The transformation always starts in the dark. We don’t need a full moon, we don’t need to wait until night falls but we do- every single time. We run far from home, sprinting until we can’t breathe and every muscle aches.
It’s an ugly thing, the metamorphosis, grotesque and uncontrollable. Bones break and flesh contorts in ways that are painful and unnatural. We scream ourselves raw but no amount of begging will stop it. Some of us change into something reptilian, a basilisk they’ve been called. With scales instead of skin and fangs dripping with venom, they slither unseen in the shadows. Others, like me, have fingers that turn into talons, wings sprouting from our backs- we shift into giants ravens with feathers so black they blend right in to the inky night.
We see in black and white, the lack of color usurped by our sharp senses. Color can be irrelevant, but not tonight. Tonight the blood moon rises and it’s the most breathtaking thing I’ve ever seen through these eyes. The moon’s light is bathed in wine- a Merlot spilled across the horizon and I’m drunk on it.
I am robbed of human convention, of guilt and morality. Tonight I am an animal- a beast with urges so powerful that they must be obeyed. I am pulled toward the land of stones, a place where decay and rot permeate the air. The foul smell of death is thick but ignored. It’s your tears that I smell, and your blood.
You see me flying above; see my wings eclipsing the crimson moon and dahlia clouds. Your heart starts to pound like it’s trying to escape your chest. Our eyes meet and I screech- stealing your breath, making you freeze in place. I screech again and this time its high pitched; my version of a laugh. I love how easy you’re making this for me.
Adrenaline makes you smell even sweeter, your tears fall anew and I don’t care. I am on a rampage, my instincts raging, and the moon demands that I spill your blood. So I do.
I peck at your eyes and hands. I ignore your screams and give the moon what it wants- your blood in my mouth and soaking the ground beneath us.