It's my birthday. I am weak since I have been shifting non-stop for two days. Not much else has been happening. I haven't changed for about half an hour. I heard someone knock at the door.
"Mrs Thymari. I have to see Nat. I am really worried about her." Sam said.
Mum hesitated for a moment, "come in." I guess she knew Sam as well as me, once she is committed to something she doesn't give up. I heard them come up the stairs. Mum opened the door to let her in. "She is very weak." Mum whispered.
"Nat are you awake?" Sam whispered.
"How are you doing? I didn't hear from you in days. I was so worried something bad had happened to you." Mum walked out leaving the door slightly ajar. I opened my eyes and looked up at my friend.
"I will be alright, it will get better." Sam sat down on my bed and touched my forehead to brush away the hair in my eyes. When she dropped her hand, it felt like a great weight had been lifted. "Thanks." I always suspected there was something different about Sam.
"For what?" She looked confused. I guess she doesn't know what she is. I think it will be best if I don't confront her about it.
"For taking away the worst part of my curse." I smiled in glee. I was free now of the pain of changing. I was still exhausted but at least now I didn't have to worry about tonight as much. Sam started to say something but I was already drifting into a deep sleep.
I drove out into the valley where my uncle Chase lived. I had organised a meeting about tonight. The valley was closed off from the outside world pretty well and there was only one dirt road that went in and out. It come through the place we call the 'gap'. Since my uncle owns all the land here, it is easy to have a meeting and not have to bother about anyone trying to listen in on it.
As I got close I could smell that lunch was already cooking. BBQ is my favourite. The valley wasn't that big only a few kilometers in the radius. It had a run down old farm house in the middle, a broken hay-barn a hundred meters west from the farmhouse and small water fall coming down at the south end of the valley.
I pulled over onto my uncle's lawn outside his house. It looked like almost everyone had arrived. My parents were here as well as my two sisters, Klaus and of course my uncle Chase.
Klaus is very distantly related to my family. He is like a cousin to me ever since he has been with us. His family called him an abomination. He swore that day he would find his true family and that's where we come in. He come and started living with us on this school exchange program about four years ago. We really got to know him and we offered him the choice to live with us. After living with for a few months he told us why his family had called him an abomination. He is a hybrid, half werewolf and half vampire. He said that he has lived for over five thousand years and is one from the seven original families. He said never in all his time here as he met a pack in this world that has accepted him like we have.
A few picnic tables were set up for lunch. Klaus was sitting down at the far one that was close to the BBQ. He was chatting to one of my twin sisters, Susanna. I walked over to him and sat opposite him.
"Hey. What's the meeting all about?" Klaus asked.
"I guess you'll have to wait to find out." I smiled smugly.
"Come on Aiden. Can't you just tell us?" Susanna pouted.
"You know that only works on dad right?" I replied. Susanna huffed and put on an angry face while crossing her arms over her chest. Susanna and my other twin sister Tracy are thirteen; they can act pretty well at times. Not well enough to convince me though. "Besides if I told you what the meeting was about, I would probably have to repeat myself and I am not very fond of that idea."
Uncle Chase and my parents set the tables and put the food in the middle of both the picnic tables. Tracy came over from the hay-barn and sat next to me. She must have gone to go see Uncle Chase's horse.
"Last night, do think what Sam said about Nat was true or do you think she was telling us the truth. I know we have only known them for a short time but what do you think Klaus, are they lying to us." I was a bit curious about Nat, after Klaus left when the two girls were leaving they were arguing. It seemed strange to me, it was like they weren't really that happy with each other.
"I think something is going on with Nat but it is just a gut feeling, nothing at all that serious. I don't Sam was lying to us though. I think she honestly thinks she is sick or doesn't know what is wrong with her friend. Why did you ask?" Klaus adds.
"I've had this feeling that something bad was happening to her a few days ago. I just could shake the feeling but it seems to have vanished this morning."
"That sounds very strange. If you were asking me I would say she is your mate but since you're not going to well I was going to say it anyway." Tracy said then cut into her steak. Tracy wasn't as bad as Susanna, she can be almost funny sometimes.
"Na, I don't think so." I brushed it off. The chatter on our table died down as we ate our lunch, when everyone was finished I stood up. "I think it is time get this meeting underway. Last full moon I saw another pack really close to our boundary but it wasn't the river boundary. It was on the mountain side of the boundary." I paused for a second before continuing. "I watched them from a distance only to find out that they want to plan an attack for more land. Their pack is bigger than ours. Last time I saw fourteen. We need to be watching our borders tonight, they may not attack us but we must be prepared. I have decided that the twins will be posted at the beach end of the border, Uncle Chase and Klaus will be posted at the mountain border, mum and dad you will be in between as for me I will be at the river border for the night. If anyone sees anything let everyone know through the mind link. Any questions?"
"We will be good." Tracy said.
"What happens if they do attack tonight? We don't exactly have enough numbers to go up against them and win." Uncle Chase said.
"We will be able to hold them off for a bit, I will try to see if we can negotiate with them. If not I don't have a plan just yet for that." I replied. I was alpha of this pack, I called all the shoots and everyone had to follow me and my decisions. I'm not too bad when it comes to decision making anyway.
"Are we finished now?" Susanna whined. She always seemed to have some place better to be but where she went Tracy went, like some twin bond thing.
"Yes, that is all I wanted to discuss for now." My sisters left and went over to the hay-barn. Everyone else packed up after lunch and slowly left.
It was starting to get dark as I was making my way over to the river boundary. The moon wasn't yet out. I waited next to some flax plants for the moon until I heard a splash. I walked over to face the river to see Nat. She didn't seem sick but quite tired. She hadn't seen me yet and she swam straight over to my side of the river.
"What are you going here so late, it isn't safe." I said to her as she came onshore.
"I could ask you the same thing." Nat replied. I came closer to her so I was face to face with her.
"Tonight, isn't safe for you to be out here." I stated.
"I have to be here, even though I can't explain why." I placed a hand on her shoulder as I was going to try a third time to convince her to go, but that seemed wrong. I wanted her to be here, I wanted to share this moonlit night with her and be with her. The feeling came over me so suddenly and I knew exactly what it meant.
"Mate," I breathed. I looked into her eyes and I saw what I was feeling reflected back at me in her beautiful blue-gray eyes.
"You can't make me leave now, can you?" She said with colour rising in her cheeks.
"No, I can't." We lent into each other and kissed. The feeling was electric, it was filled with so much passion and excitement I just can't explain it any more than that but it seemed like so much more. I am lost for any more words to try and explain it. When the kiss ended I knew the moon was out I could see it in her eyes. They were glowing electric blue. She stepped back and hesitated for a moment before saying;
"This is going to be the first time I have change properly."
"That's alright; I'll be here with you the whole time. I promise." With that she turned her head towards the moon and changed right in front of my eyes. She was a white wolf. I thought they were just legends, but here she was. I looked to the moon and changed quickly to join her.
"Hey" I said though the mind link.
"Hey" She said back.
"Do you belong to a pack?" I asked her.
"Yes, Pack Thymari. The one that's territory is on the other side of the river."
"Mines, Pack Fylakas. Our territory is on this side of the river."
"Who's your packs leader?"
"Wow. That's awesome. My dad's alpha in my pack. They said they'd wait for me to come to them." We started to walk along the river boundary together for what seemed like minutes getting to know one another, but sadly she had to go since her pack was calling for her to come. It must have been a few hours and they had begun to worry where she had got to.
I spent the rest of the night walking along the boundary, nothing happened. Klaus contacted me through the mind link though because he was getting bored.
"Hey, how's your side looking?" He asked.
"Great, couldn't be better." Well I guess it could be if Nat was still here.
"I felt something before are you alright?"
"I found my soul mate, Klaus."
"Who is it?"