“Do I seriously have to go to this?”
Addison asked her mom as she looked herself up and down in the mirror in front of her. Her mom was bustling around the room in her cream, beaded gown cleaning what was already mostly clean.
“Don’t fight it babe. You’re going.” Her mom replied as she finally stopped to sit on the bed. Addison had been fighting going to this party all week. There was nothing she wanted to to do less than go to some stuffy party while her dad tried to sweet talk some visiting Alpha. Their pack was small, the numbers had died down a lot and she could tell that dad was worried, but she didn’t know how much. Last year there was a big border dispute with another pack and it had really taken its toll- they had lost most of their protectors and the pack was struggling to stay afloat.
It still didn’t mean she wanted to be sucked into this party. It wasn’t the fun kind, where the pack loosened up and had some fun. It was the kind of party with passed hors d’oeuvres and music that would put you to sleep. And yet here she was, standing in front of a mirror, looking all formal and slightly irritated.
Her mom had gone shopping and grabbed her a new dress and while she stood in front of the mirror, she couldn’t stay mad at her. Mom had impeccable taste, even on a budget. Addison had become a thrifting queen as well. But she knew this dress wasn’t from a thrift store. It was a long, flowy, navy blue chiffon dress. It gathered over one shoulder and twisted under her bust, emphasizing ALL the right places. Navy was her favorite color, partly because she liked the way she looked in it.
Addison had never thought she was particularly beautiful. She wasn’t bad on the eyes, but wasn't exactly the kind to receive a lot of attention. But she had to admit, she was feeling herself. And it was then when her wolf commented. “OF COURSE you’re feeling good, girl we look amazing.” Addison gave a good chuckle. Mom had taken her dark, chocolate brown hair and put in a gorgeous waterfall braid and curled it, letting it flow around Addison's shoulders. The makeup was simple but elegant. Some light foundation and a light smokey eye in a shade that made her turquoise eyes pop with a nude lipstick.
Her mom Leah, ever the bustling Luna, had been scuttling around all day with preparations for the event. But she always made time for her- to have some girl time to get ready together. Addison appreciated that time with her.
All of her teenage years she dreamed about leaving home and adventuring on her own. Addison graduated high school early and when she as accepted into a good school in Washington she did just that. She had loved college but when she graduated with her teaching degree, all she wanted to do was go home to the pack in Montana. And so she came home and was loving being a substitute teacher at the local school. Third grade. It was chaos but she loved every single minute of it. Plus, her income helped a bit around the pack. She didn’t technically need to work. As the Alpha’s daughter she could just live at home in the pack house until she found a mate. But the little feminist inside her wasn’t about to spend her days sitting around waiting for some guy who may or may not show up to sweep her off her feet.
There was a knock at the door and Addison turned to hear a loud whistle. It wasn’t aimed at her though.
“What are you trying to do to me woman?” Her dad, Alpha Max exclaimed as he walked up to Leah, planting a kiss on her lips as her mom laughed at him. They were cute. In a gross, PDA sort of way. But Addison loved how much they loved each other- even after being together for 30 years. “Oh, Addie, sorry I didn’t see you there,” her dad smirked, "but you look gorgeous sweetheart.” He turned back to her mom, "you both do!” She blushed and smacked his arm. It was then that Addison’s older brother Jack walked in.
“Damn girl! We’re going to have to fight them off you!”
Addison laughed. “Oh shut up Jack.”
Addison’s brother Jack was 3 years older than her and they were best friends. He had married his mate Michelle 3 years ago and so he had moved out of the pack house and they didn’t spend as much time together as they used to.
“Where Michelle?” Her mom asked.
“Downstairs.” Jack’s eyes widened. “She was NOT about to make it up here.”
They all gave a light giggle. Michelle was due any day now. The poor girl was tired, swollen, and miserable.
“We should head down, everyone will start arriving soon. And I need to check in on the food and everything.” Leah said and they all started walking down the hall.
The pack house wasn’t the fanciest. But it was nice, and it was home. It was a 3- story mountain home- wood paneling on the outside with a big wrap around porch that looked over the lake in the back. Inside it was bright. The walls were all a warm cream color which stood out against the warm, brown hardwood floors. When you walked in there was a large staircase that went up to the second and third floors. On the other side were a set of French doors that led to a decent size ballroom they used for the random event or pack meeting in the winter. As you walked past into the back the rest of the first level was the common area- it had an entertainment area with a large tv, video games, board games, pool and foosball. The back wall was lined with books of every kind that Addison used to take and sit all day on the comfy, oversized sectional. Across from the entertainment room was the kitchen. Gray cabinets and white quartz countertops lined the back wall with a large island in front of it with stools lining one side. The large fridge and pantry held enough food to feed an army and the industrial sized stove was big enough to cook for one. Next to the kitchen was a dining table built to seat 25. Out back on the porch we’re lounge chairs and tables for hanging out. Upstairs in n the second level were the pack offices used by my dad and the other leaders of the pack. And the third floor was the living quarters for the Alpha and his family. With 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, a comfortable living area and small kitchen it was a nice place to live.
As the family walked down the stairs to the common area you could hear the bustling of staff as they put the finishing touches on tonight’s party. Mom hurried off to the kitchen where she spoke with the servers and then disappeared to do whatever else.
Addison, Jack, and their father Max walked into the event room and they all took a deep breath, preparing themselves for the coming evening.