I know I haven't finished the rest of the stories, but I made a promise to one of my dearest friend. So if here you go, this is the story that you have always wanted. I don't know if it's what you had in mind, but I'll try my best to make it better. Enjoy!!!

Every Tear Every Moment

By Arceus. Conberma

Chapter 1


Another peaceful day for the Valley of Peace, all except one.

Mantis had just received an emergency letter from Zac and Sapphire, his godfather and his wife. Saying that his grandfather Alpha, Leader of Navaho, was in terribly sick and thought that it would be the last trip for him to seeing his beloved grandfather.

Without a thought, he quickly stormed into his room and packed up everything and moved out. While he was packing, his friends came in by asking.

Po spoke first, "Hey, Mantis. What's the rush?" he asked.

"My grandfather is in terrible sick and I need to get back to the village immediately." Mantis replied, without looking at them as he was too busy with packing his stuffs.

"Oh my gosh! I hope he'll be alright." Viper gasped and said worriedly.

"Yea, after all he had done so many things to us." Crane added. (Look at "The Past of Mantis and Sapphire")

After he packed everything, he turned to his friends. "Thanks guys, well I gotta go! See ya!" Mantis said as he quickly disappeared in the hallway.

When Mantis was completely out of their sight, Tigress sensed something. "Strange…"

"What's wrong, Tigress?" Po asked curiously.

"I feel…I don't know. I've got a bad feeling about his grandfather." She said.

"But one thing I do know for sure, is that Leader Alpha is alive as long as there's hope." Monkey said and they all nodded in agree.

After a day and four hours of flight, not to mention he needed to ride about 45 minutes bus to get to the Navaho villager nearby. Then he ran as quick as possible to get to the Navaho village, and when he got there, he saw his wife, Sapphire, has waiting for him whole night.

"Sapphire!" he shouted.

"Mantis!" Sapphire shouted back a she jumped into her husband's chest and hugged him tightly.

The Praying Mantis embraced her tightly as well, but he needed to break the hug as this was an emergency. "Sapphire, I saw the letter and quickly come to see grandfather. Where is he?" he demanded.

"He's right at the Al'ch Camp, hurry! He gets worse every day." Sapphire desperately told Mantis as he stormed into the Al'ch Camp, Sapphire soon followed him.

When he approached the camp and flipped the wooden-curtain and saw his godfather, Zac, was beside his grandfather, Alpha. "Mantis! So glad that you mad it!" Zac was as desperate as Sapphire as he ran over him and embraced him.

Mantis broke the hug and kneeled beside Alpha, whose eyes were too weak that he could only open a half, but it was clear enough for him to see his beloved grandson's face. "Mantis? Is that you, my boy?" Alpha weakly asked.

"Yes, grandfather. It's me." Mantis replied with a small grin.

"Zac, would you leave me and Mantis to talk alone a while?" Zac nodded as he left the camp.

"Oh good, grandson. Now that you're here, I want you to do something for me."

"Anything, Grandfather, just name it." Mantis promised.

Finally, Alpha said. "I want you to be the next Leader of Navaho."

At first, Mantis's eyes were blankly and eye-widened as he was wondering if he heard him right. Did his grandfather just asked him to be the next leader of the Navaho Insect Village? "Ah…Grandfather, you said what?" he asked again.

"I want you to accept the throne of this village after I'm gone." He answered.

"What!? No, grandfather, you can't. I don't know what to do or even don't know how to become a good leader--" he then interjected by Alpha.

"I know you're ready, I've seen it and I know that you are ready for this task." Alpha said between coughing.

Seeing his beloved grandfather was in danger and they both knew that he didn't have much time left. Mantis's antennas fell down and looked at Alpha again "I…I need to think about it, grandfather. It's just…it all happens so suddenly." He admitted.

"You should…you should…but no matter what you choose, I believe you will do the right thing at the end…" with those words, Alpha fell into a deep sleep.

Mantis helped him to lift up the blanket up forward to his chest to keep him warm. Then he left the camp, antennas still fell and then he saw Zac and Sapphire, who were rushing over him and asking.

"Well?" Zac asked first, nervously.

"Well what?"

"What did Leader said?"

"He said…" Mantis couldn't say it out.

""He said" what?" Sapphire asked, totally frustrated.

"He said he wanted me to be the next Leader of this village." He confessed.

Zac was surprised, "Well, that's good news." Mantis hung his head up. "Now you can take over your family's business."

"No, Zac, I can't."

"What?" Sapphire was confused.

And so did Zac, "What do you mean "I can't"?"

"I don't know what to d and how o be a good leader and not to mention I had left this place for over 20 years, how am I suppose to back in Leader-shape?" Mantis asked, frustrated and then he left them behind and walked alone to somewhere else around the village.

Sapphire stared at her husband a moment, and then Zac placed his claws on her shoulder and hoped everything will getting well soon.

Mantis was planning go to the River of Flows, where he spent most of his childhood there. But then he caught a glimpse at a campsite, his grandfather's camp. He stood and stared at it a while, and unwarily walked into it.

Inside, he could sense and smelled of his old leader's presence and his things were untouched. However, he then caught another glimpse of an object, an old thick wooden-paper book, a memoir. Curious, Mantis opened it and unravelled the secret of the past before he was born, and the story of his grander, and his father and mother, Kasco and Marian.

To be continued…