I slapped at my alarm on the bedside table then stretched real long and nice. I heard a crack and gave a satisfied moan at that. Any thoughts of falling back asleep disappeared and my eyes shot wide open as I remembered that Alpha Blackwell and a few of his pack members would be arriving this morning. In this moment.
I hopped in the shower then dressed myself in a simple cropped tee, some american apparel jeans and pullled on my favourite pair of worn boots.
Pulling my hair back into a high ponytail, I then smoothed down the strays of my fine blonde hair. Slumping in front of the mirror I look at myself, letting out a long suffering sigh.
I was in denial, I had to accept that. No way in hell was the alpha of the nightshade pack going to be living in the same roof as me!
Neither one of my friends could believe their ears either when I told them, especially Caleb. He was outraged. But what could he do about it? What could I do about it. That's right people- nothing.
What I couldn't understand was why dad could simply forget past quarells and act like everything's all fine and dandy when it's clearly not.
Come by our territory, won't ya? How about live with us as well? By god! Surely they could get a place of their own.
To say I wasn't on speaking terms with my father would be right. There was something fishy about this whole situation that he sure as hell wasn't telling me.
I am the daughter of an Alpha, a leader. Letting something like this go, as my father suggested, just wasn't in my blood. He really should know better.
Soon, Alpha Blackwell would be arriving at my home and I was still contemplating locking myself in my room or going out there and meeting the alpha.
You know how curiosity killed the cat. Well, call me a dead woman or cat, whatever, but I knew curiosity would get the best of me.
The itch to simply catch a glimpse of the new, young, alpha that the world has been talking about, would be too hard to resist.
Within seconds I was tackled on to my bed. My attacker laughed loudly as he tickled me around my waist.
"Stop! Oh my god, please! Mercy!" I shouted, tears brimming on the edges of my eyes.
All behold! My weakness.
"Say the magic words!" He insisted.
"No!" I defied my tickler.
Shoving him with all my might, he didn't budge at all. At 6 feet tall and a body corded with fine muscles, I stood no chance. "Come on, you know you're gonna end up saying it anyway." He taunted, taking his ticking to the next level, he brought his fingers up to my neck.
I squirmed around, shrieking with laughter. "Okay, okay! Caleb, you're a sex god. Take me!"
Caleb burst out in evil laughter and finally seized his tickling. Instead, he brought my hands over my head and wiggled his eyebrows. "Don't mind if I do, my lovely." He then bent down and started nuzzling his face into the crook of my neck, slobbering all over my neck with sloppy kisses.
"Ew! CALEB!" I couldn't stop laughing.
Right then, at the most compromising position a parent could possibly walk in on, my mother burst into the room.
"Amb-" She began but her words cut off when she found Caleb on top of me, on my bed. To another person, it would seem like we were in the middle of a passionate make out session.
Caleb's head popped up in surprise at the sound of my mother.
"Shit." I exclaimed, pushing him off me. Not fighting me and not really expecting it, Caleb rolled off me and dropped to the ground with a loud thud.
"Amber Lynn Courval! That is no way for a young lady to be behaving!" She sputtered.
I could hear Caleb's laughter muffled from below. That bastard.
"Caleb." My mom said sternly, "Out now, the nightshade pack have arrived."
At that, we both immediately sobered up. Caleb stood up obediently and with a respectful nod to my mother, he left the room.
Mom came over to me with her hands on her hips. I already knew what was coming, "Mom, we were just playing." I defended us.
"Sure didn't look like you were just playing." She rejected my reasoning.
"Really." I could feel blood rising to my cheeks at the direction this conversation was going. "Caleb's been my bestfriend forever, you know that's all it is to me. Bestfriends." I emphasized at the word 'bestfriend'
Her face softened and she sighed, moving to sit next to me on the bed. "Friends may be all it is to you... but is it to him?" She gave me a pointed look.
I was at a loss for words. I mean we've been bestfriends since I could remember, and anything else other than that just felt so... weird... to me, almost incomprehensible. I love Caleb, so much, but like a brother. Never in a million years did I think that Caleb would think differently. He always was over protective of me and he never liked it when other guys flirted with me but I only ever thought that was because he was doing his brotherly duties.
"I could always see it since you both were small. Do you remember when that boy from elmementary school made you cry?"
A small burst of laughter escaped my lips.
I was very sensitive back then, I remember John Acrum from school had been teasing me to the point where my feelings were hurt and I couldn't hold back the tears. Caleb had come flying right into the scene with rage swimming in his eyes. He told John to stay away from me and took my hand, leading me away from John and watching classmates. Later on, afterschool nobody could find a missing John. Turns out he was stuck inside a locker with the words 'BULLY' written on his forehead. Harsh but according to Caleb, it was well deserved. He never did own up to doing it though, but we all knew it was him. John never spoke to me again but turn out he'd had a crush on me for quite some time and teasing was just the way boys tended to treat girls they liked back then. Not that it mattered to Caleb of course.
"One day you're going to break that boy's heart. I think he honestly believes you're his mate." Mom told me.
My eyes widened at that statement. If we were indeed mates then wouldn't I know, wouldn't I feel the mate pull? It has happened however that the mate pull shows itself when it decides the wolves are finally ready to be together. So there was a chance that Caleb was my mate....
"I..." What if? Everything would change and I didn't know how to feel about that.
Seeming able to always read my mind, she held my face in both her hands and gave me a kiss on my forehead. "I know, but we'll let fate make it's own course, okay? Just like it brought me to your father." I could only wish I would have a love as strong as my parents.
She stood up and moved towards the door. "Come down when you're ready, the alpha of the nightshade pack is interested in meeting you." She said with no particular fondness to that then left the room to myself, me, and I.
I strode over to the window, and rested my forehead onto it, peering out into the acres of land that spread out. I don't know how long I stood there just staring out but I'm not sure I wanted to move.
Then I saw a dark figure in the corner of my vision. Startled, I stood upright peering directly at the person. He had his back to me but the moment he turned around, his eyes caught mine. It felt like a bolt electricity went through my body went through my body, a gasp came out from my mouth as I gripped at my chest.
The man stepped closer as he mouthed something I wasn't sure what it was as he was too far away from where I was. It looked like he had said 'mate' but no that was impossible. No. No.
I kept telling myself no but all my body was trying to tell me was yes! My wolf whimpered as she yearned for something, she was calling for someone.
Freaked out beyond believe, my heart thudding so quick I thought I was going to faint, I brought the curtains over my window and stumbled back, barely catching myself by the edge of my study table.
I was pretty sure I was hyperventilating. I needed to also calm the hell down! It was all probably in my head. But even as I thought that, my wolf was telling me otherwise. Palm over my fast beating hear, I waited for it to slow down. It took everything in me to not walk to the window and peek to see if he was still there.
"Amber- don't be rude, come meet your guests." My father's voice sounded in my head as he linked his mind with mine.
Closing my eyes, I let out a groan, wanting to stay locked in my room and bathe in denial. But when my father calls, you go.
I left my room and went down the spiral staircase, passing the second level to the first. Hearing voices coming from the living room. I walked into the room, and on one side seated my parents, Caleb and his dad and a few of my dad's most trusted of our pack. On the other side over a dozen people stood and sat and I could just feel how tense it was. Maybe that's why everyone turned to stare when I walked into the room.
My father stood up, about to introduce me to the pack of nightshade pack when his eyes flicked to behind me. "Alpha Blackwell."
"And who may this lovely lady be?" His husky voice had an accent to it, it was strong, holding authority and sent a shiver right down the trail of my spine, goosebumps rose over my skin.
I turned around and faced the man I'd seen through my window just now. Seeing him up close, he was the most handsome man I have ever seen in my life. Eyes the brightest colour of green, it mesmerized me and I caught myself staring at this man unable to tear my eyes away. I felt something inside me flip and I could feel my wolf's emotions running everywhere as she called out for his.
His eyes twinkled as he came closer to me, something crossed over his eyes I couldn't explain but it made my heart warm, like sitting across a fireplace after being out for so long on a cold winter's day.
Taking my hand in his, he slowly brought it up to his lips. I felt the moment his soft, warm, lips touched my skin. I swear my heart stopped beating.
I had been in denial for too long and it was finally time to admit it. He knew it, I just had to accept it.
The alpha of the nightshade pack was my mate.