It took three days for Jack to turn. The entire time, he was writhing on one of the beds in my dad’s cabin, completely consumed by the fever and agony.
His entire family stayed in the cabin, as well as Riley and Kai. Riley stayed by Jack’s side, gently soothing him and helping him ease his way through the fever. When he finally turned, it was four hours of him screaming as the sound of his bones breaking echoed all throughout the cabin.
The following week was spent with all of us trying to help him adjust as much as possible. It was hard. He was a hunter, and now, he was turned into one of the things he hunted. I couldn’t imagine what that was like…
One day, I went up to visit him when I noticed he was gone. Sitting on the bedside table was a folded piece of paper, with my name written on it. I picked it up, hands trembling as I read:
I’m sorry to do this to all of you, but I can’t stay here. I don’t know what to do. Normally, if a hunter is turned into one of the supernatural, they kill themselves, but I don’t want to. I don’t want to be a werewolf, but I don’t want to die yet, either.
I have to figure this out on my own. Don’t worry, I’ll be careful. I’ll probably seclude myself until I can learn to control the shift, then after that, I don’t know. I might try and track down the werewolf that turned me.
I know that you won’t just sit by and go through your senior year quietly. That’s not in your nature. Just promise me that you’ll be careful while you go after Colin. I’ll try and rejoin the fight as soon as I can.
Remember what I said before. I still think that you’d be a fantastic hunter, especially with your magic. You’re strong and fierce, and you’re just as smart as any hunter I’ve met.
I’ll be in contact soon, hopefully. I’ll keep it to a minimum, probably just between you and Jadyn. My parents are probably going to leave Wolf Valley soon, get back into hunting full-time. I don’t know about Jadyn, though.
Stay safe, N. I love you.
I crumpled the letter in my hands, breathing heavily. I didn’t want any of the others to get a hold of this letter, so I summoned fire to my hands, letting the flames destroy the letter. As the paper fell to the floor in ashes, a strange sense of grim determination overcame me. I was going to find Daniel, then I was going to kill him.
After that, I was going after Colin.
It was dark out, the clear skies revealing the stars overhead as I tossed my duffel bag into the backseat. Delta whimpered at my feet and I reached down to stroke his ears. “Come on, boy,” I murmured. “Let’s get going.”
Dad and Gramma knew what I was doing, and they didn’t like it. I think it was the determination on my face that finally told my dad to let me go. I was just going to leave anyway, whether or not he wanted me to. So, after making me promise to keep in touch, I gave him and Gramma a hug, then I packed a bag and went out to the Beast, Delta close behind me.
I helped Delta up into the Beast. I was just about to hop inside myself when a voice behind me said, “And where do you think you’re going?”
I frowned and looked over my shoulder. Jadyn was standing behind me, a backpack and duffel bag slung over her shoulders. She was wearing a smirk on her face, but her eyes were blazing with anger and hatred.
“Hunting,” I curtly replied.
She nodded. “With what resources? Weapons?” I had nothing for her. She laughed and said, “Kid, if you were to call yourself a hunter, it would be a hunter-in-training. You don’t know the first thing about hunting.”
I glared at her. “I’ll figure it out,” I snapped. I hauled myself up into the driver’s seat and was about to slam the door shut when she grabbed a hold of it.
“Or,” she started, “I’ll help you. I’ll teach you.”
I frowned. “Why?” I asked.
She shrugged. “You’re going after the wolf that turned my brother,” she said. “I want in on it, too. Besides, I have a feeling there’s something you’re not telling anyone else, something only Jack knew.”
I narrowed my eyes. After a moment of us staring at each other, I sighed and jerked my head to the passenger side door. “Get in,” I said. “I’ll explain it on the way.”
She smiled and moved around to the other side. Delta jumped into the backseat as Jadyn hopped inside, turning in her seat to set her bags on the floor behind us. She grinned at me and clapped her hands together as she said, “This is going to be so much fun.”
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