Ember Fullbuster is your average fifteen year old girl. It’s the first day of school and a strange boy appears at her front door, saying that she is a werewolf and will have her first shift this full moon. During their conversation, she discovers that he is a werewolf himself. Ember brushes him off, thinking that he is just pranking her, she goes to school as normal, but the day of the full moon, she begins seeing strange things. Her head pounds and she gets a high fever. Her vision fades into a red glow. She gets sent home from school. But when the full moon rises, her life will never be the same again.


9. Smoldering Earth



(“Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in eternity.”

-Seneca The Younger)


    She saw images. Flashes. She saw herself surrounded in flames. The fires looked like a bird of some kind. Another flash. Fulki, fire surrounding her every being. Wings of flames protruding from her back, adding to her fiery aura. With the final flash, she saw a flaming shape soaring away from her. The clouds partly obscuring it from view.




    She begun to feel again. It was warm. And soft. Her hair drifted slightly as if a breeze was blowing through it. She sucked in a deep breath, taking in the warm air. It tasted of burning wood. A smile appeared on her lips before opening her eyes. The first thing she saw was a red cliff towering over her. Sitting up slowly, her field of vision wided, casing her to gasp in awe. She was sitting under a red, stone overlook. Outside, the sun was setting, casting a red-orange glow on the plateaus around her.

“Welcome back.” Raef said, moving to sit next to her.

“Where are we?” She asked.

“Few miles north of town.” Raef said, before taking her hand and intertwining their fingers, “Do you remember what happened?” He asked carefully, almost as if he were consoling a lost child.

Her eyebrows scrunched together in concentration. The memories came rushing in, hitting her like an anvil in the gut. She tensed, squeezing Raef’s hand, “I’m bombed.” She said as the sun disappeared behind the horizon.

Without warning, Raef wrapped her in his arms, “I will never let them hurt you.”

She leaned into his embrace, resting her forehead on his shoulder, before lifting her head and planting a soft, tender kiss on his lips. Taking a deep breath, she pulled away, “We still have a mission to complete.” She said, standing up.

Raef stood with her, put refused to release her hand, “Ember, you were bombed.”

“Trust me, I know. I think I can feel it in my neck if I move my head the right way.” She replied, tilting her head to the side for emphasis, “Look Raef, I may be bombed, but we have to do this. If we don’t go and get Terra, then so many more people will fall victim to the government. Not just shifter mages either. The government will wipe out anyone who gets too close or stands against them, no matter what type of ‘being’ they are.” She could feel Fulki agree with her before surging forward. Ember allowed her wolf to take over as she fell on all fours. When she opened her eyes again, she was in third person and world was tented orange, while Raef glowed blue. She begun to trot out of the “cave” before turning back to the stunned fox shifter, “You coming?”


“I don’t understand how you’re so strong right now. So fearless.” Raef said.

“I’m scared as hell, but I’m determined. Who knows how many shifter mages there are out there? The government could be hunting them down, and they wouldn’t have the slightest idea.” She replied.

“I guess you’re right. Anyway, where are we?” Raef asked, noticing how the desert begun to fade into pine trees.

“I don’t know maybe-”

“Colorado.” Fulki answered.

“Oh.” They both said, “Do you know where we’re going?” Raef added.

“Yes.” Both Ember and Fulki said.

Raef huffed out a breath but continued the long run.


“So hungry.” Raef groaned into the mindlink. The sun was rising again, casting an orange glow over the terrain.

“So am I.” Ember replied.

“Fulki?” Raef asked.

“Oh no. Oh no no no no no. I am not taking you to another town. You two are going to be normal wolves and foxes and hunt for your food.” Fulki fired back.

“Can you at least show us where the closest prey is?” Raef asked.

“Depends on what you want.” The wolf replied.

Raef’s stomach growled again, “Something big.”

“Deer?” Fulki asked.

“Hell yes.” Raef’s mouth begun to water.

“Woah woah woah.” Ember cut in, “We are     ONE wolf and ONE fox. We can’t bring down a deer.”

“If you two actually knew how to hunt in your animal forms you could, but no matter, Ember has fire powers. Raef, stay close behind and let us do the work.” Fulki said.

“What?” Ember and Raef replied in unicien.

“Ember, don’t overthink it, trust your instincts. Raef, if you want breakfast, stay out of the way.”

The blue mist line changed directions along with the wind. The scent of deer flooded her nose. She silently glided towards her prey, stepping on her toes to make as little sound as possible. Her indicts told her the deer was right in front of her. Silently she waited. Waited for the perfect moment to strike. Energy began to gather in her throat. Fire began to gather in her throat. Something snapped inside of her and spurred her into action. Faster than fire she pushed herself forward and opened her mouth. A jet of orange-yellow flames flowed from her as the energy released itself. Again, without an idea of what she was doing, she walked out of the shrubs, and placed a paw on the burning deer. The flames flowed back into her, like they had with the tree. When it was all well and over, her human mind seemed to come back into focus.

“Woah.” Raef said, trotting up behind her.

“I have no idea how I did that.” She replied.

“That looks painful.” He said, gesturing his head towards the deer who had most its flesh burned off and smelled distinctly like a barbeque.

Ember shuddered, “I don’t wanna talk about it.”


After what felt like years of traveling but was actually only a few hours, they found themselves looking down a mountain and into a valley. It resembled a ski resort.

“Welcome to Ogden, Utah.” Fulki said.

“Are you going to let us stop to sleep today.” Raef asked.

“Don’t act like you’re dying of exhaustion, you slept yesterday.” Fulki snapped back, “But yes. I will let you stop.”

“Guys, look.” Ember said, gesturing to the sun just peeking out of the mountains opposite them, casting a pink orange glow over the pine trees. Shadows danced around the forest floor.

“I’ve seen some pretty nice sunrises, but this . . .” He trailed off.

“But this is the best.” Ember continued. Raef nodded in agreement. They stayed like that, staring up at the rising sun, until the town below began it’s morning routine and the sun snuck behind a cloud.

“So are going to check into a hotel and get some sleep or just stay here staring at the sky forever.” Reyner asked.

“Been awhile since you’ve said anything.” Raef told his fox.

“Yea yea.” Reyner replied as he and Raef began trotting down the mountain, towards the village below.

“Hey, wait up.” Ember yelled, catching up to them. The air was cool, but it was a bit too early in the year for snow.


    “There’s an inn over here.” Fulki said, making the blue mist appear again.

“Thanks.” Ember replied, leading the way. As they trotted along the road, people parted for them. They yanked their children and pets away as the shifters came through.

“Why is everyone so afraid of us?” Raef asked.

“No idea, but we should be careful and keep our guard up.” Ember replied. Soon enough they made it to the inn.

“There’s an ally around back that you can shift in.” Fulki said, directing them around the back of the building.

Repeating their process from New Mexico, they came out of the ally. Again, like New Mexico, people starred and gave them strange looks. All was soon forgotten as they walked into the inn. Looking at the sign, Ember read,  Kloit Lunar Inn.

“Ello there, youngins” A male voice at the front directed her attention away from the sign and to the man that Raef was talking to. He looked to be about forty or fifty years old. He had lightish brown scruffy hair, tanish skin, tanish brown eyes, and the friendliest smile a man could give.

“Heylo.” Ember said. (Heylo is a combination of Hey and Hello)

“What brings yer ter our fairh town” The man said.

“Just passing through” Ember replied.

“I seh.” The man said, “What is it I can do fer ya?”

“We’d like to rent a room.” Ember replied.

“Yer two don’t look like yer got a lot of dough.” The man replied.

Ember gave him her best, “seriously” look, “We do.”

The man threw his arms in the air before handing them a key, “Fine! Yer want a room, take it.”

“Thank you.” Ember replied sweetly.


    The door closed behind them as Ember dropped her bag and flopped onto the bed. Raef flopped down beside her.

“Who knew running across the country could be so exhausting.” She said with a huff.

Raef chuckled, wrapping an arm around her waist and pulling her into his chest, “At least we get to spend more time together.”

She smirked and ran her fingers along his hairline, “Mine.” She whispered so quietly, she wasn’t sure she even said it. The next think she knew, his lips were on hers. She rolled over unto her back, Raef stadling her. Their kiss never parting. She felt him lick her lips and he granted entrance without a moment's hesitation. Their tongues seemed to dance in a battle of dominance, which she eventually won. They became lost in the moment, forgetting all that was happening in their lives. The only thing they knew was each other, and that was all they needed.


Tender moonlight seeped in through the window. The first thing she noticed was an arm wrapped around her waist. Then the sound of soft breathing in her ear and the way it tickled when it brushed up against her neck. Opening her eyes, she saw the hotel room. For a split second, she had forgotten where she was. For a split second, she thought she was back in her bed. Back in her old bed. One that had not burned down in a fire she created. For a split second, she thought she was back in her old life. A life without werewolves and shapeshifters and superpowers. A life without bombs being hidden inside innocent people. A life where the hardest thing was whether she would fail geometry. But no, she was in a random hotel room, in a random town halfway across America, going to get her cousin that she has never heard of but knows exists, that supposedly has earth powers and can “metal bend” the bombs out of everyone. Then give the bomb to a fifteen year old girl, to change the code and make it a tacker and a shield. No, this plan was insane. No one knew what they were doing. They were all just hoping for the best, and hoping that they wouldn’t die in the process. She took a deep breath and shook the thoughts away. This was her life, and if she didn’t do anything, countless innocents would either die or be captured. She couldn’t just sit by and do nothing. Raef began to stir as she moved, but remained asleep. She rolled her eyes and shook him, “Raef, get your ass up, we have to leave.” He grumbled something before sitting up straight and almost slamming into her head. She rolled her eyes again before hopping out of bed.

    They had been on the road for a few hours. There was a lady at the front desk this time. She gave them quite the strange look when they left. She supposed it was because people don’t normally pay in cash, but when they do, they aren’t teenagers. Nonetheless she accepted it and wished them safe travels. Little has been said on the road. They were both lost in their own mind. Thoughts coming and going with the wind. She mindlessly followed the blue mist line until they came across a small town, “We’re here.” Fulki said, breaking the silence.

The two shifters perked their heads up, looking into the village. It looked like Halloween was in full swing. Decorations lined every street, “So are we just gonna walk up to her and be like, ‘hey did you know that shifter mages are getting bombs put inside them and we need your help to stop it?’” Raef asked.

“Yes.” She replied before trotting down into the village. They passed a sign that said, Welcome to Ukiah Oregon. The blue mist line lead them to a white picket fence looking house. A few minutes later, a girl about their age came out. She had light skin, long black hair and earth green eyes. She was wearing grey skinny jeans, combat boots and a navy blue hoodie. The girl eyed the two shifters warily before her eyes seemed to brighten and gain a new intensity.

“What do you want.” She demanded.


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