Two hours later Markus left Maxwell’s office with a feeling of completion and utter amazement. He did not expect to walk into J. S. Party Planner and find his mate, he also did not expect that his mate would be a male. All his life he heard that having a mate was a blessing from mother moon. Markus has never been with a man before or thought of a guy in a sexual manner. There were times he would comment that maybe the suit of outfit that a guy was wearing complemented him well, but that is as far as it has gone.
Markus would not deny his mate or the fact that he found Maxwell attractive. There was something special about the other man, he also thought that Maxwell had a classic beauty that reminded him of a Hollywood movie star. While sitting at the conference table, Markus felt waves of sadness coming from his mate, that he obviously tried to hide. Markus wondered what could have caused Maxwell pain and sadness. There was so much hurt and tiredness expressed in his mate's eyes and Markus’ beast stirred and growled ready to protect and comfort his mate. He wanted to hold the other man and tell him that everything would be all right.
Markus sighed, thinking of how long he has been searching for his mate. He was almost at the point of giving up hope. The moment that Maxwell walked into the conference room, Markus got the strangest feeling in the pit of his stomach, and the hairs on the back of his neck and arms stood up. He knew something in his life was about to change. When he looked up and his eyes connected with the most alluring hazel eyes, he had ever seen. The minute their hands touched electricity coursed through his veins, and Markus knew he had found the person he would be spending the rest of his life with.
Again, Markus did not question that his mate was a man. It also made him wonder if his pack will be just as accepting of his mate as he was. Markus was a single father and the Alpha of the Manama Pack. Jessica’s mother was not his mate, but he was very much in love with her. Markus recognized a long time ago that his daughter needed a mother. His sister and the other she-wolf’s in the pack have helped him raise Jessica and they can. But they also have their families to take care of. But how will it work now that his mate is a man? He realizes that he will have to take things slow, give Max sometime to meet Jessica.
Thinking of Jessica, a smile crossed. Jessica and his pack are his world. Jessica’s mother was killed by silver poisoning two nights after she was born. No one knew for sure how it happened. Markus ordered Romero the pack enforcer and his best friend whose also Jessica’s godfather to investigate how Samiha could have been poisoned with no one noticing. Jessica was tested after she was born and there were no traces of silver in her bloodstream.
Markus was still going off of the high he found his mate when he pulled into the elementary school to pick up his daughter. She was a beautiful little cub with her sparkling green eyes and blond hair, she got from her mother. Looking at her now Markus summarized that she has gotten into some trouble since they spoke on the phone earlier. The way she stood, with one of her hands on her hips and the other wagging at a very terrified little boy.
“And the next time you put your hands on him I’m going to sock ya one real hard!” A smile came Markus’ face as he watched as she chastised the terrified little boy. Standing beside her was another dark hair little boy looking at her with such awe as if she was his favorite hero.
Markus parked his car, then got out and walked up behind her clearing his throat to get her attention. She turned around, and the sweetest smile came over her face, she threw herself into her arms giving him the biggest hug.
“Daddy!” Markus gave her a kiss on the check.
He positioned her in his arms and looked at both boys standing in front of him. He looked back at his daughter with a stern expression on his face, before he asked, “Jessie what’s going on here?”
“Dad these two idiots were trying to beat up on poor Joey here, and I jumped in and saved him,” she leans closer, so no one will hear but me. “And besides, no one messes with my mate when I’m around.” At that, Markus looked at her, and smiled, but on the inside, he was freaking out. He could not believe his eight old daughter has laid claim to a boy she thinks is her mate.
“Jessie sweetheart, you're only eight, and you won't know who your mate is until you are at least gone through your first shift and in Daddy’s world he is praying to the gods, it is until you're at least one hundred years old.” He whispered back in her ear.
Markus had always thought that Jessica was smarter than any other kid out there. She was his daughter, and he raised her. He set her down on her feet and told her to introduce him to her ‘mate.'
Might as well size the kid up and see what's so special about him. I don’t want to think about my baby having a mate.
Markus looked down at the two boys, and the one that apparently was ‘the bully’ was scared and ready to run. Markus smiled at both boys and eased their fear they were not in any trouble. They talked for a few minutes before, he told Jessica it was time to go home. She waved goodbye to both boys who have become friends after their conversation. Leave it to his daughter to be the diplomat.
Ash walked to the car, he asked Jessica how the rest of her day went? Other than the phone call and the small bully issue everything else went well. Markus listened to his daughter and realized that he loved being a dad and that he could not envision his life without Jessica. There were times she asked about Samiha and her death. Those conversations are sometimes hard to talk about. But, Markus was never one to keep secrets from her told her everything and the type of woman Samiha was. Samiha was a strong and caring woman, and even at a young age Markus sometimes saw the woman Jessica will one day become. She had his strength, but her mother caring nature.
During their drive home, Markus asked Jessica what she wanted for dinner. Markus remembered how difficult it was for him initially after Samiha died. He did not know how to cook or how to take care of a baby. He was grateful for the women of his pack, along with his sister Annita also the pack’s Beta helped him as best they could. There were a lot of failures and a lot of success in the past eight years.
“We can go out to dinner or do you want me to cook?” He asked. She was sitting in the passenger seat with a determined look on her face.
“I have homework to do, and I like it when we are in the same room together; so, I guess you can cook.”
Surprised at her words he was about to say something when his phone rang, he answered it by pressing the answer button on the steering wheel. “Hello, this is Markus Wolf.”
“Markus this is Maxwell Stone” At the sound of his mate's voice, his wolf perked up with interest.
“Yes, Max what can I do for you?”
“After you left a few ideas popped into my head and once I started putting them down on paper I simply could not stop. You suggested that you wanted to see what I can come up with before you brought it to the rest of your board members. Would you be able to meet with me tomorrow if possible?”
Markus thought for a second and then responded.
“Jessica and I are on our way home,” Markus told him. “Would it be feasible to meet me at my home sometime tonight?”
Max was silent for a second before, he asked. “Are you guys getting ready to have dinner or something?”
“As a matter of fact, yes, we are, we are heading home, Jessie needs to start on her homework, and I need to start dinner.” A thought popped in his head “I have a better idea; why don’t you join us?”
Another stretch of silence Markus and he wondered if he overstepped the boundaries by inviting Max to his home. Markus wanted to get to know his mate, but he did not want to rush the other man.
Max finally answered, “S-sure I can join you and your daughter for dinner. I-I have your address on file, so I will just use my GPS to find your home. Is there anything that you need me to bring?”
No just your sexy ass Markus thought, but what came out was, “Nope, Jessica and I have everything covered.”
“Ok, so I will be there about seven is that good for you guys?”
“That would be great, see you about seven.”
He hung up the phone and looked around but realized that he was already sitting in his driveway. It seemed as if the whole world disappeared by hearing the sound of his mate. He was so focused on getting his mate to come and be with him tonight, everything else disappeared around him. Markus got out of his car and walked into his home. Jessica was already in the kitchen getting a snack. He went to his room and changed out of his suit into something comfortable. Markus tried to remember what he had on hand that would entice his mate’s appetite.
He also mentally noted that he needed to do a bit of research on gay sex. He wanted to be prepared for the perfect time he will claim Max. Markus also needed to speak with a couple of the human members in his pack on the best way to reveal their world to his mate. He did not want to scare Max off or keep secrets from him. There are so many things that could go wrong, and Markus wanted everything to be absolutely perfect. The first thing he needed to do was sit Jessica down and tell her about finding his mate.
Markus made it to the kitchen, Jessica had changed out of her clothes and was enjoying her snack with her books spread out in front of her. He wondered if he should broach the subject of his mate coming over tonight or wait for a better time.
When will be a perfect time?
Markus opened his mouth to respond, but his cell phone rang again. He reached over and picked it up seeing that it was his sister Annita .
“Hey, Red, what can I do for you?” Markus gave his sister that nickname when they were kids. She was the only one born with bright red hair. According to, their mom one of their many great grandmothers had bright red hair.
“Hey big bro, how are you?”
“I’m great. Jessica and I just got home…” Markus told his sister about what he witnessed when he picked up his daughter and knew his sister would be proud, but also find it hilarious what her niece did in honor of love.
“That’s my girl!” Annita cheered, then chuckled.
Markus smiled along with her. “Yeah, yeah, I see a little Annita in the making. Anyway, why did you call?”
“I wanted to know what’s for dinner? Romero will be home late tonight, and I don’t feel like eating alone.” Romero and Annita have been mated going on three years. Romero twelve years her senior had misgivings about mating with her when she was so young. Markus saw how it ate at both of them up inside and out not to be able to touch each other. He was not surprised when, Annita, basically told Romero to be her mate or set her free to find another. It was either the jealousy or the thought of picturing his mate in the arms of another that pushed Romero to take the step he needed.
“Um…” Markus looked at Jessica, who now doubt heard her aunt wanted to pay her a visit and was eagerly waiting for his response. “I’m having a business meeting of sorts here tonight, and I’m sure Jessica would love to see you, so yeah, come on by dinner will be around seven.”
“Wait a second, you have never invited a client to your home before, what’s special about this one?”
Leave for Annita to pick up on that. He did not want to lie to his sister or anyone else for that matter. “I can’t talk about it right now, but I will tell you everything later when we have time.”
“Fine,” she sighed. “But answer me one thing. Is she hot?”
“It’s a he and yeah, hot as h…heck,” Markus said before hanging up the phone. He expected Annita to call him back, knowing he just shocked the shit out of her. He expected that she will be bursting through his front door with a barrage of questions.
While speaking with Annita, Markus decided that he would not tell Jessica that the man she will be meeting tonight was his mate. He wanted to see how Max will be around his daughter. It might be too soon to introduce them. Markus realized that he was using tonight as a test to see how the two would be around each other. But he has never been in this situation before. During the times he was searching for his mate, he thought he had everything figured out, and now that he has, everything stumped him.
Markus knew that he had to claim his mate before he lost his mind. He could not wait to touch Max’s lips and savor their sweet taste. He wondered what it will be like the first time they make love. He knows how it was to be with a woman, but how different will it be to be with a man. Will his skin taste as sweet as it looked? He had to think of other things besides the sweet smell of his mate. The zipper of his jeans was pressing against his growing erection. It was a good thing the kitchen counter was hiding his embarrassment with his daughter in the room.
Markus went about to preparing dinner and helped Jessica with her homework. He was correct when he looked up at the clock and six-thirty exactly, his front door slammed shut, and he heard his sister’s voice coming from the direction of the living room.
“Ok, tell me about this client?”
Markus did not get to answer because of Jessica, Gods bless her jumped off the bar stool she was sitting on and ran into her arms.
“Hello, my little cub, your dad told me what you did today. And I must say, very good.”
Markus turned his back and carried on preparing dinner and letting the two ladies continue their conversation. About twenty minutes later, he was leaning against the counter thinking about what will happen when his mate showed up. Annita sat down in the empty seat on the other side of the counter staring at him. Jessica went and wash up before dinner, leaving them alone to talk.
“So,’ she said to him.
“What do you want me to say,” he said shrugging his shoulders.
“You said he, not she and as far as I know you’re not gay or even bisexual. You said he was hot I have never heard you say that about a guy before. Wait, have you ever been with a guy before and kept it from me?” She asked tilting her head like a curious pup.
“No, I haven’t ever thought of being with a guy before. You know damn well I would have told you. But there is something special about him. He’s my mate, Annita.”
Annita ’s eyes widened at his admission, “You're kidding, right?” He shook his head no. “Well, shit.”
“Yeah, my thought exactly.”
“Wait, how come you’re not freaking out? Why are you not freaking out?”
Markus sighed and pulled away from the counter and walked over to the cupboards taking out dishes to set the table for dinner. “What were we told since we were Jessica’s age?”
“That mates are a blessing from mother moon,” she said out loud.
“Exactly. You know how long I have been searching for my mate. I can’t afford to freak out.” He set the table, and Annita helped him. He looked up at the clock and realized that he still has over five minutes.
“Listen, he’s human and knows nothing about our world, I’m sure of it. Also, there is something tragic that happened in his life.” Annita went to ask what it could be, but Markus stopped her. “I don’t know what it could be. What I need from you is to keep this to yourself for now. I know that you don’t keep things from Romero, and I wouldn’t ask you to. But ask him to keep this to himself just until I can figure out what to do.”
Annita nodded her head and walked over to him and pulled him into a hug. “I’m here for you, anything you need.”
Markus hugged her tightly then pulled back and kissed her on her forehead, not before whispering. “Thanks a lot, sis.”
They pulled back just as the doorbell rang. Annita touched the side of Markus’ left cheek. “Go get him, bro.”
Markus nodded and walked over to the front door. Markus opened, and his breath caught in his throat. Standing on the other side was different man he saw earlier. It was Max all right. But the man standing in front of him looked and smelled so fucking good that Markus could not find the words. Max had on a pair of black jeans that looked as if he was sewed to his body. And a cobalt blue button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up to his elbow. His hair was slicked back, and it showed off his beautiful hazel eyes. If Markus was not interested in Max already, he damn sure was now.
Fuck, I’m in so much trouble.
After losing the love of his life in a fatal car crash, Max closed his heart off from love. The only thing he cares about is keeping his lover's memory alive through his small company. Until one afternoon Markus Wolfe, walks into his office breaking through his heart, giving him a second chance at love.