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Fears Moon Woman

by MeiLin Miranda

Published by Sans Culotte Press at Smashwords

This story was originally published as part of the Circlet Press anthology "Like a Moonrise: Stories of Shapeshifter Erotica."

This work is copyright 2011 by Lynn Siprelle writing as MeiLin Miranda and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

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Scryer's Gulch, Madlands Territories of the United States of America, 1874

Rabbit Runnels smelled her before he saw her.

Her scent was somehow familiar, like the smell the canyons gave off in the evenings after a hot day: sage, warm dirt, fur, clover--and female. Something deep within him woke up and rose on its hind legs.

He hadn't changed the once yet, but his ears and nose were almost unbearably acute now. He could track a man just by smell alone, even through the filth and stench of the mining camp. Useful for a deputy, but if he was lucky he'd never get the chance. If he was lucky, something would find him tonight and kill him. He couldn't do it himself, but it was all right with him if some critter ate him when he wasn't himself.

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