MidReal Story

Forbidden Love's Howl

Scenario: I am a fox dreaming about dating a wolf and getting married.
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I am a fox dreaming about dating a wolf and getting married.
I’ve loved her since I was a teenager.
I’ll love her until I die.
Luna and I are completely and utterly in love with each other. Sadly, I’m a fox, and she’s a wolf.
Foxes and wolves are segregated and have been for as long as anyone can remember. The laws are strictly enforced, and the enforcers themselves are scary and powerful creatures.
No one dares to defy them.
But I can’t help it—I love Luna, and we’re going to be together. It’s just a matter of time before we figure it out.
I should go home.
I shouldn’t be here, standing on the forest floor, surrounded by wolves who have no idea that I’m a fox.
But there she is, standing next to her brother. She’s so beautiful—her fur is blacker than night, and her eyes glow red in the dark.
I can’t help myself.
I can’t stop staring at her.
I know I shouldn’t come here every year, but I can’t resist.
Besides, we only see each other for a few moments every year. What harm can it do?
“Are you sure you’re okay?”
Oliver asks as he looks up at me.
He’s my best friend. He has been since we were children. We both grew up in the same village with our families, and no one else has ever come close to being as close to me as Oliver is.
He’s a wolf just like Luna, but he doesn’t follow the rules as strictly as she does. He knows how much I love her, and he supports me no matter how hard I try to hide my feelings.
“I’m fine,” I say as I look out at Luna one more time before she disappears into the trees with the other wolves.
I sigh and turn away from the forbidden forest.
“I don’t know why you keep coming out here year after year if all it does is make you sad,” Oliver says as he stands up and stretches his legs.
“Because I’m in love with her,” I say as we walk back toward the village together.
“But she’s a wolf.”
“I know that.”
“And you’re a fox.”
“Also true,” I say as I look down at my red fur.
“That’s not going to change any time soon.”
“I know that too,” I say as a sudden sadness wells up inside of me.
I love Luna so much.
I dream about her every single night.
I wish I could be with her every single day.
The few moments we get to spend together every year are never enough.
We always end up sneaking away from the other wolves so we can watch the sun set or the moon rise.
When we do, I feel like I’m flying.
My heart soars every time she’s near me.
“I wish there was something I could do to make you feel better,” Oliver says as we arrive back in the village.
“I wish there was too,” I say as I turn away from him and head back to my house.
“Just don’t give up hope,” he calls after me as he walks away.
I don’t say anything back to him because there’s nothing I can say.
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The first time I saw Luna was during the yearly fruit festival, an event where wolves and foxes could mingle in public without fear of being arrested or fined by the enforcers.
It was a large festival where all of the fruits in the village were put on display for everyone to see—and eat.
Even though the event was held in public, there was always a heavy police presence to ensure that no wolves and foxes ever got too close to each other.
The enforcers might not be able to read minds like the rest of their kind, but they could smell the difference between us just fine.
All it took was one accidental touch for them to know what was going on—and then we’d both be in serious trouble.
But even though we had to keep our distance from each other, that didn’t stop us from staring.
And when I saw her looking at me from across the square, I couldn’t help but stare back at her.
My eyes were instantly drawn to her long black fur and her vibrant red eyes—the exact same color as my tail.
There was something about her that was different from the other wolves.
Even though I’d met plenty of wolves over the years, none of them had ever caught my attention quite like Luna did.
Maybe it wasthe way she stared at me, as if she was trying to figure out what I was thinking.
Or maybe it was the way her eyes glowed when the sun hit them just right.
Whatever it was, I was completely mesmerized by her.
But as much as I wanted to, I couldn’t do anything about it.
We were separated by more than just a few feet.
Wolves and foxes were forbidden from having any kind of contact with each other—and we both knew what would happen if we were caught.
So I did my best to forget about her as I hung out with my friends and enjoyed the festival.
But every time I turned around, I found myself looking for her in the crowd.
It wasn’t until later that I realized that she was doing the same thing to me.
“You should go talk to her,” Oliver said as he nudged me in the side.
“I can’t do that,” I said as I turned away from him.
Even though I wasn’t in the mood to be teased at the moment, I knew that he was right.
I’d been talking about Luna for weeks before he finally convinced me to come to the festival in the first place.
He knew how much I loved her—and how much I wanted to get to know her better.
And since the two of us had grown up together, he also knew that I was shy when it came to talking to girls.
Not only was I bad at starting conversations, I also had a tendency to turn bright red whenever I got nervous.
So even if I wanted to talk to Luna, I knew it was going to be hard to do.
“Come on, Felix,” Oliver said as he pushed me again.
“Just go over there and say hi.What’s the worst that could happen?”
“She could growl at me and bite my head off for trying to talk to her.”
“She’s not going to do that,” he said as he rolled his eyes at me.
“What do you have to lose?”
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I wanted to tell him that he had no idea what he was talking about, but he was right.
I didn’t have anything to lose by talking to her.
So after taking a deep breath, I finally worked up the courage to go over and talk to her.
And as soon as we started speaking, I knew that something was different between us.
It was like we’d known each other for years instead of just a few minutes.
“Are you having fun?”
I asked as we walked around the festival together.
“Yeah,” she said with a smile as she looked around at all of the trees and lanterns.
“Everything is so pretty here.” She paused for a moment before looking back over at me.
“Are you having fun?”
I laughed before nodding my head.
“I am now,” I told her in response.
Even though I’d only been hanging out with her for a few minutes, it felt like we’d been talking for hours.
I’d never met anyone before who was so easy to talk to—especially not a girl as beautiful as she was.
“Well, that’s good,” she said with a smile as she reached over and nudged me in the side.
“What did you like most about the festival?”
“I don’t know,” I said in response as my cheeks started to turn red.
“There were so many things that I liked…”
“That’s not an answer,” she said with a smile as she looked up at me once more.
“You can’t just tell me that and not tell me what you liked.”
“But there were so many things that I liked…”
“Well then tell me what they were,” she said as she grabbed my hand and started pulling me along behind her.
“Come on, Felix.Tell me what they were.”
And even though I knew that we should probably go find our friends, I couldn’t help but laugh as we walked around the festival together.
The two of us spent the rest of the night talking and laughing as we made our way around the festival and enjoyed all of the different things that there were to do there.
As much as I wanted to, I didn’t want the night to end—especially since this was probably going to be the last time that Luna and I would ever see each other again.
“We should do this again sometime,” she said as we made our way toward the front gate.
I wanted to tell her that we couldn’t, but I knew that it wasn’t a good idea to do so.
“So what do you want to do next time?”
And even though we probably shouldn’t have been talking about it, Luna and I had already spent hours working out all of the details.
“I don’t know,” she said as she shrugged her shoulders.
“But we should probably get going if we don’t want our friends to worry about us.”
“My friends are already worried about me,” I told her as we walked through the front gate.
“But that doesn’t mean that they have to be.”
“Well, mine aren’t,” she said in response.
“But if they were, they wouldn’t be able to do anything about it.”
And as soon as we walked through the front gate, Luna turned around and wrapped her arms around my neck before kissing me.
Even though it only lasted for a few seconds, it was enough for me to know that this was going to be something that would change our lives forever.
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