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Morningstar: The Malaise - 5. Chapter 5 Exploring New Territory

Feeling each other out.

Morningstar: The Malaise

 

 

Chapter 5

 

 

The stew was delicious by anyone’s standards, rich and meaty with indefinable flavors. Yeah, the guy could cook, and he sure as hell knew his herbs. Conversation was limited as they concentrated on satisfying their hunger. Kellar seemed anxious to get Tobyn back to laying down. He insisted sitting or standing for too long could put pressure on the newly healed tissue and bone. It was only then Tobyn learned his skull had actually been fractured. It blew him away to think this guy could heal something so severe with just his hands and a few plants.

“Are you finished? There’s lots left, if you want some more?”

“No... no way, I’m stuffed. Thank you… thanks for everything.”

“No problem. We can have the rest for breakfast. It’s nice to have a guest. You’re the first one at my humble abode,” he admitted with a slight grin.

“Seriously? Don’t you have friends?” Tobyn wished he hadn’t asked such a stupid question, but it had slipped out because of his surprise, and he couldn’t take it back.

Kellar didn’t appear to mind the query, though. “Yeah, sort of. Work friends, you know? They all live in or close to town. I go for a beer once in a while, but that’s it. And there’s this older couple I trade meat for vegetables with because they can’t hunt anymore. They’re pretty cool to talk to. It’s hard to have close ones, though, when you’re… different… like we are. Okay, it’s back to bed for you.” He sounded nonchalant, but Tobyn caught the loneliness in his last remark.

“Hey, I feel fine!" he protested. "Better than I have in a long time, and I happen to really like your humble abode.” He watched as Kellar got up and walked behind him. There was the lightest touch on his scalp, and its pleasant tingle caused him to lift his shoulders and sigh.

“Thanks... it's home. Yeah, there’s still a bit of color that shouldn’t be there, so you need to be laying down. Don’t worry, it should be gone by morning, but brains are tricky.”

“Oh, okay. And have you worked on a lot of them?” Tobyn asked semi-jokingly.

“Yours is the first human one.” The big man followed up with a laugh at his surprised expression. “Close your mouth, dude, and go lay down please.” Tobyn wrapped the blanket back around him and Kellar supported his arm as he walked back to the well-crafted log bed. “I’ve worked on animal-brain injuries, though. Trust me. I know what I’m doing. Well, I don’t know how or why it works... I just know it does. I haven’t screwed up yet, but there’s always the first time, I guess,” he said with more humor.

Tobyn sure liked that smile, and he chuckled at the teasing expression on the man’s face. “Crap… sorry, but I need to piss. I should have mentioned that earlier.”

“No worries. I have a composting toilet if you need it. Mostly, I use it in winter… or you can take a leak outside. I don’t want you walking to the outhouse, though. I haven’t put a proper septic system in yet… just a sunken barrel full of gravel with a bunch of holes in it for the shower and the sinks. It’s not ideal, but I only use environmentally safe soap.”

“That’s fine. I don’t need the toilet.” It was a little unsettling having someone support him as he walked outside naked, but Kellar gave him no choice. It wasn’t the nudity, it was the closeness. It didn’t seem to faze the giant man, though, and it wasn’t long before he unzipped with his free hand and joined his patient in pissing side by side off the end of the rustic front veranda. “So, have you always been a healer?

“Yeah… well, only after I shifted. I thought it was weird I could see colors and patterns in everything, but I figured we all must be like that.”

This color thing intrigued Tobyn. He already knew it was tied to the healing. “When did you realize we weren’t?”

“For certain? Today.”

“Oh.” Tobyn’s stream finally dwindled to a stop. “How did you figure out you have the abilities you do?”

Kellar’s flow was still going strong. “I was doing exactly this on the side of the road, in Quebec, when I was on my way to Ontario, and I saw this kitten barely moving. He’d been hit by a car, I guess. I had to try and save him.” He finished and put his dick away.

“So, you rescued him? That was a kind thing to do.”

“It was strange at the time, you know? My whole focus was on that little guy. I didn’t just want to help him… I needed to. Are you cold?” Kellar had turned to face him with his head tilted to one side, and Tobyn got the feeling he was being read, or at least his condition was.

“No, not at all. It’s cool out, but it feels nice. And that’s when you found out you could heal?”

“Yeah, sort of. Look, I’ll explain it all later. You should be lying down, so stop stalling, and march yourself back inside.”

“You can be pretty bossy, can’t you?” Tobyn asked, grinning at the man.

Kellar’s expression changed, and he looked thoughtful at the comment. “Hmm. Maybe. I never bossed anyone around before… except there was one time with my foster-brother….” He didn’t finish, but a satisfied smile appeared on his face.

Back at the bed, while helping Tobyn get situated and spreading the big comforter over him, he had that thoughtful look again. “Hey, man, are we human?”

“What?”

“What are we, Tobyn? Are we people or are we animals… or something in between? I’ve always wondered, and I never had anyone to ask before now.”

“Oh, I see. Hell, we’re people of course. We’re born as humans and we can even have children with them… we have to be careful of that, though. They need to know what they’re getting into, and that’s our responsibility. You know, until our first shift, we can have our blood work done and it’s no different from any other human’s. Once we shift it’s a different story. We have to make sure no one tests us, so we need to avoid doctors and hospitals. There used to be ones who’d treat us, but our pack isn’t aware of any… not anymore. You didn’t know any of this?”

“I wasn’t positive, but I suspected it was the case. I had blood drawn a bunch of times when I was a kid, and there were no issues.” Kellar walked out to the sink area and brought him a glass of water with an order to hydrate. He then returned to the kitchen and began cleaning up after their meal, putting the leftover stew in the fridge. No talking was going on so Tobyn closed his eyes, his thoughts on this uniquely remarkable man.

He could almost feel the healer thinking, like there were vibes in the air he could read. What must his life have been like with no one to help guide him and his wolf? He felt his own heart reach out to the beautiful man. It was strange to think of any guy as beautiful, but he was, and Tobyn didn’t balk in the moment at how he was seeing Kellar Haylan. There was a lot he needed to talk to him about, but he also knew more questions were coming from the big guy. There had to be. It was hard to imagine being that isolated as a shifter. All the ones he knew relied completely... needed... their pack.

He was startled when he felt the dip of what must be a homemade down mattress. It certainly was comfortable. He opened his eyes to see Kellar, naked again, with one knee on the bed. The only light still on came from one small lamp.

“This is the only place to sleep. We have to share, so could you move over a little?”

“Of course… sure.” He was never conscious of nudity… shifters just weren’t… but that wasn’t the case with Kellar’s. He was like a god come to life. Tobyn’s eyes were drawn to the big, heavy-looking package swaying slightly in front of him, and he felt the rush of blood to his own cock, enough to make it move a good distance along his thigh. The man was oversized in every way, and he wondered if his blush was noticeable to the big man.

“So, are you going to?”

“What? Oh yeah, sorry. I guess my brain isn’t alright after all,” he said sheepishly as he sidled over.

“Your brain is fine. It just needs rest, and so do I. Healing you took a lot out of me. Did I tell you I healed your stomach ulcers too?”

“No, you didn’t. Thank you. Oh, so that’s why your hand was down there?”

Kellar chuckled as he got under the comforter, twisting to turn the light off. “Why else would my hand be down there?

Tobyn chuckled too, but didn’t say anything.

“This is a day of firsts. I’ve never shared my bed with anyone either.”

“No kidding? What about with a woman?”

“Tried that once. Shared a woman’s bed. Didn’t like it.”

“What, the bed?”

“Nope. The sex. Wasn’t for me.”

Tobyn wasn’t sure how he felt about Kellar’s admission, but his dick grew again. Shit. What was going on with him? He had Tilly waiting at home. True, it wasn’t serious, and they weren’t sleeping together yet, but…. “So, are you gay then?”

“Not sure. Haven’t tried it.” It was said matter-of-factly, and Tobyn knew he should leave it alone.

“Well, do you find guys attractive?” He mentally cringed as the words left his mouth. What the hell was the matter with him that he couldn't shut up and stop asking questions? Thank God for the cover of darkness. It took minutes, but when the answer finally came, he was thrown for another loop.

“I find you attractive… good night, Tobyn. I’m sure you’re fine, but wake me if you feel any pain or pressure in your head, okay? Even a slight headache.”

“Ah, okay, I will… good night, Kellar, and thanks again, for everything.”

“You’re welcome. Get some sleep.”

Tobyn’s heart was hammering in his chest, and it wasn’t helped when he heard a stirring, and felt a hard and hairy leg settle against his own. He was only able to relax when he heard soft, steady snores come from the man beside him. No doubt about it… Kellar had him rattled in a way he’d never experienced before.

 

Waking up in bed with a man was something entirely new, and Tobyn was unsure of what to do. Sometime during the night, Kellar had embraced him from behind, and hadn’t let go. That by itself wasn’t so bad… upon realizing it, surprisingly, he’d gone right back to sleep. But, he was awake again, and not too sure about the giant erection pressing against him in a most intimate way. He should be leaping out of bed, but he wasn’t. It was like he was powerless where this guy was concerned.

Pressure on his bladder took the need to ponder the situation out of his hands. He had to piss in the worst way, and that wasn’t going to be easy considering his own aroused state. It was that damn glass of water Kellar insisted he drink. There was no light coming through the windows, but his vision was still at its best, allowing him to make out the furnishings in the big open room. Taking a gentle hold on the arm against his chest, he lifted slowly and carefully in an attempt to slide out from under it. Kellar’s reaction was to try to pull him closer, grinding into him as he did so.

Whoa... that was interesting, if just a little unnerving. Another tactic was required. “Kellar. Kellar… you have to let go of me. My bladder’s about to burst.”

“Huh… oh… sorry, I, oh God, I didn’t mean to….”

“Relax. I know. It’s fine... just lift your arm.”

“Yeah, okay. I can’t believe I slept like that. I never sleep so deep. I really am sorry,” he said as Tobyn climbed out of bed, keeping his back to him. “How’s your head?”

“It’s great, and stop apologizing. You were dead to the world, so don’t worry about it.” He carefully maneuvered to the door, groaning silently when he heard the unmistakable sound of someone getting out of bed. Sure enough, he was outside all of ten seconds before his rescuer was at his side, struggling just like he was, to urinate out of a hardon. Christ, the thing was huge. He looked from it up to the tall man's face, seeing one hell of a sexy grin.

“Looks like we both have the same problem.” He looked pointedly downward. “Impressive.”

Tobyn laughed and shook his head, his eyes glancing at the big man’s cock once more. “Says the man with a club for a penis.”

The laughter that followed set the streams to flowing and they both sighed at the shared pleasure a morning piss gives. The sky was beginning to lighten as night hinted at dawn.

“Damn, I have to get my clothes. They’re in the woods.”

“No, they’re not. They’re in the cabin. I saw where you undressed before you shifted, so I grabbed them when you were sleeping. In case you were wondering, there was no sign of the old grey, or I guess I should say Fendral.”

“You saw me shift?”

“Of course. I picked up your scent when you got out of your truck down the road. I watched you the whole time.”

“Damn, I hate that my senses are so unpredictable.”

“I stayed upwind of you, so you couldn’t have smelled me until I let you.”

Both men finished at the same time, and Tobyn was thankful they were both flaccid. He was finding it hard not to look at the naked man. It was astonishing how perfectly put together he was. He was feeling rattled again, and it was because no one else had made him think he might be gay… not even Hugh, when they used to jerk each other off a few years back. It’d been so easy to leave that behind, yet here he was, ogling Kellar.

“What’s the deal with that? Why are you having trouble with your senses, anyway?”

“It’s a long story.”

“Okay, you don’t have to tell me. I don’t mean to pry.” The disappointment in his voice showed he thought it was a rebuff.

“No, I want to tell you. As a matter of fact, you might be able to help me with it… who knows?”

Kellar looked intrigued. “I’ll do whatever I can.”

“Do we have time to talk about it this morning or do you need to go to work?”

“Nope. No work for four months… maybe six. We got layoff notices on Friday. There’s a temporary plant shutdown, so I’m free as a… wolf.”

“Oh, sorry to hear that.”

“I’m not. I’m in good shape money-wise, and employment insurance kicks in in four weeks. I can take the hit, no problem. Let’s get some clothes on. It’s cold enough my dick has shrunk.”

“You’re kidding, right? That is shrunk?”

“Yup, that’s shrunk.”

Tobyn muttered, “Good Lord,” as they walked inside, and that deep belly laugh came out of Kellar again. What Tobyn felt in his own belly was a warm fuzzy feeling at the sound that was quickly becoming comfortably familiar. In fact, the man himself was becoming the same way.

Thanks to my editor, Timothy M., and to all those who read this story.

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Well now we know how Kellar figured out he was a healer. It was very sweet of him to take care of that kitten. It must have been hard for him, not having anyone to talk to and ask questions about what was happening to him... to his body.
It's interesting that blood tests come up normal until the first shift. I wonder what it is that triggers that shift?
I'm enjoying the interaction between these two men. Even if they don't become involved at some point, I can see them developing a close friendship. Tobyn is intrigued and grateful, and Kellar is lonely and needs answers... the months of not having to work makes it a very convenient time for Kellar to maybe go with Tobyn to visit his pack, and maybe get some answers.
As for Tilly? She might be the girlfriend, but she doesn't hold any special place in Tobyn's heart. I wonder if she realizes that, and I wonder how she'll react when (yes I said when, because I predict that's coming) she meets Kellar and sees the friendship between the two men.
Another great chapter with so many more questions, Gary!

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Another chapter filled with some answers but a whole lot more questions. I am loving it.
And Kellar is a snuggler :) so cute

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I guess that's a really good way to meet someone you're attracted to, heal them from a head wound and get them naked in your bed :D

 

Kellar is just a total sweetheart, saving kittens, birds, and people. Plus the snuggling was just adorable. He needs companionship with people like him for sure. I also like that he was so forward about his bedroom preferences, and his openness. That cuts through a lot of the "should I or shouldn't I tell him." He just tells Tobyn right away. Moves the story forward.

 

Also Tilly? Tilly who? Come on Tobyn go for it with the handsome guy who saved you :D

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You can't help but feel sad for Kellar having to make these discoveries on his own. There's an innocence in the open way he asks Toby about who they are. He's uninhibited and poor Toby is getting thrown off center..
I really like the connection between the two and how they already relate to each other..
I can't wait to find out more of Toby and how he came to have this illness.
You're building slowly and moving foward quite nicely Gary.. But, it doesn't keep me from wanting more..

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Kellar is such an innocent in many ways, though not to the point where he'd let other take advantage of him. Tobyn wouldn't that feels for certain. But Kellar needs a guide and a mentor in his world and he needs the comfort and safety of a pack. And he knows he's not into women, so ... he needs to sniff out a good man.
Nice chapter Gary.

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Hmm, so did Kellar heal Tobin's problem, or is it that Tobin hasn't yet realized it's cured?
Tobin's new problem is his feelings about his new friend...can he also break out of the 'malaise' of being typed as straight? :)
More please, G-Man, as soon as you can!

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Awwww shucks!!! Kellar saved a kitty. I LOVE cats so that won me over big time. :wub: So healing is a compulsion? I agree with all of my fellow reviewers... :yes: And I can't wait for Tobyn to explain about the malaise. Sounds like something from the Dark Ages ( :gikkle: ). Excellent chapter, Gary.....more soon?? :D

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They are really bonding. I guess a healing session will propel you further along in a relationship, especially if you have a bond like these two. Because I'm guessing there is something behind this closeness, other than shifter cameraderie.

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On 05/18/2016 03:01 AM, LitLover said:

Well now we know how Kellar figured out he was a healer. It was very sweet of him to take care of that kitten. It must have been hard for him, not having anyone to talk to and ask questions about what was happening to him... to his body.

It's interesting that blood tests come up normal until the first shift. I wonder what it is that triggers that shift?

I'm enjoying the interaction between these two men. Even if they don't become involved at some point, I can see them developing a close friendship. Tobyn is intrigued and grateful, and Kellar is lonely and needs answers... the months of not having to work makes it a very convenient time for Kellar to maybe go with Tobyn to visit his pack, and maybe get some answers.

As for Tilly? She might be the girlfriend, but she doesn't hold any special place in Tobyn's heart. I wonder if she realizes that, and I wonder how she'll react when (yes I said when, because I predict that's coming) she meets Kellar and sees the friendship between the two men.

Another great chapter with so many more questions, Gary!

Thanks, Lit. It is so hard not to say too much. Yeah, that was his indication his shift had changed him into more than a wolf. It hasn't been easy for him but Kellar is someone who deals. At this point, the two guys feel something, but if it's more than friendship... who's to say? As far as being laid off... is there more at work here? One door closes and another opens? Tilly... we get to meet her eventually, and all I can say is she is a sweet girl. I really appreciate the review and the support, my friend... cheers... Gary...

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On 05/18/2016 03:22 AM, Bucket1 said:

Another chapter filled with some answers but a whole lot more questions. I am loving it.

And Kellar is a snuggler :) so cute

I'm so glad to hear that, buddy! I've been working hard to put this all together. You gotta love a snuggler... I don't think Tobyn minded too much, despite the newness of it... but he does have a girlfriend... so... Thank you for the review and your encouraging support, B... cheers... Gary...

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One word describes this chapter: cute! :D
Hearing how Kellar discovered he was a healer, was really heartwarming (He saved a kitty :heart:) ...and yet strangely sad, given how he had to learn it all on his own.
Also, his interactions with Tobyn were so sweet and endearing. He's really open, honest, and straightforward. And like Lit said in the Forum, he's guileless. :) Which of course is rather disconcerting for Tobyn, lol. And one can definitely see how straightforward he is when he told Tobyn he found him attractive. :gikkle:
Something tells me that Kellar will always keep Tobyn on his toes, even after they get to now each other more.

 

Thank you Gary for another awesome chapter! :hug:

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I loved dugh focusing on the joint pissing. In Danish we have an expression: pisse territoriet af, which literally means piss out the territory and figuratively to set the limits or borders and tell everyone to be aware. Indeed, a very male thing to do. :rofl: For a wolf like Kellar to be relaxed about another wolf leaving its mark in front of his house, that's quite remarkable, or perhaps a sign of how happy he is to have a new friend.
Anyway, back to the title. They certainly are exploring new territory. Kellar is trying to find answers to all those questions he has about shifters but at the same time he's curious about Tobyn and the (health) issues he has with his wolf. I noticed Kellar trying to decide what to ask first a couple of times, but also trying not to overload his patient who needs rest. Tobyn is as curious about Kellar, but his new territory relates more to the unexpected attraction he feels towards the big guy. I love how he doesn't deny it, but is genuinely confused about how he reacts.
As for the 'feeling each other out' it goes with the exploring, but I guess you might as well have said checking each other out :lol: At least Tobyn knows he's not alone in feeling attracted and Kellar seems equally surprised and hesitant - when he's awake... The snuggling and waking up scene was absolutely priceless. :P:gikkle:
One thing I love about your shifter universe is that we don't have this wham! instant mate recognition which is an often used trope. Not that it doesn't work well in many cases, but I like this more gradual approach. Reminds me of Sasha's Born Wolf - and you know what a compliment that is, right? :yes:
Well, you got my 2100th review, I hope it did the story justice. ;) I look forward to more chapters, Batman. :D It's great being an editor, even if you make me wait too.

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On 5/17/2016 at 2:08 PM, spikey582 said:

I guess that's a really good way to meet someone you're aftracted to, heal them from a head wound and get them naked in your bed :D

 

Kellar is just a total sweetheart, saving kittens, birds, and people. Plus the snuggling was just adorable. He needs companionship with people like him for sure. I also like that he was so forward about his bedroom preferences, and his openness. That cuts through a lot of the "should I or shouldn't I tell him." He just tells Tobyn right away. Moves the story forward.

 

Also Tilly? Tilly who? Come on Tobyn go for it with the handsome guy who saved you :D

LOL Yeah, whatever works :) . I'm glad you like Kellar. Re being open, he was asked a question, and he answered it. At this point in time, he's experiencing something new, and maybe he's as shook up as Tobyn is? You'll meet Tilly soon... and Tobyn has some figuring out to do, as much as he finds Kellar beautiful. Thanks for a wonderful review, spikey... cheers... Gary...

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On 05/18/2016 04:14 AM, Defiance19 said:

You can't help but feel sad for Kellar having to make these discoveries on his own. There's an innocence in the open way he asks Toby about who they are. He's uninhibited and poor Toby is getting thrown off center..

I really like the connection between the two and how they already relate to each other..

I can't wait to find out more of Toby and how he came to have this illness.

You're building slowly and moving foward quite nicely Gary.. But, it doesn't keep me from wanting more..

Hey, Def. That question got to me too. We all want to know who we are and where we come from. Kellar's had to survive with his difference, and very few answers. Tobyn is facing a dilemma with his attraction to Kellar, and the openness of the man... he's in uncharted territory too. And yeah, I am building the story slowly... there's a lot of information, and I don't want to overwhelm the reader with necessary narrative. I appreciate how patient everyone has been so far... we're getting into it now... the exploration has begun :) . Thanks, as always, for a great review, my friend... cheers... Gary...

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On 05/18/2016 04:48 AM, Mikiesboy said:

Kellar is such an innocent in many ways, though not to the point where he'd let other take advantage of him. Tobyn wouldn't that feels for certain. But Kellar needs a guide and a mentor in his world and he needs the comfort and safety of a pack. And he knows he's not into women, so ... he needs to sniff out a good man.

Nice chapter Gary.

A good read on the situation, tim. I'm pleased you see him as innocent, because in many ways, he is. Not much phases him, but he's in new territory now. He finally has someone he can ask questions of, and just share in their company without hiding who he is. And you're right about Tobyn... you'll learn more about him soon... thanks for the review and your constant support... it means a lot, my friend... cheers... Gary...

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On 05/18/2016 04:57 AM, ColumbusGuy said:

Hmm, so did Kellar heal Tobin's problem, or is it that Tobin hasn't yet realized it's cured?

Tobin's new problem is his feelings about his new friend...can he also break out of the 'malaise' of being typed as straight? :)

More please, G-Man, as soon as you can!

LOL... do you really expect me to answer your questions? You know how us bloody authors are. I can tell you though, the malaise has nothing to do with being straight hehe. Thanks for the great review, buddy, and for making me laugh... cheers... Gary...

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On 05/18/2016 04:59 AM, LadyDe said:

Awwww shucks!!! Kellar saved a kitty. I LOVE cats so that won me over big time. :wub: So healing is a compulsion? I agree with all of my fellow reviewers... :yes: And I can't wait for Tobyn to explain about the malaise. Sounds like something from the Dark Ages ( :gikkle: ). Excellent chapter, Gary.....more soon?? :D

Yes, he did... and a crow, who I don't think was all that appreciative hehe. Yeah, he has this need to heal, and he doesn't know where it comes from. The malaise is a mystery, for sure. You learn more about it soon, I promise. Thanks for the awesome review, my friend... I miss you when I don't hear from you... be well... cheers... Gary...

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On 05/18/2016 05:14 AM, Puppilull said:

They are really bonding. I guess a healing session will propel you further along in a relationship, especially if you have a bond like these two. Because I'm guessing there is something behind this closeness, other than shifter cameraderie.

Yeah, right now, they are getting to know one another, and it's stirring up some feelings, but I don't think either one knows how to react. I don't know whether it was the healing that made them feel close, or being naked in bed together :) . There is so much more to come yet. Thanks for sticking around and for your support, Puppi... it means a lot... cheers... Gary...

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On 05/18/2016 06:35 AM, dughlas said:

Okay so this might seem an odd way to begin a review but ... "the pleasure of a morning piss" and that it was such an easy thing between them what a very male thing to do. That image just struck me and not because of over large endowments. It seems almost a throwaway and yet ... more than anything else it established for me the simplicity and depth of the bond forming between these two. For me it is this type of writing that emphasizes your talent. So simple and clean ... Oh yeah, and like the others have said before me some questions answered and new ones introduced ... I am impressed yet again.

Thank you so much, dugh! I don't think it odd at all. I'm glad you got that moment the way you did. It can very well be a bonding moment between men, and in this case, it certainly was. I love the way you see things... simplicity and depth... exactly right. And thank you for commenting on my writing... simple and clean is something I strive for... there is a lot of narrative in this story so it's challenging, but I love that it is. If you are impressed with this little story then I am well pleased... thank you, my friend... cheers... Gary...

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On 05/18/2016 01:47 PM, Drew Espinosa said:

One word describes this chapter: cute! :D

Hearing how Kellar discovered he was a healer, was really heartwarming (He saved a kitty :heart:) ...and yet strangely sad, given how he had to learn it all on his own.

Also, his interactions with Tobyn were so sweet and endearing. He's really open, honest, and straightforward. And like Lit said in the Forum, he's guileless. :) Which of course is rather disconcerting for Tobyn, lol. And one can definitely see how straightforward he is when he told Tobyn he found him attractive. :gikkle:

Something tells me that Kellar will always keep Tobyn on his toes, even after they get to now each other more.

 

Thank you Gary for another awesome chapter! :hug:

Aww, thanks, Drew. You're right. There is an undertone of cuteness through it. Guileless is a rare and special thing. Kellar is someone who, despite his rough childhood, always tries to do the right thing, and his openness to Tobyn showed just how rare and special he is. Not many would have answered that question so honestly... it was a powerful moment for me as I wrote it. I'm glad you liked this one, little buddy, and I thank you for the constant support you give me... cheers... Gary...

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On 05/18/2016 02:42 PM, Timothy M. said:

I loved dugh focusing on the joint pissing. In Danish we have an expression: pisse territoriet af, which literally means piss out the territory and figuratively to set the limits or borders and tell everyone to be aware. Indeed, a very male thing to do. :rofl: For a wolf like Kellar to be relaxed about another wolf leaving its mark in front of his house, that's quite remarkable, or perhaps a sign of how happy he is to have a new friend.

Anyway, back to the title. They certainly are exploring new territory. Kellar is trying to find answers to all those questions he has about shifters but at the same time he's curious about Tobyn and the (health) issues he has with his wolf. I noticed Kellar trying to decide what to ask first a couple of times, but also trying not to overload his patient who needs rest. Tobyn is as curious about Kellar, but his new territory relates more to the unexpected attraction he feels towards the big guy. I love how he doesn't deny it, but is genuinely confused about how he reacts.

As for the 'feeling each other out' it goes with the exploring, but I guess you might as well have said checking each other out :lol: At least Tobyn knows he's not alone in feeling attracted and Kellar seems equally surprised and hesitant - when he's awake... The snuggling and waking up scene was absolutely priceless. :P:gikkle:

One thing I love about your shifter universe is that we don't have this wham! instant mate recognition which is an often used trope. Not that it doesn't work well in many cases, but I like this more gradual approach. Reminds me of Sasha's Born Wolf - and you know what a compliment that is, right? :yes:

Well, you got my 2100th review, I hope it did the story justice. ;) I look forward to more chapters, Batman. :D It's great being an editor, even if you make me wait too.

Congrats on your 2100th review, Tim. You did do it justice. I liked how dugh viewed the morning pissing scene too. The awkwardness of earlier was forgotten as they shared another bonding moment. You have it all right about what the title means. All of this is new for both of them. Attraction aside, though, there is a friendship building here... one that is very new to Kellar. And Tobyn has never met anyone like Kellar before. His heart reaches out to him for his prior isolation. I think there is wonderment that he was able to accomplish what he did on his own. There is so much more to come, so I'll leave it at that. Thanks for an awesome review, Tim... cheers... Gary...

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Wow! Both for the story thus far and your fan-friends comments.
It is really cool to see how much you all appreciate each other and how invested they are in you.
I think all stories have the same base 'core'. What I always really appreciate is how an author fills out the story that surrounds that core. I like the creativity they show in coming up with a different/unique pathway to get us from the beginning to the end.
I love the pathway/journey you have set for us. I cannot wait for you to clear up the mystery of the old grey wolf - why is he so far from home, how are you going to get him and Kellar to actually meet properly, how are he and Kellar going to help each other, what is their relationship going to mean to each other, etc. Also, why is the malaise happening? Is it environmental, is it just this Pack or all Weres, is someone/something doing it on purpose, etc.
Can't wait! Thank You!

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On 05/22/2016 08:08 AM, Buz said:

Wow! Both for the story thus far and your fan-friends comments.

It is really cool to see how much you all appreciate each other and how invested they are in you.

I think all stories have the same base 'core'. What I always really appreciate is how an author fills out the story that surrounds that core. I like the creativity they show in coming up with a different/unique pathway to get us from the beginning to the end.

I love the pathway/journey you have set for us. I cannot wait for you to clear up the mystery of the old grey wolf - why is he so far from home, how are you going to get him and Kellar to actually meet properly, how are he and Kellar going to help each other, what is their relationship going to mean to each other, etc. Also, why is the malaise happening? Is it environmental, is it just this Pack or all Weres, is someone/something doing it on purpose, etc.

Can't wait! Thank You!

Thank you, Buz! I'm very pleased you like the story so far, and yeah I have a great bunch of friends who support both me and my writing. It makes all the difference on those long lonely nights at the laptop :) . It's interesting what you say about stories having the same 'base' core and I agree with you. I never think of it as any kind of formula though. I dream up these stories in my head and they kind of take over my brain for a while, and flesh out... it's usually a character that hits me first. It definitely is a creative process in getting the story told. This one in particular has a trickiness to it for me because it's my first foray into the shifter genre, but I have to say I enjoy that part of it... there's a lot of T's to cross lol. So glad you like the journey we're on, and I hope you stick with me as I meander through it... thanks for a fantastic and encouraging review... you rock for leaving me this... cheers... Gary...

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Tobyn's confusion is a good theme for this chapter. In his place, I'd be both intrigued by and petrified of so powerful a man as Kellar. He must know Kellar won't hurt him, but that doesn't necessarily mean he wouldn't be intimidated. Kellar seems so sure of himself, so completely at rest and serene in his own skin, whatever shape it takes. How could this be the scrawny foster child who once got bullied so easily?

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