My Destined

Chapter 2

“You're mine.”

I woke up with a jolt as someone was shaking my arm. I must’ve dreamt last night but all I remember is a deep, husky voice whispering into my ear, ‘You’re mine’.

“Leia! Leia! Come on honey! You gotta eat breakfast and great ready. The gathering for the Ceremony is in three hours!” I looked up to see my mom above me, looking worried. Maia must’ve gone home to get ready with her parents as she was no longer in the bed with me.

“Moooom. My dress and shoes are already laid out. I have so much time.” I groaned sleepily. I was not a morning person! Mom just rolled her eyes and ushered me out of bed.

“Yes dear. But you need to eat and complete your packing. Plus we are going to meet up with Maia’s family for photos!” I groaned loudly. My mom scolded as she dragged me out of bed. “Come on.” I begrudgingly followed her down the stairs to the kitchen when the sweet aroma of eggs and bacon filled my senses. Yum! I perked up a bit at the smell of a delicious breakfast.

“Good morning Leia.” I heard my dad’s deep voice and I ran to him, enveloping him in hug. “Oof! You’re getting quite strong there princess!” I smiled at his nickname for me and released him.

“Let’s eat kiddo! I’ll race ya to see who can eat the most.” I laughed at my brother’s challenge and gave him a playful glare.

“You’re on!” My mom sighed, knowing she wouldn’t be able to stop us once we got started. Corina was trying to calm down my brother but neither of us wanted to lose.

Way too many handfuls of eggs and bacon later, my brother and I sat back in our chairs completely stuffed and satisfied. The whole family started laughing hysterically when it hit me hard. I might have to leave… I instantly got quiet, my mom giving me a look of concern.

“I’m not ready…” I whispered, barely audible to anyone around me. “I don’t want to go.” I felt my body slump in my chai and the sadness eating away at me. “I’m not ready!”

“Shh, shh darling. It’ll be alright. You will do great my princess.” My dad took me in his lanky but strong arms and caressed my hair. “You can do this Leia.” I sobbed for what seemed like hours in my dad's arms, the rest of the family watching with understanding etched into their expressions.

“Leia. Come on, let’s get you upstairs.” My brother looked at me kindly and I just nodded with a blank stare. Lance took me from our dad’s arms and carried me up the stairs. “Goddess, you’re heavy Li!” Lance tried to joke in an attempt to make me feel better and I couldn’t help but give off a little smile. “There it is.” Lance grinned as we made up the last step.

“Lan, I don’t want to leave you guys.”

“Li, I know this is hard but I won’t let anyone take you away if I sense they aren’t good for you. Okay? I’ll fight any wolf that I know tries to treat you wrong.” I smiled slightly and squeezed him before jumping out of his arms.

“Thanks Lan.” Lance wiped the remaining tears off my cheeks and nodded.

“Now this is your duty as both an Aldrich and a pack member of Crescent Sky. We all have to go through this. Finding your mate is important, and once you find your destined I know you will be so happy.” He gave me a reassuring smile before ruffling my hair. “Now go shower, hurry before mom kills us both!” We both laughed and I nodded.

In the steamy shower I was able to relax, always getting comfort from water. I should probably shave, huh? I sighed at the thought. Shaving was so tedious and annoying, but I know my mom will kill me if I’m not perfect for today. I stepped out after a quick 15 minutes and started to blow-dry my hair and brush my teeth. My hands were starting to get shaky from nerves but I tried to ignore them. My wolf was getting jittery with excitement, aching to meet our mate.

Once I was done with that, I walked over to my closet where my ceremony dress hang. Maia and I went together to buy our dress, and I can’t lie it was a lot of fun. I picked out this gorgeous navy blue satin dress. It has thin, sheer straps that went over my shoulders as well as off-the-shoulder straps that held up the floor length dress. The dress is form-fitting at the top with a plunging heart neckline and then flows out to the bottom with an open slit on my left leg. It was a little risqué for my normal attire, but I felt confident in it when I tried it on.

After putting on the dress, I grabbed the gold strappy stilettos I bought to go with it. I’m not used to heels… I’ve practiced quite a few times with these shoes, hoping I don’t make a fool of myself at the ceremony and worse in front of my destined mate. I sat on the bed and put them on, then grabbed my gold crescent necklace that was given to me by my mom. Last thing I needed was the gold stud earrings and my new gold clutch.

“Honey?” I heard my mom knocking on the other side of my door.

“Come in mom.” She walked in and gasped, holding her hand over her mouth.

“Oh my Goddess. Leia Renee Aldrich, you look absolutely stunning!” She started to tear up and she came to me and twirled me around a few times.

“Mom!” I laughed, feeling dizzy at her twirling. “Thanks, mom.” I smiled and we hugged once she stopped twirling me around.

“Is everything packed?”

“Yeah, just gotta grab the rest of my toiletries. Everything was done yesterday.” She smiled proudly and gave me a kiss on my forehead.

“Alright, I’ll have Lance get your bags. Let’s go downstairs to show everyone.” I nodded and followed her to the living room where everyone waited. Corina gasped exactly like my mom as soon as she saw me and the boys looked up.

“Wow Leia! You look beautiful! The males are gonna go crazy over you.” She ran to me and gave me a hug. My dad and brother definitely didn’t like her comments about the males going crazy. I don’t think I do either…

“Li, you’re stunning.” Lance gave me a small smile and ruffled my hair. Good thing I haven’t done my hair yet, or I would’ve been so mad! My dad just nodded in agreement, unable to say much else.

“Thanks guys.” I responded sheepishly, my face turning red from all the attention.
“Alright, chop chop! Lance, get your sisters things and bring it to the car. Everyone let’s hurry to the Grant home to get pictures before we have to send them off!” My mom rushed us and we complied.

After a quick two minute drive, we arrived at Maia’s house where her and her family stood outside waiting. Maia looked gorgeous in her black form-fittingdress; the off-the-shoulder sleeves crisscrossed over her chest making a slightly heart-shaped neckline and the dress fell to the floor like a mermaid dress. It was simple yet beautiful. I quickly got out of the car and ran to her.

“Oh my Goddess Maia! You look amazing!”

“Leia, you too! We are definitely going to be the hottest she-wolves.” We both laughed as we released each other and I turned to her parents.

“Hi Leera, hi David.” I smiled at them both and gave them hugs. They’re basically my second family.

“Leia you look great. I’m so proud of my girls!” Leera gushed, her eyes tearing up. David just chuckled and shook his head.

“Leera! David! Don’t our girls look amazing!” My mom walked up to them with a wide smile. “Come on, let’s get pictures. I know you don’t have your makeup on or hair done yet but I just want a couple!” Maia and I rolled our eyes at each other and laughed.

“You look beautiful Maia.” Lance said smoothly, giving her a hug. Maia’s face turned red as a tomato and I busted out laughing. She gave me a harsh glare as my brother walked away completely oblivious.

“Get in positions!” My mom shouted and everyone went quiet, quickly getting into a family photo. We talked and laughed for a few more minutes, Maia and I making silly poses for photos, before a limo pulled up. Alpha Gray wanted to pick up all the females in the pack by limo to get them ready at his estate. We were to meet the she-wolves from the other two packs that were joining us, Shadowed Raven and Moonstone Snow, there.

“Alright girls. This is it! We will all be right behind you in our own car and we will see you right before the Ceremony Ball. We will watch the Choosing Ceremony of course but won’t be able to come talk to you til later!” My mom gave us both hugs, sniffling loudly.

“Love you mom.” I hugged her tightly, fighting the tears threatening to pour out. Not
yet. My dad gave me a kiss on the forehead before smiling.

“Love you princess.”

“Knock em’ dead lil’ sis! Well not too much, I don’t want to be fighting too many wolves.” I laughed at Lance’s comment before getting into the car with Maia. We held hands the whole drive, whispering here and there about our nerves.
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Almost ceremony time!!