A gentle knock on my door wakes me. “Miss Lily, breakfast will be served in 30 minutes.” The soothing voice of our housekeeper sounds from the other side of the door. I glance at the alarm clock on my nightstand. It is 7:30 in the morning. “Thank you, Miriam” I croak. “I will be right down.”
Miriam lingers a little while in the hallway before she talks again. “Alpha Leonidas asked me to remind you of tonight’s formal dinner with Shadow Creek pack.” Her voice sounds neutral. “Thank you, Miriam. Will you lay out my black off-shoulder dress for me?” I ask her, already excited for tonight’s festivities. “Of course, Miss.” She answers and walks away, probably on her way to my brother, Axel’s room.
Axel and I are twins. We share a few similar characteristics both in appearance and personality. This is probably why we are so close.
Our older brother Cassius is only two years older than us. Because he recently turned 18, he has already started his Alpha training with my father, the current Alpha of Hollow Stone. Cassius is the first born son of Alpha Leonidas and Luna Eleanor, my parents, making him the heir and future Alpha of Hollow Stone.
Because of our bloodline, we are all expected to partake in extensive combat training from the age of 12. Being part of the Alpha’s household makes us instant targets, therefore we need to be able to defend ourselves and our pack. Thus, we all adhere to a strict training schedule consisting of combat training, endurance training and self-defense.
Still lying in bed, lazily daydreaming of meeting our friends from Shadow Creek tonight, Axel barges into my room without knocking and falls down on my bed next to me. “You are going to be late for breakfast.” Axel chimes in a teasing tone. “Nah, I won’t.” I snort. “How long does it take to throw on a clean shirt and some shorts?” I reply mockingly.
“Well, depends on how many clean shirts and shorts you try on before finding the right one.” He teases me again cocking his brow. I repeatedly poke him hard in the ribs with my index finger. “Aren’t you a smarty pants so early in the morning?”
“At least I have picked out a pair of pants!” he jokes back, still chuckling. With that I abruptly push him off the bed, his body landing on the floor with a loud thud. Peering over the side of the bed I give him a cocky smile before throwing off my blankets and sauntering to my own private bathroom.
I look in the mirror and splash some ice cold water on my face trying to rid myself of the last signs of sleepiness. “You know, mom and dad, along with most of the other Alphas, will be at the provincial meeting all of next week.” Axel casually says, leaning on the doorframe with his arms crossed over his chest. I just give him a quick glance and a smirk in return. “You can inform lover boy tonight.” He says with a wink and a wiggle of his eyebrows. Finishing wiping off my face I jokingly throw the face towel at him and walk out of the bathroom.
I grab a dark blue casual t-shirt and ripped denim shorts from my closet. Turning around I see a very mischievous looking Axel tapping his watch on his wrist mockingly. “Like I said, late for breakfast!” He yells whilst quickly walking out of the room and heading to the dining hall. “Damn.” I mutter under my breath, throwing my clothes on and rushing out of the room.
On my way to the dining hall I swiftly put my hair up in a messy bun, taking the stairs two steps at a time. Mom is going to kill me.
Stepping into the hall my eyes fall on our table immediately, spotting my brothers and mother already seated and waiting for me. I can see my mom is pretty annoyed, but she keeps her composure. The rest of the tables around the hall are also filled. Everybody is eyeing me and waiting for me to sit down. It is customary for the Alpha’s household to receive their food first before anybody else are allowed to start eating. I hurry through the hall, keeping my head down and swiftly sits down on a chair next to Cassius. My mother glares at me for a second before standing up. “Proceed.” Her melodic voice is laced with authority as she addresses everybody in the room.
As soon as she sits down, the loud sounds of chatter and the clinking of cutlery can be heard throughout the hall. Axel looks at me from across the table and snickers under his breath. “A future Luna never leaves her pack waiting.” My mother says coldly without looking up from her plate. I just stare at her, not knowing what to say in return. “Cassius, how is your shoulder feeling this morning?” My mother asks Cassius, finally looking up from her plate and changing the subject. Her expression is void of emoting as she waits for his answer. “Feeling much better thank you mom. Nothing that a good night’s rest and a warm bath can’t fix.” He replies, giving her a charming smile.
He dislocated his shoulder yesterday during a training session, but thanks to our fast healing as werewolves, it should already be fully healed and pain free. Werewolves, like us, usually live in small communities called packs. Every pack has an Alpha, who is considered the leader of the pack. In this case, my father. To be a strong and worthy Alpha, one must be from an Alpha bloodline. In a pack we see each of the members as family and all decisions are made to benefit the welfare of the pack as a whole. This is usually the job of the Alpha and Luna. A Luna is the mate of the Alpha, kind of like the ‘Queen’ of the pack.
Because I am a female from an Alpha bloodline there is a very good chance that I will one day be paired up with an Alpha of another pack, making me the Luna of that pack. My mother is constantly trying to educate me in ‘the ways of a proper Luna’, although I am not completely ready for that role just yet.
The rest of breakfast went by without any ‘incidents’. After breakfast Cassius, Axel and I went to our rooms to change into our training attire before starting with our daily training program.