Thursday, October 15, 2015

Kimberly Gould Week 171: The Call of the Wild

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Title: The Call of the Wild

Adam looked at the door for long minutes before taking hold of the handle and pushing his way in. End of the line. There was no more credit, no more loans, nothing else he could draw on and nothing to eat. He needed an advance on his paycheck, the one that didn’t pay all his bills, hadn’t for months.

The real bitch was that he’d be fine food-wise in a few more days. As soon as the moon was full, he’d have his snout full of rabbit, squirrel, deer and anything else that roamed the Edmonton river valley. He’d gorge himself so his night feed would last the day.

With five hundred dollars in his hand Adam planned to pay part of his rent and as little on his interest as he could. He was still looking at his wallet when a shoulder bumped him from behind.

“Adam?” his cousin Franklin asked. “You okay?”

“Yeah, sure, why shouldn’t I be?”

Franklin brushed a hand through Adam’s brown and slightly curly hair. A stray leaf fell from it. “Because you look like shit, bro. We’re family. You need something, just ask.”

Adam nodded but didn’t say anything. “I know. I’m okay.”

“Bullshit,” Franklin replied. “Come on over to my place tonight. Have a beer, eat whatever Celeste manages to throw together, and talk like we can’t as wolves. Something is wrong and I’ll be damned if I’m letting one of us face it alone.

Adam’s frown lightened. He couldn’t ask Frank for money, but he could live with him and his fiancee, and they’d be more than willing to share their food. He could catch his breath. “That sounds awesome, man. Thanks.”

Franklin left his arm around Adam’s shoulder. “No sweat man. We Brown’s gotta stick together. Like Grampa Ike always said-”

“You’re only alone when you’re dead.”

“Exactly. I know, let’s invite Linc over and rough him up about Zoe. It’ll be a blast.”

Adam actually laughed. His cousins had a way of managing to do that. “Yeah, that’d be great.”

“I feel it too,” Franklin said. “The moon is coming.”

It was true. Most of his irritation came from his financial turmoil, but the pull on his blood wasn’t helping. “Just another week.” Adam sighed in relief.

“Dude, you’re looking forward to it. That’s awesome. I kinda wish I could skip this one. Busy time for Celeste. She could use my help at night. Sometimes being a Brown really blows.”

“And sometimes it’s all that keeps me going.”


Author’s note: I’ve borrowed characters from my alter-ego’s box set story, Not Your Bitch. If you’re interested, it’s only $0.99 for 11 new stories. Amazon - All Romance Ebooks- Barnes & Noble - Kobo - Apple- Smashwords


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Kimberly Gould is the author of Cargon: Honour and Privilege, and it's sequel Duty and Sacrifice. She can be found most places as Kimmydonn, including


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