Disclaimer: Disney has the rights to Brother Bear 1 and 2. I own them only on DVD. Original characters are by Disney; some characters have been created for this story.

Part 1: Prologue and Day 1

The long journey. I still remember it as if it were yesterday. A journey I thought was just a dream, but instead, was a reality.

It all started one day in the small village I used to once call home. I was now 16 at the time, and had already received what would help guide me through life. A spiritual rock known as a totem.

I was to follow the path of caring. When I had received the totem, it was in the shape of a fox. I kept thinking to myself, what does a fox care about? I'll now start my story.

"Wrosco, over here!" my little sister shouted.

"Siera!" I shouted back.

It had been quiet and peaceful throughout the day. There wasn't even a dog barking.

"What are you doing, brother?" she asked.

"I'm going up again," I responded.

"I'm going to play with Paol then," she said.

"Have fun," I said.

I lowered Siera to the ground and she ran off.

"And stay in the village!" I shouted.

I let out a huge sigh. I started walking away slowly. I arrived at the place where I was given my totem- the ceremonial grounds. I looked at the rock full of hand prints. But it wasn't the hand prints I was looking at. Near the bottom at a little more than average height, stood the lone paw print on the wall.

"Kenai," I said. "It's been two years since you left this village. What I wouldn't give to see you again. Nita, too. I wonder... whatever happened to Nita. She probably got married to some big shot. The two of us always fought over Nita's love, huh? Kenai, this village feels too empty without you. All the adventures we went on together. You even told me about your trip to Hokani Falls. Wish I could've went."

I look up at the sky, remembering some of the older days when the three of us would go on adventures.

"I can tell that you are showing a lot of caring by looking up at the sky," Tanana had said.

"Tanana, you shouldn't be out," I said.

"Nonsense," she said. "There's still many years to come in these old bones. By taking in Paol under your wing, you are showing real caring."

"Do you really think so?" I asked.

"I don't think so; I know so," she said. "Tomorrow, you will have your ceremony of becoming a man."

"For real!?" I asked.

"Yes," she said.

With that, I was one day away from being a man. I was so excited that I returned back to the hut with it now being night. I fell asleep and within my sleep, I had a dream. Or in truth, a nightmare.

That next day, I woke up so nervous and afraid. One of the villagers walked in telling me the ceremony was ready. I followed him up to the rock. I dipped my hand in the red paint and went to place my mark on the wall.

"Wait!" a villager shouted.

Before my hand could touch the rock, I looked at him.

"Wrosco! It's Siera!"

"Siera?" I asked.

"She tripped and fell on a poisonous plant. Now, she's put up at my hut in bed."

"I'm coming!" I yelled.

"Wrosco! The ceremony!" Tanana yelled.

"I don't have time for that!" I shouted. "Siera needs me right now. Where's Paol?"

Everyone looked down in grief.

"You didn't hear what happened, did you?"

"What do you mean?" I asked.

"Paol... doesn't belong to this village," Tanana said. "We sent him back home."

"When?" I asked.

"A couple of days ago," Tanana said.

I ran to the other villager's hut to find Siera.

"Siera, what did I tell you about leaving the village?" I asked.

"I'm sorry... brother," she said.

I almost freaked when I saw how bad her health was.

"What do I do?" I stammered.

"Wrosco, calm down," Tanana said. "Let me see her."

Tanana looked at the girl.

"You'll have to get some of a Casca plant," Tanana said. "This plant can only be found at the highest peak of the Old Ridge Mountains."

"Old Ridge Mountains? I don't even know how to get there," I said.

"Wrosco, let your totem guide you," she said. "Also, take this."

"Some kind of necklace?" I asked.

"This will allow you to communicate with any creatures that you come across," Tanana said.

"You mean... animals?" I asked.

"Well, what else would I be talking about?" she asked.

"Thanks, Tanana," I said.

"At the rate this poison is spreading, you only have a few days," she said.

However, before she was even able to say this to me, I was out the door. From here, I headed back to my hut and gathered some supplies to take with me. Then, I shifted off on my own way.

Elsewhere, there was the three bears: Kenai, Koda, and Nita.

"All right! Look at all these berries!" Koda yelled.

"Don't hurt yourself, Koda!" Kenai said.

"Hey, I'm a little older now! I can take care of myself," Koda said.

He reached up to grab the berries and then slipped. Nita started laughing. The three arrive at the Salmon Run.

"Hey! Tug!" Kenai yelled.

"Kenai! Koda! Nita! How's it going?" Tug asked.

"We're doing great, Tug," Nita said.

"And where are you headed to, today?" Tug asked.

"We really don't know yet," Kenai said.

"We thought we'd just explore," Nita said.

"Well, have fun, you three," Tug said.

"Hey! Let's go this way!" Koda yelled.

"You heard the bear; let's follow him," Kenai said.

Kenai and Nita followed Koda.

"We'll be back soon for storytime, all right?" Kenai asked.

"You better be," Tug said.

"Did you see all that fish?" Koda asked. "I'm gonna nab a whole bunch of them."

"Not unless I do first," Kenai said.

"Nonsense," Koda said.

"Hey, I have an idea," Nita said.

"What is it, Nita?" Kenai asked.

"Let's go to Willow Lake," Nita said.

"Yeah, that sounds like a good idea," Kenai said.

"I see," Koda said. "Get some of the salmon before they get to the run. Smart thinking."

The three headed off to Willow Lake.

Elsewhere, I had been in the forest, completely lost.

"I have absolutely no idea where I'm even going," I said. "Nor do I even know some of these fruits."

I reached up into a tree and picked a strange yellow fruit. It was the only one of that fruit I had ever seen. I didn't know anything about it, but I was so hungry that I didn't care.

"Kenai... Nita... we had some good times, huh?" I asked.

I fell asleep, and started dreaming again.

'Nita!' Kenai and I yelled.

'Kenai! Wrosco!' Nita shouted.

The three of us started laughing after I slipped on the ice.

'So what should we do today?' I asked.

'What do you think, Nita?' Kenai asked.

'Let's go climb the willow tree at Willow Lake,' Nita said.

'I bet I can get to the top the fastest,' I said.

'In your dreams,' Kenai said.

We all rushed over to Willow Lake.

'It took us so long to get here,' Kenai said.

'Yeah, I'll have to go home soon,' Nita said.

'But now that we know how to get here, next time we'll come straight here,' I said.

'Yeah,' Nita said. 'Well, I'm gonna go wait for daddy.'

'See you later, Nita!' I yelled.

'Bye, Nita!' Kenai said.

'Bye, guys!' she shouted back.

Something touched me so I woke up. There was a fox that leaped at me. I grabbed the spear beside me and the next thing I knew, the fox was dead.

"See? Foxes don't care! They attack anything they want," I yelled. "Nature! Who cares about it?"

I ripped off the totem around my neck and tied it up in a tree. Only humans can care about humans while nature can only care about nature.

"Willow Lake," I said. "I'll go there for old times sake."

Willow Lake I knew wasn't far from where I had been resting. However, when I got there, there was a group of bears in the water. I hid up against a tree.

"Nice!" Koda said. "Look at all these fish!"

"Willow Lake," Nita said. "Don't you remember? We came here a long time ago."

"Yeah," Kenai said.

"Guys!" Koda yelled.

Koda ran away.

"What's wrong, Koda?" Kenai asked.

"Behind you!" Koda shouted.

Kenai and Nita turned around as my spear was raised in the air. Kenai growled loudly and I fell backwards.

"Get 'em, Kenai!" Koda yelled.

"Wait a minute," I said. "Kenai?"

I sat up and removed my hood.

"Wrosco!" Nita yelled.

"Wait! Wrosco?" Kenai asked.

"Yeah, it's me," I said.

"I don't believe it!" Kenai said.

"Yeah, me, neither. I thought you were just a bear, but I didn't know there were others with you," I said.

"Wait. Wrosco, you can hear us?" Nita asked.

"Tanana gave me this-," I was explaining about the necklace and stopped. "Nita?"

"Hi, again," Nita said.

"You, too?" I asked.

"Hey, Koda. It's all right," Kenai said. "This is our friend, Wrosco."

"You had a lot of friends when you were human, didn't you?" Koda asked.

"Just Nita and Wrosco," Kenai said.

"Right. Next week, it will be someone else," Koda said.

"What brings you out here, Wrosco? Shouldn't you be taking care of your sister?" Nita asked.

"That's the problem," I said. "Siera tripped on a poisonous plant. So I have to go to Old Ridge Mountains and get a Casca plant. It's the only thing that'll heal her."

"Old Ridge Mountains?" Kenai asked. "I don't even have the slightest idea where that is."

"Me, neither," Nita said. "Koda, do you know?"

"I don't know, but my mom told me never to go there," Koda said.

"Old Ridge Mountains is full of hunters from around the villages at the bottom," I sad. "They hunt for furs and antlers usually in order to sell for high prices; not to mention for food."

"That's horrible!" Koda yelled.

"That's how people are, Koda," I said. "Humans look out for humans and nature looks out for nature."

"Well, that'll change here," Kenai said. "We'll look out for you as we try to find Old Ridge Mountains."

"I'll repay you by looking out for you on Old Ridge Mountains there," I said.

"There we go, then," Kenai said. "What's a direction we really haven't gone yet?"

"When we went to Crowberry Ridge, there was two paths to take, remember?" Nita asked.

"That's right," Kenai said. "The other one might lead us towards Old Ridge Mountains."

"That gives us a start, at least," I said. "How are we going to get to this breakoff?"

"The same way we did last time," Nita said.

"Don't worry, Wrosco. We'll be here for you," Kenai said.

"Yeah, I'll protect you from hunters," Koda said.

"Um, Koda," Kenai said.

"Oh, yeah," Koda said back.

We headed towards the breakoff. Along the way, we ran into Rutt and Tuke.

"Hey, look. It's Big Bear, Smallish Bear, and Bearette," Tuke said.

"Oh, yeah. Hey, you guys!" Rutt said.

We headed towards them. They both noticed me.

"H-Hunter!" they yelled.

They ran right at each other and got their antlers stuck together.

"Relax, you guys," Kenai said.

"Yeah, it's just another one of Kenai's friends," Koda said.

"Oh. Well, nice to meet you," Tuke said.

"Yeah. I'm Rutt and this is my brother Tuke, eh," Rutt said.

"Nice to meet you," I said.

"Where are you headed off to in such a hurry, eh?" Rutt asked.

"Old Ridge Mountains," Nita said.

"That's like walking into a death trap," Tuke said.

"I don't have a choice," I said. "I need to save my sister because-. Because she's the only person I have left."

"Wrosco," Kenai said.

"Though the last time I really talked to her was about a year ago when we took Paol in," I said.

"Paol?" Nita asked. "He went missing from my village about a year ago. So he was with you?"

"Yes," I said. "Though, that was the only time I spoke with him and the last major time I talked with Siera."

"What about your parents?" Koda asked.

"They left this world quite a while ago," I said.

The four of us kept on walking.

"Well, good luck, eh," Rutt said.

"I never knew my leaving had made you so miserable," Kenai said.

"It's fine," I said. "Though I wish I had known you were leaving. That day I woke up after being sick that whole time, Denahi had told me that you were now a bear. I was so surprised to hear that, especially knowing you hated bears."

"It was by becoming a bear, I was able to learn the true meaning of love," Kenai said. "Sitka showed me that."

"Sitka," I said. "I miss him, too."

"Hey, we're here," Nita said.

"Last time, right lead us to Crowberry Ridge," Koda said.

"So we'll have to cross this log to continue," Kenai said.

"Across that log? Are you sure there's no other way to get over there?" I asked.

"Of course," Nita said.

"I suggest not looking over the edge because that's a long drop," Kenai said.

At that moment, I recalled back to the day we climbed the willow tree at Willow Lake. I had gotten to the very top branch and when I sat on it, it snapped and I fell to the ground below. I had to stay home for a week, and the reason I couldn't go to Hokani Falls with the others.

"Hey, Wrosco. Aren't you coming?" Kenai asked.

When I had come to, the others were already on the other side, waiting for me.

"Yeah, I'll be over quicker than a bear can run," I said.

"That's pretty tough to beat," Nita said.

I climbed onto the log.

"Just don't look down," I said.

"That's it!" Kenai yelled. "You're doing great!"

"O-K!" I said, slipping and grabbing a hanging branch.

I started to scream and almost freaked out.

"What? Are you scared of logs?" Koda asked.

"Not funny!" I yelled.

The branch started snapping.

"Oh, no, no!" I yelled.

"Just swing on it!" Nita yelled.

I swung around the branch and leapt towards them. I barely missed the edge of the cliff and Kenai caught my hood with his teeth.

"Climb up," Kenai muffled through his teeth.

I wrapped my arms around Kenai's neck and he pulled my up to safety.

"Are you ok?" Nita asked.

"I am now. Thanks," I said.

"What happened?" Koda asked.

"A long time ago when we were at Willow Lake, I climbed to the top branch. It snapped and I fell," I said. "Since then, I've hated heights."

"That's just like me from that day at Hokani Falls," Nita said. "Except that was water I was afraid of."

"Yeah, but we conquered that fear," Kenai said. "We'll just have to conquer Wrosco's fear."

"Yeah, and then we can climb things all the time," Koda said.

"Thanks, you guys," I said.

"What are we waiting for? Let's keep adventuring!" Koda exclaimed.

"Yeah! My sister needs me!" I said.

We kept on moving. Night got closer and we camped out in a nearby cave.

"So then Bucky was all like 'Look at that thing' and I was all like 'Awesome' and then we headed home since dinnertime was coming up," Koda said.

"That's funny!" I said.

"You really think so?" Koda asked. "Because this one time-."

"Ok, Koda, let's get some sleep," Kenai said.

"Fine. I'll tell ya tomorrow, ok?" Koda said.

"Yeah," I said.

We all started to sleep. A few hours later, I woke up and noticed both Kenai and Nita missing.

"Where did they go?" I asked.

I went outside the cave and noticed Kenai and Nita. I walked over to them.

"What are you guys doing out here?" I asked.

"Waiting for you," Nita said.

"Waiting? For me?" I asked.

"Have you been really that lonely since I left?" Kenai asked.

"Well, yeah, I have been," I said. "I still remember the good old days when we used to play. For these past two years, I stopped caring about life. I even started ignoring my sister most of the time. I just-. I just don't know what to do anymore."

"What are you talking about?" Nita asked. "Even though your best friends are gone, it doesn't mean you should just sulk. Keep on living. Live your life to the fullest."

"You're right," I said. "Thanks, you guys."

Back at the village, Tanana looked up at the spirits.

"Please hurry back, Wrosco," Tanana said.

"Wrosco," Siera said. "Are you... more happy... with them?"

That's the end of Part 1. Reviews are welcome.