Wolf

Wolf

A Story by Lea Sheryn
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Boy grows up in foster care, becomes homeless, goes to NYC and becomes famous

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WOLF

By Lea Sheryn

 

His mother named him Wolf.  Why?--no one knew.  His mother died, in childbirth, shortly after she muttered his first name to the nurse.  A sad and lonely boy, Wolf grew up in foster care amongst many other children who were motherless and fatherless.  In the great state of Montana, he only knew the other boys and girls who shared his humble abode and the man and woman who were in charge of them. 

 

Many children came and many children left but Wolf remained.  An outcast even in the presence of other outcasts, the little boy kept himself to himself.  He had no friends; he had no enemies�"he had no one.  Still, he grew up and soon had to leave the only home he had ever known.  Shy, from growing up amid the loneliness of foster care, the young man he became hardly knew how to approach other people.  Grasping tightly to the list of perspective businesses that might hire a young man in his condition, it was difficult for him to even open a door, let alone step inside and inquire after a job. 

 

Tall and lean, with clear blue eyes and black hair that was already showing gray at the temples, somehow after close examination, he did resemble his namesake, the Wolf.  It is true, when people passed him in the streets, they would take a second glance in his direction and remark on his appearance.  Yet, just like he would never approach anyone, no one would approach him. 

 

Out of money and with no place to lay his head, our boy soon became a product of the streets.  Sleeping anywhere he could and eating out of dumpsters behind restaurants, his bedraggled appearance gave him an animal-like quality.  Wolf could snarl and growl just like the canine he was named after.  If another homeless person attempted to take over his spot or steal from his dining places, he would posture and prance, bare his teeth and, if the occasion warranted, howl to beat the devil.  Soon people who didn’t know him began referring to him as The Wolf�"and that suited our boy just fine. 

 

Wolf moved from place to place.  Montana couldn’t hold him so he moved on to Wyoming, to Colorado, up into Oregon and back toward the east.  Winters would find him in Arizona or New Mexico while a summer home waited for him in the Ozarks or the Adirondacks.  Wolf was a traveling man�"he was seeing the world, one state at a time.  For an Ex-Foster Kid/Homeless Man, he thought he was doing all right for himself.  Coming and going as he pleased and defending himself when necessary, he considered he was living high on the hog.  Life was treating Wolf as well as he could expect it to. 

 

Days became months and months years but what did the passing of time matter to a young man on the road?  His dark hair growing longer and the mix of gray spreading through his locks, the resemblance to his namesake was more pronounced.  Wolf was quite a sight on the streets where he lived.  Although no one approached him, people would still stop and stare at the very sight of him.  If they pointed or yelled at him, he would let out a growl or a howl to scare them away.  And, oh boy, would they run, particularly little children. 

 

The year was 1959 when Wolf made it to New York City.  Up until that time, he had stayed away from Big Cities.  Small towns and country places suited him just fine.  The city was big and intimidating and loud.  Too many people gathered on the streets and our boy certainly didn’t like being around a lot of people.  Still, New York had called out to him and off he went to explore the big city. 

 

Even amongst the interesting personalities that gathered in Times Square, Wolf stood out.  Never thinking of himself as an entertainer, it was a surprise to him that the general population found him to be entertaining.  Baiting him with soft pretzels and chilidogs, it was enticing to offer him tidbits and withdraw the offer until�"in deep frustration--a loud howl would fill the streets.  Laughter would issue forth from the crowd and word was passed along the streets about the Wolf-man who kept everyone enthralled with his bizarre antics.  A rumor was started that he should be put in a zoo. 

 

A day finally arrived when a man noticed Wolf in his usual place in Time Square.  This man was a member of an upstart trio of singers who were trying to make their way in the world�"and was on the fast track to failure.  Jay Robins was his name and Jay Robins was a man looking for a gimmick.  As soon as he heard the terrible howls of the Wolf-man of Manhattan, he knew he had found exactly what he was looking for.  Without further ado, he pushed his way into the crowd then pushed his way back out with our boy in tow. 

 

The trio became a foursome and, with Wolf’s newly found talent; it wasn’t long before the group landed a record deal, shooting them to the top of the charts.  Canis-Lupus�"the new name of the quartet--was on everyone’s lips; the teenyboppers went crazy whenever the long melodious howl charged further on their favorite records.  The night they appeared on American Bandstand, the doors were crashed flooding the dance floor with a wild crowd of screaming girls.  Throughout the whole scene, Dick Clark kept his usual cool while he chattered on about Number One records and Smash Hits. 

 

It wasn’t long before Hollywood knocked at Wolf’s door.  Encouraged by the smash sensation of his Top Ten performances, a smart producer decided it was time to put our boy on the Silver Screen.  With the rise of Monster Movies, there was sure place for someone who could howl in such a canine-like manner.  Werewolves were the new craze and suddenly, the boy who grew up in foster care and lived his early adult years on the streets, was a star amongst stars.  Wolf lived to a ripe old age, married three times, raised four children and, finally, at the age of 92, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Science. 

 

Sitting back with his feet up on the desk in his large home office as he considered writing his memoirs, Wolf considered he had lived the Good Life.  He was a happy and contented man, indeed.          

© 2019 Lea Sheryn


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I love everything about your storytelling & your writing construction is spot-on. The only drawback for me is the turn-around happened too fast. You skipped over the greatest potential to SHOW us this guy going thru a major life change. After spending the first 3/4 of the story showing us this guy in detail, then in two short paragraphs everything turns into "fame" statistics, but not a word about this human being that's probably had a few moments of freaking out or something! I missed being more involved in this part of this transition, the human/animal part. But I can believe the turn-around as you've portrayed it (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lea Sheryn

5 Months Ago

Thank you, Margie. This story was entered into a competition under the theme of "Wolf". There was .. read more



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This is a well woven tale. There's some repetition in the 3,4,5th paras, you might want to trim to add more character traits/background. I agree with Sam, wolf-man and Dick Clark allude to Wolf Man Jack, who knows maybe that's the Disc Jockey's real bio and mythology. This story could stand as is or be expanded into a longer piece. Smooth writing.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lea Sheryn

4 Months Ago

Thank you, Roarke. I agree, this is a story that deserves a second look.

Wolfman J.. read more
Hello Lea, I do enjoy your stories. This one which tells of the terrible struggles of an unwanted child in care which continue as he makes his own lonely way in the world had a happy ending. I found it sad that he made his fame because of his freakish behaviour, but that came as no surprise. Nicely penned. Thank you.

Chris

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lea Sheryn

4 Months Ago

Thank you, Christine. I'm glad you enjoyed it. The main character in this story certainly made his.. read more
I love everything about your storytelling & your writing construction is spot-on. The only drawback for me is the turn-around happened too fast. You skipped over the greatest potential to SHOW us this guy going thru a major life change. After spending the first 3/4 of the story showing us this guy in detail, then in two short paragraphs everything turns into "fame" statistics, but not a word about this human being that's probably had a few moments of freaking out or something! I missed being more involved in this part of this transition, the human/animal part. But I can believe the turn-around as you've portrayed it (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lea Sheryn

5 Months Ago

Thank you, Margie. This story was entered into a competition under the theme of "Wolf". There was .. read more
Toward the end, I was wondering if the wolf boy might be someone we all know, like Wolf-man Jack, Howlin Wolf, or even Lon Cheney. A rough start for this fellow, the story ends happily, at least.

Posted 6 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Lea Sheryn

5 Months Ago

Funny thing is a friend of mine read this story and pulled out his old records looking for the group.. read more
Samuel Dickens

5 Months Ago

We story-writers are at a disadvantage on this site, but I'm very confident that all of your work wi.. read more
Lea Sheryn

5 Months Ago

It looks like there are a lot of poets. I am getting reads but the reviews are slim.

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Lea Sheryn
Lea Sheryn

Sarasota, FL



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I love to write! To have the ability to put words together to express myself is an ability that I cherish. Working for years to strengthen my talent, I am a self taught Word Weaver. Up until now, I.. more..

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