Elliott flung the pencil across the room. Planting his face in his hands he rubbed at his temple with his index fingers. The headaches had been worse lately. Even the air held a heavy weight against his skin. He kept his eyes closed to block out the light. Even dimmed the lights pierced his head.
He missed Parker. His mate had gone out of town leaving Elliott alone. It shouldn’t have been a big deal. As an introvert Elliott enjoyed being alone but he preferred to be alone with Parker.
He slid his right hand down to play with the links on his necklace, Parker’s necklace. The jewelry his mate had given so he always knew he was always on Parker’s mind. For a hard-eyed dominant Parker had a gentler side he only shared with Elliott. If he concentrated on Parker he could speak telepathically to his mate but he didn’t know what job Anthony had sent him on and Elliott didn’t dare interrupt Parker during a crucial time. What if he was chasing down a bad guy and Elliott distracted him?
“I knew I should’ve taken you with me.” Parker’s rich voice jerked Elliott out of his deep contemplation.
“Parker.” Elliott jumped up out of the chair, headache vanishing with the sight of his mate. He didn’t think twice before leaping into Parker’s arms.
“Generally I’d expect more decorum but I missed you to.”
Elliott would’ve spoke. Maybe argued in his defense but Parker didn’t seem upset if the hard kiss he pressed against Elliott’s mouth was any indication. Several minutes passed before Parker finished greeting Elliott. He melted against his mate uncaring if someone walked through the door and got an eyeful. They were always watching Elliott askance anyway, worried Parker would crush them if they upset Elliott. He’d tried to tell them Parker wasn’t like that but Parker intimidated more successfully than Elliott persuaded.
“How did the trip go?”
“I hunted down the mutant that was trying to set everything on fire.” Parker’s grim expression had Elliott sighing.
“You had to kill him didn’t you?”
Parker nodded. “There wasn’t any choice. He wasn’t really there any more.”
“I’m sorry.” Elliott knew Parker didn’t enjoy killing. People didn’t understand the toll it took on someone to kill another being.
Parker shrugged. “It took a while to hunt him. That’s why I’ve been gone so long.”
Two days. It shouldn’t have felt like eternity but it could’ve been longer.
“You do what you have to do.” He didn’t want Parker to feel bad about doing his job.
“I’ve talked to Silver and unless it’s an emergency they won’t send me out of town again.”
From their snatched conversations Elliott had learned the mutant had ran and Parker and Thomas had gone to chase after him.
Parker easily carried Elliott to the guest chair where he sat down Elliott and all. He pressed a kiss to Elliott’s forehead before he spoke. “Nothing is more important than you.”
Elliott rested his head on Parker’s shoulder. “I love you.”
Parker rubbed his hand along Elliott’s spine. “Love you back. Now let’s get you home and show you how much.”
“My day isn’t over yet?” He had a pile of paperwork he still hadn’t addressed.
“It is now. Anthony agreed to let you take the rest of the day off and all of tomorrow.”
“That was nice of him.” Any other person and Elliott might’ve suspected Parker bullied him into agreeing. No one bullied Anthony. Elliott could leave with a clear conscience. Sliding off Parker’s lap he grinned. “Then let’s go home and enjoy my time off.”
Parker stood and clasped Elliott’s hand. “Let’s.”