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Complications On Halloween
I wrote this to lilfluff's second prompt, "Surely the prince of cats isn't the only unusual kid in his school?".

Jay had a problem.  Of course Jay always had a problem, it never went away.  The specific aspect of his problem tonight was that Mrs Bracken, the headmistress, had latched onto him and was going to wait with him until his parents came to collect him from the school’s Halloween haunted house event.  Seeing as it was a full moon tonight, his parents shouldn’t even be leaving the house tonight and if Mrs Bracken called them, they wouldn’t be able to answer the phone.  What he needed was for something to happen to distract her so he could slink off and make his way home.  He was eleven years old and he didn’t live that far away, if he could slip off then getting home would be easy.

The smell of…something was getting stronger.  The odour had been around all evening, a whiff wafting on fits of breeze, but now it was a definite smell.  Jay’s eyes narrowed when he realised that the source of the smell was coming closer and that he didn’t like it.  It was musty like enclosed spaces, furry and with a hint of wee.  It was, he realised, rat.  Very big rat.

It was jarring then when a tall, thin man with blond hair came up the pathway from the teachers’ car park, particularly as he smelt of rat.

“Excusse me,” he spoke to Mrs Bracken with some sort of speech impediment, “but can youu tell me wherre the young ladyyy teacher withth the blue haatchbackk might haavve taken the Grimolochinn and hiss sson?”

Mrs Bracken put a protective hand on Jay’s shoulder.  “I have no idea why she might have taken them anywhere,” she replied stiffly, “and I don’t see why I should violate their privacy and tell you.”

“Wee dissabled the Grimolochinn’ss caar aand shee hass takken them away.  Wee caan maake youu tell uss.”  The tall, thin man grabbed at Jay but Jay’s dad had taught him some things you could do when you were still human-shaped, things that weren’t weird, so he lunged forward at the stranger and did exactly what Dad had shown him.  Then, when the stranger was on the ground, he kicked him in one of the places Dad had told him about.

“I know what you are,” he said, panting.  “You’re a rat and you’re not very good at being human are you?  Well, guess what I am?”  Then he howled without changing.  “Do you want to hang around and see if anyone comes?”  The stranger scrabbled to his feet and ran away.

“Jay,” asked Mrs Bracken carefully, “what did you just do?”

“Some stuff my dad taught me,” Jay answered truthfully.

“Ah,” was the thoughtful answer.

“Mrs Bracken,” Jay spoke in a much quieter voice, “I think we should get you out of here too, because of the noise I made.  In case someone does come.”

This would be concurrent with Trick or Treat.

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Iiiiinteresting. Staying hidden among the humans isn't going too smoothly at the moment ...

Yeah. Doing a bit better than the characters in my Nano are doing at staying hidden. At least so far it seems to be only two teachers who have really been exposed to things. Although Mrs Bracken might potentially just see him as an odd kid who proved helpful in a disturbing event -- assuming nothing happens to force her to see that there is more going on.

And hurrah for parents who tell their kids what to do if someone creepy shows up. :)

You mean as creepy as them or creepier?

Jay hasn't actually lied to Mrs Bracken and hopefully she'll just think his dad is odd.

And hurrah for parents who tell their kids what to do if someone creepy shows up. :)

Oh yes indeed!

And yeah, I suppose from the story so far I don't have much sense of how well the local non-humans are usually hidden among the humans. Maybe the "something is very odd here" level of visibility is normal.

Not if you're a rat, no. :)

I am unclear on how well-hidden the cats and wolves are. The rat doesn't seem to get much practice at it, whereas Jay and Joe and Tybalt seem to spend a large fraction of their time in human society.

Joe and Tybalt are cats who spend a lot of time in human form. Jay is a human who sometimes turns into a wolf. The rat is normally a rat.

Most 'normal' people don't know that there's a whole lot of other groups runnning around.

Very interesting! Yay werewolves!! yay dads teaching useful things!!

Yes indeed to all of those.

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