Lightning and Fireflies

Another section of Samuel’s story, although Samuel isn’t actually in this section.  It was inspired by a picture prompt from the WriYe DreamWidth.

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It was fully dark when the pack emerged from the den that Tobias had chosen.  Joshua scanned the horizon and then scented the air.  He glanced back at the others.  They were already shedding their clothing.  He followed suit and then, together, the group took on their lupine forms.prompt-100

Joshua released a soft howl and then he set out through the low grasses with the rest of the pack following.  Clouds had gathered overhead since he had found the missing member of the pack.  Lightning flashed overhead and then there was a low rumble of thunder.

Peter echoed the rumble with a low growl.  Joshua glanced back at his beta, his tongue lolling out in wolfish laughter.  Do you think you can scare the thunderclouds away, Sharpclaw?

Slinking lower, Peter ignored the question.  He moved out into the fields, where tiny pixies darted through the night like fireflies.  If they were in their human forms, they’d be elfshot in moments.  However, pixies didn’t pay animals any mind.

Esther drew up beside him, her golden eyes bright even in the dark night.  Will you let the pup join our hunts, alpha?

Joshua considered her question for a moment before he answered.  If he shows that I can trust him not to flee the pack the moment he’s allowed from the den, he said, finally.

Esther didn’t seem very pleased with the answer, but she better than to argue with the pack’s alpha.  A soft whine escaped her.

Don’t be too concerned, Goldeyes, he added.  I won’t leave him to starve.  We’ll bring food back for him and Ghosthowl.

His answer seemed to satisfy her.  She barked softly and then joined the others that were search the field for scent of prey.  Bartholomew was the first to pick up a scent.  He barked to the rest of the pack and then they were following the trail of deer through the fields.

They found the herd bedding down in a thicket.  Keeping upwind, the pack formed a semicircle around their prey.  They would only need one or two of the animals to feed their numbers.  The pack was relatively small, after all.

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