The full moon had just set over the horizon and the Colombia Basin pack had gathered back at Adam’s home to regroup before heading to their respective homes after the full moon hunt. Adam was speaking with Darryl and Warren so Arielle decided to check in on Adam’s mate and daughter. She looked in on Jesse as silently as she could, realized the teen was just fine and quietly exited the room. She then she went on towards Adam’s room where his mate Mercedes, aka Mercy, was fast asleep. It wasn’t completely unusual for her not to participate in the hunt with the pack as she was a coyote and not a werewolf as they were and since they had new wolves it might have been for the best she stayed home. What concerned Arielle was the reason she had given for staying home. No one would have questioned her if she had said she was staying home since they were teaching new wolves and her being tired wasn’t an unusual thing with Mercy, she put in long, hard hours and they knew it. Sure she really didn’t need to work but she had said early on that she would go stir crazy if she was just staying home all day.
Arielle and some of the others had noticed that Mercy seemed more fatigued than normal and that she didn’t seem to want foods that she usually liked. She had told Jesse that the ramen noodles she normally liked didn’t taste right to her and while these symptoms alone weren’t that worrisome, Arielle still thought it was a good idea to keep a better watch on her in case they developed into something more serious. She had told Adam of this and he gave her the go ahead as he couldn’t always be around his family and if the other werewolves saw a problem he would hope they would follow up on the issue to make sure something wasn’t severely wrong with Mercy or Jesse.
As Arielle eased into the master bedroom she noticed a large change in Mercy’s scent that had never happened before; it wasn’t the usual monthly change. It was different and it took Arielle a few minutes to realize she really wasn’t sure what it was. This made her concerned enough that she felt it needed to be brought to Adam’s attention in case it was something that needed medical treatment.
Arielle silently slipped out of the room and almost ran into Adam on her way towards the stairwell.
“Is something wrong?” he asked the smell of her fear filling his nose the moment she came within range.
“I’m really not sure, something has changed about Mercy’s scent I just can’t figure out what it is.” She replied.
“I’ll look into it.” Adam replied, “You go get some rest, I’ll keep you up to date on what I find out.”
Adam went into his bedroom and Arielle left with Darryl. Adam noticed the change in Mercy’s scent the moment he took a breath of it. He put on an old pair of sweat pants and t-shirt then climbed into bed to get in a little bit of sleep. He was thankful the full moon fell on a weekend so he could take the next day to rest. When he got closer and started taking in the scent he realized the scent was mildly familiar, it was similar to the scent that had surrounded his ex-wife while she was pregnant. This made him wonder if Mercy was, in fact, pregnant. While it was true they hadn’t actually been trying to have a baby, at the same time they weren’t taking any particular precautions to keep from getting pregnant either, so the idea that she might be expecting a baby was a distinct possibility.
“Adam…” Mercy’s sleepy voice pulled Adam back to the moment.
“Yes Mercy?” he asked.
“I had Samuel run some tests because I haven’t been feeling good lately…”
Mercy must have been able to tell he was getting worried by the way he reacted.
“I’m fine, it’s just…” Mercy hesitated and Adam squeezed her gently in hopes to encourage her to continue.
The scent of fear in the air caused him to use some of his influence as the pack alpha to soothe her as she rolled over on her back to look at him.
“…I’m pregnant” she blurted quickly and so softly that, had Adam not been a werewolf, he likely would have had to ask her to repeat herself.
Mercy was shocked when Adam claimed her lips with his own she also felt his powerful arms embrace her as she felt his joy at those words. She began to relax and return his kiss and embrace. They then sat up and Adam pulled her into an embrace.
“Mercy… you have no idea how happy I am right now.” He said as he made eye contact with her for a moment before pulling her in to him again.
“I was worried how you would react…” she admitted “… I guess I had nothing to worry about.” She chuckled as she snuggled into Adam’s muscular chest, her head slipping easily under his chin.
“We’re having a baby…” she mused happily then looked at the clock and decided since it was a Saturday and they would both be home that she would rather stay with her husband than go to the garage. She also wondered if working in her garage was even safe for her now. She knew once she got further along it would be impractical and she would have to call Zee in to take her place but she figured she would get to work at least a little while before she was benched for pregnancy.
Later that day the pack gathered for another full moon night when Adam thought it was time to let the pack in on what was going on. He had told Mercy that Arielle was already aware that something wasn’t right with Mercy and was concerned, as she didn’t know what it was.
Mercy found herself standing in the middle of the room surrounded by the entire pack and nervously began to wring her hands. Jesse was also there and confused as to why she was there when she was never invited to pack meetings.
“Well… I just wanted to let everyone know that…” she hesitated “… That I’m pregnant!”
To Be Continued…