I waited around for a while once Brody left, unsure of what to do with myself. There was nothing that needed to be done and Marina was nowhere to be found to ask for further instruction. I sat watching the humans but they no longer held my interest. I stood with a sigh and left without so much as a glance at the pens.
I wandered around under the relative cover of the trees for an hour or so and slowly my mind turned to Dustin. He could only have been stalking either Brody or Fate, surely. He would gain nothing by stalking me and as far as I knew, no others had offended him. I glanced at the sun, knowing he would not make a move til dark. I had taught him to be traditional unlike a certain vampire. Sunset couldn’t have been more than a few hours away so time was somewhat on my side. I just had to hope he’d been careless when it came to covering his scent.
I was almost ashamed when I picked up Dustin’s scent in a matter of minutes. Honestly, child, I taught you better than that. I suppose it at least made my job easier. I followed his scent for a while, almost paranoid that I was being watched. I shook the feeling out of my head, passing it off as simple paranoia and going on my way. There was another scent mingling with Dustin’s. An almost familiar musty scent. Wolf. But it wasn’t Fate. Why would he be stalking another wolf? Unless he figured all mongrels were as easily tamed as Fate...
I followed the trails a little further til they eventually split. Perhaps it was just a coincidence the two paths crossed? No, it couldn’t be. They were too closely matched. I followed Dustin’s scent a little further just in case the two paired up again but it would seem something distracted him from the wolf. I headed back to where the scents split and considered which to follow. Finding Dustin was the priority but then again, I had set out to find out who it was he was stalking. Dustin’s scent would last longer but leaving him to his own devices could be disastrous. Unless whoever it was he was following was willing to accept my protection til the little monster was caught. Provided he hadn’t already killed them.
I set off after the wolf, not really paying attention to my surroundings. It was foolish of me, I know, but since I didn’t recognise the scent it was most likely a wolf from some other pack. I was all too familiar with the scent of Fate’s “family”. I spotted the wolf after a while, wandering around town. I checked for Dustin’s scent but luckily it was nowhere to be found. I just hoped he hadn’t counted on me following him and set a trap. I made my way over to him, casually gripping his arm. He looked round at me, surprised. I tried to drag him towards an alley, hoping he was smart enough to understand. Apparently he was too dumb to understand.
“What’re you doing?” he asked, tensing. Stupid animal.
“Trying to prevent you from being killed” I muttered.
“And how do I know I can trust you, Brendon?” he growled slightly.
“Have a little faith” And pay attention to your surroundings.
“If you’re on about that child vampire, I’m well aware that he’s following me. Why would you help me when he’s yours?”
I shrugged a little. “I am old. I have grown tired of conflicts with the boy’s behaviour”
“Sure. Then why’re you here and not disciplining him?”
“Like I said, I am tired of his antics. He has grown too old for discipline”
He gave me an unimpressed look. I cannot help it if the boy has no regard for rules.
“Why is he following you?”
“He caught my scent around the breeding pits”
I arched an eyebrow at him. “And how would you know about those?”
“You took people from the wrong town, buddy” he scowled.
“You have Dustin to blame for that. Why were you there in the first place?”
“What makes you think I was there for any other reason? I was looking for a way to free the humans”
I shot him a suspicious look. There was something he wasn’t telling me.
He shrugged. “I’m open to negotiation, however, since you’re here”
“Shame it is not my place to negotiate”
He did not seem impressed by this. Pity.
“Feel free to try your best at negotiating with Marina. If you can find her, anyway”
He shrugged again. “Maybe when I don’t have a child stalking me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have things to do” he said, trying to leave.
I smiled. “Forgive me”
I let go of him, watching as he walked off. Here’s to hoping he wouldn’t notice me following him.