I wake up late, again. It is Tuesday, so I have training before school. Colin obviously will be there, and I can guarantee Victoria will be in the stands watching him. I wish I could walk up to him and claim him in front of everyone right here and now. Three days. I must wait another three days to find out what is going to happen between us.
I get to the field as everyone is finishing their last lap around the track. I sigh in relief because I dread running. I spot my dad in his all-blue tracksuit, which is so embarrassing. I swear he does it to humiliate me. He’s an attractive guy, and obviously in great shape, but dresses like he’s from a boy band in the 90s.
“Nice of you to join us, Elenor!” I HATE when he calls me by my entire name, and I equally hate that as the top warrior, my father is the trainer. He has never let me slack off, because it would look bad for him.
“Sorry dad, I couldn’t find my shoes, so I had to borrow some from Heather.” I blurt the first excuse I could come up with.
With werewolves, when you come of age, you get to move into the pack house with the rest of the unmated wolves. It’s basically a co-ed dorm house, in a find your lover sense. My father used to take me with him to training, but now I just have to walk out the pack house and down to the football field. I was never late while living at home, but I can’t seem to make it on time living on my own.
“Ok, well since I know you’re lying and you’re late, again, you need to run and then get right into training. Your first partner today is Colin. Luke, since you half assed the last lap, why don’t you run another one with Ellie.”
What!?! I have to fight with Colin? My father has GOT to be joking. UGH, today is going to be hell, and it is only 6:45 am.
I trudge over to the track and Luke meets up with me. We jog and I can tell he’s thinking about something and trying to figure out if he wants to say it or not.
“What, Luke? Just say it.” I try to not make it come out annoyed, but I failed.
“Ok Ellie, why are you really late? You have at least ten pairs of tennis shoes.” Luke, like my father, can see right through me. Either that, or I am a terrible liar. It’s probably the latter.
“I was up talking to Leia, my wolf! Luke, she’s amazing! It’s like she’s my twin. We are so similar in so many ways! I cannot wait to see what she looks like!” I can’t help my excitement and I am practically squealing.
He stops in his tracks and hugs me so tightly I have to punch him to get him to let go of me.
“You met your wolf already? Ellie, that’s so amazing! It took me two weeks after I turned seventeen to meet Jack! Do you know who your mate is yet?” He looks at me eagerly in anticipation while holding onto my arms, but I don’t really think it is sincere. He doesn’t want to know my mate’s name unless it is him.
I kick at the dirt and try to stall. How can I tell him who it is? What would he say? I know he’s my best friend and I tell him everything, but I just can’t tell him this. He and Colin are so close, this might ruin that.
“YOU DO KNOW! WHO IS--”
“I will make you both do another lap if you don’t start running again!” My father saves the day, phew, thank goddess!
“You know I will force you to tell me, right?” He lets go of me and we continue to run.
I know he will, but like always, I will put up one hell of a fight for the information.
We finish our lap and the fights have already started. Maybe it’s a good thing I was late today, because I can watch a few of them on my way to the center of the field where we all spar.
“You both will just have to fight each other today.” My dad yells out to us and I let out an obnoxious breath of relief. Luke just laughs at me.
Before we get into position, I look over and see Colin in a fight already. I can’t help but watch him.
Colin throws a jab at Tim, who is our second warrior’s son. It knocks him back a few steps and Leia purrs in my head. Goddess, he’s sexy when he fights. Colin turns his head towards me, and I whip mine back towards Luke to begin our match.
As the top female trainee, I am a suitable match for our Beta-to-be, but he always takes it easy on me because I’m his best friend and a girl. I secretly know he has always liked me, but I never have seen him like that. I know it stings for him to be friend zoned, but he has said nothing.
I swear Colin keeps looking my way, even throughout his fight. Does he feel something? Does he know? I quickly shake that thought away and get back to my own fight. I am not really into it today, which isn’t like me. I’m usually ruthless and don’t hold back no matter who I am paired with.
“Why do you seem so preoccupied today, Ellie?” Luke knows how I am with my training, especially against him. Today I just can’t seem to concentrate on what I am supposed to be doing. Leia keeps wanting to smell and get close to Colin, and frankly it is annoying and distracting. Not to mention a little weird.
“I’m thinking about the dance this weekend.” He doesn’t believe that lie for a second and gives me the disappointed dad look before sweeping his foot behind mine, taking my legs from under me.
“Get up and focus. Your dad and the Alpha are watching us.” He points behind me and I glance up, searching the bleachers to see if the Alpha has shown up. He hasn’t, and as soon as I turn back around, I catch Luke’s fist to my mouth, Hard. I lick my bottom lip and taste blood. This instantly gets my head back into gear. I wipe it off with the back of my hand and glare at him.
“Luke, what the hell! Why would you do that?” I steady myself and get into my stance, ready to beat the crap out of him.
“There she is. Let’s do this for real now!” His eyebrows dance at me.
I shake my head. What a jerk. He knows that when the Alpha shows up, I will fight practically to the death just to prove myself worthy, even though I know it’s not needed. I am the only female trainee on Tuesday mornings, but I’m a better fighter than most of the males. My dad has trained me since I was five years old and has never held back. He always tells me I should know how to defend myself, and to expect no one to save me.
After getting a busted lip and a few bruised ribs, training is now over. Luke beat me this time, but my secret about Colin is still safe, for now at least. It’s time to hit the showers and get ready for school. My wounds will all heal themselves by then, anyway. I really love being a werewolf.
The past three days have agonizingly gone by. I have most of my classes with Colin and it has been extremely awkward. For me at least. I swear he knows or senses something because he has looked back at me at least a few times each class. It may be because I keep looking at him. I have been day dreaming about him and I being together a lot the past couple days. I can sense Leia clawing at my head trying to claim her mate. I wish I could just tell him now, but it's frowned upon in our culture to ruin the moment of realization for your mate. Today is Friday, the homecoming game and the day that Colin turns seventeen. The day that he finds out we are mates. My stomach has been doing backflips all morning. There is no way I’m getting through the day without puking multiple times. Tomorrow is the homecoming dance and I have my dress and shoes waiting. My mother bribed and forced me to go shopping with her to get a dress which I don’t typically wear for anything but special occasions
I wake up half dazed to Leia yelling at me. “Wake up Ellie! We have a mate to watch get sweaty tonight!” “Gross! You know I can sense your arousal, right?” “You know I can sense yours too, right?” Yep, we are practically twins. I grunt and roll my eyes before getting off the bed and heading to my closet to figure out what I will wear tonight. It's kind of a big night, so I should at least try to put some effort into my look. I still don't care enough to not have my signature pony, but I do however care enough to wear some cut off denim shorts and a tight white t shirt with our school’s colors. I also am wearing some neutral makeup with Luke’s number on my cheek. I am his number one fan, after all. It's my job as his best friend to cheer him on. I walk over to the stadium and purchase my ticket. Amber and Heather are at the mall picking out dresses and accessories for tomorrow. They couldn’t care less about football, so it's not a surprise they didn't come. Since they are no
I fling open the door right as the person on the other side is about to pound on it again and they end up punching me in the nose. “What the actual fuck Luke, seriously! What is your problem!” I start rubbing my nose aggressively and his eyes go wide. “OMG Ellie I am SO sorry!” He says as he starts busting out laughing, realizing what just happened. Luke pulls me into his muscular arms and shushes me. He knows I can’t stay mad at him while he’s hugging me. “Ok, let go of me, you big goof,” I try to claw my way out of his arms until he finally lets me go. When I am finally on my two feet, I stomp my foot and cross my arms like a toddler. “What happened to you last night? I scored a touchdown right before halftime. I wanted to talk to you after my parents walked me across the field, but you were nowhere to be found. After the game I would have called you but my dad took away my phone yesterday morning for texting you during the meetings.” He's seems worried, but also upset wit
“Oh, my Goddess, Ellie Miner is that you?! Honey you are a sight!" Luna Amara takes my hand over my head and twirls me around a couple of times, before bringing me in for a hug. I laugh and return the hug. "These teenage wolves will be drooling all over you tonight!" She let's go of me and faces Luke with a stern expression, but is obviously being silly. "Luke, you better keep your eye on your best friend at the dance tonight, or she'll be swept away!” She winks at Luke and he blushes instantly. "Yes Luna, you have my word." He bows to her and she playfully pats his shoulder. "Good to hear it." She chuckles out. There are quite a few low growls from the girls behind us, which just makes me laugh to myself, and shake my head. “Thank you, Luna Amara! I can't take any credit for it though; this was all my mother’s doing.” I roll my eyes slightly, because I am sure she knows all about it already. “Yes, I assumed so. Scarlett has always been a beauty queen herself. She
When we make it to the dance and get inside, I am relieved to find out that Luke and I are not at the same table as Colin and Victoria. Amber and Heather are there waiting for us and I am so happy to see them. They came to the dance with each other as usual and squeal when they see me. "Dang Ellie! look at you!" Amber yells as she rushes to hug me. "You look so amazing, it's nice to see you all dressed up!" Heather just smiles and I hug her while rolling my eyes. If anyone can take my mind off of Colin for a little while, it's these two girls. When we sit down, the dinner plates are already there and we start eating. I wasn't really lying earlier, I am starving. The pack cooks are always on point with their food for special occasions, and tonight is no exception. The girls grab my arms while I am still eating when one of our favorite songs comes on. It’s an oldie, but we LOVE IT! I laugh as I run out there with them ready to shake my ass. I may be a tomboy, but I know how t
When I come back into the cafeteria I walk straight to the table and grab Luke by the tie pulling him to the dance floor. We’ve danced before and have kissed a few times after a couple drinks, so it’s not like if I did that tonight it would be odd. I just hope he forgives me for using him to make Colin jealous. Another old school song comes on that was hand-picked by the Moon Goddess herself just for this occasion. It’s a song that is pretty much made for grinding. I turn so that my ass is against Luke’s crotch and grab his hands, placing them on my hips. I place my own hands on my thighs to steady myself and start to grind. I tilt my head to the side showing Luke my bare neck. I make eye contact with Colin who just made his way back to Victoria with drinks. I smirk at him while I lightly brush my hand against my neck. As werewolves our necks are super important. They are either a sign of submission to an Alpha, or where your mark goes from your mate. So, me showing Luke my neck
I try opening my eyes but the instant throbbing tells me that not only did I drink too much moonshine last night, but today is going to be rough. I make my way slowly to the window and close the curtains. I zombie my way back to the bed and fall face first onto the mattress groaning into my pillow. The memories of last night start flooding back and I hear Leia whimper in my head again while I just want to cry. This time her whimpers hurt my head. Why did I drink so much? Ugh. Wait! How did I get home?! I jolt out of my bed and grab my phone. I have a bunch of missed calls and texts from Luke, Amber, Heather and my mom. Shit, how did I get home. I try to reach out to Leia, but she doesn’t answer. I think she is still so hurt by what Colin did. I am too, but I think he took me home. I am almost positive he did, but he’s not in my room so maybe he didn’t. Or maybe he did but just dropped me at my room and went to his on the other side of the pack house. I decide to go through my
“FUCK! What am I supposed to do? I’m going to be his Beta for fuck’s sake and he’s one of my best friends.” Luke’s voice is shaking and I know he wants to hide immediately. Alpha’s are known to be possessive of their mates and we witnessed last night what Colin's jealousy is like. “It’s not like he isn’t with someone right now, right? Why should he care.” Maybe I can convince myself as well. Probably not, but it is worth a shot. I open the door overly confident and slightly annoyed. Colin is standing there looking extremely nervous and unsure of why he is at my door. He freezes as his eyes find my nipples. They are still so hard that they are practically poking holes through my t-shirt. His eyes dart to my panties and up to my eyes which are now very wide. His eyes finally land on Luke standing behind me who I am positive is as pale as a ghost. I know he can smell my arousal and I am sure he is not stupid about what was just taking place. Luke still has an erection and we are