SHORT FICTION

Thursday, 28 November 2013

LOSING BATTLES

The first wolf at the cabin Rhys sees is Josh. She cursed under her breath. Rhys flew out the truck to get to Katie. She was rifling in the back. Rhys met her face to face with a gun in her hand and a knife in her pocket.
"You can't go in there."
Katie narrowed her eyes at her. Rhys remembered that defiant stubborn look. "My brother Josh is in there."
Katie never wavered. "Then you better get him out because I going in and taking out every wolf."
Katie marched off towards the cabin. Shots had already been fired. Rhys ran after her.
"You can't go in there and start shooting, you'll get killed right off the bat."
She whirled around to face Rhys. "You got a better idea?"
Rhys didn't answer her, she instead dragged her over to a window and looked in. Rhys peeked in the window. What was inside resembled a bar fight. She found Josh in the corner pinning down a small cat. Katie looked in and saw where Rhys was looking.
"Damn him, that's our littlest cat Cassie. She's new. I have to go in there."
"Not without me." Katie shrugged her shoulders. "Be by guest, you either rip him off Cassie or I'll do it." She held up her knife.
Rhys went ahead of her and straight for Josh.
Cassie almost had the upper hand but Josh was going to win. Rhys grabbed Josh as swiftly as Katie came in and picked up Cassie.
Josh growled as Rhys dragged him out of the cabin. He was ready to turn on her when she kicked him sending him flying into the nearby bushes.
He came out flying and Rhys was ready. He stopped instantly halfway when he saw who is was.
"What the hell." He was holding his side where she kicked him.
She marched up to him and grabbed him hauling him towards one of the trucks.
"Where are we going?"
"Far away from here as possible."
She roughly threw him into the passenger side of the truck. In a second she was on the other side ready to get into the drivers side when someone stopped her.
"Taking our little brother somewhere?"
Rhys glared at Garrett. "Get out of my way," she said through gritted teeth.
Garrett smirked and stepped out of the way. Rhys flung the truck door open and climbed in.
The window was rolled down and before Rhys could roll it up, Garrett was leaning in.
"Where are you going to escape off to now?"
"I don't know," she said as she shoved him away from the truck. Rhys went to fire up the truck but nothing happened. It barely turned over. She tried again.
"Something wrong sis?"
"What did you do," she shouted at him.
He laughed and threw his hands up in mock surrender. "Don't yell at me, it's not even our truck. It belongs to one your fellow cats." He laughed again.
Rhys beat on the steering wheel. She got out and went around to the passenger side where Josh was but he got out in a split second before she got to him.
She grabbed his arm and headed towards another truck. Josh didn't fight her. Garrett was there ahead of them and opened the door wearing a grin that she wanted to wipe off his face.
"Let me help you sis." He grabbed Josh and threw him into the back seat. "Hey watch it," growled Josh.
Garrett slammed the door in such a way that Rhys knew was a mimic of her anger. Then he opened the passenger side of the door and gestured for her to get in.
She stood there with her arms crossed.
"Do you want me to throw you in like I did Josh?"
She sneered at him. "You wouldn't because I'm...
As swiftly as a sly fox Garrett scooped her up and threw her into the seat where she landed with a thud. She screamed at him.
Garrett leaped into the drivers seat and when he turned the key the door locks clicked in place. She knew she was trapped.
"You're not taking me back to the house, I won't stay."
Garrett never answered her, he instead stared at the road a head of him. She watched those silver eyes of his. He was thinking Rhys knew and that meant trouble.
She had to get out. Rhys wheeled herself around on the seat and was going to kick at the window with her feet when Garrett grabbed her. "You will do no such thing sis. Sit down and be a good girl.
We have to look after those Diamond twin cats of yours."
Rhys twitched. She wondered what he would think if he knew the truth. Would he kill her? What about Simon she thought? She shivered. Rhys sat up straight. Now she had a secret to keep from them all.
Garrett turned down a street that she knew the house was not on.
"Where are we going?"
"You'll see."
He stopped in front of a small house that was nestled in among a row of houses. It was a quaint little neighborhood so Rhys was confused as to why they were here.
Josh got out and opened the door for her.
She looked at him. His eyes were sorry. She got out and Garrett and Josh led her to the front door where a young maid opened the door.
As soon as Josh and Garrett let go of her she broke a way and went out the door and was headed to the truck when Garrett caught her.
"Oh no you don't my dear." He picked her up and threw her over his shoulder. She screamed and kicked but he held her firmly.
Josh shut the door as soon as they were in.
He dumped her on the floor.
There was a pair of black boots at her eye level. When her eyes travelled up the legs to see who was wearing them she saw Simon smiling down at her.
"What am I going to do with my little girl?"

Thursday, 21 November 2013

UNTIMELY REUNIONS

Rhys fell to the ground and flattened herself as much as she could. There were more shots. Then there was nothing. Rhys looked up and dark shadows were leaping about in the back yard. Someone was running to where Ali was laying. Rhys held her breath.
She had to do something. The person who found her looked up her way to see what they could see. Their head tilted up. Rhys knew they were sniffing. She sniffed back.
It was cat and that scent was familiar.
They started to run towards her. Rhys stiffened. Should she shift and take off?
But they were on top of her before she thought of what else to do.
When Rhys looked up she looked into eyes that shone from the street light. It was  a female cat and Rhys knew her.
"I thought it was you but had to see for myself."
"Katie, is that really you?"
"The one and only love. Need a hand up?"
Rhys was hesitant at first but slowly extended her hand. Katie was fast and had Rhys pulled up before she could blink.
Katie glanced back at Ali. "Was she after you, that wolf?"
Rhys shook her head. "No, she was helping me. That's Ali and yes she's a wolf but she saved me on more than one occasion. I have to help her and get her out of here."
Rhys could barely see her face but could see her nose wrinkle. "She's shot bad and is loosing blood."
"Then I have to get her out of here." Rhys headed towards Ali. Katie grabbed her arm. "Is that where your allegiances  lie now, with the wolf pack?"
"I'm not with anybody right now, but the wolf pack has helped me." She could tell by Katie's face that she was confused by all this. "Look, I know this makes no sense to you but a lot has happened since I left the Diamond Sirens."
Katie smirked. "No kidding. It looks like a hell of a lot has happened and not much of it good by what I see. Those rogue wolves in the house almost took out some of my cats."
Rhys panicked. "Are they okay?"
Katie came almost nose to nose with her. "They got out. One of my cats is slightly wounded but nothing serious." She shook her head. "It was you we were after. Word is out on the street about the those creepy hybrids.  Simon your daddy is out on the prowl along with those hybrids looking for you. We thought we would get the jump but some of the other wolves started attacking some of the wolves that were guarding the house. We snuck in while they were fighting but it all got messed up when some of Simon's creatures came barging in at the same time. I think one of them were firing at you but my cat got him."
Rhys took in a deep breath. "Thanks but we have to get Ali out of here."
They both ran to her and Katie picked her up. "Let's get her to the camp. There is a healer there."
Rhys nodded. A slight twinge went though her gut as Katie headed toward a parked SUV. Rhys couldn't believe that they still had the vehicle. It use to be hers.
Katie placed Ali in the back seat. Rhys got into the passenger seat while Katie jumped into the drivers side and fired up the engine.
"You still have "The Rock," I see.
Katie grinned. "We didn't name it the rock for nothing."
Rhys nodded.
Katie looked over at her. "Are you pregnant? I can smell something strange off of you."
Rhys shifted uncomfortably and cleared her throat. "Yes and it's complicated. I don't really feel like discussing it right now. I just want to get Ali healed."
Katie nodded. "Fair enough but later you have to promise to fill me in on everything, okay?"
Rhys grinned. "Okay, as long as you promise to update me on everything that has happened in the Sirens.
"It's a deal."

They roared along when suddenly a road block of trucks were across the road. Katie slammed on the breaks. Rhys eyes went wide.
"Turn around Katie, now! They're Simon's wolves."
Katie threw the SUV into reverse and spun around facing the other way. She stepped on the gas catapulting the SUV into the opposite direction. Rhys looked behind and a couple of them were getting into the trucks.
"They're going to chase us. You have to lose them."
"No problem."
Katie turned sharp at one corner and then another. Rhys kept looking for lights behind them but none so far. Rhys looked over at Katie who had sheer determination in her face. Rhys always remembered her gutsiness and dare devil attitude she always had about her. She recalled yelling at her a few times about her reckless ways. Katie always laughed in her face.
Tonight she was glad to have the dare devil on her side.
Katie turned again and this time it was down a dirt road. After about a mile on the dirt road she killed the lights.
"What are you doing? I think you lost them."
"I have to make sure. I don't want them finding where our current camp is." She drove into a small clearing almost obscured by bush where she stopped. She turned the engine off."
"We can't stop, we have to save Ali."
"Don't worry about her. Those beasts are stronger than you think."
"What are you waiting for?"
"Clearance."
She was looking down at her cell phone.
Rhys looked back at Ali's still body.
The cell phone buzzed. "We have clearance."
Katie was about to start the engine when they both heard the roar of a truck. They both held their breath. Lights came out of the bush and went past them.
"Damn, how did they...
Katie quickly texted a message. "I hope they get out before...
Shots rang in the night.  Katie cursed as she fired up the SUV and took off toward the camp.
"What are you going to do?"
"Kill every wolf I see."

Thursday, 14 November 2013

THE FIGHT

They received good news and bad news. Jamie had made it back safe and sound. She told them the story of how she tried to get Rhys back and led them off in the opposite direction.
The bad news was they didn't buy it.
Simon had sent his wolves out and they caught Jamie and Rhys scent going in the opposite direction to what she had told them.
Now she was locked in her room under guard.
Rhys paced back and forth. Why didn't I make Jamie go back instead of making her show me where the others where? You have to help them somehow. Simon will kill them all.
Rhys startled when someone touched her shoulder.
It was Kellan.
She suddenly couldn't breath. His wolf scent filled her head and swooshed down her body making her almost dizzy.
"Are you okay?"
Rhys managed to stutter out, "yes."
"Thor and I will make sure nothing happens to you."
Rhys was shocked to hear that and then wondered if it had anything to do with Kellan being the father of her twins.
"You need to let me go. They will follow my scent here to all of you. If I leave maybe they won't find you."
Kellan shook his head. "Thor said that no one is going anywhere right now. He has wolves out there watching and leaving scents leading them away from us. So far we are still safe."
Rhys nodded. "That's good, I'm glad but I still shouldn't be here. It's me they want and all of you will be casualties because of me."
A stronger scent wafted past Rhys. Thor had entered into the room. "Listen to Kellan, no one is going anywhere right now. So don't go planning any of your little escapes. We'll move deeper into the city of New Orleans later on tonight."
"The French Quartet part?"
Thor nodded. "Indeed that is where we are headed Kellan." He smirked at him. "You use to spend a lot of time there. It's too bad you can't remember any of it."
Rhys narrowed her gaze at Thor. He grinned back at her giving her a pang in the chest. He obviously was talking about another love that he had at one time she thought. She sighed.
Ali came into the room with her hands full. Rhys couldn't make out at first what she had. They were wrapped. When she sat them down on the table and unwrapped them Rhys gasped.
It was an assortment of weapons. Knives of different sizes and guns were set out on the table. There was even a bow shooter.
Thor smiled. "This is a good haul." His eyes gleamed at her. "You're a good thief dear."
Rhys marched up to the pair of them. "What the hell do you think you're going to do?"
Ali threw her a nasty look. "We're fighting. Haven't you figured that out? We have to arm ourselves when we leave here. Simon will have wolves stationed all around here waiting to ambush us. We'll be ready."
Rhys threw up her hands. "Why don't you just let me go? I could lead them away from you. Then you can get out of here before they get here."
Thor shook his head. "It wouldn't be that simple kit. Simon has enough wolves to follow you and take us out at the same time. No, you come with us. They won't fire at us at least with you close by."
"I'm your leverage," Rhys said.
Thor sighed. "As usual kit, you always are."
A shot was fired.
Everyone in the room startled. A loud thump hit the front door.
Thor looked at Kellan then at Ali. "Take Rhys to another room, the one with the window."
Ali nodded and grabbed some guns and took Rhys by the arm and started to drag her down the hall.
Rhys looked back as Thor opened the front door. Rhys could see a wolf lying on the front step. It had been shot. A lump formed in her throat.
The last thing she seen was Thor dragging in the wolf's body.
Ali shut the door behind them and locked it.
"What are you doing?"
"Making it harder for them to get inside. If we have to we'll go the window."
Rhys looked at her in bewilderment. "So, we are going to sit here and wait for them to come and attack us? What kind of plan it that?"
A sudden crash like glass breaking and now shouts made Ali leap towards Rhys.
She pushed a gun into Rhys hand. "It's ready to use and don't be afraid to use it."
Another shot was fired and this time it was in the house. Rhys hoped that Thor and Kellan had got to those weapons before the others.
"We have to go out the window," yelled Rhys.
Ali didn't argue. Rhys got out first and then helped Ali out. Both of them ran for it.
A loud bang rang in Rhys ears. She turned and Ali was almost caught up to her. Someone was at the window they came out of. They had a gun.
"Run Ali, they have...
Rhys could see the spark of light when the shooter fired another shot.
Ali went down.


Thursday, 7 November 2013

HIGH STAKES

Rhys pulled her back through the door slamming it shut. She pinned her arms against the door. Rhys glared at her. "What do you mean?"
Jamie stared at her wide eyed and fear from her suddenly filled Rhys senses. She took a deep breath and tried to keep her voice calm. "I want to know what you meant by what you just said."
"Let go of me." Rhys watched  Jamie give Thor a desperate look but he didn't move. Rhys was thinking that this was news to him as well.
Rhys let go of her arms. "Okay, sorry but you threw me a curved ball there with that statement that you made. Please explain."
Jamie relaxed a bit. "I have keen senses, even to the unborn wolf and cat. I can tell what they are and what sex they are as well. You twins are half and half." She threw up her chin at Rhys. "I'm never wrong."
"Really." Rhys wanted to beret her with more questions but instead just stepped away from Jamie. She looked at both Thor and Jamie. "Then that means that the father of these twins is Kellan."
"Jesus," Thor muttered under his breath.
She glared at him and he shook his head in response.
The door knob moved but the door didn't open. Everybody froze.
"Why won't this door open. Let us in."
It was Ali. Everybody let out a breath. Thor went up and opened the door.
A sour looking Ali came marching through the door with Kellan following her. "Why did you lock us out?" Ali then noticed Rhys.
"Oh, I see."
Thor shut the door and locked it. Ali looked at Jamie, Rhys and Thor who she narrowed her gaze at. "You want to tell me what the hell is going on? What is Jamie and Rhys doing here?"
Rhys glanced over at Kellan who looked just as confused as Ali. Her insides turned over.
"Things got more complicated tonight. Our kit here decided to go a-wall and Jamie brought her here."
"Nice," smirked Ali. "Now we'll have the whole posse out looking for her. We have to leave tonight."
Jamie came forward. "I can buy you time. They didn't know she was missing when I left. Simon was talking with Josh when I left." She cast her eyes to the floor and shifted and muttered. "They probably know now. I should get back before Josh is thinking that Rhys kidnapped me or something."
Thor threw her a mean look. "The door is locked missy and it isn't going to open until the heat has passed."
"But...
He waved his hand at her. "We have to prepare for some rough play here. Simon is in town now and he will be calling up all his forces to get his daughter back."
Rhys suddenly felt guilty for coming into the house and putting them in danger. She didn't think this through-as usual.
"What are we going to do then, sit and wait for them to come sniffing around,?" Ali scoffed.
Thor gritted his teeth. "No, I'll send out some of the pack to so some snooping and see what is actually happening out there. Then we'll decide."
Rhys took a peek at Kellan again. He was sticking close to Ali for some reason. What has she done to him? Oh, Kellan I've made a mess of things. I wish you had your memory back or least some it.
Thor slapped Kellan on the back. "Well buddy, you and I have to make some contacts." They left the foyer without looking back at them.
Ali stood alone for a moment before she looked over at Jamie and Rhys. She folded her arms in front of her chest. She was dressed in black leather from head to foot. She looked fierce Rhys thought. Her wolf eyes stared at her. She smirked. "You do have a knack for trouble don't you? Always getting into ones face when you should stay clear. When are you going to learn?"
Rhys didn't want to tell her that she didn't know the half of it yet but she wasn't going to tell her what Jamie had told her. She was hoping that Thor would keep his mouth shout. Kellan wouldn't understand any of this if he got word of the news.
"We have to let Jamie go Ali. She can deflect attention from here. She can tell them I escaped out and went in the opposite direction. That she tried to hunt me but failed."
Ali bit her lip and glanced over at Jamie. "I don't know. Thor should maybe...
"No, Thor will not let her go. He's too stubborn. This is the best way."
Ali shifted and Rhys observed her being hesitant to make a decision without Thor.
"I promise to lead them away Ali. I can't stay here. Josh will be frantic and if you think Simon will tear apart every corner of this city...
"Okay, I get the picture. Go already before Thor comes back and rips our heads off."
Ali walked up to the door and unlocked it. Very carefully she opened the door and sniffed.
She nodded to Jamie. She slipped past Ali and out the door.
"Let us know what you find when you get back to the house."
Jamie nodded and then disappeared into the darkness.
Ali shut the door and locked it again. Rhys could tell there was more on her mind.
"What's wrong Ali?"
Ali didn't meet Rhys gaze.
She turned around and then met Rhys gaze. "We have more trouble."
"What? Tell me."
"It appears that we are going to be in a middle of a gang war soon. When word got out about Garrett being in town some other gang surfaced. You might know them. The Diamond Sirens.
Rhys knew all to well who they were. They were her gang at one time.