“You know what, you’re getting your ass out of bed and coming to the mall with me.” Becca snapped, storming into my room uninvited.
“C’mon Becca, I just want to sleep. Can’t we go another time?” I whined, throwing a pillow at her.
“You said that last week, and the week before that. When are you going to face the reality that he’s gone! It's been two months, he would have been back by now if he was coming back.” She ranted, flopping down onto my bed when she was done.
Even though she didn’t say his name she still mentioned him, and just the reminder hurt like hell.
I wanted the pain to go away. I wanted to forget he ever existed.
“Going out might help get your mind off of everything for a while.” Becca persuaded.
I looked at her for a moment. Her familiar wild friendliness, and the worried look that was always in her eyes, just like everyone else lately.
“Okay, I’ll go.” I gave in.
“Yay! But go have a shower and dress in something nicer than sweats.” She instructed happily.
Just her happy attitude gave me the energy I needed to get up and do as I was told.
“You look pretty.” Becca complimented once I was done getting ready.
I shrugged in response. I was just wearing skinny jeans, a tank top and a cardigan, nothing special.
“Well lets go!” She squealed like the crazy girl she was.
She grabbed my hand and started dragging me through the house and eventually out the front door without warning.
“I wonder if we’ll see anyone we know, I hope Tony's there. He’s so cute I can't even put it into words.” She rambled while driving to the mall.
I just roll my eyes, not in the mood to see anyone.
Soon enough we arrived at the mall and before I knew it Becca was dragging me from store to store.
I didn't understand why girls love shopping so much, it was pure torture, and boring to see the same clothes in every store with different prices.
“Oh my god.” Becca suddenly whispered, coming to a complete stop in the middle of the mall.
I gave her a confused look but she wasn’t paying any attention to me, her focus was solely on some guy ten feet away from her, and his attention was on her too.
They just stood there, ten feet away, staring at each other. And then all of a sudden they ran to each other and kissed.
What was happening?
“What the hell Becca?” I exclaimed, rushing over to her.
“Mate.” Was all she said without turning to me.
Did Becca just find her mate?
“I’m just gonna leave you two alone, I’ll take a cab home.” I told her. They seemed like they needed the privacy by how passionately they were sucking each other's faces off.
All I got in response was a wave of her hand.
I lose a mate and Becca gains one all in the same month. As much as I wanted to be bitter about it, I was happy for her. She was nothing but a good friend to me, she deserved to find the love of her life.
When I walked through the pack house door everyone rushed over to me.
I was too busy being happy for Becca that I didn’t notice the concerned looks on everyone’s faces.
“Becca found her mate.” I told them happily.
They all looked at me like I just grew an extra limb. Maybe they were shocked that I was out of my room and in a kind of good mood.
They all looked at each other, like they were silently discussing something.
They finally looked back at me with weird smiles on their faces.
“That’s great.” Ava commented, not sounding as excited as I thought she would.
I nodded in agreement and I studied everyone, noticing that someone was missing.
“Where my mom?” I asked.
Jay stepped forward and the others went into different rooms.
“You mother is missing.” He told me, putting a sympathetic hand on my shoulder.
“Missing? I just saw her yesterday. Maybe she's out shopping or on a run.” I argued, not believing what Jay was saying.
She couldn’t be missing, that didn't make any sense.
"She went out yesterday and I ended up calling her to ask if she could pick a few things up at the store. While we were talking I heard some weird things and then the line went dead. We haven't seen or heard from her since." He explained.
I shook my head, unable to come to terms with that he was saying.
"What exactly did you hear before the call ended?"
Jay hesitated, but when I gave him a stern look he answered my question, "I heard a growl, a muffled scream, and it sounded like the cellphone hit the ground before it cut out."
“Why didn’t you go after her? Why didn’t you save her?” I demanded as the reality of the situation set in.
"Why didn't you tell me as soon as it happened?" I added, my voice just below a yell.
How could he just let this happen and not do anything about it?
I just got my mom back and now she was gone again.
“I got to the mall as fast as I could after the call but she was already gone, and I couldn’t catch her scent anywhere. She just vanished” He told me, his demeanour defeated as guilt swirled in his dark brown eyes.
I knew he was blaming himself for her disappearance.
“I'm sorry, I know it’s not your fault.” I mumbled.
“Were gonna find her.” He assured me. His determination gave me hope but I still prepared myself for the worst. It was impossible to find someone without any clues, so how would we find my mom?
“I’m gonna go to bed.” I told him, overwhelmed with the situation. How could my life still manage to get worse after everything that had already happened to me?
He was perfect. Absolutely perfect.
My eyes scanned his tall frame, starting with his sandy blonde hair, and then moving to his forest green eyes before finally landing on his toned chest.
H was the most beautiful human I'd ever seen, and his name was- Wait, I didn't know his name.
As if he heard my thoughts he put out his hand for me to sake and said “I’m Garrett, and what might a beautiful girl like yourself’s name be?”
“Becca.” I said shyly, accepting his hand and gently shaking it. The sparks that shot through me when our hands connected was magical. I could get used to that.
“Wonderful name for a wonderful girl.” He stated, letting my hand go.
“Flattery will get you nowhere mister.” I teased, causing him to chuckle. I was becoming more comfortable with him by the second, even though we just met.
“You know, you’re not what I pictured my mate to be like.” He mused.
“Is that a bad thing?” I asked quickly, panicked. What if I didn't live up to his expectation.
What if he rejected me?
He instantly caught on to my internal freak out and spoke again before my panic could go further.
“I mean, I never thought I would be matched with someone as amazing as you.”
Thank goodness he wasn't disappointed.
“Oh.” I giggled.
“I love that sound.” He told me.
I scrunched my face up in confusion, “What sound?”
He looked me in the eyes and smiled. “The sound of your giggling, it's adorable.”
I melted at his words. Everything he said was perfect, I could listen to his smooth, deep voice forever.
“So do you live around here?” I asked, breaking the comfortable silence that fell over us as we walked through the mall.
“No, I actually live pretty far away from here. But I’ll be staying as long as you want.” He assured me.
I was about to respond when his phone rang.
He looked down at it to see who was calling, then looked up at me apologetically.
“I need to take this call, I’m really sorry.”
I shrugged nonchalantly, “It’s fine.”
“Hey Jake, what’s the matter?” He spoke into his phone, sending me a charming smile as he listened to the person on the other end speak.
"They fight all the time, just separate them so they can cool off okay? I gotta go."
I watched as Garrett concluded the call and turned his full attention back to me, raising a questioning eyebrow to silently ask what the call was about. I wanted to know everything about my mate's life.
“That was my buddy Jake, two pack members got in a fight and he didn’t know what to do about it, he’s new to the pack so he didn’t know that they fight all the time.” He told me.
“Where was Jake before he came to your pack?” I couldn't help but ask. I was a naturally nosey person, hopefully that didn't bother Garrett.
“No one really knows. All I know is that he was trying his hardest to run away from something. When I found him he was weak and really skinny like he hadn’t eaten in days. And his wolf was Alpha size, so he must be running from something serious. A leader doesn't leave their pack for nothing.”
“Wow, that’s really sad.” I commented, feeling bad for a stranger I didn't even know.
Garrett nodded in agreement and continued his story
“I was cautious to take him in at first, I didn't want to put my pack in danger, but I took a chance on him and I'm glad I did. He's been nothing but nice to everyone."
My interest perked at what he said, but I had to get confirmation before I got excited.
“You said you took him in, does that mean you’re an Alpha?” I asked, trying not to get my hope up. There was no way he was an Alpha, right?
He nodded proudly, “I’m an Alpha.”
My mate was an Alpha, which meant I was a Luna.
Liza was going to freak out when I tell her.