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Trucker's eyes went wide, then he bolted. Teodor rant after him. “Hey!” He grabbed Trucker by his shoulder.
Trucker tried to shake his way out of Teodor's grip. Teodor would not let go.
“Trucker. Stop running.”
Trucker did stop, he pulled at Teodor's hand. “I knew it was you two. I saw you.”
“What did you see?” Teodor asked.
“You two are werewolves,” Trucker said.
Teodor let Trucker go. The boy did not sound frightened. “How do you know?”
“I saw you guys change. In the woods, the day after you chased me for the records. I was there.”
“You saw us?” Teodor asked. Amanda and him had done more that night than change into their human forms.
“Yeah, I stay there when it's not too cold. And you two come in followed by those dogs...” his voice trailed off.
Amanda walked up to Teodor. She looked at Trucker. “Aren't you frightened?”
Trucker shook his head. “No.”
“That's very brave of you.”
Trucker scoffed. “I've seen The Woman, two werewolves aren't as scary as she is”
“So why'd you run now?” Teodor asked.
“I didn't know what you would do."
Amanda lowered herself to Trucker's eye level. “Can you keep a secret?”
Trucker tilted his head. “Depends."
Amanda glanced back at Teodor. “Are you going to tell the other kids about us?”
Trucker shook his head. “They won't believe me.”
“Good, because we don't want the kids any more frightened than they are."
“You seem like you are nice werewolves.”
Teodor nodded. If it had been Teodor's family that Trucker had seen, Trucker would be a meal now. “Nicer than most."
Trucker glanced in the direction of the old work house. “I gotta get back.” He turned to run, but stopped and came back. “Do you guys get fleas?”
Amanda giggled. Teodor nodded. “Yeah, we can get fleas.”
Trucker laughed then turned around and ran off. Amanda glanced at Teodor. She smiled. “There is a great kid under all the tough guy act."
“You're falling in love with him aren't you?” Teodor asked.
“Well, he is a good kid. What type of parents would let a kid like him run away?”
Teodor took her hand. “There are some people in the world that should not be parents. Take mine for example.”
She thought for a moment, biting her bottom lip. “But you never ran away.”
“Oh, I would have,” he said. “But Father also paid the werewolf hunters well. I would have been on the next list, if I would have left.”
“He would have killed you?”
“Hell, he tried himself three times.”
She looked shocked. Teodor tried to giver her a small reassuring smile. “Some of us are lucky enough to have parents that love and care for us. Some of us have to deal with real horrible people. Unfortunately, that means kids like Trucker feel safer on the streets.”
Amanda shook her head. “If I find out they hurt him-”
“No, hurting them won't do anything. Best thing for Trucker now is for us to help him.”
“Which means we have to find The Woman.”
Teodor nodded. “Yeah, we have to figure out how to kill a hag.”