Looking To Belong (A Runt's Story)
Jade's pack was killed when she was twelve, making her a rogue by default. She approached numerous packs in hopes of joining them, but was turned away each time. With no pack she is forced to remain in no man's land, where rogues, lawless wolves, and ferals roam at will.
There is one significant problem though, Jade is a runt. Her wolf form is small and is not as strong or as fast as other wolves. It is a struggle for her to survive as a rogue in no man's land.
Will she ever be accepted into a pack?
Can she ever find a place where she can belong?
On a side note:
None of the main characters end up mated to an Alpha.
No character has 'exclusive' abilities or powers. Any abilities can be found among wolves of a similar pack rank in any pack.
#JustWriteIt challenge: writing 10,000 words in 30 days
Ranked 31 Feb. 15
Credit for the cover goes to Tani at http://www.tanidareal.com. I love his artwork.
My steps faltered as I noticed two of the pursuing wolves had sped ahead on a larger circuit and were waiting to intercept me. I launched towards a tree and used my feet to ricochet off at a ninety degree angle without slowing my speed. One of the wolves chasing me followed and picked up speed. The tan wolf was closing in and I started to panic.
I looked around frantically trying to find a way to escape. I saw a rabbit burrow under a small bramble bush and desperately raced towards it. I darted under the edge of the plant and heard the tan wolf going around as he expected me to come out the other side. It gave me the precious seconds I needed to squeeze down the tunnel. If he had kept on my heels, he would have caught me.
My relief was short lived, the rabbit that dug this burrow had not survived long enough to finish it. The tunnel was twice as long as the average human arm and I could clearly see the entrance. I sent a silent prayer that the bramble bush would deter them and that they would not realize just how shallow this burrow was. I waited anxiously.