Christmas Eve was almost upon us. It was the day before it, December 23rd. My tropical vacay present for Chasity and my brothers was already booked. I had put the brochure and tickets in a Christmasy envelope with a bow on it and left it under the tree. I was in my
room going over Alex’s new pack laws proposal when someone knocked on my door. Felix would never knock. Mom would knock but she would also have said “Sweetie it’s Mommy” or something similar by now. Dad did not knock he rapped sharply on the door and began banging on it if the person took too long to answer. Alex knocked but mind linked at the same time to be more efficient. Chasity. I flew to
the door and ripped it open. YES!
“Hey Beautiful, are you here to be my Christmas Angel?” I asked with a wink.
Chasity giggled. She looked so cute. She was actually in the Christmas spirit this year.
“I got presents for you guys and your parents and I wrapped them but I forgot to get bows. Do you think we could go to a pharmacy
or something? I just want to grab some bows quickly only when you’re free though?” She said all in one rush.
I leant against the door.
“I’m not free. I’m taken. I’m all yours,” I said, winking.
She giggled. I knew I was being cheesy but I liked making her laugh. I grabbed my coat and boots.
“Come on, Chasity,” I said, grabbing her hand.
We headed downstairs. I mind-linked Alex and Felix to say I was taking our mate to the pharmacy for some last minute Christmas
shopping because /was thoughtful (unlike Felix who snuck Chasity out the house and scared the s**t out of me and Alex).
Felix appeared on the stairs shirtless in his boxers and socks, his signature look.
“You sure you can handle Chasity all on your own, Baby Boy Calix? Maybe I should come with you two to keep things under control?”
He suggested, grinning at Chasity.
Chasity walked right up to him with a smirk on her pretty little face.
“No!” She said curtly, touching her index finger to the tip of his nose.
Felix kissed her fingertip.
“If you say so, Baby,” said Felix, his voice lower than usual.
Trolled my eyes and ushered Chasity towards the door, Alex came running down the stairs.
“Hey! Luna! The stores will be swamped this close to Christmas!” Said Alex worriedly.
“We’re just going to a pharmacy or convenience store for some last-minute bows! The Divine Lupine pharmacy has Christmas cards, wrapping paper and bows. It won’t be too busy there,” Chasity assured Alex, pulling him closer for a gentle kiss.
Alex nuzzled her and she grinned.
“Ok, Luna, be careful. Take good care of our Luna, Calix,” said Alex, ruffling my hair affectionately.
“I will! Don’t worry, Big Bro,” I said, smiling,
“You remember what I want for Christmas right, Baby?” Called Felix, flexing on the stairs. Ugh.
Chasity grinned at him, folding her arms.
“Remind me, stud,” she chuckled.
“You with nothing on but a bow,” he said, flashing her a huge grin. “Actually, I’m not too bothered about the bow. The bow is optional.”
Chasity eggled. I picked her up and carried her to the car. She snuggled into me. I was sad to put her down in the passenger seat.I got in the driver’s side.
“I will be your chauffeur for the evening. Where to, Princess ?” | said.
“Divine Lupine Pharmacy, please, Prince Calix!” Said Chasity.
I pulled her onto my lap and kissed her passionately, coaxing her mouth open and slipping my tongue in. She moaned a little into my mouth.
She creamed her underwear and I could smell it. I slipped my hand down the waistband of her little skirt and her cotton p#nty. I felt her wetness. She shivered and gasped in shock. I quickly removed my hand and licked my fingers, locking eyes with her. Her eyes widened but a sly smile was playing about her lips.
The pharmacy was mercifully empty. There was something so placid about the empty aisles of a pharmacy.
“Wanna know something weird about me?” Announced Chasity.
She was a strange one in general but I adored every oddity she offered me.
“Yes, I wanna know everything about you,” I said earnestly.
“I love pharmacies but I hate the grocery store,” she revealed, twirling about the empty aisles. “If I can get everything I want from
one of those big pharmacies food included instead of going to the grocery store, then I will even if it costs a little bit more. I’ll pay extra if I have it just to avoid the grocery store.”
I thought about what she had.
“You sure you hate the grocery store itself and love the pharmacy. I think you hate lines, big crowds, feeling overwhelmed or rushed,
clutter. You love simplicity, empty clean spaces, moving at a glacial pace, thinking about your purchases carefully without a ton of people
jostling behind you to look at the same shelf,” I said.
“You might be right,” she said softly. “I think…that you understand me the most.”
“Alex and Felix adore you too, just so you know, even if they still have some learning to do,” I said, feeling the urge to put in a good
word for my big brothers.
“These,” she said brightly, showing me two bows.
“Guess which one is for Alex’s gift and which one is for Felix’s gift,” she said.
“Shouldn’t there be three?” I asked.
She had something hidden behind her back.
“You can’t see your bow, Calix,” she chuckled.
I scrutinised the two bows. One was a neat dark blue bow and the other was a red and gold bow with lots of crazy loops.
“The neat blue one is for Alex and the crazy looking red one is for Felix,” I said. “Am I right?”
We made our way back to the pack house with Chasity guarding the bag containing my bow so I could not sneak a peek. She dashed inside, sprinting lightly across the snow to safeguard my bow. She stashed them somewhere. I sighed. I supposed I’d have to wait for
Christmas Eve brought a steady but slow snowfall. Our grandparents came to visit at Christmas Eve dinner, their arms overladen with presents. I called my paternal grandparents Ma and Pa. I did not know my maternal grandparents that well. Mom’s father had remarried a couple times.
“Dad, remember when you told me that Chasity’s Dad and Mom were step siblings?” I said, keeping my voice low.
I had followed him into the kitchen just before we started dinner. Dad sighed.
“Yeah,” he grumbled.
“So Mom’s Dad…” I began,
“Your mother’s father and Chase’s mother got married but they’re divorced so Ronnie and Chase are technically ex-step-siblings. Not a big deal,” hissed Dad, worried about being overheard.
“So Chasity is our ex-step-cousin,” I said, feeling better about the awkward situation.
“Did you tell her?” He asked, his eyes boring into me.
“No,” I whispered. Not yet.
“Did you tell your brothers?” He added.
“Not Felix. I told Calix and told him it’s a secret,” I said honestly.
“Ok. Good. Calix won’t do anything to upset your Mom. Hold off on telling Felix and Chasity. They’re both more emotional. More impulsive. I don’t want Felix flipping the dining room table over on Christmas like he did earlier this month,” grumbled Dad.
I was going to tell Felix and Chasity but I wanted to have a nice tropical vacation first. After when we were all closer, I would sit them down and explain it gently.
“So that woman married to grandfather?” I asked.
“Is not Chasity’s grandmother,” confirmed Dad,
“Does Chasity’s have any living grandparents? What about Chalice’s side of the family?” I asked.
“Not now, Alex,” said Dad, walking away from me.
My wolf snarled. I felt like using my Alpha Voice to make him confess. I felt like he was hiding something from me. I shut my eyes tightly.
I could not use my Alpha Voice on the previous Alpha. How would I feel if my son with Chasity ever did that to me when I retired? I grinned to myself. My son with Chasity. Chasity came sauntering into the kitchen.
“Alex? Everything ok?” She asked softly.
“Do you ever think about having kids? With me and my brothers?” I asked before I could stop myself.
Chasity blushed, looking down.
“Sometimes,” she whispered, her eyes slowly looking up at me.
I closed the distance between us, grasped her chin and made her look at me.
“That would make me the happiest man in the world,” I said,
“Let’s take one thing at a time, ok?” She asked, uncertainty in her voice.
I kissed her. She k!ssed me back. Someone cleared their throat. I looked up. It was Mom’s Dad. His ex-wife was Chasity’s grandmother. So I supposed he would have been her step-grandfather if they had stayed together. He stared at us, his eyes somewhat concerned.
“Yeah, grandfather?” I prompted.
“You were kissing,” he stated simply.
“Yes,” I said curtly.
Chasity hid behind me.
“Why?” He demanded.
“She’s our mate. Didn’t you know that?” I said, afraid of what he would say.
Chasity scurned away, Grandfather walked up to me and fixed me with an intense stare.
“Relatives can’t be fated. You know that,” he whispered.
“Chasity is technically our ex step cousin. Hardly a relative,” I said softly,
“So you know,” said Grandfather, nodding.
“I never had any biological kids with Chasity’s grandmother,” he revealed.
“Ok,” I said, wanting this to be over.
He just stared at me.
“How come you’re not nice to Chasity?” I asked, annoyed.
“I’m not not nice to her,” he said defensively. “Yeah, I guess,” I said.
“She reminds me of my ex-wife. You do the math,” he chuckled.
“Were you fated?” I asked.
“The only woman I was fated to was your mother’s biological mother. Your biological grandmother. When she died, all the reallove!
had in me to give died with her,” he said, tears in his eyes.
“I’m sorry,” I said. “So you see why I’m protective of Chasity. She’s fated to me and my brothers.”
“Take good care of her,” he said.
“I intend to,” I replied.
Christmas Eve was awkward as f**k. This sucked. Ma and Pa were loud and drunk. Those were Dad’s crazy-ass parents. Despite being raucous, they had the nerves to be snobs too. That made no sense. Mom’s father was here with wife number three I believe.
She was way too young for him and they were not even fated. She had to be about thirty or a young-looking forty and Grandfather was an old fart.
I sighed. Chasity came into the room from the kitchen. She sat next to me. Thank God. Salvation in the form of my beautiful mate.
Let’s sneak out and make out, I said in her mind.
Her cheeks reddened.
Pretend you’re going to the bathroom, I said.
“Ma and Pa, do you still have that ranch down in southern wolf country?” Asked Calix.
Pa nodded, his mouth full of turkey leg meat.
“Yes, it’s beautiful, Snookers,”cooed Ma.
She had weird nicknames for all of us.
“Snookers, Munch-munch and Mayor need to come visit, Veronica,” said Ma to our Mom who was named Ronnie which was not short for Veronica.
Snookers was Calix for God knows what reason. Alex was Mayor because he was always in charge, even when we were little. I was Munch-march because I had been a greedy little boy and would wolf down Ma’s food at visits.
“Ma, you know my name isn’t short for anything. It’s Ronnie,” said Mom, her smile plastered on her face.
“Oh, ok, sure. Send the boys down to Viper Moon so we can have a fun old time on the Ranch,” said Pa.
“Why live in Viper Moon when you used to be Alpha of Winter Moon, Dad?” Asked Dad, looking annoyed at Pa.
“I don’t live there, Sonny boy. You know that I just have my ranch down there. My house is here. You don’t visit even when I’m there though so what’s it to you,” snapped Pa.
Burn. Pa was roasting Dad.
“Why would you name your daughter Ronnie and have it not be short for Veronica?” Asked Ma, looking at Grandfather, Mom’s Dad.
Grandfather frowned but did not want to sass the former Luna even though his daughter was the current Luna.
“Her name is Ronnie. The love of my life named her that” He said pointedly.
“I like the name. Vicky, your name isn’t even short for Victoria so you have no leg to stand on!” Said Pa to Ma, roasting her instead of his son.
“Who’s this little one again?” Asked Pa, looking at Chasity.
“Chasity,” I said.
“Chasity. She’s not my granddaughter, is she?” Asked Pa.
“No, Pa, you just have three grandsons here,” said Alex. “But, Chasity will be your granddaughter-in-law one day, hopefully soon.”
“Oh really?” Asked Ma. “She looks so young! I was young when I got married. Claudia, didn’t you use to be the housekeeper here and look at you now, almost the lady of the house. You must be thrilled,” said Ma, calling Chasity Claudia.
Chasity did not even correct her. She gave no f***s.
“May I be excused?” Said Chasity, looking at my Mom and Dad.
“You don’t have to ask. You’re taking over this place. You should just get up and go. A Luna should not ask for permission. She should be bold!” Lectured Pa, making mashed potatoes fly all over the place when he slammed his fork down to make a point.
Alex wiped mashed potatoes from his cheek. Calix picked some out of his hair. I knew better than them and sat far as f**k from Pa.
Chasity took Pa’s advice and just got up and left the dining room without further ado, I got up to follow her.
“WAIT!” Yelled Pa.
“What, Pa?” I asked, sitting back down.
“Munch-munch, greedy boy like you leaving dinner early. You want to go roll in the hay with that there girl,” said Pa, pointing his fork
at the door through which Chasity had exited.
“You want great-grans, don’t you?” I said shrugging.
Grandfather looked horrified. His super young third wife giggled and looked hungrily at me. Ugh. Ma clapped her hands.
“Munch-munch is something else,” said Ma.
Dad looked at his parents like he wished he had not invited them.
“Munch-munch,” said Pa sternly. “Snookers, Mayor, you listen too.”
Alex looked at Pa with a sigh. Calix seemed thoroughly entertained. He grinned at Pa.
“When I was a young-un,” he began.
Oh my God.
“I had a girlfriend, not your Ma. A brunette,” he said.
“She was a redhead,” said Ma.
“I’m telling the story,” said Pa.
“You’re telling it wrong,” said Ma.
I slipped away mid-story. I heard Calix laughing his ass off at the story and Alex sighing deeply. I went to Chasity’s room. She was not
there. I peeked into her bathroom. She was sitting in the dry empty tub.
“This has a hot tub setting, doesn’t it?” I asked, grinning.
“Yeah, it does, Munch-munch,” she said, flicking my cheek with two fingers.
I tried to bite those two fingers. She shrieked and dove away.
“Come on,” I said, picking her up easily and putting her on the counter.
I could not resist kissing her. She smelled amazing. I was standing between her legs as she sat on the counter. We held each other
tightly, kissing until we were both breathless.
“Pa thinks we’re rolling about in the hay,” I said to her.
“There’s no hay here. It’s minus ten degrees on a hot day,” said Chasity.
“Pa thinks he’s in Viper Moon,” I said. “It’s warm there.”
“It’s not that warm,” I said. “Temperate.”
“I wish I could go places,” she mumbled, pouting at me.
“I’ll take you to Viper Moon. There’s Alpha Quadruplets down there. Well future Alphas. They’re teens now. They’re like me and my
brothers only they got an extra brother instead to make up for being less good-looking than us,” I said.
“I don’t know. I heard they’re pretty cute,” she said, taunting me.
She had heard no such thing.
“They’re closer to my age too. You’re twenty-one. You’re too mature for me, maybe,” she teased.
I growled, flashing her my black eyes. She showed me her black eyes. That was my girl.
“Mmm, Baby, I like it when you don’t back down,” I said, cupping her face in my hands.
She grinned. I was grinding against her a little.
“So three isn’t enough for you, Chasity?” | snarled playfully.
She bit her lip. I could smell her ar0usal.
“Three is just fine,” she breathed. “I like odd numbers,” she said.
“You like odd things in general,” I teased.
She rolled her eyes.
“I like you,” she said pointedly, insinuating I was odd.
I pretended to be deeply offended. She giggled.
“I can’t with you,” she said, shaking her head.
“You can and you will with me a lot,” I said, taking her hand and sliding it over the huge bulge in my pants.
She squeezed the bulge making me hiss with pleasure.
“Baby,” I moaned in her ear.
She loosened my belt. She slipped her hand down my pants. I pressed my forehead against hers, waiting for her to touch me, Someone banged on the door loudly, making us both jump.
“WHAT?” I roared at the door.
“Munch munch?” Came Ma’s voice.
I sighed deeply
“Come open your presents greedy boy! I wanna see your facel How long does it take to pee! Do your business. I’m waiting right here! ” She said.
Chasity stifted her laughter, I groaned and fastened my belt.
“I’m not done with you, Gorgeous!” I warned. “You’re sleeping between my brothers and me tonight.”