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Hunter woke up ready to kill something when someone crawled into bed with him. His dragon stilled when he recognized Lexa’s scent of wildflowers and crisp mountain air. She smelled like home in the summer. Hunter’s heart rate picked up for another reason when he felt her tiny body pressed up against him. She curled into a ball and was asleep again almost instantly. Hunter laid on his side afraid to move. He didn’t completely trust himself so close to her. ‘She is ours. I won’t let you do something stupid to make our mate run.’ Hunter’s dragon reassured him and moved his arm around Lexa. “Fuck,” A hundred years of searching and he finds his mate just when he was ready to settle down with Liv. ‘hmm not tonight, we are exhausted.’ Hunter heard Lexa’s wolf. She may not have known she was a shifter but her wolf was aware of what was going on. She took his exclamation as an offer, and it had him, and his dragon worked up. ‘Sleep Lexa needs you,’ she curled in closer letting Hunter’s natural urge to protect overrule his other desires. Hunter drifted off to sleep once more with his arms wrapped around Lexa. Hunter was up before Lexa the next morning and had to get out of bed before he did something he’d regret. He went into the bathroom and freshened up. When he came out, he saw her lying there on his bed in the morning light. She was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. She had a heart-shaped face with high cheekbones and luscious full lips. Her skin was caramel colored, and her hair was a deep brown. Now that it was dry she had long ringlets that splayed over the pillow. Hunter swallowed and left the room. In the kitchen, Hunter took a minute to gather himself. If just looking at her turned him on how was he going to make it through the day. ‘You always wondered what having a mate was like.’ His dragon mocked him. Hunter told him to shut it and found the bacon in the