Chapter 37

Slate walked up to me silently, or what would have been silent a few weeks ago. Now everything was much easier to hear. He stood directly behind me, trying to decide what to do,

“Come and sit down. I can hear you now.” He walked over beside me and sat down.

“I guess your hearing would have improved. So how are you taking everything?” I shrugged, not quite sure.

“I want to help, but I don't know how much I can do. They seem to have so much faith in me. And what about my family? What am I supposed to do? I am not going to age again. I guess I could stay here, but I would miss them.”

“You could always tell them the truth. Your mother is part Angel, she would be allowed to know. And I am sure you could find a way to tell Sam.” I blinked at Slate. He smiled and I returned the gesture. We sat in silence for a while. My feet were digging into the dirt, cooling them off.

It was the middle of the day, and also the hottest time of the day. Just sitting under the trees was making me want to go inside. How could animals stand the heat all of the time?

Slat stood up and with one simple motion, turned into a dog. He looked at me then to the forest. I rolled my eyes at his look.

“It would be easier to tell me what you want to do while you are still a human. Even if I can understand you.” He waited impatiently on the edge of the forest. I closed my eyes and let my body change. It took me longer than Slate, but not by much.

We took off into the woods. I had no idea where we were going, but I followed Slate without asking. Not that I could talk to him easily. I still haven't got the mind talking thing down yet. It was a lot more complicated than it seemed.

Slate walked swiftly through the forest. I struggled to keep up. I was still trying to get used to four legs instead of one.

“Don't think so much, it will come naturally.” I jumped a little from Slate's voice. He woofed happily and ran forwards, I hurried to catch up. To my surprise, I did it without falling over. He weaved through the trees, still searching for something. I didn't realize what until we were already there.

“Their memories came back with yours. Now go and tell them. It will make you feel better.” I nodded my head in a thank you and slowly walked forwards until I made it to the edge of the forest. My mom was talking to a police officer. She was talking about my disappearance.

“They have security cameras everywhere in that school. How did they not notice a man go in and take her? There must be something you can do.” The man looked nervous. I didn't blame him, my mom could get crazy when she was upset. Tiger came to stand next to me. He tilted his head at the yipping wounds coming from inside.

“Two puppies huh? They seem cute enough.” I could hear jealousy in his voice. I breathed out through my nose and shook my head. I noticed my mom had started yelling at the poor man again. I stepped towards her, gaining her attention. She paused for a minute, gave sliding to Slate.

“Tiger? What are you doing here? I thought you ran off.” Slate just sat down and looked at her. He tilted his head in the direction of the forest. My mother looked at the officer and apologized. After he left, Sam came out, noticing Slate and I as well.

“Isn't that Tiger? I think he wants to show us something.” The followed us into the forest. After leaving sight of our house, Slate sat down and looked at me. I took a deep breath and and took a step closer to my mom and Sam.

What do you think they want, Sam? That doe looks familiar.” Doe? Wait, so that means the antlers are gone. I glared at Slate who sent me an innocent dog smile.

My arms and legs started to change. I glanced at mom. Her eyes were wide with shock. Sam's were as well, but he seemed more curious than anything. I felt my hair brush against my shoulders and looked up.

“Alecia? Oh my... Is that you?”

I nodded, “It's me.”

She eyed Slate, who still stood beside me. “What is going on?” I bit my lip. Slate seemed to think this would go well, but I wasn't sure. A gasp from my mom caused me to turn around. Slate stood behind me. His hand brushed against my shoulder, calming me down.

“He is the boy you ran off with a while ago. What is going on?”

I turned to Sam, “I, we, aren't um... Well...” I paused trying to calm down.

“I am a Demon, along with the cat she took in for a while. She found out about me and decided to come and help my family.”

Sam stood with his mouth hanging open. “So you are Tiger? And what about my daughter? How did she turn into one?” Slate explained everything while I watched Sam. In the middle of the explanation, he grabbed my shoulder and pulled me deeper into the forest. Slate hesitated in his explanation, watching me.

I motioned him to continue. He did so, turning to face my mother again. Sam dragged me until I couldn't hear Slate anymore before stopping.

“You can explain all of this to me later. First, I need to apologize. I was being stupid that day. I wish you would have told me then though.”

“I didn't know any of the things about me until a few days ago. And when it came to Slate, I mean Tiger, it wasn't my secret to tell.” he nodded his head throughtfully.

“I always said you were an Angel. See? I was right. You are just part Angel instead of a full one.” He ruffled my hair playfully.

“And a doe? You couldn't be something more scary than that? Even a donkey is scarier than a doe.” I glared and jumped on top of him. In a quick movement, Sam was pinned down on the dirt.

“I can beat you. The less scary I look, the more people will let their guards down around me. Making it easy to attack. So there.” I heard footsteps and I looked up. Slate stood above me, shaking his head.

“How did I not hear you? I should have at least heard my mom.”

“You weren't paying attention. Your senses go back to human if you don't pay attention.”

“Well, that sucks,” I muttered. Slate grabbed my hand and pulled me off of Sam. He turned to my mother.

“I am sorry, but we will have to go now.”

“No need for that,” Clover appeared next to us. Akira and Bane were quick to follow. They sent Slate a warning look.

“Didn't I say she was needed to stay at the house? What if something happened to her,” Akira kept his eyes on Slate.

Slate didn't seem to be worried, “I am her Demon. It is my job to take care of her. She wouldn't be able to focus on anything if she didn't make sure Sam and her mom were not worried about her.” Akira sighed and shook his head, but we could all see the smile on his face. He introduced himself, Bane, and Clover to my mother.

“Why don't you all come in for tea? I need some time to process this.”

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