Wishes by Moonlight: Betrayal
To fully understand this short story, read the other two stories about Caeson,
the moonlit Lupe. Okay, I hope you enjoy! ^^
Caeson stared blankly at his leg, where the vicious
imprints of a large bite still lay. The moonlit Lupe (or rather, Darigan, because
of his close appearance to one) sighed. It had only been hours ago that he had
been attacked by a pack member, the brown Lupe by the name of Uye.
Caeson had never been so confused... so terrified.
The very sight of Uye, his size multiplied at least three times, with enormous
claws and monstrous fangs, struck fear into him. He didn't understand it - he
just knew that it was terrible and powerful. Wild Lupes didn't know much about
Werelupes. Their mothers spent more time teaching them how to hunt and fight
rather than telling them bedtime stories.
Chayla was suddenly sitting next to him. Caeson
tried to avert her eyes for fear of showing anxiety, but the Lupess easily caught
his gaze. "What's wrong?" she asked almost dully. "You look pale."
"Nothing's wrong," Caeson said a little sharply.
"I'm just tired, that's all." Chayla raised her eyebrows coolly. "Oh?" Caeson
hated it when conversations got like this. The Lupess usually came out with
what she wanted. Chayla smiled wolfishly.
"You're worried about the attacks, yes?"
She was playing him. Soon enough, Chayla would
use her quick tongue to worm something out of him. "Yeah," Caeson replied weakly.
"I mean, with Uye being attacked and all... you'd think another pack was trying
"Yeah," Chayla said, sounding casual. "You must've
been attacked last night, too, by a pretty big Lupe judging on the looks of
"No, it was--" Caeson shut himself up. Chayla
rose her eyebrows, her white pupils boring into his. "Well...?" Caeson sighed
in defeat. If he didn't speak up now, Chayla would hound him until he opened
his muzzle, and it got really annoying to try and defy her. "It was Uye," he
whispered in horror. "I went out looking for him last night, and he attacked
me..." He watched as Chayla's eyes widened considerably.
"I didn't even recognize him at first," he said,
shuddering at the thought. "Then he suddenly woke up and told me to run... But
not after biting me." He displayed the rest of the bite to the Lupess. "See?"
Chayla's lip was quivering. She looked at Caeson,
terrified. "You... you haven't heard much about Werelupes, have you?" Caeson
shook his head. Chayla looked down at her paws; this time it was her refusing
to make eye-contact. Finally she did, and the Lupe was extremely surprised to
see her on the verge of tears.
"A Werelupe... Caeson, they mainly bite you,
but if one gets really carried away, like Uye probably did last night, they'll
kill you. Werelupes are very powerful, and if you're bitten by one..." She bit
her lip until she drew blood. "You're a Werelupe, Caeson."
Caeson paused - the shock was only a small effect.
His usual laid-back attitude was getting the better of him. "It's not that bad,"
he said, grinning. "If it makes me powerful, that is." Chayla's expression of
fear turned into that of annoyance, but a hint of playfulness. "You're terrible!"
she grinned, elbowing him in the belly. "Just make yourself scarce every full
moon, you got that?" With that, she stood, giving him a last smile, and left.
Caeson watched her leave, then curled up and let sleep overtake him. It was
still very early in the morning - he would have a few hours of sleep then wake
A subtle chuckle sounded from behind one of
the trees - a young red Lupe by the name of Raguel sneered as the plot formed
in his mind. "Our beloved leader, a Werelupe?" he chuckled again. "This might
come as a slight shock to our dear pack..."
"You've heard of what Werelupes can do!" he
roared to the others. They barked in agreement. The red Lupe slammed a paw on
the ground, breaking a stone. "They can possess you!"
Growls met his statement. The red Lupe stood
up on his hind legs, swaying slightly.
"I hate to break it to you..." he began slowly,
muzzle forming into a sneer, "but one of us is a monster." In the midst of the
crowd, the brown Lupe called Uye shivered. "Our very leader, the Moonlight Lupe
called Caeson, is a Werelupe!" Instead of howls of approval, like before, a
stunned silence met him.
"You... you're lying," one said quietly, disbelief
evident in his voice. "Caeson wouldn't harm us..."
"That's what you think!" the young Lupe snapped,
rage livid in his voice. "He killed Rann and Naguel, didn't he? And what of
our missing pups?"
The pack took a moment to contemplate this.
Lately, young pups of the pack had been disappearing. Their leader had suggested
human thievery, which was easy to believe, but now that the young one mentioned
it, it did seem strange...
"I say we drive the enemy away!" he roared.
"We shall destroy Caeson for our loss of pups!" One by one, the pack members
looked at each other uneasily. An old one spoke up, this one more bold than
"Caeson is our leader..." he began in a slow,
cracked voice. The white Lupe glared at him icily, but the old one didn't falter.
"He is good and just, unlike Rann and Naguel
had been..." he was cut short as the young Lupe bowled him over, knocking the
wind out of him.
"I suggest you talk different, old man," he
snarled, baring his teeth. The Lupe, having regained himself, was silent. The
red Lupe got off and roared to the pack.
"We are not weak! We shall kill Caeson and end
the loss of our dear pups! Or do you value his life over our young ones'?" The
pack was silent. Then, one Lupe barked in agreement. The others barked in unison,
inspired by the new idea. The red Lupe, Raguel, snickered as flames danced in
his mind's eye. Among those imaginary flames, a Moonlight Lupe howled in agony.
Things had been quite over the month of Eating.
Caeson stretched out, yawning, as the pups played around him. It was odd - he
enjoyed playing with the pups more than he did the other Lupes. Maybe it was
the fact that they didn't play at all.
Chayla had given him plenty of warnings regarding
the full moon, and Caeson waved them off - she was too bossy. It wasn't really
that urgent: he would leave the pack before sundown with a good excuse, hide
himself somewhere concealed for the night, and wait out the Werelupe stage.
He yawned again. Was tonight the full moon? He didn't remember. Oh well, Chayla
would tell him, that was sure enough.
He stood up, pups still clinging to him, and
walked towards the forest. Chayla was hunting out late tonight. He would ask
if tonight was the full moon. As the sun bled into the distance, and the lush
grass bent underfoot, he thought almost wistfully of the Lupess. Chayla had
always cared about him, in her own bossy way... He suddenly smacked himself,
He walked through the forest as the sun began
to set. Caeson's ears pricked every once in a while, but when he turned to find
the source of the noise, nothing was there. He shrugged off the ominous feeling
hesitantly and kept walking. Where was Chayla?
This time Caeson was positive. He whirled around,
looking for the source of the growl. "Alright, come out," he snapped. A young
red Lupe emerged from the foliage. Caeson strained his memory slightly... Ah,
yes. This was Raguel. Caeson didn't know of the young Lupe's origins, or of
"Raguel," he began, a firm note in his voice.
"Go back to the pack. I'm solo hunting right now." Raguel raised an eyebrow
critically. "Oh? Looking to satisfy your hunger... by feasting on a Lupe or
two?" The comment made Caeson stop dead in his tracks. "...What?"
"That bite on your leg makes it obvious," Raguel
sneered. "You're a Werelupe. There's no denying it."
Caeson glared at him. "Then get lost, 'cause
I'm pretty sure tonight's a full moon, and I would like nothing better than
to bite you."
"You know what happens to Werelupes?" Raguel
asked nonchalantly, as if he had never heard Caeson's first comment. "They get
Then, without warning, two other Lupes flew
from the foliage, pinning Caeson down. He recognized them as Mac and Terease,
two young Lupes who were a little more muscle than brains. "Gerroff me!" he
snapped, sending a heat wave pulsing through his body. The two Lupes didn't
move, though they winced in pain at the incredible heat running through Caeson's
"Lika!" Raguel ordered, and a third white Lupe
emerged from the woods, claws brandished. "Kill him!"
Lika neared Caeson, her claws brandished, and
leaned in close... The edges of her knife-like claws were at his throat...
Chayla ran from the foliage, ramming Lika hard
in the shoulder. The other Lupess silently rammed her back, letting no words
come from her muzzle, as the two fought. Chayla ducked and wove through Lika's
attacks, and ended the battle easily by smacking the Lupess across the skull
and rendering her unconscious.
Raguel roared in annoyance and ran towards Caeson,
claws aimed for his throat. Chayla ran in to interfere, but she was too slow.
Caeson closed his eyes as he prepared to feel the raking claws...
Something pulsed inside him. Caeson opened his
eyes as time seemed to stop, looking up to the sky to see the full moon shining
down on him. He felt a second pulse, far more powerful than before, and gasped.
The claws met his throat... but didn't break the skin. Raguel looked at him,
then whirled to look up at the sky. He was suddenly backing away, leaving the
two other Lupes staring blankly after him. It was like they were in a trance
of some sort. Caeson's stomach suddenly lurched, the feeling of immense hunger
running through him, as he felt his limbs grow insanely. He doubled over as
his body grew to about three times his size. Chayla shoved Mac and Terease harshly.
The three Lupes began to run as Caeson caught
them in his sight. The hunger was unbearable... Lupes... food... He ran after
them, a little surprised that the massive girth he now was could move so fast.
He was even more surprised to find that he enjoyed this - the thrill of hunting
these pets that had once been his comrades. Terease and Mac had suddenly recovered
themselves, like they had been in a trance of some sort, and realized the trouble
they were in. The two Lupes whined and ran harder, but that only urged Caeson
to pick up the pace. Chayla, being quick of mind and foot, shoved the two Lupes
behind the nearest tree and opened her wings, easily taking to the air. Caeson's
hunting instinct wanted to go after the more challenging prey, and he was soon
airborne and on Chayla's tail.
"Caeson," she panted, "Stop! Please!" Caeson
was oblivious to her cries as he lunged forward, teeth bared, and attempted
to sink them into his foes leg. Chayla flew up and easily missed the attack,
but her energy was running low. She'd be easier prey soon.
A bright flame suddenly burned into Caeson's
sight. He blinked, floating for a moment, and dimly recognized it as a weapon
he had used only a while ago. It flared angrily at his stupidity, his raw moronic
behaviour that seemed to disgust it. In a quick, almost harsh blast it shoved
the Werelupe instinct back, fighting for Caeson's consciousness, then dimmed
again. Caeson found himself staring in disbelief, then shook his head quickly.
The Werelupe was gone... He looked up, sure that a full moon was overhead, but
was surprised to see the sun breaking over the horizon. Chayla looked back and
fixed him with a stare that questioned his sanity. "Caeson...?"
"They're not gonna let me stay," he mumbled
hoarsely. Chayla flew over to him, positive that the curse had left. "You mean
the others...?" Caeson nodded dumbly.
"I nearly killed them tonight," he whispered,
horrified with himself. Chayla nodded in silent agreement - she knew it was
pointless to lie. The other Lupes would hate Caeson for this, especially that
arrogant one called Raguel. She turned, looking to the horizon, and muttered,
"We could still see them."
"Those other Moonlit Lupes..." she started flying,
and without question, Caeson turned and followed. He didn't know where they
were going - the only thing he knew was that he was relieved to be doing so.
His mind was blank as he followed, intent on meeting the others that Chayla
had mentioned so long ago.
Caeson looked back down upon the forest, and,
wishing that he could argue with himself more, he turned his back on it for
the last time.
Raguel grinned as he watched the two Lupes fly
away. Coward, he told himself. "Oh well," he said aloud. "Makes my plans
for this pack all the easier..."