The last thing he wanted was a mate
Lucca looked down the street the commotion looked like it was coming closer, but no one except him seemed to notice. This was not a good sign of him getting to enjoy his meal.
Had anything noteworthy happened in the past? No, he was sure that nothing happened that he needed to know about.
“It’s no longer the past. It’s the present anything can happen.”
Just like that, he changed his mind. He no longer missed his brothers, especially the oldest one. The soft laughter echoing through his head brought an involuntary smile to his lips.
He looked up and took a few more bites of his food. It was a shame that it was going to go to waste. On his next bite, he was surrounded by the commotion that no one seemed to be able to see. Someone fell into his lap, and whatever was chasing her disappeared.
“You!” There was a female in his lap, an underfed female. He was tempted to shove the rest of his meal into her mouth to make sure she didn’t break apart.
“Who are you?”
“You fall into my lap disturbing my meal, then you ask me to identify myself? I think I should hear an apology followed by your name.”
“And I’m out of here.” She went to stand and stumbled.
“Well, at least your eyes work even if you weren’t taught manners.”
“I’ll have you know my brothers made sure I knew what manners were.”
“Too bad you didn’t adopt them as part of your lifestyle.”
She tried to push herself up and fell again. He caught her cradling her in his arms.
“Put me down you Neanderthal. Do I look like a baby to you?”
“You look about as weak as one.”
“Where are you taking me?” He had started walking down the street, and strangely enough; no one seemed to pay any attention to them.
He stopped and stared at her. “Do you know Dante?”
“Never mind.” He started walking again ignoring her.
Just great. She finally made it out of that cave. It took her weeks she didn’t know how many, but she knew what the passing of time felt like. Then she walked until her feet bled, she rested and walked some more. It felt like she was following a beacon, something or someone was drawing her. No matter how she tried, she couldn’t ignore the call. If she went in the opposite direction, the pain she felt became worse until she couldn’t move.
When she made it to the city evil surrounded her. She was in a fight for her life. In her weakened state, she knew she was going to die, but she couldn’t just give up. So, she fought. When her strength gave out, she found herself falling into his lap.
He opened the door to a vehicle and placed her in the back seat allowing her to lay across it. A small sigh escaped she was grateful to be able to rest.
She watched as he strode around to the front of the car and got in. He was handsome, and she didn’t want to notice. His blue eyes twinkled when he looked back at her. She could almost smile at the mischief in them, but she knew better. No males in her future ever. His blonde hair was shaved close on one side and fell over the other side in a sexy tangle of hair her fingers itched to touch.
No touching she told herself as her eyes closed. At this rate, they may never open again.
The female in the back of his car was dying. He knew deaths touch when he saw it. Already he wanted to kill something preferably the elusive being that was fighting with her.
He’d give a lot to have Damon by his side.
“Damon? Damon! Answer me, I know you can hear me.”
“I was busy Lucca. What do you want?”
“Tell me you followed me to the past.”
“Why would I do that? You up and decided to leave. You didn’t tell any of us where you were going. You even cut your mental transmissions so we couldn’t follow you. I believe your words were, ‘all I want to be is left alone.’ Well, now you’re alone.”
Damon cut their connection, and he was alone with a dying mate in the backseat of his car.
“Please, Damon I need you.”
Silence. He had been so sure when he walked away, that he didn’t want a mate or a child or anything else Damon and Mick were talking about. He didn’t want his soul to be tested because he wasn’t confident he could win.
Living alone would always be better than putting the lives of his brother’s, the life of his mate at risk. How many times had he told himself he didn’t need anyone even as his brothers pressed around him insisting he did?
He lost everything in one fell swoop, his brothers and the mate he denied wanting. He pulled the car up to his doorway. He decided he was going to live on the ground this time, blend in with the humans. Who was he kidding like that would ever work?
He opened the back door and reached for her. He didn’t have a name to call her. He walked into his house and watched as his door opened but no one showed themselves.