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Title: Wolf Legend
Jane, who dislikes wolves because they kill livestock, takes Buck
Portman, wolf researcher and wildlife professor at the nearby college to an
island for a week to seek out the huge wolves legend says have been seen in the
area. She's skeptical until a huge wolf runs through their camp... and mentally
connects with Jane. Both woman and wolf are startled by their mental connection.
The wolf invites Jane to follow so they can sort out what's between them. Jane
takes off after the wolf in the dark, followed by the confused professor. She
follows the wolf through a cave and into another world, one populated by
larger-than-life, dangerous animals, including the wolves of the legend. Her
mental connection to the alpha she-wolf is all that saves their lives in that
dangerous place. Days later, when they return to their world, at the request of
the alpha wolf they take her wolf pup with a broken leg so it can be healed.
Problem is that wild wolves are not allowed as pets in our world so the
professor must technically care for the wolf with Jane's help. But he has
reservations. The huge dire wolf pup is in the wrong world. As it grows, will
it remain a pet or become a dangerous predator? As the attraction between Jane
and the professor grows, so do the problems inherent in having a huge
prehistoric wolf in today's world.
I set the cup on the ground beside
me to save the one last cold swallow for later when I turned in for the
night. Buck, watching, hooked his own
empty cup over his belt and prepared to do the same.
As my cup touched the ground, the
largest wolf I'd ever seen ran through our campsite. Two hundred pounds at least, possibly three
hundred, with black velvet, silver-tipped fur and yellow eyes that shone in the
It was beautiful. Awesome.
And it tore through the camp as if we weren't there, scattering plates
and silverware every which way and making short work of the tent just because
it happened to be in its path. "Oh
my God!" My mouth dropped open
because the wolf couldn't exist. Not here,
not anywhere on earth. But it did.
The wolf heard. Stopped.
Turned towards me. Scared the
crap out of me because it was larger than me, double the size of any wolf I'd
ever heard of and a predator. Tipped its
head to one side and looked straight at me.
Our looks met. Connected.
My fear disappeared because it wasn't looking for food. It was on its way home and in a hurry to get
there. The pups missed their mom, the
rest of the pack was good, they took care of the pups, but they couldn't take
the place of a real mother. It should
Tried to wrap my mind around what was happening and failed
completely. I couldn't know what it was
thinking. I couldn't be reading its
mind. Of course not, it was impossible
to know what another human being was thinking, let alone a wolf. Wolves were a whole other species.
Except that I did. I was doing precisely what I couldn't do,
what no one could do. I was reading its
mind and was pretty sure it was reading mine and was just as surprised at being
able to read my mind as I was to know what it was thinking. We stared at each other, adjusting to this
new reality. Shock kept us both immobile
for what seemed like minutes and was probably seconds.
Then the wolf turned away and
disappeared into the night because she had a family and responsibilities and
couldn't stay to chat, not even for a conversation as mind-blowing as
ours. Two separate species were
communicating for the first time ever.
But she had things to do and places to go, a pack to care for and pups
to feed. So she left.
But as she ran into the growing
dark, the silver fur blending into the black of the forest, she left a thought
behind. "Want to follow me? Want to come for a visit? Maybe we can figure this out."
It was an invitation. One I couldn't turn down. So I rose and followed the wolf.
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