the pearl

Morning Ritual

It was a tradition that started when Jensen joined the team. Everyone else had given Cougar space after each full moon, but, now, when the moon finally dipped below the horizon, Jensen would be there, a bottle of water and painkillers in his hands.

He would unlock the basement, closet, bedroom, office, wherever they could lock Cougar in for the night, and pull a blanket over Cougar's bruised, exhausted body.

He would sit with Cougar until he woke, talking in a soft soothing voice, rubbing his back, handing him painkillers and water, waiting until Cougar was fully human again.

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