Here is a sneak peek at the newest book coming from the Witchy Wolf world!
Deeper into the woods I ran, the wind ruffling through my fur as the light from the full moon filtered through the trees. Knowing how tense emotions were between the townsfolk and the pack and that some potshots had been taken at pack members, I’d ran quite far into the woods in my human form before undressing and stashing my clothes in the nook of a tree.
I once again lamented that I didn’t have the magic flowing through my veins that my best friend, Chloe, did. She could just poof her clothes out of existence before she transformed, and then poof them back onto her body again afterward. Unfortunately for the rest of us, we had to undress before transitioning. Otherwise, our clothes would be history. Human clothing couldn’t stand up to the rigorous transformation of a human body into one of a wolf.
Running with my pack was the one thing I missed the most about being away from home. I missed the camaraderie, the way we spoke to each other mind to mind, the family atmosphere of our pack running as one under the moonlight. In Barrow’s Hollow, I was totally alone. I’m sure I could’ve run with Cade’s pack if I’d asked, but he was the only one I knew of his pack, and I didn’t feel comfortable running with a bunch of strangers.
After introducing myself to him, he’d offered to bring in the rest of the pack, so I could meet them, but I’d declined. I didn’t have any interest in befriending his pack. After all, I wouldn’t be in Barrow’s Hollow indefinitely. Eventually, my heart would heal, and I would go home to my pack where I belonged. I’d seen a few of the members around town, identifying them by their smell. Since I was sure Cade had alerted them to the presence of another shifter in town, none of them challenged me in any way.
Each were polite but pretty much left me alone. Which was exactly what I wanted. I didn’t want to get drawn into the politics of their pack, and I didn’t want to end up the middle of their issues with the human townsfolk. I just wanted to heal in peace. Let them sort it out amongst themselves.
I heard a branch crack to my left and someone yelled out, “There’s one of them vile creatures!”
“Are you sure it’s not just a regular wolf?” someone else asked.
“Positive!” The person’s voice sounded downright giddy. “The shifters are bigger!”
A loud bang echoed through the trees and leaves and dirt kicked up from the forest floor directly to my left.
Shit! They’re shooting at me!
“Damnit, I missed!”
“Don’t worry. I’ve got it lined up in my scope!”
Fear flooded me, and I veered right, adding a burst of speed in hopes I could outrun a bullet. I heard a loud, fierce growl from the direction of the shooters and screams rent the air. Despite my curiosity, I wasn’t about to turn around and find out what was happening. I wheeled to my right again and headed back toward the tree where I’d stashed my clothes.
My heart pounded in my chest as my paws slapped against the forest floor. I was so intent on getting as far away from the shooters as possible that I almost ran right past the tree where my clothes sat hidden in a crook of the trunk. I skidded to a stop and gulped in a few breaths, willing myself to calm down. With my heart clamoring like it was in my chest, I wouldn’t be able to change. I had to get a grip.
Finally, after a few moments of deep breathing, my heart regained a normal rhythm, and I willed myself back into human form. I’d just laced up my tennis shoes, when I heard branches breaking in the direction from which I’d come. Something or someone was headed my way, and it was coming in fast.
I looked around wildly, trying to find a way to escape when a dark blonde shape hurtled toward me. A deep sniff identified it as Cade, and I could make out the shape of a wolf as it neared me. I leaned against the tree and waited for him to slide to a stop in front of me.
Cade in wolf form was majestic. His dark blonde fur shone in the moonlight, and his eyes were as deep blue as the sea. He was as large as Gabe in wolf form, and I figured most alphas likely were though Cade was only the third one I’d ever seen.
He nuzzled against my thigh and then took a step away from me, gesturing with his snout.
“You want me to follow you?”
“What about the guys with the guns?”
He stared at me and rolled his eyes. Let me tell you. If you’d never seen a wolf roll his eyes, it was a sight to behold.
“Okay, stupid question. Obviously, big, bad, alpha Cade took care of them.”