The Beast Inside Me 2
Copyright 2015 Taylor Evans
Published by Taylor Evans at Shakespir
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Both of the TBIM books are dedicated to the one that inspired me to write them, my best friend, daughter, and K9 body guard, Nika, who, with looking at her, made me think up the entire story in a second.
And to the readers and fans and my entire family that inspired me to make this book, thank you.
It is because of you, that I was able to finish and publish this.
Yet again, I ended up waking up in a cage. And on days of all days. There were people around me. All in cages. I looked at the girl closest to me, studied her long brown hair and striped white and black shirt.
“Like what you see?” she asked, turning to me.
I looked down then back up at her, “I’m sorry. I was just seeing if I knew you.”
“My name’s Chloe. I think we met two days ago, we were all locked up and you let us out.” she said.
I nodded and looked around to the other cages, “Oh yeah. I remember you guys.”
“How does this thing work?” the guy next to me asked.
“What do you mean Tony?” Chloe looked at him.
“Each of us ascends tonight. Right? Why can’t we change?” he questioned.
“When my brother ascended, he couldn’t change until he started to ascend. So he said. But I’m not sure how it works.” I informed.
“I’ll tell you one thing,” a guy across from us spoke up, “If we’re here when we ascend. Then we’re screwed.”
“What do you mean?” Chloe asked him.
“I mean the hunters who locked us in here are going to trick us into being slaves.” he said.
“How?” I asked.
He shook his head, “When you finally change when you ascend, the wolf takes over us. It controls everything. How you think, how you talk, how you act. That’s why when you ascend, you have to be with someone who can bring you back. That’s how a lot of werewolves go dark and become murderers.”
I sighed and stood up, going to the front of my cage. I looked around the area, there wasn’t a hunter in sight. And I couldn’t smell or hear as good as I usually could.
“Wondering why you can’t smell or hear good?” the guy asked, “Because the wolf is charging its batteries for the moment you ascend.”
“How do you know this Vinny?” Chloe asked the guy.
He smiled, “I know things sweet pea.”
Chloe rolled her eyes and looked at me, “It’s Tyler, right? Tyler, what’re you doing?”
“Looking for someone.” I informed her.
She nodded and sat back against the bars of her cage. My eyes wondered to the cage next to Tony’s. Inside, a guy sat with his back on the bars and his head down.
“Tyler. Glad you’re awake.” the familiar voice gave me chills down my spine.
I turned and faced the hunter that put me in this cage, Mark. He smiled and came closer to my cage.
“Let me guess, you can’t change?” he laughed.
I gave him a look as he sucked his teeth.
“Well, while you stay in that rusty old cage. Me and a couple friends are going to head over to that lovely diner your brother works at.” he tipped his hat and started away.
“You can’t keep us here.” I spoke up.
He stopped and twirled around, “Why’s that?”
“I mean, you can, but, what makes you think we wont find a way out like all the other times?” I cocked my head to the side.
He tapped his chin, “Hmm, lets see. Maybe its the fact that you guys can’t change into that beast? Or that there’s no one around for you to trick into opening the cage door?”
I glared at him and he smiled.
As he was walking away an unknown voice spoke from across my cage.
“Or maybe it’s the fact that no one is sane enough to open the cage doors. Then again, I’m far from sane.”
Our attention went to a man in a black leather jacket. He had long brown hair and some form of facial hair. Mark crossed his arms and stared at the unknown man.
“What makes you think that I’ll let you just unlock them?” he asked.
The man smirked, “Because I didn’t ask for your permission.”
He turned and went to unlock Tony’s cage.
“If you touch that lock!” Mark spit.
“You’ll what? Kill me?” the man laughed and unlocked Tony’s cage and then went to Jasper’s.
Mark started towards him as he unlocked Jasper’s cage. Tony rushed to Mark and got in his face.
“Hi yeah, uh, remember me?” he smiled.
“Please, you dogs are the least of my worries.” Mark rolled his eyes.
“Really? Because last time I remember Tyler over there kicked your butt.” Tony chuckled.
The man unlocked Jasper’s cage and started to Vinny’s that was next to me. Mark rolled his eyes once more then turned to the man who was busy unlocking Vinny’s cage. Mark then pulled out a silver blade and charged him. The man unlocked Vinny’s cage and as Mark came close to him, he quickly turned and slammed Mark against the cage bars.
“You’re nothing but a puny human. So stay out of my way.” the man backed away as they met eyes.
Tony came up to my cage and let me out. As soon as I was out I went to Chloe and unlocked her cage. The man walked passed Vinny and started into the woods.
“Lets go kids.” he ordered.
Chloe looked at us and then they all shrugged and started to follow the man into the woods. As we passed Mark he stood there with an angry expression on his face. When I walked passed him, he spit on the ground in front of me. I stopped and looked up at him.
“That was rude, and disgusting.” I told him.
“See you tonight, mutt.” he snapped.
I slammed him against the cage and got in his face, “No, actually, you won’t.”
I then opened the cage door and shoved him inside then quickly locked it back up. He came charging to the door of the cage.
“Let me outta here!” he yelled.
I sucked my teeth and looked at him, “Now who’s the animal?”
As I walked passed him into the woods he called after me.
“I’m going to put a silver bullet in your skull as soon as I’m done with you. You hear me, Tyler? As soon as I’m done!”
I put my hand over my head and raised my hand as I waved.
“So.. uh, can we know the name of the strange hairy man who saved our lives?” Tony asked the man as he led us through the woods.
“First of all, I didn’t save anyone. And I don’t do first name basis… or, any name for that matter.” he told him.
“Then why did you help us?” Jasper spoke up.
“I didn’t help you. I helped my species.” he said.
“What kind of species are you?” I asked, rolling my eyes.
He stopped and faced me, “That’s none of your concern. What you should be concerned about is staying on the good side and away from any hunter who could turn you.” he turned back around and started off.
“Where are we going anyhow?” Chloe asked.
“A safe place where you can ascend and not be found by hunters.” he informed.
“I hope you have five safe places. Because I ain’t about to ascend with these guys.” Vinny huffed.
“Nope.” the guy chirped.
Vinny stopped and raised his hands, “Then we’d all just kill each other. Whats the point in that?”
The man didn’t stop or look back.
“That’s what you want, isn’t it? For us to kill each other.” Vinny spit.
We stopped and watched the guy continue through the woods.
“Hey! I’m talking to you. Is that what you want?” Vinny raised his voice.
“It’s all I can figure out.” he mumbled.
“What was that?” Vinny asked, cuffing his ear with his hand.
The guy turned around and spoke louder, “It is all I can figure out.”
“And you’re still willing to do it?” Tony asked him.
“If I have to…”
“So you’re just going to let us die?” Chloe asked.
The man took a step forward, “I don’t even know you. And plus, I’m don’t get along with you animals.”
“What we’re animals now?” Jasper cut off Vinny.
He looked us through and turned around.
“We’re not going to that place. No matter what you say.” Jasper raised his voice.
The man then turned back around and in a second was in Jasper’s face.
“Then I’ll make you.” he spit then looked up at the rest of us.
We took a step back when we saw that his eyes were pitch black.
“You’re a vamp.” Vinny pointed out.
His eyes changed back as he looked at him, “And you’re all half dog. What else is new?”
“Vampires and werewolves, what else is out there?” Chloe asked him.
“Bad things, sweetheart. Very bad things…” he sighed and looked around, “Do any of you know someone who’s ascended? Someone that you trust to bring you back?”
“Yeah, I know the four of us do,” Jasper looked at me, “What about you, Tyler?”
I looked to the side and shook my head, “No, I don’t trust anyone.”
“That’s upsetting.” Vinny crossed his arms.
“You guys can’t ascend together. Any other person that ascends the same time you guys are, you can’t be around. When you change, it wont be you. It’ll be that beast. No human contact. And I mean it. You can’t risk killing or turning them.” the man informed us.
“What’re we going to do?” Chloe asked.
“We’re going into town to call those people and they’re going to take you someplace far and safe.” the man said.
He walked passed us and we followed him back towards town. I looked around as we walked, I haven’t talked to my brother since Frank shot Mickey. I was still mad at him, and didn’t trust him with bringing me back. After all, he didn’t trust me with bringing him back when he ascended.
But I didn’t need him. Not yet anyway.
We got into town and the man stopped and faced us. He looked around and cleared his throat.
“Stay together. Hunters can be anyone.” he then turned and started off.
We followed him. I haven’t been in town ever since I walked away from Dean that day. When I ran off into the woods, I crumbled under a tree and didn’t know I fell asleep. The next day I awoke in a cage.
Been there ever since.
“Where are we going to call them?” Chloe asked the man.
I froze at his words.
I can’t go there, I thought.
“Tyler?” Tony looked at me, “What’s wrong?”
I shook my head, “I can’t go to that diner.”
They stopped and turned to me.
“What’re you talking about? You have to.” the man stepped towards me.
“For what? To save your kind?” I hissed.
He came up to me, “To save every one in this town.”
“What do mean? You said we had to do this to help your kind.” Jasper came up behind him.
The man backed away looking in my eyes, “I’ll explain the situation later. For now, lets go. We’re wasting time.”
He turned and went on towards the diner. I sighed hesitatingly, but followed. We passed a couple houses, familiar faces passed by as we walked. I basically grew up with the people of this town. Most of them got old and moved away. But, the people who stayed knew who I was.
We turned down a street and saw the diner at the corner.
I sighed and shook my head as we continued towards it.
Maybe he’s not working today, I thought.
When we got close I saw a familiar face. I saw Lizzy. She must work with Dean at the diner because she had on a waitress dress. She was taking the trash to the dumpster on the side of the diner. I walked faster and got next to Tony so Lizzy wouldn’t see me.
“You okay?” Tony whispered to me.
I nodded with my head down. We entered the diner and sat down next to the payphone that was hung on the right side of the room.
“Who’s going first?” the man asked as we sat down.
I sighed and put my hand on my head as Tony stood up.
“I will.” he informed.
The man nodded, “Press 9 before you dial.”
Tony went over to the phone and picked it up. The man then turned to me.
“What’s up with you?” he asked.
I shook my head, “Nothing.”
“Nothing? Because from the moment I said we were coming here, you acted strange. What is going on?” he hissed as he leaned in.
Tony came back to the table and sat down next to Chloe.
“Dad’s coming.” he said to her.
“You guys are brother and sister?” I asked them.
Chloe nodded and smiled, “Twins sadly.”
“Alright, hot head, your turn.” the man pointed to Vinny.
“You’re lucky I can’t change.” Vinny mumbled then went to the phone.
The man huffed and looked back to me.
“So?” he asked.
I rolled my eyes and looked away.
“Listen, if you don’t want people to die then you better tell me what the hell is wrong with you.” he quietly spit.
“I don’t have to tell you anything. I don’t even know you,” I stood up, “I’ll find my own place to ascend tonight.”
He stood up and as I turned, he grabbed my arm.
“You don’t know what you’re doing.” he said.
I turned to him and knit my eyes then pulled my arm away, “Apparently you don’t know me. I can take care of myself.”
“Is that how you ended up in that cage?” he asked.
“You don’t know me.” I shook my head and turned back towards the front door.
I froze as a familiar face caught my eye. Dean walked in front of me with Lizzy behind him. I sighed and walked passed him.
“Where are you going?” Dean and the man both said at the same time.
They looked at each other as I turned to them.
“Like I said, I can take care of myself…” I looked at my brother, “I’ve done it before.”
I backed up and turned as I walked out of the diner. As I was walking away the diner door opened and a voice was heard.
“You take off for two days and god knows what could happen. Then you show up on days of all days. Tyler, what in the world is going on with you?” Dean asked.
I stopped and faced him, “Since when did you care what happens to me? Seriously, because I’d just love to know.”
The man came out behind him and looked at me and then studied Dean.
“You two know each other?” he asked.
I rolled my eyes and looked at him as Dean turned.
“What’s it–” Dean knit his eyes, “You’re not human.”
The man huffed, “I was.”
“You were with my brother… why?” Dean stepped forward.
“Easy big guy. I didn’t come here to fight.” the man held up his hands.
“Then what did you come here for, bloodsucker?” Dean hissed.
“Lets not get feisty now, dog. I came here to help. I can leave, if you want?”
“Help with what?” Dean cocked his head to the side as he looked at me.
“Can we take this somewhere else?” I asked, looking around at the people that were walking out of the diner.
“No, actually, this is the perfect place to deal with this.” the man said, looking at my brother.
I rolled my eyes as Dean turned to him.
“Oh, what? You think I’d start something? I grew up here. I know better than that. But, I’ve never seen one of your kind here. Where’d you come from?” he asked.
The man crossed his arms over his chest and shook his head, “I didn’t come here to make friends. As soon as I know things are safe–”
“What’re you talking about?” Dean cut him off.
The man sighed and looked around, “Hunters. They’re making the kids that are ascending tonight a part of their army. Which includes the others that they already turned. They’re going to…” he looked around and stepped closer, “…They’re going to wipe out this town.”
“Why?” Dean asked.
The man shrugged and backed up, “How would I know? I came here to save my kind. And this town.”
“And how exactly are you going to do that?” my brother asked.
“Well he was going to lock us up in a safe place and let us kill each other.” I huffed.
“If you don’t stop with your smart attitude…” the man looked at me.
“You’ll what? Kill me? Go right ahead. You’ll be doing me a favor.” I spit and shook my head.
“You act like you want to become a murderer. Is that what you want, kid? To kill innocent people like the beast you are?” he spit.
I stepped up to him but Dean held out his hand.
“I can take care of myself. I don’t need a deadbeat older brother and a bloodsucker to tell me what I have to do.” I backed up and turned.
As I was walking I heard Dean say something to the man. I shook my head and looked to the right as something caught my eye. I locked eyes with a shocking familiar face that I thought had died. He sat in front of a red truck as he stared at me. I stopped and looked away then turned my head slightly towards him.
“Wondering how the hell I’m alive?” Mickey asked quietly.
I stayed put and he lifted his shirt.
“Wasn’t a silver bullet. Hurt like hell though.” he spoke.
“What’re doing here?” I asked him.
“Well, I heard you and the others escaped from Mark. And I was called in to, ya know, clean up the mess.” he said, “I know you can’t change. So, I thought it’d be easy to bring you back.”
“Why are you working with the hunters? They’re just going to kill you when they’re done with you.” I told him.
He slowly stood up, “Yeah but, we’re going to kill them first. They’re just humans.”
“So, what? You’re just going to drag us back to that cage?” I looked at him.
“Us? Nah, just you. I can get the rest later.” he smiled.
I rolled my eyes and laughed, “You’re going to get me? Good luck. Last time you tried, you got shot.”
“Yeah, but like I said, you can’t change into that beast. So that gives me the upper hand.” he chuckled.
I shook my head and continued walking away from the diner, “Good luck, psycho.”
“You know you’re human.” he spoke up.
I didn’t stop until I thought about where I was going. I didn’t have anywhere to go. I stopped in my tracks and sighed then turned around and looked back at the diner. Dean and the man were gone. I laughed and nodded my head.
“Some things never change.” I huffed.
Mickey came up to me, “What’re you talking about, freak?”
“Nothing,” I looked at him, “Get out of my way, dog.”
“Oh, you have jokes?” he came in my face, “Lets see who laughs next.”
“What’re you going to change into that thing and rip me to shreds?” I asked, pushing passed him.
He grabbed me by the shirt and threw me onto the red truck then got in my face.
“I’m not in the mood to play games. I have beef to settle with you.” he spit.
I pushed him back, “Really? You’re going to pick on someone younger than you?”
He grabbed a blade out of his pocket then quickly shoved me against the truck and put it to my neck.
“Yes, actually, I am,” he said, “Because of who and what you are.”
I swallowed and stayed still.
“Where’s your brother at now?” he spit.
“He actually was over there with this bad ass vampire who still has yet to give his name but, uh…”
“Shut up. I am sick of your voice.” he spoke over me, “Mark didn’t say anything about what shape I have to bring you in. hell, you could be half dead and they’d still take you.”
“One thing I have to know…” I said.
He looked at me.
“Does it hurt?” I asked.
He knit his eyes as I grabbed his hand and punched him in the rib cage. He bent over and cut my neck a little. I used my left foot to kick him away from me. He stood up and spit on the ground next to the truck.
“That wasn’t nice.” he spoke.
I looked to the side as I held on to the frame of the truck’s window. He shifted the blade in his hand and watched me. I sighed and looked at him then to the diner and made a reasonable decision. I darted for the diner without looking back.
When I reached the door an unexpected hand grabbed my shirt then twisted me around and slammed me up against the side of the diner. I cringed in pain as Mickey got in my face.
“I think it’s funny how you think you can outrun me.” he said.
“How did you run so fast?” I asked, looking at the blade in his hand.
“You’re coming with me. With, or without a knife in your gut.” he threatened as he put the tip of the blade on my neck.
“Whoa there doggy.” a familiar voice said by the side of the diner.
I swallowed and looked over to the man who was leaning on the edge of the diner with his arms crossed.
“You must be the bloodsucker everyone is talking about. Why are you so far from home?” Mickey didn’t take his eyes off me.
“Why are you far out of your game? Leave the kid alone, go crawl back to your owner.” the man looked at him.
My eyes went to Mickey as he slowly turned his head to the man. He then shook his head and looked back to me.
“If I can’t bring him in then…” he took the blade away from my neck and quickly pulled it back and went for my side.
Before Mickey’s knife could do serious damage, the man surged toward us and grabbed the knife a second after it cut my side. He threw Mickey to the ground and stood over him and let out a horrid hiss. And from what I could tell, he showed his fangs. My hand went to my side and I cringed in pain. I knew it wasn’t deep, but it still hurt. There wasn’t much blood to go with the wound.
The man snatched the blade from Mickey’s hand and held it to his neck.
“If I catch you again, next time I wont be so blunt.” he spit then stood up and put the blade in his pocket.
He walked up to me and shook his head, “You can take care of yourself, huh?”
I rolled my eyes and watched him as he passed me.
“Are you coming in?” he asked, walking through the diner door.
I sighed and followed him into the diner.
We sat back down at the table with Chloe and the others. I looked around the diner for Dean but only saw Lizzy behind the counter. I looked to the man and knit my eyes.
“What’d you do to him?”
He turned to me, “Why do you assume that I did something?”
“Where is he?” I asked.
“He came in here when you decided to destroy the town.” he informed.
“You suck, ya know?” I shook my head and looked away.
“Tell me about it.” he huffed and turned to the others, “You call them?”
Jasper cleared his throat, “Yeah, they should all be here in a minute.”
“Good,” the man sat back and crossed his arms over his chest, “I’m sick of being the babysitter.”
I coughed a little and my side burned. I cringed a bit at the pain and slowly sighed.
“Your brother’s going to take care of you.” the man said to me.
I looked at him, “Like he did before?”
“Look, I don’t care what your beef is with him, he’s your brother and the only person who can bring you back.” he said, leaning in.
I sighed, “Fine. Whatever. I guess I can cope.”
“Good,” the man looked to the others, “We’re staying here until your friends come.”
Vinny laughed, “Friends.”
I saw Dean behind the counter with a girl and her son. He was talking to her about something I couldn’t hear. When she walked away, I stood up and went over to my brother.
“Hey…” I said awkwardly.
He looked up at me, “Hey.”
“So, I was thinking that I could stay with you tonight so that I can ascend and come back me again. If that’s okay?”
“Duh. I wasn’t about to let you ascend without me.” he informed, wiping the counter.
“Okay. Well, I’m going to go back over there now. It was nice to have a decent conversation with you for once.” I turned and started back to the table.
“Tyler,” Dean called, “Why do you hate me so much?”
I stopped and sighed, “Maybe if you actually knew, you’d understand.”
I continued back to the table. There were three strange people standing with Chloe and them. They were talking to the man. I went up to them and awkwardly stood there behind Chloe.
“What’s going on?” I whispered in her ear.
“He’s just explaining the situation to them.” she said.
I nodded and looked down to the wound on my side. There was a bit of blood, but it wasn’t much to worry about. My black shirt covered it up. But I felt the pain and it sucked. I put my hand over the wound area and felt the stickiness of the blood.
The man shook the three stranger’s hands and then they started out of the diner. Chloe turned to me and smiled.
“Well, I guess this is it. Be safe, Tyler.” she said then turned, only to look at the man for a second and nod.
The others followed her out of the diner. Jasper came up to me and held out his hand, “If you need anything. Or need help with you know what. I’m at Mills Lodge. Stay sane, bro.”
I shook his hand and nodded understandingly.
“Same to you.” I told him.
He nodded then turned and followed the others out of the diner. The man sighed and looked at me.
“Whelp,” he sighed, “My jobs done.”
“Are you going back to your coffin?” I asked him.
He shot me a look and I half smiled then looked down.
“You okay?” he asked looking at my side.
I coughed, “Yeah, I’ll be fine. Thanks, by the way.”
He nodded, but didn’t take his eyes off my wounded side.
“You okay?” I asked, uneasy.
He shut his eyes and nodded, “Yeah, I, uh. I have to go.”
With that he turned and started out of the diner, only to be stopped by a couple of familiar faces.
“The vamp of the hour. What a surprise.” Mark smiled as he held a wooden stake in his hand.
The man backed up as I stepped forward.
“What’re you doing here, Mark?” I spit.
“Putting the animal back in its cage.” he said.
Glass shattered behind me and the diner suddenly got silent.
“Everybody out! This diner is officially closed for the night.” Mickey ordered.
The customers slowly got up and quickly left the diner. Dean came up behind me.
“You came here to do what exactly?” he asked them, keeping an eye on Mickey.
Mickey smiled and pointed his stake at me, “You know exactly what we came here to do.”
My brother got in front of me, “You think you can just come up here and take him?”
“That’s the plan,” Mark shifted the stake in his hand, “Boys?”
Mickey and Mark’s ‘goons’ started towards us with stakes in their hand. The man backed up a step as he watched the three hunters and one werewolf approach him. Dean went next to him and pointed to Mark.
“You’re going to regret this.” he told him.
Mark charged him and Dean grabbed him then threw him to the ground. Mickey ran passed the man and came after me while the last two hunters tried to put a stake in the vampire’s heart. I crossed my arms over my chest as Mickey stopped in front of me.
“Time for round two.” he said then charged.
I dipped to the side and jumped over a table. As I landed on my feet, I bent over and the wound on my side hurt. I cringed in pain as I put my hand over the wound. Mickey laughed and pushed over a chair to get to me. I backed up and got against the counter. Mickey got in my face and I pulled my fist back and hit him in the face on instinct then ran to the back of the diner. I heard a low growl and turned to see Mickey in his wolf form. I stopped and got against the wall.
“Whoa, so not fair!” I yelled, pointing to him.
He knocked over a table and chair as he came towards me. He then charged and went to bite before something pushed him away from me. He scratched the right side of my chest as he went down. I yelled out in pain as my hand went to my shoulder. Blood soaked through my shirt and parts of it were shredded where the claw marks were.
I squeezed my eyes shut and then looked over to the thing that pushed Mickey away. It had came from behind the counter. My eyes got wide when I realized who it was.
She was smaller than Mickey, but had the same color fur. She showed her teeth and he just looked at her. I could tell they were talking, but couldn’t hear what was said. Dean and the others stopped fighting and watched them.
I looked at Mickey and Lizzy then got a strange feeling on my shoulder. I touched the edge of the wound as my fingertips started to tingle. I looked over to my brother and a sudden wave of dizziness washed over me and in a second turned into a familiar wolf vision that I knew too well. I looked down and blinked hard. I rubbed my eyes and then a horrid pain shot through my chest.
I screamed at the pain as I dropped to the ground.
“Tyler?” Dean’s voice was louder than before.
I felt as if the all of the bones in my body just broke. I screamed again at the pain as Dean ran to my side. As I scratched at the floor I saw that my hands were turning hairy and my nails were sharpening.
“What’s happening? Uncle Tyler!” I heard Lizzy’s voice.
My clothes ripped and I soon started to change form into the beast inside me. Dean backed up and the pain subsided. I felt the familiar feeling of being a werewolf, but something was missing.
“Holy…” Mark’s voice drifted off.
The man let one of the hunters go and they slowly backed out of the diner. Mark looked us through then pointed to me.
“That’s not supposed to happen till tonight.” he said.
I growled at him as Dean said my name.
“Tyler, is that you?”
My eyes went to him and I spoke through dog language, “I – I can’t change back…”
“What happened?” the man asked, coming up behind my brother.
I looked at Mickey, who was watching me.
“You scratched me.” I growled.
“Crap…” Dean looked down.
“What? What happened?” the man asked him.
“He got scratched.” my brother said.
I stepped towards Mickey with my teeth showing.
“I didn’t know this would happen!” he yelled to me.
Dean looked over to Mark, but he wasn’t there. He sighed and turned back to me.
“Okay, stay calm. I’m going to fix this.” he said.
Lizzy changed form and got behind Dean. I turned to Mickey who was slowly backing up. I growled at him as he quickly turned and ran out of the diner. Dean got in my way as I tried to follow him.
“You can’t be seen like this.” he pointed out.
“No dip,” I showed my teeth, “Get out of my way.”
“Where you going?” Lizzy asked me.
“Into the woods.” I informed.
Dean put his hands in front of my face, “There’s a back exit. No one will see you.”
I backed up and broke a table leg.
“Just jump over the counter and we’ll meet you in the woods in a second. I have to close up.” he said.
I snorted and jumped on the counter then jumped off and went into the back room. I walked through the door then noticed the back door was closed and I didn’t have thumbs so I couldn’t open it.
“Dean!” I called, “Dean, the back door’s closed.”
“Then open it!” he called back.
“Dude, if I could don’t you think I would?” I asked.
He came up behind me with his keys and went to the door. I looked over to him and watched him as he unlocked and opened the door for me.
“You okay?” he asked.
“Well,” I licked my furry lips, “At least I can taste my facial hair.”
“Oh shut up, you know what I mean.” he rolled his eyes.
“Yeah, I’ve been a wolf million of times.”
“But you can’t turn back, Tyler. What happens when you’re like that when you ascend tonight? The reason why you’re human all day until you finally ascend is that the wolf take over completely, and there’s still a slight trace of you inside that beast,” he sighed, “And that’s why you need someone to bring you back. So that you can control it.”
“I can control it, I know when enough is enough.” I told him, walking out to the back of the diner.
“For now. But, what happens when you ascend tonight?” he leaned on the door and looked at me.
I turned to him and showed my teeth, “I don’t know, Dean. Maybe I’ll turn into a whole wolf?”
He huffed and shook his head, “Why do you gotta be so damn stubborn? This is your life we’re talking about here. You might turn into a man-eating monster and kill everything in sight and you act like you don’t even care.”
I turned back to the woods and shook my head.
“Don’t go anywhere. If you don’t wanna help yourself… then I will.” he said as the door shut.
I looked to the ground and pawed at the dirt beneath me. I knew better than to mess with my curse. And I honestly don’t even know what would happen if I was like this when I ascend. I actually might become something I didn’t want.
I shook my body to feel better then yawned and looked around me. The woods were just in front of me. I could run away and just be myself. Won’t have to worry about anything.
But, then again, Dean might be right. What would happen if I were like this when I ascend?
“Tyler?” a voice whispered in the distance.
My ears went up and I looked dead at the woods and showed my teeth. A familiar face came out with is hands in the air. He stopped by a large tree and looked at me.
“Whoa, easy, kid,” Adam said.
He was Frank’s friend. I remember him picking me up after I had escaped from the hunters the other day. I kept my eye on him as he stayed at distance.
“I know I can’t hear you, but I also know you can hear me,” he spoke, “Listen to me, the other hunters are planning something, something big. They are trying to put together an army of wolves to take out this entire town.”
I watched him as he held his hands up still.
“Tyler, I’m telling you this because I don’t wanna see everyone die. Frank and I are doing whatever we can to help save this town. But we need support and, well, we believe you and Dean are it.” he nodded and lowered his hands.
I heard the sound of grass crunching and Dean’s voice was heard.
“What do you mean?” my brother asked.
I backed up as he and the man approached Adam. Adam nodded at Dean as the man crossed his arms.
“The hunters are recruiting the ascendants and turning them into man-eaters.” the man spoke up.
“W—what?” my brother looked at them, “Why?”
“So they can destroy this town. And many like it.” Adam said.
“How can we help?” my brother asked.
“Keep everyone away from him,” Adam nodded towards me, “And get your own army to fight theirs. Because you guys sure as hell can’t stop them without it.”
He looked at each of us the turned around and started back into the woods. I turned to Dean and he had a look of terror on his face as he turned to me.
“You okay?” I asked him.
“I have to take Lizzy and Alex out of town.” he started to back up.
“Dean, what am I gonna do?” I looked at him.
“He can take you to someplace safe for now. I’ll come back. We’ll figure this out together.” my brother informed me.
The man looked at him, “I can take him to that shed by the river.”
Dean nodded then pointed to me as he ran off, “Go with him. I’ll meet you there.”
I took a step forward as he left my sight.
“Okay kid, lets go.”
“You know what sucks?” the vamp asked as he led me through the forest, “Other than me, of course. What sucks is the fact that I don’t know if you are talking or not. I mean, you can’t talk or turn back, so, how do I know if you aren’t saying things bad about me?”
I looked at him as he continued talking.
“You can’t, like, bark, can you?” he asked.
I showed my teeth and he smiled.
“Thought not. Anyway, uh, is there anyway you dogs know of where we can talk to one another? I mean, I’m not human, after all, so I dunno why we cant hear you dogs talk.” he stopped and faced me, “Actually, I do know one way.”
I paused in front of him and gave him a look.
“You, uh, you’re probably ain’t gonna like this.” and within a second, I was knocked over and he was on top of me.
His eyes shined black, and his mouth was full of razor sharp fangs. That’s when he bit down on my neck. I cried out in pain and pawed at the ground, trying to get up.
He quickly got off of me and I was let up. I then got up and went to charge him.
“Wait!” he yelled, holding is hands up.
I stopped in my tracks and squeezed my eyes shut. My vision slowly unfocused and I looked at him.
“Wha—what did you do?” I asked him.
“I helped you.” he answered.
I snorted, shook my head and closed my eyes. “You can hear me?”
“Yeah, the venom will make us be able to talk.”
“Venom?” I cocked my head to the side, “Y—you injected me with vampire venom?”
“You’re welcome.” he wiped the blood off his mouth.
I shook my body and focused on him. My vision got clearer and I was able to see. I started towards him and he followed next to me as we walked towards the shed.
“Where’s this shed at anyhow?” I asked him, shaking my head to fix my fur.
I cringed at the pain in my neck as he looked at me.
“Just right up here, kid.” he squinted his eyes at me, “How’s your, uh, wound?”
“I’ll live.” I told him.
He nodded and pointed ahead of us, “That’s it.”
I heard the sound of flowing water and snorted.
“What?” he asked me, “Don’t like water?”
“What’s your name, anyway?” I looked down at him.
He sighed, “Shep.”
“Shep?” I asked and he nodded.
“You’re gonna stay in there till your brother gets back.” he said.
I huffed and nodded, “Yeah, or, until I died.”
He looked at me and knit his eyes, “Look, dog, I don’t know what the deal is with you and your brother and I honestly don’t care. What I care about is those hunters destroying this town and all of the others. So stop thinking about yourself and think of the lives of all those people, got it?”
I growled and started towards the shed.
“What I don’t understand is, why are you helping us? This town is nothing but food to your kind.” I spit and shook my head.
The shed wasn’t that big, but it was something. It looked secure enough to hold me, but, I wasn’t so sure. I sighed and looked at Shep as he had his arms crossed behind me.
“So, what now?” I asked him.
“I’m going into town to see if I can try to help. You’re gonna stay here, in that.” he nodded to the shed.
“You’re not staying?” I knit my eyes.
He shook his head and laughed, “No. You’re on your own from here, man. Even if he comes back or not.”
He backed up, turned and started off back towards the town.
“Is that it?” I called, “You’re just gonna stop here and leave?”
“Like I said before, mutt!” he snapped and turned, “I’m not too fond of your kind. We’ve had a past and every single one I’ve encountered has tried to kill me or betrayed me.” he lifted his shirt and revealed a scar across his chest.
“Your kind are nothing but animals.” he finished then turned back towards the town.
I looked at him and shook my head, “Not all of us are like that…”
His hand went up over his head and shook his head as he sped off through the woods, as fast as lightning. I never believed bloodsuckers could run that fast. It looks almost impossible. Then again, I am a werewolf.
I looked back at the shed and started towards it. As I walked my body felt different. I felt the same feeling of being in my wolf form, but, something was missing. And I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I tried to pin down what was wrong, what I had done and what it was that felt missing. But that just led to me over thinking.
I got to the shed and started to peek inside the dusty windows. I couldn’t just sit here and do nothing. I wanted to help save this town; save myself. I felt like Dean and Shep didn’t trust me. But the thing is, do I even trust me?
I turned to the woods behind me and sniffed. Shep went to town to help. But what could I do when I’m like this? God only knows what could happen if a human saw me.
I whined and sat down as I looked to the ground, watching the leaves run with the wind.
My ears perked up at a strange sound that came from the distance. I lifted my head and listened closely. A man’s voice was heard in the wind yelling. The familiar voice got me on my feet. Then the voices and growls of different people made me take off away from the shed and towards the town.
As I got closer laughing was heard and I soon came upon a group of wolves that were attacking Shep. I stopped close to them, teeth showing. Shep was on the ground, blood was around him as he was slumped over, clutching his shoulder.
All three werewolves looked up at me and smiled.
“Brother.” the grayish one stepped towards me.
“Don’t!” I raged, showing my teeth.
The hair on my back stood up as the wolf backed up.
“You’re gonna turn on your own kind for a bloodsucker?” the white wolf asked me, “They kill us! This leech is far from home.”
The tan wolf looked me in the eyes then took a step forward. I held my ground, fangs still shown. He approached me, slowly inching his way towards me. I didn’t perceive him as a threat, even though they all were. I knew his intentions were good as he came up to my right side.
“You’re just a kid. A newborn.” he spoke, studying me.
I watched him out of the corner of my eye while, at the same time, watched the other two in front of me.
“You don’t even know good from bad,” the tan wolf laughed and stopped beside me, “You’d make a perfect asset to the army.”
I quickly turned towards him, but, as soon as I did, the white wolf charged to me, grabbing a hold of my neck. The grayish one then grabbed a hold of my leg and before I knew it, I was on my side and the white wolf was on top of me.
“I’m not joining your army!” I barked.
“Yeah, you are. You all are. And everything you knew before is going to die.” the tan wolf got in my face as he showed his teeth.
My breathing was hard as I laid on the ground. I looked over to Shep as he was still on the ground, he covered his face up with his arm and I saw his eyes, watching us.
“You can’t make me.” I squealed and tried to get up.
“Yes we can,” the white wolf reached down and tried to grab a hold of my neck once more.
I pushed myself on my feet as I headbutted him in the jaw. As soon as I got to all four feet, I jumped away from them then quickly stopped and turned to face them.
“I am not joining!” I roared, showing my fangs.
“Then you will die along with them.” the tan wolf charged me and the other two quickly followed along behind him.
I backed up a bit as the tan wolf and I collided. We both stood on two feet as we pushed one another. I pushed him to the side and bit at his ear. As his left side was exposed, I lashed out and bit the side of his chest. He cried out as soon as I was pushed off of him by an unexpected force.
The white wolf got on top of me as the grayish one charged for my showing belly. I used my front claws to push away the white wolf’s baring fangs as they tried to grab a hold of me. I then turned over so that my soft underbelly wasn’t shown.
But as soon as I did, the grayish wolf lunged and latched on to my hip. The force of his attack got me back on the ground. I cried out in pain as his jaws clenched and he let out a horrid growl.
That’s when the other two wolves got up and charged towards me. I tried to reach up and get the grayish wolf off of me, but the pain was too bad and each time I moved his jaws clenched down even harder.
I lay on the ground as a high pitch cry came from my throat.
Just before the other two wolves grabbed a hold of me, a force knocked one of them away and I saw Shep on top of the white wolf as they were fighting. The tan wolf came at me, unfazed by the attack on his friend. I was distracted by the attack from Shep that I didn’t even see him coming until the second he was in my face, teeth baring and a gut wrenching growl as he went for my throat.
In an instant, my two hands went up as an attempt to shield his oncoming attack. He didn’t grab my neck, but he did latch on to my arm and bit down as hard as he could. I cried out in pain and he quickly let go, backed up and then went for my neck.
The second he lunged, he was thrown backwards by a force so strong, he cried in pain as he landed on the ground. The grayish wolf let go of my hip and looked to his friend as Shep was on top of him. Shep’s face wasn’t shown, but his hands we covered with blood as he continuously hit the tan wolf.
He then bit down on the bloody corpse of the tan wolf as the sound of slurping was heard.
The grayish wolf whined a bit as he stood there in confusion. He then looked at me and showed his teeth.
“This is what you’re helping!” he raged then looked back at Shep.
I painfully got up and backed away from him as he looked at me, teeth still baring.
“You’re gonna pay for this, kid.” he spit then took a step towards me.
I lowered my head as my body stung with pain. The grayish wolf came towards me slowly, my body tense and on edge as he came in my face.
“They destroy towns. It starts with one. Then that’s when they all come.” he spoke then lifted his head and backed up.
I showed my teeth and looked at him, “You were the ones that started this.”
I lunged for his throat but he quickly moved out the way and charged my side. He knocked me down as I continuously reached up to get a hold of him. He opened his mouth and put his gaping jaws around my entire throat, but didn’t clench down.
“Listen to me!” he raged.
I froze as my breathing was heavy.
“You are a traitor to your kind. You were made to kill anything that wasn’t your type.”
I showed my teeth a bit, “Like humans?”
“Especially humans. They’re nothing but food.” he answered.
I pawed at the ground, trying to get up. He let out a growl and slowly started to clench his jaws around my throat.
“If you won’t help me kill this thing. Then I’ll do it without you.” he said.
His hold around my neck quickly got tighter. I struggled in his grip, but that only made his teeth slice through my skin. I pawed at him as my neck stung with pain and I then let out a cry. Breathing became difficult and found myself gasping for air as I scratched at his belly. I quickly reached up and clawed him in the face, then the eye. He backed off and let out a whine as he shook his head.
I regained my breath and got to my feet as he then charged me. A figure ran passed me and he was thrown to the side. Shep grabbed his jaws and then, with a flick of his wrist, the wolf’s life was over.
I swallowed as Shep got to his feet and looked at me. He started towards me and when I backed up, he ran towards me. I quickly lowered my body to the ground as he stopped in front of me.
His eyes were as black as the night as he looked into my eyes. My ears were back as far as they could go as I put my head on the ground. I didn’t want to start anything and wasn’t sure if he’d kill me too.
“Shep?” I quietly asked.
He was breathing heavily as he backed up and turned away. He dropped to the ground and I saw that his hands were shaking.
“Get out of here…” he mumbled.
“Go back to the shed!”
I jumped up as he turned to me, his eyes were still black and there was blood covering his face. My heart was beating fast as I backed up and started to run back towards the shed.
I limped back towards the shed, my mind racing over what I had just witnessed. I tried to shake the fact that, I did just save a vampire. And, Shep, he was different. I’ve never actually knew what vamps were capable of, until now.
My body ached from the wounds of the fight. My hip was throbbing and each step I took, pain shot up and my entire right side exploded. But, I still managed.
I walked around a fallen tree that was blocking my path. I stepped over a skinny part of the trunk and then stopped and looked at the tree one more time.
I don’t remember this being here before, I thought to myself.
I bent down and sniffed the ground, looking for any familiar scents. When I didn’t find any, I then looked at the bottom of the tree, where it would have broken with the fall.
The tree looked as if it were chopped down. I breathed out my nose and lifted my head up, looking through the woods.
“What’re you doing?” Shep’s weak voice asked.
I turned to him behind me and my ears went back as I saw the blood still around his mouth.
“I—I dunno, I was, er, going back to the, uh, shed…” my words staggered as I tried to get them out.
“Stop,” he looked up at me, his eyes were no longer black, “Stop acting like you’re afraid of me.”
“Who’s acting?” I backed up a step.
He laughed and shook his head, “You dogs are all alike.”
I growled, “I am not like them.”
“Oh, but you are,” he walked towards me, “You see what we are capable of and you suddenly know your place in this world.”
I backed up as I looked at him, “We are all equal in this world.”
He laughed, “Yeah, okay. See, the thing is, your kind don’t play nice. That’s why my kind don’t either.”
Something in my mind told me that he was dangerous. I was afraid, but didn’t think he’d hurt me if I didn’t threaten him. My ears went back and I lowered my head, trying not to act bigger than him. I didn’t know how different vampire’s were to werewolves, but I had a clue they wanted to kill just as much as we do.
“Shep, I don’t wanna fight.” I said.
“Fight?” he cocked his head, “What makes you think that I want to fight as well?”
“The way you’re acting…” I admitted.
He stopped and looked away, taking a deep breath. I let out a low whine as he raised his hand to me.
“I—I need to pull myself together. This… isn’t me.” he violently shook his head and let out a deep breath.
“Tyler…” my brother’s voice appeared to the left of us, “Tyler, get away from him.”
I looked over to him as he waved for me to move away. He was in his human form as he slowly approached Shep. I backed up a few steps but kept my eyes on him.
“Don’t come near me.” Shep threatened.
“Listen to me. You have to stop thinking about it.”
“You know what I’m talking about,” Dean cut him off, “Think about their last words. Their families. The children…”
“Stop…” Shep’s voice quivered.
“You think about that each time you get the urge to drink.” he finished.
Shep took a shaky breath and lifted his head up at him.
“Remember them.” my brother told him.
He closed his eyes and turned to the side, “I never forgot.”
I knit my eyes as Dean looked at me.
“Tyler, go back to the shed. I have to help him.” he said.
“Go!” he hissed.
My eyes went to Shep as I slowly backed up. I let out a soft whine as I turned and quickly walked back to the shed.
I went up to the shed, pain throbbing in my side from the wound on my hip. But I didn’t care. I limped over to the side of it, facing the river, and laid down in the pile of leaves.
As I put my head on the ground, I let out a soft whine that soon turned into a low cry. The sound of the flowing water filled my ears and my ears went back against my head. I took a slow breath and lifted my head up then adjusted my front leg, taking the pressure off of my bleeding arm.
The feeling of helplessness washed over me as I thought about what was gonna happen to this town; to me. Things raced through my head and my thoughts were overflowing with the weight I felt on my shoulders.
I looked up at the trees when my vision went awry. I suddenly saw blackness, and when I got to my feet, I saw whiteness. I put my nose to the ground and shook my head as I closed my eyes. My neck throbbed with pain randomly and I saw images of something I didn’t remember doing—memories, but from who?
Where was all this coming from?
My eyes shot open and I was breathing violently while a horrid pain in my chest slowly subsided. My vision was still blurry but I could make out trees and the ground.
A figure I couldn’t make out came out from the side of the shed. The human figure walked in front of me as I growled at it.
“Wondering what had just happened to ya?” the unknown voice asked, “I’ve been watching you for a while, Tyler. You’re special. You got turned on the night you ascend.”
I blinked harshly as he stopped in front of me.
“That’s something that has never happened before.” the voice continued, “And to top that all off! That stupid vampire, what’s his name, Shep,” a laugh was heard, “That idjit had the brains to bite you, injecting you with vampire venom. Now, he didn’t know the truth, so I can’t blame all of it on him.”
“The truth?” I asked, shaking my head as my vision slowly was starting to clear up.
“There’s still a trace of human left in you. Well, there was when you got scratched, but, there isn’t anymore. Now that the bloodsucker bit you, anyway.”
I shook my head once more and looked up at the stranger. He had on a black trench coat, his hands were in the pockets and when he looked at me, I saw he had human eyes, but the color of them were almost white
“Who are you?” I asked him.
The man smiled, “I’m Jack.”
“How do you know what happened to me?” I studied him.
“Because you and me, Tyler… we’re the same.” he smiled.
“I’m a hybrid.” he cut me off.
“Of a leech and a dog,” he looked at me, “And you are too.”
I cocked my head, “That’s—”
“Impossible? Nah mate, not in this world. Nothing is impossible. You’ve only just begun showing the signs of change. It’ll be painful and unexpected, but you’ll get through it.” he smiled and crossed his arms.
“Why are you telling me this?” I asked him.
“Because when you’re ready, I’ll be there to show you how to control it.” he said.
I knit my eyes, “Control what?”
“You think that dog is hard to tame? That’s not even close to what’s gonna be inside of you tonight.” Jack started to back up and I took a step forward.
“Don’t worry, kid. I won’t let you kill anyone. That’s not who I am. And I know for a fact, that’s not who you are either.” he winked then, with a blink of an eye, took off through the woods.
I shook my head then sat down as footsteps approached. Dean and Shep came out from the woods and came up to me.
“You okay?” Dean asked me.
I nodded, “For now.”
He sighed and I looked to Shep as his head was down.
“What about you?” I questioned.
He looked up at me and nodded, “Yeah, I’m fine. Uh, thanks for what you did back there. You didn’t have to come over.”
“They were gonna kill you, Shep.” I told him, “Wolves like that need to be taught a lesson. That they can’t kill anything that isn’t their kind.”
I sighed and looked down. Dean studied me and crossed his arms.
“You sure you’re okay, man?” he asked me.
“Besides being a dog, yep. I’m good.” I admitted.
“Yeah, working on that…” he sighed and rubbed his head.
“We still don’t know what’s gonna happen tonight when I ascend like this. Maybe, something good might come from it?” I suggested.
Dean shook his head, “No, if you ascend like that, you might not come back. I don’t wanna risk anything.” he looked at his watch, “It’s 4:27… we have to get a move on things. Before it gets dark.”
“What time does it start?” I asked him.
He sighed and looked at me, “As soon as the sunset starts.”
I looked down and sighed then looked back up at them.
“We need to stop the hunters.” Shep informed.
“If we can get to Mark. We can probably stop it from there. He’s most likely the hunter in charge.” Dean said.
“I can get to him.” I admitted, standing up.
They looked at me and raised their eyebrows.
“Mark wants me, right? If I can draw him out. We can ambush him.” I told them.
“We need more of us on our side,” Dean said, “And I know exactly who to call.”
Mickey lunged at me. I didn’t see him through the brush until he was latched on to my neck. Though, he didn’t bite down. He knocked me on my side and showed me his gaping fangs as he put them in my face.
“Finally made a choice, huh?” he asked me.
“I came to talk to Mark.” I told him.
“He doesn’t want to see you at the moment.” Mickey spit as he moved closer to my throat, “I can take you to him, though. But you’re not gonna be alive to see him.”
A familiar growl ripped the air next to us and Mickey was pushed off of me as Dean got in his face.
“Nice to see you again, D, how’s my daughter?” Mickey laughed.
Dean growled and bit at him, “Where’s Mark at?”
I stood up, “I had it under control, Dean.”
“Sure you did.” he growled.
Mickey jumped backwards as Dean bit at his feet.
“This can be ten times worse, Mickey. Tell me where he is!” he raged.
Shep came out from behind a tree, his eyes black as he looked at Mickey. On either side of us, Adam and Frank came out from hiding with shotguns in their hands.
“Now, are you gonna play good or will we have to put silver in your head?” my brother asked Mickey.
Mickey took a cautious step backwards as Doug, Dean’s old friend, charged him from behind in his black wolf form. Doug showed his fangs as he looked down at Mickey. Mickey lowered his body I surrender.
“Okay, okay, okay, he made a camp for the army down by the end of the river. He’s there, believe me.” Mickey cowardly admitted.
“How many is there?” Dean threateningly asked him.
“Wolves! Hunters!” my brother spit, “How many?”
“Uh, I dunno… maybe, at least ten of us five of them?” Mickey cried out.
“You’re nothing but a coward.” I shook my head.
He looked at me and showed his teeth. I quickly lunged, but a force threw me to the side and I landed next to a tree with Shep on top of me.
“Easy man!” he yelled.
I growled and tried to push him off of me. He pulled his hand back and hit me in the face, just above the eye. I cried out and laid there, motionless as I breathed heavily.
“Are you done?” Shep asked.
My ears went back and I looked at him, “Yeah—yeah, I’m done.”
He got off of me but I just laid there, under the tree. I felt my heart beating fast. I tilted my head and looked over at my brother as he talked to Mickey. Shep rubbed his fist as he stood by Adam, watching me.
I closed my eyes, sat up and opened them.
That was more than just an angry lunge, I thought to myself, That was an all-out lunge for blood.
And it was true. It repeated over and over in my head. I wanted to kill him, and anyone that stood in my way. A feeling surfaced in my gut, Jack might have been right.
“Tyler!” Dean called.
I looked up at him and he nodded forward for me to follow him. I hesitatingly got on all fours and followed the others deeper into the woods.
Shep walked next to me as we followed behind them. He looked at me in the corner of his eye then turned to me.
“What was that about?” he asked.
“What was what?” I looked at the ground as we walked.
“There was murder in your eyes, Tyler. I know that look anywhere.” he said quietly.
I kept my eyes on the ground.
“I’ve done what I did to you to other wolves but, none of them acted the way you did back there. That was something different.” he spoke.
I looked at him then back at the ground.
“What is going on with you?” he whispered.
I sighed, “When I was waiting at the shed for you and my brother, I um, I saw things. My vision went crazy and I got this pain in my chest and I had flashbacks of, just, horrible things that I don’t remember ever seeing, let alone doing.”
“And you think that the flashbacks have something to do with the way you’re acting?” he looked at me.
My ears went back, “When my vision started clearing up, there was this guy standing there. He, uh,” I sighed, “He said he’s been following me, then he told me things that I didn’t think were true. Until now, I guess.”
“What kind of things did he say to you?” he asked.
“Nothing…” I looked up.
“Tyler, if it’s important. You need to tell me.” he said.
“It’s not about this town or your kind. So, you don’t need to worry.” I huffed and trotted closer to my brother.
Dean was in front of Adam and Frank, behind Mickey as he led us to the hunter’s camp site. Doug was next to Mickey as they walked. Mickey’s ears were on his head and his body was low as he walked.
“So you can’t turn back, huh?” asked Frank.
He was walking with Adam next to me. They both had weapons in their hands.
“Now, I know I can’t hear you. But you can hear me,” Frank shifted the gun in his hand, “I don’t think that has happened to anyone before.”
“That’s because it hasn’t.” Mickey laughed.
“But don’t worry, Tyler. If anyone can fix you, it’s your brother.” smiled Frank.
I looked to Mickey as he eyed me. Dean was next to him, talking to Doug.
“You’re gonna die a dog.” Mickey quietly told me.
“So are you.” I showed my teeth.
He stopped and quickly faced me.
“When the time comes imma enjoy ripping your throat out.” he quietly growled.
Dean and Doug pulled him back, but I lashed out before they could. I lunged for his throat but he moved back and I grabbed onto his leg, shaking my head violently as warm blood seethed through my fangs.
“Tyler!” Dean’s voice was in my ear.
I didn’t let go. I didn’t want to.
A horrendous growl ripped through my lungs and the sound of Mickey’s cry filled my ears. Something grabbed a hold of my neck and forcefully pulled me off him. Doug pushed me away but as he backed up, I lunged for him. The second he saw me coming, he sprung forward forcefully and pushed me to the ground, locking his jaws around my neck.
“Easy, kid!” he yelled.
My breathing was rapid as I pawed at the ground, trying to get up.
“Tyler!” roared Shep as he came into my view.
I stopped moving and looked at him, trying to regain my breath.
Dean changed his form as Mickey did. Mickey sat on the ground holding his bloody wound as Dean looked to Adam and Frank.
“Watch him.” my brother told them.
Frank nodded and he and Adam stood above Mickey with their weapons aimed at him. Dean came over and looked at Doug, who still had his jaws around my neck.
“Don’t let him up.” he told him.
I let out a whine as Shep came up behind Dean.
“What was that about?” my brother looked at me, “Tyler? That was an all out attack! What is wrong with you? If there’s something you’re not telling me, then you better start now. Before you have another one of your episodes and end up killing him.”
I licked my lips and put my ears back against my head as he looked at me.
“We don’t have time for this!” he yelled at me, “This town is going to be slaughtered and you are lashing out at Mickey because of what? Past issues? I’m not having it. Not in times like this. You should go back to the shed. We can handle this without you.”
I whined, “What? No. Dean, you can’t do that!”
“You don’t have to say anything. Just, go, Tyler. Before you get one of us killed.” Dean nodded to Doug and his grip around my neck loosened.
As he backed up, I got on my feet.
“You can’t just leave.” I told them.
Shep looked at me as Dean did and they started off together. Dean grabbed Mickey’s arm and picked him up as they continued to follow the river to Mark’s hideout.
“Dean!” I barked and took a step forward.
Shep looked at me and shook his head, “You should have just told him the truth. We could have helped you. Why don’t you trust anyone?”
My ears went to the side, “I tried to tell you, but you just insisted it was all about you and your kind!”
He shook his head, “Fine. Don’t listen to me.”
“What’re you talking about?” I cocked my head to the side.
“They can’t hear you, Tyler.” Jack’s voice said from the right side of the woods.
“What?” I quickly turned towards his voice.
“You’re in your wolf form, and they can’t hear you while you’re in it.” he said.
I growled and took a step forward, “You’re lying! There’s no such thing as a hybrid! You’re crazy.”
“Tyler!” Shep called.
I looked at him and pulled my ears back.
“What’re you doing?” he asked, “What is wrong with you?”
“Ooh look, a little leech that’s alone.” Jack chuckled.
I closed my eyes and shook my head, “No. Leave him alone. Where are you? Why won’t you come out?”
“As soon as the bat leaves, I will.” he said.
I opened my eyes and Shep was still watching me. His hand was near his jacket pocket.
“You okay?” asked Shep.
“Remember, kid. He can’t hear you.” Jack laughed.
A quick sound of twig snapping made me look to the woods. I backed up as I turned back to Shep. His fingers were in his coat pockets as he turned from the woods back to me.
“Tyler…?” he asked again.
I slowly shook my head so he’d know the answer to his question then quickly turned and took off through the woods as my name echoed through the trees.
My heart raced. I moved passed trees and jumped onto higher grounds as I ran through the forest.
“Where’re you going?” Jack asked.
He was soon next to me, in his wolf form. I stopped and faced him. His rare fur color had patches of black and white.
“What’s happening to me?” I asked furiously.
“You feel different, that’s normal. Tyler, it’ll all pass.” he informed, “Trust me.”
“Trust you?” I cried out, “I don’t even know you!”
I charged him and in a second he jumped to the side and lunged for me, throwing me off my feet and pinning me to the ground.
“Let it out!” he raged, “That’s how you’ll overcome this feeling.”
I didn’t even know what I was feeling. It was a strange kind of craving. Something I’ve never felt before. A feeling in my stomach that I wanted something and I wanted it really bad. And I wanted it now. But I don’t know what it is I want so bad.
“What’s happening?” I asked him as I felt my heart speeding up.
“You’re dying, Tyler. But don’t worry, it won’t last long.” he said.
My eyes went wide as he said that second word. This feeling was more than anything. My legs twitched, my heart felt as if it were going to rip out of my chest.
This urge to do whatever it was I wanted to do, it wouldn’t subside.
“Listen to me Tyler!” Jack raged, leaning closer to my face, “You have to fight them. Make them know who’s boss, you hear me? If you don’t, you won’t come back.”
“What’re you talking about?” I asked.
“You’re starting to ascend. You need to listen to me. Or you won’t come back and you will die. You hear me? You will die, Tyler!” his voice slowly got quieter, “Fight them! You have to fight, Tyler!”
My vision quickly went black and my entire body went numb. It felt like I was asleep, but I knew for a fact that I was awake. As I tried to look around for any source of light, my surroundings changed and I was standing in the middle of a forest.
But it wasn’t the one I grew up in.
“Jack?” I called, twirling around.
Everything was silent. There was no birds chirping or bugs buzzing. I’ve never heard anything so still.
The entire forest lit up; white, like the sun was shining on it. The brightness made my eyes burn. I lowered my head to the ground and saw that I was no longer in my wolf form.
I was me again.
I spread out my hands and let out a soft chuckle. I didn’t miss being that animal.
“Dean!” I lifted my head and called through the trees.
My voice bounced off each of the trees as I looked around. The sound of leaves crunching drawled my attention to the right side of me. I knit my eyes and looked for the cause of the noise.
“Hello?” I stepped forward.
A growl ripped through my ears and a wolf-like creature charged towards me, fangs baring. I dove to the side as it passed me, turned then stared at me.
I knit my eyes as I slowly got up from the ground, watching it. It looked like me in my wolf form. Tan with blackness around the face and a bit of white on the chest.
Jack’s words repeated in my head. But what did that even mean? What was I supposed to do? I thought back to what Jack had said.
I had to fight it, show it who’s boss. But how? I’m me, and the wolf I used to turned into was standing three feet in front of me.
This can’t be real. This has to be a dream, I thought to myself.
I looked the wolf in the eyes as he growled at me.
“Easy man,” I noticed a wound on it’s chest in the same place Mickey had scratched me.
I sighed and stood up straight. He then lunged, I pushed myself to the side and he grabbed my ankle. I yelled out in pain as he shook his head side to side.
I used my opposite leg and kicked him in the face multiple times just before he leg go and backed off a bit.
This was no dream. The pain in my leg proved that too well.
I thought of Jack’s words: Show them who’s boss.
I took a breath and painfully lifted myself to my feet. The wolf came towards me and I quickly faced him.
“Stop!” I screamed, making my voice echo through the woods.
He slowed down but still came towards me, his body low to the ground as he showed his teeth. As he got closer, he quickly came towards me, knocking me on my back and getting in my face. I grabbed a hold of he left ear and put my right arm against his neck, blocking him from getting to my throat.
I then let go of his ear and hit him in the side as hard as I could. The blow was unexpected and it yelped and jumped off of me. I got on my feet before he could pay attention to what was going on and charged him.
I didn’t know if I was doing this right, but, I had to try. Or I was dead.
I jumped onto him, grabbing his two front paws as he tried to bite my hands and flipped him on his back, revealing his underbelly.
The weak spot.
I knew that he’d feel vulnerable in this position. And that’s exactly what I wanted.
I put my hand around his neck.
“You will not control what I do. What I say. Or how I act! You got me?” I spit.
He snarled used his paws to push me off of him. He scratched my leg and I backed off and he got up and faced me.
“Right,” I huffed, “You’re a dog. Not a human.”
I shook my head and held out my hands as he eyed me.
“Easy boy. Easy…” I calmly walked towards him.
A flash of pale skin ran in front of me and before I knew it, the wolf was on the ground with something on top of it. The unknown creature let out a horrid hiss and started hitting the wolf in the face.
The wolf’s cries made the forest shake. I took a step forward.
“Hey!” I raged, “Get off of him!”
The creature stopped and quickly turned to me. I backed up and stumbled over a rock that was buried halfway into the ground.
The thing looked at me, pitch black eyes, razor sharp teeth that had blood stains on them. I could tell it was a male. But, didn’t see who it was. It looked almost dead. His skin was pale and looked like it was starting to rot away. He didn’t have any clothes on, and he was bald from dead to toe.
He wasn’t human. He was far from it.
His screech filled the forest and he quickly came at me. He was so fast that I didn’t even get a chance to prepare myself.
On instinct, I put my hands up to catch anything that was coming to me. Before I knew it, the thing was on top of me. His razor sharp teeth then penetrated the weak flesh of my neck, that’s when I felt warm liquid running down my skin as pain shot through my body.
He was a vampire.
I yelled out in pain and tried to push him away when the wolf growled and lunged at him. The wolf bit onto his arm and pulled him off of me. Only to be hit and thrown backwards.
The vampire got up and he and the wolf faced one another. They each let out savage growls and hisses as they circled each other.
My vision suddenly got blurry and I heard mixed voices in my head. Some yelled, some screamed, some cried, some laughed, and some whispered. But all said one thing:
Tame the beasts inside you…
I breathed heavily as I got to my feet. There was a large stick next to me that I quickly picked up as I turned to them.
“Stop it!” I screamed, “That is enough!”
Their growls and stopped and they both turned to me as I squinted my eyes in pain.
“You want someone to fight with?” I yelled, “Fight me! But I am telling you right now, if I die, so does the two of you!”
They continued watching me as I waved the large stick around.
“We’re connected. Can’t you see that?” I held my bloody wound, “The only way we can get out of this is if we work together. Protect each other—”
I was suddenly knocked down by an unexpected force.
The wolf was on top of me, snapping at my face. Rage made my body shake and I hit him as hard as could in the face.
He then backed up whining as I kicked him away. He let out a yelp and I got to my feet and stood over top of him as he was cowering to the ground.
I lifted my arms up to make myself look big when the vamp came towards me, fangs lashing out as he pinned me to a tree.
I cringed in pain as he hit me in the face then grabbed my head and lifted my face up, revealing my already bloody neck.
“No!” I managed as the strength behind his grip choked me.
As he leaned in to bit my neck, I punched him in the side of the ribs with all my might. He let go but didn’t back up. As his arms fell to his sides he looked at me and grinned.
Something in the back of my mind told me to not be scared of him. But that was almost impossible giving the way he looked. I took a quick breath and swallowed my fear as I faced up to him.
I looked into his eyes as he hissed at me, his blood stained fangs waving around in my face. I stood my ground and kept a calm face. He stepped closer and I got in his face, pushing him back.
He jumped backwards and watched me. The woods around us got darker and I knew what I had to do.
I quickly charged the vampire and as I did, he backed up, afraid.
I held out my hands as I looked at the two beasts.
“I am in charge!” I raged.
The woods got darker and they watched me. Both of them low to the ground.
“I am the beast inside me,” I growled, “Not you two.”
My heartbeat got faster and a wave of dizziness washed over me. My knees were weak and I dropped to the ground with my insides burning and head throbbing with an unfamiliar burning sensation. And as I screamed out in pain, my entire body when numb and everything went black.
I came back to life. At least that’s what it felt like. I breathed in rapidly as if I stopped breathing all together.
“Tyler?” Jack’s familiar voice asked from the shadows.
I quickly sat up and realized my hands were chained to the walls of whatever room I was in and that I was still in my human form.
“Where am I?” I asked looking around.
The room was dark and I was laying on a hard ground. My hand went to a cold feeling on my neck and I felt the stickiness of blood from where the vampire had bitten me. I knit my eyes then the same hand went to my leg where there was a scratch mark from the wolf.
“What happened?” I asked, squinting in the darkness.
“Let your eyes adjust to the dark, Tyler.” Jack’s voice said from the front of me.
I closed my eyes then opened them once more and took a deep breath. I has this feeling inside me, it was everywhere. But it wasn’t pain. Or, any urge to do anything.
It was peace and I was at ease. I felt as if I wanted to run and be free. I felt thirsty, my throat was dry and itchy as I swallowed.
Soon my eyes started to get used to the dark and I quickly could see where I was. Everything that surrounded me, I saw. And it was the same as seeing it with light. But I knew there wasn’t any light.
“Pretty cool, aye?” Jack spread his arms to the side as he smiled at me.
He stood up from the opposite side of the room and came towards me.
“What…? What happened to me?” I looked down at my chained hands, “Why do I feel—?”
“Like you can do anything?” Jack smiled, “Because you’re not human anymore, Tyler. You’re something this world has never seen before. You, kid, are a hybrid.”
I shook my head, “Can’t be. There’s no such thing!”
“And if someone told you that Vampire’s were real before you met that one today? Would you believe them?” he squatted down in front of me, “There is more than what meets the eye, Tyler. A way lot more. You didn’t know about it because they didn’t want you to know. The same way you didn’t want everyone to know you were a werewolf. You understand me?”
I clenched my fists and looked down, “H—how did this happen?”
He sighed, “Well mate, uh, before you ascended, you—”
“Wait,” I looked up at him, “I just ascended? What time is it?”
“Yea, kid. And it’s almost a quarter pass 5, why?”
I pulled on the chains around my wrists as I tried to get up.
“I need to get out of here. I need to be somewhere!” I yelled.
“Whoa, easy there, killer!” Jack put his hand on my chest, “You got someplace to be?”
“Yeah, as a matter of fact, I do. I need to go help my brother. Now let me out of here!” I pulled on the chains as hard as I could.
My wrists stung with pain as the metal was bruising my skin, causing them to start bleeding.
“Calm down, man!” he spit, “They don’t want you anyway. I heard everything your so-called bro said to you back there. He don’t care for you, kid.”
I surged forward, my face was hot as I clenched my fists. He didn’t flinch as I got in his face.
“Shut up! You don’t know anything about me.” I raged.
“I know we’re the same, Tyler.” he said.
I shook my head, “Me and you? We ain’t the same. You’re just a nobody who lurks in the shadows when an entire town is going to be slaughtered!”
He looked at me as I continued, “You want to help me control myself? Do me a favor and don’t. But what you can do, Jack, is help me save this town before hundreds of innocent people die.”
He perked his lips and scooted closer.
“I’ll give ya this,” he looked at me, “I help you destroy this army that the hunters have built, if you come with me. I’m letting you know right now Tyler that, this thing that’s inside us, that’s inside you,”
He then shook his head, “It’s bigger than anything you have ever witnessed. Remember, you have two beasts inside you. That wolf, and that killer, and let me tell you, you think you have control over them? You have no idea how powerful they can get. They will screw you over any chance they get. Right now, they are inside of you, and they’re just wanting; waiting till the moment you slip and become weak and they can take over. And you know exactly where that’ll leave you.”
I looked at him and shook my head, “Yeah, I know. I saw them…”
“And you know how they can be. You’ll need to show them who’s boss. Every time they try to take over, you show them. You teach them. I can help you, but, only if you promise to come with me when I help you save this town.” he raised his eyebrows.
I sighed and put my head down, “Will I ever see my brother again?”
“You’d probably won’t even come back here again.” he informed.
My eyes went to the side and he sighed.
“But it’s for your own good, kid. So you don’t kill anyone you love.” he sympathized.
I then nodded and looked at him, “Fine. I’ll go with you…”
The rush I got when I was running through the woods, passing trees and jumping over rocks was a special kind of high. I knew I was running fast, maybe even a little faster than I ever did before.
“How’s it feel, kid?” asked Jack as he ran next to me.
“Like I can run for days!” I growled and hopped over another rock that was embedded in the ground.
The river soon appeared and I caught a familiar scent. Lots of them.
“Whoa!” I quickly stopped and put my head to the ground, sniffing for my brother’s scent.
“Here’s a tip: picture what he looks like.” Jack said.
I turned to him, “You’re kidding, right?”
I shook my fur clean and looked to the ground, picturing my brother’s face in my head.
“It help’s if he’s wearing a bikini.” Jack laughed.
I looked at him and showed my teeth. He just shook his head a bit and looked at me. I let out a whine and looked straight.
“I know where to go.” I took off running, following the river with Jack by my side.
“You sure he’s even there?” Jack asked.
I snorted, “He is.”
“How can you be so sure?”
I slowed down as we came across a bloody body of a hunter. My mouth watered at the sweet smell of blood as I looked at the corpse. I took a deep breath and quickly turned away before the need to eat took over me completely.
“See what I’m talking about?” asked Jack as he was watching me.
“My brother’s close,” I looked up and swallowed, “I can smell him.”
I trotted off passed the body and looked around. I saw the corner of a blue tent from a far and the distinct sound of yelling was heard in the distance.
I began to run faster and came across a total blood bath. I couldn’t tell who was who between the wolfs fighting and blood spots that were spread out on the ground, but I did see my brother and I darted over to him.
Mickey had him on the ground, his teeth baring and bloody as he had my brother by the neck. Dean cried out in pain and tried to use his paws to push him away.
I charged Mickey with a horrendous growl and sunk my teeth into the side of his neck. He was taken of guard and I pushed him to the ground as I got on top of him, growling furiously in his face as I bit down on his bloody neck.
“Tyler!” Jack’s voice said over my brother’s as he was soon next to me.
“Tyler, let him go!” Jack commanded, “Trust me man! The first kill is always the worst! You’ll just feed the beasts!”
My jaws loosened and I backed up. Fighting the urge to kill him and everything around me. I took a breath and looked at Jack who was standing next to me.
“Keep an eye on him.” I told him.
He nodded and looked down to Mickey on the ground as he lay there, his neck bloody as he let out a soft whine each time he breathed. I turned to my brother as he painfully got up and faced me.
“What’re you doing here?” he yelled, weakly.
“Remember that he can’t hear you when you’re in that form, kid.” Jack said behind me.
That’s when I changed my form to human and looked at my brother as he watched me.
“I can’t explain now, but, Dean, where’s Mark?” I asked over the sound of scattered growls and yelps.
“He ran off, I was trying to go after him when he jumped on top of me.” he nodded to Mickey.
I sighed and looked around. I noticed a lot of familiar faces and unfamiliar. Adam and Frank we’re taking out what seemed to be the last of the hunters. I saw two others helping Doug fight four wolves and then I looked around to all the dead corpses of hunters and wolves and I got that hunger feeling that sat in the back of my mind.
Just one little drink, I told myself as my mouth watered.
“Tyler!” Jack growled.
I closed my eyes and clenched my fist as hard as I could to take the urge away.
“We need to get out of here. You can’t be here. Not with all this.” Jack told me.
“No!” I yelled and faced him, “I can control it. Just let me try. You’re here. I can—I can fight it.”
“Tyler, what’re you talking about?” my brother cocked his head to the side.
I shook my head and looked at him, “I’ll tell you later, where’s Shep?”
He turned his wolf head towards the right side of the woods, “He ran off after Mark into the woods.”
I nodded and backed up, “I’m going after him.”
“Tyler, wait!” Dean called and took a step forward, “I’m coming with you.”
I nodded and looked at Jack, “Okay. Come on.”
Jack came over and walked passed me. I watched Dean as he was looking down at Mickey. He then showed his teeth and lunged for his throat, ripping it out with a growl and a shake of his head.
I took a deep breath and turned away. I tried not to breath, fearing I’d smell the fresh blood and get that dreadful urge to kill again.
Jack looked at me, “Told you it was hard.”
“How do you do it?” I asked, covering my mouth and nose with my hand.
“Come on, Tyler.” Dean came passed me and started towards the woods.
“You’re not gonna be able to hear me talk to you in my wolf form, I’m telling you that now, bro.” I informed him.
He stopped and faced me, “What? What do you mean?”
I faked smiled and ran then quickly changed form and darted passed him into the woods. He and Jack slowly followed behind me.
Putting my nose to the ground, I tried to find the scent that Mark and Shep had left behind when they ran off.
“They’re over there.” Jack took off in front of us.
I followed behind him, turning and nodding to Dean so he’d know to follow me. Jack jumped over a tree that had fallen and was now halfway in the air, leaning against another.
I dove under the tree with Dean at my heels as we came across a tense scene.
Shep had Mark pinned against a tree by his throat, his eyes were pitch black. Dean and I quickly changed form and I ran up to him.
“Shep!” I called, “Shep, don’t!”
My brother came up next to me with his hands out.
“Easy brother, let him go. You don’t wanna kill him.” he sympathized.
Mark squinted his eyes as Shep put force behind his hold. Shep was breathing repeatedly as he clenched his fist.
“Let him go!” I commanded, “You know what’ll happen if you kill him.”
“This town would be saved. My kind would be safe!” he raged.
“Not this way, Shep. If you kill him, that blood lust will come back. Think about it man! He’s human.” my brother told him.
Shep looked down and shook his head, “I can’t…”
“Fight it, man! You have to. Don’t let that monster inside you win.” I pleaded with him.
He took a breath and shook his head violently. Mark tried to ply his hands apart and Shep just let him go.
Mark stumbled to the ground, grabbing his throat and coughing violently as Shep closed his eyes and turned away.
I ran over to Mark, bent down and picked him from his bloody shirt. I then pinned him back against the tree and got in his face.
“Easy Tyler…” Jack warned.
I looked at Mark and shook my head, “Why?”
“Why what?” Mark spit, “Why did I try to destroy this puny little town? I did because they need to know the truth!”
“The truth?” my brother raged behind me, “What exactly is the truth?”
“That everyone in this entire world is messed up in the head! They don’t know right from wrong anymore. They hate and kill each other—”
“And you want them to know by murdering them?” I asked harshly.
He looked at me, “No, I wanted them to know that they aren’t at the top of the food chain. And that, just maybe, they’d give us hunters a little appreciation for protecting them when they didn’t even know that we existed.”
“If everyone knew about what really is out there, this entire world would be chaotic, they wouldn’t worship you. They’d probably fear you. Just like they do us in their nightmares.” I informed him.
He gave me a look and spat on my face. I closed my eyes and looked down, wiping his saliva off my face. I clenched my fist then looked up at him.
He jumped and pulled his head back as he got tense.
“Whoa, what…?” he mumbled.
A strong feeling surged through my body and my hands shook as I put my arm against Mark’s neck, choking him.
“Tyler?” asked Dean, concerned.
The smell of Mark’s blood made my mouth water and as I swallowed, I had felt my teeth sharpen and started to clench down on Mark’s throat.
He let out a choking sound and his hands went to mine as he tried to pry them apart.
“Tyler!” my brother yelled.
I heard Jack growl from the side of me. I let out a horrid yell as I backed away from Mark.
“Stop it!” Jack growled, “Control yourself, kid!”
But I couldn’t. I didn’t want to.
I paused and looked up at him. A smile on my face appeared as my eyes went to Mark and as I started towards him, Dean got in my way with his arms out stretched.
“Whoa, Tyler. What’s going on with you?” he asked.
I stopped and looked down, “Something that you never cared about, Dean. Something big, bigger than you. Bigger than anything.”
“What’re you talking about?” he asked.
I heard the sounds of footsteps approaching as I huffed and smiled.
“You wouldn’t understand, brother. You never did before,” I looked up at him and he gasped and froze, “Get out of my way.”
“Now!” I raged, cutting him off.
He shook his head, “I don’t know what happened to you, man. But, I’m going to fix this.”
I laughed, “Fix it? You’re the one that let me get like this!”
“Tyler!” Jack stood up and quickly got in between us.
“What? I can’t have a little fun?” I asked.
“You know you can’t,” he said, “Calm yourself. Now!”
I turned to Mark, who was still on the ground. My fingers twitched and as I took a deep breath the smell of his human blood filled my lungs and made my mouth water.
Shep approached from my side as he watched us. My brother looked at Shep and gave him a concerned look.
“Hey kid!” Shep called from the side, “Listen to me, calm yourself. Take a deep breath.”
I shook my head and turned to him. My heart raced in my chest and the sound of flowing blood made my mouth water as I pictured what it tasted like.
Thumping footsteps sounded behind me and something took over me and as I went to take a step, a force from behind knocked me face first to the ground.
Rage made my body shake and I promptly twirled around and saw that Doug was on top of me, growling in my face.
“Get off!” I then struck him in the bottom jaw as hard as I could.
He let out a cry and jumped back a bit. I used my right leg and kicked him in the face and that got him to jump back further. Turning over, I quickly got up and charged whoever was closest.
Rage filled my chest as I approached my brother.
“Whoa, Tyler!” he held out his hands and backed up as I was storming up to him.
That’s when Jack changed form and in a split second he was in my face. He pushed me backwards and as I rushed back up to him, a horrendous roar came from my mouth and I felt my fangs show as I raced towards him.
But they weren’t just two vampire fangs, they were wolf-like, but as sharp as a bloodsuckers.
As I went to attack him, he reached out and grabbed me by the throat, lifting me off the ground.
“Remember what I told you, kid?” he calmly spit, “You will regret it. The beasts inside of you are starting to take over, you need to get yourself back and control them. Right now!”
I squeezed my eyes in pain at the amount of pressure Jack put behind his grip around my neck.
He released me and I held my neck, coughing as I regained my breath. I took a couple breaths and Jack leaned closer to me.
“It helps when you think about what the aftermath will do. The guilt and pain you would have caused. Or, like you were doing, taking breaths and getting a hold of yourself.” he spoke then turned.
I nodded and took another breath, shaking my head to get my head on straight.
“I’m sorry…” I cut Dean off of his words.
“What in the world happened to you?” he spoke, taking a step forward.
My body was still shaking as I looked up at him, “I’m sorry.”
Dean gave me a worried look as he turned to Mark, who got up and faced me.
“What are you?” he snapped, swallowing hard, “I’ve never seen anything with red eyes and teeth like you just had.”
I wet my lips and looked to the side. Jack looked at him and shook his head, “You’re a disgrace to humanity.”
Mark’s eyes widened, “Me? Look around you, all of you guys are the monsters who kill innocents just for no reason!”
Jack took a step towards him and Mark backed up a bit.
“We’re the animals? We kill because we don’t know better. We can learn to control ourselves. Unlike humans like you who kill just because they’re scared of the monsters that they think are in the dark.”
“And you know what?” he continued, “People like you and all those hunters that would destroy a town just because they want people to worship them, don’t deserve to live.”
Jack and Mark watched each other, none of them moved but I could sense that Mark was scared and he didn’t want to show it.
I watched them, waiting for one to make a move. I knew Mark would try something, and I also knew Jack wasn’t anyone to underestimate.
“You wanna kill me?” Mark stepped up to him, “You wanna unleash the beast?”
Jack was still as he watched him.
“Then do it!” Mark continued, “Kill me. Go right ahead, do—”
Within a second, Jack’s hand was around Mark’s neck and he quickly lifted him in the air like he was a piece of plastic and, with a turn of his wrist, a sharp cracking sound was heard.
Jack loosened his grip and Mark dropped motionless to the ground.
“Jack?” I asked cautiously.
He wiped off his hands and turned to me.
“Don’t worry, kid,” he said, “I learned to control them over the years.”
I huffed and nodded, studied him. Dean shook his head and started up to me a bit. I looked over to Doug, who was still in his wolf form, watching me.
I sighed, “Hey, man, I’m uh, I’m really sorry.”
He changed his form and cracked his back then started up to me.
“It’s cool for now, Ty, but uh, just letting ya know man that if that happens again, you’re dead.” he laughed.
I nodded and fake smiled a bit. Dean looked at him and pointed into the woods.
“They’re gone.” Doug informed, “The kids that were a part of it, they were lost. They weren’t coming back.” he sighed and continued, “And the hunters are dead. So, their won’t be a problem there.”
My brother nodded then coughed and turned to me, “You never ascended.”
“Yeah I did.” I nodded.
He then shook his head and pointed to the sky, “Now, if you were, it would have happened now.”
I knit my eyes and looked to Jack, “You said that I was ascending back there.”
“You were.” he said.
I sighed and shook my head. Dean knit his eyes and pointed at us.
“What’re you guys talking about? Tyler, what the hell happened to you?” he asked with concern.
Jack walked up to me, “We gotta go, kid.”
“Can’t I at least say goodbye?” I pleased, looking at him.
He nodded and walked passed me. I sighed and turned to my brother as he pointed to Jack.
“What’s he mean?” he asked.
I sighed and took a step towards him.
“Tyler? Please fill me in on what you’re about to do.” there was a look of concern in his eyes as he watched me.
“I gotta go.” I told him.
“What do you mean? Where are you going?” he asked.
I sighed, “I gotta go with him.”
“Why?” he barked.
“Because I’m dangerous.” I snapped, “I need to learn to control myself before I kill someone.”
Dean sighed and shook his head, “What happened to you?”
I looked down and licked my lips. Shep coughed then cleared his throat.
“Was it because of what I did?” he asked me.
I turned to him, looked to the side then slowly nodded. He backed up and lowered his head as he put his hand around his mouth. Dean looked at the two of us.
“What’d you do?” he asked with a stern voice.
“I—I didn’t know this would happen…” Shep’s voice trialed off, “He was a wolf at the time.”
“He wasn’t full wolf.” Jack spoke up.
My brother raised his voice, “Someone needs to explain to me what is going on.”
“When Tyler here got scratched earlier today, he was still part human. And vamp over here decided it would be a brilliant idea to infect him with his venom, which, may or may not have had serious side effects, as you all can tell.” Jack turned to them.
“I didn’t know it would do that. It’s never happened before…” Shep said.
“That’s because what happened to Tyler only happened one time before.” Jack said.
I looked up at him and he met my eyes. Dean sighed and rubbed his head.
“So, what?” he lifted his head up, “You’re some kind of mix? Is that even a thing?”
“A hybrid…” I said quietly.
Dean huffed and turned, “I’m so sorry Tyler, this is my fault…”
I shook my head, “No, it’s not, it’s seriously none of yours, it just happened.”
Dean faced me and took a step forward, “I should have been there. I’m supposed to protect you, and I failed. Just like I always do,” he let out a sigh and looked to the side of me, “Will you stay in touch? You’re still my baby brother, no matter what.”
I nodded and smiled, “Yeah, man, of course.”
He half smiled and looked down then he unexpectedly wrapped his arms around me and squeezed. I was shocked at first, it has been years since we hugged, that I was totally caught off guard.
I closed my eyes and hugged him back. A tear ran down my cheek as I felt a weight lift off of my shoulders.
It’s been a while since we hugged. It’s been a while since I felt a little happiness spark inside of me.
As we separated, he laughed a bit and sniffled softly, but I still heard it. He pointed to me and smiled.
“You better call.” he said.
I smiled and nodded, “I will, man.”
Shep stepped towards me and held out his hand. I took it and we shook.
“It was nice getting to know you, man.” he said without a smile.
“Yeah, I know, you’ve grown on me too.” I joked.
He laughed a bit and I took a step back as Dean turned to Jack.
“You better watch out for him, or I’m hunting you down.” he threatened.
Jack nodded and he half smiled, “I’ll look after him, don’t worry.”
I sighed once more and got by Jack as Dean crossed his arms over his chest.
“My brother the—”
“Don’t say it.” I cut him off, knowing exactly what he was thinking.
He smiled, “Shut up, I’m never gonna get this chance.”
I then shook my head and rolled my eyes as he mocked an annoying Dracula voice,
“My brother the werepire, eh, eh, eh.”
He charged him, teeth baring and eyes black as can be. Pinning the woman to the wall of the alley, she let out a horrid scream as he held her neck to the side, revealing her neck.
He leaned in, hissing and drooling as he could already taste the warm blood that was about to overflow in his mouth.
A flash of fur and the he was on the ground with Jack on top of him. I stormed up to the woman and she ran into my arms, screaming and bawling.
Jack put his paw against the vampire’s neck, choking him until his fangs retracted and his eyes went back to normal. And when they did, Jack changed form, grabbing him, picking him up and then slamming him against the brick wall.
“You need to control yourself!” he raged.
The woman in my arms quickly stood up straight, wanting to get away.
“Let her go, kid. She won’t tell anyone.” Jack ordered.
I released the woman and she ran off out of the alley with tears streaming down her face.
The vamp in Jack’s grip studied us, a scared expression on his face as he gulped.
“Who are you guys?” he shakily asked.
I took a couple steps forward and closed my eyes the second Jack did the same. We then simultaneously opened them. Our eyes were as red as blood. Jack tilted his head to the side and smiled.
“I’m Jack and this is Tyler. We’re hybrids, and starting now, we’re about to change your murdering ways.”
Book #2 in The Only Ones Series
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In the first book, the relationship of two werewolf brothers stopped suddenly when Dean had thought his little brother, Tyler, had tried to kill his wife and kid. But now that he knows the truth, he wants to bring back the relationship they had when they were young. But Tyler doesn't want anything to do with his brother for a reason. When he is captured by hunter on the day he ascends and put in a cage so that the hunters can use him for an army, he might just have to turn to the only one who can actually help him. Then, when the unexplained happens, the brothers and their new vampire friend are on a race against time to save Tyler before he is lost and the beast inside of him takes over completely, while, at the same time, racing to save their hometown from being slaughtered by the werewolf army Mark and the hunters are assembling.