Excerpt from A Howl In The Night by Courtney Rene:
Then a new thought crashed into my brain. “Wait a sec. If my father is a werewolf . . .,”
“Not a werewolf, just a wolf,” my mom said interrupting me.
“Okay fine,” I said. If her story was true though, I had to wonder, what did that make me? It was my turn to pop up off the bed and pace around. What about me? Was I going to grow hair and fangs and run around trying to bite people? “Oh, God.”
It felt as if my life was over. How was I supposed to finish school if I turned into a wolf every time the moon was full?
Would it hurt to change? It always looked like it did in the movies. I had seen that werewolf movie where the guy runs around London eating people. The change was always accompanied with screaming and pain. Was I going to hunt down my friends and family and eat them?
I didn’t know if that was really how it worked or not, but before I could work myself up into a real freak fest, my mom said, “I have watched you all your life Abby, and I have never seen anything wolf-like about of you. I promise. That worry has always been in the back of my mind, but nothing has ever come of it. You’re fine. Come on, you don’t even like meat.”
I had to admit, thankfully, that she did have a point there.
She gave me a sideways look then said, “How do you think I felt? There were times that I was worried that I was going to give birth to a puppy. How would I have explained that to my doctors?” My mom said this with a raise of her eyebrows and a grin.
This threw me for a moment. She was actually teasing me? At a time like this, she was cracking jokes? “That’s not funny,” I said.
“Oh, come on. Yes it is.”
Maybe it was a little funny, but there was no way in the world I was going to admit it then.
“Whatever,” I said with a shake of my head. “So, now what?” I was still holding onto the hope that she had just hit her head that night and thought she saw what she saw.
“I don’t know, honey. I just thought with your dad finally getting in contact with us well, that you should be prepared. That it was time. You know?”
No, I didn’t know. In that moment, I felt a little lost. That day was supposed to be a great day. It was my sixteenth birthday. My world was supposed to have been great. Instead, I may have lost my best friend and found out that I not only had a father, but one who may or may not be a wolf. It was not a fabulous day after all. In fact, I decided that birthdays kinda sucked. “No. He may be my father, but he’s not my dad.”
I shook my head at her and left to go to my own room. I needed to think, and I couldn’t do that in her room with her looking at me with her sad eyes.
Mine was just your average teen room. It had a bed, dresser, desk, and full mirror. There were clothes thrown about, but that was to be expected. I was a teenager, after all.
I dropped down on my bed with a huff. I had so much swirling around in my head that I was getting a headache. I felt it coming behind my eyes. It figured. It was just one more thing to go wrong that day.
I looked longingly out my window at Brian’s little yellow house and wished that I could go over and talk to him. I could see that he was home. The light from his room was spilling out into the night. Maybe he would laugh at me and tell me I needed to go have my mom checked out. I would have agreed. Maybe he would just help me do some research and we could figure it out for ourselves. Instead, I felt so alone and lost and overwhelmed.
My mom was not the loony type. She always had her feet firmly on the ground. She never lied to me and always tried to tell me the truth. I didn’t know if I should believe her now or not. I know I didn’t want to believe her. Who would?
I looked down at my hands. They looked like just normal hands. No claws, or hair. They were just small, thin, girly hands.
Courtney Rene lives in the State of Ohio with her husband and two children. She is a graduate and member of the Institute of Children’s Literature. Her writings include magazine articles, short fiction stories, several anthologies, as well as her young adult novels, A Howl in the Night, and new release, The Full Moon Rises, as well as the Shadow Dancer series (Shadow Dancer, Shadow Warrior, Shadow’s End, and a break away novel, Shadow Fire), published through Rogue Phoenix Press. For a complete listing, visit www.ctnyrene.blogspot com or feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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