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CareenDeclán ran through the park, his tail held high like a flag and the wind ruffling his fur. The boy ran laughing at his heels.

They careened around the pond causing a mass exodus of ducks from the path to the comparative safety of the water, their wakes rippling across each other as they landed. A particularly large male Muscovy duck took exception and snapped at them as they passed.

From the water's edge, Declán leapt over a small hedge and disappeared into one of the many small groves of plants dotted throughout the park. The boy ran around the trees and shrubs, calling for Declán to come out. While he peered into the shubbery, Declán snuck behind him and yipped playfully, startling the child into delighted giggles and prompting another game of chase.

Weaving between pedestrians they took off along the bike path that looped around the open lawn area that had been commandeered by impromptu teams of footballers. Running beyond the players, Declán realised that he'd lost his shadow. He trotted back to find the boy staring longingly after a group of teenagers engaged in a spirited game.

There was no chance of the older lads including the boy in their game. Looking around, Declán spotted a group of younger kids kicking a ball around, he nudged the boy in their direction.

The children ignored the newcomers, but when Declán yipped and rolled on his back, wiggling his legs in the air, they lost interest in their game and decided to play with the big dog. They soon lost interest, by when they returned to their game, they had a new player joining in their game.

Declán watched the boys for a while. Satisfied his young shadow was enjoying himself, he turned and headed back to his spot beneath the oak where Wolf was still sitting. He hadn't expected it, but the boy had been quite good company.

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15minuteficletsword #93: quest
moonbeamsfanfic — challenge: declán and a child
Part of the Sangoma!verse and the Wolf&Declán!verse

Comments

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moonbeamsfanfic
19th Feb, 2005 17:21 (UTC)
Aww! He's such a sweetie! I think I fall in love with him more every time... ::cuddles her lovable werewolf::

Oh, and I see you've named the verse. I had to look "sangoma" up in the dictionary. A traditional Zulu healer and respected elder. Um, yeah. You know, that's not really giving me any hints of what's to come. You're doing this deliberately, aren't you? ;)
redwolf
20th Feb, 2005 03:22 (UTC)
I'm quite pleased to see I haven't given the game away with the title of this verse. Fortunately, it looks like I'm the only one with a taste for odd BBC documentaries that appear in the middle of the night.

You're doing this deliberately, aren't you?

Why, yes. Yes I am.
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redwolf
20th Feb, 2005 03:23 (UTC)
Declán likes belly rubs, but you'll have to fight moonbeamsfanfic for him, he's her favourite puppy.
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laridian
19th Feb, 2005 18:13 (UTC)
So cute. I was worried something would happen to the boy (and I still am!) but at least nothing seems to have happened yet. And it's a wonderful little fic. (parental squee!)
redwolf
20th Feb, 2005 03:25 (UTC)
You really wouldn't like where this idea came from. So far, it looks like I'm the only one who's run across this particular news item.
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redwolf
20th Feb, 2005 04:18 (UTC)
I may hold you to that once the story progresses.
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redwolf
20th Feb, 2005 04:53 (UTC)
Saw that one. This one's older and makes those parents sound like the Cleavers.
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pheral
20th Feb, 2005 06:06 (UTC)
something very compelling about a creature capable of both inate evil and adorable huggability. Comes from purity i guess. Pure bad or pure good, its got appeal.
redwolf
20th Feb, 2005 06:16 (UTC)
Why would you assume a werewolf is evil? The whole it's different, therefore it's evil thing gets up my nose. Maybe that's why the evil in my stories tends to not be the work of things that are traditionally monsters, but ordinary people, with ordinary lives.
pheral
20th Feb, 2005 06:23 (UTC)
lol, why would you assume i was taking about werewolves? i was referring to wolves only really - when i think of declan i think of two halves (as i do when i hink of all werewolves probably). werewolves dont strike me as evil, they strike me as the same as everything else - with the capacity to do great harm and to do great good, same as all humans. and when i refer to wolves or pumas or lions being 'evil', i'm indulging my melodramatic desires, i dont really consider them evil, just natural. Woah wolfy! ;)

edenfalling
22nd Feb, 2005 23:48 (UTC)
Awww! Wolf should never, ever have kids, but I think Declan would be a great dad or uncle.

Also, minor fix: Declán snuck behind him and yipped playfully
redwolf
23rd Feb, 2005 00:24 (UTC)
Got the typo. Thanks, as always.

Wolf isn't terribly good with children, especially for longer periods of time, but I think you're right about Declán. Wolf and children just makes me think of Patsy's mother in Ab Fab; Take it away and bring me another lover.
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