Urban Jungle, Chapter 2I woke with a start. My teeth bared and my whole body ready for flight, each breath came in a harsh snarl. My breathing slowed and my body slowly relaxed as I felt Yasmin's hand behind my ear, patting down my hair and caressing my skin.Urban Jungle, Chapter 2 by ProphetStorm
"There, there," she whispered. "Sean again?"
I nodded, mute. "The past is behind me." I whispered. "He shouldn't be bothering me."
The Pack lived off the grid. We walked everywhere we went, or hopped on back of a train. We caught and killed what we needed to survive. We put up with this isolation by sacrificing our identity--not our human self, that needed to survive to support our beliefs; but our past. That was our first axiom: The Past is Dead. As long as we lived off the grid, no ghost from the past, no matter how determined or how observant, could track us down. We never spoke of former friends or family; we had shed our last names and any human ties apart from the Pack.
Those ties we forged in the Pack became only stronger. Th
Urban Jungle, Chapter 1"Les. Les. Lester. Hey, man, wake up!"Urban Jungle, Chapter 1 by ProphetStorm
I let out a bark of surprise as I woke, staring full in face of my best friend, Sean Hardy. "What? What is it?"
"You sounded like you were having a nightmare."
Yeah. Yeah, I had been. Pretty bad one too. Glad he woke me up.
"No, man, I'm fine. Was I yelling?"
Sean shrugged. "Not really, it was more--you were panting like you were running a marathon."
Not a marathon. A race of life and death. With death hot on my heels.
"Huh. That's weird. Go back to bed, Sean. Mom's making omelets in the morning, but only if we get up before she leaves."
1998. I was thirteen. Sean was ten. Mom worked at a car dealership.
Sean went back to bed.
Back to the dream. This time, the animal was nowhere to be seen. But it was getting hot. So hot. And wet and sticky. Oh no. I wasn't--
I woke up with a start. Thankfully, Sean slept through it. Was I wet? No. Yes. Not wet, damp, I was sweating like a pig. And there was an intense pain in my calf and hamstring. I was used to