Daphne decided to lug Loxley to her now breeched haven. He was dripping blood badly so she refused to take him back to the conclave. Daphne sat Loxley down in under the small overhang and removed the shredded parts of his shirt back. He winced at her touch. Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m just having a look,Ã¢Â€Â Daphne told. She could see that the wounds were already healing, though he was still a mess.
Ã¢Â€ÂœHow bad is it?Ã¢Â€Â Loxley asked with a grimace.
Daphne raised a brow, so now he was the poor hurt lamb, interesting. Ã¢Â€ÂœItÃ¢Â€Â™s nasty but IÃ¢Â€Â™ll heal.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœThat omega needs to learn his place,Ã¢Â€Â Loxley growled.
Ã¢Â€ÂœAnd you need to learn to control your temper,Ã¢Â€Â Daphne countered as she placed the shredded bits of fabric back over his wounds to protect them. She sat down next to him but not too close.
Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m sorry I donÃ¢Â€Â™t mean to get so nuts at times.Ã¢Â€Â Loxley confessed as he looked at her for forgiveness.
Daphne let out a sigh, Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m sure you donÃ¢Â€Â™t but youÃ¢Â€Â™ve got to learn. Paul was just revving you up, he wanted a fight.Ã¢Â€Â
LoxleyÃ¢Â€Â™s face turned dark, Ã¢Â€ÂœAnd he got one, the little mother f-Ã¢Â€Âœ
Ã¢Â€ÂœHush, I donÃ¢Â€Â™t want to hear that sort of language.Ã¢Â€Â Daphne said as she looked away from him and at the newly rising sun.
Ã¢Â€ÂœSorry,Ã¢Â€Â Loxley repeated but Daphne could tell that he didnÃ¢Â€Â™t really mean it. She didnÃ¢Â€Â™t bother turning around. After a couple of minutes she felt his hand touch her shoulder. Ã¢Â€ÂœDaphne, look at me.Ã¢Â€Â
She shifted slightly and turned her head. Ã¢Â€ÂœYeah?Ã¢Â€Â she asked impatiently.
Loxley cleared his throat, Ã¢Â€ÂœHave you decided who youÃ¢Â€Â™re going to be with during the Luna Eclipse?Ã¢Â€Â
Oh great, just the question sheÃ¢Â€Â™d been trying to avoid. Ã¢Â€ÂœNo I havenÃ¢Â€Â™t,Ã¢Â€Â she stated coolly and looked away.
His grip on her shoulder tightened to get her attention, Ã¢Â€ÂœI-I was wondering if youÃ¢Â€Â™d-Ã¢Â€Âœ
Ã¢Â€ÂœLook Loxley, IÃ¢Â€Â™m not interested okay. I thought you would have gotten the hint by now.Ã¢Â€Â Daphne said finally turning to look at him full on.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI was hoping youÃ¢Â€Â™d change your mind,Ã¢Â€Â Loxley said looking very hurt.
Daphne growled in her throat with frustration, she didnÃ¢Â€Â™t want to hurt him but the man was as persistent as ants at a picnic. Ã¢Â€ÂœLook Loxley, youÃ¢Â€Â™re sweet but not-Ã¢Â€Âœ
Ã¢Â€ÂœSweet? You think IÃ¢Â€Â™m sweet? Do I look sweet to you?Ã¢Â€Â Loxley said with rising ire.
Crap, sheÃ¢Â€Â™d said the wrong thing and he was already getting on his knees so he sat higher than her. Ã¢Â€ÂœI take it back, youÃ¢Â€Â™re not sweet. YouÃ¢Â€Â™re a pigheaded jerk who attacks anything male that talks to me. Hell even my male friends are afraid to talk to me because they think youÃ¢Â€Â™ll rip out their throats.Ã¢Â€Â
Loxley opened his mouth and pointed his finger at her, Ã¢Â€ÂœYou didnÃ¢Â€Â™t see the way they looked at you.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœLoxley, theyÃ¢Â€Â™re allowed to look. ItÃ¢Â€Â™s when touching happens and itÃ¢Â€Â™s unwanted that itÃ¢Â€Â™s a problem.Ã¢Â€Â Daphne said as she rose to her feet, now at the higher position.
Loxley wobbled a bit but managed to stand, he was taller than her and he was using that to appear more dominant. Ã¢Â€ÂœI was only trying to protect you.Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœNo Loxley, you alienated me from everyone else. Hell Nick was worried that youÃ¢Â€Â™d attack him just for walking with me.Ã¢Â€Â Daphne snarled.
Ã¢Â€ÂœDid he touch you?Ã¢Â€Â Loxley rumbled low in his throat.
Ã¢Â€ÂœThatÃ¢Â€Â™s none of your business,Ã¢Â€Â Daphne said as she leant forward with aggression.
Ã¢Â€ÂœHe did, didnÃ¢Â€Â™t he? Slimy bastard,Ã¢Â€Â Loxley growled.
Ã¢Â€ÂœHe offered me his arm while I walked with him. He was being polite.Ã¢Â€Â Daphne told as her voice grew louder with anger.
Ã¢Â€ÂœHe was putting the moves on you but you are mine.Ã¢Â€Â Loxley said with his head down and his eyes focussed on her possessively.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI am not yours. Get that thought out of your head right now. IÃ¢Â€Â™d prefer to date the guy with the sword.Ã¢Â€Â Daphne yelled feeling the beast in her coming to the surface. She wanted to lash out at Loxley. She wanted to take him down. She wanted to pin him to the ground with her muzzle around his throat and sink her teeth down slowly. The thought shocked her, he was infuriating but he was still part of her pack. She backed down and took a step back thinking about her sudden inclination.
Loxley watched her and took her motion as submission. Ã¢Â€ÂœYou will come to me during the Luna Eclipse.Ã¢Â€Â
DaphneÃ¢Â€Â™s nose switched a moment before she snarled and launched herself at him. Her momentum sent them both to the ground. She grabbed his shirt front while her knees pinned his arms down. Ã¢Â€ÂœI am not interested in you. Get that through your thick skull,Ã¢Â€Â she said as she thumped his head into the ground for emphasis.
Loxley let out a slow breath and looked at her tight lipped then he flipped her over so he was now on top. Ã¢Â€ÂœNo you listen to me. IÃ¢Â€Â™m not one to give up easily. I will change your mind.Ã¢Â€Â
Daphne raised her knee up hard and caught him in the groin. He grabbed his crotch and rolled away from her. Ã¢Â€ÂœNo Loxley, youÃ¢Â€Â™ll be the one to change your mind.Ã¢Â€Â Daphne snarled as she got to her feet and walked away from him. Ã¢Â€ÂœSleazebag,Ã¢Â€Â she muttered to herself as she merged back into the forest.
It was like thousands of voices cried out for a sequel and were suddenly silenced...