Born Wolf Ch. 04bysexuscumlupus©
AN: For anyone who cares Tahryn is pronounced 'taa-rin', with a long extended vowel at the beginning. All main and sexually active characters are over 18. I do not condone violence of any kind. Wolf rules are very different from human rules.
Kurt couldn't remember the last time he'd actually felt nervous. Not properly nervous anyway. There was tension before a hunt or a fight, the floating knowledge that someone could get hurt. That was very different from what he felt now. Kurt Smith had never understood the phrase 'butterflies in the stomach' and he still didn't. What was going on in there he had no idea, but it was like a deer was stabbing it's hooves into his insides. Dominant wolves didn't get nervous, at least that was what he tried to tell himself, but then, dominant wolves didn't let their best friend dress them for their first date with the boy they wanted to mate with either.
Kurt's human body was too thin and lanky to showcase the sort of clothes that would make someone like Tahryn look like a model in magazine, and it had been too late to go shopping properly. Jene had driven him into town getting there just before he shops closed. Kurt had never been clothes shopping, which apparently was obvious because he sniffed at things then dropped them rather than putting them back on the rails. Jene had to remind him not to snarl when the lovely but tired sales assistant had given them her brightest smile. Eventually they had settled, or rather Jene had commanded and Kurt had settled, for black straight leg jeans with a leather belt, a white dress shirt and a slim fitted black waistcoat. Jene said that skinny boys in waistcoats was hot, and Kurt and agreed with her by grunting. Being proud of his human body was not something he'd ever been. The wolf in him was unsure of the feeling.
Then there had been the hair.
"You are not wearing your hair like that."
"Kurt you look like a nineteenth century pauper."
"A village idiot."
Kurt had snarled at that but backed down when Jene had approached him with steel scissors and an evil glint in her eye.
"There's another way to wear it?" Kurt had allowed himself to be pushed into the chair and sneezed when Jene wrapped a towel around his shoulders. Her family used actual detergent in their washing, although a very mild one.
"Yes. Now hold still or you'll be going in bandages." When Kurt had flinched as she brushed his hair she'd smacked him upside the head, "You like your ears the shape they are right?" After that Kurt had simply sat and let himself be messed with.
Now he was sporting an actual look, all his clothes fitted and Jene had done up his hair in what she called 'a really sexy modern style' with short back and sides, longer on top with a sort of messy spiky fringe that she'd 'textured' with some all natural hair wax that smelt like bees and olives. He looked...different, and he felt weird. The temptation to shift and just be himself was overwhelming, but Jene had put him under strict instructions not to and then imparted on him the wisdom of arriving at a date's house will a bottle of wine, and usually flowers.
"Why on earth would I want to buy him flowers?" Kurt had stood in the aisle of the supermarket already holding wine which was apparently 'very drinkable' and the bags which contained his new clothes and gaped at his only friend.
"He might like flowers."
"Does Tahryn Spencer look like the kinda guy who would like flowers?"
"Well looks aren't a great thing to go by if you're going to go down that line," Jene had lent over to inspect some roses and continued in a low but even voice that no one would have noticed even if they'd heard it, "You don't look much like you turn into a twelve stone wolf either but there you go. Don't judge by appearances. You of all people should know that Kurt. And anyway, " she continued, "It's so romantic!"
So now here he was, standing on the front steps of the Spencer house wearing clothes that smelt knew and fit differently than anything he'd ever worn, with a new apparently trendy haircut and holding a bunch of yellow roses. He felt like an idiot.
The door opened in a wall of scent so good that Kurt instantly cursed the tighter cut of his new jeans. Tahryn smelt like spice and summer, the wind off the sea and forgotten fruit groves going sweet. His pale blue eyes went wide when he saw Kurt and Kurt found himself being stared at, slack jawed. It took all his effort not to turn the gaze into a challenge. Tahryn's next youngest sibling put her blond head around her brother's big shoulders and whistled softly.
"Well if you don't look like a walking advertisement for the power of sexual attraction... Please come in Kurt. Don't mind the drooling mess that is my brother." She turned to skip into the house, "Kurt brought Tahryn flowers!"
"Sorry," Kurt nearly dropped the roses in embarrassment but Tahryn took them from him and the touch of his fingers was like the crackling of his fur when a thunderstorm was brewing.
"No. They're really nice. Thanks." Tahryn smiled with his lips closed and sniffed at the yellow blooms, "At least they're not pink."
"They would have been if Jene had her way. I should have never let her talk me into it."
"Look, you wanna come in?" Tahryn stepped back into the house and Kurt followed him, closely the door behind himself, "I can't get over how different you look."
"Is it bad?" Kurt had been half wondering if Jene was playing a practical joke on him. But she hadn't smelt like she was lying, "I think I look ridiculous."
"You look hot." The words made Kurt flicked his eyes up to look with Tahryn's husky gaze. He could smelt the scent of lust and wanting coming off the other werewolf, and his eyes widened in disbelief, "I mean, it's good. I like it. Come meet the family."
Tahryn house smelt very faintly of soap and general cleanliness, but that was overlaid with the myriad scents of himself and his sisters. Kurt could pick out all of them; Tahryn's deep hot spiciness; Chaska's peppered sweetness; Mehran's softer more blend scent in yellow and gold; little Isla mot yet turned for the first time, smelling like all wolf pup's did, like sweet spring rain. It was a scent designed to bring out the protective instinct in other wolfs. Whelan's scent was thick and heavy, not touched with the sweet flavours of the sea like his son was and Kurt inclined his head ever so slightly to the higher ranking werewolf as he sat at the head of the dining room table, big arms folded on the waxed wooden surface. The whole room though was overlaid with the thick complex smells of roasting meat.
Kurt offered up the wine, which Chaska took from him with a smile, and Tahryn gestured for him to follow.
"Dinner in ten minutes Tay."
"Sure sure." Kurt followed Tahryn out of the kitchen where his family were assembled and let out a breath he didn't know he had been holding.
"Tay?" He asked, raising a sceptical eyebrow.
"Can I call you that?" Kurt took a step forwards, chest and shoulders less than an inch away from the big tan werewolf, "It's cute."
Tahryn's husky eyes flashed up, and he smiled. What could have been an adorable romantic moment was ruined as the bigger man began to push Kurt back towards the wall, intent on the sensation of his soft lips. Instinct broke and ran and Kurt suddenly found himself standing off against Tahryn, a growl leaking from between clenched teeth. Tahryn snarled back.
"Stop it Kurt. Not everything has to be a fight you know."
Kurt growled and pushed at the boy who had become an immoveable block of muscle.
"If you didn't want this I'd stop, but you do, I can tell."
Kurt snapped his jaw. Tahryn's big hand curved over the back of his skull, tilted up his head and kissed him. Kurt hands gripped Tahryn's arms hard, finger nails raising welts in the skin under the jumper. Half of him wanted to throw the boy off and beat him until he cried for his presumption, and the other half of him wanted to melt into a puddle of goo and let the big blond Viking kiss him until he was dizzy. Tahryn's hand cupped his arse and his cock twitched in the too tight housing of his new jeans and Kurt leapt away with a snarl that was a curse.
"Yes." Tahryn's voice was practically a drawl, confidence exuding from every muscle.
"I won't submit to you!" Kurt spoke through clenched teeth.
"You will. You look sexy when you're mad." Tahryn half turned from him, the gesture was dismissive, "Come on, dinner."
Kurt fumed. How dare that insolent little twit try and dictate the terms of their relationship? He had made the bid and laid claim against his mate. It was his decision to make, not the other boy's. Kurt knew that his wolf body was stronger than Tahryn's, but like this, he was just a skinny little boy with visible ribs standing in a strange house full of people who were going to assume that he was Tahryn's bitch. The thought made his stomach churn.
Meal times in werewolf houses were often quite complex affairs. All wolves ate after their alpha had taken his share in order of ranking, so when guests came for dinner things could get tense. Guests didn't get offered food first unless they outranked all their hosts. Kurt didn't out rank Whelan Spencer, but he was determined to use every moment to show his dominance over Tahryn.
Chaska directed him to a seat to the left of Whelan and laid the table with the platter of roasted birds. Kurt frowned.
"What are those funny coloured things?" Bowls of gleaming orange and white and green objects surrounded the meat.
"Vegetables." Tahryn replied with a puzzled expression. "Do you not eat at your house?"
"Not if I can help it." Kurt tracked Whelan's movements as he chose the biggest of poussin's for his plate. It would be Tahryn next. Kurt waited until Tahryn had chosen his bird and was about to skewer the bird then reached in and plucked it from his fork with his bare fingers. He kept his eyes locked on Tahryn as he did it and the wolf took not a small delight in seeing Tahryn's tanned features drain of colour. There was a long, long moment where the two young hormonal werewolves stared each other down and finally Tahryn flicked his glance away. It was an uneasy victory.
Either Merhan didn't notice the tension or she simply didn't care because she took the next roasted bird and started serving vegetables while she spoke.
"Dad said that alpha Canon made you an enforcer?"
"Yeah?" Kurt refused to let himself be fully distracted from his food by the conversation.
"That's cool. Are you enjoying it?"
"Being an enforcer is not something you should really enjoy Merhan," Whelan Spencer answered while Kurt tore into his small chicken like it was going to run away, "It's a hard job to do well."
"Were you an enforcer for your old pack?" Kurt asked the question around the meat in his mouth, studiously avoiding the vegetables which he didn't quite trust. His mother's insistence that he eat them had never been met with anything other than a growl.
"No, Dad's in negotiations," Chaska chipped in, "He's really good at making people see eye to eye when they don't really want to."
"Like you two," Isla piped up and it was pretty much a race between whose growl was more angry, Tahryn's or Kurt's.
"I told you not to say that." Chaska reached out and cuffed her littlest sister gently.
"Boys are so silly," Isla smoothed her straight sun blonde hair back behind her eyes and looked at her brother as though he was a silly puppy, "I am so never having a mate if this is what it's going to be like."
Kurt dropped his growl and stared at his nearly empty plate. There wasn't much of the carcass left, he ate the cartilage and softer smaller bones even in his human shape. The little pup had seen straight through him though, and that tone from one so young and could not be involved in the continued power games which seemed at that moment to be all Kurt Smith had ever known had been as hard to deal with as the lust and instinct war that went on under his skin whenever he looked at Tahryn. Even he could tell, with his lack of social niceties, that this meal was not going very well. He needed Tahryn to like him, he needed Tahryn's family to like him.
It had been a long time since Kurt had last cared what other people thought of his behaviour.
Whelan had watched the Smith boy carefully from the moment he'd stepped into the house. Whelan hadn't been surprised when his only son had turned out to be gay. For a blink fast second he was sad that his son wasn't going to be continuing the Spencer bloodline in the traditional sense, but Whelan had been generally pleased with the kind of man his son was turning out to be. Never had he figured that his son would find his mate in the hot blooded, short tempered, and downright unusual wolf that was Kurt Smith.
Kurt had been someone he was warned about, by both the other members of the council and by his own father. Kurt was a very level headed wolf. Wolf. Not werewolf. For all that he could change forms and be human shaped the boy was definitely not a well-adjusted person. He was a wolf who could alter the way he looked. His theft of the poussin had been a crafty and well executed manoeuvre, designed to deliberately snub Tahryn in front of his family. For a heartbeat Whelan through that he was going to have to get his daughters out of the room before fur and cutlery went flying, but Tahryn had backed down. But only just.
Whelan could smell the tension between the two boys, running like an electric current every time their eyes met. Both of them were dominant personalities, both vying to be literally top dog. As a point of pride Whelan wanted his son to be recognised at the dominant one in the relationship, but he could practically see Kurt's mind turning, running out of safe things to talk about and discuss that wouldn't force the issue between them. It looked like the Smith boy was serious, as though there could have been any doubt. Whelan didn't make it a habit to be scared by younger werewolves, but when Kurt had thrown Koby into the council meeting his eyes had been hard and wild, his shift half a heartbeat away the entire time, the wolf in him almost visible in his anger. At that moment Whelan could have easily imagined Kurt going feral and shredding everything in sight, and lord the boy was strong enough. Kurt might not be much to look at, though his new put together look suited him well, but as a wolf he was frighteningly strong. Whelan had seen it in him at the meet, then again in the injuries he had given Philip Tanner. As an alley Kurt was powerful, but if he took it on himself to challenge Degan there would be nothing the older wolf would be able to do to stem that fury. His bid for Tahryn had been unexpected, but Whelan could tell that the boy meant what he said. You could see it in the set of his tawny eyes that the scent of his son had taken up route in the boy's skull. The older Spencer smiled to himself at the head of the table as Chaska began to clear away the dishes. That scent would continue to drive him mad until the boys were properly mated.
His wife had been his mate. When Mara had died bringing little Isla into the world Whelan had wondered in very real terms how he would carry on. For many days he had spiralled towards his own death, hadn't seen his newest child, refused to touch her and feel happiness. His mate was gone. It was as though he had suddenly started trying to live with only half a beating heart. It hurt. It was not uncommon for wolves whose mate's died to follow them into the spirit world. Whelan's cubs had been left to fend for themselves. The Werburgh had not had good staffing, not even in the old days, and Tahryn had looked after his sister's well for a child of seven. He and Chaska had fed and changed their new sister, had sent Merhan to school and cleaned up the house.
Tahryn had saved him. Whelan loved his son, couldn't bear the leave the boy wore bore half the scent of his mate. The sweetness and sun on sand and salt scent's came from his wife. Every night as he mourned his mate, Tahryn had curled up under his arm, pressed against his body, and slept with him so that he would not be alone. When he'd stepped back out into the light of day, his new daughter was three weeks old, his other children were pale and worn, and somehow the pain in his heart had eased.
Whelan Spencer knew that his son and his future mate were going to have to accept each other one way or the other. Their scents would drive each other mad, and they were both possessive and strong. It would not do to let their strength of feeling go to waste. Whelan shook himself from his thoughts in time to see Kurt poke suspiciously at his dessert.
"What the heck is this?"
"Chocolate fondant." Isla was pouring cream on hers, "You never had one before?"
"These ones are chilli chocolate," Merhan explained.
Kurt took his spoon, awkwardly, and cut into the oozy pudding. He ate, carefully, then fixed Tahryn with his gaze.
"It tastes like you."
"What?" Tahryn stared at the beautiful slender boy he had brought into his home. A decision he had been regretting no matter how much Kurt's scent drove him nuts.
"It would need salt, and somehow the feeling of the sun on the sea. But it tastes like you," Kurt took another bits which removed half the chocolate chilli fondant from existence and swallowed with an expression that made Tahryn instantly hard.
God d'you reckon he'd make that face while sucking your cock? Tahryn let his thoughts run away with him for a moment as he watched Kurt. He looked like he had when he'd been asleep, passed out from the pain in his arm from Philip's bite, but better. Awake Kurt was hard and flinty and it was sexy as dammit all, but when he closed his eyes like that it was easy to see the softness in him. The pleasure on his face was inspiring and Tahryn hoped he wouldn't have to get up for a few minutes.
"You're funny Kurt."
"I am?" Kurt looked surprised at Merhan's words, "And how are you liking being a wolf then?"
Merhan had hit puberty relatively late, and had only been switching forms for six months. It was still difficult for her, an act of concentration that came with a nice big dose of pain.
"I love it, but I hate the actual change. It hurts. Did it used to hurt you when you first started switching?"
"I don't think so. I don't really remember it very well. It doesn't hurt now and I'm the fastest shifter in the pack." Kurt's voice was touched with pride, "Hell I can shift while jumping through the air. You have to get the landing right though or you end up with a muzzle full of leaves and dirt."
"Icky." Was Isla's reply.
"That's so cool. You reckon you could teach me?"
"Dunno. You'd need to be able to change without having to work at it first. Might be a few more years before you get it all settled out."
Tahryn smiled into his pudding. So maybe this had been a good idea after all. Kurt was nice to his sister's, wasn't pissed by Merhan's probing questions and she asked him more about how his wolf life was for him, thanked Chaska for cooking for him. Then he stood up and jerked his chin at Tahryn in a clear gesture which even the dyslexic boy could read. The big blond were wolf stood and followed the musky damp moss scent of Kurt out into the back garden. The boy was standing there staring up at the sky. There were no stars tonight, and the air was thick with moisture, the doom of impending rain. Spring was not starting so much the way it should.
"I like your sister's." Kurt had his thumbs hooked in the tight pockets of his new jeans. He didn't look at Tahryn but the bigger wolf could feel himself being tracked as he moved across the patio and onto the lawn. "I meant what I said in there you know."