Ethan rolled his shoulders, pulling a hand through tousled black hair before pulling on a t-shirt while he headed for his small kitchen, he was restless and felt like he hadn’t exercised in a long while. Granted his job as a mechanic was a physical job but still working on vehicles wasn’t enough to drain his energy. A trip to the gym or long runs helped to ease him but not forever, sometimes he needed to let loose, he’d grown so used to it when he was younger that now staying normal was hard. A look outside his window into the clear, sunny afternoon was enough for him to make up his mind. Stopping to grab his keys Ethan quickly pulled on is worn sneakers before leaving his apartment, locking it behind him. Ignoring the elevator he quickly reached the ground floor and headed off to the west in a quick pace, already seeing the tree tops in the distance. Having rented an apartment not far from the edge of town, there small clusters of trees grew ever closer until the forest that spread far beyond the city took over. As Ethan reached the first trees he breathed deeply, enjoying the fresh air that reminded him of his childhood home. Sometimes he pondered on moving back there but bad memories still kept him anchored in the city where he, ironically enough, felt safer. Finally reaching the thick forest he started to relax even more, tension that built up during the weeks was fading as he scanned the woods with green, cautious eyes, ever vigilant on his surroundings, but to his human senses the area around him was empty except for him. Stopping by a large moss covered boulder that had a leafy bush growing so close it partially covered the stone Ethan paused for a while, thinking over his choice, when he’d decided he undressed quickly, the cool air under the trees didn’t bother him even as a slight breeze managed to rustle the leaves around him. Hiding his clothes between the rock and the bush where it lay safely out of sight he took a few steps away, closing his eyes and relaxed, emptying his mind. Soon a feeling rippled through him like electricity, the feeling in itself was almost addicting and something he always longed for more than the result itself. A second wave strong enough to bend him forward followed and he felt joints crack and tendons stretch as he shrank forward, feeling his face elongate and his gums itched when teeth grew out. Simultaneously dark fur spread across his skin as a dark river, paler on his stomach and chest and a dark brown mixed with black along his back and shoulders. Stretching in his new body Ethan shook his fur straight, his paws skidding outwards in the dirt erasing some of his footprints from earlier, suddenly a whole new world was opened to him, he could hear the faintest of sounds and smell even the river flowing far away. Scanning the forest with his amber eyes he let the wolf psyche take over for a while, noticing a deer several yards away and heard the bustling of all the small creatures living in the woods, from rabbits to insects. He’d chosen a wolf because it wasn’t uncommon for them to be seen in these parts, had he had the patience to head much deeper into the forest then he could have chosen another more exotic form. But today a wolf would be more than enough for him, to stretch out in full sprint, feeling the earth beneath him and the forest air around him all the while his graceful body worked to its fullest, that was what fully eased his tensions and worries.