Stupefied at seeing Tommy still alive, Shane didn’t have a chance to react. The knifehit its target, going right through his hand and pinning it to the tree.Howling, he yanked it out and launched himself at his best friend. Straddlingthe dying boy, Shane prepared to slit Tommy’s throat. But then, three werewolvescrashed through the trees. Thomas had joined a pack, and Shane knew he had tokill Thomas in order to escape alive. Shane plunged the knife into Thomas’ chest,and then jumped off him before bolting, not stopping to look behind him.After running blindly through the dark wood trying to escape the murder andthe werewolves, the shock of what he’d done sunk in. He hadn’t just warned him bycutting off his tail or something, he’d killed him, ebbed out his life force,
taken hisbest friends life
.Stumbling backwards, he braced himself against a tree and grabbed hisrapidly beating heart, but then he noticed that he had a freely-bleeding bite markon his forearm. Thomas had gotten him in the end.Shane screamed to the heavens knowing the inevitable was going to happen,and then his yelling morphed into a howl he turned into a wolf. Then Shane ran, justran, paws smacking the ground, panting as he sprinted away, away from his past,the murder, the gang, and his touch with reality as his wolf-mind took over.Behind Shane, The gang had discovered the Tommy after scaring away theother wolves from their mourning. Luke pulled the knife out of the dead boy’s body,wiped it on his jeans, stuck it into his belt, and grinned. He was now the undisputedleader, seeing as the knife was the sign of leadership among the hunters. With it,Derek had killed his first werewolf, and whoever had it was automatically second incommand. And his first order as the gang’s leader? Hunt down and kill the werewolf Shane.