After making sure Ryann and the baby were okay, Layla went back to the pack house. She quickly packed her things and then sent a text to Ryann.
I need you to call your father for me.
She knew Ryann would know what that meant. Layla packed her belongings into bags and boxes and rushed them downstairs to her car. She stood outside the pack house with sad eyes as she quietly said goodbye to her home and the people she loved inside. She drove to her parent’s house to say goodbye. She told them what had happened and why she needed to leave.
“I love you,” Layla cried as she hugged her parents tightly. “I’ll call you when I make it.”
Layla climbed in her car and waved to her parents standing in the driveway. She drove fast down the road that led out of the lack boundary toward Blue Moon territory. It would take about an hour to get there and she wanted to get there quickly with the hopes Hunter wouldn’t catch the scent of her.
Layla cried for the first half of the trip, saddened that she had to leave her home, that it was the only way she could think to keep her loved ones safe. Ryann had been hurt this morning because of her, because Hunter wanted her.
Layla could feel when she entered the boundary of Blue Moon Pack an hour later. She drove to the pack house and stopped in front. As she got out of the car a woman stepped out of the house, “Layla Whitten?”
Layla smiled, “Yes, that’s me.”
The woman smiled brightly, “I’m Luna Regina. We received word from Luna Ryann. I’m sorry for your situation and we would be happy to welcome you to our pack. Please come inside and have something to eat before we sit down with Alpha Thomas.”
“Thank you so much,” Layla replied as she folllowed the Luna inside.
After dinner, Layla was taken to the pack offices. Luna Regina walked her into the Alpha’s office and introduced her.
“Alpha Thomas, this is Layla Whitten from Black Ridge Pack.”
The alpha stood with a smile, “Welcome Layla, it’s nice to meet you. Please have a seat.”
“Thank you, it’s nice to meet you as well,” Layla replied.
Alpha Thomas leaned back in his chair, “So tell me about yourself.”
Layla shrugged, “Not much to tell.”
“Well what did you do in your pack?” Thomas questioned.
“I was the apprentice to the lead trainer.” Layla replied.
“So you’re a warrior?” He asked, eyeing me with doubt.
“Not really. I’m good at fighting but my parents didn’t want me to be a warrior. So I train with them and I’m learning from our lead how to help train.”
The alpha nodded, “Well that is impressive. If you like you can pick up with our lead warrior. He’s a bit coarse but he doesn’t have an apprentice yet and would probably like one. I will tell him later today. The warriors train first thing so you will report to Lead Trainer Carson tomorrow at 5:30am.
“That would be amazing thank you.”
The alpha nodded and looked down at some papers on his desk, “Now about your living arrangements, we happened to have a couple move out of the pack and we have an open house. It’s a duplex and small, perfect for you or for a couple. Does that work?”
Layla looked at him with surprise, she had been expecting to just live at the pack house like most single wolves. “That would be awesome, are you sure there isn’t anyone that needs it? I’d hate to step on anyone’s toes.”
“Nope,” he shook his head, “Besides, we have construction going on six new duplexes for couples.”
“Thank you for accepting me Alpa Thomas.” Layla smiled, trying hard to keep her tears at bay.
Thomas smiled, “Ryann told me a little about your situation. I am very sorry. I hope you can be happy and comfortable here.”
“I’m sure I will.” Layla replied with a smile before being shown out.
Layla and Luna Regina climbed into Layla’s car and drove down the lane to a small duplex.
“This is it,” Regina said as she stepped up to the house. She opened the door and gave Layla the tour. Immediately inside was a good sized living room. Past the living room was the kitchen and dining. There was two bedrooms and one bathroom. It was perfect.
“I hope this works for you dear,” Regina said as she made her way to the door.
“It’s perfect, thank you again.” Layla smiled as she looked around the room.
“It’s no problem. Feel free to come up to the pack house for meals. Breakfast is at eight, lunch at noon, and dinner is at six.” Regina said as she walked out of the house. “Welcome to Blue Moon, Layla.”
Layla smiled as she closed the door and looked around her new little home. She was excited to make it her own. She decided she would make a trip to the store and get a few things for it. Starting with a couch and a bed. Layla got her things from the car and began unpacking. Halfway through she realized she hadn’t called her mom.
“Hey mom, just me. I made it and I even have my own place. I’ll talk to you later, love you.” Layla left a message on her mom’s phone and finished unpacking.
That night Layla slept well, the last month of her life hopefully behind her.