The stars shone brightly across the sky. I stretched my hands across the silk-like grass. My fingers dug into the fresh moss. The sound of a horse whinnied in the distance, causing me to glance to the edge of the clearing. That’s when he appeared in the distance. He had finally come for me. I had been waiting forever. I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this one, the boy I loved.
The horse stepped tentatively out from the shadows into the light. My lover rode it with skill and precision. His eyes darted across the clearing, searching for me. When he saw me, his eyes glittered with excitement. Those eyes shone with a deepness and beauty that caused my skin to tingle from top to bottom every time I saw it. I gave him a gentle smile, encouraging him to approach me. My prince smiled back and began moving the white stallion, dismounting before he finally walked the rest of the distance to my side.
As he reached me, he fell to one knee. “I am so glad you called me. I have loved you since the day we first met. I want to spend the rest of my life with you, Jane. I love you more than life itself. Let us merge our hearts under this beautiful moon.”
I giggled as he swooped down and picked me up, his muscular arms enveloping my gentle form. He snatched me away from my resting spot, taking me over to a small hill. His eyes never left mine, concerned only with my wellbeing. His scent intoxicated me, his warmth permeated me, and his eyes opened me up and bared my soul to him.
He placed me down on a gentle bed of flowers and moss. A burst of butterflies shot out from the edges of the natural canvas, fluttering into the night sky. He smiled, steadily reaching down and pulling off his tight shirt. I blushed as I admired his strong, masculine form.
“Jane, may we?”
I giggled once again like a schoolgirl, “We may!”
“You are my first, and my only, Jane.”
I could not respond. Instead, I took deep stuttering breaths as his hand reached out and untied the front of my blouse. I raised my hands and watched as he glided it up over my head, laying it down beside me as if it was a fragile part of myself. His hand glided through the air towards me, cupping my cheek gently. His lips approached mine, and we kissed. I breathed in his scent, my body tingling from head to toe. His kiss was soft, peaceful, and complete. I moaned softly, the only other sound being crickets and the other general sounds of the forest at night.
My prince began to kiss my check, each soft kiss caressing my skin and sucking lightly, causing little goose bumps to spread across my skin. I shivered as he pressed his deliciously warm body against mine. The kisses lowered, each one causing a tingle of euphoria to shoot down to my toes. He continued to lower his kisses. He lightly kissed my chest followed by my stomach. His hands gently glided across my stomach as he proceeded to go even lower.
He suddenly stopped, causing me to glance down in confusion. His eyes were watching me with a gentle twinkle, a beautiful smile caressing his face, his head resting against my stomach.
“Hmmm?” I asked.
“Can you wake up?”
“I need you for something, can you wake up?”
“No, no,” I shook my head. “Keep going.”
“Jane, come on, wake up.” The prince reached up and started shaking me.
“Oh, no you don’t! We are finishing this! You get your ass back down there and finish the job! I need five more minutes!”
My eyes snapped open, and above me was a half-naked man. He was gently shaking my shoulders while saying my name. I was in my bed at home. Before that was all just a dream, a wonderful dream. As the dream dissipated, and my mind started to be able to focus again, I quickly realized I was very familiar with the man on top of me.
“Daniel? What the hell are you doing on top of me?”
“Shhh!!!” Daniel put a finger over my mouth, “Five more minutes for what? Never mind, I’m sorry for waking you like this. I know it’s really early in the morning, but I really need your help.”
I let out a groan and a whimper. I had a dream about a beautiful half-naked man on top of me to awake to see a beautiful half-naked man on top of me. The lines between reality and fiction were closing in on me. Although, at the moment, I felt very sensitive, and a bit aroused. Damn it, why did Daniel have to have his shirt missing and smell so much like the forest? If he made the right move right now, he would not be leaving this bed until the morning. I don’t suppose he would be interested in late night foreplay, would he?
“What are you looking for, Daniel?” I asked breathlessly.
“Jane, I want you to be my mate, tonight.”
My mouth worked noiselessly. I couldn’t resist anymore, so this was how it was going to happen? It seemed so sudden. I closed my eyes, spreading my arms. I am ready, Daniel, please be gentle with me.
The door creaked open and one of my eyes shot to my entryway. Daniel got off of me, moving over to the side of the room. Alex walked in with a mischievous grin on her face. Hey now, I didn’t agree to a threesome!
Alex’s appearance looked odd. She looked plainer; her skin no longer shone. Alex looked significantly more mundane and less attractive than her usual self. As she came into the light of my small desk lamp, the reality of it came crashing down on me. She looked more like me. My mouth twisted wryly. Like looking in a mirror, indeed.
“What’s going on?” I asked, covering up my lower body with my blanket.
“Do you see? I’ve gotten really good at changing into you now! I can even maintain it without thinking.” Alex attempted to make a cute pose which failed when it possessed my own features.
“In your case, that’s important!” I snapped, and then let out a sigh when I realized she really didn’t do anything wrong. “Is there any reason you’re doing that right now?”
Alex shrugged, “Daniel begged me to be you for a few days.”
The two of us turned to Daniel, who lowered his head, “I’m sorry for the suddenness of this, but I have to move quickly or I may be too late.”
“What’s going on, Daniel?”
Daniel sighed, looking back into my eyes; the sight reminded me of the man from my dreams and I looked away. “Yesterday, my bother passed away.”
Alex put her hand over her mouth. I stood and moved a few steps towards Daniel, grabbing his hand and forcing myself to glance into those big brown eyes of his. I needed to get control of my hormones, for Daniel’s sake.
“I’m so sorry Daniel, is there anything I can do for you?”
Daniel shook his hands, “No, you misunderstand. He is not my biological brother, he is my wolf brother.”
I rose an eyebrow, now a bit confused. Daniel took a deep breath before grabbing me on each shoulder and gently sitting me back down on my bed. Then, he moved to one knee on the floor in front of me, looking up with pleading in his eyes.
“I am sorry to ask this of you so abruptly. You know how I feel about you, but I know you haven’t chosen me as a mate. I understand and I respect your need for time. However, my brother who passed acted as the Alpha of our pack. When an Alpha dies, everyone from the pack must return home and decide on a new Alpha during the next full moon. It’s like a family reunion, except there will be some competitions to decide the next alpha.”
“I’m at an age where I must compete to become Alpha or be publicly shamed and exiled from my pack.”
“I’m with you so far.”
“To compete, however, I must have a mate. A wolf without a mate cannot be considered an Alpha. If I do not bring a mate of my own, they will provide one for me. I do not want to have a mate forced on me.”
“So, you want me to… pretend to be your mate?”
“That is what I ask of you, yes.” Daniel lowered his head with that, as if ashamed for asking.
I glanced at Alex, who just gave me a shrug. Well, my sister wasn’t going to be a lot of help. I took a deep breath. The puppy-dog look on Daniel made it hard to resist. Even if he wasn’t desperate, I considered him a friend. To me, that was enough.
“Alright, I’ll do it, what do I have to do?”
“We need to sleep together.”
“Never mind, you’re on your own.”
Daniel shook his head, “I don’t mean mating. You see, werewolves have very good noses. No offense, but there is a lot of different guy smells on you. I need you to take a thorough bath, and then we will sleep close so only my scent is on you.”
“So, the other guys?”
“That’s why I’ve kept this secret, the other guys would be considered a threat. If any werewolf smells another man on you, and you’re suspected of being disloyal, I’d be expected to kill you. If another man shows any interest in you, I’d be expected to fight him for you.”
Daniel shrugged. “It is the way of the wolf.”
“Does that mean my sister will be in danger?” Alex demanded while giving Daniel a flat stare.
Daniel shook his head, “As long as I’m the prominent male scent on her, we should be safe. It’s not like the old days. Werewolf feminism has gone a long way.”
“Says a guy…” I mutter.
“Nevermind that… uh, where are we going to do this?” I asked to divert the conversation.
“We need to get a move on. There are too many people in and out of your house to clean yourself here. There is a cabin. Werewolves use it from time to time. It’s on the way up to my clan territory. We can spend the night there.”
“You want to take my sister out in the middle of the night to a cabin in the secluded woods? This is either the beginning of a horror story or an episode of Hustler,” Alex smirked.
“Alex, stop that,” I growled as Daniel showed modesty for the first time by blushing.
“I’m sorry, Jane, I’m worried about your safety. That’s what sisters are for.” Alex explained.
I gave Alex a smile, moving forward and wrapping my arms around her. “You’ll keep my secret from the other guys, won’t you?”
Alex barked a nervous laugh, “Of course, I’ll think of something to tell them. You won’t miss a day of school either; I promise.”
Alex kissed me on the cheek, giving me a tight squeeze. “Just be safe, okay.”
I nodded, letting go of her before turning to Daniel.
“Daniel, what’s the plan?”
Daniel nodded to me, and like that, his body began to transform. His rippling chest grew a bit; his face warped into a snout and his eyes turned blacker. His legs bent awkwardly, his thighs increasing in size as small tears formed in his pants. Now, I knew what kept happening to those. His nails grew into long talons, but his chest was surprisingly hairless. The hair on his head grew; he had much longer hair now with long sideburns.
This was the first time I ever got to see Daniel in his werewolf form in the full light. I had always assumed it would be terrifying and monstrous, but in the end, he was just Daniel with a cute little dog snout and pointy wolf ears on his head. I wouldn’t even be against kissing him in this form if the mood was right.
“I’ll carry you like we’ve done before.” He eyed me as I opened up my arms for him to carry me. “Um… you might want to get dressed and pack something for the road.”
I looked down, realizing I wore my pink pajamas and nothing else. Daniel’s face twisted. It took me a second to realize it was supposed to be a smile. I’d have to get used to figuring out expressions on his wolf face. He turned around, covering his eyes, and I began undressing.
I disrobed down to my underwear when Alex made a noise and turned away in embarrassment. I glanced over at her back. It took me a second to realize the problem. She could be a boy sometimes, and here I was practically naked. She gave me privacy out of respect. It hadn’t even occurred to me that it’d be inappropriate to undress in front of my big sister.
Then again, she wasn’t really my big sister. She was a succubus who had ended up staying at my house. She could also be a male sometimes. I guess that was called her incubus state. When male, he was just one of ten boys who had inserted themselves into my life recently. Besides the two here, the list also included a demon, an angel, a vampire, an alien, a robot, a zombie, a ghost, and a time traveler. I still wasn’t sure why all these guys started hanging out with me, but I knew their secret and inadvertently became their confidant. They must like having a human from the “normal” world to help them interact. Not that any of the boys needed help socializing, they were all extremely attractive. They could be called the ten hottest boys in Fairmont High, the local hawtness.
It seemed strange, but even recognizing that Alex had a boy form, I still wasn’t embarrassed. I had just come to see her as my sister unconditionally. A few nights prior, there had been a particularly stormy night. The pair of us had ended up cuddling under a set of sheets, watching a scary movie with Daltom, my time-traveling adopted half-brother. It had felt nice just being with my sister. I didn’t know how I felt about that, but I did care for her. She drove me crazy sometimes and could be a little slutty and vane, but she was family.
I quickly put my clothing on, grabbing a backpack and shoving a few pants, shirts, and underwear in it. I debated grabbing a dress. If I pretended to be Daniel’s mate, and we maintained appearances, I should probably look nice too. Then again, did werewolf wives wear makeup and dress nice? I had the impression they liked an earthier appearance. I was about to ask when the sound of a toilet flushing broke my attention.
“That’s Daltom, if you guys want to get away unnoticed, you need to leave now. He’d break under the pressure of the other guys questioning in seconds.”
I nodded. She was right. Daltom couldn’t take the pressure of a secret. He’d fold faster than Ryan, and that robot boy was programmed to do whatever you asked of him. I practically leaped into Daniel’s arms, holding my backpack in my hands. Daniel gave me a nod before moving to the window. My eyes widened, he wasn’t going to do what I thought he was going to do, was he?
He put one foot up on my open window ledge and pushed off into the night. Just like that, we dove into the darkness beyond my window. I fought the urge to scream as we plummeted two stories to the ground. Daniel’s feet hit the ground smoothly, only causing me a small jolt as he burst into a sprint. The wind whistled in my ears as Daniel bounded down the street far faster than a human could deep into the night.