“Tyra, phone for you,” Vanessa yelled at the top of her lungs.
“Fuck Vanessa I don’t think they heard you in China,” I laughed.
It was just after breakfast and I’d been out training early this morning. I was tired and ready for a nap already.
I stared at the phone laying on the counter, knowing full well who was likely on the other end. My heart began to race and I desperately wanted to hang it up. I sucked in a deep breath and slowly exhaled. I couldn’t put him off any longer, or just my luck he would show up.
“Hello,” I said, finally picking up the receiver.
“Tyra? I don’t appreciate hearing you cuss baby, that’s hardly the perfect girl I remember,” a voice said.
I immediately balled up my free hand in a tight fist.
“Well you’ll be surprised to find I’m not that girl anymore,” I said, stiffening my back.
“Oh I already know you have turned into a beautiful, strong she-wolf. I’ve had eyes on you for years. Did you think I could wait to see you baby? I’ve been very patient. You should have been here with me long ago. My beta, Ryan, is actually coming for you. He should be there in about half an hour. I strongly recommend you be packed and ready for him, he doesn’t like to wait,” he said, firmly.
“I thought I had until tomorrow,” I said, hating the whimper in my voice.
I was caught off guard and I hated that I sounded weak.
“There is a lot still to be done, many people for you to meet. It’s also quite a drive, nearly five hours so I thought it better that it be done today. Ryan has a lot on his plate tomorrow and I want you to be part of my ceremony so you should get here and settle into your new pack,” he said, as if it should be obvious.
It was pointless to argue. This was it, my fate was already sealed.
“Fine,” I said, hanging up the phone.
I stared down at it, convinced he would call right back to yell at me for hanging up on him. I waited about three minutes, staring at it hard, daring it to ring … but there was nothing.
I huffed and dragged myself to my room, pulling out a large duffle bag I’d used for summer training camps. I wasn’t a typical girly girl at all, I certainly didn’t dress like one. I had the inkling that Zachary would likely dress me however he wanted anyhow. My wardrobe was extremely basic, and if I needed a dress or something nice I just raided Vanessa’s closet.
I threw together some things in a rush and after about ten minutes Vanessa came in, gawking at me with her hands on her hips.
“What are you doing, crazy girl,” she said, laughing.
“He’s apparently sent his Beta to get me, today … like now … literally going to be here any minute,” I said, dropping to the bed.
“You can’t be serious, we were going to stay up all night tonight and-”
I couldn’t hold it back. I considered myself tough as nails but looking at Vanessa, I was seriously wondering if this might be the last time I saw her, and it broke something inside me. I began sobbing on her shoulder and she wrapped her arms around me. She was two years older than me, and already had her wolf but hadn’t yet found her mate. This pack would never dare keep someone from finding their fated mate, and she would never have to know my struggle. I was jealous, but glad for it. I wouldn’t wish an arranged mate on anyone.
“Do mom and dad know,” she asked.
“No, you should mind-link them,” I said, wrapping my arms around her too.
She was quiet for a moment and I sniffed her hair, never wanting to forget it. She smelled like wildflowers and I loved it, she smelled like home. The only place I really considered to be my real home. Blood Claw certainly never was anyhow, nothing but horrible memories there.
A minute later I heard my parents running up the stairs, my mother Dolores already in tears.
“Ohh sweet girl,” she said, opening her arms to me.
I jumped into her arms without a moment’s hesitation. I remembered the day I first came here. They had a cute little house just behind the packhouse. It was a little slice of heaven and it was home in every way.
They had all been so welcoming, so patient and understanding. I’d had nightmares for months. Only they weren’t dreams, they were memories. Flashes of my father, my brother, covered in blood returning from some conquest or another. Memories of right at the end when we were invaded by the Shadow Warriors and they had to teleport me to a safe place. I shuddered.
“Are you really just going to accept this, you’re not going to let us try and intervene,” my father Gene said.
“No, I can’t ask you to and I won’t. This is my fight, my burden. I’ll be fine,” I said, totally not even believing it myself whatsoever.
“I heard a car door outside,” Vanessa said, jumping up to look out the window.
“People get their mates and leave all the time, change packs,” I said, really to no one. Maybe I was talking to myself, I wasn’t even sure.
“They do it by choice, there’s a big damn difference,” Vanessa said, joining the big group hug we now had going on.
KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK.
Everyone pulled back and we all looked at each other.
“I know it’ll be impossible but try not to let him see you cry okay, don’t give him that,” Dolores said.
“It’s only the Beta but yeah, I’ll do my best,” I said, wiping my face.
“We’ll stall him for a couple of minutes and take your things down to him,” Gene said, kissing my forehead.
“That would be great, I love you both so much,” I said, joining for one more hug.
KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK.
“Coming,” Gene yelled through the open bedroom door.
My parents turned to leave and Vanessa grabbed a tissue and started wiping my face. I was glad I didn’t wear make-up since it would likely be all over the place.
“All right girl, deep breaths, calm down okay,” she said, making a grand gesture out of lamaze-like breaths.
I mimicked her, sitting down on the bed for a moment. I instinctively stroked my gold necklace, it was a paw print that had been my birth mother’s. My father gave it to her when she joined Blood Claw and it was the only thing I had of hers. I didn’t even know what she looked like, even though my father always told me I was her twin.
“Promise we’ll stay in touch okay, whatever it takes,” she said, hugging me from the side.
I could hear the voices downstairs, the Beta seemed impatient and I knew I needed to get up but my feet didn’t want to move. If he had to come up here and get me it would be a bad scene, and I couldn’t let that happen.
“Of course we will,” I said, kissing her cheek, wondering if I could keep that promise.
I rose to my feet and left her there, sitting on my bed.
“All ready,” a large man said, meeting me at the bottom of the stairs as I descended.
He was about 6’4 and a solid mass of 300lbs but probably had no body fat on him at all. He had dark brown hair and eyes and I quickly noticed no mark on his neck. He wasn't mated.
“Ohh shit,” he said, laughing, now fully taking in my appearance.
“What,” I said, already knowing what he was thinking.
“Zach’s gonna love all this,” he said, gesturing at my head.
“Good,” I said, turning to hug my parents once last time.
Some secret part of my brain thought that if Zachary saw what I’d done to my body he wouldn’t want me anymore. But I knew it wasn’t likely.
“Call us, sweet girl,” Dolores said.
They both kissed my cheeks and it took every ounce of restraint to hold back my tears, but I managed. Vanessa didn’t come back down and I knew if she did I would have lost it again.
“So I’m Ryan by the way,” the Beta said after we’d gotten to the end of my pack’s lands. “I’m Tyra, but I guess you already know all about me,” I said, staring out the window. “I do know a lot ... didn’t know about the pink hair though. And in all the pictures we have I didn’t see any tats or piercings, so Zach’s gonna be pissed,” he said, laughing himself into a frenzy. “It’s my body,” I said, plainly. I had on a sort of t-shirt, it was sleeveless and cut low in the back, showing off some of my colored skin. “Sure sweetie, for what, another three days until you get your wolf,” he said, grinning. I didn’t reply, just kept my head turned, even though I’d felt his eyes on me c
“Here we are! This is my room, my office is at the end of the hall. We’re moving into a house that’s a little more secluded, it’s still being furnished. But it’ll be all ready for us to move in soon, not long after you get your wolf,” he said, laying me down on a large bed.I immediately sat up straight, and fixed my shirt that had ridden up.“Here’s her things,” Ryan said, popping his head in.“Thanks dude, have dinner brought up to us in about an hour okay,” Zach said.“You got it,” Ryan said, and I looked at him long enough to catch him winking at me.I looked down at my hands, never more confused in my whole life. If Zach truly was m
Dinner was awkward, but Zach tried to make the best of it, I could tell. He had a small table brought into the room and we sat on the edge of the bed and ate. He made small talk about different things going on in the pack, mentioned some of the top people I should know. He talked about our house and how excited he was to show me, he wanted to take me to see it soon.He was really trying. He was doing everything he could to make me comfortable. And yet I was sitting here fantasizing about jumping him. Thinking about what was under his clothes. Wondering if we were in fact staying together in this room tonight, and I was pretty sure I already knew the answer.I was so ready to hate him, I wanted to hate him. I hated that I couldn’t hate him. Fuck this was so confusing I couldn’t stand it!When
~Zach’s Point of View~ Last night with Tyra was the best night of my life. I hated that I hadn’t saved myself for her, but I had urges I couldn’t resist. I made it very clear to the she-wolves I did fool around with that it would never be anything more than just casual, and I always wore protection. Actually allowing a woman to feel me fully, that would only be for Tyra. My beautiful mate, my Luna. She was everything I could have wanted and more … well a lot more. The piercings and tattoos were a shock. I knew she did it to piss me off, to let me know she was in control of her body, not me. I knew she probably hated me, had a ton of preconceived notions about what her life here would be like. I knew my father’s reputation, and I knew she was forced into our blood oath. But she was my real, fated mate so none of that mattered. I just had t
~Tyra’s Point of View~I hated to take out my piercings and something just told me that he wouldn’t let me put them back in. I had mixed feelings about it, but I was sure his parents definitely wouldn’t approve. Now that I thought about it, I was feeling ridiculous with my pink hair. I was going to make a fool out of myself. How the hell could I be presented as a Luna to the Long Tooth pack looking like a damn troll toy?The she-wolves were busy in conversation, I had just gotten out of the shower. I bit my lip and sighed.“Do any of you guys have dark brown hair dye, do you think we’d have time to do it,” I asked.“Oh my god … yes I do. Would you really? Zach would love that. I mean I haven’t heard him
Zach quickly led me to a large tree and we hid behind it, even though it didn’t hide much.“You can lose your shoes babe, you won’t need those,” he said, licking his lips, his eyes focused on my cleavage. I wasn’t fully gifted in the boob department but the girls gave me a hell of a push up bra.I kicked off my shoes and looked back at him for the next direction. He grinned wide and pulled down his shorts. My eyes instinctively looked away but he grabbed my face.“I can’t tell you what it means to me that you fixed your hair. I mean the pink was hot but I want you pure,” he said, kissing my forehead.I felt my body heat up all over at his praise, his touch and I felt … helpless. Suddenly a mist surrounded
~Ridge’s Point of View~It was the day of Zachary’s party and I was nervous. I couldn’t pinpoint it, and I never get nervous. I prided myself on having confidence at all times. I never appeared like I wasn’t in control of myself. But something had me on edge. I had to confide in Pike about it since he noticed I was off, and he thinks it’s a sign from the Goddess I’ll get my mate tonight.I sure hoped it was but after nearly a decade of waiting, I had to imagine nothing was going to be that easy. For him though, it was … he just locked eyes with a girl and that was it. She jumped into his arms, came home with him and that was that.“Is that what you’re wearing,” Mindy said, gaping at me over lunch. ~Zachary’s Point of View~The party was already popping off, and my little minx of a mate was looking hot as hell. Just about two more hours, and I’d be ripping off her dress with my teeth.“Are you sure I look okay,” Tyra asked.I snuck up behind her and put my head on her shoulder. I’d had to be away from her most of the day which was probably just as well. I was so close to jumping her I could hardly stand it.“Baby you look absolutely delicious,” I said, growling and kissing her neck.She giggled and it was the sweetest sound. Just then there was a knock at the door, Ryan … I could tell by the scent. I swung the door open and he was there with a bunch of our w
Alpha Ridge 12 - Whose Mate?
~Zachary’s Point of View~The party was already popping off, and my little minx of a mate was looking hot as hell. Just about two more hours, and I’d be ripping off her dress with my teeth.“Are you sure I look okay,” Tyra asked.I snuck up behind her and put my head on her shoulder. I’d had to be away from her most of the day which was probably just as well. I was so close to jumping her I could hardly stand it.“Baby you look absolutely delicious,” I said, growling and kissing her neck.She giggled and it was the sweetest sound. Just then there was a knock at the door, Ryan … I could tell by the scent. I swung the door open and he was there with a bunch of our w