Pepper tilted his head. “Tromp? Love?”
The lights fascinated him outside, but inside? In a tree? By the moon.
Tromp came in, thick glasses reflecting all the twinkling lights. “Pepper? Are you okay?”
“Uh-huh.” He blinked, swaying as he was caught in the reflections, too.
Tromp came to him and wrapped huge hands around his waist, steadying him, warming him. “You sure?”
“The lights.” They made him want to purr.
Tromp looked around, smiling. “You like them? I like that they twinkle, like they’re colored stars.”
“They’re fascinating.” Wild. Amazing.
“Have you never had Christmas lights before?” Tromp asked, hugging him tightly.
“Only the lights at the club.”
“Then I’m especially glad I put them up.” Tromp was such a sweetheart, his heart huge.
Pepper rested his hand against Tromp’s chest. “Love.”
Tromp beamed at him and bent to kiss him. “Yes, Pepper. Love. You know I already have all I want for Christmas right here.”
Pepper wasn’t sure how he’d gotten so lucky. He was just tickled he had.
He had all he needed. His rhino.
Tromp and Pepper are from Fairytale Shifters: Beauty and the Beast.
As a rhino shifter, Tromp knows that he’s not the sexiest beast in the world. In fact he’s clumsy and he can’t see very well, and that’s whether he’s in his human or animal form. Still, he enjoys going to the bar and watching the other shifters hooking up, especially the dancers. Then he sees a slinky kitty dancing on the little stage and he’s immediately smitten. He knows a sexy beauty like that would never go for him, but he’s happy just to watch and fantasize about what could be.
For his part, panther shifter Pepper might be gorgeous on the outside, but he knows most people see him as nothing more than a piece of meat and he’s had a hard past. There’s something in the way the big rhino shifter looks at him while he dances, though, that makes him feel special. So when his stint on the stage is over, he heads right to the rhino’s table.
Can Tromp and Pepper ignore the world’s expectations and find what they need in each other?
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