A piece I decided to share while filling in the AWOL chapter names that never were added in the final, final-final, edit.
Lyn groaned against the overwhelming smell of blood when she woke. The procedure room looked like a burglary gone bad; there was blood splattered everywhere, along with the empty packages used to contain the fluid. The cabinet doors were left open with medications and supplies strewn on the counters and across the floor. I don’t remember making this mess; in fact, I don’t even remember entering this room.
She looked at Luna horrified, “What did I do?” The thought of completely losing herself was beyond disturbing.
Standing up to clean her mess, a police dog jumped to his feet growling fiercely.
Luna immediately stepped forward and let out one sharp menacing bark. The animal sat back down, watching Lyn’s every move.
Lyn looked at Luna, then at the police dog.
Luna woofed silently without taking her eyes from the dog in front of her; at the same time Lyn pictured the two of them jumping out the window and running through the trees.
Lyn surveyed her mess remorsefully, “I really should clean up,” she moaned, but the sound of a police radio outside changed her mind.
“Boss, here!” A voice called from the front door.
“That’s our cue, Luna, find us a way out.”
Luna lowered her head, snarling as she approached the dog sitting in the doorway.
The large German Shepherd backed up reluctantly, allowing her to pass. Luna stopped at the entrance and looked down a small hallway into the Doctor’s office, a large black hole in the broken window, the source of the noise Lyn heard before passing out. Without waiting, Lyn ran down the corridor with Luna hot on her heels.
As soon as they turned their backs, the police dog attacked. In a flash, Luna was on top of him. Lyn stopped short of the window and turned around. Luna had the other dog by the throat, “STOP!” she commanded.
Luna growled in response to the senseless order, flexed her jaws enough to cut off the air to the bleeding animal before releasing him. In a flash, she jumped through the window leaving him gasping helplessly on the floor.
Lyn quickly checked the dog, relieved to find that he wasn’t permanently damaged.
“Son-of-a… grab her!” A man shouted. Before he could reach her, she cleared the broken glass, somersaulted and landed silently outside, disappearing into the dense forest.