Jess nodded and shifted until the wolf was in her sights. "I think we could be more crafty about this." She said finally, stepping away from the rifle. "That's what they're expecting, right? They're trying to figure out where we are, how we're armed and if we have back up. What if snuck around and took them out from the inside, weaken the army fore they get the chance to attack. If we shoot now, everything is out in the open."
"There's no sneaking around pures." Nathan mumbled. "First of all, they know my scent and would recognize me as a threat immediately. Second of all, they'd recognize your scent a mile away. Why do you think they're coming here? They can smell you."
"There is too such thing." Jess said stubbornly. "I brought myself something special..." Jess reaches into her bag and whips out a case of fire works. "Never met a dog that liked these." She says thoughtfully.
Nathan whimpered like a scared puppy and cowered. "You're not...you're not going to use those, are you?" He asked weakly, obviously afraid of it.
Jess was both astonished and pleased by Nathan's reaction to the bottle rockets. She had found a pure's weakness. "Don't worry, they'll be aimed far from us." She said. "Now, in your opinion, will they run to the noise or away from it?"
Nathan gave a very nervous growl that was more like a groan. He started pacing. "They'd be afraid. As to whether or not they'd be willing to face their fears right away is a question I can't answer."
"Well, it would stun them, that's all I need to know." Jess said with a shrug. "Ok, wolf boy, here's the plan. You go down and lure them into the open, I'll take it from there. Oh, and make sure to close the door to the tunnels after you get back inside. It wouldn't do to get trapped, would it."
"i'm not going out there." Nathan mumbled. "Not if you have...those things..." He growled a little.
Jess huffed in frustration. "Well you either run from them or set them off." She said. "So which is it? I have no problem playing bait."
"Jess, you can't expect me to deal with those things being shot off at me!" Nathan growled. "I'll be just as vulnerable as every other wolf out there!"
"No." Jess said sternly. "I've seen you work, and I know with all certainty that you're better then those dim wits out there. I'm sure a little fire power won't send you off kilter. So which is it, you gonna set off the fire works, or act as bait?"
Nathan shook his head, pacing. "You don't understand. The sound...god the sound deafens me. And it makes my head hurt like he.ll. And it brings back such strong memories that would bring any man to the brink of insanity!"
"Ok, cool it with the theatrics." Jess said in a huff. "I guess I'll just have to do it myself..." She held the bottle rockets in her teeth and ducked out of the window, scaling down the side of the rocks to the forest floor. "Come on, flea bags, come and get it!"
Nathan, despite himself and despite being afraid, went after her. He barked and ran out, going along the edges of the trees and drawing out wolves all around. Jess you'll owe me for this later... He thought.
Jess was surprised that Nathan followed her at first, but she quickly recovered and pulled the fireworks from her teeth, setting them in the clearing. A wolf lunged at her and she only had time to stab him in the neck with a silver dagger before she had to light the rockets. The wick caught easily, and Jess started to run back to the tower at a sprint. "Come on, Nathan!" She called, spying him around the edge of the trees.
Nathan didn't obey, he was too busy with bunch of mutts ganging up on him. He was huge compared to them, and was taking them out as easily as if they were wingless flies.
Jess started to scale the side of the tower when she looked back and noticed Nathan was still fighting. "Um, Nathan!" She said. "Explosives...." But she was cut off as the first bottle rocket ignited, lighting up the dark forest clearing in a shower of gold and red sparks. The nearest wolves were stunned, while some of the more collected ones took off.
Nathan didn't expect it of himself, but he completely ignored the fireworks. He was too focused on kicking a.ss to care. He chased the slower wolves off and went after the ones that didn't run. The effect was quite good, scaring off most of the wolves, and causing the others to fall back to regroup.
Jess threw herself into the task at hand and climbed back into the tower, picking up her rifle and searching for targets through the scope. By this time the rest of the fireworks had gone off and the clearing was aglow with many colored sparks and smoke. The sound was deafening and she was glad to see it had been a good distraction. Jess lost track of how many wolves she picked off from her hiding place. It was too easy when she wasn't fighting them hand to hand, it almost felt like it was cheating. Jess spotted Nathan fully immersed in his own battle and she grinned. He had said he would be afraid, but it looked like he was holding up quite well.