Extended Circles and Wolves (Chapter 3)


  • None

    Extended Circles and Wolves (Chapter 3)

          Even though there was not as much partying as normal we all were worried and drilled about Maria. S’mores just weren’t quite the same without Maria – as usual—dropping the marshmallow in the fire a couple times. Well the good news is her mom said she’d be released tomorrow after making sure no infection set in.

          The fire had a certain mystery about it tonight. Blame it on the drama, blame it on the fact that Chris had his hand around my waist again, blame it on the very yellow harvest moon. Whatever it was something about this night felt off not necessarily bad, not really good either just . . . just off.

          “Howww haha howwwel,” echoed the plains’ infinite, open, space.

          Shivers crawled along the course of my spine. Something about that howl seemed wrong abnormal . . . unnatural. I shook the feeling at least to a point and looked over at Chris. He always seemed to calm me down even now his slightly wavered face set me at easy.

          He looked at me with those vibrant yellowy eyes I love so much. His cheeks were slightly flushed from the chill of the wind, or were they? He was looking at me so intensely, I almost felt intimidated. Then he ran his hand over mine, not grabbing for it just stroking my knuckles with his fingertips. Now I was red and it sure wasn’t the wind. 
          The bonfire grew faintly, almost as if it read me and my emotions as my face got rosier, and tried to help disguise it. He was looking at me hard but not harsh, expectant but not incriminatingly, with longing but not sheepishly, brotherly but with more. I felt myself lean into him my head found his shoulder and his arm hugged my waist a little tighter. I looked up at him and he smiled in a way I’ve never seen before. For that moment Chris and I were the only people around this campfire, the other eight teens seemed to melt into the background. This expression was new but familiar. A softer look came into his eyes, an almost unnoticeable increase in his smile, a much more flushed complexion. I don’t know this for sure but I think it’s the face of a boy in love. He shifted slightly on the log, I couldn’t resist the urge anymore and reached for his right hand (you know the one not on my waist), but before I grabbed it. . . .

          “Chris! John he’s hurt!” cried MaryAnn, my neighbor from a quarter of a mile down the road.

           “What?!” he exclaimed leaping out of his seat nearly sending me backwards.

          “Yeah Paul and I were heading over here and we found him about 4 feet into the woods between your and Mr. Jamison’s properties.”
         “So where is he now?”
         “Paul and my dad took him up to the doc’s place. He said the cuts were pretty deep --much more so than Maria’s—so he was rushed up to County Med.”

        “So will he be okay?” asked Chris his voice flickering between fear and sheer terror.

        I hung on his arm for support as much as comfort. Two friends in one night, that can’t be a good thing; my knees felt like jello. As I sobbed into his shoulder he hugged mine and we walked back up the hill to his old beat up ’74 Chevy, bound for the Med. Center.

    Poem Comments


    Please login or register

    You must be logged in or register a new account in order to
    leave comments/feedback and rate this poem.

    Login or Register

    EyesOfRain commented on Extended Circles and Wolves (Chapter 3)


    I agree with the previous commenter. I struggle with the same issue so I understand how daunting it is. I think you have a great storyline here so keep up the good work!

    lithiumblack commented on Extended Circles and Wolves (Chapter 3)


    This keeps getting better. Your writing is solid, but I can't help feeling that it needs a bit more exposition. Flesh out your characters more and get inside their heads, and what's now good will become even better.

    In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.

    Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Czech writer.

    jj1562’s Poems (156)

    Title Comments
    Title Comments
    Turing Test 0
    Irony 0
    To Russia with Love 0
    Six Word Story XIII 0
    Six Word Story XII 0
    C2H5OH 0
    The Second Year of the Circus 0
    A Call to Choice 0
    COVID Acrostic 0
    New Maundy (song) 2
    Six Word Story XI 0
    For a Child Who Didn't Die 0
    Where Have You All Gone 1
    Found Facadé 0
    Six word story X 0
    An Ode to Dairy 1
    Six Word Story IX 1
    My Brother After the War 2
    Always a Zero 1
    Being True to True Love 1
    Dues Excelsior! 0
    Opening Up 0
    A Sonnet for My Socks 0
    For the Love of Spite 0
    La Plagua (song) 0
    Six Word Story VIII 0
    Deus Ex Machina 0
    Dear Little One 0
    2020 in Hindsight 0
    Dear Momma 0
    Expecting 0
    My Dude 0
    Theodore Bearsley 0
    She Wanted Me To 1
    Six Word Story VII 0
    3am Again 0
    Six Word Story VI 0
    Trigeminal Neuralgia 1
    Those Three Little Words 0
    I Know Why Great Minds Kill Themselves 2
    Six Word Story V 1
    Six Word Story IV 0
    Six Word Story III 0
    Six Word Story II 0
    Child Soldier 1
    Six Word Story I 0
    The Sub 0
    In a World... 0
    Patience in Pleasure 0
    Found Carapace 0
    Held 0
    Found and Faded 0
    Found and Gone 0
    Flashback Acrostic 0
    Anxiety Acrostic 0
    The Chest 1
    No Longer All of Me 1
    A Trip to Africa Without Leaving America 0
    Wings of Blue 2
    Conflict of Intrest 4
    How Poetry has Failed and Been Failed (a two page essay) 4
    Taste the Rainbow 0
    I'm Getting Nothing from Daddy 2
    Compassion and Vanity 1
    The Twelve Day of Finals Week 1
    Here We Go Again 3
    Shade of Sorrows 1
    The Rose 2
    Who's at Fault? 3
    Poets Please Answer This Poll 2
    For the Hometown Heroes 1
    The Sweetest Addictions 2
    The Seven Paths to Hell 1
    The Best Jealosy 1
    Extended Circles and Wolves (part 4) 1
    The Basilisk 2
    Linger 1
    Ode to Ol' Christine 2
    Seriously 1
    Is This What Love Is? 3
    Well Perfect 1
    A Piece of Crap That Fell Out of My Brain 2
    I Learned Something New Today... 1
    Real 4
    Just Listening In 1
    Peace, War, and Common Sense 2
    The Forgotten Man 0
    Things aren't as They Should Be 2
    Three Wheelin' 2
    Sleeping in Space 1
    Democracy's Dead (song) 2
    For Crying OUT! Loud 1
    Countdown to US of DOOM! 1
    The Point of a Poet 5
    DEMOCRACY acrustic 1
    Single Acrostic 1
    Desparation 1
    untitled 3rd try posting 1
    Untitled 0
    Uninvited Space 2
    I Now Know Why! 1
    Trapped 3
    Extended Circles and Wolves (Chapter 3) 2
    Extended Circle and Wolves (Chapter 2) 0
    Exstended Circle and Wolves (Intro, Chapter1) 1
    Tribute to Charlie, Braden and Susan Powell 1
    Living Breathing Artwork 1
    Kansas 1
    Some late December Eve 0
    Look It 3
    Another Year 2
    Michael Moore 4
    Far Away 2
    More 2
    Help! 2
    Generation Gap 1
    Who am I? 1
    The Voice of Nations and Generations 1
    Why? 1
    Shadow Lady 2
    Mr Perfect 4
    Frozen in Time 6
    No Name (a love poem) 11
    Circles and Wolves (a short story) 2
    Not Yet Spoken but Expressed 5
    Halloween 5
    Author's Plague 2
    Boy Stealer Pro 2
    The Tragic Tale of Jordan Craig 6
    You Know It Should Be When . . . 4
    The Voice Inside my Head 7
    the joke only poets get (not in poetic form just a joke) 6
    What If . . . ? 5
    Love Like Lightning 3
    "Maybe?" He Says 3
    What to do? 4
    On the Verge of Spring 2
    Unreturned Love 3
    Love for the Blackened Heart 2
    Politics Smolitics 3
    As I Waited as a Tree 3
    The Earth's a Beautiful Place 2
    The Man behind the Mask 2
    Army Life 6
    mutual thing 6
    If Only You Knew 3
    Music 5
    Forest Sympany 4
    Books 2
    The Love Bug 4
    The Earth's a Beautiful Place 5
    Secret Addmirers 2
    Our Country's Heroes 2
    What Does 'I Love You' mean? 3
    Finaly Free 4