Alpha Ricardo's POV
I could hear cheering and loud claps from some members of the males' clan in my father's pack giving a round of applause to me as I stood before them in my wolf form. I just turned eighteen today, and this was my first time shifting into my wolf.
I lifted my head and held dad's gaze, only to see it filled with pride and joy as he took a step closer to me.
''Can you hear me, son?'' he asked telepathically.
''Yes…'' I wanted to speak, but it came out as a growl. All the males present laughed, including Dad.
''Calm down, son. You don't speak with your mouth while you are in your wolf form, but you use your mind instead.'' he said those words loudly, which got me more confused.
''If you want to speak to anyone through telepathy, all you have to do is just think of that person and say whatever you wanna say in your heart. If he or she is a werewolf, then he or she is sure to hear you.'' Dad explained through telepathy, while I slightly lowered my head, giving him the sign that I understood.
''Now speak to me,'' he said, while fixing his gaze on me.
''How is my wolf?'' I inquired through telepathy, and it worked. ''Good,'' Dad said out loud with a clap.
''He can speak through telepathy,'' he announced to the other men in the backyard, and I got cheers from them.
''Let's go meet the others, I bet they are eager to see your wolf.'' Dad said with a proud smile, and he gently caressed the fur on my body.
''Stop it, dad.'' I grumbled through telepathy and got a soft chuckle from him.
''Let's go,'' he said, and took the lead while I followed behind. With heavy feet, I followed Dad out of the backyard and walked toward the garden where the party was being held.
''Don't be nervous, you have an outstanding wolf.'' Dad assured me through telepath as we continued walking while the other men walked behind us.
Within a few steps, we got to the big garden in the mansion where the party was being held. ''Goddess.'' The first person who took sight of me exclaimed happily, while she lowered her head in respect. Such a reaction gave me confidence that my wolf was huge and healthy, because that had been my greatest fear.
As we made our way to the center of the garden, everyone I walked past lowered their heads with respect, having a big smile on their faces.
''It was a success!'' Dad yelled, and everyone howled excitedly.
''I stood beside my father and moved my gaze around with curiosity, only to see the faces of everyone filled with joy.
''My son, your next Alpha has gotten his wolf, not just an ordinary wolf but a mighty and gigantic one.'' He spoke with so much pride in his voice, which got me more curious because I really wanted to see what my wolf looked like.
As if he was reading my thoughts, he signaled for a big mirror to be brought to me. With panting breath, I stared at the mirror, and my jaw dropped at the sight of my wolf reflecting in the mirror. ''Is this me.'' I spoke to myself but got a response, ''It's us.'' A voice that sounded like mine responded. ''Who…'' I wanted to ask but stopped halfway. ''Are you, my wolf?'' I asked. ''Yes, Rick, I'm your wolf, and we are now one.'' He responded. I smiled to myself and fixed my gaze on the mirror, still staring at the gigantic black wolf reflecting in the mirror.
He had emerald green eyes, which spoke of power and dominance, and would easily scare anyone, including me, if he wasn't my wolf.
''Greet your people, son.'' Dad said those words aloud. Inhaling deeply, I took a step forward and moved my gaze around, meeting everyone's gaze.
"Owooooo!!" I howled loudly, and everyone lowered their heads in respect.
''Owooo.'' I howled again and lifted my gaze to the sky, staring at the half moon on the right-hand side of the sky.
Everyone howled excitedly while their heads were still lowered to the ground. I locked my gaze on my father and noticed a satisfied smile on his face before he spoke.
''As you all know the tradition, Ricardo is our new Alpha, but will be crowned on his twenty fifth birthday.'' Dad announced, and everyone nodded their heads in response.
Dad kept saying other things, but I didn't pay attention to it because I was trying to communicate with my wolf, asking him if our mate was nearby and what my special ability was, because male child born into the lineage of Alphas is born with special gifts and abilities.
''Let's go back to the garden, son, you need to change back to your human form.'' Dad's words took me out of my thoughts. I nodded my head to dad's words and followed him back to the backyard, where I first shifted into my wolf.
''Can you shift into your human form?'' Dad asked the moment we got to the backyard. ''I'll try, after all, I'm my father's son.'' I said and got a proud smile from Dad.
''Remember what I told you?'' he asked.
With those words from him, I sucked a deep breath and closed my eyes. Just like my father had instructed, I imagined myself nude and in my human form. At the thought of that, I felt my bones breaking down, which forced me to the ground as my feet became weak. My transformation began from my legs, up to my body, before my face.
''You took one minute, which is slow. You need more practice.'' Dad stated, and gave a hand to me, so I could get to my feet.
''What is the accurate time?'' I asked.
''No time is accurate, but as an Alpha you need to shift within some seconds.'' he explained, '' I'll work on it.'' I responded and took my clothes from Dad. I changed into a pair of black fitted jeans and a long white sleeved t-shirt. I arranged my hair with my fingers and stood before my dad.
''You are all grown up, and I believe your mother would be really proud of you.'' he said and gently tapped my shoulders.
''Very soon you will know your abilities and probably find your mate, but before that, I have a surprise for you. They are waiting in the living room.'' he announced with a big smile.
''They? My surprise is a living being?'' I asked, curiously.