I slowly crept through the forest, my camera in my hands as I walked through the trees. The fire was bright in the darkness that followed midnight, bright enough for me to see from my bedroom window at the inn near the centre of town.
I found it surprising for there to be such a large fire burning in the middle of the forest, but I never heard any sirens or people rushing with hoses and buckets of water. Maybe it wasnt such a strange thing to be happening because of the area I was visiting.
Eastern Europe was different from North America, that much was clear.
So, being the snoopy person I was, I pulled on the darkest clothes Id packed and grabbed my camera, making my way into the dark woods closer to the fire.
I brought the camera up to my eye and looked through the little window at the blazing fire yards away. It was the only thing I could see. There werent even any people standing around it or sitting nearby watching it and toasting marshmallows.
Thats what I wouldve done. Smores could be so good sometimes.
I kept moving the camera around, trying to see if there was anything else happening near the fire, and since there wasnt I started snapping pictures of it.
Am I disturbing you?
I shrieked and stumbled to the ground when I heard a low, male voice next to me, and gave the guy a dirty look. Well, youre bothering me, if that answers your question.
The guy was tall, lots of dark hair falling over his shoulders, the collar of his shirt open down to the third button. I am sorry. He reached down and grabbed onto my wrist, pulling me to my feet with little to no effort. I did not know someone would be wandering here in the forest. My name is Alexi.
His Russian-ish accent was sliding over me like oil, and I had to swallow hard before speaking again. Rebecca. I tried tugging my wrist free of his hold. I think you can let go of me now.
He didnt let go. Instead, his fingers slid over my wrist, gently rubbing the pulse throbbing under my skin. It is dark out here, Rebecca. Why are you out in the middle of the night instead of safe in your bed?
Pulling hard, my wrist popped out of his grasp and I almost tumbled back to the ground. I didnt know you were my keeper during my trip, and I dont see how thats any of your business. How come the one guy Id met so far on this trip happened to be one that liked butting his nose into other peoples business? I grabbed my camera and started walking closer to the fire, spotting shapes that looked like people.
I brought my camera up to my eye to take a picture, and jumped when I felt a hand on my shoulder. I just about screeched when he touched me and reached back to hit him. Do you mind?
Not at all. He moved closer, brushing against my back. What are you looking at?
I saw this huge fire from the window in my room and I wanted to know what was going on. I tried not to move backwards and bump into him, but my balance wasnt all that at the moment.
I got it back when Alexis large, muscled arm slid around my waist, keeping me on my feet. Careful, sweetheart. We dont want you falling again, do we? His breath was warm against my ear and neck as he leaned in closer, trying to look at what I was watching. What do you see?
I kept back the urge to roll my eyes, half because he was warm and I was starting to get cold, and half because his accent was making me even warmer. There are people standing near the fire, but theyre not doing anything. Theres got to be about a dozen people standing down there.
Maybe theyre waiting for something to happen.
When he said that, I started waiting for something to happen. I was surprised that the sight of the fire had pulled me out of my room, but it had, and now I was standing in a dark forest with a man I was growing increasingly attracted to watching strangers gather around a bonfire.
It was different than my normal routine, but it was interesting, and just a little refreshing.
The people near the fire moved closer together, waiting for something, and then they split up into pairs, their hands coming up to meet those of their partners.
Then they all started doing something I just couldnt tear my eyes from.
The hands of all of them moved, sliding over their partners as they tore away every scrap of clothing. Soon they were all naked and pressing against each other, kissing and stroking their partners to a fever pitch.
I swallowed hard when one by one, each couple began having sex by the fire, my heart racing in my chest. Some sank down onto the leaf-covered floor. Others moved to the closest tree, the women pressed against the rough bark as the men took them, slowly thrusting.
One couple stayed standing by the fire, the womans legs wrapped around the mans waist, her body bent backwards as his hands moved her hips.
Alexi moved behind me, his arm tightening around my waist as it moved up to rest below my breasts. Did you expect to see this when you ventured out into the dark forest, Rebecca?
I cleared my throat, more than once, and licked my dry lips. No, this was something I wasnt expecting. What are they doing? Id enjoyed sex before, I was no virgin, but Id never watched it actually happening in front of me.
Tonight is the full moon, Rebecca. They are out here celebrating. Its been much too long for them. For the past few months the moon was covered by clouds of snow and rain, but now they can see the moon and they are showing their appreciation. His lips brushed against my ear as he spoke, the sensation sending chills down my spine. Do you want to turn away?
I didnt think I could. It was hard not to turn away from all the couples having sex in front of me. Their bodies were almost fluid, moving slowly and carefully, like the acts they were doing there by the fire were a sign of worship to the full moon above them.
I didnt know the real reason they were all out in the forest in the middle of the night, but it wasnt all that important at the moment.
What was important was the heat rushing through me as Alexis hand moved to cup my breast above my sweater.
I spun around and kissed him hard, wrapping my arms around his neck when his hands went to my legs, pulling them up around his waist. He started walking and I wondered if he knew where he was going since my eyes were closed. His couldve been open, but I thought it was strange kissing someone with your eyes open.
Soon my back hit the thick bark of a nearby tree and his hands grabbed onto the hem of my sweater, pulling it up and over my head. I pulled back to breathe, Alexi dragging the sweater off of my arms before pressing his mouth to my bare shoulder. My hands went to his shirt, unbuttoning it before running over the rough skin of his chest.
He felt bigger, pressed against me the way he was, and the female part of me that thought he was handsome when we first met sighed with pleasure. Hes perfect, it kept saying. Hes just what youve wanted, and he knows just what hes doing.
I mustve been wrapped up in what was going on in my head because the next thing I knew was that we were both naked and his hips were grinding against mine, that hardest part pressing against the cleft between my legs.
His head came up from the side of my neck and he looked right at me, straight through me, his dark eyes watching me like he was staring straight into my soul.
And then he shifted, thrust, and everything snapped into place.
I could hear the cool breeze moving through the trees, hear the crackle of the fire, hear the heavy breathing of multiple people caught up in the throes of spectacular sex.
Then our breathing joined the chorus nearby, and my head fell back against the tree as he moved, every thrust driving the breath from my lungs and the moans that I tried to keep back from my throat.
His hands slid up my sides to my breasts, his fingers stroking hot, slick skin like they knew just where to touch to make me whimper and gasp with pleasure.
Our movements grew frantic, both of us desperate for release, and Alexis lips drifted down my neck, his tongue flicking against the rapid throbbing of my blood.
My hands slid up his back to the back of his head, and my eyes focused on what was behind him. The people from the bonfire were gathered behind Alexi, watching us like they were waiting for something to happen.
The fire was out but the forest was full of light, the moon shining down from the starry sky above us.
I pushed at Alexis shoulders, and when I saw his eyes flash from black to dark yellow the breath caught in my throat.
The full moon. These people, having sex under the full moon after months of cloud cover.
These people were werewolves, and Id walked right into their ritual.
Alexi moved back to the side of my neck, his lips brushing against my skin as he kept thrusting into me, my body much too wrapped up in what he was doing to care about the observers. Are you wishing you were back in your bed instead of in the forest, Rebecca? If you are, it is much too late for you to go back.
I could feel his teeth scrape against my neck as I looked at the people gathered around us, and screamed when he bit down, my body shaking as the both of us found the release wed been straining towards.
His teeth were still buried in my neck when the people gathered became wolves, raising their heads up to the sky to let loose a howl that was both glorious and hauntingly frightening at the same time.
It is much too late for you to go back now, Rebecca. Didn't your parents ever tell you to stay away from the big, bad wolf?