Wayne County Holidays
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The tree is trimmed, the stockings are hung, the lights are strung with care, but none of that matters, because somebody is watching, and he doesn’t give a damn.
It’s holiday time at the Wayne County Shifter dwelling, and everybody is in good spirits. Not only have they not heard from their enemies in a long time, but the pack is thriving and growing. So they are all looking forward to a happy time and a good celebration.
But if there is one thing everybody knows about the shifter world, one can never get too comfortable when things are going well. Just when they think all is well, trouble strikes in the worst way possible. It couldn’t happen at a worst time, either. For not only is there the celebration to think about, but the babies are coming.
Hale nodded. “Chris said not to take offense. She would have said it, pregnant or not. I guess she always stresses out during the holidays and wants to make sure everything is perfect. I just happened to be the first victim that walked by the office when she was looking for somebody to head the decorating committee.”
“What about your job at the library?”
Hale felt a pang of guilt. “I’ve been relieved of that duty until this is finished. They’re going to have to work shorthanded until I’m done. They really need me, too. We still haven’t gotten things cleaned and stocked back up since the attack. Pack members are chomping at the bit for us to reopen too, which is only adding more pressure on us.”
Toby ran the back of his fingers down Hale’s cheek, eliciting a shiver of desire from Hale, even though they had just made love that morning and most of the previous night. They had been together for a few months, but they still couldn’t get enough of each other and constantly were petting and loving on one another.
“Here, why don’t you let me carry that box the rest of the way? Then I’ll see if I can round up some help for you. With a bunch of us working together, we can get it done a lot quicker,” Toby said in a gentle tone that he only used with Hale.
Hale shook his head again. “I don’t want to bother you guys. You’ve been working all day too, and must be tired. Just go get a meal and go to bed.”
“Bed is no fun without you in it, anyways. May as well work at getting you back in as soon as possible.”
“It’s going to take days to get this finished. Even with help. I hate to break it to you, but there are at least ten more boxes this size in the storage room.”
Toby gave a small laugh. “I kind of figured. I’m sure the other assassins can do without me for a few days. We haven’t had any trouble in months, and things have been quiet in the field. So they won’t miss me. Plus, I’ve wanted be an elf.”
Hale laughed at that one. “Bullshit! More likely you wanted to eat the elf.”
Toby tilted his head to the side. “Oh, right. That sounds more like me.”
Hale ran his hand down Toby’s chest. “Thanks for the offer. I think I’ll take you up on it after all. I’m in over my head here and could use all the help that I can get.”
Toby brushed a kiss on Hale’s brow. “I’ll be right back with more help than you can use. I can be very persuasive when I want to be.”
“Just promise me you won’t be too persuasive. I don’t need a bunch of terrified Wolves around me.”
“I promise to be nice.”
When Hale gave Toby a yeah-right
look, Toby shot off a cocky grin. “Okay, you got me. I’ll try my best to be cordial. Is that better?”
“It’s more truthful.”
“What can I say? I am what I am.” Toby gave a small shrug.
“And I love you for every bit of it.” Hale gave him a slow, deep kiss.
“I love you, too.”
As always, a warm feeling went through Hale at those words. How a warrior like Toby could find anything worth loving in small, scrawny dog like Hale still was a wonder to him. But he had long tried to figure out that mystery and just learned to accept his good fortune. And what a good fortune it was. Hale was the luckiest guy in the world. He had to have the best mate in history. For all his thorns, Toby was a true softy underneath, a loving mate who would do anything for Hale.
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