The Outlaw – Part 8

The next day, Geoffrey led Ben and Sarah to the edge of Indian territory. Sarah would miss his tall tales about England and other parts of the world she had never heard of. Ben, on the other hand, seemed apathetic at their parting, as if their guide meant nothing to them. But she saw the way the two men exchanged looks, wordlessly communicating something that she couldn’t comprehend.

There was a warm, fatherly wisdom about Geoffrey that Sarah admired and she wasn’t afraid to admit that she grew fond of the man in the short time they had been together. But with the pressing need to find her parents’ murderers still at hand and with his desire to return to his own country, Sarah had no opening for argument.

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Werewolf Myths and Legends of Germany

Now, when reading these little fables, keep in mind that Germany – or the Germanic nation – was actually fairly large and took up a lot of land in Europe, including Poland and Slavic areas. So, some of these stories may be Germany, but others may be Polish in origin.

The Werewolf Who Ate a Colt – There were once two herdsmen and one of them possessed what was called a “wolf strap”. If a human donned the wolf strap, they would turn into a werewolf. This wasn’t necessarily frowned upon in this culture, because the wolf strap was a way for people to go out hunting as a wolf, which was more efficient. But, it just so happened that these two herdsmen grew drowsy after tending their herd for hours. The one who possessed the wolf strap fell asleep while the other pretended to fall asleep. The awake herdsman stole the wolf strap, turned into a wolf and went out to hunt. The herdsman who was asleep woke up in the middle of it and watched as the wolf killed and devoured a whole colt. He promptly went back to sleep (thinking nothing of this obviously). The wolf came back, took off the strap and napped as well. When he awoke, he had a terrible tummy ache and the other herdsman said “The devil himself would have a stomach ache if he had eaten an entire colt in one sitting too!” Continue reading

The Mysterious Stranger – Part 3

Tessa leaned back in the dining chair and sighed comfortably. The meal had been excellent and even though the slice of cherry pie in front of her was the best she had ever tasted, she forced herself to stop before she became too bloated. Christopher, on the other hand, was still plucking grapes off the vine cluster upon his plate and popping them between his lips. It wasn’t sexual by any means, but just watching the way he chewed each piece of fruit made her abdomen grow tighter with desire.

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Werewolf Myths and Legends of France

We take a detour from my regular fiction posts to reflect on different werewolf legends and myths from the French region of Europe. Instead of being called “werewolves” which is more of an English/German term, they were called Loup-Garou, which in literal translation is Wolf-Man. The height of werewolf related murders was in the 16th century into the first quarter of the 17th century. Over that span of 100 some-odd years, it was believed that over 30,000 individuals were killed by werewolves or people suspected of being werewolves. Continue reading

The Mysterious Stranger – Part 2

With the help of Google Earth, Tessa had been able to find out exactly where Christopher intended to meet her. The mansion sitting in the middle of an immaculate manicured lawn made her wonder about his intentions. She had hoped it was the address for a restaurant or club, but knowing that it was a residential home made her uneasy.
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“The Outlaw” Part 6

The sun was slowly beginning to set upon the prairie and Geoffrey was leading them to one of the Native American villages to rest for the night. He assured the other that they were friendly towards white people. He had been a good acquaintance of the people for a long time.

Sarah was eager to see the savages up close, while Ben was apprehensive to be around so many people.

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Who is Who in a Wolf Pack?

So, just about everyone knows the roles of Alpha and Omega in a wolf pack. It conjures images of a big buff wolf dominating himself over the other wolves and the tiny omega being picked on by the rest because it’s weaker. This is a false image that society created. Wildlife researchers never knew how complex the hierarchy of a wolf pack until recent years. The average wolf pack size ranges from eight to twelve wolves from a single family unit.

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