This is probably not the best chapter, but . . . *shrugs* I was having a hard time writing it for some reason. There'll also be another chapter after this one, set to a Def Leppard song off of the Retro Active album.


Track Thirty-One: Hungry Like the Wolf

Dark in the city night is a wire
Steam in the subway earth is afire
Do do do do do do do dodo dododo dodo
Woman you want me give me a sign
And catch my breathing even closer behind
Do do do do do do do dodo dododo dodo

Green-gray eyes tracked the brunette woman as she walked through the dark city night. Cloaked in shadows, their owner shifted slightly and followed her. Uppermost in mind was one rule he'd been taught: There are two ways to follow someone. First way—they never notice you. Second way—they only notice you. He was going for the first way to follow someone.

What with Ziva David's ninja Mossad senses and her own inner wolf, though, that was very hard for Tony–or anyone—to do.

In touch with the ground
I'm on the hunt I'm after you
Smell like I sound I'm lost in a crowd.
And I'm hungry like the wolf.
Straddle the line in discord and rhyme
I'm on the hunt I'm after you.
Mouth is alive with juices like wine
And I'm hungry like the wolf

Where's she going? Tony wondered, even as he called on his wolf skills to tread silently behind his partner—and mate. It probably wouldn't take long for Ziva to notice she was being tailed: When they were in human form, they retained many aspects of their wolf shape, heightened senses being one of them. Incredible speed and reflexes were another, though they were only able to heal rapidly when in lupine form.

In any case, they were moving out of the subway and into the open streets, heading toward a park in one of the nearby neighborhoods. He felt better almost instantly. Although Tony had always lived in the city and claimed to hate the wilderness, the truth was that sometimes he felt hemmed in by the tall concrete-and-steel buildings.

His wolf, however, was focused on only one thing: Ziva. Well, so was his human side, but it was the animal that had initiated this little hunting trip—and he found that the human half of him wasn't putting up much resistance. He was already salivating, hungry for her—every inch of her.

Stalked in the forest too close to hide
I'll be upon you by the moonlight side
Do do do do do do do dodo dododo dodo
High blood drumming on your skin it's so tight
You feel my heat I'm just a moment behind
Do do do do do do do dodo dododo dodo

When Ziva was in the relative safety of some trees, she stopped walking abruptly and whirled around. Tony, who hadn't been expecting her to stop, froze instantly, realizing just a hair too late that she could see him clearly.

Not good. Not good at all.

"Well, Tony?" she asked suddenly, her voice carrying clearly in the silence. "What are you waiting for?"

How did she—?

"I caught your scent a while back," Ziva explained, "and you're not exactly the stealthiest agent around."

"Will you quit reading my mind?" he snapped, moving forward until he was a few feet away from her.

A smirk twitched at her lips. "Sorry, I'll sometimes catch a thought. It's not my fault, really."

"Ah." Why couldn't he come up with something better than that?

It didn't matter, since one of them—he couldn't remember who—had closed the few feet between them. Then Ziva had leaned in, or he did, or . . . did it matter? The touch, taste, smell of her assaulted his senses—and he wanted more.

Moonlight washed pale silver over glistening, tight skin as they sank down into the grass; their bodies intertwined in far too intimate ways while they sated their hunger.

In touch with the ground
I'm on the hunt I'm after you
Scent and a sound. I'm lost and I'm found
And I'm hungry like the wolf.
Strut on a line it's discord and rhyme
I howl and I whine I'm after you
Mouth is alive all running inside
And I'm hungry like the wolf.

Hungry like the wolf
Hungry like the wolf
Hungry like the wolf

Burning the ground I break from the crowd
I'm on the hunt I'm after you
I smell like I sound. I'm lost and I'm found
And I'm hungry like the wolf
Strut on a line it's discord and rhyme
I'm on the hunt I'm after you
Mouth is alive with juices like wine
And I'm hungry like the wolf


Song: "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran

See if you can guess the next song: "Oh I gotta see the fire in me turning into ecstasy. So stick around and settle down, enjoy the mystery. A voice in the wilderness, there's something in the air. A hidden love, forbidden pleasure, suffer secret pain. . . ."