|Dracula : A Wolf's Tale
Author: nightfeathers PM
Dracula is a wolf, the leader of a large pack. This is not the Dracula you see in the movies. This is Dracula as he should have been written, in wolf form.Rated: Fiction T - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 13 - Words: 14,750 - Updated: 09-22-07 - Published: 07-28-07 - id: 3688056
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Authors Notes: This story about Dracula is probably different from any you have ever heard. In it, he is a wolf. Not sometimes. All the time. He doesnt shapeshift, sunlight is annoying but not at all deadly, and he does eat as a normal wolf. he just happens to like wolfs blood too. This is all based on an adoptable I own who was designed after Dracula. However his personality and history are decidedly different. In order to fully enjoy this you need to basicly forget anything you ever read about Dracla, and begin anew.
That said, I cant wait to get the full story uploaded. Its the first one Ive actually finished, and I hope you all enjoy it. Reviews are much loved! If I get good ones I have a couple sequels/branch offs Im working on that I will post. If not this will be a one shot.
Dracula stalked through the forest, following a trail of blood left by his latest prey through the deep undergrowth. His leathery wings were folded tightly against his body as a gaurd against the brambles. His long white canines gleamed in the sunlight trickling down through the thick canopy above.
He paused suddenly and ducked into a bush, moving silently and keeping himself hidden from the unsuspecting creature up ahead. It had paused to rest, thinking itself safe from him after crossing a stream earlier in the chase. He waited until the deer turned towards him before stepping slowly from his hiding place. The deer made as if to bolt, but as he gazed into its eyes it slowly sank to its feet, tricked into submission by his cold hypnotic stare.
Dracula kept his eyes staring directly into the deer's as he walked slowly forward. He finaly released it from his hypnotizing force just before sinking his teeth deep into the tight flesh of its throat. It kicked only once before falling unconcious as he quickly drained the blood from its body. His thirst sated, he got a better grip on the carcass' throat and began dragging it through the trees.
Before long he reached a mountain, at the base of which was a small cave entrance. He dropped the deer there and stuck his head in the hole.
"Dinner's here!" he shouted, calling to the rest of his pack.
They awoke slowly, it was still early for them, and emerged from the cave with sleepy eyes and tired faces, stretching the morning stiffness from thier limbs. Miakoda was the first to emerge, as usual. She flapped her feathered wings stiffly before giving the deer a sniff. She walked slowly to the river for a quick morning rinse, her dark blue fur shimmering like the water itself as she shook herself off. She settled in near a tree to wait for the rest, giving herself a quick grooming in the meantime.
Adatara and Stradivarius were next, bouncing around as only young cubs can so early in the morning. Adatara's first move was to flick a small clod of dirt at Strad, catching him right on the nose. Strad of course turned on her and pounced, sending them both flying right into the deer lying just outside the cave. Dracula quickly separated the two cubs, carrying them both to the river for a quick bath. Adatara tryed to fly away, flapping her small feathered wings determinedly, but of course she was not yet strong enough, and succeded only giving Dracula a facefull of feathers.
"Do you two have to be this energetic so early in the morning?" Corona called, yawning as she watched her cub struggling with Adatara and Dracula.
Dracula let Adatara down at the waters edge, and dropped Strad at his mothers feet. Her pattern of trailing red marks always reminded him of arteries tracing through her fur, so he turned to see where Strad had gotten off to. He watched the young cub, now chasing a ladybug down the meadow to the river.
"At least he's headed in the right direction." he said to Corona with a laugh.
Rose and Elizabeth poked thier noses out then, sniffing the morning air before struggling over to the rushing water to wash the sleep from thier faces. Rose was, as usual, mad at the world, and grumbled incesantly about the unfairness of everything. Her hyena like stature gave her an odd, skulking appearance which further enhanced her sneaky attitude. She tried to snatch a piece of the deer meat before her turn, which earned her a sharp cuff from Dracula.
"Go wash your face Rose. You know the cubs eat first. I wont have you stealing food again, unless you want to fight me over it." he growled at her.
She was always trying to get away with something, and if not for a promise made to his dying mother he would have kicked her from the pack long ago. Unfortunatly he had promised never to turn away anyone in need, and Rose, while a sulky thief with delusions of granduer, was no hunter. Whether that was due to laziness or incompetence he hadnt quite decided.
Elizabeth meanwhile had gotten herself a quick drink and settled in near Miakoda to do some grooming. She'd gotten pretty dirty playing tag with the cubs and had been too exhausted to clean up yesterday. She set to it enthusiasticly, using the motions to wake herself up. When Queen's Gambit came strolling from the cave, she automaticly let a short growl escape her throat. The two of them hadnt gotten along in some time, and she had a hard time not attacking her on sight.
Gambit had the same gut reaction to Elizabeth, but rather than trying to attack she flipped her tail and trotted over to Night Flame with a smirk on her face. It transformed to a dark smile as she persuaded the blue flamed lupine to follow her into the woods. They would likely spend the day together alone, as usual leaving Elizabeth to fume in thier absense.
Chapawee, Rascal, Spangle, Quidel, Flame, Moonstone, and Tic tac Toe all followed. The cubs Rascal, Spangle, and Tac all piled into the river, splashing and playing as if theyd never gone to sleep. Dracula had to admire thier energy, if not the use to which they put it on occassion. Poor Miakoda had liked to never recover from the haunted rabbit escapade. Chapawee got a drink of water before heading into the woods for one of her nature walks, accompanied by Quidel and Moonstone. The latter's airy, transparent appearance would aid them in whatever they chose to hunt that day.
Now that almost everyone was awake, Dracula tore the deer open, calling out to the cubs to come and get thier breakfast. He sat back with the other adults as they ripped into the flesh, sending bits of entrails flying as they consumed the tastiest parts. This was always thier favorite meal of the day, because they got to eat the guts, which of course was a treat to the rambunctious cubs.
When they had finished Miakoda herded them to the river, dodging bits of deer thrown in her direction by the playful cubs.
'Looks like its going to be one of those days.' she thought with an inward eyeroll and a smile.
Dracula made certain the cubs had finished before heading back into the trees for another hunt, this time for himself. At his departure the other lupines tore into the carcass, shredding and consuming the flesh and devouring what was left of the organs. Miakoda and Elizabeth had a brief spat over a bit of liver missed by the voracious cubs, but the aregument was resolved when Rose suddenly lept through the air and snatched the tidbit, swallowing it whole before she hit the ground. They chased her halfheartedly for a short distance before returning to the deer, eating what was left and grumbling about Rose's theft of the liver.
Astyana emerged from the cave later than the rest, to find she'd slept through breakfast again. She stretched quickly, fluttering her butterfly wings to catch the suns warmth before running into the woods after Dracula. She knew he would have gone there, just as she nearly always knew everything else he did. The two were connected, emotionaly and mentally, so it was impossible for her to ever lose him completely.
She caught up with him as he was about to pounce on a rabbit, and unfortunatly scared the creature away. Dracula couldnt help a growl of annoyance, but he wasnt overly bothered. The rabbit would be easily replaced.
"Sleeping late again were you?" he teased, tapping her stomach with a wing tip.
"Trying to make up for not waking me in time for some of that deer?" she returned, dodging the barb with one of her own.
"You couldve had some rabbit if you'd waited a few minutes more to catch up." he replied with a mock frown.
She walked over and leaned against him, nuzzling his fur and entwineing her tail with his.
"Are you so sure you dont want me here then?" she asked, pretending to start walking away.
He turned and put a wing across her shoulders, covering her own delicate wings with his leathery ones. Neither said anything, there was nothing to say. They already knew one another too well for words, and together they walked a bit further into the trees, seeking privacy for thier new explorations. The forest rang with lupine song not long after, before falling quiet once more.