Chapter 3: Life on Earth

"What happened to your tan?" I asked Colin as we were walking through the forest one evening.

"I guess it faded away again." he didn't look at me as he said this, he was just thoughtlessly looking ahead.

I could feel a vein appear in the temple of my head. Frustrated, I said, "What's on your mind." It wasn't a question.

His head snapped up, "Nothing. Why?"

I gave him A Look.

"What? What do you want?" he frowned.

"Two weeks ago, the day after Herin and I got in a fight, you haven't been speaking much to anyone. Not even Alysa."

"Alpha business." he frowned.

"The other day Matthew and Diane broke into someone's house. In wolf form."

Colin looked at me, "And?"

"They stole the peoples' stuff, and sold them on Ebay!"

He shrugged, "Well we do need the money."

I stepped in front of him to keep in front walking. Colin abruptly stopped, his face inches from mine.

Awkward!

I took a step back.

"You haven't been yourself lately!" I whined.

"I-"

"Usually you would stop them from doing that," I interrupted him, "And if your slutty girlfriend keeps suspecting that something's going on between me and you, I'm going to kick her ass!" I shouted.

"Shut up!" he hissed.

"What?"

He glanced around before saying, "Give me you wrist."

I held my wrist out.

He snatched it from me and suddenly I was on his back, him running. Before I could ask him what he was doing, he phased. I could feel his bones shifting, crunching and forming into a different skeleton. I shuddered. My hands used to clutch his shoulders, but now my hands were digging into his soft, black as an oil slick fur.

Suddenly feeling uncomfortable, I loosened my grip on Colin. He made a noise in the back of his throat, meaning I should hang on.

I scoffed, "You're not as fast as me!"

Colin hastily sped up, running faster than light. And yes I will admit, faster than me. :'(

I swore, only because I almost fell off of Colin's back. I clutched his fur, where his shoulder blades were, my heart beating rapidly.

He made a noise that sounded like a laugh.

"Shut it." I muttered.

Colin was sped through the forest, dodging trees and other obstacles. Every time he just narrowly missed a tree, I held on to him tighter. Hmm... I guess being in human form must scare me more now than being in wolf form. He leaped over a log, soaring through the air for half a second.

A noise came out of my mouth. A shriek? Great. And if you didn't notice any sarcasm come out that statement, you're an idiot.

I realized two things then, actually three. 1: Colin stopped running. 2: I was clutching his throat so hard my knuckles were turning white, and I was probably choking him. And 3: I saw a flicker of movement through the shadows. A low growl came from Colin's throat. But even before that, the figure was gone.

I jumped down from Colin's wolf body and took in my surroundings. Hmph. We were at the lake I usually bathed at. (Yeah I know, gross. But we can't really afford plumbing.)

"So you took me to the lake I bathe at. Great." I said sarcastically, not looking away from the pale moon.

"I took you here so I can tell you why I've been so...absentminded lately." he replied.

I jumped, his voice startling me. Hm... It doesn't take someone that short amount of time to find their clothes...

"Ok, let's just get this over with. I haven't hunted all day." I said rudely.

Colin frowned, and said, "I think I'm gonna break up with Alysa."

For some odd reason, this didn't shock me, "It's about time."

His head snapped up, "Huh?"

"I knew you come to your senses and would dump her eventually. But you should stay with her, because she'll suspect that I had something to do with it." I told him matter-of-factly.

He frowned once more, "There's someone else."

"Who." It wasn't a question.

He took a deep breath before saying, "It's-"

"Hey guys, what's up?" Herin Thorn stepped into the clearing.

"None of you business." I hissed, still pissed at Herin for attacking me two weeks ago. Well, I hit him first, but...whateves :P

Herin's stupid brown eyes narrowed at me. "Well that sure was a nice how-do-you-do. And anyway, I forgive you for being a total spazz to me a couple weeks ago."

"I think you should leave." I told him.

"Aww don't think like that baby, I still love you." Herin put his hand on my shoulder. I shook it off hastily and shoved him away.

Okay, confession time. When I first joined the pack, I had this giant as a volcano sized pimple crush on Herin. He asked me out two weeks after I knew everyone and was pretty much used to my surroundings then. But when I found out how much of a stupid, arrogant jerk he was, I dumped him. So score one for Syndra Reed.

"I highly doubt that." I hissed.

"So do I."

Before I could reply to that remark, in just two strides, he was kissing me. Crushing his lips against mine, fighting for me to kiss him back. I hastily shoved him away.

"What are you doing?" I hissed, wondering if it was possible that venom just came out of my mouth, or maybe it was just spit.

"Um...kissing you?" Herin guessed.

"Don't do that again!" I hissed.

"What? It's not my fault you kissed me." he told me, a smirk forming on his face.

"I kissed you?" I spat in disbelief.

Herin shrugged. "You know what you're right, it was actually most likely that you were trying to swallow my tongue."

I fought the urge to scream. But I already did.

"Whoa! It's okay, I won't tell anyone you have the hearts for me!" Herin laughed.

"You- Ugh! Just shut up!"

"Getting frustrated Syndra?" Herin asked me, shooting a pitiful look at me.

"Colin! Tell him to leave or I'm gonna-"

"Kiss me again? It's okay, we don't need a room, he already left." he smirked evilly at me.

Being too surprised to put the finger up at Herin, I spun around. The place was deserted, besides Herin and I.

"Where?-"

"Colin left, too upset to see you make out with me."

I felt muscley arms circle around me, seeing Herin bend down to me for another kiss. Instead of kissing him back-which I totally didn't do before- I escaped my little jail cell of arms and punched Herin in the face.

I heard bones crack, but was too satisfied to care it was my clenched fist that broke or part of Herin's face.

He placed a hand on his face, rubbing the spot where I hit him. "You shouldn't have done that," Herin said, narrowing his eyes at me.

And then I saw it, his eyes going dark brown, so dark that it was like they were black. Also like the way his eyes turn electric blue when he's excited during a fight.

I stared at him, "Ever heard of the word 'rejected,' because you just did."

Herin started shaking violently, his eyes focused on me, unblinking as he phased. Golden brown fur exploded from his body, clothes tearing off of him in small little strips. He roared at me.

I wanted to take the challenge but for some bizarre reason, thought better of it.

"Colin?" I yelled.

No answer. I sniffed the air. It was full of rage from Herin. Hmph. Fine. If someone was going to stop Herin from tearing my throat out tonight, it was going to be me.

I phased, snow white fur replacing my jet black hair and fair skin, my clothes tearing off of me.

Herin threateningly snapped his teeth at me. I growled.

"Bring it." I spat.

He dove for my throat.