Once Upon a Christmas #5
wolf!Ruby; Ruby-Pongo BroTP
The yells and laughter of children filled the cool night air, music to Ruby’s ears as she propelled herself forward, shoulders and torso pulling the sled behind her along, paws carrying her forward across the snow, fur whipped back by the wind.
"Go, Ruby! Go!"
Gretel’s cheers and whoops gave Ruby an extra burst of energy that sent her bounding over the finish line moments before Pongo scrambled behind her.
They slowed to a stop, panting slightly (Pongo more so than Ruby). Gretel bounced off the sled, bragging about her sledding skills, taunting Hansel over his.
"I wanna have a rematch!" Hansel demanded, causing Pongo’s eyes to widen and his ears to lower.
"We can play again tomorrow." Archie, ever competent at handling these situations, knelt down to be level with Hansel and Gretel. "We’ve had enough fun for tonight. How ‘bout we head back for some cookies and hot chocolate, huh?"
At their excited squeals, Archie smiled and had them wait while he released Ruby and Pongo from the harnesses. “I’ll meet you back home later?”
Pongo barked his affirmative response.
After nodding at Pongo, Archie turned to face Ruby and stroked the fur along her cheek. “Thanks again, Ruby. This has been a great idea and they’ve really enjoyed themselves.”
As best as she could, given her panting and the limitations of a lupine mouth, Ruby grinned in reply. It was a pleasant, warming change to be able to run and play games with these children. The way they showed their eagerness at the sight of her was so different from the fear, disgust and hatred she’d grown accustomed to.
Given this first taste of being able to bring smiles to people even in her wolf form, Ruby hoped to be able to do this more often. Maybe they could even make these sledding races with Pongo a yearly tradition.
Ready to get going, Archie dragged the sleds behind him and led the children away, leaving Ruby and Pongo alone.
So… now what? Ruby turned her head away from Archie and the children’s retreating figures to tilt at Pongo as a question.
With little warning other than a very brief play-bow, Pongo threw himself at Ruby, tackling her and sending them tumbling through the snow, barking out their enjoyment.