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Post  WolvenRemorse on Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:08 am

Alpha Aurora drank deeply from the pool of water, all of the animals she used to enjoy, or fear, were gone. Only the charred remains of what used to be grass, scrubs, and trees lay like bones on the blackened earth. Her paws ached, the ground was still so warm, and in parts burned like fresh embers. She had been trying to gather her resources, and reclaim her territory from the fire, but it was stressful. She felt constantly thirsty now, her swollen pregnant belly probably being the cause for this.

A few days earlier, she had fainted after stressing herself out. She remembered talking to the Healers, and they collectively agreed she was pregnant, it must have been some time before the fire, since she hadn't relaxed once with Adwin-Badru since he'd been seriously injured saving a cub. He was laid up in their den, deep under the Life Tree, constantly having a soothing poultice smeared over his burns. He was healing fantastically, but the inactivity was making him bitter. She had helped him walk up in the canopy to gather fresh air, which brightened his mood so much.

She tipped her head up, looking out across the lands, the lack of vegetation made spotting really easy, for miles, however the heat waves bouncing off the scorched earth was disheartening. She shook herself lightly, before moving away from the waters edge to lay down. Yawning deeply, she plotted in her mind, she will send a patrol around the edges of their Pride lands, they will scent mark the borders again, and again, until they were prominent again. Then, she will escort a larger patrol, they will go far, in to the Out lands, and find somewhere for food, maybe some more territory for them to claim. Her curiosity was peaked, what started the fire? Had all the land burned? Was there anyone alive besides them?
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Post  Larka on Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:22 pm

Swetse padded his way along the scorched earth, soon finding his way to the waterway. He hadn't dared step a paw in the Healing Winds since the fire, it was just too painful. He'd already spoken to others of how he couldn't help remove the debris, or even help with sorting the dens out again, it was all just too much. Daradea and his friends were all gone, well, apart from Neo and Nishati, they were still there, but everyone else was just... Gone. Swetse honestly couldn't believe it, the thought was numbing, "How can they be here one minute, standing beside me, laughing, chatting, and the next, just...gone..." Swetse thought to himself, as he moved his way between burnt trees, nothing more than wisps. He couldn't even weep for Daradea and his friends, he felt so distanced, but no. He knew he couldn't go down that road again, not like after Takoda, he had someone to live for, and she needed him, well, at this moment she actually needed a mother, something Swetse was lucky Nishati had just become, but one day she'd need him, and he had to hold on for that.

The waterway was soon in sight, he approached at a light trot, his paws still slightly sore from the burns, but his body was healing nicely, plus he'd had worse than these burns, these were nothing. In Cardon's fire he remembered the flaming tree that almost crushed him, leaving his back legs immobile for many moons. His body had always taken a beating, it showed from the scars that a dawned his pelt. Upon arrival Swetse saw Alpha Aurora resting by the waters side, he approached at a slight caution, he didn't know if she wanted company at this very difficult time. "Alpha Aurora..." Swetse said as he stepped forward, his head lower to show his submission, "I hope I am not intruding...
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Post  WolvenRemorse on Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:42 pm

Hearing the earth crunch under his paws, she looked over her shoulder at him, a small smile forming. As he spoke to her, she nodded her head, " Swetse, you could never be a bother, don't fret over formalities, come, drink from the Water way, relax yourself. " She moved herself to more comfortably watch him as he went about his business, " I wanted to talk to you about something, but only if you feel like you can handle it. I understand right now is a stressful time for all of us, especially for you. "

She cleared her throat a bit, distracting herself from sad lumps forming in her throat, threatening to burst, make her cry for him again. After regaining herself, she glanced up to him, " Swetse, I've decided what to do. We need a Patrol gathered, they need to walk the borders of all the Marks, and scent mark everything. This will stop any unwanted trespassing, they won't be able to use the excuse of the fire anymore. " With her paw, she made five marks in the dirt, then used a claw to draw a circle around each area, " These are the areas that will be marked, around each place we used to live in. " She made a bigger circle around all the circles, corralling everything in, " Then you will gather a larger group, a healer, Warriors, a hunter, a messenger, and a scout. You will escort myself, and the group, we're going to the edges of this larger circle, and crossing the border. We're going in to the Out lands, I must see where the fire started, how much of our home has been destroyed, and if there is fresh water, and prey hiding elsewhere. Maybe there will be more land for the claiming, I want you to arrange this, as soon as possible. " She smiled up at him, her dark blue eyes sparkling, she was hinting at him taking a Leadership role, hinting to him that perhaps she wanted him to be a Rook soon, " What do you think? Is that plausible? Or do you think I'm being too greedy? "

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Post  Larka on Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:14 pm

" Swetse, you could never be a bother, don't fret over formalities, come, drink from the Water way, relax yourself. "

Swetse smiled padding over to the waters edge, crouching he lapped at the cooling water for a few moments, before settling himself down near his Alphess.

" I wanted to talk to you about something, but only if you feel like you can handle it. I understand right now is a stressful time for all of us, especially for you. "

He tilted his head slightly as he listened to Aurora's words, "No, please, I'd rather have my mind on other things... It makes things easier if I have something to distract myself with..." He sighed, looking to his paws, small memories of his friends flitting behind his eyes. "I have wanted to talk to you also, for a while now..." Swetse smiled, his blue eyes glancing up too meet the Alpha's.

" Swetse, I've decided what to do. We need a Patrol gathered, they need to walk the borders of all the Marks, and scent mark everything. This will stop any unwanted trespassing, they won't be able to use the excuse of the fire anymore. "

He nodded in agreement, hyenas taking their land while they were vunerable did not sound like fun.

" These are the areas that will be marked, around each place we used to live in. " She made a bigger circle around all the circles, corralling everything in, " Then you will gather a larger group, a healer, Warriors, a hunter, a messenger, and a scout. You will escort myself, and the group, we're going to the edges of this larger circle, and crossing the border. We're going in to the Out lands, I must see where the fire started, how much of our home has been destroyed, and if there is fresh water, and prey hiding elsewhere. Maybe there will be more land for the claiming, I want you to arrange this, as soon as possible. "

Swetse watched as Aurora traced the lands in a quick map-like fashion. He nodded taking it all in.

" What do you think? Is that plausible? Or do you think I'm being too greedy? "

"No. It seems completely plausible, and the best thing we can do at the moment. We're vunerable, we could be attacked and have no way of defending ourselves, at least if we scent our land others will think before entering." Swetse said, his brow furrowed in thought, "Plus we need food, and as all of our prey have scattered they can't be too far away, if we can find a way of surviving we must take it." He looked up to Aurora again, "Plus with new cubs, new mothers and hurt pride members we can't take any risks, we have too find sustenance, and stop intruders. I would be happy to help in any way possible." He let a small smile trace his maw, getting back into the swing of things numbed the pain, not to mention made him feel more like himself. Plus he had a cub to think about now, and even though he couldn't exactly provide for her now, he could at least build a good and stable future for her, for when she would need him. "Also thinking what else we should be moving on to, we should probably begin moving the debris of the fire, clearing up so to speak, allow the ground a fresh start to grow a new..." He took a deep breath, "Plus... There will be bodies... Or remains... They need to... Go..." Swetse looked to his paws again, finding the charred remains of lions you once knew would be the most difficult thing ever, but it had to be done...
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Post  WolvenRemorse on Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:36 pm

" You're very right, Swetse, we must be prepared to re-fight for our land, our food, our right to live in this place. " She stood up slowly, swollen belly hanging low, causing her sitting/laying/standing actions to be slowed. Besides that she was fine. Shaking her head a little, she looked to him, " As I've seen, Soul Circle Rock wasn't damaged due to it being very rocky around the edges, all the healing herbs have been untouched, along with the graves. We'll start assigning those who don't go on the journey to clear debris, and move any remains to Soul Circle Rock to be buried with the rest of our friends who have gone to meet Star Pride. "

Clearing her throat, she turned back to him, looking confident in her decision now, " Swetse, you've been a faithful, loyal in fact, part of this pride. You have stayed at my side almost constantly since you've joined us. You show great strength, wisdom, and determination, beyond your years. Would you do me the honor of training to become the Rook for one of the Marks? I'd personally love it if you would become the Rook for Life Tree, but I understand there are four other Marks that don't have any type of Leadership right now. " She smiled, moving to the water to drink some more, she was nervous about his reply, but trying not to show it.

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Post  Larka on Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:10 pm

" As I've seen, Soul Circle Rock wasn't damaged due to it being very rocky around the edges, all the healing herbs have been untouched, along with the graves. We'll start assigning those who don't go on the journey to clear debris, and move any remains to Soul Circle Rock to be buried with the rest of our friends who have gone to meet Star Pride. "

"Have you shared dreams with Star Pride recently? Swetse knew it was a silly question to ask, with all of this everyone had been too upset, numb and busy to even think about it, plus he knew he really wouldn't want to go and see everyone they'd just lost, he couldn't handle it, not yet.

" Swetse, you've been a faithful, loyal in fact, part of this pride. You have stayed at my side almost constantly since you've joined us. You show great strength, wisdom, and determination, beyond your years. Would you do me the honor of training to become the Rook for one of the Marks? I'd personally love it if you would become the Rook for Life Tree, but I understand there are four other Marks that don't have any type of Leadership right now. "

He stood up suddenly, shocked with happiness and amazement. It was such an honour for an Alpha to feel you are up to a rank so high, not to mention ranking immediately under the Alpha. "Aurora I don't know what to say... Of course, I'd be honoured to apprentice under you. I'd been meaning to approach you for a while, but then the fire..." Swetse smiled lightly to Aurora, "I would love to Rook Life Tree, but the Healing Winds is my home, I feel my skills would be better suited there, but I am always happy to help out in any mark until the spaces are filled, should my apprenticeship be successful." He wanted to help as much as he could, and truly he was so honoured that she thought he was worthy of Rooking Life Tree, but Swetse had healing powers, plus he wanted to be near where he and Daradea had set up home, even though she was gone, he would feel her spirit close by. "So what's the next move?"
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Post  WolvenRemorse on Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:02 am

Hearing his words, she actually folded her ears in shame, looking at her paws, she scuffed a little, " I... I have not shared dreams with Star Pride since... " She didn't want to continue her words, she was afraid to say it, like those bad memories would start back up, like she would repeat history, and lose all her cubs from this pregnancy too, " Since, I buried them at Soul Circle Rock... "

She was thankful for the pleasing pause from their morbid conversation, hearing him stammer for words, she just chuckled to herself, " I understand, the fire was a distraction from our every day routine, however, it also gave me the opportunity to open my eyes to the truth. I have misunderstood how powerful our Pride is, and I have misunderstood you. " She smiled, bowing her head a little, " I am honored you will join the Leadership ranks, and I'm sure Healing Winds will need your guidance to grow back. This is the best decision, once again, you've enlightened me. " She giggled to herself, looking around, " Now we will sleep, for tomorrow we leave. " She stood up, " I will meet you at the Border, your training will start then, I'm sure you will get perfect opportunities to learn, by the time we get back, you'll feel very comfortable leading. " She moved away from him, taking one last drink before heading back toward Life tree, the sun followed them, sinking behind the horizon.

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