The Missing Wolf

Matthew Donnellon

Photo by Marc-Olivier Jodoin on Unsplash

*A work of Fiction

I sat down in front of the large wooden desk. The leather was warm and comfortable and much better than the seat of the pickup truck I’d spent the night in.

“Good afternoon, Mr. Ford,” the lawyer said.


“Long night?” she asked when she noticed me rubbing my temple.

“You could say that. Some of your clients only like to come out at night.”

“Precisely why I leave the leg work to you. I prefer banker’s hours.”

“Does that mean your evenings are free?”

“Is that an offer Jasper?”

“Depends on your answer councillor.”

She thought for a moment, “I’m free Friday.”


“We’re not going to spend it like chasing monsters from some farmer’s barn are we?”

“I usually leave that for the second date.”

She laughed. It was a nice laugh.

“Well this was a nice surprise but I did call you here for business.”

“I was afraid of that.”

“A mutual friend of ours is missing.”

“Don’t tell me.”

“Yep. Tobias has gone AWOL.”

Great, I thought. Tobias was currently a suspect in a woman’s murder. Amanda was handling the case. He was also a werewolf and liked to get into trouble. His father was paying me to keep an eye on him.

“How long has he been missing?”

“We were supposed to meet yesterday and he missed it. He hasn’t answered his phone. Normally I’d give it a couple days but with Tobias you can’t be too careful.”

“No you were right to call. I’ll get on it.”

I was partially concerned about Tobias, and a little more concerned about angering his father. Tobias was mostly harmless, but his father was a true lycanthrope of ancient bloodline, and combined with the Moon family resources was not someone to run afoul.

“I need him in as soon as possible. His case doesn’t look great to begin with if he gets in more trouble even I won’t be able to help him.”

“Got it.”

I sat for another minute letting the silence linger.

“Anything else?” she asked.

“I know how much Tobias is paying you.”

“Ugh fine, but then you’re paying for dinner Friday,” she said, tossing me a wad of cash from her desk drawer.

“Appreciate it.”

“One more thing Jasper,” she asked as I turned to leave.


“How do you get your hair like that?”

I laughed, “Like what?”

“That perfectly messy look.”

“Oh sea salt spray. Works wonders,” I said and headed out of the office.

About two hours later I was sitting in the truck watching a restaurant I knew Tobias liked. I was positioned so I had a good view of the door, but most people coming down the road wouldn’t see me.

I was trying not to nod off when my phone buzzed.

“Any news yet?” Amanda asked.

“Miss me already?”

“I’m serious I’ve had a bad feeling since Tobias didn’t show up.”

“Are you worried about Tobias or losing the payday?”


“I’m just getting started. I’ll call you later if I find him.”

“Please do. Be careful Jasper.”

“Yes mom.”

“That’s not funny I’m younger than you.”

I was trying to come up with a witty reply when something caught my eye.

“Hang on I think I got our boy,” I said watching two people coming out of the restaurant.

I tossed the phone down and got out of the truck, hoping to catch up with the two people, but they turned down the alley next to the restaurant.

I could see it was definitely Tobias, and a tall, dark haired woman.

Normally, I wouldn’t care who Tobias was spending time with but the pale skin and the fact that she didn’t have a reflection in the windows she passed told me one thing.


I sprinted to catch up with Tobias trying to figure how he could get into even more trouble.

Tobias looked confused when he saw me in the alley.


“Get back.”


“She’s a vampire you idiot.”

“She is?”

“It’s not nice to call people names,” the vampire.said exposing her fangs.

“Wow,” was all Tobias said.

I then noticed two more women coming up behind me. I assumed they were both vampires.

“Well, well, Jasper Ford,” one of the women said.

That’s I realized how I dumb I’d just been. I’d walked right into a trap.

Because the woman talking was a vampire named Jenna. And I’d killed both of her brothers recently.

They weren’t here for Tobias. They were here for me.

“I’m sorry about Finn,” I said. That was true. I always sort of liked him.

“What about poor Malcolm, my baby brother?”

“Not so much.”

I was hoping to keep them talking as long as possible. I didn’t have anything for vampires on me. Just a revolver with silver bullets which would be useless against them.

I did have something up my sleeve, a reluctant eight foot tall killing machine.

“Tobias you need to change.”

“That’s not really an option Jasper,” he said, slurring his words. He was either drunk or drugged or possibly both. Looks like Jenna took that option away.

“Jasper I think we’re in trouble,” was all Tobias could muster.

“Not quite,” I said as the large man appeared behind the vampires. I wasn’t totally out of options. I just needed a little time.

He grabbed a hold of the vampires. Even with their enhanced strength they were useless against the large man. One did manage to bite him.

“Ugh,” Jenna spat, “He’s already dead.” Her bite would have no effect.

“Sorry I’m late,” the large man said.

“Jasper is that?” Tobias asked.

“Yep,” I said smiling.

We were being rescued by Frankenstein’s monster.

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Matthew Donnellon is a writer, artist, and sit down comedian. He is the author of The Curious Case of Emma Lee and Other Stories

Detroit, MI

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