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I was keeping my escape until evening and confirmed this City had no place for wolf. I had watched people and few other wolves when I wandered streets. Finally I lurked on ditch which was opened its iron cover-bar. I was alert to everything.
Ditch’s smell fortunately was not worst and endurable. I didn’t thought my next doing, could withstand until starving but I was carnivore. When I got starving, I should need to meat.
I urged canine’s act. I had seen her; it might be cause of urge. She showed blood that made me was thrilled. The act was carved my vein though I missed it. I learned human’s words and talked with others on it. I could translate my own thought to their words. Because of these habits, I didn’t fully understand my nature.
Night was dark but I still saw clearly. In our mind night was one of day state. I thought coal as I saw landscape of City houses. What did coal light contented? I thought.
I watched man’s approaching. He wore black clothes that it seemed like camouflage for night. Wide rimmed hat hided his face; in his hat white ribbon tied. He was watchman.
He was keeping his approach with his bright lantern. Streetlamp gave not light because this place was far away from it. His lantern was only light that its bright yellow figure weighted at me. Watchman night keeper of city, they did vigilance at dark night for other human. They threw out fear of dark. I noticed his approaching was deliberate.
He didn’t pulled out gun even he had it. He armed lantern in one hand; other hand set on his iron rimmed stick. I didn’t see his face, sniffed smell that it was firmed and well prepared. He seemed bright star amid dark street. It was impressive scene until he stood in front of me.
His action triggers my canine feeling that I jumped toward him. Injured leg sent aching to body. He dodged but only half succeeded then downed with me. I bit his arm then he hit me with stick. Iron rim struck my head that I was angry, climbed few paws on his body then aimed his neck.
“Stop, Pretty p- whatever. I want talk with you.”
He didn’t get fear even his hand covered neck for safety. It was weird. People usually thought they could die when this like canine attack stood on front. He was different. I spent some times to understand his speech then pushed my instinct to back.
“First you should get out from my body. Anyway, are you Celina’s wolf? Celina who working as tailor.”
Watchman said about to my mistress. It never was coincidence on this large City. I was keeping vantage point though his saying contain important thing to me.
“What did you know about my mistress?”
I asked as rebuilt my logic, didn’t know mistress’s relation with other human, thus I’m wondered what he could bring to me.
“I don’t know about you knew Roberui, though Roberui asked me to find daughter’s wolf. He may stand on one of his property if he didn’t go out from his place. If you are fluffy then you should go with me.”
I realized reason of man’s calm feeling that he had good back up or got money as his work pay. Stanger always made me was alert but this time I needed to follow his instruction. Lone wolf could never live on City and he knew Celina my mistress. I unmounted from him but still watched out.
“How did you find me?”
I asked as he stood and struck his dusted clothes. I confused than anytime before now. Stack of matters didn’t be solved.
“Your owner told to me your way.”
He announced and also he concerned his wound then swore. He wielded his stick though it didn’t mean attack. He pointed me with stick’s iron rim then introduced right way.
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“Where is my mistress?”
When I arrived gate of empty building, I sniffed mistress smell. Before I hated coal eyes but now this hate was melted like hot ice. I thought my work dog years but didn’t find my love one. Mistress Celina was only one people or thing who could trust me. It was strong string.
“You should question to Roberui but not me.”
Watch man said in his curt feeling. He had muttered he threw away his duty for accede Roberui’s request. He only walked alley to alley before caught a coach that he needed avoid other watchman.
We stood building’s hall that was empty but dark filled it. Building seemed once used some kind of office. But now it was dusty that dust blocked my nose.
“He is there in third story.”
A man who followed from gate, he said Roberui’s site. Other human, a woman his companion ushered through stairs. Man backed to gate. Watchman used boots and I stepped dusty stairs with paws. Paws were smeared by dust. Watchman didn’t care because of boots but I felt became old.
“My workers are excellent people. They always work in their exquisite skill.”
Roberui said to someone in place. It was not far away that was somewhere over its door. Sound made resonance on corridor.
“They are just people a common. If they worked in fish market and used knife for evisceration at fish, I could trust them. However, clothes workers didn’t hard work against our rivals.”
Man sighed. He voice was lately thirty, hard tone. It was little arrogance even in front of friend. I thought he was officer might be cohort.
“I knew your suggestion though I trust my workers. I met these people in my job. I am working over ten years that is enough time to know what my workers are. They are all honest man and woman. I think they are fit for against our bad tax man.”
Roberui’s voice had confidence. I knew short pact about Roberui. He was playful man but also loved his daughter, worked at clothes making business. I had sniffed wide man’s temper that he had acted confident. I thought he was doing something before I met him at first. If it was truth, he might deal same matter.
“People are doing in hard since Claudian’s death. You should concern matters which involved weapon. I doubt your workers deal with these. They are all common but you would do tough matter.”
Hard voice man said. I sniffed his perfume it was cheap. Supreme bureaucrat used good thing which came from far distance. I thought he wasn’t high officer. He might work low duty which used foot. Textile worker woman stood before one of door. She knocked at door in three times.
“Come in.”
Roberui said. Door opened.
“You should clean up your bloody jaw. People hated it.”
He was little unexpected to my entrance, saw my state. Inside office room little furniture stood; two men stood in near by round table. One man was Roberui and other wore cohort’s blue coat.
“He is Uilleam Red market’s sub administrator.”
Roberui introduced him. Cohort examined me. His eyes seemed had small suspicion then thought me-wolf was not good.
“I have better to go in now. I think gave caution enough. I will go to my house then clean up some waste pacts.”
He gave look to Reberui and I then went out through watchman and woman.
“I think you also better to go in now.”
He announced to two people; they went to their direction. He shut door. I saw he wore gray clothes. He made grin to me and said.
“Uilleam is my partner. He and I are working with same purpose.” I didn’t ask it but he just said. “Anyway, what did you doing until saw watch man?”
I was uncomfortable when he said ‘bloody’. Human hated it that I thought Reberui was not exception. He seemed transformed to political face, suddenly.
“I believe you didn’t say Celina’s truth to anyone. But you shouldn’t attack the watchman; I should give him extra pay.”
I shut my snout. I dare don’t say could kill human. He sighed that seemed he wants which thing from me but I didn’t understand his want.
“Come in.”
He once more said same words as he call woman and was preparing something.
“What is doing? Wounded me and your cohort stood in same place. I hate all sort of cohort. I know they like dog catching.”
My mistress popped from other door. She wore worn dress which came from cheap market place. I sniffed her that smell was sour and red wound but she was human in now.
“Office is not one room but separate.”
He hissed. She attempt to say some, however Roberui stopped her. He covered table with white fabric and textile woman was bring food dish. He was making dinner table.
“Are you joking? This is sliver plate.”
She stared food as furrowed when woman disappeared.
“I knew it never give physical harm.”
“But spirit-.”
“You seat.”
They made little quarrel. I looked it. People had tendency that ignored canine at sometime. I tried to sniff that pricey metal smell.
“What is your purpose? I didn’t know. You should say more clearly.”
She asked with displeased mood. She used knife on sparkle plate as she was reluctant. She chewed sliced rare meat. It had fresh blood smell.
“Daughter, I had said I want get more success. I was working hard even in this moment.”
He explained as he chewed meat. He seemed got reluctant feeling. I didn’t determine reason; it was bloody meat or her question. They was keeping eat.
“I know your aim is not become estate agent. Your estate hunting must have other plot. What is your plot?”
Good human meal and talk on bad feeling didn’t match to each other. I sniffed then thought its reason. If they live on problem, ate problem for live seemed fit for them. Complex, human made this world complex.
“Daughter, estate hunting, you get a point. Time will become more unstable. If we get more estate as house and building, we easily go out through these years.”
Father explained. His rogue voice became go warmly as if never care his daughter before. It seemed well dealt with her that she made smile. However smile went to frown.
“Do you say mean I’m your tool? I do amount of thing for you. You said it is good for you and me. But you are doing secretive work. I heard your friend’s arguing. He is right. Baron the tax officer was not easy people, get support by another. If you think me is your- -a tool then you just are keeping your treating.”
Her tongue had throne. His talking made her annoyed. Black revealed her surface. He backed his chair but she gripped his wrist then he paled. I hoped she never care me like this, and appreciated a pact that she ignored me. I thought first meeting with Roberui. There talking might contained this dispute. Tool it seemed have many mean.
“This time have many opportunities.” He squawked. “Did you hear people’s saying?” He questioned. “They are saying common right. It was not claim for neither arrogance class nor superb class but for them.”
He tried fled her gripped but failed, saw her eyes. It glared.
“I don’t care what they say but some people who live in capital they also thought common’s words right. Apparently several potentates and bureaucrats agreed common’s thought. King’s sovereignty is getting weak through starvation, wars and foreign friction. Country seemed faltered.”
He explained carefully but also don’t bother as if it was pleasure thing. He checked her grip that was still strong.
“When A Problem arises, it gives many chaoses. I heard about portent. People who live in capital want occupy their city but they ignore one point. This City is once another capital for countries’ league but still is as large as Capital. City is second on state. If anyone gets support from this city, people will have immense power.”
“Do you think you are plutocrat?”
She asked seriously. She didn’t think he was on joking, looked him as if he was insane. Bright iron lamp seemed last candle piece against her dark.
“Yes, you’re saying right. I’m just rude business man who was not from high class. However, successful plutocrat, He will need many subordinates. Become one of these subordinates is fit for trying. We can gather many things for us.”
He was not insane that he get a clear point from its suspect. His luring voice ended then expectant sight was left. I didn’t know human’s conspiracy but his smell was greedy. It was not proper at father’s treating. It seemed he lurked something before.
“Your saying heard like will extort money from poor.”
She announced then released her grip. Dark appeared many part of her. Her eyes glowed against lamp’s light in coal color. She was not animal or normal human either. She was unpleasant.
“It is nice thing. If you help your father, take down that bad officer; we can get advance.”
He said restarted his dinner.
“That is point. You want me as a tool.”
She tried to grip his wrist once more but this time Roberui fled fast than her speed. She looked at him in indignant face then noticed me.
“We are common sense existences, thus, we show example for this animal. We should not be easy creatures.”
He dragged his chair then seated again. She didn’t concern him. It wasn’t because his words were effective but she looked at me. Coal light eyes looked abnormally sad. She turned her head.
“I accepted your asking but you should assist my searching.”
She made end at her saying. Roberui was chuckled that I didn’t know his real feeling. I don’t understand their phrase and paragraph, only know they have plan and problem. I concentrated her sad that seemed needed to me in now.
They concentrated their dish. She only chooses red meat Roberui choose various foods than her. He grasped bread, took some vegetable to his dish and take a sip of drink. I had confirmed his disguise before, tried sniff inside of his wide chuckle. Inside thing made she sad.
After long dinner Roberui made more chuckles; she called me at front of her foot. “See you later” He said as he disappeared. She wasn’t dark this time: I detected her dark was resolved. She petted my head in calm touch.
“He think, if he control you, I can be handled easily.”
She said to me. I upped my head as saw her eyes. It was scared motion at dog but I was trying it. Eye was one of search equipment and also door of order’s feeling. Dogs read brief actions to each other such anger, subjection and domination. It meant I want ‘see’ you, was rude behavior.
Want?
I questioned to myself on my mind, thus, I read ‘want’ from her I eyes. She had plan as like roberui. I wondered what blacky want from its heart or her tender red heart.
“Before we do whatever, I should care you. Give your leg to me. I will rub ointment then bandage in your leg.”
She worried me while she did her care. At this moment, reason of her sadness seemed my wound. She had saved me. However, its time also was scared thing in my heart.
“I want said something.”
She stood as putted her chair to table. She scratched my back in smooth finger nail then putted leftover dishes on bottom. “Eat, I knew your hungry stomach.” She said. I sniffed meat that mixed cold blood and sour also sweet sauce. I ate it. It wasn’t fit for my appetite but I was hungry. Foods immediately disappeared to my belly. I felt little lazy after eating.
“Go with me.”
She said. Sound of opening door was creaking sort. Its resonance was spreading form hinge in rat speed. In side of room seemed red brown wood(I only did assume, because canine was color blind). End upped dinner table; light of iron lantern; three drawers stood in it. I always examined about around thing. It wasn’t difficult to wolf kind. Human said it was over power; I thought It was some times right. I wanted only felt her smell would hear only her word. She made smell of companion in now.
“I’m finding a thing.”
She was working night street. This street was small upland in Red market. Wide market place and two story long shop houses were spread on its borough. Most structures was black but few building was lighting She said these is inn.
“This is book. I didn’t know its name but I know several contents. It was book for beast.”
“yip-? Beast?”
I squawked like rat or cat. Several gleaming building was looked immense. Wolves easily caught light in night.
“The book is for me. Apparently, it contents beast’s origin and history and also reason of existence.”
She said subdued voice.
“Do you call blacky is beast?”
I questioned. This moment some canine action was recommended. However, I more pleased in human language. I used many words of this than my instinct. I thought.
“Anyhow, I didn’t hear its name. I’m just call beast to myself.”
She said as slowed her step. It was little declaring.
“I choose you before because your one of ridiculous animal.”
She stopped and half turned. She looked me in her concern. She wasn’t sad than before.
“Why I’m ridiculous animal?”
I asked just simply. I’m not funny because my working dog years were hard. Six year and more, I used one of three parts life.
“Because of you have some human pieces at your spirit. Your not fully act alike dog.”
She said. It was unpleasant words. I’m not human even I obeyed them. Instinct and feeling, they tugged me every time. They were from my vein from our kind’s old time. People hated wolf but we were proud at our kind. If we never went forest, we knew its smell.
“I’m not.”
“No, I say right point. You know people’s words and learned amid people’s City which one of most civilized place. Experience is important because everything become it. Fabric‘s feeling, rose’s smell and this landscape; you knew these. My saying is like experience. Become, we know some, thus, this are included as piece of us.”
Her saying seemed was a teasing. If I contained ‘human’ part, why did I bother it? Her words were what but I was four legged animal, wolf.
“Originally wolf didn’t say anything in old past. Your special kind was brought from far land, and has ability to talk with people. It is weird. Weird is ridiculous in your case. People say talking wolf’s chat is full of broken language.”
She taunted me. Wolf kind was trying to live with people even in now. They ignored almost our habits. We endured inconvenience in many times for tuned their standard. I hated her words, regretted at give submission to her, suddenly.
“You are- animal.”
I hissed like bark.
“Do you think want to find your ability’s origin? What kind of forest taught talking to wolf? My plan is like those answer. If I knew my self, I may don’t say beast to myself.”
After my anger, I had question but it wasn’t sort of really ask. Is she human or another than each other side? Is she dreadful mix? I didn’t know.
“You may find author use your moneys. I had heard commercial finders who work at finding whatever.”
I said.
“It is from so old time. Author, scripts and place forgot or disappeared but book remain. I know it even if it is some kind of belief.”
She explained as bowed little. She putted her hands on each thigh. It seemed her concernment. My eyes and her eyes closed. She may want say important thing.
“You want go forest which was real and deep. I went there in few times but not this time. I will go with you to there later but-.”
She stood, didn’t bow. I looked up to her that her finger pointed to somewhere. I stood in night but my vision was clear. She pointed darkened city. It wasn’t just about The city but pointed one building that was large and marble work.
“It seemed a needle in haystack that be finding on wide world. However, I should find book. I felt it. I don’t know Roberui give useful help to me. I requested you, help me. We can start about this Archive.”
She turned face to me then we looked at this large building. Dark spread to whole place but I didn’t care.
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Black howl Copyright by Kardien Lupus. kardienlupus@gmail.com


Submitted: September 11, 2010

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