Short Story: Werewolf Next Door

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This is my first short story. It’s about a teenage girl in foster care who happens to be a werewolf. 

I’ve been in the foster care system since I was 6 years old. Now I am almost 18 and I know what that means. I’ll be out on the streets. Now for some kids this is terrifying. For others, it’s better than what they have. For me, though, it’s freedom. It’s freedom because at 16, I discovered something about myself that is a whole lot scarier but also extremely liberating. I’ve had to keep it under wraps for the past two years. I am a werewolf.

I was never bitten. I didn’t have a scary experience walking home one night with a werewolf jumping out at me. No it was nothing like that. It also wasn’t as dramatic as it is in the movies. It didn’t happen suddenly. It was a gradual thing that honestly, I thought was just part of puberty. That is until I started hearing sounds from over a mile away and my eyes would occasionally go from emerald green to a bright gold color. Those are changes I didn’t expect.

Then as my 17th birthday got closer, I grew fangs and claws during the full moon. I got stronger too and I developed a low growl that even scared myself. After a lot of research I learned what I was but not how I came to be. Was I born like this? Why is it showing up now? But make no mistake, I am definitely a werewolf.

I’m heading to my last foster home. Sitting in the back seat of my social worker’s car, I am writing this down as I listen to Linkin’ Park in my headphones. I want to remember this moment. I am going back to a home that still gives me nightmares. I need the strength of my favorite bands to get me through this.

As the song, Fight by All Good Things plays, the car stops. I pause the song but stare at my journal. I hate this place! Then I hear my social worker call my name. “Rayven. We’re here. Grab your stuff.”

When we get to the door, a woman answers. I remember her. Sheila is her name. Her hair is a mess. She looks like she just woke up. After a few pleasantries are shared I am shown to my room.

later that evening, HE comes home. As soon as I see him a knot forms in the pit of my stomach. I feel like I am going to throw up but I also am struck with intense rage. I can feel my teeth changing, getting sharper. I have to close my eyes because I know they are changing too. I can almost feel it happening. It’s hard to explain but my head hurts. It only ever hurts when my eyes are changing.

What is happening? I learned awhile back that it doesn’t take the full moon to make me change but I am losing control. I have to get a handle on this. But I am just so damn angry! Right now all I can think of is ripping his throat out. The more I think about my desire to rip him apart, the more I feel the change.

At that moment, I don’t know what came over me but I put my headphones on and ran up to my room. I shut the door and turned off the light. I have to let the music calm me so I play some Florence and the Machine. Thankfully, he didn’t follow me up but I still have his image in my head. That cocky smirk that flashed across his face as soon as he saw me. He thinks he has me but he will never, ever touch me again!

But I also need to control myself. Just six more months until I’m free. I just need to get through the rest of the year. This guy though. He will test me for sure. How will I keep myself from going full wolf on his ass when every time I see him I want to kill him?

No! I won’t let him win. I won’t lose control. Just six more months. Then I can leave this hell hole and never look back. You got this Rayven. Just six more months then you will be free.

That is the end of my story. What did you think? I have more for this character but for now I leave it hear. Let me know what you think in the comments.

 

Thanks so much for reading!

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29 thoughts on “Short Story: Werewolf Next Door

  1. This is a good start and it’ll be interesting to see how the story develops. As soon as there was a mention of the foster parents, you could tell there would be trouble for someone… #blogcrush

    1. Oh I have a plan for him don’t you worry but it is going to be about basically the biggest trigger she could have in her life with her experience and how she handles it. Thanks so much for reading Mac and for your great comment! You’re one of the few who understands it. 😊

    1. Thank you! I am looking forward to exploring more with this character. Writing it as a blog post inspired me to write more:). Thanks so much for your comment!😊

    1. Yeah as I was writing it I thought there’s no way this is going to stay a short story lol. So I’m going to turn it into a novella. Thanks so much for your comment Debbie!😊

  2. Oh it sounds like it could be quite gritty! Maybe there are some real underlying histories between these characters that give her such rage towards him. Great read. 🙂

    1. Yes there is history there. Thanks so much for reading and for your honest opinion on it. I really appreciate your feedback! Thanks so much!😊

    1. I realized while writing this story that it’s going to be much longer than a short story so I will have more to write about her. Thanks so much for reading!:)

    1. I do plan to. I realized while writing it that it’s going to be longer than a short story lol. Thanks so much for reading and I’m glad you enjoyed it!😊

  3. I enjoyed the pace of the story. I don’t believe Rayven will be able to control the rage she has for him though ! Your descriptive language is great ,I pictured her in the back of the car with the headphones on. I’d be interested to read more !

    1. Thank you! I always critique myself for the descriptive language so it’s wonderful to know how others feel about it. I do have more of the story. I think instead of leaving it as a short story I might turn it into a novella or something because there is so much more to this character and so much more to tell. Thanks so much for reading and for giving your honest opinion on it:)

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