Alpha Erik’s POV
I was sat in my office when Hayley mind linked me, she was one of the nurses at the hospital, not my most favoured person to look after TJ considering we had history before my mate came along and messed things up for her. Hayley was certain she was my destined mate and to be honest I thought she was too, up until I turned eighteen that was.
Hayley and I had spent most of our lives together having grown up next door to each other since we were pups and it just seemed natural when we started dating, everyone including myself thought she was destined to be my mate and the packs future Luna when I took over from my father as the future Alpha.
Alpha’s and their children can detect their mates early from around the age of sixteen, when the lower ranked wolves had to wait until they were eighteen and even then they may not find their mate straight away. There are some stories among the pack that many wolves have had to wait years before finding their destined mate.
The day I turned eighteen, my family held a joint party, a party for my eighteenth and a party for my younger brother Chris to find his mate. It was a tradition for Alpha children who had not been mated within the previous year to have a party and invite every wolf that was unmated. I never had that party as my parents just assumed Hayley was my Luna, although they had failed to recognise that I had not marked her.
My parents had explained to me many times over the years that I would be hit with a blissful scent that only I could recognise, and it would cause an instant attraction to my mate allowing me to find her if she was near. I had never marked Hayley for this reason and as much as I loved her I just did not believe she was my Luna. I knew that Hayley was very aware of this as she was often asking me if I would just reject my true mate for her, but I could never answer her truthfully because honestly I was not sure what the answer was myself, all I did know is that to be a great Alpha you had to have your Luna by your side.
The party was eventful, wolf packs from all over the world were invited to our pack’s territory, our pack The Crimson Moon was one of the biggest in the world and we had many ties with other packs due to alliances and supporting their packs when they had wars with others. This meant that there would be thousands of wolves on The Crimson Moon’s land a perfect place for my brother to find his mate.
Fed up with Hayley whining at me about rejecting my Luna, I decided this party may actually enable me to find my mate. I gradually moved myself around the grounds past multiple groups of she-wolfs to see if I could pick up a luring scent but there was nothing, and after several hours I was beginning to think my parents had lied to me, although Chris had already found his mate and completely disappeared, probably already marking his mate.
Giving up I found my way back to Hayley. “Come on, you promised me a dance” she pulls on my hand, sticking out her bottom lip in a little pout knowing I would be unable to say no. I let her pull me to the dance floor, grabbing a drink off a waiter on my way. If I was going to dance, I needed the liquor to get me through as dancing was something I loathed.
Hayley and I were dancing and drinking when a fresh crisp minty smell smacked me hard in the face, so hard it almost knocked me over. As I turned to see where the scent was coming from I was met with large jade green eyes staring back at me, she was beautiful, gorgeous red curls fell around her shoulders leaving her milky white skin looking pearlescent, she was wearing a plain black dress that accentuated her curves beautifully. The room fell silent as I pushed Hayley away and made my way over to the stunning red head, sweeping her up into my arms whilst she gazed back at me, I walked straight out the door and took her to my room.
Hayley’s voice flitted into my head “Luna is awake”. I did not respond straight away, being lost in the memory of the day we met and possibly because I was shocked as my mate had been showing no signs of improvement. 33 days she had been in a coma, 54 days and 7 hours since she had last stood by my side to be precise.
I quickly contacted Will through our mind link whilst making my way over to the hospital and letting him know I was only available in an extreme emergency and not to contact me until I spoke to him. The hospital was literally a two-minute walk from the pack house but getting there felt like hours had passed since Hayley contacted me, I just had to see her. My wolf howling inside at the thought of laying his eyes on his mate after all this time.
When I arrived, my mate was covered in what looked like sick and a small amount of blood trickled from her nose I held back the desire to step in and wipe it away as the nurses were dealing with it. The smell of my mate’s blood causing my canines to grow, keeping my cool I reminded my wolf that she was okay and that our mate was in a safe place. Being an Alpha is tough sometimes, especially when you just want to let your wolf take over.
Trying to take in what was going on, she had clearly got herself into a state, the wires and tubes were no longer connected to her including the feeding tube that had been inserted up her nose which explained the nosebleed. The bed sheet and pillow had been discarded and laid on the floor. As I looked back to her I was met with her gaze and it was like the day I had first met her, those beautiful green orbs found my own blue eyes. The greens of her eyes were so vivid that I often found myself getting lost in them.
The nurse was having trouble getting TJ to keep her arm still to put a new needle in, I knew how important it was for her to be filled with these fluids and without hesitation I stepped in to hold her arm still, the sparks igniting like fireworks as I touched her skin but she just wriggled more.
TJ’s reaction of my touch left me confused and my wolf feeling rejected when all I could feel was our mate bond drawing me closer to her, she finally stopped moving when I told her to let them do it a sliver of fear crossing over those dazzling eyes. Whilst the nurses finished cleaning her up, I left them to it, not that I wanted to, I just had to find her Doctor, I needed to know everything was going to be okay. Speaking to him was not helpful, he still could not understand why her wounds had not fully healed and told me he had a few more tests to run now that she was awake. I left and went back to find my mate, sitting in the chair by her bed I watched as she eyed me nervously.
TJ’s POVA few moments passed, he hadn’t said anything else, he just met my stare. I had most definitely seen those eyes before but why did it make me feel this way, why could I not place it and most importantly why is he here with me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty sure anyone would love to wake up to him yet the longer I stared at him, more questions swirled in my mind and a part of me wasn’t happy but I didn’t know why.“What’s my name?” I blurted the words out before I had time to think and giving in to the fact I knew nothing. A quizzical look formed on his face and I think my face must have had the same expression because he erupted with laughter, only stopping when he realised my expression hadn’t changed nor had I said anymore. He looked at me furrowing his brow.“You don’t know your name?” he questioned, raising an eyebrow.I looked around the room before returning my g
TJ’s POVHe wouldn’t explain anymore and kept trying to change the subject back to how I was feeling when all I wanted was answers to what he had said, ‘what we are’. The words kept dancing in my head, but then again I didn’t know who I was so how the hell was I supposed to work out that cryptic message.Somewhere inside of me, something had changed, annoyance at Erik’s words had bubbled leaving me frustrated. Deciding I could figure things out for myself and that I didn’t need anyone to do it for me. I glared at him “Please leave” I spat the words out “I want to be on my own”. He looked at me confused which soon turned to irritation at the sudden change in my attitude. Instead of saying anything else, I rolled over and turned my back on him. Erik said nothing but I knew he had left as his scent began to fade from the room. My anger soon turned to tears and I pulled my blanket up over me, hiding my face
Alpha Erik’s POVOpening my eyes, I could see through the window that it was a beautiful day with clear blue skies, I preferred to sleep with the curtains open. My first thoughts were of TJ, hopefully she will be in a better mood today, finding out about the amnesia came as a shock to the both of us, although I am not fully convinced she knew what it meant.When she told me to go, it was as if someone had ripped my heart out and stomped all over it. Why was she doing this to me, to us, could she not feel the mate pull between us. My wolf was howling over the pain she was causing us and as much as it hurt I had to push it aside, besides, I still had a pack to run.As I walked to the shower, I made a mental note to take some photos with me, something one of the nurses had mentioned that may help nudge her memory or at least trigger something. After the shower, I brushed my teeth taking in the scar that snaked down my torso. TJ had given it to me the day she
Sounds were slowly slipping away, my eyes had closed and I could feel my own heart beat echoing through my head, the beat getting slower and slower. Someone’s arm slipped under my legs, another under my back, I felt the cold air brush against my skin as I was lifted but I couldn’t move, for a split second I managed to open my eyes and I could see Erik’s intense blue eyes gazing back at me “Sleep” he murmured to me before my eyelids forced themselves shut again.When they opened again, I was somewhere different, the bed I was laid on was much more comfortable, the blankets tucked around me were thicker and warmer, memories of me trashing the room came back and the smell of blood, so much blood. I peered at my arm, there was a bandage wrapped from my elbow all the way to the knuckles of my hand. The gown I had been forced to wear in hospital had been replaced with an oversized black tshirt and a small pair of white shorts.Stretching my body
Alpha Erik's POV“You said she couldn’t remember anything” Hayley’s voice rang in my head as I filled TJ’s plate and placed it down in front of her, encouraging her to eat what she could.“Your Luna can’t, she has amnesia if you remember” I stated, irritated that once again, Hayley is being her usual whingey whiney self. “Think yourself lucky I am letting you work in the pack house”.“Then why did she growl at me?” Hayley questioned“Natural instinct” Will chimed in, laughing through the link.I could not help but smile at his comment. Hayley obviously thought she had a chance when TJ was gone and no matter how hard she tried; she just did not want to accept that I no longer cared for her and all i was worried about was finding my Luna.“Can she hear us?” Hayley spat out the word ‘she’ like it was something she had steppe
TJ's POVI took off running as fast as I could, out the side door in the dining room and down the street, people were looking and giving me odd looks, some even calling out my name, but I couldn’t stop, I had to get away. I had no idea where I was going, I just kept moving, nothing looked vaguely familiar and I was hating myself for this memory problem.I seemed to have these instincts telling me when to run and yet i couldn't figure out why, all these people know my name, but I didn't have a clue who they were. I still had no idea what Erik meant by 'what we are' and it felt as if someone was constantly scratching at my brain trying to unlock something or get out. I felt physically and mentally lost.In front of me a forest was creeping up, getting taller and taller the closer I got. At the edge of the forest I momentarily stopped, checking behind me to see if anyone was following before quietly slipping into the forest, the sounds around me
Will’s POVI had to find Luna I wasn’t going to let this pack think she had slipped through my fingers again. I am fairly sure the pack hate me even if Alpha Erik says different, what kind of Beta am I if it happens for a second time.When Alpha Erik pulled me from my mind link with my wife and told me Luna had taken off, I suggested we split up to cover more ground. My instincts telling me to go to the edge of the forest where I found her the day she returned. Erik headed in the opposite direction, both of us contacting all the patrols telling them to stop Luna if she headed their way, I was shocked when Erik told them to use any means possible to stop her apart from killing her.As I arrived at the edge of the forest where I had first found her, her scent was strong and I knew she had been this way, stepping into the forest, I stripped off so I could shift into my wolf form without destroying more of my clothes. I knew I would be able to cover more
Alpha Erik's POVI cannot believe this is happening again, I shifted back to human form just before the edge of the forest, pulling on a pair of black joggers. We had clothes hidden all around the forest just in case we must shift and ruined the clothes we were wearing although it was rare until recently. I was not ready to show TJ my wolf form, not because I was ashamed, I just was not sure her brain would handle it, she was so fragile at the moment, nothing like the wolf I knew.Will was still in his wolf form as I walked towards them, my mates eyes were closed, I was unsure how much TJ had seen and the Fae would be hard enough to explain let alone the wolves. Her body looked lifeless, ordering Will to go shift in the forest, I crouched down over TJ, her wounds were already healing which was a good sign, leaving little red streaks all over her body.Lifting her body into my arms, I held her against my bare chest, she was cold and needed the warmth we gave off,