Nathan rolled his eyes, shifting again. It was hurting to shift now. He padded through the water, going a special path that was shallow enough to only come to about halfway up the thigh on a human. He made it to the other side and decided against shifting again.
"Hmm, you coulda told me before I jumped in." Jess said when she resurfaced, pushing wet hair out of her face. She swam over to the wall and started searching for the entrance. She found the plank of wood and tried to slide her fingers along the side and pry it open.
Nathan nudged her out of the way and placed his paw next to the panel, scratching down. It popped open and he gave the wolf equivalent of a smirk. The panel was activated by the sound of scratching. Inside was a simple lever.
Jess grinned and pulled the lever, revealing the secret passage. "Nice." She said, sliding out of the water. "So can't they smell me?" Jess asked Nathan. "Why is it so quiet."
Nathan whined, bobbing his head. He couldn't speak. To shift his body so he could speak would be too painful. He nudged her forward, urging her to go. He could fit in the passage but just barely.
Jess glanced at Nathan with a dark expression and shrugged. She slid down the passage, wet skin and clothing sticking to the stone walls. Jess wished she had brought a flash light. She scurried along the narrow path until she reached an opening. Jess fell out of the passage onto another stone floor. The room was narrow, and dusty, like it hadn't been occupied in years. The window looked out at the lake and Jess walked over, peering down.
There was a hole in the cieling, leading up into the house. The only way up there was for a werewolf to jump. No human could reach that high. Nathan went over to Jess, nudging her and kneeling to signal he needed her to climb on.
"Boundaries, wolf boy." Jess said a little nervously. Nathan seemed insistent however and Jess paused before straddling the wolf and tangling her fingers in his coarse fur a little forcefully. She felt unbalanced and awkward.
Nathan made sure she was going to be able to stay on before he went over to the hole and jumped. He miscalculated a little, not taking her weight into account properly and only getting his front legs up there. He had to claw the rest of the way up, praying Jess could hang on until he could get her up there enough to climb off of him.
Jess wasn't ready for Nathan's super crazy monster leap and gripped his sides with her knees like her life depended on it. When he reached the window, she grabbed the ledge and scrambled inside as fast as she could, feeling very ridiculous next to the werewolf, soaking wet and in her underwear. "Never again." She said, shaking herself off. "Never again."
Nathan got his back legs up on the ledge and collapsed onto the floor in exhaustion, panting. He whined softly in pain, hating how much he'd shifted. It made him ache so bad. But at least he got Jess there, and at least now there weren't any more dangers or obstacles to help her with. It was just the house.
"Whoa, you aren't lookin so hot, wolf boy." Jess said, cautiously approaching him. She had no clue what spell had been cast, but she did know a supernatural meltdown when she saw one. Nathan needed fresh meat, and with no animals in sight, it wasn't looking good. "I'll be back." She said, starting down the passage.
Nathan rolled onto his side, whining loudly. He just wanted the pain to go away. He couldn't deal with it, not right now. Not so tense and worried about Jess getting killed.
Jess had no clue what changed. Nathan seemed in perfect health last night, and he was fine under an hour ago. What on earth did Rose do? She had never seen anything like it. "Ok, hold on." She told him softly, and in what she hoped was a soothing voice. There weren't many options, so Jess shrugged, took a breath and did the only thing that came to mind. She took her dagger and made a small incision across her forearm. Kneeling down beside Nathan, Jess let her blood drip into his mouth. Werewolves were better off with more substantial protein, but the blood would have to do for now.
Instinctively, Nathan drank the blood, his tongue flicking out to lick at the wound. It helped enough for him to shift again, back into his human form. But he looked pretty bad, and especially pale. "I'm sorry...I just don't think I've recovered since I lashed out at you..."
"Don't worry bout it, wolf boy." Jess said dismissively. "But seriously, attack me again, and this is gonna end up in your throat." She said, holding up her bloody dagger. Jess gripped her bleeding arm and continued down the passage.
Nathan weakly got up and followed after her, sighing. "I can't help it, it's part of being a werewolf, okay? Anger management is a he.ll of a lot harder for us than you could even imagine."
"I dunno, us humans manage fine, and we're just as insane as you guys." Jess said with a shrug. "The only difference is fur and fleas." Jess stopped when she came to a dead end.
Nathan sighed. "Oh, so we're just the same as you, but then it's okay for you to slaughter us like animals with no trial."