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AWOOOOOOO! The gruff howl echoed for miles around. I stared up at the full moon, as if seeing it for the first time. Perhaps it was not the moon but rather my eyes that were different. It’s not like I had ever been a wolf before. I scratched my ears with my rear left paw then stretched my two front paws in front of me and gave a long yawn that stretched every muscle along my spine. Amazing how accepting you become of weird things when they happen often enough. Not too long ago I was shocked to wake up a little boy and now I was perfectly resigned and comfortable with looking down at the reflection of a full-grown grey wolf. The landscape had changed too, no longer desert, instead I appeared to be in a densely forested area a couple of miles south of the city. I could hear the highway not too far away and the sound of speeding cars and screeching tires. I knew there must be a bend near by. Enthralled by my newfound sharpness of the senses I took one whiff of the air and was on the scent. Nose to the floor every now and then as I scurried between the trees avoiding the lower branches. I finally reached the highway, I moved parallel to it until I reached the city. It would be dawn soon and I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was somewhere I needed to be.
My feet moved on their own along the beaten path. I arrived at what seemed to be my destination. It was a building not too far from the edge of the forest. I climbed the fire escape to the second floor window, to my bewilderment it was open, moreover, I knew it would be. That really spooked me; then again it wasn’t like I was having an ordinary day all together. I bent my head just low enough to pass through the open window and landed with a soft thud on my padded paws on the carpet in the center of the room. Everything about that apartment screamed that it was mine, yet I couldn’t imagine how. Ah the sun is about to break. I stood on my hind legs, paws on the sill watching the beauty that the lord has given to us. The majestic sun breaking the horizon, inching upwards, painting the sky a glorious shade of blue, its light penetrating the darkness. I suddenly felt a sharp pain and fell to the ground, writhing and yelping and gasping for breath. Once the convulsions were over I was human once again. I carefully got to my feet as the Warewolf of Nowheresville headed for the shower.
I must have landed on my foot at an uncomfortable angle on what already was a damp floor, or perhaps it was the exhaustion of the day, irrespectively of the reason the next thing I knew I was slipping to fall on my back on the warewolf’s cold ceramic floor.
The neon light above looked blurry but bright, perhaps too bright. I squinted my eyes as I tried to focus, the blinding light forcing me to close them again. There was something harsh, almost unnatural about that light. I was finally able to open my eyes. I tried to prop my body up using my elbows only to discover I was tied down somehow. I tried twisting my neck to the right to see what it was holding my arms down only to find that my head as well was fixed into position. I couldn’t look right, left or anywhere other than into that glaring light above me. Horror movie flashbacks!! I couldn’t imagine where I was, or what I was doing there. Chances are I’m a warewolf no longer, but where in the world had I leaped to this time!!
I felt a cold metal object press to my side. My panic levels were soaring. To the best I could figure I was strapped down to a bed in an extremely well lit room, that could have been in a hospital somewhere, and someone… something, was about to operate. They hovered around me, talking amongst them in a tongue I had never heard before; it seemed like just background music, like they were humming as they worked. The bed started rotating and the next thing I knew I was tilted at a 45 degree angle with a full view of the room. I couldn’t tell if we were aboard a spacecraft, in Area 51, or on a whole different planet. One thing for sure, this was alien territory.