I woke up with the rising sun shining in my fur, and Kate curled up against me. I looked over and saw my mom and dad sleeping in the other corner, but I didn't see Jake anywhere. I slowly got up, trying not to disturb Kate. I walked outside and saw that it was a clear and cloudy day, it was a slightly colder morning then the previous ones. I decided to go and try my luck at hunting again, even though I should have waited until Kate gave me some training, but I knew I could do it. I was so close last time, and I'm sure I'll succeed this time. I walked out into the open meadow and got down low, I peered through the tall grass and I saw a lone caribou away from its heard. I stalked my way through the grass trying to be a silent as possible. Crept closer and closer to the unsuspecting caribou, it was too busy eating the grass to see me. I was right next to it and I waited for the perfect moment to strike. It turned its head away and I saw the perfect time to jump. I jumped toward its neck and bit down on its throat, I could taste its blood as I bit down harder and harder. The caribou jumped and kicked around trying to shake me off, but it was too late my jaws were locked down and it would soon be dead. After what seemed like forever the creature fell over and died. I let go of its neck and licked the blood of my lips, I sat down a caught my breath.
I realized that I succeeded in killing it "Kate is going to be so proud." I said under my breath.
"I'm not sure about Kate, but I sure am." A voice said behind me
I turned around and saw Jake standing behind me "Oh there you are, where were you last night?" I asked
"Oh well I spent the night with Sierra" He said
"Oh so I see things went well between you two" I said with a smile
"Yeah! You were right I just needed to loosen up a little" He said
"See I told you" I said "Can you give some details on what happened last night?"
"Sure, but first let's get this caribou home and have some breakfast." He said picking up the dead carcass
"Okay" I said and followed him back to the den helping him drag the caribou.
When we arrived back at the den everyone was still asleep, we dropped the carcass by the entrance of the den and walked inside.
"Rise and shine everyone, and see what Humphrey brought us." Jake said
Everyone slowly got up and stretched. "What did he bring us?" My dad asked
"See for yourself" I said moving out of the way so he could see the caribou
"Wow, but Humphrey I thought you didn't know how to hunt?" He said
"I don't, but I did learn a thing or two from watching Kate hunt back in Jasper." I said
Kate got up and walked over to me. "I'm proud of you," She said nuzzling me "but don't you ever do that again, you could have gotten hurt or even killed."
"I'm sorry, but I was bored and decided to give it another shot." I said
"Well if you're so impatient then I'll teach you today if you want." She said
"Of course I want to, but after me and Jake have a small talk." I said
"Why did something happen?" My mom asked Jake
"No, nothing important" He said
"Okay" She said
"Come on, let's eat!" I said
"Sure thing" My dad said
We all took a part of the caribou and ate our share. After we all ate Jake and I left the den and took a walk out in the meadow.
"So what did you guys do last night?" I asked
"Well first we just walked around and got to know each other, and then we just chatted a little while after that. When it got late I told her I should be getting back to my den, but then she told me that I should spend the night with her. At first I was hesitant and I got nervous, she saw that I was scuffling my paws and she noticed it. She just giggled and said "It's okay, I know that you like me and I like you too." Then I smiled and said that I liked her and that I'd love to stay the night. She then nuzzled me and we both went to her den and slept together." He said while we walked.
"Way to go" I said "It looks like you found your mate"
"Maybe, we'll see" He said
"When are you going to see her again?" I asked
"Well I was thinking of right now, while Kate teaches you to hunt."
"Okay bye, have fun" I said
Jake walked back into the forest and I turned around and walked back to the den. 'I knew it would work out between the two of them' I thought to myself as I walked. It was now high noon and the sun was shining through the big puffy clouds that were scattered around the sky. When I got back to the den Kate was waiting for my by the entrance.
"Hey" I said
"Hey" She said back "Where's Jake?"
"Oh he went to visit Sierra while you taught me how to hunt." I said
"Well let's go then" She said walking by me
"Okay" I said following her
She lead me back out into the meadow, she jumped up on a rock and told me to sit down.
"Okay so the first think to learn when it comes to hunting is balance." She said as she stood up on one of her front paws and balanced her weight on it.
"Now you try to balance on your two front paws" She said
"Uhh… Okay" I said, I managed to get up on them but I fell back over, hitting the ground. "Ow"
"That's okay, keep trying" She said
I gave it another shot but fell back over "This is harder that I thought" I said
"Well nothing is easy when it comes to being an Alpha." She said
"I know that" I said trying to balance again, I managed to hold it for a few seconds, then I fell back over again.
"You're slowly getting the hang of it" She said
I gave it another shot, over the few hours we were there I managed to hold my balance longer and longer each time. When nightfall came I managed to hold my balance without falling at all.
"I got the hang of it Kate" I said looking at her while balancing on my front paws
"I've noticed, you learn pretty fast compared to some of the other wolves back at Alpha school." She said hopping down from the rock "Come on Humphrey its getting dark out and we should get back to the den"
"What's the rush darling" I said getting back on my paws "You know it's the full moon don't you?"
"I know, what exactly are you getting at?" She asked
"Well Jake showed me where a great romantic place is" I said smiling
"Are you saying you want to go on a date with me?" She asked smiling back
"Yes I am" I said kissing her on the cheek
"Of course I will go on a date with you" She said kissing me back
"Okay follow me then" I said turning and walking toward the peak where Jake had told me was where they did their moonlight howls
Kate and I walked side by side as we climbed up the mountain. When we got to the top we found that there was no one there. The moon was already shining bright in the sky and it reflected off the small pond that was at the top of the peak. Kate was amazed by how beautiful it was way up here.
"Wow it's so beautiful up here" She said
"Yeah, it sure beats the one back in Jasper" I said
"I'll say" She Said
We walked over to the edge of the peak and sat next to each other on the flat rock surface. Kate leaded her head against mine, and we both sat and enjoyed each other's company.
"I love you Kate" I said
"I love you too Humphrey" She said
"You want to howl?" I asked
"Of course" She said
We both sat back and raised our heads toward the sky. For the rest of the time we spent up there, we just howled and cuddled together. After about a few hours he decided to call it a night and head back to the den. When we arrived back at the den it was close the midnight and everyone was already asleep. Jake wasn't there so I just suspected he was at Sierra's den. Kate and I walked over to the spot we slept at and both laid down next to each other. Kate snuggled up against me and we both fell asleep in each other's arms.
It's been a few days since Kate started teaching me how to hunt and I was slowly getting more skilled at curtain things. My balance was perfect and I had mastered how to do summersaults in the air and land with ease. Right now I was working on a stealth skills and how to be as light as a feather.
Everyone in the family now knew that Jake had a new girlfriend and Sierra occasionally came over and had dinner with us while we all told stories. Jake was now always spending his free time with Sierra and I spent all mine working on my hunting skills. Kate had gotten bigger and was still growing, she had lots of mood swings too.
It was now mid-day and Kate and I were out in the meadow doing some training. Kate would walk way ahead of me and I would silently stalk her until I caught up and captured her. But she could always counter my attacks and I usually the one who got captured. I was right behind her silently following her through the tall grass, I stayed very low to the ground so she wouldn't see me. I stopped and ducked down lower when she turned around and tried to look for me. She smelled the air, looking for my scent, but I knew that it's always best to stalk downwind of the prey. She turned her head back around and continued walking through the tall grass. I got back up and followed, I got closer and closer to her and soon I was only a few feet from her tail. I realized that now my chance to jump. I jumped up high in the air, but as I jumped I stepped on a small twig, and snapped it. I was falling back down right toward Kate. She turned around to see what made the sound, but she was too late. I landed right on her pinning her to the ground.
"Ha-ha, I caught you" I said proudly
"Great job" She said "but can you please get off me, you're hurting me"
"Oh I'm sorry" I said getting off her "Are you alright?" I asked
"Yeah it's just that I've been feeling weird lately" She said
"I think it might be because of the pups?" I asked
"Oh you think!" She yelled at me
I jumped back surprised at her yelling "Yes I do think it's because of the pups" I said
"Well it's your fault I'm like this!" She snapped
"Why are you yelling?" I said "It wasn't my entire fault"
"Ugh I'm sorry Humphrey it's just these darn mood swings again." She said
"It's okay there's no way to control them" I said
"Yea, you're right it's not all your fault, it was our decision." She said
"I say we take a break today" I said
"Yeah I could use some rest" She said
We both walked back to the den where we found that Jake had left again and Mom and Dad were out with some of their friends. Kate and I had the den too ourselves, Kate laid down on the ground and I sat next to her.
"So have you thought of any names?" I asked her
"Not really, they're not even born yet" She said
"Well it's always good to plan ahead you know." I said
"True" She said "Do you have any ideas for names?"
"Well I'm not too sure, but I really like the name Nova" I said
"Nova? That's an odd name, but I like it" She said
"Really? I think it's perfect if one of them is a boy" I said
"I agree" She said, but then she grunted and put her paw on her stomach.
"Are you okay" I asked
"Yea I'm fine, that was a weird feeling" She said
"What did it feel like?" I asked
"Well it felt like something moved inside me" She said
"Maybe the pups are kicking" I said putting my paw on her stomach. Just then I felt something kick "Yep they are"
"Yea... Wow that feels weird" She said
"Well I'm not sure if we should continue teaching until after the pups are born and are a few weeks old." I said
"Are you sure, I feel like I can still teach you." She said
"No you should just take it easy from now on, and no more hunting, Jake and I will do all the hunting." I said
"Well as long as your careful when you hunt, then I will allow you too" She said "It looks like I'll be resting from now on"
"Yeah, but it's only for a few more weeks. It'll be over before you know it" I said
"What about the den you said you were going to make for us to live in." She asked
"Oh, I forgot about that" I said
"Well you now can work on it, since we're not going to be doing any more training for now." She said
"I guess so" I said, thinking of how I would build us a new home. Just then my dad walked in
"Hi dad" I said
"Hello, what are you two up too?" He asked
"Well Kate now has to just lay around and chill until the pups are born." I said, and then my mom walked inside and sat next to my dad.
"How much longer until she's due?" My mom asked
"I'm not sure" I said, and Kate nodded her head agreeing.
"Well when did you first conceive?" She asked
"Well..." I counted the number of days in my head "It's been about 12 days or so." I said
"Well then you guys still have a month or so until Kate's due." She said
"What are we going to do when the pups are born? I don't think we have enough room in here." My dad said
"Well I was going to build another den, you can help me if you want." I said
"I think that's a great idea, it'll be good to spend some time with my first son." He said
"Good, we can start tomorrow. Let's just rest today." I said lying down next to Kate
"I couldn't agree more, plus I've been feeling a little tired today." My mom said, lying down.
My dad sat next to me and we chatted and told some funny jokes while the girls slept.
I was sitting in Sierra's den waiting for her to come back from her parents den. She had left earlier to get some food for the two of us. Our relationship had been going really well, and I was no longer nervous about talking to girls. Life couldn't going any better for me, I really thought she was the one for me and I hope she thought the same way about me. I could hear the running of paws in the distance and I watched as Sierra walking to the den with two caribou legs in her jaws. She dropped the legs down in between us.
"Who's hungry?" She said
"I sure am!" I said
"Well dig in then" She said tossing one leg to me
"Thanks babe" I said smiling
I could see her blush under her fur "You're welcome" She said giggling
"So what do you want to do for the rest of the day?" She asked
"Well let's see, we can go for a walk, or maybe we can just stay here and relax." I said
"I'd like to just relax, but you know what tonight is right?" She asked
"No, is it important" I said
She laughed "Of course it's important, silly" She said
"Hmmm..." I said trying to remember what today was "Is it your birthday?" I said guessing
"Nope far from it, come on you know this one. What happened a week ago from today?" She said
"Hmm..." Then it hit me "It's our one week anniversary!" I said
"That's right, and here you gift" She said pulling me in and giving me a long kiss.
"Well you won't get your present until tonight" I said with a sly smile, seeing if she knew what I meant.
"Oh I can wait" She said smiling back at me
"But first I want to know if you want to go to the moonlight howl with me tonight?" I asked
"I've been waiting for you to say that, of course I'll go with you, but can Kate and Humphrey come too." She said
"I'm not sure, but I'm sure they would want to go with us." I said
"Oh boy a double date I can't wait" She said
"Come on let's go see if Kate and Humphrey are done with training." I said walking out her den
"Okay" She said following me
We walk over to my parents den and found my mom and Kate both asleep and my dad a brother were sitting and having a chat. We walked into the den.
"Hi you two" Humphrey said
"Hi" We both said
"What are you guys up too?" My dad asked
"Well we wanted to know if Kate and Humphrey wanted to go on the moonlight howl with us tonight." Sierra asked
"I'm sorry guys, but Kate need to rest, from now on." He said
"Why?" She asked
"Because she's at that stage of pregnancy, where she need to rest." My dad said
"Oh" She said
"Mom and I will come with you guys, we haven't been to a moonlight howl for years." He said
"Okay" I said
"We should get going soon so we can get a good spot." He said
"Okay" I said
We all sat around and chatted while we waited until it was time to go. When the time to go came my dad woke up my mom and told her that they were coming to the moonlight howl with us. She was excited about it and we were all ready to go. We all said goodbye to Humphrey as we walked out of the den.
I stood outside my parents den, enjoying the view of the mountains and forest. It was now a little past sunset, the sky was slowly getting darker. The full moon was now shining bright in the sky, and the stars were lighting up one by one. Jake and the others had all left about an hour ago. I would have loved to go to the moonlight howl with Kate, but she needed her rest. Kate was curled up in a ball in the corner of the den, still sound asleep. I decided that I should wake her up; I walked over to her and nudged her with my snout, telling her to get up.
She opened her eyes "Hey sweetie" She said
"Hi" I said
She got up and "Were is everybody?" She asked looking around the room
"They all went to the moonlight howl." I said
"What? Why didn't we go?" She asked
"Well you need to rest, plus you were you look so pretty while you sleep and I didn't want to wake you up." I said
"Aww, thanks" She said, nuzzling me
"So it looks like we got the den to ourselves tonight" I said
"Yeah, too bad I'm pregnant or else we would fool around." She said with a sly smile
I smiled back "Yeah too bad" I said giving her a wink
"So what are we going to do tonight" She asked
"Well I was thinking we could have our own little private moonlight howl here, just the two of us." I said
"That sounds like a great idea" She said
"But first, how about some dinner" I said
"Sure I'm hungry, and so are the pups" She said
I walked outside and grabbed two caribou legs from a carcass that I had hunted earlier. I walked back into the den and saw that Kate was looking as poking at her belly.
"What's wrong?" I asked dropping the two legs on the ground.
"The pups are kicking again" She said
"I want to feel" I said putting my paw on her belly, I could feel them kicking "I can't wait to see what you guys look like"
I saw Kate smile "I'm sure they will be beautiful" She said
"Just like us" I said licking her cheek
"Aww" She said licking me back
"Well let's eat" I said handing her a caribou leg
We both ate our dinner and talked about what our pups will look like.
"... I think one pup will be a mix of our fur colors and personality." Kate said finishing her meal
"Yeah and one will act like you but look like me" I said
"Well I don't know about that" Kate said
"Well then I guess we'll have to wait and see" I said
"Yeah" I said
It was now completely dark outside and I could see that the forest was light up with the light from the full moon. I could her faint howls in the distance that were coming from the moonlight howl.
"I think now is a great time to do some howling, don't you think?" I said
"I couldn't agree more, let's go" She said, slowly getting up and walking out of the den.
I followed her and sat down next to where she stood, I could see that she was admiring all of the pretty stars in the sky.
"Isn't it beautiful" She said
"Yeah but now as beautiful as you in the moonlight" I said smiling at her
I could see her blush a little "Aww you always say the cutest and sweetest things" She said nuzzling me
"Are you ready?" I asked
"I was born ready" She said
We both sat down and raised our heads to the sky, letting out our howls. They blended perfectly as always into a beautiful medley. We sat there and howled for way seemed like forever. We both finished our howls and Kate rested her head against mine. We sat there cuddling under the light of the moon.
It was now late in the night and Kate and I were still cuddling outside of the den, looking up and the night sky. Enjoying each others company as we could hear the howls in the distance die down, signaling that's the moonlight howl was now over. I heard Kate yaw next to me.
"Looks like somebody's tired" I said
"Yeah I am" She said
"Well then we should get to bed I'm tired too." I said
"A few more minutes" She said sounding obviously sleepy.
"No come on" I said with a chuckle "If we stay like this any longer then we'll fall asleep like this."
She slowly got off me and got up walking to back into the den. I followed her in and we both laid down next to each other, She cuddled up against me.
"Goodnight Humphrey, I had a great time tonight."
"So did i hot stuff, goodnight" I said smiling
She giggled and nuzzled me "I love you so much" She said
"I love you too so much" I said nuzzling her back
We both closed our eyes and drifted into dreamland, I could feel Kate cuddle up against me and the night wore on.
It was a mostly restless night for me, the awkward feeling of the pups kicking made it uncomfortable for me to sleep. It was still late in the night, I had been up for an hour or so now. I was cuddled up against Humphrey's side. I decided that I should wake him up and tell him I was having trouble sleeping. I got up and was about to wake him when I heard a voice behind me.
"Are you okay Kate?" The voice said
I turned around and saw Lupa standing behind me. "Yeah I'm fine, just restless" I said
"You want to talk about it" She said
"Well I'm just not used to the feeling of the pups kicking, and it makes me too uncomfortable to sleep." I said
"I see, you know I was the same way when I was pregnant" She said
"You were?" I said
"Yeah, I was quite restless and didn't get much sleep." She said
"Oh, how long did it take until you were able to sleep again?" I asked
"Well it only lasted a few days, then after that I got used to the feeling and was able to sleep comfortably again." She said
"Good, I was hoping it wouldn't last the whole time I was pregnant." I said relived "Well I'm going to go and try and get some sleep before dawn approaches."
"Okay so will I, if you have any more problems of questions feel free to tell me, after all I am your mother in law." She said
"Thanks and I will" I said
I laid back down next to Humphrey who was sound asleep with a big grin on his face. 'Hmm I wonder what he's dreaming about,' I thought to myself 'It must have me in it.' I cuddled up closer to him and closed my eyes trying to fall back asleep. Luckily the pups weren't kicking and I easily fell asleep.
I managed to get few more hours before waking up to the feeling of the pups kicking again. I opened my eyes and saw that it was not early morning. The sun had just risen but it was grey and cloudy outside. I laid there for what felt like days until I felt Humphrey stir in his sleep. I turned my head and saw that he had rolled over and was now facing me, his nose just and inch from mine. I decided to give him a little surprise. I press my nose against his and waited until he woke up. We stayed like that for several minutes and finally he began to stir even more before finally opening his eyes. When he noticed that our noses were touching he let out a small chuckle.
"Well good morning sweetheart" He said licking my cheek
This made me blush "Good morning, just thought I'd give you a little surprise this morning." I said
"Well I sure am surprised, I had the most wonderful dream last night and you were in it." He said
"I could tell" I said giggling
He looked puzzled "How?" He asked
"Well I was up in the middle of the night in I noticed you had a big grin on your face." I said
"Oh, wait you were up in the middle of the night and you didn't wake me up?" He asked
"Well I was going to, but your mom got up and we talk for a short while then I went back to bed." I said
"Why were you up?" He asked
"The pups were kicking a lot last night and it was making me uncomfortable." I said
"Oh, well next time wake me up" He said
"So what was your little dream about?" I asked
"Well I won't say it aloud cause everyone else I here but I was whisper it to you" He said
He leaned over and whispered in my ear (A/N: Use your imagination), when I heard him tell me I giggled and then blushed, my tail wagged.
"You really dreamed about that?" I said whispering
"Well you sure are hot, so why wouldn't I" He said smiling and giving me a wink
"Aww, you're so sweet" I said nuzzling him
He stretched and let out a yawn "Well todays going to be great" He said
"Why?" I asked
"Well I'm going to start building our den" He said
"Oh that's great, isn't your dad going to help you" I said
"Yeah, and so will Jake if he's not busy with Sierra" He said
"I doubt that, he isn't even here" I said noticing that Jake wasn't in the den
He noticed too "You're right" He said
"What am I going to do all day, just sit here all day" I said not happy about the idea
"Well I'm sure you and my mom can chat all day and watch me and my dad build the new den." He said
"Okay" I said,
Then I remembered that we had forgotten to tell everyone back in Jasper that we had decided to live here in Montana. I'm sure my mom and dad are worried sick about me and Humphrey.
"Oh gosh I just remembered that we never told everyone back in Jasper that we decided to stay here." I said
"Well we can't go now you're too far into your pregnancy and I won't go alone." He said
"What about Jake, can't he go and tell them?" I asked
"I doubt it, I'm sure Sierra won't let him go." He said
"True..." I said, I thought for a second then I got an idea "What about Marcel and Paddy?" I asked
"That's a good idea, but sadly we have no idea where they are." He said
"Well I guess all we can do I wait until they show up, or if one of the wolves from Jasper finds us." I said
"Yeah I guess so" He said
We sat there and chatted on about stuff until everyone woke up. after about an hour or so Humphrey's dad woke up and walked over to us.
"Good morning" He said
"Good morning" Humphrey and I said in unison
"So how are you two?" He asked
"Were great" I said
"Good to hear" He said
"So dad, are you ready to work on the new den today?" Humphrey asked
"Sure am, but how about some breakfast I'm starving"
"Same here," I said "and so are the pups"
"Well let's wait for mother to wake up" He said
Just as he said that Lupa woke up and stretched "Good morning" She said
"Good morning" We all said
"Let me guess Jake is still at Sierras?" She asked
"Yep" Humphrey said
"Well we were waiting for you to get up so we could have some breakfast and now your up so lets eat." Lyall said,
He walked over to a freshly killed caribou, and dragged it into the den. We all took one leg off and spit the head and neck into four equal parts. We all dug in and ate our share, as soon as we finished we all licked the blood out of our fur.
"That's was on good caribou" Lyall said
"I'll say" Humphrey's said
"So are you ready to go build that den?" He asked Humphrey
"Sure am, let's go" He said
He got up and following his dad out of the den and into the grey cloudy morning, leaving the den to me and Lupa.
"So did you get anymore rest last night?" She asked me
"Yeah I managed to get a few hours in" I said
"That's good" She said
We sat there a chatted while Humphrey and his dad worked on the new den.
My dad and I walked over to the old tree stump that was half hollowed out underneath. I could tell that we would need to do a lot of digging under the stump so that there was enough room underneath to support a new family.
"So how do you want to make it?" I asked
"Well you could dig out under the tree stump and then we could put grass and tree bark on top to keep out the elements." He said
"That's what I was thinking of doing" I said
"Let's dig" My dad said and the dug his claws into the ground.
"Wait I got an idea, wait here" I said walking over to an old dead tree the was nearby. I ripped off two small curved prices of bark and handed on to my father. "You can use this to dig out dirt faster"
"Good idea" He said and he gridded the bark into the ground digging out big chunks of dirt.
I moved over next to him and started digging out the other side of the so to be den. We spent a few hours or so digging out the entrance that dropped down under the stump. Kate would come by every now and then to see how it was turning out. After we dug out the entrance started digging out under the tree stump. We did this for only an hour or so because the sun was starting to set. Dad and I decided to call it a day and go wash off for dinner. We walked over to the pond and dipped our bodies in shaking off the dirt. We then proceeded back to the den where we found Kate and my mom sitting and chatting on about girl stuff. I was that there was a new caribou carcass on the ground of the den.
"Who caught this?" I asked looking at them
"Oh, I did" My mom said
"Wow I thought you never hunted" I said
"Well I did when it was just me and you father here but when all you arrived I stopped." She said
"How is the den looking so far?" Kate asked
"It's coming along great, were about a third of the way done digging out the bottom." I said " It should be done in the next week or so"
"Okay good" She said
"Enough chatter I'm hungry" My dad said taking a leg off the carcass
"Same here" I said taking off the other front leg
We both sat down with the girls and eat our dinner.
"Aren't you girls hungry?" My dad asked
"No were fine"
"Okay then" He said
"Jake sure is busy today" I said
"Yeah doing nothing with his girlfriend" Kate said laughing, making us all laugh too
"Well I think it's great that he's finally found someone" My mom said "I thought he'd never get one cause of his shyness."
"Well thanks to me he's now over that" I said
After was all ate dinner we sat and talked for a while until I was barely keep my eyes open. I told everyone goodnight and walked over to the corner of the den and laid down. Kate soon joined me along with my parents who slept on the other side of the den. I closed my eyes and fell asleep with Kate's warm body press up against me.
Another few days have gone by and the new den was nearing completion thanks to my dad's help. All we had left to do was seal to roof up to protect it from the elements.
"Go get some more grass bro" I said to Jake who decided to help me instead of spent the day with Sierra.
"Okay" He said getting up and walking out into the meadow.
I was weaving and stuffing the grass onto the den. "Were almost done" I said to my dad who was on the other side doing the same thing as me.
"I'll say maybe you can sleep in it tonight if we hurry." He said
"Well we only have about 3 hours until sunset and hour or so of twilight after that." I said
"Here" Jake said as he walked over to me with a mouth full of grass
"Thanks" I said taking the grass from him
He sat next to me and spread the grass over the top of the den. My dad got up and went back to the den saying he wanted to check on the girls, leaving Jake and I working on the den.
"So how are things going with you and Sierra?" I asked
"It's going great so far" He said "I really think she's the one for me"
"Good, you two make a great couple" I said
"Thanks" He said
"Have you... You know" I said raising an eyebrow
"What do you mean... Oh no not yet" He said "Were just taking it slow"
"Well that's great" I said "It's always good not to rush into it too fast." I said
"But I must ask since no one is here, what's it like?" He asked
"Oh... Well it's a unforgettable experience" I said
"I'm sure it is" He said "Anyway how are things with Kate going?"
"Things are great so far, you can tell that the pups are growing because now she has gotten much bigger." I said
"Well I noticed that" He said "So are you excited to be a father?"
"To be honest I am a bit nervous, but I can't wait to be a father." I said
We sat and kept of talking while spreading and weaving the grass over the den. But then I could hear the sound of two voices arguing over something overhead. I looked up and too my surprise I was Marcel and Paddy flying above me.
"Marcel!" I yelled up to them
I saw them stop arguing and the looked down and saw me "Ah hello there Mr. Wolf" I heard him say. They dove down and landed next to Jake and I
"Who are these two?" Jake asked
"These guys helped Kate and I back home from Idaho." I told him
"Oh darn, I was looking forward to eating them." Jake said
"So how are things Mr. Wolf" Marcel said
"Please call me Humphrey" I said "And things are great Kate and I have decided to live here with my parents."
"That's sounds great" Paddy said
"And where's Kate?" Marcel asked
"She's back in the den along with my family. Oh and I forgot" I walked over to Jake "Jake this is Marcel and Paddy." "Marcel Paddy this is my brother Jake" I said
"Well you two do look a lot alike" Paddy said
"Come on follow me and I'll introduce you to the rest of the family." I said walking toward the den as they followed.
"I'll stay here and work on the den if you don't mind" Jake said
"Ok go ahead" I called over my shoulder
We walked into the den "Hey Kate look who I found" I said walking in
"Who did you find?..." Kate said turning around and seeing Marcel and Paddy standing next to me. "Marcel! Paddy!" She yelled giving them both a hug
"Nice to see you again" Marcel said
"Yeah and it looks like the little wolves had grown quite a bit" Paddy said seeing Kate's large belly
"Who's this?" My mom asked
"Mom dad this is Marcel and Paddy, they helped me and Kate get back to Jasper when we were taken to Idaho" I said "Marcel Paddy these are my parents"
"Nice to meet you" Marcel said along with Paddy
"Same here" My dad said
"So we need you two to do us a favor" I said
"Of course anything for you two lovebirds" Marcel said
"Great, can you guys fly back to Jasper and tell Kate's parents that we decided to stay and live here in Montana. Also show them the way to get here." I told them
"You got it, come on Paddy the sooner we get this done the sooner we can get back to some golf." He said taking off out of the den followed by Paddy.
"Bye guys!" Kate yelled as they flew off
I could hear them resume their argument from earlier "I wonder what there arguing about now." I said
"I bet it's about their little game they played called golf" Kate said letting out a small laugh
I laughed "I bet you're right" I said
"So how's the den coming along?" Kate asked
"It's just about done, I think we can sleep in it tonight."
"Oh good" Kate said "Let's go finish it then I'll come and help."
"Well... ok let's go" I said
Kate and I walked out of the den, the sun was just about to set into the mountains in the distance. We only had just over an hour to finish and I was sure we could finish it. I could still see Jake covering the den with grass. We walked over to the new den and Kate walked inside to see how it looked.
"Wow it's pretty big in here" She said "Lots of room for us and our pups."
"It's not much but it works" I said
"Well I think it perfect for us and our new family" She said
"Alright will you two lovers come over here and help me cover this last part of the den." Jake said
"Coming" I said walking over and helping Jake finish the roof.
Kate walked back inside the den and cleaned out some of the rocks that were in there. About twenty minutes later the den was finally complete and just in time because the sun had just set.
"It's done" I said
"Finally" Jake said "Now I can go spend some time with Sierra" He said getting up and walking away
"Well I sure am tired. I don't know about you but I'm going to he'd early tonight." I said to Kate walking to our den
"I'll join you in kind of tired too" She said
We both laid down and chatted and cuddled until we both feel asleep in each other's arms.
Another week has gone by and things were going great, Kate was almost at her due date and I have been improving my hunting skills. Marcel and Paddy had returned from their trip to Jasper and back. They said that Kate's parents weren't happy with the idea but as long as Kate was happy they were happy. They also said that Kate's parents wanted to come by and visit in two week's time just after the pups were born. Jake and Sierra were now engaged and the wedding would be in two week's time, I was happy for my brother for overcoming his shyness of girls. My parents have been looking after Kate while I was out on my hunts. She was always talking to my mom about how to parent and they went through a few labor exercises to prepare her for the pain of child birth.
It was a dark a gloomy day, there were dark grey clouds in the sky and it had been foggy all morning. I was out on a hunt on my own, approaching the meadow that seemed to disappear into grey infinity. I stayed low to the ground and made my way through the tall grass. I crept through the meadow looking out into the fog looking for the dark outline of a caribou. Eventually I found a small herd of caribou emerging out of the fog. I stayed down low as I walked around the heard so that I was down wind of them. I could see four caribou eating the moist grass. There were two males and two females, I decided to play it safe and go for one of the females. Creeping up behind her I waited for the right moment to strike. I waited and waited until the sound of a howling wolf in the far distance made the herd look away from where I was. I took advantage of the moment and jumped at the caribou. I bit my jaws down on its neck suffocating it to death. It's started to fall over but before we both hit the ground I jumped off and managed to land on the back of the other female. It kicked its back legs up trying to throw me off but I dug my claws into its back. I made my way to its neck and bit down hard, ripping out its neck causing it to die before hitting the ground. We both hit the ground and I looked to see the two males fleeing from the scene. 'Damn' I thought to myself 'that was a very successful double kill.' I sat down catching my breath for a minute then letting out a howl for someone to come help me. As if on cue Jake along with Sierra emerged from the fog.
"I see you need some help there bro" Jake said
"You think" I joked
"Wow a double kill, great job Humphrey" Sierra said
"Well we don't need two caribou so why don't you two take that smaller on and I'll take the bigger one back to Kate and our parents." I said
"Really, thanks bro" Jake said picking up the caribou with his jaws and started drag it back to his den.
We all said goodbye and I picked up the caribou in my jaws and dragged it back to the den. Jake and Sierra disappeared into the fog as we got farther apart. I was surprised at how much the caribou weighed for its size 'Wow this is a fat one' I thought to myself. After dragging the caribou for what felt like hours I made it back to the den. I set the dead caribou on the ground just outside my parents den. I walked into the den and saw my mom and Kate sitting and talking.
"I'm back" I said walking in
"How did the hunt go?" My mom asked
"It was very successful, I got my first double kill." I said proud of myself
"Wow and what happened to the other caribou?" She asked looking and seeing only one caribou on the ground outside.
"I gave it too Jake and Sierra" I said
"Ok" She said
"Great job Humphrey" Kate said to me "You're getting better at hunting"
"Yeah, not bad for and Omega" I said
"You mean Alpha" Kate corrected me
"Why Alpha?" I asked
"Because now that you know how to hunt that makes you part Alpha." She said
"So I'm a Beta then?" I said
"Pretty much" She said, and then she looked outside "Wow it's still foggy out there"
"Yeah it makes everything around us looks surreal" I said
"True, so let's eat" She said
"I thought you'd never ask" I said walking out of the den and grabbing the caribou.
I dragged it into the den and placed it in the center of the den. Kate, my mom and I all took a leg and saved the rest for later.
"So where's dad at?" I asked
"I think he said he was going to see some friends of his." My mom said
"Well we better save a leg for him when he gets back" I said "How are you feeling Kate?"
"I've felt better but I'm good" She said
"Good" I said
"So didn't those friends of yours say that Kate parents were coming in two weeks?" My mom asked
"Oh you mean Marcel and Paddy, yeah they did" I said "Hopefully Eve isn't made at me"
"Why would she be?" She asked
"Let's just say she's really protective over me" Kate said "Don't worry honey I'm sure that she just wants to see the pups."
"I hope so, but if she is made I'm booking it out of here" I said laughing
Kate laughed "Yeah but I'm sure she would hunt you down"
"Why would he need to run off she was mad, couldn't they just talk it out." My mom said
"Yeah but I would be dead before I would even get a word in" I said still laughing
"Oh I see" My mom said "She sounds like she's really protective"
"She sure is" Kate said
"How about Kate's father, what's he like" She asked
"Well he is the pack leader and he's mellow and a really nice guy." Kate said
"Yes and a really great father in law" I added in
"Okay, well I can't wait to meet them" She said
Suddenly a dark furred wolf with blue eyes appeared around the corner of the den entrance.
"Hi Polaris" My mom said
"Hi" He said "Umm... Can you come with me for a minute Lupa"
"Sure, wait here guys I'll be back" She said to us
"Okay" Kate and I said
About a minute or so passed and my mom reappeared around the corner, sadness in her eyes.
"Bring him in guys" She said
Polaris and another wolf appeared around the corner. They walked onto the den and I noticed another wolf on their backs that had cuts and bruises all over his back and sides. They placed the injured wolf and the ground and I noticed that it was my father.
My jaw dropped "What happened?" I asked
"I'm sorry you guys we were walking up in the mountains and the fog was very thick we could only see only a few feet ahead of us. Unfortunately Lyall didn't see that there was a cliff in front of him and he walked over the edge and fell. We ran down the side of the mountain to the bottom of the cliff and we found him like this." Polaris said
"You mean he's dead!" I said not believing it
"No he can't be dead he's still breathing, the impact from the fall was enough to knock him out cold." He said "He should wake up within the next two days or so."
"Thanks for bringing him here" My mom said to Polaris "You can go now"
"Will do" He said walking out of the den along with the other wolf.
"Oh my god" My mom said almost on the verge of tears "why did this happen"
I walked over and rested my paw on her back "It's okay mom" I said comforting her "It was just and accident, he still alive"
"But look at him Humphrey" She said to me "It'll take weeks for those scars to heal, and it might take longer if he has any broken bones."
"True, but all we can do now is wait for him to wake back up." Kate said
"Well I'll wait right here until he wakes up" My mom said laying down next to my dad
"Okay" I said "come on Kate let's go back to our den a rest."
"Okay" Kate said
Kate and I walked out of the den and headed to our den which wasn't to far away. We walked inside and laid down next to each other. I could tell that it was now early evening and the sun would set soon. Kate was soon fast asleep next to me, I could tell that she was tired by her eyes back at my parents den earlier. That's why we came back here to our den so she could get to sleep, and also to give my mom some privacy after what just happened. I was glad that my dad was okay and that he survived the fall, but once he wakes up he'll have to deal with all the pain from his scars and broken bones. If he has any. I laid there awake for a few hours thinking about Kate and I and our new family. The pups were dues to be born between the next week to two weeks according to my mom, and I was ready to take the responsibility of being a father to my pups. And I'm sure that Kate is the same way. I fell asleep after another few minutes and fell into my dreams.
It's been two days and my dad had just woken up after being knocked out. He said he was in pain and that he didn't remember anything that happened on the day he fell of the cliff. It was a clear and sunny afternoon and Kate and I were relaxing in my parents den keeping my dad company. He had also broken his one of his legs, so he couldn't walk too well. I would have to walk by his side while he leaned on me just so he could get up and move around. Jake would come by every now and then to check in on how dad was doing. Jake now lives with his soon to be wife and spends most of the day with her. My mom was out getting some grass to make a makeshift bed for my dad, and also for Kate when she has her pups. Kate's due date was getting closer and closer, she now spent that nights sleeping in my parents den just in case the pups decide to be born prematurely. I would spend most of the day running around hunting caribou and gathering water for Kate and my dad who mostly stayed in the den all day. I also have been making our den nice and clean for the pups. Kate and I were talking to each other while my dad took a nap. My mom walked into the den with a mouth full of fresh grass from the nearby meadow.
"Alright just one more trip back to the meadow and we'll have enough grass." She said putting the grass on the ground with the two other piles. She turned around and walked back out of the den.
"Okay" I said as she walked out
Kate and I continued our conversation while we waited for her to return. We didn't have to wait long because ten minutes later she walked back into the den with another mouthful of grass in his jaws. She placed it on the ground by the other grass piles.
"So how is he?" She asked
"He still says he's in pain but he's doing better than when he first woke up." I said
"Well that's good" She said "Kate come help me make Lyall a bed for him to lie on."
"Okay" She said
She walked over to the pile of grass and helped her make them into a pad for my dad to lie on. I stayed by me dad's side while he slept and waited for them to finish with the bed. After a few minutes of waiting the had finished with the bed. My mom then dragged my sleeping dad onto the bed and laid him back down.
"He sure is a heavy sleeper" I said
"Oh you won't believe the things he sleep through" My mom said "Not even a close strike of lighting will wake this man up."
"Wow really" I said laughing, Kate laughed too
"Well no wonder Humphrey's a heavy sleeper" Kate said
"What I'm a heavy sleeper?" I said surprised
"Yes you've slept through a lot of things" She said
"Oh yeah like what?" I asked
"Well pretty much every thunderstorm that has rolled through Jasper, you've slept through every single kiss I've given to you on your sleep, and one time there were two wolves arguing very loudly just outside of your old den." She said
I was surprised "Wow I've slept through all those things" I said
"Sure did" She said
"And Humphrey was a heavy sleeper when he was a pup" My mom added in
"Ahh... I remember the good times of puppyhood" I said recalling memories
"So do I" Kate said
"What was your favorite part?" I asked
"Well my favorite part was when I met a cute little grey wolf; I quickly fell in love with him." She said
I was confused "Cute little grey wolf?" I asked
"Yeah don't you know who I'm talking about" She said
"Nope" I said shaking my head
"Well you know him very well" She said, little did I know that Kate realized I was confused and decided to mess with me, before telling me she was talking about me.
"Hmm... is it Hutch" I guessed
"Nope" She said
"I know it's Salty... Oh wait he's and Omega that wouldn't work"
She laughed "No not even close" She said
"Then I give up" I said
"Come on sweetie who's the person you know the most?" She said
"That would be you but you're not grey furred" I said
"Well you know someone else more then you know me" She said
"Is this some kind of trick question?" I said
"Really you don't know?" She asked
"Nope I don't sorry" I said, by this time Kate and my mom were dying laughing "Why are you guys laughing?"
"Because of how thick headed you are" Kate said
"Well I don't know who you're talking about" I said
"So you don't know a wolf that is bluish grey furred with a white underbelly and has ice blue eyes." She said
It finally hit me "Oh you're talking about me" I said
"Yea you think who's the only wolf that I could ever love?" She said laughing
I wagged my tail "That would be me" I said
My dad woke up and looked at us sitting on the other side of the den. "Why are you guys laughing?" He asked
"Oh nothing I'm just messing with Humphrey" Kate said
"Oh well have fun then, I'm going back to sleep and keep the volume down please." He said rolling over and facing away from us
"Ok" I said
"So what was your favorite part of puppyhood Humphrey?" My mom asked
"Well it was when I met this beautiful wolf right here" I said kissing Kate on the cheek
"Aww... You're so sweet" Kate said
"Aren't I always" I said smiling
"Yes you are" Kate said smiling back
It was now dark outside and it was getting late, I was tired and decided to call it a night.
"Alright I'm tired and going to bed" I said turning around starting to walk out of the den.
"Wait Humphrey shouldn't you stay here just in case Kate goes into labor." My mom said
"Yeah" Kate said
I turned around "But she isn't due for another week or so" I said
"True but most wolves sometimes give birth early that expected." My mom said
"Well I'm sure Kate will be fine for just one more night, won't you darling." I said
"Well okay but one more night" Kate said
"Then after that you're sleeping in here until your pups are born" My mom said
"Okay" I said giving Kate a quick kiss and then turning around and walking out of the den. "Goodnight" I called over my shoulder as I walked out of the den and into the darkness
The moon wasn't out and it was complete midnight I could barely see in front of me. I made it to my den and walked inside; I laid down on the flat ground and went lost in my thoughts. I wanted to spend a night alone so I could just think to myself about be becoming a soon father and I was also thinking of what Kate's and my pups would look like. I spent a good hour or so thinking and then closed my eye and fell asleep into dreamland.
I was woken up by the sound of yelling I could barely hear the person's voice but I could make out the words "Humphrey! Humphrey! Come quick!" The voice yelled, I could tell whoever it was they were getting closer. I recognized that it was my mom's voice yelling, I knew exactly what was going on.
I got up on my feet just as my mom came flying into my den.
She stopped running and tried to catch her breath "Kate... Pups... Now" She said in between breaths
"Well their early" I joked "Come on let's not leave her alone over there too long."
"Hold on just one minute, she'll be fine your dad is by her side right now. And she only having contractions she's not in labor yet." She said breathing heavily
"Okay" I said waiting for her to catch her breath. After a few minutes I asked "Are you ready yet?" I said a little anxious to get to the birth of my pups.
"Yea let's go" She said getting up off the floor
I walked out of the den but then it turned into a run as I raced to my parents den, my mom close behind. "Wow you sure are fast for your age mom" I said to her
"Well I only get to see the birth of my first grandchildren once so I want to make sure I don't miss it." She said
We kept running through the dark forest, the moon was still not out yet. I could see the den just up ahead of my 'Almost there, it's the home stretch' I thought to myself. I ran up to the front of the den and quickly slowed down so I didn't come crashing into the cave. I walked into the down with my mom close behind me; I saw Kate and my dad in the back of the cave. Kate and my dad turned their heads around and saw me and my mom walking in.
"I told you that you should have stayed here tonight" Kate said sounding somewhat annoyed
"I know you were right, I'm sorry, but I'm here now and I'll be by your side." I said "So how do you feel?"
"How do I feel? How do you think I feel?" She snapped
I just ignored what she said because I knew that it was just because of her mood swings. "Okay okay" I said "I know it was a stupid question" I laughed a little
"Oh you think!" She said "I'm sorry Humphrey it's because of all of these darn mood swings and that pain I'm about to undergo."
"its okay" I said holding her paw
"I think ones start to move" She said
My mom walked over to us and got ready to deliver our pups "Alright Kate just as we practiced, push and breath" She said
"Okay" Kate said, I could see some sweat on her face
I placed my paw on the ground and placed Kate's paw on top of my paw "Here" I said "You can push as hard as you want on my paw so that it helps with the pain." I said
"Thank you" She said before grunting a little from the pain
"Alright keep pushing" My mom said
Kate pushed and let out a small scream of pain.
"Alright I can just see the first one coming out now" My mom said
"Keep going" I said
Kate pushed again and screamed in pain again that echoed out of the den.
"The head has popped out, just on more push and it will be out." My mom said
Kate pushed one more time screaming again
"Alright it's out, here Lyall" She said handing my first pup to my dad "One down"
"You're doing great" I told Kate comforting her
Kate pushed as the next pup was now coming out.
"Here comes the next one" My mom said
Just then Jake and Sierra came running into the den "We heard screaming is everything okay?" Jake asked he then looked at Kate and I "Oh it's time"
"Yea I did, our dad has our first born pup" I said
Sierra went over to help my mom with the delivery and Jake went to see my first born pup.
"Keep pushing, it's halfway out" My mom said
Kate pushed grunting from the pain
"Good job the second one is out" She said handing the pup over for Sierra to hold.
Sierra walked over and sat next to my dad and Jake
"Alright I think there should only be one more" My mom said
"Alright sweetie you can do it, just one more" I said
Kate pushed screaming an pressing her paw hard against mine 'Wow that must be really painful for her' I thought to myself surprised by at how much force she was pressing down on my paw.
"There's the head" My mom said
Kate pushed again letting out another scream of pain
"There you go just one more push" My mom said
She pushed again but this time not screaming as loud
"Alright that all of them, congratulations Kate you have given birth to three health pups." My mom said as she held our third born pup
Kate was smiling but still trying to catch her breath "What are the genders?" She asked
"Well the first ones a boy" My dad said handing me the pup to hold.
The pup looked almost identical to me only he had a few streaks of tan fur along his sides.
"How about the second one" I asked
"It's a girl" Sierra said handing me my second born pup
I put my first son down next to Kate's belly so that he could drink her milk. I then picked up my first daughter from Sierra; she looked even more like me then my first son. She had the same bluish grey fur as me and the same white underbelly.
"She looks just like you Humphrey" My dad said
"I know it's like a mini me" I said, I place my daughter next to my first son so she could drink some milk too.
"And your third pup is a boy" My mom said handing me the pup.
His fur was a golden tan just like Kate's "Look darling he looks just like you" I said to Kate showing her the pups. I put the pup down with the others.
"She does" Kate said
"So what are you going to name them?" My mom said
"Well I think Polaris is a good name for the first boy pup, what do you think Kate?" I said
"I think Polaris is perfect" She said "How about for the only daughter?"
"Humphrey Jr!" I joked
"No I told you there can't be a Humphrey Jr. Just one Humphrey is enough" She said laughing "I like the name River"
"That's a great name" I said
"Okay so River is our only daughter" She said
"How about for our second son?" I asked
"Hmm..." She said
"How about Blaze?" My dad said
"That's perfect because of his fur color" I said
"Ok Blaze it is" Kate said
"Ok so Polaris and Blaze are our two sons and River is our only daughter" I said
"I think those are great names" My mom said
"Yeah, congrats you two" Jake said
Well I don't know about you but I'm still tired, goodnight" My dad said
Same here were heading back home come on honey." Jake said walking out of the den with Sierra right behind him
"Goodnight everyone" I said I turned and saw that Kate was already asleep
"Goodnight" My mom said
We all laid down in our usual spots. I laid by Kate so that the pups were in between us, I was lost in my thoughts. 'Here we are, you're a father Humphrey' I thought to myself 'Kate was right that nightmare I had over a month ago was exactly that, it was only a nightmare nothing more.' And on that thought I fell asleep with a smile on my face.
I woke up to the rising sun shining in my eyes; I blinked my eyes a few times to clear my vision. I could see that the sun was just rising over the mountains. I looked next to me and saw Kate still sound asleep, as were the pups. They were all huddled in between Kate and I. I saw something move in the corner of my eye; I turned and saw that my dad was awake and trying to get up on his legs.
"Good morning dad" I said
"Good morning son" He said he managed to get up on his paws and half walked and half limped over to me. "How did you sleep?"
"Great actually" I said
"Good as did I" He said, he then looked over at my pups "Well welcome to fatherhood"
"Yeah, funny I don't fell any different" I said chuckling
"Oh just you wait until they open their eyes and start to explore their new world." He said "Pups can be a handful at times"
"Well I'm ready for whatever challenge they throw at me" I said
"Good" He said
"So I see that you can walk again, sort of" I said changing the subject
"Well my broken leg still hurts but not as much as before" He said
"Good" I said "You're lucky you survived that fall"
"Yeah I sure am" He said "As I was falling I thought my life was over and I would never get to see my grandchildren."
"But you did live and you got to see the birth of your grandchildren" I said
"Yeah and they sure are beautiful aren't they?" He said
"Yeah I think all the good looks came from Kate" I said
"Maybe your right" He said looking at the pups
"But what I'm really excited to see is what their personalities will be like." I said
"Yeah I've never seen an Alpha mixed with and Omega personality before, this should prove interesting." He said
"I'm sure they'll be playful like me, and they'll have great hunting and leadership skills like Kate." I said
"I've also that one pup looks just like you another one looks just like Kate and the other one look like a mix between you and Kate." He said
"Yeah I noticed that too" I said
"Well congrats Humphrey I'm proud of you" He said
"Thanks dad" I said
"Now if you don't mind I'm going out for a short walk" He said getting up on his paws and making his way out of the den.
"Okay see you later" I said
I laid my head back down and rested my eyes waiting until either Kate or my mom got up. About an hour or so of waiting and being lost in my thoughts Kate woke up.
I opened my eyes and saw that she was looking right at me. "How can I help you?" I said smiling
"Oh just enjoying the view" She said
"Same here" I said nuzzling her
She nuzzled me back and then looked down at our pups "How are our pups?" She asked
"There great and beautiful, just like us" I said
"Good" She said, she lifted her head and looked outside "Well it looks like it's going to be a great day"
"Yeah, welcome to parenthood my darling" I said looking out of the den too
We sat there and looked at our pups noticing what features came from me and which ones came from Kate. After a short while my dad walked back into the den from his short walk.
"How was your walk?" I asked him as he walked into the den
"It was great you should see how beautiful this day is, not a cloud in the sky and super clear." He said
"Yeah I can tell just from here" Kate said
"I see that mom still isn't up" He said
"Yeah maybe it's time you wake her up so we can get this day started." I said
He walked over and shook my mom gently telling her to get up "Time to get up" He said
"Ugh... Morning already?" My mom said waking up
"Yeah sleepy head" He said
She lifted up her head and looked over at Kate and I "Good morning you two" She said "Sleep well?"
"Sure did, how about you Kate?" I said
"Best sleep I've had in weeks" Kate said
"Good, so how do you feel Kate?" My mom asked
"Great" She said
"Good" My mom said
"So what do you two plan to do today?" My dad asked
"Well I might hunt, but I'd rather spend all day here with Kate and my new family." I said
"I just want to spend time with Humphrey and our pups all day" Kate said
"That's fine I'll do the hunting for today Humphrey" My mom said "You just stay here and relax"
"Thanks mom" I said
"I think I'll just lay here and spend some time with my son and Kate" My dad said
"Okay I might go see a few friends after I go and hunt right now." My mom said
"Okay" I said
"I'll be back after I go and hunt" My mom said walking out of the den
"Okay bye honey" My dad said
"Alright I'm just going to lay here with our pups" Kate said
"Yeah same here while I talk with my dad" I said looking over at my dad who was sitting next to me.
For the rest of the day Kate, my dad and I just relaxed and chatted amongst ourselves about our new pups and I got some advice on being a father from my dad. My mom brought us home a caribou before she went out to spend some time with her friends on the other side of the park. Jake and Sierra stopped bye later in the day and spent some time holding the new pups. Before they said that they were going on a pre-honeymoon before the wedding, they said they were going to another park named Yellowstone National Park that was just south of here. We said our goodbyes and wished them a safe journey. My mom returned late in the night after spending the afternoon and evening with her friends. We all had a late dinner before going to bed. I fell asleep next to Kate with our pups huddled in between the two of us. My last thought before I fell asleep was 'Welcome to parenthood'