I don't look forward to the weekend. It's two days without Cameron. He'll be stuck in that house with his Alpha, and I'll be stuck wondering if he's okay. As Carissa and I walk to my car Louis follows closely behind like the overprotective bastard he is. At least he's been keeping his distance. We havne't been much for talking these last few days.
As we round the corner of the building, I spot Cameron a row over leaning against his truck. "Give me a minute," I tell Carissa, setting my keys on top of her phone screen. She looks at me before glancing at Cameron.
"No hurry girly." She says with a small smile. Cameron smiles as I vear from friends and he pulls me to him once we're within arm's length. I close my eyes, breathing in his scent as he brushes his chin over my nose.
"I don't want you to go home," I say almost a whisper as Louis stalks past us.
"Me neither," he answers. While I can't see his face, I know he's watching Louis carefully.
"Let's just run off," I say jokingly. "Go to Canada." He chuckles, his chest shaking.
"I've been thinking," He says pulling away to see my eyes. "I want to meet her." It's my turn to laugh. But he's serious. She won't like him. My wolf wants a dominant male and Cameron doesn't exactly act dominant.
"I'm not sure..." He looks at me with those beautiful hazel eyes. Dad will have a fit.
"I think that would be a good idea," I say. He smiles slightly though it doesn't reach his eyes. "But I have to get permission from my parents and then they have to tell the sentries... how would you get off your property without your Alpha knowing?" He works his jaw.
"Leave that to me."
"Absolutely not." Dad growls at dinner that night. My mom, who normally only argues with him through the mindlink growls back, low and angry. We both raise our eyebrows in shock.
"Reginald." She snaps. "He has every right-"
"He has no rights, Shira." Mom looks at me.
"Well, then we're at an impasse," Dad growls again. Lowering my head, I focus on the chicken in front of me. Anyone else would've dropped the subject at his first objection, but Mom gets what she wants.
"This is a wolf that I have not met, that does not have permission from his own Alpha, to come onto our property. So NO." My mom purses her lips.
"What if they meet in neutral territory." I look up at her. "I'll send Louis with them." Oh God, Louis. I bite back a growl.
"There are hunters in the woods," Dad says.
"It's not hunting season Dad," I interject. "I just want to see him." He raises his eyebrows at my whiny voice. He cocks his head to the side.
"You are our only child." He says. Mom bites the inside of her cheek. They've been trying for years. Mom's still young. She had me at eighteen. There's still a chance she could have another. But I don't think about that. "If something were to happen to you..." He shakes his head. I look at mom again. Then at Dad. For the first time since I'd realized it, I say it out loud.
"This isn't just some rebellious stage in my life, Dad. I know you wanted me to stay away from him. I tried." His eyes are glinting. I'm on very thin ice. "He's my mate, Dad."
The ice shatters.
| Cameron |
I've always wondered what would make me disobey Eric. Never in a million years would I expect it to be a girl. My mate. As I go to the individual pack house collecting laundry my phone buzzes. I know it's Kat. She's the only one that bothers texting. I wait until I'm back in the hot basement to check it.
Can you meet around midnight? The text says. Before I can respond she's sent me coordinates.
Yeah, I answer back.
Throughout the day I work quickly and quietly. It takes hours to all of the clothes. Meanwhile, I cut the grass, disinfect the kitchen, and clean Eric's mess of a bedroom. Lastly is dinner. Deer from last night's hunt. While it cooks I do my homework at the counter.
"What's this going to help you with in the future?" Eric asks noticing the Calculus book. I don't remind him that it was his idea to send me to school. "stupid." He mutters, heading up the steps to his room.
After I've cleaned the plates, the guys still in the living room watching the television, I slip up to my bedroom and take a nap.
Lights are still on in half of the homes as I slip out of the house fifteen past eleven. Someone should be patrolling the woods. If it's Bogey, he'll be taking a nap out there. I hope he's the one patrolling.
I hide my clothes under a bush near the treeline and shift. Red and brown fur sprouts over my body as I become my wolf. If someone is, in fact, patrolling they'll catch my scent sooner rather than later. I waste no time sprinting for the territory line.
The placd Kat's chosen to meet is covered in fallen branches and tall trees, the perfect coverage should she have to run. I watch my paws, trying my best not to snap any. Noise could scare her away.
I'm early, at least I think I am, but I spot a gray wolf, sitting with his head to the side watching the female pace back and worth. I'm larger than him. When he sees me he takes pause. I do well hiding the scars from the fire, but it's pretty obvious in my wolf form. With a sniff, he acknowledges it is, in fact, me standing here.
'Be careful.' He says to me. 'She's irritated.' Kat's blue eyes snap to mine and she stops her pacing.
'At me or you?' Louis growls, but one look from Kat's wolf has him backing into the trees. 'Hi.' I say. She doesn't respond. Only looks at me. She walks over, so close I can barely breathe, and starts sniffing. I let her circle. When she's done her eyes study mine.
'Hello Cameron.' Her voice enters my mind. 'I can see why Kat likes you. Your smell...' She shakes her head.
'You're beautiful.' The words escape before I have a chance to think. Her eyes shine.
'You're not too bad yourself... despite those.' There's no reason to look to what she's speaking of. I'm missing fur on small parts of my lower stomach, as well as the lower part of my hind legs. "It looks...painful."
'Barely remember it." The truth. She turns away from me, her tail coming up over her head.
'Kat thinks I won't like you.' She paces. 'Louis had to drag me here. I like my property. Dad has others watching further in the forest. In case you hurt me." I growl, low and predatorial.
'I would never hurt you.'
'I know.' She walks past me, her tail flopping in my face. Oh, she's so flirting. Without a second thought, I nip her tail. She jumps, spinning back to bare her teeth. Her anger's half-assed though.
'What?' I joke. Her eyes continue to watch me.
'I don't know what to think of you.' Honest. "Your personality. Who you are... Who are you, Cameron Alexander?" Her words are carefully chosen. She's silent for a long while, bored yet fascinated. I'm not sure what to say. Or how to act. If she doesn't like my hesitancy she doesn't show it.
'I don't know who I am,' I tell her taking a risk and stepping closer. She doesn't move. I'm much larger than her. I have to look down to see her eyes. 'My life has been messed up since the beginning. I know nothing of my family. Where I'm from. I'm just an Omega.' She cocks her head to the side, again silent.
'If you let yourself believe you are an Omega, then that's all you'll ever be.' She says simply. 'You act like one, with Kat. At that school.' She bares her canines at the mention of the brick building.
'What am I, then?' She looks me over. Sitting before me, she tucks her white tail around her paws. She taps it against the ground as she thinks.
'I'm an Alpha.' She starts. 'One day I will be Luna of my father's pack. An Omega cannot be Alpha. It's not in their... what's the word humans use... DNA? Alphas can give orders. Betas can give and take orders. General pack members and Omegas can only take orders. The only difference between an Omega and the other pack members is that they are... free spirits. They take orders, but they're hyperactive... most of the time. In human terms, they're usually financially unstable... I think that's what humans call it.' She cocks her head to the other side, her ear flopping over.
'For us to be mates, you would either be Beta or Alpha.' She closes the gap between us... and licks my ear. Taking it as an invitation, I lower my head to her neck and nuzzle her white fur.
'I like you.' She says after a few minutes. My heart flutters. 'Catch me.' She turns and runs into the forest. I've never hunted before. Eric never lets me. But I don't even think about that as I bolt after her. She can't see me as weak.
I'm not an Omega.
| Kat |
I wake around 9am still in my wolf form next to my house. My wolf purs, content as can be. In flashes, she lets me see how well she behaved with Cameron. How friendly she was. Sitting on the patio, Mom sips her morning coffee, watching me with a smile on her face. I shake out my fur and stretch, before rolling over and standing on all fours, then shifting back in into the blonde haired blue eyed human.
"How was last night?" She asks me, a smile on her face as I near the back door.
"Nice." I say with a smile. "Thanks." It was better than nice. It was amazing. But I'm not going to tell her that. I had not expected my wolf to be kind to him. I expected her to growl and put up a fight but instead... Shaking my head, I head up to my room for a shower, thinking about how Cameron had been able to pin my wolf to the ground. He's an Alpha. My Alpha. By the time I'm dressed for the day and back downstairs, Mom and Dad are both in the living room, waiting for me. I freeze on the first step.
"What did I do?" I ask quickly.