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  1. LEROUX BUILDING CONTRACTORS "I recognize the Queen, and the brother and sister, but who are these other two? More Vampires?" They didn't look like anyone he knew and until recently he wouldn't have expected any wolf in such a picture to still be around. The man was very effeminate, and even he had to admit the woman was very attractive. "The sister was there too, in the bar, though she seemed much calmer than Marko." He nodded. "I told you, something big is going on, and it's gonna affect all the supernaturals living here in the area before it's done. All the more reason for us to work together, to weather storm that's coming."
  2. LEROUX BUILDING CONTRACTORS "If it was, do you really think I'd walk right into your office, alone, surrounded by you and yours and try it?" The idea was totally ludicrous, at least to him. Dan shook his head. "We both know I'm not that dumb, maybe a little naive in how I view the Packs, but I've never been given reason to think any different. We tend to keep to our own, and so do y'all. I don't know Colby, aside from the thin story I've been told, I don't know what game he's actually got goin, or how he's alive this long, only that he is working for someone else, I dunno who exactly, but I can say the big Wolf that caused the Ruckus last night, and out at Latoulle's is female." He remained seated. "Understand that I had to give my word that I would do all I could to protect the Queen for that meeting to get Melody back. I felt so damn dirty I took what felt like half a dozen showers when I got home because of that, but Melody got to come home safe and sound, so it was worth it." He smiled a little. The innocent had no place in their world and he'd always strove to keep it so. "Colby's little play with the Queen damn near got her killed, and there wasn't a damn thing I'd a been able to do about it. I'm fast, even like this but to watch those two go at it, I need to be alot faster. She charged Marko Cain, and he put his fist through her. And this was all in the Simon Magus, no less, so you know how serious that little incident nearly became, in front of the sitting Regent no less Luckily an agreement was hammered out, and neutrality and the status quo was preserved, for now. . We don't know what happened with Melody, I'm still waiting for some phonecalls on that situation, but she was certified as being fine and back to normal before we brought her home to y'all." He fixed Leroux with his own hard gaze. "I came here exactly for the reasons I said I did. I want the Packs on the same page, working together. That way we are all ready when the shit hits the windmill, because whatever is goin on is gonna be that big. I ain't challenging you and yours for nothing. This is simply to be an alliance of equals, You run your pack your way, and I run mine, my way. We just share information, and keep each other apprised of things going on. If you need help, you can call upon us, and we will answer, but just the same, should we need help, you answer our Call." It was as fair a deal as he was going to offer. No unification, just an alliance, and he had a feeling that was the best he could hope for.
  3. LEROUX BUILDING CONTRACTORS Dan shook his head. "Cabe isn't like that. He's wolf enough to come right up and do it himself. My action saved the Pack, he knows that and has said as much." his tone was still even, but there was an icy coldness to it, as Dan reigned in his emotions. "I know my cousin, and I know the way of things. If anyone within the pack finds fault with how an alpha does things, they have the right to challenge, just as the victor has the right to exercise mercy or not. Once it was over, I gave the Pack the customary chance to challenge me, and none did." He was on guard now, as the Crescent Alpha focused on this. He thought back to the final exchange between Cabe and himself this morning. "Cabe told me we were good, that he was glad I lead the Pack now, that he felt relieved. I'm going to take that promise and praise at face value, because my cousin's never given me reason to doubt his word." He turned his gaze an locked eyes with Leroux. "Do you have some problems with this? Now's probably the time to air them, because I don't want it to come up later on. There's enough going on in the city, that a fight between packs just isn't going to help anyone. I'd rather talk things out before things get there." He was pretty sure they didn't have anyone who could do what he could, or potentially even know he could do it. He'd come today as a potential Ally, trying to keep the supernatural population all on the same page, or at the least, the faction he was kin to. He waited for Leroux's answer, as that would determine the next steps.
  4. LEROUX BUILDING CONTRACTORS "He was our Alpha, but last night that changed." Dan's tone seemed to freeze over. "I'm the Alpha of the Bayou Pack now. No he's not dead. He's still blood, family. Things happened that forced me to take this step to save the pack." He wasn't that willing to lay out everything that happened, they'd find it rude if he asked about the details of how their pack changed alphas, he was sure. "What matters now is that we cooperate and work together. There's already been enough bloodshed, and if this really does turn into some sort of supernatural shadow war, We should at least all be on the same side." It was his hope that it wouldn't come to that, that they could all work together and stop whatever the hell was going on in New Orleans, but he knew too well the peace they'd enjoyed was a fragile thing really. Only the Status Quo kept lots of innocent blood from being spilled.
  5. Dan looked around for a moment, and took note of just how many people, those like him, and those not, were present. He was fairly certain everyone there was in the Know, else they'd not be acting the way they were around him. "There's lots of stories, Mr. Leroux." he spoke softly as he took the proffered seat. "Dey ain' all true, but like as with anythin' else, some are." He'd relaxed a little for a moment, bu locked his gaze onto the other Alpha's eyes, and nodded. "We have a significant situation brewing, as I imagine you're well aware. One of yours was abducted, and working together with various others, she was recovered, safe and sound, near as can be told." He shook his head. "We've got some old relatives in from out of town, and things started going to hell right around then. I damn near watched the Queen get her heart tore out by someone with a definite grudge, and there was damn little any of us coulda done to stop it." He shrugged. "Not that I'm fond of them, but at least with the status quo, we all know pretty well where we stand." He paused for a moment. "And then of course there's Her to contend with. A White wolf, at least three times larger than any I've ever seen, Big enough, strong enough, to take on a whole damn pack by herself. That was her howl everyone heard. Soon enough, because they won't be able to keep things quiet much longer, you're gonna see some of her other handiwork too. Which is gonna cause us ALL some real headaches." He wasn't telling everything, mostly as he didn't want to give away all his information for nothing. The packs would have to cooperate to handle whatever the hell was about to go down. "That's enough for starters I think. Now, I think that the packs should work together resolve the issues we're facing. We are all kin, after all. I'm not asking for consolidation, but just cooperation. We still have the wanining moon tonight to contend with, and after last night, well, I don't expect it to be quiet." Of course, his speech definitely made it sound like he was speaking for the Bayou Pack, and in truth he was now.
  6. Dan scowled as he drove, one hand on the wheel one holding his phone. "I don't like going to the witches, but if you want to go ask quietly, then go ahead. Checking on Melody is a good idea, why don't you and Maeve go do that first, since she knows us. I'm on my way to go speak with the other pack in the area, I'll meet you at my home once I'm done."
  7. Dan nodded. "Yeah Cous, I know. Tonight is going to be very interesting I think. Make sure all the Kin head home and don't linger once we leave. I don't want them out there with whatever this thing is. It'd be best if they plan to stay in groups, Though I imagine it is abit short notice. I want you to call each of the families, and let them know that. They may not be like us, but I know we'll all be less concerned if we know they're home safe." He looked back at him. "I'm gonna go try to find the one person who might know more about who and what that was, and more important just what the hell they actually want." He head for his truck "I also want to check in with the Crescents, see if they know anything, If anyone from them calls, give them my number, and we'll meet up. Besides, I can't help but feel that this may have something to do with that poor girl we had to get back from the leeches." He got in his truck and head into town, hoping that he'd be able to keep everyone safe come the moonrise.
  8. With the State Troopers involved, Dan remained quiet, letting Maurice take the lead, as he was the Sheriff, and he was just an off duty deputy. The revelation that she was that large in her natural wolf form was sobering. How the hell was she so strong, and powerful? Even in the legends, the Lore that was passed down through the generations, he'd never heard of a wolf the size of the bear outside some fantasy writings. He was astounded, and worked hard to keep it in check. Maurice frowned. "We're going to have to issue a warning to area residents, and I can contact wildlife and Fisheries. We'll get some traps set, and organize a hunting party or two to put that mankiller down. I can't imagine with such an attack a matter of record, we'll have too many issues." One of the State Troopers, Captain Dodgson, nodded. "No, I cannot imagine there will be any outcry against it." Dan nodded along, already wondering how he was going to handle this, he'd have to take the Pack further west than normal, and get the word out fast. They still had the waning full moon that night, and they'd have to contend with her again he was sure.
  9. Dan grunted in acknowledgement. "Before I address everything else, you need to go see Miss Emily, she was worried about you. What happened last night, it happened. It don't change that you and I are family, and always will be Cabe. I'm sorry I didn't see another way to handle it, but I am glad we're both still alive." His peace said about the events of the night, he looked back to the diner. "Hell of a mess this bitch left, and I can feel it, smell it on the air, she ain't done by half." As they spoke quietly, he looked over to the deputies who were doing their own work. "Do we know if she at least did this in her wolf form? I mean she couldn't be dumb enough to have gone off like this in human form, nowadays they'd have her run to ground pretty fast if she showed in a city, normally." "So, we need to at least know what the video shows, and then we can start trying to find her, discreetly. if that don't work, then I guess we'll have to let the Crescents know we've got another Lonewolf on the prowl." The look on his face was quite distasteful, he wasn't looking forward to having to do that, but he'd not put it off too long. This new wolf was a true apex predator, and the Crescents were still Werewolves too, they deserved to be kept in the loop. The entire time he spoke with Cabe, he kept his voice low, so that no one would overhear them.
  10. THE MARSH DAWN Dan was looking for Cabe, but more than likely he left in the middle of the night. The old Alpha didn't stick around once a new Alpha had Risen. Still, he was family, blood even, and Dan hadn't wanted him to leave. Hell, he hadn't wanted to challenge him but it was the only way. With only Emily, Karen, and Maeve near enough to hear, he answered the older woman. Normally those who weren't Changed, didn't ask much of the affairs of those who were, but he wasn't going to snub one of his only sources for more information. "I don't know where Cabe is, more than likely he left some time after we came back here. I know he made it, but I didn't mind what he did after that. I probably should have." Dan answered her. "What that was last night, was another wolf, one like Colby, only female, with what looked like a blue flame marking on her side. She came to the killing field, And goaded Cabe into nearly making a horrible decision. Emily she was huge, easily bigger than Cabe and I combined, and then some, and there was this sort of primal fear. Only Maeve, Cabe, Karen, and I even stood when she came near. She never paid Cabe any mind, but focused on me. I took the only action I could to stop it, and when Cabe snapped at me, I struck back, challenging and defeating him." He held Emily's gaze, and sighed. "After that, I had Karen offer her some of the Kill, which she did accept, before loosing that Primal Howl and vanishing." His voice which was already low enough so that only those right there could hear, dropped lower. "She smelled of human blood when she showed up. Considering we were on a whole herd of freshly killed deer, It's telling that I could tell that too." He looked at her. "Do you know of another Elder, a female one?"
  11. Dan didn't let the fear show, but he knew if she'd wanted to, they'd have all been dead. Had he let Cabe attack her, the pack would have joined in, and they'd all be dead. What's more, just from holding her gaze, she knew it too. He turned back to Karen and Maeve, nuzzling both of them once, more to calm them than any more romantic affection. It was something of a surprise, but both responded and calmed down. Dan growled out loudly, snapping the rest of the pack from cowering on the ground, focusing their attention on him. He walked past the remains of the deer, no one was in an eating mood, besides the scavengers would see nothing went to waste. With Karen and Maeve in tow, he began to lead the pack back to the clearing they'd all begun the night in. After they all got moving he sent Karen and Maeve to lead the way, the younger wolf whining to stay with him, and he growled low, the equivalent of a hard glare, and she submit and turned to go with Karen. At the tail end of the pack was Cabe, the former Alpha. The two females he'd spent time with were there, in front of him, and Dan's gaze was still firm. He was the new Alpha, and in this case it was his job to ensure that everyone made it home. He brought up the rear, the last one, and the pack was silent as they returned. Gradually the individual members began to calm down, and some of the younger members finally began to play once again. Of course, the other kind of play was going on too, perhaps even more than before. A brush with such a primal terror seemed to give the pack a need to reaffirm they'd lived to themselves, and each other. For his part, Dan made the rounds, offering as it were the chance to challenge him, but none would. He was Alpha now, no one of the Bayou Pack would contest this. He'd saved them, and several of the older wolves recognized this. Once he was done checking on everyone, and calming those who needed it, the black wolf made his way to a clear spot, and laid down on his stomach. He was still watching everyone, still far more alert than the others, but he didn't move when Maeve came and laid against him, placing her muzzle under his neck. Her desire was evident, heightened by the fear and the danger still, but wisely she knew Dan just was NOT in the mood for that. She submit to her alpha, and at least in this he accepted her, not chasing her away. His gaze turned to Karen, the only other wolf there who'd withstood the primal assault of the white wolf's bellowing howl. Like it or not, that had earned her some credit, and certainly his interest, as the white wolf had shown great interest in Karen herself.
  12. THE MARSH UNDER THE FULL MOON Dan's growl wasn't aggressive, more frustrated. He went silent as he walked up beside Cabe, who was already showing every sign of making a terrible decision. Then he did. Cabe snapped at Dan, a command of both dominance and for the younger male to back down. The entire time, the White wolf didn't break eye contact with Dan, even as Cabe grew more agitated. He was demanding the attention of both of them, ready to attack either if they didn't yield. What happened next was something that some would say had been a long time coming, or on the flip side, the biggest surprise ever. Any who'd seen them knew Dan was a superior werewolf to his cousin, and what's more Cabe probably knew it too. Yet until now, Dan had always been the obediant enforcer, a loyal subleader of the pack, but no more. Cabe had surrendered to the Beast, and was going to get them all killed, Dan acted to stop that with blindingly quick decisive action. There was no indication that the black wolf was going to strike, but he did, ducking under Cabe's snarling jaw, his own pearly white teeth gleaming in the moonlight, as his mouth closed around the other wolf's neck. using Momentum, he shook his cousin mightily, throwing him bodily to the ground, with a thud everyone heard. Still holding Cabe by the throat, he put a paw to his side, letting him feel the claws there to go with the fangs holding his throat, and he growled at him an unmistakable message. "Yield." Shocked from his rage by the impact, and the fact his cousin had him pinned by the throat, knowing a twitch would kill him messily, Cabe's eyes flashed a myriad of emotion. Surprise, a tinge of betrayal, and most important, Acceptance. He'd always known Dan was a stronger wolf, that he'd make a good Alpha, and yet his younger cousin had always deferred. This time, he didn't, and he wouldn't deny a mix of relief, and pride, that Dan had finally stepped up to his potential. The older wolf whined his capitulation, and Dan withdrew his jaws from his neck, and motioned with his head for him to rejoin the pack. He looked back to the blue-eyed white wolf, she was the biggest he'd ever seen, dwarfing any of them, and smelling of human blood. At least the blood didn't smell like anyone he knew. He growled, but not at the white wolf, this was for Karen, summoning her forward. He hoped she'd guess his intent, and bring up some of the deer she and Maeve brought down, a peace offering to this new wolf, now that the immediate threat of violence had passed. Standing there, unchallenged by any other member of the pack, the new Alpha waited for the interloper to state her intent, ready to buy them what time he could if that's what it came to. His Stance was one that spoke of concern for his pack, not himself. There was no overt dominance play, just the same resolute steadfastness that Dan had become known for.
  13. The Pack was all, even when it was a pack of three. Though Karen had never really run with Dan and Maeve, not like this, she moved instinctively, following the lead of the veteran wolf. They came upon a large hog, and yet, he passed it by. It was a large boar, and wasn't likely to run rather than fight. While they could have brought it down, it was far from enough for the pack. No, Dan wanted four or five of them, or a herd of deer. The cool night wind brought him the scent he was looking for soon enough. Moving slowly to keep them upwind, he stalked forward, having to temper the beast's desire to strike several times, even for the other two with him, snapping his fangs in front of them. As they neared a small creek, they came upon the source of that savory aroma. It was a small herd of white-tail deer, A single adult buck, half a dozen adult females and a quartet of yearlings. This would feed the pack. His body language was clear, they'd course the herd towards the main Pack, Maeve would take the middle, to keep them moving and Karen anchoring them, keeping them from moving back south or towards the river. Dan would take the northern edge, to put his scent there, and because he was fast enough to get there to keep them from escaping. The hardest part was actually Not catching them, as he could easily catch any of them. Once the trio were in position, Dan let out a long howl which immediately alerted the Deer to their presence. Maeve and Karen jumped out, and the deer bolted. Dan's howl coming from the northwest, they sought to head northeast, but his smell was already being carried to them from that direction and so they head due east, moving as a herd to lessen the chances of any particular deer being picked off. Dan's howl served another purpose though. It alert Cabe and the rest of the pack that Dan had found worthy prey, and would be bringing them to them. As they coursed the herd, Dan continued to howl, giving directions and trusting his cousin to set the ambush. It wasn't long before the deer entered into a large clearing, actually a hunter's rice plot in the season, and that was when it happened. from the east and South the pack erupted, slaughtering the deer. Not to be outdone, Maeve and Karen joined up to bring down one of the larger doe. The big buck was out to save himself, cutting due north, trying to escape the killing field, A grey and black wolf along with two others in pursuit. There was a slight gust of wind, and then a black mass hit the buck from the north side of the field, brilliant white fangs flashing before they sunk into the neck of the buck, Dan's yellow eyes gleaming in the moonlight. The black wolf shook his head and continued to squeeze, tearing the buck's throat out in a spray of of hot blood, dropping it to the ground dead, in a single flawless attack. The two female wolves with Cabe actually demurred and backed off, clearly intimidated by the show of predatory perfection, and then, in what surprised many, Dan backed away from the buck, and lowered his head, though his ears were still up. It was a surrendering of the first to feed to the pack's Alpha, even though it was his Kill. To that end, no one had actually begun to eat, and the entire herd had been brought down. Cabe nodded once, and then lifted his head back to howl, in which the entire pack joined, before he tore a chunk from the deer and ate it, nodding to Dan, who came up, tearing the whole right hind leg away, and leave Cabe and his she-wolves to the rest. He made his way to where Karen and Maeve had brought down the doe, and were sharing with two of the younger females. Even as they moved to make room for him, he took several bites of the leg he'd brought, and then offered it to the others. The buck was the leader, and they'd at least earned a piece of it too in his mind. Maeve, having hunt with him before, understood and took a portion, leaving the rest for Karen and Dan, before going back to the doe. Karen took the meaning and ate, and Dan himself devoured the rest. The two younger females, and younger was relative, they were not quite so young as Maeve, but they'd been a wolf for less time, so were less accustomed to this, seemed to not understand, but wisely made no issue of this seeming favoritism. They had heard stories about the Alpha's Shadow, and knew that they owed such an easy feast to his expertise and efforts. On nights where they'd not relied on him, the hunt could last far longer, and usually consisted of many smaller hunts.
  14. Dan's own clothes were neatly folded, It wasn't that he and Maeve didn't feel the Beast, they both did, but unlike others, they embraced it, not treating it like and abhorrent curse. Through accepting the Beast, they gained more control. He liked to believe he had a good mastery of himself, and the Beast was a part of him, so he had Dominance over it too. He was the last of the pack to change, not because he couldn't, he could easily have been first. No, his cousin changed first, Leading the others. Dan was the last because he made sure that no one else came upon them in this time of pain and weakness. As his body Changed, he could feel his senses expand, the familiar sensation something he was quite accustomed to. It was like having his other arm untied from behind his back, he was stronger, faster, tougher, and more aware of everything, and at this point, it felt more natural to him at times than his human form, which had almost left him feeling crippled at first, after the rush of being a Wolf. His Change was nearly instant, and seemingly effortless, The pains of the first change, or even of so many after that were gone, Replaced with exhiliration of being "whole" again. Most of the pack were of mixed colors, very few were solidly one color or another, and only one member of the pack was as Black as a moonless, starless sky. That was Dan. His luxurious fur almost seemed to shimmer once or twice in the full moonlight, a trick of the light perhaps, and then he would almost disappear into the darkness. Often he was called the "Alpha's Shadow" as he and Cabe had similar builds. Neither of them were the largest wolves there, but Dan was certainly the quickest, and while Cabe led, Dan served as a sort of enforcer. Those who fought the Beast, they Talked as people. As wolves, they submit in deference to the yellow-eyed shadow that stalked the marshes. He knew the marshlands and bayous better perhaps than any member of the pack, and he never failed in leading them to prey when he was called upon to do so. Once the Howl was ended, he made his way to his most accustomed hunting mate, Maeve, and found Karen as well. He looked to the left flank of how the pack was moving after Cabe, and nodded, Then began to pad off into the marsh, knowing where Cabe was headed, He and his small part of the pack would scare up some deer most likely, or perhaps a hog or two if they were lucky, and drive them to the others. This method wasn't something normal wolves did often, but when hunting with a pack of nearly thirty, you had to adapt to satiate everyone.
  15. Dan shook his head. "No I don't take it, never have." It was clear he didn't think less than those who did. He knew several of the women did, and a couple men, but just the smell of it was enough to make him say no. He accepted the Wolf, and that was part of why he could do what he did when others couldn't. He wasn't about to start changing that now. He chuckled softly. "I can attest to the aftereffects, most of those who take it say the worst of hangovers ain't got nothin on it. Like someone took a hammer to your whole body for an eight hour shift."
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