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Fangs for the Memories

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Fangs for the Memories

"Arizona?" Sammy repeated. "Arizona's way too hot for werewolves, why would you want to spend your vacation there?" "Well, besides some old cowboy towns and the Grand Canyon, there's the trails," Fenton answered. "Roxanne and I met hiking, and we used to pick a new trail every anniversary before the kids came along." He reached over and rubbed his wife's knee. He must have forgotten she was wolfside, because he glanced down at the dark fur pushing up between his fingers. His wife rumbled in pleasure. "I've got a cousin out there, and he says early March is the perfect time of year to visit. Not too hot, not too cold, and all the desert flowers are in bloom. I've always wanted to smell that." She tilted her head back and inhaled deeply as if imagining it now, though all she would smell in the pack's meeting room in late winter was the musty concentrated traces of almost a dozen werewolves and a handful of humans. It was a large room in the House's second story, but one of the most
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Werewolf's Humanity: Turn, Turn, Turn (Part 3)

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Werewolf's Humanity: Turn, Turn, Turn (Part 3)

Christmas Day marked a whole week since Jonathan had come home--a whole week of being a father. He had brought Jonathan downstairs, exhausted but invigorated with excitement for what the day held. There were almost a dozen new presents under the tree, all with Jonathan's name on them and filled with brand-new baby clothing and shoes and toys and even a massive stuffed wolf from Patience. After breakfast, Night Sky and Odysseus took turns holding the baby as Sammy opened his presents and held each soft thing up to Jonathan to feel as he described them. Once they were through the pile, they barely had time to dress Jonathan in the warmest onesie, a powder-blue number from Reilly, before they piled into the Prius and drove into town for the Christmas sermon. Odysseus and Night Sky only attended church sporadically, but they always made a point to attend on the holidays, and this year Reilly joined them. She had traded in her crutch for a cane, walking with a slight limp. A couple other
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Werewolf's Humanity: Turn, Turn, Turn (Part 2)

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Werewolf's Humanity: Turn, Turn, Turn (Part 2)

Once she was sure her niece would be all right, Night Sky had one more thing to do before they left. While Order agents were packing up their wounded and fresh agents were driving in for the clean-up work, as well as bringing a mobile shower unit so the werewolves could shower and shift, she tore herself away from her brand-new grandchild to have a word with his mother. She had been fighting back the urge to go wolfside since driving into this battlefield, and now she welcomed the change, barely breaking stride towards the van to pull off her shoes. She loomed over the two armed agents standing guard. "I'd like a moment alone with one of the prisoners," she said. "Please." They glanced at each other. Her request was unusual, but also within one of her rights as an alpha of the aggrieved pack that had called them in. They stepped aside. Night Sky opened the doors, reached in, and pulled the woman out, throwing her into the bloody mud where her packmate had been mauled. She fell
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Werewolf's Humanity: Turn, Turn, Turn (Part 1)

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Werewolf's Humanity: Turn, Turn, Turn (Part 1)

A dark brown shadow in the white-gray environment lurched from tree to tree. One thing was for certain, Sammy wasn't going to make it back to the House. The snowfall had escalated into a full-fledged blizzard, and he cursed himself for not heading home earlier. His back was throbbing now, a dull ache that was seeping through the rest of the body. He could almost feel his vertebrae grinding with every motion. The only way he would survive this night was to get to one of the shelters and stay the night there. Not long after settling here, his Argo forerunners had constructed emergency shelters scattered and hidden throughout the property, and they had been maintained since. They ranged in size from cubby holes equipped with a lantern, a sleeping bag, and snacks, to a full-blown fallout bunker built in the 50s when those were all the craze. A werewolf never knew when they might need to hide or grab a clean set of clothing. Sammy knew he was close to one of the smaller dens, and he had to
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I feel like I had an inverse of everyone else's 2020 experience. I didn't exactly have a stellar social life even before quarantining. And germophobia? Already had that, baby. But despite the rocky start--being rushed out of my grandmother's house to move back in with my parents, and basically starting my life over after nine years as a caregiver for my grandparents--I managed to land on my feet and find a good job. And, of course, I finished the first draft of Werewolf's Humanity, which was no small accomplishment. Heck, I'm closing out the year with hope that the hypoglycemia I've struggled with all my adult life is due to a fungal infection that I can purge out of my system, rather than just bad genetic makeup like I'd always believed. No resolutions for 2021. If 2020 has taught us anything, it's not to plan for anything. Just do the best you can.
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I submitted Werewolf's Humanity to five different agents today. I figure that's a good start. Wish me luck!
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I saw your comment on the staff's journal on DA's anniversary and I really do agree with what you had to say.


I thought maybe we could have a chat.

I'm really not interested in joining a group that exists just to whine about Eclipse. It's here, it's going to stay, and the important thing to do is keep asking the staff to restore the features that made the old version useful rather than crying about the aesthetic changes.


There's more important things in life than user interfaces in a web site and I'd rather direct my energy into being creative rather than critical.

It may seem like that now but even the largest mountains can be worn away by drops of water. Eventually Eclipse will have to go.


I don't want to be stuck in this miserable ruin dead-locked in combat. And I want to be using my energy for creativity and having a good time which is one important thing but with the one platform I could easily use to put my work on butchered it's much harder to do.


There are other things to worry about but Eclipse just adds to that list. And the less things in the world we have to worry about the better.


But simply ignoring a thing that has had a major impact isn't going to help.

I see what I have to say is falling on deaf ears. Keep on wasting your energy, Kylo. Meanwhile I'm just going to find what fun I can on here.

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Hey thanks for showing love and faving my painting.

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