Remus growled at the male, his teeth bared, his body placed directly between him and Aadi. He could smell the wolf on him and he didn’t like the speed at which he had approached. “What do you want?” He asked.
The young wolf stepped back, his hands coming up in a placating way. “Please, I wasn’t trying to frighten you.”
Remus growled again. “I am not afraid.”
“Of course, s…sorry.”
“Who are you?”
“My name is Titus and I…I’m your son.”
Remus’s eyes widened and Aadi grabbed his arm. “His son?” She asked.
“Yes, I’m sorry.” He bowed. “Titus of Rome, I…I’ve been looking for you, sorry.”
Remus swallowed. “I…Aadi, what do I do?”
“Invite him in?”
“But, how did you find me?”
“I researched. Once I was of age, I found out where you went and started from there. There have been stories of a man who never ages so I just followed them.”
Remus didn’t trust him, especially around Aadi. What if he tried hurting her? He hadn’t even changed her yet, so any injury could be potentially fatal. His heart was beating far too fast. “Remus, let’s let him in.”
He whined. “But…”
“It’ll be alright, you’re here.”
He was worried she was actually disappointed in him. He had told her all about his past and the women who had been in it, but now it was staring them literally in the face and he worried she wouldn’t be able to look at him the same. “Fine, but do not dare touch my mate.”
“I wouldn’t even think of it. I know how important she must be to you. I can feel your protectiveness coming off in waves. I doubt anybody would be dumb enough to hurt someone so cared about when they are so cared about by such an old and powerful wolf.” Titus wouldn’t hurt anybody who didn’t deserve it regardless, but he was going for what would be most comforting to his dad. He understood the mistrust but he really wanted to get to know him.
Titus walked in when they moved out of the way and Aadi asked, “Can I get you anything? ”
“I’m alright.” He was thirsty but he felt so awkward and worried he’d do something wrong when it came to her he couldn’t ask her to get him one.
“If you change your mind let me know. I want you to be comfortable.” Titus was surprised how at ease she seemed. She didn’t know him and on top of that he was a pup of Remus from another woman but he felt no bad feelings or worry at all coming off of her.
“I will, thank you so much.”
“So is it just you?”
“Do you have any family still?”
“No, my mother was human until the end. I have some friends I’d consider family though.”
“I’m sorry for your loss.” Aadi said.
“It’s alright, but thank you.” Titus shifted nervously. He didn’t really know what else to say. He had so many questions, but he was afraid to offend his father.
Aadi could see he was having a hard time and rested a hand on Remus’s knee and nodded towards him. “So, what did your mother tell you about me?” Remus asked.
“Just that you and my uncle were Gods, that you were a good man, that you blessed her with me, that you blessed many women.” He held up his hands. “Not that I’m mad or anything, it was normal back then when you were face to face with the Gods.”
“I’m not a God.”
“I…I know, but she never spoke ill of you. I don’t even think she wanted me to meet you, probably thought you wouldn’t want to see me. I’ll understand if you want me to leave.”
“Nonsense.” Aadi said. “Please stay for as long as you like.”
“I’m sorry if I’m coming off as rude, Titus, it’s just a lot for me to wrap my head around. Aadi is right, please stay, we’ll find something to do together.”
Titus felt relief, he hadn’t hunted down his father for nothing and his mate seemed okay with him. He wouldn’t have blamed her for feeling uncomfortable with his presence, but she seemed absolutely fine. If anything she seemed to want them to talk. “You’re fine, I understand, really.”
He nervously sat down with them. “How long have you two been mates?”
“A few years now, she’s the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
“Having a mate is an amazing feeling I hope to actually experience one day.”
“Do you date at all?”
“Not really, I mean, I don’t see the point. I’ll know when I find the one so why bother until then. I mean, I know some wolves never find their soulmate just like any other species, but I just don’t want to settle, I want to find the one meant for me eventually. Though, for now my main focus has been finding you Remus.”
“That may be smart, I could have saved myself a lot of trouble. I may not have been so bitter for awhile.”
“All that meaningless sex, maybe some of them like your mother weren’t trying to lead me on but, I still wound up hurt a lot. I thought things were more than just sex, but time and time again they just wanted babies.”
“Oh, well, I know at least with my mom she wasn’t necessarily trying to use you. By her you already had a reputation so she thought that’s just what you wanted.”
“I believe that, I do, I was an idiot back then. I was an idiot for a long time. My brother found his brain much faster than me.”
“It’s understandable, really.”
Aadi let out a little laugh. “I don’t think I’ve seen two people look so nervous and awkward. You’re even making the same face.” She pressed a kiss to Remus’s cheek. “How about we take him out hiking tomorrow and have a picnic. We can show him our favorite spots, I think he’ll love it.”
Remus couldn’t help the smile that pulled at his lips. While he was still trying to play catch up, Aadi was making plans, wanting them to really get to know each other. “Alright, is that okay with you Titus?”
“Yes, of course.”
“You should also give your brother a call.” She said. “I’m sure he’ll want to know his nephew’s visiting.”
“Of course love.”
“Now, how about I make us something to eat.”
“Could I help while my dads on the phone? I’m actually pretty good in the kitchen.”
“Sure, thank you so much.” She could tell he was really asking so he could get to know her too. She was relieved when Remus left them in the kitchen. She hadn’t been sure if he’d trust his son enough for her to be alone with him and it would have broke her heart to see him hurt Titus’s feelings like that. “I really need to use the two rabbits we have. How do you like rabbit?”
“I love rabbit and dumplings.”
She smiled, looking amused. “Remus likes that too, he asks for it quite a bit.”
“So how did you two meet, if you don’t mine me asking?”
“Well, I was attacked by a couple of men. You know the type.”
“Oh, I’m sorry.”
“It’s alright, your father rescued me. I’m thankful he was there that night, it could have been so much worse than a couple of bruises and scrapes.” She smiled. “Everything’s fine now though, it seems like nothing more than a bad dream.”
“That’s good. Um…how come you two don’t have any kids?”
“We haven’t talked about it really.” She answered as he helped her make dumplings.
“Do you want any?”
“I do, but I don’t want to rush your father.”
He didn’t have to ask farther, he wasn’t an idiot. She didn’t want to ask because he had been used for children for so long. Most likely she didn’t want to risk hurting his feelings or wondered if he even wanted kids anytime soon due to all that. When Remus came back he asked, “You don’t mind that he’s coming for dinner do you Aadi?” He walked over and put his arms around her from behind, placing a gentle kiss on her head.
“Of course I don’t.” She answered as she continued to make their meal.
“Good, he and his mate are excited to actually meet one of my children.”
“Can I help?”
“No, why don’t you two go and just talk. I have it from here.” Remus still felt a bit awkward but they weren’t going to move past the awkward phase if they didn’t talk so the two men went back to the couch and sat down.
“So your mate says you like rabbit and dumplings too.”
“Yes, but you’ll enjoy anything she makes.”
“So, what else do you like.”
“The woods, it’s the only other place I feel at home when I’m not with Aadi. I’ve also developed a fondness for books.”
“Older books like the Count of Monte Cristo and Moby Dick and even Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.”
“Do you think I could borrow a few, I mean if Aadi says it’s okay? I know some people are pretty particular about their books.”
“Oh? Did you meet someone like that?”
“A librarian, a long time ago. He didn’t mind you reading them, but he was very uptight so it was hard to get immersed in the stories.”
Aadi smiled as she listened to them talking. She was proud of Remus for being so kind to Titus. The boy didn’t look much older than nineteen and it seemed that even though he was far older, he was still in that mindset. A child stuck in time, looking for his father. It was a little sad and she was glad he didn’t resent Remus.
Aadi was well into cooking by the time Romulus and Isobel showed up, their own child in Isobel’s arms. She was only two, but she already resembled her mother. Aadi felt like little Zarya was going to look identical to her when she grew up. Moments later the little one wandered into the kitchen, Isobel following, “Could I set the table?”
“Sure, thank you.”
Zarya ran up to Aadi and said adorably, “Hiiii.”
Zarya put her hands over her own eyes and Aadi said, “She’s too cute.” Isobel laughed as she pulled down plates. They talked about Isobel’s daughter and how their life had been going while they finished up then called the men in to eat.
“It smells amazing Aadi, thank you for letting us join you.” Romulus said.
And Titus chimed in, “Yeah, it really does smell good. Thank you.”
Zarya seemed fascinated with Titus and Aadi found herself laughing at the little girl’s perplexed look. Her eyes kept moving from Remus to Romulus and then back to Titus like she couldn’t believe what she was seeing. “I think she’s a little confused.” Aadi finally said when she could stop the giggling.
“Why?” Titus asked. “Is it because I’m new?”
“It’s because you look like us.” Romulus said.
“She’s seeing triple.” Isobel added.
Titus looked right at Zarya and pointed at himself. “Titus.” The little girl blinked at him then started grinning. Titus smiled back. “She’s cute.”
“Unfortunately.” Romulus said and Isobel nudged him. “Sorry, but I’m going to be scaring men left and right.”
“I am, I’m doing exactly what I should be, practicing being scary. Right Zarya?” He raised his hands, forming them into claws and growled at her. She did the same and growled back, making everyone laugh. “That’s right, that’s what we say to those pesky boys when they come sniffing around.” He tussled his daughter’s hair then looked at Titus. “So, has my brother been nice to you?”
“Yes, this whole thing has been quite the experience for me so far. Would it be alright if I ask you a few questions?”
“Of course, I am an open book.”
“Have any of your children come to find you? The ones you had way back when.”
“Nope, but if any ever did want to meet me I’d happily accept them into my life.”
Titus smiled. “I’m glad you two are as nice as my mother said.”
“We weren’t intending back then just to father tons of children and leave the mothers to themselves. As your dad has probably pointed out given how badly it hurt him that that’s what they wanted and we just weren’t that smart. I mean we should have put two and two together after the first couple children, but we were men thinking with our penis’s with women throwing themselves at us for babies.”
“You’re so honest.”
“No point in not being honest…I’m just glad I ended up blessed with Isobel and he with Aadi. This is a much better way to live and I love actually being a part of one of my children’s lives. We were stupid and caused our own hurt by not thinking with our brains instead of our lower parts. It’s the past and we can only live a better future.”
Remus seemed to relax more over dinner, finding himself enjoying the stories his son told them of his journey to where he was now. He knew that he himself would have never gone so far for his biological father, but then he hadn’t abandoned his son in the same way that he and Romulus had been abandoned. It wasn’t even that he had never wanted children, he had just wished for more and in the end it had left a bad taste in his mouth, until Aadi. “So, are you two planning on having any?” Isobel asked and Remus realized the conversation had drifted to babies.
“Oh I don’t know, I mean now we have Titus.” Aadi joked. “I got a pup and full grown too.”
Titus blushed. “You really see me as yours?”
“Of course I do, you’re Remus’s son and that makes you my son too. I would never try replacing your mother, but I want you to know you can talk to me about anything and you’ll always be welcome here.”
Remus’s eyes met Romulus’s and he frowned. Romulus’s eyes flicked to Aadi and then back to his brother and Remus nodded. He hated the apprehension he felt. It was Aadi, not some woman wanting him for breeding. She was kind and patient, always giving him time and space when he needed it. “Are you alright?” Aadi asked.
“Hmm? Oh, yes, I’m fine.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yeah, just got lost in thought. It’s this ancient brain of mine, it can be kind of slow.”
She kissed his cheek. “Alright.” She didn’t press him, always willing to give him whatever time he needed to talk about anything. She really did want children, but it wasn’t worth upsetting him. She didn’t need children to be happy and she knew Remus leaving her would be a wound that would never heal. Now they also had Titus and she couldn’t wait to get to know him. After dinner they simply set the dishes in the sink so they could spend time together. “Why don’t we take Zarya outside so she can tire herself out for bed?” Aadi suggested, always eager to play with her.
“Okay.” Isobel agreed so they went outside to play with the little two year old.
“She looks truly happy brother.” Romulus said as he sat next to his twin.
“I try to keep her that way.” They sat for a moment in silence, just watching their mates and Titus playing with Zarya. Remus sighed. “Am I broken brother?”
Romulus slapped his back. “Don’t be stupid. You took things harder than I, you were always the more sensitive of us.”
“Shut up.” He shoved Romulus, getting a laugh out of him.
“You’re a good mate, Remus, she wouldn’t smile like that if you were not.” He stood stretching. “You should consider a pup or two, it’s such a joy watching them grow.” He ran over and scooped Zarya up, tossing her into the air, leaving the little girl laughing and Isobel, Aadi, and Titus all looking worried.
“Hey Romulus, toss her up again, I want to try something.” Remus said as he got to his feet to spend time with them.
“Try what?” Isobel asked.
“Trust us.” Romulus said. “You know there is nothing in the world that could hurt our daughter.” He looked at Zarya. “Ready?” He asked. “Want to go up?” She nodded excitedly and Romulus tossed her much higher this time as Remus sprinted toward his brother. Romulus cupped his hands and launched his brother into the air where he caught Zarya and landed on his feet.
“I still got it.” He held Zarya up in the air. She giggled at him. “See, a little daredevil just like her dad and uncle. You’re going to scare the pants off your mom aren’t you sweetie?”
“That was amazing.” Titus said. “Could you teach me how to do stuff like that?”
“Sure.” Remus lowered Zarya and handed her over to Romulus. “Just not with my niece, I think Isobel might kill us.”
That night his brother’s words were still on his mind. He turned over, watching Aadi sleep. She probably did want kids and he felt a little guilt. It wasn’t fair to punish her because of his past. It had hurt him greatly, but she obviously wanted him for more than children. If she didn’t she would be gone. He sighed, seeing the obvious solution in his past would have just been to stop having sex with all the females who wanted it. None of them had raped him, he had had the ability to say no to sex, but he had kept just making love to them from the get go and expecting a different result besides them moving on. Even his son had said his mother just thought that was what he wanted because that’s what he had been engaging in. Aadi loved him and she deserved children if she wanted them. He had to stop letting the past make him sour towards having a child.
In the morning he wasted no time asking, “Aadi, do you want kids?”
“What?” She was just waking up and felt she must have heard the question wrong.
“Do you want kids?”
“I’m okay, I said so over dinner.”
“But are you just saying that because you think I’ll be hurt you want them?”
She knew this was the time to be honest. “Well…yeah, but I love you more than I want children. I’m fine never having them. I can just enjoy Titus and my niece.”
“You deserve kids Aadi, you’re amazing.”
“I want you to be happy.”
“Then let me give you a baby.”
She let out a soft laugh and took his face in her hands. “Silly wolf.” She pulled him down into a kiss and he wrapped his arms tightly around her.
“Is that a yes?”
“Is that really what you want? You can’t be worried for nine months that I’ll just up and leave you. I don’t want to have to ask Romulus to beat you up.”
“I do, I want to give you a child, as many as you like.” He pressed their foreheads together. “I’m scared, but I want to make you happy. I want to be with you forever, so would you let me change you and give you a baby?”
She nodded, feeling a lump forming in her throat. She didn’t know why she was suddenly feeling so emotional and she wound up kissing him again, not wanting to worry him. His hands pushed at her pajamas and he let out a little whine that she found adorable. “What?”
“Stop wearing clothes to bed, they always get in my way.” She giggled and he growled, his teeth biting down on her shoulder so she moaned and clung to him. It was easy to get lost in her, in the way she moved and the sounds she made. She was breathtakingly beautiful and he couldn’t help but admire her, his hands sliding over her to explore every inch of her. “I love you, Aadi. I love you so much it drives me crazy.”
“I love you so much too Remus. Thank you for trusting me enough to have a baby with me.” He let himself get lost in making love to her, ejaculating into her warmth multiple times in hopes he would definitely get her pregnant. She deserved this, she deserved everything. When they were done he cuddled her until they felt like getting up to shower. They wound up making love in there as well. He simply couldn’t resist her when she was naked, her gorgeous, flawless skin exposed to him.
She giggled when they got out. “You know that’s why I wear pajamas right? It’s so I can get some sleep, but I do love you find me so irresistible.”
“After breakfast I’m going to go ahead and talk to my brother about arranging for us to change you. We can do Isobel at the same time since I’m sure he never wants to lose her either.”
The smell of food hit their noses as they started downstairs and they were surprised to find Titus in the kitchen when they came down and he gave them an awkward, nervous smile. “I thought I’d make breakfast for you two.” He rubbed the back of his neck. “I hope that’s okay.”
“Of course, but you didn’t have too.” Aadi said.
“I wanted to, I mean you’ve both been so kind. I wanted to thank you. I learned a little bit in my travels doing odd jobs for money.”
“You’re incredibly sweet, Titus, just like your father.”
“I made coffee too.”
Remus reached out and tussled his hair, surprising him. “Thank you.”
“Y…yeah, you’re welcome.”
They enjoyed breakfast together Remus made a quick call to his brother who said he’d arrange everything and how proud he was of Remus for finally moving on from the past. When he hung up the phone they took his son to one of their favorite places, planning to take him to a new one every day as they got to know him. “So what brought you to this place?”
“Just walking around.”
“I’m sure you two do that a lot.”
“Wolves definitely weren’t meant to be kept inside.”
Titus laughed, “Nope, they definitely weren’t.” They showed him the best things about this area, heading home when lunch came around. He cooked for them again and it was just as delicious as breakfast had been.
“You’re definitely going to make your mate happy.” Aadi said when they finished cleaning up.
“You’re kind and considerate and you can cook. I mean that’s a big plus, especially if she’s sick or pregnant.”
“Can you cook uh dad?”
“I can, but Aadi’s food tastes better. I can never get the seasoning right.” Remus answered as he put the last dry dish away. “And please call me whatever you wish, there’s no reason to hesitate.”
“You don’t have to apologize. Now, we are going to be changing Aadi soon, have you ever seen the ritual?”
“No, but I’ve heard of it.”
“Then it will be a treat for both of you.”
“Don’t you usually have to have a group of wolves to pull it off though?”
“Not for Romulus and I, but since this is a special occasion, I’m sure he’ll gather a few.”
“Are you excited Aadi?”
“Incredibly so, I’m glad I get to be with your dad forever and with my children.”
“Are you two going to be trying?”
“We are.” Remus answered.
Then Aadi added, “You ready to be a big brother?” Titus smiled, feeling blessed to be a part of this family. He truly already felt like he belonged. They all made him feel like he had grown up with them instead of only finding them yesterday. A few days later Romulus and Remus were ready to change Aadi and Isobel. Titus was eager to watch, this wasn’t something that happened all the time so there was a chance this would be the only time he witnessed such a thing occur.
Titus’s eyes were riveted to the beautiful ceremony, the way the wolves howled, calling their brethren to them for Aadi and Isobel. It stunned everyone, but Romulus and Remus when Aadi’s wolf turned its gaze on him. There was a warmth there as it turned away, going to Aadi who sat between Remus’s legs. Titus’s heart danced when the wolves howled as both women were made moon born and some of them started laughing when little Zarya joined in, dancing excitedly around. He had truly never seen anything so beautiful and the wolf within himself rejoiced at the sight.
“Why did her wolf look at me like that?” Titus asked once they were on their way home.
“She was acknowledging you as her child.” Remus answered softly since Aadi was sleeping on his shoulder. “Have you ever seen an animal take on the responsibilities of caring for one that has been orphaned? It’s like that, you are her pup no matter the blood that runs through your veins.”
“That’s…wow.” He was touched by the gesture and had to clear his throat to stop the knot forming there.
When they arrived at the house Remus spoke gently again. “I’m going to lay with my mate so I’m there when she needs me. Help yourself to anything.”
“Okay, don’t worry about breakfast in the morning, I have it. Do you want me to make a snack for you now?”
“No, I just want to lay with her.”
“Goodnight then dad.”
“Goodnight son.” Remus watched over Aadi through the night. He knew it had all gone well, but she was his mate so he couldn’t help but worry over her with what she had just been through. It was a painful and taxing experience. He had no doubt his brother was fussing over his mate the same way. When those beautiful green eyes fluttered open he kissed her then asked, “How do you feel?”
“A little sore for some reason.”
“Then I’ll let Titus know we’re up so he can start on breakfast so I can just massage you and we can soak.”
“He shouldn’t have to cook again. I can do it after the bath.”
“He specifically said he wanted to last night Aadi.”
“Okay, if he wants to.” Remus left the room, finding his son in the living room. “She’s awake if you want to start cooking. We’ll be awhile though. I’m going to massage her then get a hot bath drawn so she can soak.”
“I’ll make one of my favorites then. It takes a long time, but I have it and I really want to do something nice for her…”
Remus smiled then returned to Aadi. “Lay on your stomach sweetheart.” she did, groaning a little as she did it. He started on her legs then worked out the tension in her back before kissing between her shoulder blades. “I’m going to run the bath now.”
“Mhm.” It was so faint he happily chuckled, he loved he could relax her like that. Soon she was in his arms. Remus carried her to their tub then settled them in it so she was laying against him “We shouldn’t stay in long if Titus is cooking.”
“He said he was making something that would take a long time.”
“What a sweetie.”
“He adores you already.”
They relaxed there until the water began to cool then drained the tub and got out. Remus dried both of them and Aadi giggled when his hands lingered on her, surprised when he a light blush tinted his cheeks. “Sorry, you just drive me crazy. All I want to do is keep you to myself for awhile.”
“You’re amazing, Remus, I love you.”
He let his hand slide over her belly and she rested hers over his, smiling lovingly at him. “I cannot wait to see you pregnant.”
“You mean fat and hormonal?”
“You’ll be the most beautiful pregnant woman in the world.” He pressed their foreheads together. “Just try not to have any girls.”
He chuckled. “I’m kidding, I just want a healthy you and a healthy baby, that’s all.”
She felt herself tear up. “You silly wolf.” She pressed a kiss to his lips. “Let’s get dressed and get downstairs to Titus.”
Their days with Titus were amazing and filled with laughter and smiles. A few months later Aadi was with child and incredibly excited. Everyone was happy at the news and eager to meet the new little one when they came into this world. There was so much change recently but it was all incredible.
~ The End