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7"She's a Wild One,
                                     With an Angel's Face,
                            She's a Woman Child in a State of Grace..."
                                       Dakota Schaefer
                              "When she was Three Years Old on her
                                        Daddy's Knee,
                            He said you can be anything you wanna be...
                                 She's a Wild One running free."

                           (Professional Country singer who can't sing three nights a
                           month.)
                           ICQ#: Off AIM: Rhiya Firegirl MUN: Rhiya ... 2/28/2001
                           4:35:04 AM #5964751

                           Looking up at him, I say softly, "Ya can read minds right?
Then read my thoughts, because if I say it out loud..."

In my mind, he'd see it. The rage of a warewof, howling to get out... Healthy, strong, capable of healing...
Does he get it? Can he understand? But I need his help to keep the staff and people away from me. To
do this without others finding out, seeing me or CJ.
 

                           President Jordan Vexx
                       (Grr, huff puff you are safe with me as a brick built pig house."
                       ~Wolf *The 10th Kingdom*)
                       AIM: RmgdnX or Myth and Rumor ... 2/28/2001 4:36:07 AM
                       #5964759

                       *You know, I never thought Id see a day when Id come face to
                       face with someone more feral than my own son, nor did I think I
                       would stand up and say...* Are you nuts?
 
 

                                      "She's a Wild One,
                                     With an Angel's Face,
                            She's a Woman Child in a State of Grace..."
                                       Dakota Schaefer
                              "When she was Three Years Old on her
                                        Daddy's Knee,
                            He said you can be anything you wanna be...
                                 She's a Wild One running free."

                           (Professional Country singer who can't sing three nights a
                           month.)
                           ICQ#: Off AIM: Rhiya Firegirl MUN: Rhiya ... 2/28/2001
                           4:37:24 AM #5964768

                           Standing slowly, I shake my head. "Mr. President... Jordan,
he'll be fine. He gets bit, he gets healthy. The toxins change him, he becomes like me." I'm taking a bad
risk here... outing what we are to the world.

"He will walk again, heal from his injuries. But if it goes too far... there's a point even I can't bring him
back from."
 

                           President Jordan Vexx
                       (Grr, huff puff you are safe with me as a brick built pig house."
                       ~Wolf *The 10th Kingdom*)
                       AIM: RmgdnX or Myth and Rumor ... 2/28/2001 4:39:46 AM
                       #5964785

                       Do you think Im that bad a parent as to allow my firstborn son to
                       become a victem of what you are? Allow you to come in and just
                       change who he is? This is my son. What if someone came around
                       the corner, and offered to make your daughter or son a vampire, "to
                       help them"? What do you THINK I was going to say? *Ive taken a
                       position of standing between her and the door. I Forgot, if anyones
                       a nutball...its me.*
 
 

                                      "She's a Wild One,
                                     With an Angel's Face,
                            She's a Woman Child in a State of Grace..."
                                       Dakota Schaefer
                              "When she was Three Years Old on her
                                        Daddy's Knee,
                            He said you can be anything you wanna be...
                                 She's a Wild One running free."

                           (Professional Country singer who can't sing three nights a
                           month.)
                           ICQ#: Off AIM: Rhiya Firegirl MUN: Rhiya ... 2/28/2001
                           4:43:16 AM #5964799

                           My hands balled at my sides, I stand there and know i have
to plead my case. Worse comes to worse? I'll go through him. I don't think I have the strength to restrain
myself anymore...

"He won't be a victim! I'm a part of nature, the same as you or he is, except we're different. You read
minds, I turn into a wolf, big difference! Who he is won't change, just... just how he lives. He'll be alive,
Jordan, alive and he will be able to walk and run and free. Do you want to see him sitting in a wheelchair
all his life when he could be out riding horses next week? When he could be fine in a few days time?"

After a moment I say softly, "I think you'd be a bad parent if you didn't consider every option just cuz
you're scared of somethin' you don't understand."
 

                           President Jordan Vexx
                       (Grr, huff puff you are safe with me as a brick built pig house."
                       ~Wolf *The 10th Kingdom*)
                       AIM: RmgdnX or Myth and Rumor ... 2/28/2001 4:45:12 AM
                       #5964813

                       Youve made a mistake. Im not afraid. Not of you, or what you want
                       to do. Christopher has the right to make the decision himself. What
                       was his answer to you? *Trick question, because I already know.*
                       ~And dont lie.~ *Im loving the feel of the tenseness in this room,
                       like an electrical current.*
 
 

                                      "She's a Wild One,
                                     With an Angel's Face,
                            She's a Woman Child in a State of Grace..."
                                       Dakota Schaefer
                              "When she was Three Years Old on her
                                        Daddy's Knee,
                            He said you can be anything you wanna be...
                                 She's a Wild One running free."

                           (Professional Country singer who can't sing three nights a
                           month.)
                           ICQ#: Off AIM: Rhiya Firegirl MUN: Rhiya ... 2/28/2001
                           4:46:37 AM #5964828

                           "He said he needed t'think, that he wasn't sure about it, he
didn't want t'jump into things," I say simply. "I wouldn't change him before askin' first, which is why I need
your help. T'talk to him, to be able to do it without people around."

Then tension in this room is enough to make me want to change, to cut down anyone in my way between
me and CJ. So close to the surface... just crawling down my spine...
 
 
 
 
 

                           President Jordan Vexx
                       (Grr, huff puff you are safe with me as a brick built pig house."
                       ~Wolf *The 10th Kingdom*)
                       AIM: RmgdnX or Myth and Rumor ... 2/28/2001 4:48:20 AM
                       #5964844

                       Then ask him. *Stepping aside slightly. But folding my arms and
                       smirking.*
 
 

                                      "She's a Wild One,
                                     With an Angel's Face,
                            She's a Woman Child in a State of Grace..."
                                       Dakota Schaefer
                              "When she was Three Years Old on her
                                        Daddy's Knee,
                            He said you can be anything you wanna be...
                                 She's a Wild One running free."

                           (Professional Country singer who can't sing three nights a
                           month.)
                           ICQ#: Off AIM: Rhiya Firegirl MUN: Rhiya ... 2/28/2001
                           4:50:26 AM #5964858

                           The growl that slips from my throat as I pass is one that's just
full of the frustration I feel and I head right in to the room. Hope the doctors don't give me much
problems, I'm not in the mood right now.
 

                           President Jordan Vexx
                       (Grr, huff puff you are safe with me as a brick built pig house."
                       ~Wolf *The 10th Kingdom*)
                       AIM: RmgdnX or Myth and Rumor ... 2/28/2001 4:56:20 AM
                       #5964889

                       *Im not far behind her, waiting and watching.*
 
 

                                      "She's a Wild One,
                                     With an Angel's Face,
                            She's a Woman Child in a State of Grace..."
                                       Dakota Schaefer
                              "When she was Three Years Old on her
                                        Daddy's Knee,
                            He said you can be anything you wanna be...
                                 She's a Wild One running free."

                           (Professional Country singer who can't sing three nights a
                           month.)
                           ICQ#: Off AIM: Rhiya Firegirl MUN: Rhiya ... 2/28/2001
                           5:03:35 AM #5964936

                           Slipping through the door, I head right for where they're
keeping CJ, where I'm sure I'm gonna have problems. I'm sure... but I don't care. People ought to get out
of my way...

"CJ?"
 

                            CJ Vexx (Legacy)
                        AIM: RmgdnX or Myth and Rumor ... 2/28/2001 5:45:23 AM
                        #5965128
4
                        *I hear my name. But then, Ive been hearing it for hours, above
                        the sound of the machines that help me stay alive, and breath a bit
                        better. The one that removed tiny bits of bone from my back was
                        the most irritating. But now, the only thing I was listening to was
                        the sound of the ocassional spit hiss of the oxygen theve been
                        feeding me. Remember when I said nothing hurt? That was about
                        two hours ago. Now? Help me...*

                        *But this voice and the one following it, trying to stop her, are
voices I know, like Marty's earlier, it captivates my attention, and I for some reason make a sound. This
time though, its an audible groan, one that perfectly matches how I feel. I cant feel my legs, and Im clear
as to why. Ill never walk. Never, is the word they used. Ive mangled my spine. Theyre surprised I can do
anything else.*
 
 

                                      "She's a Wild One,
                                     With an Angel's Face,
                            She's a Woman Child in a State of Grace..."
                                       Dakota Schaefer
                              "When she was Three Years Old on her
                                        Daddy's Knee,
                            He said you can be anything you wanna be...
                                 She's a Wild One running free."

                           (Professional Country singer who can't sing three nights a
                           month.)
                           ICQ#: Off AIM: Rhiya Firegirl MUN: Rhiya ... 2/28/2001
                           5:51:20 AM #5965145

                           God, he's in pain, isn't he? I can smell it... Oh God, what the
hell do I do now? Very slowly, after looking over my shoulder at the president who follows me, I stand
beside CJ and take his uninjured hand...

"CJ... can you hear me? I know you can... Oh God, CJ, I can't let you stay this way... let me help you."
 

                           President Jordan Vexx
                       (Grr, huff puff you are safe with me as a brick built pig house."
                       ~Wolf *The 10th Kingdom*)
                       AIM: RmgdnX or Myth and Rumor ... 2/28/2001 5:54:23 AM
                       #5965157

                       *Any attempt I made to try to stop her from charging into the room
                       ended when I saw him. I wasnt ready for this. Not this. Hes my son,
                       and to see him is breaking my heart. Ive got to stay calm though,
                       turning slightly to the doctors who look at us quizzicly, I clear my
                       throat so my voice doesnt crack or break.* Please, give us some
                       privacy. *Then to my guards.* Ill only be a minute. *They leave
                       quickly.*
 

                            CJ Vexx (Legacy)
                        AIM: RmgdnX or Myth and Rumor ... 2/28/2001 5:55:51 AM
                        #5965164

                        *My heart skips a bit at the sound of her voice. What does she
                        know that I dont? I cant respond, but only look at her. Hearing my
                        father in the back, and the sound of his voice makes me nervous. I
                        can barely feel her touch. Let me focus. I just need to focus, and
                        put it together.*
 
 

                                      "She's a Wild One,
                                     With an Angel's Face,
                            She's a Woman Child in a State of Grace..."
                                       Dakota Schaefer
                              "When she was Three Years Old on her
                                        Daddy's Knee,
                            He said you can be anything you wanna be...
                                 She's a Wild One running free."

                           (Professional Country singer who can't sing three nights a
                           month.)
                           ICQ#: Off AIM: Rhiya Firegirl MUN: Rhiya ... 2/28/2001
                           6:01:40 AM #5965178

                           Leaning forward, my head to his ear I whisper softly, "CJ...
CJ your back is... it's damaged badly. It will... will never heal. You will never walk again... CJ, please let
me help you... I can make you whole again, just like we talked about..."

My eyes mist over quickly, but I want him to say yes. Please, please let him say yes to me. My fingers
tighten gently on his. "Please, CJ, let me help you..."
 

                            CJ Vexx (Legacy)
                        AIM: RmgdnX or Myth and Rumor ... 2/28/2001 6:06:23 AM
                        #5965190

                        *Another groan as I try to pin down what shes asking. I can
                        barely open my eyes, and Im not sure if its the medication, or
                        because Im so swollen. Gasping for a moment, at the sting in my
                        eyes. The meds they gave me can only do so much to help. Jordan
                        is here, inside my head. I can feel him. He's waiting for an answer
                        too. Saying he'll stand by me, no matter what my answer is.
                        Odd....how does he know what the question is? Did she ask
                        already? I try to squeeze her hand a little.*
 
 

                                      "She's a Wild One,
                                     With an Angel's Face,
                            She's a Woman Child in a State of Grace..."
                                       Dakota Schaefer
                              "When she was Three Years Old on her
                                        Daddy's Knee,
                            He said you can be anything you wanna be...
                                 She's a Wild One running free."

                           (Professional Country singer who can't sing three nights a
                           month.)
                           ICQ#: Off AIM: Rhiya Firegirl MUN: Rhiya ... 2/28/2001
                           6:12:30 AM #5965213

                           Squeezing his hand back, I simply look back at jOrdan for a
moment before looking down at CJ and asking, "Think of your answer, CJ... think carefully so your father
can know it. Don't try to speak just think it... and it will happen."

I have no choice, if we wait too long the damage on his physiology might stay the way it is despite the
change.
 

                           President Jordan Vexx
                       (Grr, huff puff you are safe with me as a brick built pig house."
                       ~Wolf *The 10th Kingdom*)
                       AIM: RmgdnX or Myth and Rumor ... 2/28/2001 6:38:00 AM
                       #5965304

                       *He groans again, this time with far more agony than he's ever felt. I
                       cough a bit, trying not to cry from it. Here I am an old man,
                       watching someone I love suffer in ways I wouldnt wish on my worst
                       enemy. When the answer comes, its weak, and barely
                       understandable.* He says to help him.
 
 

                                      "She's a Wild One,
                                     With an Angel's Face,
                            She's a Woman Child in a State of Grace..."
                                       Dakota Schaefer
                              "When she was Three Years Old on her
                                        Daddy's Knee,
                            He said you can be anything you wanna be...
                                 She's a Wild One running free."

                           (Professional Country singer who can't sing three nights a
                           month.)
                           ICQ#: Off AIM: Rhiya Firegirl MUN: Rhiya ... 2/28/2001
                           6:41:01 AM #5965312

                           And may God have mercy on me...

"Mr. President, get out of here now... I'm about to let go and... you dont' want to be here."

The pain wracks my body... the pain shoots down my back and through my insides, as though I'm being
ripped apart. The pain... is so intense, I think I'm dying... But that's alright, it happens every time. It's the
human part of me stepping back to change... My fingers slip out of CJ's and I grit my teeth, my eyes
boiling over with tears as the pain shoots a high new level...

And the sound from my voice is inhuman.

"RUN."
 

                           President Jordan Vexx
                       (Grr, huff puff you are safe with me as a brick built pig house."
                       ~Wolf *The 10th Kingdom*)
                       AIM: RmgdnX or Myth and Rumor ... 2/28/2001 6:42:58 AM
                       #5965320

                       *Theres no way I can run at my age the way she wants. But I can
                       certainly find the door quick enough. God let me have made the right
                       decision. Catching a quick glance I see his terror, but know its going
                       to be ok, I reach out to him mentally, but hes got that rabbit thing
                       going on, and doesnt feel me at all. Closing the door, I brace my
                       back against it.*
 

                            CJ Vexx (Legacy)
                        AIM: RmgdnX or Myth and Rumor ... 2/28/2001 6:46:09 AM
                        #5965330

                        *I cant think straight, but only remember her warnings. Was it the
                        smell of my blood? Lord knows its everywhere. Birds outside the
                        hospital go crazy. Mice within its walls scatter for safety and
                        finding none in their hearts. The heart rate monitor sounds like a
                        radiation detector on top of a microwave oven. My eyes roll back,
                        and Im fighting for consciousness. Why though? Do I want to be
                        awake when she rips my throat out?*
 
 

                                      "She's a Wild One,
                                     With an Angel's Face,
                            She's a Woman Child in a State of Grace..."
                                       Dakota Schaefer
                              "When she was Three Years Old on her
                                        Daddy's Knee,
                            He said you can be anything you wanna be...
                                 She's a Wild One running free."

                           (Professional Country singer who can't sing three nights a
                           month.)
                           ICQ#: Off AIM: Rhiya Firegirl MUN: Rhiya ... 2/28/2001
                           6:49:21 AM #5965341

                           A howl breaks the night as inside, I claw for my strength to
hold my sanity in this animal body as it changes. And change I do, I become... something else. My skin
turns to fur, my hands to paws, my whole physiology changes as I ride the pain. I still stand upright, but
on legs that invert now and hold me up in some kind of strange new way. My body is still woman but...
but wolf at the same time. A strange mix no one can understand... unless they see it. And inside? I hope
CJ can be aware it's still me... I hope it's still me...

"GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOWWWWWRRRRRR!"

The change is over and only a werewolf stands where I used to be... and my teeth go right for CJ's
shoulder, the right shoulder to bite down deep.

Then, he'd feel it... as though his being is being swamped with what I feel. Instinct. Riding the animal
waves of simply being. Feeling. Rhythm of the heart inside you. Prey and Predator. Freedom. All would
swamp his mind and... the pain would be intense... but mixed with an odd sort of freedom no one can
truly grasp...

And a feeling of welcoming...
 

                            CJ Vexx (Legacy)
                        AIM: RmgdnX or Myth and Rumor ... 2/28/2001 6:55:23 AM
                        #5965354

                        *I feel all she expects me too, except that its highly overshadowed
                        by fear. Primal fear fed by years of communing with a gentler side
                        of nature, the fear known only by those who are hunted. My father
                        had been the predator in our family. I never wanted to harden that
                        way. He didnt want me to either. As though he couldnt give into
                        having his son a hunter such as himself. The pain isnt new to me.
                        Four long months now, every day was nothing but pain, a
                        sickening in my stomach, an old shadow thats hard to forget, and
                        remember at the same time. Ive no real comprehension into whats
happening, only that I feel I must be dying finally. Having begun to cross that threshold, and through our
intimate connection, she may feel my giving in, and relenting to whatever fate lays. Like the rabbit Jordan
feels, I lay still in wait for the final moment of consciousness. Not knowing Im in transition to something
else.*
 
 

                                      "She's a Wild One,
                                     With an Angel's Face,
                            She's a Woman Child in a State of Grace..."
                                       Dakota Schaefer
                              "When she was Three Years Old on her
                                        Daddy's Knee,
                            He said you can be anything you wanna be...
                                 She's a Wild One running free."

                           (Professional Country singer who can't sing three nights a
                           month.)
                           ICQ#: Off AIM: Rhiya Firegirl MUN: Rhiya ... 2/28/2001
                           7:02:49 AM #5965369

                           I can feel his fading... and I won't let it happen. My own
body seems to become a part of his in ways that's... that will change his. The 'magic' in my blood, that
makes me what I am, the power that labels me as a werewolf, spreads through his body... With it's
strength it rushes to those injuries, to those parts of him that are injured and starts to heal them at a rapid
pace... but gives him the bliss of unknowing. He'll fall asleep, I think...

Sleep and awaken whole. And changed... But I hope... I hope he stays the same as when he was human.
Gentle, a hunter who is gentled... He should be. It's the way I've known my life... I hope...

At the connection, my life changes greatly in some kind of new way. In this connection, though my body is
werewolf, I'm me and I can think like myself. Me, and connected to CJ...

And he may feel my support. Live, CJ, live and be whole again... My teeth tighten on his shoulder before
loosening softly while the 'magic' still fills him...
 

                            CJ Vexx (Legacy)
                        AIM: RmgdnX or Myth and Rumor ... 2/28/2001 7:11:34 AM
                        #5965392

                        *Looking at her, I feel something inside me shrivel at the site of
                        this huntress. A knot older than man, who knows that shes
                        unnatural and deadly. A more powerful sensation of awe though at
                        her. My life in her hands, she can move me in either direction. I
                        hear her beckon me as though she speaks it aloud. But I have the
                        choice. I can say goodnight, I really can. The one thing Ive wanted
                        for months is within my reach, and quickly accessable.*

                        *On the other hand, is her love and request. The look on Jordan's
face. Marty's voice. Dakota's promise. Those things raise up a more absolute want for life. To be healthy
again. Have that second chance to live and do what I want with this life. I feel the window into the new
world she offers, and consider the escape that also comes with it. Life or death. Life would strip me of
who I was, and rebuild me so I can continue without needing to beg for help. Cowering in the presence of
those stronger than me, or challenging someone...anyone to take it from me. Or death, the ultimate
goodbye. Never seeing my father again alive. Maybe Miss Jada would be waiting for me. Take me to my
mother, and my daughter. Let me hold them all close again, to wait for our loved ones to join us...*

*But its not time. And my heart steadies, my consciousness slips to awaken later. Ive chosen to live.*

"She's a Wild One,
                                     With an Angel's Face,
                            She's a Woman Child in a State of Grace..."
                                       Dakota Schaefer
                              "When she was Three Years Old on her
                                        Daddy's Knee,
                            He said you can be anything you wanna be...
                                 She's a Wild One running free."

                           (Professional Country singer who can't sing three nights a
                           month.)
                           ICQ#: Off AIM: Rhiya Firegirl MUN: Rhiya ... 2/28/2001
                           7:19:40 AM #5965430

                           Life... he's going to live.

My heartrate slows and I lay my head upon his chest, simply resting beside him as my body starts to
ripple... A roar again breaks from my throat, the howl of a wolf in victory only being pushed back behind
the wall of the woman she really is, and my body starts to change. My shirt and pants are torn, the seams
were unable to hold the muscle increases, and I look wasted when my body returns to normal as I simply
lay against him, resting my head on his chest...

Desperate panting breaths break the silence as I crave oxygen. Alive. Alive.

"You... you can come... come in now sir..."
 

                           President Jordan Vexx
                       (Grr, huff puff you are safe with me as a brick built pig house."
                       ~Wolf *The 10th Kingdom*)
                       AIM: RmgdnX or Myth and Rumor ... 2/28/2001 7:24:48 AM
                       #5965454

                       *I had waited for him, within his own mind. So few people share the
                       connection I do with him, that even he didnt know I was there. I
                       waited for his choice, not once trying to sway his decision. He's
                       been a part of my life since I was old enough to know how to make
                       a child. Right off the bat, I had the perfect one in my arms. Only
                       fourteen years of my life did I live without my son. I wasnt ready to
                       let go after almost fifty years. He's the only true testimonial to the
                       kind of person I am. Walking back in. I look at him. Already he
looks stronger, but not much different, which was what worried me letting this happen. Stepping close, I
pass my hand over his face and eyes, reassurance to his sleeping mind that Im always here, I look down
at her.* Thank you. Youve no idea... *Shaking my head, I cant finish that without sounding like a
complete imbecile.*