Chapter Three: Fallenstar's Promise
"WHAT!?" Feather shouted out, looking furious. She now looked twice her size, which was pretty big.
Fallenstar and Alanalia were standing in front of her, both of them not even moving. All of the wolves, except Fallenstar and Alanalia, had made up excuses so that they didn't have to go and tell Feather that Ashenon had died in the battle. The real reason was that Feather had a loud voice just like her father, and her father was pretty scary.
Even Fallenstar couldn't blame those wolves. He was scared of Feather sometimes, he just didn't show it. Did that make him even more scared? Well, maybe he was a little afraid of rejection.
"I told you, Ashenon died. I'm sorry, Feather. I know that you loved him alot" Alanalia said in her "just a little bit" annoyed voice. She was always annoyed. Everything made her annoyed. Alanalia wanted perfection, and perfection only. She also wanted power, and she was getting a lot of it today. Finally, she would be Alpha. She would take what was hers today.
"WHO KILLED HIM!? WHO!?" Feather shouted, still looking angry. This news had shocked her very much and she didn't feel very good. An Alpha dying in a fight against the packs was unthinkable! Yet, it had happened today. And Feather wanted to murder every wolf in Moon Pack now. Why? Why her mate? Without even thinking, Feather burst into tears. She dug her claws into the dirt, looking so very sad.
Alanalia tried not to roll her eyes, but she did anyway. "Well, I must prepare for the ceremony tonight" she said, then turned around and walked away. She even had a Beta in mind.
Fallenstar put his tail down low, then walked away. That was the sign that he was leaving Feather alone to grieve by herself in a respectful way.
Feather felt horrible as she cried, cursing many things. She cursed the battle, the wolf that had stepped over the border, and Moon Pack. Moon Pack especially. One of those wolves had broken a rule and killed an Alpha in battle. Usually, Alphas would either die because of old age, be fatally injured in an accident, or be killed by an animal or lone wolf. But this time, an Alpha had died in the fight. Her mate had died.
Feather felt a burn of hatred in her heart for everyone. She stood up and walked into her den.
Fallenstar had been watching. Usually, females could take it. But Feather, she was pretty spoiled. Her dad had been the Alpha when she was little. He had passed away now, but both Feather and Alanalia didn't seem to mind. That meant that Alanalia was spoiled too. And she was about to become Alpha today. Fallenstar shook his head with disbelief. How horrible.
Suddenly, a cry of pain came from Feather's den.
Fallenstar jumped up. He knew that cry from anywhere. Pups in a Snow Fall like THIS!? He had to go and get a Healer! Fallenstar ran towards the place where the Healers' dens were.
"Young one, where are you going?" Diano asked, walking out of his den.
"Feather's pups are coming!" Fallenstar told Diano, looking a little panicked.
Noroma walked out of her den, her gray-and-cream fur shining in the sunlight. Her steps were light as her gaze was wise. "Feather's pups, you say? Lead the way" she said in her soft voice.
Fallenstar nodded, then quickly turned and ran back to Feather's den.
Many wolves were talking quietly about it now, most of them following the three.
Fallenstar, Diano, and Noroma entered the den, very soon joined by Alanalia.
Alanalia looked as annoyed as ever when she came in, her black-and-white tail slowly swishing. Well, there weren't many things white on her now. Her tail, muzzle, and sides had been covered with ash to prepare for the ceremony.
Fallenstar glanced at Alanalia, then turned back to watch Noroma work. Most Healers didn't look very great, but Noroma sure did. Her fur looked almost like Alanalia's ash-covered fur, but much more shinier. The only bad thing was that Noroma was missing an ear. That was why she was a Healer. A lone wolf had torn it out, and that made her more unattractive. But most wolves looked at personality, especially Fallenstar. He understood a lot more than others. It was like he was more of everything. Yet, no one gave him much of a chance to show what he could do. Apprentices were never given a chance, like Noroma. The second her ear was ripped out, the Alpha at that time had made her rank a Healer. Fallenstar wasn't given many chances either. That battle had been the biggest thing he had done as a Fighter.
Feather let out another cry, her eyes shut tight.
"Breathe, Feather. Breathe and push. Think of your pups" Noroma said in a gentle voice, looking at the herbs some wolves had brought.
"Ashenon" Feather said through clenched teeth.
Noroma's eyes clouded at that. Feather's mate would have been a big help, she knew. It was so horrible that Feather had to go through this without her mate at her side. Noroma gave some herbs to Feather. She ate them without another sound.
Alanalia sat down and sighed. She didn't feel like cheering or any of that stupid stuff. She just wanted to get out of here and become Alpha already.
Then, Feaqther's eyes snapped open and she let out another cry.
As Noroma looked at Feather's first pup, she smiled. Then, all the others came in a few minutes after that. Noroma's smile quickly turned expressionless. She had helped Feather lick the pups clean, but she felt that something was wrong now. It was too cold. What if the pups didn't survive? What then?
Feather gently pushed the pups close to her with her tail. She smiled, giving them each a name by herself with no sound made.
Alanalia found herself to be surprisingly curious about the names. " What did you name them, Feather?"
"Well, I named the brown one Zenon, the black one Kamara, the white one with black markings Stellar, and the white one... Well, I don't know yet" Feather replied, smiling at the small pups.
"He looks weak" Alanalia sourly said, looking at the white one.
Fallenstar glared at Alanalia, then thought. " Well, what about Snow? He looks like snow, so that's a good name" he said, thinking. Alanalia was right, the white pup did look a little smaller than the others. But maybe he could help it. So, Fallenstar closed his eyes and made a promise. He promised to be the father these pups would never have, to help them through everything. He would help these pups no matter what.
"It is" Feather said. For a second, she had forgotten about her mate's death,but she just wanted to enjoy this moment. Well, for as long as she could. Before everything got even worse.
Thank you all!And yeah,I'm not a whiz at punctuation.I'm actually really bad at it.I'm glad that it turned out okay.Finally,Snow shall be born!And,I saw a mistake in my second chapter.I put "danhill" instead of "downhill".
WOOOOW!I failed on that!Yep,I rushed on the second chapter.Maybe I should just take it slow on the next chapters.And I just have to warn you all that there'll be alot of deaths and bad things.I don't even know if there will be some love or not.I have alot of great things planned,but they all aren't very happy.So,if you don't like stuff like that,just quit reading.Oh,and it's okay,cloudstar.I need some critical things.At least no one can say that the chapters are too short!