Weekend Writing Warriors: Odd Duck (Mom)

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Happy Mother’s Day
to anyone who has ever filled that role for someone who needed you.

Rose is


In honor of Mother’s Day and the raising of the sentence limit for Weekend Writing Warriors—woot!—I decided to share a bit that introduces Tala, a young, semi-feral werewolf.

Tala is under the care of Bryan, our wereduck hero Tom’s werewolf brother—and how is it my life that I can write that with a straight face?—and is meeting the Mahon family for the first time.

She’s confused about the dynamic of the family, which is mixed species, and is frankly baffled by Mrs. Mahon:


“That female,” she said jerking her head.

“Our mother,” Bryan said.

She shook her head and pointed to each of us in turn. “Wolf, human, tiger, bear—”

“Oh, my,” Jackie said, under her breath.

“But what is she?”

“While you’re here,” I said, stepping close, “She’s the one you’ll be giving your full attention and respect.”

“Tom,” Mom said. She nudged me out of the way and held out a hand towards Tala, at nose height. “You’re welcome here, if you want to be,” she said, “and we’ll do our best to keep you safe.”



I’ll confess that I’m a bit baffled by Tom’s mother, myself.

She’s not human, but I’m still not sure what flavor of were she is.  I was thinking of simply not mentioning it, but that seems like a cop out, since Tom mentions the species of the other important people in his life.  And I have a perfect place to do a reveal chapter, too, so that means  I’ll need to make a decision.

I know she’s not a bear, a wolf, a reptile, or a bird.   I’m also pretty sure she’s not a unicorn (sorry, Grace) . . .  I’m certain that there aren’t any other hidden forms of sentient life hanging around waiting to be introduced, so elves and vampires and faeries (oh, my) are out.

I’ve narrowed it to two possibilities, maybe three . . . or four . . .


50 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors: Odd Duck (Mom)

  1. Loved the dialogue. A semi-feral werewolf – absolutely awesome. Mom is going to have to be something rare and dangerous. Thank you for sharing, this excellent 8.

  2. I like Tom’s response (mine would be similar) and his mother’s smooth move. Great snippet, Sarah. I’m looking forward to this one being done so I can read the whole thing. 🙂

    • I’m not sure I want to deal with legendary animals, Veronica, but if I did, dragon would be on the list–though unicorns are probably easier to hide. 😀

    • I already have a lion–he’s a bartender. 🙂

      Since weres have to change every so often for their health (mental and physical), it can’t be anything too difficult . . . I was seriously thinking about a werelephant, but how do you hide one of those in the suburbs?

      • They could live on the coast, it would be doable. 😀
        If the were-elephant lived on the edge of a suburb… or had a big chunk of land with some trees… or near a nature preserve… I say go for it!

  3. Love it! The idea that someone can have all these traits in her and her children can be so diverse is awesome…. and I love how Tala can’t figure her out and so mispeaks somewhat.

    • Thanks, Chelle! I’m a big proponent of adoption. 🙂

      She would be a great lioness, but I’m using that elsewhere. I kind of wrote myself into a corner on this one!

    • We try, Christina! 🙂

      She has patience for small, teachable creatures. Other things, especially things that threaten small, teachable creatures, not so much. 😀

  4. Nicely done. For a second there, it’s easy to forget that we’re reading about werewolves. The family aspect is what comes through the strongest.

  5. Perhaps you could make her a were-crossbreed, like a liger, tigron, or a zonkey? If you’re not sure now, maybe you could see if it’s possible to make it somewhat ambiguous until you figure it out.

  6. ““Oh, my,” Jackie said, under her breath.” ~snort~

    Excellent, Sarah! The humor is wonderful.

    And yay on the 10 sentences. I’m so glad it has met positive reaction. 🙂

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