaze wander over Noah. “I do find you attractive.”
Noah came and sat beside him but kept some space between them. “But can we start out as friends?”
Noah’s scent already affected him, so he couldn’t help protesting. “Might be hard. You’re about to go into heat.”
Noah looked away. “I can masturbate.”
Mace leaned over and made Noah look at him. “Cabin’s not that big. You might drive me crazy that way.” Just the thought of Noah pleasuring himself excited Mace. Despite his feelings for Gideon, he’d never been celibate, and an omega in heat was hard for any wolf to resist.