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Kardien note.
1. English isn’t my mother language. I learned hard to English during a few months. I had plan writing in English. I wrote several stories in my mother language before. I still feel difficult to English writing. It takes a long time to finished first chapter.
Please, if you find the wrong sentence, see it mildly, and then give to me the advice or the criticism. These will make my sentence better.
2. My writing speed still is slow. Finished one chapter, it takes many times. I’m still learning English.
3. I had read book and watched drama for my good English skill during several days, and also This Chapter takes long time. I don’t fully finish this chapter. I think I’m late. I’m trying for good story and writing speed.
Can I ask you favor? If you will leave advice about story, it will help my story.
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Black Howl.
By Kardien Lupus.
Chapter.6 Archive (part 1)
I decided doing more like canine. She said about human part that made me bothered. When I thought forest which she once mentioned, we were working in Red market Street.
“There is Archive, right there.”
She pointed front side. Worn red wooden gate stood in End of street. Gate was part of wall; white wall was high and wide, was covered marble.
“This is not wall. It is just section of Archive.”
She announced to me as if she read my thought. I looked up her that she wore same worn clothes which wore few days before night. She concentrated her sight at wall or gate. I thought her another mention she said about the book.
She had talk with gate guards. She showed a paper that guards examined it in seconds. One of guard said okay. They seemed familiar to this sort of event. I didn’t know what Archive is. I just guessed many people like her used this gate.
Apparently(from her), This Archive once had been scholar’s academy that took on cradle of study. Academy demolished long time before; people built new thing centuries ago. However now this buildings used little different way.
Human seemed so enlightened in now that they didn’t need any sort of old era’s logic. Academy was abandoned that buildings used other way. Marble building had many wide rooms that were fit for store something like paper. Impressive white building used city’s storage in now.
She crossed inner ground; pavestones made smack sound against her black shoes; Shoes tied ribbon might be red or pink. Place seemed really wide. However it was stored City’s papers, bureaucrat’s papers that meant it was very stuffy place. Bureaucrats made amount of paper even I was mere wolf but I knew it.
“Do you think people have many say in these days?”
“They always have chattering. Even it contained little sort of right or enlightenment but I think chattering mob never get different.”
When she crossed ground then opened one of document room, two men were talking in their table.
“I need to have some check up in this place. Can I do it? I have a confirmation.”
Her worn dress was tied at waist; skirt little wavered with her step. Two low bureaucrats studied her dress. Their talk interrupted. They liked female as most bureaucrats did. This place was filled by stuffs(documents) that their surveying was fit for this circumstance. I thought they might didn’t meet female in this place.
“This confirmation was right. It hasn’t any problem.”
One of them said as examined her document like her dress. She turned from two men but they called her before she went toward document shelves.
“What do you want find?”
Another man asked. I watched man’s face it was little ruddy that he might think my mistress was good female to him. I was unpleasant and hate this rouge man but before I backed to him she called me.
“Some documents.”
She said to man lately as entered book shelf.
“Have you right confirmation?”
I asked that words were my first human language in day. I was thinking should reduce human’s word because I wanted more canine. I carved her saying which from that night.
“I have sub administrator’s confirmation. That cohort was roberui’s friend.”
She said as watched to archivists over document shelf.
“Did you read word?”
She asked began searching document boxes. I shook my head. Paper smell filled in place that I hated it since living in bronze hall. It was rotting by little worm.
“Anyway, I should find document. Apparently some old books were moved to this city before several decades. One of these books can be a Book which I finding it. It may be stored in library or sold or nothing.”
She was keeping her looking. Many wooden boxes seated in each racks. These racks combined that shelves stood in this place. All seemed large repetitive pattern. Bureaucrat made many unnecessary papers that were revealed in real, as slowly rotted papers and amount of regular stack.
“I’m finding Archive’s old recode. What reason is; ‘Apparently’, a Book moved near by my house. I may, I may trace it.”
She said. I heard her voice in many times since I met her at first. Now I felt her voice is cozy and it seemed more like fabric than sound. She was warm person except she also contained some dark thing.
“Oh!”
She stuck one box with her elbow. It dropped near her side. She dodged it with fast speed like me. But I looked to it as didn’t move to back. Observe new thing was important to wolf. Wolves learned from observing. Box’s cover threw down front of me. Wood box stood by its side that contents spoiled to bottom. These were some yellowed papers, dust, and one wrecked book. These were so old that I noticed she was finding in amid of dust. It seemed like dig through old ages.
“Can I help-, you shouldn’t break our valuable materials.”
One of Archivist stood behind me. He wore red vast and had clear hair in human standard. He made awkward smile as looked at threw box.
“I’m sorry but I should find something. I needed it.”
She excused in cozy voice. Trimmed young man stare me as if I made mistake then shoved me for clear box and materials. I jumped through wrecks for follow her. She ignored clearing and kept finding.
“I Find it.”
When sky was deep, came through wide windows, she made smile in other room. She grasped one paper. It was old that seemed almost shattered.
“This paper said antique debris moved to north library. I might get it easily. North library stood in Five kings’ Streets, that hill.”
She made mild smile as patted my head. You don’t need commercial finder. I thought.
“Do we go that hill? When I lived in cage, I went that often. I’m afraid someone or our kind finds me.”
I asked as used human words. I reminded my determined. I want became more canine since heard her saying about human part. However it melted during her finding. In the new place, many things existed; human’s things usually complex that I used human’s words, also this moment especially.
“I should bring you to forest later. But this time important to me. I should go that place. Can you accept my request?”
My feeling bothered it but she was my owner. She didn’t use dog’s treat though I had submissive to dark thing before. I had no right but also her patting hand was smooth.
“Yip.”
I was morning. It was unclear acceptance. In stead of it, I thought forest. I never went there during my dog years but heard people’s saying. It was fresh place that had dense woods, insect and animals. I dreamed it many sleeps. I could imagine it. She gave hope to me. I thought.
“Owner, did you think it was dangerous?”
After her finding she and I were going back to building which was empty and Roberui settled in. I asked that I remembered invasion to her red house.
“A little, our bad tax officer only cans little control in city, because City has many scavengers like him. We will just give little caution.”
She said. Market place crowed by many people. They went through me and mistress In back and front. Smell flowed as many as people. What lurked in this land that City was various place.
“What did you with Reberui, owner?”
We reached empty long building. It stood end of market place. Near side was calm that only two people went through road. I asked before she shoved iron side door.
“Hmm.” She sighed. “You had seen it and may know why I concern just normal tax officer’s death who named herian.”
She said but this moment her smile disappeared. Suddenly I was screwed. I wanted hunching, bark to every side. She said about bloody that I smelled it. I renoticed her and Roberui’s relation. City is wide that I felt some lurking at open. I felt lurking in now Like last feeling in market Street.
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She met Roberui for asking that want a confirmation. She needed simple signature which could search library without someone’s watching. Signature was fit at Cohort Uilleam Roberui’s friend. Her father was pretending as if he gives good paper but demanded quest to her. It didn’t seemed father like acting want make kill for him. I wanted snared and ears alerted but didn’t make voice. She banned it. I guessed it relation hid real point, real part.
She accepted his offer then was allowed to meet Red market’s cohort. She lied as officer’s relative at sub office. It seemed usual pretending but no one concerned. She took a paper from cohort. Time was already going afternoon when she got out from sub office.
“It is sad point why you don’t read alphabet. I want faster.”
When she read books titles in basement of north library, she murmured. I knew Alphabet, of course but only character not its mean. Wolves merely caught learning opportunity. Thus, I didn’t say this truth. I know I didn’t help at her searching.
I confused between accept and doubt, and also didn’t say. Can she find her precious book? I asked to my self. Then, I concerned other thing.
When I was born and after during one and half year, I lived in kennel. I learned many content about human civilization. It was about human’s wisdom but also contain discarding instinct.
I knew I could sniff various smells that could figure its time, condition and relation to other smells. However human want clear one thing. I learned in kennel that straight way about erase other sense. Now my one way is my mistress. She was kind breeder. I loved it point.
Anyway, I sniffed enriched air. Atmosphere was always enriched by smell. Human never knew these air, thus, they used strong perfume. Basement air was neat. I sniffed librarians that smell was few hours ago. I could imagine them. They wiped floor, brushed dust and cleaned air that had opened sky light. Wolves could think before time and before man that used smell. This basement was cleaned regularly but was half neglecting. People had so many scripts for them, as same as Archive, that ignored their past. This place only one people visited except librarians.
It was trimmed archivist who wore red vest. Smell wasn’t old, not faint. It only was left before three of four hour. It was weird. I learned this world no have many coincidence from my puppy years. I was alert. I looked up my mistress.
“A man is who work at archive. He visited these shelves before Forty-five minutes.”
I said in my concern. She was reading books titles and few pages. She interrupted after second then putted old book to its site. She saw me with her widened eyes. My alertness and her concerned met as each fair stare at other. Eyes wasn’t human’s but coal like thing’s.
“Follow me to upstairs. We should check some.”
She left basement as ignored unsearched shelves. It seemed my report changed her purpose. I stepped behind her. She walked toward desk; a librarian seated in it. He was examining several documents.
“Did someone visit basement area?”
She asked but didn’t reveal her coal eyes. Aged man saw her briefly; he seemed indifferent that he hadn’t mind at her. He moved document to side then answered.
“One man, He had indentified papers like as you. Did you have any other problem?”
He concerned her but it seemed just pavlovian action to other. He didn’t give any deep thinking like abandoned old books. And his smell was sniffed like these.
“No, I’m just curious.”
She said.
“Book need to someone’s hand. Even it was old alike debris but I think we shouldn’t forget past. I’m appreciated your visit at them. But now is closed time.”
My prediction little mistook. Man’s concern contained small truth. I didn’t know It was book or closed time. She patted my head and ordered follow her. We went out library.
“Librarian said about book because these people loved their books.”
We stepped streets and she said. She looked around streets but I didn’t any different smell.
“It is one of good sentence; people need to know their past. Books are containing it. What is my past or me? Past is important but why do I know only book?”
She complained. Concentrate only one book seemed hard to her. I sniffed many things from street but didn’t read her coal part yet. We were continuing walking. I thought she will call coach then back to temporary habitation.
My whisker sensed air’s change. Clouds started roaming toward sky; air was moistened little. It wasn’t raining preparation but seemed City had just its climatic condition. Then I sniffed red vest man an archivist.
When I reported to her, she was surprised. Her eyes regained it glower. She searched around people as I searched it. But smell interrupted. She headed into alley as if she want avoid people’s sight. She was like watchful animal. A little after then choice seemed was wrong.
City always was looked same. It had similar buildings and houses. If I looked deeply, I could find different point. Each other had different window frame and different balcony iron but these seemed same in brief sight.
This time they were looked same. I should concern to find others that hadn’t time for looking. Same building seemed dizzy. I heard rustling sound in near buildings. Sky was deep yellow or orange that I know night would begin.
Suddenly she dodged as one of building’s window opened. She tugged my back. One was like stinger filed toward us. It hit with pavestone. Another flied to us.
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Black howl Copyright by Kardien Lupus. kardienlupus@gmail.com


Submitted: September 23, 2010

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