Forge moved so one hand was now on Lucas’s Jeep, preventing him from opening the door. He leaned to the side and looked in the back of the vehicle.
“I…uh, can meet you there.”
“Na, we want to have a few beers, maybe a shot of whiskey or two. You can’t go driving around after that.”
“I’m not in the mood for booze, so it’ll be fine.” Lucas had to concentrate on not stammering.
Forge straightened and crossed both arms over his chest, then turned so his back was pressed to the Jeep’s driver side door. “Lucas, where do you live? Don’t give me lies about why you shower at the station and your personal life. Your heart rate just went up. We’re partners, and partners are honest with each other. It’s cop code.”
Lucas opened his mouth, then closed it and looked down at the ground. He wanted his new career to be a success, and he kept reminding himself how important honesty with his new partner was to that end. When he looked back up he confessed, “You’re leaning against where I live.” Forge raised his eyebrows and Lucas hurried to explain. “My father and I had a…disagreement over what I should do with my life. I don’t want to be pack alpha, and long story short, he threw me out and cut me off. Payday isn’t for another week. I’ve been looking, and I’ll rent a place then.”
“Uh-huh. Firstly, I’m buying dinner.” He pulled out his phone and flipped it open.
“You know those things take pictures now?” Lucas tried to move Forge away from his Jeep, but the man wouldn’t budge. He’d have to shift to a complete werewolf to move Forge, and doing so in public, unless it was an extreme emergency, was very much against werewolf rules.
“Simon, it’s me. That matter we discussed? We were right.” Forge tapped Lucas’s arm. “Where are you going to go to change during the full moon?”
“I’ll figure something out.” Lucas shrugged. “I’ve had to change while I was away from home before. There’s places.”
“The storeroom in the basement would be perfect,” Simon’s voice was easily heard through the phone.
“I agree,” Forge said and focused on Lucas again. “The top floor of Boggs’s Castle is empty. We’ll move you in, then get some dinner.”
“But I’m a—” Lucas began.
“A good friend and my partner,” Forge finished. “This isn’t open for debate. You’re done living in your car.”
“What about your basement? It won’t hold me.”
Simon laughed. “Don’t worry about that. We can get it adapted. I’ll take care of it, I know a chap.”
“We’ll see you in a bit,” Forge said and closed his phone, ending the call. He held out his fist.
Lucas grinned and bumped it with his own. “Coate and Forge.”
“Forge and Coate.” He pushed away from the Jeep. “Meet you there.”
“Yeah,” Lucas said softly and watched Forge walk to his car.
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