Ben stared at the ceiling after Gwen and Kevin had left, replaying the events of the evening in his mind. Maybe theyre right, he thought. Maybe I just want to believe that were all on the same side and that we should trust them. Theyre vampires, though. Can we really trust them to behave when everythings over with?
Ben, his mother called. Dinners ready!
Ill be right there, he yelled back. They seem like decent enough people, though. He sighed, continuing his silent musings. Lothan and Lalasa raised a human and she sounds like shes doing alright. And Karians just been through a lot. He seems like he needs a friend that isnt part of his past.
Sitting up, he swung his legs over the side of the bed and stood, heading for the door. He walked down the stairs slowly, his thoughts far from the meal waiting for him. When he sat down at the table, he stared at the food on the plate, absently pushing it around with his fork.
So, Ben, his father began, was that one of your new alien friends that stopped by earlier?
Yeah, kind of, he replied, glancing up. Look, Im not really that hungry tonight. I think Im going to run a quick patrol.
Are you feeling alright? Sandra asked, concerned.
Im fine, he assured her with a forced smile.
Alright, she said. Be back by ten.
He nodded as he stood, walking quickly out of the house. Once outside, he looked up at the stars, still trying to put his thoughts in order, before starting down the sidewalk. He shoved his hands in the pockets of his jacket and tried to focus on the path ahead with limited success.
After a couple of blocks, he noticed a rhythmic tapping coming from a short distance behind him. Ben paused, waiting for the sound to come again, but was greeted with silence. Glancing over his shoulder, he noticed nothing out of the ordinary. With a shake of his head, he continued forward again.
He had only taken a few more steps when he heard the noise once more. He concentrated, trying to determine the source, before he stopped suddenly and spun around to face his pursuer.
Shade? he asked, his eyes wide as he watched the large, black wolf stop about twenty feet away. Please tell me youre Shade
Ben forced himself to stand as still as possible as the animal slowly padded towards him. His eyes darted to his wrist before he looked at the creature again and he swallowed hard. The wolf stopped in front of him and sat down, its tongue lolling out of the side of its mouth. After a moment, it closed its mouth and stood, nudging his hand with its head.
Guess it is you, he said with a sigh of relief. Shade leaned into his hand as he scratched behind the furry ears. I guess everyone else left you alone tonight. Either that or you were sent to follow me He frowned at that thought, but dismissed it. Well, lets go, then.
He turned and started down the sidewalk again, Shade tro