‘Verse: Dogs of the Never Never
Length/Rating: 100 words, PG, Gen
Summary: There’s an inherent flaw in naming things.
Akela isn’t a dog so much as the essence of dog; the bright core of a thing too nebulous for words. And on the far side of the veil she simply is.
But on the near side she’s a Hound because that’s how the mortal world defines her, parsing her down into something it can understand. Wrapped in a form not of her choosing– It’s so overpowering, so forceful a definition that even in her own mind she embraces the term without thinking.
She’s a Hound, but she isn’t a dog, and Jon’s only just beginning to understand the distinction.