The Dragon Takes What's His(10)

By: Marcy Jacks

Once again Zack was left with the horrible thought that he might have removed the mating instead of just Blaze’s memories. This was nothing like how the man had treated him back when they were still getting to know each other.

Blaze had talked to Zack with stars and hearts in his eyes. The man had kissed him and touched him, even back in that dirty bathroom, as though he couldn’t wait to learn every inch of his body.

He’d let Zack inside him after admitting that he’d never done that with anyone else before.

And then he revealed he was a dragon. Whether accidental or not, it was still something Zack would have wanted to know about before he’d jumped into bed with the man.

He sighed. Who the hell was he kidding? He would have let Blaze fuck him whether or not he was a dragon. Hell, Zack might have done it once or twice anyway just so he could know what it felt like to be with the person who…the one man who was meant to…

He didn’t want to finish those sentences. Even in his own head. It was too painful to think of what he’d walked away from.

What he very well might have destroyed.

“I thought you said dragons and warlocks don’t get along?”

“They don’t.”

“Then why do you have another warlock living here? Putting up those wards for you seems like the nice thing to do from someone who’s an enemy.”

Blaze shook his head. “Sebby is mated to Gold. Gold didn’t even really like him when he first came along because Sebby cast a spell on him. We got over that now and are dealing with it. He’s treated well because he’s mated to a member of the clan and he pulls his weight.”

“So everything’s fine with him then?”

Zack supposed he should have known better than to ask, especially with the way Blaze looked right before he answered.

“There are a few people in the clan who aren’t happy with the fact that he’s here. They’re kept in line, however, and Sebby knows not to break any rules.”

“So he lives under a microscope?”

“Not with his mate.”

“But with the rest of the clan?”

“What? You think you can force people to like you?”

Zack tensed. “No, that’s not what I’m saying.”

“Sounded like it. People are allowed to distrust and not like each other. So long as they keep working together and no one starts any fights, it works out.”

“Sounds tense.”

“That’s life.”

Zack wasn’t entirely sure if his mate was trying to give him some proper advice or if he was being a jerk. Maybe this was just how the man was when he was behaving normally and not trying to be so impressive.

When they’d first met and Blaze had been trying to get his attention, he had been fully under the mating influence.

The vehicle slowed down just then. Blaze rolled down his window and spoke to someone on the other side.

“Hey, where the hell did you go after the fight?”

“Bar, to get a drink,” Blaze said with a grin. “Ran into a few more warlocks.”

“No shit?”

Zack couldn’t see the person outside, but he definitely sounded shocked. The man leaned in and took a look at Zack.

“Who’s that?”

“Fun for tonight.”

Zack frowned at that.

“You sure about that? Bringing him here?”

“Yeah, don’t worry, I’ll have a talk with Silver in the morning to let him know what’s up.”

“Oh. So it’s that kind of thing?”

Blaze growled. “Yeah. Something like that.”

What the hell were they talking about?

Apparently it didn’t matter because they were waved through and Blaze started driving again.

With the darkness outside, it was difficult for Zack to see anything. The only indication there were any houses was because of the lights that came from the house windows, and the occasional lampposts outside.

All in all, it seemed very private.

Blaze drove up a small hill, and then Zack saw another circle of houses. The glow from their lights and the moon, coupled with their spot on this small hill, almost made for a fairytale kind of glow. There was a peaceful ambience that made Blaze’s sour mood worth it.

Zack would be safe here. So would his baby. His mate could be as angry and suspicious as he wanted, but Zack would get him to believe that this was real in the end.

Huh. Maybe Blaze was actually right about people being allowed to not like each other.

Blaze didn’t like him now, but he was being kind, and now that Zack was here, he had his chance to change the man’s mind.

Blaze parked in front of one of the houses.

“This is where I live.”

Blaze parked the car and stepped out. Zack took that as his cue to step out, as well, hopping down to the ground.