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I could breathe after struggled then made empty spot. The wagon was heading to some where. I felt its rough vibration. I was filled with the some thoughts.

The well. It was dead place. All wolves in the cage knew its meaning. When they thought eliminate rogue wolf, they put the wolf to bottom of the well. It hardly happened to us because we were expensive. However it was enough to made wolves frighten.

Why are they did attempt to put me at under water? I was curious and sad. I didn’t dare thought it was really happening. Kill rouge wolf had suitable reason but my first thought was sadness. No matter what people called us, we knew that we could devote our favorite people. It was our nature that was bad or not. I liked Aaron. In our life, only few people were tender to us like Aaron.

I delivered a letter. It easily remembered. Was it made problem? I didn’t know. It might be prepare for a long time. I was sad anyway. They forsook me.

There were some wolves who escaped but all of them got bad end. Most of them caught in City and also few of them were killed by a shepherd. People were not easy to deal with. I must find good way. I felt dizzy.

The wagon was moving. I needed to escape from this wagon. I shouldn’t accompany with her to destination but this was not time to go out. I should keep apart from Bronze hall. They might start searching nearby office. I didn’t want was caught by Cohorts.

I held my breath. I kept lurking beneath the pile of fabrics. I decided to wait for the best moment. However the wagon arrived early than I expected.

“Oh, heaven! There is demon!”

I popped up from the fabrics as voice heard to me. Young human and I met our eyes. When the wagon stopped its destination, I began escape but was tied canvas disturbed me. My body was stuck. Only my head popped out from the wagon hold. I shouted and boy screamed. I struggled in the fabrics as boy fell to the pavestone. I pulled out my two fore legs to out side. In that time I met her eyes. It was worse than previous situation and also horses began quivering.

“This is my dog.”

When the boy got up from the chilly pavestone, she said to him. I looked at her and forgot my escaping. She gave mildly look to me. She knew who I am. I had met with her at one of entrance in Bronze hall. She remembered it.

The boy slowly recovered from his fear of a wolf. People always did. This time I did act like jack in the box to him. I didn’t dare intend; but it was truth or not; I harmed the boy. He exhaled his breath five times then glared me. I realized that I was stuck in worth stuffs.

“Why are you spoiled these fabrics? It is obvious. This wolf damaged the fabrics with seated in the wagon hold.”

I fully escaped and jumped down. The boy stepped back and shivered but didn’t give up glary eyes. He had business on the fabrics. I wondered why she helped me. She could scream with the boy and call other people.

I had opportunity at the moment. I could run away; I didn’t trust people who stood next to me in now. When I decided run away, she gave at me a sign. I saw such a people who draw my mind from my pupils at first time. A wolf was animal to people. It was different and its meaning was waiting.

“It may not be harmed but stuck some Dog hairs. Fluffy is not bad canine. She is just little active.”


The boy said like Lot. But his voice was soft than Lot. He gave doubtable look at her but her action was unexpected.

“Fluffy come here my side.”

What? I didn’t dare make human speech. I just thought like Lot. What she is doing? I thought. I had certainly realized her message. I came to her side.

“Fluffy wanted to follow me. It is perhaps reason for her joke, isn’t it, fluffy?”

I nodded. It was right action in this circumstance. I looked around. The wagon included quivering horses stood on the road. Streetlamps gave out a dim light not far from here. Opposite side of the wagon, wide stone work building stood in. Its smell was alike pile of fabrics. I look at the boy that he seemed was dusty.

“Do you show your friendship with my boss? You are tailor. If you didn’t forget your professionalism, you shouldn’t spoil the fabrics. Fabrics are our valuable material.”

The boy claimed then approached the wagon for check the fabrics. He ignored me. I thought he was apprentice who works on tailor job. I hardly knew suit making. I had my own coat. I didn’t need to know how a suit made. Anyway, I caught one word : friendship.

“Look. These no have problem.”

She announced. I raised my head and looked her body in her next side. She untied several strips then unfolded canvas part. I looked her handiwork. Two tender hands clearly did done their work. I didn’t look how fabrics condition was. Wagon hold higher then my body feet but I saw she didn’t make disappointment. She turned face to boy then said.

“Do you think It have problem? It just little crumpled.”

“We stood in night road. These were needed to examine in brighter place.”

The boy replied. I’m realized that I wasn’t the point of this circumstance. He seemed felt stuffy feeling. His cheeks were hardened. In my thought, wrong treated work materials made him stirred. I turned my head and saw building stood next that was-.

“Tailor’s workshop.” She said to me. “You acted little arrogance. You should dump down these fabric stuffs and don’t have arguing time. You are apprentice.”

She taught the boy.

“This time is the night and also we are late; that wagon was borrowed for a little time. You brought this stuff to workshop and also went to Bronze hall for bring your work to customer. You aren’t apprentice but tailor.”

He made pause. He cleared his throat then said.

“You are tailor and friend of Robeuri. However that relation couldn’t allow you are wolf crumple at stuffs.”

The boy didn’t make more opinion. He went to the building and came with middle old woman. They carried stuffs into the building. After several ten minutes gone the wagon hold was empty. The boy glared at once but she ignored. I hadn’t any idea boy and her relation. She called me once again then I followed her. The empty wagon began departure.


“Why are you save me? I can bite you right now.”

When the wagon stopped in silent place, she offered to me some talks. Dark empty place was calm and horses kept their breath. Only noises caught my ears from far away. It seemed calmly time began in City.

“First I dislike these cohorts. Even they are keeping City’s safety but also arrogance.”

She gave smooth eyes to me. I crouched on wagon box right side from her. I had no mind to smile. I also glared her. This was dark place. My eyes had no light.

“Second I never want someone or something’s life be influenced by me.”

She made little smile in dark. It seemed she made threat to me that I should make smile. I was quite curious in now. Why is she not fear at this moment? One wolf and one woman were only left thing in this place. Normal people might scare but not her.

“Third I was keeping good life. You seemed to gentle wolf at first time we met. Why am I hand over pitiful escaped wolf to them?”

She gave not anything at this moment. Silent place was keeping calm. I was looking at her. Should I escape? I thought.

“If you kill me you finally be cut your head by one of your Cohorts. If you runaway from me that you finally be catch down then be drown in the well. What do you think to do?”

She asked me in quiet and sharp voice. She might think this question fitted to me. It was not good words and made me snarled.

“You are expensive.”

She defined. Talking wolf was expensive. What is she saying? I questioned to my mind.

“Join me. You are expensive thing. I think you be used to good purpose by me.”

I made a little pause. It took some moment until I understood her speech. People usually dislike wolf. I escaped and also she knew it. However she announced that she wants control me and give the meat meal. I sniffed weirdly action. I stared her eyes at a time then immediately turned my body. I bended my limbs and sprang up toward far outside.


I was jerked at the moment and screamed. My body strokes the wooden wagon box. My stomach rumbled. I made short painful pants. I shook my body and realized circumstance. I felt the tail pain. She grasped my tail.

“Pay attentions to you are back. Few people were as sharp as half of wolves’ ability.”

She notified. She gave more strength to her grasp. I turned my neck at back then said. Making human words was hard in this time.

“What do you want from me?”

I said and ignored my barking like resonance. I was betrayed and barely escaped. I already felt dizzy. What is her purpose? Is it another trap? I didn’t know.

“I was already said first, second and third. I determined you are gentle mind wolf. I had several determinations before. These didn’t fail. And I think you don’t have any other choice but death.”

She was right. Her voice was normal and not threatening. I hadn’t any other choice. I moaned. Her small was also quiet.

I sensed from her eyes. If she wanted to sell me to cohorts that she had opportunity before. It was I extracted from her eyes. It pact made me calmed.

She released her grasp. I retreated to wagon hold then crouched. I watched front and also back. Tail was still aching. The wagon departed. It was getting away from empty and dark place. I looked it and wondered. Wolves could clearly see in midst of darkness but darkness was still darkness. Human could see dark. Are these different?


After a half quarter time left the wagon finish its journey. She gave the wagon to which stable. Stable keeper dozed next to limp that was putted on straws. She waked him and said.

“please send my words to him that I appreciated your rent.”

Stable keeper nodded. He was old man. He recognized me. I stood beside her. I didn’t make any face. She said to him that I was her stuff and was named fluffy.

After then we walked together through the small route. Some one’s giggling heard and late evening’s smell flooded but she and I were quiet. I was stuff but not human being. Even useful stuff could throw out to empty lot. In case of mine, the empty lot was deep well. I needed to recover my dizzy feeling. Using high sense was necessary in this circumstance. I shouldn’t be dizzy or sorrow.

Her house was two-story and had little garden. I smelled rose flowers from inside high wall. The wall seemed high and reached roof of house. I tried to guess roof tiles color then gave up this guess. She reached two iron door leafs. She opened the door.

“My name is Celina.”

In the garden, Rose was only grew flower. These might red. Celina bolted the door. Garden was small size but rose made it was luxuriant. I encountered full of rose smell. It was fresh, sweet, and warm. I finally thought garden maker’s sincere. Suddenly her voice broke rose spell.

“I felt pity at you. It was one of reason that I saved you.”

She cleared up it point.

“I also need to a servant. My friends work with me in my workroom but it was only working time. Many time I’m lived alone until found you. You are a talking wolf and an expensive thing.”

Her faint eyes( I didn’t surly know their color) had something comfortable points. These made me were cozy and gave little trust. Tender eyes. I thought. Her white of eyes might don’t have threads of blood.

“Should you do that? Can I trust you?”

She asked. I thought my pup days. People said when their child said a word at first time that word was mom or papa. However, in case of wolf, first human word like howling was owner. I hadn’t any other choice but obeyed.

“Yip. I bowed for you.”

I really bowed. It was necessary thing in this circumstance. She gave life to me. It seemed truth but I doubted Why she gave mercy to wolf.

“Let’s go inside my house.”

Celina saw me with her faint eyes then she opened house door. Doorknob and two hinges made clicker sound. Fluffy rug putted on the front. Why she named me fluffy? I was curious. I was not fluffy. I had wiry fur that it tangled. I was look like male wolf. People easily confused.

She didn’t. I thought. She clearly knew me from first. It wasn’t usual. She might have careful personality. When I little more stepped into living room, it showed some furniture, candlestick and small round table. All of these things radiated dusty small. It was like the wagon hold’s small which had loaded amount of fabric. I recalled that she said the workroom in her house.

“My first story had Work room, storage and kitchen.”

She pointed three doors. Each door was decorated and same shape. Doors was carved curled vein. These was old, didn’t radiate any woody smell.

“My second story is private space. I have embroidered claret bed, smell tea table and shelf. You conceded that to work for me. You should know more my house. Follow me.”

She stepped stair that was simple and worn woodwork. It was old alike other stuffs in the house, might got a lot of pressure through the time. Creakily sound chased her step. Only good smell was her neat rose smell that was not perfume. She might be work in small garden then rose smell might be remain.

She taught second story to me. Rooms were dusty. Tailor’s rooms might be always same. She lit the lamp and showed one room. She said this room is my nest. She putted me and bolted in out side. When she bolting the door, I concerned resistance but gave up it. Room’s window opened. If she trapped me, shut window before then. I coiled and close my eyes, decided sleep until new owner call me in the morning.


Black howl Copyright by Kardien Lupus.

Submitted: August 09, 2010

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I wonder why no one had commented, but I think the story is pretty fascinating, nicely done, Keep me updated. Come visit my story anytime, we are writing on the same topic :P

Thu, August 12th, 2010 7:34pm


Thank you, sorrowolf. I appreciate your comment.

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