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To Pierce the Sky

Erik Moore

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Susan Runningwind is forty-five, but already strong enough to have earned a seat among her pack's elders. Keeping the werewolves in line and doing her share providing for them is a full-time job, but it's the only life Susan can see herself living. It's only when Jesse Westfield arrives that she starts to open up to new possibilities.

A vibrant and attractive documentary filmmaker, Jesse isn't the first to visit their remote corner of the reservation, especially when the area has earned the reputation as a refuge for the so-called "Werewolves of South Dakota". But when Jesse begins to get too close to the truth, Susan must make a choice between her pack's welfare, and the growing attraction she feels to the younger woman.

Susan heard the excited voices of the children long before she broke from the cover of the trees. She frowned and hefted the buck more firmly across her shoulders, wondering what could have set them off. The other hunters would surely be back by now, but that had never caused this level of commotion in the past. A few more steps, and she scented them. Outsiders.

It wasn't unheard of for their tribe to receive visitors, even this far away from the white man's world. Just because they lived isolated didn't mean they eschewed all contact. Hikers that occasionally stumbled across their community, tourists on the hunt for the 'authentic' native experience, or amateur genealogists who had been told there was some Sioux 'somewhere' in their heritage. Still, it was a rare enough thing that the young ones always squealed with glee at the chance to meet new people.

When at last Susan emerged from the forest, and her eyes had adjusted to the sudden swelling of light, she looked around for the newest visitors to their home. They weren't hard to find: the garishly large black SUV was immediately obvious. Not far from it, a woman and two men were talking to Black Crow, who was leaning on his walking stick. Or rather, the woman was talking to Black Crow while the two men looked on. Interesting, that. But the hundred and fifty pounds on her back was a more pressing concern, so she continued on toward the hanging area.

By the time she finished hanging the buck to drain and age, she'd all but forgotten about the outsiders. It wasn't until she was halfway back to her cabin and she heard Black Crow calling her name that she remembered. She turned and got her first close look at the visitors to their home. The two men could not have been more different. One was tall, thin, and pale, with blond hair and light eyes, like a Viking torn out of time. The other was shorter than Susan herself, stout without being pudgy, and dark of hair, skin, and eye.

It was the woman with them, though, who was the most striking. At first glance, she might have been mistaken for a man. Her sandy brown hair was cut short and above her ears. She wore jeans faded enough that to call them 'blue' would be generous, and a man's flannel shirt buttoned up against the morning chill. But a single look at her face (and chest, Susan noted with a tiny flush) confirmed her femininity. Her face was round, all gentle curves and smoothness. Her green eyes seemed to take in the entire world around her and thank it for existing.

5 - Fire Pages
"This short is well written and believable, the characters enjoyable to read about, and I liked how Erik Moore infused culture and myth into the story. (Note: The rating given applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

5 - Zee at Fire Pages
"This story is not loaded with wild sex... but it is good in it's own right. This short is well written and believable, the characters enjoyable to read about, and I liked how Erik Moore infused culture and myth into the story. (Note: The rating given applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

4 - Sally at Bibrary Book Lust
"[A]n interesting look at a contemporary werewolf tribe, established within a Native American culture. I liked how the cultural clash between Native and Caucasian was contrasted with that of the werewolf and the human, and I thoroughly enjoyed having the tables turned, with the virgin werewolf being seduced by the white woman who has come to interview her. (Note: The rating given applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

3 - Alex at Between the Covers
"[T]his is a good story, with nice pacing... The story takes place in a Lakota tribe (of werewolves, of course), and mixes tradition with modern conveniences, as well as doing an excellent job of weaving white and Lakota culture/myths. ... Overall enjoyable. (Note: The rating given applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

0 - Good Lesbian Books
"A charming, interesting story about responsibility, belonging and first love, it does feature some gently erotic encounters, but it also has a great deal of story and character growth, and is highly believable. And yes, the author is a guy, and he's a perfect of example of 'men can so write good lesbian fiction'."

Series

Daughters of Artemis

Length

17,700 words
33 pages

Release Date

February 24, 2012

Book Type

Short Story

Categories

Lesbian

ISBN

978-1-937058-38-8

Cover Art

Dare Empire eMedia

Keywords

F/F, age difference, interracial, urban fantasy, virgin, werewolf