I closed the books and sighed. Looking at the genealogy book, I pulled it closer and opened it up. Flipping through some of the pages, I decided to go from the back and worked my way in. The last page that had any writing on it was my name, sitting at the top of the blank page.
The next page was full of Dad. Logan Everfell and a fairly detailed recount of his time as Alpha King. It included the information that the High Council requested to collect him as a child. As a result, his entire pack was nearly wiped out. I could understand why my dad had no love for the High Council. It spoke of the war between his pack, the fake Alpha King, and the BloodHunter coven.
It wasn’t unless you pulled my mom’s journals on the war that there was any detailed information of what happened. Though, all of it was missing the parts about her being the Alpha King. I flipped through the pages further in.
Alpha King Reinard with his Luna Bethany.
Alpha King Callus and his Luna Courtney.
Alpha King Killian and his Luna Ophelia.
I kept flipping through pages until I stopped at one.
Alpha King Odin and his Alpha Eros.
My eyes widened. I read through his page. It didn’t have much personal information though. I stood up from the table and leaned over, reading and rereading.
“Did you find what you were looking for?” Keeper Thomas was leaning over me. “Ah. Alpha King Odin. Some people say the dark ages of our kind ended with him.”
“Do we have any of his journals or the journals of his…” I looked down at the page.
“…his mate? I’m not sure give me a moment.” He scurried off.
'He called him his mate.' Naresh wagged.
I nodded. 'I mean. I don’t know if it was chosen or fated but hopefully we can find out.'
All I could do is reread the pages I had in front of me. There was nothing I could use but it still gave me some hope.
“It looks like there are three journals from the Alpha king himself and one from his mate.” Keeper Thomas put the books down on the table.
“Thank you. So much.”
“I’m assuming the first part of your research is done?”
I nodded and flipped through the books he just brought. He started to grab the other books.
“I can put them back!” I looked up at him.
“And lose my job? I think not Alpha King. Those books you can take with you. Have them back in a couple days.”
I nodded and smile. “Thank you.”
Grabbing them and the book I had started today, I took off to my room. My eyes were focused on the floor, thinking about how I was going to explain this to my mom, when I smelled him. My eyes widened and I quickly turned to my right. I grabbed the door handle and wrenched it open. Luckily, it was an empty bedroom and I locked the door behind me.
I could hear Naresh wheezing. 'Are you hiding from our mate?'
I growled. 'So what if I am?'
'He’s our mate! He will…'
'…immediately reject us, nitwit. I’m telling you. We need to wait. Be patient, Naresh.'
I heard their footsteps and I leaned against the door.
“What the hell is wrong with you, Zeke? You have been on edge since the meeting.”
“It’s nothing. Let it go."
My heart quickened as a listened. Their footsteps stopped outside the door and I froze. I held my breath for a moment. Naresh was still wheezing.
“It’s not nothing. Look at you. You’re shaking like a fucking leaf.”
“I said stop worrying about it!” He snapped at his Beta and even I winced. I could hear him sigh. “Look, a lot is going on. I’m worried that the High Council won’t do shit. I’m worried about Rose. I’m worried about the pack. I’ve got a lot of shit on my plate right now. I don’t need you hounding me, Leo.”
There was a quiet moment until his Beta spoke up again. “Look, we knew the High Council would be a long shot. We had to try anyways. They dealt with this family before. If anything, the itty bitty little twat of an Alpha King seems more an an issue. He looks like he still goes to frat parties. You think he dyes his hair that color?”
Naresh almost stepped forward but I pulled him back. My fists clenched but I heard a growl erupt from Alpha Ezekiel that shocked me. It must have shocked his Beta too.
“What the hell?”
“That’s our Alpha King. He might look young but don’t say shit until you’ve met him. The fucking vampire councilor was ready to pawn us off or even just kick us out. He stopped them from doing that.”
My eyes widened and a smile crawled onto my face.
'He defended us.'
I nodded, my heart inflating. I almost opened the door right there and planted a kiss on his lips. My fingers itched to open the door.
“Look. I’m just saying. We can’t control this right now. So don’t worry about it. Rose is strong as well. She’s our Luna and she’s going to give birth to a strong and healthy pup. We just need to get this shit over with for us to get back. We will figure this shit out, Zeke. With or without their help.”
They started to walk off again but my feet were frozen. I felt like I had flown too close to the sun. My heart taken flight into the sky with hope before it was shot down and came crashing to pieces. My hands started to shake and I could feel the prickle of tears in the corner of my eyes.
'Vale.' Naresh whined.
With a deep breath, I threw open the door and bolted down the hallway and up into the dorm area. I raced through the different corridors until I flung open my door. Slamming it roughly behind me, I slid down with my back against the door. The books falling to my side. My head fell to my knees and I just wrapped my arms around my legs.
'I can see the headline now. Grown ass Alpha King, brought to his knees and crying over a broken heart.' I chuckled but stopped when I felt my eyes fill with tears.
'You did say he probably had a Luna. A pup. We knew…'
'Shut up Naresh. Just…shut up. I know. I fucking know alright. Sometimes, I don’t want to be right.'
We sat in silence for a while and I lifted my head, staring at the books next to me.
'I guess we don’t need them.'
Naresh huffed. 'It would be good to know? Research always helps you. Plus, we still need to call Mom.'
I took a deep breath. Getting up, I took the books and placed them on my my nightstand. Walking into my bathroom, I stripped down and took a cold shower. Naresh left me alone and I was grateful. Today turned out to be more of a shit show than I ever wanted or needed. I closed my eyes and felt the water pelt my back.
The door opened to the shower but I didn’t acknowledge her. I had heard her come into the room but I wasn’t in the mood.
“Shite! That’s fucking freezing!”
I chuckled. Leaning forward, I turned up the heat a little. “Sorry.”
“You look like you’ve been beat up.”
Nodding, I still had my eyes closed. “You could say that.”
Jess started to run the soap over my body, scrubbing it with fingers, massaging as she went. “Wanna talk about it?”
I shook my head. “I need to call my mom tonight. Grandpa asked me.”
“I don’t think I can get used to you, a werewolf, calling the Morgan Russo, Grandpa.”
“I mean, it’s weird calling him Morgan. He was never Morgan to me. Not even to Mom. I think the only person who called him that was my dad and maybe Bryan. Hector didn’t even call him that.”
She stopped for a moment. “Your dad’s Gamma?”
I nodded. Though a slight moan escaped me as her fingers found a particularly sore spot on my back.
“You were in the library again, hunched over books. You always get a knot here.”
I winced and moaned as she kneaded the muscle in my back. “I found the documentation in regards to what happened with previous council and the Alpha that was killed.”
“Ah. Alpha Ezekiel’s proposal. What did you find?”
“This falls under the jurisdiction of the High Council. High Councilor Oran was bank rolled by the BloodHunter coven. He specifically had the Beta and Gamma pardoned. The Beta continued to work and was killed by the Alpha King fifteen years later for the same crimes. He was the one who raised Darkry’s son. If his line and his leadership were held accountable, instead of pardoned, we wouldn’t have had the issue in the past as well as the one now.”
Jess sighed. “Well fuck. I don’t wanna deal with this.”
I chuckled. “Now you get to. The crimes of the past High Council keep rearing their ugly heads.”
“If your mom hadn’t killed most of them, I’d take them out now. Retired or not.”
My back cracked as I straightened up to look at her. “What?”
Her eyes went wide and she clamped down on her mouth with both hands.
“Jess.” I growled but she shook her head.
“That wasn’t supposed to come out. You didn’t hear that. For the protection of your mom, you didn’t fucking hear that, Vale.”
Sighing, I turned and rinsed off my body. I made quick work of my hair and left the shower.
“Vale…Vale, come on. You know there are things I can’t tell you from the High Council.”
I dried myself down with a towel and wrapped it around my waist. Getting out, I slammed the bathroom door behind me. Grabbing my phone, I walked out to the balcony and plopped down on the couch.
It took three rings but my mom answered.
I noticed the frown on her face but it was quickly replace by a bright smile. She set up the phone on the counter and backed up, signing. “How are you, my dear?”
I sighed. “I don’t know, honestly. A lot is going on here. Grandpa wanted me to call you though? Is there an issue?”
Her mouth pursed in a line but she waved. “No. I’m fine. Your grandpa likes to worry too much. You sound down.”
'You’re going to chicken out, aren’t you?'
I wrinkled my nose. “I was thinking about coming out. I have to give notice but the next two weeks are meetings and then I’m free for a few months.”
It looked like I just gave her the winning lottery ticket. She signed excitedly. “Oh Vale, I would love to have you. I’ll buy your ticket and pick you up from the airport.”
Laughing, I shook my head. “Mom, relax. I’ll give you the dates after I clear it with everyone. It will be nice to be back home for a while. I miss you, miss everyone.”
There was a flash of sadness or anger in her face but before I could say anything Naresh scoffed.
'You’re running away.'
'So what if I am! I don’t care. I haven’t gone home since I came here. Now just happens to be the perfect time.'
She signed again, her hands now listing off the things I needed to bring.
“Mom…mom! I got it! I can pack my own stuff. I’m not twelve.”
Her eyebrow rose and I watched her start to sign all the things I forgot when I first got here and I shook my head.
“Okay! Okay! I get it! I’ll remember.”
“Oh, don’t forget condoms if you’re going to hit up the city anytime.” Her hands started to continue down the train of thought.
I coughed. “Mom! Fuck! Stop! I get it! Goddess!”
She laughed. Pushing air out of the side of her cheeks almost sounding like a hissing chuckle.
“Incorrigible. You would think you were the twenty-one year old.”
Her hand came under her chin and she smiled.
I laughed. “I’ll send you the details later. Okay?”
She nodded. Finishing off with a heart, she blew a kiss at the screen.
“I love you too, Mom. I’ll talk to you later.”
She reacted forward and the phone disconnected.
Jess nestled her boobs against my neck and wrapped her arms around my shoulders. “It’s so cute the relationship you have with your mom. You guys are almost like siblings rather than mom and son.”I shook my head. “You don’t want to see how I am with Freya and Syf. They took it upon themselves to fuck with me at every opportunity.”“And your brother?”“In the beginning, he taught me what it meant to be a young wolf. How to be brave and strong. How to save the girls from the spider on the playground. He was there a lot until I was twelve. Then, my family just broke apart.”She rested her chin on my head. “Is the Alpha King gene that strong?”I nodded. “I was still learning to get a handle on it. My dad said he didn’t remember ever having an issue, which doesn’t help. But Mom said he rejected his blood from the beginning. He never really knew until he was in his mid to late twenties. But Mom taught me not only how to control it but to embrace it. It might make it stronger.”“You’ve never
'Vale Maximillion Everfell!'Before I realized it, I got a mouthful of pillow. Blinking, I looked over, my mom who was readying another pillow to hit me with.“Woah woah woah. What the hell was that…” I was still hit in the face by the second pillow. “…for?”'The first one was because you explicitly disobeyed my instructions on not to use your power unless it was an emergency. Not for fucking around because you wanted to impress your mate. Goddess, Vale, you could have hurt people.'“I know. I know. But I didn’t think it was…wait…you knew it would work on everyone?”A cheeky smile graced her face. 'Of course I did. Did you think that your grandpa gave you the last bite of cake for a year because he wanted to?'My eyes widened. “I was forcing Grandpa to give it to me?” She nodded and I threw up my hands. “No wonder he stopped eating cake around me. Mom, you should have told me!”Her eyes narrowed. 'What? That you are the most powerful Alpha King there has been and that you, as a fiftee
I jolted up in bed and shivered. Looking down, I saw I was covered in my own cum. Rubbing my eyes, I fell back on the bed. When was the last time I had such an intense dream that I literally came over myself?'You were fourteen. The 9th grade and the substitute teacher Miss Halloway.'I growled. 'That was a rhetorical question, Naresh. I didn’t actually need to remember.'He snickered. 'Good dream though. You think our mate felt it as well?'Rolling my eyes, I got up and headed into the bathroom, turning the shower on. 'Probably not. He was probably fucking his Luna at that exact moment.'Naresh whined and immediately regretted it. It was mean and uncalled for. 'I’m sorry, Naresh. I’m still angry about it apparently.'He didn’t say anything as he retreated into the back of my mind. Sighing, I stepped into the shower and washed my body off. When I turned the water off, I could hear movement in the kitchen below. My mom must have been up already.Pulling on some boxers, sweats, and a sh
She signed at the screen: “I’ll connect with you later.”“Alright! Have fun! Nice to see you, Vale!” Immediately, she cut off the call before I could even reply.“Mom?”'So the day after you called me, the High Council called and asked for me to do a mission. You didn’t tell me anything so how was I supposed to know?'“You can’t do that mission! That group is dangerous. It’s more than just one or two wolves. It’s a pack, able to give grief to an entire other pack. You think you can just waltz in there and fix everything?” My voice was serious but I was pissed that she agreed to the mission.'Sometimes I wonder if you know what I really do. I kill people, Vale. No matter the race, about 90% of my jobs are to kill people. I know what the mission was. I get briefed on it before I agree to it. Plus, I’m not going alone this time. I have a crew.'Shaking my head, I got up and started to pace. “Mom, you cannot be serious right now.”She sighed. Getting off the stool, Mom placed her mug in t
I looked around at the giggling werewolves I called my family. My eyes were wide as I looked at all of them. It was hard trying to keep a straight face as I pictured a chubby wolf bounding through the forest. Squeezing my eyes shut, I struggled and finally succumbed to the laughter. Naresh was already roaring in my head and I joined him.“How much weight have they all gained?”Hector cleared his throat. “Some…more than others.”“Alpha Týr is absolutely the worst. His beta is a close second.” Lucy’s nose wrinkled and I watched as Bryan put a protective arm around his daughter.“Then Logan is probably third with the rest following in varying degrees of severity.” Bryan added, smirking. “It helps he wasn’t at the pack house full time until the last few weeks.”Shaking my head, I gulped in some air. “But you can’t be putting that much in.”“Until you see the portions that they eat.” Hector giggled.'That was added in by your Grandpa. It hightens their appetite as well. So the normal werew
Hector drove through the city and dropped off Bryan, with Lucy, at a small home just on the outskirts of Kirk. He turned around and headed back into the city, south toward the pack house. I moved to the front seat as soon as Bryan had gotten out. It was a quiet ride until we got closer to the pack house.“Vale, you need to remember. You aren’t just your mother’s son. You are also the Alpha King and by extension, the High Council.”“Can’t I just be a son? Worried about what the hell is going on in my family?” I looked over at him but his face was hard.He shook his head. “No, you can’t. Not here. With your mom, with us, you can. But the moment you step outside of this car or her house, every action you take is as the Alpha King. More eyes are on you than you know.”“Hector, come on. I just want to talk to Dad and Týr.”We pulled up and Hector parked the Jeep. “Your Dad and Týr aren’t an exception. Speak to them as Alpha’s because that’s who they have decided to be.”“But I’m the Alpha
I could see the anger rise through his face as he clenched his fists on the desk. Our eyes locked as I leaned against the desk. Shaking my head, I tore my eyes away and paced back into the office.“Fix it, Dad.”“She’s been a rogue before, Vale. Auri will be fine.”I stopped and looked at him. “And fine is good enough for you? For your mate?”“Vale, stop. Let it go. I’m glad you’re here. I’m glad you’re spending time with your mom. But you shouldn’t be on territory without permission.”Barking out a laugh, I crossed my arms over my chest. “I don’t need permission to cross the territory.”“You do. When you come into an Alpha’s territory…”Naresh stepped forward before I could stop him. “They should be so grateful that their Alpha King has decided to grace them with our presence. We need no permission. All packs, are our packs. While you may not have come to that conclusion during your reign, we know our place. It’s time you learned yours.”Dad stood up and I laughed. I was lucky that N
The next couple of weeks, I threw myself into training with my mom. She meal prepped all our food, even including two extra portions for Bryan or Hector when they would come by. Hector came around more, both helping me train as well as training with Mom. He said it was good to get your ass kicked because it reminded you there were still things you needed to work on. For Mom, that was Grandpa. She could beat him, but not every time.My Dad and Týr still hadn’t been by to see us. At first, I was annoyed when they didn’t show up the first week but my mom wasn’t bothered by it or at least didn’t let it show. So, I let it go. Days became a routine. Get up early, have breakfast, help in the garden, tea, training, lunch, more training, dinner and then reading or talking with Mom about different issues with the High Council.Today though, I had landed my first hit on her. It had taken seventeen days but I finally was able to hit her shoulder. Of course, she wasn’t at one hundred percent but I