Roger had no idea how he was going to find Kayla at school - he didn’t have her mobile number, she was two years younger than him thus wasn’t allowed in the sixth form common room, and they had rarely encountered each other on a school day in the past. He came down to breakfast frowning.
His parents instantly noticed - Roger was usually cheerful when he arrived in the kitchen to have his morning meal.
“What’s wrong, son?” asked his dad.
“I had the Wolf Dream about Kayla and I don’t know how I’ll find her today,” he said - almost absently - as he sat down at the table.
His father blinked in surprise.
His mother smiled.
“That’s wonderful, dear. I’m sure you’ll find her. If you don’t catch her today, we can always call the Chalcedony’s up and invite them to dinner.”
Roger smiled at his mother.
“Thanks, Mum, though it would be nice to talk to Kayla first.”
“I’m sure there’s no need to worry about finding her,” his mum said. “What was it... - Fate finds a way.”
“Yes, it’s true.”
“She must be overwhelmed,” she commented. “I know I was when I discovered I would one day be married to an Alpha.”
Roger became concerned.
“She won’t be nervous, will she? I mean, no one has any high expectations of her - she’s still only 15.”
Her mother smiled wryly.
“Of course no one does, but she’ll still feel that way. She’ll be anxious about whether she’s good enough for you, she’ll be desperate to impress the pack as a sensible, mature and kind young woman, and she’ll wish upon the moon at night that you love her despite any flaws and slips in perfect behaviour.”
Roger’s concern grew.
“How awful for her.”
His mother came up to him and put her hand on his shoulder. He looked up at her, knowing she was about to impart some much-needed words of wisdom.
“What she’ll need is support, and what she’ll want more than anything else in the world is your love. If you can give her support and love - and the impression that her true self is <I>more<I> than enough to make you, as an Alpha’s son as well as a boyfriend, happy - she’ll be the happiest girl in the world.”
Roger nodded, understanding his responsibility.
“I’ll give her those things. Thanks, Mum.”
His mother smiled once again and sat down next to his father.
“You always were clever,” Roger’s dad said to his wife.
They kissed briefly and Roger, after feeling awkward, hoped he could have that sort of easy and affectionate relationship with his own soulmate.
Sandra was overjoyed to hear about Kayla.
“That’s so wonderful for you,” she told him happily in the car. “She seemed like such a nice person at the New Moon Party. I hope you two are happy together.”
“Me too. Mum was saying that she’d feel quite ... pressured to satisfy expectations, though. I hope she doesn’t become unhappy trying to be anything she isn’t.”
“Well... if you pay attention, you should notice when she’s not happy,” Sandra said. “And I know you’ll do everything you can to make her feel like she’s good enough.”
“You’re welcome,” Sandra said, smiling back.
“So what did you and Rhyley do after the Wolfsong?” Roger wondered.
“Um... we walked. Around the forest.”
“In the dark?” Roger said, frowning slightly.
“Yeah,” Sandra replied, clearly embarrassed.
“Was that ... all you did?”
“Roger, that’s not really your business,” Sandra said, her tone gentler and politer than the words themselves.
“No... but you saying that makes it sound suspicious,” he pointed out.
“Okay, so we might have kissed a few times. But it wasn’t anything outrageous or bad.”
“Okay then,” Roger said, accepting what she was saying as the truth since he knew Sandra was sensible enough to employ self-restraint in a forest after dark when alone with Rhyley, even if he was a bad boy.
“ Thanks,” Sandra said gratefully. “You know, Rhyley really loves me Roger. He told me he was so glad I was his. There was ... a sort of light in his eyes, and real passion in his voice. He took hold of my hands and said I was the best thing that had ever happened to him.”
Roger looked at Sandra. She looked inspired and convinced and he couldn’t really doubt her belief that she thought Rhyley had been serious while saying such a thing.
“That’s good,” he told her. “I’m happy for you.”
Sandra smiled warmly.
“’I’m happy for you too. I wish you and Kayla all the best.”