A Tri Omega Christmas
~ part two ~
Jake cuddled Leyland’s sleeping body closer to his as he watched the dark clouds roll in over the mountain range behind their house. He could scent the coming storm in the air and knew it would be a big one.
It was Christmas Eve. With the storm that was coming they might not be able to leave the ranch until the new year. Jake didn’t necessarily consider that a bad thing, being snowed in with his two mates. It would give them lots of time for cuddling in front of a roaring fire together. What else were they supposed to do? Knit?
Still, it was starting to turn dark outside and some of Leyland’s concern began to spill over into Jake. Lucas went into town to pick up Leyland’s surprise Christmas present hours ago. He should have been home by now.
Not wanting to alert Leyland of his worry, Jake used the mate bond he had with Lucas to try and contact him. He called out several times but received no response, which worried him even more. No matter what was happening, Lucas always answered when he called.
His concern growing by the second, Jake carefully pulled his arm out from under Leyland’s head and replaced it with a pillow. He rolled to the side of the bed then reached back to tuck the blankets around his mate.
Leyland whimpered for a moment. Jake smoothed the sandy brown hair back from his face until the man settled down then quickly got up and pulled his clothes on. Not bothering to grab shoes, Jake left the bedroom in search of Daniel, the remaining member of their little wolf pack.
They’d never had a large pack to begin with, most of them being exiled from their birth packs for being gay. They had banded together as a pack, Jake as their alpha. However, over the last several months, a few of their members had mated and moved on to other packs, leaving the four of them as the only members.
Gregory and Ryland found their mate, Viktor, on Vourdala Island. Since Viktor was the beta of that pack, they chose to move there and live with him. Thomas found his two mates, Caleb and Micah, during his travels and moved in with them. Jake suspected that Daniel would be moving in with his mate too, if he ever found him.
Little by little, their pack became smaller. Jake didn’t necessarily see it as a bad thing. All of his former pack members were happy and mated and that’s all he could want for them but he did miss them all.
Still, Jake did worry about the size of their pack. With only four members remaining, it left them vulnerable to attack by other packs, bigger packs who might want their territory. Jake could only hope that they could keep themselves safe until they found new members.
“Daniel?” Jake called out as he reached the great room of their ranch house.
“In the kitchen,” Daniel replied.
Jake hurried into the kitchen. He could just begin to see the first signs of snow falling outside the large windows of the dining room as he walked through on the way to the kitchen. He found Daniel making coffee.
“Hey, have you heard from Lucas?”
“Uh, no.” Daniel’s forehead wrinkled in confusion. “Haven’t you?”
Jake shook his head. “No, and I can’t reach him through our bond either. I’m really starting to get worried. He should have been home by now.”
“I knew something was wrong!”
Jake swung around to find Leyland standing behind him, a blanket wrapped around his shoulders. Jake closed his eyes briefly wishing his mate had stayed asleep. Leyland was not going to handle Lucas be missing very well.
“I didn’t say anything was wrong, Leyland,” Jake said as he opened his eyes back up. “But you’re right, the weather is getting a little worse and I just wondered if Daniel heard from him.”
The glare Leyland sent Jake made him wince. He hated it when Leyland looked at him like that. It usually meant a full scale melt down was coming and that wasn’t a good thing where his mate was concerned.
Leyland was a Tri Omega. He had abilities that even Jake didn’t have. Leyland was good about not using his abilities unless needed but every once in awhile his emotions got the better of him and then his abilities got the better of everyone else.
Jake smirked as he remembered Leyland freezing him in place soon after they mated. He hadn’t been able to move a muscle, nothing except his eyes. Leyland was just trying to break up a fight Jake was having with Leyland’s fathers but still, Jake was the alpha, the man in charge. Leyland shouldn’t have interfered.
“I can’t reach him through our bond, Jake,” Leyland whispered, all of the color draining from his face. “You don’t think something happened to him, do you?”
Jake immediately crossed the room and hugged Leyland to him. “Baby, I’m sure Lucas is just fine.”
“I don’t know why he hasn’t answered us but Lucas is a big guy,” Jake continued. “He can take care of himself.” Jake leaned back to look down into Leyland’s worried face. “But if it makes you feel any better, I’ll make some phone calls and see if anyone has seen him, okay?”
Leyland nodded. His face was nearly white, his green eyes wide. Jake hugged him again. He glanced over the top of Leyland’s head toward Daniel and saw the same concern on his face. Lucas should have contacted them by now.
“I’m going to take the truck and head into town to look for Lucas,” Daniel said, much to Jake’s relief. “I have my cell phone on me so call me if you hear anything.”
Jake nodded then looked down at Leyland as Daniel left the room. “Baby, I want you to go stoke up the fire while I start making phone calls. If Lucas is out in this stuff we’re going to need the house to be nice and warm for him when he gets home.”
Leyland nodded and hurried off. Jake knew the man needed something to keep him busy, something to make him feel like he was helping. If Lucas didn’t come home soon Jake was very afraid Leyland would lose it.
He loved Lucas more than the air he breathed, just as Jake did. Lucas was their other half, their mate. They needed him. If something happened to Lucas Jake and Leyland would be devastated.
Jake walked to his study and grabbed the phone. He was already dialing Lucas’s cell phone before he even sat down. He wasn’t surprised when he received no answer. If Lucas couldn’t answer him on their mate bond, he wouldn’t be answering him on the cell phone.
Jake flipped through his rolodex and began calling a series of phone numbers. He first tried the local train station, Lucas’s reason for going into town in the first place. Leyland’s Christmas surprise was supposed to arrive by train.
“Hello, Valley Train Station. How can I help you?”
“This is Jake McAllister, Lucas was supposed to come into town and pick up some people coming in on the afternoon train. Have you seen him? He hasn’t gotten hoe yet and I’m beginning to get a little worried about him.”
“Hey, Mr. McAllister,” the man replied. “Lucas hasn’t arrived yet but your guests did about an hour ago. They waited around for a little while then caught a lift with Catherine from the diner. She had to go out your way and said she’d give them a lift. They should be arriving there pretty soon.”
“Thanks, Marcus,” Jake said, feeling his heart plummet even more. “If you see Lucas would you ask him to give me a call? There’s a storm brewing and I’d like to know he’s safe before it hits.”
“Hey, no problem, Mr. McAllister. Do you want me to get the word out that he’s missing?”
“No, not yet.” Jake pushed his hand through his hair. “I’m not actually sure he’s missing yet. He could just be running late. Just keep an eye out for him.”
“Okay. Merry Christmas, Mr. McAllister.”
“Merry Christmas to you too, Marcus.”
Jake hung up the phone and stared at it. Well, that had been a bust. Jake grabbed the phone and began calling every place he could think of, the local market, the coffee shop, the hardware store, the grain and feed. Their little town was well, pretty little. There weren’t that many places to call.
When he received a negative to every inquiry about Lucas, Jake really started to get worried. It seemed like Lucas hadn’t even made it to town. No one had seen him. Jake called Daniel, hoping against hope that he’d found Lucas. His next phone call would be to the sheriff.
“Daniel? It’s Jake, any sign of him?”
“Nope, and I’m almost to town now.”
Jake twirled in his chair to look out the windows of his study. The snowflakes that began to fall before Daniel left were coming down a lot harder now. If Lucas was caught out in this stuff he could be in serious danger.
True, as werewolves they had a stronger immunity to cold but they were not impervious to it. They could die of hypothermia just like everyone else. It just took longer.
“Yeah, I’m here,” Jake replied. “Look, just keep looking. I’ve called just about everywhere and haven’t found him but he has to be out there somewhere. Leyland’s Christmas present should be here any minute. Once they get here, that should keep him busy while we search.”
“I hear you.”
“Thanks, Daniel, and stay safe, okay? This storm is coming in hard and fast. Don’t stay out in it too long.”
“I’ll be fine, Jake.”
Jake chuckled as he hung up the phone. Daniel was very independent even if he was a member of Jake’s pack. Jake suspected there was a story behind Daniel’s loner attitude but Daniel never discussed it.
Jake and Lucas had both talked with Daniel when he joined their pack. They knew why he’d left his birth pack, which was the same reason they had. Daniel was exiled because he was gay. But Daniel hadn’t talked it beyond that.
He hoped Daniel would find his mate and be as happy as Jake was with Leyland and Lucas. The man deserved it. He was a god man and deserved all the happiness he could find. Jake was just worried that he wasn’t looking for it. He seemed to avoid looking for his mate like the plague.
“Leyland?” Jake smiled when he heard Leyland’s feet quickly pad across the floor.
“Did you find him?” Leyland asked as he came rushing into the room. The eager look on his face mace Jake’s heart ache especially since he had to tell him he hadn’t located their mate.
Jake shook his head. “No, baby, I haven’t. But we’re still looking. In the meantime, I need you to do something for me.”
Leyland nodded, his face falling just a bit. Leyland blinked several times, his hands clenching and unclenching at his sides. Jake knew he was trying to keep from crying. He opened his arms and gestured for the man to come to him.
Leyland raced across the room. Jake caught the little man and wrapped his arms around him, holding him close to his chest. He buried his face in Leyland’s sweet smelling hair. Jake felt tears prickle the corner of his eyes as he heard a small sob come from Leyland. He allowed himself just a moment to let his emotions flow.
Taking a deep breath, Jake raised his head. He wiped away a stray tear then grabbed Leyland’s chin to tilt his head back. Time to be the strong one again. “We’re going to find him, baby, I swear.”
“Are we?” Leyland asked. “What if he’s hurt, out there all alone? What if he can’t contact us because he’s hurt?”
“Lucas is a strong man, Leyland, you know that. He can take care of himself. I don’t know why he’s not contacting us but I do know that there has to be an explanation. Lucas wouldn’t scare us like this if he didn’t have a good reason.”
Leyland closed his eyes for just a moment, taking a deep breath before opening them again. He patted Jake’s chest. “Okay, what do you need me to do?”
“Lucas was going into town to get your Christmas surprise but, well, he never picked them up and they’re on their way out here. So, I need you to get one of the guest rooms ready for company.”
“It was supposed to be a surprise for you but we invited your parents to come spend Christmas with us.”
“Really?” Jake saw a smile break across Leyland’s face, lifting the corner’s of his lips for the first time since they discovered Lucas missing. “Mom and my Dads are coming?”
Jake nodded. “Yep, they should be here anytime. Catherine from the diner is driving them out since—”
Leyland’s smile fell. “Since Lucas didn’t pick them up?”
Leyland nodded. “I guess I should go get the guest room ready then.”
“We’re going to find Lucas, baby.”
Leyland didn’t look convinced but nodded his head anyway as he moved away. He paused at the doorway and glanced back over his shoulder. “Thanks, Jake. I know you’re just as worried as I am. If you need me, you know where I’ll be.”
“I know, baby, and thanks.”
Jake shook his head as Leyland walked out. He would never get used to how giving his mate was. No matter what the situation, Leyland always had the best interest of his mates in mind. He never let an opportunity pass to let either of them know how much he loved them.
Hearing a vehicle pull up the drive, Jake rushed out of his study and threw open the front door. He felt his heart thud in his chest until the vehicle came into view and he realized it wasn’t Lucas but Leyland’s parents. He was glad they arrived safe but he would have much rather it had been his mate.
Jake stepped out onto the porch as he waited for the vehicle came to a stop. He waved as Leyland’s parents climbed out and walked toward him. Jake gave Lilla a hug and ushered her into the warm house while John and Brian grabbed their luggage.
“I’m glad you made it safely but we have a bit of a situation,” Jake said as he took Lilla’s coat. “I think Jake is going to need you. Lucas is missing.”
“What?” Lilla exclaimed. “Is that why he didn’t pick us up at the train station?”
Jake nodded. “He went into town to pick you up but apparently he never arrived. We haven’t been able to contact him since, not even through the mating bond. Leyland is about to go out of his mind.”
Lilla patted Jake’s hand. “I’ll bet you’re not far behind him.”
Jake grimaced. “No, but—”
“But you’re trying to hold it together for Leyland?” Lilla asked, pegging Jake with her mysterious eyes. “It’s okay to feel, Jake, even if you are the alpha. Leyland needs to know that you’re just as worried as he is.”
“If I let him know I’m nervous then he’s going to be more upset than he is now,” Jake insisted. “He needs me to be strong.”
“He’s also going to know you’re human, Jake.” Lilla tilted her head to one side and chuckled. “Well, as human as we can be, anyway. And he needs that too.” Lilla looked around the great room. “Now, where is my son?”
Jake thought about Lilla’s words as he showed her to the guest room. Could she be right? Leyland knew he was loved. Jake tried to show him in every way possible. That had never been their issue but did the man need to see Jake’s distress too?
“Leyland, your mother is here,” Jake said as he escorted Lilla into the guest room. Leyland was just fluffing the pillows and setting them up on the bed. He looked up, dropped the pillow, and raced into his mother’s arms.
His heart ached for his little mate. He watched for just a moment, wishing he could just find Lucas and bring him home where he belonged. Leyland needed the man, maybe as much as Jake did.
Jake turned away and walked back to his study. He grabbed a crystal decanter off the sideboard and poured himself a quick shot, drinking it down in one gulp. If he hadn’t been needed right then, he would have poured a much larger drink.
He could only remember one other time feeling like this, desperate, needy, and overwhelmed. It was when he first found Leyland and had to let Lucas go. He and Lucas had been lovers for ten years by then.
When Jake found Leyland they both assumed that he was only Jake’s mate. Lucas stepped aside and moved out of their room. While Jake was thrilled he’d found his mate, his heart hurt to give Lucas up. He loved Lucas.
Jake chuckled and set his glass down on the sideboard. Leyland had been a spitball, coming in and claiming Jake and Lucas as his mates. Besides the day he discovered Leyland on some television show about photography, the day he found out he could keep Lucas was the happiest in his life.
Jake sat down heavily in his chair as he suddenly realized what Lilla tried to tell him. Having both his mates made him happier than anything on earth. Sharing with them was the only way to go, both in their happiness and their despair.
Jake jumped to his feet and walked quickly to the great room. He stood at the bottom of the stairs and looked up toward the balcony of the second floor. “Leyland? Can I see you downstairs for a moment?”
To be continued...
Tri Omega Mates 2
Ryland has loved Gregory for six years, ever since Gregory rescued him from the brink of death. He has also known since then that Gregory is his mate. He's been old enough for a couple of years now, he just can't understand why Gregory won't claim him.
Gregory stood in the doorway to the tack room watching Ryland shovel hay in the side horse pen. He had to take a deep breath as he watched the afternoon sunlight glisten off the sweat dripping down his tanned muscled body.
His life at this moment would be so much easier if Ryland would stop working outside without a shirt on. Looking out at his perfect little body he wondered if even that would be enough tonight. His cock was so hard in his pants that he was pretty sure he was going to have zipper marks.
Oh, sweet hell! He groaned to himself as Ryland bent over. His faded blue jeans were straining across his tight little ass. Gregory reached down and rubbed his hand across his aching cock, feeling a small damp spot appear.
Ryland really needed to stop. It seemed that every time Gregory turned around he was doing something that had him all tied up in knots and hard as a rock. Today was no different.
He quickly averted his eyes when Ryland turned in his direction. It wouldn’t do to let Ryland see him drooling. He might get it into his head to do something even more aggressive—like drop his jeans. Gregory could always hope anyway.
“Hey, Gregory, I didn’t know you were out here.” Yeah, right!
“Hey, Ry. I was just cleaning up some of the tack and heard some noises out here. You about done here?” Gregory prayed that his voice didn’t betray the arousal he was feeling. It wouldn’t do at all for Ryland to figure out how much he was turning him on.
“Almost. I have a little more to do then I’ll be done. Jake wanted both pens cleaned up today but I already got the other one done. Why? Did you need me?”
Oh, that wasn’t nice! But if Gregory wasn’t mistaken, there was a clear invitation in Ryland’s voice, one that was very hard for Gregory to ignore.
“No, I just wondered how much longer you’d be. I wouldn’t want you to fry out here in the sun. It’s a little warm today,” Gregory replied, pulling at the collar of his blue cotton shirt.
Warm was an understatement. It was blistering hot and not because of the bright afternoon sun shinning down on them. It was the perfect little body standing right in front of him.
Gregory just couldn’t take it any more. He was going to go into town and find someone to relieve the ache Ryland was creating in his pants. He would rather just claim his mate but Ryland still wasn’t old enough, not for him. Not for what Gregory wanted from him.
“Look, Ry, I need to go. I have some stuff to do. Don’t stay out here too long,” Gregory said quickly as he looked away from the tempting chest in front of him.
Gregory turned and shut the tack room door and headed for the house. He needed to go get ready. Get a shower, some clean clothes, and maybe a little cologne. It had been so long since he had tried to attract someone, that he wondered if he even remembered how it was done.
With a little chuckle, Gregory walked into the house and headed for his room. Maybe tonight was just what he needed to get him through the next couple of years until he could claim his mate.
* * * *
Ryland watched Gregory walking into the house. Now where in the hell was he going? Ryland had specifically waited until Gregory came outside to take his shirt off. He was sure that Gregory would see him, maybe want him. Maybe claim him.
He had been waiting nearly two years for Gregory to claim him. He knew Gregory was waiting until he was old enough. He even respected the boundaries that Gregory had set down.
He had still looked forward to his eighteenth birthday with anticipation. He had been so sure that Gregory would finally claim him. But the day had come and gone, along with a lot of others. And still Gregory made no move toward him.
He had tried everything he could think of to let Gregory know he was ready, baring telling him to his face. Nothing seemed to work. Maybe he should just tell him. Maybe that’s what Gregory was waiting for.
Ryland shook his head, laughing quietly to himself as he thought about how he might have been able to skip the last two years of longing and misery just by talking with Gregory.
Setting his shovel against the side of the barn, Ryland grabbed his shirt and pulled it on, leaving it unbuttoned. He just needed to go talk with Gregory and they could get this whole thing worked out.
He didn’t know why he hadn’t thought of this before. It made perfect sense. Gregory had always been so patient with him. He must be waiting until Ryland felt that he was ready before claiming him.
With a little spring in his step, Ryland made his way into the house and upstairs toward Gregory’s bedroom. He would just go in and tell Gregory he was ready to be his mate and everything would be okay.
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