It's been 2 weeks since it happened. Tonight is the full moon. Carys hasn't come out of her room, she's barely eaten or slept. I think she's trying to stop the Morwal from coming out, still strong in the darkest of times. Her wounds have healed, the moon can no longer heal her. She'll have her scars forever.
Emma and Daniel have sort of taken over the house again. Daniel's picked up where he left off, doing his carpentry. Emma's cleaning. Maddy and Rhydian sit around the house all day, they're going back to school tomorrow. Tom and Shannon come over everyday, they help out around the house, sometimes they pick up milk and eggs and things for us. Dad and Aran are back with the pack in the wild, Ceri and Gerwyn have come over a few times as well. As for me, I go and sit with Carys as much as I can. She doesn't speak much, and when she does it's only to me. She talks about happy times with her parents, sometimes she talks about how it's all her fault.
"It's not. It's Kincaid's fault, but he's gone now." I say, comforting her. She stands up and walks over to the window.
"I guess, I can't help the feeling though. I feel guilty, for hating him so much before it happened." I decide to change the subject, I want her to think about other things.
"Maddy and Rhydian are staying, they're coming back to Bradlington next week. Maddy's parents said they'd be happy to have us stay here, for as long as you need. They still own the house, you were just tenants. Maddy's going to stay in the spare room, I'm going in the cellar. Rhydian's going back to the Vaughn's."
"You can stay up here."
"Thanks, I don't have to go to school tomorrow. I can stay with you, until you're ready to go back." She comes back to the bed and sits in front of me, cross legged.
"I want to go back tomorrow. I want to get on with my life, it's what he would have wanted, and mum." I smile at her, my brave wolf. Her phone starts ringing. She sighs.
"It's Anwen, she's been ringing all day." She picks up the phone. "Hello?" I can hear the other voice.
"Carys, I got your text a few weeks ago and I haven't known what to say. I'm so sorry about your dad, are you safe?" I'm glad she didn't ask if she was okay, because I know she would have lost it.
"I'm fine, I'm with family and friends here. Thank you. I'm not coming back though, I'm not running away like he did when mum died."
"Good, if you need me I'm here." Carys looks at me.
"I need to tell you something, I'm with someone. I should have told you earlier I know, but we met when I got here. I'm sorry." Anwen hangs up on her. Carys sighs. "I'm okay, I'm okay. Let's go out there, I want to talk to everyone." She takes my hand and we go out into the living room. Everyone stares at her. "I want to say thank you to you all, you've all been so kind. I couldn't have asked for a better support system, or pack." She takes a deep breath. "I'm going back to school tomorrow." Rhydian stands up.
"Are you sure you want to?" He puts his hand on her arm.
"Yeah, I want to move forward now, he's at rest." Everyone gives her smile and she makes her way to the kitchen, she starts making herself some dinner. She really wants to get back into a routine. I help her and everyone gets back to what they're doing. She whispers to me.
"Can we run somewhere? I've almost forgotten what it feels like." She smiles, and it doesn't look fake. I take a bite of the sandwich I'd made and she does too. We hold hands and run from the house, we look back and see everyone in the house smiling at us, we smile back. We run and run, feeling the wind on our skin, the leaves crunching beneath our feet. I haven't been out for a while either, it feels so pure, so fresh. We come to a stop at the opening where I taught her Eolas.
"Are you really feeling better? Is it just the full moon tonight?" I try and catch my breath, we lay on the ground.
"No, I'm okay, I am. Obviously this all sucks, but it's life. I there's one thing I've learned, it's that life can be cut short sometimes. I have to live, and I'm not going to live my life any way but to the fullest." She moves her head so she's on my stomach. "I can't wait until tonight, my first Stoneybridge full moon. It's going to be amazing."
"Wait 'til you see the view from up there." I point up to the highest peak. She gets up.
"Let's go now, until we transform. It's about time we had a first date." She takes my hand and pulls me up, we sprint up the mountains until we get there. We sit right at the edge, hand in hand, legs intertwined. I tell her all about growing up in the wild.
"It's amazing, every night is almost as amazing as the full moon. As an Alpha, I struggled to gain the pack's trust, as my father basically betrayed them. They put their blame on me. They also hated the fact that I love human life, I tried to merge the two. That didn't go down well." I laugh.
"Which do you prefer? Human life, or wild life?" She asks, with her curious little smile.
"I don't know, I love them both so much. I'm too selfish to only pick one. Would you ever live wild?"
"I don't know, I love chocolate, you don't get that in the wild." She laughs.
"In my pack you would." I kiss her soft lips, she kisses back. It begins to get dark and I feel the transformation starting. I look down at our hands, they turn to paws. I look at Carys in her beautiful wolf form. We play, running around the mountains. We see the others coming up the mountain, we all run around together, howling, play fighting. It's a perfect we get home the next morning.
"Maddy!" We come through the front door and hear Maddy's mum shout from downstairs. Maddy rolls her eyes and goes downstairs, her parents follow her back up the stairs, lecturing her about the full moon.
"Mam it's fine, nothing happened." Carys turns to me.
"What's the problem?" She says. Emma decides to answer her for me.
"Maddy, Rhydian and Jana know it's safer down stairs on a full moon." She folds her arms.
"You run wild in a cellar?" Carys laughs, but Emma's glare shuts her right up.
"Next full moon we're all going down there, no locking us in Maddy." Maddy grunts and goes upstairs. Rhydian just plants himself on the sofa.
"Sorry, I didn't know about all the rules." Carys says to the Smiths, I sit down next to Rhydian.
"It's alright Carys, we don't expect you to know, and I know you've had a rough time, but you're under roof now. Alright?" She nods and smiles. "Now, go get ready for school all of you." Carys and I go to her room to get dressed and meet Maddy and Rhydian at the front door. We run some of the way to school, taking a break to walk.
"Last night was amazing, do we really have to go down to the cellar next time?"
"Their house, their rules." Rhydian shrugs. I give Rhydian and Maddy a look to say 'give us some space' and they run off ahead.
"Meet you there." Rhydian shouts.
"Carys," I say, she takes my hand and looks at me, "You're sure you want to go today?" She smiles.
"Yeah, I'm sure. I missed like 2 months of school when my mum died, I'm ready now. My dad would want me to enjoy my life. I've only been to Bradlington once, I think it's about time I get into the swing of things here. I want to finish school and get a job, so I can get out of the Smith's hair." I kiss her on the cheek.
"You're so much braver than I am."
"Me? You're the one who saved my life, and both packs lives."
"You saved us first." We walk hand in hand to school.