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As Alice stepped from the porch, she heard the first howl from the surrounding forest. Gooseflesh prickled her arms inside her fleece jacket, and she folded them across her chest. Fog hung low, the ground had yet to thaw and the warmer wind, bringing the first faint scents of spring, combined to make visibility low. She could barely see the tree, still bare, empty branches reaching to the sky, like some Pagan goddess worshiping the moon. The full moon, she noted. Rubbing her hands briskly up and down her crossed arms, she sighed. She threw one last, longing glance through the window at the crackling fire and comfy sofa, before she began removing and carefully folding her clothes.
Naked, she shivered in the pale streams of moonlight trying to penetrate the fog. More howling, as the pack drew nearer. A slight moment of embarrassment that they might see her naked if they were to arrive before she changed. She giggled. Surely only a first timer would worry about something so trivial. But she was nervous. All other thoughts flew from her mind as a tingling sensation, much like when a limb falls asleep, burst in her brain and shot down her spine in a fiery torment, unlike she’d ever experienced. Agony gripped her limbs and face as sinews began to snap and bones elongate. What the hell? No one had warned her there’d be pain. Just like Serena to not mention that minor detail. Her older sister was a bitch. One last human giggle at her own pun before her excruciating metamorphosis wiped all reason, except the certainly she’d never survive, from her thoughts.
As the pack arrived, a large white wolf emerged from the shadows near the house. She had survived; she was Wolf Born.
Fiction © Copyright Stacey Turner
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