Length: 35,000 words approx.
After a life on the run, witch Gabriel just wants to enjoy having a home. He’s perfectly happy pottering around his garden and using magic to quietly help people. Then the Alpha of the local wolf pack is attacked by a member of the local coven, and everything changes. There’s no love lost between the witch and the wolves, but Gabriel saves the life of the Alpha in an attempt to keep the peace.
Simon finds his mate in the witch that saves his life, but the coven is coming for Gabriel, and they don’t care who gets in their way...
“That’s better.” Simon couldn’t help his own smile after seeing Gabriel’s joy. His face was flushed pink from laughing, and he looked radiant in the soft light of the clinic.
Simon took a chance and moved closer. Gabriel’s eyes widened as he startled, but he didn’t seem alarmed. “Seeing you smile.”
Gabriel flushed a deeper red, a hint of confusion displayed on his face.
Simon took another step closer so that he was face-to-face with a flustered Gabriel. He brought his hand up to gently touch the side of the Gabriel’s face. His skin was softer than Simon had thought possible.
“Are you—” Gabriel broke off the sentence and moved back. Simon dropped his hand immediately. He didn’t want to make Gabriel uncomfortable.
Gabriel glanced at Simon and took a hesitant breath. Simon tried to look reassuring.
“Forgive me if I’m wrong, but you’re flirting with me? Why?”
Simon chuckled. Gabriel was adorable. “Because I like you.”
Gabriel frowned before glancing away. He didn’t seem satisfied with the answer.
“But wolves have mates,” he interjected.
Simon’s eyes widened momentarily. He hadn’t thought Gabriel would know about mates, but maybe this would be a good thing—maybe Gabriel would be more receptive, more understanding about the situation.
“Why do you think I am flirting with you?” Simon asked, dropping his voice to no louder than a whisper, soft and alluring.
Gabriel inhaled sharply, and his eyes widened. “Surely not?”
Simon didn’t know if that was positive or negative, but he couldn’t take it back now. He nodded, moving closer and crowding Gabriel against the wall.
“Don’t you feel it too?” he asked. “My mate?”
Riza lives in England where they enjoy adding extra letters to words, tea, and discussing the weather (it's always raining). She has a FdSci in Manufacturing Engineering and is currently working towards her BEng. When she's not writing, studying or doing her day job, Riza is obsessed with target archery and enjoys shooting barebow.
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