Because I didn’t get the chance to post last week because I was finishing up a deadline I thought I’d post today!
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Ike shifted back to his wolf form. He refused to talk to Antonio any more. Compassion stirred in him as he watched the ghost pace the area. He’d never had anyone not a relative love him before. Lee must be someone special to still have his husband’s love even after death.
He growled at bit at Antonio who raised an eyebrow at him. Damn, he had been a beautiful man.
“Fine, may the best man or wolf win. I’m thinking if Lee wants your Sheriff you’re out of luck but I have to admit I haven’t seen any sign that they are getting any closer. Antonio scowled. “Do you have any brothers?”
“Hmm, maybe he’d like a werewolf.”
Ike lay down on the leaves. He’d be happy to let Lee have one of his brothers as long as Ike got his man. He needed the sheriff. Licking his muzzle he settled down to wait.
The ghost kept him company as the Lee and Trent shared a meal. They could see the couple through the large windows. The men were smiling as they exchanged bites on their plates and conversation.
He hated to admit it but the couple looked good together. Ike would have to make sure Trent got to know him better.
“Lee has problems meeting people,” Antonio offered.
Ike tried to shove off his empathy for the slim man dining with the Sheriff. He didn’t want to find anything to bond over with the blond. Stealing Trent from a friend would be harder than an enemy.
“He just sits in his house and plays with the dogs. I haven’t seen him date since my death except for the few times he went out with Trent.”
“Oh, don’t be like that puppers. There are a bunch of other men. You’re a cute shifter, you won’t have any problem finding a new companion.”
“What are you doing here, Ike?” A hard tone had the hairs on the back of Trent’s neck stand on end.
He turned around to meet the eyes of the one shifter he actively avoided.
Ike shifted back into human. “Hello Norm.”
Norm’s two powerful friends surrounded the shifter on each side. They grinned down at Ike where he sat curled up on the leaves. His body shook from the effort of shifting so much in a short time. Ike wasn’t meant to shift a lot. He was too small and weak.
“What should we do with this wolf who doesn’t listen to his alpha? I’m sure Alpha Peter told him to stay out of town.” Norm grinned as if anticipating a horrible punishment.
“You have no jurisdiction over me,” Ike said. “I believe Hal was looking for you.”
Norm snarled. “I’m going to rip your brother open and feed on his entrails.”
The wolves beside Norm looked between them as if trying to decide which side they should be on.
“Good luck with that,” Ike said. He never knew when to shut up. A fact only reinforced when Norm picked Ike up by his hair.