A Little Aussie loving wEBSITE OF eROTIC FICTION AUTHOR tONI GRIFFIN
Finding his mate should have been Patrick Holland's greatest day, instead it turned into a nightmare with one phone call. His mate didn't want him. His heart broke, but at sixteen he was too young to do anything. The next ten years--ten long years-- of Patrick's life are spent at odds with his mate. Split by forces he can't comprehend and a long line of misunderstandings, Patrick doubts he'll ever get the man he's both loved and hated.
Jake Richmond never expected to come home from uni to find the youngest Holland brother was his mate. Knowing the news might uplift his still grieving father, Jake shares the news only to have his young mate threatened. Jake does the only thing he can think of, protect Patrick. The next ten years are nothing but torture for Jake as he watches his mate grow into a remarkable young man.
They say time heals all wounds, but how much time?
Re edited and expanded version. Original story: 35,728 words. Expanded version: 81,192
Jake stretched as he got out of his beat-up old Toyota. It was good to
be back in his hometown again, and he was looking forward to catching up with
his best friend. He had gotten home the night before after another six-month
stint at the University of Melbourne. Jake was studying for his Masters of
Commercial Law and had another eighteen months' worth of study ahead of him.
However, now it was semester break and Jake had come home. He wanted to
see his friends and run with his pack. That, especially, Jake had missed.
Living in the heart of a large city for most of the previous few years while he
was studying caused issues with his inner wolf. There wasn't a great deal of
land in cities where a were could shift and run during the full moon.
Jake was really looking forward to running with his pack once again.
Speaking of pack, he looked up at the house of his Alpha, Joe Holland. Alex,
his best friend, had no idea he was home for the holidays yet. He'd gotten in
late and thought to surprise his friend this morning.
Jake walked up the brick pathway, noticing there were no cars parked in
the drive. He wondered if anyone was actually home. If not, he would just call
his friend and find out where the hell he was. Excited now to see Alex, Jake
quickened his pace.
Lifting his knuckles, he rapped loudly on the solid wood door three
times before taking a step back and waiting. Jake frowned when the door wasn't
immediately opened and realised his surprise wasn't going to work if no one was
home. Turning around to head back to his car, Jake had only taken two steps
when he heard the unmistakable sound of the door swinging open.
around, expecting to see his best friend standing in the doorway. Instead he
was confronted with the sight of the extremely sexy and delicious smelling, not
to mention totally off-limits, youngest Holland brother.
Jake shook his head to clear the lust coursing through his entire body.
The only thing that seemed to do, however, was to stir the air around him and
allow the most wonderful scent he had ever smelt in his life to permeate every
pore in his body. Jake groaned as his cock hardened to just this side of
painful, and his gums itched as his canines threatened to extend.
He had never lost control of his wolf before, but staring at the young
man in front of him was causing all sorts of internal struggles. Jake had
always been especially drawn to Patrick, but with the cub being so much younger
than he was, he had kept his distance. Now, his wolf wanted that distance to
Before Jake knew what was happening, he found himself with his arms full
of hot, horny teenager as Patrick attempted to climb his body. Jake moaned when
their hard shafts rubbed against each other as Patrick's soft lips found his.
Jake wrapped his arms tightly around Patrick and took control of the kiss while
the younger man clung to Jake's body.
He staggered back towards the house until he had Patrick pressed up
against the wall. Jake's wolf howled his approval of the situation. His brain
finally kicked back into gear, though, and he remembered exactly whom he was
practically molesting against the front of his Alpha's house.
Breaking the kiss, Jake looked down into the shocked dark eyes of the
boy in his arms. Nearly black eyes stared back at him, heavy with lust and what
Jake thought looked suspiciously like love. Shaking his head, Jake tried to
take a step back, only to realise Patrick was still wrapped around him.
"Mate," Patrick whispered at him.
"Shit!" Jake couldn't help the expletive from passing his
lips. He didn't expect this when he came home from uni. Jake's heart skipped a
beat as the happy, excited expression slipped from Patrick's face and his legs
fell from around Jake's waist.
Mate? How the hell could this have happened? Jake knew he'd
always been drawn to Patrick, just as Patrick had always seemed to find a way,
in his younger years, to insinuate himself into whatever Jake and Alex were
doing. Neither of them had minded much. Jake had put it down to a case of hero
worship or something similar. But Patrick being his mate had never really
crossed his mind.
The age difference between them had made sure that Jake never looked at
Patrick that way. If that wasn't enough, the idea of making a move on his best
friend's youngest brother and what Alex would do to him if he ever found out
was certainly enough to stop any errant thoughts he might have had in their
tracks. That wasn't to say that Jake's eyes didn't automatically search out
Patrick anytime the man stepped into the same room as him. He just refused to
think of it as anything other than looking out for the younger man.
Now though, things had changed. In the time that Jake had been away,
Patrick had matured and grown even more beautiful. Wanting nothing more than to
see his mate smile, Jake really couldn't deny the fact that the younger man was
his mate when his entire being screamed the truth of the words. He cupped
Patrick's face in his hands and gently pecked his lips in another soft kiss.
"Is anyone else home?" he asked, wanting to move this from the
front where anyone and everyone could see.
Patrick just shook his head, looking a little too stunned to answer.
Jake grabbed his hand and led the youth into the house. He needed to go
somewhere he wouldn't be tempted to ravish the barely legal young man. The age
of consent in the state was sixteen, but Jake was still six years older than
Patrick, and the thought was just wrong as far as he was concerned. His wolf,
on the other hand, didn't care about age differences. All he cared about was
the fact that his mate had been found and was of suitable age. Jake had to grit
his teeth as his animal fought for what it wanted.
Looking around, Jake decided the lounge room with its large couch was
definitely out, as were any of the bedrooms. That only left the dining room and
the kitchen. They seemed safe enough.
Jake took a seat at the head of the table, while Patrick sat in the
chair to his right. He never once let go of Jake's hand, which Jake was
silently happy about. His mate may be young, but Patrick was still his and Jake
wanted to touch as much as he was allowed.
"So, this is a surprise." Talk about stating the obvious, but
Jake was still a little in shock.
Patrick laughed and the sound shot straight to Jake's cock. Patrick's
entire face lit up, and Jake wanted to see his mate laugh every day, just so he
could see that expression. It wasn't like Jake hadn't seen or heard Patrick
laugh a million times in the past, but now everything seemed different. The way
Patrick looked, how he felt, his scent…oh god, how his scent filled Jake's
lungs and seemed to settle inside him.
"I didn't realise the mating instinct would feel so strong. I'm
only sixteen," Patrick said, breaking Jake away from his thoughts. Patrick
blushed and ducked his head, shy all of a sudden. Jake groaned as his cock
throbbed in his now uncomfortable pants. Jake was about two seconds away from
dragging Patrick out of his chair and laying him out on the table like a
buffet. "I've always had a crush on you," Patrick admitted so quietly
that if it wasn't for his superior hearing, Jake would have missed it. His
mate's soft confessions weren't helping Jake's control one bit.
Jake tucked a knuckle under Patrick's chin and lifted his face so he
could once again look his mate in the eyes. He knew Patrick wasn't going to like
what he had to say, but there was no other choice as far as he could see.
"I can't claim you yet." But boy did he want to. His wolf howled
inside him and scratched to be let out. Jake winced as he felt like he was
being ripped open from the inside out.
Patrick's eyes widened and his mouth opened in shock.
"Please hear me out." Jake cursed, not at all liking the look
of hurt that crossed Patrick's features. "You're only sixteen. I'm six
years older than you, and I'll be leaving again in a week to go back to
Melbourne for uni. If I claim you now, I wouldn't be able to leave you behind,
and I can't take you with me. You still have school here to complete."
Jake hated the situation as much as he knew Patrick did, but there really
wasn't anything that could be done. If he hadn't come home, if he'd just stayed
in Melbourne until he'd finished his Masters, then Patrick would have been
older, more mature and they would have had to ability to mate, instead of
having to wait like they were being forced to do now.
Patrick looked so sad, but he nodded his understanding.
"I'm not saying I won't claim you, Patrick, we just need to give it
time." Jake pulled Patrick forward and kissed his mate, trying to reassure
himself as much as Patrick that everything would work out if they just gave it
the time they needed for both of them to finish school. Breaking the kiss,
another thought entered Jake's head. "Fuck, your brother and your dad are
going to kill me." He groaned at the mere idea of telling Alex his youngest
brother was Jake's mate.
Patrick laughed again, the light tinkling sound seeping into Jake's
skin. "I won't tell them until you're willing to claim me. How's that?"
Jake was blown away by what Patrick was willing to sacrifice for him. He
knew Patrick didn't offer his word lightly, and Jake also knew just how close
the Holland family was. There were never any secrets between them. For Patrick
not to announce that he'd found his mate to make things easier between Jake and
Alex was mind-blowing.
"You don't have to do that, Patrick. I don't mind if you want to
tell them, they're your family," Jake said carefully, not wanting to sound
"I know I don't have to, Jay, but I want to." The sound of the
nickname Patrick had given him years ago said in Patrick's soft voice sent
shivers down Jake's spine. "I want to keep you all to myself for the time
being. If no one else knows, then you're all mine." His cheeks turned pink
at the confession. Jake loved the look.
Patrick rubbed his hand over the stubble on Jake's cheek. He'd been lazy
since he finished school and hadn't shaved in several days. "I like this
look on you. It makes you look even sexier than before."
"I should head off before your family gets home and finds me
ravishing you," Jake announced suddenly, the lust in his voice making it
even deeper than usual. His body screamed to do just what he'd said.
"You can ravish me anytime you want," Patrick offered.
Jake wasn't strong enough not to bring their lips together and once more
take control of the other man's mouth. He thrust his tongue past Patrick's lips
and growled at the taste. He slowly gentled the kiss until he pulled back
"Have you got your own phone?" Jake asked when he once more
had the power of speech. Patrick nodded and gave him his number. "I'll
call you tomorrow."
"I'd like that," Patrick said and then they stood.
They walked through the house to the front door in silence. Cupping
Patrick's cheek, Jake placed a gentle peck on the kiss-swollen lips. "Be
good," he whispered before he turned and left the house. Jake didn't look
back as he didn't think he would be able to leave if he saw his mate watching
him walk away.