Even though all three of their children were teenagers Alois still peeked in on them before going to bed at night. Even if he didn’t check on the twins he rarely joined his wife in bed without checking on Ievis. He frowned upon realizing his son wasn’t in bed. He went outside to find him, finally discovering Ievis sitting in the grass alone, staring up at the moon. He could tell he was frustrated and he wondered if his son had been trying to shift into a wolf again. “are you alright son?”
“No” Alois sat next to him “were you trying to shift again”
“why is it just me? Why can my sisters shift and I can’t and worse my wings are prettier than theirs. It’s just…”
“It doesn’t matter”
“Son you just took more after your mother than me and theres nothing in the world wrong with that. I love her and the pack loves both her and you”
“I know it doesnt matter to anybody else in the pack dad”
“You know we can just call a wolf to you. It’s kind of the same thing as when packs make humans wolves”
“dad…nothing would make me feel more pathetic, can you please just stop”
“I cant just leave you feeling like this alone son. Fairies are amazing and so are elves. You’re the smartest being in this pack too and very well respected. Are you sure theres no particular reason you not being able to shift into a wolf bothers you beyond just that you want it?” Ievis shifted uncomfortably and decided just to tell his dad why it mattered to him so much more now than ever “I just…I really liked this girl, obviously not a girl in our pack and she turned me down because I’m not a real wolf…her exact words dad”
“she wasn’t your mate right?”
'well no, she was just really cute and I havent found mine yet but…what if I find my mate and shes a wolf and then…and then she doesnt want me either"
“That would be horrible but one, you are a real wolf, its in your DNA and two, as heartbreaking as I know that would be you probably shouldnt want to be with your mate either if they are like that. You’re amazing and you should love yourself for all that you are instead of what you don’t have. You’re my son, You’re a part of this pack and you’re a great man and anybody who cant see that is stupid”
“why couldn’t I at least be a cool looking fairy? What if shes a fairy and wont be with me because my wings are too pretty and girly. I mean maybe if shes an elf I’ll be passable”
'son, as I said, start focusing on whats good about you and seeing the good in these flaws you’re making up. Your wings are beautiful, maybe she’ll love that. I mean maybe your mate isn’t any of the three races you are"
“sounds like a picnic for my kids”
“I wouldn’t trade your mother for any wolf in the world. I’m incredibly happy just as she is with me. Are you really so unhappy?” Ievis sighed “I’m sorry, I really am dad. I didn’t mean it like that. I…that girl just really shook me when she told me no because I wasnt a real wolf…I guess we can add I’m an ass to the reasons I’ll probably be single forever” Alois put a hand on his sons shoulder, feeling for him. Ievis had always been hooked on love stories and had always been the sweetest kid around. It wasn’t shocking that struggling to find a girl to love him would cause such a depression in him. At least he finally understood why not being able to shift had suddenly started to bother his son last year.
“You’re not an ass son. I was trying to give you a reality check when I asked that question. Come home with me” both men stood and Alois hated now noticing that his son had been crying.