The Alpha Male, a Short Story for Halloween

The Alpha male
The Wolf

The wolf pack gathered on a rocky outcrop that ran along the perimeter of the woods. The huge Alpha male took up a position on the highest point as he looked down over his pack. The winter had been harsh and food was scarce, in fact, a couple of weaker pups had recently succumbed.

The leader’s attention focused on a small log cabin in the distance. Until recently it had sat abandoned but, suddenly, there was smoke rising from the chimney indicating that it was now inhabited … and where there were humans there was food. He leapt down from the rock and signaling to two younger males, with a special form of silent communication known only to wolves, led the way stealthily towards the cabin.

Matt Barnett stirred the pot of beef stew on the fire, as his twin brother Kurt walked in the door with another armload of firewood. Dropping the wood into a box beside the fireplace, Kurt complimented his brother, “Man that smells good. I am starving after the long hike up here.”

“I never thought we’d return to this place,” Kurt said. “I used to love coming here as kids,” he choked back tears, “but since that last time … when … when Dad was killed by the wolves, it’s been sitting here abandoned.”

“Well, lucky for us it is still habitable,” replied his brother trying to maintain a calm composure.

stealthily circling

The wolves sniffed the air as they moved in an ever decreasing circle around the cabin. The scent of the stew cooking assailed and tempted their acute sense of smell. The leader wisely avoided approaching the front door and led the way around to the back. A metal trash bin attracted the attention of one of the two younger wolves and he nuzzled it until the lid fell off.

The loud clatter caused him, and the other young wolf, to run off to a safer distance seeking the cover of the closest trees. The Alpha male, though, stood his ground and raised up onto his hind legs, front feet resting on the cabin wall for support.

The noise of the dislodged lid aroused the two young men inside. Picking up his rifle Matt walked cautiously to the back door, followed by his brother Kurt. As he pulled open the back door Matt’s eyes opened wide in amazement and he slowly lowered the gun that he had cocked and ready to meet any danger.

From behind him, Kurt exclaimed excitedly, “Dad…is that you? We thought you were dead!”

The werewolf had assumed his human form just before the door opened. Suppressing an instinctive growl, the figure coughed and said, “Hello sons! Long-time no see.”

 

John Hansen © 2019

log cabin
log cabin

John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure.

After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com.Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction.

I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren.

I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials.

It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems.

I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

11 thoughts on “The Alpha Male, a Short Story for Halloween

  • October 20, 2019 at 2:06 AM
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    Thank you, Phyllis. That is the response I was hoping for. I wanted the ending to be a surprise.

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  • October 20, 2019 at 8:22 AM
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    My only complaint was wanting to continue reading. So many great stories this Halloween! Jamie

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  • October 20, 2019 at 8:33 AM
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    Hi Jamie. I am glad you enjoyed this enough to want it to continue. Thanks for reading. Yes, Halloween has really brought out some great writing.

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  • October 20, 2019 at 5:25 PM
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    Awesome piece and very much enjoyed John – the character Kurt was the most fascinating I THINK…LOL..

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    • October 20, 2019 at 6:21 PM
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      Haha Kurt, I thought you’d say something like that. So glad you enjoyed the tale.

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  • October 20, 2019 at 5:34 PM
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    John, this was truly a Halloween masterpiece of a story. I know because the shiver up my spine at the end was the clue that the story had held me mesmerized and brought me along for the ride

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  • October 20, 2019 at 6:22 PM
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    Wow! Rasma, thank you so much for that generous comment. I am glad it succeeded in creating shivers.

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  • October 20, 2019 at 8:24 PM
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    I was expecting a much longer piece so I was settled in for a long plot…Then, bam, there’s the twist and the ending. Short sweet and very well done, John.

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  • October 20, 2019 at 8:26 PM
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    John, I was expecting a much longer piece, so I was settled in for a longer read…Then, bam! Twist and finish, just like that. Very well done. Unexpected and a bit terrifying.

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  • October 20, 2019 at 8:29 PM
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    Haha Chris, a bit of shock value never hurt anyone. Glad it ticked the terrifying box. Cheers.

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