Whispers of the Wolves

Two sets of four life long friends grow up in a seemingly normal life, until one day, things catch fire without a match, things move without being picked up, they can hear things miles away, and they see things that are never meant to be seen. Then one day a mysterious stranger comes telling them that they are destine to save the world that they grew up in, and the world that they belong to; one where the animals talk, mountians get up and move, and magic is everywhere. Given a quest to find the hidden Shifters, they go on a quest of a lifetime, learning more about themselves and the meaning of family as they battle dark demons, old wizards and witches gone bad, and their own mental challenges and friend ship challenges too.

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17. Chapter 12 - Chasing Promises

"Two things you will never have to chase:  True friends and True Love." - Anonymous

Kara

     It had been about a week since Blythe's house caught on fire, and within that week, no sign of Hazel was known.  She had not text them, visit, or called.  It was like she had disappeared off the face of the Earth.  Picking up her phone from her bed stand, it said exactly 3 o'clock a.m. A new text from Blythe popped up

Anything?

Nothing

You know what we have 

to do right?

I think so, yeah

Okay, meet you at

the tree in 10.

    A plan had formed between Blythe and Kara when they got older, that should they ever go a week without hearing from Hazel, they were going to her house.  After getting dressed, she went to find her mom and dad to tell them what was going to happen.  They agreed instantly.  Leaving her house and walking to the park a few meters away, she came to the biggest Oak tree in the world.  Hazel had found it, though somehow being there without her seemed different.

    "So you feel it too?"  Jumping, she whipped around seeing Blythe resting her right hand on the tree, so delicately, that it made it look like a glass tree, and could be broken at any moment.  

    "You feel the loneliness without Hazel?"  Nodding, she wanted to cry and punch something at the same time.  Hazel was such a nice person, and the most loyal friend anyone could dream of.  If anything happen to her I wouldn't know what to do, Kara thought.  Baldiwn came up from behind and hugged her.

     "Common, let's go save Hazel."  Which was ironic, because it seemed Hazel was the one that was always saving one of them.  Just recently, they had acquired the address at which Hazel lived.  After years, they had finally demanded that she tell them in case of an emergency.  As they arrived, side by side to an old, words looking house, a slight chilling breeze swept across the ground and into their bones.

     "We can't back down now."  Blythe turn to Kara with a scared but determined look across her features.  Trodding up to the front door, Kara paused before knocking.

    "Here goes nothing."  And exhaled a breath as her hand came down on the door with a slight "Tap-tap".  There was no sound behind the door until it open with a soft hiss.  A woman, in her mid 40's open the door.  Her features half hidden by the shadows looked truly ominous and terrifying.  About 5' 5", she stood an inch taller than both girls.

    "How can I help you?"  From such a young woman, her voice sounded like steel, making them both flinch.  Clearing her throat Blythe spoke first.

     "Mrs...erm...well, anyways, hello, I'm Blythe and this is Kara.  We are friends of Hazel."  It had just occurred to her that she didn't even know Hazel's last name.

    "Is that so, Miss. Blythe?  I am afraid, at the moment, Hazel is unavailable for visitors.  Please, comeback another day."  Moving to shut the door, Kara tried one last feeble attempt.

    "Please, we haven't heard from Hazel in a week.  We need to see her and made sure she's okay."  This did nothing to mover he mom until they heard a familiar voice ring through the house.  Both were so relieved they did not think their legs would hold them any longer.
     "Mom, I'm okay....I'm okay enough to see them."  Conflict flashed in her eyes, but before she could utter another word, Hazel was at the door.  A smile broke across Kara and Blythe's face, though it was short lived.  Hazel's mom left the door, and was out of sight in a second.  As Hazel came out of the house and shut the door behind her, they couldn't resist bowling her over with a hug.

     "I thought you died, Hazel."  Sobbed Hannah into her shoulder, while Blythe just looked relieved.  

     "You can't get rid of me that easily."  Hazel replied stepping back.  Blythe took in the whole of Hazel.  Her face was bruised, and all down her arms were cuts and scratches.  Her left leg was bandaged roughly, but blood and puss was seeping through.  Kara exclaimed,

     "Hazel!  What happen this time?!"  Wincing as though her voice hurt her, Hazel made a slow down and lower your voice sign to Kara before continuing. 

     "I'm fine.  It's just a little cutting.  My da fought with my mom again, and decided that I was a great punching bag.  Honestly, guys, I know you made a promise to yourselves to make sure I'm okay, but you didn't need to come all the way here."  Stepping back, another step, Hazel untangled herself from the hug Kara was about to give.  Smiling, Kara talked a little more quietly. 

     "Hazel, no matter what happens, you still mean a lot to me and Baldwin.  So stop trying to get rid of us.  You're stuck with us for a long time yet."  A sad smile crept across Hazel's face.

     "Not for a long time.  Knowing you two, you will have already seen me fully, injuries and all.  You noticed my leg.  I changed the bandage while you were talking to my mom."  It took a minute for both girls to register what Hazel was saying, but as they did, Hazel continued.

     "It's not that I'm putting pressure on my leg causing it to bleed through.  I think my da tampered with a antibiotic I used to clean my leg.  I think I've been poisoned.  It hurts like heck, and I can't seem to stop the blood flow completely."  After about two seconds, both were yelling.

     "Hazel!  We need to take you to a hospital!"  Blythe yelled.

     "You are coming with us now!"  Kara yelled at the same time. 

     "No!"  The power and the abruptness of the word shocked both Kara and Blythe. 

     "But..." the word faded in the back of Kara's throat. 

     "No."  Fang said a little quieter. 

     "I cannot go to a hospital, they will ask too many questions that I do not care to answer.  I doubt you will call the police, but if you do, then I will have to leave.  I will see you tomorrow at school.  I thank you for your concern.  Really, I'm fine."  With that, Hazel went into her house and closed the door.  Kara stood, unsure whether or not to go after Hazel.  Grabbing her arm, Blythe shook her head and motioned for them to leave.  Sighing, Kara knew they had no chance now with Hazel.

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