Initially, I didn’t freak out when I woke up alone. I thought that Melissa had gone off to feed or something. A couple hours passed and I started to wonder where she’d gone. Maybe she’d gone back to her place. I showered, shaved for once and got dressed and then I noticed it. This weird smell. I don’t know how I hadn’t noticed it before. I sniffed, inhaling the scent deeply. It was human and silver. Just the smell of the silver stung a little, like inhaling a lungful of ice cold air.
I followed the faint scent through the house to find my front door wide open. How could hunters take her from beside me without me noticing? I would’ve noticed, I would’ve woken up. Grabbing my keys, I slammed the door shut behind me, trying to follow the trail as best as I could. It lead me all around town in no particular direction. They’d covered their tracks and I had no idea how to find Melissa.
Stopping, I growled in frustration. It was the full moon the next day and I hardly wanted to go busting into a hunter’s den on my own in my wolf form. I was stronger, sure, but I wouldn’t be able to go up against a bunch of hunters armed with silver and ranged weapons. Hard to sneak around when you’re huge and bright white.
Somehow I ended up at the bar. I had no idea what I was doing, all I knew was the noise and familiar environment would help me relax a little. I guess a little booze didn’t go amiss either. Okay, a lot.
But it didn’t stop me from noticing the stink of silver. I looked around. The smell was much stronger than earrings or any normal jewellery, easily enough to keep a wolf on good behaviour. The alcohol in my system was blurring my reality a little. I’d drunk too much. Fuck. I stumbled a little, trying to keep my balance and sniff out whoever had so much silver on them at the same time. It wasn’t an easy task, I can tell you.
Suddenly the smell grew stronger, a lot stronger, and a hand grabbed me, holding me upright as some chick’s handbag threatened to floor me just by being in the way. I spun around to see Lucas’ face before me.
“What the-?” he started to pull me outside and I had very little choice in the matter.
“They have Annie, dad,” he told me once he was sure we were alone.
“The hunters?” he nodded. “They have Melissa too. I need to get her back, where are they?” I tried to move, but he pushed me back.
“You’re in no state to take them on. I’m supposed to bring you back with me but you’re our only hope of getting out. I’m gonna have to make it look like you got away.”
“Why did they take you? And Melissa?”
“And Annie. I don’t know,” he shrugged, “because they’re humans and that’s what they do. Now hit me and get back home. Lay low til you’re sober.” I just stared at him.
“I’m not gonna-” I was cut off by his fist making friends with my face. I hit him back without a second thought, throwing him to the floor.
“Get out of here!” he hissed at me as I grabbed the front of his shirt and lifted him up off the ground. I hesitated and dropped him, heading back home as fast as I could.