She stood on her tiptoes so she could lean in and kiss him on the cheek, then she put her arms around him. He hugged her back as she squeezed tighter, and he kissed the top of her head. Then she stepped back, and when she smiled up at him, there were tears in her eyes.
Charles hadnt moved the bookcase until Bran called him this morning, a week after hed left the pack in Charless keeping, to let him know that his initial business was concluded—and Bran had decided he would take another week to travel.Charles couldnt remember the last time Bran had taken a vacation from his duties. Charles hadnt realized that his da was capable of taking a vacation from his duties. But if the rearrangement of Charless life was no longer essential, just required, then he felt free to make some changes to make his life easier. And so hed rearranged his das office to suit himself.
Even in the redecorated room, it took Charles longer than normal to lose himself in his work, his wolf restless in his fathers place of power. Eventually, the hunting game that was international finance grew interesting enough that Brother Wolf let himself be distracted.It was a complicated dance, to play with money at this level. The battle pleased Brother Wolf, the more so because they were good at it. Brother Wolf had a tendency toward vanity.Eventually, drawn in by the subtle hunt for clues in the electronic data on his screen, he sank into what his mate called finance space, chasing an elusive bit of rumor, stocks rising for no apparent reason, a new company seeking financing but there was something they werent saying. He couldnt tell if what this company was hiding was good news or bad. He was running down the background of an engineer whod been hired at what looked to be abnormally high salary for his title when he was pulled out by the sound of the door hitting the wall.
He looked up, Brother Wolf foremost at this interruption to his hunt. It didnt help his temper that it was his das mate whod barged into (what was now) his territory without permission.You have to do something about your wife, Leah announced. She didnt react to his involuntary growl at her tone. When she spoke of Anna, she would do better to talk softly.
He didnt like Leah. There were a lot of people in the world he didnt like—most of them, even. But Leah had made it very easy not to like her.
When his da had brought her back with him, Charles had been a wild thing, lonely and lost. His da had taken his much-older brother Samuel and been gone for months off and on. Half-mad with grief at the death of Charless mother, Bran probably hadnt been the best person to raise a child when he was home.All right. Sounds good.
Thanks for bringing the box, though, Harper said. And Ill see you tomorrow?Yep. Ill be over to help you pack.
She leaned up on her tiptoes to kiss him good-bye, and he seemed to hesitate a second before leaning down himself. Then, when he did kiss her, his lips barely even touched her before he pulled away.It was one thing to get a quick peck on the lips, but Harper wasnt even sure it had lasted long enough to qualify as a peck.