My assistant turns from where he was facing the board and looks at me with confusion. He’s not really my assistant. In fact, he hates when I refer to him as that, but I wouldn’t go as far to say that this man, Adrian, is my friend.
“Cross him off the list.” I request.
“Why?” He asks as he balances a red permanent marker between his fingers. Rolling my eyes, I back up a few steps and sit on the edge of my desk. I try to be mindful of the papers scattered across it.
“You think the Alpha of Love is my mate?” I ask while trying to hide my laughter.
He tilts his head. “Possibly.
I kick my feet together as I stare up at the board mounted on the wall. We are in my office trying to narrow down who my mate could be. I know he’s an Alpha, which gives me twelve options. Unless the Moon Goddess decided to play a personal joke and pair me with the female Alpha of Independence.
“You’re being ridiculous. Picture me with Malik!” I shiver at the thought as I look at his name on the board.
I’ve met Malik before, although only briefly. When I walked into that room and our eyes met, there was nothing there. At one point, our shoulders touched and no sparks erupted. He’s not my mate.
“Are you even sure your mate is an Alpha?” Adrian’s asks again as he draws a straight red line through Malik’s name.
“Yes, our current Luna told me herself and she was once a Purity Pack member. Those freaks don’t lie,” I tell him. He shrugs, placing the lid of the pen back on.
Adrian scrunches his face up. He wasn’t always stuck here in the Vengeance Pack like me. While he was originally from the Wisdom Pack, I was from the Discipline Pack. Neither of us want to go back to our old Packs. We belong here now, completely bound to the Vengeance Pack. Even if the only reason I am here is because I was kidnapped at the age of thirteen.
Now that I’m older now, I have become a leader. Kaden, the Alpha of Vengeance, allowed me a small portion of his land after I released his brother and told him where his parents were, to lead. I didn’t mean to put my fingers into something that wasn’t my business, but I couldn’t help myself.
“Cross off Kaden and Landon while you’re at it. Both are mated,” I request and Adrian obliges. I stare at the remaining names.
“What about Isaiah. The Alpha of Passion?” Adrian asks, ready to cross the name off.
I think about it for a moment. “I don’t see why not.”
Adrian raises an eyebrow.
“What? I’m passionate.”
He leaves the name uncrossed.
“What about Jasper? Alpha of Devotion.” Adrian muses. I bite my lip. Not an option.
“He’s been missing for years. There’s no way that’s even plausible,” I tell him. The Devotion Pack has been almost empty since the Alpha disappeared. Rumours of Phantom Wolves roaming around scared Pack members away.
Adrian crosses him from the list.
“How about Grayson?”
I hesitate, lifting my head from where I was brushing lint off my jeans.
“Who’s that again?” I ask. The name Grayson doesn’t ring a bell in my head, which is strange, since I’m familiar with most Alphas.
“Alpha of Freedom,” Adrian informs me.
No wonder. Shaking my head, I slip off the edge of the desk and take the pen from Adrian’s hand. I proceed to draw a thick, red line over the name. Adrian stares at me as I resume my spot.
“Easy. I’m from the Discipline Pack. We like order, sense, and reason. He’s from the Freedom Pack. They are advocators of the wild and the senselessness,” I reply as I cross my arms around my chest. Fate is cruel, but she isn’t that cruel.
Adrian’s sighs deeply and we collectively stare at the name.
“There’s always a chance the Moon Goddess wanted to see if a pairing like that could coexist,” Adrian muses.
He knows nothing about the Moon Goddess. While my original Pack worshiped her to an extent, his Pack insisted she didn’t exist. I’m indifferent.
Adrian notices my expression. “What? There’s a science in love too.”
Rolling my eyes, I quickly sum up the remaining Alphas. There are not many left to narrow down. I notice Adrian’s gaze linger over Alpha Grayson’s name.
“Don’t worry, there is no way Grayson is my mate.”