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Morningstar: The Malaise - 1. Chapter 1 All the Colors Under the Sun

Rude awakening.

Morningstar: The Malaise

 

 

Chapter 1

 

 

Kellar wiped steamy fog off the bathroom mirror, but the moisture from the shower replaced it almost immediately. Performing the task more thoroughly, he cleared it enough to examine the latest changes to his physical self. Muscles rippled across a chest that, a mere six months ago, was scrawny to the point of sunken. With each daily inspection, he was greeted with the sight of more hair covering his body. It was now across his pectorals, on his lower abdominals, and his powerful legs were no longer smooth. He was still half a year from seventeen, yet he looked like a full-grown man.

His head too, was in the upper region of the mirror, a full eight inches taller than on his sixteenth birthday. At five feet, ten inches, he wondered how much taller he would get. He wasn’t complaining, but what the hell was happening to him? The frail, little boy he was accustomed to seeing reflected back at him had completely disappeared, and at a speed he could barely fathom. Looking down, he was still in awe of what had also added considerable growth. It was an embarrassment of riches, but he could certainly live with it.

Wiping the mirror again, his eyes played tricks, and for a split second, he saw a halo, an aura… an astonishing multitude of colors outlining his entire being. They pulsed in a pattern that seared itself into his brain, and then disappeared as if they were never there. Growing pains? That’s what Dr. Childs had said about his head and body aches. Well, it appeared there were new side effects to growing so quickly.

It was the muscular development Kellar didn’t understand. He ran like a rabbit, always had, and often away from someone chasing him, but played no sports. So why was he looking more and more like an athlete who’d done years of kick-ass training? He could feel new-born strength in every movement he made, from his neck to his toes, and it was a little disconcerting not to know the reason for it.

A banging on the door made him jerk in fear. Even though he was at least as big as his hulking, older foster-brother, the prick still managed to make him feel small, and ridiculously frightened. Lord knows he’d given him enough bruises. Charley-horses were a favorite method of inflicting punishment, and a common occurrence. Kellar had been afraid of his own shadow for so long, he couldn’t halt the conditioned reflexes.

“You’ve been in there long enough, dickweed. Do I need to break this fucking door down?”

Kellar recoiled at the hollered threat. It wasn’t an empty one, as had been proven the few times he’d tried to hide himself away from Warren Apsley, asshole extraordinaire. But things were different now. He was different. Clenching powerful hands, he decided to make a stand. “Can’t you use the shower downstairs?” It wasn’t what he wanted to say, but his church-going, stand-in parents, and their rigid expectations, were always on his mind. They weren’t cruel, but when it came to him, they subscribed to the ‘spare the rod, spoil the child’ doctrine he’d heard many times at Sunday service. Their can-do-no-wrong brat of a biological son had no such reservations governing his behavior however. Karen and Don always believed Warren’s version of everything.

“I don’t want to use the one downstairs, so get the fuck out. I have shit to do.”

“So do I, Warren. I’ll be out in five minutes.” Wow, that was easier than he expected it would be. In the past, he would have complied meekly. He smiled at the guy in the mirror, clearer now, like he was. Enough of the guy’s bullshit. His grin was almost feral as he went back to preparing his face for shaving what had become a ridiculously heavy beard. His peace was short-lived, however, as a loud thud sent the door flying open and swinging into his back, the sting maddening as it caught his shoulder blade. The smirking face quickly glimpsed behind him in the mirror as he dealt with the intense pain caused a sudden wrath that blistered his temper, like flames he could almost visualize.

“I told you to get the fuck out… now do as I said… piss off.”

Kellar had trouble getting his hands to let go of the counter as he struggled with an alien fury. When he looked down, he saw claws more than hands before his vision took on a sharply reddish cast. From somewhere deep inside, a horrendous growl erupted, and it was a toss-up as to who was more shocked. Kellar turned to see an incredulous Warren mouthing words he couldn’t hear. Thunder in his head was the only audible sound for seconds that stretched out like minutes. Another growl issued forth on its own accord, followed by a shove that sent his brother flying down the hall. He landed heavily on his ass, and Kellar felt immense satisfaction as he stalked toward him.

Warren’s words finally started making sense to a brain firing in a totally different way, slamming into him at a decibel level that infuriated him. “How fucking dare you. Wait till Mom hears what you did. You ripped my fucking tee-shirt. What the fuck is the matter with you? Jesus, what’s wrong with your face?”

For the first time in his life, Kellar felt dangerously out of control. He was a different person altogether, and he embraced the welcomed change as he stood over the freaked-out Warren. The powerful pulsing of his own strength was exhilarating, and he thrummed with it. “How fucking dare I? How fucking dare you, you bastard. I’m tired of your shit. You’re nothing but a fucking bully, and it stops now.” Why did his mouth feel so strange? Like he had too many teeth, and too much tongue.

What, in God's name, was going on? A sharp pain on his shin got his attention, and he realized the prick had kicked him. His anger blossomed into something more. He went to return the favor, when the world as he knew it, ended.

At first, all he saw was grayness, and then, eventually, bursts of exploding colors. Pain, more intense than any beating he’d suffered during years of living in group homes, coursed through his now-writhing body. Wave after wave of unimaginable agony distorted his senses, perching him on the edge of a rampaging hysteria. From far away, he heard snapping and cracking sounds that seemed timed with the stabs of pain. Was that screaming he heard? Oh fuck. He was being torn apart!

As if someone had snapped their fingers, the torturous spasms stopped, and the world began again. The first sense to return was his hearing. Hoarse whimpering lanced through his head like a thousand tiny spears, and he shook it. Kellar felt his whole body follow his head’s lead. His eyesight came back next, and while different, it was sharp… incredibly sharp as he made out a multitude of somethings normally hidden in the carpet. He focused on the form in front of him, snarling at it, even as he noted the appearance of a halo of surrounding colors. They disappeared and it, the prey who was his brother, began to scream in terror. Kellar could smell the fear rolling off him, and it assaulted his ultra-sensitive nose like a sour stench. With his first advancing steps, he looked downward at the weird sensation… and saw… not feet, but paws. Holy shit, he had huge goddam paws.

He took a step backward in shock, finally making out the garbled words the asshole was screaming. “You’re a fucking monster. A fucking monster. Get away from me, you freak.” He kicked out with his bare leg, and before he could stop himself, Kellar slapped at it with claws that were razor sharp. Lowering his head, he issued a low growl warning of more to come. Warren scooted backward against the end wall, clutching at the leg oozing blood from long, deep scratches. A salivating tongue slid from Kellar’s mouth, and he was hit with an urge to lick the fresh, red liquid. Part of him recoiled in disgust, and he resisted, but he didn’t resist the urge to run. Fear of what was happening to him far outweighed the sheer hatred he felt for the creature he’d been forced to call brother.

The instinct for survival took over, and in two bounds he was at the stairs. In one leap he was on the first landing, and a small part of him marveled at his new-found agility. That was short-lived, however, as he tumbled the rest of the way down because of an awkwardly placed paw not used to the ungainly configuration of steps. The overriding sense of panic increased as he looked around at all the closed doors. He was trapped, with no hands to help him escape. The section of his brain which knew this house inside out, remembered the den window, perched high, but almost always open in summer. Don's need for a fresh breeze in the air-conditioned home might give Kellar a means to freedom.

A banging noise at the top of the stairs increased the feeling of urgency and sent him barreling toward the den, slipping on Karen’s precious, polished floors. Yes! The glass was slid to one side. The opening was perilously narrow, but it was his only option. With a mighty leap, he sailed through it, scraping his sides and tearing the screen like tissue paper before experiencing the long drop to the ground.

He landed like a cat in the blazing sunlight, but Kellar was aware he wasn’t feline. There was no need for a mirror to know the changes that had been wrought. Frightened and confused, but no longer trapped, he launched himself over the six-foot privacy fence with all the grace of a wolf, and took off into the dark forest bordering the line of perfect cookie-cutter homes.

A fond thank you to my editor, Timothy M. as we embark on something new. Please join me in the COTT thread of the promising author forum and let me know what you think. Likes and reviews would be so appreciated:

www.gayauthors.org/forums/topic/39932-cards-on-the-table-by-headstall/

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Wow, Gary! This promises to be a great story that I'm going to enjoy. A good beginning chapter...I dislike this foster brother intensely! Looking forward to more!

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Wow, you really can pack a punch in one chapter. It's a wonderful start to an intriguing story. You've told us so much, yet left us with so many more questions. I can't wait to see where you take this story. I think I sense another hit, Gary!

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That was great!!
A shifter who doesn't know he's a shifter until... Excellent start to this new tale of yours Gary.
Looking forward to more, yes I am! :D

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Of course, a shifter story from you is going to be something different--not being in a family of them will severely impact Kellar's experience. I doubt he'll be going back to his foster home again, unless it's to grab clothes.
Is he going to find others like himself? A lover? Any sort of acceptance if he does?
Come on G-Man, you've got a lot of questions brewing here--let's get this thing moving! :)
Could it be I'm already hooked--you bet your ass!

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OMG!!! That was an awesome intro to an amazing story! :D Gary, you sure know how to write great first chapters :worship: They always suck me in, like it did for COTT, SAD, TW, and now Morningstar.

 

Kellar has seen his body and mind go through tremendous changes, and to finally see the final results of those changes, he must be really confused with too many questions and no answers.
As for his foster brother :thumbdown: glad he got his comeuppance.

 

Gary, this was a great beginning and I am looking forward to reading the next chapters as this story unfolds :hug:

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Gary, this was interesting. Nicely written, a bit too descriptive for me, but that's just how my brain works. I like the idea of this but—it's teens!
However, I'm going to keep an open mind and read on. There were really cool things I liked that made this feel different from the millions of shifter/werewolf stories already out there. But I’ve no doubt the Gary stamp will soon show through.
I thought you did a good job describing Kellar’s feelings as he changed, angry, powerful and incredulous. His confusion was evident but I think he enjoyed the power, and who could blame him. I don’t think I’d feel any different.
I loved the claws on the glass-polished floor.. could see that clearly, just as I could see him go through the window, landing crouching and ready.
So Gary, I’ll be reading the next chapter. I wish you all the best with this new story of yours!
tim xo

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Rude awakening? Yep, it sure was and for both Kellar and his foster brother. My most burning question is this: Are humans in this world aware of the existence of shifters or not? The answer may take the story in one of several different directions. Kellar obviously wasn't aware what was happening with his genetically based shift from scrawny pup to fully developed male, and it was interesting that rage and not the full moon was the transformation trigger. Now I wonder how he'll turn back. :unsure:

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Wow, another first chapter that asks so many questions. A very different universe from what you have written before. Let's see where this one takes us.

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I am a fan of shifter stories and like the myriad variations different authors give their worlds.
A fostered teen wolf who goes into his first shift without any idea of what's hsppening ... intrigue and suspense ... more please.
This has the makings to equal Sasha's shifter tales. Well done.

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Well that was traumatic, poor Kellar. I guess he'll be wandering around and encounter others like him but they won't talk to him? Probably cause he's a lone wolf and not part of the pack. This was awesome Gary, can't wait for chapter 2.

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Wow, Gary! I liked it a lot.
You managed to make me feel Kellar's confusion, awe, fear, all these mixed emotions, as he was shifting or preparing to shift. That was done really well. I also liked that he put the fear into his foster brother who deserved it.
Now we are left with questions about what will happen from here.. It already promises to be an exciting and intriguing story. I can't wait to see where you take us.

 

Very good start... I'm in!

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On 04/22/2016 07:19 AM, Coastguard said:

Wow, Gary! This promises to be a great story that I'm going to enjoy. A good beginning chapter...I dislike this foster brother intensely! Looking forward to more!

Thanks, Coastguard! This is my first review of my new story. I'm pleased you liked it, and yeah, Warren is a real piece of work. I don't know why bullies act the way they do. I hope you stick around and let me know how I'm doing... cheers... Gary...

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On 04/22/2016 07:53 AM, Puppilull said:

Good start! I think I'll just tag along, if that's okay. I like shifters...

It's more than okay, Poppilull. I like shifters too. I just never thought I would be writing about one. But you know how our muses work :) . I really hope you do tag along and I can keep you engaged... cheers... Gary...

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On 04/22/2016 09:51 AM, LitLover said:

Wow, you really can pack a punch in one chapter. It's a wonderful start to an intriguing story. You've told us so much, yet left us with so many more questions. I can't wait to see where you take this story. I think I sense another hit, Gary!

Thanks, Lit! I hope your right because this one kind of grabbed me by the... well, lets just say it has taken over my head. Glad you liked this first chapter. Thanks for the review, my friend... cheers... Gary...

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On 04/22/2016 11:47 AM, Reader1810 said:

That was great!!

A shifter who doesn't know he's a shifter until... Excellent start to this new tale of yours Gary.

Looking forward to more, yes I am! :D

Thanks, Reader! I'm glad you think so. Hell of a way for Kellar to find out he's a powerful creature. I really appreciate the kind words, and the review, my friend... cheers... Gary

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On 04/22/2016 12:20 PM, ColumbusGuy said:

Of course, a shifter story from you is going to be something different--not being in a family of them will severely impact Kellar's experience. I doubt he'll be going back to his foster home again, unless it's to grab clothes.

Is he going to find others like himself? A lover? Any sort of acceptance if he does?

Come on G-Man, you've got a lot of questions brewing here--let's get this thing moving! :)

Could it be I'm already hooked--you bet your ass!

Hey CG... thank you for this. Well, the boy does need clothes, sooner or later. If you are already hooked, then I am a happy man, my friend. This is something very new for me, but I'm enjoying it immensely. I so appreciate the great review, and I'll try to answer your questions... cheers, buddy... Gary...

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On 04/22/2016 12:33 PM, Drew Espinosa said:

OMG!!! That was an awesome intro to an amazing story! :D Gary, you sure know how to write great first chapters :worship: They always suck me in, like it did for COTT, SAD, TW, and now Morningstar.

 

Kellar has seen his body and mind go through tremendous changes, and to finally see the final results of those changes, he must be really confused with too many questions and no answers.

As for his foster brother :thumbdown: glad he got his comeuppance.

 

Gary, this was a great beginning and I am looking forward to reading the next chapters as this story unfolds :hug:

Thanks, little buddy! You give awesome review, Drew. Yeah, Kellar is in quite the state right now, and I have to tell you it's weird being inside his head. The one great thing about the day, though, was putting Warren Apsley on his ass. I really appreciate the support and the positive comments... cheers... Gary...

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On 04/22/2016 12:45 PM, Mikiesboy said:

Gary, this was interesting. Nicely written, a bit too descriptive for me, but that's just how my brain works. I like the idea of this but—it's teens!

However, I'm going to keep an open mind and read on. There were really cool things I liked that made this feel different from the millions of shifter/werewolf stories already out there. But I’ve no doubt the Gary stamp will soon show through.

I thought you did a good job describing Kellar’s feelings as he changed, angry, powerful and incredulous. His confusion was evident but I think he enjoyed the power, and who could blame him. I don’t think I’d feel any different.

I loved the claws on the glass-polished floor.. could see that clearly, just as I could see him go through the window, landing crouching and ready.

So Gary, I’ll be reading the next chapter. I wish you all the best with this new story of yours!

tim xo

Hey, tim. Thank you for the interesting comments. I'm glad you found some cool things in this first chapter. Thhis genre is new for me, but I have to sat it was really interesting writing the mirror scene and being with Kellar as he went through his change. I tried to show a few different things, and I think I succeeded for the most part. I'm glad to hear you could visualize some of it. Thanks for the good wishes... and do you really think I would write a 'teen' story? hehe... cheers, buddy... Garyxo

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On 04/22/2016 02:28 PM, Timothy M. said:

Rude awakening? Yep, it sure was and for both Kellar and his foster brother. My most burning question is this: Are humans in this world aware of the existence of shifters or not? The answer may take the story in one of several different directions. Kellar obviously wasn't aware what was happening with his genetically based shift from scrawny pup to fully developed male, and it was interesting that rage and not the full moon was the transformation trigger. Now I wonder how he'll turn back. :unsure:

Yes, yes it was. One hell of a way to find out you're not what you thought you were. The mirror scene came to me first. I could answer your question, but I won't. Nor your other question, at least, not yet :) . The moon is another good question, but again, you'll have to wait... this is a story from my weird brain(think Santa Claus) so it may not be what you expect. Thanks for the wonderful review, and your support, buddy... cheers... Gary...

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On 04/22/2016 06:17 PM, Bucket1 said:

Wow, another first chapter that asks so many questions. A very different universe from what you have written before. Let's see where this one takes us.

It came at me from left field, B, and I had to go with it. I'll admit it is both scary and exciting for me. I had a perfectly good story ready to go, but this took over. I hope you like the journey. I'll try to make it rewarding, my friend... thanks for the review and your constant support... cheers... Gary...

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On 04/23/2016 12:11 AM, dughlas said:

I am a fan of shifter stories and like the myriad variations different authors give their worlds.

A fostered teen wolf who goes into his first shift without any idea of what's hsppening ... intrigue and suspense ... more please.

This has the makings to equal Sasha's shifter tales. Well done.

Wow. Thank you, dugh. To be equated in any way with Sasha is humbling indeed. He is my hero, without a doubt. I am a fan of shifter stories too, especially his, but I never saw this happening. I hope I can deliver what's in my head... thanks so much, buddy, for the awesome review and the support... cheers... Gary...

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On 04/23/2016 03:14 AM, Normischell said:

Ooooh! Awesome start!! So eagerly awaiting more! :worship:

Thank you Norm! I'm so pleased you liked it, and I thank you for letting me know with your review. I hope I can earn some more from you... cheers... Gary....

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On 04/23/2016 03:35 AM, spikey582 said:

Well that was traumatic, poor Kellar. I guess he'll be wandering around and encounter others like him but they won't talk to him? Probably cause he's a lone wolf and not part of the pack. This was awesome Gary, can't wait for chapter 2.

Hey, spikey! I could answer that question for you, but I think it will be more fun if I make you wait. Glad you liked this beginning... much more to come... thank you for the review, buddy... cheers... Gary...

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