Wolf Pack Chapter 1- Snowy Forest
Jaclyn sat at her window yet again watching the wolves thunder past the woods. Her un-natural golden eyes longed to go closer to the sacred animals. On this planet called Pegata the wolves were sacred animals that didn't take the form of Earth's wolves. No, no these wolves were gigantic beings. They were at least 100 foot tall beings equipped with ears and tails of Earth wolves. Her people had been created after those beautiful creatures, so says their history books.
She had been attached to them for so long, ever since she was a child and wandered over the huge hill to the woods where one wolf pack resided. Her house was near the border of their small city and she found it all the more reason to go see the wolves. According to her mother she had been trying to play with one of the 'puppies' that was still well over her own height. Though she recalled the memory faintly, it was her most treasured.
A female wolf, one that was most likely the puppy's mother, laid a ways away. She watched her pup closely and even though Jaclyn kept wandering closer, she didn't move. She only watched the small child as if an interesting butterfly. She was small, harmless, and beautiful compared to her growing wolf pup.
Her people frowned on 'commoners' going up to the wolves. Here in Pegata, the world wasn't build for their humanoid beings. It was build for the wolves. While other animals stayed in their natural form, something the history books blamed on the animals taking advantage of their more human form and were punished to staying in their furry skins long ago, these wolves were half human themselves. Only the wolves lived next to the humans and if the town was smart, they'd have a pack protecting them. When the animals were as big as they were on Pegata it was dangerous to go anywhere if a wolf was not present.
This left the wolves to have a high position, a godly position.
Jackie sighed as she pulled her eyes away from the window, pulling her coat tighter over her shoulders. It was winter now and even though she was inside it was still cooler near the window. But she felt closer to the wolves if she was sitting near the window versus across the room.
Her people were like the Earth's humans, she had learned in her textbook, though they were a few major technologies behind the Pegatans. She glanced down at the book in her lap. Her homework she thought she'd do the past hour and a half, still not finished. She snorted and closed the book, tossing it on her bed and standing from her cushioned window.
Tonight was the night
she HAD to see a wolf up close tonight or she felt like her heart would stop beating altogether. If they walked by one more time without her being able to point out at least one she saw in person
she was a failure.
Jaclyn shivered as she weaved through the leaves and branches that had crashed to the ground from the trees high above. She stopped when she came to one log she was sure had been pulled down by one of the wolves, it was a lot thicker then the ones she had seen lying around at the beginning of the forest. But it was colder now that she was in the darkness, only little slivers of the moonlight seeped from the treetops high above.
She sighed, sitting on top of the log and wrapping her arms around her coated body. She had worn two coats to make sure she kept warm and yet she was still freezing. That wasn't a good sign. If she stayed out too long that would mean that she might freeze. Her parents would find her gone and her town would be angry with her parents for 'tainting the wolves image.' She huffed, she heard that enough from her dad.
She rubbed her arms in a pathetic effort to get her body heated up again. She shook her head, her shoulder length blonde hair bouncing around her face as she stood. She had to move or the cold might glue her butt to the wood. She couldn't help but snicker at the image in her mind.
It didn't take her long to be wandering in circles. She cursed herself to ever be trying this dumb mission and didn't bring anything with her to help mark where she had been. But to see the log her coat had ripped on only moments ago she found herself wanting to scream. But she knew better then that. If the animals caught her in their territory around the gigantic trees she'd be a midnight snack.
Jaclyn bit her tongue to keep her teeth from chattering and stuffed her gloved hands into her pockets as she glanced around. She was hopelessly lost, exhausted, and worried. If she didn't find her way out not only could she die in the woods but her parents never knew she left. Their dumb rebellious daughter had left when they were asleep!
They wouldn't even notice she was gone until morning. She cursed herself for not leaving a note, even if it would get her in trouble, it'd be better to know that she was lost in the woods rather then searching town for her. She sighed, sitting down in the large stacks of grass, blowing out a cloud of her hot breath.
Her eyes felt heavy and her body was numb. She buried her face under the collar of her coat and allowed her eyes to slowly close. She couldn't fight it anymore
she couldn't walk any further. She squeezed herself down against a tree's root and pulled leaves over her. Animals wouldn't bother with what they couldn't reach or see.
With one more listen to the hooting owls, cracking leaves, and animals darting far away she allowed her body to rest.
Kale's silver eyes glowed in the moonlight as he leaned against a tree, sniffing at the air. He had gone for a walk, though he was sure to stay away from the little one's town. Although he was treated well there, he wouldn't be the one to wake any of them up in their deep slumber.
Just as he was about to turn away for his pack's cave he caught a scent. A Pegatan's scent. His silver furred tail stood on end. He looked down to his booted leather feet, a gift from the town, and bit his lip with his canines. Should he go after the Pegatan? Perhaps they were on a walk as well
though they knew not to go without a wolf. The other animals didn't think like the Pegatans or the wolves did
if they could catch it, it was food.
He bared his pure white teeth at the tree, feeling his claws expand. He was one of the town's protectors
even if he was in training by his father, the pack leader. He dropped to his hands and feet, bulleting into a run. He had to find the Pegatan before anything else did.
He cleared trees and roots easily in his forest with his animal agility, slowing to a stop by a patch of leaves to sniff at the air again. He knew he was close, the scent was becoming stronger and though he didn't hear anything moving, the Pegatan had to be around here somewhere.
His silver eyes fell to the tattered leaves that were trying to cover a shivering form. He felt his eyebrows pulled together as he hesitantly reached out and pulled away a dead leaf, cracking in his touch, only to see a shivering young girl. His eyes widened and he saw a ragged breath trail from her mouth. She was still alive! He quickly surveyed her for any blooded limbs before carefully picking up the tiny creature.
She curled up into his palm, something that had to be much warmer then the ground, and made a soft groaning noise. Kale couldn't help but feel guilt well up inside him. How long had she been out here? Why had he not noticed her before? He slowly moved her limbs to make sure they all moved right before sighing of relief.
None of her limbs were broken and he didn't smell blood on her, that was good. If anything was broken or she was hurt he didn't know what to do. Unfortunately size isn't good at this point. How was he supposed to get this little one home so late?
He cupped her close to his chest, sighing. It may been a cool night for him but it must be awful for her. Of course his body ran at a hotter temperature or maybe it was because of the fact he was half wolf that helped him keep warm. Fur was good for something
but at this point he couldn't exactly give her his coat to keep warm. All he had was tan slacks and a long sleeved black shirt.
Kale perked when he felt the small body curl up against him and tug his shirt slightly as if it was a blanket to wrap around her. He couldn't help but blush slightly at the act and looked down to her with guilty eyes. His ears fell against his skull and a quick sniff at the air told him he shouldn't stay out much longer.
He couldn't hold her; surely his hands couldn't offer any warmth while he was running. He glanced down to her shaking form once more before pulling his shirt away from his skin around his gut. Having no pockets and no coat
this seemed like the best option.
He carefully slid his hand under his shirt, cupping his other hand outside his shirt to drop her into his padded clawed hand. Only the shirt separated her from the outside, but this was the only thing to get her warm as quickly as possible. He bit his lip as a shiver rose up in his body to cup her against his bare skin. She was cold, like ice curling up into his warmth.
Kale sighed, his ears dropping, what was he going to do with her? He looked down to the small lump under his shirt after lifting his thumb away. She was still shivering but it didn't look as bad as when he found her. He sucked in a breath of cool air and strode toward his pack's cave. She'd stay with him until morning, until she could tell him where she lived and why she was in the forest he was going to protect this Pegatan.