Three days passed as Bain employed the plan to lure Claire. She was beginning to think that Claire had learned. But she was too far gone mentally to be able to think past her own obsessions. So Bain decided to change it up a bit. She stood from her seat on a bench where the snow wasnt piling. She walked to the shadows of an alleyway where Ty waited with Kimi and Spike. Kimi lifed a phone and called the others to let them know they would try again later. "Lets go for a run." Bain whispered to Ty. He tilted his head and looked at the sky. The moon was reaching it's zenith, and she suspected if she ran tonight, in the heat of her wolf's power, she would be able to contact the Moon Goddess.
Ty took her hand and touched Kimi's arm. "Were going for a run," He said. Bain smiled as she headed for the car. Ty followed after her and opened the back door for Spike to climb in.
"Where's Kimi?" Bain asked.
"She doesnt want to run in the cold, so Spike is coming as back up just in case." Ty said and started the car so warmth could flood over her.
"A demon running with wolves." Bain smiled and looked back at Spike. "Dont get lost okay?"
Spike watched as the change took over Bain and Ty. Their monster forms were scary sure. But their wolf shapes were sleek, large, but graceful. Spike had never seen anything like it outside of Bain's dreams. Bain stretched and Ty walked forward, slowly they nosed each other and rubbed like cats along each others sides. Then they came forward and rubbed along him, their scents mingling in his fur. Suddenly something woke inside him, it was Pack scenting. To find each other if they got lost. But in the rush of a run, they were like one being, not three seperate ones. He stepped forward once Bain started off. Ty nudged him and they moved through the forest slow at first.
Then Bain let loose a howl, a joyous one that Ty and Spike answered. She tore off and they moved with her. Paws hitting the ground with barely a rustle. Spike's demon nature slid back in the feeling of belonging. He leapt over Ty and let himself relax, Ty yipped and leapt over Bain, she turned and leapt onto a tree then down on Ty. They tussled as they ran, and Spike watched with wonder. What was happening to him? He was enjoying himself, as a wolf. He was always so focused on being a demon he barely had time to explore this side of himself.
He kept going, the strain on his muscles gave way to glorious tension, lettign him know he could run for hours without pain. He ducked under a root as Ty and Bain soured over it. At points he noticed they were barely much more than a blur of white and black. Blue and gold eyes the only thing to distinguish them. Spike loved it, and he kept going running along side them until his senses picked up the thundering heartbeat of a herd of deer. Bain slowed to a stop near the underbrush next to a clearing.
How far had they gone? It felt like moments, but his fur told him it had been at least a few hours. He shook himself and settled with his stomach to the dirt as Bain stalked forward, Ty flanked to the left so Spike gathered himself and moved to the right. There were at least thirty deer, milling around the clearing sleeping or grazing. A large buck walked about as he watched over his herd. Bain snorted and her eyes landed on a rather large male deer that sat in the far corner closest to her. Spike adjusted his path and as she broke fom the under brush the deer swerved left as Ty leapt. It swerved and bolted after the herd. Spike tore after it, on it's heels as Bain and Ty caught up.
As one Spike leapt with the others and he latched onto the deer's left flank. Bain leapt up catching the back of the deers neck. And Ty snatched it's vulnerable throat. It struggled dragging them along, until it collapsed and Ty backed up tearing the throat out cleanly. Spike stepped back licking his teeth as he did. Bain backed up and Ty nudged her. She was the leader, at least that was what Spike felt in his bones at the moment. She led the run, picked the deer, and coordinated their movements. Spike was still reeling with the feeling of belonging like this. Of being apart of something. Bain stepped forward and tore into the deer's side. The scent of hot blood and meat perfumed the air. Ty stepped forward and began to tear into it as well. Spike took his move then and walked to the other side away from the two mates. There he dug into the meat of the deer. He tore piece after piece off. One thougtht in his mind, eat what the Alpha offered. It was a gift to be apart of this, a gift to feel this welcome. He was happier than he had been in a long long time.
Bain shifted, her foot stretched out and she found it braced on Spike's head. She was back in human form, coated in deer blood, the remains of the carcass was a few feet away. Her feet were buried under and over Spike, his black fur keeping her warm. But behind her Ty was sprawled in his monster wolf form. His bulk keeping her back warm and off the ground. She lifted her long hair and settled back into place. She looked up at the moon, and listened to Spike and Ty snore. The hunt had awoken something different in her. Like the moment when Ty had conceded his authority to her. She had led their run, led their hunt.
They had bowed to her decisions, and she was in awe of how perfect it felt. She wanted to remember if she had felt it before. "You haven't child."
Bain looked up sharply, seeing the Goddess before her, the light that covered her white and silver body was still bright. But she looked relaxed, happy as she floated above the ground. "Where have you been?"
"I can only come to you in times of need and wonder." She spoke and leaned down. "Youve created a small pack, how wonderful."
"Spike cant stay, when Ty and I leave he might stay. He protects the Slayers." Bain said sadly, she had been so pleased with how things had gone she almost didnt want him to stay. She wanted him to follw her and Ty. "Claire is here, and she's hunting my brother, do you know where he is?"
"He is not mine to follow, but yes I do." The goddess tilted her head and looked at the sky. "He will reveal himself when you need him most. When you need not a mate, but a brother. A family member. Blood will protect you better than a bond can."
"What do you mean?" Bain asked. She frowned at the minor riddle, Ty wasnt going to be able to save her? What was she going to do?
"When the time comes he will come to you, and reveal himself that is all I am permitted to tell you." The goddess leaned forward and her palm rested on Spike's head softly. Then she laid her hands on Bain's cheek and Ty's muzzle. "It is good to see you again, I will try to assist in the commune process."
"Are you leaving again?" Bain asked.
"I must child, I am sorry I could not help more." She looked sad as she floated up before her light engulfed her. "Until next time Bain."