Queen of the Pack

by Erin Salvatore

Disclaimer: I don't own the Vampire Diaries. I'm just borrowing.

Note: I got this wild little idea that was originally going to be a Klaroline story, but I changed my mind and made it a Delena story instead, with Klaroline mixed in. The plot is this: Elena Gilbert is a werewolf who lost her pack in a tragedy and is searching for a new one. Her search leads her to Mystic Falls, where she finds a pack led by the dashing alpha male, Damon Salvatore. He is instantly drawn to her from the moment he meets her, having been told by the pack's oracle that she is his destined mate. Don't ask, just take it as it's written.

Chapter 1

"You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger." - Damon to Elena, 3x22, "The Departed"

Mystic Falls, Virginia

The darkness seemed to stretch for miles as Elena Gilbert walked through the woods. For the past two months, she had been on her own, struggling to survive. Elena was a newly turned werewolf and for the moment, she didn't have a pack. The one she was born into met a tragic end, along with her parents, Miranda and Grayson, and her brother, Jeremy. The events of that horrific night played over and over in her head during the course of her journey. While she had been lucky to have survived, it did nothing to ease her pain.

After what seemed an eternity, Elena stopped by a lake and took a drink, not giving a shit what it tasted like, since she was so thirsty. As she drank, her keen hearing alerted her to music playing nearby. Curious, Elena went toward the sound, sniffing the wind as she walked. The scents that reached her nose told her that there was a pack living in the area, which, to her, meant finding a new pack was closer at hand than she thought.

The music got louder as she got closer and when Elena reached the source of the music, she gasped in surprise. It was a party, but for who?

Probably for the alpha, she thought. Of course, I don't really care, since I'm looking for a pack. Hopefully, this pack will accept me as one of them.

"Hey, what are you doing on our land?"

Elena was startled by a voice and looked to see a blonde girl looking at her. She didn't look too pleased to see a stranger on pack lands. Oh, shit, this isn't what I wanted at all. Easy, Elena, just tell her your purpose here.

"I mean you no harm," she said. "I've been traveling for a long time and I was hoping to get accepted into your pack."

The girl scowled at her, a twinkle of doubt in her blue eyes. "Outsiders who want to join our pack have to have an audience with Damon. He alone decides who gets in."

Elena gulped. "I'm afraid I don't know who this Damon is."

"He's the alpha male of the pack," said the girl. "Since you obviously don't know your way around here, I'll take you to him." Not giving Elena a chance to reply, she added, "A word of caution, stay close to me and don't wander. Your anxiety can sensed by the others, including the unmated males."

Elena nodded. "I'll keep that in mind."

The blonde didn't answer, just walked off. Not to lose track of her, Elena followed her closely and made sure that she didn't wander, keeping her wits about her. This was definitely different from her pack's land, that was for sure. And the blonde she was following, she seemed to have an aggressive air about her. Elena could also detect the tell-tale scent on her, as well as a bite mark on her neck. Was she..recently mated?

Clearing her throat, she said, "I know this isn't any of my business, but I can't help but notice that you have a bite on your neck, as well as the scent of a male on you. Were you mated recently?"

"Yes," the blonde replied. "I'm sure you'll be meeting my mate soon. And don't worry, it's not Damon. The oracle said that he is to be mated soon, but the mate she predicted for him isn't one of the females in the pack."

Elena blinked. What the hell was she talking about? Who was this oracle and what was this prediction of hers all about? While she was certain that everything would be sorted out once she had her audience with Damon, Elena was still very confused.

After a while, they arrived at a stately mansion, which literally blew Elena's mind. Wow, Damon lives in this place? He must really be a powerful alpha male if he lives in a mansion like this one. No wonder the wolves in this pack respect him somuch. I'm still confused about this oracle I just heard about, though.

Tempted as she was to speak, Elena kept her mouth shut, saving her questions for when she was in Damon's presence.

It didn't take too long before they arrived at the parlor and Elena came face to face with Damon himself. Shit, he was gorgeous, with hair as black as the night, blue eyes that seemed to glow against the light of the fire burning behind him, a body that a woman would have to blind and stupid not to notice and that made the wolf within Elena pant and howl with desire, and lips that she was tempted to kiss and nibble.

"Who is this, Caroline?"

Elena looked at the blonde then. Caroline. So, that's her name. Well, it's an awfully pretty name for an equally pretty wolf.

"This is an outsider I found a few minutes ago," she replied. "According to her, she is looking to be accepted into our pack. I told her that such a thing could only be possible through you and..."

Damon raised his hand to shush her. "That will be all, Caroline. Leave us. I wish to speak to this outsider in private. I'm pretty sure Klaus is looking for you."

Caroline nodded and, without a word, exited the room, leaving Damon and Elena alone. Elena felt small at that moment, since she had never encountered an alpha as powerful as the one she was standing before. She licked her lips, trying not to be captivated by how unbelievably sexy he was.

"What's your name?"

His question snapped her out of her reverie. "Huh?"

Damon smiled slightly at her. "I asked your name."

Elena shook her head, inwardly punishing herself for her stupidity. "Oh, my name. I'm Elena. Elena Gilbert."

"Well, Elena, it's a pleasure to meet you. I'm Damon Salvatore, the alpha of this pack as Caroline no doubt pointed out to you. Please, don't let her intimidate you. She only does that to protect me from those who wish to harm me." He approached her and carefully sniffed her. "And I can tell that you have no intentions of that."

Elena panted as she caught a whiff of his scent. Shit, this man was sex on a stick, and the fact that the black shirt he was wearing was unbuttoned, revealing his chest to her, which looked like it had been carved by the angels themselves, didn't help matters much.

"I also sense that you're nervous," he said, a seductive whisper to his tone. "Don't be. I mean you no harm, just like you mean me no harm."

Elena gulped. "I'm sorry. It's just that I've never been in the presence of an alpha male before. In fact, I never had an audience of the alpha of the pack I lived in before this. Of course, no one else ever saw him either. He was virtually invisible and..."

Damon gently placed his finger on her lips. "Shhh. It's okay, Elena, there's no need to be nervous around me. As I said before, I mean you no harm."

He stepped back to admire her. She was certainly beautiful, with long, dark brown hair that seemed to have a heavenly glow in it, sensuous brown eyes, a body that he was tempted to caress as he had hot, passionate, primal sex with her, claiming her as his own, and lips he wanted to kiss. Damn it, his wolf howled with desire just looking at her.

"Do you have a place to stay, Elena?"

Elena shook her head. "No."

"Well, starting tonight, that's all going to change," said Damon. "You can stay here with me."

Elena blinked. Was he serious? "Damon, you can't mean that. I can't accept that. We barely know each other and..."

"You'll have your own room," said Damon, gently brushing her cheek with his finger. "I promise you, Elena, I won't do anything you don't want me to do to you. I want to get to know you, take things slow."

Elena gulped and was about to say something when she was interrupted by the arrival of a man younger than Damon, with short, dark blonde hair that was slicked up compared to Damon's wild locks that hung freely, green eyes, and wearing clothes that matched his youthful appearance.

"Ah, Stefan, perfect timing. This is Elena, she's going to be living here with us."

The young man, named Stefan, tilted his head in curiosity. "This is unexpected, brother. You haven't had a female in the house in a long time." He blinked. "This wouldn't have anything with what the oracle said, would it?"

The oracle. There was that word again. "Who's the oracle? Caroline mentioned it earlier."

"Her name is Bonnie and she's usually right about things concerning the pack," said Stefan. "In fact, she's predicted that Damon will be mated soon, and that his mate won't be any of the females in the pack, but someone different."

Elena nodded slowly, still confused, but accepting what Stefan said. Perhaps, she'd know all the answers soon, but for now, she'd take this one step at a time.

Note: Yeah, this is something new. Don't worry, there will be romance in here, I'm building up to it. And Elena will learn what her destiny is.

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