Jim doesn't suffer fools gladly either but he is alpha of the cat clan. Being alpha is the only path to the council and I think Derek will want that enough to put up with clan politics eventually.
Seems like everyone assumes Jennifer will be gone. Anyone think she will stay alpha and just find a male to partner (not necessarily mate) with?
I don't see Jennifer staying the Alpha female unless the next Alpha male wants her to stay in that position. I have two reasons for that which may or may not be true as we get to know her better. 1) She has a hot temper and hair trigger seen in her behavior with Kate, Aunt Bea, and Jim. Too hot and hair trigger to be a good leader without Daniel or another to help her control it. Yes, that doesn't stop a shapeshifter from becoming and remaining an Alpha, but it means they have to be tougher as more people will get angry with her and want to get rid of her if she behaves unfairly over and over because she's pissed. 2) She did not fight her way to her current position and there are a lot of wolves. How many in a row could she take before she's toppled?
Hmmm, I wonder if Curran can or has controlled things like how often someone can be challenged in a day/week/month or who can do it? After just re-reading the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series where Bran would keep this sort of thing under control, I would assume that Curran could, but does he? Would he for Derek? For Jennifer?
Since there's always supposed to be an Alpha male and an Alpha female for each clan, I don't think that the competition for the Alpha male postion would really affect Jennifer's position, unless the new alpha male was mated.
(e.g. Since both Jennifer and Derek are now single, it's possible that if Derek does become the alpha male, Jennifer could still be the alpha female, assuming other females didn't challenge her. At least, that's how I understand it?
It might be difficult if a new unmated male took the wolf alpha male postion, Jennifer kept her position, and then the alphas disagreed on stuff though. (e.g. Jennifer thinking her opinion should matter more since she's been alpha for longer, and the new alpha male thinking his opinion should matter more because he's a better fighter or something. How would they resolve that?)
(Mated pairs, I think,
would be more motivated to find a way to resolve conflicts/disagreements, but what if they're not mated and it isn't clear who's authority is more important etc? Would they resolve it with a fight normally? If so, since Jennifer's pregnant at the moment, resolving it with a fight wouldn't really work right now.)
I think we might be getting a bit off topic though.
With Derek, I still don't think he'll become the wolf alpha male (yet), I think he'll probably keep working for Kate for a while.
(btw, we also talked about what would happen to Jennifer in another thread: http://www.ilona-andrews.com/forum/index.php?topic=1094.0