PART 2: SHADOWS OVER US
I closed my eyes breathing in and out slowly as the scent of the city filled my lungs and the sounds of vehicles faded away into the distance”Don’t worry Alice I’m coming I’ll save you i promise” I woke up with a jolt feeling kit shaking me I must have been out for hours as the moon started rising in the distance in the cold air of the night I don't know...if it was because of my wild side but at that moment in that night sky, the moon looked like the most beautiful sight I had ever seen in my life “sorry for falling asleep..where are we?” I wiped the sleep from my eyes looking at kit
“were filling up on gas I didn't see what state though but i need to talk to you about the case..the creature this wendigo” that was the third time i had heard this creature's name “what is a wendigo I keep hearing you mention it”
she sat up against the chair and pulled out a map rolling it out on the table in front of us”A wendigo is a being from Native American beliefs, the lore states that by eating human flesh you could gain supernatural powers..but it turned you into a monster it’s one of their biggest taboos, they're deadly,fast strong and are amazing hunters during the day and at night they're almost impossible to fight against, they eat anything they can get their hands on, their tracking skills are almost enough to rival ours,..from what we were told by the client a Mr.Sullivan..no last name given was that a wendigo attacked his wife a Mrs.Valentine and their daughter hayley after the fact, the attack occurred after their car broke down, he couldn't see anything because of the lack of light other than glimpses of the creature, from what we know of them they don't travel very far from where they make their homes”she turned around and started marking on the map “this is where the attack occurred “watching her as she draws a circle over the area”this is where Me and Ethan were thinking of setting up camp close to the attack site and still in the hunting zone..we hope at least,”
looking over the map i rubbed my chin for some reason all of this actually made sense to me “we want to be in the woods so that if a fight breaks out no humans are caught in the crossfire correct?”she looked at me nodding and went back to working on the map
“I have a question though kit, once we find them how do we fight against them? I didn’t see any weapons with you” she looked at me with a straight face replying “ we don’t use weapons unless we have to..we will fight them bare handed in our altered states, we know some of their weaknesses but we have to be careful as well some of these can be a double edged sword” I looked at her forgetting about our weaknesses as well “what are we weak against?”
“some of the lore is correct but a lot is wrong, we can touch silver as long as it doesn’t come into contact with an open wound, if it does it will burn like your body is on fire, it was one said that we could only be killed by a silver bullet, they’re very deadly to use but so are normal bullets were not bullet proof, fire is dangerous in our altered states as well, on the plus side we heal faster than humans as you may have noticed, but anything that pierces our hearts or severs our heads from our bodies...well there's no coming back from that one, the reason silver is deadly to most supes...is simple actually silver is considered pure and holy almost sacred”at that moment my stomach growled and the whole atmosphere in the RV changed like a switch was flipped.
me and kit started laughing looking at each other”how about we get some food while we’re here then get back on the road?” we walked up to the cafe inside the station and looked around before finding a table sitting down after he was done pumping gas Ethan came inside joining us sitting beside kit “me and kit were talking...and I wanted to ask you, have you ever encountered a windigo?” I looked over at him questioningly “No..but I’ve heard stories about them from others...there are those that hunt us because of what we are” I sit there and I still can't get use to all of this,,,my whole life's been flipped upside down
“don't worry..me and kit will keep you alive newbie” I looked around the cafe and started to get a bad feeling we quickly got our food and put them in to go boxes before heading back out to the RV and hit the road I could feel the hair on my neck standing on edge as I felt my animal side taking over as my bones started stretching and popping the feeling I had that night...the first night as I start letting out a howl
“tavis calm down you need to relax I understand how you're feeling right now that's your wolf nature wanting to fight just relax “ I try breathing in and out slowly at first all that comes out are ragged breathes the air feeling like it's trapped in my throat fighting it back down as I slowly laid back the growls slowly subsiding, I looked up at Ethan and saw him looking at the road driving faster and looking up at the mirror watching me “ Let's get out of here before you lose control it can be hard to keep it back for long” I looked over and saw Kit shaking and tearing up “ Hey are you ok?”
I reached out rubbing her back as she growled and shook me off “ don't touch me!” She turned around starting to growl “Ethan something's wrong with Kit” Ethan jumped back and told me to drive as he talked to her I could hear him talking trying to calm her as my mind drifted from them to the road I kept my eyes forward on the road leaving them be as I tensed up a while later I had already lost track of time staring down this dark road Ethan sat down beside me “ is she going to be alright Ethan?” I took a quick look over at him then back at the road “Yeah she's resting right now..Kit’s different than anyone else in the pack”
this caught me off guard weren't we all different “what exactly do you mean?” “When lilith found her...she was trapped in her fox form in the woods we don’t know how long she was like that,,,but lilith helped her and has taken care of her ever since, Kit’s been a member of the pack since even before i arrived” we rode in silence for hours just looking ahead into the night the headlights showing our way as the moon shone overhead, my eyes were able to see a little farther than the headlights the moon looking beautiful..but for some reason I felt like it was a bad moon rising,
we made our way into Maine and hopped that nothing happened on this case..I don't know why but I felt like Ethan and Kit could be great friends I was never too close to anyone before but I felt at ease around them..I felt..normal with them they helped keep my mind off the madness surrounding me ...worrying about Alice..I knew that they could help me get her back...help me get to vincent but at the same time I felt like there was something they weren't telling me about him, I reached over starting to shake Ethan shoulders to wake him, as we drove into the wooded area “ Ethan we’re here..wherever the hell that is, where are we even going?” In the back I heard Kit rustling around slowly starting to wake up I wanted to ask her about what had happened earlier I figured it was better not bringing it up since I could tell she was feeling better and I didn't want to ruin that”hey sleepy head how’d you sleep?” Ethan looked back asking her I looked back in time to see her giving him the finger “It’s too early for this..who the hell taught you how to drive you sure picked the bumpiest roads” I heard her growling and sat there chuckling
not a morning person huh? And to answer your question no one taught me how to drive..this was my first time” I rolled my window down and took a deep breath of the cool crisp air filling my lungs I could feel the difference between this and the city air, the cold air burning my throat the cold air nipping at me as I looked around at all the snow already covering the ground “ this place is beautiful “ I jumped slightly not hearing Kit crouching beside me looking out the windshield at that moment a creature of pure white skin ran by causing me to swerve the RV and hitting my head on the steering wheel going into a ditch “ Damn it...is everyone alright?” I looked over and saw Ethan ready to run out into the woods “ what the hell was that guys?.. That was no animal I’ve ever seen “ “we need to catch up to it that was a wendigo, hopefully the scents still good”
I watched them both transform in front of my eyes the way their bones cracked and moved that image will stick with me till the day I die, it was my first time seeing the change and I couldn't take it as I fell to my knees outside the RV starting to throw up feeling my stomach churning and tensing up knotting and tightening all the muscles burning, I kneeled there emptying my stomach onto the ground looking and feeling like a wreck, even in the biting cold I could feel beads of sweat drenching my face and dripping off me into the snow I looked up as Ethan and Kit returned I felt her rubbing my back trying to help me feel better “ first time seeing the full change huh it can be rough but you need to push through what you're feeling right now, it gets easier the more you see it you won't feel this way when you change” I jumped slightly when Ethan punched the RV “damn it we almost had it!” Kit stood up walking over to him “ calm down we don't know how many there even are “ I don’t care! We had it the damn thing slipped away and we were so close” I stood up weakly whipping what vomit was left on my mouth “ Ethan, Kits right, we need to do this smart, I know I’m new to this and don’t really know what I’m talking about but that's why we need to do this smart if you or Kit gets injured that leaves a higher risk of us getting killed then the wendigos how ever many there are they will have free reign here, we need to try and figure out how many there are and why the sudden appearance of one,
“ I tensed up as he walked over and grabbed my shoulder smiling though i could tell he was still angry “ Man I must look pretty stupid, even the new guys being smarter about this than me, not cool “ he laughed as he placed his palm against his forehead as he moved his head side to side, I could tell that his attitude had relaxed “ should we go ahead and set up base camp here?” I looked at the two of them as they surveyed the area “we need to find spots to set up bait and traps where we can't hurt any people coming by” Ethan said as he looked at the woods “ wait I thought you said that they were expert hunters, would they really fall for traps?” I started grabbing my bags from the RV as I asked
“ No I don't think they will but it might help us get a better idea of what areas they are hunting in, since we saw one this morning I think it might be safe to bait and trap tonight and then we can finish setting up camp, we need to cover our scents though if they smell us they’ll run were bigger predators” “ well you are at least wolfboy” Kit jumped onto my back playfully and laughed
“ who knows maybe they will get so scared of you they'll give up “ as she said that the air around us grew dead silent as we all exchanged looks and busted out laughing, I looked down at my hands “ I don't think it’s going to be that easy, with the way my life is starting to go I’ll be surprised if it doesn't turn into a fight for our lives..hell last week I was a normal guy trying my best to live a normal life and now I’m… a wolf man with a group of people who hunt and kill monsters I always thought were bedtime stories” Ethan walked over smacking my back laughing “I wouldn't say Wolfman..not yet more like wolfboy that fits your style more for now “ Kit smacked his head “ Ethan don't be mean to wolfboy, haha sorry Trey it’s just you're nothing like what we thought Werewolves would be like “ this caught me off guard “wait what about lilith isn't she a werewolf?”
“ yeah but no one in the pack has ever seen her transform..anytime she's been with us in a fight..she's never had to “ Kit looks up in the sky looking at the clouds, something in me could tell that she looked up to lilith and wanted to be like her, i looked over and saw Kit lifting her shirt revealing a row of scars down her back, she saw me and before I could look away she transformed and took off I shook it off and started a fire trying to warm us up as Ethan sat down with two sticks and a bag of marshmallows “don't worry about her she prefers being in her fox state at night..she says it helps her relax..marshmallow?”
He held out a stick with a roasted marshmallow on it , reaching over I took it and started eating it slowly feeling it burning my mouth by tasting so good I couldn't care “ it’s been so long since I’ve been camping, when I was little my dad use to take me..those are really the only memories I have of him..” Ethan looked over at me and smiled “ camping? I don't know what you mean, we’re working “ he said winking and laughing
“ lilith would kill us if she thought even for a second we were slacking off on a job,technically we're working we’re justing waiting” we sat there eating as Ethan kept telling me about the pack “lilith said she wanted to go get the last two members of the pack, who are they?”. “Well to be honest there are more than two other but the two she went to get are the other two Were-members, the pack is a group of people, we even have a base set up in Texas, that's where we stay until we pick up a job or hear some rumors that we need to check out..but the last two members?, I’ve never met them...And I’ve been a member for at least eleven years, only lilith has met them...they’re pretty secretive”
before I could ask another question the air was pierced with a blood chilling scream that made my heart stop, me and Ethan shot to our feet and took off running t where we thought it was coming from I was trying to prepare myself for a fight, what came next..I was not ready for we came upon a wendigo squirming on the ground it’s throat and stomach ripped open, it’s legs shattered, warm blood pumped through the wounds as it tried screaming at us the blood bubbling from its throat as it choked starting to twitch before it went limp drowning in its own blood I looked over at Ethan and saw he was pale white, I could tell something was wrong “ Ethan what is it?” “This is a wendigo...but it's not the one we saw earlier, it's not the one we’re looking for and these wounds..I’ve never seen anything like this “ at that moment the bushes behind us rushed and shook as something took off “ Damn it , it was watching us, come on Trey”
I saw him transform into his owl form and I took off on foot, thinking about the change my body slamming to a stop as I howled feeling my body changing my nail turning to claws as I ripped into my flesh pulling it off as fur grow under I took off chasing after the creature it felt amazing being in this form, feeling my human mind butting against my wolf side wanting to run free in the woods I concentrated on the scent of the hunt, my eyes closed when i opened them I noticed I could see the scent trail, I returned to the chase going as fast as my legs could carry me, I could feel the humidity change drastically as it started pouring freezing rain I growled loudly my mind racing “no damn it! I’m not losing this”
I ran until i could feel my paws bleeding and I could no longer chase the trail I looked around feeling the rain matting my fur and soaking me as I felt my body racing , i felt unimaginable, and indescribable feeling washed over me and all at once I felt..normal lifting my head back and letting out a howl to the moon, walking back to camp slowly changing back to my human state my fur slowly receding into my body skin taking its place, my howls turning into screams as I drop to my knees breathing hard raging cold breaths escaping my lips, pain rocking my body as I looked around not seeing Ethan or Kit, I go to my bags getting a change of clothes starting to get dressed as I search through my bag for food,after being a wolf it felt strange using hands .
I felt like changing from human to wolf and back should have worried me, but somehow it felt, right,like the wolf was a part of me as a voice..a face in the back of my head trying to help me I could still feel my bones still forming their way back to being human, could I even call myself that anymore especially after what just happened, how I felt ,how could I have been this way my whole life and never known about it? Could one of my parents have had this curse? Is that why they left me with Alice’s family? It seems like everytime I get an answer it comes with a million more questions, i sat there watching the moon I could tell deep inside that in two days it would become full I could feel its pull on me almost as if it was calling to me telling me to change, to let the wolf out again as I was just about to give in to the urge
I could hear two voices they weren’t Kit or Ethan. That much I could tell even from this distance, I darted back behind the RV keeping an eye out for movement, friend or foe right now it didn't matter, the wolf wanted out and wanted them..all i could tell myself to just breathe, just breathe listen and calm down , they're just campers must have seen smoke and come to check ,I gave a howl trying to scare them away I felt my body tense up “ what if they were attacked by the windigo, damn it what do i do?” A hand grabs my shoulder as I jump and throw a punch feeling my fist grabbed as I look back seeing its Ethan and Kit they look me over looking confused”you ok Trey? You look like you're going to be sick again”.
“Yeah I’m fine “ that was all I could manage to get out before I started to black out seeing flashes of the moon and those black dogs “at least..something in my life...is still the same, no matter how strange dreams are they let me remember at one point in time I had a normal life, what is this now, I'm hunting creatures, monsters..what happened why did Vincent take Alice?, why allow me to live? He could have killed me, maybe he didn't know what I was, but he saw me with Ethan, damn it I’m getting nowhere, more questions but no answers suddenly I jolted awake covering my eyes from the sun “damn it..” Looking around for Kit and Ethan I notice the fire just starting to die down, they had to have just been here..shit time to start the day” I stand up slowly feeling the ache and strain of my muscles and joints “ I know I want to lay down for the day as well but I need to work”
the wind blows towards me as I catch a mixture of scents all colliding at once againt it’s almost overwhelming ; animals,scat,food,campers,beer how do they live like this, hell how long have they been this way? They look perfectly human, what other creatures are out there wearing a human facade? I head into the RV reading over the details that we have on the case as I set up an area to work by myself, some things weren't adding up, the same questions I had about vincent I have about this case, why kill the wife and daughter but leave the father alive,why not kill him too,if there was only one how did it get the victims out as fast as it did, something seems off I feel like there is more to this picture than were being told,
I start placing the report that we have on the notice board on the wall I start placing everything we had pictures, trequest on the wall connecting them with strings trying to find what's out of place , I pull out the laptop and start looking for similar incident around the area, expanding to cover the full state from all over : hunters, hikers,bikers,missing people and pets now my brains hurting as I pull up a news report about it the police are listings these as wild animal attacks, some mutilated bodies founded a couple miles away from where we are camped , I lose track of time as Ethan and Kit walk in and I see that the sun is a quarter of the way down ust be mid afternoon, “ hey guys come here look at this, something's not adding up”
I stand showing them the wall of strings and pictures of missing people and news reports “ Trey is this what you did all day ?” Ethan asked as his eyes moved across the board “this looks like something out of a cop show,you really went into detail about this huh?” Kit asked “ yeah I figured that there was no way that this was a one time occurrence, but something is still bothering me about this whole situation” I added looking at them “ What do you mean “Ethan asked sitting down at the table looking at me and Kit “Well for one at the speed we saw that creature moving how could a normal human have seen it and get a good description of it? And why would it leave the father alive and kill the child and mother and if it did why are there no missing persons reports, he didnt go to the police he went straight to y’all it seems like,it could have easily killed him then and there yet it didn’t, something seems uneasy and earlier we saw one dead windego and yet we didn’t see what killed it what else could be out there I think we need to go to the town and ask around about anything weird I mean look at the board this doesnt seem like contained incident”
Ethan looked at me rubbing his chin as Kit look at me confused “Wait you two found something that killed a wendigo?” “ yeah it was last night just before the rain we didnt get a look at it but it destoried the wendigo. Whatever it was it was fast”Ethan added before finally looking at me “and before we do anything we need to start training you to fight I saw how you handled that dark puppet and you need improvment if you went up against a wendigo now well...it wouldnt work out well for you during the day we will search for clues and at night we will train how does that sound?” “Good i guess but im going to tell you now that I wont be very good”I looked at him before having Kit jump on my back “and I can teach you magic
“she added, as we walked out side i carried her still on my back and set her down before Ethan looked at me starting to stretch “Our fighting styles will be very diffrent so all I’m going to do is show you the basics, based on my nature I like to stay hidden and attack from affar “ as he said this he swiped his hand infront of him quickly as feathers flew out sticking into the trees behind us “ with you, you might be better off using your fists and claws” I looked over at him as he took a stance and motioned me towards him, after acouple hits I woke up in the morning rubbing my head with a wet cloth on my head feeling aches all over before looking at my self in the mirror and seeing bruses covering my torso as my fingers gently brush over the gauze on my chest from my run in with Vincent Until it healed it would be a constant reminder of what happend, and it would be my drive to get Alice back I left Kit and Ethan a note as I took of towards the next town three miles down the road
The whole way I was taking in all of the beautiful scenery the beautiful sky overhead of the snow covered woodlands,I noticed that the cold air wasnt biting as hard today maybe I had grown use to it, looking around as I walked into town a sign gretting me to maplewood a little picturesque town, walking through I noticed that despite the town being busy the playground was dead , cold silent air arasing from the area a strange uneasy aura after a while I walk into a cafe walking over to the counter “hello is there anything we can get you?” The waitress asks a smile on her face the kind you can only find in a small town,amongst everything happening here theres still happiniess and hope “ yeah, I’m passing through and noticed that the park area was deserted me and my family were thinking of going over there later is there anything wrong with it?” As soon as I ask the look changes to fear on her face as she leans down and whispers so that only I can hear it
“ theres been stories lately that there is a creature at the park thats been taking pets they say that if you listen at night you can hear it crying people have been so worried about ut because no one can find any sign of it but the stories keep poping up its really spooky “ she leans back up and puts that smile back on her lips “ small towns huh they always have some urban myths, would you like anything to eat or drink ?” I look around the place and find a nice empty booth close to the back “yeah by chance would it be ok if I went and sat over there?” “ sure thing “ she says as she takes my order and I get up moving over to the quiet corner, even though its been only a couple of days it feels like a lifetime since I’ve been able to relax like this
i pull my phone out no messages but theres no surprise there I didnt tell anyone baxk home i was leaving after wat happend what could I tell them, I couldnt tell them the truth, yeah she was kidnapped by a demon monster lord who wanted me dead for some reasdon now im off fighting monsters theyd think I was crazy, as i sat there how ever, I went over the new info I had aquired from the waitress the town folks know something I need to walk around a it more and see what else I can dig up,
I wonder how these people can go on living normal lives when they believe there's a monster in their town even if they don't fully know if they believe it enough to stay away from the park which needs to be the first area I investigate maybe I can track the creature,one of the questions on my mind is why a park I know that the wendigos like the meat of children, yt at night there wouldn't be many people at the park let alone children there's got to be something I'm missing, theres also still the problem of the full moon, how well can I handle the change and my self once I have changed..what if I hurt some one what if we run into the wendigos while altered?. I sat there rubbing my head growling starting to get a headache I'm getting nowhere I'm just running in circles I wish I understood more about my self and about the true world around me.Nothing registered to me until I felt the waitress put her hand on my shoulder as I'm jolted looking around at her
“sorry sorry was making sure you were ok,you've been staring at your empty plate for a while “ she added as she smiled “yeah sorry it's been a long trip I'm kind of out if it can I have my check please?” As she walked away I could only think that she had no clue how long my trip had been and how much farther I still had to go.
In my mind in some sick way it felt like everything was sliding into place i decided to wait for Nightfall before I went to the park traveling back to the RV to pick up a couple of pieces of equipment ,being careful not to wake Ethan or Kit, something about the way the creatures described it sparked my interest, I walk in the park cold air against my back this quiet Town had no clue what was going on in the Darkness around it so I waited till I heard it somewhere off in the distance for the creature just like with the story only at night so I walked over and start looking around trying my best to be quiet I'm not very good investigating things, and like that there's a creature pale White I can what looks like it's bone structure underneath but it didn't seem right it didn't look like a normal body more like skin Place over a body trying to make it fit the creature was definitely abnormal that was obvious but something about the way it looks, long haired the facial structure as I walked over it saw me looking up quickly.
I got into defensive position it started to look at me it took me by Surprise as I looked over at it something about it seemed familiar I was here to kill it that was what my mission was it looked up at me and crying still hands up covering its face but I could still see tears calling this creature that could kill me I knew who this was I knew what this creature was it was Valarie Sullivan's wife what was Solomon's wife doing here they reported that she had died they said that the creature killed her “kill me please”
I just looked as Ii repeated, it looked at me and I could see the tears flowing from her eyes as I started to inch closer towards her before she took off I gave chase slowly changing back into my wolf form the transformation still not easy on me will I ever get used to it? running... running after this...wendigo...this...person I can feel the wolf wanting to give Chase wanted desperately to catch this prey of mine, what was she? Was she truly evil? what did she mean she was a monster? how did she become a windigo ?what is going on here? I turned back around and went to the RV after failing after I realized I couldn't catch up to it I felt like I should tell kit and Ethan what happened but I also felt like it was maybe too early I didn't have all the pieces that I need it quite yet who knows maybe it was just a mistake and I was seeing things but something still eating away at my stomach so I decided I would investigate more tommrow looking up in the night sky see that moonshine the wolf side of me wanting to be in the wilderness my mind at peace