Stephan stared, his jaw hanging slightly open. Next to him, Ash and Michaels both had fairly incredulous expressions. Ted had needed to actually sit down. Daniel sat on the ground in front of Ted, eyes wide.
In the small clearing in front of Ted’s house, Matthias and Gabriel were sparring. Both men had stripped to the waist, and at first glance it would have seemed the outcome was a given. Matthias was several inches taller and considerably more muscular than Gabriel even before he took the form of an alpha werewolf. Matthias also didn’t rely purely on size and strength. He was a skilled fighter, having been trained by the military and educated in several forms of martial arts. And he was fast. Gabriel had a slender build, more like a swimmer or gymnast. Strong and trim, but with lean muscles. A lightweight. Except it was Gabriel tossing Matthias around like a ragdoll.
He’d been a little worried at first, but the first time Gabriel had thrown Matthias into a tree Matthias had been laughing when he got up. The big man seemed to be relishing the fact that he had a genuine challenge, and despite being locked into a seemingly brutal match the smile hadn’t left the alpha werewolf’s face. Gabriel maintained his usual calm, but there was the occasional smile that made it clear he was also enjoying the match.
“Woof.” Ash gave a small head shake as Matthias got a grip on Gabriel, only for Gabriel to use that grip as leverage to shift and wrap his legs around Matthias’s neck. Matthias hit the ground and laid there for a moment before laughing and getting back up.
“He’s agile.” Stephan nodded, then reached over and patted Ted’s shoulder. “Naked yoga pays off.” Ted made a noise that sounded vaguely affirmative and kept staring.
“Woof?” Ash glanced up at Stephan.
“Well, yeah, I mean…” Stephan shrugged. “Gabriel’s a nice guy. He’d teach you yoga if you asked.”
Ash grinned. “Woof.”
Daniel shifted and slipped to slide down a couple steps before turning bright red. “Danny?” Stephan blinked at him.
“I, uh…” Daniel managed to turn even redder. “Mental image.”
“Oh god.” Michaels immediately put his hands over his eyes and groaned as Ash started laughing.
“Oh god.” Ted’s voice was slightly breathless.