Chapter 3: Help Me Out!
After a tree passed the car, Garth said, "Go!" With that, they all ran towards the door at the same time and jumped. Kate and Garth both did a front flip and landed on their feet. Lilly had some luck with her and was able to land on her feet as well, on the other side Garth. Kate smiled at them and turned to her left to look at Humphrey, but he wasn't there. Garth and Lilly looked in the same direction to find he was gone. Kate yelled out, "Humphrey!" No response. She called out for him again. No response. Garth looked back at the train tracks, where they had just jumped from. He walked over and looked around. Kate was starting to get worried that Humphrey hadn't jumped. But he was right next to her during the jump. Kate thought back to when they jumped.
Garth said, "Go!" and they all jumped. In the middle of the air, Kate noticed a tree to her left. Right, where Humphrey had jumped. Kate ran over to the tree they jumped by and found Humphrey struggling to get his head free from a hole on the tree, not far off the ground. Kate smiled and tried to hold back laughter, but it was difficult. She then yelled to the others, "I found him!" Garth and Lilly ran over. Once they arrived, Garth immediately started laughing at the sight infront of him. They heard Humphrey tell them, "It's not funny, guys! Get me outta here!"
Kate grabbed around his waist, along with her sister. Once Humphrey felt them start to pull, he pushed his legs off the tree. He soon felt a little pain in his neck, and it started to get more and more painful. "Guys, stop! My head is about to come off!" The girls both let go. Garth asked, "How do we get him out?"
Humphrey suggested scratcing the bark off the tree and trying to make the hole bigger. They tried, but it didn't work. Lilly joked, "Sorry Humphrey, you're just going to have to live in there."
"That is not going to happen. I'm no squirrel!"
Kate smiled at the remark. Garth's ears stood up and he listened a second and said, "Do you think water could make the wood weaker?"
Humphrey responded, "I'll try anything, as long as I get free from this hole!"
Lilly asked, "Why do you ask about water?"
"I can hear a river, it doesn't sound too far."
Kate's ears stood up and she said, "I can hear it now too."
Humphrey yelled, "Well, what are you guys waiting for!"
Kate and Garth were already gone. Lilly decided she would wait with Humphrey to keep him company. She asked him, "So... How did you and Kate fall in love?"
"It's a long story..."
"Well, Kate's my sister and i'd love to know how it all happened. Tell me everything." Lilly said, sitting down by the tree. Humphrey began, "Well, it started with Kate and I getting shot by tranquilizer darts..."
The two alphas were running with each other towards the direction the sound of the river was coming. Kate asked Garth, "Where's Lilly?"
"She stayed with Humphrey to keep him company. She's been wondering how you and Humphrey got together, I bet he's telling her about it right now."
"Why didn't she just ask me?" Kate asked, "She is my sister, after all." She then jumped over a log and dodged a tree.
Garth began to wonder, "Maybe she just never thought about asking you, or was too shy talk about it with her sister."
Kate responded, "I guess you're right." They both jumped off a log and grabbed onto branches and swung themselves over a large rock. Doing a flip to regain balance and landing on their feet. Garth asked, "So, have you and Humphrey thought about having pups?"
That question caught Kate off guard, making her run into a tree. Garth quickly stopped himself and walked back over to Kate and asked, "You okay? What happened?"
Kate got up and said, "I'm okay, you just surprised me with that question."
Garth smiled and said, "Sorry about that. Guess we should've stopped before I asked."
Kate joked, "Gee, you think?"
"Well, have you talked about it?" He asked again.
Kate thought for a second and said, "Not really. It's come up once or twice but we never actually talked about it."
The two started walking again. They agreed not to run after Kate hit the tree. Kate started thinking about the question and wondered. "Hey, Garth..."
"Have you and Lilly talked about it?"
"Talked about what?" Garth asked, clearly confused.
"Not really... no. Why?"
"Well, she's been talking about being a mother for the past couple days so I was just wondering."
Garth smiled, "Really?" He began thinking about his and Lilly's pups, wondering what they would look and behave like.
Kate giggled at Garth's goofy smile and asked, "What are you thinking about?"
"Huh? Oh, nothing."
She was about to say something else but Garth ran ahead and looked down. This was no river, it was a small stream of water. Atleast it was running. Kate asked, "This is it?"
"I...I don't understand." Garth looked to where the water was coming from. There was a wall of wood blocking the river. The two wolves ran over to it and saw there was more water on the other side of the wall. Garth recognized what this wall was, he said, "Dam."
"That's right, this here is a dam." A strange voice said from the top of the wood. The two wolves looked up to see a beaver patting his tail on some wood. "You're a smart wolf aint ya?"
Garth said, "That's right, and you're a beaver, correct?"
"That's right. Name's Buck."
"Nice to meet you, Buck. I'm Kate, this is Garth." Kate said, gesturing to the other Alpha.
"I've never seen you around here before. You from far away?"
Garth explained, "Yea, we're from Jasper Park up in Canada. We came here with two other friends, on an adventure."
"Where are your friends then?" Buck asked, looking around.
"That's kind of why we came here. You see, one of them got his head stuck in the hole of a tree when we jumped off the train," Kate explained. "We came to get some water so the tree bark would be softer so we could pull him out."
"You're wasting your time." Buck said before chewing off the a big, thick stick and throwing it behind him.
"What do you mean?" Kate asked.
"Water won't get the bark soft enough. I've tried."
Garth asked, "So, how should we ge-"
Buck chewed another stick off and asked, "What?"
Garth thought for a second, and smiled at what he was seeing, "Buck, you can chew through wood?"
"Yea, that's right. Why?"
Kate then smiled, understanding where Garth was going with this. She asked, "Do you think you could chew around the hole and make it bigger so he can get out?"
"I suppose I could. I haven't tried it before, but I could give it a shot." Buck said, climing down to where the wolves were. He asked, "So, where is he?"
"Climb on my back, i'll take you." Kate said.
"Alright, then." Buck said. He then climbed on her back and sat on her.
"Hold on tight." Kate advised. Buck wrapped his arms around her and she started running.
"...then we jumped off the train when she saw the packs starting to fight. I believe you know the rest." Humphrey finished the story.
Lilly pushed her hair back behind her ear and said, "Wow, you two have been through alot."
"Yea, but it was worth it, now that alphas and omegas can be together."
"I know what you mean," Lilly said, thinking about Garth.
Humphrey knew what Lilly was thinking about and asked her something, "So... Have you and Garth talked about having pups?"
"I've mentioned it, but he never has time to talk about it because of the hunting."
"Well, maybe you could talk about it sometime."
Lilly smiled, "Yea, hopefully soon."
Humphrey sighed and said, "Y'know, this really hurts your neck..."
Lilly giggled and heard her sister's voice, "Hey! We're back!"
Kate approached her sister and let Buck climb off her back. Garth soon followed shortly behind them. Lilly had a confused look on her face and asked, "Where's the water, and who's this?" She gestured to the Beaver. Kate explained, "Buck here told us that water wouldn't weaken the tree bark, but he can chew through wood. We brought him to see if he could make the hole bigger."
Humphrey called from the tree, "Great! Can you get me out now?"
Buck walked over to the tree and inspected the hole. He pressed his head against the tree and knocked on the side. He said, "Definitely hollow enough."
"I think you're hearing Humphrey's head, it's pretty empty in there." Garth joked.
Humphrey said, "You know, eventually i'm getting out of here, then i'm coming after you."
Garth responded, "I was just joking."
Buck started to chew on the tree. Eventually, the hole started to grow. Kate, Lilly, and Garth sat and waited. After a couple of minutes, Buck finished chewing the bark and said, "Alright, try getting out now."
Humphrey pushed himself away from tree and fell on his back. He smiled, glad that he was free. Kate ran over to him and rubbed her head under his chin, glad he was okay. After she was done, the two walked to Buck and Humphrey said, "Thank you, Buck, thank you!"
"No, thank you. I got some more wood for my dam now."
"Oh, we never introduced you, This is Lilly and Humphrey." Kate said, gesturing to each.
"Nice to meet you all." Buck responded. "Where were you planning on going for your adventure?"
"We weren't really sure. We just got off the train and were going to walk around for a while." Humphrey explained. "But, we haven't gotten to the walking around yet, since I get stuck in there..." He gestured back to the tree.
Kate asked, "Where are we, anyways?"
"You're in the Helena National Forest in Montana."
"Montana, the train took us here? How could that be? It took us from Idaho to Jasper Park." Humphrey was confused. Then Buck explained. "Well, maybe the train goesfrom Canada to here and then over to Idaho."
"Oh... that makes more sense." Lilly said.
"Is there anything fun to do around here?" Humphrey asked.
Buck said, "Honestly, getting him outta the tree was the funnest thing i've done all week."
"That's disappointing..." Garth said.
Buck said, "Yea. Well, I should probably get back to the dam, my family should be back any minute."
Lilly asked, "Can we meet your family?"
Buck looked a bit nervous and said, "They probably wouldn't like to meet wolves. I'd have to talk with them, tell them about you all."
Kate replied, "Yea, you're probably right. Not alot of animals are too fond of meeting a wolf." She remembered back to when she and Humphrey had met Marcel and Paddy. They immediatlely started running away.
"If you find something fun, come by the river and let me know." Buck suggested.
"You got it. We'll come visit sometime." Kate told him.
Buck turned around and started walking back to the river. "He seems nice," Lilly said, "I hope we get to see him again, and meet his family."
"Yea, me too." Kate said, along with Humphrey and Garth. Humphrey added, "I can't thank him enough for getting me out of there."
The group shared a laugh and started to walk in a random direction to see where it takes them.
Chapter 4: An Injured Black Wolf
The group of wolves: Kate, Humphrey, Lilly, and Garth were still walking. They hadn't seen or though of anything fun as long as they had been in Helena National Forest. Garth was smiling to himself. Kate noticed the smile and wondered what he was thinking about, her question was asked for her when Lilly asked, "There's nothing to do, what's with the smile?"
"Humphrey's head stuck in the tree. It was just a funny sight for me."
"Shut it, Gar-" Humphrey began, but was interrupted by a loud noise. He stopped in his tracks and looked back, wondering what the loud noise was.
"Did you guys hear that?" He asked. Kate, Lilly, and Garth stopped walking and lifted their ears to listen. Kate didn't hear anything so she said, "Hear wha-" BANG! She heard it that time, and immediately recognized it. The sound was unmistakable, "Hunters..."
Garth, Lilly, and Humphrey looked at her, hoping she didn't just say what they thought she said. "Please, don't tell me you didn't just say-"
"HUNTERS!" interrupted a deer, running towards the group. They yelled again, "Hunters! Run!" The group all glanced at each other and started running, in the direction they were already going. As they were running, Kate said, "Hunters, they always ruin everything!"
Garth jumped over a log and dodged a tree. He suddenly stopped, hearing a whimper of an animal shortly after another gunshot. Kate, Lilly, and Humphrey all stopped where they were and looked at him. "What are you doing, we have to move!" Kate said.
He stood his ground, looked back and said, "I'm sick of running from hunters... Somebody has to stand up to them!"
"I'm sick of it too, but what can we do about it?"
He ignored the question by turning around. Before he could begin running toward the hunter, Kate jumped infront of him, looked him in they eye and said, "You're not going back there."
Kate knew what Garth was thinking, "I want to help that poor animal too, but there's nothing we can do."
Garth looked at her and responded, "Maybe there is."
Confused, Humphrey asked, "You've got a plan, don't you?"
Garth smiled and nodded.
Garth hid in the bushes, waiting. Kate pretended she was sleeping, in the path of the hunter. Humphrey was walking as silent as he could, slowly approaching the man. Lilly was looking for the animal that was hit, careful not to make any noise. Humphrey finally got close up behind him. He followed close behind the hunter, as they approached Kate. The hunter bent his knees to take a look at her. Humphrey looked to Garth, who was giving him the signal, raising his ears twice. Humphrey knew that was his signal to let Kate know it was time to start. He pushed his paw down, snapping a small twig. The hunter started to turn around to see what made the noise. Kate opened one eye, to see if the hunter had taken the bait. Once she knew, she jumped up and knocked the gun out of the man's hands. Then Humphrey did his job, pushing the man down to the ground. Once the hunter was down, Garth jumped out of the bushes and got on top of the hunter. He growled at the human and told Humphrey to pick up the weapon and run to the rendezvous point. Garth held the human down so he couldn't get the weapon. Humphrey ran towards the weapon and picked it up with his mouth before chasing after Kate. Garth growled at the hunter once more. Even though the human couldn't understand, Garth said, "Hurting animals for your own satisfaction, it's just disgusting." He then got off him and ran over to where Lilly was.
"Any luck finding the animal?" He asked her.
"No." She responded.
Then they heard whimpering and a couple of twigs snapping. The two made their way to where the sound was coming from. There, they found a lone, black wolf, lying on the ground on its left side and whimpering. A twig snapped behind them, Garth turned around and saw the human looking at them with curiosity. He growled at the man, scaring him enough to run away. Garth turned back around and asked the black wolf, "Are you okay?"
"I don't know." The voice alone was enough for Garth and Lilly to figure out this wolf was female.
"Can you walk?" Lilly asked.
"I can try." The black wolf answered. She started to move, but whimpered a bit with pain. She slowly got herself up, but was too weak to stay up. Before the wolf could fall back down, Garth and Lilly put themselves under her, putting her on their backs. "We got ya," Garth said. Lilly added, "You're gonna be okay."
The black wolf wondered where they were going and why these strange wolves would help them, but figured it was better than being left to die. She drifted off to sleep.
Kate and Humphrey had gotten back to the area where they planned to meet up. Humphrey dropped the weapon out of his mouth. He dug into the dirt, making a hole. Once the hole was big enough, he dropped the weapon into it and filled up the hole with the dirt he just dug out. Then, he patted it down so it didn't look too noticable for any hunters to find. Kate was starting to get worried, "It shouldn't take this long for those two to get back."
"They're alright, Kate. Maybe they're still looking for the poor animal and just haven't found it yet." Humphrey assured her.
"I hope you're right." Kate was praying those two wolves hadn't been hurt.
Noticing she wasn't getting any calmer, Humphrey said, "I'll tell you what. If they don't get back in a few minutes, we'll go and look for them."
Kate smiled at him and responded, "Sounds good."
The two laid down on the ground to wait. A couple minutes passed and Kate was getting even more nervous. She stood up and said, "We have to go look for them."
Humphrey stood up, "Kate, they're okay."
"How do you know?"
"I don't, but he's an alpha, he can handle it. Besides, the human doesn't have his weapon, and we left with Garth growling in his face. I'm positive they're alright." Humphrey had a point there. With no weapon, there was no possible way for them to get hurt.
"We're here, guys." Garth stated, walking with Lilly, the black wolf on their backs. They approached Kate and Humphrey and slowly let the black wolf slide off their backs, onto the ground. The group gathered around to take a look.
"Is she alright?" Humphrey asked.
Kate answered, "She's still breathing. That's a good sign."
Garth smiled and looked at the sleeping wolf. He wondered what her name was, and why she was all alone. "We better let her rest." Garth suggested.
"Good idea," Kate agreed.
Humphrey, Kate, Lilly, and Garth laid down all next to each other and waited for the girl to wake.