Some things never change. Sunnydale looks the same since the last time I made an appearance here. Those were very different circumstances though. Then, I was returning in the hopes of making my way back into Willow's life. That ended as quite a disaster with me wolfing out and trying to eat her girlfriend. Not to mention my being taken captive by the Initiative. It was hard to leave this town after all that I'd lost, but this time I'm coming back with a new sense of peace.
Since I've been gone, I traveled to South America and ended up spending a lot of time with a small group of villagers in Ecuador. I improved my Spanish as well as learned massive control over my inner wolf. I was impressed by the village elders' knowledge of werewolves. I learned that wanted or not, the wolf is a part of who I am and as soon as I truly accepted this, I was able to gain control. I started being capable of holding memories of being in wolf form. And I could also force the change back even under stress-producing situations that would normally cause me to lose control. Over time, I've even learned how to control myself while in wolf form. Embracing the fact that I am part beast has given me a lot of peace within. The only effect I don't particularly like is being more in touch with my wolf can cause my eyes to darken at unusual times. But I can live with that.
So I'm back. Despite the Hellmouth, this place has always been the only home I've ever known. I figure I can attempt to enroll in a few classes over at UC Sunnydale. Better late then never. I've toyed with the idea of getting back in touch with my old friends, but haven't taken an active part in doing that yet. It's not like the town is all that big. I'm sure to run into them. I don't want to intrude on their lives, but I wouldn't mind finding out if I still have any friends around here.
I don't really have a place to stay, so I'm staying at the local motel. It's cheap and it shows. Things seem quiet. Guess I'll get out of here a while, see what's happening around town.
I climbed into my van and pulled out of the motel parking lot, heading for the center of town.