Chapter 1 Zakan felt Sorias poking his side and yelling Zakan! ZAKAN! He slowly got up What do you want? Sorias had a worried look on her face Come quick, Cranigan is DEAD! Zakan jumped up How?! Sorias slowly started walking outside He was murdered she said. Zakan went to the circle gathering around Cranigans bloody body with a vicious bite to his throat. The leader, Stonemoon was beside Cranigan Tonight we mourn that our best fighter Cranigan has been murdered in cold blood, by one of our own, he now watches us as one of the moon spirits, now let us howl in our mourning he said as he turned his head to the moon and let out a long mournful howl, all wolves copied him but Zakan and Sorias, they were frozen in shock. Zakan, Sorias why arent you howling? Do you not grieve for Cranigan or did you do this?! snarled another member of the pack called Saranian. Yes, why arent you? asked Stonemoon coolly. Zakan and Sorias stood still staring at the body of the wolf that taught them all they know. Your leader asked you something! snarled Saranian furiously. Zakan was the first to speak still watching Cranigans body like he was going to rise up and comfort him I-I dont know what to do to get you to believe me saying that we wouldnt hurt Cranigan ever Saranian leaped on top of Zakan LIAR!!! he said as he reached for his throat with his razor sharp teeth. Zakan moved his head and let his teeth fall on Saranians shoulder; his teeth sank down to the bone. When he released his hold on Saranians shoulder he heard Sorias barked STOP THAT!!! Zakan turned his head toward his sister and saw the other young wolves were closing in on her with shining teeth and growls. Zakan leaped into the closing circle and howled to his sister Go! then he saw her leap out of the circle and into the forest. He felt a huge bite on his leg; he yelped then leaped out and followed the way his sister had taken. Zakan zoomed through the forest following Soriass tracks then he ran into a furry body Sorias! he yelped happily. Sorias turned around and barked Zakan, we have to go now! We got to find the real killer of Cranigan. Zakan looked down I know we do, I just dont know where to look Sorias nipped his ear Come on, I know you do Zakan laid down Yes I do, but we need rest first. Just then Sorias and Zakan heard a battle yelps and concluded that Saranian was leading a battle patrol after them, Zakan yelled Lets go! then he darted through the bushes with Sorias at his heels and he heard her growl Why does he never believe anything that other wolves say? then she snarled a smart reply He wants to be better than everybody, thats why! Can we turn and fight him please? Zakan turned his head still running If you want to get caught and killed, yeah. Sorias tried to bite his tail but he stopped, turned and growled I have been thinking he doesnt need the authority to hunt us down like lost rabbits, so yes we can fight him, lets go! Zakan started down through the forest with the speed of a cheetah giving a huge battle cry he charged in through the middle of the hunting patrol standing straight in front of Saranian. Saranian snarled Why come here? You know well kill you easily. Zakan snarled with his fur bristling Fight me yourself, or are you a wimp? Saranian chuckled OK, stand back boys watch how the real fighters do it. As he said that he leaped at Zakan, but Zakan dodged the attack and gripped Saranians neck with his long, sharp teeth. Saranian threw his body onto his back and knocked the breath out of Zakan. Getting his breath back Zakan jumped up and got ready for an attack from Saranian, just as he suspected Saranian jumped for his throat but missed. Just then Zakan was thrown onto his side by another older fighter named, Breniman, then that gave Saranian a chance, he leaped onto Zakan sinking his teeth into Zakans shoulder, Breniman snarled Why not kill him now? Saranian growled through a mouthful of fur and blood, Stonemoon wants him and his sister alive so he may have them as a sacrifice to the evil fire spirit Breniman nodded his head Ah, I see Then Saranian released his hold on Zakans shoulder and Zakan whimpered trying to get up, finally he was able to get up and he bolted limping heavily on his injured shoulder, Sorias was behind him when she yelped in shock Cranigan! Zakan growled What about him? Sorias barked happily Hes helping you, hes helping you run! Zakan looked onto his injured side and saw a faint shape of the wolf he looked up to the most, Cranigan. Zakan barked Cranigan! Who did this to you? Cranigans spirit howled quietly That is for you to find out, you have to bring me justice, for now just run. Zakan obeyed Cranigans orders and ran as hard as he could; he heard curses coming from the wolves behind him, Zakan snarled back at them Youll never catch us! Zakan felt the soft fur of Cranigan fade and Zakan fell to the ground covered in white fluffy stuff, then he realized that it was snow. How did we get here? that was Sorias question when she realized where they were. Zakan laid down and replied Cranigan the Sorias laid down also I wonder why he brought us here? Zakan looked up I think he brought us here to rest and for me to heal my shoulder Sorias put her head on the ground and looked up Oh, then Ill get some rest Zakan got up Ill be back in a little bit, Im going to try to find some food Sorias slowly closed her eyes OK Zakan stalked off and soon found a big rabbit, he got down into a hunting crouch and slowly stalked forward, and then when he was about five feet away he leaped, and landed on top of the animal and finished it off with a swift bite, he buried it and went off to find more prey. Soon he had gotten about four rabbits and carried them swiftly to the spot where he and Sorias had made camp; he saw her sleeping soundly in the middle of a hole he had made for them. He dropped the prey in a pile close to the hole then he went over and laid down beside Sorias and closed his eyes and quickly fell asleep. Should I do more?