No matter what, it's something you can count on. A Pretty Pesky Prompts Entry
|A Mother’s Love
The night was dark as he stared into the inkiness of the forest. He felt his eyes dilate and the darkness faded to shades of grey. He slowly turned his head. There, he thought, as he picked up the scent of fear in the air. He began to move forward slowly. He could feel his jaws tightening, pulling his face into a feral smile.
William woke up to screams. What the hell? He sat in the late afternoon sunlight for a moment before realizing the horrible sound was coming from his mouth!
He jumped as the door banged open.
“What’s wrong, Billy?” his mother asked.
“I’m not sure,“ he croaked. “I must have fallen asleep. I woke up screaming. It was… a dream, I think, but it felt real.” He reached up, running his hands over his face. It was then that he realized his hand was in pain.
He slowly unclenched his fist. The flesh showed an angry welt as though someone had been carving runes into his flesh. He stretched his hand open and saw the rough image of a star within a circle on his palm. He stared, uncomprehendingly.
Rosemary rushed over and grabbed his wrist, turning it so she could see. She crossed herself. “It’s a pentagram. I was afraid of this,” she whispered. Once more, she crossed herself as she began, “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women…”
“Afraid of what? “ William interrupted. “What’s going on? What’s happening to me?”
Rosemary glanced out the window, scanning the sky. “Hush!” she commanded. “We don’t have much time and I need you to listen to me.”
“When I was pregnant, I was visiting relatives in Hungary and was bitten by a wild dog … or so I thought. My relatives brought me to an elder in the village who put a protection spell on me. She warned that it might not extend to my unborn child.”
Billy stared, mouth agape. “That’s crazy. Are you saying …”
“Yes! You’re a werewolf! You will turn soon but you won’t be some mindless beast. You can control the most violent urges that come over you. Avoid all people. Only hunt animals. When you change back, return as quickly as you can.” She reached out, softly stroking his cheek. “I’m your Mother and together, we will deal with this.”
Billy felt himself begin to change, his bones stretching, almost doubling him in pain.
“One last thing,” she said, rushing to the closet. She brought out a scarf and tied it around his neck.
“A scarf? After all this, you’re worried I’ll be cold?” he grunted.
Rosemary smiled. “No. When you change back you’ll be alone … and naked. Should you be seen, this will keep you from getting arrested for indecent exposure!”
An entry for "Pretty Pesky Prompts "
Prompt: Write a story where your character goes through an unusual and unexpected change.
Word Limit: 1,000
Word Count: 497