Again with the fast progression XD
I stayed in front of Snowfall, because her white and gray fur didn't hide well in the shadows.
As we walked under the arch and left the weird animal place, I asked Snowfall, "Do you think our other packmates are in other places like this?"
"Yeah, maybe! We should just sniff out the other places, and we're sure to find them!" Snowfall yipped excitedly. I sniffed the air. I couldn't smell much, except for the smell that shadowmonsters left behind. As Snowfall and I walked together, I felt comforted by the companionship. We kept on walking. We came across another square that had the smell of animals like the white square building I had come across before.
"What happened to you? I was asleep most of the time for my journey here." Snowfall asked suddenly. As I explained what happened, Snowfall looked at me with awe. "Really? Wow! You had to go through that much just to find me?"
"Yes, but it will be worth it and was worth it when we find the rest of our pack, and when I found you." I replied.
I panted. Snowfall was thirsty and tired too.
"We've been traveling for days! When do you think we'll find another place like where I was?" Snowfall croaked.
"I don't know..." I trailed off. I saw a puddle. "Water!" I barked and ran forwards, Snowfall beside me. We lapped up the whole puddle. It wasn't sour, but didn't taste good. It kept Snowfall and I going though. As we walked, I could scent a familiar scent.....
"The place!" I barked. Snowfall scented it too and we both ran forwards. This one didn't have an arch, but had a hanging, wooden thing instead. It said, “San Diego Zoo”.We walked in, and I sniffed for the rabbit place again. "Let's hunt, we might not get a chance like this!"
"Okay," Snowfall agreed. When I found it, we both slunk in through the swinging thing when an upwalker pup and it’s parent walked through. The doorways in these places seemed big. Again, the rabbits were in a small space blocked off by walls. There was another wood thing that had white stuff that said “Do not feed rabbits, please and thank you.”. I jumped in, and Snowfall did the same.
"The rabbits are so plump!" Snowfall exclaimed quietly. I nodded, and stalked forward. I killed a rabbit instantly, and shared it with Snowfall. She caught one too and we both shared hers together too. After two more rabbits, we slunk out once more, content and full enough.
I sniffed the air, hoping to find wolf-scent. There was none.
"There's no wolf scent," I whimpered. Snowfall whined. We left the place, luckily avoiding any upwalkers, and began another long journey to the next place. As we walked, the cold hardness of the ground hurting our paw pads, I heard a noise. Snowfall sniffed the air, while I looked around. I saw an animal, it smelled kind of like a wolf, but didn't look like one.
"Help me," it whimpered. Snowfall and I stared at it. I walked over.
"Are you a wolf?" I asked.
"N..no," it whimpered again.
"Then what are you?" Snowfall piped up.
"I'm a dog," it said.
"Oh," I said. I had heard about them from Mother. Mother. I whimpered.
"What's wrong?" Snowfall asked me.
"I was just thinking of Frostfur," I said briskly. I turned back to the dog.
"You don't look injured," I inquired.
"I'm not hurt, I'm lost." The dog said.
"Oh," I said again. "Where do you usually live then?"
"With my owner and house." It replied.
"What's an owner and house?" I asked curiously.
"You don't know?" It said, surprised. I nodded.
"Well... An owner is a someone that takes care of you.... And a house is a large wooden thing which you live in." The dog finished.
"Oh, so does that mean my pack is my... Owner?" Snowfall asked.
"What's a pack?" The dog questioned. "You don't know?!" I asked incredulously.
"No," it said. "But what are you anyway?" It asked.
"We're wolves," Snowfall said.
"Wolves? What are wolves?" The dog said.
"Umm....." I said. "Well, what are dogs? We don't really have an answer to that, and neither do you." I said.
"I guess." The dog said.
"Can't you just follow your scent backwards if you're lost?” I said.
"I can't smell my scent that well. " the dog said.
"I can smell it!" Snowfall said.
"You can?" The dog said, his tail wagging. Snowfall and I nodded.
"Follow us,". The scent lead us towards a big woode thing.
"Thank you! Thank you!" He barked, and ran to a swinging thing. He scratched at it, and an up walker came out. It looked very surprised but happy, and he opened the swinging thing wider, to which the dog walked in.
"Let's go back to finding another place. We should call it wolfplace." I said. Snowfall nodded and we both continued our journey. When night fell, we slept.
Snowfall and I followed the Thunderpath.
"Do you think that we'll find the rest of the pack?" Snowfall whined. It had been a moon since the Taking.
"We will!" I said determinedly.
"Okay...." Snowfall whimpered. I sniffed a scent of the Wolfplace.
"I can smell it!! I can smell it!!" I yipped. Snowfall didn't reply, just charged forward. I followed, seeing a small arch. I didn't see as many upwalkers as at the other wolfplaces.
"Let's hunt first" I said, even though Snowfall and I were already heading towards the rabbit place. We snuck in when a up walker opened the swinging thing. Again, we hunted the rabbits and left. This time, I smelled wolf scent.
"I smell wolf!!" I barked quietly, not alarming the up walkers. Snowfall followed me. We came upon some Fog. As I found a swinging thing, Snowfall and I waited under a bush. Many heartbeats later, it swung open and a up walker with a metal thing with a hole in it that had the smell of meat walked out, while we darted in. I sniffed for any familiar scents. "I can smell Frostfur!!" I yelped. I howled, Snowfall joining in, "WHERE ARE YOU?! ITS US, MOONBERRY AND SNOWFALL" And we heard an answering howl in return.
We followed the scent, finding Frostfur in a small den. "Frostfur!" I yelped, charging towards her, with Snowfall behind me. I ran to her, and rubbed against her.
"Moonberry!" She cried, licking my face all over. She rubbed against Snowfall.
"I thought I'd never see you again!!" I barked, my tail wagging so hard it was a blur. I licked my Mother's face. "Let's get out of here!" I said and I walked back to the swinging thing. We waited, and it was getting dark. When it finally opened, a Upwalker walked in with meat. We darted out, and high-tailed it to the arch with the stuff on them. This one said, “Metelli Zoo”. I hadn't really looked at the last Wolfplace.
“Are you okay?” I asked Mother as we slowed.
“I'm fine. Where's your father?”
“I don't know,” I whimpered, and I told her about my journey and what had happened.
“I'm so proud of you,” Frostfur said as she licked me.
“We’ll find our pack, don't you worry.” We found a pile of bushes, and slept for the night.
We continued on our hard journey. I was starving, I had only eaten a mouse from this morning, and I could see the rest of the beginnings of my pack were hungry too. As I walked into a gorse bush, I smelled a young upwalker. It saw me, and held out its paw. I backed away, warning Snowfall and Frostfur with a bark. We ran with the energy we had left, and almost fell into a stream. Everyone gulped it down thirstily. As we drank, I heard a rustle in the bushes and looked up. A small, scrawny dog was glaring at me.
“Ummm…. Hi?” I said cautiously. Frostfur looked up and stood beside me. Snowfall did the same.
“Get out!” It growled. I growled back, raising my hackles.
“Why?” I barked back. I could see the dog’s sharp, yellow teeth.
“This is MY territory!” It barked, barking louder when he said ‘my’. Frostfur paced forward, and snapped at the dog’s side, narrowly avoiding fur and flesh. The dog yelped, although Frostfur’s bite was a show of dominance, not attack. She backed away, growling, to my side again. The dog pounced forward, and sunk his teeth into my back. He was small, but his thorn sharp teeth dug into my flesh. As I turned quickly, throwing the dog off, Snowfall pounced on the dog, biting and scratching. The dog was tougher than I thought though. He got back up, and leaped onto Frostfur. It clawed at her fur, and bit her neck. I snarled leaping forward and biting it's neck. It fell to the ground, barely alive. I growled, and it crawled away with a last look of menace. Frostfur was still.
I ran over to her, and saw a deep gash on her neck. Her eyes were closed, and I could tell her breathing was shallow.
“Frostfur! Get up!” I whined, licking her wound. Frostfur opened her eyes.
“I'll be okay,” she said, struggling upward. When she stood up, I called Snowfall over, who was licking her wounds. Snowfall walked up and helped me heave Frostfur into the bushes. Although it was still day, we slept in the bushes. In the morning, I got up and looked at Frostfur's wound to see if it was healing. It looked the same as before, if not slightly smaller. I licked at it, and Snowfall woke up.
“I'm going hunting,” she whispered, not disturbing Frostfur as she slept. I nodded and kept licking to clean Mother’s wound. After a few heartbeats, Frostfur opened her eyes.
“Go hunt. I can lick it.” She said as she fondly looked at me.
“Okay,” I said, “But make sure you don't open the wound anymore.”
I walked away, and listened for prey. I smelled the air, and found a faint scent of… Something. It smelled slightly of elk, but not quite. I followed the scent, and came upon a deer. Mother had told me of these things, that had been in the forest she used to live in. The deer had antlers, like a bull elk. This can feed our whole group! I thought as I stalked carefully forwards. I looked at the deer’s featured again though. The antlers were small, it didn't look full grown. I knew that young elk could be fast, so I stalked even more carefully when I got close range, I stalked a few more pawsteps and pounced. The deer looked up as I pounced. I leaped onto its neck, and bit down as hard as I could. The deer threw me off, and started running, I chased it, glad that it stumbled on a root.
Again, when I got close enough I pounced, and bit it neck again. The deer threw me off again, and turned. To face me. It lowered its antlers, like a bull elk, and charged. I dodged to the side, leaping again, and landed on the deer for the final time. As I bit it, it fell, dead. After a few moments, I dragged it back to the bush my Mother was in. She looked up. She looked at me, surprised.
“You caught a deer?” She asked.
“Yes, here have some.” As I ripped off a piece, Snowfall walked in, carrying a rabbit and mouse.
“Wow! What is that?” She exclaimed, looking at the deer. As we shared the meal, we all felt full again.
As we laid side by side, licking each other, a howl was heard and it was a wolf howl, far, far into the distance. “Where are yoouuu” it howled mournfully. “That sounds like a wolf!” I said and got up. Frostfur stood up too, her strength slowing regaining. Snowfall pricked her ears. “Its coming from that way!” She swerved her ears to the right. We followed Snowfall out into the open. Frostfur stretched and Snowfall started walking closer to a Thunderpath. I followed close behind Frostfur, who was walking with a limp. As we walked, I saw a small speck in the distance. I couldn't see any features, it looked like a tiny flea. It slowly got bigger, as Snowfall signaled us to go faster. Now it looked like a beetle. It turned towards us, loping. As it got closer to us, we could see it was a wolf. It didn't look like a wolf from the Nahakra Pack.
As it appeared in front of us, it barked, “Finally! Another wolf! My name is Bluestripe. Do you know where we are? I woke up in a tiny den with barely any light, and when I broke out, the land was moving very quick and my fur kept flying forwards with wind. I jumped out.”
“I don't know,” I said, a bit untrusting. The stranger’s posture was friendly, but he was a wolf I'd never seen.
“I remember too! I was in a tiny den with a huge pink thing carrying me. I banged on the sides, but it wouldn't let me go!” Snowfall piped up. The two nodded, and Bluestripe said,” Can I join your group? I left my pack to start my own pack. But….. You know.”
“Well….” I looked at Frostfur, hoping that she would make the decision. Frostfur shook her head.
“This is your decision. You are becoming a great leader, and you will need to make your own decisions when you leave our pack to start your own. You can choose to stay with ours, but I can tell that the spirit within you is too strong-willed and impatient for that.” She looked a bit sad at her last sentence, but shook out her fur.
“O-Okay….” I stuttered. “Um… Well… I-I guess you could join us.” I barked hesitatingly.
“Okay!” Bluestripe replied.
“Where to now though? I don't really know where we are.” I said.
“Well, I was in the Amethyst Mountain area, walking away from my former pack, but I don't know where we are either.
“We came from the Slough Creek area.” Frostfur said.
“Where is th-” Bluestripe was cut off as I said suddenly, “Let's get moving. We need to find Father, Owlfeather, Foxleap, and Redwood!” We all nodded, remembering why we were there. We started following the Thunderpath near us, left.