How can other people's choices affect our lives? One decision can draw a route in directions that we never wanted to take. We will either obey, and do whatever we are being asked to do, or we will rebel. If you rebel, you will have to face the consequences…
For two decades, relations between two wolf packs, my pack and Montana’s pack, were quite rough and tense.
Trespassing is forbidden and harshly punished. Marriages between those two packs are illegal. Some people decided to leave, but not belonging to any pack is viewed as a disgrace that can get you killed.
In the past, my grandfather made a deal with Montana’s alpha in exchange for saving his life. They arranged a marriage between their children, my mom, and his son. Things didn’t go as planned, as the guy is obviously not my dad. She ran away to be with her real mate, my father. The deal was broken and so was the alpha’s pride. He did not want to renegotiate the terms as that was treason. No one should reject an alpha. At the time, my father was a simple Beta, being left for an ordinary pack member was a disgrace.
Since my father took reign, nothing has changed. He tried his best to make peace, but that didn’t work out. An opportunity for things to change appeared; last year Montana’s alpha died, his son, Liam Boyle, took over.
My father wanted to use the opportunity to finally end this madness. I have heard him mentioning this many times at family dinners. “The kid may be different, he may be reasonable”, he said.
I hoped this was true. As mentioned, we did not have any incidents lately, but you could feel the tension.
“I hope that you are right, but keep in mind that he is a Boyle. They are very proud and stubborn so don’t expect too much from him”, said my mother, chilling my father’s excitement. I knew her, she kept blaming herself for all of this. Being an alpha’s daughter was more than just a role and a privilege. You have your duties, and obeying an alpha’s decisions, especially the political ones, is one of them.
I have never blamed her. I don’t know what I would have done in her place. I mean, I’ve always listened to my father; I know that I must be an example to others, I’ve studied more than my friends, and I have volunteered at the pack’s ambulatory and orphanage. I have never disobeyed, literally never, until this one memorable evening.
My sister, Lea, was excited to tell our parents about her relationship with one of the Betas, Kai. She could not sit still as she was nervous and did not know how to tell dad that she finally found a mate.
Wolves pair for life, only with their true mates. They recognize their mates, and, with a bite mark, they imprint.
Everyone describes the mating differently. For someone, it may be a sudden strike; a warm breeze will gently touch your skin and you will feel a shiver all over your body. Then, your heart will start to beat unbelievably fast. Someone else will say that it is a long process, you have to get to know your partner first and build your relationship.
Once both wolves imprint, their minds will connect, and they will be able to share their thoughts. Imprinting usually takes place after the wedding.
“You’ll be fine, dads respects him and loves you. I know he won’t mind”, I said encouragingly to my sister.
“You think so? I mean I’ll be the first daughter to get mated. I will clear the way for you”, she said with a laugh.
“I am sure, he loves you and he wants you to be happy Lea. Come on, let’s tell him”, I grabbed her hand and pull her towards the door.
Closer to the living room, we could hear a tense conversation between our parents.
“How could you do that, without asking her, or even me ?!”, you could hear the agitation in my mom’s voice, “You did exactly the same thing as my father and you know how I felt. This is not right!”, she said with a raised tone
“This is different. I have to make peace for future generations. Your father just wanted to pay the debt. You can’t compare that”, my father said, trying to explain himself. Slowly, I started to suspect what is going on, but I couldn’t figure out the details.
“It is easy for you to explain this. Why you didn’t ask her?”, said my mother, continuing the conversation, but my sister was tired of waiting.
“Ask her what?”, Lea interrupted. Both my parent’s faces turned in our direction, they looked troubled. This was the first time I heard them arguing. The first time I saw my mom furious at dad.
“Scott, you tell her, go on”, my mom rushed him. With Lea, we sat at the edge of the couch waiting for answers.
“Girls you know that things between us and the Montana pack are quite intense, and with the death of the old pack leader I had to come up with a way to end this.”, my dad knelt in front of us, a pack leader never does that. He grabbed our hands and continued, “The new alpha, Liam Boyle, does not have a mate yet and, as an alpha, he needs a wife and descendants.”, and then everything made sense.
“Oh no, you didn’t…”, I groaned. He looked at me with sorrow in his eyes and his face could not have said anything other than sorry. My sister still didn’t understand.
“Haven’t done what Mia?”, she looked at me.
“So, which one will be the lucky bride dad, huh?”, I shouted as I jumped off the couch. I have never shouted at my dad or an alpha. Looking back, I have always obeyed what he said, but enough was enough. Mating was such an important and personal thing; this could not be arranged. “What if I never mate with this guy, what if my true mate will be left alone because I was given to a complete stranger?”, tears started to fall from my eyes. My mom saw this, and tears started to well in her eyes as well. She turned her face away and could not look at us, she was blaming herself again.
“Honey, please, this is the only way to end this and I have made the decision that it will be my eldest daughter”, he turned his face to Lea. She was only one year older than me. This was not fair at all! Lea looked at mom, trying to look for her help.
“Mom, say something! You can’t let him do that.”, - she started crying too.
“Scott, there must be another way, don’t do this to them… to me. I know how it is, it was you who I ran to, for god’s sake!”, she shouted.
“Don’t you think I haven’t thought of it? I’ve tried to come up with all the other possibilities - money or pack union, and he hasn’t agreed to any of it. For hours, I have discussed this with him and our Betas, he thinks that the only way to end this is to unite our packs by marriage, as it was originally agreed between your grandad and his father. He said an alpha’s word is a saint and must be completed. The old bastard must have played his card before he died.”, said my father.
I turn to Lea; she looks completely devastated. Half an hour ago she was bursting with excitement and pure joy, now she looks pale and her sight was empty. I can’t do this to her, I thought, she has already found her mate and I haven’t. In fact, I didn’t have anything to lose, as I haven’t found it yet. She and I both knew it would kill her.
“I’ll do it”, I stood up and wiped my tears, everyone looked at me. My sister just covered her mouth and burst into tears.
“I’ve said it will be the eldest”, my dad starts, but I immediately cut him off.
“Lea has already found her mate and we were coming down to tell you, I will not let you ruin it for her because of some pack’s idiotic decisions”, I said, while my mom just runs to hug me.
“My baby, you are so brave, but you don’t have to, we will come up with other ideas…”, she said lovingly.
I had enough of this conversation. I thought, let’s cut the crap, they want peace, they will have peace. I don’t care, Mr. Boyle will have a war on his own with me. He had his chance to end this, but he is an asshole that follows his father’s stupid ideology.
My dad didn’t say a thing.
“So… when will I have the pleasure of meeting my lovely groom?”, I clap my hands with fake excitement.