Nova? I asked through the mind link.
I knew she would look just as beautiful in wolf form as she did in human form, but I was still caught off guard by her stunning snowy fur. White wolves are rare, my birth mother was one, and I've only met one other person that had a white wolf.
Even though Nova didn't reply to me when I said her name, I knew it was her, so I walked up to the pond and sat down beside her.
For a while we sat in silence, just basking in each other's presence, or at least I was, and looking up at the quickly darkening sky. Nova looked so peaceful, something I was instantly jealous of. I'm always worrying about the pack so I never get a chance to just sit back and relax.
Right now I should be back home telling my father about the fact that the alpha's daughter of our rival pack has moved to town, but in this moment I couldn't care less. For a minute I want to pretend that Nova isn't the enemy, and instead, just my mate. Things would be so much easier if that were the case.
There you are a male voice I recognized as Mason's suddenly said through the mind link.
I whipped my head in all directions until my eyes landed on the dark brown wolf of my future Beta, and out of the corner of my eye I saw Nova stand and get in a defensive stance.
It's just Mason I linked her before focusing on the wolf in question.
What do you want? I asked, hoping to dismiss him quickly so I could get back to quietly sitting with Nova.
Mason walked closer to us, giving my mate a suspicious look, Everyone's been looking for you since school ended. Who's that?
I should've expected this, after my argument with Nova I left school, shifted, and ran out my frustrations. I haven't spoken to anyone since the end of lunch.
Calm down, it's Nova. I told him.
I saw him look at my mate, probably to say hey before he turned his attention back to me. Alpha Garrett wants you back home.
I huffed out an annoyed breath, I never get a day off from alpha training. Every time father needs to make any kind of alpha decision I have to be there, learning, so when I take over I can be the best leader possible.
I wish he realized that I'm a teenager, and I deserve to have a break and maybe even some fun, every once in a while.
I'll meet you there. I linked Mason, waiting for him to run off before training my eyes on Nova. During my conversation with Mason she returned to her sitting position by the pond and was gazing up at the sky, which was now freckled with stars.
I took a seat beside her, my furry shoulder brushing hers, and soaked in the moment.
The last thing I wanted to do right now was leave. Even though we weren't talking, or even acknowledging each other's existence, I was having such a great time. Just being beside Nova was a rush I'd never felt before, and I was quickly getting hooked.
Duty awaits. I linked her, although I didn't make a move to leave.
I don't miss that. Her melodic voice rang clear in my head, and I internally smiled at her comment. It's kind of cool that I can talk about how annoying it is, being next in line to lead a pack. I've never met anyone who could relate, and now I have a mate who knows exactly how I feel about it.
For the millionth time today, I wished that Nova was from any other pack.
I'll see you tomorrow. I linked, this time actually getting up to leave.
Bye. Her voice was almost disappointed, mirroring exactly how I felt.
Even though we could never be together, at least not publicly, we had an undeniable bond that linked us for life. As much as we could try to ignore it, we'd never succeed. The way she just sounded was a perfect example of that.
After one last longing glance at my mate, I took off into the woods and towards home.
Home. It felt wrong thinking of the pack house as home when Nova wasn't going to be there. Home is wherever your mate is, and I thought that was an exaggeration until I met mine.
As I ran I tried to focus on the sound of my paws pounding against the forest floor to distract myself from the fact that things are so messed up with my mate, but my mind kept wandering back to hazel eyes and pure white fur. Everything about her is perfect. Well, everything except for where she comes from.
My mother always says that everything happens for a reason, and that the Moon Goddess has a plan for everyone. But I'm having a really difficult time figuring out the reason she put Nova and I together. We're sworn enemies, her pack killed my parents. Why would we be mates? There's no logical explanation for it.
I was broken out of my thoughts when the pack house came into view, and I quickly located a spare change of clothes and shifted, getting dressed in a rush before jogging through the yard and to the front door.
"Where have you been? I wanted to talk to you about Nova." Kenzie ambushed me as soon as I walked into the house.
I opened my mouth to tell her now wasn't a good time, but she cut me off.
"She seems awesome! It's like I'm destined to be best friends with her!"
I froze at her words. How am I suppose to tell her that Nova is the enemy? They've already become friends, it'll crush Kenzie and I'll be taking away Nova's only friend here. How could I do that to them?
"I have to go see my father, we'll talk later." I absentmindedly told Kenzie as I tried to figure out what to do.
I was obligated to tell my father that we have the enemy living in our town, but that would ruin everything for Nova, and break Kenzie's heart.
But if I don't say anything, or lie, everything can stay the same and I could pretend that Nova isn't the enemy.
By the time I got to my father's office I'd made up my mind. I have a responsibility for the pack, and if there was a potential threat of the Blood Fang pack invading, we'd need to be prepared. I had to tell my father the truth.
The pack comes before everything else. I can't be selfish.
I knocked on the door, entering when father said I could, and sat down in the all too familiar chair across the desk from him.
"I've been waiting." Father said in a disapproving voice, looking at me with stern eyes.
I bowed my head, "Sorry, I was out for a run."
I heard him sigh, he hates giving me trouble but we both know it needs to be done.
"I got a call from your school, you can't be skipping classes Aj, that's sending the wrong message to the pack about their future alpha." He continued.
I didn't reply, he wasn't looking for an explanation or excuse.
There was a moment of silence between us before he spoke again, "So I hear there's a new wolf at school. How much do you know about her?"
My shoulders tensed at the mention of Nova, and I took a deep breath, preparing to tell him everything.
Unfortunately, that's not what came out of my mouth.
"She just moved here with her mother. They're from a small pack in Vancouver and they came to make allies."
Instead of telling my father who Nova really was, I ended up spewing out the same lie she gave me earlier today.
"They sound harmless enough, but I want you to keep a close eye on her to make sure she's not planning anything." Father requested.
"Of course." I replied, trying to keep the joy out of my voice. Not only had father believed the lie, but he told me to keep a close eye on Nova. If anyone asks me why I'm spending time with her now, I can just tell them it's alpha's orders.
"You can go now. Get a good sleep because tomorrow you're not missing school." Father dismissed me, the hint of a teasing smile on his face.
I rolled my eyes and smiled back before leaving his office. That meeting didn't go as I expected it to, but I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
* * * * *
The next day I woke up before the sun. I was so excited to get to school so I could see Nova. It's already been too long since I last saw her.
By the time everyone was up I had already showered, got dressed for the day, made my lunch, packed my backpack, and was eagerly waiting on one of the living room couches.
I would've just left for school when I was ready but it wasn't open yet. Besides, everyone would wonder where I was and I really didn't have a good explanation for why I would've left early. It's not like I can just tell everyone the real reason.
"It's about time." I muttered under my breath when Mason was finally ready to leave. There was only half an hour until class started.
I would've driven myself but I left my car at school yesterday, so I was stuck carpooling with someone that was almost always late.
I could've gotten a ride with someone else, but I always rode with Mason if I couldn't drive myself. People might become suspicious if I didn't carpool with him.
This whole thing is so complicated, I wish I could just tell everyone the truth.
"So why were you with the new girl last night?" Mason asked when we pulled out of the driveway.
I froze at his question, what am I suppose to tell him?
"I needed to make sure her story checked out, and my father told me to keep an eye on her. The last thing we need right now is an attack on us." I finally replied. That was believable, right?
Mason nodded in agreement and I let out a sigh of relief, which got caught in my throat at what he said next.
"She's kinda hot."
I immediately clenched my hands into fists to keep my anger at bay, and shoved them under my backpack, which was on my lap, so Mason didn't notice.
That's my mate he's talking about, and werewolves don't talk about other werewolves mates like that.
"She's a lesbian." I blurted.
I had to tell him something so he wouldn't pursue her. There's no way in hell I'm going to let Mason hook up with Nova.
"That's a shame." He muttered to himself, and I had to stifle a growl.
Thankfully we pulled into the school parking lot before anything else could be said.
"See you in gym." I told him before quickly exiting the car and speed walking towards the school.
I looked down at my phone as I walked through the front doors and saw that there was still fifteen minutes until class, maybe I could catch Nova before she got to the room.
Unfortunately she wasn't at her locker, or with Kenzie, which could only mean that she got to class early. I guess I can just talk to her in there.
I quickly got to the room and my suspicions were confirmed when I saw a beautiful brunette at the back corner of the class.
"Hey Nova." I greeted her as I sat down at the desk beside hers.
She looked up at me, startled by the sudden sound of my voice since she didn't notice me enter the room, and the look on her face was adorable.
"Hi." She muttered before going back to doodling in her notebook.
What could I say to get her attention?
"Your secret's safe with me." I finally said when I realized that she should probably know that no one was going to confront or attack her. I'm sure she came to school today afraid that Kenzie wouldn't talk to her, or my whole pack would treat her awfully.