The Rogue Hunter

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Preparing for a Journey

DoJo's View

"How do you know that name?" Jonez whispers in shock.

I look at him, still frightened from my dream, and answer, "He came to me."

Jonez reaches up, placing his palm on my cheek, instantly calming me. I let my head rest there for a minute.

"When did Alastair come to you?" He asks with a weak grin.

I instantly reply, "Just now, in my dream." I look around and see the morning sun filling the room and inquire, "How long have I been out?"

Jonez looks at a clock and answers, "About twelve hours."

I laugh and declare, "Well, that's a lot shorter than the first time I drained myself of silver."

Jonez looks at me strangely. "How often do you have to do that?"

I shake my head and head to the bathroom as I tell him, "The first time was an accident. I was enraged at Selene for threatening my mate, Alpha Nolan, and I released my silver into her brain to kill her."

I shut the door and take care of emptying my bladder. When I step out Jonez asks me, "How long were you out that time?"

"Four days." I reply, "Thank God it didn't take that long this time."

Jonez goes to use the bathroom.

When he comes out I'm already grabbing food from the pantry to make sandwiches.

"It's really strange that someone named Alastair came to you in a dream." Jonez declares.

I stop what I'm doing and look into his eyes. "Why do you think it's strange"

Jonez shrugs his shoulders and looks away.

I walk around the table and grab him in a hug as I whisper, "He's not a figment of your imagination, he's part of you, beautiful and strong, and devoted."

Jonez pushes himself away from me. "I don't know what you're talking about."

I chuckle and go back to making sandwiches. "I know you do. Alastair is a lot more blunt about things, kinda like Syl. When you quit resisting, and accept everything about you, he'll be able to come to the surface."

"What makes you think that I would let my imaginary friend have control?" Jonez challenges.

I smile and say, "If that's all he was that wouldn't be an option."

"What do you know about it." Jonez snaps, "One dream and you think you know everything."

I shake my head. "I'm not just the Silver Luna you know, I'm also the Luna Hunter. I know what it's like to be confused about who you are, and constantly trying to find a balance in yourself, while you wonder if it can truly exist."

"Interesting." He states. Then he pays attention to what I'm doing. "What's this for?"

"We're about to go on a long journey, and I figured it would be smart to bring some food along." I answer with a grin.

Jonez inquires, "Where are we going?"

I shrug my shoulders and admit, "I don't really know, other than the final destination, but Alastair does, and he'll tell you where to lead me."

"What, are you going to be blind folded?" Jonez jokes.

I laugh and shake my head. I lock eyes with him, and for a moment: everything stops. I feel lost, and found. Finally, after lord only knows how long, I shake my head again and grab a backpack to start throwing the supplies in.

Jonez watches me for a while before he asks, "Do you really expect me to trust the voice in my head to lead us somewhere?"

I stop and look him dead in the eyes, this time braced with command in my own. "You will if you don't want to watch Helios kill me."

Jonez shudders. "I will kill him." He declares.

I shake my head again. "It's not your destiny, not your place."

"Then where is my place?" He asks with sadness in his voice.

Before I can think about the words I'm about to say, I reply, "By my side, or on my back as the case may be."

Jonez looks like he lost his air, if he had been drinking something it would have shot out his nose.

I chuckle and state, "Bad choice of words."

I then find a gathering bag, and a small bucket that will fit inside it. I place the bucket in and pull some rolled oats out of the pantry.

"What's that for?" Jonez inquires as he looks at me skeptically.

"Diamond likes to snack as she walks." I reply, "And I'm not a fan of grass, besides we don't have time for that."

Jonez asks, "Who is Diamond?"

"My horse." I answer.

"I thought you didn't have access to her." Jonez states, looking at me like I lied to him.

"I didn't, not while the silver inside me was tainted." I explain, "But now that problem should be fixed."

Jonez looks like he is at a loss for words.

I hand him a couple canteens and point to the sink.

"Please tell me you know how to ride a horse bareback." I say with a grin.

He nods, keeping his back to me.

When he's finished filling the canteens I put them in the backpack, and help him put the pack on his back. Then I put the rest of the jar of oats back in the pantry, hand him the bag, and grab the blanket we used last night from the bed.

"What's that for?" Jonez asks.

"Well, it will help keep me warm." I respond, "Plus it will help keep our mixed scent in the air."

"Okay." He says while looking at me like I am talking a foreign language.

"You'll understand in a moment." I tell him as I walk past him and outside.

Jonez follows me.

When I stop walking I turn and hand him the blanket.

He inquires, "And what will you be carrying on this journey?"

"You." I reply, and take my horse form before he can ask anything else.

He stares at me in disbelief.

I nudge him with my nose.

He barely moves.

I realize it's going to take more to get him moving. I search for my link to him. To my surprise it takes half a moment, it's right up front, like my mate's was.

"Do you mind giving me the oats, and putting the blanket on my back, so we can get going?" I ask through the link.

"DoJo?" He questions outloud.

I nod my head.

"Great, just what I need." He complains as he puts the oats on my head so I can eat, "Another voice in my head, telling me what to do."

In my mind I laugh.

Jonez puts the blanket on me and then climbs on my back. "Now I get the comment you made." He declares.

I roll my eyes.

Jonez asks, "Where to?"

I reply through the link, "Ask Alastair."
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