The Difficult Kind (6 of ?)(Logan, Vy)(PG-13)
- Title/Part: The Difficult Kind, part 6 of ?
Series: Forest of the Night
Codes: Logan/Original Character
Author: Alex SisterWolf
Short Summary: The baby left on the doorstep is a tiger cub.
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Roaring filled my ears. I mean literally. Suddenly all around me was the
sound of a tiger growling, harsh, dark, and ominous.
It was the strangest sensation. I was _in_ my body, but I wasnt in control
of my body. And I wasnt alone. There was someone in there with me, someone
wild and female and angry.
This isnt funny, I tried to say, but I didnt have control over my vocal
cords anymore. **Hey!** I tried to yell mentally. **Wolf chick! This isnt
funny! Undo whatever you just did or Ill rip your throat out!**
There was the sound the mental sound, which is pretty hard to describe of a
light chuckle. **I think youd find that rather difficult at the moment. Why
dont you say hello to your tiger side? Shes the one in control of your body
at the moment, so I think you might find it advantageous to make friends.**
**What the hell do you mean my tiger side is in control of my body? Theres
only one me in this body, and its me!**
**Wrong. Shes there. You just havent been able to talk to her before. **
I tried to blink, somewhat dumbfounded. **So if this is true, how do I talk
to her? And why would I want to talk to her? **
I heard an exasperated mental sigh. **Your spirit is out of balance. Are you
unhappy? Do you find yourself doing things for no reason that you can
understand? Did you not just abandon your mate and your cub, travel a few
thousand miles, and spend several days wandering aimlessly in the
**Umm ** I replied quite intelligently.
**So talk to her. Do I have to explain everything? Jeez, this spirit guide
thing is seriously overrated.** The wolf sprawled on her side, watching me
through bright gray eyes and grinning toothily.
**Okay erm, excuse me, tiger side?**
**Yes?** This new voice was dark, and harsh, and growling, but in a way I
cant quite explain, it sounded like memaybe like me before coffee at five
**Uhh are you really the tiger side to my spirit?**
**How long have you been there?**
**Since the beginning.**
She was clearly not the talkative sort. **The beginning of what?**
**Your change. When you became.**
**Umm all right. So what do you want?**
**Cub.** All of a sudden, the scent signature of Raj wafted through my mind,
along with an overwhelming yearning.
**Gotcha. Anything else?**
**Mate.** The scent signature this time was muddied, sort of a combination of
Logan and Vic. I winced. Even my animal nature was confused about the
**Bingo!** the wolf whispered smugly.
**Is that the problem?** I demanded of the wolf. **Even my tiger side cant
figure out which one is my mate?**
**Why dont you ask her. Sheesh. Do I have to hold your hand through this
I would have glared at her, if I had control of my body. **Is there anything
else you want?**
**Home.** The thought filled my mind with a mixture of scents, from my
mothers lamb stew, to the scents of my old teammates, to the scents of the
X-Men (even Jean.)
**Yeah, I get it. Trust me, were going back to Westchester. I think Ive had
enough walkabout, thank you very much.** The thought of facing the Professor
after confessing to feeding information to Magneto made me rather queasy, but
I had to admit that I would have faced much worse than that to see Raj again.
And Logan. And, a certain traitorous portion of my mind whispered, Vic.
**Mate.** my tiger side replied, sending the mixed scents of Logan and Vic to
me once more.
Dammit! **Its gotta be one or the other, tigercat.** I winced at my
accidental usage of Vics pet name for me. **One or the other. Choose.**
She responded with both their scents again.
**What the hell is this, you want me to choose? Okay, fine. Its easy. I
choose Logan.** Vic, whispered part of my mind.
Stubbornly, she responded with both their scents.
**Thats impossible. Cant be done. They hate each other. I cant have both
of them.** Angrily, I shouted at the wolf, **Shes crazy! I cant have both
of them. I have to choose one and Im damned well choosing the one who isnt
a psycho sonofabitch! I choose Logan!**
**Your tiger side doesnt agree. And, if youd be honest with yourself,
neither do you.** The wolf yawned at me.
**Who the hell gave you the right to come in here and play games with my
**Im your spirit guide, dummy. Look it up when you get back to the
Mansion.** The wolf stood up and lifted her muzzle into the wind, sniffing.
**I think its time for you and your tiger self to get a little better
acquainted. Catch me if you can!**
And with that, the wolf took off at a run into the woods. **Hunt,** said my
tiger side happily, and then suddenly I felt my body _shift_ and instead of
two legs I had four, and my senses increased so tremendously that breathing
the air was as heady as drinking fine wine. I was drunk on the sheer
complexity of scents.
I felt my muscles bunching and releasing, the flex of my claws into the
forest floor, the sheer exhilaration of the hunt. The wolf was ever before
us, just out of reach.
We flew through the dark forest, startling deer, but not giving chase because
we could hear the wolfs laughter, and I didnt know when it stopped being
_me_ and _her_ and started being _us_. We flowed together, the tiger and the
woman, until I couldnt say where she began and I ended.
We ran until moonrise, when the gray wolf led us to a circle of stones in the
depths of the forest. It looked bizarrely like ancient Celtic standing
stones, and the human side of me tried to think of what Native American tribe
would have created a site like this, and the tiger side of me said, **Pay
The wolf stepped slowly, almost ceremoniously, to the center of the circle
and turned three full circles. **Great mother, I bring to you a daughter.
Guide her and nurture her until the day her soul rejoins the circle. Step
My tiger side, still in control of my body, strode forward to meet the wolf
nose-to-nose at the center of the circle.
The wolf touched her nose to mine and then spoke again. **Great mother,
sisters all, we greet this child and name her Vyaghri.**
And I swear, though all my senses told me we were alone in the clearing, I
heard a great upwelling of voices murmuring, Vyaghri.
The wolf grinned. **Welcome, Vyaghri.** Then she turned and left the circle.
**What now?** I asked.
**We go catch a few rabbits.**
**What are the rabbits for?**
She gave me a look. **For eating, Vy. Come on, lets get moving.**
**What, is that it?** I walked over to her.
**What else should there be?** She sniffed the wind contemplatively.
**Well, I guess What was that ceremony about, anyway?**
She trotted off into the woods. I easily caught up with her, suddenly
realized that I was walking on four feet, and promptly tripped and fell over
my own feet. Chuckling, the wolf told me, **Graceful, Vy. The rabbits will
never hear you coming.**
I gathered my four feet under me and rose unsteadily. **Hey, give me a break
already. This is the first time Ive ever been in control of my body when in
tiger form. Speaking of where is my tiger side? Is she gone?**
**Nope. Youre just better integrated now.** The wolf loped off into the
**What the--** I tried to catch up with her. **What the hell do you mean,
were better integrated? Im not a piece of softwear!**
**Your two halves. Tiger and woman. Better integrated. Are you always this
**Is that what the ceremony was for?**
**Nope. That was an introduction.**
**The mother of what?**
**Youre really fucking irritating, you know that?**
Later, after wed hunted down a few rabbits and eaten our fill, and were
lounging on the grass in human form again, I asked her, So who are you? How
did you know who I am? How did you find me?
She smiled mysteriously. Oh, lets just say that an old friend told me
I narrowed my eyes at her. An old friend named Professor Xavier?
Maybe, maybe not.
You are really annoying.
Ive been told that before. She grinned, and then turned serious. Youre
going to find it a little difficult at first to deal with the changes within
your spirit. The advice Ill give you now is to listen to your tiger side.
She wont be able to talk to you in words anymore, that was something I
facilitated. So youre going to have to trust your gut instinct, because
thats your animal side talking to you. Shes got important things to say,
so listen to her. You got that?
Good. Dont forget it. She stood up, stretched, and shifted into wolf
form again. **Take care of yourself.**
Thanks. Hey, you never did answer my question. Who are you?
Her only reply, **A friend.** I heard her fading mental laughter, and then I
was alone again.
Right. Trust my gut instinct. Gotcha. I shook my head doubtfully, then
started the long walk back towards civilization.
***end part six***
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