The Chosen Warrior
"Selene?.....Selene, where are you?"
Mom's voice brings me out of my trance. My mind had traveled back to my thirteenth birthday, just a few days before our first shifting ceremony took place. Each year, our pack holds a special ceremony as we turn thirteen,marking the time we shift onto our wolves for the first time.
I have always been the kind to isolate myself away from everyone else. I don't like being in the company of others, specially in the presence of other girls. They all seemed to want my attention for only one thing from me. And that is, to get close to my brother Tyler, and his arrogant best friend; Blake Landon, the next in line to become alpha of our pack.
I had gone out to walk by myself for a while that day. I love taking long walks through the forest. The feel of the ruffle of the branches, the crinkle of the leaves under my feet, the warm of the sun on my skin, and the smell of the woods. It fills me with peace and tranquility.
I must of been walking a far distance. Before long, and minutes later, my eyesight became blurry. Everything around me became dazed and I began to see picturesque circles in the air. The pit of my stomach balled up in a painful knot, and the sharp stab in my chest stilling me from breathing properly. My body was quickly loosing strength.
I could hear the voice of a woman echoing through the air, her voice sounded far away, farther each time as she called out my name. I couldn't make out what she was truly saying, sounding almost like a song, or a chant. I faintly remember how she looks from the bit I remember seeing her. She had such a beauty to her, so indescribable, her thin physique like no other, she was a mere image of an angel.
Everything began to get clouded, and soon after that, pitch black. I was awakened for what seemed minutes later by my mother, Rebecca Slate, and our Luna, Christy Landon.
Luna talked to my mother. They held a conversation among themselves and it seemed as if they argued about something for quite a while. I was so dazed, my mind could not process nor comprehend what was happening. Unable to make what they were saying.
Father leans down and softly swoops me up, my body unwilling to respond. Almost as if all my strength had momentarily vanished. My eyes fluttered at a rapid speed on their own as if they'd spasm. Before I knew it, I had blacked out ones more. This time, regaining strength and consciousness faster then before.
That's all I can remember of that day. A loud ring sounded in my ear, followed by the throbbing of my head, stilling me from moving an inch without feeling as if my head would explode. All I can do is lay there, wondering what that women was saying, or what her purpose was. Why was she calling for me?
My dad's name is Chansey Slate, he is the Beta to Alpha Brock Landon. My father is married to Rebecca Slate. I have a brother named Tyler, who is my twin. We look completely opposite. I have dark brown hair, while he has gorgeous raven black hair. He's darker skinned toned then me, well built, a body full of muscles, since he is always working out. I mean literally, working out all the damn time, just like his arrogant best friend Blake.
I have fair caramel skin, long brown hair, plumped lips, short and petite stature since I only stand at five feet and four inches. My brother works out almost all damn day long, when he's not in school or training. He's always saying, it's getting close to our eighteenth birthday and he has to look his best for his mate when the time comes to meet her.
If you ask me, they should be training in case of a rogue attack. All men do is think of turning eighteen and finding their stupid mate. Arrogant if you ask me. I can care less about finding a mate.
For the past few weeks, Alpha Brock and our Luna have been announcing a party they will be hosting tonight for their son Blake, who is officially turning eighteen and will become our next Alpha. He will then soon find himself his mate and we will be announced and introduced to our new Luna as soon as their mating bond is completed. Yay, how fun.... can you hear my excitement? Please.... I rather lock myself in my room, and read my books. I don't do people. Anything that has to do with talking or interacting with others is out of the question for me. I don't like being around anyone.
Luna had asked to speak with me before the party and ceremony took place. I was hoping it had to do with that day of my first shifting and why I blacked out. It has happened to me again.... days after my birthday
Every year, since then..... like a clock.
True,.... as a werewolf, everyone is so eager to find their mates on their eighteenth birthday. All I want were answers. Answers to what was happening to me.
"Selene,.... seriously now. I have been calling you for the past ten minutes. Get your head out of the clouds. Luna, and Alpha Brock are waiting for you at the office. Don't have them waiting. Come on now, hurry up."
"Ok, sorry!! I'm coming. " I said sarcastically, making mother frown. I got up from my bed, placing my book on the nightstand, and made my way down the steps to the office. I knocked on the door and wait to be lead inside. I could hear someone's footsteps near as they came over and opened the door. Luna stood by the entrance and gestured me to enter with a sweet and gentle smile.
Although I have never been the kind to care about looks, I have to say that both my mother and our Luna are the most beautiful women I have ever met. Of course, our alpha and my father are no exempt. They are extremely good looking for their age. Even their wolves are beautiful. One thing that always bothered me though was that I'd seen almost everyone shift, all except mother. I honestly don't think I have ever seen mother shift before. Weird, but whatever.
"Come on in sweetheart. " Luna says
"Thank you." I say dryly, I have never liked sugar coating myself for anyone. Not even for them.
In the office, Alpha Brock sits in the chair in the middle of his dark mahogany desk. Father sits on the lazy boy arm chair in the small sitting area to the right side of the office, and Luna makes her way towards alpha Brock, standing next to his side. Behind me, mother makes herself present as she walks in, and sits next to my father.
"Selene, have a seat." Alpha Brock says, in a stern authorative voice.
I make my way over and sit on the cold brown leather of the chair in front of his desk. Utter silence overtakes the room by my presence. He clears his throat as he commence to speak.
"Selene, do you know why we have called you here?" I stare in awkward silence, dumbfounded by his question.
"No, alpha." Luna places her hand on top of his shoulder, giving him a warm smile he returns. He places his pen down, and fixes his sleeves before setting his hands back down on his desk, pursing his lips in a thin line before he sighs.
"Selene, do you recall anything about what happened to you days before your first shifting back when you turned thirteen? Do you remember anything at all from what happened that day?"
I narrow my eyes, 'Seriously? I came here for answers. Not to be questioned!' I think to myself, completely forgetting about the mind link and forgetting to cancel them out.
He clears his throat, letting a stern growl out, his eyes darkened and eyebrows narrowed.
"Selene, watch your tone!" Mother warns in a silent voice.
"Sorry." I say, lowering my gaze to the ground in submission.
Luna makes her way towards me, bringing herself down to my eye level as she bends her knees. She places her warm hands on top of both my knees. She takes a long endearing sigh, her eyes full of sadness. A look that makes me feel unease.
"Sweetheart, I'm afraid, that you have been both blessed and chosen by our goddess to become our next lead warrior." Luna explains.
My mind becomes clouded as I forward my eyesight towards her. Eyes wide in shock, and my mouth gawked open.
"I ....what?" I narrow my sight. The words barely escape in a whisper.
She gives me a sincere melancholic smile. I can feel my eyes become trickled with tears of confusion.
"Wait, what?....what does that mean exactly?" I avert my sight from one adult to the other. My arms piercing the arm rests of the chair with my nails and I can feel my whole body tremble. Hazel in my head, is going crazy. She doesn't know what is happening either.
Unlike me, Hazel was really looking forward to us finding our mate on our 18th birthday.
"Please tell me this is not as bad as it sounds? What do you mean by all this? what exactly are you trying to say? Am I gonna have to-"
"Selene!" Alpha yells, demanding me to calm myself down from bombarding them with interrogation.
"Dad, please what does this mean? Is this for real?" I calmly ask father as the tears in my eyes blur my vision.
"I am afraid so sweetheart, you must pack your belongings. You will be leaving for training tomorrow morning. You will not be training with the other females in our pack. I'm sorry my dear girl." He stared, his gaze distortioned with anger and sadness. My mother and Luna silently cried.
"Is this a joke? No women has ever been chosen to become a lead warrior in the history of our pack....like EVER.... why me? Why do I have to leave for the king's palace to train? Why? Why do I have to leave?" I said angrily pointing to myself.
Luna takes a long sigh, she slowly grasps my hands, squeezing them gently. Taking ahold of my hands. She smiles, one of the most melancholic smiles I've ever seen.
"My dear, I am afraid it's true. But you will not be leaving to train with our king's army for a year like most our warriors have." She says locking eyes with my mother.
"Wh,.... this is crazy. You ..... you guys are not making any sense. Please explain, because I am just getting more and more confused to what you are trying to say." I furrow my eyebrows, squeezing my eyes shut. This can't be real, I have to be stuck in a stupid dream again. None of this makes any sense at all.
"Dad?" he ignores my voice, closing his eyes, trying to fight back his tears.
"Selene, we have an alliance with a Colonel in a special force inside military. He conducts a special elite group of werewolf soldiers who protect human kind, and our own. You have been selected to join him. You will leave tomorrow morning. After Blake's ceremony this evening, you may go upstairs to begin to pack.... tomorrow morning you will have officially become part of his team."
His words echoed in my mind. This can't be real, werewolf and human do not coexist. That's why we are secluded far away from them... how can this be happening?
"I'm sorry Selene. They somehow knew, that you were selected by our God as our next warrior. They have specifically asked for you to join their team. We can not afford to jeopardize our pack's safety, by breaking our peace treaty with them. If you don't go, they will have the right to overtake our land. If we don't keep our part of the deal, who knows the dangers our pack may undergo? We will be exposed to other creatures and rogue's. I know it's alot to ask of you... but as a pack, we are in your hands at the moment. "
My heart raced.... I fought back the tears in my eyes. I suddenly became fond of this pack, my pack. Hazel kept trying to merge through to speak, running in circles, and whimpering. I can feel her sadness and frustration.
"Please Selene, you are our only hope to keep the government out, and away from our land. Our pack's safety is in your hands at this moment. " Luna Christy implored.
"But what about Ty? Why can't we send him instead? We can ask for a new agreement treaty with them. He's stronger and he'll be a better warrior then she can?" Mother implores, hoping for a way out for me. A way to get out of this mess and not have to leave. I can sense the frustration from each of them. Before they could break into an argument, I decided it was for the best.
"No, it's ok...mom....I will go, Alpha. If that will be all, may I have permission to leave?"
Alpha Brock nodds, pursing his lips giving me a sympathetic smile.
I began to stand, getting ready to leave. "Question, though Alpha.... if you don't mind."
"Of course.... what is it?" Alpha Brock responds.
"It's just, we still have a few months left before the school year ends. I'm supposed to graduate this year. Will I not be allowed to graduate high school? Can there be a way for me to call Ty and congratulate him on our eighteenth birthday while I'm there?"
He takes a long sigh. "Selene dear... our contract with them will consist of a five year leave. You will attend classes there, and receive your diploma there. While you are training, you will receive a rushed introduction to a career of your choice. Before coming home, you will receive your bachelor's degree. While you are out there, you must not contact anyone. No one must find out where you are. No one must know of when you are leaving, besides us..... everyone will think that you are away at college..... is that Understood?"
"No one..... Not even Ty." He warns. I steal a glance at mother. Her eyebrows pursed together as she tries to fight back her tears, and father averts his gaze down towards the floor.
"Understood Alpha" I say as I stand to take my leave. I slowly make my way to the door. Cringing my hand to the brassed knob, feeling the cold grasp of the copper colored metal. I swallowed deep, inhaling rapidly before I close my eyes and turn to alpha.
"Alpha? One more thing if I may?"
"Yes Selene. "
"May I go for a run? to, clear my mind before I have to pack?"
"Very well.... but be back before the ceremony. I want every member there, to welcome and receive Blake as our new alpha."
"Yes sir..." I open the door, my mind a complete bliss of utter frustration and anger entangled in every inch of my being.
It's for the good of the pack. Even if I can't stand most of them. They are still my pack... and I must protect them.
I take a long sigh, making my way out of our pack house. The warm rays of the sun caressing my skin. A graceful and warm breeze flowing through my hair, I will miss this place after all.
I make my way out towards the trees.... I sprint a good distance in. I take off my shirt and pants. I hear the twist and break of my bones that last only but a few seconds. And allow Hazel to indulge her presence. Soon Hazel takes off, enjoying the fresh air as she sprints and enjoys her good run.
Feeling the soft earthed soil between my paws. I let loose. I run as fast as my paws can take me. Running through the many branches, bracing past me, scattered about on the ground. The gush and whizz of the wind and many trees I pass in seconds. I can smell the beauty of the forest. The wind whistling about, the tinkle of the water a mile away, and the love song of the birds chirping about.
I stop just a few miles before the end of our land. The silence of the day interrupted by the many sounds of the forest....undeniably peace and quiet.
"Selene...." a silent whisper
"Hazel.... who's there....?" Hazel and I wonder around trying to see who is calling. We gaze from one side to another. Nothing!
"There it is again.... Haze, who's out here....who is it? I ask my wolf.
"I.... I don't know! There's no one out here."
"But I can feel someone's presence.... there has to be someone else here with us."
Utter frustration as I try and make out who it is.... I shift back to human form. My body completely naked at the moment, wondering about trying to make out who is out here.
Everything becomes a blurr.... again, my body feels its energy being drawn away. I begin to loose sight, as a woman with a beautiful resemblance comes to view, her face so angelic, white aura so strong it makes me feel completely at ease.
"I've seen you before....who are you?"
Everything goes blank.
I woke up in bed. I don't even recall how I got back. Did I run? Did someone find me? Goddess, this is making no sense.... I can't believe all this is happening.
I decide to get up. My head throbbed, an echoing ring in my ear deafening me so intense my vision keeps blurring. My back hurts as if it had been torn open right between my shoulder blades.
"Just rest Selene. We have to start packing soon. The ceremony has already begun, if we go down now, we may be spotted by alpha Brock, he will be disappointed that we were not there ." Hazel says
"Your right Haze, we may as well just start packing. Gosh, don't even know what to take. May as well just leave everything and just take a few things with us. A picture of my family for sure. Books, phone..... No. No phone, we may be tempted to call home. Ok, it's getting pretty dark, let's get going before we can't see..." I make my way to the door to turn the light on and stop on my tracks, my heart raised at a million per second...
"Haze, what is that smell? It smells so good."
"Mate." Hazel yells.
Ever since I was thirteen, I have wondered how my mate would be. Would she be a good Luna? Will she be as beautiful as I'd hope she'd be? Will she love me the way I already love her?
Father has train me harder then any other member of our pack. Every free time I have I practice, I train, I workout. Not be I want to look buff like my best friend Tyler presumes to do, trying to look good for his future mate.
But because I need to make sure I am ready to defend and protect my pack at any cost, and be able to defend my Luna. She will be half my soul after all, and if I can not defend her, then I am worthless as an alpha as well. I train just as hard or double, I time myself running and shifting. I practice my tactics against multiple attackers and work harshly on maintaining my session higher then anyone.
I am turning eighteen today. The pack house has been filled with members running about all day. Our ladies have been busy preparing food for all the guests. Members clearing paths and cleaning their quarters to accommodate all our guests arriving from allied packs. The whole place filled with members of my pack and guests already arriving as we speak.
I had already bathed and gotten ready for the ceremony . I am not the kind of person to wait until the last minute. I am but of very little patience and as mother puts it, very temperamental. I have been like this since I was small and I don't care what anyone has to say. I will not bother with someone who wants to waste my time nor will I amuse arrogant beings.
I take my school and my work very serious. And I expect the same from my pack members as well. My father has been a modeled alpha, respected by many including myself. We are a strong pack, and growing stronger each day.
As of tonight's ceremony, I will take over all the responsibilities of our pack. And I intend to do as father has taught me. Work hard, protect, demand.
I had started to make my way down the steps of our pack house. I immediately went to the kitchen to get a bite to eat. My mother and father seemed to be holding a meeting. But I kept my nose away. I still had a few hours before ceremony. So any matters that went on now, were still out of my jurisdiction.
I went to the kitchen and grabbed one of the sandwiches that were already prepared. I began to make my way to the living room to sit since the dining table was completely covered with platters of food and appetizers.
As I made my way, my eyes diverted to the ground. I heard the clash of the front door open, I immediately was engulfed in the most beautiful scent I had ever known to exist. Magnolia and honey suckle. A beautiful mixture of some of the most beautiful and intoxicating flowers in all existence.
"Mate." Alexander proclaimed inside my head.
I immediately placed my food down and walked towards it. When I opened the door, there was nothing there.....Nothing. No one in sight but a few male members of our pack, who instantly gazed upon my presence as I came out standing on top of the deck.
"Afternoon Alpha Blake." They greeted in unison. Although I wasn't alpha yet, they greeted me with the same respect.
I glanced around, unable to make out where her scent was coming from. My eyebrows narrowed, Alexander wanted to run towards the forest in front of us. I declined his demand and went back inside the house.
If she is here, she will eventually find us
The ceremony had begun. Father called me overl to start our ritual and gave me passage to become new alpha. He began with a speech, my mind and gaze diverting everywhere.... I could smell her, but I didn't know where her scent was coming from.
"Mate" Alexander pranced around like a pup. I was trying to focus but it was rather difficult because he kept yelling louder and louder.
"Mate, mate, Blake,.....go...get mate!"
"Shut up Xander.... I need to focus on the ceremony. After we are done, we will go in search for our mate. For now, SHUT UP."
"Fin, but you have to find our mate." He yelped happily.
The ceremony continued, we did our ritual. Dad cut his hand with a dagger, I grabbed it from his hand and did the same. We joined our hands and asked our elders for their blessings. I could feel how my bond with the pack increased. Members vowed before me, wishing me well, blessing me, others proclaimed faithfulness. It felt so good to feel all this power. I could feel all my senses heighten and increased by the second...there it is.....her scent again.
I opened my eyes. Diverting my eyes everywhere trying to find her. Then I remembered, with so many guests tonight, we'd usually accommodate guests in the rooms upstairs. Some members that stayed in the pack house didn't mind sharing rooms with someone else that had came to visit from another pack. I went upstairs and stopped at a door. I could smell her sweet scent. "Mate.. she is inside... Blake, get our mate, Now." He demanded.
My heart raced at a million per second. I grasped the door handle, quietly turned the knob, and went inside. I ment to turn the light on, but just as I was, I was pinned towards the door. One mouth over my lips to stop me from speaking, the other interlaced my fingers in hers. I could feel the burn of sparks surging from my skin and onto hers as we touched. It was a burn that made me feel excited, wanted, loved.
"Shhh..." she placed her lips close to mine. I wrapped my hands around her waist, pulling her close to me. I claimed her lips vigorously, making my tongue dance in a syncful matter along with her tongue, her kiss was as sweet as candy.. I pulled apart for a second, to gasp for air. "Mate..." we whispered in unison.
"She wants us Blake.... she wants us. Claim her, mate with her now." Xander demanded. I took her, making her mine. She felt so intoxicating, good to the touch. Her body a mere perfection of love and lust. The room was completely dark, keeping me from seeing her beautiful face... but I did not care, she was mine. I picked her, placing myself inside her, she whinced for a second as I broke her virginity. Making her straddle me, she rocked her hips slowly as her pain succumb. She felt so so good. I moaned involuntarily at the feel of her.
I gripped her hair softly, moving her head to the side, I exposed my fangs and marked her. She winced for a second as she felt the piercing of my kanines. I retracted my fangs, licking her wound, sucking it gently to ease the pain. She moaned at my touch, making me growl profusely at her melodic voice.
Her moans were utter ecstacy for me to here. She continued her pace on top of me, rocking her hips, she grasped my nape, kissing my chest and lips. She kissed my neck, and I moved my neck back to allow her more space. I could feel her breathing erratic, I moved my arms over her back, tightening my grip on her waist, she lifted herself a bit, gripping my neck as I felt the piercing of her fangs. It stung but for a second, I could feel her now. Her every being, I felt. The love and lust she had for me. My heart was content. "She loves us Xan.... she loves us, and she wants us!" I said to Xander, he pranced around happily.
I woke up early next morning. It had been the best damn night of my life. I had found my mate. Regardless of not being able to see her last night, I was bound to find who she was. I turned around as I layed on my stomach... but no one was there. Her scent still lingered in that room... but she wasn't here. Only a rose, and a single note.
My love, I am afraid I can not stay. I promise, I will be back one day. I love you with all my might. I hope you can forgive me, I didn't mean to leave, but I must. Until we meet again. My love is forever yours.
Five Years Later-
It's been five years.... five f****n long years since she's been gone. I can't explain our bond. The fact she's been gone and I still have not become weak it's incomprehensible. I should be dead, or weak, or,.... I don't know. I just can't explain it.
I have gone so many times to ask the elders of my pack about this and they have no answer. I thought maybe to ask for a second chance mate, perhaps she's forgotten all about me, but they came back saying I was denied. I must wait for her to come back.
Years ago, I thought she would have come back right away. I was hopeful. I still am in a way I guess, but the fact she hasn't come back yet is making me bitter inside.
Xander hasn't talked to me in I don't know how long. He wants to go and keep looking for her. I just can't keep getting distracted and leaving my pack unattended for so long to seek for her anymore.
I've thought of hiring special men to look for her... but how can I? if I don't even know how she looks like. I don't know who she is, her name, nothing.... all I know is her smell, her touch on my skin, the sparks her touch makes on my skin, her taste on my lips, her mark on my neck. How am I supposed to describe these things to them so they can find her?
"What?" I storm, I've been secluded in my office for the past three days. Swamped with pack work and business. I haven't left my office other then to sleep and bathe. I don't allow anyone to disturb me when I work. Not even my parents.
"Alpha, your parents are asking to speak to you." Informs Tyler, my beta.
"I don't have time. Tell them I will call them next week." I say, without raising my head to speak with him as my pen continues to write.
He sights heavily, "What Ty? I have no time for bullshit right now Alright?" I narrow my eyebrows, I was starting to get annoyed.
"Blake, you need to tone your damn voice man, those are your fuckin parents for keepsakes. They just want to know how you are.. you haven't spoken to them in over a month man."
"And what? I'm busy... now if you have no other business, get out. I have work to do." I say as I grab the glass cup by my right full of whiskey, drinking the whole thing in one go.
"Ah, man... you're unbelievable. " he says shaking his head in disbelief.
"Get out Ty." I demand.
"Look, I just want to remind you... this weekend, we are throwing the welcome home party you asked to host every year for all the college graduates from our pack."
"And?" I narrow my eyebrows as I keep writing away on my files.
"And, I would really like for you to be there man... my sister is coming back this year from college too." He says with a stupid smile on his face.
"What about it Ty? You want me to make her feel special or what? I can't just take work off just to accommodate your little twin." I snapped , I was seriously getting pissed off.
"Fuck Ty, that's not what I ment. Look, I get it... all these rogue attacks we've had these past few years and your mate being MIA is getting to you. But you gotta look at the bright side Blake."
"Bright side? And just what exactly is the bright side for you Ty? That I have lost meaningful men and loyal members to those fucking rogues? That I almost got you killed last time too, you remember Candice, your mate right? It was my fault she's dead too...Or what about the fact that my mate is somewhere out there not giving a shit to come back?"
He hangs his sight. Nodding slightly. Hoping he gets out so I can continue with my work.
"Look, I'm sorry ok.... but you gotta stop being so damn hard on yourself. If what you say is true, and you still feel the bond between her being this strong? Then wherever she is.... I'm sure she is probably hoping to find a way to come back to you."
"And by the way, I know you ment to try your hardest to save my mate... but it was more my fault then yours she is gone. Don't be so hard on yourself for it."
I smile a bit, guilt still lingering inside of me.... , hoping that he's right....my mate's out there somewhere. And I hope she comes back soon.