The sound of the car boot slamming shut echoed in the street. It was early and there was not a soul moving around apart from us. You could hear the birds cheeping, and I watched them wallowing on the lampposts in the early morning sun.
“That’s the last case packed, and we are ready to go,” Dad said cheerily, wrapping his arm around my shoulders.
I nodded slowly, looking at all my stuff through the back window of the car. I had a knot of uneasiness in my stomach, and I felt sick with nerves.
Why though? I’ve been to the Packhouse before.
But this time you will be living there. And you will be Mated with Tom and not that thing you like, my wolf quipped up.
She had been excited, like a child is at Christmas. She could not wait to get back to Tom and get to know him more. She didn’t care about what people had said about him. I frowned in despair. I, however, just wanted to get close to the Alpha and feel his touch against my skin. I shuddered excitedly at the thought. My wolf, growled warningly, at my thoughts. Somehow, one of us would have to give in.
“Have you got everything you need?” Mum’s voice piped up, snapping me from my thoughts and back into reality.
“Umm, yes, I think so,” I stuttered, trying not to blush.
“Ok, well, we really need to be going so that we can beat the morning traffic,” replied Dad, checking his watch, and glancing down at the end of the street.
I took one lasting look back up at the home that I had spent all my childhood in. A part of me felt sad that I was leaving. The other part of me was more nervous about what was to come in my life. I opened the car door and clambered in and gently pulled the seat belt over and heard it click into place. Mum and Dad were seated in the front, as usual. As Dad pulled away, I looked out the back window and watched my family home disappear around the corner, for what felt like forever.
The roads were quiet and strangely empty for 9 AM. The sun was low in the sky, so it made some parts of the journey dangerous for visibility. But soon enough, the familiar black gates, adorned with gold wolf statues came into view. As we approached the gates, I noticed that they were closed, but I watched Dad lean out his window and press a button. Soon enough, the gates slowly opened to let us into the wolf world.
I watched as they slowly closed behind us and the car made its way up the snake-like drive. Finally, we reached the end of the driveway and parked right outside the large, heavy brown oak doors that sat atop the marble steps, like we did the last time we was here.
“It’s too quiet. Where is everyone?” I muttered looking around and straining my ears to try and hear some form of civilisation.
“They have probably gone back to bed,“ Dad laughed. “Training finished at 8 AM, and most people go back to bed after. Unless they have work or school to go to.”
How lazy, I thought.
Suddenly, the brown doors creaked open, and we all climbed out of the car. An incredibly beautiful woman, wearing a white trouser and jacket suit walked out. Her black heels clicked noisily on the marble steps. She stopped at the top and looked down at us and smiled broadly.
“Rick! Libby!” The woman exclaimed, holding out her arms widely and making her way down the steps. “How wonderful it is to see you both again. And looking so well, I must say. Thank you for bringing our princess to us!” the woman gushed, turning her head, and smiling at me, lovingly.
“I’m sorry, but who are you?” I stuttered nervously.
The woman laughed gently. “I’m Rachel Black. I am the old Luna, Xavier’s Mother. He has told me so much about you. I’m really pleased to meet you,” Rachel quipped finally, holding out her hand.
Oh great. My future mother in law.
“Where is Xavier?” I asked, looking around, slightly disappointed that he wasn’t here to greet.
“He is on an important business trip with Beta Adam. He will be back at some point later today. I’m sure he will want to see you as soon as he gets back,” Rachel replied.
My heart leapt for joy at the thought but inside, my wolf growled in disgust. She was beside herself for meeting Tom again.
“Well, let’s get Leah settled sha...