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Elissa Daye In Chains

Destiny calls them. Duty binds them. Beware what you wish for. After a werewolf bite, Brieanna’s world is changed forever. Transported to the world of Lena, she makes a pact with the Goddess Adriana to become the fated Spirit Wolf, a creature destined to save them all from the Lair’s poison. Leo would go to any lengths to bring them down the Lair, even if it meant joining forces with the culprits to uncover their deadly secrets. Her spirit is a beacon of light within the darkness. He walks between both worlds with scars that were carved into his body and soul. Their secrets keep them bound to a path they are destined to walk alone. Will love bring them She leaned closer to the wolf and wrapped back together in the end? her arms gently around its scruff. She laid her head in its neck and breathed in the wolf’s aroma. The smell of cinnamon and vanilla wafted through her nose. As she breathed, something strange started to happen. It was as if the white wolf was melting away before her. Like the white ash from a smoldering fire, small dots of white fluff swirled around her, over and under, across and through, until it made a long line of fluttering white that surrounded her like a blanket. She stood up inside the twisting ring and laughed as the air tickled her face. Brieanna felt a strange tingling run through her body as the fluttering moved close enough to rake her skin. Her skin started to feel hot. Rubbing her hands over her arms, she looked down. Her hands were no longer hers, but large paws. Panic entered her for a moment, for she was afraid of turning into the uncontrollable beast that the Lair had created, but then she realized that the madness she had felt earlier was no longer inside her. This transformation was not one created in darkness, but one that resided in between the love and light. This was her destiny. She sat back down on the ground and let fate take over. Where she had once stood tall in her human form, she now lay on the ground in a completely separate form, the white wolf. An unknown cognition rose within her, like a siphoned image into her mind 120 | btsemag.com

from afar, sharing the story of the fabled healer of Lena, the Spirit Wolf. Spoken of only by the Women of Lena, this story was passed down from generation to generation, from mothers to daughters, in the form of a fairy tale. The Spirit Wolf was an all-powerful being who would rise when the world needed light to pave the way through darkness. This mystical creature could heal everything from the common cold to the most mortal wound. When children were sick, the mothers would tell them that the Spirit Wolf would come chase away their cold as they slept, steal the disease from their bodies, and replace it with magical dreams that would make them feel better. As she took on her new body, a new perception entered her head as an extensive knowledge base flashed and sparked in her mind. It would take almost a life time to decipher all the details, but she knew it would come to her eventually.

Elissa Daye graduated from Illinois State University in December 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. After teaching for several years, Elissa is now happily married and a stay at home mom, who writes in every spare moment she can find.

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