Nathan kept at a pace she could keep up with, panting softly as he darted through the woods. It took a while to get to the place where her bike could go no further. He couldn't go any further in his shifted form. He stopped and shifted.
Jess pulled the bike to a stop and turned off the engine. She got off the bike and rested her helmet on the seat. "Now what?" She asked Nathan, looking around. They were in the deep woods now, in a place she didn't recognize. It made her a little paranoid, and Jess's hand went for her revolver.
"Hey, hey!" Nathan saw her hand going. "Ease up! I can't focus feeling like you're a threat. And if the pups are around and they see you as a danger you'll be in danger of killing a bunch of little kids who are just doing what their instincts tell them." He shook his head, heading in the right direction.
"What instincts are only acceptable coming from an animal? We're all animals wolf boy, not my fault I don't enjoy being led into the deep woods at night by a strange wolf who wants to eat me." Jess scowled. She started looking around for these pups. How vicious could they be? They were children. She followed silently behind Nathan, overly cautious.
Nathan scowled. "I don't want to eat you. I just want to kill you eventually. There's a difference. It's my way of revenge. Your pop killed two of my family. And anyway, pups don't ask to be born werewolves. They can't help it, okay? When they shift they have no control. No choice. They can't choose to be good or bad. It's like a baby holds its breath underwater. They do it automatically."
Jess rolled her eyes and stopped dead in her tracks. "Ok, I'm sick of this bickering. You show me this place and shut up or so help me god I'm gonna blow a hole through your head."
In a fit of anger, Nathan snarled and shifted into a wolf, launching himself at her. But before he hit her, he turned away, yelping in pain. He laid on the ground, paws over his head, a pained whine escaping him. He seemed pitiful. Helpless.
Jess was ready to fire off a shot when Nathan stopped in mid attack, hitting the ground and curling away from her like a nervous puppy. Jess sighed and let her gun hand fall to her side. Looks like Rose really knew what she was doing. "Hey." Jess said. "None of that now." She honestly didn't know what to say. The fact that Nathan couldn't attack her seemed to really be bumming him out. She wondered why violence physically hurt him, Rose had to have been better at magic then she originally thought. "Come on, we're going to kill mutts now. So I can get prettied up. So you can try and kill me and get your as.s kicked, wolf boy. Remember?"
Nathan just whimpered, still waiting for the pain to pass. It took a few minutes before it faded enough for him to move again. He stood shakily, not looking at her and shifting back to his human form. He didn't say a word, heading to the entrance of the secret passage and opening it.
Nathan didn't say anything so Jess followed his lead. She looked past him into the cave vaguely curious. This was an impressive stronghold. "Does this connect to the underground spring?" She asked him as she heard the flow of water.
Nathan nodded. still not speaking. He gestured for her to go in and stepped in behind her, shutting the door. In the distance, he heard the barking of playing pups.
When Nathan closed the "door", Jess was surprised to find that the cave didn't go completely dark. Why could she see? There must've been a skylight further down the tunnel or something, or maybe the walls had a high content of reflective material. "Slick." She said, observing the cave. "You said something about high ground? I want to get my rifle set up."
Nathan just nodded. He was refusing to speak to her, no matter what. He led the way down to passage. The sounds of barking and splashing grew louder. There was an underground lake that no one knew about. It was the center of all the passages. There were luminescent rocks in the large cavern that housed the lake. He grimaced when they came to the cavern finally, spotting the three wolf pups playing.
"Cute." Jess said, coming to a stop beside Nathan. "But this leads me to wonder where the parents are." She said, looking around. The pups seemed generally harmless and Jess had no intention of killing them, but she doubted an adult wolf would care one way or the other. "Come on. Let's get going." She urged Nathan.
Nathan shook his head, shifting into his wolf form and trotting over to the pups. They tried to play with him but he wasn't much for play. He urged them to go home and stay there. Reluctantly, the two boys and one girl shifted and scooted off down one of the passages. They couldn't have been any older than six years of age.
Jess bit back a smile. Werewolves were NOT cute. They ripped chest cavities wide open with nothing but their claws and ate hearts. Jess went over to the lake and bent down to inspect the water. She brought some to her lips and found it to be very cool and clean. This was a good set up for the wolves, they could likely live here without disturbing anyone. But what kind of life was that? Jess saw a tunnel and headed for it, hoping to find higher ground. There was an opening near the ceiling, some sort of cave, and Jess hoped there was a tunnel leading to it. She really didn't feel like scaling the side of the wall.
Nathan barked and quickly moved in her way. He shifted. "Not that way, that way is a trap. You'll be dead." He told her. He then gestured to the water. "Across the water, over there. there's a hidden panel and you can open a door hidden in the wall."
"Hmm, shoulda known this would be unpleasant." Jess said, shaking her head. She sighed and dropped her bag on the ground, took off her jacket and started to unlace her boots. "I guess I'll scope it out first." She said. Jess stripped off her jeans and took a knife out of pocket. Couldn't go in empty handed. "See ya on the other side, wolf boy. Jess said, taking a breath and plunging into the water.