This is a pic of 'Grace'. Well as close as I could find anyway
The Accidental Mate
"Grace!" Mom yelled from downstairs.
"Coming," I called back. I went straight out the front door. Rafe and Abby were waiting in the truck.
"Hey," I greeted them trying to be polite to Rafe without giving him the wrong idea. I was not his I didn't & never would belong to anyone. I'm dominant.
"Hey, Gracie!" Abby bounced excitedly in the backseat she was counting down the days until her 16th B-day. She wanted a man I didn't!
Abby was beautiful, But all of us were attractive, She had golden hair touching her shoulders in perfect curls, &Light Blue eyes. She's my best friend now.
Abby couldn't wait for the males to see her as a full grown woman. We were also the only girls close to the same age. Her older Sister Vivian.
She and I never got along & she’d already graduated. She took online college classes. So she could stay with the pack. Everyone did that we were nothing without the pack.
The thing that sucks is that when you become a full grown female you’re expected to be with an adult male. Males don’t mature until they’re 21st b-day. (You know the whole girls mature faster than boy’s thing)
"They scheduled the ritual for tonight." Abby announced quietly but I already knew this Uncle Aaron had already told me and mom. My door opened. I hadn't even realized we'd gotten to school.
"Stupid law says we can't even battle for a chance to be Alpha." Lucas said. Holding a hand out to help me out of the truck. As I took Lucas's hand I heard Rafe growl. To human ears it would sound like he was clearing his throat but I knew better. I & Lucas both heard the possessive note warning Lucas away from his territory. I
--I'm no one's Territory-- I thought. Then I snapped.
"That’s why that 'Stupid law’ is in place." I snarled (figuratively, of course). "You honestly think Shifters would follow a hormone-crazed-boy around?" I jerked my arm out of Lucas's possessive hold and pulled Abby out of the backseat. We walked the halls together in comfortable silence.
"Are you excited about tonight our first real ritual, right?" I asked her.
"I am, but I keep thinking about you... You're dad would be so proud of you, ya know?" she whispered. I didn't reply. I wished I were male I would make him proud then I would be Alpha I'd keep our pack in line. But the most I could ever be is the alpha's bitch, that's the highest rank a female shifter could get.
The bell rang so me and Abby headed off to class.
I got a ride with Rafe and Abby. Then went upstairs to my room to take a shower and change into pants and a Black lacey tank top for the ritual.
"Are you ready?" Mom called up the stairs.
"Yeah," I told her jogging down the stairs. Slipped my converse on and met her out side. We went to the meeting place a perfectly round meadow. People were already there. Mom left me to go talk to Abby's mom. And Abby was flirting with an older boy I think he turned 21 in a month or so...
I squatted down, so my fingertips could brush the grass. The blades, so soft, blew through my fingers. I felt someone’s gaze on me when I looked up I met a dark pair of eyes. I looked away in record time. Then felt stupid,
--Why should I be looking away like I did something wrong! He's the one staring!--
I raised my chin at a confident angle and stared back, challenging him. He caught on and smiled slightly. I felt the corners of my lips turn up as well.
I didn’t know this male. He wasn’t a boy, I knew that. He must have been a loner& now he wants a pack of his own. Mom told me that's how Dad was. He ran off cuz he didn’t believe what his pack laws stated So he waited till he was old enough to be a leader of his own then he met mom...
This Male probably already had a female waiting for him a few hours run from here.
The men were splitting up, understanding and agreeing to the rules of the tradition. I turned to where I heard Abby call whistle to me.
"Hey! What do I look like a dog?" I called mocking annoyance.
"Not at the moment." She called back chuckling slightly then she froze like a deer getting startled I saw her eyes move from me to glance over my shoulder.
I spun around my elbow jutting out, so It'd hit whoever was sneaking up on me. But my arm was caught above the elbow gently before it had the chance to hit anything. I thought maybe it was my uncle because of how gentle the hand restraining me was, but the smell was all wrong. I looked up; meeting the dark eyes I'd caught staring at me only moments ago. Deep brown, like Dark chocolate... So beautiful...
"Didn't mean to scare you, by the way nice reflexes." He commented.
"You didn't scare me, & thanks." I said. Still studying him. He was one of the most beautiful Males I'd ever seen. Bronzed skin, Black wavy hair that hung in his eyes.
"Sure, I didn't." he whispered his warm breath brushing against my cheek.
"Didn't what?" I whispered leaning in closer.
"Never mind," he chuckled quietly. He never moved, never pulled me closer to him, never closing his fingers any tighter around my arm to keep me in place. He was letting me lead. That's all I'd ever wanted & he was giving it to me. My whole body jerked in awareness. It was like I'd never known a male until I met him. & now that I'd met one, I wanted one. Him in particular. I wanted to be my mates equal.
And just when I'm beginning to think Males aren't all that bad I smelled Rafe and his friends coming over to join the ritual. I slid my arm slowly out of his gentle grasp. My body wanted to melt as I felt his hand glide gently down my bare arm. I thought of places I'd want his touch on my body that no one had ever dared touched me before... I moaned quietly in the back of my throat. Before I could get my hand free he caught it, still gentle, & raised it to his lips. My breath came in & out faster
--Oh, what is he doing to me?--I thought.
Then he turned my hand over so my palm was up. He lowered his lips to my wrist & bit down gently on my pulse point. My heart stopped then picked up in double time.
It's been 3 months that I've been 16. 3 months I have been without a dad, too. It doesn’t seem so short a time. It's gone by so slowly. Mom's is getting better now... I guess, we don’t talk much anymore even less than we did when dad was still around. I wish daddy was here to protect me. Now that he's gone... I'm just another-piece-of-tail.
Especially now that I'm 16, technically a female past her 16th b-day counts as a grown woman. I'm supposed to be choosing a mate or, well, letting him choose me, then submitting to him. Thank god, I haven't run into any loners during my late night runs in the forest alone. They most likely wouldn't restrain themselves. Even if I begged it of them.
Keep me strong,
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