Sorry I’ve had such a long hiatus. I can’t promise every Monday but I will try to post more regularly.
Jager sometimes wonders what his life would have been like if he had mated with one of the wolves instead of his big, arrogant tiger shifter. If Dare had been the only tiger shifter he met he would have sworn they were a laid back friendly group. His mate, Ryder, was a different kind of cat. Big, aloof and prouder than the fae king Jager knew, he still wouldn’t trade his mate for anyone.
The front door slammed breaking into Jager’s thoughts
“Hey babe,” Ryder leaned over the back of the couch and kissed Jager until every thought vanished from his head.
“Hi!” Jager replied, smiling. He couldn’t stop his instinctive joy at seeing his mate even if he wanted to.
“What are you up to?” Ryder leaped over the furniture, landing on the cushion beside him.
Jager lifted a photo. “I was reviewing my portfolio.”
“Why?” Ryder tilted his head like one of the wolf pack not that those words would ever cross Jager’s lips.
“I got a call for a cologne ad. The money is really good.” Jager might have almost given up on modeling didn’t mean he wouldn’t snatch a fantastic opportunity if it presented itself.
“If you need money, I’ve got some.” Ryder frowned. “Just because I’m not a fancy model doesn’t mean I’m poor.”
Jager sighed. “I’m not saying you are. I just like to make my own way.”
Life had taught him caution and to have backups for his backups. If something happened to him he wanted both his sister and his mate to be taken care of.
“Then why do you want the money?” Ryder persisted.
Jager closed his eyes then took a deep breath before opening them again. “Modeling isn’t a long term career. I don’t know what I want to do next and I’d rather have a good nest egg if I have to live on it for the rest of my life.”
“Or you could live off of me,” Ryder said.
Jager tried to collect his thoughts. How could he say this without upsetting his mate? “It’s not that I don’t trust you, but I’ve had a lot of bad luck with people I’m supposed to depend on. I’d feel more equal in our relationship if I could bring something to it.”
Ryder cupped Jager’s face between his hands. “You bring the best thing possible, my beautiful mate. You bring yourself. No money, or gold, or big mansion could be better than your smile welcoming me home.”
Jager didn’t speak for a few minutes he didn’t know what to say. Ryder wasn’t usually the romantic type. “Thank you.” He shoved his pictures mindlessly back into their transparent jackets.
Ryder rubbed Jager’s back in slow soothing circles. “What would you be wearing for this job you were looking at?”
“Hmm?” Jager looked up from his task to find Ryder’s staring at his photos. “Oh, it’s for a cologne ad. I’d be wearing a tux.”
Ryder cleared his throat. “I suppose if you really wanted to do it there’s no harm in one more shoot. I don’t want you to have self-esteem issues or anything.”
“You just want to see me in a tux don’t you?” Jager asked not bothering to hide his amusement.
“Fuck yeah,” Ryder wrapped an arm around Jager, pulling him close. “You look amazing in jeans and a T-shirt I might shoot my load if I see you all dressed up.”
He couldn’t stop the laughter from bursting out. “You are such a romantic.”
“Damn straight.” Ryder’s self-satisfied grin almost set Jager laughing again but a kiss cut off his snickers.
Jager melted into his mate’s embrace. If given the chance to pick anyone else in the world he’d pick his prickly tiger all over again.