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Emily Reed focused on everything around her as she quickly trotted her way to her destination. She knew these woods like the back of her hand. She’d run through them full speed more times than she could count. She was practically raised in these woods, and she would always think of them as her home. Everything was so familiar to her, she couldn’t imagine letting that go. The scent of fresh water quickly caught Emily’s attention and she knew her destination wasn’t far. Her pace picked up to a run as she headed towards the fresh water lake in the middle of the forest. She could hear the birds and various other prey-type creatures scatter as she ran with no regard to anything else. Before she knew it, she was standing there, looking out over the water just as the sun began to dip out of vision. Emily walked in circles a few times, pawing at the slightly damp ground before curling up, her view on the horizon. She wanted to enjoy this. All of this.
No one came looking for her; usually they didn’t. She liked this alone time, though she didn’t mind the company every now and again. If anyone did join her at the lake for the sunset, it was Alec. It might have seemed romantic to some humans, but they weren’t humans. They were wolves. It wasn’t like that to her. It was just her favorite spot with her favorite person. Nothing more. But tonight was a night just for herself. She loved Alec to death and would do about anything for the guy. He was the one thing that meant more to her than anything or anyone else. Her family was a close second, but Alec came first.
She waited until the sun had all but disappeared before standing up again on four legs and walking over to the edge of the lake. She crouched back on her hind legs before launching herself into the lake. Immediately, the cool water seeped through her fur and sent a shiver down her spine. Emily dove underneath the water and when she had resurfaced, she was in her human form. Sure, in this way, she couldn’t see as well, or hear as well, or smell as well. But she could feel things so differently. Her fur wasn’t weighing her down and she felt a little freer like this in the water. Still in the mindset of a wolf, she shook her hair, sending the water flying everywhere. She couldn’t help but laugh to herself. When she was in her wolf form, things seemed so much more carefree. But just being out here, human or wolf, she felt weightless. Emily considered herself lucky that she even had the option to be a human at times. It really did make the world a bigger place. But wolves were what they were. Not humans. This form was a gift. She would always remember that.