Wolf

After the devastating event Seth experiences with his best friend Tyler, Seth's had constant visions warning him of what to come; his Aunt's car crash, the twin towers... Then in a matter of months, he begins to discover his rapidly increasing muscles, with no explanation whatsoever. But his parents (hard-working police officers) are too busy to notice. Too busy with their own problem... the rapidly increasing amount of disappearances...

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“You don’t talk very much anymore, do you?” Dave remarked, raising his eyebrows at me.

  The three of us sat in silence at the dinner table eating a Chinese takeaway - a meal we usually had when they were both too busy to cook.

  I shrugged, shovelling a forkful of noodles into my mouth.

  “Did you have a good day?” Mum asked anxiously.

  “Yeah.”

  Dave chuckled, “I bet this boy’s hiding something, have you got into a fight already?”

  “No.” I snapped, narrowing my eyes at him.

  “Hey, calm down. I’m joking!” Dave said and smiled at me although I noticed his jaw clenching.

  “Well nobody’s laughing.”

  His fists clenched, practically shaking to stop himself from over-reacting. I smirked.

  “Seth, don’t be so rude. You were away from school for quite a long time. I know you’re going through a tough time.” Mum said.

  “I’m not.”

  Dave snapped, “Look here, Son-”

  “I’m not your son.” I interrupted.

  A bowl of prawn crackers scattered across the table as he rose to his feet, “I will not accept this behavior anymore!”

  “Wow. Chill…” I said, trying not to laugh.

  “There’s no way you will get away with being so rude, even if you did just get out of hospital!”

  “Dave…” Mum muttered anxiously, “just sit down.”

  “Not when I have this creep in my sight!” Dave yelled furiously, his eyes ablaze.

  My chair shot backwards, “Say that again!” I demanded.

  “You’re a little CREEP!”

“Both of you sit down NOW!” Mum ordered.

I ignored her and shot back, “And you’re just too stuck up your own ass! I bet you wouldn’t care less if I died!”

  Dave sneered, “...I wouldn’t, and neither would your Mum. That’s why we were going to turn off the machine.”

  There was silence. I stared at the two of them in disbelief. Were they honestly going to turn it off?

  “Seth…” Mum muttered, “W-we… we didn’t know that you…”

  Fire spread through my body and I shook with rage, it controlled me. I felt nothing else, but pure anger. I asked slowly, “You were…going to just kill me?”

  “They said that was the only option.” Mum trembled, she watched me, her eyes widening with fear, “T-they said that you would never wake up.”

I replied solemnly, “well I guess they were wrong... because I did."

Then I shoved the table, sending Chinese food, plates and cutlery flying in all directions and stormed out, slamming the door behind me.

  Rain splashed noisily, creating ripples in the large puddles that flooded the road. The cold droplets hammered against me, drenching me in seconds. I ran, completely blinded in the rain. I had no idea where I was going, but that didn’t bother me at all; as long as I got as far from Mum and Dave as possible.

 

***

“JACK!” I called. My hoarse voice, echoed through the desolate woods as I stumbled across the blanket of rotting, damp leaves.

  If there was one place the police hadn’t properly checked it would be here. They had convinced the town that they had thoroughly checked the woods and had found no suspicious behaviour, but even I was smart enough to know they had only dared to venture so far in it. Trust Dave, I bet he was the reason they didn’t bother searching the forest properly. He wouldn’t care if Jack was found or missing, as long as he got home in time to watch Coronation Street or whatever shit he likes to watch.

  My hair clung to my face, drenched from the constant downpour of rain that pattered all around me. My clothes hung off me like weights, and it took all my effort to prevent myself from collapsing from exhaustion.

Maybe I should go back.

  I squinted up at the bright, full moon, surrounded by shining stars. It cast shadows all around me making the forest look melancholy, yet beautiful. I wandered on, yelling occasionally in hope that eventually there would be a reply back.

Then I felt it.

A sudden rush of pain jolted through my body, and for that moment my surroundings were in blurred slow-motion.

  “SHIT!” I yelled in panic.

My heart hammered against my ribs as I ran through my murky, blurred surroundings. I gasped heavily, almost sobbing from my fear.

I have to get out! I have to get out! I have to-

 

“Seth?”

I collided into Ben who almost fell backwards from the impact.

  “Whoa Seth, you’re getting stronger than me, mate,” he chuckled.

  “Ben… you have to… get… out of here,” I gasped, clutching my side.

  “What? Why?” Ben asked in confusion, “I thought you were going to help me look for Jack.”

I squeezed my eyes tightly together. My head that was pounding from adrenaline earlier had slowly started to calm down. Was I just imagining things? Or perhaps I was still recovering from the coma. I sighed, “Yeah, we were. I was just trying to scare you Ben, I guess it didn’t work.”

He laughed and punched my shoulder, “Alright then. I’m going to stay out for an hour and then I’m going back because I’m soaked.”

“Didn’t think about bringing an umbrella?” I asked.

“Dude, I’m a beast. I don’t need any umbrellas.” He said, flexing his muscles. Then his smile drooped, once he remembered what we were here for. “Come on, let’s look for him,” he muttered.

 

 

“We should head back,” I said eventually, after we had wandered around and searched the wood for an hour. I thought about Mum and Dave who were probably worrying frantically about me. Mum would be wandering around the house, unable to sit still and Dave…

“And you’re just too stuck up your own ass! I bet you wouldn’t care less if I died!”

 “I wouldn’t, and neither would your Mum. That’s why we were going to turn off the machine…”

...Dave wouldn’t care less.

 I thought back to Mum’s expression earlier this evening. She had watched me in complete horror; it was almost as if… she feared me.

I realised that Ben hadn’t replied to me and I felt a twinge of sadness. No wonder he didn’t want to stop looking for Jack, he was his best friend and he had known him all of his life. I knew what it was like to lose a best friend.

Except I never bothered looking for mine afterwards.

“Ben we really should go,” I sighed, and turned to him.

But he didn’t reply.

“Ben?”

His mouth opened and closed, but he failed to utter a word.

“What is it?” I asked worriedly.

The blurred silhouette of the uncanny red-eyed wolf came into my vision. Its slender body seemed to tense when it noticed me, then it began to slowly edge closer, completely unaffected from the pouring rain. At first I was frozen to the spot, flinching at the pain that would surely come, but I felt nothing.

The wolf sauntered closer and closer, it’s dagger like eyes glaring at me, threatening me not to move. I turned to Ben who had turned ghostly pale; he could obviously see it too. I looked around, in search for the best way for me and Ben to escape, because I knew for sure I wasn’t going to stick around for any time longer.

You’re not going anywhere, said a bloodcurdling voice.

 

 

You’re mine now.

 

“W-what the hell is that?!” Ben gasped.

I stared at the dark figure as it approached us steadily. The glowing eyes were on me… only me.

“Seth, we need to get out of here!” Ben demanded, grabbing my shoulder with his shaking hands. But I didn’t even turn to glance at him, it was as if time had stopped, leaving just me and the wolf, in our own world.

Every part of me screamed to turn away and run, but I could do nothing but stare into the red, sinister orbs. I was pulled towards it like a magnet.

Ben’s agonised, distant scream faded into silence until I could hear nothing apart from my heavy heart beat…

The high pitched howl of the wolf erupted throughout the forest, causing the ground and all my surroundings to shake. I staggered backwards in shock and a pulse of energy sent my body into spasms on the floor. I shook violently, trying to shake off the invisible forces pushing down on me.

I can’t breathe…

My vision darkened into a blur of black, with nothing to guide me but the two red lights. I subconsciously moved closer and closer to them and slowly they increased in size until I could see nothing but red. A jolt of electricity passed my body, but the feeling left as soon as it came. Then my vision returned to its normality and once again I was surrounded by the tranquil trees of the forest.

It was as if nothing ever happened.

But I dismissed the thought as soon as I realised that Ben was no longer here. And the haunting thought refused to leave the back of my mind – what if Ben had been taken as well? Just like all those other teenagers, like Jack… and like Tyler?

“BEN!?” I yelled in panic. “Where are you!?”

But to my complete horror I made no sound that resembled anything like a teenage boy yelling. In fact, the only sound that came out of me was an ear-splitting howl.

What was happening?!

It was then when I realised that I was no longer stood on only my two feet… but four. And they had been replaced by paws covered in sleek, black fur. The sounds of the forest were silent and nothing could be heard apart from my panicked, unsteady breathing and the patter of rain.

No matter how much I tried I couldn’t stand myself up to walk, so I crawled towards the nearby river that once again reflected the light of the moon…the full moon.

I let out a distressed whine when a jet black wolf stared back at me from the glowing river.

Its eyes were red.

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