a were what?!

She stepped out of the tub and went to the bathroom mirror. She raised her lip and carefully examined her face.
“What are you doing?” Zach seemed almost afraid to ask.
“Seeing what my scary wolf face looks like.”
Putting his palms against his eyes, he sighed—deeply. A cleansing sigh really. Somehow Sara knew that with
a little effort she could make him do that all the time.
“You can’t stay here,” Zach suddenly announced.
“Why?”
“They’re after you. Remember the guy who attacked you today in the shop?”
“It was more like a kiss.” She heard Zach growl but kept her face completely neutral. Fuck him.
“Whatever. But he’s one of several. Like the guys at the club that first night I was here. He’s Pride.”
“You mean proud.”
There was that sigh again. “I mean he’s Pride.” That stated through gritted teeth.
“Pride? Lions have prides.”
“Yup.”
Sara spun around. “There are lions, too?”
Patient Zach made an entrance. “Yes. And tigers. And mountain lions. There’s an array of shifters.”
“Bunnies?”
Sara watched him swallow. “No bunnies,” he bit out. Much more and he’d grind his teeth into dust. “Think predators. Our ancestors became one with the predators. Bunnies are low on the food chain.”
“Sharks?”
What?”
“Don’t get huffy.
They’re the ultimate killing machine.”
Shelly Laurenston’s Pack Challenge

Tracy, my Californian pal, and I have been having some very deep and meaningful conversations lately (we have so!) and one of her recent comments rang a bell with me. Granted she was being a bit facetious when she wrote “he doesn’t scream were-anything to me”.

“Were-anything??” Thoughteth I.

“A were-anything??”

Angels sung, sunbeams landed on my house, and a lightbulb flashed over my head.

“A Were ANYTHING!”

This (of course) led me to think about the were-characters readers don’t see but are absolutely desperate to get in books.

In turn, I decided to share with the partially invisibles the were I really, really, really want to read about in a paranormal:

Now, don’t be sceptical! They may look furry and cuddly, yet they are lethal. Do you think Aussies just made up the whole boxing thing?? Not so, all ye of little virtual faith. Look at this:

Source: flickr

And then at these:



You can see it now, can’t you?

THE WERE-KANGAROO!


You know you want it too!


What other were-anything would you like to see in a book?? Don’t be shy now. I shared my fantasy so ante up. *g*

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19 Responses to a were what?!

  1. Tam says:

    Oh yeah, that would be cool. And when its important to escape quickly the mate could ride in the pouch and they could hop to safety (after punching the bad guys lights out). I'd love to ride in a kangaroo pouch. :-)Okay, oddest story I read was someone's free Thanksgiving fic and involved a turkey. Yep, gobble gobble. Seems to me he ended up going to dinner with the BF's family. Can't remember what they ate. Gives "eating turkey" a whole new meaning. Are you in that m/m yahoo group? Someone posted about a whole book of shifters (anthology) and mentioned snails. Ummm, invertebrates? They could accidentally get eaten for dinner. And getting away from the bad guys could take weeks. They also mention snakes which is a HUGE phobia for me, so I think I'd pass. I didn't comment on the snails cause I didn't want to be rude but "Snails? Really?" http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1867 Its got lots of good authors but not sure I can get by snails and snakes.What would I like to see? In keeping with a national theme, maybe a beaver? I created a beaver evil villain for Craig's blog. A beaver shape shifter? Nahhh, mine was short with a pot belly. We have bears but that's been done. Maybe a moose? A moose would be good.

  2. Sean Kennedy says:

    Australia’s creatures are weird enough that a were-anything from them would seem plausible. I mean, frig, even a koala is dangerous with its claws.And the platypus? It can poison you with a spur on its foot. The freaking platypus!Mind you, I like the idea of a werekoala.And a werebunny would be cute. It would lure you in with its innocent eyes and demeanour, and then WHAM! It’s ripping your throat out.

  3. orannia says:

    OK, after that little snippet I want to read Pack Challenge :)What about a were-wombat?

  4. Kris says:

    I remember that turkey story. It was at Fiction with Friction, wasn’t it?? I though it was odd -albeit funny – at the time.Snails?? What the hell?? I’ll admit up front that I don’t get how a big human can turn into a small animal. Like the whole vampire and bat thing. Where do all the bits go?? Now if it was a 6ft3inches snail or a bat the size of Big Bird I would get. Otherwise it just weirds me out.I have to say I’m loving the idea of a weremoose. I think you should run with it. Psst, what yahoo group is this?? If it’s a timewaster do NOT tell me! Unless it’s gossip. I do love me my gossip.

  5. Kris says:

    People overseas have absolutely no idea how scary Aussie animals are, do they Sean? *shudders* The stuff of nightmares.LOL re: the werebunny. Wasn’t there an episode of the Simpsons or something similar where there was a vampire bunny?? It sucked the juice out of carrots.Not sure about the were koala (see my response to Tam), but a vampire koala would be srsly scary. It would lay in wait and jump you from above. You would never see it coming!

  6. Kris says:

    Shelly Laurenston is very, very funny, Orannia. You will roll on the floor laughing at her stories. I talked about her work when I first started the blog here if you’re interested -http://krisngoodbooks.blogspot.com/2008/12/need-laugh.html.Despite my, umm, issues with humans turning into small animals I have to admit I did think about a werewombat. And then it struck me… WOMBAZILLA! Burrows in the outback during the day and at night patiently lays by the side of a lonely highway waiting for the sleepy drivers of cattle and sheep roadtrains and for unsuspecting tourists. MWAHAHAHAHA!

  7. Sean Kennedy says:

    Not sure about The Simpsons episode, but one of my favourite kids books has that plot, with a cat and a dog finding out the new adopted bunny is a vampire bunny, sucking the juice out of vegetables at night. It was called Bunnicula.

  8. Kris says:

    That’s the one, Sean! I’m sure I’ve seen a cartoon version though… on second thoughts maybe I’ve seen it read on Play School. 🙂

  9. Jenre says:

    If all weres are nature’s preditors why isn’t there a were-ferret?Actually that would be a good story, the were-bunny who falls in love with the were-ferret. They adore each other, except that once a month he tries to kill her.

  10. Kris says:

    Brings a whole new meaning to the phrases ‘opposites attract’ or ‘the wrong time of the month’, doesn’t it, Jen??I’m beginning to feel slightly concerned this topic is bringing out the aggressive tendencies in you all. Only very slightly though. *snicker*

  11. Tam says:

    Bunnicula is hilarious. My daughter and I killed ourselves laughing over that. I’m all for ignoring the laws of physics, but yeah, turning 200 lbs into a 5 lb (or 5 oz) creature does push the boundaries.

  12. Tracy says:

    LOL – I love that scene in Pack Challenge! Had me lmao! Werekanga? That poor wittle mommy from Pooh? How could you think that? Sick, sick mind you have.Hey – is that Joey Tribianni from Friends on the left? lol

  13. Kris says:

    It’s all a myth to suck tourists into the lair of the evil werekangaroo. We Aussies live in total fear. Yes indeedy we do. :)And pls Joey was so not that buff, Tracy.

  14. Tracy says:

    He was pretty buff..especially in later shows. Not that I was paying any attention of course, puhleeze.I’ve heard that they werekanga’s are indeed quite vicious. And you live there why? You could move to CA and just have to deal with Earthquakes! lolOk…I’d be a were-unicorn. No? Ok, a were-warty newt. No again? Ok – a were-panther. Really.

  15. Kris says:

    I think I would be some sort of were-cat species, too. The way I feel today though I think I’d be more like a were-elephant. LOL.BTW, what the hell is a warty newt??

  16. Tracy says:

    I’m thinking today I’d be more of a were-blue whale…which is about 25 elephants put together! lolWarty newt: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/amphibians/warty-newt.html

  17. Kris says:

    Ok, now I’m thinking I’m more like a human sized warty newt, which people must have a license to handle. 🙂

  18. Tracy says:

    lmao…human sized warty newt. Wouldn’t that be a sight.

  19. Kris says:

    Just call me Krizilla.

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