So here's another chapter in the wolf drabbles series. I was having a bit of a writer's slump and someone suggested that you write something that isn't your current project so thanks to them another chapter was born. I can't give you any idea of when the next chapter is coming because I am genuinely committed to not writing two stories at once so this is a break from the norm for me. I think that's all from me. I hope you enjoy another glimpse into the lives of our favourite wolves.
At the sound of Wyatt's timid voice, Sebastian turned away from his daughter and watched as Wyatt shuffled into the room. He looked to his brother, confusion shining from his eyes. Wyatt was never timid especially not when he was in his own home. The little boy's behaviour instantly put him on his guard.
"I need to talk to you."
Sebastian patted the sofa in invitation and Wyatt ran towards him.
"What do you need to talk about?"
"Mates," he answered simply.
"What about them?"
"How do you know you've found them?"
Sebastian's brow furrowed in confusion. "Why do you need to know that?" Though Wyatt was wise for his age he was still just a child. He didn't need to know about how to find his mate for many years.
"Because I think I've found mine."
"What?" Ryan shouted in excitement, his booming voice waking Matthew from his peaceful slumber. He quickly soothed the teary baby, rocking him gently until he was quite again. "Tell us everything," Ryan demanded.
Excited by the prospect of Wyatt having found his mate so young, Sebastian pulled him close. "Yes, tell us everything."
"Her name is Emily."
"Pretty," Sebastian admitted. "Tell us why you think she's the one."
"I – I went –"
"What did you do?" Ryan demanded.
"I went for a run a few days ago," he admitted reluctantly, all too aware that he shouldn't have gone into the woods alone.
Sebastian's brow rose in annoyance. "If you weren't telling me about this potential mate of yours I'd be very angry with you right now Wyatt. You know you're not meant to wander off alone. What if something had happened to you? What would me and Erica have done?"
"It's done now 'Bastian," Ryan interrupted, eager to hear what else Wyatt had to say. "He's fine and I'm sure if something had happened to him Dylan would have known. You know just how well the bond between them is. It's just as strong, if not stronger than ours and you always knew when I was in trouble."
"You act as if I had a choice. If I wasn't constantly trying to feel if you were in danger I don't think we'd be sitting here having this discussion."
"Whatever," Ryan said dismissively, waving off Sebastian's concerns. "We have more important things to worry about." He turned his attention back to Wyatt. "So you were running in the forest this morning and…"
"There was this smell. It was so pretty…I had to follow it."
Both Sebastian and Ryan nodded, remembering the pull that had drawn them to their mates.
"And then I saw her. She's the most beautiful person in the whole entire universe."
Their nodding stopped abruptly, neither able to agree with Wyatt's claims when thoughts of their own mates were wandering through their minds.
"My wolf nearly took over. All it said was mine, mine, mine."
Yup, Sebastian thought quietly. He's definitely found her and so young too. He smiled widely, beaming from ear to ear with pride.
Wyatt's smile faded and Sebastian's eyes narrowed. There was something he wasn't telling him. "What is it Wyatt?"
"I tried to go and say hello."
"Obviously," Ryan agreed.
"But he wouldn't let me in."
Sebastian's eyes narrowed. "Who wouldn't let you in?"
"Her daddy," he said sadly. "I tried to explain that I just wanted to talk to her but he wouldn't let me in. He told me to go home to my mummy and daddy. He said it wasn't safe for me to be in the forest by myself."
I'm not liking the sound of this, Sebastian thought carefully. "Go on," he prodded.
"He wasn't like us. He wasn't a wolf."
"Humans?" Ryan pushed. "There are no humans on our estates, just how far did you run?"
"To the town," Wyatt answered sheepishly before he rushed to explain himself. "I just wanted to see the school. Alex and Erica say that me and Dylan are going to be going there soon and I just wanted to see what it looked like. I've never been to human school before. I smelled her at the school but I know we're not allowed to change in front of humans so I followed her home."
"And she didn't see you?"
"She thought I was a puppy. When she got to her house I ran away and changed. I knocked on the door just like you taught me to Sebastian but her daddy was so mean. He wouldn't let me anywhere near her. I really thought he was going to hurt me so I came home."
"Have you been back?" Ryan asked knowing how strong the bonds between mates were. Even if Wyatt was young he wouldn't have been able to resist seeing her again.
Wyatt nodded. "She's just so pretty and she smells so nice."
Drawing the young boy close, Ryan hugged him affectionately. "What does she smell like?"
"Cotton candy." Ryan's eyebrows rose but he said nothing and let Wyatt continue. "She smells so sweet. Whenever I smell her I get so hungry and all I want to eat after I've seen her is cotton candy."
"Well that explains why you've been asking for so much of it," Ryan said dryly. "But trust me when I say it isn't going to be anywhere near as good as the real thing. You'll see what I mean when you're older."
Sebastian had sat quietly throughout the conversation but his mind was reeling. Wyatt's mate was human. She'd be dead before he reached maturity if action wasn't taken. "Wyatt, I need you to tell me exactly where she lives. I'll go and talk to her family. I'll make them see reason." And see what we can do about keeping her alive until you're old enough to claim her.
Eager to be able to see his mate Wyatt quickly rattled off directions for Sebastian.
"I'll be back soon Ryan, look after the kids."
At Ryan's nod of agreement Sebastian took off. He shifted as soon as he was clear of the door and sped off to the location Wyatt had given him. The woods blurred into nothing more than streaks of green and brown as his long stride ate up the terrain. Keeping the idea of a cotton candy fragrance at the forefront of his thoughts Sebastian quickly came to a clearing where a small cabin was nestled snugly between the trees.
Sharp golden eyes watched as he waited for the objection of Wyatt's frustrations to come into view. He didn't have to wait long. A little girl came running out of the house, her dark hair tied back in messy pigtails, her blue eyes intense as she picked flowers. The sweet smell of sugar drifted from her in waves...and so did something else. Sebastian took a final deep breath, ensuring he'd be able to find her wherever she was. His brows drawn tight in confusion he trotted away from the clearing shifting easily into his human form when he was far out of sight and hearing range. He reached for his phone and dialled his brother his lips drawn tight into a scowl.
"So?" Ryan teased. "Did you find her?"
"Of course I did."
"Do you want the good news first or the bad news?"
"Give me the good stuff."
"Well on the bright side, I scented her and she's not human but the other scent coming from the cabin was. So my main concern is sorted, she isn't going to die before Wyatt reaches maturity."
"You're right, that's definitely good news. So tell me the bad news."
"There's no way I'm going to be able to talk Erica and Alex out of sending Dylan and Wyatt to human school now."
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