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Benjamin woke to the sound of stuff being jostled and heavy footsteps, blinking blearily at the dying fire.  He felt around for Caleb and found him missing, and his brow furrowed.  Sitting up, the older man scanned the living room of the cabin, eyes resting on the hulking shape near one of Astrid’s cabinets.  Benjamin sucked in a breath. 

It couldn’t be, could it?  Caleb was tiny!  A child!  That thing—whatever it was—was larger than even he was in his bear form, perhaps even larger than Woodsly when he shifted his skin! 

Benjamin got up as quietly as he could, muscles tensed and on guard as he took a few steps towards the great shadow. 

“Caleb…?” Benjamin tried in a low whisper, hands rising to either side of him in an effort to show the creature that he was safe, unarmed. 

He heard a shuffled step behind him and looked, grimacing when he spied Astrid. 

“What the--?” The woman exclaimed. 

“Astrid don’t—” Benjamin hissed.

Her eyes became a green light in the darkness, blooming at her fingertips and all the way up her arms as she prepared to cast.  Benjamin looked between her and the creature.

“No Astrid, go back!  Go to your room and stay close to Woodsly!” Benjamin directed.


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The creature hissed at the cabinets’s refusal to open, magic building up in thier throat only for a short blast to be released at the doors. The magic was dark in color, bits of purple and orange were in it like swirls. Almost as if the daylight had been corrupted. Any hole would do in this thing. It just wanted into the case.

Long pointed ears twitched to a sound as mind they directed their gaze to the source. Benjamin...thougha hiss left them as Astrid appeared behind him. But then she started to cast magic. The beast’s attention was solely on her as it lunged at her, mout open to try and snap at her.


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Benjamin cried out in alarm and shifted his form, barreling into the monster as it lunged for Astrid and knocking it sideways into the wall.  Astrid staggered back, eyes wide.

“Astrid, GET BACK NOW!” the bear roared, scrambling and swinging his bulk to the space between the creature and Astrid.  For a moment he feared that his cousin would ignore him.  He couldn’t see Caleb anywhere and the thought made him panic even more.  But then a feeling twisted in his gut—what if the creature was Caleb?  But even as he was fearing Astrid’s refusal, she turned and bolted back into the room she shared with Woodsly, closing the door behind her.  Benjamin let out a soft sigh of relief, still staring at the creature.

“Caleb?  Easy, kid, easy…You don’t want to hurt anyone, right?  It’s me, it’s Benjamin,” the bear tried, fighting to keep his tone calm and even.  He couldn’t be sure exactly that the creature was Caleb, but he had to try.


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The one time he tried to ignore a noise thinking it to was the dog... Woodsly was in the process of sitting up on the bed when Astrid came running in. Sleep filled eyes failed to register any emotion she had on her face as a tired yawn left him.

“Tucker get into something?” Woodsly asked as he started to sink back down.

The creature was caught off guard as Benjamin interfered, causing the long creature to topple over. Back on its feet quickly, it didn’t seem to understand what Benjamin was saying. It’s attention returned to the cabinet as it was a source of magic, the main source in this room that is. Thier early blast of magic at it finally gave them a entry point.

The bottles and vials coated in magic while containing it was just what it wanted. Effortlessly swallowing the bottle and then another, the higher concentration from the amount they swallowed helped speed up getting the first bite of magic out of them. Causing the beast’s size to grow really get in front of Benjamin!


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“There’s something in the house,” Astrid whispered fearfully, peering through the small gap between the door and the frame, but she couldn’t see a thing.  “I couldn’t tell what it was.  Benjamin is trying to handle it, told me to come back here.” 

She was concerned, afraid.  Some of the banging and crashing subsided and she could hear Benjamin talking to the creature.  Caleb?  Was that thing Caleb?  Had she heard that right?

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Benjamin watched the monster start choking down whole potion bottles from the blasted cabinet, gaping as each one it consumed caused it to grow even larger.  Soon, he wouldn’t fit in the cabin at all, and worse, there was no way he would fit through the door even if Benjamin wanted to draw him outside. 

What was he going to do?   



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Forcing the sleep out of his system as fast as he could, Woodsly got up from the bed. Something was in the house? How? The banging and crashing reached his ear. Okay, he wasn't going to sit back here.

"Stay here, hide somewhere in here if you need to." Woodsly whispered as he moved past her. "I'll see if I can help."

Woodsly shuffled out of the room easily, closing the door quietly behind him. Taking a deep breathe, he moved down the hall to spot what was going on. Oh sweet lord...what the hell was that?

"Benjamin...Ben." Woodsly whisper called to them, trying to be discrete. "We gotta draw them outside."

Course Woodsly was trying to think of something. They had to get this thing out of the house; before it clearly couldn't fit out the door anymore. THere were still potions under the beast in the cabinet. It was the only thing he could think to do. Carefully moving out from his spot, he tiptoed toward the creature and reached under them, his fingertips touching a potion bottle before he grabbed a hold of it. With the bottle in hand, Woodsly's sense of balance was wanning as he tried to walk backwads toward the door but he ended up tripping over part of the beast!

A curse left him as he fell to the floor, hitting it a little harder than he'd like. Though the creature raised it's head and looked round, hissing loudly as it noticed Woodsly. Though the red hair threw the bottle to Benjamin.

"Lead em outside!!" He yelled.

The beast soon snapped its beak like jaw at Woodsly, causing the red haired man to grab the sharp structure to try and keep it from chomping  on him. Course if Benjamin did try to lure the beast out with the bottle, it wold follow; granted it be a tight squeeze.
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The bottle impacted Benjamin’s side and rolled along the ground.  The bear uttered a fiery curse and shifted back into his human form, fumbling in the relative darkness for the bottle as it rolled away along the floor. 

The creature’s attention was on Woodsly now, and Benjamin crossed the living room and threw open the door, holding the bottle out in the frigid air.  His thumb caught the bottom part of the cork and unsealed it, sending the stopper off somewhere out of sight.  “Hey Beasty!  I’ve got more magic for you!”

He held the open bottle out and waved it to get the creature’s attention, jaw locking against the cold as he tried to lure it outside. 


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Woodsly closed its jaws, digging into all the strength he had to manage such a task. The beast reared it’s head, shaking it as the man held on. Though it paused as the smell of magic hit thier nose and the beast lunges forward.

Headfirst our the door, the creature wiggled and got the rest of the way out. Woodsly let go at this point, landing in the pile of snow. If Benjamin threw it, the beast would start searching for it.

“Okay I..I’m pretty sure wailing on this thing is out of the question since you weren’t doing that.” Woodsly started as he got up. “We need to either trap it or subdue it somehow.”


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Benjamin chucked the bottle a bit further off and got out of the way when the monster squeezed through the door.  He watched it chase after the potion and turned to Woodsly, bristling slightly in frustration and fear. 

“I don’t know how to do that,” Benjamin growled tensely, staring at the beast.  “Maybe Astrid could make it sleep, but when she started casting before, it immediately tried to attack her.  It’s attracted to magic, I’m fairly positive.  And I…I think it might be Caleb.”

Benjamin looked around, as if doing so might give him ideas of how to trap the monster.  Given that he suspected the monster to be Caleb, he wanted to limit damaging him in any way.  The barn was out; Astrid’s livestock were in there.  Maybe a snare trap? 


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"Great..." Woodsly grumbled out.

The fact that it might be Caleb, limited their options greatly. The potion spilled into the snow, coating it in a blue color as it seeped in. The beast stopped near it and was quick to scoop up the affected snow in it's beak. Without the bottle blocking it, the magic was instantly able to take effect. Causing the beast's size to get larger as they sniffed for more. There wasn't any left. Hissing as they faced the house, it could sense there was still magic there.

"Benjamin...I think we need to get Astrid for that sleep spell anyway.." Woodsly cautioned. "There's magic in the house, it's going to try and get back in there."

If that fact didn't convince the bear of that, then seeing the beast staring em down as they seemed to be plotting how to squeeze through that doorway should. Don't hurt them...that was the main thing.

"I'll try to keep em busy and do my best to not hurt em just in case it is Caleb." Woodsly told him before the red haired man ran out into the snow. "GET Astrid! Tell her to prep the sleep spell in the house and only come out when she's ready to cast it, that way no time's wasted."

Scooping up a handful of snow, Woodsly compacted it together as he went off to the side of the creature before throwing the snowball. It was small against this creature though it was very clearly displeased to have snow hit it's face. It's dark eyes focused their gaze onto him with a shrieking hiss.

"Come on!! This way ya over grown parrot thing!" Woodsly yelled, immediately jumping to the right as a large paw like hand swung at him.

The beast had a great range of length, it could attack him without moving too much. Granted that was due to it's large size and length. Woodsly was certain he could play the dodging game but he didn't expect it to slither at him at a shocking speed! The black talons tore through his skin like a butter knife through butter, causing a pained cry to leave Woodsly despite trying to hold it in. Tumbling into the snow, the man shuddered as he now sported multiple deep claw marks across his back that blood was escaping from rapidly.

His heart was racing, panic....he hadn't felt panic in so long. What else went with panic? Fear....nono no!! He wasn't scared of this thing!!! As he tried to get up, the beast slammed a paw down onto him, causing a strangled gasp to leave him as he was shoved face first into the snow. Being pressed harder and harder into the ground as he manuvered his head to look back up at this thing. Golden eyes were filled with terror, it was just like that one time...just like the bear cave....no no...he wasn't..

"You can't shift, it'll only make things worse.... his thoughts pleaded with him as his nails turned black and dug into the earth beneath the snow as a feral snarl left him. "Stop! STOP IT! YOu're only going to....

His thoughts went ignored as Woodsly shifted, catching the creature offguard but also it got itself a nasty bite to the forelimb holding him down. Woodsly didn't manage a full shift, the claw marks on his back tore open further, the pain overruling his panic and fear. Causing him to revert back, collapsing in the snow as he took in a rasp breathe. When he looked up though, he wasn't happy with what he saw.

It looked like him...a very wispy transparent version of himself. A trick of the mind, he figured. Though this one lacked all the scars, sported longer hair....looked like the most skittish thing in the universe. Death on a stick....he was finally losing it huh?

"Listen to me please! Just once!! the mental image pleaded with him, Woodsly forced himself up, growling lowly.  "I know that look, you do that again you're going to rip yourself apart. Common se....

"Shut up..." Woodsly growled as he waved his hand through it, making the mental apparition disappear before he ended up having to throw himself to the ground as the beast swung a paw.


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Benjamin nodded and ran back inside to retrieve Astrid.  He found her watching through the window anxiously, the unique glow of her magic hanging like a haze around her, ready to be called on in a seconds notice. 

“Astrid, we need you—” Benjamin started.  Astrid was already past him and out the door, headed directly for where the monster was tangling with Woodsly.  She could see that he was injured, and the creature was advancing, ready to tear him apart the very moment it had the chance. 

Astrid shouted something guttural that sent a tremor through the ground, intended to get the beast’s attention off of Woodsly.  Satisfied with the result, the woman extended a hand towards the monster and uttered a near-silent string of syllables, willing the monster to sleep.  Green light wrapped itself around the creature and bound up its limbs with sluggishness, then pulled on the mind until trying to stay awake became impossible. 

With the creature subdued, Astrid ran to Woodsly’s side, eyes scanning the vicious wounds that the beast had clawed into his body, concern weighing heavily in her features.  “May I heal you?”


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Swiftly Woodsly's arm started changing, claws were already sprouted and the muscle thickened as red an white hairs started to emerge in patches. Clenching his turning hand into a fist, he swung at the creature! It landed but at the price of a solid footing and more pain going through his body. It brought him down to his knees as he panted, heaving in sharp breathes of frigid cold air.

"WHY WON'T YOU LISTEN TO ME?!!! the voice pleaded, it sounded like it was on the verge of tears and as Woodsly glanced over his shoulder, he spotted that image again.

"CAUSE YOU ALMOST ALWAYS GET US KILLED!!!" Woodsly snarled loudly; to everyone else, nothing was there.

The beast hissed out as the pull of magic seemed to grab them, it's limbs unresponsive before he toppled over into the snow. The beast blended in with the night scenary as it laid there, asleep and thankfully less dangerous. However it slowly started to shrink down as the magic it had eaten was converted for other means since it was sleeping. Soon it was the size it was in the start, around a bear's size but still looking like the strange long creature that it was. The day wasn't here yet, thus the beast was still this strange thing.

Woodsly heaved in air as he felt his other form pushing at the surface, he couldn't fully change earlier but he got the boost he needed to get out from under it. He was just..having a hard time convincing the rest of himself that things were fine. As Astrid approached, Woodsly looked to her tiredly, wincing as he felt the muscles in his back tense up as his body demanded change but only got more pain.

"Normal.....urgh..healing....you don't need...gashes on your back.." Woodsly told her.


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Benjamin knelt beside the sleeping beast, resting a gentle hand on top of it’s head.  He wasn’t certain if Astrid had heard Woodsly’s exchange with the air or not, but he had.  He would have to mention it to her, and see what she thought they should do. 

At Woodsly’s comment about the healing, Astrid winced slightly.  She thought she had done a good job of hiding what had happened last time, but apparently not.  Rather than relying on the spell she had used before at his request, she went for something milder—one that would heal his wounds enough to close them.  As she uttered the quiet words, Woodsly’s wounds healed over, enough that it looked like he had received them a few weeks before rather than a few minutes. 

“There.  Lets get you inside,” she murmured, offering a hand to help Woodsly up. 

Benjamin stayed put, one hand rising to close around the pendant that Caleb had given him for warmth and finding himself all the more grateful for it.  “I need to put some clothes on, but…I’m going to stay out here with him.”

Astrid glanced at him, frowning.  “Can you move it?”

“I was going to try and see if I can get him into the barn.  Do you mind if I bring some blankets out for him, to keep him warm?” Benjamin asked softly. 

“Of course,” Astrid murmured.   


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Woodsly just didn’t want her drained, she was expecting. Who knows how a lack of magic could affect it. He just didn’t want her in more pain or discomfort on top of a pregnancy. Accepting the hand up, Woodsly groaned as he stood up. His transformed arm turning slowly back to normal.

With a little help, he got back in the house, all he wanted to do was fall asleep. Benjamin’s effort to get the beast into the barn would work and as the hours drifted by, the sun finally started to rise. The long beast started to shrink more, losing its many limbs and length until it was back to being a small raven esq creature with a humanis face. It was Caleb.

Slowly their eyes opened as a yawn left them, short wings stretched lazily as they did. Though their stomach seemed upset about something considering how that didn’t feel good. Spotting Benjamin nearby, the small creature trudged on over to them before climbing into their lap.


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Astrid saw to Woodsly’s wounds further once they were inside, though with more mudane medicines than what magic could offer.  Once he was settled back in bed, the woman retrieved clothes and blankets for Benjamin and surveyed the damage inside of the cabin with sad eyes.  So much time and effort, so much magic and careful growing of ingredients, a magic journal that had been passed down through the women in her family for ages…destroyed.  Most of the kitchen area and the shelves where she had kept the potions was in shambles—some things of which were irreplaceable. 

She was tired, but she also knew that there was no way she would be able to get back to sleep after what happened, so while Woodsly rested, Astrid cleaned up and re-organized the mess that the creature had made.  She didn’t fault it, likely it had been in its nature, and a beings nature was something that was difficult—if not outright impossible—to deny. 

By the time the sun began to rise, most of everything was put back into place, minus the many empty spots where potions had been.  Her alembic was out once more, and she busied herself with creating something that might prevent such a thing from happening again. 

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Benjamin stirred from his place curled up in the hay when Caleb cuddled up.  He blinked blearily at first, realizing that the magic-craving creature had indeed been Caleb.  Ingrid’s final trick—a Trojan horse that Benjamin had brought right into Astrid’s home.  No doubt, his dead cousin had hoped that it would result in Astrid’s death, and he knew that they had been very lucky that it hadn’t.  It had been a close thing, however; Benjamin recalled how Caleb had gone after Astrid the moment she began casting.

With a quiet sigh, Benjamin wrapped his arms around the small creature, one hand rising to stroke the feathers on top of his head.  “That was quite a transformation, kid.  Can’t say I want a repeat of it, though.  Are you alright?”