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Jan. 24th, 2013 01:07 pm
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Something from Lunacy, though I have no idea where it fits in, to be honest.
Nico's eyes widened when he saw my neck. It was smooth, dark, and unblemished, free of every mark he'd left there. Knowing full well what he was and what he was capable of didn't stop me from moving closer, into his personal space.

"You can play your games with your brother, Nico, but you had better remember that I'm not a thing. Hickies and love bites are one thing, but if you ever-" I poked him in the chest, hard "-ever try to mark me like that again, you will seriously and deeply regret it." It was probably foolish to threaten a werewolf, but I meant every word of it. He knew that, yet that wasn't why he was staring at me so incredulously.

"Julia...how did you heal so fast? That isn't possible. It shouldn't be." His dark eyes were fixed on my neck as he spoke but when he finished they climbed up to mine. It was that question, that look on his face, that cut me off mid-tirade. He pressed his advantage. "Yesterday, I bit you here," and he drew his finger along my neck, his eyes tracking the movement. "I put my initials here," he continued, and the memory of his audacity made me flare in anger again, but his hand drifted downward, over the curve of my breast where NG had been prominently displayed only yesterday, just over my heart. He glanced from his hand up to my face again. "Nothing's there. At all. Healing that fact Julia, it's...impossible."

"No," I whispered in response, my eyes wide and my voice shaking. "It's just inhuman."
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One day I will actually have to outline this series better so I know what is actually happening >.>

Julia had heard the phrase said before: it's not paranoia when they really are out to get you. It was true. In that circumstance, it was being aware and being prepared. The low growls in the distance were a warning. They weren't coming from either Terry or Nico, and briefly she wondered when she got to the point where she could tell one wolf's howl apart from another's. Even the twins sounded different to her, Nico's howl being a little deeper and wilder, Terry's being softer, and almost recognizable as vaguely human. These cries were were even more wild than Nico's.

Julia leaped over fallen branches with the kind of ease that didn't come naturally for a human, but she was a runner and years of training had given her speed above and beyond normal people. It would help, but she wasn't sure it was enough. They were after her, and she was sure they wouldn't stop until she - or they - were dead.

Which was why she was stunned when she put on another burst of speed, ducking and dodging through the trees as well as they were, better than, since she'd had a head start. Somehow, she, an ordinary human, was outrunning werewolves out for her blood. It was only when she made it into the safety of her own mountain-ash and wolfsbane-lined room, did she relax enough to wonder at the strangeness of it.

Who were they? Why were then after her? And how had she managed to outrun them.

She balled her hands into fists. Somehow, she knew Nico and Terry would have the answers, and if Terry wouldn't tell her, then Nico would.

It was time to find out everything that they were keeping from her.
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This was not the prompt I'd intended to do today, but then I saw this picture and I had to.

The moon was full. The cloudless sky was riddled with stars, and the moon shone unnaturally bright over the woods behind Julia's house. She tugged aside the heavy curtain letting the light stream in, knowing tonight Nico would be out there. In her hand she held a silver locket with a secret compartment filled wolfsbane. Terry's necklace. He was going to be be out there too. Julia stepped back and lined her window with a mixture of mistletoe and rye, then dusted it with mountain ash, for good measure. The way Nico and Terry were acting lately she didn't want either of them near here, and certainly not during the full moon.

She was a little worried about Terry though. He'd been staving off changing for so long he was certainly weaker as a wolf than Nico was. Nico reveled in the change and taunted his twin for being lesser, for rejecting what he was. They fought badly enough in human form. What would happen tonight?

Julia put the necklace under her pillow and climbed into bed. No, she shouldn't be worried about Terry. He'd lied to her, repeatedly, and seemed to think that was just going to slide now. Now that she needed "protecting". That was a laugh. Julia didn't need protecting from Nico; Terry did. Julia didn't need protecting from anyone.

Her dreams that night were full of the moon, of fur and claws and teeth, of blood and howls, of rejoicing and pain. She wasn't just listening to the wolves, she was among them, one of them.

And just like Nico, she reveled in it.

Maybe I'll save that other prompt for tomorrow.
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So this is from a series I started called Lunacy. Unsurprisingly, it's about werewolves and this is part of a scene where Nico is making advances on a girl his brother Terry is dating. It's so much more complicated from that, but in a nutshell, that's all the backstory you need to know for this part.

It's only a wee bit racy )

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Oct. 21st, 2009 09:12 pm
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"How ya been, old man," I drawled, tipping my hat low to keep the sun out of my eyes.

"Can't complain," Jacob replied, spitting at his feet. "'Cept I always do." He grinned then nodded at the sheep. "They're looking real good, Jesse. Earning yer keep nice and good." He looked up then, noticing something behind me and I turned to see Grey had come outside. He was standing there in the doorway, in my shirt and jeans, barefoot with his silver hair curling down around his neck and upper shoulders. His body was tensed though, poised as if ready to attack. to him, Jacob was a threat, one he wanted gone. He was keeping himself in check though, and I think it was only because of me.

I cleared my throat. "Ah, this here's a friend of mine," I said by way of introduction. I stepped a little closer to him, hoping my nearness would keep him calm.

Jacob tilted up his own hat, squinting up at Grey. "Yeah well I was jus' checkin' in to make sure you were still good on supplies." He pursed his lips and then addressed Grey, "So where ya from, boy?"

Grey glanced at me, but remained silent. He didn't understand Jacob, and he couldn't respond.

When Jacob scowled and added, "I asked you a question, boy," I had to step in. "Sorry boss," I interjected. "He don't speak so good. Best not to worry about tryin' to make conversation." It was the truth, and Jacob would likely write Grey off as being deaf, mute, maybe just plain simple. I didn't like the thought, but if it stayed Jacob's sometimes sharp tongue, then it would save the man's life. I doubt I could move fast enough to stop Grey from shifting and tearing out Jacob's throat if he so chose.

But Jacob just nodded and gave up addressing Grey. "Boy's got some strange hair. Ain't never seen it that color," he mused. He looked back at me then and offered, "So you all right then? Not be needin' anythin'?"

Before I could answer Grey nudged me, What are you both saying? in his eyes.

Trying to make him leave, I conveyed back and smiled at Jacob. "I'm fine here, Jacob. Don't need a thing."

Jacob nodded at the sheep again, spitting once more for good measure. With another curious glance at Grey Jacob tipped his hat and turned back to his truck. He wasn't needed there anymore.

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Oct. 20th, 2009 06:56 pm
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Grey's ears pricked up, twitching lightly as he caught the sound. Confusion was in his eyes as he lifted his head. What is that sound?

I stood, less painfully now that he'd attended my wounds. The owner of this ranch. He does not know that you are here. Or that we are wolves. My mind raced with possible options. You must hide. Or change and wear human fur. He cannot see us this way. A friend visiting the ranch I could explain. I couldn't explain keeping a wolf companion.

Grey made a dissatisfied sound, partly because I'd moved away from where he was resting comfortably on me and partly because he didn't like his options one bit. Can't we just eat the human?

I shook my head, and the movement continued down the length of my body as I changed. "No," I started aloud, and then added, Others would look for him. We would no longer be given meat. We might be hunted. The truck was curving round and coming up to crest the hill now. He also carries the loud stick that hurt you. He might try to hurt you before you could eat him. Please change. I didn't want to beg him but I was close to doing so.

Maybe he read it in my body language, because he finally stood and shivered into human form. I exhaled in relief. "Come on. You need clothes." Because, as always, he was naked. That was something else inexplicable.

I led him inside, pausing for a moment to watch him walk. I tried not to, but I could help watching the play of his muscles beneath his skin, something besides usual hunger gnawing at me. I shook myself out of it and hurried inside. My clothes wouldn't fit Grey quite right, but they'd do in a pinch. I unfolded a pair of jeans and a long sleeved shirt and held out the shirt for Grey, knowing full well I have to help dress him. I lifted my arms up to show him what to do.

I'd picked out a pull-over shirt, because buttons would take too long. Tugging it down over his head and arms was easy enough. Getting him into jeans was more difficult. I smoothed down the shirt unnecessarily, an excuse to touch him longer, almost petting him, and then held the jeans low for him. Step into these.

Like any canine being petted, it was an unconscious reaction for him to press into the touches; it seemed to go a long way towards soothing Grey's irritation with the whole situation. Eyeing the item I was holding, he hesitated before lifting a leg and trying to get his foot into one of the holes. The wrong hole, of course.

I smiled, but hurriedly corrected him. It was a bit slow-going but the only real difficulty came when I slid the denim up his legs to his waist. I paused again, closing my eyes briefly before I carefully tucked him into the fly of the jeans before zipping and buttoning them. I was just in time.

"Hey Jesse! Where you at, boy?"

I turned to head outside, but Grey stopped me, tugging me back. With no warning at all, he stuck his nose into the crook of my neck, inhaling deeply. I should have known instantly what he was doing, but the sudden feeling of it wiped my mind clear. I leaned back, just a little into that, before I could even stop himself. Biting down on my lip did not stop my eyes from rolling back in my head when Grey's nose pressed into my neck like that. My voice caught, just a little as I called out, "Be right out, boss!" I glanced at Grey once more and headed outside.

Seeing Jacob there among the sheep was a jolt back to reality. I didn't want to think about that moment back inside. Moments like that were the reason I was where I was where I was now. I couldn't repeat that mistake again. I couldn't chance losing my second pack.

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Oct. 19th, 2009 07:48 pm
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The moon was waxing in the sky. Getting closer to full. Now I know people like to say the moon brings out the lunatic in people. Some think it's just some crazy talk. I think the people who go a little weird around a full moon are just a little more in touch with their animal side.

The full moon makes us more aggressive. That and the fact that for the three nights of the full, we have to be wolves. We've got no choice in the matter, even if it's an inconvenience sometimes. There's thing you can take, I've heard, to stop or at least delay the change. I've never wanted to. Not even when my own growing agrees ion could just get me in trouble. It'd be denying part of me.

So the full moon approached, and I grew belligerent. It was nothing compared to Grey. His dominance came through stronger than any alpha I'd ever seen, more than my own father. It was in the way he moved, stalked, glared. It was in the way he came up to me and nudged me aside, harder than necessary. It was in the challenge in his eyes.

Any other time of the month, I'd have backed down, given him his space. He was spoiling for a fight, and there was no one else to take out his aggression on. I was his beta. It was my duty. Not to mention the part of me that only ever got strong enough to challenge an alpha during the full moon wouldn't allow me to refuse.

I accepted his challenge and with a flash of teeth and fur, the fight began.

I was going to lose. I knew it before we even began. He was stronger, a better fighter and hunter, and was fully healed. My own skill would be enough to keep me from getting too badly hurt, but there was no way I could win. I fought him anyway.

The first growl Grey gave terrified the sheep and sent them running from us. I saw his lunge and twisted away. I was leaner, maybe a bit faster for my smaller size, and so I managed to get mostly out of the way of that first bite. He still caught my shoulder, but his fangs didn't tear as deeply as they could. I doubled around and bit him back. It was one of few hits I'd land.

His howl turned into a snarl mid-sound and he batted at me with what suddenly seemed like a massive paw. Then his teeth sunk in and he flung me off as though I were a pup. I couldn't help the yelp at the fangs sinking into flesh, and by the gleam I caught in his eyes, the sounds thrilled him. I could barely remember the last time I fought. It ad had been vicious, I remember, and I almost didn't survive. But then, that fight hadn't been for sport.

I lunged again, and caught him once more, but it was only seconds before that powerful muzzle latched on and flung me again. This time, before I could haul myself up, Grey was there, pinning me down. Do you yield? His eyes were intense, compelling.

I yield. There was no way to free myself to continue the fight. I had to yield. That answer seemed to satisfy Grey though, because he released me, triumph in his face, and most of his undirected aggression gone. He moved just enough to let me up, but didn't stray. Instead, he nosed at my wounds, and with the single-minded intensity of an alpha caring for his beta, he started to lick them clean.

I didn't move. The sting of the injuries were slowly melting away under his ministrations, and I just submitted, watching him intently.

You fight well. Grey's compliment was unexpected and I'm sure I showed my surprise.

Not as well as you, was all I could come back with. It was a simple truth, one Grey acknowledged with a huff of breath. But his words struck me. They'd never been said to me before.

He lay down next to me, both of us amused as the sheep slowly came to realize the snarling, growling wolves were not planning to attack. They returned to their grazing, and we rested where we were.

Until my ears picked up a low rumble of sound. It wasn't thunder. There was a truck coming up the hill, a truck I knew had to belong to Jacob. For the first time since I'd found Grey, we were about to have company, and I had no idea how to explain Grey to the owner of the ranch.

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Oct. 15th, 2009 06:00 pm
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Grey ate as though he were not sure when he'd get his next meal. It was the way of a wolf on his own too long, and I didn't much blame him. I knew that feeling. It only made glad I offered to be a pack. I could pretend I needed him to help me hunt, when in reality I needed him to erase the feeling of being so alone.

Grey had only been with me a few days, but we were already falling into a routine. He'd often nip at the sheep's heels for sport. He respected that they were off limits, even if he didn't agree or understand. He ran with ease, even though it'd only been a few days since he'd been shot. Like I said, fast healers. It had been a normal bullet after all.

Grey loped back from his daily terrorizing of the flock, his tongue lolling out as if laughing. But our attention was drawn away by the deer meat we were about to have for lunch. We ate, and for long moments after, I licked the taste from my muzzle, watching Grey. I wanted to see how well he'd healed, but I couldn't see a thing beneath all that fur. I waited until he was lying contentedly in the sun, and nosed his side where his wound had been.

It was gentle prodding, not enough to hurt, but enough to draw attention to the area. I moved from there to his paw, and watched as Grey rolled over to give better access. Should I change?

I hesitated, knowing exactly what I would see: bare tanned skin, silver hair, serious eyes and a strangely pouting mouth. But I needed to see his wounds. Yes.

He changed, and so did I, so I could have use of hands with thumbs. As always in human form he was naked and irritable. He seemed to have little use for two legs, and having been so far removed from using it, he was practically uncomfortable in the skin. I looked over his barely-there injuries best I could. They were nearly gone, like I thought, and would be completely healed before the full moon, no doubt. Hat tipped low over my eyes, I threaded his fingers together, not in an effort to be comfortable, but rather one to keep my hands to myself. His hair was inviting, a strange waterfall of silver.

After a long moment, I couldn't just watch. I unlaced his fingers, reaching out with one hand to gently push back that silver hair. I'd never seen hair that color before, nor since, and half expected it to feel unreal. But it just felt soft in my hands, silkier than it should have been. I should have pulled away, but the message from brain to hand got lost somewhere.

Grey just lay there, head resting comfortably on his arm, making a contented sound in his throat. I think he even dozed off a bit resting that way. I was content to stay there in silence, but he shifted suddenly and posed a question. Dark One. Why do you have human fur?

I was distracted by his hair on my fingertips, and it took a moment for that question to make sense. Human fur? "Clothes," I said, sounding the word out. Humans wear them. It has become...habit.

But why do you...wear them? His brow was furrowed in confusion at that unfamiliar and a little disdain. They are prey. Would you put on sheep fur? There was a gleam of challenge in his eyes.

I did not accept that challenge. They are not always prey. I have always worn them in this form I tried to explain the concept of modesty among humans, but there was no way to convey it. In winter it is too cold to go without. And human skin is soft, too soft. It is protection. I shrugged. Humans are not comfortable in their bare skins.

I could tell that last bit struck him as odd. What manner of silly creature, to be uncomfortable in the very skin they were born in.

But you are not human. The look he gave me was pointed, direct.

I live in their world now. Our kind walks between the world of wolf and man. Some are more one than the other.

Grey seemed to ponder that and then just lay his head back down. Strange was all he said, and then we fell into silence.

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Oct. 14th, 2009 11:46 pm
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Together, we hunted.

He was incredible to watch. He was a stealthy thing, slipping soundlessly between the trees, disappearing in the dark. Patches of light fur should have caught the moonlight, and it was only because my eyes were trained on him, watching his every move, that I did not lose him to his skills in the night-hunt.

Every wolf knows how to hunt. Some are better at it than others. Grey must have easily been one of the best. He took down his prey with such ferocious speed, it made me wonder how a mere man with a gun managed to catch him enough to wound him. Either way, we were shortly to feast on a young deer. and that held my focus.

It was only after, when we came back sated that I posed Grey a question. You have no pack. I have no pack. We could be a pack of two. I wish I could say I don't know why I asked, maybe to add to the mystery, to make it a great story to tell, but I knew exactly why I did.

I was alone. Not just alone. Lonely. I was tired of being a lone wolf. My pack wouldn't have me as I am, and I doubted others would be welcoming either. I was the son of an alpha. Not just an alpha. The Alpha, the pack leader. I was meant to follow in his footsteps. Instead I was a beta by nature, and too gentle. Weak and womanly, they said. Some called me a bitch before I left.

And even so, I would have traded their company for the complete lack I had now.

I think Grey knew I wasn't making the offer lightly. Those eyes rested on me, watching as his head tilted. Strange one, Dark One. I hunt your prey, attack you. And you feed me, fix me, and offer pack? But there was perhaps a bit of longing in grey eyes, hope. Quickly replaced by a gleam of challenge and a short gruff sound. You would be Alpha?

You were wounded, hungry. I did not wish to fight. Jesse shook his head. Had you not been hurt, you could have killed me. The fight was unfair. That is not Alpha. That is Beta. With advantage. There was no shame in being Beta. Beta is not weak. Beta is merely not Alpha. It was a mantra. I'd said it often enough that I was starting to believe it.

He seemed satisfied with that response, and just like that, we were a pack of two. Oddly mismatched, unwanted by others, but now neither of us was alone.

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Oct. 13th, 2009 06:17 pm
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The grey wolf slept, and for the first time in a long time, he slept well. Twinges of pain in his side when he changed positions were nothing compared to the pain that had been there when he was still wounded. The pebbles in his side and arm were gone. The dark wolf had removed them, and the grey wolf could sleep.

He would wake hungry, but for the time being, he needed rest.

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[[Jesse]]

I covered him in a blanket while he slept. When he shifted, he'd been naked. That meant the last time he'd been in human form, he'd been naked. It's hard to explain but when you shift, what you're wearing goes with you, becomes part of you. When you shift back, it's still all there, unchanged. He wasn't wearing anything at all, which made me wonder why he'd been naked before he changed. It was one of many question I wanted to ask before I left him to sleep and went back to the flock.

We all have varying levels of humanity mixed with lupine senses. It makes some of us seem more human, while others seem more like a wolf. The fiercest alpha I'd ever known still behaved more like a human than this wolf. It almost seemed like he never learned how to balance the wolf and the man.

It was late when he woke. The sheep were mostly asleep and I was dozing, my hat tipped low to keep the moonlight off my face. It was the scent of him nearby that woke me.

Grey stood in the doorway, still naked, head titled and nose to the air as if scenting for prey. Just in case I had to head off another run on the sheep, I stood. "Hungry?" I asked aloud, before remembering he didn't speak out loud. He seemed to understand better, but only when he read my body language.

He nodded.We hunt? His eyes strayed toward the sheep.

We can hunt in the woods. There are deer. I hadn't been hunting with another wolf in a very long time. I used to love hunting in twos, especially when the other wolf was in tune and in sync with me. It brought back memories I was surprised to realize still hurt.

Shaking my head I stood up and asked a question, one of many I'd been holding back. Why are you alone?

The same hurt at a not-quite faded memory that had been on my face flashed on his. Grey looked away and made a gruff sound, too rough to be a whine, in his throat. Pack left me. Too different, too much trouble. He looked up at the other wolf. You have pack, Dark One?

Too different? Before pursuing that, I answered his question. No. They moved on. I stayed behind. It was much more complicated, to much to say now. And it still hurt. What do you mean different? I had a hunch, but I wanted confirmation.

Grey shifted, as though he were antsy, unwilling to stay still when he wanted to hunt. Not like them. I change. They stay the same. We hunt now. The last bit was conveyed with decisiveness, and he shifted, saving me the effort of ignoring his nudity.

I couldn't help just staring at him anyway because he had just confirmed my suspicions. It was no wonder he seemed so removed from human speech and behavior. This strange werewolf hadn't been raised among his own kind. He'd been raised by actual wolves.

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Oct. 12th, 2009 06:16 pm
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The wound was filthy, unsurprisingly. The one on his arm at least. I checked there first, after washing my hands and going for a slim pair of metal tongs. The way I approached him made it clear I expected this process to hurt, and he should as well. He tensed, but didn't move away; he remained there, watching me with wary blue eyes.

Carefully as I could, I eased the wound open, sliding the tongs into to hold flesh apart. I was lucky, and managed to grab the bullet lodged in his arm in one quick motion, minimizing how long I had to be poking around. I felt him sigh in relief, but it was only partly over. I cleaned and bandaged the wound so it wouldn't get infected. It would heal soon. Our kind had accelerated healing, which was why it hadn't been terribly infected to start with. If the bullet hadn't still be in his arm, he'd likely have healed on his own fine.

But there was still the question of his other wound, the shot to his side. It didn't take much investigation to realize this wound was much worse. The bullet was lodged deeper, so deep I couldn't see it with my naked eye. I'd have to hold it open to even try to find it, and then attempt to remove it. My expression must have showed my thoughts, for the grey wolf suddenly asked, Will I die?

No, but this'll hurt so bad you might wish you had. I'm sorry. I waited a moment, and when he merely braced himself I went to work. I slid in the tongs, pressing aside skin and muscles, probing for the bullet's location. I found it, after a long tense minute, and pulled the tongs out. But the bullet wasn't in them. It was too deep for me to grab like that. There was no way to hold his flesh back and grab it at the same time, not with the entry wound so small.

There were whimpers curling in his throat, quiet and low as if he were trying to keep them back. I hated feeling like I was hurting him worse, but there wasn't much else in the way of options. I'm going to have to make it bigger, so I can reach. I gently petted his side and waited for him to brace himself once more.

This time I got out my knife, and with two quick cuts, widened the wound enough to go back in. Every sound he made made me want to comfort him like he was a pup, but all I could do was work as quickly as possible. It felt like it took forever - and I'm sure it felt longer to him - but I finally snagged the bullet and drew it out. It, the tongs, and now may hands were covered in his blood. I washed my hands once more, cleaned the wound and without delay sewed up the wound I'd made. It was only then I sat back, exhaled and said aloud, "Well yer all done."

He was still laying curled and tense, shaking slightly from the pain. He was incredibly strong. I would have been howling in pain, possibly passed out from it, but he bore it with near-silence, only a few whimpers of pain and a stoic attitude.

I gave in to my desire then and smoothed my hand down over his hair like I was petting his fur. It's all over. It won't hurt anymore. I paused and then asked, "You were shot. How did it happen?"

He watched me, a multitude of expressions in his eyes. Confusion, pain slight understanding, resignations. He glanced at the sheep. Hungry.

I was confused myself for a minute, till I realized he meant what I'd assumed on my own. He'd been shot going after someone's flock. Humans here don't like sharing their sheep with wolves. But I have food we can share. My eyes strayed back to his bandages, as if making sure they were fine. The one on his side was stained red from his bleeding, but it wasn't much. What are you called? I finally asked one of several questions I wanted to know.

He watched me again, another range of thoughts and emotions in those eyes, as if he were deciding his next course of action. Grey. You?

I said my name aloud. Jesse doesn't translate into wolf-speak.

Grey blinked at me in confusion, silver brows furrowing. His mouth worked to make a sound, but managed a rough grunt. Your name is wrong, he determined. Dark One. That he could manage just fine.

I smiled at that. I couldn't help myself. All right. You can call me Dark One. Describes me just fine. There was so much more I wanted to ask, wanted to know. But those blue eyes had grown tired. He needed sleep, and I needed to go watch the flock. We could answer more questions later.

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Oct. 9th, 2009 07:03 pm
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There was a kind of submission running throughout the grey wolf's body, and I could tell it didn't sit well with him. He wasn't used to being submissive, wasn't used to being beaten, and so quickly. It wouldn't have happened if he'd been healthy. I looked down at him, at the bared expanse of light-grey throat...

And I didn't feel the slightest inclination to sink my fangs into it.

Instead I stepped forward and nosed around his fur, looking for the wound that helped ensure my victory. I didn't touch it for fear of hurting him worse, but I wanted to see how bad I was, whether I needed to shift to help him.

I feel resentment and confusion in his body language when he lifted his head to look at me. What are you waiting for?

He expected me to kill him and to take the prey. All I wanted to do was help him. I stepped back, turned around, and looked over my shoulder at him. For you to follow me. You're hurt and hungry. I have food. But not the flock.

Suspicion battled with pain and hunger in his eyes. It was hardly normal behavior for wolves, and I didn't blame him for being suspicious. Instead I just waited, walked him slowly away from the bleating, terrified sheep, closer to the shed. I dragged out a haunch of beef I'd been saving for lunch, tearing off a small piece to eat, to show it was safe. Mistrust rolled off him in waves, the sharp scent of it in my nose. I watched as he slowly, then with relish, tore into the offered meat. I just watched, nose and tail twitching as he ate, waiting for him to finish. Only then did I broach another subject. Do you need help? With your hurt?

He gave a disgruntled sound in reply that I took to mean a wary yes. He made a nose very close to a human sigh, and then with no warning, he changed.

I won't lie. From that very first moment he shifted, I thought him beautiful. He was a strong, large and handsome wolf, but as a man, he was stunning. He was tanned, but not sun-brown, with well-defined muscles, and an incredibly unusual fall of silver hair. Silver. The color was rather ironic on a werewolf.

I was glad he'd changed though. I needed hands to work with, and wolf communication is sometimes limited, at least when trying to convey more human concepts. This way we could use words. I followed his cue and changed my own shape, shrugging back into two-legged form like I was putting on an old comfortable suit.

His reaction was completely unexpected. Despite his wounds he moved quickly, backing away with a wolfish yelp and crouching several feet away. A low growl rumbled in his throat and I stared in surprise at him. He was surprised. Even a bit scared, and it put him on guard. All I'd done was shift. I couldn't see why that would shock him.

"Shh," I said, using the same tones I did when calming frightened sheep. "I'm not gonna hurt you. I just wanna help. Look here, may name's Jesse. I don't like seein' another wolf hurt, so I'm gonna try fixin' it, all right?"

He didn't speak. He just watched, his behavior still so wolf-like even in human skin, and slowly uncurled. My kind? He seemed slightly reassured, even though he still used body language and wolf-speak instead of human tongue. He came a bit closer. Make the hurt stop?

I had a dozen questions to ask him. Who was he? What was his name? Where had he come from? did he have a pack? Why was he so stunned to see me shift when he obviously could do the same? How did he get hurt? The last question was answered by a quick examination of his wounds.

He'd been shot.

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Oct. 8th, 2009 06:01 pm
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[[Jesse]]

I could smell something on the air, not as strong as if I'd been changed, but it was still there. It wasn't enough to put me on guard, something that nearly turned into a big mistake.

I caught the flash of grey darting from the woods, and faster than I could think I ran towards it. I let the gun Jacob had given me inside the shed. I had no use for it. In mid-stride, I changed. It was a full-body shiver, the wolf coming out. arms and legs shortened and changed, my jaw lengthened, my teeth sharpened. In seconds I was a black wolf running faster than the grey, ready to keep him from my flock.

I'm no fighter. I've fought only to save my life. I'm no good at it, partly because of my lack of practice, but more so because of my lack of killer instinct. It was a deplorable thing, the son of an alpha to be so unequivocally a beta wolf. I was supposed to lead my pack, take over for my father. But the instinct wasn't there.

It was there now, only strong because of the need to protect what I'd come to consider mine. The grey wolf was larger, looked stronger, and as I lunged at him, I didn't expect I'd win, or live.

That prey is mine! The grey wolf's body langue was loud and clear. He issued a challenge, teeth bared, lips curled back.

These sheep are not prey. I accepted the challenge. I wasn't looked for a fight, but I'd protect the flock. It was my job.

MY prey! The grey wolf lunged, jaws snapping, and I dodged, the sudden scent of blood fresh in my nostrils.

These sheep belong to others, I tried again, snapping my own jaws, but refusing to fight yet.

The grey wolf had no qualms about attacking what he considered an interloper. Despite what I suddenly realized was an injury, the wolf charged, catching my shoulder, but the angle was wrong. his bite did little more than scrape at fur and flesh instead of puncturing and tearing as it should. I wanted to hold back. I wanted to fix his wounds. I didn't want to fight. But his aggression filled my nostrils, and I knew I'd have to best him to save my own life and the flock.

I hated doing it, but I fought dirty, knowing he was wounded. I twisted nimbly, getting a much better grip than he had and bit. I bit near where the smell of blood was strongest, near where I knew an injury lay beneath the fur. The wolf yelped and twisted away, clearly in pain. He snapped at me again, but instead I just threw myself at him, my full weight, into a take down. Injured as he was, he went down hard, and after too many futile attempts to get up to face me, he stopped. He bared his throat, resignation setting into his body.

He was waiting for the killing blow.

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Oct. 7th, 2009 06:41 pm
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[[Jesse]]

I remember it being a clear day. The sun shone brightly through the trees. Between its warm glow and the gentle wind, dancing shadows played about the edges of the woods, but the expanse of the open ranch was left to bask in the sunlight.

As I watched them the sheep milled about in utter contentment. I leaned back against the small building that served as home, my black hat tipped down low over my forehead to block out the light. I knew what I looked like: a stereotype. I had my cowboy hat perma-glued to my head, a long lean frame, well-fitting jeans, and a worn and comfortable pair of cowboy boots, on legs crossed at the ankles. If there was anyone to talk to, my voice would just go right along with my looks: low, mellow, soothing, with one hell of a mid-west drawl. The sheep liked hearing me talk, on the rare occasions I did. By all accounts, I seemed like an ordinary rancher. I was far from ordinary.

I added to the picture by sticking a blade of grass in my mouth as I watched the sheep wander around, aimlessly butting into each other. One of the ewes had recently had a lamb, and that's where I kept looking. She and the lamb were most at risk from predators. Now I hadn't had much problem with attacks on the sheep before. Most predators tended to stay in the woods and hunt there. But some couldn't resist the lure of so much free-range meat dancing just out of reach. But it didn't matter if they tried. I did my job well.

Jacob Austin needed help on his small ranch, and when I applied for the job with nothing but a smile on my face and no references, Jacob had been hesitant. I could tell. Might've been the way I spoke that convinced him, or maybe it was just the lack of anyone else willing to work for so little pay, but he agreed. So far it had worked out well. I never needed much from him and his flock was thriving every time he checked in.

I'd no idea that day would be any different from the dozens I'd already spent on that ranch.

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Oct. 6th, 2009 06:57 pm
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So I'm trying to get into the habit of posting things here again. The following is going to be a serial, possibly becoming a novel, but that's not my focus at the moment.This is just trying to keep myself and my writing going. This'll get a title somewhere down the line, I'm sure.

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Crack!

The sound of gunfire broke the silence of the cold spring morning, a silence that until that moment had been peaceful, as though all of nature was still asleep. But in a moment it was gone, a high wounded howl filling the air. The sound was punctuated by the swift thumps of four legs hitting the ground at a limping run.

Not moments later, there was another loud crack, and another howl of pain, followed by a curse uttered from human lips, and the unmistakable sound of someone trying to reload a gun. The curses continued, heard but not understood by the wounded animal as it ran, disappeared into the woods, and hid to nurse its wounds.

The silence fell again, interrupted only by soft whimpering sounds as the injured grey wolf licked his wounds, curled his tail around him, and remained in his hiding place.
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There's like a total of one of you who even knows this character. But I'm being inspired by songs today and his theme came on. So I wrote about him.

His name's Tristan and he's a werewolf.

Also - this is for those of you who'd like to read something besides slash for once.

Stray )

Stray Lyrics )

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