As Jeremy stood in the never ending forest looking up at the dark sky, watching as the moon shone brightly, waiting for it to reach it's peak.
He felt a sudden loneliness.
Every Full moon he felt like this even after three years of coming to the forest and standing alone before the glistening moon. Tonight was the one night a month he should truly feel free, yet like every other month the feeling of being trapped consumed him.
This was not what he wanted, he didn't want to be standing here alone waiting for the inevitable pain to come and consume his body.
All he wanted was to be at home in the forest of Seattle with his family and pack, running through the tall trees, chasing and playing with each other.
Instead he was condemned to this, changing into his true form and running through the empty forest alone.
'I'm with you brother, no matter how unbearable the pain is.. know I love you and I'm here'
Jeremy recalled the words his beloved brother had spoke to him the first time they had stood before the moon together waiting for the change to take over.
It had been Jeremy's first time changing after triggering his curse and he was utterly terrified, He didn't know what to expect or how it was going to feel, He just knew there would be pain and then unimaginable peace.
'Look at me Jer.. I'm here, It's going to hurt so you need to concentrate on the air in your lungs and the ground beneath you'
Listening to his words, Jeremy took a long deep breath of the air surrounding him. When he exhaled for the second time he felt the unmistakable twist in his stomach signalling his transformation was fast approaching, caught off guard he dropped to his knees.
'The change can take hours.. if you fight it, the pain will make you want to delay because you think that's all you can take but if you allow it in, let it swallow you whole then it cannot break you'
His brothers words rang in his head as he felt the excruciating sign that his change was upon him.
Jeremy gripped the wet earth beneath him letting the inevitable fire consume his body. It was a pain like no other, his entire insides were boiling hot making him feel as if he would burst into flames any moment.
'Breathe big brother, it's all going to be okay'
He took another deep breath of the air surrounding him and finally let his curse consume him.
He let out a loud wail in agony as his bones started to break and mould themselves to form the body of his natural self.
After a few moments the loud wails he had been producing finally stopped and the only thing that could now be heard in the abandoned forest was the giant howl he let out before running off into the tall, thick trees.
When dawn finally broke so did his curse, for another month that was.. until he would be right back where he started, standing in that abandoned forest alone and scared.
Jeremy woke up with a start to the sound of banging and clattering coming from an unknown origin, unaware of where he had even woke up he jumped up from the wet dirt he had been lying in and proceeded to put on the clothes he had stuffed into a bag before hanging it around his neck, the previous night.
Jeremy Looking around his surroundings and knew straight away he was no longer where he had changed in to his beast the previous night, instead of seeing tall trees and bushes nothing but old creepy grave stones and the horrific smell of decaying corpses surrounded him.
Almost gagging from the putrid smell he started walking in the direction of the noise that disturbed his sleep but with every step he took towards the unknown sounds the smell of rotting flesh became more prominent in the air.. he found it hard to breathe without the overwhelming urge to throw up.
Jeremy took another deep breath of the air surrounding him but as the horrid stench of death filled his air ways once more, he could no longer control the vomit forcing its way up his throat and out his mouth.
As he stood in the unknown graveyard puking up the contents of his stomach, he momentarily became distracted by thoughts of his old pack and life.. oh how he wished he could be back there with is family, he missed them so much, the pain of being away from them was nearly unbearable.
Distracted with thoughts about his family and also feeling a little sorry for himself .. Jeremy didn't hear the unknown stranger approach from behind him until it was too late.
" you shouldn't be here, wolf"
Was all he heard before passing out into complete darkness with an excruciating headache.
Jeremy groggily woke up for the second time that morning in yet another unknown place, panic started to consume him, with his hands bound around a large thick tree and legs bound by rope in front of him , he had no way of escaping.
The transformation he had endured just a few hours ago had left him in a extremely weakened and vulnerable state, At this moment he was just like everyone else completely human with no way of Defending himself.
Jeremy felt useless. he was unable to free himself from a measly tree.. and had been so distracted with thoughts of his old home that he had not heard the stranger creep up on him until it was too late.
Some alpha I was meant to be.. He thought to himself as he struggled against the ropes binding his hands together trying to free himself once more . A few minutes passed by before he gave up on his futile attempt to escape the binds keeping him in the unknown place.
Jeremy's hands were sore and bloody and his headache was unbearable but the moment he thought he was going to give up and pass out again he heard a voice from behind him.
"You picked one hell of a place to shift kid" a males gruff voice spoke.
Jeremy barely heard the words the man had spoken, to overwhelmed with the fetid smell that followed him. His airways was filled once again with the smell of rotting flesh and decaying humans..
He heard the crunching of leaves under the strangers boots as he came towards him and was filled with dread once more, vomit was threatening to claw its way up his throat again from the putrid smell, Yet all that Jeremy could do was close his eyes and wait to be put out of his misery.
he had no fear when it came to death, it was inevitable after all. he would not beg or plead for his life, it was pointless.
After breaking their most sacred law, he felt like he deserved the fate the stranger approaching him would soon give.
Jeremy heard and felt the male crouch down behind him and sent a silent prayer to his queen, that she welcome him with open arms and no judgment.
Jeremy knew he didn't deserve it for what he had done , He deserved to rot in the deepest part of hell for the sin He committed but He hoped she would forgive him anyway and knew it was not in his control.
Just as Jeremy succumbed to his fate, the stranger spoke again.
"I'm sorry for the nasty headache and no doubt scaring you shitless but hunters where in the area and I panicked, I didn't want them to find us"
Jeremy's eyes shot open at the mans words and when he felt his binds being removed from his bloodied hands relief flooded from within him, the male took a step back and gave Jeremy some room to free his legs without feeling threatened.
" I mean you no harm.. I just ask that you leave this place and never return. it's not safe out here kid, definitely not for wolves"
The male turned to leave just as Jeremy was getting up to his feet leaving him standing there alone, before He could stop himself, he shouted to the retreating back of the stranger.
"What are you?"
The unknown male stopped in his tracks and turned towards Jeremy, making his eyes widen in fear.
Unnerved at the appearance of the man before him he took a step back out of instinct, He thought he had seen all the horrors this city had lurking in the shadows but the unknown being staring him with glaring eyes was nothing like he had seen before.
Piercing blood red in colour with skin and hair as white as the purest snow. The male was both positively frightening and at the same time some how enchanting.
The male scoffed at the young wolf's reaction to him before answering with so much venom.
"Me? I'm no one, just another forgotten warrior forced to walk this pathetic earth until our queen awakens once more"
The stranger turned to leave once again walking in an unknown direction but before finally departing he spoke once more.
"Don't come here again kid your wolf stench attracts the wrong type of people, you should be more careful"