Time was running out quickly
There was nowhere left to run
Nowhere left to hide
No way to reach the safety of the house
Or the safe escape through the stone circle high in the mountains.
The hunter they had brought in was too good
She had been harried and hunted
From the moment she reached the forest
Running and hiding at every turn
She had almost reached the end of her strength
As she hid near the edge of town once more.
Yet the yearning drew her onwards
More strongly with each passing second
With each heart stopping howl from the mountains
Her mate, her partner, her daylight lover
Waiting, ever more frantic as the minutes slipped by
As she herself yearned to be with him again.
The moon was full and rode high in the almost clear sky
The one blessing of this pain filled night
Scenting the wind she was sure she smelled rain
As low on the horizon lightning flashed
In the afterglow she could see scudding clouds rushing in.
The hunter was closing in still
She remained frozen in place, waiting for the moment
The moment she might escape.
Cool droplets of water brought a sharp tang to her nose
So much more sensitive in her wolf form
Clouds and rain grew heavier as time passed
The loamy scent of the earth growing stronger with the rain.
Carefully she stretched each limb
Bringing the blood flowing strongly through cramped muscles
The afterimage of the lightning flash temporarily blinding her hunters
The dark clouds and heavy rain masking her scent
She took her one chance and ran
Fleeing as fast as limbs too long immobilised
Were asked to be fleet once more.
As she slipped under cover of the forest
She heard a guttural sound behind her
The hunter had been waiting, but
As luck would have it this time
He misjudged his prey.
She loped off towards the mountains
Revelling in the blood coursing through her veins
In time she would reunite with her mate
The one who would become her lover come sunrise
As they moved to yet another place
To live free for a time before being forced to leave again.
Such was their life as wolf and human
Yet they would not trade it for any other
So long as they were together.
Together they now were, reunited at last
Their happiness all that mattered
Shared as wolf, or man and woman
Love knew no bounds
In the wildness of their world.
Blessings, Susan ♥
© Susan Alexander 2015
©Susan Jamieson 2015