Boone's BabyBy: Stormy Glenn
Scent of a Mate 9
Boone Marshall smirked when his brother looked up from the dresser he was sanding. Hugh smiled, set his sandpaper down, and then reached for a rag to wipe his hands off.
“How did it go?”
Boone had accompanied their half-brother Otto back to their old pride to handle what they knew would be a hostile takeover. The council had ordered Otto to replace their father as alpha after the man had been imprisoned for his crimes, but that didn’t mean that the pride would accept Otto.
Boone shrugged as he crossed his arms over his chest and leaned against the doorframe. “It went. There were a few altercations, but Otto took care of them fairly effectively. Some of the pride members requested transfer to the de Luca Pride, but most stayed. In general, even if they weren’t real happy with Otto being the new alpha, I think everyone was just relieved that Aldo was gone.”
Boone knew he would be happy never to see the man again. His father had made his life miserable since the moment he was born. And when he wasn’t abusing Boone in some way, he was going after Hugh or Simon.
It wasn’t until recently that Boone discovered he had more than two brothers. He had suspected but no one ever said anything. Maybe it was because no one wanted to be considered Aldo Marshall’s son or because they were afraid of what might happen if they admitted it. Whatever the reason, Boone was still reeling from the fact that he had more brothers than he’d thought.
Boone chuckled. “He’s still pissed.” Otto had gone ballistic when he had been appointed alpha. Boone had been really glad he hadn’t been the one to give Otto the job. The man was going to be pissed for quite some time. “He’ll get over it.”
Certainly, no one else wanted the job. The Marshall Pride was too fucked up.
“Before or after he kills me?” Hugh griped.
“And take on another pride?” Boone shook his head. “I don’t think even Otto is that crazy.”
“Has he had any luck tracking down his mate?”
Boone’s mouth curved down as he frowned. “No. He’s put out feelers and he’s tracking down a few leads, but so far he hasn’t found a trace of him.” Boone’s dark hair fluttered around his face as he shook his head. “It’s like the man just fell off the face of the earth. Even Kumiko can’t find him, and it turns out that that man has some serious contacts.”
“Are they still fighting?”
“Not so much. Otto and Kumiko have their arguments and all, ’cause let’s face it, they’re both too stubborn for words. But they seem to be presenting a united front to the rest of the pride. Hell, someone made a comment about Kumiko’s heritage, and Otto almost tore them to pieces.”
Everyone had been shocked when Otto made Kumiko his beta. Granted, the man was perfect for the position. He was tenacious, vicious when needed, and liked being in control. As far as Boone knew, though, the two men couldn’t be in the same room for more than five minutes without killing each other.
“How are Kye and Yuji taking their brother being gone?” Boone asked.
“Pretty well considering. Kye has me and Neumus, and I think that helps. Yuji seems a little lost. Kye is mated and Kumiko has his position as beta. I think Yuji is kind of wondering where he fits in all of this.”
“He just needs to find something that gives him purpose.”
Hugh nodded and then suddenly narrowed his eyes. “You know, if you’re going to be the town sheriff, you’re going to have to do something about that hair.”
Boone almost groaned. He hadn’t forgotten about his brother handing off the job of town sheriff to him. He didn’t so much mind being the sheriff. He actually kind of looked forward to it. But he was not cutting his hair.
“Snowblowers, dude, snowblowers.”
Boone decided to change the subject as quickly as possible. “Any word from Simon?”
Hugh nodded as he leaned in to work on one particular strip of wood that seemed to be resisting his attempt to smooth it out. “Yeah, he called to say he would be home on Sunday. Elder Hamilton is going to be joining him, so that should be fun.”
Elder Hamilton had been a huge surprise to everyone. Not only was he not an alpha as they had thought, but he was trying to save Simon from their father’s evil clutches and not broker a deal for Simon to marry his daughters, as they had been led to believe. The elder had recognized Simon as an omega and knew that Alpha Aldo would abuse that power if he learned of it.
There was no daughter to mate Simon with as their father had suggested. It had simply been a ploy to free Simon from what Elder Hamilton saw as a horrible situation. Simon was currently training with the elder to better be able to use his omega abilities.
“This is pretty nice,” Boone said as he glanced around the new shop that Kye and Neumus had insisted on building for Hugh.
It had taken almost a month to build, but it was the workshop of Hugh’s dreams. Kye and Neumus had gone on a shopping spree after the shop was build and bought him every woodworking tool they could find. Hell, some of the tools were so odd Boone didn’t even know what they were for.
Hugh grinned as he grabbed his sandpaper and went back to work on the antique dresser. “Yeah, it is.”
“Has Neumus discovered what his hobby is yet?”
“Yeah, annoying the hell out of me.”
“I heard that!”
Hugh grinned as he glanced toward the doorway.
“Stop looking at me like you want to eat me,” Neumus said to Hugh as he brushed past Boone and sauntered across the room.