Author: Mojotheomegawolf PM
The barks behind him sent a shiver down his spine and he quickly turned around and shushed them. The team fell silent and a tension filled the still air. Balto could feel it in his stomach, making it twist and ball up into tight knots. Something didn't sit right with him.Rated: Fiction T - English - Drama/Romance - Jenna - Chapters: 8 - Words: 22,816 - Reviews: 26 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 05-04-12 - Published: 10-12-11 - id: 7457920
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A/N: First of all, I'd like to thank BellaVision for sending this idea my way. Second, I give her full credit for the plot of the story and the names and descriptions of the OC's Frost, Owaga, Kamazi, and Timber. Thirdly, I only take credit for the OC's not mentioned above and the actual writing of the story.
Descriptions of Characters in Frost's pack.
Frost: Alpha male with a large build, brown fur over his entire body, and light green eyes.
Owaga: Alpha female with a slender build; is grey with a white underbelly and grey socks on her forelegs. Has icy blue eyes and is currently three weeks pregnant with five pups. Frost's mate.
Kamazi: A heavily built brown wolf with highlights of darker brown woven naturally throughout his fur, the same green eyes as his father, and a white patch on his chest. Eldest son of Frost and Owaga.
Lundy: A black wolf with the same build as her mother, has a tan/gold underbelly, insides of her legs are the same color as her underside while the outsides are black, has fiery golden eyes and tan goggles. Kamazi's sister and the second oldest of Frost and Owaga.
Kana: A rusty colored wolf with tan socks on her forelegs that end on her shins, emerald green eyes, and tan inner ears. Third born of the litter.
Cail: A dark brown wolf with a build similar to his brother Kamazi, has a white mark that covers the front of his chest and half of his underbelly and green eyes with a gold ring around the edges.
Ice Wind: A white wolf with black on the tips of his ears and black goggles around his yellow eyes; the two of his middle toes on his right forefoot are black. Youngest of the litter bu is by far the largest and smartest of them.
Juneau: A slim cut tan wolf with hazel eyes and a bold personality. She was adopted into the pack after banishment from her own at a young age, and by the wolf's code, is the omega. Even though she is the omega, she is seen as an equal to all members of the pack.
Timber: A white female wolf-dog with black inner ears and baby blue eyes. Member of Frost's pack for a long time when she was adopted in along with Juneau and holds the same status as her.
Description of the pack's home.
A small clearing in the middle of their territory with a den dug out under a large boulder. The den is spacious enough for the whole family to share during the winter months, but is only used by the alphas during spring and summer. The clearing is only about thirty feet from one side to the other, flat, and has other smaller rocks scattered naturally about the whole area. There are a number of nests dug out near the den for daytime leisure.
A/N Now that that's taken care of; without further delay, I give you the first chapter of Two worlds. Enjoy.
The day was struggling to take life as the meager light from the sun battled against the dull grey of morning on its routine ascent into the infinite Alaskan skies. Not much life stirred in the frigid temperatures of the late winters of the North, and yet, two pairs of fresh paw prints plodded side by side through the snow, now becoming hard-packed from the cold. The tracks continued on for another three hundred yards revealing at the end, a pair of wolves padding about with no real intent on getting anywhere; as was the nature of every morning walk that Owaga and her eldest son Kamazi made on quiet mornings such as this, especially when there was good news to be told. Mother and son walked shoulder to shoulder and spoke casually to each other.
"So, Kamazi, how is everything going with Juneau," Owaga asked with a smile.
"I think she is the one mom. Tonight when I go with her on patrol, I'm going to ask her courtship."
"What news!" Owaga chided happily.
"Yes, but just keep this between you and me; I want it to be a surprise," Kamazi replied with a broad smile.
"Say no more my son. You have my word; not a breath to anyone about this." She paused briefly. "So, have you told your father," She asked
"Not yet, I was actually planning on telling him before I left," Kamazi stated.
The pair fell silent for a few moments soaking up the joyful atmosphere they were in.
"So, have you decided on names for my brothers and sisters," Kamazi asked excitedly.
"Well, we are not entirely sure. We cannot say how many there will be, so to keep it simple, we have thought of names for three boys and three girls." Owaga paused while she gathered her thoughts. "Let's see; for the boys we have Faylin, Sam, and Kodiak. And for the girls we have Alaina, Fole, and Fay."
"Well I like them. I think they will fit perfectly," Kamazi replied.
The two continued on through their territory, small talking and laughing at things the other said, and finally came near the river that marked the boarder of their home. The two closed the distance in no time and took a refreshing drink of the slushy water, and then turned to make their way back to the den. The conversation along the way was light and sparse as was the norm for the end of these seldom made walks.
Faint barks and the clanking of harnesses echoed softly over the barren land and steadily grew louder. The pair of wolves froze on the spot and put their noses immediately to the wind.
"About seven dogs and two humans," Kamazi whispered. He took in another long waft and looked over to his mother, "maybe two thousand yards and closing."
The pair glanced nervously around them.
"It could be a hunting party," Kamazi continued, "We should go north and give them a wide birth."
"Ya, how much are we running now," Owaga joked.
"I think they are giving hunters 60 of those green leaves for just one pelt," Kamazi commented with a laugh.
The two turned to the north and moved quickly through the forest, making sure they were not followed. The trip took them an extra twenty minutes do to their detour, but in doing this they probably saved their pelts from becoming wall trophies. As the two approached the little clearing they called home, they were approached by four other wolves of different size and color.
"There you all are," called the brown Cail from his position in the middle.
"Ya we looked everywhere for you," retorted the rusty colored Kana and the white Ice Wind simultaneously. The pair of speakers shot each other a glare and then laughed softly.
Cail, Kana, Ice Wind, and the unspoken black furred Lundy closed the short distance between them and each took turns nuzzling their mother's face in greeting. Owaga returned the nuzzles and then separated.
"So dad says we will be going on a hunt in a few minutes, which is why we came looking for you," Cail stated.
"We can't," Kamazi replied, "there was another hunting party in our territory."
"Another one," Cail moaned.
"That is the third one in two days," Kana stated obviously annoyed.
"Ya and they have been causing us quite a problem now that the deer are migrating back through here," Lundy pointed out with a hint of disgust.
"I know, and it is just too dangerous for us to hunt with them around," Owaga said drily.
"Well, there is no point in standing out here moaning about it," Ice Wind said with a sigh of disappointment, "We had better go tell dad to postpone."
The group fell into a horizontal line and silently walked toward the den. Two wolves of tan and white stood around the lip of the hole and looked up from the ground at the approaching party. The two females padded toward the progressers and met them half way. Kamazi stepped out of the group and moved deliberately over to the tan Juneau and pushed her playfully with his paw. She giggled and punched him less than gently in the ribs. Kamazi made and 'oofing' sound and wrapped his paw around his body to comfort it. He looked up and he and Juneau both shared a laugh. He dropped his paw back to the ground and the two stood for a few moments just staring awkwardly in silence. The white Timber came to the rescue and stepped between them.
"Alright you two," she teased.
Kamazi and Juneau cleared their throats and turned away from each other.
"So where is my dad," Kamazi asked to both Timber and Juneau.
"Down in there," Juneau quickly replied with a gesture to the den.
As if on cue, out of the ground appeared frost with a broad smile. He padded carelessly into the middle of his family and sat down next to his mate.
"So what's news," he teased.
"Hunters," Kamazi said coldly.
Frost's smile faded and he shook his head in anger.
"This is ridiculous, why can't they go one day without trekking through our land and poaching our game."
He lifted his head again.
"I guess we will just have to try again tomorrow."
- Lundy and Ice Wind sat in front of the eagerly awaiting family.
"We have spotted a herd of about seven deer moving east about one half clicks away from here," Ice Wind stated with a small smile.
"Even better, we are not sharing the hunting grounds today," Lundy finished.
Frost rose hastily to his feet.
"Then let's go before that changes," he called and started moving quickly in an easterly direction.
The family followed suit and began east as well.
As was procedure, the group split up into two teams, one to distract the quarry while the other sneaked in during all of the confusion to deliver the final blow. If all went well, they would have dinner in no time. Owaga, Kamazi, Timber, and Kana were in charge of the distraction today. They split from the rest and headed quickly to the south for a short distance then began east again. Frost, Juneau, Ice Wind, Cail, and Lundy went northwest and would circle around to cut off the herd when they began to flee.
Not too long into their venture, the scent of deer rose into the nostrils of Owaga and her group. The herd had shifted their direction slightly to the north so they corrected and picked up their pace slightly. The scent grew stronger and stronger until they were sure that they were right on top of them. They crested a small hill and gazed down upon the empty land. Where were the…
There was a sharp crack and Kamazi yelped and fell to the ground, bleeding profusely from his shoulder. Barks and yells exploded from the trees not far to their left. Kamazi rose to his feet slowly and gazed around him. Nine dogs exploded from the trees and charged in full speed at the group of wolves with their men steadily behind them. The group of wolves turned to flee with Kamazi dragging only slightly behind the rest. Kana dropped back and threw him up onto her shoulders.
"Are you al…" She dropped and she and Kamazi rolled to a stop. Kamazi rose to his feet and shot his eyes down to his sister. A large hole was punched into the side of her neck with blood flowing freely from it.
Another shot rang and Kamazi heard the bullet whizz just inches above his head. He turned and was almost immediately tackled by a large husky. Kamazi kicked him off and took flight with the husky not far behind. There was a yelp behind him and Kamazi turned to see a large white flash and a dead dog lying in the snow. Three other wolves appeared behind him and quickly caught up to him. Kamazi looked to his left and saw that his brother Ice Wind had been hit on the back leg. He looked to his right and saw that his father and his other brother Cail were unhit. Kamazi and the others came to ten feet behind the rest of the remaining family. They must have been on the other side of this when it happened. There was no way to tell exactly how many humans were in on this were two reports and Ice Wind dropped from Kamazi's side and Lundy fell out in front. Cail felt one of the eight huskies land on his back, but didn't feel a thing when his neck was snapped. They were being slaughtered. Kamazi and Frost sped along and made it to the rest. Two more reports but none dropped.
Quite suddenly Kamazi felt a bullet tear into his right hind leg. He dropped and prepared for his fate. He saw the paws of a dog and closed his eyes.
"Until the end my son," came Owaga's stern voice.
Kamazi opened his eyes and saw his mother standing protectively over him. He came to his feet and prepared to fight to the death alongside his mother. Two huskies moved in and made an attempt at Kamazi's throat. Kamazi jumped back and winced as pain shot out from his shoulder and leg. The husky was rolled to the ground by Owaga. Owaga felt fangs rip into her side and she spun to parry them. Frost jumped in from out of nowhere and ripped said husky to pieces. The other husky wanted nothing to do with three wolves and turned tail.
The three fled away from the pursuing humans and dogs and Kamazi felt yet a third bullet tear into his flesh and Frost would no longer have his left ear. Kamazi dropped and failed to rise. Owaga and Frost whirled around to help him up.
"Get out of here!" Owaga yelled to Frost.
"I'm not leaving you!"
"I didn't ask! Go now!"
Frost turned to flee with a heavy heart.
"Can you stand," Owaga asked Kamazi sternly.
Kamazi just managed to rise to his feet. He faced the onslaught of hunters that closed in at one hundred yards.
"No my son, you must run."
"What! No I won't leave you here to die for me," His voice was strained and tired.
"I'll catch up with you and your father later. Now you must go."
Kamazi bobbed his head and turned to go with tears flowing down his cheeks.
Owaga was overwhelmed. She didn't stand a chance against the hunters. Snarls and shots rose from behind Kamazi and then all was silent except for his loud sobs.
- The den had never felt so empty as Kamazi, Frost, Timber, and Juneau lay in the den as the sole survivors of the slaughter that just occurred. It was all over for Frost, Kamazi, and Timer. Their wounds were only minor and would heal after a few days' rest, but Juneau was fading fast. She had been mortally shot in the side and the bullet had torn into her liver. There was nothing else they could do for her. She would be dead before dark. Kamazi sat by her side with tears dripping from his muzzle. Juneau weakly lifted her head to Kamazi and her voice escaped her in a soft whisper.
"It is okay, Kamazi," she began, "Do not cry for me. If I die, then at least it will be at your side."
Kamazi sniffled. He knew that she would not hold much longer.
"Juneau, will you accept my courtship?"
Juneau sniffled and answered in a teary voice.
"I have waited so long for you to ask," She began, "I would be honored to be in courtship with you."
The pair nuzzled each other to seal the bond with sobs escaping both of them. Juneau laid her head back to the ground. Kamazi licked her cheek.
"I love you."
"I love you t…" Juneau's final breath escaped her and she lay limp.
Kamazi sat where he was for a few moments and cried uncontrollably over his court's dead body and for his mother. He cried for the brothers and sisters he lost and the ones he would never know. He wiped his eyes with his paws and threw back his head. His sad song echoed off of the walls of the den in the most heartbroken howl that any had ever heard.