Part two of the Sacred Amulet series. This is not a standalone. Read Outcast first.
Mating an outcast requires a blood sacrifice.
Ebube has rejoined his warriors on the hunt for the sacred amulet but his heart is left behind with Ugo. He's focused on completing his task and returning to her quickly.
Ugo has found a new confidence since Ebube's departure. Her waking moments are preoccupied by thoughts of his return.
She isn’t lonely any more as those who had previously ignored her now take an interest in her. After saving a child's life, she is now in demand for her skills.
But the gods are not so forgiving or forgetful and they will demand a high price for Ebube and Ugo's disobedience.
Ebube’s favourite dream involved waking with Ugo beside him in his home on the Amauwa settlement.
There they had a good, simple, and happy life. Peace in the realms and the warriors at home.
She placed a kiss to his face, the tip of his nose and his closed eyelid before whispering, “good morning.”
Half befuddled with sleep he reached for her, hand settling on her hip as he struggled to stay still, needing her in ways that he couldn’t always express.
“The morning is good because you are here,” he replied in a voice still gruff from the night.
“You are awake,” her voice was filled with amusement.
“I am now.” He cracked his eyes open and filled them with a vision of Ugo dappled in dawn’s grey light.
A smile played on her lips even as strands of her braided hair brushed over her shoulders and plump breasts.
He trailed his hand down her smooth back over the curve of her waist to her wide hips and pliant buttocks swell over long legs that he now pulled down on either side of his so that she sat astride of him.
In the time that he’d known her, her body had ripened from that of a girl into a woman.
He had always been a man ready to go to war to protect the realms. Ready to put himself in danger and journey to whatever lands his missions took him.
Now he wanted to stay close to Ugo. To have her as a constant in his life. He couldn't imagine a future without her. A mate to share highs and lows and make family.
“Now that you’re awake, my warrior, what would you like?” She rolled her bum over his groin.
His breath hitched as he hardened.
“Precious,” the endearment was hardly more than a groan on his lips.
She had never been this bold before.
He glanced up to find her smirking as she rolled her hips again. “Yes, my warrior. I have exactly what you want.”