Elianne is on her way to her Uncle’s pack, the Northern Lakes Pack. It’s a trip of a few hours and she’s almost there. She left this morning quite early, so she would have the rest of the day to get accustomed to her new home. She thinks about her encounter with Leo yesterday. She gets to call him Leo, it feels a little strange to call him just by his name. She’s so used to calling him Captain, that she feels like that is his true name, not Leo.
Somehow, she feels privileged at the same time. There’re not many people that call him by his first name. He is a man with a status, he is someone who demands respect simply by how he is and how he acts, not because he is telling you to do so. Well, he did with her, but she deserved it. It was his way of making her grow up and she was just being an annoying disrespectful teen in his eyes.
Last night he asked her how she felt about him. It was hard to answer him, she didn’t want to hurt his feelings. She didn’t feel anything of a mating bond, she hoped for it though. The Captain- no, Leo, is an attractive man, a man every woman in the pack is drooling over. There are many women in the Packhouse gossiping about him. They’re wondering why he is still single, well if they only knew.
Arriving at the Northern Lake ferry, she can see the little community that her uncle has built in the distance. She feels a little nostalgic. When she was younger, she used to visit these lakes in the summer. She has had a blast with Patricia and her other cousins, going fishing, boating, swimming in the lake, sunbathing, it was all they did while she was there.
The gates of the ferry open, allowing for her to drive her truck on it. She gets out of her car to look at the view from the railing. She wonders what Patricia will think about her and Leo. Leo- he must be heartbroken. If anything, they tell about being mates is true and if it literally hurts to be separated from your mate, he must be hurt badly. She sighs. She wishes the situation were different, that she was older, then all of this wasn’t necessary.
She has the feeling someone is watching her. Sometimes you just can feel someone boring their eyes into you, and right now she has exactly that feeling. She turns around nonchalantly to be able to look around, without giving herself away immediately. Nothing really looks out of the ordinary. Exactly right before she is fully turned around, she sees a person stepping behind someone else. The only thing she is able to see properly are his lit up green eyes. She has never seen such green eyes before; he must be some kind of werewolf.
When the ferry almost reaches the other side of the lake, she gets back in her car. Elianne smiles, she can already see Patricia waving at her wildly. As soon as the ferry has docked and the gates open, she drives off in the direction of where she saw Patricia last.
“Elly!” Patricia yells happily when Elianne stops next to her and opens her window.
“Patricia!” Elianne smiles. “Are you here by foot? Get in, I’ll take you!”
“I didn’t know you have a car.” Patricia says as she hops in the truck.
“There’s a lot that you don’t know, Patty. But it’s so good to see you again! How have you been?”
“I’ve been well!” Patricia giggles.
“No way! Don’t tell me what I think you’re going to tell me. Did you find your mate?” Elianne looks surprised.
“I did! I’ll introduce you to him when you’re settled in. Okay?”
“But-I thought-” Elianne shakes her head to clear her thoughts. “I thought you were my age. How is this possible?”
“I am actually a year older than you are, remember?” Patricia smiles almost compassionately. “And you know, I’m not one hundred percent sure, but all the signs are there.”
“What signs?” Elianne is a bit confused, but also extremely interested. What if she’s actually able to tell Leo is her mate a little bit earlier than her eighteenth birthday?
“I’ll gossip about it all you like, but later. I first have to get you settled in and meet the rest of the family, okay?”
Elianne parks her truck in front of her uncle’s house. Uncle Richard has a house just a couple of yards away from the Packhouse.
“Elianne! How good to see you!” Her uncle takes the steps from the porch and greets her when she steps out of the car. He gives her a bearhug, lifts her up and twirls her around.
When he puts her back down, she scratches her head. “Err, yeah,” she smiles. “It’s good to see you too, uncle. You know I’m not six anymore, right?”
Richard smiles. “Oh, sweetheart, I know. I’m just so happy to see you again. What kind of pranks have you come up with this time?”
A shadow appears behind Richard. “Look who we have here? I already thought I heard a familiar voice. My favourite niece is here!”
Damon appears behind Richard. “Hey, Damon.” Elianne smiles and gives him a hug.
“Hey Elianne, how are you? It’s so nice to see you.”
Damon is the eldest son of Alpha Richard. When the time is right, he is to take over from his dad as Alpha. Patricia is eight years younger than him. Right in between them, there was a brother James, he passed away a few years ago in a car crash. He was ran over by a heavy truck. Even though werewolves have healing capabilities, somethings can’t just be healed. There’s also limits to what a werewolf-body can handle.
Damon smiles mischievously. “Do you have some things planned for us? Do we have to be wary of what we’re eating? Or are you going to be a good girl this time?”
“I’ll try to be good.” Elianne laughs. “I haven’t planned anything, yet. But I can’t promise you it’ll stay that way.”
Richard and Damon laugh. “Well, we’ll see it when it comes, then.”
Patricia comes their way. She stormed away when Elianne got out of her truck and now has a male dragging behind her. “Elianne, I’d like you to meet my mate Mike. Mike, this is my niece Elianne. I’ve told you about her.”
“Hi,” the man reaches out his hand and smiles. “Nice to meet you.”
Elianne smiles and looks in his eyes. It’s like she has a Deja vu. The same eyes she saw on the ferry are looking into hers, green. She takes his hand to shake it. “Hi, it’s nice to meet you too.”