"I'm so sorry I didn't find you sooner and help you before they did all of this to you. I'm so sorry, mate,"" I regretfully said as I cried for my mate.
She turned her head and kissed my cheek before she said, ""Mate, you are helping me more right now than you could ever possibly imagine, and that means the world to me.""
The sweet little unexpected kiss on my cheek had been enough to bring a smile back to my face, but the words she said touched my heart and made me feel better. I kissed her cheek in return, then replied, ""I will do anything and everything to make you feel loved for the rest of our lives. I promise that I will never do anything to harm you in any way. I will protect you from those that wish to bring you harm. I, Anton Biloxi, accept you Coralanna as my mate from this moment forward until the day I die.""
As the words left my mouth, I could feel the slight strengthening of our mate bond. When I heard her say the words, ""I, Coralanna Baker, accept you, Anton Biloxi as my mate until the day I die,"" I felt the bond strengthen even more.
I kissed her ear before I asked, ""Can I have the honor of placing my mark on you?""
She sighed before she replied, ""You can mark me, but don't expect me to mate any time soon."""