Second Chance Mate

By: AJ Jarrett

Nehalem Pack 38



Prologue




“Hey, babe. I’m heading out.”

Daniel heard Kelsey shouting from downstairs. He glanced at the clock to see it was almost seven thirty in the evening. A frown caused his brow to crease. As the years carried on, he realized he was developing a deep indention on his forehead. The main cause was his fearless wife.

“Kels, it’s nearly eight o’clock.” Daniel jogged down the stairs. “Don’t you think it’s a little late to go on a run?”

Kelsey was standing by the front door in a pair of running shorts and a tank top. Her ear buds were draped over her slender neck swaying from side to side as she stretched out her arms. Daniel loved his wife, he really did, but more often than not got frustrated with her “I can do whatever I want” attitude. In Daniel’s opinion, she took too many risks. Just because she was a wolf shifter didn’t make her invincible.

“Danny, it’s summer time.” Kelsey rolled her eyes. “It doesn’t get dark until close to nine.” She walked over and placed her warm thin fingers on his chest and leaned in to give him a quick kiss on the lips. “You really shouldn’t worry so much.” She ruffled her fingers through his short black hair. “It’ll cause your hair to turn gray.”

“No.” Daniel wrapped his arms low on Kelsey’s waist and pulled her in even closer. “You and your stubbornness will do that.”

“Baby, I’m part wolf. I’m faster and have better senses than humans. I’ll be fine.” She kissed him one more time then patted him on the back, stepping away. “I’m going to go give Mack one more kiss then I’m off.” She ran up the stairs to their daughter’s bedroom.

Daniel hated when his wife of the past five years used that argument. She might be a wolf shifter but only half shifter. This meant she wasn’t as strong as a full-blooded shifter or have their super-fast healing ability. Kelsey tended to ignore those facts. He swore she was going to put him into an early grave. But he loved her and would gladly die from a heart attack as long as he got to keep his wife, his Kelsey.

The pounding of Kelsey’s feet on the stairs drew Daniel’s attention. He smiled as he watched her trot down the steps without a care in the world. She truly was graceful and full of life. God, he’d gotten lucky when he met her.

“I’ll be back before you know it.” Kelsey swatted Daniel on the butt as she passed.

“You better be, young lady,” he said in a teasing tone. She rolled her eyes and smiled as she took off at a jog down the sidewalk.

“Daddy.” Makenlee, his and Kelsey’s little girl, ran down the stairs looking so much like her mother. “Can I have some ice cream?”

“Well, of course, princess.” Daniel bent down and grabbed Makenlee under her arms and lifted her into the air. “What flavor you in the mood for?”

“Chocolate brownie, duh.” Makenlee rolled her eyes.

“You take after your mother a little too much, baby girl.” Daniel chuckled. He sat Makenlee on the counter and got out the ice cream. He scooped him and Makenlee out two bowlfuls and carried them in to the living room. “Whatcha want to watch, Mack?”

“Turn to ESPN.” Makenlee’s bright blue eyes lit up. “Baseball is on.”

“Oh yeah. Who’s playing?” Daniel laughed to himself. His little girl was the biggest tomboy he knew. Once again, another trait she’d gotten from her mother.

“Boston and Pittsburgh are playing.”

“Baseball it is then.” Daniel turned to the station and sat back to eat his ice cream.

Daniel finished off his bowl and set it on the table and kicked up his legs. His eyes were getting heavy. Makenlee had curled into his side, and together they dozed off as the game played on.

The sound of someone knocking on the front door jolted Daniel from his sleep. He sat up and looked around to see that the game had gone off and the sports report update was on.

“Kels,” Daniel called out. Not that he didn’t want to get up to get the door, but his wife was always hopping up to answer the door or the phone. “Kelsey.” She didn’t respond.

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