Friday 10th March 2006
Letting out a deep sigh I pulled myself from the car and to the front door. I could hear my mom lock it behind me and I blinked tiredly, opening the door and smelling dinner straight away. My stomach growled and I rushed forward without thinking, reaching the kitchen and seeing my dad frying some fish. I breathed in deeply and he glanced around to me.
"Hi dad." I greeted, resting my elbows on the counter.
"Hey." He grinned, flipping a fish. "How's Evelyn?"
"Great. She helped me with my homework."
"Of course she did." He shook his head lightly and began plating the food. Mom shouted upstairs for Leah, who I could hear stomping around her room. I rolled my eyes, sitting down with a thump at the dining table and pouring myself some water. Dad came in slowly with the plates and then my mom with the food. Leah sat down next to me grudgingly and I glanced to her- seeing she had her cell under the table and was texting.
"Thanks." I smiled at my mom as she gave me my dinner and began digging in right away. I had eaten at Eve's- her grandpa's delicious sloppy joes- but I was still ravenous a few hours later.
"Slow down Seth!" My mom exclaimed. I jumped, realising I was dangerously close to getting sauce all down my shirt.
"Sorry mom." I gave her a sheepish smile.
Leah rolled her eyes beside me. "You're ridiculous Seth."
"Hey!" I narrowed my eyes at her.
"I don't even know why that pale face even likes you." She said, her eyes becoming dark.
"Don't call her that." I growled.
"Hey, stop it-"my mom began to say, but Leah was already at it.
"Don't you know why I have barely any friends any more? It's because you're so selfish to bring her to the tribal school and people don't want to associate with her!"
"Maybe it's because you're horrible." I muttered.
Her eyes widened and she suddenly got to her feet. "What did you call me?!"
"Leah, calm down!" Mom cried.
"I said you were horrible Leah! What kind of sister are you?" Anger began to rise through me and I stood to my feet, matching her gaze.
She began shaking, gripping the back of the chair. Suddenly, I heard the wood splinter and my eyes widened as she pulled up her hand. She had pulled a huge chunk out of it.
"I don't feel so good…" Leah moaned, stumbling backwards and hitting the cabinet. She was getting redder and looked at me with dark eyes. "You should have never met her."
I shook my head in disbelief. How could she say such things?
She rose to her feet. "I think she's disgusting. She's an embarrassment. She'll just force you away from the tribe. Just because she's pale and interesting. God, it's sick! She looks unwell all the time!" She began shouting.
"Leah?" I whispered.
"What do you think will happen?!" She screamed at me. "Do you think she'll want to stay in the tribe forever?! Do you think she'll stay just for you?!"
Then, in a matter of seconds, something happened that completely changed everything.
She turned. Into a wolf.
The beast was huge and grey and my eyes widened, turning to see my father fall out of his chair. Time seemed to slow down as I realised what was happening to him.
He was having a heart attack.
The anger burst through me like never before. Anger at the world, at the dreams that had tormented me, at the words Leah had shouted. It crippled me and I fell to the floor, an excruciating pain filling me, my bones feeling as if they were breaking. I screamed as white hot agony filled me, tightening at my heart.
And then, in the matter of seconds, when I opened my eyes everything was different. I felt... bulkier… and my vision was more advanced. I could see colours I never knew existed. I could heareverything.
Seth? Leah's voice came in my mind. I looked instinctively around to see the grey wolf before me. Seth, what's happening to us?
Us? I looked down, seeing a mass of grey and sandy fur meeting my eyes. I yelped, suddenly hearing my mother weeping. Leah and I turned, seeing she had our father in her lap, tears streaming down her face as she clutched his head.
Not my dad.
Panic hit me and I ran through the patio door, which seemed to break away easily around me. I could hear Leah running beside me and then in front of me, and I ran until I could barely hear anything any more.
"Hey. How's Evelyn?"
"Great. She helped me with my homework."
"Of course she did."