Noelle woke up the next morning to the sound of clinking and rustling. As she stirred and started to open her eyes, Granger’s voice called from somewhere, “keep your eyes closed. Stay under the blankets!”
“Uh, ok,” she mumbled, hiding her face in the comforter and inhaling the sweet, musky scent of their lovemaking from the night before. “What are you doing?”
“You’ll find out in a minute!” The clinking and rustling continued.
“Ok, you can look now,” he shouted at last. She dived out of the covers, pushing her hair back from her face. There was a little portable table next to the bed, filled with all kinds of delicacies, and at the foot of the bed was a Christmas stocking.
“Breakfast, and a few little gifts,” he announced. “Although I’m afraid that the gifts aren’t very exciting, since I didn’t know that you were coming until two days ago.” Noelle giggled in delight.
“That’s ok,” she said. “Considering I wasn’t expecting anything at all, this is pretty amazing!”
“And before we get started, we have to have a toast.” He climbed back into bed, reached down on the floor and produced a bottle of Champagne and two glasses.
“Wow, first thing in the morning?” she exclaimed.
“Nothing better on Christmas day!” He popped the cork expertly and filled their glasses.
“Merry Christmas and happy birthday to my beautiful, incredible, smart, sexy, lovely mate!” he said.
“Merry Christmas to my gorgeous, smart, brave, generous, amazing mate,” she replied. And they drank, the golden fizz instantly making her woozy.
“Now, presents!” he announced and handed her the stocking.
She didn’t know how he’d managed to pull everything together at such short notice, but there were two novels, a beautiful box of chocolates, some perfume, some cashmere socks, a scarf, two DVDs and a leather-bound notebook.
“This is just for now, but I’ll take you shopping tomorrow to get exactly what you want for Christmas – and for your birthday!” he said. Noelle’s eyes filled with tears.
“What’s wrong?” he asked, alarmed. She wiped her eyes on the comforter.
“Nothing; it’s just – just – I’m not used to getting stuff for Christmas, and you’ve got me all this, and we’ve only just met. You’ve made me so happy, Granger. I don’t know how to thank you enough.”
“Oh, baby,” he said, drawing her into his arms. “From now on, you’re going to have more presents than you can handle!” Her head was spinning, overwhelmed by the gifts and his words.
“But how did you get all these things for me?” was all she could say.
“Uh, I might have messaged my mom yesterday and asked her to help me out,” he said bashfully.
“No way?” she said, eye glistening.
“Yes way! Now, let’s have some food.”
The food was delicious, and it went perfectly with the champagne. When they’d finished eating, they lay in each other’s arms, kissing and touching. Noelle had never felt so happy in her life, but there was still a tiny part of her that couldn’t quite believe it was all real.
“Granger – you really mean all this, right?” she said in a small voice. “You’re not going to get bored of me and leave me one day?” He laughed.
“Are you kidding? I’m totally crazy about you. You’re my mate. And that means forever. No exceptions. Shifters aren’t fickle like humans can be. And we’ll have our mating ceremony soon, as the shifter laws dictate.” He gazed up at the ceiling, thinking. “Maybe on New Year’s Day? Would you like that?” She gasped.
“I’d love that! But, wait – what is this ceremony, exactly? Is it like a wedding?”
“Pretty much, except you wear simpler stuff and it’s held deep in the woods. Only shifters are allowed to be present, so it would be you, me and our clan attending.”
“That sounds amazing!” she said with a grin.
“Ok, it’s a date!” he said. He sipped his champagne and sighed. “I guess we should get up and go see the others. But, on the other hand – ” he lifted the covers and gazed at her naked body. “Maybe we should have a Christmas morning mating session instead.” She climbed on top of him and planted a kiss between his pecs, then one on his abs, then one just above his navel, then another on the diagonal grove at the top of his thigh.
“I think that’s a great idea,” she said.
Much later, they lay back on the pillows. Noelle’s body was tingling with the after-effects of the many orgasms Granger had just given her. He laid one of his huge hands on her belly.
“I wonder if we’ll have a cub or two running around next Christmas,” he said. She broke into a smile.
“Running around may be a little premature, but I’d be very happy to have one growing inside me at the very least.” Granger planted a kiss on top of her head.
“Merry Christmas, baby,” he said. “May our Christmas wishes come true!”
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