Photo Prompt by Sandy Morrison
A howl broke the silence of the night. Its call pricked her skin, tingles danced across her flesh and still she ran, panting with the effort to stay upright. Heart pounding out of control, her body ached with an unfamiliar need. The clouds shifted overhead, spilling moonlight across her path. She dodged the glow, dipping into the shadows as she ran.
The call came again. A muscle spasm sent her tumbling to the ground. Screaming, she fought for control of her body, but the beast was stronger. She knew she could never win. Exhausted, she gave in to the shift, the pain fading as her body took over, remolding itself.
Finally it stopped. She lay still, chest heaving, each breath bringing a flood of scents–earth, animals, plants, even the river a half mile South. Her mind raced to sort them out as the flavors played across her tongue. She blinked, taking in the world with her new eyes. Testing her new body, she rolled, and pushed herself up, his words echoing in her mind. She shook her head and caught sight of the unnatural shadow on the forest floor. Lifting a foot, she watched it react as her mind struggled to accept it.
Another howl, closer this time. Instinct lifted her face to the moon and she echoed the call. She choked back the end of the reply, refusing to succumb. Growling in frustration she knew he was wrong, this would never be okay.
She caught a new scent on the breeze, turning she saw him standing a few yards away. Despite the different form, she knew the look in his eyes and the sandy color of his hair. Her lip curled in a snarl. He dipped his head once and took a step towards her. A growl ripped from her throat and she lunged.