I was in my office doing some paperwork and making some last checkups for mine and Lindsay's ceremony. I could feel Apollo pacing back and forth in my mind for some reason. He hasn't been like this since Riley showed up. But, why should I care? she's nothing but a rogue.
"She maybe a rogue but she's also our mate!"
"She is not our mate! I will never accept a rogue as my Luna."
"But, you saw how she fought Lindsay. She's amazing, she's strong and she's smart as well. Why can't you see that she's right for us and not Lindsay."
I was about to answer him back until one of the pack warriors came into my office with a panicked look on his face.
"Alpha! someone has crossed the boarder!!"
Right when I asked this, I felt a sharp pain in my chest and then I doubled over in pain. The warrior rushed over to me and he helped me sit up.
'What...what is this? what's going on?!'
"Oh no! it's our mate! she's leaving the pack!!"
I heard Apollo howl for Riley to come back but all I could hear was the sadness in his howl and then I heard Riley's wolf. She sounded sad as well and then after that, we never heard her again. Once the pain subsided, Apollo growled at me.
I shook my head and then I stood up. Lindsay showed up and then she rushed over to me.
"Roman, are you all right?"
"I...I think so."
"What happened?" Lindsay asked the warrior.
"I don't know. I told the Alpha that someone has left the boarder and then he collapsed in pain."
"But why?" Lindsay asked out loud until Matthew came into the office with a frown.
"I'll tell you why, it's because his true mate has left the pack!"
Lindsay gasped in horror when he shouted this. I glared at Matthew and then he continued.
"You want to know why she left, she left because he thought she like any other rogue. Why do you think Apollo was sulking and refusing to shift this whole time?"
I glared at Matthew and I told him.
"You idiot! we agreed not to talk about this!"
"I'm the idiot?! you were the one who jumped to conclusions about Riley and you didn't think about the consequences! you know what Riley was right about you, you hate rogues so much that you don't even care about the reason why they became one in the first place! face it! you're a terrible Alpha!"
I growled at Matthew and I was about to punch him but Lindsay got in my way and then I came to a halt.
"That's enough, Roman."
I looked at Lindsay and she then said to me, "Listen, I've been giving this a lot of thought. After seeing Riley and how she didn't react like any of the evil rogues, it's clear to me that we shouldn't judge people by their past but you went and did that anyway and now your true mate and Luna has ran away. I don't think we can do this anymore."
"W-what are you saying?" I asked her.
"I'm saying that you should forget about me and go after her."
"I can't forget about you, Lindsay. I love you."
Lindsay shook her head and then she backed away from me.
"I'm sorry Roman. We can't be together anymore. I can't be your Luna. This pack never liked me anyway. Riley would have been more suitable for the role. I've seen the way she reacts to the other pack members. No matter what insults we throw at her, she just shrugs it off without a care in the world and she's stronger than me as well."
"None of those things don't matter! I want you Lindsay!" I begged her as I held her upper arms.
Lindsay sighed and then she removed my hands from her body and then she said to me.
"Your wolf doesn't want me Roman. The Moon Goddess paired you two for a reason. Besides, I was going to tell you something."
I looked at her with a confused look before she told me something that would break my heart forever.
"Remember when we agreed that if we couldn't find our true mates by the time we reached a certain age and that we should be together? well, I thought I could ignore the mate bond but it got stronger. I've decided to call off the Luna ceremony and move to his pack. I'm sorry Roman, we're finished."
I backed away from her with a shocked look on my face.
"No...you can't go with him, who is he?"
"It's Alpha Damon. We found each other when I went for a run. After seeing you and Riley, I couldn't bring myself to reject him so I told him to give me a couple of weeks to tell you the news and then I would move to his pack. That's what I'm going to do. I hope you accept Riley as your mate and Luna once you find her. Goodbye Roman."
Lindsay turned to leave the room but I grabbed her wrist to stop her.
"No! Lindsay wait! Don't leave me!!"
"I'm sorry Roman. Don't make this any harder than it has to. Go and find Riley, you need her more than me anyway."
"I won't accept her! she's a rogue!" I shouted but, she refused to listen as she got out of my grip and left the room.
I glared at Matthew and growled at him.
"Are you happy now? thanks to your big mouth, we have no Luna."
"Good. No one wanted her as a Luna anyway."
I was shocked that he would say something like that especially since I was his Alpha.
"Be careful what you say next Matthew. You're my Beta and I am still your Alpha."
"No, I am not and you are not my Alpha. You lost my respect a long time ago when you chose Lindsay over Riley, who by the way is your true mate. If you expect me to continue to assist you as your Beta, then you can forget it."
Matthew told me as he also left the office. I heard Apollo growling at me and then I felt the connection weaken.
"This is all your fault, you stupid human!! I hate you!!"
Those were the last words I heard from my wolf before he disappeared completely. I tried contacting him again but nothing. The warrior looked at me with a disgusted look before shaking his head and leaving the room. Suddenly, I heard the pack talking through the mind link and they were angry at me.
"How could you do that to the poor girl!?"
"She may have been a rogue but at least she wasn't a bad one!"
"What were you thinking?! how could you reject her?!"
"Do you have any idea how precious the mate bond is!"
"Riley would have been a great Luna if it wasn't for you!!"
"Shame on you, Alpha Roman!!"
That was all I heard from them after they heard Riley ran away because of me. Everyone blamed me for her leaving and one of them told me she would have made a great Luna. I was beginning to wonder if I made the right choice about ignoring her and leaving her for my chosen mate, well, ex-chosen mate now.
'Is this how my mother felt when she lost dad...? did I make the mistake of rejecting her?'
I thought to myself as I sat in the office with no one to comfort me except for a bottle of whiskey.
After running away from the Dawnguard pack, I stopped to walk the rest of the way. I didn't know where I was going but I didn't care as long as I was far away from Roman and the Dawnguard pack. Aurora whimpered sadly as we walked through the dark woods.
"I'm sorry Aurora. I wished things could have been different too, you know."
"I know but, it still hurts that our mate hates us and all because we're a rogue. Why couldn't he have a personality like Apollo? he didn't care that we were rogue or not."
I chuckled silently just thinking what that heartless jerk would have been like if he had his wolf's personality. But, it doesn't matter now, we still have our second chance mate and hopefully, he'll be better than the one that the Selene paired us with.
Suddenly, we heard a twig snapping which stopped me in my tracks. I looked around and then Aurora growled in mind as we put our guards up. I scanned the area with my heightened eyesight and then several familiar scents struck my nose. I sniffed the air and it definitely smelled familiar but I couldn't remember where.
"Who's there?!" I called out before someone came out of the bushes.
My eyes widen when I saw this person because he's a member of the family. He's my grandfather.
"It's been a long time, Riley," Grandfather spoke with a smile.
My smile widen and then I ran over to him before throwing my arms around his neck.
"Grandfather!! you're here!!" I spoke with a smile on my face.
Grandfather is my mother's father and he's also one of the survivors of the Winterpaw pack. Last time I heard about him he went to search for another pack to join since he trusted my mother to take care of me. I haven't heard from in a long time since our large travelling group became two members which was me and my Mum.
"What are you doing here? I thought you had joined pack?"
"That's exactly what I did. *whistle*" Grandfather whistled loudly before familiar faces appeared from the shadows.
I smiled at everyone because these werewolves were members of the Winterpaw pack. I chuckled when I saw everyone again and then Grandfather told me.
"The pack I joined was our old one. The Winterpaw pack."
"What? I don't understand."
"It's simple. I called upon our members and we decided to get back together to rebuild what your power hungry uncle destroyed. We're going to take back our land and destroy your uncle and you, Riley, will take your rightful place on the throne as the Luna Queen."