Chapter 8 is about Chapter 8
Later that night as they all sat down to eat diner, Sara opened the book to begin reading from chapter number eight. She looked at the table of contents.
Chapter 1 the beginning of gods.
Chapter 2 the creation of earth.
Chapter 4 guardian beast.
Chapter 5 elemantalism in simplest form.
Chapter 6 things that go bump in the night; an overview
Chapter 7 snakes of valour and virtue.
Chapter 8 wolf bite fever.
Chapter 9 the dark wings of blood; vampires explained
Chapter 10 one hundred uses of dragon’s blood
Chapter 11 age of necromancy closes
Chapter 12 the dawn of enchanting
Chapter 13 the twilight of dualism
Chapter 14 the grand finale; possible endings of the world
Sara looked over the table of contents and wondered why Alex had the book, she did not wonder too long before Zack asked, “What’s that one about,” pointing to chapter seven “I never heard of snakes of Valour, how about you?” “No, but it does sound interesting.” Sara replied while turning to chapter eight. She began to read.
Chapter 8 Wolf Bite fever
As explained in chapter’s one two and six the werewolves story of creation is a particularly interesting one like all other creatures of the night they were created after the world and with dark intent however, their creator the wolf god had been under the influence of a dark spell the caster of which is still unknown to this day. They create more of their kind as if they were some kind of plague leading many to label them un-dead now the verdict is not out on whether or not they should be counted amongst the living or the dead, but they have many more interesting qualities then that. Although few humans have come to realize it werewolves can be indirectly blamed for the fall of almost every great society that is not to say that they are vile manipulative beast that want nothing more than to feast on your flesh though some of them are. You see as explained in the next chapter in greater detail. The god of bats was wounded in battle with the god of wolves and so when he saw the werewolves destroying earth he sought to save the world by creating vampires.
Now every single werewolves have spoken up and separated themselves from the more destructive likens who are still under the demonic control of the original spell that forced the wolf god into hiding. Unfortunately, every werewolf still has two souls, the human and the wolf (liken) this is the ultimate in dualism. Each and every werewolf has a consciousness that usually just wants to be left alone and one that just wants to eat you for supper. Now not every wolf soul (liken) is the same. They can be separated into three groups they are listed in order from most to least dangerous. The true beast that have nothing but pure instincts these are the most common of them all, there are the next level up who use high levels of thought but have trouble keeping control, then there are the masterminds they were theoretically designed to lead the werewolf armies.
Naturally werewolves are extremely dangerous more so than any other creature of the night for if you can befriend one of them you are usually safe, but werewolves are two things in one even if one pare loves you the other side wouldn’t hesitate to gobble you up. Be warned avoid contact with this species at all cost.
Sara closed the book she knew the chapter said a lot more than that but she wouldn’t dare turn the page to read on it was too much to take in at once she wondered what kind of soul Alex’s other half was. Then she noticed it was late, Zack and Fang were asleep, while Alex was nowhere to be seen. Sara didn’t really think Alex should be traveling off on his own right after losing control, but she figured it might actually be what was best for him. And so she tried and failed to go to sleep before resolving to go out and find Alex.
She quietly stepped out of the tent believing that she had not woken a soul, and saw Alex laying down and staring up at the stars. Without looking he said “Don’t humans normally sleep around this hour.” “I wouldn’t know I have no means of knowing the time.” Sara responded without hesitation. “I can tell the time based off the month and positioning of the stars, it’s approximately three fifteen A.M., but I could be off by a few minutes.” Alex said as he just continued to stare upwards as if nothing else was anywhere near as important or beautiful as the skies above. Sara laughed at the thought of Alex staring up at the sky for an eternity, knowing deep down that he would probably take the opportunity if he had no obligations left. “Why are you laughing?” Alex asked, shocking Sara who had not realized she laughed before the question was posed. “I remembered a joke someone once told me.” She lied in an attempt to quote what Alex had said the night they moved logs. Alex understood what this meant and decided to get right to the point, “So are you going to continue with me and Zack, or would you like us to stop by Veneer so we can drop you off?” he said as he got up and turned to see her facial expression. Sara had no clue that what her answer would be until after she heard herself saying, “Even if you weren’t a possible danger we still would face danger every day, in fact I bet it would be just as dangerous if you weren’t a werewolf because you would also be weaker.”
“So you made up your mind then, I suppose this means you’re a little bit on thee insane side.” Alex said with a smirk. “I guess I should teach you guys how to fight off a werewolf.” He said as he went back to lying down and staring at the stars, “Oh and do try and get some sleep, I have big plans for tomorrow and I won’t have you falling asleep while flying a dragon.” Sara went back into the tent as quietly as she could manage and once inside she saw Zack wide-awake and staring right at her. “Hey Sara what are you doing up so late?” he asked sleepily or at least it sounded sleepily, somehow Sara knew she had woken him up while exiting.
“Oh I just sort of needed some fresh air,” she said without much thought to what was going on. “I just hope you don’t have insomnia like Alex.” Zack said as if it was common knowledge that Alex had insomnia, it actually took Sara a moment to figure out what insomnia was. “I don’t this is the first time it’s happened to me, and I think Alex just has weird sleeping patterns because he’s a werewolf.” Sara responded after remembering the word. “No, I talked with Tiffany, that girl from his pack and she said that werewolf sleep two hours a night but Alex here sleeps two hours a month.” Zack said, seemingly dropping the subject of Sara is sleeping habits entirely. “Wait, why were you and Tiffany talking, doesn’t she hate Alex.” Sara said hoping it was not obvious that she was slightly jealous. “I don’t actually remember why we were talking but we started having a conversation that first night that the pack was there, why do you ask?” Zack asked turning the line of questioning back onto her. She loved the way he did that. She struggled not to blush, as she said, “No real reason that I can think of”. It was something she remembered Alex saying to someone once but she was not sure when or to who, all she really knew was it was a lie.
“Hey wait a minute your up late too.” Sara said with shock as she realized that something that obvious could be used to get someone off the original subject. “Yeah, that’s true I guess”, Zack said without mentioning who woke him up, “I suppose we all have sleepless nights.” Zack said, before lying back down and almost instantly dozing off; leaving Sara all by herself to try and hypnotize herself into a dream-like trance.
The next day Sara awoke to find that she felt fine, she had been worried through out her sleep that it would not be enough and she would be too tired for whatever it is that Alex had planed for them that day. She woke up feeling well rested leading to her also feeling relieved of some form of anxiety. Zack was the first to notice her good mood. “Hey, good morning Sara, you seem to have a little bit more of a spring in your step.” Zack said when he emerged from the tent shortly after her. Sara felt proud of herself for not blushing when she heard this. “Good morning to you to, Zack” Sara said cheerily almost feeling as if everything that day would go perfectly.
“Morning guys, we have a really busy day ahead of us, so I’m glad you guys are up so early.” Alex said as the sun began to rise. “Anyway here is the plan, Sara you are going to fly us on a dragon north, as far north as the dragon is capable of flying.” Alex continued with his usual smile, “come on guys, we’re going to see Jack Frost and find the fabled blade known only as ‘Ice’” Alex was quite excited about this adventure more so than he had been for any of the others that Sara had seen. Sara dully wondered why this was as she finished her breakfast. “The place where Jack Frost lives is an ice fortress, and more importantly it has a spirit gate.” Alex said giving away the answer before Sara had a chance to really ponder it, this quality was one of her least favourite things about him. She wondered if Zack was annoyed by this as well, and Zack gave her no hint one way or the other, in fact Sara wondered if Zack had even heard this statement for a second or two.
Alex reached into his bag and pulled out a mask, Sara had seen this mask before, although at first she was not sure where. It quickly became clear that the mask was the one Alex wore when he saved them from the flaming hound at the Fire Temple. Then she began to wonder why she was unable to recognize it at firs. Sara was so lost in thought that she did not even notice when Alex handed her the mask. Sara just suddenly noticed the mask was in her hands and assumed it was placed there by another. In fact Alex did not actually give her the mask he just offered it to her a few times then passed it over to Zack who placed the mask in Sara’s hands. Regardless of the semantics of how, the results were the same Sara had the mask in her hands and she placed it over her face and felt the great magic from within the ancient arcane artefact.
She was instantly able to sense the presence of nearby dragons and she found one that seemed particularly strong and she summoned it to her side with the smallest of efforts. “Why didn’t you give us this when we were in the Earth Temple that first time?” Sara asked as a large blue serpentine dragon appeared by her side. “I actually was looking for it while you guys were over at the Fire Temple and came right over once I had it.” Alex answered with a smile as he got onto the dragon. Fang barked to Alex and the jumped into his bag of tricks. Zack got on and reached out his hand to help Sara get on. Sara without hesitation grabbed his hand and was up in a second. “Nice choice Sara, not too slow, not too fast, and part frost dragon so it can stand greater colds and still light a fire.” Alex said with great gratitude.
Sara was shocked by how easily the dragon was manipulated by magic; she had faced dragons in combat before, and they seemed to have more free will than most of the humans she knew, and yet she felt a rush of power in all of that control; she enjoyed it however she felt bad about enjoying it which only made it all the more pleasurable. Sara laughed as she forced the dragon into the air. She noticed nothing but the fantastic feeling of the fresh cold, and brisk air blowing against her face as she soared over the fields below. Then she noticed that she had been moving north and wondered for just a moment if she was really the one who was in control before testing it by making the dragon stop flapping its huge wings and letting it drop to the ground before allowing it to save itself last minute. “C-C-Can w-we not do that again, please?” Zack asked, in a really shaky voice, making Sara, wondered if Zack was afraid of heights.
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