The Crimson River *Chapter 7, Part 2* "I can't go any farther," Lily panted, her pace slackening until she slumped to a seat.
"It doesn't look like they followed us," Magnolia stated as she stopped a short distance behind her. "Is everyone here?"
Just as they looked back for Thunder, he caught up.
Lily sighed with relief. Eclipse should be back any second. Now that they were safe, she rounded on the gray she-pup. "They came here for you!"
"I'm sorry! I covered my tracks--they must have seen me," Magnolia whined.
"This is all your fault! You just had to steal instead of hunting!"
"Lily, drop it. What's done is done," Thunder snapped. He didn't want to put up with another dispute. He was still feeling horrible about leaving Eclipse behind, despite having made what he considered to be the best decision.
"Whatever. Where's Eclipse? He should be back by now..."
Thunder tensed. The tr
The Crimson River *Chapter 7, Part 1* Magnolia kicked loose dirt over the dead hare for later. What a coincidence that her new pack-mates' half-brother would show up the same day Lily had revealed their kinship to them. She couldn't keep her eyes from wandering.
"I don't believe we've met," Eclipse stated, catching her gaze.
"Huh? Oh--we haven't... I'm...Magnolia."
"Eclipse. You must be the rogue Lily mentioned."
"M-me? I...I guess so," the gray she-pup confirmed. She looked down.
"Hey, it's nothing to be ashamed of. I'm also a rogue."
Magnolia's mouth opened as if to reply, closed, then reopened as she guiltily began, "Well, actually..."
"Eclipse, tell Thunder about how I caught his bunny!" Lily interrupted with a wag of her tail.
The dark gray-and-white wolf turned to his little sister, her enthusiasm distracting him. "You should have seen her," he told the brown-and-white pup. "She lowered herself to the gr
The Crimson River *Chapter 6, Part 3* Although bushes and shrubbery hindered his vision, it wasn't long before Thunder could hear two voices increasing in volume faster than his trot alone would make them. They were headed towards himself and Magnolia, the latter of whom seemed unaware of it.
"Who do you think Lily's with?" The gray she-pup attempted conversing to pass the time.
Thunder ignored her. His ears strained to identify the words from his sister and Eclipse as they approached.
"...feeling bad about messing up my hunts with Thunder, but now that you taught me how to properly hunt, I can begin making up for it. He's going to be so surprised to see the bunny I caught on my own! That'll show him there's nothing to be afraid of," Lily chimed.
"I still think there could be a different reason behind it... But, I'm sure he'll find comfort in knowing that you're a capable hunter, regardless," the older wolf replied enthusiastically. "Especially
The Crimson River *Chapter 6, Part 2* "So you had a fight and they took off without you," Eclipse concluded.
Lily sniffled and nodded. "He can deny it all he wants to but I know Thunder isn't telling me everything. Ever since that rogue showed her face, he hasn't been the same."
"In what ways has he changed?"
"Well, he's acting like I don't exist unless I do something he doesn't agree with...not that I'm intentionally doing that--he's just so uptight! He won't talk to me, and he refuses to allow us to hunt..."
"Would you like to go hunting, then?"
"Sure, why not? I'm hungry."
Her light blue eyes shone with honor. It was nice to finally have someone on her side.
The dark wolf stretched and took a step toward the afternoon sun. "Are you up to it?"
"Yeah--of course!" Lily excitedly darted ahead of Eclipse, chasing her tail as she waited for him.
She didn't have a chance to catch it before her half-brother br