---------------------------5 Months Later-----------------------------------
It took me almost 5 months to get back into the routine of college and class work. The summer break was almost here and finals were round the corner. The campus was located within walking distance of Aldrea’s apartment. It was fairly large having almost 15,000 students. Aldrea had been luck to find a place to live in this area. For all the different world and such, I found that I wasn’t that far behind anything except things in history and some general stuff. I was fortunate Aldrea was there. She helped me through the most difficult parts and helped me find information I needed to make it through. The fact that I could do just about anything with a computer helped. My proficiency in computers and physics helped a bunch.
This world was more advanced is some areas but lagged behind in others. Computers were being one of the items lagging. I had a head start on a lot of students in programming.
Aldrea just couldn’t understand how I could remember technical stuff and nothing else about my past. The fact that I did not come from this world not withstanding. I had been here almost a year now and had finally brought myself up to date on this world. You’d be surprised on how much parallel history existed.
I didn’t find any net subculture of furs pretending to be bald apes.
Aldrea and I now tended to spend mainly the weekend nights together. Her job and my schooling kept us apart more than together. The time we did spend together was to say the least interesting. She taught me how to please her and to please myself. It was also a wonderful way to relieve tension during finals and I used it fully to my advantage.
You would not believe what Aldrea does when you nibble her tail.
I had gone into heat again and was rather troubled how it had affected Aldrea and me. It was almost 3 days before we had finally had the energy to leave the apartment. Three days of strenuous all out sex was tiring but fun.
It was a good thing I had started on a Friday. I had been feeling a little edgy for the past several days. Other of my classmates must have noticed something because I started getting hit on by the guys starting on Wednesday. Aldrea finally realized what was happening Thursday night when we were eating the third meal.
Aldrea sat across for me at the table and cocked her head at me. She reached over and took my paw and brought it to her muzzle. Turning my paw palm up, she and took a deep breath. I look at her puzzled but noticed her eyes dilate as she breathed in through her nose.
“I think you’re going into heat Astria. I thought I smelled something different after you showered this morning. Now I’m sure. I can even tell the change in your scent.” Aldrea told me across the table.
The next three days passed in a blur of fevered sex. After that finals were a breeze.
---------------------------2 Weeks Later-----------------------------------
After finals were over, I decided to take a break and see some of the country round the city I lived in. Aldrea couldn’t get off so I ended up exploring alone. I really needed to get away and straighten out my feelings toward Aldrea. We had great sex but it seemed that it wasn’t enough for me. I was missing something. I planned to use this time to decide whether or not to stay with her or strike out on my own.
I had been feeling different lately. It seemed that every other month, when the first and second moons were full. I would get edgy and claustrophobic. I usually would end up sneaking into Aldrea’s bed and spending a few nights there. Huddled tight to the sleeping bobcat.
This time it was different. I felt drawn to the district park located about 250 kilometers from the city. I just had to get away from all the people around me.
I managed to rent some camping equipment from an outfitter nearby. I also used some of my dwindling credits to buy some decent hiking shoes and stuff. I had earned those credits helping others with their computer assignments.
I thought, maybe, a few nights away from it all would help my nerves.
I had taken the equivalent of a bus to the trailhead closest to the city. So here I was kilometers from anywhere following the map the park guide had given me to follow. I had done some camping while I was human and this would be no problem. Just a few days hike into the backcountry away from it all.
I had walked for most of the morning and afternoon stopping only to eat a simple noon meal and to rest a bit on steep sections of the trail. As I walked I meet fewer and fewer furry inhabitants from the city. It was still early spring and most people wanted to save their free days when the weather was more predictable.
By the time I was ready to stop for the night I had not seem a soul for about an hour. So I started looking for a place to set up camp.
I found a good spot and set up camp in a tranquil glade just before dark. It took me about an hour to make camp a small distance from the trail and on the other side of the glade. The fire I made was small, really just big enough to heat some water for my dinner.
You would not imagine the trouble of making a fire and having fur. One spark in the wrong place and you could have a nasty burn. And believe me, burnt fur stinks.
After puttering about camp till dark, I decided to go to bed early and get an early start the next day. I wiggled down into the sleeping bag and lay back thinking about my new life.
Sleep eluded me and after an hour or so, I crawled out of the sleeping bag. I left the tent and rekindled the fire. As I sat there, the moons started their ascent into the night sky.
A strange feeling overcame me. My clothes seemed too tight, too confining. The night air was surprisingly warm and no breeze deflected the tiny plume of smoke from my fire pit.
I had let the fire burn down to coals and sat there wiggled in my clothes. Slowly piece by piece I removed my clothes. It didn’t cross my mind that I was undressing until I was almost completely nude. A light breeze had come up from the south and the air on my fur felt so good almost cleansing.
I felt drawn to the center of the glade. It tugged at my mind and body. As I slowly walked into the central area of the glade, the last of my clothes fell to the ground. Naked I walked toward the center of the glade.
The first moon was already high in the night sky, a bright light blue white circle. As I reached the center of the glade the second moon rose above the treetops and bathed me in it white yellow light.
I felt almost intoxicated by the light surrounding me. It seemed to cling to my fur making it stand on edge and almost glow. The moons light seemed to wash away all coherent thought and will. I swore I heard the most beautiful music coming from the light surrounding me. I found my body responding to the music. Even though I could not find the source of the magnificent cords.
My body swayed to the music. It moved in patterns matching the music’s rhythms. As the music rose and fell in my head so did the gyrations I went through. It was almost like a dance I was going though. I was lost in the sound and movement. My mind whirled, spinning unable to grasp what was happening to me. I began to get scared. I felt lost, frighten. What was happening to me?
Slowly, through the sound and motion I became aware of someone else dancing with me in the glade. The figure moved in counterpoint to me. Through the music, I noticed that the other persons coat was opposite of mine. Where my fur was white with black points the other figure was black with white points.
Slowly the dance brought us closer and closer to each other. As the distance closed between us, I noticed that the figure now matching my pattern was male and as nude as I was. Unable to stop I continued to dance my moon lit dance.
As the moons passed overhead, we continued to move together in this strange dance. We would close only to move apart never touching. It was like a ballet. Round and round we swirled unable to stop. It seemed to me that my fur was getting brighter and brighter as if it was absorbing the light from the two moons.
Just as the smaller moon passed in front of the larger moon, we touched for the first time. The shock that went through my paw and up my arm caused my fur to stand on edge like static electricity. I felt the electric charge course through my body. It broke part of the spell that the music had on me.
I was finally able to gain some control over my body. I felt incredibly weak and fell as I spun to a stop. My mysterious partner whirled and dived to brake my fall in his dark arms.
I lay there in his arms for a moment before I looked up. There was another figure now standing before us. Her body was not a sharp outline against the night sky, but a kind of blur that shone with a light from within. All she wore was a double full moon pendant on a silver chain. The moons hung between her smooth furry breast. Her eyes were no eyes at all but looked like dark orbs filled with stars.
She smiled down at us, as we lay there on the ground. She reached out a slender paw as if offering me something. Unable to resist, I reached out to meet it. As our paws met, a feeling of love and hope filled my heart as well a surge of energy. It restored some of my waning energy.
She spoke but a moment to me. Her words echoed in my mind. “Finally a pair with the power and strength to renew the calling. Fear not my child. This male will fill the emptiness you feel, my wanderer from a distant land. You were called here to help heal a growing sickness in this land. When the time is right, I will answer when you two call. Together we will heal this wound.”
As she finished speaking, she faded from view. I gaped at the spot where she had stood. Looking back at the person holding me. I looked up into the astonished face of a male black fox. He held me close in his arms as if protecting me from something. I felt such a loss at her disappearance that I buried my face in his chest and started to cry.
He just sat there and held me as I cried. He patted my back as I slowly fought to bring myself under control. I suddenly realized where I was and struggled to get up only to fall again into the stranger’s arms.
He caught me again and stood up with me in his strong arms. He set me down on my unsteady feet. He continued to hold me close. It was almost as if he couldn’t let go of me. I looked again into his dark eyes which shown with a spark from the moons still high overhead.
I started to stammer an apology or something and promptly passed out.