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January 28th, Part 28

Walter Livingston raised his fists. Ein matched him and raised their monstrous paws. At the end of which were ten claws as sharp as razor blades. 

“May the best creature win.” Walter said before striking. He moved so fast he looked like a black and red blur lunging across the living room. Before Ein knew it, the salesperson punched them in the gut.

Ein fell on to all fours as the blur flew around them, striking them all over their bear body. Ein swung wildly. With one lucky swipe Ein made contact and Walter careening into the front door. The door snapped in half, falling from the hinges. 

“I hate ‘were’ things. All of you! You’re all full of unearned strength.” Water said between wheezing coughs as he caught his breath. 

“At least you’ve been kind enough to show me the door. I hope this is goodbye.” 

Walter fled the house.

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January 28th, Part 27

Walter Livingston was cornered in Ein Quin’s house, forced to watch as they transformed into a werebear, and there was nothing he could do to stop it. Ein groaned and roared as their body tripled in size. 

Raychel Faster ran past Ein and shouted “bye!” without noticing the state of her roommate. Walter sighed, this was the last thing he wanted to do tonight.

“I guess your really are a werebear.” Walter said, craning his neck to keep eye contact with Ein. “It’s odd that it took 31 years for your first transformation.” 

Ein watched Walter speak and made no suggestion they could understand him. Their eyes glowed white and their fur splotched with shades of grey, like a tortious shell polar bear. They didn’t blink, their heavy breathing was the only sound in the room.

“I should have left you alone. I understand why you tried to chase me away. But a man’s got to eat, and you seemed like easy prey. I won’t eat you, but I won’t you won’t eat me either.”

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January 28th, Part 26

Walter Livingston sat in stunned silence after hearing Ein Quin’s story. 

“You think you were shot and then eaten by a bear?” Walter asked. 

“Yes, I do.” Ein said matter-of-factly. 

“Do you have any evidence this happened?”

“No. I’m perfectly fine. But If I’m a werebear I could have healed somehow.”

Walter thought about it for a second. There was something off with Ein. He’s used the talisman hundreds of times to get into people’s homes and it’s never siphoned energy from them, let alone conjured the triumvirate.

“Is the fact it’s a full moon tonight the reason you were so cagey earlier?”

“Yeah, it’s my first full moon since I’ve been anywhere near a bear”

Someone fiddled with the locks on the door. Ein stepped past Walter to see what was going on. Raychel Faster, Ein’s roommate, barged past them.

“Sorry, I forgot something. I’ll be in and out!” 

The light of the full moon shine on Ein and they fell to the floor in pain.

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January 28th, Part 25

The sound of two bullets firing echoed through the bear’s den. Ein’s body hit the ground with a thud. 

“You got him!” Frank said, shining the flashlight on Ein’s body. 

A figure towered over Ein’s body. Frank’s hand trembled as he moved the flashlight to the left and illuminated the grizzly bear he had saved. The bear roared at Frank and Leon, practically blowing them out of the den. 

Ein watched the bear protect its home. They wiped away a tear from their eye, smearing more blood on their face instead.  

“You’re alive! You must have been…hibernating! I’m such an idiot. I ruined your winter.” 

The bear snorted and growled at Ein, but deemed they weren’t a threat. 

“I’m so happy you’re alive.”  

The bear searched Ein’s wound and lapped up the blood. 

“Drink your fill. It’s not use to me anymore, is it? I’m a goner.”  

The bear seemed to agree and ripped the flesh from Ein’s chest.

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January 28th, Part 24

Ein searched through their bag again and pulled out an apple and a knife to cut it. He intended to share with the bear. 

“Sometimes I wonder what the point of my life is.” Ein said. “I don’t know why I’m on Earth. I feel like a nothing person. I’m agender, virtually asexual, I have no memories, I can’t stand being around people. I have no purpose, meanwhile you patrol the woods and keep the ecosystem in check. You should be alive instead of me, but Death hath sucked the honey from thine lips.” 

While Ein spilled their guts to the bear, Frank and Leon entered the cave. 

“Within, lead, man, which way?” Leon asked. 

Ein heard the guests and put the knife away.

“Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger, this is thy sheath.”

“This is the place, there where the torch doth burn.” Frank pointed his flashlight at Ein and the bear. The flashlight caught the blade of Ein’s knife. 

“He’s going to kill the bear!”

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January 28th, Part 23

The last day of Ein’s vacation, they found a bear’s den. This was a sign.  They entered a thicket of dense forest and a ray of light shone through the trees and illuminated the cave. 

Ein made their way to the entrance. A hand grabbed their own. 

“You can’t go in there.” Frank said. “The bears are…”

Ein ripped their hand from Frank’s. 

“I don’t know what you’re doing to the bears, but I’m going to sort this out!”

Ein ran into the cave and past a few feet it was pitch black. Frank ran to tell Leon.  

“Hello!” Ein called out but received no response. They rummaged through their bag and pulled out a torch and lighter. Fire in hand, Ein penetrated deeper into the cave.

Soon the flickering orange flame shone on a bear. Ein searched for a pulse, but the bear passed. Ein leaned against the dead bear. 

“January 19th, happy birthday to us, buddy!” 

Ein dropped the torch.

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January 28th, Part 22

Ein packed their bag before work and drove straight to the nearest National Park that allowed camping. Ein passed a federal employee and paid their fare to enter the park. 

“A bit late to be entering the park, isn’t it?” Leon, the park ranger, asked. 

“I came straight from work. I wanted to get an early start tomorrow. I’m searching for bears.” 

“I’m legally required to say do not interact with any bears especially during…”

“Just do what you gotta do to cover your ass.” 

Leon looked bewildered and opened the gate. Ein drove deep into the park without a care in the world. 

“That kid is going to be trouble.” 

Days of searching led to no results. All the bears were dead, Ein assumed. The only sign of life was Ein’s pesky campsite mate, Frank. 

Every time Ein looked up, Frank was watching them like a hawk. Something weird was going on here.

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January 28th, Part 21

Ein Quin does their job well, but it isn’t their passion, it’s a paycheck. They didn’t feel like they contributed meaningfully or living a fulfilling life. 

One day they happened upon the fact that the average life span for a wild bear was thirty years. Ein was about to turn thirty-one. all bear born in 1990 was probably dead. 

Ein took the week off and planned to meet a bear.

“Enjoy your time off,” Robert, Ein’s manager, said the night before their vacation. “Are you doing anything exciting?”

“I’m going to meet a bear.” Ein said. 

Robert checked his watch, which had the date and the time. 

“In January?” Robert asked, leading Ein to the obvious conclusion. 

“Yep.” Robert watched them leave and hoped he’d see Ein again.

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January 28th, Part 20

Walter Livingston searched for an acceptable answer to Ein Quin’s question. What did he want? His entire life has been about survival. But he wondered how many decades he had left in him.

“You’re right. I came here with less than exemplary expectations. Why don’t you have a drink? Maybe it will calm you down.”

“I’ve been on edge all week. That might help.”

Ein stepped away and entered the kitchen. Walter moved to a chair with his back to the entrance. In case what Ein thought was true.

“Can I get you something?”

“Nope.”

A few minutes later, Ein returned with a cup of coffee and didn’t seem to notice Walter moved. 

“Why do you think you’re a werebear?”

“I’ll tell you the story, but I’m sure it’s one you know too well. Did you know bears only live about 30 years in the wild?”

“I didn’t, why don’t you start from the beginning?”

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January 28th, Part 19

Ein Quin stared at Walter Livingston. 

“It’s no surprise you’re abnormal you’re a traveling salesperson who works at night and carries around dirt! Who’s buying dirt, Walter?”

“The dirt isn’t for sale.”

“Because you’re a poor salesperson. I wouldn’t buy water from you in the dessert.”

“I wasn’t sure about you, but now that I’m made my way inside, I’ve figured it out.”

Ein couldn’t keep up the act anymore. 

“What have you figured out that I’m a werebear?! There I admit I may or may not be a werebear. Are you happy now?”

Walter would never want to find himself trapped inside with a werebear. Let alone on a full moon.

“Whoa, kid! Calm down. I didn’t mean to get you upset.”

“I’ve tried getting rid of you all night, and then you put a cursed medallion around my neck and tell me some crazy story. What do you want with me?”

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