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"We are here" my dad informed us as we reached the huge mansion better known as the pack house.

"All right girls, remember what I said. Be polite and respectful, but do not let anyone treat you badly," dad warned us.

"Don't worry dad, we will be fine. Plus, we'll call you or just go home if something bad happens," I said.

"Yeah, so don't wait for us. I thought we would call you to pick us up, but now I think we'd just walk home. It's not far, besides we are capable to defend ourselves." Tracy said and kissed dad on the cheek.

"All right. Have fun," he smiled.

"Bye" we got out of the car and went upstairs to the main entrance. The guard looked at us weirdly, but when Tracy handed him the invitation, he finally opened the door for us and we went inside. We were greeted by solemn music and many people. I noticed that we were not the only omegas here. That calmed down my nerves a little. We walked around for a while and were greeted by some people, but neither tried to have a conversation with us. Well me. I was used to that.

"Um Tracy, I don't feel comfortable. The theme might be white and gold, but I am the only one wearing a white dress. Like what if I was not supposed to do that? I have second thoughts about tonight" I said to my sister. I realised that all the women were wearing golden dresses with some white attachments, but I was the only one in a white dress. All the men were dressed in dark suits. The main ball room was decorated with golden curtains and in one part of the hall were placed a lot of round tables with white covers just like chairs. On the tables, there were placed golden dishes and Flowers painted in gold. Over the ceiling there were light chains. I must admit that everything looked beautiful.

"Don't worry. As long as you look beautiful it's fine. Plus no one has complained yet," she assured.

"I hope so" I whispered.

"Excuse me ladies?" someone said from behind. We both turned around and were met with large guys. They were tall and muscular. One had brown eyes and hair while the other one had green eyes and black hair. They both were wearing simple black suits with white shirts and gold ties. Both were handsome. But I had never seen them before. I guessed they were from Proelia pack.

"Hi. My name is Gregory, and this is Samuel. We were wondering if you would care to dance?" the guy with black hair, Gregory, looked at me. Before I had time to respond, Tracy did that instead.

"We would love to" she took Samuels hand and he lead her to the dance floor. I looked at Gregory.

"Shall we?" he extended his hand and smiled. I put my hand in his and nodded. "I would be delighted."

He led me to the dance floor and turned to me. I put my left arm on his shoulder while he held my right one. His left hand rested on my bear lower back. It sent pleasant shivers down my spine. And then we danced.

"What's your name?" he asked.

"Trinity" I spoke.

"Beautiful" he whispered in my ear. His hot breath touching my skin.

"It was the only name my dad liked" I explained. I had always considered it weird. But it suited me as I was different.

"I meant you" he chuckled. It made me blush a little. I had never blushed before. But neither have a guy called me that.

"Charmer, aren't you" I smiled. A small smirk appeared on his face.

"Always." After that we kept dancing in the silence. The composition ended, our Alpha started his announcement. Gregory and I stayed side by side and turned our attention to the stage.

"Ladies and gentleman. It is a pleasure to have you all gathered here. Tonight is very special to my family and our pack. As you know my daughter Christina has grown into a magnificent young woman and turns 21 today. She is finally of the age to become our new Luna when she finds her mate and our future Alpha. And what makes tonight even more special is that we have Alpha Clayton Collet and his man here as our guests and friends. We are on a path to strengthen our alliance to a point where we become as one pack. I want you all to treat them as your own. But off with all the political talk, this is my daughter's celebration. Please enjoy this wonderful evening. And now, Christina and Jason Collett will lead us into the first waltz" Alpha ended his speech, and the crowd separated a little to create space for Christina and Jason Collett to dance. The music played, and he lead her to the dance floor. Christina looked ecstatic but weird in her gold sequined gown with long sleeves. It was skin tight, and it seemed like she had a problem to move in her dress and 6 inch heels. Like how she even could stand in those things yet move at all. Truthfully, she reminded me of an Oscar statuette as her hair was made in a tight bun. Jason looked emotionless. Almost a little angry. But I've heard that that's how he was every day. I had to admit that he was a very handsome man, 29 years old. He had dark messy hair, beautiful blue eyes, square and strong jaw. His muscular body dressed into a tailored dark suit. Something just lured me to him. I felt odd. Like it was hard to stay calm, my heart rate went up, my head felt dizzy. I breathed faster.

"Are you all right?" Gregory asked me. I had forgotten that he was by my side, his hand still on my lower back.

"I... I just need a fresh air. I'll be fine. Don't worry" I said to him but as I would look at him my eyes met with Jason's. At that moment, everything stopped. My heart, my breathing, my brain, time. It was like everything disappeared except for him. He seemed to have the same reaction. I wanted to touch him. I needed to touch him. What the hell was happening?

I snapped out of it as Gregory turned me to face him.

"Are you sure you are all right? You want me to go with you?" he asked, concerned.

"Yeah. Don't worry about me. I'll be right back" I hurried away from the crowd into the yard. I ran as quickly as I could. I had almost reached the entry of the forest when I heard a loud growl. It was authoritative and came from someone with Alpha blood. It warned me not to move any further. I froze. I had a problem to keep my heart steady. I felt someone right behind me. Then that scent hit me. It was delicious. It was like a man's cologne with a mix of what air smelled like after a rain on a hot summer day in the woods. It's hard to explain what it was, but it made me crazy. I felt my wolf becoming uneasy. It was like she was trying her best not to take control over me.

"Turn around" a deep masculine voice ordered. Too nervouse to disobey, I slowly turned around, looking at the ground, still scared to face him. I knew it was him. I felt it.

"Look me in the eyes," he said now more calmly as if not to frighten me even more. Like that was even possible. I was shaking.

I shook my head. Then I felt a finger under my chin, sending electricity through my body. He lifted my head.

"I said look at me," his voice low and demanding. He was not one to mess with.

Finally, I opened my closed eyes, and was met with beautiful ocean blue eyes. Again, it seemed like the time stopped. He stared at me like if he was trying to see into my soul. I gulped. Something made me lower my gaze and stop at his lips. Oh, he had such amazing lips that begged to be kissed. I didn't notice that I had leaned in, so when I did, I pushed myself out of his grip.

"I'm sorry. I have to go." I tried to run pass him but he stopped me by grabbing my upper arm tightly. He was strong, and it hurt how he held me.

"You'll leave when I say you can. Understand?" He demanded. I quickly nodded.

"Good. Now, what's your name," he asked, still not letting me go.

"T... Trinity," I stuttered. At least I got something out of my mouth.

"Trinity. My name is Jason Collett. Do you know who I am," he asked all serious, yet his eyes showed curiosity. But for me, his face, well, all of him, just screamed danger.

I nodded my head.

"Good. Then you also know that I am a man you do not want to abnegate to or disrespect, right?" He kept staring into my eyes. What did he mean by that? I really didn't like where this was going.

"Answer me little wolf," he grew impatient, and I was sure I didn't want to anger him more.

"Yes." I gulped. A corner of his lips twitched up as if he was amused, but momentarily he became all serious.

"Do you know what is happening here," he asked with raised eyebrows. I shook my head.

He tilted his head sideway a little as if telling me, "What did I tell you about answering me?"

"No, no," I quickly corrected myself. What was happening to me? I never was this scared little girl. I was a strong woman who could stand up for herself if needed, but now I was just trembling and frightened. I blamed all these weird and sudden emotions that hit me like a brick on the head.

"You feel this?" Jason touched my bare back sending tingles through my body. "This feeling that you feel when I touch means that you are mine. The moon goddess herself has made you mine," he continued in a low and husky voice. "Mate". Fnally he whispered in my ear. Million things ran through my head and I didn't notice that he had leaned in to me and let go of my upper arm just to hold me by my waist.

I suspected that he was my mate. I have heard stories about mates, how they'll know when they look into each other eyes. That it will be like nothing else exists, just you and him. But I never thought it would happen to me, especially if my mate was a next alpha.

No. I would not be announced as someone's just because there was undeniable physical attraction. No. I refuse. I always thought I would meet a guy who would be nice. He would ask me out like a normal person and I would say yes. Then we would kiss at the end of the night and later he would ask me if I wanted to be his girlfriend. Then he would propose to me and we would get married and have pups. Now all that went down the drain as soon as he said those words, "You are mine, mate."

I shook my head repeating words "No, no, no, no." He would not get me so easily. If he wanted me, he would have to work hard.

Somehow, I recovered from all the emotions and got a grip of myself. I gathered as much strength as I could and pushed him away. I wouldn't be able to do that probably, as he was much stronger than me, but I took him by surprise. He stumbled back. He looked up at me, confused.

"There is something about you that draws me in, but do not think for a second that you can just walk into my life and proclaim me as yours. Mate or not mate, you have no rights to do that. I will not let you do that," I hissed at him. Fear had turned into anger. I knew that I was walking on a thin ice because I just disrespected him. But I was doing what my dad told me, I was showing him he couldn't mess with me.

Jason growled loudly as his canines and claws grew. His eyes turned red, confirming there was alpha blood running through his veins.

"You will listen to me little mate. I will be your alpha, and you will respect me. Either you want it or not you are mine now and there is nothing you can do about that. We will go back inside and I will announce to everyone that you are my mate, that you are my future Luna," he growled and stepped closer to me. I stepped back slowly as we argued. We looked at each other with same intensity.

I dared to laugh at him. He snarled at me in return.

"If you think I am going to just fall to your feet, you have another thing coming," I said. It was a foolish thing to do as you could see the anger rising in him.

"You better not. You don't want to see me furious. I already am at the edge of losing it," he warned me.

As stupid as it was, I said: "sucks for you" and rushed to flee for my life.

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