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Melissa nudged Lazarus' side gently as she curled up beside him. She rested her head gently on her paws, she felt... strange. Her ears twitched uncomfortably on her head and she pawed her muzzle. She stared into the flames as it cast her shadow across the floor. "I'm a wolf." She thought, staring at her paws. She glanced beside her, the giant blonde wolf seemed at least twice her size. She whimpered slightly, but shrugged. Her tail swept along the floor gracefully. "So, this is the shadow. This is my power. It granted me my wish to be with him." She smiled, a placed her head on her paws, so it rested slightly on Lazarus.

A few hours later, when the fire had began to die again Lazarus began to stir. Melissa lifted her head slightly as Lazarus began to growl. "Lazarus. You're up!" She barked, happily gazing into his blue eyes, which she shouldn't have done. Lazarus took it as a challenge and growled again, his fur beginning to bristle. He then ran toward her, knocking her on her side. Melissa began to growl as she struggled to get up, "Damn four legs." She cursed, tripping over them. He pushed her back down with a large paw, snarling and holding her eye contact waiting for her to look away first. Melissa whimpered and looked to the floor, her side beginning to ache under Lazarus' weight.

Lazarus lifted his paw and Melissa rolled onto her back, trying to regain her breath. He loomed over her, lowering his muzzle slowly to her neck. Melissa whimpered slightly, turning her head to the side. He opened his mouth, holding his teeth around her throat lightly for a few seconds. When he was satisfied with her submission he pulled away and walked back to the dimming fire.

Melissa stumbled after him. Still tripping over her feet. "Lazarus...?" She whimpered, her tail held between her legs. Lazarus, in this state was incapable of speech so he just growled, not keeping his eyes from the embers. She nodded, laying beside him trying to keep herself lower than him, although this wasn't hard. She gave out a low, submissive growl and nudged his side playfully. Lazarus looked at her for a second, his gaze penetrating before he nudged her back.

Melissa smiled, and laid her head on her paws, every now and then she looked up at him. He looked noble and powerful just sat, staring into the fire as if it held a secret only he knew. The quiet between them was broken sharply as he began to whine. He barked at the fire and got up, backing away from it. Panting and whining, he collapsed to the floor, his form finally changing back. Naked and shivering, Lazarus lay on the ground, momentarily oblivious to the russet wolf nearby.

Melissa walked up to him, barely getting used to having four legs. She lowered her muzzle and nudged him cautiously. He groaned, rolling over. His eyes widened, alarmed. He pushed himself back away from the wolf, swearing loudly.

"Sorry! I didn't mean to scare you." She shook her head softly before turning back, the shadow engulfed her again, then broke away, leaving Melissa's human form, fully dressed, stood smiling at Lazarus.

"You...what happened?"

"I think I found my power." She spoke softly, walking up to him she picked up his hand, bending down to his level she squeezed it gently. "Sorry."

"O-oh. Right. It's fine." He muttered, shocked. "Wait. Your power is to turn into a dog too? Thats a pretty weird power."

"I think it suits the reason why the shadow appeared quite well." She nodded, giving him his clothes she turned away while he dressed.

"I suppose it does, I hope it's not painful for you too." He bit his lip.

"No. It's not. Everything goes, black. Then I change." She shrugged.

"Good...good." He nodded his head slightly.

"I'm sorry, I wish it was the same for you too." She sighed, looking to the floor.

"Doesn't matter." He shrugged it off, hooking a hand under her chin he lifted her head, kissing her gently.

"It puts you in pain three days a month. Of course it matters."

He laughed wryly, "no, not really. I should be used to it by now."

"Then why do you whimper so?" She challenged.

"I don't know. That's why I said I 'should', not I 'am.'" He retorted.

"I wish I could do something. I hate seeing you in pain."

"You worry too much."

"I can't help it." She sighed.

"I know." He said, wrapping his arms around her, pulling her closer.

She wrapped her arms around his neck, looking up into his eyes. "Oh Lazarus...I love you." She smiled.

"I love you too." He smiled back.

"I should get some more wood for the fire but..." She paused.


"I don't want to move." She laughed slightly, but was silenced when his warm lips brushed hers.

"Then don't."

"I won't." She smiled, kissing him back forcefully. "Unless you want me to." She lowered her eyes from his submissively.

"No. It's up to you."

"If that's so." She laughed. "We may be here for a while."

He smiled. "So, you kept me company as a wolf huh?"

Melissa nodded. "Yeah, why?" She asked, tilting her head slightly.

"I don't remember it all that well. Did anything happen?"

Melissa sighed. "You definitely showed you were the alpha," she muttered, rubbing her neck softly. "I suppose I will have to work on our relationship again."

"Ah, sorry." He mumbled, embarrassed.

"It's okay. You weren't you." She placed her hands on his cheeks and brought his head closer to hers, before kissing him.

"That's no excuse for being a bastard." He sighed, irritated.

"You weren't. It was wolf nature, you can't help that." There was an uncomfortable silence between them for a moment before Melissa kissed him. "Lazarus. Don't worry about it, I'll be okay."

"I'll try to behave next time." He growled.

Melissa laughed. "You are a good dog." Lazarus scowled. "Sorry." She mumbled between her laughter.

"It's fine." He smiled, caressing her cheek. He laughed slightly.

She gazed into his eyes. "You know, You're beautiful as a wolf too." She mumbled the words just rolled off her tongue.She looked away embarrassed.

"Th-thanks." He stuttered.

"Sorry. That was awkward." She rubbed the back of her head.

He kissed her softly. "It's fine. I love you and your random little compliments."

"I don't." She sighed, kissing him back.

"Why not?" He questioned, bemused. "They're cute."

"They're embarrassing." Her cheeks began to flush a light pink.


"Embarrassing!" She exclaimed pointing to her now red cheeks.

"And that's extremely cute," he laughed, cupping her face in one hand, stroking her cheek with a thumb.

She stared into his eyes, still embarrassed. "Stop it. You're making it worse." She giggled, but still didn't break eye contact.

He suddenly pulled her close to him, wrapping her in a tight embrace. "I like it when you blush," he muttered into her hair.

"Why? That's ridiculous." She laughed softly, resting her head on his shoulder.

"I don't know, is there something wrong with that?"

"It's ridiculous! I look horrible when I blush." She mumbled.

"No, you don't."

"Yes, I do."

"Stop arguing with me." He laughed.

"Never." She laughed with him, shaking her head as best she could as it rested on his shoulder.

He shivered, "I don't like disagreements." He smiled.

"Well, what will you agree with me on?" She muttered.

"That we should go get some more firewood?"

"You cold?" She asked.

"Yeah, sorry."

"It's okay. You shouldn't have hugged me so tightly." She laughed, breaking their embrace.

"I like hugging you tightly." He grinned mischievously. Pulling her back toward him.

"It's not good for you though."

"I. Don't. Care." He smiled, squeezing her gently.

"I don't want to be the cause of your suffering though." She sighed, standing frozen in his arms.

"I'm not suffering."

"You're cold though."

"Doesn't mean I'm suffering."

"It musn't be pleasant."

"Who said I don't like the cold, I just don't like pneumonia."

Melissa nodded. "I'm gonna go get some more firewood." She sighed, pushing his arms down from around her waist.

Lazarus paused, regretting he had said anything when Melissa stopped and turned round. "You wanna come?"

He shrugged. "I'll slow you down."

Melissa rolled her eyes. "I like your company."

"Okay!" He beamed, Melissa held out her hand and he took it. "Come on then." She smiled.

The End

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