*Please note this content contains adult language and themes. It is intended for a mature audience.*
Renny Meets His Cousins
By Dakota Dawn
Renny Woolsey paced the rich blue carpet of his hotel suite. Would his cousins like him or would they be mean to him like some many of the kids he’d been in foster care with? Maybe he shouldn’t meet them. He had Zav, his mate. That was enough, right?
“Ren, stop pacing before you ruin the carpet and stop worrying about meeting your cousins. From what Zotikos found out, most of them are nice elves.” Zavier Thorpe pulled Ren over to a large mirror. “Who wouldn’t love a hot guy like you?” Zav’s brows drew together. “None of them are bringing friends, are they? I can’t have any vultures circling you. You belong to me.”
Opening his senses, Renny searched his vampire mate. The man was pulsing with love for Ren. A love the vamp had yet to openly admit. Another feeling coming from Zav was a touch of jealousy. That was new, but then with him going to college they didn’t get out very much.
“Calm down. Today is all about me meeting my cousins. They aren’t supposed to be bringing any friends.” He couldn’t stop the worry that settled in his chest and turned his stomach into a boiling cauldron. “What if they don’t like me? My history with people is not pretty.”
A pair of shiny, sharp fangs sprang from Zav’s gums. “I won’t let them hunt you.”
Ren could feel Zav’s need to help him, and from experience, he knew what his mate was going to do. Before every college test, they went through the same steps.
He closed his eyes and let the feel of Zav’s lips kissing a path to his neck begin the calming process. Strong hands pulled Ren’s body backward. Solid muscle pressed into Ren’s back causing him to shiver in pleasure. He knew exactly what his vampire mate could do with all that strength. The man was skilled.
When he felt the prick of fangs sinking into his neck, Ren focused on what skill his mate was demonstrating at the moment. Peace washed over him. A shiver danced down his spine and had him moaning. Nothing felt as good as the bite of his mate. The bite could induce peace, healing, pain, or sexual pleasure. He was addicted to Zav, and he had no desire to go to rehab. The swipe of a caressing tongue over his neck snapped Ren from his thoughts.
Zav sniffed Ren’s neck and then whispered, “Once the gathering is over, I plan on dining on you.”
The calm he’d been feeling started to turn into desire.
“Not now, little one. Try to stay calm as long as you can.” Zav looked at Ren through the mirror. “It’s going to be all right. Let’s go so we can beat the others to the Ocean Wave room.”
Ren adjusted his shirt. “You’re right. Let’s go.” It’s going to be okay.
The room was magazine perfect. Just like the rest of the rooms in Blue Water Luxury Hotels. Through the row of large windows, you could see real waves rippling the water at the beach near the hotel. The layout of this room was perfect for relaxed talking in the first part of the room. Past the leather couches, chairs, and loveseats was a dining area. The table was set as if royalty was about to dine. The owner took luxury seriously.
Two tall, handsome men and a very pregnant female walked in a side door and started inspecting the room. When one of the men saw them, the man nudged his companions and they all headed toward them.
“Hello, I’m Troy and this is my wife, Branda, and my brother, Trey. Welcome to our hotel.” Troy smiled and dimples appeared in his cheeks.
This man is hot and so is Troy’s replica brother. They must be twins.
“Hello, I’m Zavier and this is Renny. We have this room reserved. It looks perfect for our needs.” Zavier’s pale-green eyes quickly scanned the room.
“That’s wonderful to hear. We stopped by to check on the room ourselves. It never pays to be lazy.” Trey smiled, revealing identical dimples to his brother’s.
“I have a question.” At Troy’s nod, Ren continued. “Is the staff for our gathering open-minded? We are a couple and one of my female cousins is bringing her wife.” He really hoped these owners didn’t just hire anyone. His stomach couldn’t handle any more stress.
“I understand your concern. That is never a problem at our hotels. We only hire open-minded staff who have signed a contract that ensures they are nice to everyone in and around the hotel and that they don’t talk about what they see at the hotel.” Troy put his arm around his wife’s shoulders. “Branda is married to me, but in her heart, she is also married to Trey.”
“I’m lucky to be loved by two wonderful men.” She looked at him and Zav. “You two are a handsome couple.”
“Thanks. You three are a striking trio. Congratulations on the baby. When is the little one due?” Ren couldn’t help but look at Branda’s cute baby bump.
“Any day now. We are more than ready for him to appear.” Branda smoothed a hand over her extended abdomen.
Trey interlaced his fingers with Branda’s. “If you need anything, let our staff know and they’ll take care of it or get in touch with us if necessary. We’ll be here in our office for the next few hours.”
Ren felt so much better since meeting the owners. His senses revealed that they were genuinely kind people. He also sensed that they were somehow connected to the paranormal world. “Thanks, you’ve eased my mind greatly.”
Troy nodded toward the door. “It looks like your guests are arriving. Enjoy your stay.” The three owners exited through the side door they’d entered. A part of him wished he could go with them.
He looked at the doorway and sure enough two women had just walked in and were looking around. From the pictures he’d seen, he thought it was his cousin Reagan and her mate, Shea. With butterflies dancing in his stomach, he let Zav lead him to the grinning women.
“Renny, you are adorable, cuz. This is Shea, my beautiful mate.” Reagan was just a touch taller than Renny. She grabbed him up and hugged him tightly for a few moments.
Shea smiled and hugged Renny. “This is your cousin, Reagan.”
“Sorry, I guess I got too excited and forgot to introduce myself.” Reagan’s gaze moved over and up. “I take it you’re Zavier.” She held out her hand.
Zavier shook her hand. “Yes. It’s good to meet you.”
“It’s nice to meet you too.” Reagan’s smile shone in her brown eyes. Renny realized her eyes were just like his. She was family.
Shea stepped forward and hugged Zavier. “We are excited about meeting both of you.” The small elf stepped back and looked Renny and Zavier over with her awesome dark green eyes. The light green flecks in them sparkled like jewels. “You two are a handsome couple. Your babies will be beautiful.”
“Shea! We agreed not to talk about babies tonight.” Reagan frowned down at her mate.
“They are so cute, I couldn’t help myself.”
“Forgive her, please. My mate has baby fever. In the near future we’d like to have children.” Reagan’s face softened as she looked at her mate.
Babies equaled family. The thought of a big family strummed Renny’s heartstrings. “I like the thought of babies.”
Zav gently squeezed Renny’s hand. “We can talk about it later.”
He opened his senses, and his love for Zav burned brighter when he felt Zav’s excitement at the thought of having babies. The feel of others excitement drew his attention. A couple walked in holding hands.
Reagan nodded toward the door. “That’s Sidney and Summer. The woman entering behind them is Elana.” With a wave of her hand, Reagan called them all over. “The guy that just came in is Terron,” she added when a dark-haired man entered.
Renny and Zavier were once again swept up in a round of hugs and greetings. After being around his family for several minutes, he started feeling overwhelmed. Emotions closed in on him. Excitement, love, happiness, boredom, and something odd he couldn’t place. They were asking too many painful questions. Who had he lived with as a child? Had he been happy? What was he going to school for? Did he remember his dad? What was his mom like?
Zav straightened, which had him towering even more over all of them. The vampire excused them and led Ren out the door and into the hallway. Zav sat on a loveseat and pulled Ren onto his lap. “You seemed a little stressed. Do you need me to give you a quick shot?” The vampire wiggled his eyebrows eagerly.
A smile curled his lips. He was grateful for having a mate that was thoughtful. “Not right now, thanks. I just feel so weird. It’s strange to suddenly be around family. I see that I resemble several of them, but I feel like such a stranger.”
Strong fingers threaded their way into Renny’s hair. He sank into his mate’s touch. “To a point, you are a stranger to them. That won’t last long, though. Today is a step in their direction. Do you feel somewhat close to any of them?”
He didn’t need to think about his answer. “Reagan and Shea. I feel light-hearted around them. I got a strange vibe from Elana, but everything was happening so quickly, I couldn’t concentrate on her enough to tell what it was.”
Leaning in, Zav brushed his lips across Renny’s lightly kissing him. “See. You’re already bonding with some of them. Focus on that. Give it time, Ren.”
“You’re right. I just started feeling a bit out of place for a minute.” The past had proven repeatedly that Renny was an outcast. The fear that he’d be one among his kin was suffocating.
“I can make you feel better.” Zav grinned, showing his fangs.
Meeting most of his cousins had depleted a lot of the calmness he’d been feeling. To finish the evening without doing or saying something dumb or strange, he could use some help. Ren looked into Zav’s pale green eyes and nodded. He tilted his head exposing his neck.
A low growl came from Zav right before his fangs sank into one of Ren’s plump vessels. A tremor of pleasure pulled a moan from him. He tightened his arms around Zav’s wide shoulders and groaned when he was flooded with peace and calm.
“This is my kind of party.”
The sound of a humor-filled voice had Ren gasping in surprise and Zav moving to protectively shield his mate.
The man’s green eyes gleamed with mirth. “I’m Marko Woolsey. From the photos I’ve seen, I’m guessing you’re Zavier and the man you’re protecting is my cousin, Renny.”
Renny gently pushed Zav aside and stood. “You’d be right.” Renny held his hand out to Marko. “It’s nice to meet you.”
Marko’s grin widened and he wrapped Ren in a tight hug. “It’s good to meet you as well. Both of you.” He released Ren and hugged Zavier.
“How did you sneak up on us?” Ren asked. Laughter poured from Marko. The sound called to Renny. It was so genuine and refreshing.
“I have the gift of being able to cloak my scent and vital signs. Since you two were getting busy, it was easy to silently approach you.” Marko’s eyes lit up. “It was a rather hot scene. Feel free to make out in front of me anytime.”
“We weren’t making out. He was just helping me,” Renny defended quickly. He really didn’t want his family to think of him as a man-ho.
“Whatever you say, cuz. It was still hot. I can’t wait to be mated. The passion is going to be all-consuming. Hotter than anything I’ve ever experienced before.” Marko shivered at his own words.