Life is funny when you think about it. One minute you’re a normal human girl, the next you’re a werewolf and then the next you’re a flightless bird trying to avoid death by a fox. I suppose if I had learned how to fly, it wouldn’t have even looked my way, but a defenceless bird is an easy meal for the opportunistic canine.
Backed against a tree trunk, I let out a hissing sound towards the creature. I always used to think they were cute and fluffy… now I just think they’re relentless and frustrating! Despite being cornered, it knows to be wary even if I can’t fly. I have a sharp beak and although my feet aren’t as sharp as, say, an eagle, they’re still sharp enough to take an eye out.
“Bring it on, you ruffian!” I croak at it, knowing full well it can’t understand me, regardless of what language I’m speaking or the lack of any ability as it were. “I hav
As the morning turned into midday, the shadows were now all but gone. Even with the fog, it was hard to see any way of travelling using the method I had finally learned to use. I could make some distance by gliding from tree to tree though, so I still had some ways and means of travelling. What surprised me was that I had no hunger pains in this form. I guessed it had something to do with my familiar not being a normal creature.I wondered how much further I needed to travel before I reached my destination. With the sunshine, I couldn’t rely on the shadows to lead me as much as before, but I knew I was still going in the right direction. That was all I knew, however, as there was no way for me to fly up and see for myself the distance left.Fluffing out my feathers, I look down at the ground for a moment and then up to the sky. In the trees, the fog was t
The moment the shadows had become longer and stronger, I returned to using them to speed up the distance made from here towards the cottage. I knew I didn’t have all that much longer before I failed completely, and I was not about to allow that to happen.The moment it came into view, I felt relief wash over me like a tidal wave. I was going to make it! Perhaps with only a few moments to spare, but I had done it. I was alive and on time. Then I noticed something and paused when I realised I was still with the witches! My physical body hadn’t moved from the spot, which was something I figured was true all along, as I had joined bodies with Aderyn, but what had come as a surprise was that even Aderyn was still there!Though Aderyn didn’t look like it was doing anything other than sleeping, too. Perhaps we were not in the same body after all? I w
It feels like I have been gone for years when it has only been a few months. I can finally smell the familiar scents of my pack’s homeland. I’m honestly quite excited to be coming home after so long! Aderyn flies just overhead and has been my eyes in the sky to ensure a safe journey home. It’s pretty late at night, so I don’t expect anyone to come and greet me. I also didn’t let anyone know so that I could surprise them.Thanks to the witch's training, I’ve learned a lot about my powers and now Aderyn has a more physical form and can be about during the day without vanishing, however, since he is still a familiar, his powers still rely on the shadows and darkness so he is stronger at night.I have a book to study spells from, though it is in the witch’s language, so no one should be able to read or understand any of it
After returning to the location of my body, I release the bond with the raven, allowing it to fly back off to its nest or wherever it will go. I then look at Aderyn and sigh softly. “It won’t be easy, but we can get in just fine. It will be the getting out that will prove trickier,” I relay to it.Aderyn cocks its head to the side at me and then croaks, “there are many warriors there, each knowing the layout of the land. Fighting will not be easy for your people.”“I know,” I agree with a single nod. “That doesn’t mean it isn’t possible to find a way out, though.” With a fold of my arms, I mull over my options. I would rather not hurt the other packs, because that’ll just cause even more fear and terror to fill their minds, and now that I know the truth, I don’t want that to be my legacy.“If not to fight, can just scare off. Use shadows to m
The water is cold against my skin, even with all this fur on my body. As soon as Aderyn had returned, it let me know I could make it up part of the way before a patrol would become an issue. There were more further up that it would then become impossible, but this would get us past the outskirts of the border and at least as close as where I had washed up on shore the last time I was here. Any further and I’d find it hard to avoid patrols and battle the river’s current.Things can still go wrong, though, so I am cautious about how quietly I make my way upstream. Anytime Aderyn lets off a warning call, I lower my body further into the river’s waters. It takes a bit of practice, but there are spots even here where the shadows can help me blend in with my surroundings. The only issue is they are not as still as those on the ground.To say I am re
With a loud croak, Aderyn leaves the rails and lands on the roof. It peers down at the Alpha and then, with a louder call, tells me, ‘I will distract him.’I nod slowly. Thankfully, only witches can understand familiars, and even then it isn’t always the case that we can understand one that belongs to another witch. Either way, I can get past the Alpha and into his room without being detected.I pause at the door, however, and glance back to Aderyn as he annoys Shaun. Is this really going to work? Just sneak in and sneak out? I can’t bring others with me in the shadows, and there are too many patrols to get out of here without a fight.I frown and turn back to the door. I have to at least confirm everyone is safe and well first, then I can deal with Shaun and his pack after. My idea isn&rsquo
As soon as I reached the top of the stairs, I could hear the Alpha and Luna off in the distance and knew Aderyn was still distracting them enough for me to slip on out of the door and shut it behind me. There was no turning back as soon as we enacted the next phase of our plan, so I left the prison door unlocked, just in case my pack needed to make a run for it.I headed towards the Alpha’s room, knowing now where it was. The original plan was to have the Luna leave the packhouse before we caused the distraction, but this was still workable. As I slipped into the bedroom, I shut the curtains to the windows and set to work breaking the lights. I couldn’t have him turning them on and accidentally preventing me from using my gifts.Once that was done, I sent Aderyn the secret code through the shadows to let the raven know it was time to enact the next
Shaun looks at me in disbelief. He looks from me to my raven, then back again, as if trying to figure out if this is really all I want in return for my pack. Perhaps he doesn’t even believe me about my shadows or that Aderyn is my familiar. Whatever he thinks, Aderyn has his own plans and glides over to Shaun and lands on his shoulder.Aderyn has Shaun’s full attention now and croaks, “she speaks the truth. She wishes no harm, or else she could have easily done so by now, but she wished to bargain her pack’s freedom for everyone’s safety instead.”“He can’t understand,” I say, but stop as soon as I realise that somehow Shaun has actually understood.Looking at me, Aderyn explains, “we’re connected now. I can pick the language for those to understand m