I stood there in shocked silence, gaping at what was taking place in front of me. I glanced to my right and saw Ronna's brothers, Armstrong and Lerbo, standing there with stupid grins on their faces.
They were all cheering me as I exited the cave.
"Lerbo, what is going on?" I growled, this sorta had me uptight, just shake it off and move on, I thought to myself.
The taller, more muscled wolf stepped forward and attempted to keep his smile under control.
"Im sorry sir, but the look on your face was great."
He grined again
"So what is going on?"
"Well, when you sent Blake out, he told them to come here or else, but some didnt listen. Apparently those who did not listen ran into a band of humans, and they were all killed. Those out in the crowd believe that you knew that and sent Blake to protect them."
"They really believe that?"
I looked up at the moon and thought for a while. Eventually Ronna and Fredrik came up on both sides of me.
"What,"asked Fridrik,"are you going to do."
"Im going to let them believe that I set Blake to warn them."
"Well then you better go assure them."
I nodded, glanced once at Ronna, who smiled at me, and paced to the front of the crowd.
In my best speaking voice I said,"You were mislead by the traitor Garret, but I sent sent you a saving grace. Those of you who stand here tonite will be added among the already loyal. You have proven that you will trust me even while being mislead."
I began to pace back and forth in front of them.
"What Garret did not realize was that theree is no way that we could possibly take on the humans, we need to find a different way to confront them about the genocide they are slowly commiting."
I stopped in front of a small wolf, about a year and a half old. She had a beaten up look about her and she kept her left side turned away from me.
"You, what is your name?"
"Me, my lord?" she said hesitantly.
"Yes, you."I said with some mild irritation
"My name is Jasmin, my lord."
"Please you dont have to say my lord to me, call me sir if you wish. Now turn and show me your wound."
Surprise and shock showed on her face.
"How could you tell i had a would my lor... sir."
"Its written all over your body, your holding yourself like your hurt. Now turn and show me, Now."
She turned slowly and as she did it brought the wound into the light. It was horrific. I was shocked to see she was still standing.
"Ronna, come here."
She glided up beside me.
"What do you need?"
"Take her back to our quarters."
"Right."she said. she went to help the wolf,"come along young one lets go, carefully now."
"Lerbo, send for the medicine wolf and tell him to meet us in my chambers."
"On it." He turned and loped back into the caves.
I turned to the assembled crowd once more.
"I take care of my wolves."
I turned and started back towards the caves after Ronna and Jasmin.
"Lerbo, you and your wolves show the new ones to the quarters."
"Right away, sir."
Now to deal with the ever rising drama that would unfold about this young female wolf.
I entered the bedroom, and found the medicine wolf leaning over Jasmin doing something to her shoulder.
I padded over to Ronna and gave her a kiss. She melted into that kiss fueling it with all the love in her heart. And I replied in kind.
I pulled away breathless.
"What was that."I panted
"I dont know, I guess I just wanted to do that."
I smiledand kissed her again, quickly this time.
I turned and saw Jasmin staring at us, with heat in her eyes, but I saw this the medicine wolf finished what ever he was doing and made her wince.
He came over to me.
"Shes injured pretty bad, but ive managed to stop the bleeding. She shouldnt be moved for a couple days, then you can take her to her quarters."
"Alright, thank you."
"My pleasure, sir."
As he left, Jake entered and glanced back through the door.
"Hey Keirrn, heard some pretty narly stuff was goi...."
I followed the direction of his gaze, and found him staring at Jasmin.
She was totally oblivious to his attention, with her head resting on her paws, staring into nothingness.
"And who is the?"he asked his gaze never leaving her face.
"This,"I said,"is Jasmin."
"Jasmin,"he said as if tasting the name.
"And,"I said looking pointedly at her finnaly getting her attention,"we were just about to ask what happened to her."
"So what did happen to you Jasmin?"asked Ronna.
"Well,"she said slowly," I was attacked by a wolf, I didnt know who he was, but I know for certain that he was in that crowd you were speaking to, sir."
"You mean someone just up and attacked you?"said Jake.
"Jake, think you can find this wolf without me having to send Blake."
He frowned."Consider it done."
"Well this is all very touching."said Blake as he emerged from the shadows.
Everyone in the room jumped except for Jasmin who couldnt.
"Speak of the devil and in he walks,"said Ronna.
"I should have been able to sense you Blake,"I said,"why didnt I?"
"It was probably cause of that oh so loving kiss with Ronna. It totally distracted you from your surrondings."
"By the way the deed you sent me to do is done."
"Jake start looking about midmorning, jusy casually ask questions, my Beta walking around the new wolves should alarm the culprit. Its just natural."
"You sure that this pup can handle it, hes barly older than the one in the corner."
"And yet he fought his way up the ranks to be my Beta. I have full faith in his ablilities."
"Whatever, Jake, Blake leave now. Im done with you two for now."
"Yes sir,"Said Jake.
"As you wish," said Blake.
"Jake,"I called as they were exiting,"send for fredrik and his family."
"Sure,"he said and left the room.
I sighed, what problems would the new day bring.
Somewhere in the mountains to the south, a wolf howled with the breaking of the sun across the land.