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I would bet ten dollars to ask anybody if they’d ever heard of a Werecat. Haha, just kidding, I wouldn’t have the money. If I did, I would’ve won it in a street fight (which I have no chance of winning). But hey, you get the point. No one’s heard about us; werewolves get all the glory. Why is that? Well for one, we’re a lot slicker than werewolves. We stalk our prey and plan every move before we attack. We also don’t hunt in groups because groups attract attention (as if one lion prowling a chicken farm isn’t alarming enough). We’ve also existed just as long as werewolves, all the way back since ancient Egypt, baby.
That means we don’t need to worry about the humans knowing about us, you know, because they fear everything that’s bigger and stronger and smarter than they are, but that doesn’t make our lives any less easier. We still have to worry about, The System, more specifically, the Justice System, except the Werecat version. Oh what? Did you think that just because we’re cats means that we’re totally free? No sir, we still got stupid rules to run our “so-called” free-range society.
Our rules range from simple to super complex (See? We’re not so different from humans). We Werecats have three major rules: Rule 1) Don’t kill any humans. Rule 2) Keep your Werecat identity a secret. And most important of all, Rule 3) Don’t EVER purposely provoke a Werewolf. Apparently, everyone forgets/ignores rule three. I can explain more about rule three later.
One of our more complex rules include our rite of passage. Every culture has a rite of passage. Humans have Quinceaneras, Bar Mitzvahs, Marriage, etc. Werecats have a major rite of passage called the Tagging Ceremony. It’s actually what it sounds like. When a kitten feels ready to be tagged, he or she is taken by their parents or guardian to the councils of graying werecat elders a secluded area. It was traditionally an abandoned chapel but I’ve heard about a recent case where one kitten’s parent rented a Chuck E Cheese arcade. There, the kitten will be required to display a form of brute strength and ability in front of the elders, and, if the elders are impressed, the kitten will be tagged. They are given a collar or a choker with a single charm, magically crafted to symbolize who they are as an individual. It sounds nice, right? Unfortunately for me, I never got tagged.
Growing up, I had considered myself as the joke of my family. I descended from a line of powerful werecats. My great-great-grandmother possessed the form of a vigorous snow leopard that claimed the mountains of Nepal. My great uncle possessed the form of a lion who terrorized the villages of sub-Saharan Africa and was never shot. My father takes form of a Eurasian Lynx. He’s won several fights even to this very day and has never failed to bring home the gold. My sister is a mighty yet beautiful tigress that only needs to lift her head in order to win her fights, which only leaves me, the little black cat. I don’t win fights; I get tossed around like a ragdoll.
So when the elders laughed in my face, I decided right then and right there that I was tired of being a joke, tired of being a ragdoll, tired of being looked down on by a bunch of graying old cats who think of themselves so high and mighty. That day, I did not go home. I stole from a craft store a pair of scissors, a piece of satin fabric, and other supplies I would find useful to craft my very own collar. The final product was marvelous, a satin crimson collar with no charm. (Not that I needed it. There is no charm to symbolize a domestic cat.) It was the most dangerous thing I’ve done so far in my life because I knew when I’ll slip the collar on that there was no going back. I would be publically declaring myself a rogue, or as you humans might call it an Alley Cat.
To draw this introduction to an end, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Helene and I am an alley cat. I wear my red collar with pride as I brawl and claw to survive. I have not been home in 135 days, and this is my story.
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JWalker: I loved this story from start to finish! It flows at a really nice pace and the story world feels so real. The fight sequences are a treat especially when Isanfyre is training to become a warrior. I found the names really cool and thankfully easy to pronounce. Personally I have always struggled w...
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ga1984: I really enjoyed it! Characters were deep and plot was pretty complex. A bit on the violent side but it doesnt detract from the story. Very dark but situations make sense. Ends kinda abruptly and later chapters will need some editing work. I'm assuming there's more in the works?
Alex Rushmer: This was not what I expected, but I enjoyed it a lot Malfoy was always one of the characters that I liked a lot, so I like that a lot of this happens between him and Colette. I read the first couple chapters, and I enjoyed your writing style and am excited to see where you take this story. My com...
263Adder: Okay so I adore this story. I only knocked one star off plot for historical inaccuracies because I'm a bit of a stickler for that. The ending broke my heart though, considering you already changed history couldn't you (SPOILER) change it a bit more and have them together!!!! I want an alternative...
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