He made it to the meeting spot without incident, and found his boyfriend waiting there. Luckily, Locke had managed to get the night off work.
He whirled around, suddenly remembering that he hadn't come alone. Locke stood by the edge of the lake, watching warily, clearly poised to run. Not that it would do him any good, as even a new werewolf could run down any human. Lane shook his head - where did that thought come from? - and approached Locke slowly, hands held out in what he hoped was a non-threatening manner.
Locke: "That's...you, then?"
Lane: "It's me."
Lane's eyes widened as he heard the changes in his voice. His new voice was deeper and rougher, with a growl on the edge of every word.
Locke: "You sound different."
Lane: "Yeah, I know. I didn't think about that before, but it's kind of obvious. Part of the transformation involves the larynx changing shape, closer to that of a canine than a human. I can't believe I didn't consider it during my research-"
Locke interrupted his explanation with a burst of nervous laughter.
Locke: "Okay, it's definitely you. No need to say more."
Lane could still smell the fear, but it was less than before. Locke seemed to be dealing, at least, which was good. Lane stepped forward and took his hand. Locke didn't flinch or pull away, which was another good sign. This would work.
Locke: "Are you okay? I was worried during the transformation, you were kind of screaming, but with your mouth shut. It sounded horrible."
Lane: "It felt horrible, but I expected that. I didn't realize I was making any noise, I was kind of distracted. Sorry if I scared you."
Locke: "So is it worth it then?"
Lane: "Definitely. It's just incredible. The senses alone are blowing my mind, and I haven't even seen what kind of abilities I'm capable of. I have to get used to all this hair though, it kind of all just sprouted out."
Locke: "Yeah, hopefully it doesn't all fall out when you change back."
Lane: "Damn. I hadn't even thought of that."
Locke: "Just try not to transform near my guitar, alright? Just in case. I don't think the boss would like it if I showed up to work with werewolf hair all in my stuff."
Lane: "Speaking of work, it's getting pretty late, and you said you were going to go in tomorrow morning to finalize that transfer."
Locke: "Yeah, I should really be getting a few hours of sleep, at least. I'll see you tomorrow, yeah?"
Lane: "Definitely. Meet me at my place at three, unless you hear from me."
Locke nodded and pulled Lane close in a tight hug, leaning close to whisper quietly in his ear.
Locke: "Be safe, okay?"
Lane pulled away and grinned, pulling his lips back to reveal his teeth in what he hoped was a impish expression - he really needed to find a mirror.
Lane: "Will do. See you."
With that, he turned and ran off into the night. At first, he ran on two legs, but something kept tugging at him to use his arms as well. Even though he wasn't sure how it would work on an intellectual level, he gave in to that instinct, grinning with delight as his body somehow already knew how to race on all fours. He caught a scent - something sweet, perhaps slightly citrusy - and changed direction, passing through the underbrush with little effort. Following the scent, he emerged into a small clearing, where he saw an odd little house. That was where the scent was coming from. He looked at it strangely for a moment, then shrugged and glanced around, immediately slinking back into the shadows as he recognized where he was.
Some time later - he wasn't sure how long - the moon slipped below the horizon as the new day dawned. Lane felt the transformation reversing, and while it hurt less than it had the previous night, it was still uncomfortable. He gritted his teeth to avoid making any noise to call attention to himself, then straightened up and stepped out of his hiding spot once he was sure he was human. His memories of the night before were slipping away into a fog, and he fought to keep them in his mind. Amnesia was associated with lycanthropy, but it wasn't mandatory.
He knew that Faye would be taking James to the festival that morning, so it was the perfect time for him to talk to his parents without having to worry about them.
Eliza's scolding was cut short as she noticed his eyes, and she regarded him silently for a long moment. Lane wasn't sure what to say, so he stayed quiet, and eventually she spoke again.
Lane: "I will, Dad should probably be here too."
A short while and a long explanation later - mostly the fault of Greg's many interruptions - the three of them sat on the sofa. The eyes of both parents were on their child, and Lane glanced from one to the other, waiting to hear what they had to say.
Eliza: "Have you thought about where you're going to live? What you're going to do? How will you support yourself?"
Lane: "I've thought about it a lot. Locke and I already have a lease, up near Moonlight Falls. He's already moved most of his stuff in. And I have a job set up too, in journalism, so I won't even have to go in to the office as long as a keep on top of my work."
Eliza looked like she had more to say about that, but Greg interrupted her.
Greg: "Hey, I just thought of something! Can you smell what we had for breakfast? I brought the garbage right through this room!"
Greg: "It's like a game! I bet you $10 you can't tell me what I ate."
Eliza: "It's not a game, this is serious! I'm still not sure that he'll be able to get a house."
Lane: "You ate pancakes for breakfast, Dad."
Greg: "Holy fairy turds! You can really smell the garbage?"
Lane: "No, I know because you dribbled syrup on your jacket, there."
Greg: "Nyeh! You little cheater, you!"
Eliza: "Is anybody in this room listening to me?"
Two hours later his parents had argued themselves out and he was packed and ready to go. He'd procured a pair of shades and put them on, striking a pose in the dining room just as the doorbell rang.
Lane: "Ah, that'll be my ride. Can you get the door, Mom?"
Locke: "How are you feeling?"
Lane: "Great. Things around here went better than I expected, too."
Locke: "That's good. And last night?"
Lane: "Yeah, well, that's kind of fuzzy. But I think I remember most of it."
Locke: "That's good. So they know where we're going, and all?"
Lane: "I gave them our address and phone number, so they know where to find us."
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You didn't really think I'd leave you hanging there, did you? Pretty long update as well, I had to write it in two goes, which is part of why it took me so long to get it out. Hopefully I've done Lane's exit justice. His sim isn't actually moving out of the neighborhood, as I'm far too attached to him to let him go like that. But the story is that he's moving to Moonlight Falls, at least for now.
Lane aged up gorgeously(though he does make one ugly-ass werewolf). It almost makes me wish he was the heir, but he'd make a terrible emperor of evil. He'd overthink it so hard, his minions wouldn't know what to do with him. They'd probably just lock him in a closet somewhere and run the mob themselves. Locke whipped out those flowers autonomously, it was so sweet! I really like those guys, it's making me all sad that they're leaving the story, even though this happened almost two weeks ago in my actual game.
Yeah, Greg got old. I was supposed to address it in the last chapter, but I couldn't find a way to work it into the e-mails. Next chapter will talk about it, I promise!