"I still cant believe you're gonna be living here with me" I beamed at Jane as she curled her hair in my mirror.
We were getting ready to be introduced to the pack, and I was still in awe that my sister from another mother would get to live with me.
"Better believe it" She squealed excitingly. "Hey Lilly can you pass my dress?"
Lilly smiled brightly and passed Jane's dress to her. Over the past week, I've noticed how much Jane and Lilly got along. I wasn't surprised though, since they had the same type of personality.
I was already ready and waiting for Jane to be ready. I didn't bother dressing up since I was a simple person, but I looked decent. I wore a simple cute top, jeans and my converse sneakers. I pulled my hair in a bun and applied a little lip gloss.
It was a very casual introduction, but Jane made me feel underdressed. She only wore a blue casual dress and flats, but come on. It's a dress.
"I'm ready" Jane sang excitedly, looking like nothing less than a model. She wore her mark naked and proud on the left side of her neck, and I felt so proud of her.
Scott and Jane have really made moves. Fast moves.
They were always in each other's arms, and the only time I had her to myself was when he was working. I wasn't complaining though; It was really heart warming since she always wanted to find her mate. I was nothing less than happy for her.
We exited my old room where we got ready, and Lilly led us to the pack house where wolves were already gathered and excited. It was really a happy day for everyone. They would be officially meeting their Luna and new Gamma female.
I spotted Ace, Calum and Scott at the side of the stage in the huge backyard at the pack house. It was able to hold all four hundred wolves and bout half of them were already present.
Scott's face immediately lit up when he saw Jane, and so did Calum's when he saw Lilly, and Ace's when he saw me. It was indeed so cute.
"Are you ready?" Ace asked me as soon as he held me and gave me a kiss. I nodded and shot him my biggest smile.
"Good. We're just waiting on the other pack members and some from your former pack"
My eyes widened at this new information."Some people from my pack are coming?"
He chuckled and pointed in a direction where I saw some familiar faces. "Aiden is coming. And I'm sure some of his members wanted to see you and Jane off"
I nodded in understanding and pulled my lip between my teeth, something I did when I was thinking.
"What's on your mind?" Ace, who obviously saw my reaction asked.
"Will um-will my parents be here?"
He gave me a gentle smile and pulled me to his chest. "Yes they will. Are you ready to face your dad yet?"
I shrugged and buried my face in his chest. I haven't talked to dad from the day of the almost war. At first, I told myself that I was giving him and mom space, but I talked to mom almost every day so I knew I was just making excuses.
I tried to forgive him for hiding the truth from me by looking at the situation from his point of view. But what dad robs his kids of their childhood to do a job he was too afraid to do by himself? Plus lying about it all along?
I knew I still loved him, and mom has been telling me that he wanted to talk to me, but I couldn't.
Surprisingly, he manned up and talked to Ace, so they were sorta on decent terms. He'd talked to Aiden and made a public apology to both packs for all he'd caused, but facing him felt so hard.
Ace pulled me away arms length and gazed into my eyes. He tucked an escaped curl back into my bun and pecked my lips softly.
"It'll be okay, I promise. But now, focus on your day"
I mustered up my best smile and turned to see that the backyard was almost full. I was never a shy person, but this was somehow uneasy.
I spotted Aiden and Jace making their way towards us, causing me to instantly feel better.
They smiled brightly as they neared us, and I closed the space between us and hugged Aiden. It has been a week since I'd seen him, and that felt too long. I was never away from him for more than a day in our twenty years of living, so this was kind of new for both of us.
"Congrats sis" He praised as he hugged me tightly.
"A little too early for that Aide." I chuckled as I pulled away. "Where's mom?"
"Here I am!" I heard her sing from behind me, and I quickly whipped around and grabbed her to me.
Even though we talked regularly, I hadn't seen her in four days. I noticed that dad and Jenna were with her, and I hugged Jenna but only waved awkwardly to dad. He looked hurt by the gesture, but I couldn't bring myself to do more.
"I'm so proud of you sweetie. You're gonna be a great Luna" Mom said as she pulled me yet again into another hug. I mumbled a thanks as Jenna too expressed her wishes. Dad stayed silent, staring at the ground.
Ace then came up beside his mom and placed a kiss on her temple before greeting mom, dad and Aiden. It was really satisfying to see everyone together like this.
"We're ready" Calum announced, and Ace, Jane and I made our way to the stage.
I noticed that everyone was present, and they all looked so happy. I recognized some of my pack members, and they had proud looks on their faces as they watched Jane and I. I was such a lucky gal.
Ace stood in front of the small podium and mic, with Jane and I on his left and Scott, Calum and Lilly on his right. Scott was nothing less than beaming at Jane, and she would momentarily steal a glance at him and send him a wink.
Her parents stood beside mine a the front of the crowd, and Phillip flashed me a thumbs up before Ace started speaking.
"Thank you all for coming. " He started, and their excited mumbling died down. "As you may know, Gamma Scott, as well as myself have found our mates"
A series of cheers echoed throughout the people, and Jane and I shared a look.
"So, for the first time ever, I would formally like to introduce to you, Luna Roxanna Gilbert, and Gamma Jane Fraser. "
He then turned to us and gestured for us to come closer. He handed Jane the mic and she thanked him before facing the crowd with her signature bright smile.
She then proceeded to tell them about herself, receiving laughs now and then when she would say something funny. That was so Jane. Always popping jokes.
"So I look forward to not only just living among you guys, but loving and cherishing you all, as much as I love and cherished my former pack. I am more than happy to be a part of the Truemoon Pack, putting our differences and past aside, and moving forward together as a family. Thank you once again, from your new Gamma female and my wonderful mate" She ended confidently as she beamed at the crowd.
We all cheered as Scott took her hand and led her away from the podium, not before leaving a kiss on her cheek. It was my turn to speak, and my stomach felt uneasy again. No way could I make them laugh like Jane did, but I did my thing.
The cheers died down as I took up the mic, and expectant eyes watched me all around.
"Hi everyone, I'm Roxanna but I prefer Roxy" I shifted from side to side as I prepped myself to continue talking. I didn't prepare or anything, so I was basically winging it. But as always, my demeanour was straight and confident.
"There isn't much about me to tell, except that I have a weird obsession with turtles and I was convinced that the universe was somehow against my existence. " I chuckled at myself for admitting that, and I was surprised when they laughed too.
"But these two and a half months being here made me realize that everything in this life happens for a reason, and though I never deserved it, I found peace. " I smiled to myself as I felt the words flowing. "I came here with a purpose that I was completely blinded by, and I know I've made my mistakes but I've learn to embrace them rather than resenting them or acting like they didn't happen. I guess when you really think about it, it was the universe's messed up way of doing its job... A friend of mine once told me that it would all work itself out, and I didn't believe her. But little did I know that she was right."
I paused for a moment and glanced at Jane with a smile.
"So yea, I've learnt that maybe the universe isn't against my existence" I chuckled again before continuing. "Maybe it was just prepping me for what was to come. And when I got in its way, it just had to deal with me the hard way. But at the end of the day, it all worked out. I've found peace, family and love all because of fate"
I looked to my left where Ace was standing, gazing at me with a proud and loving expression.
"So if you ask who Roxy Gilbert is, that's your answer. Just Roxy Gilbert, sailing along with the waves of life that the universe laid out for me. I don't know what I will do tomorrow or years from now, but I'm leaving that up to destiny." I sighed contently, feeling at ease with myself.
"I'm the shewolf who found her way in the arms of someone I once thought was the enemy, and has found refuge in the land I saw as anomalous. Funny isn't it? But that's the thing with life, you just don't know what will happen"
I paused and looked over the crowd once again before a small smile played on my lips.
"But one thing I do know, is that I'll be by your side every step of the way. Being the Luna, leader, protector and friend to each and everyone of you. Because I've found my home, and I've found my family. And nothing in this world will tear me away from my people. And you, Truemoon Pack, are my people... Thank you"
I stepped away as the crowd erupted in deafening cheers again. My mom had tears in her eyes and my dad stood tall and proud with a smile on his face. I turned to face everyone else on the stage as they all clapped and beamed at me.
"You were great" Ace whispered as he wrapped me in his arms.
He nodded. "You always are"
I blushed at his words and he released me and collected the dagger from Calum.
My eyes immediately found Aiden's and he had the same torn expression as me in that moment. Once my blood mixes with Ace's, I'll be a Truemoon wolf, and all my Silent Moon connections will be gone. Including Aiden.
I poked in his mind one last time as Ace cut his palm and Jane's.
"I'm gonna miss this" I said to Aiden, staring in his eyes.
"I will too sis. I cant believe I'm gonna have to call you if I need to talk to you. Like who does that!"
I chuckled and sent him a blow kiss. He sent it right back and I acted like I was catching it and placed it on my heart. We gave each other another look before Ace reached out for me.
"As ready as I'll ever be" I sighed contently as I placed my hand in his.
He nodded and made a slice across my hand before cleaning Jane's blood from his hand and connecting his open wound with mine.
"Remember what to say?" He asked, and I nodded and took a deep breath as I readied myself.
I threw one last glance at my pack members present, then to Aiden. He gave me a reassuring nod before I faced Ace again.
"I Ace Wilson, Alpha of Truemoon Pack, welcome you , Roxy Gilbert, into our pack to lead by my side as Luna. You are to love, cherish and rule these people with dignity, wisdom, and perseverance until our heir is fit to take over as leader of this pack"
I met his eyes, and suddenly, I wasn't scared anymore. It felt right. This felt so right. I smiled brightly and gave him a curt nod.
And with that, an awful pain rushed through me, as I felt my bond to my former pack break. I whimpered loudly when I felt empty for a while. But in a matter of seconds, I was flooded with an overwhelming feeling of a brand new pack bond, and it was an extraordinary feeling.
My mind was immediately flooded with the voices of Ace's pack members expressing their love and happiness. It took a while to die down, and I didn't even mind the slight headache I got from hearing so many voices at once.
Ace released my hand and I could see that the wound was already healing. Jane came and stood next to me, as we both looked at our new pack in our new home.
"Our new members everyone!"
They all applauded, and members of Ace's pack did a little bow before returning to their applause. I looked to Aiden as he watched me with a proud gaze. He nodded once before winking at Jane.
This felt right. I felt at home, and though I will miss my pack, they'll always be apart of who I am.
Ace came and hugged me around my shoulders then pressed a kiss to temple.
"Welcome home, my Luna" He mumbled proudly against my hair. I turned fully to face him, tip toed and placed a kiss on his lips.
"I was always home, my Alpha"