My father started to explain to me why he decided it was important to have Rafe and Boyd join our early morning meeting. He felt it was something too important not to address together. As we sat there and surprising everyone in the room, I agreed with my father advising him it was my intention to discuss this situation with him, so this was acceptable to me.
I decided to start as I hated the silence and the feeling of pity coming from the gentleman with Rafe. My father knew better than to pity me – he still saw a strong young woman when he looked at me and he knew I had never liked to be pitied or coddled growing up. I was raised to be a strong Alpha and a strong warrior.
“I am not clear why either Mr. Daniels or Mr. Maxwell are here, but I can assure everyone Mr. Daniels was quite clear last evening in his rejection of the mate bond.” I stated. “I do understand we have some unfinished business as he left before we could complete that ritual.”. I started to turn in my seat when Boyd, the gentleman who had accompanied Rafe, interrupted.
“I think there was a hasty mistake last evening Katelyn,” Boyd states. “My nephew has limited appreciation for what it means to find your mate. His father and I are both disappointed with how your first meeting went with him, but we hope with a bit more time, you will allow him to rescind his rejection of the mate bond, for the better of you both and your packs.”
I sat there in complete shock staring at Boyd like he had grown two heads. I saw Rafe put his head in his hand, mumbling “no, no, no,”. I admit no was running through my head as well, but I did not understand this intervention by his father and uncle. It angered me that Rafe was still saying no, yet Boyd and possibly my father were serious. Looking between my father and Boyd, I asked “what do you mean for the better of us both?”.
Looking a little uncomfortable Boyd turned to my father who stepped in, “Kate, the fact is that when you break the mate bond you become weaker over time. With both you and Rafe being Alphas, you will feel that break stronger than others would feel it. It would jeopardize the packs, alliances and has the potential to result in challenges when you both take over your packs.”
“I am aware that there is potential to become weaker and to jeopardize the pack. It was my intention to speak with you privately to discuss how we mitigate that risk. I do not believe forcing Rafe to do something he does not want to do, is the answer.” With a startled look, Rafe looks in my direction, “What?”.
Sighing I actually look at Rafe for the first time since I had arrived in the room. “Do you really think I want to be with someone who is so adamant they do not want me? Do you think I am so overwhelmed by you, that I cannot see my future without you? I saw my future without you quite easily last evening. Particularly when you were fucking some she-wolf last evening.”
Looking sheepishly Boyd mumbles “Sorry – I did not realize it would affect you.” Alpha Jacobs angrily interrupts “Has this young pup been taught nothing Boyd?!? How does he not know the effect of his actions on his mate?”. Boyd is shaking his head, “I simply do not know Alpha Jacob. I can assure you I have spoken with my brother who has realized Rafe has some learning that will take place when he returns home.”
Interrupting the conversation Rafe jumps in, “Kate – it is not that I do not want you. You are a stunning, accomplished woman. I simply want a woman who really needs me. You will never need your mate that way. I want someone who will defer to me and be my Luna. It was never personal.”.
“Not personal? That sounds pretty personal.” Pausing to reflect on how she feels about what Rafe stated Kate wipes a single tear that she had not realized was rolling down her cheek. “The thing is Rafe, for the right mate I could have been all those things and more. You never gave me a chance and now that I know how you feel, I accept that you are not the mate for me. I need a strong mate, who can let me be all that I can be and support me while I would have supported him. That’s not you.”
Moving to interrupt Kate Rafe stands to stop Kate from what he fears will come next. Realizing the mistake he made, Kate steps out of his reach toward her father. While Boyd also tries to stop what is about to happen, Kate looks at Rafe solemnly. “I Katelyn Adams, future Alpha of the Golden Moon Pack acknowledge and accept your rejection Rafe Daniels, future Alpha to the Red Moon Pack.”
Even before finishing the acceptance of the rejection Rafe had grabbed his chest starting to fall as Boyd pushed him back down in his chair. Kate grabbed the side of her father’s desk turning to him, “We can continue our discussion further this afternoon once our guests have left.” Her father sadly agreed with her while Kate turned to leave the room.
She left but not before Boyd saw the tears starting to fall as she made, what he expected, was her exit to her private room.
Kate POV Rolling over in bed I look at the ceiling. It was already two weeks that I had spent in my room ignoring the outside world. My mom, my dad and Lily had been trying daily to visit me. Aside from accepting limited amounts of food, I just could not stomach conversation. That day two weeks ago I had visited my father in the afternoon as we had agreed. He and my mom had both been there. They both hugged me tightly whispering words of comfort as I had felt those tears coming back. Wiping them away I quickly moved from them not wanting to shatter any more in front of them or anyone for that matter. My mom took my hand as we moved to sit in the two chairs Rafe and I had
Kate Training had become my main focus for the month after my two-week sabbatical from life. I trained in the morning one on one with Reid, my Beta and John Langille, our head warrior, and head trainer. Both of them ensuring I was in peak fighting condition. I loved training with them – they never held back. They weren’t afraid I would break and understood the only way I could protect myself was by fighting me with everything they had. The balance in power and ability was tight. Some fights I won, some I lost. When I lost, we went over the same scenarios until I got them down and won. Losing was not acceptable to me. I needed to be the strongest warrior so I could protect everyone within my pack. I also had to know I could rely on my top people
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Drake’s POV After wrapping up my late meeting with Kate’s father, I happened to see Kate and her friends climbing into a car and heading into town. I admit she intrigued me when I had bumped into her earlier coming out of her father’s office. Her eyes were captivating, and she was downright beautiful. I had heard she had been rejected by her mate, but I was impressed with how well she was handling things. And, like many, shocked she had been rejected. She came across as a confident young woman. I had heard of Kate at various tables and had met her father a few months back at another joint meeting. Being an Alpha was a privilege but being an Alpha without a Pack to lead, was challenging and often frustrating. I had joined the Blue Moon Pack as a child
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Drake’s POV I had made my way home on my motorbike and arrived home shortly after three in the morning. Blue Moon Pack was roughly an hour or so from Golden Moon Pack. Not too far but far enough to warrant doing business with them. I lived in the Pack house along with a lot of the single, unmated members. My room was on the third floor – as an Alpha I had a higher standing in the Pack; however, would never be assuming the role of the Alpha for the Blue Moon Pack. My room was spacious, with its own bathroom, sitting area, workspace, and separate bedroom. Grabbing a quick shower, my thoughts lingered on my meetings today and the end of my evening. Drying off, I walk naked to my bed, turning off the light as I go.I was exhausted yet meeting Kate had piqued my curiosity.&n
Kate POV As we wrapped up the day of training around 3 pm, I had to decide what I was going to do with my father. I did not want to keep dragging this up, but to consider moving Reid to Beta before me going to Alpha was wrong and unprecedented in most packs. As I pondered what to do, I grabbed my stuff up, starting to walk out the door of the training centre. I waved goodbye to some stragglers as I went out. The day was beautiful. I had almost missed it with the intensity of the training today. We had a couple groups do double training shifts on Saturdays as they had more time available for training at that time than they did through the work week. During the week many worked and could not dedicate as much