Silas brushed his hair as he regarded himself in the mirror. He hummed a little tune and wondered if he really was as pretty as everyone said he was. He couldn’t see it himself, but could anyone really see how they looked to others?
Whatever others saw was obviously good enough. It had secured his future. Butterflies from a mixture of excitement and nervousness fluttered in his belly.
A sudden noise startled him into dropping his hairbrush and jumping back from the mirror. A split second later he realized it was his window opening. Someone was crouched outside his window, on the ledge and was opening the window.
It was a young alpha that Silas had never seen before. Silas backed up to the door, which was stupid as he knew it was locked. Father always kept it locked.
The alpha tumbled in, fell into a sprawl on the floor before quickly righting himself and striding over to Silas.
Silas couldn’t help staring, the alpha was gorgeous. All tawny hair and green-gold eyes. The alpha stepped up close and grabbed Silas’s shoulders. His delicious scent washed over him and Silas was sure he was going to swoon. He was quite sure he was blushing.
“Silas?” said the alpha, sounding desperate and staring intently as if trying to pierce his very soul.
Silas squirmed, it was a bit too much. “I’m Silas,” he replied, not sure what else to say.
The alpha’s eyes filled with grief and defeat. Silas felt his own heart lurch in sympathy.
“But you are not you, you. You're you, you,” said the alpha incomprehensibly.
Silas blinked. The alpha sighed heavily and staggered back to throw himself into the armchair by the dresser. He buried his head in his hands.
“I thought I just had to get to you and you’d know what to do. I woke up in my childhood bed all twenty-something-stupid again and knew you’d be here, so I drove all night. Because you wouldn’t know where I was.”
Silas had no idea what to say. He needed to get this odd, handsome alpha out of his bedroom before his father found out.
“Okay, think Dean, think,” said the alpha to himself. “The witch said sunset to sunset, so hopefully at sunset tonight I will just poof back to the right time.”
Suddenly green-gold eyes were blazing into him.
“In the future, please don’t piss any witches off.”
Silas swallowed uncertainly. He couldn’t imagine ever being brave enough to piss a witch off so the warning was completely unnecessary.
The alpha’s eyes softened, and a deeply fond look filled them.
“Look at you, you are so young! And your hair is so long, it’s adorable.”
Silas bristled. “I’m not young, thank you very much! I’m an adult and I’m getting mated tonight and I’m going to be an Alpha-mate!”
Silas watched in confusion as all color drained from the alpha’s face and his jaw dropped as his eyes grew huge and filled with absolute horror.
Unease trickled down Silas’s spine, and he futilely tried the door handle behind him.
“That’s tonight?” gasped the alpha.
Silas could only stare. Suddenly the alpha pounced forward and grabbed his wrist and before Silas knew what was happening, he was being pulled towards the window.
“We have to get you out of here. I can get you past the guards, to my car and then drive as far as we can before sunset. Check into a motel or something just before.”
The alpha paused with one hand on the window frame and turned back to look at him.
“Before I turn back to stupid twenty something me who has no idea how to treat you right and no idea who you are.”
Green-gold eyes stared at him intently and Silas saw so much pain in them it made him wince. The alpha released his wrist, spun around and punched the wall. Silas flinched and jumped back. He watched in alarm as the alpha crumpled to the floor whilst sobbing huge shoulder racking sobs.
“That fucking witch! The bitch!”
Silas grimaced, if the alpha was too loud someone would come to see what was going on. Which logically was a good thing. Silas knew he should be shouting for help and getting this alpha dragged away and probably killed. But for some reason he just couldn’t bring himself to do it.
The alpha wailed some more, looking completely broken. Silas fetched a bottle of water from the nightstand, dropped to his knees by the alpha and patted his arm to get his attention.
The alpha looked up, his eyes full of tears even though his cheeks were already tracked with them. Silas hadn’t known alphas could cry. He pressed the water bottle into the alpha’s hand and pulled a packet of tissues out of his pocket.
The alpha took them but then burst into a fresh bout of sobbing. “Oh my gods, you are so sweet. This is awful!”
Silas patted his shoulder whilst the alpha cried.
Suddenly the alpha grabbed his hands and held them tightly while gazing at him.
“If I take you away, you will never be you and we will never meet. Well, maybe I’ll wake up in a motel room very confused but I won’t be me and you won’t be you and I’ll be too dumb to keep you and that’s worst then never meeting, but if I leave you here…”
Silas stared as the alpha broke down again. The man was a mess. Silas had never seen anyone look so broken. So devastated.
Then Silas yelped in surprise as the alpha pulled him into a bear hug. His arms were strong and Silas felt safe in them. It was a nice feeling.
“Oh gods, Angel, I love you so much.”
Silas felt his heart flutter, which was stupid. The alpha was clearly completely deranged. But still, having a sexy alpha declare their love for you was nothing to be sniffed at. And oh my, that pet name was wonderful.
“Tell me what to do Angel! Please!” implored the alpha.
“I… I have no idea what is going on,” explained Silas.
The alpha loosened the embrace, just enough to stare into his eyes.
“I’m from the future. You pissed a witch off and she cursed us. I love you more than anything, you are my mate, my love, my world, but if I take you away, all of that will never happen. But if I leave you here…”
Silas shivered in unease. He tried to make sense of the alpha’s words.
“In the future, we are mated?” he asked and blushed. The alpha really was incredibly handsome.
The alpha nodded solemnly. Silas supposed Greenwood was quite old, the same age as father, so it wasn’t impossible that something would happen to him and he’d be free to mate again.
“I think if I leave you here, nothing would change. It wouldn’t be surprising if you never remember this,” the alpha said and winced.
“No! Don’t tell me anymore!” declared Silas.
There was probably only a one percent chance that the alpha wasn’t crazy but that one percent was worth something. If this lovely alpha who called him Angel was his future, he did not want to jeopardize that. He didn’t want to know anything that might change things and make it never happen.
“Are we in love? In the future?” asked Silas, just to double check.
The alpha’s face lit up and he grinned, “Very much so.”
Silas’s heart skipped a beat. “Do we have pups?”
The alpha grinned and nodded. Silas squeaked in happy delight and couldn’t stop his little wriggle. The alpha’s face fell and he looked like Silas had just stabbed him in the heart. Silas could just tell he was thinking of taking him away and ruining everything.
So Silas jumped to his feet and hauled the alpha up, pushing him at the window.
“Go, go now, before you ruin everything!”
The alpha put one leg out of the open window and paused, looking up at Silas.
“Are you sure?” he said, sounding more doubtful than Silas had ever heard anyone ever sound.
“Yes! Now move it!” insisted Silas impatiently. He wanted this alpha to be his future.
The alpha grinned, “You sound like you.”
Silas stared at the love in the alpha’s eyes. It made him feel all warm and gooey. Impulsively he stepped forward and kissed the alpha. The feel of warm lips against his own was shocking and wonderful. Silas pulled back, aghast he had been so bold.
The alpha was grinning at him, his eyes brimming with joy.
“Was that your first kiss?”
Silas nodded shyly. The alpha’s grin intensified. “Mine too.”
Silas blinked in surprise. He had heard that alphas didn’t like to kiss. They liked doing everything else but kept their kisses for those they cared about.
“All this time we never knew we were each other’s first kiss,” said the alpha in a dreamy tone.
Silas gave the alpha an encouraging shove and felt awful when he nearly lost his balance. But he righted himself, jumped out of the window and was gone.
Silas smiled to himself. His future looked wonderful.