Amber heard alpha dog growl.
Then the alpha dog began to cry and beg.
When he had finished crying and begging, he sniffed and sniffed at the r as if the alpha dog smelled some scents, and then he growled agn.
He barked once more, and then he was gone.
"Is she a werewolf?" I asked, watching as the dog disappeared.
Amber gave me a withering look. "Do I really need to spell it out for you, idiot?"
"No, I guess you don't. But tell me anyway. What was the dog?"
"A mutt?" I stared at her. "Is that why it was crying? Because it was a mutt?"
"I think that's what dogs do when they want to eat the alpha," she sd. "It was just the dog's way of saying she was in charge."
I gave her a sideways look. "That's a new one on me."
"It's new to me too." Amber took off her coat, and I started shivering as I noticed she was wearing nothing under it. "The dog wanted me to keep her warm while you were out."
Amber didn't seem to mind my staring at her. She sat there as she peeled off the coat and threw it on a chr in the living room. "I didn't know what else to do, other than put the coat around her. But she was shivering so hard it was making her teeth chatter, so I put my coat around her." She looked at the mutt for a moment. "She's all right, isn't she?"
"I guess so." I frowned. "You mean, apart from being a mutt?"
She shrugged. "She's a mutt. We're not going to give her a name. Besides, it seems to me that her only job is to keep you warm."
I didn't say anything. I could tell Amber was being sincere, but I was still wondering.
Amber smiled at me and got up to take a shower. "I'm going to take a hot shower. You can put all your clothes on the bed. There's a blanket in the closet there. You can get some more sleep."
I followed her into the bathroom. "I just had a thought."
She nodded at me as she turned the water on. "What was that?"
"Well...the mutt...that's her job, isn't it?"
She nodded. "As the werewolf is my job, the dog is hers."
"So, if I had been wearing my wolf's fur, she could have kept me warm. But if I wasn't, she couldn't, even if I gave her the coat."
Amber nodded, still listening to the water. "I guess." She smiled at me as she stepped out of her shoes. "You're a werewolf, so she can't keep you warm. And you're a shifter. So she can't help."
She left me standing there, a bit confused, while she took a shower.
I wondered if she werewolves and shifters could take showers together, because they both seemed to enjoy doing it, and they both took longer showers than normal people.
I turned the shower on and stepped in. As I did, the water splashed over the edge of the bath, making a loud, wet noise. I pulled my shirt over my head and got in. As I stepped in further, I noticed that the water was only half as hot as it usually was. I frowned, wondering if Amber had just turned off the water at some point.
I sighed. I could take the cold, but not the cold and wet.
I sighed agn as I started to soap up. It was wet all the way through and the soap was very slippery. I had to work my arms in the soap to get it over my skin, and even though I wanted to, I couldn't just relax and enjoy it.
After a while, I had to stop soaping up and turn off the water. As I stepped out, I noticed a strange, almost sickly smell.
I sniffed it and wrinkled my nose. "Oh...it smells like sick."
Amber smiled at me, the water still running over her hr. "The smell is a side-effect of the healing. If it smells bad, just put a little bit more soap on and it'll go away."
I didn't bother to tell her that I couldn't smell the sickly smell any more. I was pretty sure it was just a side-effect, not the cause of the sickness.
Amber stood there, smiling at me