I ran through the woods as fast as I could, praying that I could get far enough away. But my leg stung and was bleeding like I'd never bled before. All I wanted was to be back home, in my soft, warm bed, but that couldn't happen. I couldn't go back home. Not for a while at least. Not while I was being chased. Not while I was trying to figure out who I was...

My long, red hair was flying behind me as I ran and I felt beautiful, powerful, and like the weakest person in the world all at once.

I could hear my heart racing. Feel it pounding against my rib cage. I closed my eyes, but my feet were moving silently, and not slipping over anything. I'd never been able to do that before. Usually I made as much noise as a giant!

I could hear the pounding of my chaser after me. He'd been chasing me for a while. What time was it? I knew it was sometime at night. But I had to be somewhere. I had to be there by twelve. By the time the moon was at it's peek.

I made myself look up. The moon was almost at it's peek! I made myself go faster and took a sharp left turn.

I heard a howl and stopped dead in my tracks. I knew that sound. That was the sound of Lucas. My mate. My forever... Why was he howling? I looked at the night sky. I had all of about twenty seconds to get where I wanted to be.

I checked my watch, which confirmed that. If there was ever a time to run my heart out, it was now.