Go ahead. Hate me. It's taken me 3 months to get this chapter out. I guess it's better than nothing, but I know I wouldn't be very happy if I was the one reading this.

I stared at him a good minute. Out of the corner of my eye I could see Alexander gawking at us. Honestly, I could barely believe it myself.

"You know?" I asked hesitantly.

He smiled at me and nodded. "I know," he reiterated.

"You know?"

He rolled his eyes at me playfully and replied, "I know."

"You know?"

"Ellie, Lucifina, whatever you want to go by, I know. The moment you walked up I knew you were her. No one else could have those eyes," he told me.

"So, I'm really her?"

I couldn't believe it. This was like all my dreams coming true. It was a fairly recent dream, but a dream all the same.

"Of course you're her!" He paused then asked, "You honestly didn't know you were her?"

"Well, I hoped. Someone told me about Lucifina this morning, so I had to find out for myself," I said.

Not giving him a chance to say anything as a reply, I asked, "Why weren't you more," I paused, "pleased when you first saw me?"

He took a step toward me and placed his hand on my cheek. "You can't imagine how happy I was when I saw you walking up to me. You were like a ghost come back to life. No matter how much I believed you to be alive, I never could imagine what it would be like to finally see you again. It's all I imagined and more. You're back. I no longer have to live with the guilt of your death. You're not dead!"

He pulled me to him in a hug. Immediately, I buried my face in his neck and began to cry. Through my tears, though, I could recognize his scent. It was something I had dreamed for years, but always assumed was just another piece of my imagination. He smelt of the pine trees and dirt, but what I loved most was that he also smelt of the outdoors right after it rained. That had always been one of my favorite scents, but now that I knew it was because of him, it immediately jumped to number one.

He pulled back at wiped at the tears rolling down my face. I knew my makeup was probably running, but I couldn't care less. He was here. He was real. He wasn't just a dream.

"Ah," a voice brought me out of both my thoughts and Aiden's arms. "I hate to break up this little reunion, but are you sure she's Lucifina, Aiden?"

Both of us looked over at Alexander. It was at that moment that I remembered that he was beta of our pack. He was the leader, but not anymore. I was leader now. I was alpha. I was Lucifina "Ellie" Ever.

Aiden spoke, "I've never been more sure of anything. It's her. She smells like my mate. She is my mate."

He grabbed my hand and held it tight. Even though I had held hundreds of guys hands over the years, I still felt a little awkward being close to him. I had never assumed I would spend the rest of my life with any of the guys I dated. Aiden, though, was someone I knew would be by my side for the rest of forever.

"I'll just go inside and gather the pack. It would be best if they heard the news from ya'll," Alexander excused himself. He didn't even wait for us to reply before walking back to the pack house. It was understandable that he was confused about this all. I was still confused.

"What do I smell like to you?" I asked curiously.

I could visibly see him smell me again before saying, "It's mainly peppermint and lavender, but there's a hint of honey. It's the most amazing scent in the world. I've always loved it even before I met you when you were little. When you had the scent, it became all I could think about."

I told him, "You smell like the outdoors. Like the trees, dirt, and rain. It fits you. I love it."

He seemed hesitant about something, but after a second he asked, "How was your life? Were you happy?"

I looked at him and smiled, hopefully erasing any doubts he had that I had lived a horrid life. I hurriedly gave him the short version, "I had a good life. I wasn't allowed to do much, but by the time I was in high school I was free to do as I wished. I was the popular girl in high school. I couldn't live without my 2 best friends, Aly and Tally. They're the ones who convinced me to come here to Houston. We just found out that Aly is actually Zach's mate."

"So, you were happy?"

"Yeah, I was happy. I can't complain about my life. For me, it was almost perfect," I said.

Again, he pulled me to him and held me tight. I never wanted to leave this spot. I never wanted to leave his arms. I never wanted to leave him. I'm not sure if it was the wolf inside of me or what, but I knew I wouldn't mind spending the rest of my life by his side.

"I'm so sorry, Luci. I should have been there for you. I should have searched to the ends of the world for you. I should have known," Aiden said bitterly. It was obvious he was angry at himself.

I pulled away from him and smiled before saying, "I'm here now, Aiden. You're here now. That's all that matters."

He shook his head. "It's been fourteen years, Luci! How can you forgive me so easily?"

"I lived my life. I got to experience a life I never would have if I had been here. I never would have met my friends or learned all I have. I wouldn't be the me I am today if not for my 'death'."

He brought me in for another hug as he said, "I'm never going to let you go."

"And I'll never let you go," I replied.

At that moment, I voice cleared their throat from behind us. Aiden and I both turned to see Alexander looking at us.

"I don't mean to interrupt this little reunion, but, well, don't you think it would be best that we tell the pack you're back, Lucifina? You are our Alpha after all."

I looked at him for a second, not really understanding what he was saying. I was still too caught up in the fact that I had finally figured out my past. After a few seconds, I turned to Aiden and said, "Sophie and Zach are probably anxiously awaiting my return. They knew what I was going out here to do. Besides, I am finally ready to claim what I was born to be. I'm ready to be Alpha."

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Alexander stiffen. Turning to him I gave him a questioning look. Instead of him answering, though, Aiden did.

"You've finally claimed your right as Alpha. The whole pack felt it. It shouldn't be long before they are out here," he said.

Just as he finished, the door leading to the pack house burst open and my pack mates came running out, Sophie and Zach in the lead.

Both Aiden and Alexander straightened up, making sure to show their dominance. Upon seeing them, I copied their stances. I was Alpha and I needed to act it. Though, I had no clue with what being a leader of a pack of werewolves entailed.

Once everyone was gathered, Aiden took a step forward and addressed the pack, "Wolves of the Texas Pack, it has been a great many years since I have been able to speak to you properly. For that, I am sorry. My coming to your home in the past years has not been for anything other than sadness. To think, this pack once held everything I cherished. I could consider this pack as much my pack as my own is.

"I realize I was not the only one mourning the death of Lucifina. She was a great wolf, and would have been a great alpha. With her demise, I gave up on this pack, something I never should have done. You treated me as pack, and I abandoned you in your time of need.

"You needed an alpha and I wasn't there for you. I'm here now to give you back your fullness as a pack. I'm here to give you an Alpha!"

There was a moment of silence then the pack all burst into noise at once. Zach and Sophie were the only ones not speaking, and that was only because they were too busy smiling at me. They knew that I was Lucifina, that I was their Alpha.

"Silence!" Alexander ordered.

There was a bit of hesitation in the crowd, but no one stopped talking. I looked at Aiden to see him giving me a pointed look. I nodded and turned to the crowd.


In an instant, the whole pack was quiet. It was a bit disconcerting really. Every eye was looking at me, wondering how I had managed to quiet them when Alexander, their beta, hadn't been able to.

Aiden continued his speech, "I give you your new alpha. Lucifina "Ellie" Ever!"

Not my best chapter, but still, it better than nothing. I plan to update much more often. The hate-mail I've (not) been getting had really put into perspective how much my readers love me. I realize that the only reason you have(n't) been sending me hate-mail is because you can't bare the thought of being without me (and my chapters) for too long. Thank you for that.