Destined Alpha

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Black Veils


As we stood around the hole in the ground I closed my eyes, willing myself to be anywhere but here. The whole world was gray as if the sky was mourning as well and I stood next to my parents solemnly. I had already cried all of my tears. I didn't have anything left in me.

My mother cried quietly as my father stood tall, holding her hand in comfort. They had made up at some point, my father accepting his part in all of this. As the eulogies and words of mourning were given I stopped listening. I didn't hear what was said at the funeral. I assume whatever they said was nice. I watched as they lowered the coffin into the ground, wiping a stray tear from my cheek from under my dark veil. Surrounded by cries from pack members we all threw roses into the grave, saying our last goodbyes. We all stood at the gravesite, speaking in hushed tones as we hugged and comforted each other. I put on my best smile as I spoke with members of the pack, each offering condolences.

I walked up the hill and into the building, removing the black veil from my head as I entered. I made my way down the hallway and into the room, sitting in a chair with a heavy sigh.

"It was harder than I thought it would be..." I said quietly, "I hate him for what he did, but he was still my brother." I leaned forward, grasping Ryder's hand in mine. "I wish you would have been there. I would have liked to have you standing beside me."

I sat quietly, waiting, hoping for a response. I looked down, attempting to keep my sadness at bay. "Callum is doing well. He is making sure the packs are transitioning well and that everything with combining White Moon into Black Trail runs smoothly." I laughed, "He hates it, moaning about how if he wanted to be an Alpha he would be one. I'm pretty sure we owe him a vacation. But I think it will all work out. As soon as you wake up we can start on our plans for the distillery."

I kissed his hand before setting it back down. I stood from the bed, brushing my hand through his hair before kissing his forehead. He had been in a coma for over a week. Because of the damage the silver had done we weren't sure when he would wake up, or if he even would.

I smiled at him, "Hurry up love, we have work to do."

I walked to the door and opened it, trying to not cry again.


My head snapped up and back to the bed. I watched as his eyes fluttered open. "Adara..."

"Ryder," I sighed, the heavy weight in my chest finally lifting. I rushed to the bed, taking his hand in mine. "What took you so long, love," I cried.

"Sorry to keep you waiting," he mumbled, still trying to lift the fog from his mind.

I took a deep breath, tears streaming down my face again. He looked at me with love in his eyes, "What's the matter, love?"

I smiled through my tears, "What took you so long? I thought you..."

Ryder lifted his hand to my cheek, wiping my tears away, "I told you I would be okay."

I shook my head, "You're an idiot."

Ryder smirked before shuffling a bit in bed, trying to sit up. I helped him before sitting on the edge of the bed next to him. I stroked his face with my fingers, "Seriously, Ryder. You can never do that again. I though I lost you." Ryder pulled me close and kissed my lips softly. I leaned into him, letting the warmth of my mate comfort me. He pulled away and looked at me sideways, "Why are you wearing black, were you seriously expecting me to die?"

I laughed lightly, "No... Austin's funeral was this morning."

Ryder frowned, "Adara... I'm so sorry."

I shook my head, "I'm not angry at you Ryder. If I'm to be angry at anyone it's Austin. I don't know what happened to him, but he turned into a monster."

Ryder took a deep breath, "How is Kendra?"

I shrugged, "Heartbroken. But she doesn't blame you."

He nodded before laying back in bed, "So how is everything?"

I smiled, "Oh, I'm sure Callum will be here any minute to tell you himself."

Ryder smirked, "He's absolutely hated this, hasn't he?"

I laughed, "I told you he's not a people person. But he's done a good job."

Just then the doctor walked in, "Well Alpha, you had a close call for sure. Thankfully we were able to counteract the silver in your blood and you have healed nicely. You can go home tomorrow morning, after a full exam."

I smiled, glad everything was looking up.

"Alpha!" Callum hollered as he crashed through the door. "Thank heavens you're awake! I quit! I absolutely quit!"

Ryder laughed, "Alright, take a seat and tell me everything I've missed."

I sat back, smiling as I watched Callum angrily go over the last week with Ryder. Ryder would sneak glances to me once in a while, letting me know he wanted me near.

"Well, Callum, I'm down for another two weeks... you can handle things right?"

Callum gave an exasperated groan. Ryder and I burst into laughter as he stood with a scowl. "You two are the worst." He turned back from the door, his face softening, "I'm glad you're alright, Alpha."

Ryder smiled, "Thank you. I'll see you tomorrow to go over everything in the office."

I turned to Ryder as Callum left, "Oh no you won't!"

Ryder scowled, "Who is the Alpha here?"

I glared at him, "You are, but I'm the Luna. Everyone answers to you, but you answer to me." I gave him a wink before he grabbed me and held me tight.

"Fine, but if there's no work tomorrow whatever will we do?" Ryder whispered in my ear, sending chills down my spine.

I shrugged, "I have no idea."

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