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Roxie’s Protectors: Book Six

Dirk’s Love

Marisa Chenery

Published: January 2012

ISBN: 978-1-936950-65-2

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Chapter One

 

Dirk walked into the upstairs room Roxie used as her office in the mansion she lived with her mate, Beowulf. Roxie and Dirk had spent so many hours working on his secret project—including the time he was on duty protecting her—he practically felt as if he lived there. Now that they’d completed what they’d worked so hard on, Dirk didn’t know if he should feel sad about it or not. He’d rather enjoyed his time brainstorming with Roxie.

Watching her typing away on her desktop computer, he smiled. Roxie was just as much an internet junkie as he was. She was also an exceptional web designer. She’d taught him everything he knew about HTML and coding pages.


Hey, Rox,” he said as he stepped farther into the room.

She turned her head away from the computer monitor, her hands still moving on the keyboard. “Hi, Dirk. Are you ready for your big reveal?”

He groaned to himself. He still didn’t think this was such a great idea, but Roxie had insisted. And since she was the foretold one who ruled over all the werewolf packs, he pretty much had to do whatever she said. Dirk was just one of her Protectors.


I’m still not keen on it,” he said. “The others are going to think I’m an idiot for doing this. You know that’s the main reason why I’ve kept my mouth shut about this project for the last year. And why I swore you to secrecy.”

Roxie rose and walked around the desk until she stood in front of him. “There’s no backing out. You should be proud of what you’ve accomplished. I think you’ve come up with something that’ll help a lot of male werewolves. If your brothers-in-arms can’t handle it, then they’re the fools. And I left Saskia out of that group on purpose. I know she’ll side with me.”

Saskia was the leader of the Protectors, while Roan, Jager, Leif, Skylar, Kye and he made up the rest. They were so close they’d basically formed their own pack and lived together in a mansion in Marin County.


It’s a given that Leif will say something. He won’t be able to help himself. Jaden may have reined him back a bit, but Leif still talks shit when the mood strikes him, or if he wants to rile one of us up.”

Roxie waved his concerns away with a flick of her hand. “Forget about Leif. If he knows what’s good for him, he’ll keep his comments to himself. You’ve worked very hard on this, and I won’t let him spoil your moment. If he does try to be a jackass, I’ll order him to shift into his wolf form, then use my magic to keep him like that for a day, so I can chain his butt outside in the backyard.”

Being the foretold one, Roxie had more magic inside her than the typical werewolf. Her trick of chaining a werewolf out in her backyard like a dog had been put to use a few times already. To be on the receiving end was humiliating, to say the least.


That still doesn’t make me feel any more confident,” Dirk said.

Roxie punched him in the arm. “Stop doing that to yourself.”

He rubbed the spot where she’d hit him. “Ow. Doing what to myself?”


Feeling as if you should be ashamed. Instead, you should be proud.”


Fine. I guess I’ll do it your way, not that you’ve left me with any choice in the matter.”


No, I didn’t. If I had, you wouldn’t tell them.”

Damn right he wouldn’t have. He was nine hundred and fifty years old, and had spent most of his adult years—which were many—fighting with a sword in his hand. His little project was so beyond that that it wasn’t even funny. He was a warrior through and through, but this could quite possibly make him look like a big wuss in his brothers-in-arms’ eyes.

Roxie turned back to her desk and picked up the closed laptop computer resting on its surface. “Come on, let’s go downstairs and make your big reveal.”

She brushed past him and headed out the door. Dirk slowly followed behind Roxie. He’d bite the bullet and get it over with as quickly as possible.

Once they reached the bottom of the stairs, he fell in behind her as she walked toward the living room where his entire “family” sat waiting. More than one of them had asked him what this “meeting” was all about, but he’d given nothing away.


About time you two came down,” Kye said as Dirk and Roxie came to a stop in the middle of the room.

Kye sat on one of the couches while his mate, Michaela, sat next to him. They’d been only mated for the last six months. The others in the room were Saskia and Eli, Roan and Ansley, Jager and Daylen, Skylar and Braelyn, and Leif and Jaden. Jaden sat on her mate’s lap while Leif’s large hand rubbed her six-month pregnant belly. Roxie’s mate, Beowulf, sat on the floor with their nine-month-old daughter, Nevaeh, playing with some of her toys with her. The whole gang was here. There would be no getting out of it now.


Yeah, we were wondering if you two got sidetracked upstairs and forgot about us,” Roan said. “And it wouldn’t be the first time.”

Roxie gave him a pointed stare and cleared her throat. She ignored Roan’s comment, and said, “You’re all probably wondering why I asked you to come to this meeting.”

Jager groaned. “Please don’t tell me you’re pregnant again.”

Roxie sighed. “No, Jager, I’m not expecting another baby. This has to do with Dirk, not me.”

Dirk felt all eyes turn his way. Stupidly, a wave of uncertainty washed through him. He had a feeling this was going to blow up in his face. He just knew it. He opened his mouth to tell Roxie to forget about what she’d planned, but she spoke again.


It’s finally time to reveal the project I’ve helped Dirk bring to fruition,” she said with a smile.

She opened the laptop and shifted to a spot where everyone in the room would be able to see it. The others leaned in for a closer look as Beowulf picked up Nevaeh, then stood so he was nearer.


Mate Connection. What the hell is that?” Jager asked, blunt as usual.


Oh. Oh, I know,” Ansley said. “It’s an online dating service. Right?”

At Dirk’s nod, Leif burst out laughing. And it didn’t help that the rest of his brothers-in-arms laughed along with him. The only males in the room who didn’t were Beowulf and Eli, mostly because their mates looked at them, just daring them to join in. Dirk felt as if he should go climb under a rock somewhere.


Oh, god,” Leif said between laughs. “An online dating service? Really? Couldn’t you come up with something better than that?” He then started to laugh again, but harder.


Shut up,” Roxie said with a loud growl. “All of you.” The room instantly fell silent. “Listen up, boneheads. No more laughing at Dirk, or you’ll get better acquainted with my backyard, if you know what I mean? It was seeing each one of you find your mates—your mortal mates—that Dirk came up with this idea to have a website where male werewolves can look around to find potential mortal women.”


I think that’s a wonderful idea,” Jaden said as she gave her mate a smack to the back of the head. Leif cringed in response.

The rest of the women quickly agreed, which made Dirk feel a trifle better. At least, the females of his family sided with him. It was a start.


Okay, I can see that having some merit,” Skylar said. “But what makes your service any different than the mortal ones already out there? Male werewolves could search them just as easily as yours.”


Good question,” Roxie replied. She then turned to Dirk. “Well, Dirk, why don’t you answer Skylar, since you haven’t said a word yet.”

He took a deep breath. “All right. What makes mine different is that the questionnaire the females have to fill out is geared more toward a male werewolf. It isn’t obvious, but the answers the women give will determine whether or not they would be acceptable to one of our kind.”


How did you go about compiling those kinds of questions?” Beowulf asked.

Dirk smiled. “It was easy enough. I hired a psychologist, who also happens to be a werewolf, to write them up for me. And I think she hit the nail right on the head.”


So I take it you’re going to somehow get word of the website out to the packs,” said Roan. “If it starts to take off, aren’t you going to find it hard to keep up with your protection duties as well?”


Not really. I’ve already hired an employee. She’ll be working from home and taking on some of the responsibilities.”


You’ve hired a woman?” Jager asked. “A mortal woman, I take it.”

Dirk nodded. “Yes, she’s mortal. Her name is Ryann. Every time I’ve talked to her on the phone she seems like a real go-getter.”


You gave her the job without meeting her face-to-face?”


Nowadays, especially with an internet business, everything’s done online. Even the hiring of employees,” Dirk said. “Not that I should have to explain myself to you, Jager.”


Dirk, are you hoping you can meet your mate through it as well?” Daylen asked softly.

He nodded again. “Yeah, I am.”

Being the last member of his family to become mated, sucked. He hadn’t said anything to any of them, but he yearned for what all of them had found. He hated being alone. Dirk had been doing a lot of searching for the one woman meant for him, ever since his brothers-in-arms started finding their mates. So far, he’d come up empty-handed. Even Beowulf’s nightclub, Wulf’s Den, hadn’t worked for him. Longing for his would-be mate and wanting to find her was just part of the reason why he’d come up with the idea for his online dating service. He’d been the first person to fill out a Mate Connection questionnaire.

Ansley sighed. “I think you’ll find her, Dirk. It sounds as if you have the whole site well on its way to doing what you set it up for. I wish you the best of luck with it.”

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