Lycanthropy: Night of the Full Moon 8

Updated on November 28, 2019
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Ms. Williamson has been captivating the hearts of readers for decades. Her heroes are strong and daring while the antagonists, diabolical!

Therianthropy!
Therianthropy!

A Startling Discovery ...

“Give her a chance to take a shower and put on some fresh clothes, why don’t you?” Ethan queries angrily.

“Sorry! I wasn’t thinking.” Sebastian replies sheepishly.

“That’s alright, Bass. Poor Ethan didn’t have a really good night, did you darling?” Megan gently rubs Ethan’s stubble and heads for the shower.

Janice rises to retrieve a cup of coffee for Ethan as Sebastian helps him out of his coat.

“We didn’t mean to barge into your home like this Ethan.” Shirley Crenshaw begins, “Just anxious to know how things went last night. When you weren’t here, and Megan was gone—”

“I apologize everyone. As Megan said it’s been a rough night. I didn’t get any sleep.” Ethan retorts, graciously accepting the coffee and drinking generously.

“I called them over when I realized that the two of you were missing. I thought the worst.” Sebastian confesses.

“It almost was—when I woke earlier last night, Megan was gone. I decided to go into the woods looking for her.”

“That wasn’t a very prudent thing to do.” Shirley chastises.

“Yeah, I know.”

“Well, what happened?” Sebastian’s impatience is showing again.

“Bass!” Janice reprimands.

“It’s okay. When I found her, she had transformed into a wolf! However, she talked in her normal voice.”

“A talking wolf?” Ben replies incredulously.

“Yes.”

“Please, go on.” Ben prods while the others listen intently.

“She asked me why I had followed her and ordered me to go home.”

“She ordered you?” Shirley inquires.

“Yeah, first she was kind and when I told her I wanted to stay, she demanded that I go home, now!” Ethan remembers.

“Why did she order you home?” Ben questions.

“She said that she was hungry.”

The others look in astonishment. Shirley shakes her head in disbelief. Ben and Nelson throw up their hands and Janice just stares.

“You act like I said something amazing.” Ethan rejoinders.

“You have. I’ve never heard of a talking werewolf—” Ethan interrupts Ben before he can go further.

“I didn’t say she was a werewolf. I said she was a wolf!” Ethan clarifies his statement.

“Are you saying that she became a full-fledge wolf?” Shirley rises from her seat to approach Ethan.

Yes, I am.” Ethan answers.

“Therianthropy—by artificial means?” Shirley whispers to Ethan excitedly.

“You don’t mean ...” Ethan says, and Ben stands up.

“What are the two of you whispering about? I think the rest of us need to be in on this.”

Shirley commences to explain to the others the history of Therianthropy and why she was in the Northern Plains with Dr. Weinberger-Hawkes.

“I didn’t think Precious ... ugh Alpha 1-X was Therianthropy?” Ben interrogates.

“She’s not. Shirley turns to face her old friend. Precious is highly intelligent for an animal and communicates to us, but only as an animal. She can’t talk and she can’t become humanoid!”

“How can this be?” Ethan looks at Shirley.

“The full moon and ... and” Shirley pauses but Janice speaks.

“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.”

You don’t believe—” Nelson shakes his head looking from his sister Janice to Shirley.

“Yes, I do think. I can’t explain it and it’s not exactly in my field but something astonishing has happen to Megan. Apparently, she has a disposition towards the supernatural to be a recipient.” Shirley proclaims.

“Has Megan ever shown traits of well—” Megan walks into the room and interrupts.

Вячеслав!
Вячеслав!

“What this all boils down to is that I may be paying a visit to Sheriff Henry Hamilton!”

“Вячеслав? You know about him?” Shirley is amazed.

“Yes, he’s legendary but I never expected to meet him under these circumstances.” Megan retorts, her lovely hair curled seductively around her shoulders. She is wearing a flowing white robe with fox-fur trim. Her movements are effortless as she meanders toward her favorite chair.

“What does all this mean?” Ethan wonders.

“Your wife has become a part of a very elite group of individuals, Ethan. Individuals with the ability to completely transform from human to animal. This ordinarily isn’t done through chemical inducement but supernatural forces.” Shirley informs Ethan.

“Can’t we just continue to study Megan here, Shirley?” Ben queries.

“Not if this is Therianthropy. Do you have any experience in that field?” Shirley retorts sarcastically.

“No, have you?” Ben flings back.

“No, this is why Megan needs to go to the Northern Plains.”

“Is this what you want, honey. There is another full moon tonight?” Ethan moves closer to his wife.

“Ethan, technically a moon is only 100% full for one night only. However, the effects of it can last from three to five nights. Perhaps we should wait—” Shirley interrupts.

“I don’t think so. I am going to call Rachel. We may be able to get you transferred to the Northern Plains ...”

“No! I will complete this cycle. There is no immediate danger of me harming anyone, as long as they stay out of the forest. Ethan will continue to bring me change of clothes until it’s concluded. I have to finish this.” Megan is insistent and everyone stares at her and her commanding disposition.

“We need to do as she says.” Shirley speaks calmly and Megan relaxes back into her chair. Drs. Benjamin Riley and Nelson Cooper look at each other in bewilderment while Janice and Shirley smile.

“Very well. For now, we will do it your way Megan.” Ben grudgingly agrees.

“A very wise choice, Dr. Riley.” Megan responds with a strange look on her face. It makes everyone in the room feel ill at ease. Everyone except Shirley and Ethan, that is.

For the next three nights, Megan is allowed to go out into the wild. Hunting with great ability and agility, she brings down deer, antelope and smaller prey. Occasionally, she will just look expectantly at the moon and bellow.

When her feast has ended, she positions herself in the same spot, a couple of miles from the Abernathy Apartments. She watches the shadow of Ethan as he paces in front of the window. Keeping her silent vigil, she anticipates the dawning of a new day. Finally, she slips into a fitful sleep, awaiting the morning when her beloved husband brings her fresh clothing and a welcoming smile.

To Be Continued ...

© 2019 Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS

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